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Ruth (Ruthie) Sherman 88 passed away July 10, 2013 in Fruita, Colorado with her son, David, by her side.
 
She was born October 3, 1925 in San Diego, California to John and Hulda Froemming.  She loved living in San Diego, growing up with her older sister, May.
 
Oct October 13, 1949, she married the love of her life: James W. Sherman.  Then she went on to have many adventures, starting with a move to northern Minnesota where her husband grew up.  It was a big culture shock for a young city girl.  But they were in love, so that is all that mattered.
 
Ruthie and her husband moved often, with time in Minnesota and California.  When her husband retired, they built a home in Lake Havasu City, where they resided for more than 25 years.  Ruth loved the climate there.  (No snow).  Also, she loved being active in her church - Community Presbyterian.  She was a member of the bell choir, orchestra and choir.  She was also part of the Barbershop Quartet.  She also loved flowers, and planted a garden wherever she lived.  She loved to travel.  Her big trips were to England and the Holy Lands with her sister, May.
 
She is survived by sons, David (Rhonda) Sherman, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Donald Sherman, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Sigmund, Arlington, Wisconsin; granddaughters, Jennifer (David) Villa, Worland, Wyoming; Jeannine (Russell) Tobias, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Corie (Josh) Burke, Clifton, Colorado; Scott (Amber) Sherman, Grand Junction, Colorado, great-granddaughters, Carissa, Shania and Alexis Villa and Christina, Adeliah and Zondra Tobias.
 
A memorial service will take place at Community Presbyterian Church, Lake Havasu City, at 10 am., July 23, with a graveside service afterward at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens.
 
Memorials may be made in Ruthie's name to Community Presbyterian Church or to the local Humane Society.

This obituary was sent by Ruthie's son David Sherman who was a 1969 graduate of the Cook High School.
 

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Kelly  Ray  Vainio, Native  Name:  Naawigiizis, 53, formerly of Bear River, died Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home in Alango, Minnesota.

 

He was born January 9, 1960 in Chisholm, Minnesota. He grew up in Bear River and attended school in Cook. Kelly completed the welding course at Eveleth Vo-tech.  He worked as a welder for Hancock Fabrication for a time and was a welder in California for several years.

 

He enjoyed the outdoors including hunting and fishing. He was known for his many stories and great sense of humor. His most memorable times were those spent with family and friends.


He is survived by his two children: Jesse Vainio of Virginia; Julie (Kevin ) Flack  of Cook;  2 Grandchildren: Hailee Heurkins of Cook and Braedon Flack of Cook; brothers and sisters: Arne (Ivy) Vainio, MD of Duluth; Brandon (Debbie) Vainio of Esko, Mn.; Sherri Monroe of Duluth; Carla (Pete) Gargano of Side Lake; Scott Thompson of Duluth, and his significant other, Mary Suomala of Cook. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Mabel Durant Thompson, his father Arne Vainio Sr. and his sister “Shelly” Durant.

 

Traditional services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, (December 31, 2013) at the East Lake Community Center, near McGregor. The wake will begin on Monday December 30th at 6:00 PM at the center.  The spiritual advisor will be Larry “Amik” Smallwood. Burial will be at the East Lake Burial Grounds.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

 

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Kathleen “Kathy” Bookwalter, 69, Buyck, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, December 28, 2013.

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She was born Kathleen Francis Shannon on August 8, 1944 at Logansport, Indiana.  She grew up in Logansport and graduated from high school there in 1962.  She completed her beauty school training at Rudeaus Beauty College.  Her beautician’s career spanned 30 years, which gave her the good fortune of meeting many people and lasting friendships.  She was united in marriage to Dale Bookwalter on July 24, 1965 at Logansport.  They lived in Layette, Indiana from 1964 to 1997, where she worked  for several  beauty salons and was self employed in her own shop  for 15 years. While in Lafayette, Kathy was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.  They had vacationed in Buyck for years and in 1997 moved there permanently. She worked in home health care in Lafayette, earning her CAN (certified nursing assistant) designation, and continued that service at the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home.  Her family found peace, recreation and a myriad of wildlife associated with living on the Vermilion River. She and Dale enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling and the beauty of the outdoors.  Kathy was an active member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, serving as a reader for years, along with being a committed member of the Council of Catholic Women. She assisted in organizing church functions for many years. Kathy was an avid reader, enjoyed watching and feeding the many hungry birds that came her way.

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Her most memorable times were those spent with family and friends.  Her nieces and nephews have long fondly called her “aunt daffy”, (when they were young, they couldn’t pronounce her name.)  She was a dedicated wife, loving mother, devoted grandmother and trusted friend to many.  She will be sorely missed by the many that have come to know her.

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She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sylvia Shannon; and one sister, Roberta Ward.

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Kathy is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, Dale; 1 son, Harold (Pauline) Bookwalter of Portland, OR; 2 daughters, Shannon (Scott) Woodworth of Buyck and Shari (Kevin Peters) Bookwalter of Lafayette, IN; 1 brother, Patrick (Sue) Shannon of Logansport, IN; 1 sister, Geraldine (Robert) Sattlar of Kalamazoo, MI; 4 cherished grandchildren: Trent, Andy, Kyle and Kalee; a brother-in-law  James Ward of Chattanooga, TN, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday,(Jan. 4, 2014)  at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 pm Friday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and one hour prior to the church service.  Fr. Frank Perkovich will be the celebrant. Music will be provided by Mary Beth Reller.   Casket bearers will be:  Trent Baldwin, Kyle Woodworth, Kalee Bookwalter, Andy Baldwin, Cindy Matson, James Parson, Dave and Judy Neurour and Steve Garner.   Spring interment will be in Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.    

 
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On the morning of December 18, 2013, Robert “Mr. Bob” Verne Ryan died peacefully at Touchmark after a prolonged decline in health. He was in the loving presence of his daughter-in-law Tammy and staff from Touchmark and St. Peter’s Hospice. He was 85 years old.

 

Bob was born in Grand Forks North Dakota on May 29, 1928, the third child of Ole and Galina Ryan.  He spent his formative years in Lacrosse Wisconsin.  At 17, he enlisted in the Army and went to Fort Bragg North Carolina where he trained as a paratrooper. A hole in his eardrum prevented him from being a pilot for the military.  He was there for two years and did not go overseas at that time.

 

Returning to Minnesota, he attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis where he earned a bachelor’s degree in math and science.  He also met his wife of 61 years, Juanita Petersen. They were married on June 29, 1952 in Milroy Minnesota.  That same year, he was drafted and went to Korea as a sergeant.  He was discharged in 1954.

 

Bob had a very active life (he always had a project going!) and lived in Minnesota for many years. His younger years were spent racing motorcycles and cars. His first love was flying.  He finally realized his dream of getting his pilot’s license in his 30’s. He owned and flew many airplanes including his Thorpe T-18 which he built himself and flew for many years.

 

In 1992 Bob and Juanita moved to Montana.  Hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, and enjoying the beautiful landscape have filled their retirement years.  Bob was also an accomplished carpenter and built several of their homes. All of his kids have thankfully inherited many of those talents. Bob and Juanita have also been very active members of Trailhead Christian Fellowship near Townsend. They moved to Touchmark in early 2013.

 

Bob is survived by his wife Juanita, son Peter, (Tammy), and his beloved granddaughters Lita and Darcy.  He is also survived by daughters Kari and Jenifer and their respective spouses Peter Miele and David Moberg. Other surviving family includes his younger sister Caroline and her spouse Erwin Mickelberg, their daughters and grandchildren, sister-in-law Judith and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ole and Galina Ryan and older brother Gerald.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday January 4, 2014 at Trailhead Christian Fellowship, 20 Trailhead Drive, Townsend, Montana with a reception to follow at the church. All memorials will go to support Trailhead’s Sunday school.

 

Bob has been cremated and a burial with military honors will occur at Fort Harrison on a later date. The family would like to express their eternal gratitude to the wonderful staff of Touchmark and St. Peter’s Hospice. It was apparent that Bob was loved and given the very best care. To offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Bob please visit below.


Bob & Juanita Ryan lived on the West Olson Road in the Linden Grove area, and in the City of Cook in the previous George & Betty Frances home.

 
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Beatrice “Bea” Roether, 79, Cook, passed away at the Cook Nursing Home on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

 

She was born Beatrice Elizabeth Shofner on August 9, 1934; the daughter of Milton and Ruth (Jackson) Shofner.  She grew up in Pengilly, where she assisted on the family farm. Bea moved to the Cook area in 1968, worked for Hill Wood Products and farmed.  She bartended and waitressed  for several businesses from Grand Rapids to Cook.  She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and belonged to the Cook Area Senior Citizens and  Cook VFW Women’s Auxiliary. Bea enjoyed crocheting search-a-word, following the former Holm Logging Softball team, and loved animals.  Her most memorable times were those spent with family and friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother, Floyd Shofner; and 4 sisters, Del Blanchard, Nellie Anick, Adeline Wright and Mildred Shofner in childhood.

 

Bea is survived by 1 brother, Milton (Dana) Shofner of Pengilly, MN; 1 sister, Clarice Larvik of Chisholm; Donna (Walter) Snyder of Cook-who Bea thought of as a daughter; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM  Monday (Dec. 30th) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Jeremiah  Johnson of the Covenant Church will be the officiant. A reception in Bea’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW.  Spring burial will be in the Idington Cemetery

 

 

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Ann (Paun) Karakash, 82, of Hibbing, died at her daughter’s home in Rochester, Minn., Dec. 23, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

 

Ann was born in Ely Jan. 25, 1931, the daughter of Lucija and Anton Paun. Ann was raised in Ely, attending and graduating from Ely Memorial High School. She continued her education by attaining degrees from Ely Junior College (AA), University of Minnesota Duluth (B.S.), South Dakota State University (M.S.) and UMD (doctorate degree). She worked as a teacher in Oregon, South Dakota and Minnesota, accumulating 30 enjoyable years of teaching.

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In December 1953, she married Thomas Karakash. He survives in addition to their five children, Mark (Grygla), Paul (Keewatin), Teresa (Rochester), Peter (Hibbing) and John (Chisholm); nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; her sister, Rose Lackner (Hibbing); her three nieces, sewing sisters and numerous friends, all of whom she shared many a meal and cup of coffee.

 

Along with teaching, Ann (and Tom) ran Retreat Lodge on Lake Vermilion. Ann enjoyed baking “the best buns on Lake Vermilion” for guests from all over the country. She loved reading and sharing books, swimming, taking walks and looking at sunrises and sunsets as the light reflected off the water; calling Lake Vermilion “the lake of the sunset glow.” Ann also enjoyed music and writing short stories. She shared all of these joys with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren

 

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Spehar; and one grandchild, David Karakash. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

 

Memorial service 11:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with the Rev. Brian Lederer officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service with a luncheon to follow. 

 

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Warner B. Wirta, age 80 of Superior, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born September 30, 1933 in Embarrass, MN to Samuel and Clara (Linklater) Wirta.

Warner graduated from Embarrass High School in 1952 and was a proud member of the “Flying Finns” track team. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Emporia State College in Emporia, Kansas where he met and married Martha Hutchins on July 30, 1960. He taught Phy. Ed and Civics at the Orr High School for 13 years; and then worked as a social worker for the Veteran Administration, retiring in 1996. Warner had served in the U.S. Army; and was a member of Bois Forte Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
 

Warner was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Eugene Wirta. He is survived by his wife, Martha; three children, Anna (Scott) Wirta-Kosobuski, Les (Zina Micklewright) Wirta, and William (Vicky) Wirta; one sister, Helen Woods; 9 grandchildren, Savannah Kinsman, Levi Wirta, Lucas Kosobuski, Jonah Kosobuski, Logan Wirta, Beth Vandecar, Shawn Wirta, Cory Wirta, and Vanessa Wirta; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, Payton, and Bella; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The visitation will resume on Friday, December 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 4831 Grand Ave, Duluth, MN. Interment service will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cloquet, with Military Honors presented by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard.

 

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/286779/group/News/

 

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Gail Erickson, 77, of La Pine, Oregon passed away on December 19, 2013.

She is survived by her husband Warren, sons David (Erin) Erickson, Bemidji, John (Maybelle) Erickson, Hawaii, Dan (Happy) Erickson, Toledo, Oregon, brother Andrew Severson, Minneapolis, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.

Gail worked as a cabin girl at Pehrson Lodge in 1955 when she met her future husband Warren. Warren is a 1949 graduate of Cook High School and the son of Fred and Thyra Erickson. His relatives in the Cook area include cousins Bill Ongalo, Lois Larson, Wally Refsdal and Fred Erickson of Virginia.

A memorial service will be held in La Pine on January 6, 2014.

Warren's brother Don is a 1955 graduate of the Cook High School. His sister Shirley and her husband Ralph Stordal were 1953 graduates.

Thanks to Don Erickson for sending Gail's obitiuary.

 

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Vera M. Svedberg, 94, Virginia , formerly of Cook, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 9, 2013 , at the Virginia Convalescent Center , with her loving family at her side.

 

Vera was born on July 28, 1919 , at Cook, to Olaf and Helga (Edblom) Olson. She grew up in Cook and graduated from Cook High School in 1937. She met her future husband, David H. Svedberg in Cook, and they were married in San Diego , California on August 25, 1942 , while he was stationed serving in the U.S. Marines. When David shipped overseas during World War 11, Vera returned to Cook. After his tour of duty and honorable discharge in 1945, the couple settled in Owens Township and dairy farmed for many years. By example they taught their children superior work ethic, honesty, and the love of God. David died on May 27, 1981 and in 1984 Vera and Lowell “Lowie” moved to Mt. Iron . She resided at Edgewood Vista since early 2013. Vera was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Cook where she served as church organist for 23 years. Her biggest personal accomplishment was found in her dedication for her Down syndrome son’s care for 60 years. Vera was a foster parent for several children throughout the years. She loved growing beautiful flower gardens and was a wonderful cook and baker. Vera cherished time with her family and was a devoted wife, and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband David (1981), a son Rodney (1989); an infant daughter, Jewel (1962); 2 brothers, Clarence (2001) and John (2001) Olson.

 

Vera is survived by 3 sons: Douglas (Carla) Svedberg of Harden, Montana, Doyle (Ilona) Svedberg of Cook and Lowell Svedberg of Mt. Iron; 3 daughters: Faith (Norman) Skur of Virginia, Vickie (Gerald) Tucker of Iron, and Deanna (Arlen) Westin of Bay City, WI; a brother-in-law, Emory (Sandy) Hendrickson of Sandstone, MN; a sister-in-law, Marie Olson of Cook; 14 Grandchildren: J.D. (Rae Ann) Svedberg, Justin (Rosemerry) Svedberg, Matthew Svedberg, Joshua Svedberg, Sarah Svedberg, Rachel (Jason) Alt, Deborah (Robert) Vazquez, Darrin (Robyn) Skur, David Skur, Mark (Amy) Kangas, Preston (Brenna) Kangas, Amy (Johnny) Carson, Jessica (Dalen) Kruse and Dyanna (Brock) Smith; 23 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Monday (Dec. 16th) at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Virginia . Visitation will be from 2 to 4 PM Sunday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor John Cowan will be the officiant. The soloist will be Gerry Tucker and the pianist Doreen Erickson. The eulogy will be delivered by Darrin Skur (grandson). The casket bearers will be: Douglas Svedberg, Doyle Svedberg, Norman Skur, Arlen Westin, Richard “Kit”Olson and Keith Olson. The honorary bearers will be Matthew Svedberg and Lowell Svedberg. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery 

 

 
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Evelyn “Evie” Mankus, 74, Orr, passed away peacefully at home after a long hard-fought battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.  She was surrounded by her loving family.

 

Evie was born On April 1, 1939 in Virginia, the daughter of Wallace and Katherine (Vukelich) Zick. She grew up and graduated from high school in Orr.  Evie was united in marriage to Leonard Mankus on April 12, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck.  The couple lived in Hibbing for a year, then moved to Orr in 1959.    Evie and her husband Len were the owners and operators of Wally’s Auto, where she was the dedicated secretary and treasurer for 40 years. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and its  Women’s Club.  Evie was proud of the town of Orr and worked towards its improvement, growth and prosperity.  She was instrumental in the formation of the Orr Chamber of Commerce, soft ball field at the school, T-ball and little league programs.  Some of her other projects were collecting Cans for Kids, Cub Scout leader, Orr Lions Club, and many others too numerous to mention.

 

She founded and owned the North Country Motel in Orr. After their retirement Evie and Len had the opportunity to travel together for 20 years and see the country in their RV.  She also had her dream fulfilled  of  traveling to Germany with her husband in September of this year. She was known as a “classy lady” with a  positive and encouraging attitude who always saw the best in others and her town. She cherished time with her family, loved going to her beach on Pelican Lake and enjoyed decorating her home.  Her family fondly recalls that she had an endless “to do list.”

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, the founders of Wally’s Auto in Orr, Wallace “Wally” (2010) and Katherine “Katie” (2012) Zick.

 

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Leonard; one daughter- Terri (Jerry) Charles of Forest Lake; 2 sons- John (Susan) Mankus and Mark (Gina) Mankus  both of Orr; 7 Grandchildren- Lynn Chapeau, Danielle Mankus, David Charles, Dylan Mankus, Myles Mankus, Tessa Mankus and Deidra Mankus; 6 great-grandchildren- Carson, Cyrus, Ava, Cole, Reese and Waylon; one brother- Rev. Wallace (Pat) Zick Jr. of  Stockholm, WI; a nephew- Stephen (Stacey) Zick of Milwaukee, WI; and many friends who will mourn her passing.

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, ( Dec. 14, 2013) from  Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. Visitation will be  6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  The celebrants will be Fr. Jose  Peringarapillil, MCBS  and Rev. Wallace Zick Jr.  Shannon Gunderson will provide the music. Honorary bearers will be her grandchildren.  Spring burial will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.

 

 

 

Herman William Stauner, 89, of Nashwauk passed away Friday, December 6, 2013 at Guardian Angels in Hibbing, MN.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.  

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Herman was born January 7, 1924 to George and Martha (Molls) Stauner in Almena, WI.  He liked tinkering, gardening, fixing tractors, and the color red.  He belonged to the D.A.V. and the Orr Legion.

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Herman was preceded in death by his wife Ina Helen Johnson Stauner 86, 2007, parents; sister, Leona Geisdorf; and brothers, Lawrence and Clarence.

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Survivors include: Children; Linda Rissanen of Orr, Bill (Diane) Stauner of Fairbanks, AK, Denise Vesel of Nashwauk, Donna Klaven of Gheen, Michael Stauner of Minnetonka, Lori (Ray) Streeter of Nashwauk, Special Nephew:  Jim Johnson of Mt. Iron.  9 Grandchildren , 10 Great Grandchildren. Brothers:  Richard Stauner of Lindenhurst, IL,   Robert Stauner of the Twin Cities,  Norbert Stauner of Basin, MT., Ed Stauner of St. Croix, WI.,  Sister: Caroline Knott of East Helena, MT.

 
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John J. Namchek, 48, Cook, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 30,  2013.

 

He was born in Cook on October 2, 1965, the son of James and Lillian (Pliml) Namchek. He grew up in Greaney and attended school in Orr.  Earlier he was employed for Loram, which did railroad maintenance in Canada.  He drove over the road truck for years and  since 2010 he has been in maintenance and health care at Spectrum Carefree Living in Cook.  John was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.  He was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed camping and wood working. 

 

He is preceded in death by  his parents, James (1988) and Lillian (2007), and one brother Gerald Namchek (1976)

 

John is survived by 3 brothers, James (Jill) Namchek of Gheen, William Namchek of Elk Mound, WI and  Robert “Aber” Namchek of Cook; 2 sisters, Georgean “Jean” (Kevin Turner) Namchek of Eveleth and Loretta (Dan) Bogren of Cook; numerous nieces and nephews, along with his dear pet dogs, Ginger, George and Tifa.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday (Dec. 7th) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:30 AM until the hour of service.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Spring interment will be in the Bearville Cemetery.   Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Travis Leonard Lokken 37 of St. Cloud, Minnesota passed away on November 26, 2013. He was born in St. Cloud to Leonard and Cheryl (Rein) Lokken.

After graduating from Apollo High School, Travis proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1994 - 1998 stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. In 1998, Travis went back to St. Cloud Technical and Community College to receive an Associate's Degree to become a licensed electrician.

Travis loved fishing for anything that would bite and spending summer nights at the campfire surrounded by his family. In the winter time, Travis and his family would make their own rink and enjoy a good game of hockey. He was an avid fan of the Vikings, Twins, and most importantly Wild Hockey. Travis enjoyed cooking and baking for his family; especially Ruhbarb Cream Pie and homemade jam; always adding the extra special ingredient of love. Travis had a great sense of humor, quick wit, and a kind heart.

His family meant the world to him. He will be dearly missed.Survivors include his parents, Leonard and Cheryl of Outing; sisters, Leanne of Oronoco, Carrie (Steve) Sura of Sandstone, Jessica (Chip) LeMont of Sartell; nephews, Corey and Casey Sura; nieces, Sadie Sura, Marie and Ella LeMont; and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; aunts, Merideth Krier, Rebecca Dahlberg; uncles, Butch Rein, and Dick Lange.A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. 

 

Travis’ internment at Camp Ripley (MN State Veterans Cemetery) in Little Falls, MN.  It will probably be in April or May and we will post the exact time and date on Travis’ Facebook site and mine.  A private viewing for immediate family only will be held today in St. Cloud at a funeral home. 
 
Leonard.

 

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sctimes/obituary.aspx?n=Travis Lokken&pid=168212036#sthash.HZU5u52x.dpuf

 

In Memory of Travis


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Rebecca Lynn Skraba, age 44,  of Plainview died suddenly at her home on November 21, 2013.  She resided  in the Rochester area for most of her adult life, most recently in Plainview where she enjoyed significant involvement in her community.

An  active member of  St. Joachim's  Catholic  Church, she  sang in the parish  choir  and  taught  in  the  religious  education  program.  She graduated  from  Eveleth -Gilbert  High  School  and  then  went  on to graduate  with  honors  with  a  degree in both Mathematics and Music from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.

She was employed as a Loan Officer with Eastwood Bank in Rochester. A  devoted mother, Becky greatly  enjoyed  atching  her  boys' activities  and  also enjoyed gardening, canning and many outdoor activities.

She  is  survived by  sons  Frank and  Mark  of  Plainview, father,  Eugene (Karen) Skraba of Nashwauk, brother  David (Dawn) Skraba of  Prior Lake, sisters Michelle (Tim) Briski of Coon Rapids, Jennifer Rich of Mt. Iron, several nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded  in death by her mother, Patricia Skraba, maternal grandparents, Leo and Elizabeth Sarazine, and paternal grandparents, Peter and Irene Skraba.

Mass of Christian Burial on F riday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm at St. Joachim's Catholic Church in Plainview, MN with Fr. William Becker presiding. Visitation will be Friday, 12 Noon till time of the service at the church. A private interment will be at a later date.

Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-2003

Information sent by MEg MM Sarazine
 
 
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George W. Nyberg, 86, Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

He was born on October 25, 1927, at Soudan, MN, the son of  AW “Bill” and Marie (Schmid) Nyberg.  He grew up in Ely where he graduated from High School in 1944. After graduation he entered the military, serving honorably in the Marine Corps during World War 11.  After that tour of duty he went to college, after which he enlisted in the Air Force, serving his country again during the Korean Conflict.  While  in the Air Force, he married Nancy Hawkinson on March 26, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  They settled in Duluth, then Virginia.  George was a cost accountant for US Steel’s Minntac plant for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1982.  They had a cabin on Lake of the Woods for 15 years, then  moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook in 1990.   He was a life member of the Crellin-Tini VFW Post #113 in Virginia.  He was active in the Virginia Elks, where he served as Exalted Ruler. Earlier his passion was hunting ducks and he also liked hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed the challenge of solving  word puzzles.  His main interest was visiting with his multitude of friends. 

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy on October 19, 2009; and two sisters, Kathleen Lien and Ruth Poole.

 

George is survived by 1 son, Christopher (Ruth) Nyberg of North Branch, MN; 1 daughter, Kathy (Randy) Anderson of St. Cloud, MN; 5 Grandchildren: Jake (Rachel Capistrant) Anderson, Josh (Heather) Anderson,  Marit (Anthony) Scribner, Andrea Hannon and  Kaia (Sam) Fairbanks; 6 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Katerina, Danielle, Christopher, Stephanie and Kaia; along with many other special relatives and friends.

 

There will be a gathering time to celebrate George’s life from 2 to 4 PM  Saturday, (December 7th) at the Old Muni in Cook, where military honors will be accorded by the Crellin-Tini VFW Post #113 at 3:45 PM.

 

Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  

 

 

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Myrna J. (Goodsky) Kelsey, 75, of Minneapolis, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the Camden Care Center in Minneapolis.

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She was born Myrna Jeanette Goodsky on  August 11, 1938, at Sugarbush, the daughter of Harold and Agnes (Caribou) Goodsky.  She moved to Minneapolis at the age of 13, and has resided in the Twin Cities  area for many years.  Myrna worked for the Pillsbury Company and for Dayton’s (she personally knew Gov. Mark Dayton). Her family fondly recalls that her greatest passion was that of going to garage sales, and that she saved most things she bought.  Myrna had a found love of cats.

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In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Darrell Goodridge; and 2 sisters, Mabel and Mildred Goodsky.

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Myrna is survived by her husband, Joseph; 5 children: Mahlon Goodridge, Francis Goodridge, Sandra Kelsey, Joseph Kelsey and Patrick Kelsey; 1 brother, Dayshun Goodsky; numerous grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews , many friends and her pet cats.

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Traditional services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday (Nov. 23rd) at the Nett Lake Community Center, where visitation will begin after 4:00 PM Friday.  The Spiritual Advisor will be Jim Windigo.  Casket bearers will be family members.

 

Interment will be in the Sugarbush Cemetery, near Orr.  

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Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, MN   

 

 
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Jerry T. Lee, 82, of Britt, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in his home surrounded by his family.

 

He was born Aug. 12, 1931, in Hermitage, Ark., the son of James O. Sr. and Gladys (Thompson) Lee. Jerry was a mechanical engineer and a longtime employee of Potlatch Corporation working in Arkansas and Idaho prior to moving to the Virginia area in 1982, and retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Virginia Elks Lodge, Virginia Masonic Lodge 264 AF&AM, the Crellin-Tini VFW Post 1113, and the Bemidji VFW Post 1260. Jerry also served on the initial Board of Directors for the Mesabi YMCA. Jerry was a fine southern gentleman with a quick wit and a keen sense of humor. He loved to kid around and tell stories and jokes. Jerry was an avid reader, a World War II buff, and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War.

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Jerry is survived by his wife, Susan (Durbin); children, Karen (Howard) Stephenson of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Dr. Michael (Luann) Lee of Alta Vista, Va.; stepdaughter, Lisa (Frank Peterson) Seliskar of Apple Valley, Minn.; grandchildren, Lynn (Jeff) McKinney, Janna Lee, Michael Lee, Ashley Peterson, Morgan Dietrich, Kevin Peterson, Lexi Peterson and Franki Peterson; great-grandchildren, Anna Grace, Emily and Colton Swanson; father–in-law, Donald Durbin (Betty Hilton); sisters-in-law, Mary Lee, Margie Durbin, Penny VanVickle and Tina (Jerry) Durbin; brothers–in-law, Scott (Darlene) Durbin, Donnie (Lisa) Durbin and Paul Durbin; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, and his loyal canine companions, Tippy and Skippy.

 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, J.O. Lee and Craven Lee; mother-in-law ,Julia Durbin; brothers-in-law, Jerry Durbin and David VanVickle; and son-in-law, Frank Peterson.

 

A gathering time for family and friends will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service in the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia. Military honors will be accorded by the Virginia Serviceman’s Honor Guard.

 

Services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com .

 

Jerry was the Plant Manager at the Cook Potlatch Plant.

 
 

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Ronald Albert Bober, 53, of Brookston, Minn., passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. He was born June 26, 1960, in Chisholm, Minn., to Albert and Karen (Simpson) Bober. Ron was a 1978 graduate of AlBrook High School and worked on the family farm while growing up. He attended Hibbing Vo-Tech and worked at Cummins in Hibbing, Minn., and then worked at Bud's Place in Floodwood, Minn. Ron was self-employed for many years and became a business owner of Bober Trucking. His most important accomplishment was his family. He enjoyed camping and taking many family trips.

 

Ron was always willing to help anyone out and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

Ron is survived by his wife, Terry; children, Tiffany Bober, Tyler (Brielle Hendrickson) Bober and Tanner Bober; granddaughter, Mackenzie Suonvieri; his parents, Albert and Karen Bober; brothers, Ralph (Michelle) Bober and Peter (Barbie) Bober; sister, Paulette (Greg) Lind; and nephews and nieces, Brad Bober, Alex Bober, Sara Lind, Katie Lind, Matthew Bober, Marissa Bober, Nicky Fairless, Carolyn Lester, Christina Lester, Jeffery Lester and Crystal Houle.

 

Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service at the Arrowhead Town Hall in Brookston, Minn.

 

The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet to assist them with arrangements.

 

Ron's mother; Karen Simpson Bober is a sister to Bob (Hope) Simpson of Cook. Ron's father is a brother to Patricia (Joseph) Surla of Lake Vermilion/Cook.

 
 
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Dorine D. Milbridge, 84, of Apple Valley and formerly of Eveleth, died peacefully surrounded by her family, on Friday, November 15, 2013 at Community Assisted Living in Apple Valley, MN.

She was born on September 28, 1929 to Russell P. and Emma C. (Falk) Duame in Milwaukee, WI. On July 22, 1950, Dorine was united in marriage to Elmer A. Milbridge in Cook, MN. She was employed at several retail stores and at Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory. In 1991 she retired to Texas, spending her later years in Rockport, TX. In 2009, Dorine moved back to Minnesota and then to Apple Valley to be closer to her family. She enjoyed many types of handiwork; knitting, sewing, crocheting and needlework. Dorine loved animals, traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise (Loren) Forry, Christine (Dennis) Cossalter and Kathy Lawson; grandchildren, Joey Lopac, Aaron Lawson, Jessica (Alex) Johnson, Erik (Jessica) Cossalter, Stefanie Cossalter; ten great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Jill Duame.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer; grandchild, Julie Childs and brother, Dennis Duame.

 

Memorial Mass will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 22, 2013 at Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth. Celebrant will be Fr. Charles P. Flynn. Visitation will be one hour before the mass at the church. Inurnment will be at a later date in Cook Cemetery. Because of Dorine’s love of all animals, memorials are preferred to Contented Critters P.O. Box 385 Makinen, MN 55763.


Dorine Duame Milbridge 84 was the daughter of Russell & Emma Duame. She was the sister of Dennis Duame. She was married to Elmer Milbridge who worked at the Miller's IGA store in Cook. Elmer & Dorine's daughter Denise attended the Cook School before they moved.  Denise was with the 1969 graduating class.

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Dalles Waldner, 71, Mandan, died of cancer on Nov. 13, 2013, at Sanford Health Continuing Care Center off Collins, Mandan. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 18, at Weigel Funeral Home, Mandan, with the Rev. Ron Hildahl officiating. Inurnment will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, with military honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post No. 707 and American Legion Post No. 40.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at Weigel Funeral Home.
Dalles Gene Waldner was born Sept. 18, 1942, in Hutchinson, Minn. He grew up on the family farm near Hector, Minn., graduating from Hector High School in 1960. After graduation, Dal enlisted in the Army, serving from 1962-65, most of the time near Munich, Germany. He was trained as a sharp-shooter and a paratrooper. When he returned from the Army, he moved to Minneapolis and worked in the construction business until 1987 when he started his own trucking business.

In 1973, Dalles married his life-long partner and friend, Lynn Knoll. They resided in Minneapolis until his retirement in 1997, when they moved to Lake Vermilion near Cook, Minn. In 2012, they moved to Mandan.

Dal’s favorite activities included pheasant hunting with friends around Mandan, deer hunting with friends around Cook and fishing with Lynn on Lake Vermilion. At the lake, Dal was the go-to person for fixing and repairing everything for his friends, always available with a helping hand. He leaves behind many friends with many treasured memories. His strong work ethic, his great sense of humor and his ready smile will not be forgotten.

Dalles is survived by his wife, Lynn, Mandan; his brother, Gary (Nancy) Waldner, Omak, Wash.; and his sister, Rita (Mike) Stenlund, Albany, Minn. Further survivors include Waldner nephews, Jeff (Brenda), Olympia, Wash., Eric (Nancy), Bellevue, Wash., and Kurt R.E., Sierra Madre, Calif.; Stenlund nephew, Nicholas (Alicia), Becker, Minn.; and his niece, Stephanie, San Diego.

Dalles was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Elsie Waldner, Hector, Minn.; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frances and Clement (Dusty) Knoll, Mandan.
Memorials can be sent to Pheasants Forever, North Dakota Veterans Cemetery or Sanford Hospice.

Sent by Mike & Kathie Hanson
 

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Barry A. Dillon, 62, Greaney, perished at his residence due to a house fire on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

 

He was born on April 14, 1951 at Cook; the son of Harvey and Gloria (Palmquist) Dillon. He grew up at his grandfather’s logging camp near Ely.  He graduated from Cook High School in 1969.  His greatest joy was at his grandfather’s logging camp near Ely.  It was a place he found beauty, solitude, and great fishing.  Even later, after the camp was taken to be a part of the BWCA, he would often return to the area he loved. 

 

Barry was an over the road truck driver for Munson and drove logging truck locally for David Udovich.  He was an avid outdoorsman and had a keen sense of direction. Being a avid deer hunter, he always went for the trophy buck. Barry was also an avid fisherman.  His other passion was riding his Harley, both locally and on trips throughout the country.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey (2009) and mother Gloria (1984).

    

Barry is survived by 1 brother, Gerald (Irene) LaFlex of Bloomington, MN,; 2 sisters, Sandy Bergman and Sherry Simonson, both of Cook; special friend Cindy Aune; and his faithful companion pet dog, Yogi, who also perished in the fire. 

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 Wednesday (Nov. 20th) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.    A reception in Barry’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW. Interment  will be in the Cook Community Cemetery at a later date.

 

 

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Sophie Woitel Wilkins 92 passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at home surrounded by her family.

 

Sophie was born in 1921 in Rauch, Minn., was a graduate of Hibbing High School and a proud veteran of the Army Air Corp WWII with a rank of Sergeant. She is retired from Lucas Law Firm, Columbus.

 

She is preceded in death by father and mother, Andrew and Puraska (Moskal) Woitel; husband, Frank Lyle; sisters, Mary, Helen, Kay, Ann, and Pearl; brothers, Matthew, Nicholas, Frank and Andrew.

 

She is survived by son, Ronald Wilkins of Gilbert, Ariz.; daughter, Sandra (Ross) Crego of Commercial Point; grandsons, Ryan Wilkins and Kirk (Julie) Crego; granddaughter, Kristin (Russ) Clemens; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Viewing will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Oliver-Cheek Funeral Home, 420 W. Main Street, Ashville. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the funeral home with Pastor Deborah Nance officiating. Burial will follow in Beckett Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Commercial Point Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 96, Commercial Point, Ohio, 43116.

 

In honor of World War Two Veterans



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Barbara Ann Olson Bergman 79, formerly of Crystal River, FL,  passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013 after an extended illness, at Chestnut Grove in VIrginia, MN.

Barbara was born January 20, 1934 in Cloquet, MN to Paul Leonard Olson and Lucille Helen Gnos Olson. She grew up in Cloquet and Cook and graduated from Cook High School in 1952.

She married Mervyn Owen Bergman, son of Owen Bergman and Irene Nurmi Bergman, in August, 1954. The couple moved to the Twin Cities a few years later where they raised their family and spent summers in Cook at  their beloved cabin on Schmidt Island, Lake Vermilion.

Barbara and her children moved to Florida to be near her mother-in-law and childrens' grandmother, Irene Bergman Wehde, after Barbara and Mervyn's marriage ended. The family remained close and continued to enjoy family times at their cabin.

Barbara completed her Bachelor's Degree in Library Science at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She was the Media Specialist at the Crystal River Middle School for many years until her retirement.  After a few more years in Florida and an annual return to the lake for the summers, she decided to return to Cook permanently. She lived at the Homestead before becoming ill and relocating to Virginia.

Barbara was an avid reader and an accomplished musician.  She loved her students at the middle school, and many of them kept in touch with her long into their adulthood.  Barbara loved to bake bread and cookies, much to the delight of her children and nieces and nephews.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Lucille Olson; brother-in-law Irvin (Ole) Swanson; mother-in-law and one of her best friends, Irene (Owen) Bergman Wehde.  She is survived by her children Lynn (Gerard) Policastro, TN; Scott Bergman, St. Paul; Paul (Tina) Bergman, FL; and Clair Waters Bergman, FL; grandchildren David Waters and Katherine Waters, FL; dear sister Paula (Ole) Swanson, and their sons David and Dan, Twin Cities; dear sister Marsha (Edmund) Zottola, Lake Vermilion, and their children Joseph, Sarah, Joshua and Theresa. Also, her dear friend and sister-in-law Joanne Bergman (Edward Borowiec), and her children Julie, Jill, Tom, and Joy, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and by former husband and friends Mervyn and Sheila Bergman, honorary son Steven, his wife Andrea Bergman and their little daughter Kara.

Barbara selected cremation, and a private family service will be held at a later date.

 

 

Barbara was a 1952 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

Obituary sent by Joanne Bergman

 
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Kenneth J. Dehn, 38, of  Chaska, MN, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in Chaska.

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Ken was born in Anoka, MN on March 1, 1975 to Gary and Rosalie Dehn.  Ken was a master mechanic and successful business owner.  He loved his shop, it was his “church.”  Ken would say, “I don’t have customers - I have friends.”  His life began in Cook, MN, where he learned to love the woods and appreciate all that nature offered.  Ken loved growing up on a farm, and thought all the animals were his “pets.”  Hockey became his passion early in life and he played for Cook, Chisholm and Hibbing.  He excelled as a goalie, even drawing attention from scouts and John Casey of the North Stars.  After graduating from Cook High School, Ken began his life in the Twin Cities, where he married Lauren Taylor and was blessed with two daughters, Halie and Abigail.  Spending time exploring nature with the girls was his greatest joy.  Hunting, trapping, and certainly not least, catfishing, were lifelong passions that Ken shared with everyone he called friend.   Ken became a teacher and mentor to all.  His life and lessons will continue long after we are all gone.  Life is about living and loving.  And the most valuable thing in the world is spending time with those you love.

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He is preceded in death  by his mother, Rosalie Dehn.

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Surviving are his daughters, Halie and Abigail Dehn; his father, Gary (Marie) Dehn of Angora, MN; brothers, Stephen Marben and Curtis (Weronica) Dehn, both of Excelsior, MN, a nephew, Brandon Dehn, and many other precious family members and friends.                                         Rest in Peace, Catfish Hunter

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday, (Nov. 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  A reception in Ken’s honor will follow at the South Switch.  All are welcome.   

 
 

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Roy Edward Gustavsson, 53, of Duluth  and  formerly of Hibbing, died Nov. 6, 2013, at his home.

 

He was born on April 8, 1960 in Cook to John and Margaret (Groh) Gustavsson. He was the seventh of eight children. Roy’s heart belonged in Hibbing, and besides his dedication and love of family, he had a lifelong love of playing softball. He also thoroughly enjoyed darts and golf. He graduated from Hibbing High School and Hibbing Community College.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Teri; four sons: Jacob (Erika), Daniel (Sharon), Nathan and Eric; three daughters: Rena and Megan Gustavsson and Allison Maier; two grandchildren, Jackson and Talan; two brothers, Knute (Peggy) and Dale; five sisters: Karen Gustavsson, Judy (Bob) Erickson, Linda Swanson, Carol (Ron) Cackoski and Jill (Don) Ostermann; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 

Roy was preceded in death by his father in 1977; his, mother in 2005; and a brother-in-law, Clifford Swanson in 2008.

 

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at Cremation Society of Minnesota, 4100 Grand Ave. in Duluth. The Rev. Cole Kracke will officiate.

 

Visitation: Will be held for one hour prior to the service Monday at the Cremation Society. Refreshments immediately following.

 

A memorial open house visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Refreshments will be served. At 5 p.m. friends and family will have an opportunity to eulogize Roy by sharing their fondest memories and stories.

 

Roy lived with his family south of the Gheen Corners off highway 53, before the family moved to Hibbing.

 

 
 

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Richard “Dick” Chapman, 74, of Linden Grove Township, near Cook, died on Friday, November 1, 2013, the result of injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

 

He was born on July 27, 1939, in Minneapolis, the son of Carl and Lucille (Warren) Chapman.   He grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Osseo High School in 1957.

 

After graduation Dick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Okinawa, where his military specialty was as a cryptologist (de-coder). After his tour of duty, he returned to Minneapolis, where he was employed as a commodities trader for Pillsbury Corporation.  He married Jacqueline A. Simpson on May 22, 1970 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They lived in Minneapolis after marriage then moved to Linden Grove Township in 1977, where he has since resided. Dick was the dedicated executive director for the Cook Housing Authority for 25 years, and also owned Chapman’s Appraisals, which specialized in residential housing. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Cook. Dick had a remarkable knowledge and interest in history and collected historical memorabilia.  He served as past president of the St. Louis County Historical Society.  He  proudly served on the advisory committee of  the Veterans Memorial Hall in Duluth and also was an assistant ride captain of the Minnesota Patriot Guard.  Some of his most memorable times were those spent with family and different groups on fishing trips to Canada. He enjoyed music festivals and going to the “show and go” drag racing at Brainerd with his brother Doug.  He will be fondly remembered for his humor, kind heartedness and his love of God, country and fellow man.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline (2003) and a brother in law, Douglas Swenson (2004).

 

Dick is survived by one daughter, Susan (Scott) Thomas of Cook;  one grandson, Erik Thomas of Cook; one brother, Douglas (Nancy) Chapman of Maple Grove, MN; two sisters, Juliane Swenson of Zimmerman, MN and Merrily Chapman-West of Austin, TX, his faithful companion pet dog, Autie; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. 

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (Nov. 8th) at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Pastor Randy Swenson will be the officiant.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be Erik Thomas, Gregg Swenson, Jeff Swenson, Kyle Swenson, Josh Swenson and Scott Thomas.  Honorary bearers will be: Douglas Chapman, Craig Chapman and Jeremy Chapman.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, the Orr American Legion Post #480, and member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  

 

In Memory of Dick

 

From the Hibbing Daily News

ANOGRA — A Cook man was killed in a rear-end collision Friday evening on Highway 53 just north of E. Anton Road.

 

Richard E. Chapman, 74, died after he struck the rear of a construction truck and was ejected from his vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m.

 

Chapman was traveling northbound on Highway 53 from Anton Road when his 2014 Dodge Dakota pick-up collided with a 2013 Kenworth construction truck being driven by Donald L. Tonn, 51, of Crosby, as he was also heading north on Highway 53. 

 

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Richard Allen Hill, 87, passed away Friday, November o1, 2013.  A native of Cook, Minnesota and a  longtime resident of New Bern, North Carolina, Richard was a US Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He retired as a maintenance mechanic with Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill. He loved boating, fishing, bowling, dogs, cats, birds but his greatest passion was gardening. He was always outside picking up pine cones, mowing every few days, weeding the garden and planting flowers. With his competitive nature he enjoyed playing FreeCell, cards and working on puzzles. He had a keen mind and was always searching for a solution to a problem. Throughout his life Richard was a man of faith and attended St. Andrew Lutheran Church. He was a kind compassionate man and will greatly be missed by many. Richard is proceeded in death by his parents, Hugh and Amelia Hill, brother Ray Hill, and his previous wife, Bernice "Bunny" Lisowski Hill.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Monday, November 4, 2013 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church with Rev. Dr. Theodore Rust officiating. Burial will follow at Greenleaf Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 5-7:00 PM, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Pollock~Best Funeral Home and other times at the family home. Those wishing to offer words of hope and condolences may visitwww.pollockbest.com. 

Richard is survived by his wife, Audrey Sundquist Floyd Hill; son, David (Nancy) Hill, of New Bern, NC; step-son, Gregory (Sandy) Floyd, of Plymouth, MN; step-daughters, Jill (Michael) Klapatch of Chisholm, MN; Julie (Richard) Scheuring, of Cook, MN; his brother, Donald (Madeline) Hill, of Albuquerque, NM; sisters, Ruth Frick, of Estero, FL; Phoebe Jay, of Fayetteville, AR; Bona (Cliff) Achord, of Mountain Grove, MO; and Frances Guido, of LaGrange, IL. Richard also leaves behind his grandchildren, Anna Hill, Justin Floyd, Jason Floyd, Jennie Lund, Josh Klapatch, Rochelle Rentschler, Katie Lorenz; and his great grandchildren, Jordin, Jackson, Noah, Caleb, Clara, Clayton, Audrey, Rex, Madden; and several nieces and nephews.

Thanks to Julie (Richard) Scheuring of Cook for sending the above obitiuary of her step-father Richard Hill. Julie's father Richard Floyd was a long time St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff for the Cook area. Dick passed away in 1994 at the age of 59. Julie's mother then married Richard Hill and moved out east. Richard Hill's nephew Steve (Debbie) Hill  lives at Cook and owns and  operates the Hill Wood Products which was started by his Grandfather Hugh Hill, his father Raymond and Uncles Richard and Donald.

 

 

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Zoe Clarice King, 79, Orr, passed away peacefully at home on Oct. 31, 2013.

 

She was born on July 13, 1934 the daughter of Arthur and Matilda (Erickson) Refsdal in Cook.

 

Zoe is survived by her husband William E. “Bill” King, two sons, Bradley King of Orr and Timothy (Laurie) King of Lakeville, MN one sister, Lois Larson of Cook ; one brother Wally (Marilu) Refsdal of Cook; and  two grandchildren Tyler and Jayme King of Lakeville.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, and one brother John Refsdal.

 

As per her request, there will be no formal funeral service. Private family services were held with burial at the Leiding Cemetery in Orr.

 

If desired, memorials can be directed to either Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners, P.O. Box 244, Cook, MN 55723 or American Cancer Society -Hope Lodge, 2500 University Ave South East, Mpls, MN 55414.  

 

Arrangements were with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
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Hunter Roy John Feltus, 5 day old precious infant of Samantha Hannine and Corey Feltus of Angora, passed away on  Friday, October 25, 2013, at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

 

He was born at the Virginia Regional Medical Center on October 20, 2013. During his all too brief life, he  captured the hearts, love and dreams of his family who dearly loved him.

 

In addition to his parents, Hunter is survived by his maternal grandparents, Tom and Jodi Whiteside of Cook and Jon and Jessica Parker Hannine of Linden Grove-Cook; paternal grandparents, Randy and Theresa Kraskey Feltus of Nashwauk; maternal great grandparents, Ken and Jolene Blake of Gheen, Barb Hannine of  Cook and Frances “Fran” Gustason of Cook;  paternal great grandparents, Harold Kraskey in Florida and Donald and Barbara Feltus in Nashwauk; along with aunts, uncles and numerous special extended family.

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A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Friday (Nov. 1st) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Randy Swenson will be the officiant.  .

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Melvin Albin Bakk, 92, Cook, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth

 

He was born on February 8, 1921, at home in East Littlefork, near Cook; the son of  Jacob and Hannah (Barthell) Bakk.  He grew up in Cook, where he lived most all of his life. Mel honorably served his country in the Navy during World War II.  After his tour of duty he completed the 2 year carpentry course at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He worked on the initial construction of the Erie Mining plant in Hoyt Lakes and Reserve Mining in Babbitt. Mel married Audrey I. Schelde on October 3, 1953  in Cook.  In 1958 Mel became the first camp director of  Camp Vermilion, which flourished under his diligent care and direction the next 19 years.  He then went on to run “LaCroix Outfitters”, a family run canoe outfitters business. Mel lived a life of public service which included almost 30 years of dedicated service as: Owens Township Supervisor, Cook Hospital and Nursing Home Board member, and was a founding member of the St. Louis County  Rescue Squad.  He also served as City Clerk of Cook, and on the boards of Range Respite, Habitat for Humanity and Center for Independent Living. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook and previously served as a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.  He was one of the founding members of the Meadow Hunting Club which had its origin 75 years ago. He also belonged to the Orr American Legion Post #480.  Mel appreciated and enjoyed all forms of recreation in Minnesota’s northwoods.

 

He is preceded in death by, 1 daughter Sara Ann Bakk (1967); one son Timothy Bakk (2003); 5 brothers, Alarik (2012), Clarence (2011), Ralph (2001), Gunnar (1995) and Arthur (1988); 4 sisters Alice Midura (2000), Myrtle Davidson, and Agnes and Inez Bakk in infancy.

 

Mel is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Audrey; 1 son Senator Tom (Laura) Bakk of Lake Vermilion-Cook; one daughter Vicki Bakk of Virginia; 4- grandchildren; Michael (Kelly) Bakk of Mt. Iron, Mark (Andrea) Bakk of Saginaw, Elizabeth  Giorgi and Adam Giorgi both of Columbia Heights; 2 step-grandchildren Holly (Joel) Hassenzahl and Peter DeRose; 4-Great grandchildren Benjamin, Cooper, Cassidy and Mara,  along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, (Oct. 26th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant.  Special music will be provided by Candy Rule.  The honorary bearers will be: Michael Bakk,  Mark Bakk, Elizabeth Giorgi, T.J. Paulson, Dave Stanton Adam Giorgi, Greg Miller and also the Meadow Hunting Club members and St. Louis County Rescue Squad founding members. Combined military honors will be accorded by the Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757. Burial will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. A reception in Mel’s honor will be in the church social hall immediately after the service.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Viola Kmett, 95, a longtime resident of Eveleth, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Essentia Health-Virginia Care Center.

 

She was born Sept. 7, 1918, in Biwabik to Joseph and Josephine (Donatelle) Colangelo. Viola graduated from Biwabik High School in 1937. She had worked at Troy Laundry, Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory in Gilbert and Virginia and was a homemaker. She was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, sewing club and the Chisholm Polka Club.

 

She is survived by her children, Douglas (Mary Beth) Podpeskar of Eveleth, Pat (Dick) Olson of Orr and Debbie (Bob) Hallstrom of Eden Prairie, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Marsha Podpeskar of International Falls, Minn.; grandchildren, Michael (Tracy) Podpeskar, Blaine Olson, Seth (Jamie) Olson, Derek (Rebecca) Podpeskar, David Podpeskar, Jada Filipovich and Chelsea Filipovich; three stepgrandsons; great-grandchildren, Brandon Podpeskar, Jaydon Podpeskar, Bailee Olson and Dominic Podpeskar; sister, Elizabeth (Earl) Chellew of Silver Bay, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews and extended families.

 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Michael A. Podpeskar and Vincent Kmett; son, Don Podpeskar; and infant son, Gary.

 

Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth. The Rev. Charles P. Flynn will be the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will be in Gilbert Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home, Eveleth. To sign the guest book online and to leave a memorial message, go to: www.cron-sheehy.com .

 

Pat & Dick Olson are formerly of Cook

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Mildred Elaine Maki 90, Cook, formerly of St.Paul, passed away at her residence on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

 

She was born on August 26, 1923 at Smithville, Tennessee.  She went to Peabody College (Vanderbilt University) in Nashville,TN, then completed a 3 year nurses training program. While in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she met her future husband Neil O. Maki, who was in the Army stationed in the area. Neil grew up  and attended school in Cook. 

 

They married on June 26, 1946, in St. Paul.  The couple settled in East St. Paul, where they raised their 3 children.  Elaine was a registered nurse  and nursing instructor at St. John’s Hospital in St. Paul.  Neil was employed with the U.S. Postal service in St. Paul.  After their retirement they moved to the Cook area in 1974.   Neil passed away in 1999, and Elaine has been making her residence at the Pioneer Building the past 4 years.

 

She is survived by 2 sons, Steven of Cook and Eric (Cindy) of Overland, Kansas; 1 daughter, Mary (Laszlo) Govrik of Lester Prairie, Minnesota; 8 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews.

 

Services will be held at a later announced date.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook  

 

 

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Douglas Phillip Burris 61 of Elbow Lake Cook died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth.
 
Douglas was born December 5, 1951, in Cook. He lived his entire life on Elbow Lake, 12 miles north of Cook. He attended the Cook School. Doug worked with the family business as a contractor.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother; Manley Burris Jr., age 23 on October 11, 1969. His father Manley Burris Sr age 77 on February 02,2000.
 
Doug is survived by his mother, Inez; brothers, Jerry & Anna, Ron, John and Tom; sisters, Barb and Marion; several nieces and nephews and special cousins; also many friends.
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date. August 17, 2014 at Elbow Lake.

 

 

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Zack (Zachariah) Michael Smith, (30),  of Santa Monica, California, died peacefully in his sleep from cancer on October 12, 2013. 

 

Zack was born December 11, 1982.  He is survived by his father, Michael Smith (formerly from Cook), of Santa Monica; his mother, Elayne Lappi, of Sandy Township; his brother, Jared Smith, of Santa Monica; his grandparents, Roger and Doris Lappi, of Cook; a half brother and three half sisters, of Santa Monica; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 

Sent by his mother; Elayne Lappi, a 1979 graduate of the Cook High School

 


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Lois Susan (Rahikainen) Mulvihill, 75, of Forest Lake, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, after a full and productive life.

Lois loved family and friends, her home and her annual trips to Florida. She will be remembered well by all those who knew her. Special thanks to the compassionate and caring staff from the Birchwood health Care Center and Fairview Lakes Hospice.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Amr), and Michael; and grandson, Anthony.

In lieu of services, a gathering of family and friends will be held at Stella’s on 97, in Forest Lake, Minn., from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. There will be a private interment.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew, on May 09, 1988.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society, or in care of Susan Mulvihill.

Lois was the daughter of Veikko 61, 1978 & Gerturude 84,2002 (Alt) Rahikainen. She was a 1956 graduate of the Alango High School. Cousins of Lois living in the Cook area are; Larry and Lee Phillips and Jeff Alt.

 

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Shirley L. Lindgren, 85, Cook, passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

She was born Shirley LaVerne Hegg in Cook on June 18, 1928, the daughter of Mark and Elma (Anderson) Hegg.  She lived in Cook most of her life, growing up in the Silverdale area. When she was 16 she went to work in Hibbing. She married Wayne E. Lindgren on August 26, 1946 in Virginia, then settled in Cook where they raised their family. She worked for the Cooper Restaurant in Cook and later she cleaned for the Senior Citizens.  Wayne was a carpenter in the area.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Rebecca Circle and belonged to the Cook VFW Auxiliary.  She enjoyed needlework and tending to her beautiful  flower gardens.  Her family fondly recalls that she was “not selective” in that she was kind and caring to all and that she cherished her grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne on January 6, 1983; 2 sons Jim in 1998 and Ronald in 2002; and  3 brothers, Donald, Leonard and Arnold “Sonny” Hegg.

 

Shirley is survived by 2 sons Larry (Debbie) Lindgren of Angora and Donnie (Paula Lamke) Lindgren of Cook; one daughter Patricia (Steven) Strader of Rolesville, N.C.; 2 sisters Betty Goerts of Duluth and Carol Hartnell of Cook, numerous special grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 Am Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Field Township Cemetery. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. A reception in Shirley’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW and all are welcome to attend. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.   

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Helen J. Booth, 94, longtime  Togo resident, died  on  Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in the Bigfork Valley Hospital.


Born March 14, 1919 in Bearville Township, she was the daughter of Matt and Hanna (Kaatialla) Silta. She had lived most of her life in the Togo area, had lived in Bovey for 11 years, and most recently in Bigfork. Helen and Wilbur S. “Bud” Booth were married on November 30, 1939. She had been a member of the Bear River Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid, Girl Scouts, P.T.A., and had been the Togo postmaster for over 20 years.


Her Parents, Matt 81,1971 and Hanna 79,1965 Kaatilala Silta; a son, Jim Booth; a grandson, David Jaranson; a brother, John Silta 74,1989; and two sisters, Selma 94,2008 (Richard 99,2011) Olson and Mary 80,1997 (Charles 69,1956) Blackmer preceded her in
death.


Survivors include her husband, “Bud”; a son, Richard (Linda Lee) Booth of Grand Rapids; daughters, Jeri (Pete) Belschner and Jean Jaranson, both of Side Lake; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.


Visitation will be 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in the Bethel – Trinity Lutheran Church, Bovey. Interment will be in the Bearville
Cemetery at a later date. A memorial service will also be held in the Bigfork Valley Villa chapel at a later date.

 

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Leona E. Swanson, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at her residence.

 

She was born Leona Elsie Niemi at home in Sturgeon Township on April 10, 1934, the daughter of Richard and Vienna Niemi.  She grew up in Sturgeon Township, graduating from Alango School in 1952.  She married Rollin “Red” Swanson on November 30, 1952 at Bear River. Leona  retired from the Cook Hospital, where she worked many dedicated, rewarding years for its Adult Day Care.   

 

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango, Cook Lion’s Club and Red Hat Society.  Leona  loved to play volleyball, cards, dice, Bunko, Keno, cribbage, smear and a wicked game of spoons. Her family fondly recalls that she took great pride in a spotless home,  both loved and hated mowing grass (as it had to be meticulous and required much time) and cultivated her vegetable and flower gardens that made her home a show place. Leona was an avid supporter, encourager and follower of her children’s and grandchildren’s  sports and activities.  As a showing of their appreciation, she once received a “Red and Leona” fans of the year plaque from the Cook Hockey Club. She will be remembered for her boundless energy, dedication to family and as a loyal friend.  She will be sadly missed by not only her family, but  the many who have come to know her throughout the years.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 46 years, Rollin “Red” on November 12, 1998; and Daniel Swanson-her talented and  much beloved grandson, who passed away much too soon, on July 27, 2005.

 

Leona is survived by 4 sons Tom (Toni) Swanson, Terry (Sharon “Toni”) Swanson, Todd (Char) Swanson all of Sturgeon Township, and Tim (Anita) Swanson of Lake Vermilion-Cook; 1 daughter Diana (Darin) Thornton of Hibbing;  14 grandkids - Brandy, Christine (Corey), Stephanie (Josh), Kris (Beth), Aaron (Deidre), Casey (Angela), Dustin (Nicolle), Ashley (Sivan), Seth (Megan), Tayler, Cody, Amy, Dana and Bonnie;  23 Great Grandkids: Darnell, Cade, Braxton, Braylon, Davin, Camryn, Addison, Annie, Tyler, Logan, Alexander, Piper, Hunter, Makaela, Alix, Peyton, Brady, Jacob, Autumn, Ryan, Xavier, Jack and Edmund;  brother-in-law Robert Swanson of Logan, Utah; sister-in-law Karen (Arnold) Maki of Virginia, MN; her beloved dog Rollie, numerous cousins and a host of wonderful friends.

 

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, October 10, 2013 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Brenda Tibbetts, AiM, will be the officiant.  Honorary bearers will be Leona’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Burial will be in the Alango Cemetery. A reception in Leona’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW immediately after the service.

 

 

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Kenneth Roland Ostlund age 80 of Marine on St. Croix, MN passed away in a car accident on October 4th, 2013.

Survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Barb; children Jennifer (Tom) Evens (Cold Spring, MN); John (Toni) Ostlund (Forest Lake, MN); Scott (Lise) Ostlund (Grant, MN); Ten grandchildren, one great-grandchild; sister Elsie Latendresse (Cottage Grove, MN); and many nieces and nephews.

Born the youngest of five to Swedish immigrants on the family farm in Gheen, MN on September 21st, 1933 he left to serve his country in the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army. After returning home he attended and graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis in 1959. 

He met his soul mate at her brother's wedding and they were married in January 1960.  Ken and Barb started to raise their family and moved from Minneapolis to build their own home in Marine during the summer of  1969. 

Ken worked as a civil engineer for 3M most of his career, a company he was very proud of, and retired at age 62.  He greatly enjoyed his retirement years by spending time with family, documenting the family ancestry, restoring old Farmall tractors and  helping his son and daughter-in-law at the Marine Garage. He was an avid cribbage and 500 player and loved to play solitaire on the computer in his free time. 

He was very proud of his Swedish heritage and sought opportunities, such as volunteering at the Gammelgarden museum, to speak Swedish and pass along Swedish traditions.  He was an active member of the Lions Club and Christ Lutheran Church in Marine.  He was loved by many and will be greatly missed and has left countless cherished memories.

 

The visitation is Thursday the 10th of October from 4pm to 8pm at Bradshaw Funeral home in Stillwater, MN.  The funeral is at Christ Lutheran Church in Marine on St. Croix on Friday the 11th at 11am.

 

The above information and photo sent by Ken's son Scott.

 

The notice of death also received from Ken's nephew Bill Woods of Boise, Idaho, and friend; John Nylund of Cook.

 

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Kenneth Enio Oja, 64, of Britt, died unexpectedly on October 3, 2013, after playing basketball. He was born in Virginia MN on July 9, 1949 to Arnold and Bertha (Jutila) Oja. He graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl MN in 1967, Mesabi State Community College in Virginia MN in 1969 and the University of Minnesota with a degree in Mechanical engineering in 1972. Ken worked for many years in Texas, Louisiana and Florida as an engineer. He later worked as a letter carrier in Florida.

 

Ken had many and varied interests and excelled in academics, sports, woodworking and “fix-it” projects. He never forgot his friends or Finnish heritage. Ken was involved in the Knights of Kaleva in Virginia, Senior Center in Buhl and the Unitarian Church in Virginia. He enjoyed playing basketball and he played cards several times a week. He will be do deeply missed by many people.

He is survived by his: Brothers: Edwin (Paulette) Oja of Coon Rapids MN. ,Dale Oja of Glennallen AK

Sisters: Kathleen Stratton of Glennallen AK., Carol (Robert) Freeman of Duluth MN. Step-Sister: Joanne (Al) Johnson of Mountain Iron MN. Step-Brother: Matthew Scorich of Mountain Iron MN, Special Friend: Lorraine Erickson of Virginia MN.

Former wife: Glannella “Gig” Oja and step-son Michael, both of Florida.

Ken is survived by many Finnish “sisu” cousins including the Rekonens, Muhonens, Taivals, Jutilas, and Braskis. He also had several nieces and nephews, who were very special to him.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Range Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday, October 18, 2013 from 5-7 at the funeral home and continuing one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit

 

 

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John Bowman Sr.,92, of Ely , died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 7, 2013 at Soudan Baptist Church in Soudan MN at 12:30 PM with visitation starting at 10:30 AM. Pastor Gary Watts will officiate. Memorials are preferred and should be made to his wife, Genevieve Bowman, in care of:  Boundary Waters Care Center, 328 W Conan ST, Ely, MN 55731.

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John was born to John W and Inez (Holm) Bowman on September 06, 1921 in Soudan, MN.  Following his graduation from High School, he established his career working in the mines as a millwright all over the Iron Range.  He married Genevieve (Erickson) on July 22, 1961 in Virginia, MN.

John was lovingly called “Bud” by his siblings and friends, a nickname that was particularly fitting; since he was an instant friend to everyone he met. John enjoyed anything that had to do with nature, relishing a weekend on the lake.  He loved to fish, hunt, and feed all the wild animals that would walk or fly into his yard.  He also enjoyed taking care of his dogs and horses.  Additionally, John loved to plant and harvest every summer, producing the most bountiful garden in the neighborhood.  Most of all, he loved the Lord, and would grasp any opportunity to share and minister to others in need.  John will be missed, and his imprint forever stamped on our hearts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Eleanor of Virginia, his brothers Eugene (Lorraine) Bowman of Cook, and James “Jimmy” Bowman of Virginia, and a sister, Caroline “Sis” of Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, his daughter Priscilla Rafdahl, of Rochester, MN his son, John D. Jr of Soudan, his son-in-law, Keith Rafdahl and his daughter-in-law Jessica (nee Matteson).  He delighted in his grandchildren, Keith Jr, Kody, Krista, Keil, Jordan, Michael, and Gemma.  He was also honored to be a great-grandfather to Trinity, Blaze, Caden, Durzo, and a new great-grandchild due in March of next year.  He is further survived by his siblings, Edith (David) Peterson of Grantsburg, WI, and Martha Kortes of Virginia, MN and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guestbook or to send condolences, please visit,www.rangefuneralhomes.com. 

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Paul D. Bruns, 80, Orr, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Cook Hospital, surrounded by his family who loved him.

 

He was born on June 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Herman and Evelyn (Goff) Bruns. He grew up in Iowa where he graduated from high school. He served his country in the Air Force for 10 years, where he was an air traffic controller.  As an air traffic controller, Paul extensively traveled the world through the Air Force, having the good fortune to see 37 countries.  In the Air Force, he met his lifelong friend Jim Howard, who introduced  him to Orr, Minnesota. Paul fell in love with Orr from the first time he visited.

 

After his tour of duty he settled in Duncanville, Texas and  married Zelda J. Rogers in  Willow Springs, TX.  Paul owned and operated Trans Texas Brick and Paul D. Bruns Trucking.  While in Texas he belonged to the First Christian Church,  Rotary and Lion Clubs and was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America.  His yearly deer hunting trips to Orr with friends brought him and Zelda to Orr permanently in 1983.   In 1985, he and Zelda purchased Mel’s IGA, which they owned and operated until 2010.  Though the store burnt down on June 27, 1994, they completely rebuilt and reopened in May of 1995.  

 

He was on the committee of Sommer’s Canoe Base in Ely – which brought Boy Scouts from all over to the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area for training and recreation. He was an avid outdoorsman-especially cherished time at the deer hunting shack with friends, loved traveling and had a passion for reading. He was a student of history and geography and could pour over maps of the world being knowledgeable of most places, including the rivers.   Paul will be greatly missed  but not forgotten by his family and those who have come to know him through the years.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Paul is survived by his wife Zelda of Orr; a son Brian (Lisa) Bruns of Orr; a  step-daughter Lisa Bogdanovich of Orr; 2-step-sons Donnie (Kristen) Smith of Brandon, Fl and Royce Norris of Athens, TX; one brother Robert (Linda) Bruns of Denver, CO;  3 sisters: Ann Grimm, Kay (Bill) May and Mary Roper all of Fort Collins, CO; 6  grandchildren, including very special grandchild, Kaylee Froemming, Alex and Taylor Bruns, Brad and Jeremy Curtis and  Jeremy Norris; 4 great-grandchildren: Izabel Froemming, Ryan Curtis, Faithlyn Curtis and Natalie Curtis; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

 Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Friday (Sept. 27th) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Visitation will be held from 6-8 pm Thursday from the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  Casket bearers will be Tim Olson, Trent Bak, Brian Sullivan, LeRoy Eddy, Rick Howard (godson) and Terry Howard.  Honorary bearers will be Mike Lang, Donnie Smith,  Gen. Thomas Landwermeyer, Royce Norris and Alex Bruns.  Military honors will be accorded by the Orr American Legion Post #480,and The Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Bois Forte Honor Guard. A reception in Paul’s Honor will follow the service at Paul’s home on Myrtle Lake, Orr.  Burial will later be in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

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Philip B. Shoemaker, 64, Buyck, passed away on September 17, 2013 at Chestnut Grove Memory Center in Virginia.

 

He was born on January 10, 1949 the son of Donald and Wanda (Miller) Shoemaker in Dayton, Ohio. The family moved to Buyck when Phil was 4 years old. He grew up in Buyck and graduated from  Orr High School in 1967.  In high school he excelled in track and was the recorded  fastest runner for Orr; a record that still may stand. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed in Thailand. After his tour of duty, he furthered his education at Eveleth Vocational Technical Institute, completing the course in carpentry, and served as Vice President of its Vets Club. He worked as a carpenter for Minntac for a time and ventured to Alaska, where he worked in a cannery for a year. He settled in Las Vegas where he was employed as a plumber for the city for 20 years, retiring in 2008.  He married Nancy LaBelle on February 14, 2003 at Henderson, Nevada. They returned back to Buyck where he pursued his passion of grouse hunting. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten by his family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by one brother Chris “Boots” Shoemaker on March 5, 2011

 

Phil is survived by his wife Nancy of Buyck; his mother and father Donald and Wanda Shoemaker of Clyde, NC; a daughter Katie (Erik) Vanous of Coleraine; 2 step-sons: Troy Brett of Buyck and Jamie (Lindsay) Brett of North Branch; one step- daughter, Tracy (Brian) Chapman of Andover, MN; 1 brother, Greg (Gayle) Shoemaker of Buyck; 2 sisters, Gigi (Brad) Lawless of Sanford, FL and Lou Shoemaker  of FL;  3 grandchildren-Anthony, Hayden and Logan Vanous; 5 step- grandchildren:Brett Chapman, Taylor, Haily, Scotty and Megan Brett; one great-grandson, Easton Brett; along with several nieces and nephews.  

 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Orr American Legion with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Roger Parrish Siggelkow will be the officiant.   Military honors will be accorded by Orr American Legion Post #480 and The Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757. A reception in Phil’s honor will immediately  follow the service in the Legion Hall. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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Eugene T. Siddell III, 60, Gheen, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by his loving family at Essentia Health –St. Mary’s Hospital in  Duluth on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.

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Gene was born on October 21, 1952 at Rahway, New Jersey, the son of Eugene Jr. and Rosemarie (Easer) Siddell . He grew up in New Jersey until the age of 9, then moved with his family to Gheen.  

 

He is a graduate of the Orr High School class of 1970.

 

He  married Susan K. Kocar on June 24, 1973 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. The couple lived in Gheen where they raised their 3 wonderful children.

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Gene was employed with Minntac in Mt. Iron for 30 years retiring, in 2003. After retirement from the mines he worked 5 years as a carpenter for Norman Nelson, then finally retired this past fall.

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Gene loved vacationing with family and friends, enjoyed walleye fishing and riding bike with his wife, deer hunting with family, along with helping family and friends with projects. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed his yard and took great pride with the way it looked. His family meant the most to him, he loved spending quality time with his children and all 8 of his grandchildren. He avidly followed his grandchildren in all their activities and interests. Everything Gene did and loved was done with his beloved wife Sue - they were inseparable. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten by all who have come to know him.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene (1996) and Rosemarie (1987).

 

Gene is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Susan; children; Tina (Jeff) Chaulklin of Cook, Heather Chavers of Angora, Eugene (Lacey Premo) Siddell IV of Hibbing; brother  Dennis (Judy) Siddell of Milwaukee, WI; son-in-laws Eddie Chavers and Jeff Hunt; 8 cherished grandchildren - Jeffrey, Austin, Christopher, Hailey, Eugene, Austin, Payton and Jace; one aunt, Kathy Graber of Pelican Lake-Orr; special friends Bob Howe and Mike Friend; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other family and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM. Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. A reception in Gene’s honor will be held in the church social hall after the service. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

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David William Benoit, 37, Soudan, formerly of Cook, died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

 

He was born  on July 31, 1976, in Duluth, the son of Martin “Marty” Benoit and Lynann Gradin. He grew up mostly in Duluth, but also lived in Colorado, Texas and West Germany, while his father served in the Army.  He married Kristine “Krissy” M. Bourassa on June 30, 2000 in Brookston, MN.   They lived in Cook for many years, and most recently moved to Soudan.  David was a longtime carpenter and a member of the Carpenters Local 606.  He was an inventor, tinkered and enjoyed building things.  His family fondly recalls him being an avid car stereo enthusiast. He loved to fish and especially hunting with his daughter Hanna.

 

David is survived by his wife, Kristine “Krissy”; 3 children, Jacob, Hanna and Emily, all at home; his parents, Marty Benoit of Duluth and Lynann (Ernie) Vines of Cook; 2 brothers, Jeremie Benoit of Duluth and Timothy Benoit of Superior, WI; along with numerous special extended family. 

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, (Sept. 18th) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Family and friends are welcome one hour prior to the service.   A reception in David’s honor will follow in the church social hall, which will be followed by a barbecue  at Lyn and Ernie’s residence in Field Township. The family welcomes all to join them.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

 

 

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Brion J. Vaughn, Sr., 59, San Leon, Texas, died on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the UTMB Hospital in Galveston, TX, as the result of an auto accident. Brion was born in Hibbing, MN on July 3, 1954. He grew up in Hibbing and Angora, and lived the last 19 years of his life in southern Texas. Brion was a consummate mechanic and could fix just about anything. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Fireman (Boiler Technician). He was stationed in San Diego, CA, but traveled extensively throughout the world, as well. For a period of time, he served alongside his brother, Craig, on the U.S.S. Hull. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Brion worked at U.S. Steel Minntac in Mountain Iron, MN as a Millwright, and then at Potlatch Corporation in Angora, MN, serving in various capacities. In Texas, he owned his own auto repair shop. Brion’s main hobby was also his avocation - auto mechanics. However, he also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, reading, computers, politics, and cooking.

 

Brion is survived by his five children:  Nikki (Matt) Lange of Cook, MN; Brion, Jr. of San Leon, TX; Curtis, of San Leon, TX; Lacey, of San Leon, TX; and Danny, of Cook, MN; as well as 6 grandchildren. His siblings: Tarsia Kalway, of Brooklyn Center, MN; Judith (Erv) Kruse of Gheen, MN; Edward  (Judy) Vaughn, Jr., of Cook, MN; Craig (Deb) Vaughn, of Osceola, NE; Mary (Donald) Anderson, of Chisholm, MN; John (Babette) Vaughn, of Williston, ND; and Linda (Jeff) Grayson of Macomb, MI; and a brother-in-law, David (Michelle) Willenborg, of Omaha, NE.

 

Brion is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Vaughn, Sr. (2013), and Margaret Vaughn, (1998); and a sister, Kathryn Willenborg (1987). 

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A memorial service in celebration of Brion's life will be held at the Bear River Lutheran Church in Bear River, MN on Saturday, September 28th, 2013. Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m., with the memorial service following. A luncheon will be held at the Bear River Community Center.   Interment will be at the Bearville Cemetery in Bear River, MN.

 

 

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Elizabeth Jane Koalska Piccard 88, died peacefully in her bed at Westminster Oaks on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Her final days were spent in the company of many members of her beloved and ex­tensive circle of friends, and she shared her final hours and moments with her daughter Ann.

 

Betty was born in a blizzard on Janu­ary 10, 1925, in St. Paul, MN, the sec­ond daughter of James and Mary Ko­alska. She was a dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty and a brilliant student when she met the love of her life, Paul Piccard, at U. High in Minneapolis. Betty was dat­ing Paul’s good friend Jim Christiansen; Paul stole Betty from Jim, and Jim converted to Catholicism and became a monk.

 

Betty graduated summa cum laude from the Uni­versity of Minnesota, and immediately followed that with her MSW. She was proud to have been a Navy WAVE during WWII, but was always clear that her military career’s highlights included eating pizza for the first time and dancing with a lot of soldiers. Paul had wanted to get married before he was shipped out but Betty told him in no uncertain terms that she saw that as a very impractical move, so they waited.

 

Betty married Paul (finally, after keeping him wait­ing for those war years), on August 1, 1947 in St. Paul, Minnesota.While Paul completed his Masters at the U, Betty gave birth to Bob. They moved to Austin, Texas, and in the time it took Paul to complete his Ph.D. at UT, Betty gave birth to first Jane and then John. They moved to Tallahassee in 1953, where Mary and Ann were born. Betty began working for the Leon County Mental Health Association the minute her youngest child started school. She joined the FSU School of Social Work faculty in 1965, and remained an important member of that institution until her re­tirement in 1993, touching the lives of hundreds of students and colleagues over the course of her career.

 

Betty was an early member of the League of Wom­en Voters and an ardent, lifelong feminist with strong left-wing politics (not generally a popular thing in Tallahassee in the 50’s and 60’s). She and Paul sur­rounded themselves with many wonder-ful like-minded friends from the FSU faculty and elsewhere. They also traveled the globe together but always came home to their friends and family in Tallahassee and Lake Vermilion, Minnesota.

 

Betty was living at the Westminster Oaks health care center at the time of her death from heart fail­ure. Her body disappointed her in the last year of her life, but her mind never faltered, and she was winning Scrabble games and engaging in clear, logical, philo­sophical conversations up until the very end.

 

Betty was predeceased by her beloved Paul and their dear son John. She is survived by her son Bob and by daughters Jane Piccard and her husband Hunt Greene and their children, Chris & Julie Greene and Bren­nan & Natasha Greene; Mary Vance and her husband James and their son Dylan and his children, Alex and Zadie; and Ann Piccard and her husband Charles Reischmann and their children, Elizabeth, Mary, and Paul Reischmann. Betty is also survived by her daugh­ter-in-law Geraldine Piccard, Geraldine’s daugh­ter Georgia Hewitt, and Georgia’s children Parker and Ella. She is also survived by her sister, Eleanor McClary. She leaves behind a host of dear and loyal friends too numerous to list.

 

A funeral Mass will be held, at Betty’s request and in her honor, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (624 Miccosukee Rd Tallahassee, Florida) at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. A reception will follow the service from 12:30 to 1:30 PM in the pool house of Westminster Oaks (4449 Meandering Way, Tallahassee, Florida.) In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Koalska scholarship fund at the FSU Sxhool of Social Work, care of the FSU Founda­tion, 2010 Levy Avenue, PO Box 3062739, Tallahas­see, Florida 32306-2739.

 

Bevis Funeral Home (850/385-2193, www.bevisfh.com) is assisting the family with their arrangements.

 

Betty Piccard

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Richard Allen Wolfe, 61, Cook, passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

 

He was born on October 22, 1951 in Virginia; the son of Allen G. and Rosella “Rose” (Sutliffe) Wolfe.  Rich graduated from Virginia High School in 1970.  Rich was one of a kind and the stories that surrounded his life will be told long after his passing. 

 

Rich worked for 32 years at US Steel before retiring to focus his life on his love of farming.  He engaged life to the fullest and  was definitely not boring.  He will be dearly missed by those lucky enough to have known him. 

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Allen G. Wolfe in 1997. 

 

Surviving Rich are his mother, Rose of Cook; his life partner, Cheryl Allen; his step-children, Jessica (Ryan Belknap) Allen of Milltown, WI and Paul (Ryan Beth Roberts) of Gilbert;  4 Granddaughters: Lisa, Lindsey, Angelina and Lauren; an aunt Jackie (Glen) Weum of Cook; Jeremy Morrell of Virginia, MN; along with many friends.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, (Sept. 1st) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Interment will be at a later date in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora. A reception in Rich’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW  after the service.

 

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Clarence “Nummy” Roy III 38, father, husband, brother, son and uncle passed away August 25, 2013.

 

Nummy was a devoted father that lived for his children and a generous caring person that would do anything for his family.

 

His entire family will sorely miss him.

 

Nummy was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Jane Roy and his father, Clarence Roy Sr.

 

He is survived by his wife, Irene Roy and his children; Jorey Aho, Payton Roy, Clarence Roy IV and Tehya Roy. He is also survived by his birth parents; Ronald Boshey and Joellen Roy and siblings; Frances Drift, Rose Chosa, Donald Chosa Jr., Joseph Chosa, Rebecca Chosa, Ateeka Roy, Dean Day, Damien Day and Barry Day. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

Wake will begin at 3 PM Wednesday in the Bois Forte Vermilion Wellness Center, Tower, and continue until the Traditional Tribal Rites at 10 AM Thursday. Arrangements are by Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, MN.

 

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Mary Kathleen Oles, 72, Cook, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Mary Kathlen Wicklem was born on March 6, 1941 in Virginia,  the daughter of Edward and Margarita (Pratt) Wicklem.

 

She grew up in Grand Rapids, MN, graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1959. She then lived in California for a few years, then moving back to Minnesota. She moved to Cook, where she met her husband Charles M. Oles, they married on March 20, 1979 and became permanent residents of the area. Mary went back to school in 1989 and graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in English. She was employed as an English teacher in Orr, Cook, Tower and Babbitt-Embarrass. She was the year book advisor and did tutoring. She was a wonderful teacher and was loved by her students and co-workers.

 

Mary was involved with the Cook Public Library and was a member of The Cook VFW Women’s Auxiliary. She loved to spend time reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, cross stitching, playing Bunco and just having coffee and visiting with friends. Mary was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and taught Sunday school. Mary was a strong and courageous woman who was loved by many and will be greatly missed family and friends.

 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents and husband Charles Oles.

 

Mary is survived by her children; Greg (Michele) Wicklem and Jodi (Darren Eichholz) Oles; grandchildren, Chealse, Grant and Holden Wicklem, Seth and Devon Lundgren, Kristine Pintar, and Melany Eichholz; great-grandchildren Lukas Havercamp and Gabriella Lundgren.

 

There will be a celebration of life and get together for Mary at the Cook VFW on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 1-4 PM.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook 

 

 

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Reverend Willard Olson, age 85 of St. Francis peacefully ended his battle with dementia Monday August 19, 2013, two days after his 50th Anniversary to wife Gladys Olson.  He was born on June 8, 1928 in Duluth to Frank and Mamie (Seppala) Olson

 

Willard graduated from Proctor High School in 1946, Valparaiso University in 1958 and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1965.

 

He worked in Duluth with the Mesabi and Iron Range Railway from 1955 to 1959. Willard then worked as a Lutheran minister in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri from 1965 to 2002, and he was the Lutheran Digest sales agent from 1978 to 2002.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother Marvin.  Willard is survived by his wife Gladys, sons Kenny and Don; grandsons Zachary, Matthew, Bradley; granddaughter Kyra Olson; brothers Einar, Edwin and sisters Lorraine Anderson and Donna Swanson

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6 -8 pm in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave, Cloquet, MN.  The visitation will continue on Friday, August 23, 2013 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service in Messiah Lutheran Church, 2848 County Road H2, Mounds View, MN.  Interment in St. Matthews Cemetery, Esko, MN later in September. 

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Prince of Peace Academy 2900 County Road H2, Mounds View, MN 55112,  www.princeofpeaceacademy.org

Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, 218-879-4636.

 

Willard's wife Gladys Olson is a 1952 graduate of the Cook High School. She is the daughter of Victor 91,1980 & Marie  87,1986 (Hollen) Olson, and the sister of: Elton 77,2006 & Patricia (Peyla) Olson, Harold 84,2013 & Arlis (Tuomi) Olson, Arlee & Doreen (Nukala) Olson, Ann Marie & Victor Walker, Gladys & Willard, Ruth & Samuel Fuller, Elof & Nancy (Alto) Olson and Emmett "Sam" & Sandee Olson.

 

 

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Kenneth “Ken” J.  Alt, 54, Angora, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Fairview University Hospital in Minneapolis.  Ken was surrounded by his family who loved him.

 

Ken was born on December 19, 1958 in Virginia, the son of Arne and Sylvia (Laakkonen) Alt.  He grew up in Angora and graduated from Cook High School in 1977. He married Patti Shanor on February 11, 1984 in Angora. Ken worked at  Minntac for 32 years, retiring in 2009.  Ken loved fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, cooking, camping and most of all being with his family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Arne Alt on July 7, 2012; and mother-in-law Nance Shanor on August 26, 2011

 

Ken is survived by his wife of 29 years, Patti of Angora, sons Chaz Alt of Gilbert, Reed and Riley Alt both of Minneapolis; his mother Sylvia Alt of Angora,; sister Patti Alt of Marcell, MN; brother Jeff (Debbie) Alt of Angora; father-in-law Joe Shanor of Angora,; sisters-in-law Nancy (Chuck) McNeil of Hillsdale, MI  and  Barb (Blair) Carlson of Grand Rapids, MN; along with  aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and many friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, (Aug. 24th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. Music will be provided by Pam Ruuska.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook  

 

In Memory of Kenneth Alt 

 

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Cynthia “Cindy” R. Paakkonen, 58, Cook, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

 

She was born Cynthia Ruth Lemire on November 21, 1954, in Crosby, MN, the daughter of Virgil and Eleanor (Hedberg) Lemire. Cindy grew up mostly in the Gilbert- Hutter area, graduating  from Gilbert High School in 1972.  Earlier she worked in the Sherman Mine then later at Minntac. She married Richard A. Paakkonen on April 16, 1983 at Sand Lake Chapel.  She worked at the Arrowhead Nursing Home in Virginia for 13 years.  For the past 10 years Cindy was employed as an instructional aide at the Cook School.  She league bowled for 30 years, enjoyed playing cards with the neighbors, and made wonderful crafts with her scroll saw. She will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother and a friend to all.

 

Cindy is survived by her husband of 30 years, Richard of Cook; children Ted and Joe Paakkonen both of Cook;  her parents Virgil and Eleanor Lemire of Aitkin, MN: 3 brothers Jeff (Mary) Lemire of Alamogordo, NM, Dave (Jean) Lemire of Becker, MN and Perry (Denise) Lemire of Duluth, MN; along with numerous extended family members and friends.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Saturday (Aug. 24, 2013) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be  6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service. Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  A reception in Cindy’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW.  Burial will be at a later date in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora.

 

 

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Beverly Jean Mihelich, 78, Lake Vermilion-Tower, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2013 at her residence, after her battle with cancer.

 

Bev was born on December 13, 1934 in Effie, MN the daughter of Bert and Alice (Prather) Jensen. She attended school at Horton Country School until sixth grade, and graduated from Bigfork High School in 1953.

 

Bev married George N. Mihelich on September 24, 1953 in Effie. They were blessed with five sons. They lived in East Grand Forks, MN and then Grand Forks ND, but settled in Grafton, ND. While in Grafton they managed Home of Economy for many years.   

 

Bev retired from Home of Economy in 2000. She and George then moved to Tower, MN and lived on Lake Vermilion.

 

Bev took pride in her gardening and always had a beautifully landscaped yard full of colorful flowers. She loved to sit on the deck and watch the hummingbirds and the chickadees. Bev also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and cross-stitching and was a talented painter. She was always working on something for her children or great grandchildren. Most importantly, Bev loved just being surrounded by family and friends. She never complained, no matter how she was feeling, and always asked about others.

 

Bev  was a current member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church, St. Katherine’s Circle, and was previously the co-president of St. John’s altar society in Grafton, ND.  Bev was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary in Grafton, ND

 

In addition to her parents she is  preceded in death by her husband George on March 16, 2011, and brother in-law Lloyd Shannon. 

 

Bev is survived by sons, Jim (Kass) Mihelich of Grand Forks, ND, Mike (Punsana) Mihelich of Tower, George Jr. (Rob) Mihelich of Tower, Jack (Patti) Mihelich of Grafton, ND and Paul (Cindy) Mihelich of Huddleston, VA, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren that she loved dearly; her sister Jan (Dick) Shannon of Duluth; brothers, Richard (Kay) Jensen of Effie, MN and Robert (Linda) Jensen of Lake City, SD, sister-in-law Noreen (Tom) Mee of Prior Lake, MN; brother-in-law Jack (Brigetta) Mihelich of Tower, MN as well as several nieces and nephews.

 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am , Friday, August 23, 2013 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

 

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Vanessa Faye McCoy Coon,  November 10, 1982 – August 4, 2013. Our beloved Vanessa passed away in her sleep Sunday August 4th, and awoke into the glory of the Universe. Vanessa was baptized in Christ, and raised to be a caring and decent person. It is our sincere hope and belief that family which has passed before her were there to help her on her way, especially her Grandmothers Wanda and Audree. Vanessa touched everyone’s hearts from the moment you met her.  If you didn’t know Vanessa – you missed out. She knew instinctively what it took to be a wonderful daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter and friend. She was considerate, compassionate, and always ready with a laugh or a hug.

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Vanessa excelled at computer gaming, art, was a Miss-fix-it, and an avid reader. Always happy, smart and caring for others were her hallmarks. She was Ethel to everyone’s Lucy; especially with her mother.

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She was born at home in Alango.MN and passed from this life at home in Linden Grove MN. She graduated from Cook High School (2001) and Hibbing CC. She was currently employed at Fortune Bay Casino.

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Vanessa leaves behind a devastated family. Parents Ronald Coon and Janet McCoy, brother Michael Coon and sister Heidi Coy, nephew Damian Coon, uncles Robert (Susan) McCoy, Donald (Audrey) McCoy, Craig (Kitty) Coon, and aunt Diane Coon.  Cousins Erich (Ruth) McCoy, Robert J(RJ) and Jessica McCoy, Collette (Ryan) Coon, Curtis Coon, Mariah and Cassen Coon, Colin and Wyatt McCoy, best buddy Jesse, and many friends.

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She was preceded in death by her grandparents Lysle (1982) and Audree (2011) Coon and Robert (1961) and Wanda (2012) McCoy.

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A gathering of family and friends will be held on August 18, 2013 from 4 to 7pm at Mlakers Funeral Home in Cook, MN.

 

Lorry Arthur Fosso, 79, Bear River, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home after suffering a major stroke. He was surrounded by family and their love at the time of his death.

 

He was born on October 5, 1933 to Gunder and Martha (Lange) Fosso in Chisholm, MN. Lorry served from 1953 – 1955 in the US Army during the Korean conflict.

 

He married Beverly Anderson on September 11, 1954 at Faith Lutheran Church in Chisholm. They spent the next 50 years in the Bear River area. Lorry worked in the steel mines for a short time but mostly was employed as a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling anything outdoors, playing guitar and especially liked old country music. He was a very hard worker and was a very dedicated family man. He will be greatly missed by his family.

 

Lorry is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters Glennes Anderson, Janet Szweduik and Margaret Anderson; 2 brother-in laws Alfred “Bud” Anderson, and Wilbur Anderson; one nephew Scott Anderson

 

Lorry is survived by his wife of 59 years Beverly Fosso; daughter Diane Fosso of Hibbing; sons Mark and Gary (Deborah) Fosso both of Bear River; Grandchildren; Jason (Emily), Justin (Kalee), Eric, Christopher and Emily; Great-grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Tyler and Conner; Step-great grandchildren: Christopher and Gregory; brothers Wesley (Debbie) Fosso of Bear River and Karl (Ann) Fosso of Magdaline, NM numerous nieces, nephews and friends

 

Graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Morcom Cemetery in Bear River. Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards. Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Orr American Legion Post #480. Following the service there will be a lunch in Lorry’s honor at the Bear River Community Center. All are welcome.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook 

 

 

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Linda B. Ernst, 74, Buyck, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

She was born Linda Belle Wester on September 8, 1938 to Ingvaard and Ethel (Abel) Wester in Bennett, Wisconsin.  She was one of a family of six children. Linda attended school in Bennett, and Solon Springs, Wisconsin, and married John G. Theien in 1957 in Bennett.  They were blessed with four children. Linda and John moved to Illinois.  Linda later married John L. Ernst on June 26, 1971 in Peoria, Illinois. She worked in the insurance industry for most of her career.

 

After she and John retired (John from Caterpillar Inc. and Linda from Allstate Insurance.) they moved to Buyck, and worked for Pelican Bay IGA in Orr and the Cook Hospital. Linda loved animals, especially cats. She was a member of ABWA (American Business Women Association). She also wrote articles for the local Cook News Herald as a correspondent from Buyck. She was a member of the Crane Lake Chapel.

 

She is preceded in death by one daughter Teresa Kay Theien at the age of 2 years, her husband John L. Ernst on October 5, 2008, and one brother, Don Wester.

 

Linda is survived by her children: Gail (Brian) Lindley of Manchester, Iowa, Brenda (Robert) Schertz of Metamora, IL, and John K.(Lois) Theien of Greenwater, WA; step-children Crystal(Doug) Cohen on Glen Cove, NY and James M. (Tammy) Ernst of Washburn, IL.; 12 grandchildren: Erin Davidson, Charity Scammans, Teresa Scates, Bethany Scammans, Andrew Theien, Lauren and Alex Schertz, Joshua and Tyler Cohen, Briona, Jimmy and Christopher Ernst; 3-great-grandchildren Eric Davidson, Zoe Scates and Lily Scammans; 3 brothers: Victor (Doris) Wester, Harry (Mary) Wester both of Bennett, WI and Phil(Carol) Wester of Solon Springs, WI; one sister Leota (David) Johnson of Royalton, MN, along with many special nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, (August 17, 2013) from the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Roger Parrish-Siggelkow will be the officiant. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. A reception in Linda’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW after the service.

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In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Buyck Volunteer Fire Dept. at  8035 Buyck Rd., Orr, MN  55771 or the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary, at 12541 Nett Lake Road, Orr, MN 55771.

 

 

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Edward J. Vaughn, Sr., 90, of Greaney died peacefully on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home.

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Ed was born in Chicago, IL on January 7, 1923. He grew up in Norcross and Wendell, MN, where he met Margaret Goerdt, the girl who would later become his wife, while they were both in the fifth grade. They married in 1943, while Ed was on furlough from the U.S. Navy during World War II, helping his Grandpa to plant crops. While raising a family of nine children, Edward worked for U.S. Steel, first as a brakeman and fireman on the trains, and later as a truck driver. He retired after 30 years of loyal service in 1979. Ed and Marge also farmed for many years in Hibbing and Angora, MN. Ed was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf and cards, as well as watching the Twins and Vikings, keeping abreast of politics, and traveling far and wide to visit all of his family.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife of nearly 55 years, Margaret on June 14, 1998; daughter, Kathryn Willenborg in July 18,1987; siblings, Lura Houston (1983), Raymond Houston (1993), Lura Simpson (1994), Milton Houston (2000), Eugene Houston (1996), James Vaughn (1978), Mary Rieder (1935) and Howard Vaughn (1985).

 

Ed is survived by 8 of his 9 children: Tarsia Kalway; Judith (Erv) Kruse; Edward (Judy) Vaughn, Jr.; Brion Vaughn; Craig (Deb) Vaughn; Mary (Donald) Anderson; John (Babette) Vaughn; and Linda (Jeff) Grayson; a son-in-law, David (Michelle) Willenborg; 26 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, (Aug. 13) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation was 6 to 8 pm Monday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Richard Lohry and Rev. Bruce Hannem were the officiants. The casket bearers were: Brad Kalway, Scott Willenborg, Patrick Kruse, Danny Vaughn, Tom Vaughn, Eric Anderson, Greg Anderson and Josh Vaughn.   Military Honors were accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480. Interment will be in the Bearville Township Cemetery.  

 

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Irene P. Hemphill, 76, of Side Lake, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Chisholm, to Arthur H. and Mildred E. (Boen) Lange. She was a graduate of Hibbing High School, class of 1955, and had been a lifelong resident of the Side Lake area.

Irene was united in marriage on Aug. 6, 1955, in Hibbing, to Edward F. Hemphill. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Terri), Patricia (Dale) Urdahl and Jerry (Teresa Jance) all of Chisholm; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill (Shirley) Lange of Cook and Rudy (Chicky) Lange of Chisholm; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward F. in 2008; son, Daniel in 2012; and brothers, Fred and Dick Lange.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel in Chisholm with Rev. Steve Breitbarth of Grace Lutheran Church in Chisholm officiating.

Visitation: Will be held for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday.

Burial: A private family inurnment will be held at a later date in Bearville Township Cemetery, Itasca County. Memorials: Are preferred to Essentia Health–Hospice, Virginia.

Arrangements are with Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Chisholm.  

 

Francis X. Chosa, 49, of Vermilion-Tower, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at Tower on Saturday, July 27, 2013. 

 

He was born on February 12, 1964, at Virginia, MN, the son of Vincent Chosa Sr. and Ruth Geshick.  He grew up in Vermilion-Tower and attended school in Tower.  He moved to St. Paul where he was employed at Tempco Manufacturing Co. for a time.  He returned to Tower in 1988, where he has since resided.   Francis enjoyed Pow-Wows, reading, biking, ricing, and visiting with friends.  He dearly loved his nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and treasured the times spent with them.  His passion was cribbage. He will be missed by family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent “Buckshot” Chosa and Ruth Geshick; and one aunt, Bernice Arbuckle. 1 brother, Vincent “BuzzyChosa Jr.

 

He is survived by 7 sisters, Rachel Schmidt and Naomi Geshick, both in Wisconsin, Karen Schmidt of White Earth, MN, Vincette Maurus of Hanover, MN, Bernice Smith of Mpls., Cheryl Krotzer in South Dakota and Aura Chosa in Virginia; 1 brother, Leo Chosa in CA;  his step-father, Joe Bohlin of Angora; along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

A time of gathering for family and friends will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM Friday (August  2nd) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

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Marilyn J. Nieters, 76, Britt formerly of Angora, passed away at the Cook Hospital on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.

 

She was born Marilyn Joyce Sorokie on July 5, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of John and Helen (Sopata) Sorokie. She grew up in Bramble, had attended the Orr School and graduated from the Chisholm High School. She had spent some time in the Phoenix area during her earlier years.

 

Marilyn was employed with  Minnesota and Light Company for a time. She married William R. Nieters on October 11, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. After marriage they lived in Minneapolis for a time, bought property in Angora in 1968, moved there in 1969, where they raised their family and  resided for 40 years.  She was currently residing in Britt.  Marilyn was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango, and was the dedicated church organist for 33 years. She was active in church  and enjoyed Sunday school instruction with the children.  In her earlier years she and Bill liked to dance and belonged to a polka dancing club.  She delighted in garden work. She was kind and generous of her time and talents.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by; husband William Nieters Sr. on December 10, 2008, one son; Jon Nieters on September 22, 1979 and one brother George Sorokie on Oct. 26, 1992.

 

She is survived by 2 sons; William (Laurie) Nieters Jr. of Lake Vermilion- Cook, and James Nieters of Britt; one sister, Lillian Miller of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 2 grandchildren; Jennifer (Jeremy) Scofield and Ryan Nieters,  2 great grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Monday, July 29, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev Art Dale will be the officiant. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora.  A reception in Marilyn’s honor will be held in the church social hall after the service. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

 

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Judith “Judy” Lind, 73, of Virginia, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia.

 

Judith Verona (Mahonen) Lind was born September 16, 1939 in Virginia to Toivo “T.J.” and Verona (Mellak) Mahonen. She graduated from Virginia HS is 1957. On March 14, 1959, she married Daniel Lind in Virginia. Judy was primarily a homemaker and was proud of caring for her family.

 

Judy was a member of Good Shepard Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, attending church and doing many church activities and spending time with family and friends.

 

Though Judy was humble and simplistic, she had an unreasonable determination or “sisu”.

 

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Daniel Lind 61,2001, daughter, Colleen 48,2011 and a sister, Joan 52,1994.

 

She is survived by her Children: Dan and Shawn Lind, of Virginia. Grandchildren: Rory and Hailey

Brother: Randy Mahonen. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Range Funeral Home at 1:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Donald Norr will officiate. Inurnment will be at Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia

 

Judy's sister Joan Christen 52,1994 (Darell 69-2008) Chase lived in Cook. Joan's daughter Jody (Dale) Bixby is a Cook resident and the manager of the Cook McDonalds, she is a 1973 graduate of the Cook High School. Judy's mother was Verona 77,1996 Mellak (Toivo) Mahonen, a 1936 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

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Ruby Luella (Strohman) Beetcher, 90, resident of Superior, died on Monday, July 22, 2013, at Villa Marina Health & Rehab surrounded by family.

 

Ruby was born on Jan. 21, 1923 to Catherine "Katy" and Arthur "Maurice" Strohman at the family farmhouse in Gordon, Wis.

 

Ruby was a hard worker, assisting with farm chores and was also a talented student, graduating from Gordon High School with a full scholarship to college. Ruby gave up that scholarship and instead chose the career of wife and mother. She wed Elmer "Butch" Beetcher on Nov. 15, 1941. Ruby and Butch had eight children.

 

In addition to being wife and mother, Ruby also was a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She was employed at St. Joseph's Hospital. She later worked for Douglas County Social Services as a Homemaker. Ruby's baking, sewing and artistic talents, as well as her appreciation of music, were shared with her family, friends and relatives. All who knew her were blessed by her exceptional logic, common sense, and incredible wit.

 

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Elmer; parents, Catherine and Arthur "Maurice" Strohman; three sisters, Beatrice Pearson, Lucille Dumont and Bernice Strohman; and two brothers, Maurice and Richard Strohman.

 

Ruby is survived by her eight children, Jeanne (Wayne) Stiffler, Salem, Ore., Judy (Dale) Johnson, Sturgeon Lake, Minn., Robert (Sandra) Beetcher, Raleigh, N.C., Beverly (James) Saranpaa, Virginia/Orr, Minn., Linda (Richard) Anderson, Duluth, Nancy (John) Rago, Baraboo, Wis., Thomas (Nancy) Beetcher, Superior, Wis., and Janice Cox, Superior, Wis.; many grandchildren; great grandchildren; nephews, and nieces.

 

VISITATION: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 27, until the 11 a.m. service in Christ Lutheran Church. The Rev. David Schoessow will officiate. Interment will take place at Nemadji Cemetery of Superior.

Memorials in her name may be made to Christ Lutheran Church.

 

The Downs Funeral Home, corner of 19th St. and Ogden, is assisting with the arrangements. To sign the online guestbook or send condolences, please visit www.downsfh.com.

 

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Curtis H. Lind, 84, passed away peacefully at home in Saginaw on July 22, 2013, with his family by his side.

 

Curt was born in West Duluth at Weber Hospital on Oct. 25, 1928 to Fred and Anna (Savik) Lind.

He grew up with six siblings, attending Alborn school until ninth grade and ultimately completing four Bachelors and two Masters degrees.

 

At age 19, he flew to Alaska and worked on the Alaska Railroad as a brakeman and conductor.

He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1950. He shipped to Korea where he was wounded and awarded two Purple Hearts, Infantry Combat Badge, Korean Presidential Citation, and others.

 

In 1953, he married Darlene (Sandstrom) from Munger. They had four daughters.

 

He was a charter member of Grace Lutheran church. He served as Youth Director at the YMCA and started Junior Bowling, Nationwide Youth Employment programs, and more. He worked as director for the MN Safety Council and vice chair and chair of the Proctor School board. He was a prison administrator at Lino Lakes and director for five Indian reservation anti-poverty programs.

The family moved to Alaska where Curt worked as a Risk Manager and became an ordained minister with Assemblies of God. He took private flying lessons and went hunting and fishing with visiting family members.

 

Returning to Duluth Curt worked for Jamar and later Potlatch retiring in 1995.

 

With help of family members, he built his dream retirement home and wrote three books on his religious faith and numerous poems.

 

Curtis earned Bachelors degrees in Child Psychology, Photography / Art, Sociology, and Masters degrees in Public Administration and Industrial Safety.

 

He was a member of Hilltop Lions Club, the Hilltop Rotary, the Duluth Optimist Club, the Duluth Chamber Safety Committee, and Minnesota State Lobbyists.

 

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, collecting coins, writing poetry and books, and taking care of his dachshund, Winnie.

 

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ellsworth, Morrie, Fred; sisters Laura (Rathe), Dorothy (Janke), and Jenny (Baublitz).

 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Darlene; four daughters, Pamela (Dave) Peterson, Paula (Al) Hoover of Cook, Mn, Lisa Repensky, and Lana (Cole) Arro; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Many thanks to the numerous care providers, the Intensive Care Unit at St. Mary's hospital, and the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Hospice.

 

VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24 in Bell Brothers in West Duluth with a viewing from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. Service on July 25 in Grace Lutheran Church on Hwy 53 in Hermantown. Luncheon will follow the service in the Church. Burial at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Hermantown. 

 

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Ronald H. Frederick Sr., 80, Chisholm, passed away on July 20, 2013 at Essentia Health (St. Mary’s Hospital) in Duluth.

 

Ron was  born on July 8, 1933 in  Pottstown, Pennsylvania, the son of  Ervin and Margaret (Sytherd) Frederick.  He grew up in Pottstown. Ron served in the Korean Conflict and stateside stationed at  the Duluth Air Force Base, Dover Air Force Base in Maryland and Travis Air Force Base in California.  After his tour of duty he settled in Chisholm.   He worked for  Shell Tire in Hibbing and Shell Tire of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, and retired from the Hibbing shop after many years of dedicated service. He had recently been making his residence at the Heritage Manor in Chisholm.

Ron enjoyed playing bingo and cards, listening to Polka music, and loved to travel.

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He was kind to everyone he knew and would offer help to anyone of need.  He will be sadly missed, but not forgotten by family and friends.

 

Ron’s family wishes to express their gratitude to all the staff at Heritage Manor for the wonderful care and compassion given Ron during his stay there.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Dennis (1998), 3 brothers-  Charles “Skip”, Warren and Gordon Frederick; and a nephew, Cedrick Frederick and former wife Patricia Frederick..

 

Ron is survived by his longtime companion Rosie “Sweetie” Godec Bertnick of Chisholm; his children, Ronald (Kristine) Frederick Jr. of Champlin, MN and Nancy (Bill) Kangas of Chisholm, daughter in-law, Anne Frederick of Spring City, PA.;  grandchildren- Sam (Nicki), Andrew, Annelise, Cole and Connor Frederick and Alex and Jessica Kangas; nieces, nephews, and extended family- Char (Larry) Roketa of Sandpoint, ID, Gloria (Stephen) Kavolich of Chisholm, Mary Jo (Forrest) Schuck of Sandpoint, ID, John Godec of Chisholm and many other special friends.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 am Monday, (August 12th) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. .  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Polka music will be provided by Stan Rutka.   Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook VFW and Orr American Legion. A reception in Ron’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW Hall. Interment will be in the Chisholm Cemetery.   

 

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Ruth (Ruthie) Sherman 88, passed away July 10, 2013 in Fruita, Colorado with her son, David, by her side.
 
She was born October 3, 1925 in San Diego, California to John and Hulda Froemming.  She loved living in San Diego, growing up with her older sister, May.
 
Oct October 13, 1949, she married the love of her life: James W. Sherman.  Then she went on to have many adventures, starting with a move to northern Minnesota where her husband grew up.  It was a big culture shock for a young city girl.  But they were in love, so that is all that mattered.
 
Ruthie and her husband moved often, with time in Minnesota and California.  When her husband retired, they built a home in Lake Havasu City, where they resided for more than 25 years.  Ruth loved the climate there.  (No snow).  Also, she loved being active in her church - Community Presbyterian.  She was a member of the bell choir, orchestra and choir.  She was also part of the Barbershop Quartet.  She also loved flowers, and planted a garden wherever she lived.  She loved to travel.  Her big trips were to England and the Holy Lands with her sister, May.
 
She is survived by sons, David (Rhonda) Sherman, of Grand Junction, Colorado, Donald Sherman, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and daughter, Barbara (Dennis) Sigmund, Arlington, Wisconsin; granddaughter,;rs, Jennifer (David) Villa, Worland, Wyoming; Jeannine (Russell) Tobias, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Corie (Josh) Burke, Clifton, Colorado; Scott (Amber) Sherman, Grand Junction, Colorado, great-granddaughters, Carissa, Shania and Alexis Villa and Christina, Adeliah and Zondra Tobias.
 
A memorial service will take place at Community Presbyterian Church, Lake Havasu City, at 10 am., July 23, with a graveside service afterward at Lake Havasu Memorial Gardens.
 
Memorials may be made in Ruthie's name to Community Presbyterian Church or to the local Humane Society.
 

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Kathryn Elizabeth Lofgren, age 5, of Gheen, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

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Born in Hibbing on February 29, 2008, Kathryn lived in Gheen all of her young life. Some of her favorite things in the world were going to church at St Mary’s in Cook and hanging out with her brothers playing Legos.  She loved spending time with her very best friends Brooklyn and Jersey.  She touched others’ lives in such good ways, brought out the best in them, and taught them true, unconditional love.  Everyone loved Kathryn, and she had terrific community support.  She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten, by the many who were lucky enough to know her during her amazing life.

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She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Col. Donald “Speed” Schueler, and her paternal grandfather, Ernest Lofgren.

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Kathryn is survived by her parents, Dan and Kristin; brothers Cash and Quinn; maternal grandmother, Jane Schueler of Tomah, WI; paternal grandmother, Barbara Lofgren of Cook; along with her aunts, Kathryn “Kiki” Schueler of Madison, WI, Elizabeth Schueler of Madison WI, Gina (Nick) Templeton of Monona, WI, Gayle (Tim) Gomilak of Champlin, MN; uncles, John (Laurie) Schueler of Milton, WI, Paul (Amy) Schueler of Tomah, WI,  Stephen Schueler of Tomah, Chuck (Lorri) Lofgren of Maple Grove, MN); cousins Halle, Charli, and Cole Schueler (Tomah) and Heather, Kevin, and Mark Gomilak; and a host of friends. Schlaf gut, im namen des Vaters.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am Friday (July 12th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Visitation will begin at 9:30 am with a rosary, and continue until the service.  Father Shibi Devasia, MCBS, will be the celebrant.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tomah, Wisconsin. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.  

 

 

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VerlaTudy” Dorrington, 83, Cook, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

 

She was born on February 14, 1930 at Nine Mile Corners in Grand Rapids, MN daughter of Albert and Stella (Mishow) Newman. She grew up and spent her early years in the Grand Rapids area. Verla started working in the woods with her father at age 14, then at the age of sixteen married Vernon E. Dorrington on August 31, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.  They then moved to Burlington, Wisconsin where she worked for Marden Electronics for 15 years. After their retirement in 1980, they moved to Togo, then to Cook in 2000. Verla adored her grandchildren, loved to watch the Lawrence Welk Show, and even had the chance to attend one of his shows and had her dream come true of dancing with Lawrence Welk. She enjoyed playing cards, fishing, working in her yard and garden and camping. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

 

Tudy is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Vernon on February 16, 2013;

two sons, Donny and Danny Dorrington; two brothers, Bub and Harly Newman; and two sisters, Veda Mohler and Tiny Boldock.

 

She is survived by 1 son, Dale (Roberta) Dorrington of Burlington, WI; 2 daughters, Deborah (John Sr.) Chaulklin of Cook and Toni (Tim) Starling of Jacksonville, FL;  4 brothers, Mike (Lynda) Newman of Togo, Ole (Carol) Newman of Togo, Pat Newman of Mpls. and Shorty (Lindie) Newman of Togo; 3 sisters, Mickey Ehlers of Jacksonville, FL, Dot (Richard) Haugen of Elkhorn, WI and June (Bill) Whitlock of Hibbing; 7 Grandchildren: John (Heather) Chaulklin Jr., Jeff (Tina) Chaulklin, Angie and Jim Dorrington, Nicole and Michael Starling and Dan Dorrington Jr.; 9 Great Grandchildren: Jeffrey, Austin, and Christopher Chaulklin , Ivy and  Levi Chaulklin Conner Starling, Jacob Tittle, Sophia Starling and Casey Dorrington.

 

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, (July 14th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Liz Cheney will be the officiant. Hailey Chavers will play the violin and Carol Newman will be the soloist. Honorary bearers will be Tudy’s grandsons and great- grandsons: John Chaulklin Jr., Jeff Chaulklin, Jim Dorrington, Michael Starling, Dan Dorrington Jr., Jeffrey Chaulklin, Austin Chaulkin, Christopher Chaulklin, Levi Chaulklin, Conner Starling, Jacob Tittle and Casey Dorrington.

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

 

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THEODORE “TED” I. ANDERSON, 86, of Jackson, Minnesota passed away at the Sanford Jackson Hospital on July 6, 2013.  Memorial service will be on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Christopher Drew officiating.  Military rites will immediately follow the service outside the Church.  Burial will be at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the First Presbyterian Church.

 

Theodore “Ted” Ira Anderson was born in Jackson, Minnesota on April 4, 1927, the son of Orin and Barbara (Kaderabek) Anderson.  He was baptized at the United Methodist Church. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1945. Ted joined the Army, serving 9 months in Berlin, Army of Occupation.  He then signed up for the National Guard during the Korean Conflict.  He returned to Jackson and married Myrtle Jensen on December 9, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church.  This union was blessed with two daughters, Linda and Diane.  Ted passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at the Sanford Jackson Hospital at the age of 86 years 3 months and 2 days.

 

Ted was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He worked at the Jackson Power Plant as a Chief Engineer until 1957.  He moved to Farmington, Minnesota and was employed at the Pine Bend Ammonia Plant.  Then in 1962 he and his wife purchased Head-O-Lake Resort on Lake Vermilion in Cook, Minnesota, which they operated until 1983.  Then he retired and for the next 16 years enjoyed operating a gift shop selling Ted’s handy work of painted pictures, agate jewelry, and tooled leather work.  He also enjoyed such hobbies as metal detecting, radio controlled airplanes and of course fishing.  In 1999 Ted and Myrtle moved back to Jackson.  He played the organ at the Good Samaritan Center and was on the board.  His last wish was to have his body donated to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

 

Ted is survived by his wife of 64 years, Myrtle; two daughters, Linda Lindberg (Steve Soeffker), Diane Anderson (Kari Bradison); a sister, Virginia (Dave) Deel, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ted is preceded in death by his parents.

 

Blessed be the memory of Theodore “Ted” Anderson.

 

 

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Michael David Marconett, 67, Hibbing, passed away after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

 

Michael was born on October 7, 1945 in Duluth, the son of David and Helen (Watts) Marconett. He grew up in Cook and graduated from the Cook High School in 1963.  He joined the Navy after high school and served his 4 year tour of duty stationed in San Diego, California. He married Mary Larkin in San Diego on October 10, 1970.   There, he was an x-ray technician and also earned  a master’s degree in business management from National University in San Diego.  He was employed at Mercy Hospital and Children’s Hospital, both in San Diego.  They moved to Connecticut in 1985, and he managed the x-ray department at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford.  Being active for ten years in little league baseball in Cheshire, CT was a very important part of his life.  He returned to Minnesota in 1998 and thereafter settled in Hibbing, where he was employed at the Hibbing hospital. After retirement he enjoyed his time as assistant director and curator at the Greyhound Bus Museum in North Hibbing.  Mike was an avid reader and had a great appreciation for the English language.

 

He is preceded in death by his father David Marconett on Dec. 23, 1989.

 

Mike is survived by his children, Rachel Marconett of Menassas, Virginia and Brian Marconett of Centreville, Virginia; the mother of their children, Mary Marconett of Centreville, Virginia; his mother Helen McBride of Cook; step- father: Floyd “Govie” (Betty) Olson of Gilbert;  brothers, John (Jane) Marconett of Cook and Robert (Renee) Marconett of Canyon, MN; sisters, Susan (Richard) Aune of Lake Vermilion-Cook,  Arlyn Ferguson of Riverside, CA and Patti (Paula Williams) Olson of Barnum; 4 grandchildren: Jessica, Briana, Jaiden and Vista; and numerous nieces and nephews..

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday July 10, 2013 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Brenda Tibbetts, AiM will be the officiant. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480. A reception in Mike’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW.  

 

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Libby Hill spent the last few weeks of her life in a place she loved more than anywhere on earth, bringing joy to friends and campers at Voyageurs Lutheran Ministries in the Boundary Waters region of northern Minnesota.

 

Elizabeth Christine Hill died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, after a car accident near Cook, Minn. She was 19 years old.

 

Libby was born to Angela and Christopher Hill on April 15, 1994. With a bevy of singers in the family, it's no small wonder she showed an early skill for music. She often woke her slumbering twin brothers singing in the shower early in the morning, but her beautiful voice never bothered them — too much. Libby would later compete for Liberty High School at Missouri state music competitions, earning top honors for her performance in chamber and concert choir. She helped establish a ukulele club at Drury University called DUkes.

 

Libby combined that love of music with the theater as she moved forward in school, eventually performing with the theater company at Liberty High School and later Drury. Libby competed with several troupes in one-act play competitions at the state level, both as a performer and as a lighting engineer. She appeared as Glinda, the Good Witch, in Liberty's production of The Wizard of Oz in fall 2011. After the shows, in full glitter makeup and a billowing pink dress, she posed for photos with excited toddlers on stage.

 

In these first few weeks of the summer after her freshman year of college, Libby had been ministering to students as a counselor at Voyageurs Lutheran Ministries. She loved the calm waters of the Boundary Lakes, the passion of her fellow counselors for ministry and the cooler summers compared to the Missouri heat. She had hoped to get a degree in theater education at Drury.

 

Libby was a voracious reader, a lover of all kinds of music and a huge Wes Anderson fan. Her smile brought out the best in her friends and family, and she will be sorely missed by many in Liberty, southwestern Iowa and all those touched by her grace and sense of humor.

 

Libby is survived by her mother, Angela; her father, Christopher; her twin brothers, Cam and Kip; grandparents Janet Hill, of Clarinda, Iowa, and Bob and Maxine Crouse of Red Oak, Iowa; and scores of cousins, aunts, and uncles. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Donald Hill, of Clarinda. According to her wishes, Libby's bone and connective tissues were donated so that others might have a chance at a comfortable life. A private memorial service for Libby is scheduled in Kansas City on Saturday, July 13, to be followed by a remembrance at the Shoal Creek Golf Course Facility, 8905 Shoal Creek Parkway, Kansas City, Mo., 64157, from 5 to 8 p.m.

 

A memorial fund will be established in Libby's name at Drury, and a tree will be planted on the school grounds when classes commence in the fall. Libby's remains will be scattered by her family at the campgrounds in Minnesota, on Lake Superior and at Drury. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Liberty High School Music department, the Liberty High and Drury University Theatre departments or Voyageur Lutheran Ministries.


Sent by the Range Funeral Home.  Car accident, highway 1 & 73

 

 

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John Edward Potterton died Sunday June 30 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon.  He was 82 years old.  He is survived by his daughter, Susan (David) Leding in Corvallis, Oregon; a son, Bruce Potterton in Oakland, California; a daughter, Karen Wallerius in Plymouth, Minnesota.  He also has five grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Mchenry Funeral Home, of Corvallis, Oregon.

 

Susan's husband David Leding is a 1973 graduate of the Cook High School, He is the son of Kenneth & Kathleen Leding.

 

 

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Margaret “Tine” Whiteman, 57, Nett Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 28, 2013 at Bois Forte Reservation, the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

 

She was born on September 13, 1954, at Nett Lake, to Eugene and Angeline (Wein) Whiteman.  She grew up in Nett Lake and graduated from Orr High School.  Tine, as she was affectionately known as, graduated from Lakeland Academy as a medical assistant.

 

She was a pharmacy technician at the Bois Forte Health Care Center for many years.  She recently earned her Associate of Arts degree from Fond du Lac Technical college.  She lived in Northern Minnesota most of her life and returned to Nett Lake two years ago.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death  by one sister, Edna Whiteman.

 

Tine is survived by a son, Lance (Chrystal Pernu) Hill of Nett Lake; a daughter, Sandra (Danny Lambert) Hill of Nett Lake; 5 brothers, Jerome Whiteman of Nett Lake, William (Julie) Whiteman of Nett Lake, Roger (Joan) Whiteman of Orr, Eugene Whiteman of Duluth and Steve Whiteman of Duluth; 4 sisters, Marilyn Geshick of Nett Lake, Mary Fairbanks of Cloquet, Debra Whiteman of Duluth and Linda Spiers of Duluth; 7 Grandchildren: Javan, Jaime, Jaida, Jordanna, Jett, Joaquin and Leytyn; and friend Jeff Isham of Nett Lake.   

 

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday (July 6th) at the Bois Forte Government Center in Nett Lake.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

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Patrick Stephen Eli Cheney, 57, of Angora, passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Sunday, June 30, 2013

 

Pat was born in Virginia, MN on March 22, 1956 to Lloyd and Rita (Spychalla) Cheney.  He grew up in Angora and lived there his entire life.  Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where he was an altar boy for several years.  He attended Cook School where he participated in track and played the drums in the school band.

 

Pat married the love of his life and high school sweetheart Dianne Nurmi in 1975. Dianne and Pat were blessed with four children and six grandchildren.  He worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 20 years as a heavy equipment operator.  Pat was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather.  He taught his children about his love of hunting, fishing and the great outdoors.

 

He is preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Daniel Cheney on March 2, 1976, father Lloyd Cheney (1975), and brother Michael Cheney (2003).

 

Pat is survived by his loving wife, Dianne; 2 daughters, Rachel (Shawn) Hendricks  of Blackduck, MN and Victoria (Gray) Gilley of Cook; a son Patrick Roy Cheney of Angora;  6 Grandchildren: Elizabeth “Libby”, Jackson and Josephine Anastacia Hendricks, Oriah, Deeken and Leah Gilley; his mother, Rita (Herbert) Hunton of Angora; aunt, Gen Bodin of Virginia; 3 brothers, Christopher (Carol) Cheney of Angora, Mark (Jean) Cheney of Hibbing and Lloyd (Terri) Cheney of Hastings; a sister, Lori (Robert) Marana of Duluth, along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 Friday (July 5th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Father Frank Perkovich will be the celebrant.  The casket bearers will be: Michael Cheney, Lizbeth Thom, Zachary Cheney, Colton Cheney, Reba Marana, Joseph Marana, Maxwell Cheney,  Bruno Cheney, Mark Lindgren and Tarsia Mattila.  The honorary bearers will be: Uncle Wayne Cheney, Donald Bachel, Christopher Cheney, Mark Cheney, Lloyd Cheney, Shawn Hendricks, Gray Gilley, Robert Marana, Roger Nurmi and Debra Lindgren.  Music will be provided by grandson Christopher Cheney, Patti Fisher and Marjorie Miller. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery of Angora.

 

Arrangements with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

 

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Gordon R. Anderson, 91, of Cook, broke the chains that bound him to earth and went to heaven on Saturday, June 29, 2013.  He passed away at Spectrum Carefree Living in Cook.

 

He was born on March 27, 1922 in the Leander Community, the son of W. Godfrey and Edna (Branstrom) Anderson. He grew up in the Leander Community and graduated from Cook High School in 1939. He served 32 months in the Army Air Corps during World War II. His tour of duty took him to Australia and to the Philippines in the South Pacific.  Gordon was united in marriage to Lillian Trygg on March 29, 1947 at Leander. She passed away on March 14, 1992.  He was a longtime dedicated carpenter for various contractors in the area.  He was a member of Carpenter Union Local 606 in Virginia.  Gordon later married  Ellen Chos on May 3, 1997 at Lake Vermilion, and she preceded him in death on February 12, 2006.

 

Gordon was a faithful member of the Leander Baptist Church when growing up then First Baptist Church upon its merger.   He served on the Trustees Board, Mission Board, and as a Deacon.  He was active in organizing Cook school class reunions, and earlier enjoyed canoe trips into the Boundary Waters.  He will be missed, but not forgotten by family and friends. Gordon’s family wishes to thank the staff of Carefree Living in Cook and the East Range Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion given him during his stay there.

 

He is preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years Lillian on March 14, 1992, his second wife Ellen on Feb. 12, 2006;  a daughter Karen Harrison on February 22, 2003; a granddaughter Karine Seiffert-Melby on February 23, 2006, and a brother Bart Anderson on October 22, 2012.

 

Gordon is survived by his children, Janice (Paul) Bernier, Dan (Linda) Anderson of Hibbing, Jeannie (Jim) Taylor of Angora, JoAnn (Joe) Knutson of Cook and Jeff (Beth) Anderson of Tower; 17 Grandchildren: Les (Lydia) Harrison, Travis (Jennie) and Jesse (Kelly) Taylor, Ryan (Tracey), Dustin (Andrea) and Trevor (Arlene) Anderson, Steve (Andrea), Chris and Adam (Jennifer) Beal, Angela (Paul) Marchio, Rachel Harrison, Shannon (Carey) Cunningham, Kristina (Dustin) Goutermont, Sarah (Tom) Hoard, Lance Seiffert, Breyan (Al Gibson) Knutson and Britney (Les) Oberg; 22 Great Grandchildren; a son-in-law, Tom Harrison of St. Paul; along with nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday (July 2nd) in the First Baptist Church in Cook. Visitation will be from 11:30 AM until the 1:00 PM service. Pastor Randy Swenson will be the officiant. Casket bearers  and honorary bearers will be Gordon’s grandchildren.  Music will be provided by Steve and Chris Beal, Les Harrison, Kathy Forsline and Doreen Olson. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Orr American Legion.  Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

In Memory of Gordon Rodney Anderson 

 

 

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Sylvia Dickson, age 92, of Chisholm, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm, MN. She was born March 6, 1921 in Chisholm to Johan and Elma (Heikkila) Salo. She was a graduate of Chisholm High School class of 1938 and had been a lifelong Chisholm area resident.

Sylvia was united in marriage for 66 years to Clarence “Timer” Dickson September 27 1941. She was devoted to her family and community. She served as the Balkan Township Recreation Director, was a member of the Balkan Community and Senior Citizens Clubs as well as the Balkan 4-H programs and various other activities. 

Survivors include her six daughters – Susan (Irvin) Gustafson of Cook, Sandra (Mike) Tuomala and Christine (Ed) Verant both of Eveleth, Clarice (Ken) Sever, Elaine (Arvid) Roxberg and Amy (Bob) Belluzzo all of Chisholm; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; many step grandchildren, step great- grandchildren, one sister, Ruth (Elwin) Bartlett of California, several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Timer; a son, Allan; 4 brothers and 1 sister.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel with Rev. Terry Tilton of Chisholm United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. Inurnment will be in Chisholm Cemetery. 

 

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Memorial services will be held at 11:00 Monday, July 1, 2013

Mikel Dean Vidor formerly of Cook, passed away on Saturday December 8, 2012, at his residence in Bulverde, Texas.

    He is survived by one daughter, Kami Vidor and her husband John Ellis of Spring Branch, TX.  Two sisters Stefanie (Jack) Porter of Duluth, Mary (Firdous Ahmad) Vidor of Reno, V, and  uncle, Laurence  Heglund of Cook.  Also his lifelong friend Kathi Kennedy (Jorgenson) and her son C.J. Kennedy of Bulverde, TX, Mike also had several nieces and nephews, cousins, and numerous other special extended family and friends.

    Mike is preceded in death by his parents Phil and Aline Vidor, his brother’s Nickolas and Mark Vidor and his wife Janice.

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Cook Community Cemetery.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook VFW and the Orr American Legion.  A reception in Mikel’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW immediately after the services. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Celebration of life 1:00 pm Monday July 01, 2013

     Mark A. Lindgren, 52, a resident of Westminister, Colorado since 2010, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at TRU Community Care in Louisville, Colorado as a result of cancer.    

    Mark was born on May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis to Alden Lindgren and Sharon (Sieger) Lindgren. He graduated from Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Mark continued his studies and earned a BA degree from Brown University and also a MBA from the Harvard Business School. He worked as a Field Operations Manager for Baskin-Robbins.  He was an active member of the Alumni Associations of Brown and Harvard Universities.

    Mark has been a special Dad, Son and Brother. He leaves us with many loving memories.

    He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

    Mark is survived by his parents, Alden and Sharon Lindgren of Corpus Christi, TX and Orr, MN; son Matthew Lindgren of Boulder, CO; daughter Paige Lindgren of Boulder, CO; brother John (Eileen) Lindgren of Menlo Park, CA; sister Nancy (Dana) Hanson of Winnetka, CA; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

   There will be a celebration of his life 1:00 pm Monday (July 1st) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, with a gathering of family and friends  one hour prior to the service at the church.   The officiants will be Pastor Joey “pj” Bailey  and  Rev. Dana Hanson (Mark’s brother-in-law).  The soloist will be Bill Freeman and the organist Fran Novak. A reception in Mark’s honor will follow in the church social hall immediately after the service.  A private family interment in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr will follow. Local arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

The family suggests that any memorials be sent to Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 218, Orr, MN. 55771 or TRU Community Care, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026. 

 

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Harold O. Olson, age 84 of Britt, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 20, 2013 with his family at his side, in the care of East Range Hospice. He was born June 9, 1929 in Cook, MN the son of Victor and Marie (Hollen) Olson and was a 1947 graduate of Cook High School. Harold married Arliss Tuomi on September 10, 1955 in Tower, MN. They made their home in Tower and moved to Britt in 1959. Harold was a self-employed carpenter who built many homes and was a very accomplished wood worker and cabinet maker. He was an active, long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia where he served as a Sunday school teacher, a Council member, a member of the property committee and Men in Mission. Harold enjoyed traveling, birds, gardening, building bird houses, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, and was an avid reader. He had a naturally inquisitive mind and had a thirst for knowledge, learning about people and places. Harold was a quiet man of deep faith who cherished time spent with family. 


Harold is survived by his wife of 57 years: Arliss; children: Jane (Dan) Vukelich of Nashua, NH, Jody (Stephanie) Olson of Evergreen, CO, Janis (Craig) Swanson of Anoka, MN, Jenifer (Steve) Leitch of Willmar, MN, and Jon Erik (Gretchen) Olson of Grand Junction, CO; grandchildren: Daniel, Dylan & Leah Vukelich, Isaac, Andrew, & Madeline Olson, Erik, Emily & Katie Swanson, Brittany & Bradley Leitch, and Lukas & Jakob Olson; siblings: Arlee (Doreen) Olson, Elof (Nancy) Olson, Sam (Sandee) Olson, Anna Marie (Victor) Walker, Gladys (Willard) Olson, and Ruth (Sam) Fuller; sisters-in-law: Patsy Olson, Alice Taylor, Karin VonSien, and Kay (Richard) Hanson; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, and a host of friends.

 
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother: Elton Olson on February 16, 2006, 77 years of age. 


Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Bob Simensen and Brenda Tibbetts, AiM will officiate. Family Graveside Services will be held in the Littlefork Cemetery in Field Township at 2:30 p.m. 


Harold’s family wishes to thank Essentia’s East Range Hospice Team for their loving care and concern. Memorials are preferred. 


Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com


Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Tuesday June 25, 2013, 2:30 p.m. at Littlefork Cemetery 

 

In Memory of Harold

 

 

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Bernice M. Heglund, 74, Cook, passed away at the Virginia Convalescent Center on Thursday, June 6, 2013. 

 

She was born on May 18, 1939 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of John (Pat) O’Beirn and Elva (Gilbert) O’Beirn. They lived in Southern Ontario (near Toronto) for a number of years then moved to Northern Ontario where her father had accepted a teaching position in a country school and worked at a restaurant there. Then in the spring of 1960, she went to work at a resort on Sanford Lake where she met  her future husband as he was working in the construction of a resort on it. She and Laurence were united in marriage  at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Atikokan, Ontario,Canada on August 29, 1960. They moved to Laurence’s hometown of Cook where he built a new house, raised their family and where they resided for over 50 years. She became an American Citizen on May 11, 1976 in Duluth, MN.  Her family fondly recalls her love of watching games shows, solving puzzles and word games, playing cards, and reading. She was on a league bowling team for many years, enjoyed spending time with her family and liked visiting with people. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook and was a member of CCW, and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary in Cook.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Bernard O’Beirn.

 

Bernice is survived by her husband of 52 years, Laurence; 2 sons, Greg (Jolene Wilson) Heglund  and  Jim Heglund, both of Cook; 3 daughters, Tracey (Edward) Herrera of Fort Worth, TX, Lyrae (Gary) Goblirsch of Owatonna, MN, and Deb Heglund of Cook; 3 sisters, Margaret Wright of Atikokan, Canada, Rose (Glenn) Weech  and Sharon (Randy) Dobko , both of Calgary, Canada; 6 Grandchildren: Ryan Goblirsch, Jacob Herrera, Jared Herrera, Kyle Goblirsch, Jurnee Wilson and Aaliyah Heglund, along with nieces nephews and friends. 

 

Memorial Mass will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, (June 12th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Jose Peringarapillil, MCBS will be the celebrant.  Patti Fisher will be the soloist and Marjorie Miller the organist.  The honorary bearers will be Bernice’s six grandchildren. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery at a later date. 

 

From Grandson Jared Herrera. Thursday June 6, Denton, Texas.

To the greatest grandmother a young man can ever ask for. You've taught me all the lessons on life and helped develop me into the person I am today. Without you're guidance and structure I'd be lost on this life journey. You were my encouragement when none was found. We were privilege by your presence and now it's gods turn to enjoy the fruits of his labors and to be graced existence! RIP grandma bun bun! You will be truly missed.

 

 

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Terrance Norman "Terry" Setter 67 of Cedar, Minnesota died this week June 2013. Terry was born in 1946 at Cook, Minnesota. He was raised in the Linden Grove community and graduated from Cook High School in 1964.
 
Terry is survived by his wife Cindy, daughter Tara (Jon) Faddler. Grandchildren, Nicholas and Ava; brother, Gordy (Twila) Setter; sister, Sandy DeMarais; nieces and nephews.
 
Terry was preceded in death by son, Troy and parents, Elmer 75, 1992 & Mildred 73, 1991 (Lumme) Setter. His grandparents; Emil 85, 1967 & Ida 63, 1953 (Teppo) Setter and Magnus Mauno 61, 1946 & Ina 84, 1976 (Julkka) Lumme.
 
Funeral service Friday 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3812 229th Ave NW, St. Francis. Interment West Oak Grove Cemetery, Oak Grove. Visitation 1 hour prior to service at the church only. Memorials preferred. Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home Anoka 763-421-0220

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Doris Jeanne Soderberg, 74, Cook, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

 

Doris was born on March 8, 1939 in Cook, the daughter of Carl and Vienna (Leinonen) Seinola. She grew up in Alango and lived most of her life in the area.  Doris was united in marriage to Earl Soderberg on June 2, 1990 in Cook, and has been a Cook resident since. She was a dedicated Social Worker at the Cook Hospital where she retired after many years of service. She was a member of the Cook VFW Women Auxiliary, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

 

She loved biking and had gone on many long road trips with her biking friends, reading, knitting, puzzles, sewing and upholstery, and going for walks with her precious dogs.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl on March 13, 1994, and one son Steven Seinola on May 14, 1995.

 

She is survived by one son, Eric (Jennifer) Ross of Woodbury, MN, one grandson Owen Ross, one brother Ronald (Shirley) Seinola of Cook, along, with many friends.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 Am Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Alango Cemetery. Rev Art Dale will be the officiant. After the service there will be a reception to celebrate Doris’s life at the Cook VFW all are welcome to attend.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

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Erling Hegg of Togo died at home on May 30, 2013 while under hospice care for prostate cancer. He was born in Orleans, Minnesota on August 6, 1924, the youngest of 7 children to Andrew and Anna (Ness) Hegg, immigrants from western Norway.

 

He served in the Pacific theater with the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII and recently enjoyed a veteran honor flight to Washington, D.C.  In his early years, he farmed near Bejou, Minnesota before moving to Togo in 1955 as one of the first staff hired to create a youth forestry camp for the MN Department of Corrections.  During his tenure there, he created and directed the Challenge Program, a wilderness high adventure program designed to build self-esteem in young men whose lives had gone astray. Under the tutelage of Bill Hafeman of Bigfork, he crafted a 30 foot birch bark canoe that was used to retrace the route of the voyageurs from Crane Lake to the Pigeon River, Grand Portage in 1970.  Recognizing the need for a reliable means of winter transportation, he designed pulk sleds to be pulled behind cross-country skiers.  His Nord Hus sleds were also used on expeditions to Ellesmere Island, both the North and South Poles, and as rescue sleds at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.  He was a rock climbing instructor and enjoyed several climbing trips with his son and grandsons.

 

From the time he received a harmonica and guitar in early childhood, music was an important part of his life whether it be leading hymns at his church, the Tin Cup Troubadour Society, a gathering of storytellers and musicians from throughout the area, or entertaining  friends.  A major hearing loss was perhaps his greatest sorrow in later years.

 

Erling served as the founding board member of Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners, Past Council President of Bear River Lutheran Church, and on the advisory committee of Northern Tier High Adventure Programs, Boy Scouts of America, Ely.  He was a collector of toy tractors and large farm machinery and, in recent years, spent many happy hours working the fields on Gloria’s family homestead.  He was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and enjoyed several trips to visit cousins in Norway.  In his final days, he enjoyed watching songbirds at feeders by his home and visits from family and friends.

 

He was predeceased by his parents and siblings, first wife, Virgie Hegg, and son-in-law Sandy Bridges. He will be sadly missed  by wife Gloria Anderson-Hegg; children Cherie (Michael) Sawinski, Duluth; and David (Barbara) Hegg, Cook; grandchildren: Susana (David) Pelayo-Woodward, Katie Bridges, Sandra Bridges, of Duluth; Michael Bridges, Walker; Daniela Pelayo, CT; Jason Hegg, Esq. Jacksonville, N.C.; A.J. Hegg, M.D.,Santa Rosa, CA;  great-grandchildren Carter Hegg, Miguel and Catalina Bridges, Sebastian and Marcos Woodward; a great-great grandson Miguel Bridges Jr.; many nieces and nephews, and his beloved furry companion, Smokey.

 

The family especially thanks Dr. Jan Baldwin and Dr. Lloyd Ketchum III, the Infusion Team at Essentia Health, Hibbing Clinic, and East Range Essentia Hospice for the superb and loving care he received during his illness.

 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday (June 8th) at the Bear River Lutheran Church, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Bruce Dissell will be the officiant. The guitarist/soloist will be Barb Kary-Hall. There will also be congregational singing with accompaniment by Bailey Conger Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post # 480. A reception in Erling’s honor will be held a the Bear River Community Center after the service. Interment will be at at later date in the Embarrass Cemetery.  Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

Memorials to Virgie Hegg Hospice Partners, P.O. Box 244, Cook, MN. 55723, or Bear River Lutheran Church, 11141 Hwy 22, Bear River, MN. 55723  are preferred. 

 

 

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Daniel “Dan” Gallagher, 70, Cook, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2013, at the Cook Hospital.

 

He was born on March 18, 1943 at Clearfield, Pennsylvania, the son of Raymond and Isabelle (Shea) Gallagher..  He moved to the Cook area in 1965, where he has since resided.  He was united in marriage to Charlotte “Dottie” Ann Gruska on January 18, 1980 in Virginia.  Dan was a expert tile setter for many years and was also a heavy equipment operator at Potlatch, retiring after 25 years of dedicated service.  He and Dottie are members of the Cook Covenant Church.  Dan had many interests and hobbies, including cooking, fishing, hunting and feeding birds and deer.   He was an accomplished guitar player and lead singer in a band.  Dan was also an excellent carpenter. A most memorable event was when they went visiting out east in their motor home.  They went to Niagara Falls, Marathon-New York and to New Jersey, and had a beautiful trip. Dan’s passing will be missed immensely by Dottie, as they shared their days together for many years.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Gallagher on January 23, 2013; 2 brothers, Charlie Simpson and Raeburn “Bud” Gallagher; and 2 sisters, Ann Rackmeyer and Ruth Vislosky.

 

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Charlotte “Dottie”; 2 daughters, Lorrie Lappi of Cook and Terri O’Gallagher of Cook; 3 sisters, Maxine “Max” Lemming of NJ, Phyllis Kloeping of NJ and Dorothy (Douglas) Shafto of TN;  8 Grandchildren: Rachael, Jessica, Erica, Jeremy, Cassandra, Samantha, Ylonnda and Tony; 4 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm Tuesday, (June 4th) at the Cook Covenant Church. There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Jeremiah Johnson will be the officiant. There will be special taped music and congregational singing.  Carol Johnston will be the organist.

 

A light reception in Dan’s honor will follow the service.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

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Ragnhild B. Costello, 97,  passed away Thurs., May 23, 2013 in Bellingham.  She was born Sept. 24, 1915 in Isanti, MN  to Herman and Hulda Benson. She married Tripo Costello on Nov., 4, 1950.

 

After moving to Bellingham she worked at Mullern & Asplund, Clyde Banks, Bon Marche and Stanley F. Norman Jewelers. She was also a very active member of Northwest Baptist Church for many years. She loved spending time with her friends and family, going on Sunday afternoon road trips, playing pinochle, and especially eating fresh crab.

 

As the years went by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren came and she loved their glorious smiles and laughter.

 

Ragnhild was preceded in death by her husband Tripo, son-in-law Greg Easterling, sisters Judith, Ruth and Helmey and brother Sigurd. She is survived by children Rob (Linda) Costello, Patti Easterling and Mark (Debbie) Costello, grandchildren Tammy (Darryl) Annette, Tena Costello Annette, Colby (Rob) Hunt, Shaynne Costello, 13 great-grandchildren (one more on the way), sisters Goldie, Marvel, and Phyllis and many loving relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Whatcom Hospice and respite caregivers Janet and Lynn for their love and care of Ragnhild.

 

Memorials may be made to Whatcom Hospice. Visitation will be held at Westford on Tue., May 28th from 3-5 PM. A Celebration of Ragnhild's life will be held at Westford on Wed., May 29th at 11 AM. A reception will follow across the street at Westford's Broadway Hall. Committal will follow at Bayview City Cemetery. Pastor Ryan Jensema will be officiating. Feel free to wear pink, Ranghild's favorite color, to the service. View photos of Ragnhild's life and share memories with the family at www.westfordfuneralhome.com.

 

Ragnhild's sisters; Goldie Benson (Reynold Lindquist 42-1961, Charles Knapp 84-2006) lives in Cook, Minnesota. Marvelle Benson (Robert Knutson 76-2005) lives at Long Prairie, Minnesota and Phyllis Benson (Daniel Trygg 73-1996, Donald Edblom 75-2004) lives in Shoreview, Minnesota

 

 

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Mary “Betty” Elizabeth (Pauna) Kesanen, 70, of Hibbing, died on Friday, May 17, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital due to complications from surgery.

She was born May 13, 1943, to Edward and Mary (Nelson) Pauna in Deer River. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother

She is survived by her husband, Clifford of Hibbing; sons, Jeff Lappi and Henry VanSickel (Krista Galatz), both of Hibbing; daughters, Beverly Lappi of Mountain Iron, and Bonnie Lauseng of Virginia; grandchildren, Nathan (Trudy) Lappi, Matthew Lauseng, Sarah Lauseng, Andrew Brown, Jacob VanSickel, and Chloe VanSickel; great-grandchildren Bradley, Elizabeth, Kaylee, August and Keagen; sister, Mildred (Orlynn) Melbostad, and brother, Harry (Patricia) Pauna, both of Nashwauk; several nieces and nephews; step-children, Wesley (Mary) Kesanen of St. Cloud, and Tammy (Timothy) Gremes of Hibbing, and their children, Ryan, Tyler, Kayleigh, Cassidy, Audrina, Kimberly, and Kylie.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Melvin Pauna, Lloyd Pauna, Wildred Pauna, Walter Pauna, and Fredrick Pauna; husbands, Vernon Lappi and Burnett VanSickel.

Per Mary’s request, her body was donated to the University of Minnesota for research. A private “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held. 

Betty's first husband Vernon Lappi was of the large August & Irene Lappi Family. Their farm home was where the Cook Vermilion Fairways are now. There were 14 children. Vernon & Bette lived south-west of Cook after their marriage. Vernon was killed on September 28, 1970 in a car accident near Ely. He was a 1956 graduate of the Cook High School. Vern's siblings Robert, Roger (Doris), Howard (Linda) and Carolyn (Darold 57-2003) Lokken live in the Cook area.

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Joyce “Ubbie Skadsheim, 73, of Blackduck, formerly  of Nett Lake, passed away on Friday (May 17)  at  the  Good  Samaritan Care Center in Blackduck.

 

She was born on  August 20, 1939 in Cook to Lawrence and Ida (Day) Connor. She grew up in Nett Lake and graduated from Orr High School.  She moved to Minneapolis in the mid 1960’s.  She was united in marriage to Rodney Skadsheim on April 24, 1981 in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Joyce earned her Commercial Truck Drivers License in 1981 and drove over the road trucking for 7 years with her husband.  After Rodney’s retirement , she became what her family fondly recalls as a “regular housewife.”  They lived in St. Paul for 15 years and moved to Blackduck in 2003.  She was known as “Ubbie” to family and friends.  Ubbie enjoyed puzzles, going to casinos and treasured time spent with her grandchildren.  She was an awesome cook and great gardener and was known as a grower of tomatoes.  She will be missed by the many who have come to know her.

 

She is preceded in death by 1 daughter, Judy Drift; 3 brothers: Larry, Henry and James Connor; 3 sisters: Gloria Connor, Ruth Isham and Gladys Goggleye; and a grandson, Devery Drift. 

 

Ubbie is survived by her husband, Rodney; 1 son, Ernest Drift Jr. of Nett Lake; 3 daughters: Carol Donahue of Cincinnati, OH, Deborah (Mike Cronin) Drift of Deer River and Kelly (Mike) Dunkley of Tower; 4 brothers: John Connor of Tower,  David Connor of Mpls., Daniel Connor of Tower and Paul (Charlene) Connor of Cass Lake; 4 sisters: Lorraine Connor of Nett Lake, Laura Isham of Virginia, Esther Connor of Indian Point (Orr), and Mary Belle Isham of Nett Lake; 10 Grandchildren: Nicole, Christy, Christopher, Patricia, Derek, Elyce, GeWaden, Catherine, Jonathon and Madazway; 17 Great Grandchildren, and soon to have a Great Great Grandchild; along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Wednesday (May 22nd) at the Nett Lake Community Center, where visitation will be after 4 PM Tuesday.  Rev. Kevin Land will be the officiant. The casket bearers will be: Jim Connor Jr., Mike Dunkley, Dan Connor, John Connor, Paul Connor and Ernest Drift Jr.  The honorary bearers will be: Christopher Drift, GeWaden Dunkley, Derek Lowry and Cecelia Drift.  Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Caroline “Carol” Sam Prushek, 69, Cloquet, formerly of Tower-Vermilion and Embarrass, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s in Duluth.

 

She was born on December 22, 1943 at Cloquet, to Bennie and Florence (Burnside) Sam. She grew up in Tower-Vermilion attending school in Tower.  She was formerly married to Dwain VanVickle, making their home in Embarrass for many years. Carol worked at the shirt factory in Virginia and later for Erie Mining Co.   She later moved to Cloquet and was employed as a bus monitor for the Fond du Lac school system and more recently a custodian at the Black Bear Casino. Carol was a dedicated and valued employee and was known as a hard worker in all she took on. She hand crocheted beautiful dolls, some of which are on display, enjoyed traveling on the yearly elder trips and was an avid bingo player. Her family fondly recalls that she rarely passed up the chance to go to a rummage sale. Carol will be missed by the many who came to know her.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a daughter, Sheryl Santa; 3 brothers, Eugene, Pat and Donald Sam; and 2 sisters, Joyce Lammi and Phyllis Sam.

 

Carol is survived by 3 daughters, Betty Brooks of Cloquet, Patty Van Vickle of Virginia and Sandy Couture of Cloquet; a brother, Dennis Samm of Cloquet; 2 sisters, Rosalind Jenkins of Duluth and Claire (Gerald) Anderson of Kansas City, MO; along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 noon Thursday, May 23 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  There will also be a memorial gathering from 10am to 12 noon Friday (May 24th) at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. Burial will take place at a later date at the Argo Cemetery of Babbitt.  

 

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Good Morning Don
Regretfully my twin sister Diane Doroff Beel passed away this morning at Essentia Hospital in Duluth. She was admitted to Virginia Hospital on Sunday and transferred to Duluth on Monday.
Don Doroff

 

Dianne LaVonne Beel, 65, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 14, 2014. She passed away from stroke complications after being transferred from Virginia to Duluth Essentia Hospital. She was surrounded by her husband, Red; son, Christopher and his wife Lindy; her twin brother, Donald and his wife Toni; and her best friend, Carmen.

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She was born Dianne LaVonne Doroff in Cook, July 16, 1947, raised in Cook, and graduated from Cook High School in 1965. She lived in Minneapolis, Lead, S.D., and returned to the Virginia area several years ago. She married John “Red” Beel Jan. 12, 1995, in Virginia.

 

She was a caregiver as demonstrated by her devoted attention to her mother. She enjoyed reading, crafting, machine embroidering, sewing and caring for her pets, especially her pet dog, Max. She had a soft spot for all animals.

 

She is survived by her husband, John “Red” Beel; son, Christopher (Lindy Rood) Doroff of Burnsville; stepson, Mike Beel (Vicky) of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Brianna Roth of Rapid City, S.D.; twin brother, Donald (Toni Hill) Tower; sisters, Delores Turrene (Art 1979) of International Falls, Mary Lou (Larry Cuffe) of Virginia, Alberta (Lee Anderson) of Bear River, Jackie Hall of Eveleth, Carol (Bob Langer 2009) of Virginia, Shirley (Melvin Ott 2008) of Orlando Fla.; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and an aunt, Irene Doroff of Minnesota.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Roth; two sons, Joseph Roth (1996) and Monte Roth Jr. (2005); parents, Albert (1979) and Marie (2010); and grandparents, Joseph and Anna Doroff, and George and Thekla Bachel.

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Services will be held Monday, May 20, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 102 S. 14th Ave. W, Virginia. 

 

In Memory of Dianne Doroff Beel

 

 

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Mark Lindgren, 52, a resident of Westminster, Colorado since 2010, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at TRU Community Care in Louisville.

 

There will be a celebration of his life at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, Minnesota later, in July, followed by a private family burial.

 

Mark was born on May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Alden Clifford and Sharon Jeanne (Sieger) Lindgren.  He graduated from Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan.  Mark continued his studies and earned a BA Degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.  He worked as a Field Operations Manager for Baskin Robbins.  Mark was an active member of the Alumni Associations of Brown University and the Harvard Business School.

 

Mark has been a special Dad, Son and Brother; he leaves us with many loving memories.

 

Mark is survived by his parents Alden and Sharon Lindgren of Corpus Christi, TX and Orr, MN; son Matthew S. Lindgren of Boulder, CO; daughter Paige M. Lindgren of Boulder, CO; brother John (Eileen) Lindgren of Menlo Park, CA; sister Nancy Hanson (Dana) of Winnetka, CA.

 

Mark was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

 

Should donations be desired, the family suggests sending them to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, MN. 55771 or TRU Community Care, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Lafayette, CO 80026.

 

Mark was an Nephew to Roger "Butch" Lindgren who passed away on November 21, 2007, age 71.

 

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Valent Galen Parson, 77, of Big Falls, MN, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013 at his home.

Valent was born on January 22, 1936 in International Falls, MN. He attended school at Effie, MN and he served in the United States Army. 

He was self-employed as a logger. Valent was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish, work on old vehicles, and he loved to travel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Viola Parson; son, Andrew Parson; and brother, Victor Larry Parson.

Valent is survived by his wife, Joanne Parson of Big Falls, MN; children, Valerie Parson of Backus, MN, Rocky Parson of Chisholm, MN, Patrick (Danille) Parson of Everett, WA, and Amy Messmer of Sturgis, SD; grandchildren, Rachael, Michele, Mandy, Sabrina, Zach, Daisy, Rocky Jr., Timmy, Robert, James, Alicia, and Katie; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Tom Parson of Buhl, MN, Jim (Linda) Parson of Big Falls, MN; Shelby “Jean” Dey of Wickenburg, AZ, Myrna “Minnie” Wass of Grand Rapids, MN, and Sharon Thomson of Hibbing, MN; sister-in-law Della Parson of Buhl, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends. 

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at the Big Falls Community Building. 

Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Big Falls, with military rites. 

 

Valent's sister Jean (Bill 74,2006) Dey lived in Cook a few years ago. Their children were; Robert 56,2011 (class of 1973), Terri 44,2001 (Class of 1974), Vickie & Dale Leinonen (Class of 1975) and Jerome.

 

 

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Rolland “Stoney” G. King, 48, of Virginia and formerly of Eveleth and Orr, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his residence.

Stoney was born Sept. 29, 1964, in Minneapolis, the son of LaVerne and Gwendolyn (Perrault) King. He grew up in Orr, and Eveleth, and attended school in Virginia, graduating from Virginia High School.

Stoney enjoyed fishing, powwows, his Native American heritage, dancing, music, swimming, writing, drawing, movies and TV, and spending time with family and friends. He had a magnetic personality and an infectious smile. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Special thanks to his caregiver, Dawn Walker, NHS staff and DAC staff.

Stoney is survived by his siblings, Rae (Mel) Edstrom of Orr, Bonnie Hamlin of Lincoln, Neb., Rosemary King of Orr, Ron (Dody) King of Orr, Cheryl “Deedee” Debelak of Tower and Roxanne (John) Samskar of Kenai, Alaska; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Stoney was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, LuVerne “Babe” Eskala; and two brothers-in-law, Pat Hamlin and Marvin Eskala. 

 

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Melvin K. Johnson, 92, Lake Vermilion,-Cook, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

He was born December 17, 1920 in Eveleth to Harry and  Ellen Johnson.  He grew up in Eveleth and moved  with his family to Cook in 1936. Mel worked in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) from 1937 to 1939. Mel was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific Islands, including Gilbert Island and Saipan.  He was stationed in Okinawa after VJ (Victory over Japan) Day during its occupation.   After his tour of duty he married Edith May McNeil on November 10, 1945 in Duluth.  For 36 years they made their home in Minneapolis, Crystal, then New Hope. Mel retired as engineer from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad in 1980.    Edith was a beautician for many years and worked at Nortronics in Golden Valley for 10 years. They had been coming to Lake Vermilion since the latter 1940’s then after retirement, they moved to Lake Vermilion permanently in 1980.  Mel was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, past Cook Lion member, Vermilion Fairways Golf Course and belonged to the Brotherhood of Local Engineers.  Mel appreciated the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid golfer.  He will be missed by all who came to know him.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Edith on November 21, 2009; a son, Richard Johnson and a sister, Eleanor Robertson.

 

Mel is survived by one son, Roy (Sharon) Johnson of Andover, MN; 1 sister, Myrtle Knute of Mt. Iron; 3 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, along with nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday (May 8th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Lisa Buchanan will be the officiant.  The soloist will be Patty Fisher and the organist Norma Thomas.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook VFW Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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Helen E. Pearson, 85, Angora, passed away at the Cook Hospital on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

 

She was born Helen Elizabeth Sikkila at Sparta on October 13, 1927; the daughter of Erick and Liisa (Krook) Sikkila. She grew up in Field Township and was the Valedictorian of the Alango High School graduating class of 1945.

 

Helen was united in marriage to Willard Pearson on September 14, 1946, in Virginia.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook.

 

The couple raised their family on the farm in Angora, which is still family owned and operated as the Rice River Farm. Willard was also the longtime and well known custodian of the Cook School. Helen’s hospitality and cooking were shown to everyone who came to her house, she never knew “how many feet were going to be under the table at mealtimes.”  Many who were not related to her became her family. When her own children were teenagers, they brought their friends over, some staying for extended periods (like years). She and Willard agreed that those were the best years.  Helen was  humble, caring and well loved by everyone she met. She was an avid reader and had a keen recollection of events.  She grew beautiful flower gardens, including her prized African Violets.   She was a very able partner to the family farm where she even helped build the house and barn.   Her family was her priority, she always took special interest in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by the many who have come to know her.

 

She is preceded in death by 3 brothers: Eino and Wayne Sikkila, and  Matt Maki who died in infancy; along with 2 sisters, Mary Barber and Fanny Satomaa.

 

Helen is survived by her husband of 66 years, Willard; sons, Marvin (Peggy) Pearson of Angora and Stanley (Lynn) Pearson of Melbourne Beach, FL; a daughter, Sharon (Kenneth) Elg of Isle, MN; 7 Grandchildren: Jeff (Lisha) Pearson, Rachel Chapman (John Chapman), Amy Pearson, Forrest (Jessica Aure) Pearson, Melanie (Eric) Kiehm, Jody (Mike) Feist and Tina (Ben) Bergerson; 12 Great Grandchildren: Anya, Serena and Lila Pearson, Katrina & Cora Chapman, Caleb Uchal, Jimi Pearson, Dylan & Tyler Kiehm, Katelynn & Melina Feist and Nevaeh Bergerson; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (May 3rd) at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 PM Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Randy Swenson will be the officiant.

 

Kathy Forsline will be the soloist and Doreen Olson the pianist. Casket bearers will be: David Hanson, Forrest Pearson, Jeff Pearson, Eric Kiehm, Roger Lindbeck, Ron Sikkila and Peter Stone. The honorary bearers will be: Dylan and Tyler Kiehm and Caleb Uchal.   Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.

 

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Milton Wayne Eichholz, 85, of Virginia died peacefully on Monday April 22, 2013.

 

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 27th at Kaleva Hall-Virginia, with a visitation one hour prior to the Service. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home.

 

Milton was born March 25, 1928 in Cook, MN to Oscar and Anna (Lappi) Eichholz. He lived in Cook with his parents, brothers Clifford and Charles (Bud) and sisters Elinore, Pat, and Nancy until he joined the Army in 1946. On July 25, 1953 Milton married the woman he loved, Ruth Elna Hautala.

 

Milton was a man of many talents. He was a do-it-yourselfer –a regular Mr. Fix-it - and always had an interest in figuring out how things worked. Milton was proud of being an active union member of the ‘49ers. From the time he was young he liked the outdoors and all the activities that went with it – hunting and fishing being his favorites. Milton was well-liked and was a good son, husband, father, brother and friend. He loved his family and had an especially strong connection with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

We loved and respected Milton and will miss the twinkle in his eye. He was a good man.

 

Milton is survived by his children Marilyn Rager of Biwabik, Charles (Nancy) Eichholz of Lake Vermilion, Janet (Jim Grummett) Eichholz of Britt, Susan (Dan) Hartman of Plymouth, Judy (Steve) Venaas of Leonidas, and John Eichholz of Mt. Iron; grandchildren Jeff Rosati, Jeff (Tiffany Jones)Rager, Stacie Rager, Amy (Ryan) Swanson, Shannon (Dustin Miller) Rager, Heather Surla, Joe Surla, Matt Lemieux, Amber (Justin)Terch, Brittany (Chris) Wolf and Andrew (Leanna Kochendorfer) Venaas; great-grandchildren Zachary, Kellie, Brynn, Ruthie, Ever, Apres, Katelyn, Bennett, and Carson; brother Clifford (Virginia) Eichholz, sister Nancy Olson.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth, his parents Oscar and Anna, his brothers Raymond and Charles (Bud), his sisters Elinore Alarcon and Pat Burrell.

 

Milton is a couisn to Emadee Eichholz (Dick) White of Cook

  

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Lois Frances (Anderson) Johnson of Vermillion passed away at Wakonda Heritage Manor on Tuesday, April 2, at the age of 80.

She was born July 30, 1932 in Circle, Montana, and married Lewis John Hahn (d. 1966) in Sioux Falls in 1952. Lois married Kenneth Arthur Johnson (IBEW 426 Sioux Falls) in 1972 and lived in Worthing, South Dakota, until moving to Vermillion in 2010.

Following in her parent’s footsteps, Lois, along with her immediate family, was a welfare foster parent in both the States of Kansas and South Dakota for 57 years, retiring in 2009. Among her more than 200 foster children were many with special needs. Lois (affectionately known by all as Grandma) also ran a day-care center in her home in Worthing for 24 years. Lois enjoyed quilting, embroidering, scrapbooking, canning, collecting dolls, and listening to music, especially the “three tenors.” 

Lois was preceded in death by her husband of 14 years, Lewis Hahn; her husband of 22 years, Kenneth Johnson (d. 1994); her parents, Leroy and Francis (Basche) Anderson; her son William (Bill) Leroy Banks; her brothers Gerald A. and Orval (Beatrice) Anderson; and her niece Debbie Langford.

She is lovingly remembered by her son, Barry (Peggy) Banks, of Vermillion; her daughter-in-law, Teresa Banks of Bradshaw, Nebraska; her granddaughter Bobbie Lee (Shannon) Halverson, and her great-grandson Stephan Halverson, of Cook, Minnesota; her grandson Josh Banks of Randolph, Nebraska; her sister Avis Blumer of Beresford; her brother Stanley (Joanne) Anderson of Sioux Falls; her brother Arlo (Marge) Anderson of Valley Springs; nine nieces and nephews; ad lifetime friends Lou and Joan Latendresse of Centerville and Karen Gibbs of Vermillion.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Lois’ many years as a foster parent, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Children's Inn, 409 N. Western Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-5607.
My brother Josh, his fiancée, Denise & her 2 kids and my mom, Lorna Banks (my dad's 2nd wife) attended the funeral. Terri Banks (my dad's 3rd wife) was not there.
 
Thank you for posting my grandma's obituary and my dad's. They are both in heaven, no longer in pain, their bodies perfect, and with loved ones that have passed on already.
 
Bobbi Halverson
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Gilmore H. Lawrence, age 92, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013 in Appledorn Living Center in Holland. Rev. Lawrence served for 20 years from 1963 to 1983 as the Administrator of a Chicago-area retirement community affiliated with the Baptist General Conference. In this capacity, he tirelessly led the relocation of Fridhem Baptist Home from its aging single-building facility in the Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago to its modern campus subsequently renamed Fairview Baptist Home in Downers Grove, Illinois. Prior to arriving in Chicago, Rev. Lawrence served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Kiron in Kiron, Iowa and Blomkest Baptist Church in Blomkest, Minnesota.

Rev. Lawrence was born on January 15, 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota and was raised in Brainerd, Minnesota. Rev. Lawrence died on Sunday April 7, 2013 in Holland, Michigan at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Phyllis Wolfe Lawrence in 2003. Together they raised three children; Dean Lawrence (Chris) of Willowbrook, Illinois, Lynne Sparling (Steve) of Miami, Florida, and Barb Anderson (Scott) of Holland, Michigan. He was Grandpa to seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

During WWII, Rev. Lawrence served as a medical corpsman in the U.S. Navy before completing undergraduate studies at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Rev. Lawrence also attended Bethel College, Moody Bible Institute and Nyack Missionary Training Institute. Rev. Lawrence completed graduate studies at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota earning a divinity degree.

Upon retirement, Gil and his wife Phyllis embarked on one adventure after another, including four interim pastorate assignments and an extended consultancy in Cairo, Egypt to establish a senior center sponsored by the Presbyterian Church. Gil and Phyllis enjoyed traveling together to Italy, England, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, and the Holy Land. As a couple they had previously purchased land and developed a home on Lake Vermillion near Cook, Minnesota. An early activity of Gil’s was the redesigning and finishing of old pianos. Later, he refinished furniture which he lovingly gave to family members. He was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing his thoughts on his many readings. One of his favorite scriptural passages was Psalm 139. The couple moved to Holland, Michigan in 1988 where Gil served as a board member of the Appletree Condominium Association and Christ Memorial Church, where Gil served as a pastoral elder and classis representative.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in the Chapel of Christ Memorial Church, 595 Graafschap Road with Rev. Bill Boersma officiating. Interment with military honors will follow the funeral at Graafschap Cemetery, Holland.

Visitation with refreshments will be held from 1-2pm on Wednesday, April 10 at Christ Memorial Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Christ Memorial Church, Hospice of Michigan or a charity of one’s choice.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Appledorn Living Center and Hospice of Michigan for their kindness and compassionate care.

Arrangements by the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.
 
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Sherry Lynn Bixby, 50, of Mountain Iron, MN died peacefully in her home surrounded by the people who cared for and loved her on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Range Funeral Home in Virginia, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Jeffrey Jones will officiate. Inurnment will be in Willow Valley Cemetery.

She was born on January 11, 1963 in Virginia, Minnesota to Donald Bixby & Judy Danyluk. She had a love for animals and children. Her infectious smile could easily brighten up anyone’s day. She took pride in her work and retired from the East Range Developmental Achievement Center after many years of service. Sherry loved going on trips, especially her trip to Disneyworld.

 

She was a great friend to all who knew her, but most of all to her lifelong friend and sister, Debbie Dietrich, whom she loved spending time with.

 

Sherry was preceded in death by her father, Donald. Her love for her furry companions was widely known by friends, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Contented Critters in her memory.

 

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Karla Lea Abramson, 52, Angora, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Thursday, March 28, 2013.

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She was born on March 6, 1961 in Virginia, the daughter of Forrest and Carol (Kyllonen) Abramson. She grew up in Orr, graduating from Orr High School as Valedictorian of her class in 1979. Karla furthered her education graduating with honors from Michigan Tech, where she completed its nursing program, becoming a registered nurse. She was employed as a registered nurse at the Cook Hospital for several years. Since the early 1990’s she has resided in Angora. Karla was employed with the family owned Abramson Construction, then bought the business with her brothers (Kerry, Gary and Mark) to form KGM Contractors, where she currently served as Chief Executive Officer.

 

She was an active 25 year member of the AGC (Associated General Contractors in Minnesota). Karla was a tremendous asset to the firm and with her direction the company earned numerous awards from MNDot, the insurance industry, and for a partnership program from the US Army Corps of Engineers. In leisure time, Karla loved vacationing in warmer weather and spending time on the beach. She enjoyed hunting – especially deer and pheasant, liked her flower and vegetable gardens and treasured the times camping with Scott. Her great joy in life was the time spent with her girlsShe loved her “boys”, her dogs, Dewey and Louie. Her family fondly recalls her as being an amazing woman along with having a “big heart” and a concern for everybody.

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Karla is survived by her 2 daughters: Kerrisa (Joel) Anderson of Cook and Kaylee Malmstrom of Angora; one step-son Ben Jandrey of Virginia; her parents Forrest and Carol Abramson of Orr; her significant other Scott Jandrey of Angora; 3 brothers: Gary (Ginger Hooper) Abramson of Orr, Mark Abramson of Britt and Kerry (Laura Roivanen) Abramson of Orr; 1 sister Michelle (Victor) Gunderson of Pike- Sandy;. Along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

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Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Tuesday, April 2nd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. A reception in Karla’s honor will follow in the church social hall after the service.   

 
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John Anthony Pliml, age 63, of Shalimar, FL, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013. He was born on June 7, 1949 to the late Frank 90,2005 and Vivian 71,1992 Pliml in Virginia, Minnesota. 

John was a graduate of Cook High School, Troy State, Southern Cal and the University of Arkansas. 

John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Sukenya; children, Julie (John,Jr.) Doane; Paul Pliml; granddaughter, Hope Doane. Siblings; Mary Lou (Terry) Germ, Richard (Sue) Pliml, Frank "Buzz' Pliml, Jr., Roseanne (Wally) Anderson, Mike (Kris) Pliml and George (Robin) Pliml; several nieces and nephews. 

John had a strong Catholic faith and a great sense of humor. 

A time of visitation will be held at Davis-Watkins Funeral Home, 8 Racetrack Road, NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL on Monday, April 1, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00pm with complimentary valet parking. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Avenue, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 with burial to follow at Beal Memorial Cemetery.

 

Sent by Mary Lou Germ (Pliml)

 

 

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William L. Banks, age 60, of Bradshaw, NE, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Bradshaw. He was born December 28, 1952 to Lewis and Lois (Anderson) Hahn in Sioux Falls, SD. He served in the US Navy and then the Army National Guard as a gunnery instructor.

 

Bill loved kids and they loved him. His mom had been a foster mom since he was very young and he always helped take care of them and had a special way with all children his entire life. He worked for Fagen, Inc. out of Fergus Falls, MN at various locations throughout the Midwest for over 20 years as an Electrician Journeyman. Not only was he a great electrician but he also had a way of kidding around with follow employees and was a joy to work with.

 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Teresa of Bradshaw; son Josh Banks, his fiancée and two of her children of Randolph, NE; daughter Bobbie Halverson, her husband Shannon and their son, Stephan of Cook, MN; two foster children, Andrea Morgan and her five children of Nett Lake, MN, and Loren LaFave, his wife April and their eight children also of Nett Lake. Bill’s mother Lois Johnson of Wakonda, SD is also surviving as well as his brother Barry and wife Peggy Banks of Vermillion, SD. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Memorial services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the United Methodist Church, Bradshaw, NE. No viewing or visitation as it was Bill’s wish to be cremated. Memorials may be directed to the church.

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Kenneth “Kenny” Casper Pasch, 70, of Eveleth, MN died on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at St. Raphael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Kenneth was born on December 1, 1942 in Osakis, Minnesota to William and Wynne (Johnson) Pasch. He grew up and attended school in Mt. Iron, graduating from Mt. Iron High School in 1961. Kenny enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably for 4 ½ years during the Vietnam War. In October of 1991, he was united in marriage to A. Irene (Grano) Leppala. Kenny was employed for 15 years at Reserve Mining, many years at an Eveleth gas station and also as Security Guard at EVTAC.

 

He is survived by his sister; Eva Rooney of Virginia, MN, 3 step-children; Brian (Deanna) Leppala of Florenton, MN, Brenda Jacob of Excelsior, MN, Belinda (Greg Laugan) Leppala of Colorado, 3 step-grandchildren; Amanda, Cody and Leif, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, wife, A. Irene Pasch, two brothers, Claude and Rynold.

 

Kenneth's wife Astrid Irene (Grano) Pasch was a sister to Earl Grano of Cook.

 

Kenneth's brother Clyde 76,2011 was the father of Bill Pasch who was the owner of the R & J Cafe in Cook and Mike Pasch who served as a Cook Police officer from 1991 to 1999.

 

 
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Iva M. Nelson, 98, Angora, MN, died Monday, March 4, 2013 in Hibbing.  She was born July 8, 1914in Duxby, MN to George and Essie Hamm.  She grew up in Sandstone, MN.  

On Aug. 24, 1932 she married Emil Nelson in Mora, MN at the county fair in front of 3000 people.  She and Emil moved to Kelly Lake in 1937 and then to Angora in 1958.  She had been the clerk for Sturgeon Township for many years.  On the family farm, Iva tended to the cattle, sheep and chickens all the while raising her children and watching over many other children.  She was also known for the many quilts, afghans and potholders she made for her family and others. 


She is survived by her sons George (Nancy) and Norman Nelson, both of Hibbing, her sisters:  Vivian Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, MN and Ruth (Bob) Putnam of Aitkin, MN, 13 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Emil in 1966, 2 sons Emil LaVerne in 1966 and Neil in 2002, her parents and 3 brothers. 


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 in the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing, Minnesota.  Visitation will begin at 12 Noon.  Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing.  Pallbearers are her grandchildren Clinton, Craig, Curtis, Corrie, Douglas and Bruce Nelson. 

Norman Nelson was married to Barbara Newman of Angora, she passed away on January 1, 2010. They are the parents of Clinton, Craig, Curtis and Cory.
 

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Jason L. Anderson 30, beloved son of Carl and Marie Anderson, and a brother to Shanna, and Thera passed away on Feb 27, 2013 peacefully at home of natural causes in Buyck MN.


He was born Jason Lloyd Anderson on Oct 23, 1982, In Minneapolis MN, and born 3rd of a set of triplets to Carl and Marie. He grew up in Crane Lake, where his summers were spent driving a tow boat for the family business, Anderson Canoe Outfitters, and his studies were done at the Orr High School where he graduated from in 2002.


He went on to becoming a fire fighter and first responder for the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire department, and following his passion for fire fighting he worked for the Voyageurs National Park. Later Jason proceeded to follow his father's footsteps to work on the power lines and become part of the Anderson Barging business. His main passion in life was the outdoors where he loved to fish and hunt. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Jason is survived by his parents, Carl and Marie Anderson of Crane Lake; his sisters Shanna ("RJ" Jingco) Anderson of Superior, WI and Thera Anderson of Crane Lake; his paternal grandparents, Robert "Bob" and Emmy Lou Anderson of Crane Lake and maternal grandmother, Martha Bolden of Kitzville; and a very special little niece Emmalin Jingco, along with numerous special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, (March 10th) at the Orr American Legion Hall, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.

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Rev. Roger Parrish- Siggelkow will be the officiant. Honorary bearers will be Lee and David Tufte, Brandon and Andrew Anderson, Patrick Pew, Big Jas Christoff, and Darren Leindecker.

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.   

 

 
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Merrill Bakk 75, formerly of Cook died on February 24,2013.

Rev. Merrill Bakk was the second-born son of three children to Gunnar and Martha Bakk in Cook, MN on February 13, 1938. There were complications with his birth and he was laid aside, not expected to live. God’s Will could not be thwarted; His hand sustained Merrill through his rough first months. Merrill was raised on a rural farm in northern MN, where his family faithfully attended the Cook Baptist Church. One Sunday, when his Sunday School teacher presented the way of salvation, Merrill committed his life to Jesus Christ. At 16, Merrill had rheumatism in his knees so badly, he could not walk. The doctors in Rochester, MN told him he probably would never walk again but God had a different plan for Merrill. His church Deacon Board anointed him with oil and prayed over him. God used this to heal Merrill completely! God’s Will could not be thwarted. Merrill’s favorite activities included snaring, hunting, fishing, family & church activities, mischief with his cousin Rodney Edblom and extensive quiet times in the northern woodlands.

Merrill sensed early on that God had a special call on his life for fulltime Christian ministry. When it was time, he followed that call to attend St. Paul Bible Institute in St. Paul, MN. It was there he learned to minister effectively through music, preaching and sharing his testimony of faith in God. He traveled extensively with the college’s Choral Club and various ensemble ministries sent to churches. He shared the Gospel with people on the streets in the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. God was preparing Merrill for His future appointments.

Merrill met Julie Welsh at St. Paul Bible Institute. They were married on June 18, 1960 at the Cook Baptist Church. He still had one more year of college remaining so they returned to the college where he took on the responsibility of Assistant to the Dean of Men under Dr. Charles Shepson. The following summer, Merrill and Julie toured for the college, ministering to people through music and preaching God’s Word.

By December 1961, Merrill and Julie had accepted their first pastoral ministry in Lincoln, NE at the Havelock Alliance Church as Director of Youth & Music. However, St. Paul Bible Institute was still very near and dear to their hearts so in 1963, they were asked to tour full-time representing the college. They did this until 1965.

With the new ministry of parenthood emerging, Merrill and Julie found it necessary to “settle down.” Merrill served as the Summer Camp Director at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Big Sandy Bible Camp. Melody Joy was born that summer and in August, he accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor at the Alliance Church in Milaca, MN. God’s provision was always sufficient and His Will could not be thwarted.

Three years later, the District Superintendent asked the Bakks to move to Big Sandy Camp to serve as the fulltime Director. Merrill and Julie did this, working diligently to develop the camp’s summer program and create a winter program as well. They founded the Big Sandy Alliance Church where they were involved in the music and preaching God’s Word.

Merrillyn Faith was born in the fall, 1971 and in December God brought unique opportunities for Merrill and Julie with their next move to Winston-Salem, NC where Merrill became the Pastor of Youth & Music at the Faith Missionary Alliance Church. Jennifer Hope was born in the fall, 1972. God ‘s hand was on Merrill throughout each new avenue and He blessed him tremendously.

By 1975, St. Paul Bible College called Merrill to be the Assistant to the President for Development. He was responsible for student recruitment and church/college relations. This position required more traveling but this time it became a family affair with Julie and the girls ministering through song. In addition, Merrill and Julie volunteered as Youth Sponsors at the Waconia Alliance Church by the college.

In 1981, God’s hand redirected again; this time to St. Croix Falls, WI. The Alliance Church of the Valley called them to serve as Senior Pastor and oversee their Christian ACE School (K-12). Merrill & Julie remained there until 1985 when they moved to Monticello, MN to lead the Monticello Alliance Church where he served as Senior Pastor until 1991. It was then, the Old Cheney Alliance Church in Lincoln , NE called the Bakks to serve as Senior Pastor. The Bakks ministered at Old Cheney for twelve years, building the new church structure until their retirement in 2003.

 

Merrill is survived by this wife, Julie Bakk, his daughters, sons-in-law & grandchildren: Melody & Robert Kugel, Merrillyn & Peter Lillestolen, Jennifer & Brian Malvig, Nate & Anna Kugel, Caleb Kugel, McKell Lillestolen, Mabree Lillestolen, Meeghan Lillestolen, Hannah Malvig, Ethan Malvig, Lydia Malvig and Elizabeth Malvig.

Merrill is also survived by his brother & sister-in-law Roger & Bev Bakk, his sister & brother-in-law Gloria & Ken Stumbo, his nieces & nephews: Steve & Cindy Compton, Darlene & Mike Heinze, Ken & Mickey Compton, Lisa & Wes Beeler and Nathan & Tamara Stumbo. 

 

Memorial service: 3:30 pm Thursday (2/28) at Old Cheney Alliance Church, 5201 Old Cheney Rd. Memorials to the church for the Merrill and Julie Bakk Scholarship Fund at Crown College. Funeral home assisting Aspen Cremation Service, 4822 Cleveland Avenue, Lincoln, 68504. 


In Memory of Merrill

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Katherine “Kathy” Rae Keske, 70, of Park Rapids was lovingly called home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. She was born Nov. 25, 1942 to Ray and Katie Dunn in Hallock. She graduated from Hallock High School and attended the University of North Dakota.

 

She was united in marriage to Brian Keske Sept. 26, 1964 in Northcote. Brian and Kathy made their home in Park Rapids and were blessed with four children.

 

Kathy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many who were profoundly impacted and blessed by her humble and gracious spirit and her compassionate sense of others.

 

She loved her family, enjoyed quilting, rug-hooking, wood-working, flower gardening and Bible studies.

 

Her sense of purpose and joy came from creating a warm and welcoming home for her family and friends as well as for hundreds of strawberry customers who visited Keskes’ Little Patch on the Prairie over the past 30 years. She radiated an aura of grace and beauty that left an indelible impression on those who had the privilege of knowing her.

 

She was an active member of Faith Baptist Church in Park Rapids where she served in various roles as a youth leader, women’s ministries, and Bible studies.

 

Kathy will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 48 years, Brian Keske; four children, Dawn (Ron) Haas of Isanti, Paul (Melissa) Keske of Pine River, Beth (Jeff) Ekre of Moorhead and Mary (Ryan) Collins of Silver Spring, Md.; grandchildren, Alyse, Madeline, Caroline, and Rachel Haas, Meghan and Clayton Ekre, and Graycie Collins; brothers, Joel (Lorraine) Dunn, Rodney (Betty) Dunn of Orr, Duane Dunn, Dale (Cheryl) Dunn; sister, Susie Kasprowicz; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by both of her parents and two nephews.

 

Kathy leaves a legacy of love for family, sincere warmth for others, an authentic joy, and a steadfast hope and trust in Jesus.

 

Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 at the Fireside Room of Faith Baptist Church.

 

A service in celebration of Kathy’s life: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 at Faith Baptist Church, Park Rapids.

View a photo tribute to Kathy and sign Kathy’s online guestbook at:

 

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kathykeske/journal.

 

 
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Loyd Beaurline, 91, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 23, 2013, with his wife, of nearly 69 years at his side, Mary Jane (Busch) Beaurline. Loyd was born August 26, 1921, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Willard and Mathilda (Waller) Beaurline. He grew up in Chicago, Illinois before graduating from Carleton College. Loyd was an officer in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater in WW II, earning the rank of Lieutenant JG. He and Mary Jane were married April 15,1944 in Chicago, Illinois, before he left for officer's training at Columbia University in New York.

 

After the war, Loyd became a pilot through the GI bill. Flying became a life long passion. He flew across the country and particularly enjoyed flying his float plane in Canada and northern Minnesota.

 

Loyd owned and operated a commercial bus business in Chicago, was a real estate developer of Sky Harbor Industrial Park in Northbrook, Illinois, and a developer of numerous south Texas properties in McAllen, Texas. He and his father were distributors of the Tucker car in Dallas, Texas--actually owning two of the 50 cars originally produced. He was also an active member of the Medinah Shriners of Chicago.

 

He loved designing, building and remodeling his summer home on Lake Vermilion. Lake Vermilion was a favorite spot to spend time with his family. We are privileged to have known him, to have heard the stories he told and to have experienced the joy he gave to all of us who were fortunate to have had him in our lives.

 

Loyd is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Beaurline of Cook; two sons, Alan (Diane) Beaurline of Maui, Hawaii and Andrew (Helena) Beaurline of San Francisco, California, one daughter Sally Anne (Mark) Ludlow of Lake Vermilion- Cook, Minnesota, 5 grandchildren--Sean Ludlow, Paul (Kelly) Ludlow, Annie (Kory) Carlson, Kate (Matt) Johnson, Drew Beaurline and two great grandchildren--Drake and Lillie Johnson. He was preceded in death by, one son, Edward Arthur Beaurline. Loyd will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family will host a celebration of his life later this summer.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 
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Duane C. Heinonen, age 49 formerly of Angora, Minnesota.Duane was born in Superior, Wisconsin, he died at his Opelousas residence on Saturday, February 23, 2013. 

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home at Opelousas. The Reverend Benny Reppond will conduct the service. Interment will follow in the Bellevue Memorial Park.



Duane was the co-owner of the Brass Rail Lounge in Opelousas with his wife Sandy. He proudly served his country in the United States Army, where he served as a member of “The Old Guard”. He was a devoted member of the Opelouas Elks Lodge #1048, where he served as a past officer. In his youth, Duane enjoyed hunting deer with the cousin that he thought of as a brother, Tony Iverson.


Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Sandy Aucoin Heinonen of Opelousas; son, Duane Charles Heinonen, Jr. of Hibbing, MN; daughter, Francena Fontenot of Church Point; brothers, Mike Heinonen and wife Laurie of Angora, MN and Gary Heinonen and wife Paula of MN; sister, Amy Rautie and husband Gordy of Angora, MN and twin sister, Arleen Heinonen as well as 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ester Juntunen Heinonen.
Pallbearers will be Tony Iverson, Chuck Breaux, Tim Fontenot, Martin Ford, Scott Stahl, and Chad Latiolais.


Visiting hours will begin on Monday, February 25, 2013 from 12:00- 9:00 p.m. and will reopen on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. until service time.


LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, (2845 S. Union St, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337)942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

There will be a gathering of family and friends on Sunday, Marach 17,2013 from 3 p.m. to 7 p. m. to celebrate the life of Duane Heinonen Sr.. It will be held at the Slovenian Home in Chisholm, Minnesota. Contact Duane Heinone Jr. at 218.403.0949.

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Palmer A. Amundson Jr., age 86 of Waubun, MN, died Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fargo, ND.

 

Palmer Arnold was born July 18, 1926, the son of Palmer A. and Anna (Boutto) Amundson Sr. in Virginia, MN. He grew up near Virginia and graduated high school from Cook, MN in 1944.

 

 Following high school, Palmer worked in the mines before entering the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge, Palmer attended college in California for airplane mechanics. He then moved to Minneapolis, MN, where he worked for Northwest Airlines as a mechanic. Palmer met Laurena Brehm and they were united in marriage on September 2, 1952, in Minneapolis.

 

In 1962, Palmer and Laurena moved to her family’s farm near Waubun and helped out with the day to day farming chores and driving cattle truck. Later, Palmer began driving truck over the road for Wylie; closer to home he hauled beets during the fall sugar beet harvest. Palmer’s last full-time employment was as a tour bus driver, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. He met many people and traveled most of the United States, including Alaska. After his retirement in the mid 1990’s, Palmer continued to work for area farmers and keep busy with small jobs.

 

Palmer liked hunting and fishing, but more so playing cards, especially pinochle and watching game shows like ‘The Price is Right.” He loved to read and spend time with his grandkids and always memorable when the family was able to get together. Palmer was a member of the Mahnomen American Legion and the Ogema VFW for many years. He was also a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he faithfully attended the Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study.

 

Palmer is survived by his wife of 60 years, Laurena, Waubun; sons, Mark (LoAnn), Fargo, and Morris “Dude”, Arthur, ND; daughters, Becky Radi, East Grand Forks, MN, and Brenda (Todd) Gross, Fargo; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Sharon) Amundson, Virginia, and Michael Amundson, Cook; sister, Peg Kirby, Winsted, MN; sister-in-law, Audrey Amundson, Duluth, MN and Beatrice Amundson, Cook; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael on January 25, 2013; brothers, Jim and Ron Amundson; sister-in-law, Pam Amundson; and brother-in-law, Don Kirby.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waubun at 11:00 am. Visitation will take place on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waubun from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm.

 

This notice was sent by Craig Amundson, son of Ronald & Bea.

 

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Edna M. Polich, 80, Greaney, passed away peacefully at Carefree Living in Cook on Thursday, February 21, 2013.

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She was born Edna May Pajares on August 22, 1932, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Stopnik) Pajares. As a child, she moved with her family to Biwabik, where she grew up and attended school. In early years she worked at the Woolworth Store in Virginia. She married Stanley Polich of Greaney on May 14, 1955 in Biwabik. They settled on the family farm in Greaney, an area she loved and has since resided. Edna was a dedicated member of the former St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney, where she taught Catechism; and later became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Cook upon their merger. She was a devoted wife and mother, and worked on the farm along side Stanley. Edna was also a member of the Cook VFW Post #1757 Auxiliary and the American Legion Post #480 Auxiliary. She was a great cook, and a valued employee at Patten’s Café in Orr, RJ’s Restaurant and Smitty’s in Cook.

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In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Charles, George and Frank Pajares; and a son-in-law, Darryl Hendrickson.

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Edna is survived by her husband of nearly 58 years, Stanley; 1 son, Barry (Debbie) Polich of Greaney; 4 daughters, Theresa Polich Hendrickson of Floodwood, Mary (Rick) Kochaver of Maine, Laurrie (Wesley) White of Side Lake, and Molly (Rob) Polich Wood of Linden Grove; 1 brother, Robert “Bob” Palmer of Rhode Island; 9 Grandchildren: Amy Polich, Emily Polich, Julie Thul, Wyatt Polich, Rok Polich Wood, Dylan Hendrickson, Jennifer Kochaver, Honna Hendrickson and Amber Kochaver.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 27th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Father Jose Peringarapillil, MCBS will be the celebrant. The honorary bearers will be: Wesley White, Robin Wood, Greg Ozanich, Kenny Zgaynor, Marlene Minerich and Tim Befera. Music will be provided by Mary Beth Reller. Spring interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney.

Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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AUBREY THOMAS “TOM” LOWE, JR., 53, of Denver, Colorado passed away February 20th, 2013, at Swedish Hospital. Tom was born in Los Angeles, California on August 8, 1959. He lived a short time in upper state New York, and then moved to Denver for the remainder of his adult years. He met his wife Linda K. Snell in Colorado and they resided in Glendale and then in the University Hills area for thirty years. He was employed for 20 plus years as a printer at ABC Reprographics on East Iliff Avenue in Denver, Colorado. 

He was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy Lowe and his father Aubrey Thomas Lowe, Sr., his uncles Richard Robinson and Donald Robinson, all of California. He is survived by his wife Linda K. Snell of Denver, Colorado, his sister Ginger Lowe of Gloversville, New York, his Aunt Patricia Robinson of Los Angeles, CA and his Uncle Nick Robinson of Gloversville, New York, his niece Shane Rosenblatt of Albany, New York, cousins Sean and Lori Robinson of Colorado Springs, sisters and brothers-in law Barbara and Ronald Jensen of Two Harbors, MN, Jerome Snell of Cook, MN, Judy and Dave Grebenc of Helena, MT, Lori and Tony Barber of San Antonio, TX, and his mother in law Gladyce Snell of Cook, MN, and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. He was also survived by his beloved pets; Penny, Leo, Mango and Rambo.

A Celebration of his Life service will be held at the Self Realization Fellowship Center at 2246 South Albion Street in Denver, Colorado on Friday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. with a short reception following.

Tom’s interests were fishing, camping, barbecuing, cooking gourmet meals, hanging out with his friends, neighbors and family and his beloved animals, computer graphics, playing his guitar, writing music, and attending concerts. He loved decorating for the holidays, he helped his friends and neighbors and family unconditionally, and worked at maintaining his home and yard. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved Colorado. He never refused anyone who asked for his help. He will be missed forever by his family, friends and neighbors. He is now at peace.

Thank you to everyone who helped, advised, and befriended Tom and Linda…..And if you can, don’t hesitate to help another person without asking for anything back.

 

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Mary Jo Reing, 79, Cook, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Cook Hospital.

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She was born on August 6, 1933 at Bismarck, N.D. the only daughter of Anthony and Mary (Weinberger) Grebenc Sr. She grew up in Cook attended the Cook High School graduating with the class of 1951. She furthered her education in Minneapolis earning a degree as a Lab Technician. She was employed in South Dakota for a time then moved back to Cook working for the Cook Hospital with Dr. Heiam. She was united in marriage to Lloyd E. Reing on July 26, 1954 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.

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Mary Jo enjoyed oil painting, sewing, antiquing with her friends and restoration. She found great joy working in her flower gardens, and in her beloved pets. Mary Jo was known for her great sense of humor and joking with her family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and proud grandmother and great-grandmother.

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In addition to her parents Mary Jo is preceded in death by 2 brothers Andrew Grebenc and Anthony Grebenc Jr.

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She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 59 years Lloyd Reing of Cook, 3 sons Daniel (Nancy) Reing of Cook, Timothy (Lois) Reing of Angora and David (Dawn) Reing of Cook.; 1 brother David (Judy) Grebenc of Helena, Montana; 6 grandchildren Melissa (Sam) Grahn, Rebecca (Jason) Lappi, Jeremiah Reing, Steven Reing, Danny (Ivette) Reing and MacKenzie Reing; 4 great grandchildren Garrett and Brittin Lappi, and Emily and Collin Grahn , along with nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

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Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 AM, Monday Feb. 25, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Fr. Jose Peringarapilli MCBS will be the celebrant. The casket bearers will be Mary Jo’s grandchildren: Melissa Grahn, Rebecca Lappi, Jeremiah Reing, Steven Reing, Danny Reing and MacKenzie Reing; Honorary bearers will be Marge Hyppa, Eunice Roivanen and Diane Cin. Spring interment will be held at the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Memorial can be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church P.O. Box 609, Cook, MN 55723 to be given to the Smile Train and the Kristura Gardens in Amavatti, India to help feed and educate the children of India. A reception in Mary Jo’s honor will be held in the church social hall after the service. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook 

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Willard J. Lindgren, 92, life long resident of Cook, passed away on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Cook Nursing Home.

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Willard was born on April 8, 1920 at Field Township on the family homestead, the son of John and Maria (Flanders) Lindgren. He grew up in the Cook area where he lived his entire life. He attended a one room school in Field Township. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 -1945. Willard was united in marriage to LaVerne G. Johnson on November 16, 1946 in Virginia, MN.

 

He worked as a mechanic for Lobe Chevrolet, Voyageurs and then Simonson Chevrolet retiring in 1982 after 36 years of dedicated service. Willard would attend the GMC School of Transmissions every year in Minneapolis to keep up on the newest changes.

 

He was a life member of the Cook V.F.W. He loved deer hunting and enjoyed telling the stories of past hunts to family and friends.

 

In his early years he enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and watching professional wrestling on TV. But mostly he loved his children and grandchildren and looked forward to the time spent with them. He will be sadly missed by his family and many who knew him.

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He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years LaVerne Lindgren on March 28, 2001; one son Danny as an infant; one grandson Joey Knutson in 1982; 5-brothers, Toivo, Arne, Wayne, Wesley, and Ero Lindgren; and 3 sisters, Helmi Autio, Mary Moberg, and Sylvia Heglund

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Willard is survived by 1 son, Darrel (Betty) Lindgren of Cook; 3 daughters, Karen (Greg) Balke of Apache Junction, AZ, Trudy (Mark) Newton of Peyson, AZ and Lorie Lindgren of Cook.; 9 Grandchildren: Daniel Lindgren, Darin Lindgren, Angela Trygg, Katie Johnson, Andrea Knapp, Ian Balke, Breyan Knutson, Brittney Oberg and Ashley Skorseth; along with 13- great- grandchildren,numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant. Casket bearers will be: Danny Lindgren, Darin Lindgren, Angela Trygg, Breyan Knutson, Brittney Oberg, and Ashley Skorseth. Honorary bearers will be Katie Johnson, Andrea Knapp, Ian Balke,Raymond Anderson, Lawrence Heglund, Sam Heglund, Dean Heglund, Larry Lindgren and Donnie Lindgren

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Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook VFW and Orr American Legion. Burial will be in the spring at the Cook Community Cemetery. A reception in Willard’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW after the service.

 

IN MEMORY OF WILLARD LINDGREN.

 

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Vernon E. Dorrington, 86, Cook, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at Essentia Health-Duluth.

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Vernon was born on July 6, 1926 at Park Falls, WI at home on the  family farm,  the son of Joseph and Anna (Poyer) Dorrington.

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Vernon joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17 years and served until 1946. In 1948 he enlisted in the Army and received rank as Sergeant, where he was stationed at Camp Hood Texas where he earned his pilots license, and became a captain for the Civil Air Patrol , he served until 1951. He married VerlaTudy” Newman on August 31, 1946 at Grand Rapids, MN. After his honorable discharge Vernon moved his family to Burlington, WI, where he was employed with J.I. Case Co., driving semi from coast to coast and Canada. He received the two million mile safety award for not having any accidents. He retired from Case in 1980. After his retirement Vernon and his wife moved to Togo, MN where he did odd jobs and was a Supervisor and board member of Carpenter Township for 4 years. He lost his eye sight in 2000, at which time they sold their home and moved to Cook. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, life time member of V.F.W and member of the Burlington Flying Club. Vernon and his wife loved snowmobiling, and was a past president of the Burlington Blizzard Bugs Snowmobile Club.

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In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 2-sons: Donny and Danny Dorrington; 1 sister Cecil Smith; and 2 brothers Gordon and Marshall Dorrington.

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Vernon is survived by his wife of 66 years VerlaTudyDorrington of Cook; 1 son, Dale (Roberta) Dorrington of Burlington, WI: 2 daughters, Deborah (John Sr.) Chaulklin of Cook and Toni (Tim) Starling of Jacksonville, FL; 1 brother, Lyle (Betty) Dorrington of Baraboo, WI; 7 grandchildren John (Heather) Chaulklin Jr., Jeff (Tina) Chaulklin, Angie and Jim Dorrington, Nicole and Michael Starling and Dan Dorrington; Jr. 8 great-grandchildren Jeffrey, Austin, Christopher, Ivy, Levi, Conner, Jacob and Casey.

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Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Pastor Lisa Buchanan will be the officiant. Hailey Chavers will play the violin.

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Honorary bearers will be Vernon’s grandsons and great grandsons: John Chaulklin Jr., Jeff Chaulklin, Jeffrey Chaulklin, Jim Dorrington, Michael Starling, Austin Chaulklin and Christopher Chaulklin. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of Cook VFW and Orr American Legion. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  

 

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Myrtle Carolyn Rehnberg Eklof, 92, died February 16, 2013 at her home with her family at her side. She was born in Bridgeport, CT, on January 16, 1921 to Ernest and Amanda Rehnberg. She attended school in Bridgeport and after High School graduation attended Bethel College and Moody Bible Institute.

She married Rev. Ellis "Bud" Eklof on August 26, 1950. She served tirelessly alongside her husband as he pastored churches in Chisholm, MN, New Britain, CT, Minneapolis, MN, Sun City Center, FL, and Duluth, MN. Myrtle was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and pastor's wife. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings Ernest, Vinny, David, Matty and Philip Rehnberg, Margaret Hynes, Charlotte Shirlaw, Evelyn Williams, Vern Beach and Madelyn Weinbrecht.

Myrtle is survived by her children David (Lek) Eklof, of Thailand, Char (Rick) Erickson, New London, MN; grandchildren Rachel (Ben) Westby, Taylors Falls, MN, Kristin (Patrick) Antil, St. Paul, MN, Kole Huiras, New London; great- grandchildren Nora and Bekah Westby; brother James Rehnberg and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation noon until the 1PM Funeral Service Wednesday at Mt. of Olives Baptist Church, Duluth. Burial at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred. Arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier-Boettcher Funeral Home.

"Bud" served the First Baptist Church of Cook as an Interim Pastor in 1993 and 1995. He passed way in Duluth on September 26,2006 at the age of 84
 

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Karen S. Benn, 63, Cook, passed  away on Thursday, February 14 at the Cook Nursing Home.

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Karen was born on May 31, 1949 in Minneapolis, the daughter of Sidney and Kathryn (Larsen) Benn. She lived her childhood years in North Dakota. Karen moved back to Cook with her family and graduated from Cook High School. She lived and worked in Fargo for a few years after graduation, then returned to Cook, where she has since resided. Karen passionately volunteered many years at the Cook Adult Day Care Center.

 

She was a member of the former Cook Congregational Church for many years. She enjoyed the challenges of solving puzzles, liked playing bingo, and had a talent for artwork- especially drawing and sketching.

 

Her kindly demeanor made her a friend to many and she enjoyed visiting with others. Karen had a positive attitude and wonderful outlook on life, always seeing the good in people.

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She is preceded in death by her parents, Sidney (1990) and Kathryn Benn Cole (2004); and a niece, Cassandra “Cassie” Brandon (2000).

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Karen is survived by a sister, Nancy (Roger) Lindbeck of Cook; 2 nieces, Heather (Sam) O’Brien of Minneapolis and Jennifer Brandon of Sacramento, CA; 2 great nieces, Aurora and Elspeth and one great nephew, Lochlainn.

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Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Sunday (Feb. 17th) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Lisa Buchanan will be the officiant. A reception in Karen’s honor will be held in the Trinity Lutheran Church Social Hall after the service. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

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Florence A. Lucachick, 85, former longtime Bramble resident passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at Essentia Health-Virginia Regional Medical Center.

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Florence was born on December 27, 1927 at St. Paul, MN the daughter of Charles and Aleda (Lundeen) McCue. She grew up in Bear River, graduated from the Alango High School in 1945. She married Andrew Lucachick on October 18, 1952 at Bear River Lutheran Church. After their marriage they made their home in Bramble on the family farm where they raised dairy cows and later beef cattle. Florence had large vegetable gardens, enjoyed working in her flower gardens and was an avid blueberry picker who knew where the best patches were. She had worked for several years for the Federal Forestry and the State Forestry planting trees.

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The Lucachick’s received the 100 year farm award in 2008. Florence and Andy loved going to Polka dances and had attended 36 years of Polka Festivals at Ironworld in Chisholm.

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Florence was a member of the Bear River Lutheran Church, Rauch-Silverdale Card Club and the PTA at Silverdale. Florence was a devoted wife, caring and loving mother and cherished friend who will be dearly missed.

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In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Andy on March 12, 2012; one son Jeffrey Lucachick on Nov. 7, 2011, two brothers; Donald and Thomas McCue; and two sistes Charlotte McCue and Betty Soular.

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Florence is survived by 4 sons; David Lucachick of Rauch, Todd (Karen) Lucachick of Cohasset, Scot Lucachick of Orr, and Mark Lucachick of Bramble; 1 daughter Wendy (Rick) Appleby of Cook; 2 grandsons, Eric (Valerie) Appleby of Vallejo, CA and Trent (Michelle) Appleby of Mt. Horeb, WI; 1 great grandson Chase Andrew Appleby and one great granddaughter Avery Olive Appleby; two brothers, Larry McCue of Bear River and Virgil “Squeek” (Carol) McCue of Cook, and one sister Barbara Seopa of Bear River, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, (Feb.19, 2013) at Bear River Lutheran Church, with visitation one hour prior to the services at the church. Pastor Bruce Dissell will be the officiant. Music will be provided by Pam Ruuska. The casket bearers will be Clayton McCue, Tedd McCue, Michael McCue, Jim Lucachick, Danny Seopa and Rick Seopa. The honorary bearers will be Duane Johnson and Florence’s grandsons Eric and Trent Appleby.

Spring interment will be in the Bramble Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

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Shannon S. Lokken, 39, Angora, passed  away  unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

 

He was born in Virginia on March 21, 1973, the son of Darold and Carolyn (Lappi) Lokken. He grew up in Angora and graduated from Cook High School in 1992.

 

He had lived on the Iron Range all his life. Shannon was a dedicated employee for Jim Holmes at Great Scott Meats as a butcher and meat cutter. His passion was horses and rodeos. He was a great competitor in bare back and bronc riding. He competed annually in the Effie Rodeo, and participated in numerous other rodeo events.

 

Shannon enjoyed fishing – both summer and winter, hunting and snowmobiling.

 

He had a great appreciation of the outdoors. He was everybody’s friend and had a way of making new friends easily. His family fondly recalls that he was respectful and well liked.

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He is preceded in death by his father Darold Lokken on October 26, 2003

Shannon is survived by his mother Carolyn Lokken of Angora; one brother Shane (Shelly) Lokken of Eveleth; two sisters, Jenny (Jim) McDonald of Anchorage, Alaska and Stacie (Ryan) Santl of Warroad, MN; significant other and best friend Candy Schaefbauer of Mt. Iron; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, (Feb. 18th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Lowell MacDonald will be the officiant. Honorary bearers will be Jim Holmes, Dale Arvila, Randy George and Baily Webber. Spring interment will be held in the Celina Cemetery. A reception in Shannon’s honor will be at the Cook VFW after the service.

 
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Paul Nolan Maki, 61, Orr, formerly of Alango, passed away at his home on Sunday February 10, 2013 after a spirited battle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1951 in Virginia, MN the son of Edwin and AnnaLiisa (Makela) Maki. He was raised in Alango, where he attended elementary school. Paul went to Cook School and graduated from Eveleth High School. He entered the U.S. Army in 1971 and completed his military career as an Army Reservist. He attended the University of Minnesota and earned a degree in radio broadcasting from Brown Institute in 2000. Paul lived in various places throughout his life and he held an assortment of jobs - his most memorable was his time spent as a chimney sweep. He returned to Minnesota in 2010 to watch his granddaughters grow.

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Paul had a love for animals and enjoyed being in the outdoors perfecting his green thumb. He had a keen interest and was well-versed in politics and history. He was very proud of his Finnish language, heritage, and loved a good hot sauna. Throughout each life experience, and when the going got tough, he embraced it with true Sisu, which is the legacy he will leave to his children and granddaughters. Paul will be remembered for his musical talents, his creative song writing and entertaining abilities, his storytelling, his willingness to help out a friend in need, and his love of being a grandfather.

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Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and AnnaLiisa Lampinen and a special cousin, Jeffrey Frost.

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He is survived by his life partner, Patti Weikleenget of Orr; daughters, Michelle Maki of Fridley, Stephanie (Chad Erickson) Maki of White Bear Lake, and Rebecca (Garrett Lamppa) Maki of Virginia; sisters Pirkko Elizabeth Maki of Iron and Pirjo Marlene Maki of Eveleth; nephews Daniel and Jacob Thompson; his beloved granddaughters Ari and Gianna; and lifelong friends Dalton, Cully, Chuck, and Lu Ann.

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Memorial services will be at 12 Noon on Friday (Feb. 15th) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant. The honorary bearers will be Dalton Straw, Cully Cowgill, Brad Frost, Jacob Thompson, Steve Dean, Mark Manolis and Chuck Gutowski. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook VFW and Orr American Legion. Spring interment will take place in the Alango Township Cemetery.

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Lorraine B. Sixberry, 91, Side Lake, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at home.  She was born in North Hibbing on July 15, 1921, to John and Leona Scofield.  Lorraine was united in marriage to Russell Sixberry on Aug. 9, 1942, and they made their home at Side Lake.  She loved her family and enjoyed her hobby club. 


She is survived by five children:  Ed (Marilyn) Sixberry, Jim (Lori) Sixberry, Gary Sixberry, Carol (Michael Sinko) Leeds, all of Side Lake and LeAnn Sixberry of Cherry; seven grandchildren:  Jason, Tony, Sean, Laura, Leann, Jody, and Bill; 11 great-grandchildren; a niece, Barb (John) Frankson of Side Lake, and a nephew, David (Ayla) Scofield of Petaluma, CA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, in 1979; by her parents; by her stepmother, Violet Scofield; and by a brother, John Scofield. 


At Lorraine’s request, there will be no funeral service.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing, at a later date.  Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.  To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.doughertyofhibbing.com. 

 

Marilyn Nevala (Ed) Sixberry formerly of Cook is a daughter of Swante Nevala 35,1949 and Hazel Nelmark 80, 1995. Her sister Marie is the owner of the South Switch Cafe in Angora.

 

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William “Bill” Light, 87, Nett Lake, died Sunday, (Jan. 27, 2013) at Essential Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

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He was born at Vermilion-Tower on August 28, 1925. His parents died when his was a child and he was raised by his grandparents, Joe and Marie Pete at Vermilion. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War 11. He was part of the Central Europe air offensive in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. Bill also served in the Korean War. After his tours of duty, he settled in Nett Lake, where he has since resided.

 

Throughout his working years he worked on the reservation Beautification Project, Elderly Nutrition Program, was a Conservation Officer and a janitor for RTC. He volunteered for many years for the Vince Shutte Bear Sanctuary. He was a dedicated member of the Bois Forte Honor Guard, Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Bill was instrumental in the formation of the Bois Forte Honor Guard. He riced for many years, enjoyed deer and duck hunting and avidly followed the (former) Orr Braves in their sports. All will fondly remember Bill for his teasing and good sense of humor.

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He is survived by a cousin, Robert “Bob” (Phyllis) Boshey of Vermilion-Tower, along with other special relatives and many friends.

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Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, (Feb. 1st) at the Nett Lake Government Center, where visitation will begin after 5 PM Thursday. Rev. Kevin Land will be the officiant. The honorary bearers: Gary "Squeek" Strong, Henry "Whiz" Goodsky, Gene Goodsky, Ernie Steel, Dave Steel, Duane Columbus, Robert Boshey, Marlene Spears, Kentrell Villebrun, Makenna Villebrun and Terri Morrison.

 

Military honors will be accorded by the honors guards of: Bois Forte, Orr American Legion, Cook VFW and the Tower American Legion. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.  

 


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Carol Evelyn Gallagher, 48, of Angora, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, peacefully at home with her family and friend Karen Barto by her side, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Carol was born on July 6, 1964, in Neptune, New Jersey to Daniel and Merry "Toots" (Lee) Gallagher. She was a licensed practical nurse at Cornerstone Villa in Buhl.

Carol was a huge lover of nature and loved fishing and feeding any critter that ventured into her yard. Carol loved life, the outdoors and she adored her grandchildren most of all.

She is preceded in death by her mother Merry "Toots" Ongalo in 2006, her husband John Perkovich in 2000, great friend Chris Luecken in 2006, her beloved dog Jazz in 2009, along with many other relatives, friends and pets.

Carol is survived by her children; Racheal Volkey-Pierce of Angora, Jeremy Luecken of Gheen, and Cassandra "Cassie" Luecken of Virginia, her beloved granddaughters, Hailey and Sophia of Angora, along with a new baby due in the spring; her parents Daniel and Dottie Gallagher of Cook; sisters Terri  O'Gallagher and Lorrie Lappi both of Cook; nieces Jessica McIlvaine and Erica (Aaron) Albertson of Duluth, Samantha Phillips and Yolanda Galazen and nephew Tony Galazen all of Cook; aunt Nancy Lagerquist of Virginia; cousin Ted Lagerquist of Aurora; mother-in-law Dorothy Perkovich of Chisholm, and more relatives in New Jersey. Also surviving are special friends- Dave Elias, Jeff Enders, Ronnie Setter and Theresa Martinson, Karen Barto, Linda and Jack McMahon, Linda and Mel Chambless and many more.

She was known as the crazy cat lady leaving behind- Henry, Gordon, Lucy, Ozzy, Turbo, Simon and Gus.

The family wishes to thank all their mother's friends and neighbors, including Jack and Linda McMahon, The Log Cabin, Cornerstone Villa, PJ, and Marsha from North Star Hospice for the love and support they showed during her illness. Good people surrounded her always.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 2, 2013 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Alango, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Pastor Joey "pj" Bailey will be the officiant. A reception in Carol's honor will follow the service in the church social hall.. Then there will be a celebration of life party at the Log Cabin.

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

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Michael W. Amundson, age 53, of Fraser, CO, formerly of Waubun, MN, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at the Twin Valley Living Center in Twin Valley, MN.

 

Michael William Amundson was born November 8, 1959 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Palmer and Laurena (Brehm) Amundson. In 1962, the family moved to Waubun to make their home. Mike attended grade school and high school in Waubun and graduated with the class of 1978. Following high school, Mike joined the United States Navy. He served on the USS Truxton (CGN-35), and traveled around the world. After his honorable discharge in 1986, Mike lived in Fargo, ND, for a short time before heading to Colorado for his first job as a “ski bum”. His love for the mountains kept him in Colorado and he made his home in the village of Winter Park. Mike worked at Winter Park Resort operating equipment and maintaining the ski lifts on several different runs generating from Mary Jane, one of the tallest peaks in the resort.

 

In addition to his love for travel and the mountains, Mike also liked to ride motorcycle whenever possible. In his high school years, he was known to pull a few pranks and joke around, but as time went on he turned into a hard working individual with a high standard of work ethic. He had a tremendous will to live and fought hard to the very end. Even through the difficult times, he didn’t complain and always had a smile that would light up any room. Mike truly enjoyed spending time with family, especially his nieces and nephews and treasured everyday as a moment of borrowed time.

 

In January of 2012, Mike was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and began receiving treatment and guidance at the VA Hospital in Fargo. He was able to return to his home he loved in Colorado for about 6 months before coming back to the area in October of 2012 to be closer to family.

 

Michael is survived by his parents, Palmer and Laurena Amundson, Waubun; two sisters, Becky Radi, East Grand Forks, MN, and Brenda (Todd) Gross, Fargo, ND; two brothers, Mark (LoAnn), Fargo, and Morris “Dude”, Arthur, ND; four nieces and nephews: Sarah (Nathan), Rachelle, Matthew, Hannah; three step nieces and nephews: Denise (Craig), Dana (Cory) and David (Anna); three great nieces and nephews: Rylan, Kiley and Kenly; several aunts, uncles and cousins, in addition to his extended family of many friends in Colorado.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waubun at 11:00 am.

 

Visitation will take place on Monday, January 28, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waubun from 5-7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm.

 

Thanks to Mike's cousin Craig Amundson, class of 1981 for sending the above obituary. Mike was a son of Palmer Amundson Jr. who was a brother to Craig's father Ronald (Bea Nylund) Amundson who passed away on December 02, 1992 at the age of 55. Craig's brother is Joe Amundson of Cook.  Craig, Joe and Mike have an Uncle Michael Amundson age 67 who lives in Angora.

 

 

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Gloria Jaunich Fobbe, age 83, of Princeton passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

Gloria Jaunich Fobbe was born February 10, 1929 in Delano, the daughter of Peter and Mamie (Motzko) Jaunich. She graduated from St. Cloud Teacher’s College in 1946. Her first teaching job was in Maple Lake where she met the love of her life, Gene Fobbe. They were married on September 10, 1952 at St. Mary’s of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Delano. Gloria and Gene had four children together. She left the teaching profession to care for them while living in Long Lake. Gene and Gloria moved to Little Elk Lake in 1988. Once in the Princeton area, Gloria became involved in many areas of community service. She was extremely dedicated to helping others and caring for the community. She was a very active member of Christ Our Light, serving in many ministries, RCIC, Adult Choir, Bell Choir and as Eucharistic Minister. Gloria was also a volunteer at the Clothing Center, and gave communion to the residents at the Elim Home. She was a member of Auxiliary VFW Post 806 and the American Legion Post #216, both of Princeton. She delighted in her 10 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren and 6 great- grandchildren. She was their biggest cheerleader, attending their activities whenever possible.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Gene; children, Beth (Robert), Dan (Diane), Lisa (David), Americo (Alex); grandchildren, Clayton, Catherine, Danielle, Jacob, Paris, Francesca, Angelo, Domenic, Gino, Jason; 6 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters, Alice Fink, Verdella (John) Musech of Cook, Mn., Diane Madden; brothers, Harvey (Leslie) Jaunich; sister in law, Eldoris Jaunich; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her son, Tony; brother, Wallace Jaunich; and sister, Laura Hahn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Princeton Scholarship Fund or Christ Our Light Catholic Parish.

Visitation: 3:00-7:00pm on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish- North Campus, in Princeton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am on Monday, January 21. 2013 at Christ Our Light Catholic Parish- North Campus, Princeton, with visitation from 10:00-11:00am at the church.

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John Boney, “Bah-Bah-Ki-Ge-Shig”,61, of Redwood Falls, MN, formerly of Nett Lake, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Monday, January 7, 2013.

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He was born on March 11, 1951 at Cloquet, MN, to James and Nancy (Woodenfrog) Boney. He grew up in Nett Lake, attending Nett Lake Elementary School and Orr High School. He moved to be with family in Oklahoma, where he attended Pawnee High School in Pawnee, OK, then to Okmulgee High School in Okmulgee, OK, where he graduated in 1969.

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He furthered his education and graduated from Chilocco Indian School in Chilocco, OK, Haskell Indian Jr. College in Lawrence, Kansas, Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration in 1972. He also attended the University of Oklahoma University in Norman, OK. John worked as an accountant for the Oklahoma Community Action Program in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma Native American Association at the Oklahoma University. A family member fondly recalls that “He was the first person from Nett Lake to make the Honor Roll in the 7th grade at the Orr High School”.

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John treasured spending time with family and friends. He had a passion for all sports and solving crossword puzzles. He enjoyed bingo, reading, playing cards, bowling and going to the Casino.

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In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Arnold Boney and Peter Boney Sr; and by Karen Johnson on September 2012, who was his companion of 18 years.

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He is survived by 2 brothers- Kenneth Boney of Nett Lake and James Boney Jr. of Eagan, MN; 3 sisters- Julia Wilde of Oklahoma City, OK, Irene Boney of Roseville, MN and Mary Ann Juliano of St. Paul, MN; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Traditional Services will be at 10:00 AM Friday, (Jan. 11th) at the Nett Lake Community Center, where the visitation will begin after 4:00 PM Thursday. The Spiritual Leader will be Bill Blackwell. The casket bearers will be: James Wilde, Matthew Boney, Jeff Boney, Peter “Chief” Boney Jr., Anthony Juliano, Preston Juliano, Kyle Juliano, and John Juliano. The honorary bearers will be: Bill King, Vernon Boney, Michael Kleinbrook, Jason Boney, Jim Morrison, Brad Johnson, Michael Boney and Carlos Hernandez

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Funeral arrangements with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

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Ernestine M. (Vainio) Durant 56, Native Name: Naawiigiiziisikwe, of Aitkin, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 in Hibbing, Minnesota. She was born December 9, 1956 at White Earth, Minnesota.

She grew up and attended schools in Cook, Minnesota graduating from the Cook High School in 1975. She raised her family in Northern Minnesota and later in life attended the Fon Du Lac Community College studying Native Art and Language. She enjoyed drawing and wood burning. She was a great cook and wonderful mother.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Niki Spragg of Aitkin; Autumn Spragg of Aitkin; Karly George of Walker; 2 Grandchildren: Rhiannen Spragg of Hackensack and Noah George of Walker; brothers and sisters: Arnie Vainio of Duluth; Kelly Vainio of Bear River, Mn.; Brandon Vainio of Esko, Mn.; Sherri Monroe of Duluth; Carla Gargano of Side Lake, Mn.; Scott Thompson of Duluth.

She was preceded in death by her mother Mabel Durant. Services will be held Sunday, January 6, 2013 beginning at 10 AM at the East Lake Community Center. Burial will be at the East Lake Burial Grounds. The wake will begin on Saturday January 5 at dusk and continue until the services on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.

Thanks to Julie Vaino Flack for sending the above obituary.

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Michael Robert Ranta 69 of Nalcrest, Florida passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2012 at his residence.

He was born September 6, 1943 in San Rafael, CA to the late Taisto Robert & Marjorie Ranta; he was a lifelong resident of Lake Worth before retiring and moving to Lake Wales in August. He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, was a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Worth and was a veteran of Vietnam, serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, softball, baseball and fishing in Minnesota.

 

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Debbie Ranta; two daughters, Cynthia Vanson of Lake Worth and Sara Ranta of Lake Worth; one son, Brian Ranta of Lake Worth; two sisters, Robbie Boice of Rockledge and Sally Brackney of Burnsville, MN; one brother, Jerry Ranta of Edina, MN; six granddaughters, one grandson and three great-grandsons.

 

Michael's parents owned and operated Ranta's grocerey store in Cook, Minnesota before selling to John Musech in 1958. Michael attended the Cook School with the class of 1961. His Uncle Ray Ranta lives at Cook as do his cousins Jon (Judy) Ronning, Terry (Dedi) Ronning and Sandy (Dean) Ronning.

 

Warren & Betty Mlaker of the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook invite you to send condolences and memories to the family of the deceased. They will be honored to pass them along to the family for you. Please mention the name of the deceased and who is sending the note. Mlaker Funeral

 
 
Warren & Betty Mlaker of the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook invite you to send condolences and memories to the family of the deceased. They will be honored to pass them along to the family for you. Please mention the name of the deceased and who is sending the note. Mlaker Funeral

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