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2014 Obituaries

 

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Rosella “Rose” Marie Wolfe, 85, Cook, passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home.

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Rose was born on June 27, 1929 at International Falls, MN, the daughter of John and Helen (Begg) Sutliffe. She grew up in International Falls, graduating from high school there in 1947.  

 

She married A. George Wolfe in September  of 1951 in the Falls.  

 

Rose was employed for MANDO (Minnesota and Ontario Paper Co.) in the Falls, first as a mail clerk  and later in its research lab. Her husband George worked for the DWP (Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific) Railway then CN (Canadian National) Railway upon their merger. They moved to Angora and later Virginia, when George transferred  to become station manager for the Railroad.   Rose worked for the First National Bank in Cook then the First National Bank of Virginia.  Rose’s passion was sports. She was a member of the Virginia Women’s Volleyball Team, she curled and was a 200 point club bowler. She loved playing golf and was still an accomplished golfer in her later years. George retired early due to health reasons and Rose also retired to become his caregiver.  They moved to Arizona in 1975, making their  residence there for the next 20 years. George passed away in 1997 and in 2003 Rose moved back to Virginia.  She had resided in Cook since 2012.  

 

She is preceded in death by her husband George in 1997, one son Richard  in 2013; and one sister Helen Gross in 2003.

 

Rose is survived by one sister Jacqueline (Glen) Weum of Lake Vermilion Cook.

 

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. Singing will be congregational and  Cynthia Hannem will be the pianist. A reception in Rose’s honor will follow in the church social hall immediately after the service and interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora. . Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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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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Steve Picek Jr., age 84, of Huron, South Dakota passed away at his home, Thursday, July 10th. His funeral service will be held at 1 PM, Monday, July 14th, at the American Lutheran Church, with Rev. Steve Brandsrud and Rev. Tom Christenson officiating. Burial will be at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will be held from 1 to 8 PM, Sunday, July 13th, at Kuhler Funeral Home with the family present from 5 to 7 PM.

 

Steve was born in Cook, Minnesota on March 16, 1930, to Paraska “Pearl” (Pyngryn) and Steve Picek Sr. He attended Cook schools. Steve worked construction with his brother in northern Minnesota. A lake cabin customer hired them to build a house in Huron, SD where he met Ruby Molander while she was working at the Starlite Drive-in Theater. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served for 32 months as a baker in Korea.

 

He married Ruby on February 5, 1953, at American Lutheran Church in Huron. They settled in Huron and after working as a foreman for a local contractor, he founded Picek Construction Company in 1963. The company is currently owned by the third generation. He was a member of American Lutheran Church, Huron Elks, and American Legion Post 7. He served as president of Huron Country Club when the golf course underwent a major renovation. He enjoyed West River deer hunting and fishing at Ft. Thompson and West Whitlock Resort on the Missouri River.  He and Ruby also enjoyed ballroom dancing.

 

He is survived by his wife, Ruby, of Huron; one daughter, Julee (Cliff) Hadley and two sons, Larry (Beth) and Rick Picek, all of Huron; three grandsons, Ashton (Misa), Justin (Becky) and Nicholas Picek; two granddaughters, Montana and Liberty Picek; one great-grandson, Owen Picek; three sisters, Julia Lind of Hibbing, MN, Helen Arola of Cook, MN, and Katie Aune of Cook, MN; one brother, Mike (Donna) Picek  of Cook, MN; in- laws Margaret Picek, Marie Smith, Charlotte Molander and Ronnie (Ives) Molander; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary and Ann; and brothers, John, William, Peter and Harry.

 

 

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Rev. James Winchell Trygg, 58, from Staples, MN, passed away June 22, 2014 following years of chronic severe infections. Jamie was licensed and ordained in ministry in 2009 through Discipleship Training Ministries of St. Paul, MN. Before living in Staples, MN he resided in Chisholm, Breezy Point, Robbinsdale, Little Falls, Malmo, St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and Cottage Grove in Minnesota,  as well as Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Born in Virginia, Minnesota September 18, 1955, to Daniel and Margaret Trygg, siblings are older sisters Sheila Mae (died at 3 days old), and Sara, also brothers Daniel, Kurt, Brian Kelly and Brian Anthony.  Jamie was raised in Ely and Duluth as well as the logging camps of Isabella, MN run by his father; later the family moved to Shoreview where he helped his dad in delivering tires and batteries to local gas stations. He attended Mounds View High School and was active on the swim team. His early career involved working at a Clark Station (where he remembered being held up at gunpoint); working as a bouncer; was part of an ‘extra gang’ for the railroad, pounding in rail ties; as well as a foundry worker for American Hoist.

 

Jamie was quite the rowdy, seeking comfort in the wrong places and getting into fights in his early adult life. At one point, in the middle of a drug overdose, the Lord clearly told him, “You come to Me now, or you never will.” He gave up the wild life and submitted to the Lord Jesus, living now to bring Him glory.

 

Injured in 1978 in a diving accident, Jamie spent the remaining 36 years as a quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. Surgery did improve function to the point where he had some arm and hand movement so was able to push himself around in his chair. Very outgoing, he loved getting out and pushing in his chair to meet the neighbors and talk to folks. He listened well and learned from their life experiences. He loved to talk to people about the Lord Jesus and pray with them for healing. The Lord graciously granted many healings and miracles through Jamie’s prayers – herniated discs, broken bones, sickle-cell anemia, even partial paralysis – to name just a scant few of them. The glow on their faces when they received inner healing from intense traumatic experiences were the rewards of this faithful servant. Jamie loved the outdoors, especially the woodlands of northern Minnesota, and was always yearning to be able just to enjoy a walk in the woods – something he never did again after his diving accident. He was one of God’s trophies of redeeming grace.

 

Jamie had a son with his first wife, Jolene Mudek. Eric Daniel Trygg was born June 24, 1978 who was killed in 1992 by a gunshot wound. Jamie married Mary West (Hopkins) Graybar in St. Paul on April 8, 1995. He is survived by his wife Mary, Staples, MN; step-children Rachel (Brian) Seppman and Matthew (Kristine) Graybar; step-grandchildren Carter and Avery Seppman; step-mother Phyllis Edblom of Shoreview; sister Sara Trygg Joslin of Cherry Hill, NJ; brothers Rev. Daniel Clement Jr. (Joan) of St. Paul, MN; Kurt William (Patti) of Portland, ME; Brian Kelly (Cathy) of Paris, IL; and Brian Anthony (Kelly) of White Bear Lake, MN;  as well as numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his sister Sheila Mae Trygg, mother Margaret Emma (Winchell) Trygg, father Daniel Clement Trygg, Sr, and his beloved son Eric Daniel Trygg.

 

Jamie was cremated at Brenny Funeral Home in Staples, MN; ashes to be interred in Cook Cemetery, Cook, MN.

 

Jamie was the grandson of John 94,1974 & Kaisa 86,1972 Trygg and James 56,1952 & Sara 94,1993 Winchell who lived at Cook. He has two cousins in the Cook Community; Kathy (Dan) Forsline and Kit (Char) Olson.

 

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Memorial services for Judith Esther Heikkinen Pasch, 74, of Bonham, will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 21, 2014 in Wise Funeral Home Chapel. Chaplain Jerry Newton will officiate. Inurnment will be in Carson Cemetery in Ector, Texas. Judith passed away Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014 at Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham.

 

Judith was born January 15, 1940 in Cook, Minnesota, the daughter of William J. Heikkinen and Helen M. Ojanen Heikkinen. She married Claude Philip Pasch on Nov. 15, 1958 in Virginia, Minnesota, and he preceded her in death Apr. 24, 2011. Judith loved the lakes and watching ducks in Minnesota and Texas. She enjoyed working a booth at Trades Day. Judith was the Activities Director at Fairview Nursing Home for a number of years. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

She is survived by four sons, Greg Pasch and wife, Connie of Ector, Texas; Mike Pasch of Bonham, Texas; Bill Pasch and wife, Kimberly of Bonham, Texas and Phillip Pasch and wife Sue Jackson Pasch of Virginia, Minnesota; two sisters, Rosalyn Domitz of Eveleth, Minnesota and Marcella Eggleston of Endicott, New York; thirteen grandchildren, Bryce Coates and Kandice Pasch, both of Ector, Texas; Justin Pasch, Angela Pasch, Christopher Pasch, Shawn Herhusky, Josh Pasch and Kathrina Pasch, all of Virginia Minnesota; Nicolin Pasch, Sarah Pasch and Sammy Pasch, all of Bonham, Texas; Samantha Herhusky of Rosevile, Minnesota and Cheyenne Pasch of Grand Forks, North Dakota; five great grandchildren, Aironna Pasch, Daunte Pasch, Temperence Pasch, Gavin Pasch and Ella Herhusky; a number of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

 

The family will receive friends at Wise Funeral Home from 2:00 PM until service time, Monday. Online guest register www.wisefuneralhome.com

 

Judy's son Mike was a City Police officer in Cook from 1991 until 1999 when he moved to Texas. Her son Bill owned the R & J Restaurant.

 

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Jeanne LeTourneau Gunderson, age 79, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Colorado Springs, CO, following a brief illness. Jeanne was born October 12, 1934 in Cook, MN before spending her early life in Greaney, Mn. She moved to Duluth, MN after graduating from high school in Orr, MN and there she met and married Thomas Elmer Gunderson.

 

Jeanne moved to Menomonee Falls, WI with her family in 1970, where she returned to college in her forties and graduated as a nurse in 1975. She worked as a nurse, in both hospital and clinic settings in Milwaukee and Neenah, WI until her retirement in 1994. Jeanne lived in the Neenah, WI area until 2001, when she suffered a disabling auto accident. She spent the remaining years of her life in long term care in Colorado Springs, CO to be near her daughter.

 

Jeanne was known for her vivacious personality and her radiant smile. She was an accomplished seamstress, an avid reader, and a homemaker and cook of exceptional skill. During her lifetime she traveled extensively domestically and internationally, and enjoyed the RV lifestyle for many years with her family and her husband. Jeanne and her husband Tom were active in the car show circuit and followed racing for many years. Together, and after his passing, Tom and Jeanne were devoted pet owners whose poodles Nicole, and then Tasha, accompanied them on all their travels. Jeanne was renowned for her shopping skills and had great style. She filled the room with her presence and the laughter and fun she created.

 

Jeanne was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gunderson, her son Grant Thomas Gunderson, daughter Jeanne, her parents Thomas LeTourneau and Lillian Engstrom, her identical twin sister Janice (Mark 61,2000) Vidor, sisters Lucille (Vern) Nelson, Marilyn (Jack) Skraba, and four nieces and nephews.

 

Jeanne is survived by her daughter Kimberly Gunderson (Scott Daw) of Colorado Springs, CO, her brothers Tom LeTourneau, Gheen, MN, Roger LeTourneau, Duluth, MN; sisters Bernice Quinn, West Allis, WI, Mildred Merritt, Palm Beach, FL, Rochelle LeTourneau, Savage, MN and 32 nieces and nephews.

 

Service will be 1PM, Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Park Hill Cemetery Chapel, 2500 Vermilion Road Duluth, MN 55803, with a visitation one hour prior.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

 

Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth. (218) 727-3555.

 

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SSGT James T. Swanson, 70, dies. Beloved father and brother of New Port Richey, Florida: formerly of Cook, Tower/Soudan and Ely, Minnesota, entered into eternal rest on April 22, 2014, one day short of his 71st birthday. He was born April 23, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Jesse L. Swanson Sr. and Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson.

He is survived by three sons: James (Debra) Swanson Jr., of Aliso Viejo, California; Michael Swanson of New Port Richey, Florida; David Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; former wife and mother of his sons: Maria Dee Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother; Jesse L. (Virginia) Swanson Jr., of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters: Judith Lamb of Miami, Florida; and Jane Regenhardt of Lutz, Florida; sister-in-law: Sandy Swanson of Island Park, Idaho; his very good friend Don Fredricks of Mt. Carroll, IL and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jim was proceeded in death by his parents: father Jesse L. Swanson Sr., mother Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson; brothers: John Swanson; and Jerome Swanson; and sister: Barbara Walter.

Jim was retired military, having served 21 years, with a distinguished service record and numerous medals. He served four years in the Marine Corps., and 17 years in the U.S. Army, where he graduated at the top of his class from the U.S. Army Signal School. He served two combat tours in Vietnam, his Marine Corps.unit was one of the first into Vietnam. Jim’s foreign assignments in addition to Vietnam were in Korea and Germany. Stateside Jim was stationed at Ft. Bliss, TX, Ft. Lewis, WA, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Fort Carson, Colorado, and McDill AFB in Tampa, FL. His latter service to the military was as a chief cook for the Army at which he was very good. After his retirement from the military he obtained an Associates Degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Hotel and Restaurant management. Upon moving to Florida he went to work for the U.S. Postal service, and retired once again with 20 years service.

James attended the Cook High School with the graduating class of 1961 until the family moved.

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Floyd B. Wilson, 77, Bear River, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He is survived by his wife Leona (Namchek) and his 4 children, Garry Wilson, Carrie Montgomery, Connie Wilson and Kathy Bagby.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from Bear River Lutheran Church, with visitation a one hour prior to the service. Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant. Burial will be held in the Bearville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Ronald D, Burris 66, passed away on June 19,2014, after a brief illness.

 

He was born on March 30, 1948. He graduated from the Cook High School in 1967 and moved to Minneapolis where he worked at a radiator repair shop for many years.

 

He married Patricia Smith in 1973 and moved to Wisconsin. Patricia passed away in 1990. They had no children. Later Ron worked at a parts store until retiring one year ago.

 

He was preceded in death by his father; Manley Burris Sr; his wife Patricia, brothers Manley Jr. and Douglas.

 

Ronald is survived by his mother Inez Burris, siblings; Jerry & Anna Burris, John Burris, Tom Burris and Marion Burris.

 

A memorial service will be held on August 17 at Elbow Lake for Duane and his brother Douglas who passed away on Octber 16,2013. 

 

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Raymond Milton Phillips, 94, of Angora, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in Fairview University Medical Center, Hibbing, surrounded by his family.

 

He was born on Sept. 22, 1919 in Virginia, Minn. and lived in Alango and Duluth as a child. He worked at the Christmas tree factory in Cook in the late 1930’s. Raymond married Eleanor Alt on Nov. 5, 1942 in Virginia, Minn. and then moved to Chicago. There he worked for Aircraft Screw Machine Company.

 

When peace time came, he worked for Fisher Pen Company. They were the only pens that would write in space. He moved back to Minnesota in 1949 and worked for W.S. Moore Co. and Northern Mining. Ray then joined his wife at the Sturgeon Co-op Store and became manager. After 17 years he retired. Ray and Eleanor then traveled around the country from coast to coast.

 

They also enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, bowling, camping and dancing to the music of The Country Junction. He was happiest in later years cutting firewood and keeping his 160 acres of forest and trails groomed. Ray was extremely talented at wood carving and provided numerous gifts of his craft for all occasions. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Alango and the Moose Club.

 

He was Fire Chief of Sturgeon Fire Department and was a Federal Fire Warden for 45 years.

 

Ray was preceded in death by his mother, Vivian; brothers, Vern Kantoniemi and Don Severance; sister, Elaine Snyder; and grandson, Chris Phillips.

 

Survivors include his wife of 71 ½ years, Eleanor; sons, Larry (Crystal) Lee (Lynne) and Jay (Sharon); grandchildren, Scott (Holly), Kit (Sarena), Ryan, Jesse (Sheena), Grant, Wade and Troy (Mary) Rasch; great-grandchildren, Tori, Elizabeth, Laura, Connor, Michael and Natalie; and sisters-in-law, Soly (Charles) Murry and Sylvia Alt.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be from 10 until the 11 AM Memorial service Monday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Alango. Pastor Joey “PJ” Bailey will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Alango Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

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Carol Romnes, 75, died Monday, June 16, 2014, at the Bigfork Valley Hospital and Communities, following a long and debilitating illness

 

Carol was born in 1939 and grew up in Togo, Minn. Her parents were Harold and Elma Romnes. She attended Alango High School and married Dennis Rinne in 1957. She lived in Cook most of her life and was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church; in later years she attended Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.

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Carol completed community college in the area and worked as a registered nurse at the Virginia and Hibbing hospitals. She was the director of the Cook Area Ambulance Service for many years. In 1998 she graduated from UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a physician assistant. She worked at the Bois Forte Health Center in Nett Lake and at the New Spirit Women’s Clinic in Grand Rapids.

 

Carol is survived by her three children, Michele Rinne (Doreen Matteson), Michael Seko (Michiyo Seko), and Mark Rinne (Suzette Virkus); her sister, Dawn Lorts; and her three brothers, James, John and Earl Romnes. Carol loved her grandchildren, Reina, Minami, Akari, Joelle and John.

 

Visitation will be at 10 a.m., with funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Friday, June 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. The Rev. Jose Peringrarapillil, MCBS, officiating. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, Minn.

 

 

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We would like your faithful readers to know that a Celebration of Life service for Mom will be at Trinity, July 2 at 1:00 p.m.  Lynn Conner


Leone Mae (Ward) Conklin passed away at the Cook Nursing Home on April 10, 2014, at the age of 100 years, 9 months and 28 days.

 

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Alberta R. Pearson, age 96, of St Paul resident Johanna Shores Pres. Homes since Oct 2013, died peacefully June 10, 2014. Green burial held at Roselawn Cemetery.

Preceded in death by parents, Albert (1966) and Violet, (1985) Nordstrom; husband, Anton (1966); twin sister Viola Carlson (2012).

Survived by five children, Minda (Stephen Arsenault), Dean (Betty), Esther San Felippo, Sarah (Kirby Johnson), and Nathaniel; two foster daughters, Linda and Lisa Wallgren; her sister Belle Zoller Arnold (in Leesburg, VA); grandchildren Anton and Christopher Pearson, and nieces and nephews.

Devoted wife of Anton T. Pearson of Bethel Seminary, educator church organizations and St. Paul Public Schools. Memorials to Central Baptist Church, Children's Shelter of Cebu, or Johanna Shores Presbyterian Homes. Memorial Service on June 21, 4:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 420 Roy St, St Paul, 55104, 651-646-2751.

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Published in Pioneer Press on June 15, 2014

Thanks to Jerry Collingham for sending this obitiuary. Alberta and Viola were identical twins. They spent summers at their Stuga on the Johnson Road.

 

 

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James “Jim” Bratton, 58, of Blaine, Minn., died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at home following a lingering illness. He was born in St. Charles, Ill., to Ralph and Carol Bratton, grew up in Northern Minnesota (Cook area), then resided in Texas before moving back to Minnesota.

 

He is survived by Joann Tramontin, Jace and Jodi; sister, Deb Govacker; and daughters, Sarah and Jessica.

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Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 13, at First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 7835 Brooklyn Blvd. in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

 

Cook High School class of 1974. Information sent by Becky Simpson.

 

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Wayne Clifford Hill 82 died Sunday, June 8, 2014, at his home in Maple Grove, Minn.

 

He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Cook, to Henry and Saima (Hihnala) Hill. He grew up and attended school in Cook (class of 1949.) He attended Virginia Junior College for two years and then joined the Air Force during the Korean War. He was discharged after four years with the rank of staff sergeant. He attended St. Cloud Teachers College and graduated from Minot State Teachers College with a degree in elementary education. He taught in Mohall, N.D., and Selawik, Alaska. While in Selawik, he coached basketball and led the team to a Class 1A State Championship. Wayne was also named Alaska’s 1A coach of the year for 1994. A highlight of his career was an article in Sports Illustrated about his coaching in the Arctic. Between teaching in Mohall and going to Alaska, he and his wife were owners of Hill’s Department Store in Mohall for 13 years. Wayne retired in 2000 and he and his wife moved to Minot, N.D. In 2011, they moved to Maple Grove, Minn., after the flood destroyed their home.

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Wayne married Mary Opland in August of 1964 in Granville, N.D. They have two children, Audrey of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Martti of Portland, Ore. Wayne’s hobbies included all Minnesota sports, playing Scrabble, playing cribbage, listening to western and folk music and reading, especially poetry. Wayne belonged to many organizations including the Finnish Society in Minot. He was proud of his Finnish heritage.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mary; daughter, Audrey; son, Martti; two sisters, Elsie (Teney) Manzanares of Bella Vista, Calif., and Hannah (Joseph) Buckley of Vallejo, Calif.; one brother, Wesley (Beverly) Hill of Billings, Mont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by a stillborn son; and his parents, Henry and Saima; and his brothers, Matt, August, Andrew, Larry, and Arne; sisters, Hilda and Sadie.

 

A memorial service was held at Lord of Life in Maple Grove and a graveside service will be held June 20, 2014, in Mohall, N.D. Gearty-Delmore Funeral Chapel of Plymouth, Minn. Brose’s Funeral Home in Mohall, N.D. 

 

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YAKIMA - Kermit William Jacobson, 80, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully, at home, in his sleep, on Monday, October 15, 2012. Kermit was born on February 28, 1932 in Virginia, Minnesota. He grew up in the Northern Minnesota town of Cook and spent his younger years working in logging camps and on the Great Lakes.

A graveside service will be conducted at the Angora Hillside Cemetery on June 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at the First Baptist Church in Cook.

Kermit married Carol Ann (Bartnik) on July 31, 1964 in Portland, Oregon. They moved to Yakima in 1966 and established a successful Kirby business, which they owned and operated for 20 years. Kermit established several more businesses in Central Washington, including KC Jacobson Realty, Carol's Fitness Salon, Kermit's Active Vacuum and Sewing, and Fitness for Women. Kermit had a zest for life. He never retired, operating two businesses up until the time of his death. When asked why he was still working at 80 years old he would reply with his characteristic big smile and with enthusiasm in his voice, "Because I can." Kermit loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Not only was he a terrific father, he was an exceptional grandfather, helping to raise some of his grandchildren, and recently as a great grandpa he has been helping to raise his great granddaughter Alexa. He loved to talk and because he was a voracious reader and lifelong learner with the ability to store a tremendous amount of knowledge, he had a lot to talk about. His family and friends will carry loving memories of time well spent conversing with him on a variety of topics. Living, loving and learning were the capstones of his life.

Kermit is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol; his children, Mike (Debbie) Jacobson of Rosemead, California, Dena Jacobson of Yakima, Eric Jacobson of Gilbert, Arizona, Kristin (Ben) Hocker of Madras, Oregon, Yasmine (Dave) Purdey of Monroe, Washington, Doug Jacobson of Grand Mound, Washington, and Bill Werner of Issaquah, Washington; his grandchildren, Tana and Sara Purdey, Ashley Lutovsky and Whitney Thorne, Joshua and Jessa Hocker, Ethan and Aiden Jacobson, and Daniel and Timothy Jacobson; and his great granddaughters Alexa La Pier and Addison Lutovsky. Kermit is also survived by two brothers, Warren (Connie) Jacobson of Hamil, Minnesota and Paul (Celina) Jacobson of Portland, Oregon and his sister Anne (Ron) Kruger of Yakima and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Melia Jacobson and three grandsons, twins, Harley and Hayden Jacobson and Caleb Jacobson.

A Celebration of Life Service was conducted 2:00 PM Sunday October 21, 2012 in the Keith & Keith Terrace Heights Chapel, located at 2807 Terrace Heights Drive.

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Robert “Bob” Boshey, Me-mashkawe-gaabo, beloved husband of Phyllis, and father of Denise, Carrie, and Cheryl, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, on June 4, 2014. He was 77 years at the time of his death.

 

He was born on February 1, 1937, at Indian Island, Burntside Lake, near Ely.  Phyllis and Bob were married for 60 years. They first resided on an island in Burntside Lake,  then moved to make their permanent residence on the Vermilion Reservation, near Tower.

 

Bob served as the District Two Representative on the Bois Forte Tribal Council and was instrumental in the development of Fortune Bay Casino.

 

He was a member of Labor Union Local 1091 in Duluth (prior to 1964) and Local 1097 in Virginia from 1964 to 1979. As a labor foreman, he helped to construct many area taconite plants, including Minntac and Forbes. He was a pioneer of his time, facing racial harassment that included death threats, to work off the reservation, but his gift to make friends easily won people over on every jobsite. 

 

He was also a member of the Teamsters Local 346 for thirty years from 1969 to 1999. As an employee of Ulland Brothers, he worked on almost every road in the Arrowhead country and many others throughout the state.

 

Bob’s phenomenal long range eyesight contributed to his ability as a hunter, for which he was well known. His ability to kill a deer or moose with one bullet earned him the nickname “One Shot” by the 1854 game wardens. He loved Lake Vermilion and easily navigated the entire lake on which he knew all the best fishing spots. He loved softball and organized a team to play leagues in the area. He was active in fundraising at a time when community involvement funded every social, educational, and sports activity on the reservation. In addition to harvesting wild rice every year he was able, he set up and maintained the machines on which the family depended to process rice.

 

Bob is survived by his wife Phyllis Boshey; daughters Denise Pieratos, Carrie Strong, and Cheryl Milbridge;  grandchildren Nigel and Eric Milbridge, Nicole and Danielle Pieratos, Corey and Meredith Two Crow, and Theresa Beaulieau; great-grandchildren Katarina Milbridge, and Kai and Nicholas Contreras-Pieratos, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Traditional Ojibwe rites will  be held at10:00 AM Sunday (June 8th) at the Vermilion Wellness Center, Vermilion Reservation, Tower, where the wake will be held after 4:00 PM Saturday.  Steven Jackson will be the Spiritual Advisor.   Interment will be in the Vermilion Cemetery of Tower.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

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Dorothy Marie Egger-Rutka, 89, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab Center.

 

Dorothy was born on February 26, 1925 in Virginia, MN the daughter of Frank and Ida Kintner.  She grew up and attended school in Virginia, graduating from Virginia High School in 1943.  On June 29, 1944, she was united in marriage to John Egger, and the couple lived in Virginia.

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Dorothy was employed as a Nurse’s Aide at Eveleth Fitgerald Hospital and at the Pioneers Infirmary in Virginia.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Northern Club, and various other organizations.

 

On November 20, 1999, Dorothy was united in marriage to Stanley Rutka.

 

Dorothy enjoyed traveling; her favorite trip was to Europe in 2003.  She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, puzzles, playing cards, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1984; three sisters, Leona, Norma, and Doris; Two brothers, Clarence and Lawrence; and two grandsons, Jesse and Michael Novakovich.

 

Dorothy is survived by her husband of 15 years, Stanley Rutka

4 Daughters, Carol Egger, Kathy Novakovich, Nancy Leek, Linda (Doug) Flack

9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, with a visitation one hour prior. Pastor Todd Williamson will officiate.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date.  To send condolences or sign online guestbook, visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com

 

 

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Albert William “Al” Hietala, 65, of Cook, died Friday, May 30, 2014 in the Cook Hospital. He was born on May 13, 1949 in Virginia, Minn. to Albert A. and Erma (Annerer) Hietala. He was a graduate of Babbitt High School and received an A.A. degree in criminology from Vermilion Community College.

 

He married Mary K. Kostelec on Sept. 21, 1975 in Virginia. Al was Chief of Police in Cook for 20 years until retirement in 2008. In earlier years, he worked at Reserve Mining until it closed. He was a former member of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad. Al enjoyed hunting and fishing very much.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Survivors include his wife, Mary; sons, Wesley (Stephanie) of Eveleth, Wayne and Lance; sisters, Suzie (Jim) Clark and Mary Sue; an uncle, Walt Annerer of Grand Marais, Minn.; and his canine friend, Nugget. At Al’s request, there will be no service. Arrangements are by Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

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Orrah A. Kielczewski Jr., 83, Tower formerly of Alaska, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Tower.

 

He was born on December 18, 1930 in Ontario, Canada; the son of Orrah A. Sr. and Violet (Broadhagen) Kielczewski.

 

Orrah grew up in Canada and attended and graduated from school there. He trapped in the winters and spent summers working on the family homestead. He had moved to Alaska where he had lived for 50 years, working as a custodian in schools and a hospital. He moved to Northern Minnesota 5 years ago to be near his brother Floyd and his family

 

He is preceded in death by  four brothers: Wesley, Frank, Tony, and William Kielczewski and one sister, Elnora Moe.

 

Orrah is survived by one brother,  Floyd (Mardell) Kielczewski of Orr; and 2 sisters Violet (Roald) Wahl of Seshelt Island, Canada and Linda (Lonnie) Kelly of Washington, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, (June 10th) from the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the services. Floyd Kielczewski will be the officiant. Interment will be held in Canada at a later date.


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From; Ron & Jean Saxe;

We will have a memorial service for Ray Saxe, Sunday June 8 at 1pm by the river at Rice River Farm. We will meet at Willard Pearson's 1306 Samuelson Road, Angora, and proceed to the spot by the river that Ray loved.
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Lunch will be served at Willard's following the service. Any questions, call Marvin Pearson 218-666-5424
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Raymond Wayne Saxe 50 passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the University Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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He was born on November 14, 1963 in Sonora, Ca. He is the son of Ronald and Jean (Sikkila) Saxe. Survived by his daughters Breesa and Brittney of Kaysville, UT, his parents Ron and Jean of Schellsburg, PA, sister Deborah married to Rev. Gary Blankley of Claysburg, PA, sister Diane married to Gerald Grove of Harrisburg, PA, and brother Ronald Saxe married to Hiedi of Camp Hill, PA. 


He is also survived by eight nieces and three nephews.
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Ray graduated from Cook High School in Cook, MN. He spent his working years as a farm hand on his cousin Marvin Pearson's farm, as a warehouse equipment operator for Albertsons' Grocery Company and as plant manager for facilities and equipment maintenance for Americold in Clearfield, UT. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fruit Height, UT where he served as a deacon.

    
Memorial services will be held at his church, at the United Methodist Church in Weyant, Pa and the Pearson Farm in Angora, MN at dates yet to be set.


Raymond was a 1983 graduate of the Cook High School. His father was the head of the City of Cook Maintainence, and his mother worked at the Cook Hospital.

 

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Gerald Allen Teppo 69 of Virginia, died Friday on May 23, 2014 at the Golden Oaks Assisted living in Proctor, Minnesota. He was born on July 23, 1944 to Urho 80,1996 & Florence 61,1986 (Rant) Teppo. His brother Ronald 61,2005 preceded him in death. He is survived by two sisters; LaVern and Marilyn. Per his request, no services will be held.
 

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Dorothy L. Annen, 75, in Cook, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family who loved her on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

She was born Dorothy Lorraine Baker on February 9, 1939, in Hopkins, Minnesota; the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Kurvers) Baker.  She grew up in Hopkins, graduating from  Hopkins High School in 1957.  Dorothy was united in the Holy Sacrament of Marriage to George Annen on May 7, 1960, in Shakopee, MN.   Her early employment  included working as a typist at Minneapolis Moline and a publishing company in Minneapolis.  They moved to Cook in 1975, where she was a valued employee at R & M Hardware. She also worked for Hill Wood Products, retiring from there in 1999.  Dorothy was a very active dedicated member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook and a member of St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women, of which she served as past president. She loved her flower gardens, liked the challenge of solving puzzles, and enjoyed playing Bunco and Bingo.  Her greatest passion was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who she treasured.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, George on November 9, 1981; a son, Greg on July 9, 2003; a brother-in-law, Doug Parenteau and a sister-in-law, Helen Baker.

 

Dorothy is survived by 2 sons, Jeff (Valerie) Annen  and Chuck (Andrea Novak) Annen, both of Cook; 1 daughter, Tammy (Gary) Palmer of Cook; 2 brothers, Gary (Beverly) Baker of Jordan, MN and Donald Baker of Maple Grove, MN; 2 sisters, Joni (Dave Schultz) Baker of Grand Rapids, MN and Marge (Don) O’Toole of Chandler, AZ;  7 Grandchildren - Nick Zika, Kristy Rutchasky, Christopher Annen, Nicole Annen, Becky Widmer, Amy Fox and Brian Palmer; 10 Great Grandchildren- Noah and Isaiah Fox, Ella, Joeseph and Holden Widmer, Alicia and Alanna Rutchasky (baby Rutchasky due in July), Lilee Harrenstein and Audree Palmer.

 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 31st, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Father Jose Peringarapillil, MCBS will be the celebrant.  The honorary bearers will be Dorothy’s cherished grandchildren.  A reception in Dorothy’s honor will follow the service in the church social hall.  Interment will then follow in the Cook Community Cemetery. 

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Orrah A. Kielczewski, TOWER: Memorial services for Orrah  A. Kielczewski, 83, of Tower, formerly of Alaska, are pending with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  He died Friday, May 23, 2014 at Golden Horizons in Tower.  

 

 
 
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Bertha Jurene Graue, 54, Nett Lake Passed away at her home on May 21, 2014

 

Bertha was born on March 17, 1960 in Cook, MN.  She lived in Nett Lake most of her life and worked as a secretary for the Bois Forte Public Works Department for 13 years. She attended Mesabi Range College for 2 years and earned her secretary Diploma. She felt proud for going back to school and getting an education. Bertha enjoyed gardening and planting vegetables, yard work, needle point, reading books with a cup of tea, spending precious time and making memorable moments with her children and grandchildren.

 

She was reunited with her deceased parents Evelyn (Wein) Graue and Nels Graue of Nett Lake.

 

Bertha is survived by her 3 children, Charles Fred Graue (Simona Benner) of Nett Lake, Sabrina Lyn Gonier (Arnulfo Huila) of Westport, WA.; and Sheryl Marie Gonier (Ira Isham) of Orr; 8 grandchildren: Giovanni Huila, Monique Graue, Drayvin Isham, Ira D. Isham, Kalvyn Graue, Devon Huila, Makayla Graue, and Bianca Huila;  3 brothers, Joseph (Delano) Gonier of Tower, Knute Graue of Nett Lake, and Chester Graue of Nett Lake.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4 to 8 PM Wednesday, May 28, at Bertha’s residence- 10349 Pineview Road, Nett Lake.  Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.

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Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 
 

Mayme  H. Marsyla, 98, lifelong resident of the Linden Grove-Cook area, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

She was born Mayme Helen Wiitanen on April 5, 1916, at Linden Grove, the daughter of Henry and Katie (Rahko) Wiitanen.  She grew up and was schooled in the one- room schoolhouse in Linden Grove.  On June 4, 1938, she married Frederick W. Marsyla in Chisholm.  Mae was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Throughout the years she made numerous afghans and jewelry projects, which she kindly gave to family and friends.   She also collected jewelry and dolls.  Her family fondly recalls her love of baking, especially cakes and donuts, which were graciously offered to all visitors.  She was the last surviving member of the Finn Singers, a group of Finnish heritage, who sang music in the Finnish language at various events.  Everyone loved Mae, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Frederick in 1989; 2 sons, Joey (1970)  and Kenneth (2010), 2 daughters, Diane Lakanen ( 2011) and  JoAnn  Marsyla (who died in infancy and was the twin to Kenneth.)

 

Mayme is survived by 2 sons, Michael (June) Marsyla of Kingman, AZ and Patrick Marsyla of Cook; 2 daughters, Helen (Roger) Niemi of Iron and Carol (Roger Metsa) Hautala of Hibbing; and numerous special grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, May 23rd at 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 Mae’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW immediately after the service.  Private interment will follow at a later date in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

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Christopher Alan Johnson passed away on May 13,2014. He is the son of Arlie Johnson and Mary (Beatty) Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Jenette, his mother Mary, sister Cathy (Chris) Holmes (James and Jenny,) brother Jeff, (Cory, Jamie and Abbey)

Proceeded in death by his father Arlie Johnson, paternal grandparents Clifford and Mildred Johnson and maternal grandparents Ted and Blanche Beatty.

A private family service will be held in Prairie City, Iowa in the middle of June.

His passions were trains, The Cubbies and the Green Bay Packers.

Harlan & Mary

Mary Beatty is a 1964 graduate of the Cook High School. Her siblings; Ted, Judy, Margaret, Mary, Cecil, Gayle and Susan.
 
 

Wendell Lloyd Rutchasky, 56, Bemidji, formerly of Cook, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at his residence.

 

He was born on August 26, 1957 in Hibbing, the son of Beatrice Rankila and William Rutchasky.

 

Wendell grew up in the Sturgeon Township, Zim and the Angora areas, and graduated from the Cook High School. He was married to Jeanine Billington for 17 years, living in Buyck and Cook. He had been employed with  Rutar Logging in Buyck, Lakes Gas of Cook, then Ulland Brothers Construction for ten years.  He married Sharon Thomas on February 10, 2004 in Bemidji.  For the past nine years he was a dedicated  truck driver for KGM Construction. Wendell's passion was the outdoors, whether it was fishing on his special lake or cutting firewood.  He took pride in making and maintaining the trails on his property with his four-wheeler.  His little four-legged buddy, “Nick”, his constant companion, also enjoyed going on the trails in a special front basket Wendell made for him to ride in.  

 

He is preceded in death by one brother, Steven Rutchasky; his mother-in-law, Shirley Thomas; and his grandparents

 

Wendell is survived by his wife Sharon Rutchasky of Bemidji; son Joshua (Jill) Rutchasky of Cook; daughters Jolene Gitzlaff of Cook  and Jenny Rutchasky of St. Louis Park, MN ; step-daughter, Christine (Mitch) Vaughn of Texas; step-son, Ryan (Karen) Lindseth of  Bemidji; father, William (Marge) Rutchasky of Buyck; mother, Beatrice (Roger) Waisanen of Angora; brothers, William (Patty) Rutchasky and Daniel (Margie) Rutchasky both of Cook, and Ronnie (Nikki) Rutchasky of Buyck; sisters Lois (Tim) Reing of Angora, Pauline (Corey V.) Rutchasky of Britt; grandchildren Caleb, Libby, Brock, Reagan, Madison, Renee, and Claire; father-in-law Chuck Thomas; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

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Mabel Lavern Udovich, 86, of Littlefork, MN, formerly of International Falls, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Littlefork Care Center.

Mabel was born on November 17, 1927 in Denver, Colorado. She grew up in Whiting, Kansas and in 1948 moved to Silverdale, Minnesota. In 1967 she moved to Minneapolis, and in 1974 moved to International Falls.

The former Mabel Banks married Louis Udovich on June 22, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed berry picking, shoveling snow, raking leaves, and taking care of her home.

Mabel was a member of the Women of the Moose.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Rosie Banks; husband, Louis; and three sons, Donald, William, and Harold Udovich.

Mabel is survived by her daughters, Betty (Fritz) Lundin of Orr, Minnesota and Rose Udovich of International Falls; grandchildren, Ricky, Debbie, Mike, John, and Missy; numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brother, Milton Banks of Texas; and sister, Rosie Johnstone of Sabetha, Kansas.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Green-Larsen Mortuary.

 

 
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Carl  Lindgren, 88, Cook, passed away on Sunday May 4, 2014 at his residence.

 

Carl was born in Toivola on February 24, 1926, the son of Charles and Olga (Lindstrom) Lindgren. He graduated from Toivola High School in 1944. He served in the Army during WW II, with the 119th Infantry Division in Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Toivola, where he farmed and logged with his brother Herb.  He married Joanne T. Claus on January 17, 1976 in Toivola.  Carl had made his home in Toivola, Duluth and Virginia. After marriage the couple lived in Eveleth then Esquagama.  After Joanne’s death in 1999, Carl settled in Cook where he has since resided. He was a dedicated employee for Uland Brothers Construction for 42 years, retiring in 1988 as Vice President.

 

Carl was a member of Trinity Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Bodies, AAD Shrine all of Duluth; Eveleth Elks, Cook Lions Club (of which he received the Melvin Jones Award), Orr American Legion, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, NRA and Ducks Unlimited. Carl enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and was active in trap and skeet shooting.  But most of all he loved spending time with his family.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife Joanne on March 11, 1999; a son Thomas  “Butch” Williams; 2 sisters- Martha Lahti and Eileen Lindgren; 4 brothers - LeRoy, Alvin, Stanley and Vernon Lindgren.

 

Carl is survived by his brother- Herbert (Greta) Lindgren of Toivola; a daughter- Linda (Scott) Albertson of Cook; a son - Bruce (Ellen) Williams of Eveleth; 5 Grandchildren – Rebekah (Brett) Schelde, Aaron (Erica) Albertson, Charley Kennedy, and Cooper and Sawyer Williams; 2 Great Grandchildren – Alexis and Owen Schelde; along with numerous special nieces, nephews and many good friends, and of course, his good old friend “Rusty.”

 

A Celebration of Carl’s life will be held  at 1:00 pm Friday, (May 9, 2014) 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. Music will be provided by Cynthia Hannem.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards Orr American Legion Post 480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1757.. A reception in Carl’s honor will follow the service in the church social hall.   A private burial will take place at a later date in the Eveleth Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

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In Memory of Carl Lindgren

 

 
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Marjorie E. Beltramo, 85, Chisholm, formerly of Sturgeon Township and Hibbing, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm.

 

She was born Marjorie Evelyn White on April 12, 1929, in Orr, MN to Reino and Ida (Impola) White.  She grew up in Orr and moved to Sturgeon Township at the age of 16 with her family. She graduated from Alango High School in 1948, and was employed at the Chisholm shirt factory for several years.  Marjorie was united in marriage to John B. Beltramo Jr. on May 15, 1953 in Virginia.  John was an Army World War ll veteran .

 

John and Marjorie lived in several areas including Sturgeon Township and Hibbing. Marjorie was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.  She was an accomplished seamstress and made much of her own clothing. She was a devoted wife and loving mother.  She also was talented at knitting and crocheting, making numerous beautiful afghans. Her other passions were her flower gardens, sketching and painting, fishing with John and traveling. Other hobbies included lapidary collecting and making jewelry.  Her family fondly recalls that she was a terrific cook and baker.

 

Marjorie’s family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff and volunteers at Heritage Manor for their wonderful care given her.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John (November 14, 2006);  1 son, Lawrence “Larry” (1959);. 2 brothers – Raymond White (2012) and Edwin Impola (1984); and 2 sisters, Mildred Amacher (2010) and Violet Scavo (1968).

 

Marjorie is survived by  3 sons- Gregory (Sue) Beltramo of Milwaukee, WI, James  Beltramo of Hibbing and Bruce (Misty) Beltramo of Albuquerque, NM; 3 daughters, Sharon (John) imolde of Mt. Iron, Marianne (Mark) Redmond of Chisholm and Marlene Beltramo of Duluth;  1 sister, Florence Gardner of Lombart, IL, along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:30 pm Saturday (May 3rd) at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, where visitation will be from 1:30 pm until the hour of service.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  The honorary bearers will be grandchildren: Sandra Vreeman, Jill Mankus, Dawn Kallio, Larissa Tinker, Paul Crego III., Jason Fosso, Justin Fosso, Brian Beltramo, Sara Beltramo and Lilly Beltramo.  A reception in Marjorie’s honor will immediately follow at the social hall in Trinity Lutheran Church.  Burial will be at a later date in the Alango Township Cemetery. 

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  

 
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Jeannette Phyllis Hall, 79,  died  unexpectedly  Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014 at her Eveleth home.

She was born on February 22, 1935  to  Albert and Marie (Bachael) Doroff in Angora, MN.  Jeannette  was  raised and educated in the Cook area.  She lived  in the  Twin Cities area and was an Eveleth resident for the past 16 years. Jeannette loved spending time with her  family  and  enjoyed  reading,  watching  movies and  playing board games.

She will be missed greatly by her surviving children: James (Linda) Hall,  Geri  Fendler,  Jolene  Brewton,  John  (Laureen) Hall,  Marie (Patrick) Maczko;  eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren; sisters, Dolores Turenne, Mary Lou (Larry) Cuffe,  Alberta “Berts” (Lee) Anderson, Carole Langer, Shirley Ott; brother, Donald (Toni) Doroff.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dianne Beel.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m., with a time of sharing at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home Chapel, Eveleth with Fr. Ronald Gagne.


SSGT James T. Swanson, 70, dies. Beloved father and hermit of New Port Richey, Florida: before of Cook, Tower/Soudan and Ely, Minnesota, entered into almighty rest on April 22, 2014, one day brief of his 71st birthday. He was born on April 23, 1943 in Duluth, Minnesota to Jesse L. Swanson Sr. and Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson.

He is survived by 3 sons: James (Debra) Swanson Jr., of Aliso Viejo, California; Michael Swanson of New Port Richey, Florida; David Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; former mom and mom of his sons: Maria Dee Swanson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; brother; Jesse L. (Virginia) Swanson Jr., of St. Petersburg, Florida; sisters: Judith Lamb of Miami, Florida; and Jane Regenhardt of Lutz, Florida; sister-in-law: Sandy Swanson of Island Park, Idaho; his really good crony Don Fredricks of Mt. Carroll, IL and countless nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceeded in death by his parents: father Jesse L. Swanson Sr., mom Barbara Joy Hopkins-Swanson; brothers: John Swanson; and Jerome Swanson; and sister: Barbara Walter.

Jim was late military, carrying served 21 years, with a renowned use record and countless medals. He served 4 years in a Marine Corps., and 17 years in a U.S. Army, where he graduated during a tip of his category from a U.S. Army Signal School. He served dual fight tours in Vietnam, his Marine Corps. unit was one of a initial into Vietnam. Jim’s unfamiliar assignments in further to Vietnam were in Korea and Germany. Stateside Jim was stationed during Ft. Bliss, TX, Ft. Lewis, WA, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Fort Carson, Colorado, and McDill AFB in Tampa, FL. His latter use to a troops was as a arch prepare for a Army during that he was really good. After his retirement from a troops he performed an Associates Degree from Pikes Peak Community College in Hotel and Restaurant management. Upon relocating to Florida he went to work for a U.S. Postal service, and late once again with 20 years service.
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Jim’s adore of family, caring heart, comfortable grin and particular giggle will be missed by all who desired him.

Service and internment are grave side during Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, Minnesota on Jul 11, 2014 during 11:00 am.
 
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Juan Antonio "Tony" Ibarra 74 passed away on April 18, 2014, at St. Luke's hospital, from lung and bone cancer. Tony was born on August 10, 1939 in Aulesti, Vizcaya, Spain, to Juan Ibarra and Bernardina Madariaga. After living in the Basque country for 28 years, he came to the United States in 1967, to work as a sheepherder. He met his loving wife in Monida, Montana in 1970. In 1971, they married at the Elko, Nevada, and they honeymooned in a sheep camp, in Jerome, Idaho. They moved to Spain, with their infant daughter, Dina, returned to Boise, Idaho in 1976. 


He retired, after 27 years of service, from the Boise Project Board of Control, as a carpenter. This gave him more time to work on his garden and focus on his hobby of growing and braiding garlic. Those braids hang with pride, in homes all over the northwest and the legacy will live on in Alazne and his grandkids. Tony was known by the nickname, "Pipas," which was a common endearment of his friends. The smell of his pipe is something almost everyone has said when telling us of his or her fond memories. The day that the smell of his pipe, no longer lingers in his home, will be a sad day for everyone who remembers this hardworking, proud man.


Tony is survived by his wife Jermaine "Jeri" Ibarra, his daughters Dina and Alazne (Jonathan), his sister Amparo (Teodoro), his brothers Jose Daniel (Josefina), Jesus Mari (Maria Elena) and Todor (Ellie) and his grandchildren Alison, Amanda, Daniel, Amaya, Dylan, Ronnie, Heather, Catherine and Hunter as well as many loving nieces, nephews, adopted "children", "Grandkids" and "Family". He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and a little sister. 


A Rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 2nd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Boise. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 3rd at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A private internment will occur at a later date.


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Tony's wife Jermaine "jeri" Peterson Ibarra is the daughter of Ralph 78,1990 & Marge 75,1998 (Flack) Peterson. Jeri is a 1962 graduate of the Cook High School. She is the first born of the five children including Yvonne "Bonnie" (Sam) Pajari, Doris 50,1997, David and Judy 36,1990. Jeri's father was the last to own and operate a school bus for the Cook School. He parked it under the house, at the crest of Peterson's Hill a half mile north of Cook on highway 24. Bonnie's daughter Laura now lives there and her other daughter Lois lives on the hundred year old homestead to the west.


Diana Ibarra, Tony Ibarra, Jeri Ibarra and Alazne Ibarra
Picture taken in Tony's hometown of Aulesti, Spain 2006

 

 

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Frank B. Parzyck, 93, Buyck, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

He was born Frank Ben Parzyck on March 21, 1921, at home in Portage Township near Buyck, the son of Adam and Francis (Majewski) Parzyck. Frank was the last survivor of their children.

 

Frank spent most of his life in Buyck. He wanted to be part of the U.S. Military along with all his brothers, but was denied because of his handicap.

 

At age 14 he was asked by his parents to take a visiting priest out for a fishing day. That began the beginning of his life-long career as a fishing guide.

 

He met Irma Splittstoser of Dalbo, MN who worked at Nelson’s Resort at Crane Lake and five years later, on December 17, 1966 they were married.

 

As a business he was booked out of Nelson’s Resort, fishing the Border Waters and rivers of Crane Lake, Namakan, Rainy Lake and associated areas. He was a licensed pilot and flew his own airplane for personal pleasure. His winters were spent logging firewood, hunting, trapping, repairing equipment and keeping up the homestead.

 

Frank attended and was a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Buyck his entire life and helped in the construction of the church.

 

Frank will be remembered as a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his wife and family. There are many nieces, nephews and friends who will also think of him from time to time, as someone who was special to them.

 

In addition to his parents Frank is preceded in death by his brothers; Theophil, Constantine, Steve, Stanley, Ben, and Raymond in childhood; sisters, Bernice Hathaway, Ann Stanchfield, and two stillborn baby girls. 

 

Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years Irma, one daughter Wendy (Frank) Savage of Buyck; one sister-in-law Rene Parzyck of Minnetonka, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Fr. Frank Perkovich will be the officiant. A reception in Frank’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW after the service. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
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Arthur Glen Baker, 90, Bear River, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Chisholm.  He was born to Arthur and Esther Baker in Minneapolis on June 6, 1923.   He had been employed in the construction industry as a superintendent and was a member of the Carpenters and Joiners Union. Arthur was a combat wounded veteran of WW II receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received on Iwo Jima.

He is survived by his 4 sons, David (Tran) Baker, Bear River, Michael (Claudia) Hard Baker, Rhinelander, WI, Patrick (Min) Baker, Side Lake, MN, and Steve (Mary) Baker, Otsego, MN, 4 daughters, Pamela Wood, Elk River, MN, Sandy Baker, Forest Lake, MN, Linda (Orin) Volkman, Wyoming, MN, Ann Pucelj, Chisholm, and Lauren (Steve) Tuohy, Chisholm, 21 grandchildren, numerous great and great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Baker

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am. Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing with Synod Minister Gloria Hegg officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. and continue Saturday at 10:00 am. He will be laid to rest in the Morcom Cemetery in Bear River with Star and Dixie his loving American Eskimo dogs.  
 
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Ruby E. Soger, 91, Orr, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

 

She was born Ruby Evelyn Johnson on June 2, 1922, in International Falls, to Peter and  Ruth (Peterson) Johnson.  She grew up in Ray (near the Falls), where she met Everett Soger, who was managing the Ray Co-op.  They were married  in April of 1940 in International Falls.  They moved to Orr, where they raised their family and lived for over 50 years.  Everett honorably served in the Army during World War 11, receiving the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium. 

 

Ruby was a dedicated homemaker, enjoyed cooking and her family fondly recalls the many  wonderful holiday times together with dinners she carefully and lovingly prepared. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and a life member of the Orr American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.  She and Everett enjoyed many evenings and good times with family and friends playing card games, especially Whist.

 

She and Everett looked forward to traveling to California, which they did for a number of years, visiting their son Ron.

 

She was talented at crocheting, and made hundreds of dollies for family, friends and charity.

 

Though Alzheimer’s had taken her memory the past 15 years, her family will always cherish the many good years together.  Ruby’s family would like to express their gratitude to St. Michael’s for the care and comfort given during her stay.   

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Everett on September 15, 2006; 3 brothers – Roy, Donald and Sigurd Johnson; and 1 sister, Irene Watt.

 

Ruby is survived by her children: Barb (Bernie) Novak of Gheen,  Ron (Adrian) Soger of Emerado, ND, Tom Soger of Mpls., Les Soger of Trappers Lake, Alaska; and Dick (Judy) Soger of Scottsdale, AZ; 7 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services; 11:00 AM Saturday (April 26th) at Calvary Lutheran in Orr., April 26, 2014 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant. Honorary bearers will be: Joshua Manick, Shawn Novak, Amy Soma, Michelle Manick, Debbie Johnson and Donnie Johnson.  A reception in Ruby’s honor will follow in the church social hall immediately after the service.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

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Funeral services for Robert Arnebeck, 84, Chisholm, formerly of Hibbing are pending with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  He passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing.

 
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Nancy Adelle Parvi, 59 of Crane Lake, MN, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born on January 27, 1955 in Chicago, ILL, to Paul and Joyce (Kuhn) Lange.  She graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary High School in Westchester, ILL, in 1973.  She moved to Cook, MN with her brother Chris and worked as a camp counselor at Camp Waconda. Soon after, Nancy worked as a cabin girl at Nelson’s Resort in Crane Lake, MN, where she met her lifelong partner Harvey Anthony Parvi.

 

Nancy then moved to Oregon where she earned a bachelors degree in Parks and Recreation.  After receiving her degree, Nancy moved back to Crane Lake, marrying Harvey August 30 of 1980 at Bonnie Bietz’s homestead on the Vermillion River.  Nancy worked as a teachers aid at Orr high school which ultimately led to her passion in teaching. On January 17, 1985 Nancy and Harvey had their first child Karl Harvey Parvi.  After the birth of their first child, Nancy went on and earned her Masters in Education at the College of St. Scholastica. In the year of 1992 Nancy and Harvey had their second child Allana Pearl Parvi. Nancy served as a special education teacher for 32 years at Orr High school. 

 

Nancy was a wonderful woman in so many ways.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother, sister, daughter, grandmother and friend to many others.  Nancy ”Nina” spent 4 wonderful years with her only granddaughter Lucille Parvi, who was the little love of her life.  She had a natural passion for teaching and helping others. She especially loved the outdoors and spent much of her time on the lake, spending days on the beach with family and friends, fishing, snowmobiling, and many other outdoor activities.  She served as a volunteer fire fighter for Crane Lake, girl scout leader, student councilor, and served as Head start director for Nett Lake. 

 

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents Paul Lange (2009) Joyce (Kuhn) Lange (2013) and her brother Steve Lange (2011)

 

Nancy is survived by her husband of 33 years Harvey, one son- Karl (Jessica) Parvi, one daughter – Allana Parvi, one grandchild- Lucille Parvi all of Duluth, MN; two sisters Noreen (Bob) King and  Janet (Mike) Bielat both of Chicago, ILL; 3 brothers- Chris Lange of Buyck, Tim (Marian) Lange of Chicago, ILL, and Mike (Linda) Lange of California; many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

 

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 6-8 pm at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Roger Parrish- Siggelkow will be the officiant. Special music will be provided by The Lost Walleye Orchestra. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.

 

 
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A Memorial Service will be at 2:00 PM, May 2, 2014 at the Camp Ripley Chapel, Little Falls, for Travis L. Lokken, 37, who died November 26, 2013 in St. Cloud. Burial will be with full military honors in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Friends and Relatives may call from 1:00-2:00 PM at the Camp Ripley Chapel on May 2, 2014. A reception will follow the burial at the Little Falls VFW.  Thank you, Leonard & Cheryl (Rein) Lokken, formerly of Bear River.
 
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Michael “Mike” J. Amundson, 68 from Angora, passed away  unexpectedly  Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Mike was born on September 9, 1945, the son of Palmer Sr. and Anna (Boutto) Amundson.  He grew up in Linden Grove area and graduated from the Cook High School in 1963.  He married Pamela Bystrom on June 25, 1965 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.

 

Mike was a dedicated 40 year employee with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, retiring in 2007.  His specialty was cable maintenance. Mike was ambitious and enjoyed working, as he also worked in the woods and ran a gravel pit on the side.

 

His passions were many, and mostly included anything outdoors. He loved gardening,  hunting, and fishing. Mike looked forward  traveling to Alaska where Michele and her family lived for 19 years. He excelled in a number of hobbies, including wood working projects, crafts and carpentry. Everyone knew Mike as a generous, kind, big hearted person, who always saw the best in other people. His family fondly recalls his skill at making lefsa. He will be dearly missed by many who knew him.

 

In addition to his parents Mike is preceded in death by his wife Pamela on October 10, 1985; 3 brothers - Ronald, Jim and Palmer Jr. Amundson; and 1 brother-in-law, Don Kirby.

 

Mike is survived by 2 sons - Darren (Bonnie) Amundson of Austin, TX and Derek Amundson of Duluth, MN; 1 daughter- Michele (Bret) Walters of Summerville, SC ; 3 grandchildren- Michael and  twins Britany and Brandon Walters; 1 brother- John (Sharon) Amundson of Virginia, MN;  1 sister- Peggy Kirby of Winsted, MN; 3 sisters-in-law, Laurena Amundson of Waubun, MN, Bea Amundson of Cook, and Audrey Amundson of Duluth, MN; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and many friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 18, 2014 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. Special music will be provided by Cynthia Hannem.  The casket bearers will be: Brandon Walters, Michael Walters, Darren Amundson, Joe Amundson, Derek Amundson and John Amundson. A reception in Mike’s honor will follow the church service in the social hall.  Burial will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

In Memory of Mike Amundson

 

 
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Shirley May Carver, 86, Gheen, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Shirley was born on January 8, 1928 in St. Paul, the daughter of Mearl and Mabel (Pate) Webb.  She attended school and was raised in St. Paul. Shirley served her country in the WAVES, and received her honorable discharge in 1950. She married Robert L. Carver on January 10, 1950 in Sinton, Texas. Bob served his career in the military and was a Lt. Commander in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.  After their retirement in 1968 they settled in Orr.  Shirley was a member of Order of Eastern Star of Tower and the Orr American Legion Auxiliary. She was an avid deer hunter and loved fishing.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert on March 20, 1997; 3 brothers - Harlan, Harvey and Jack Webb; and 2 sisters- Jeanette Schipp and Carol Webb.

 

Shirley is survived by 2 sons-  Bob (Janet) Carver Jr. of Richfield, MN and Brad (Joyce) Carver of Gheen;  6 grandchildren- Karina (Jody) Hultine, Samantha (Mike) Wenkman, Ben (Missy) Carver, Jessica (Cory) Colter, Scott Carver and Shawna (Bret) Bach; 13 great grandchildren - Victoria and Stephanie Polasky, Nash, Knox and Rylee Colter, Haley and Casey Hultine, Jacob and Benji Wenkman, Jocelynn and Kendra Carver, Josey Blu Carver and Kaia Bach.; and 1-brother Frank (Violet) Webb of Rosement, CA.

 

Per Shirley’s wishes no services will be held. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
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Lois Raps, 97, Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away on Thursday April 10, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Lois was born on August 17, 1916, at Walnut, Iowa the daughter of Thomas and Lois Gertrude (Whipple) Swain. Lois attended school in Lewis, Iowa, and graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1934. In 1936 she entered Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa graduating in 1940 with a Home Economics degree.

 

Lois was united in marriage to Greg Raps, D.V.M., on July 9, 1940 at Albert Lea, MN. She also did graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and the University of Minnesota. She earned a Master’s degree from United States International School in San Diego. Lois taught school in Des Moines, Iowa and Coon Rapids, MN.

 

After retirement in 1985, Greg and Lois moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook. Lois enjoyed visiting family in Phoenix and taking in the warmth of sun. Her travels took her to many places including, Europe, China, Hong Kong, and Canada.

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She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Lydia Circle and belonged to the Calling and Caring program.  She also was a member of two investments clubs, Delta Kappa Gamma-teachers Honor Society, General Federation Women’s Club in Cook, Virgie Hegg Hospice Program , PEO, Raps Road Association, Cook Senior Citizens Club, Vermilion Book Club, Wood Carving Association and League of Women Voters.

 

She took great pride in her yard with landscaping and gardening.  Her other passions were reading, painting watercolor pictures, doing woodcarving and visiting with family and friends. She loved Lake Vermilion and is known to have said, “I have looked on this lake and will never willingly leave it.”

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Greg Raps D.V.M. on Jan. 1, 2003; one daughter Carolee Brecker, M.D., along with 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

 

Lois is survived by 2 sons Stephen (Catherine) Raps of Fort Myers Beach, FL and Lake Vermilion-Cook, and Bruce Raps of Mankato, MN; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren; one sister- Marion (Chet) Peek in Oklahoma, and many nieces and nephews.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-6 PM , Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Burial will take place at the Cook Community Cemetery at a later date.  If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation, in care of Cook Hospital, P.O. Box 1165, Cook, MN. 55723

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The family asks that friends consider taking a moment to reflect of their favorite memories of Lois.

 

 
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Leone Mae Conklin, 100, Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed from this life on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Cook Nursing Home. A beautiful soul has left us, but will ALWAYS be remembered!

 

Leone Conklin was born on June 13, 1913 (Friday, the 13th!) near Hastings, MN the daughter of Myrtus and Cecelia Wright. She lived in St. Paul until her marriage. Leone graduated from Humboldt High School in 1930 and from Macalester College in 1934. She became a piano teacher at the age of 16 and continued the profession for 47 years. She was also employed by the Golden Rule Department Store in the music department, selling and demonstrating music.

 

On August 26, 1937, she married Ward Ray Conklin of St. Paul, who was a theological seminary student in Naperville, Illinois, where Leone also completed one year of advanced studies. As the wife of a minister, she was often choir director and organist and lived in various states: Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota, enjoying the life of a pastor’s wife in the Presbyterian churches. Leone enjoyed being a member of PEO since 1955

 

Her husband Rev. Dr. Ward Conklin, died in 1999, after 62 years of marriage. She continued to live in their home on Lake Vermilion until she entered the Cook Nursing Center in 2008. Leone was loved and cared for there by family and Nursing Center staff until she passed.

 

Leone was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Dr. Ward Conklin in 1999 and her son Paul Ward Conklin in 2011, and her brother Donald Wright.

 

Leone is survived by daughter Lynn (Cork) Conner of Lake Vermilion- Cook, MN, a daughter Leann (Gary) Tonjes of Albuquerque, NM, daughter-in-law Dale Conklin of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren: Margaret (Chip) Porter of Oklahoma City, Marc and Matthew Conklin of Houston, TX, Amy (Mark) Kersey and Ladd (Shawna) Conner of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jerra Tonjes of Denver, CO, Jessica and Brandt Tonjes of Albuquerque, NM: great-grandchildren Colby and Seth Porter of Houston, TX,  Marla Mae Porter of Oklahoma City, Conner and Victoria Kersey and Shailyn and Jett Conner all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a great great-grandson Logan of Okalahoma City, along with various nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, MN at a later announced date. Burial will be at the private cemetery of the Wright Family in Greenwood Cemetery, Denmark Township, near Stillwater, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the philanthropy of your choice. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

 

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Daniel Lee Greiner, age 59, longtime resident of rural Eveleth and formerly of Hibbing, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in his home following a 5 year battle with cancer. He was born December 7, 1954, in Virginia, MN to Robert L. and Jean (McKibbon) Greiner. He graduated from Hibbing High School. Dan was united in marriage to Carol Simonson on June 23, 1979, in Cook, MN.

 

Dan grew up working in the family business, Greiner Brothers Cleaning, in Hibbing. He worked 3 seasons as a fishing guide for Westcott’s Launch Service on Leech Lake, then in 1978 became the owner/operator of Greiner Cleaning in Virginia. Dan was a perfectionist who took great pride in his work. He enjoyed both his work and his customers, many of whom became dear friends. Dan loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He loved to laugh and to talk, and was an entertaining storyteller. Dan loved and enjoyed his family, and was especially thrilled with his new granddaughter. He was a man of simple faith in God, with a growing love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Dan is survived by his wife: Carol; five children: Rachel Greiner of Hibbing, Katie Greiner of Brasov, Romania, Peter (Taryn McCue) Greiner of Eveleth, John Greiner of Eveleth, and James Greiner of Duluth; a granddaughter: Becca Greiner; five siblings: Bob Greiner of Nevada, Jerry Greiner of South Carolina, Debbie (Chris) Stepp of Minnesota, Sherry Greiner of Wisconsin, and Mary Greiner of Wisconsin; and many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Dan’s parents preceded him in death.

 

The funeral service will be 3pm, Sunday, April 13, 2014, with a visitation from 2-3pm immediately preceding the funeral, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Midway. The Reverend John Cowan will officiate. Interment will be at a later date in the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.

 

Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

In Memory of Daniel Lee Greiner
 
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Wilbur R. “Bud” Booth, 98 of Bigfork, died on Saturday, April 5, 2014 in the Cornerstone Villa in Buhl, MN.

 

He was the son of Edward S. and Maybell A.J. (Fernelius) Booth. He married Helen Silta on November 30, 1939 in Hibbing. After teaching for 5 years in one room school houses, his vocation was a truck driver for the logging industry. He loved operating and driving any kind of machinery, and he could fix anything in the “Togo Garage.” He helped lots of people build their houses, he loved horses and was a musician that could play many instruments by ear.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Helen, his parents; Stanley Booth and Maybell Brumberg, his step-father; Edward Brumberg, a son; James Booth, a grandson; David Jaranson and siblings; Lawrence Booth, Lois Zagrabelny and Robert Booth.

 

Survivors include his children; Richard (Linda Lee) Booth of Grand Rapids, MN, Jeri (Pete) Belschner and Jean Jaranson both of Side Lake, MN, 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 Funeral Service on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church in Bovey. Interment will be in the Bearville Cemetery at a later date.

 

Arrangements by the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. To leave an online condolence, visit our website at www.petersonfuneralchapelofcoleraine.com

 
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Linda Viita, 94, of Virginia, died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehab in Virginia. Memorials services will be held Monday, April 7, 2014 at Faith United Lutheran Church at 12:00 PM with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Joey (P.J.) Bailey will officiate. Burial will take place at Forbes Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

 

Linda, the daughter of Finnish immigrants Emil and Matilda Suomu, was born April 1, 1919, in the sauna on the family farm in Iron, Minnesota.  She grew up on a dairy farm taking care of the animals, tending the garden and picking berries.  She learned English in a one room school house, Old 95, in Clinton Township.  Linda graduated from Cherry High School in 1939.  Throughout the years, she kept in close contact with her school mates.  

 

Linda worked briefly cleaning houses in Virginia and Pike, during the Depression.  She worked as a maid and waitress at the Virginia Hospital in 1940.  Then in the summer she quit working to help with haying on the family farm.  Linda met her future husband, Arvo Viita, in 1941, at a dance at Kalava Hall in Virginia.  In 1942, she moved to Chicago with her sister and friends. She worked at the Curtiss Candy Factory and Abbott Laboratories.  

 

Linda and Arvo married on October 16, 1943, at Messiah Church in Mountain Iron. She always said it was a beautiful fall day for their wedding. She resumed working at the hospital primarily in Central Supply and finally in the Materials Management department.  For many years Linda and Arvo made countless drives picking up blood and other needed supplies, and she received recognition as Employee of the Year in 1981.  She retired from the Virginia Hospital in 1984.  

 

She continued to be active by volunteering for Meals on Wheels and enjoyed serving with the women of Faith United of Iron.  Linda and Arvo enjoyed a trip to Finland with her sister Lila and her husband Eric.  Linda loved and enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, near and far. She was an excellent baker (especially desserts and bread). Some other pleasures for hers were making squeaky cheese, picking berries, spending time at the lake, gambling at the casino with friends, and cleaning.  

 

She is survived by a son Rick Viita of Cook, a daughter Lynne (Lynn) Hilde of Cherry, grandchildren: Rick (Amy) Viita of Cook, Kristen (Chase) Cooper of Mountain Iron, Amy (Matt) Pearson of Edina, Dana Hilde of Cherry, great-grandchildren: Spencer and Macy Viita, Rylyn and Radlee Cooper, sister Lila Johnson of Monticello, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

 

She is preceded in death by parents, Emil and Matilda, husband,  Arvo, and brother, Edwin.

 
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Gilbert W. Odella, 76, Gheen, passed away at the Cook Hospital on March 24, 2014.

 

He was born Gilbert William Odella  on December 24, 1937, at Hibbing, MN; the son of William and Inez (Lagerquist) Odella.  He grew up in Cook and Gheen.  Gilbert married Patricia “Pat” Himango on January 30, 1960 in Biwabik, MN.  He worked in a gold mine in Montana for a time, then moved back to Gheen, where he made his residence most of his life.   Gilbert was a heavy equipment operator for Ulland Brothers Construction, retiring after over 35 years of dedicated service. Gilbert and Patty took over the longtime family owned bar-restaurant business in Gheen and ran the well known Patty’s Lost Week-Inn for a number of years.  He had enjoyed going to casinos, boating, fishing, hunting and the outdoors of northern Minnesota. Gilbert was gifted mechanic and could fix most anything that went wrong or was broken.  He made many lasting friends working at Ulland’s, and many came to visit him when his health declined. Gilbert had a hummingbird garden that attracted numerous hummingbirds that he enjoyed watching. He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia on February 26, 2012; 2 sisters, Donna Saarikoski on July 27, 2005 and  Patricia who died at birth; and a niece, Carmen Odella in 1978.

 

Gilbert is survived by 2 sons: Mike (Becky) Odella of Carlton, John (Becky) of Wyoming, MN; 1 daughter, Kelly (Milo Villebrun) of Gheen; 3 brothers, Rodney (Judy) Odella of Anoka, Mark (Karyn) Odella of Hastings, MN and Larry (Susan) Odella of Virginia, MN; 1 sister, Jean (Tom) Novak of Lake Vermilion-Tower; 8 Grandchildren: Matt, John, Emily, Danny, Joshua, Jeremy, Kelsey and Karley; 7 Great Grandchildren: Cameron, Ian, John, Trapper, Charlotte, Willow and Lucas; along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.

 

Memorial services will be held 1:00 pm Monday (May 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant.  Honorary bearers will be Bernie Novak, Shawn Novak, Kent Isham and Derrick LaRoque. A reception in Gilbert’s honor will follow at the Cook VFW.   Interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 

 

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Eunice J. Hodges, 79, of Muskogee, Oklahoma passed away on March 18, 2014 at Muskogee.

Eunice was born March 22, 1934 at Cook, Minnesota the daughter of Bert and Nellie (Fine) Flack and died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Muskogee. Eunice married Kenneth Hodges who preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her son, Duane Hodges of Muskogee; daughter, Denise Wiggins of Porum; numerous grandchildren; a host of loved ones and friends.

Funeral services for Eunice J. Hodges, 79, of Muskogee, OK, will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home Chapel in Muskogee with Reverend Clarence Guthrie officiating. Burial will be in Agnew Cemetery in Keefeton, OK.

Thanks to Glenn Gilliland for sending his Aunt Eunice's obituary

In Memory of Eunice Flack Hodges
 
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Arvid Paul Edblom, just shy of 99, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Carefree Living in Cook.

 

Arvid was born on April 16, 1915 at the Leander community, the son of Gust and Sussana (Wadell) Edblom. He grew up in Leander, attending school there and in Angora, then graduated from Cook High School in 1934.

 

After graduation he furthered his education  at Bethel College, then completed the course in technology at the National Institute of Technology in Minneapolis. Arvid was united in marriage to Inez Froberg on June 6, 1942.  Arvid worked at the onset of television, and was employed for 40 years in sales with McGowan, Inc. Electronic Shop, which dealt mostly with TV’s and stereos. He is said to have unboxed the first TV sold in the cities.  He was the Sunday school superintendent for 26 years in St. Paul, where he also served on various committees and as a deacon.  Inez passed away in 1982, and Arvid moved back to the Cook area in 1983. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.  Arvid was blessed with a second love and married Helen Carlson on May 4, 1985 in Cook, and they were members of the First Baptist Church in Cook.

 

He is preceded in death by his first wife Inez on January 23, 1982; 3 brothers Walter, George and Milton Edblom and 2 sisters, Alice and Lilly Edblom.

 

Arvid is survived by his wife Helen of Cook; one son Dick Edblom of Cook; 2-step-sons Tom (Arlene) Carlson of Grand Rapids, MN and Dennis (Donna) Carlson of Cook; one step-daughter Roselyn “Rozie” (Wayne) Anderson of Canyon Lake, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Cook. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Rev. Randy Swenson and Rev. Randy Brodeen will co-officiate.  Burial will be held at the Hillside Cemetery in Leander in the spring. A reception in Arvid’s honor will follow the service in the church social hall.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

In Memory of Arvid Edblom

 

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Franziska Henrietta Hubertina (Graupmann) Vogt 89 was born on March 4, 1925, in Glencoe, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Ernest and Alvina (Milbrandt) Graupmann. Franziska was baptized as an infant on March 22, 1925, by Rev. E. Kolbe and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth on May 14, 1939, by Rev. Alf. R. Streufert both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota.

She received her education in Glencoe, Minnesota, graduating with the Stevens Seminary Class of 1943. Franziska continued her education at the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps and Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota, receiving a registered nurse degree in 1946.

On January 24, 1947, Franziska was united in marriage to Albert Vogt by Rev. Alf. R. Streufert at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota. Franziska and Albert made their home in Glencoe, Minnesota.

Their marriage was blessed with three children, Allen, Charlene and David. Franziska and Albert shared over 46 years of marriage, until Albert passed away on February 17, 1993.

In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Franziska was a nurse for 32 years. She worked at the Glencoe Hospital from 1947-1968 and then the McLeod County Home Health Care and Public Health Programs retiring in 1988. Franziska then worked for the McLeod County Correctional Facility until 1998. She was a member at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, Minnesota, where she served on the altar guild and ladies aid. Franziska was also a member of the Glencoe VFW Auxiliary Post #5102 in Glencoe and the Business and Professional Women. Franziska enjoyed reading, helping in the garden and trying new recipes. Her nursing career gave her the opportunity to help others and make many friends. Franziska's constant companion was her cat, Tiger.

She cherished the time spent with her family and friends. Franziska passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe, Minnesota, at the age of 89 years and 13 days.

Blessed be her memory. Franziska is survived by her; Children, Allen Vogt and his wife, Beryl, of Cook, MN, Charlene Arens of Arco, MN, David Vogt of Glencoe, MN; Grandchildren, Amanda Dago and her husband, Achille, of Omaha, NE, Matthew Vogt and his wife, Elizabeth, of Minneapolis, MN, Jeremiah Arens and his wife, Jamie, of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph Arens and his wife, Tina, of Tyler, MN, Jewel Schnieder and her husband, Mike, of Red Wing, MN, Brianna Anderson-Vogt of Eagan, MN; Great Grandchildren, Bradyn, Adrianna, Alexus, Natalie, Micah; Sister-In-Law, Caroline Vogt of Glencoe, MN; Nieces, Nephews, Other relatives and many friends.

 

Franziska is preceded in death by her Parents, Ernest and Alvina Graupmann; Husband, Albert Vogt; Grandson, Gabriel Vogt; Brothers, Ernest Graupmann, Orville Graupmann.

 

Service date; March 21,2014, First Evangelical Lutheran Church - Glencoe.

 

 
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William “Bill” E. Sarazine, 53, of Owatonna, died Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home.

Bill was born January 16, 1961 in Virginia, Minnesota the son of Edward "Bill" and Elizabeth 30,1970 (Hyvari) Sarazine. He was raised in Burnsville and graduated from Henry Sibley High School. He lived in Portland, OR for a short while and then returned to Minnesota. Bill then worked in Duluth on the docks. He moved to Owatonna where he worked for Crane Creek Construction, and then drove truck for Clay Bulow Trucking and Standard Forwarding Trucking.

He is survived by a son, Dylan Sarazine of Owatonna; two step daughters, Rachel Hanson of Duluth; Kristen (and Jay) Jakeway of Duluth; five grandchildren; step mother, Karen Sarazine of Owatonna; his brothers, Michael (and Delina) Sarazine of Hopkins; Patrick (and Darcy) Sarazine of Glendale, AZ, and a sister, Charlotte Thacker of Owatonna.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Michaelson Funeral Home with the Reverend Julie Malone officiating.

 

Thanks to Jean Sarazine for sending this obituary of her nephew

 

Bill's Aunt's still living at Cook are Kathleen (Tom 60,1998) Sarazine, Corrinne (Ron) Maki and Rita (Jerry 63,2000) Cheney.

 
 

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Raymond Wayne Saxe 50 passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the University Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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He was born on November 14, 1963 in Sonora, Ca. He is the son of Ronald and Jean (Sikkila) Saxe. Survived by his daughters Breesa and Brittney of Kaysville, UT, his parents Ron and Jean of Schellsburg, PA, sister Deborah married to Rev. Gary Blankley of Claysburg, PA, sister Diane married to Gerald Grove of Harrisburg, PA, and brother Ronald Saxe married to Hiedi of Camp Hill, PA. 


He is also survived by eight nieces and three nephews.
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Ray graduated from Cook High School in Cook, MN. He spent his working years as a farm hand on his cousin Marvin Pearson's farm, as a warehouse equipment operator for Albertsons' Grocery Company and as plant manager for facilities and equipment maintenance for Americold in Clearfield, UT. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fruit Height, UT where he served as a deacon.

    
Memorial services will be held at his church, at the United Methodist Church in Weyant, Pa and the Pearson Farm in Angora, MN at dates yet to be set.

Raymond was a 1983 graduate of the Cook High School. His father was the head of the City of Cook Maintainence, and his mother worked at the Cook Hospital.

 

 

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Elder Emil Metsa, 85, Cook, formerly of  Virginia, passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center in Virginia, following a long battle with COPD.

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Elder was the only child of Emil and Elna (Koski) Metsa. He was born December 31, 1928 at the Angora farmhouse of his paternal grandparents John and Selma (Rautio) Metsa who were immigrants from Ylitornio, Finland. Elder’s maternal grandparents, Charles and Mary (Jarvinen) Koski, were immigrants from Padasjoki, Finland, and lived just a few miles away in Angora.

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Elder attended elementary school in Idington School and Cusson. His parents operated a small store near the CCC Camp, followed by the Orr General Store. When his fourth grade class traveled by bus from Cusson, (north of Orr) to the new MACO Theater in Virginia in 1939 to see a young Grand Rapids gal named Frances Ethel Gumm star in The Wizard of Oz, Elder said, “It was like traveling to New York City. I dreamed I could live there some day.” 

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His father soon built the Log Cabin Tavern in Angora, which has survived the recent redesign of Highway 53. They lived for a short time in the attached residence, and then moved to Virginia when his father purchased the Roosevelt Bar on the 200 block of Chestnut Street. The windows of their four-room apartment today look out over Chestnut Street beneath the words “Svea Block, 1900". Adjacent to their apartment were a couple dozen small rooms that were rented out to boarders, for whom Elder’s mother cooked meals.

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Several summers during his elementary school were spent at Lake Vermilion. In 1928 his grandfather John had purchased a parcel of land from Conrad Raps on a point in Wakemup Bay. Accessible only by boat, it became Elder’s job to help cut trees and blast rocks to extend the existing road to the point, under the careful supervision of a man who was hired to cook and do the work. Today it is called Metsa Road.

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As an older teenager Elder earned money by helping his dad with chores at the bar and by working for a summer for the Department of Parks and Recreation. While listening to the prolonged commencement speech for his graduation from Roosevelt High School in 1946, Elder recalled studying the names of six school board members on stage and observed, “None of them were from Finntown.” He vowed to himself, “By the time I am forty I will be up on that stage.”

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Elder attended two years of junior college in Virginia, and three years at the University of Minnesota in Duluth, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Education. While at UMD, he met St. Luke’s nursing student Bess Margaret Paul from Bemidji. They married September 29, 1951 at the Methodist Church in Bemidji.

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Following their wedding, Elder and Bess moved to Bayfield, Wisconsin where Elder taught at Bayfield High School and Bess worked as a delivery room nurse at the local hospital. Elder next accepted a position at Mt. Iron High School as a bookkeeping and typing teacher, so in the summer of 1952 they moved to Virginia. The steel workers were on strike, and summer jobs on the Range were hard to come by. In need of income before the start of the new school year, Elder contacted his former supervisor at the Park Department to see if there were any openings. The only job available was feeding the monkeys in the monkey island at Olcott Park. Elder took it. Sometimes bystanders would taunt, “Hey, Monkey Man, throw me a peanut. I just ignored them. At least I had a job. Maybe they didn’t.”

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In 1960, while still teaching in Mt. Iron, Elder and Bess purchased the Holland Hotel–a combination Chinese restaurant and hotel/boarding house on Chestnut Street where the W. A. Fisher Company now resides. They sold the business in 1963, and Elder began selling Allstate Insurance, working Monday nights in the basement of the Sears store.

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After 15 years of teaching, he resigned and went to work full time selling both insurance and real estate as an independent agent. At age 35 he was elected to the school board, serving four 3-year terms. He ran twice for City Council, serving two 4-year terms, and was elected twice as Mayor, serving two 2-years terms. As a former “Finntown” boy, Elder was proud of his 24-year service to the City of Virginia.

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Bess died in 1994, and Elder sold his business to the Engman Insurance Agency. In 2003, a fall that caused three broken ribs and a punctured lung resulted in a coma that lasted for eight weeks.  At age 75 he moved from Virginia to Cook, Minnesota. Against all odds, along with prayer, sisu, and physical therapy, Elder regained his strength. He also became actively involved in the community. He joined the local Cook Lions Club, eventually became president, and for his service there was awarded their prestigious Melvin Jones Award. He was also instrumental in starting a Leos Club for local high school students. He joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango and made many new friends. He served on the Virgie Hegg Hospice Board in Cook as well as on the board of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency. At 82 years old he trained as a volunteer for the 2010 Census, driving many miles on the back roads of St. Louis County. In spite of a couple of surly encounters, it was not unusual for total strangers on the census route to invite him in for coffee.

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One of his greatest retirement pleasures was the purchase of a small trailer on the premises of Grey Wolf Lodge on Pelican Lake. There he welcomed summer birds to his feeders, greeted guests, and made new friends. In September 2013 he was honored to attend with family and friends the unveiling of Nancy Miller’s beautiful Rose Sculpture in Bess Metsa Memorial Garden in Virginia.

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Elder was hospitalized in early December 2013 in Cook, and on March 7, 2014 moved from the Cook Hospital to Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center in Virginia. Delighted with his new surroundings, he called his daughter and said, “What a beautiful place to finish out my life.” Many times he had told his family, “I tell God every night, if He’s ready, I’m ready.” And so it was that on March 10, just after dinner as he was preparing for bed, God lifted him gently home. He will be greatly missed.

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Elder was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Bess in 1994, and his daughter-in-law Dianne (Richards) Metsa in 1996.

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He is survived by his daughter Jacalyn (Marc) Cheves of Frederick, Maryland, son Paul Metsa (Amy Donlin), of Minneapolis, and son John (Carol Carlson) Metsa of Orr, and chosen daughter Kathleen (Allan) Axtell of Duluth; grandchildren Allen (Jennifer) Cheves, Rebecca (Nick) Sadler, and Joe Cheves; Jason, Jacob, John-Paul, and Jordan Metsa; Heather Axtell, Holly (Jeff) Orr, and Tom (Renae) Axtell; and six great-grandchildren.

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Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:00-1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Rev. Bruce Hannem and Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiants.  A luncheon in Elder’s honor will follow in the church social hall.

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Interment at Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia will follow at a later date in the spring.

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If so desired, in lieu of flowers, Elder desired that any memorials be sent to Mlaker Funeral Home, P.O. Box 15, Cook, MN. 55723, designated to the Cook Lions Club, the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation, the Bess Metsa Memorial Garden, or the Virginia Community Foundation.

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Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook (666-5298)

 

In Memory of Elder

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Albert “Al” Mitchell 54 of Cook, formerly of Grand Rapids, died on Wednesday, March 12 at the Cook Hospital. 

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Albert Gregory Mitchell was born on June 3, 1959 to Donald and Revona (Hagen) Mitchell.  He was raised in the Grand Rapids area and graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1977. He continued his education at Brainerd Technical College and received his degree in Forestry Technology in 1980. Following his education, he worked with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In 1996, he met Rhonda Johnson, with whom he spent the rest of his life. He and Rhonda lived with their five dogs just outside the town of Cook. In 2002, he left the DNR to start his own forestry company.

 

Over the years, Al lived in Balsam, Sturgeon Lake, and Cook. His choice of residence reflected his love of the outdoors as there was always heavily forested land around his home. Al was a prolific hunter and fisherman. He took trips to Wyoming to hunt deer and trips to Canada to hunt caribou and to fish. He hosted many deer hunting parties with friends and family at his home in Balsam.  Al had a great respect for the land and animals. He taught others to show the same respect. His sense of humor, strength, and simple way of living will be sorely missed.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Revona.  He leaves behind his sister, Deb (Rick) Lorenz, brother, Ken (Mariann) Mitchell, friends Bob Campbell and Rhonda Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.

 

A celebration of Albert’s life will be held later this spring.

 

Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 
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Galen B. Squires, age 75, longtime resident of Britt, and formerly of Virginia, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation in Virginia. He was born June 17, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Charles B. and Grace L. (Crosser) Squires. He graduated from Virginia High School and attended Virginia Jr. College. Galen was united in marriage to Carla Hanson on March 11, 1961 at the Crane Lake Chapel.

Galen worked for the Red Owl stores for 20 years, then for US Steel for 5 years, and finally retired from the Potlatch Corporation in Cook after 20 years of service. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, and enjoyed sports (watching the grandkids), hunting, camping, bird watching, and collecting antiques.

Galen is survived by his wife: Carla; four children: Susan L. Rannikar of Virginia, MN, Daniel M. (Lisa) Squires of Gheen, MN, Tari D. (Jack) Kinnunen of Grand Rapids, MN, and Thomas B. (Nicole) Squires of Angora, MN; two brothers: Daniel J. Squires of Virginia, MN, and Dean L. (Linda) Squires of Angora, MN; and 13 grandchildren: Kaela, Emily and Matthew Rannikar, Noah, Isaiah and Elijah Squires, Luke and Hannah Kinnunen, Blake Stanaway, Daniel, Kelsey, Fraol, and Tyana Squires.

Galen was preceded in death by his sister: Mary Ann in infancy; his parents; and his father and mother-in-law: Carl M. and Margaret L. Hanson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Midway. The Rev. John Cowan will officiate. Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia. To express condolences on-line please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

Galen's wife Carla was raised at Buyck. Her parents were Carl & Margaret Hanson. Her sisters were; Margaret and Elise. Carla is a 1959 graduate of the Orr High School.

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Ruth (Ruthie) Sherman 88 passed away July 10, 2013 in Fruita, Colorado
(See 2013 obituaries)
 
 
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John Joseph Petruska, 46, of Britt, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

 

He went to be with his heavenly father, passing away peacefully at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

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John was born June 4, 1967, in Virginia to John (Jack) Petruska and Mary Ann Leathers. He grew up in Eveleth, graduating from Eveleth High School in 1985.

 

On Sept. 3, 1988, John was joined in holy marriage to Tammy Van Soest at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Midway. They were blessed with two wonderful boys, Joshua and Robert.

 

John worked at Hillwood Products in Cook for 10 years and later was a bartender where he was known for his quick wit and contagious smile. He was currently employed as a paraprofessional at the Northland Learning Center where his life experiences helped him guide many of the students there. He was also a PCP of NHS of Chisholm working at a home in Virginia.

 

John was an avid fisherman — he enjoyed fishing on Lake Vermilion and spending time at Lake 14 with his family. He was a fishing guide on Lake Vermilion where he loved teaching people the thrill of the muskie hunt. He also volunteered yearly for the Youth for Christ Muskie Challenge on Lake Vermilion. John also took the time to enjoy the simple and most beautiful things in life. He will be forever remembered and greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

John is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Tammy; sons, Joshua and Robert, of Britt and his special companion, Doco; mother, Mary Ann Leathers of Virginia; father, John (Jack) (Patty) of Iron; sister, Mary Beth Petruska of Mountain Iron; stepbrother, Paul (Shelly) Brunner of Virginia; mother- and father-in-law, Tim and Kathy Van Soest of Britt; and many nieces and nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law.

 

John was preceded in death by his grandparents.

 

A celebration service of John’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Midway with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor John Cowan will officiate. Services are provided by Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

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Robert “Bob” McClain 74, passed away February 23, 2014 at the home of his son in Virginia, MN surrounded by love.  He was born February 1, 1940 in St. Paul Minnesota to Robert Sr. and Edythe McClain.  He grew up in Richfield and Mounds View.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Collett.  He married Ruth Anderson on January 2, 1962. They made their home in Stacy Minnesota and became the parents to four children, moving to Cook Minnesota in 1976.

   

Bob was a well-respected Ironworker and was often the “go-to” guy on a worksite.  Because of his ability to improvise he became known as “Bobby the Brain”.  Some of the projects he worked on in Minnesota are the Hennepin County Medical Center and IDS Center in Minneapolis, the former Potlatch plant in Cook, former Blandin Paper mill in Grand Rapids and at many of the mines on the Iron Range

 

Bob retired in 1995 and he and Ruth were able to realize his dream of traveling the U.S. in their motor home.  They had 18 years of great adventures together on the road.  Bob especially liked the trips they made to Civil War battle sites and the hunt for that ever-elusive gold nugget in Arizona.  Aside from traveling and prospecting he also had many other interests and hobbies that he loved sharing with his family and friends.  From hunting when he was younger to spending time out in the boat on the lake fishing, he knew a love for the land, which he passed on to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  In his later years, he loved spending time in his seemingly ever-expanding vegetable garden, from which he shared the fruits of his labor with many.

 

His mother and father, brother Joel, and father and mother in law Clifford and Pearl Anderson preceded him in death.

 

Bob is survived by his wife Ruth, children Sheila (Ed) Minick, Darin (Melissa), Daniel (Emily) and Brandi McClain, eight grandchildren Ben (Brittany), Bryce, Bethany, Mike (Heidi), Brianna (Ryan), Gabriel, Cameron and Paige (Brendan) and four great grandchildren, Joseph, Austin, Leah and Aurora; loved brother Gene (Sandee) McClain, sisters in law Pat (David) Allen and Gloria (Don) Weigand; brothers in law Bud (Mona) Anderson and Leon Anderson, many nieces and nephews and all of his special friends, with whom he celebrated 39 years of sobriety one day at a time.

 

In lieu of a funeral service, family and friends will gather at an open house on Saturday,  March 1st, between 1 and 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.  A celebration of life will be held in the spring at his home in Cook.  He was much loved and will be missed by all.  A life well lived.

 

Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook. 

 

Viking Funeral Prayer

Lo, there do I see my father.

Lo, there do I see my mother and my sisters and my brothers.

I see the line of my people back to the beginning.

They do call to me to take my place in the halls of Valhalla where the brave may live forever. 

 
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Clifford Sidney Weum, 95, of International Falls, MN, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at the Falls Good Samaritan Society.

Clifford was born on July 10, 1918 in Norman County, Minnesota. He married Lois Green on June 28, 1947.

He was a WWII Army Veteran. Clifford worked as a Carpenter and at Falls Memorial Hospital in Maintenance.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping, spending time at his hunting shack, and tinkering in his garage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christian and Lena Weum; wife, Lois Weum; brother, Tilford; sisters, Clarice and Violet; and grandson, Eric.

Clifford is survived by his sons, Steve, Roger, and Scott Weum; daughter, Shari Cole; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers, Arvid Weum and Glen & Jackie Weum of Cook; and sisters, Gladys, Adeline, and Florence.

Per Clifford’s wishes, no services will be held.

Memorials are preferred to the Good Samaritan Society “Nursing Home” in Clifford’s memory, 2201 Keenan Drive, International Falls, MN.
 

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Lyle J. Lumbar 71, of Ham Lake MN passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of many, on February 24. Lyle’s generosity and kind spirit touched many. He will be deeply missed.  

 

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents: Joseph Lumbar and Lucy (Soreyes); brothers: Francis, Russell, Richard, Charlie, Stan, and sisters Marian and Carol (infant).

 

Lyle is survived by loving wife, Sheila; children: Jennifer (Justin) Zeis, Lyle Jr. (Yendis), James; brother, Milton; 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters in-law. Bois Forte band member and longtime member of Pipefitters Local 539.

 

In 1985 he started Lumbar Mechanical and was named American Indian Entrepreneur

 

The family wishes to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of the 3rd floor at Mercy Hospital. A Celebration of Lyle’s life will be held at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH BLAINE CHAPEL (107th Ave. NE & Hwy. 65) Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9:30-11:30 AM with a time of remembrance at 11 AM. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

 

www.kozlakradulovich.com

“A Celebration of Life”

763-783-1100

 

Sent by; Danielle Radulovich

 

 

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Marlin J. Swanberg, 80, Virginia, passed away at Edgewood Vista Care Center in Virginia on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

 

He was born on June 5, 1933 in Henning, Minnesota; the son of John and Harriet (Hofferbert) Swanberg.  He grew up in Ottertail and attended the University of Minnesota.  Marlin was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Germany.  After his tour of duty he was employed with Remington Rand Univac in St. Paul, working on military guidance systems. He married Barbara Leslie in 1978, and she precedes him in death in 2009. He lived in Ottertail and Cook, and spent many years in Brainerd. Marlin was an expert carpenter  and had a passion for beekeeping. He came from a long lineage of beekeepers and was pleased to share his wealth of knowledge of bees to others who had an interest.   He also enjoyed shooting sports, canoeing, movies and  travel.  His family fondly recalls his love of ice cream.   Marlin was a member of the American Legion, lifetime member of the NRA and President of the Lakes Region Beekeeper’s Association. 

 

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Barbara on May 2, 2009; 2 sisters, Joyce Nordin and Marian Wheeler; and  a grandson, Elias Swanberg.

 

Marlin is survived by his children: Alan (Laurie) Swanberg of Virginia, MN, Carol (Christopher) Cheney of Angora, MN; Ricky (Beverly) Swanberg of Ottertail, MN, Jerry Swanberg of Ottertail, MN; Step-Children: Elaine Giffin of Southampton, NY, Martha (Dan) Rockey of Corvallis, OR and Guy (Mary) Giffin of Bend, OR;  numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

A gathering time to celebrate Marlin’s life will be held from noon until 3:00 PM Saturday (July 5th) at the Ottertail City Community Center. A reception in Marlin’s honor will follow in the center. Interment will be in the Ottertail Union Cemetery.   Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

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Robert “Bob” Dickson, 81, Cook, passed away on February 17, 2014 at Carefree Living in Cook.

 

Bob was born on July 3, 1932 in Balkan Township, the son of Erwin and Nettie (Ableman) Dickson. He attended the Chisholm schools and later worked as a diesel mechanic for Albany Mining Company in Hibbing.  In 1953 he was inducted in the Army  and served with  the 1092nd Combat Engineer Battalion in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Bob successfully completed Barber School in Chicago, Illinois.  He returned to Cook and bought the barber shop on main street.  He barbered in Cook the next 40 years, making numerous lasting friendships. He worked full time at Hill Wood Products, where he retired after many years of dedicated service.  Bob was the areas well known “fix-it”, “make-it”, engineer-it” man.   Bob worked on cars and mechanical items all of his life, and his creativity and mechanical abilities served the Range area throughout his life.  He was an active member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, where he served in many capacities, including Commander. He also dutifully served many years with its Honor Guard, according military funeral rites for fellow comrades. Earlier he had enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and the outdoors of living in Northern Minnesota. Bob was known to all as having a great sense of humor, and had a wonderful ability to put smiles on people’s faces  with his kidding.  He will be dearly missed by the many who have been fortunate to have known him.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by  siblings: Lawrence (1910), Theodore (1933), John (1973), Glenn (1978), Alice Lokken (1994), Howard (1999),  Clarence “Timer” (2007), and Laura Winchell (2008).

 

Bob is survived by three children: Cindy Towe of Hastings, MN, Lorie Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, and Roger Dickson of Chisholm, MN; one sister, Vida Anderson of Cook; 3 grandchildren: Jeremy, Butch and Lacey, along with numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. 

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm Friday (May 2nd) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Pastor Bruce Hannem will be the officiant. Cynthia Hannem will be the soloist and Norma Thomas the organist. The honorary bearers will be: Sue & Irv Gustafson, Tom Gustafson, Danny Brinker, Christine Verant and Dennis Dickson.   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 Bob’s honor will follow in the church social hall immediately after the service.  Interment will be in the Celina Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  

 

 
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John H. Chovan 87, of International Falls, Minn., passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society-International Falls, surrounded by family and friends.

John was born July 16, 1926, in Minneapolis, Minn., to parents John and Susan Chovan.

 

When he was very young, his family moved to Alwood, Minn., where he lived until he was 17 years old.

 

At age 17, John joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

 

Upon returning to the United States after WWII, John moved to International Falls where he met the love of his life, Joanne (Jody) Chovan (Zallar). They were married Oct. 8, 1949, and spent 64 wonderful years together.

 

John was employed at Boise Cascade in International Falls for nearly 40 years; he was a boiler operator and held a chief boiler license. He retired as supervisor of the steam plant in 1985.

 

He was an active member of the Moose Lodge in International Falls.

 

John was a true outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was also very fond of gardening and had a productive garden each summer.

 

He enjoyed barbecuing and spending time with his loved ones.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Susan Chovan (Backo); brother, Elmer Chovan; sister, Beverly McKay (Chovan); brother-in-law, George McKay; and step-granddaughter, Marsha White Halverson.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jody Chovan (Zallar); sister, Marian Groble; daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Slugger Foss; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Rod White; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Derek and Ashley Foss; step grandson and step granddaughter-in-law, Chris and Diane White; six step great-grandchildren; and special friends, Cecile and Harry Readman and Norma and Mel Ramsey.

 

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church

 

John's wife Jody Zallar Chovan was raised in the Silverdale Community 25 miles northwest of Cook. Her parents were; Martin 82,1989 & Katherine 82,1990 (Godec) Zallar. Her siblings; Jody & John Chovan, Richard 80,2011 Zallar, Mickey 68,2006 & Betty Zallar, Kathie Zallar and Martin 61,2008 "Butch" & Carol Zallar.

 

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Justin W. Boness, “Nay-ta-na-mootpassed away unexpectedly  on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

 

He was born on November 11, 1947 at Nett Lake, where he grew up.  Justin graduated from Orr High School in 1966.  He served in the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam Conflict, where he was part of the search and rescue operations.  After his honorable discharge, he returned to Nett Lake. He moved to Duluth with his companion, LuAnn Drift in 1975 and completed the Duluth Technical College course in carpentry. He worked for U.S. Steel for several years and moved back to Nett Lake in 1978.  Justin was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He worked at the Nett Lake Sawmill and for the RTC (Reservation Tribal Committee).  He served as Vice President on the Elder Committee.

 

He and LuAnn Drift were a couple for 36 years, then formerly “tied the knot” and were married on June 4, 2010. Justin was a avid outdoorsman, and liked ricing, berry picking and hunting. His most treasured times were those spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

 

He is preceded in death by one son, Marlon Drift on Sept. 23, 2003; and 3 sisters: Freida Boshey, Stella Sanchez and Priscilla Strong.

 

Justin in survived by his wife, LuAnn Drift of Nett Lake; 2 sons Bart Drift of Virginia and Waylon (Chrissy Johnson) ) Drift of Eveleth; 2 daughters, Justina (Adam Strong) Drift of Nett Lake and Ellen Whiteman; 1 sister, Marcella Drift of Virginia; 6 Grandchildren: Jaime, LaVonne, LeMar and  Avery Drift, Aiden Deegan and Haley Isham; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Traditional services will be at 10:00 AM Monday, (February 17th) at the Nett Lake Community Center, where visitation will begin after 4:00 pm Sunday.  The spiritual advisor will be Billy Blackwell.  The casket bearers will be Gordon Adams, Clarence Roy II., Neil Strong, Vern Boney, Francis Littlewolf and  Frank Villebrun Jr. The honorary bearers will be Jerome Whiteman, Ken Boney, Harvey Thompson, Gary Strong, and Floyd Morrison. Military honors will be accorded by the honors guards of Bois Forte, Orr American Legion and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook

 

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Jerome “Jerry” G. Rooney, 86, of Duluth, formerly of Soudan, passed away Friday, February 14, 2014, at the Benedictine Health Care Center in  Duluth, surrounded by his family.

 

He was born January 4, 1928, in Brooten, MN, the only child of James and Barbara (Gledien) Rooney. He was a graduate of Brooten High School, attended  St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BA Degree in elementary education, followed by a Master’s Degree in School Administration.

 

Jerry was united in marriage to Marcella Zollar on August 4, 1956 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower.

 

He was a teacher and principal in the Tower-Soudan schools for 40 years. In 1989 a new addition to the Tower school was named after him. He was a very dedicated teacher and administrator whose primary concern was for the students that he helped to educate, always encouraging them to do their best. He spent 18 summers as an interpretive guide at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park, where he enjoyed meeting and visiting with new people.

 

They resided in Soudan until moving to Duluth in 2004.

 

Jerry enjoyed all sports. He especially loved watching his grandkids sporting events. The last one he was able to attend was his granddaughter Marisa’s 2,000 point basketball game for Duluth East High School. He also enjoyed reading, especially history.

 

He was a past member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, where he served as lector, usher and member of the parish council, the Ely Third Degree Knights of Columbus, the Monsignor Buh Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus of Virginia, where he was a past Navigator and was also a member of the Retired Educators Association of Minnesota. He was currently a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Duluth.

 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marcella of Duluth; daughter, Yvonne (Matt) Yernatich of Duluth; and six grandchildren, Marisa, Megan and Joe Yernatich and Olivia, Morgan and Aiden Rooney.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Timothy.

 

Jerry’s family would like to thank the caregivers at the Benedictine Health Care Center for their love and care over the past few months.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with the Rev. Father Bill Skarich as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Spring burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

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Eugene Sundeen 83 of Spokane Valley was born June 2, 1930 in Gilbert, MN to Carl M. and Lucille Sundeen and was called home by our Heavenly Father February 12, 2014.

Gene, as he was known by most people, completed the 9th grade in Cook, MN. He entered the U.S.A.F. December 1951 and was discharged December 1955. He married the love of his life, Barbara Blocker December 2, 1955 in Newport, WA. Gene loved fishing, hunting and camping, but he loved the LORD even more.

He drove truck 6 years for J & L Steel Corp., spent 13 years at Vern’s Pies as a baker, 8 years at Knight Const. as a driver and mechanic, 5 years driving truck for Ziegler Building Center and 8 years driving cars for Dealer’s Auto Auction.

Gene is survived by his wife Barbara, three of his sons, Wayne, Jeffrey, and Steven all of Spokane, WA, 2 brothers, Ed Sundeen of Fairfax, VA and Carl Sundeen of Perham, MN, 3 sisters, Lorraine Carlson and Faith Brodeen of Cook, MN, Hope Blomberg of Ogema, WI & 6 grandchildren & 1 great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his son, John, sister, Winnifred Egerdahl and a brother, Dennis Sundeen  of Cook, MN.

Gene was a member of Independent Baptist Church, 8019 E Liberty, where there will be a celebration of his life Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2 p.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that Memorial Contributions be made to Independent Baptist Church.

 

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June A. Shopp, 80, of Virginia, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Britt.

 

She was born June 22, 1933, in Pike Township to John and Mathilda (Kauppila) Hanela and grew up there, graduating from the Embarrass High School.

June married Philip Shopp Oct. 29, 1955, in Virginia. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia and worked at Cluett-Peabody Company, L & M Supply and White Drug.

 

She is survived by her husband, Philip Shopp of Virginia; three children, Laurie (Marty) Walker of Britt, formerly of Cook, Tim Shopp of Virginia and Todd (Lori) Shopp of Champlin; six grandchildren, Allyson Kate (Luke) Davies, Natalie Jade Walker, Christopher Jon Shopp, Steven Randall Shopp, Kelsey Nicole Shopp and Jordan Patrick Shopp; one great-grandson, Hunter Jon Shopp; two sisters, Shirley (Harold) Korpela and Beverly Padgett, both of Virginia; a special cousin, Norma Bodovinac; sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

June was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Sheila Hanela; two infant brothers at birth and six other brothers, Harley, Hartley, William, Kenneth, Dalton and John Hanela.

 

The family would like to thank Drs. Peterson and Smith; Essentia Health-Virginia and East Range Hospice for the care that was given June.

 

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A gathering of family and friends of Andrew Christopher Kanian, 41, of Virginia, will be Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 1pm until the 2:30pm Memorial Service at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.

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Andrew has been missing since January and was discovered on February 3, 2014 in Virginia, MN.

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Andrew was born October 12, 1972 in Duluth, MN and in June of 1973 he was adopted by Erick and Lois Kanian.

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He attended and graduated from Virginia High School in 1991 and also attended Vermilion Community College. He worked various jobs as a cook and laborer. Andy married Tammy Robich on October 5, 2007.

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Survivors include his wife, Tammy; children, Taryn and Kiara; parents, Erick and Mary Kanian; brothers: Christopher, Timothy and Gregory; one expected grandchild; nephew, Alec Kanian; mother and father in law, June and Wes Boyle; brother in law, John Robich. He is also survived by his grandmother and several aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

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He is preceded in death by his mother, Lois Alto and his step-mother, Mary Ann Bachel Cheney.

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Andy was excited to be a first time grandfather in April 2014. He will be missed by all who loved him.

 

Andy's step-mother Maryann 60,2006 Bachel & James 43,1978 Cheney & Erick Kanian was a 1964 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

Andal Aarrangements are pending.  was discovered Monday, February 3, 2014 in Virginia, MN.

 

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Bystrom, Cindy-Lu. Beloved Daughter, Sister and Aunt.  Age 58.  Longtime resident of the Virginia Intermediate Care Facility (ICF).  

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Welcomed into the arms of our Lord on Friday, January 31, 2014.

 

Her infectious smile, strong determination, mischievous ways and keen sense of humor was very entertaining to all and she touched the lives of many.  Despite her condition, she learned basic signing and had a terrific memory which amazed all.  Cindy worked at the Range Area Vocational Supports (RAVS) in Virginia doing a wide variety of work tasks over the past 20 years.  She loved the outdoors, especially pontoon rides at Crane Lake and her time at Camp New Hope in McGregor each summer.

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Her love of ice cream and cheese puffs were undeniable; most every visit included a trip to DQ or McDonald’s for a soft serve cone.

 

Survived by loving parents, Lewis (Bud) and Charlotte Bystrom; Siblings: Brian (Rhonda) Bystrom; Bradley (Tonja Rolfson) Bystrom; Brent (Laurie) Bystrom; Brenda (Jerry) Pohlman and Beth (Sheldon) Sokoloski and many nieces and nephews. 

 

The family would like to express our sincere gratitude to her many caregivers who provided a loving and caring home for Cindy for more than 20 years and also to the Doctors and Nurses at St. Mary’s of Duluth who kept her comfortable in her final weeks.

 

Memorial services will be at a later date.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  

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Wendell J. Leecy “Misho-Giizhig-Inni, 60, of Onamia, formerly of Hibbing, passed away at home on January 31, 2014.

 

 He was born in Chisholm on July 31, 1953, grew up in Hibbing, and graduated from Hibbing High School.  Wendell moved to Minneapolis, and graduated from  Minneapolis Vocational and Technical College. He later settled in Onamia and worked in the DNR for the Mill Lacs Band of Ojibwa. Wendell was an active outdoorsman, liked Pow-Wows and appreciated the native traditional ways.  He was very artistic and was asked to make a traditional native drum, which is on display at the Hibbing Community College.  He will be remembered by family and friends for his easy going nature, big smile, and the caring love he had for his family.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Bernice (Geshick) Leecy.

 

Wendell is survived by his wife, Bridgett Mitchell; 3 sons: Cade Leecy of Hibbing and  Erick and Justin Leecy of Onamia; 2 brothers, Kevin (Julie) Leecy of Tower and Jeff (Carla) Leecy of Cass Lake; 6 sisters, Cheryl (Paul) Slayton of Tower, Charlene (Jessie) Lewis of Tower, Gail Leecy of Minneapolis, Donna Hirth of Milwaukee, WI, Debbie Leecy of Virginia and Kimberly Leecy of Hayward, WI; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Traditional services will be at 10:00 AM Friday, (February 7th) at the Vermilion Reservation Center-Tower, where the Wake will begin after 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

 

The Spiritual Advisor will be Lee Staples.  The casket bearers will be: Jessie Lewis, Charles Grolla, Phil Grolla, Leland Leecy, Paul Slayton and Robert Jordain Jr.

 

The honorary bearer will be Ronald Geshick.  Interment will be in the Vermilion Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

The honorary bearer will be Ronald Geshick. Internment will be in the Vermilion Cemetery.

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Jacqueline Kay Coplin Nelson, 69, Lake Vermilion-Tower, died on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at N.C. Little Hospice in Edina. A memorial open house will be held at Richardson Nature Center, 8737 East Bush Lake Road in Bloomington on Saturday, February 1 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. A second memorial gathering will held in northern Minnesota at Greenwood Town Hall,3000 Country Road 77 in Tower on Saturday, February 22 from 2 to 5 p.m.
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Any donations in Jacque’s honor are requested to be made to the family, and will be forwarded by them to N.C. Little Hospice, the American Cancer Society or Richardson Nature Center. For further info, please call the Cremation Society Edina Chapel at 952-924-4100.
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Jacque was born on January 30, 1944, in Granite Falls, the daughter of Allan P. and Helen (Cheeseman) Hess, and grew up in Tracy. Her father was a baker. Jacque earned her degree from Macalester College and became a physical education teacher, and later a business manager. She raised her sons in New Brighton and retired in Tower. She loved the north woods but spent much of her time visiting grandchildren and traveling, frequently to Montana.
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Jacque most loved spending time with family on Lake Vermilion. She wore her heart-shaped rock on her sleeve. Although her life ended too soon, she survived many adventure filled years beyond her doctors’ predictions. Jacque loved to read, swim, golf, cross-country ski, bike, play racquetball, practice yoga, kayak and take hikes with her dog.
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Jacque is survived by her husband, Jim Nelson; sister Pat (Hess) Fritz; sons, Tac (Anjie) Coplin and Wade (Kara) Coplin; grandchildren, Booker, Jaley and Calvin; stepsons, Greg (Debbie) Nelson, Steve Nelson and Brian (Dana) Nelson; grandchildren, Brianna, Trevor, Bailee, Tucker, Shelby and Jennie; and great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Chase. She also leaves behind her loyal Labrador retriever, Deuce.
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She was preceded in death by her parents, Allan P. and Helen Hess; and brother, Phillip Hess.

 

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Irja Hetzel, 91, Lakeville, MN, formerly of Orr, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at her residence at Highview Hills in Lakeville.

 

She was born on May 11, 1922 in Asikkla, Finland to Johan Armas and Elin (Hasala) Hanskala.

 

Irja was preceded in death by her husband Adolph; brothers Benjamin and Edward; and sisters Esther Doran, Eleanor Gabrielson and Sadie Koehler. 

 

She is survived by her sister, Eva Tufte of Rosemount, MN, and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

 

Family graveside services will be held at a later date.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home.

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Lester C. Boldt, 96, of Red Wing, died January 29, 2014, in his home at the Villa at Hi Park. He was born September 23, 1917 in Hay Creek Township to Benjamin and Elda (Santelman) Boldt. He attended school in Hay Creek Township. After school he did farm work before going to work at the Red Wing Creamery. After the Creamery closed he worked for the S. B. Foot Tannery, retiring in 1979 after 27 years. On September 3, 1938 he married Irene Miller in Decorah, Iowa.

 

The couple eventually made their home in Red Wing and were members of First United Methodist Church. Lester enjoyed watching many sports, especially baseball. He followed the Minnesota Twins, but especially loved watching and following his great grandsons’ baseball games. He would keep the newspaper close at hand so his visitors could enjoy the articles and photos.


He also loved to play cards with his Villa friends. He will be remembered as a snappy dresser and be missed around the card table and by all those he befriended.


He is survived by his son, Dick (Marilyn Thornberg) Boldt of Cook; six grandchildren, Mitch (Chris) Boldt of Red Wing, Adrienne Watts of Mankato, Annette (Jim) Ernster of Denver, Wade (Sheryle) Boldt of Red Wing, Scott (Mandi) Boldt of Mazeppa and Monica (Wilie) Root of Red Wing; 23 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, daughter-in-law, Gloria of Red Wing and one brother, Bud( Sumner) of Red Wing.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Irene; son, Roger; one brother, Jessie; five sisters, Verna Malner, Jean Merriman, Beatrice Wagner, Beryl Swanson and Marion Odman and two great grandsons, Austin Erie and Cody Boldt.


A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at the Villa at Hi Park Chapel. Debbie Bradley and Rev. Greg Strunk will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Oakwood. Arrangements with the Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel. Memorials are preferred to the St. Brigid’s at Hi Park Foundation. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mahnfamilyfuneralhome.com

 

 

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James Ernest Lossing, 85, of Blackduck, Minnesota died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Bigfork Valley Villas in Bigfork, Minnesota. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Evangelical Free Church in Blackduck, MN with John Keers officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Langor Cemetery in Langor Township, Minnesota at a later date. Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

He was born August 15, 1928 in Quinn, S.D. to Burnie Wilder and Alpha Aurelia (Jarvis) Lossing. The family moved to Langor Township in 1933 and he attended Langor Township Country School until the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm and logged with his father. He married Helen Louise Coburn on August 6, 1950 in Blackduck, MN.

 

He worked in a silver mine in Idaho for a short time and then came back and logged and worked on the family farm again. In 1964, he began working for Nendick Hardware until his retirement in 2000. He worked as a handyman in the area until his wife, Helen, died in 2009. He then moved to the Bigfork Valley Villas in Bigfork.

 

He was a charter member of the Jolly Trailriders Saddle Club and a member of the NRA. He loved being with and spending time with his family. He enjoyed raising and training horses, camping by horseback, trail riding and singing around the campfire.

 

He is survived by 7 children, John (Darlene) Lossing of Cook, MN, Helen “Babe” (Sonny) Lahr of Blackduck, MN, Dan (Gaye) Lossing of Gilbert, MN, Randy (Dana) Lossing of Virginia, MN, Floyd (Gail) Lossing of Blackduck, MN, Dixie (“Corky”) Wirkus of Blackduck, MN and Rex (Chris) Lossing of Blackduck, MN; 28 grandchildren; many great-grand-children; a sister, Grace (Bernie) Wahlert of Minneapolis, MN; a brother, Wallace “Wally” Lossing of Virginia and numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Lossing on February 12, 2009; a son, James Robert Lossing; a grandson, Shawn Michael Lossing and 8 brothers and sisters.

 

 

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Arlene Faye (Cin) Wolpern, age  60, of Jordan,  passed away after  a courageous  battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

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Arlene was born on February 5, 1953 in Cook, MN, to Faye (Collins) and John Cin. She grew up in Cook, lived in Belle Plaine and then settled in Jordan.

 

On July 19, 1980, she married Roger Wolpern. She enjoyed her two children, her six grandchildren, scrapbooking, the outdoors and her beloved dogs.

 

Arlene is survived by her husband, Roger, of Jordan; son, Bruce Peltonen, Belle Plaine; daughter and son-in-law, Brandt and Brenda (Peltonen) Vinkemeier, Belle Plaine; grandchildren, Christina (Drew) Reed, Darian Vinkemeier, Jacob Vinkemeier, Justin Vinkemeir, Cody (Janessa) Peltonen and Krista Peltonen; brothers, John (Diane) Cin, Cook, Alvin (Judy) Cin, Blaine; sister, Sherryl (Bill) Lewis, Bloomington; her beloved Boston Terrier, Lulu Belle; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by parents, John and Faye (Collins) Cin and her parents-in-law, Jack and Jeanette Wolpern and brother-in-law, Gary Wolpern.

 

Memorial service will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Wagner Funeral Home of Jordan, MN, at 12:00 p.m., with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service with a luncheon immediately following at the funeral home. There will be a private family burial at a later date. 

 

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Barbara A. (Dudgeon) Lundgren, 83, of Virginia, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Guardian Angels in Hibbing.

 

Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Range Funeral Home in Virginia at 2:00 PM with visitation starting at 1:30 PM. Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church Cook-Landscape Fund. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com

 

Barbra Ann Lundgren was born December 23, 1930 in Brainerd MN to Hugh and Irene (Olson) Dudgeon. She was united in marriage to Sulo Lundgren on March 15, 1952 in Pequot Lakes. She was part of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Silver Bay. Barbara enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Lake Vermilion, where she fished, entertained, picked berries and was a marvelous cook. She loved animals, had a great sense of humor and was very family oriented.

 

Barbra is survived by: Sister: Pat (Frank) Frol of Virginia Brother: Lee (Mary) Dudgeon of Cross Lake Grandsons: Drew (Carolyn) Holm of St. Paul Riley (Stephanie Hashey) Holm of Virginia Great-Granddaughter: Alexandra Holm; Kyle, Lillly, and Megan Hashey

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sulo Lundgren in 1989; daughter, Donna (Richie) Holm of Cook in 2012; son, David Lundgren in 1955.

 

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Regina D. “Reggie” Johnson 89 of the Twin Cities formerly of McGregor died Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society Care Center in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Reggie was born January 26, 1924 on a farm in rural Gays Mills, Wisconsin to Donald and Mary (Craig) McFarland. She was a graduate of Soldiers Grove High School in 1941 and later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended art school and worked at various jobs. She married Warren Johnson on July 14, 1956 in Milwaukee and then resided in McGregor.

During her years in McGregor she worked for a time as a Postal Clerk for the McGregor Post Office and also ran the Rainbow Cabin and trailer Court in McGregor with her husband. Reggie also reported the McGregor News for the Aitkin Independent Age and later for the McGregor Pilot Review prior to her move to the Twin Cities. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor and served on the Parish Altar Society as well as the Church Council. In addition she was a past member of the Larson-Deneen VFW Post 2747 Ladies Auxiliary and past chairwoman of the Aitkin County Republican Party.

Regina is survived by three sons and daughters in law: Nevin (Marcella) Johnson of Bloomington, Mn.; Timothy (Debra) Johnson of Cook, Mn.; Theodore (Karen) Johnson of Inver Grove Heights, Mn.; Grandchildren: Jacob, Kendra, Bailey, Nicholas, Bernie Mae, and Isabella Rose; one brother: Donald McFarland of Sun City, Az.; two sisters: Eileen (William) Pickrum of Tinley Park, Il.; and Joyce (John) Luster of Prairie Du Chien, Wi.

Regina was preceded in death by her husband Warren in 1987; father Donald in 1962; mother Mary in 1988, Sister Rita and four brothers Beuford (Bud), William, John and Leo McFarland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday January 25, 2014 at 11 AM with a prayers and eulogies at 10:45 AM from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor. Visitation will be from 9 AM until 10:45 AM. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery at McGregor. Arrangements are with the McGregor Funeral Home. www.srtfuneral.com.

Tim Johnson is the State Farm Agent in Cook.

 

 

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Donald G. Bachel, 61, of Kinney, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Range Fairview in Hibbing. Services will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Our Lady of Sacred Heart Church in Buhl at 1:00 PM with visitation starting at 11:00 AM. Fr. Method will officiate. Burial will be at Buhl Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com .

 

Donald George Bachel was born January 4th, 1953 in Cook MN to Donald & Angella (Spychalla) Bachel. He attended and graduated from Cook High School in 1971. Don married his friend and soul mate Deb Marks on June 17, 1972. Don and Deb resided in Kinney, where they raised their daughters Karla and Kelly. In High School, Don was an Apprentice Butcher for the Big Dollar Store in Cook. In 1972, Don began working for Rhude & Fryberger Iron Ore Mining Company of Hibbing, until mining operations ceased. He then was employed for Electric Power Door of Hibbing until present time.

 

Beginning in his youth, Don was an avid outdoors men and hunter. This transitioned him to become a Lifetime Member of the MN Deer Hunters Assoc. For the last 9 years, has held the office of President of the MDHA Sturgeon River Chapter. Don truly believed that youth should be given the opportunities to experience the outdoors as he did. His involvement with the local school archery programs and youth activities showed his passion for kids to succeed. He held membership with the NWTF Tall Timber Toms of Cook. Don also took civic duties as past fire chief and retired member of the Kinney Great Scott Fire Dept. He served the City of Kinney for over 25 plus years as a city councilmen. Don was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, Buhl and the Buhl Knights of Columbus.

 

He is survived by wife Debra of Kinney. Daughter Karla (Bobby) Kintner of Parkville. His hunting partners & pride and joys, grandsons Casey John Kintner and Riley Donald Kintner. Aunts Gen Bodin, Rita (Herb) Cheney-Hutton, and Irene Doroff. Sisters and Brothers in Laws; Betty & Larry Cipperly Andover, Denny & Sharon Marks Buhl, Dick & Donna Marks Side Lake, Tom & Sue Marks Eveleth, Ron Marks Britt, and John Huffman Lindstrom. All his special nieces and nephews, Great nieces & nephews, and Great great nieces & nephew. And his grand dog "Charlie".

 

He was proceeded in death by his parents Donald and Angella Bachel, his daughter Kelly Bachel, sisters Mary Ann Cheney-Kanian and Donna Huffman, father and mother in law Carl and Kay Marks, along with other extended family.

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Larry D. Fiskari, 64,  of Cook, passed away unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Thursday, January 9, 2014.

 

Larry was born on April 5, 1949 in Virginia, the son of John and Vivian (Shockley) Fiskari. He grew up in the Cook area where he attended school. He logged off and on for almost 30 years, working for contractors Vic Zgaynor Logging, George Luecken Logging, and Dick Olson Logging. He did maintenance and lawn care for several years at the Cook Cemetery. He also did some demolition work on the side. Larry lived in Field Township since 1992 with his life partner, Cindy Egl.  Larry and Cindy raised Pug’s at their home under the business Diamond Willow Pug’s.  Larry liked working on cars, doing carpentry work, and was known for being quite the handyman in carpentry and mechanics. He was well known and will be forever remembered by his quick smile and hearty laugh.

 

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by life partner, Cindy Egl on October 29, 2008. 

 

Larry is survived by 1-son, Jonathan Fiskari of Bagley; 2-daughters Linnea and Larissa Fiskari, both of Duluth.; 3-brothers Tex Teters of Coon Rapids, Dale (Kathy) Fiskari of Cook  and Dallas Fiskari of McKinley.; 1-sister Darlene (Donald) Beltrand of St. Joseph, MN ; 5- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 

SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be held one hour prior to the services. Rev. Joey “pj” Bailey will be the officiant. A reception in Larry’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW immediately after the service. 

 

 

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Roy D. Seopa, 88, Minneapolis, formerly of Togo, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Augustana Health Care Center in Minneapolis

 

Roy was born on April 6, 1925 in Chisholm, the son of Mike and Edna (Jacobson) Seopa Roy grew up in Togo and graduated from Grand Rapids High School.  He served his country in the Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.  He worked for Reserve Mining Co for several years. Roy learned machinist skills while in the service and worked for different companies  in several states, including Minnesota.  His job as a machinist also took him to Greenland and the Marshall Islands. He lived in Minneapolis for over 40 years, retiring as a machinist for the  Honeywell Corporation in Minneapolis after many years of dedicated service.   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, long walks and long drives in his car.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by siblings: Gordon (2000), Jack (2012), Irene Tammi (1974), a sister in infancy; brothers-in-law, Bill Tammi (2014), Leon Sandberg (2011), Bob Percy (1990); and sister-in-law Meg Fox (2007). 

 

Roy is survived by 1 brother Glen (Rita Brabec) Seopa of Cook; 4 sisters,  Evelyn Sandberg of Bear River, Elaine (Jim) Hendy of Buhl, Carolyn (Wally) Fendt of Ely and Gloria Percy of Casa Grande, AZ; a sister in law, Barb Seopa of Bear River; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 Saturday (Feb. 1st) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, where a gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Bruce Hannem 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. Immediately following the funeral service, a reception in Roy’s honor will be held at the Cook VFW.  Spring interment will be in the family lot in the Chisholm Cemetery.    

 

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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