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Eugene M. Kantola, 85, Cook, passed away peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cook, with the  family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.  A full obituary will appear later.

 
 

Jack W. Snell, 52, Cook, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 at home.

 

SERVICES:  Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at  the funeral home. 

 

He was born on July 16, 1956, at Cook, to Elmer and Marjorie (Bolster) Snell.  Jack was a lifelong resident of the Cook area, graduating from Cook High School in 1974.  He worked for Vermilion Construction of Cook for 23 years.   Jack was a consummate fur trapper, welder and fabricator, and heavy equipment operator.  He was a proud member of the NRA, and an avid gun enthusiast.   He liked shooting, hunting, fishing and winter spear fishing,  along  with fixing the world’s problems with his buddies at “Jack’s Shop.”

 

He was truly a Jack of all trades and built his home on Lake Vermilion with his life partner Vicki.  Together they raised their son Dan at their island home.

 

He is survived by his life partner, Vicki Woolverton of Lake Vermilion-Cook; one son, Daniel Snell of Lake Vermilion-Cook; one brother, Donald (Donna) Snell of Loveland, CO.; one sister, Shirley Storm of St. Paul; one brother-in-law, Merwyn Mesta of Virginia; along with nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Elmer in 1978, mother, Marjorie in 2007, and a sister, Carolyn Metsa in 2005.

 

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Nancy A. Harrom, COOK: Memorial services for Nancy Harrom, 53, of Cook, are pending with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Nancy passed away Saturday, December 13, 2008, after a lengthy illness. 

 

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Michael E. Morley, TOWER: Memorial Mass for Michael E. Morley, 62, Tower, is set for 11:00 AM Wednesday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower.  Michael  passed away unexpectedly at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth on Friday, December 12, 2008.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

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William Robert Nieters Sr., 73, of Angora,  passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2008, at St. Michael’s Health and  Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. 

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM  Tuesday  at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. Pastor Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  Spring interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

He was born at Madera, California on July 11, 1935, to William and Charlotte (Caswell) Nieters.  He moved with his family to Field Township, where he grew up, graduating from Cook High School in 1953.  In high school, Bill was active in FFA, and was state champion in an electrical project.  For a time he worked in the mines, then enlisted in the Army, trained stateside, then served in Manheim, Germany, where he was a battery clerk and tank mechanic. After his honorable discharge he completed the electrical course at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.  During his last year of school there, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Sorokie at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook on October 11, 1958.  The couple lived in Minneapolis for a time, then bought their property in Angora in 1968, moving there in 1969, where they raised their family and have since resided.  Bill was a faithful active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango,  had  served on the church council including serving as its president, along with teaching  Sunday school and confirmation classes.  He was a longtime electrician and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, working for the Electrical Union #292 in Minneapolis, then the Electrical Union #294 out of Hibbing.

 

Bill loved hunting, especially deer hunting, was an avid fisherman, and had a deep appreciation for the  outdoors, and was skilled at woodworking.   He enjoyed the work and chores on his farm, where he  grew beef cattle, grains,  hayed and logged.  He had a passion for tractors and took pride in the ones he rebuilt. He had a natural talent for mechanics and metal working, both in fabrication and repair.  He rebuilt a  tattered sawmill and milled lumber for family and friends, along with cutting firewood. Bill enjoyed life, family and being an electrician. 

 

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marilyn; 2 sons, William R. (Laurie) Nieters Jr. of Britt and James A. Nieters of Angora; 3 sisters, Jane (David) Olson of Sequim, Wash., Carol Raushel of Chisholm and Norma (Robert) Thomas of Cook; 2 Grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeremy) Scofield of Orr and Ryan W. Nieters of Britt, one Great Granddaughter, Merilee A. Scofield, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by one son, Jon T. Nieters in 1979, his father, William in 1998, his mother Charlotte on May 17,  2008, and one nephew, Steven Olson in 1993

 

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Irma Shapansky, 81, of Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away on Monday, December 8, 2008, at the Cook Hospital after a brief illness.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  If so desired, memorials can be made to: Cook Food Shelf, and mailed to P.O. Box 633, Cook, MN. 55723, in memory of Irma.

 

She was born Irma Eklund on the homestead  at Beatty Township (near Cook) on September 10, 1927, the daughter of Victor and Lyyli (Wuorenaa) Eklund.  She was a lifelong resident of the Cook area, and was affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Church.  In her early years she worked for Sorvari’s Grocery Store, then became part owner of Hill’s Fairway Foods.  She was united in marriage to Fred Shapansky on August 24, 1980 in Beatty Township.  For many years  she worked at the Cook Co-op Grocery Store- as a clerk and later produce manager.  She later also was employed at the Cook IGA, and finally Hill Wood Products, retiring in 1983.  Irma enjoyed fishing, swimming in Lake Vermilion-she taught all her grandchildren how to swim, reading, writing letters, and visiting with family and friends.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She also truly loved her neighbors. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Fred; 1 son, John (Carol) Hill of Cook; 3 daughters, Julie (Greg) Rostvit of Shevlin, MN, Jane Urlaub of White Bear Lake and Jennifer (Johnny Ray) Wilenius of Kettle River,; 15 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Roy S. Hill in 1978, one son, Jay Hill in 1976, one grandson, Derek Wilenius in 1998, and one sister, Irene Sippola Walkkie in 1984. 

 

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FORSLINE, H. GILBERT, 12/15/1925-11/29/2008. Celebration of Life service, Dec. 15, 2008, 6:30 PM at Highland Mortuary, 10201 N. Grant St., Thornton, CO

Gil's wife Doris passed away 15 days after he.......

FORSLINE, DORIS J.
08/04/1926 12/13/2008
A Service in Celebration of their lives together will be held for Gil and Doris on Dec. 15, 2008 at 6:30 PM at Highland Mortuary, 10201 N. Grant St., Thornton, CO.

In Memory of Gil

 

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Theodore Dallas "Ted" Eerdmans, 69, of Cambridge passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2008 at GracePointe Crossing – West.


He was born December 2, 1938 in Pease, Minnesota to Theodore E. and Hazel (Ziedema) Eerdmans. Ted grew up in the Pease area where he attended grade school at the Christian school and graduated from Milaca High School in 1956. After graduation his family moved to Cambridge and Ted began working at Honeywell.


On August 27, 1960 Ted was united in marriage to Nancy Rice at the First Baptist Church in Cambridge. The couple lived in Coon Rapids for five years before returning to Cambridge where they purchased a home and raised their three children. Ted later worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, starting out as a lineman. He worked for the phone company for over thirty years and retired in 1997 as a Qwest central office technician.


In 1977 Ted took a bicycle trip to International Falls and fell in love with bicycle riding, a passion that took him on tours over the entire United States as well as Scandinavia, including an ocean to ocean trip across the U.S.A. Ted was a long time active member of the First Baptist Church in Cambridge, and a member of ROTAS Bike Club. He also enjoyed cross country skiing.


He was preceded in death by his father and is survived by his wife Nancy of Cambridge, children Ned and wife Margie Eerdmans of Fergus Falls, Jill Eerdmans of Preston, Neil and wife Belinda Eerdmans of Champlin, five grandchildren, mother Hazel Eerdmans of Cambridge, brother Robert and wife Ann Eerdmans of Isanti, sisters Marilyn and husband George Ryon of Blaine, Mary Manselle of Annandale, Beth Ann and husband Nathan Dietsche of Eau Claire, WI, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Bob Jonsson officiating.

 

Ted's son Ned was the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cook from 1995 until 2001.

 

Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008

Subject: Ned's dad

Hi Don.  Looks like a tough year for a lot of folks.  My dad died of a very rare neurological illness that kept him bedridden for a year. Ned

 

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Carol Margaret Koivisto, age 75 of Hibbing and formerly of Keewatin and Buck Lake died Sunday, December 7, 2008 in the Grand Village Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. She was born November 30, 1933 in Cooley, MN the daughter of Clarence and Margaret (Johnson) Christian and was a graduate of Nashwauk High School. Carol married Donald J. Koivisto, was a longtime resident of Keewatin, and retired to Buck Lake and Little Torch Key, Florida. She was a homemaker and the bookkeeper for the family business; Koivisto Service Center. Carol attended the Congregation of the Good Shepherd in Keewatin, and was a member of the Hibbing Elks Lodge Auxiliary.

Carol is survived by children: John (Erin) Koivisto of Buck Lake, Kim (Ron) Woodman of Buck Lake, and Tami (Darin) Pohl of Cohasset, MN; grandchildren: Amy Koivisto, Matthew Koivisto, Keith Woodman, Amber (Rob) Goss, Braden Pohl, and Carter Pohl; great-grandchildren: Devin Goss and Sydney Goss; brother: Jim Christian of Montana; sister-in-law: Hazel Savolainen of Chicago and Florida; brother-in-law: Ray Ranta of Cook; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Donald; sisters: Ruby Hoshal and Opal Ranta 80,2008.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2008 in the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel in Hibbing.

Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. To share a personal remembrance of Carol online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com .

 

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Mary Ann Luecken, 68, Gheen, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2008, at her home.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, (December 3rd) at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant. Visitation will be  from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral  Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the Church.   The casket bearers will be  David Udovich, Steven Udovich, Derek Udovich, Jeremy Luecken, Jeff Klemmer and Dr. Harold Johnston.  The honorary bearers will be Cassie Luecken, Becky Luecken, Michaela Luecken, Racheal Volkey and Debbie Rush.   Interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney.

 

She was born Mary Ann Hoover on February 12, 1940, at Niagara Falls, New York, to  Howard and Madelyn (Duker) Hoover.  She grew up in St. Paul, then moved with her family to North St. Paul.  She was united in marriage to  George J. Luecken in St. Paul on May 6, 1961.   They resided in the Twin Cities area, and in 1971  moved to Gheen.  She was a longtime dedicated homemaker. For many years she  worked with her husband in the Luecken Logging business, along with raising beef cattle and helping maintain their farm.  In later years, her battle with arthritis limited  her mobility.  She was  a big fan of country music, attending numerous well known country star concerts, and meeting many of the performing artists.   She was an enthusiastic loyal Twins fan and also enjoyed reading.  Mary Ann was talented at photography, taking a variety of pictures of scenery, animals, and the outdoors.

 

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, George; a daughter, Carol (David) Udovich of Gheen; a son, Donnie (Becky) Luecken of Gheen; 2 sisters: Linda Klemmer of White Bear Lake, and Lori (Greg) Salay of Coon Rapids; 6 Grandchildren: Steven & Derek Udovich, Jeremy & Cassandra Luecken, Michaela Luecken and Rachael Volkey; and soon to be  Great Granddaughter, due in March;  along with special nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Christopher Luecken on Nov. 10, 2006, and a brother-in-law, Roger Klemmer on October 18, 1995.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Dorothy L. Waggoner, 93, of Springfield, Mo., passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008, in Primrose Place. She was born on September 11, 1915, to Peter and Jenny Torgerson, and was raised on a farm south of Parshall, North Dakota.

 

She graduated from Central Bible College, in Springfield, Missouri, where she met her husband, Donald Waggoner, son of missionaries. They were married on June 29, 1940, and pastored several Assemblies of God churches, as well as pioneered three in North Dakota, until they retired. Dorothy had a gift of hospitality and loved to sew, and play the piano and sing.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents. In addition to her husband, she will be missed by her four children, Helen Sorbo and husband, Roger, Ron Waggoner and wife, Cheryl, Carol Metzger and husband, Al, and Doree Donaldson and husband, Hal; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

Memorial services will be Friday, November 28, 2008, at 11 a.m., in Evangel Temple, 2020 E. Battlefield, Springfield, Mo., with Rev. Charles Arsenault officiating. A funeral service will be in Carrington, N.D., at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2008, with Rev. Marcus Bakke officiating. The family requests memorial donations be made to Convoy of Hope, 330 S. Patterson, Springfield, MO 65802. Online condolences may be made at www.klingner-cope.com.

 

Dorothy's son Ron (Cheryl) Waggoner was the State Farm Agent in Cook for 11 years, 1996-2007 .

 

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Darlene C. Fetzik, 76, of Hibbing, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at the Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born on July 16, 1932, to Carl and Inga (Larson) Johnson in Hibbing. She was a longtime resident of Hibbing. She was employed as an activities coordinator at Golden Crest Nursing Home and Adult Day Care at the Hibbing hospital for 25 years. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, the Hibbing Tourist Center and the Golden Girls Retirement Club.

Darlene volunteered at the Mineview and the Hibbing Hospital. She loved spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren, she enjoyed, knitting, quilting, sewing, conquering crossword puzzles, camping and loved to go fishing.

She is survived by her husband, Jack M. Fetzik, of Hibbing; her five children: Judy (Jerry) Koschak of Hibbing, Jim (Linda) Fetzik of Pengilly, Robert (Jan) Fetzik of Stockton, Calif., Steve (Lorie) Fetzik of Cambridge of Minn., and Michael (Mary Jo) Fetzik of Hibbing;11 grandchildren: Jennifer (John Nosan) Koschak, Ashley Koschak, Andrew Koschak, Dan Fetzik, Joe Fetzik, Nik Fetzik, Patrick Ells, Ethan Ells, David Fetzik, Jacob Fetzik and Lindsey K Fetzik; one great-grandchild, Sydney Hanegmon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Inga (Larson) Johnson; her three sisters: Beatrice Poston, Grace Backstrom and Mildred Schmidtke; her brother, Eugene Johnson; and an infant brother.

Funeral: Services for Darlene will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Dan Smith will officiate.

Visitation: Will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing and will continue for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Burial: Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing.

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

Kathy Leding has lost seven relatives this year

From: Dave Leding

Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Subject: Another Loss in the Family

 

Don,

 

Last Sunday my mother’s Cousin Darlene Fetzik passed away at Miller Dawn in Duluth.  Darlene and her husband Jack lived in Hibbing MN.  So far this year we have lost 7 family members.  It’s time for 2008 to be over.

 

Gas is down to $1.76 a gallon at Costco in Albany, Oregon.

 

Dave 

 

david leding | plant manager

corvallis, oregon
office: 541.917.6313 | fax: 541.917.6239

cell: 541.974.6441
dave.leding@flakeboard.com | www.flakeboard.com

 

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 Teri Rae Brenna, 39, of Virginia, formerly of Cook, passed away at her residence on Friday, November 21, 2008, of natural causes.

 

She was born in Virginia on February 26, 1969, to Clark and Barbara (Schaefer) Brenna.  Teri graduated from the Cook High School in 1987, sang in the high school choir, played in the band, basketball, and participated in summer league  softball.  She worked at the family owned IGA Store in Cook for years, at the Life of Riley Resort on Lake Vermilion, and waitressed at the El Roy Supper Club.  Teri graduated from the Cosmetology Career Center in Virginia, and had resided in Virginia since the late 1980’s.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, where she was baptized and confirmed.  She had a heart of gold and kept her loving personality throughout her disability.  The love and joys  of her life were her family, she kept in constant contact with them. She enjoyed hearing all the stories of her niece and nephews.  Teri would do anything possible to help anyone.  She cherished times spent at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion.  She was great at cross-stitching, and also made baby blankets for her niece and nephews. 

 

She is survived by her parents, Clark and Barbara Brenna of Cook; 2 sisters, Amy Brenna Nelson of Cook and Cindy (Jason) Palm of Cook; 3 special nephews and 1 niece: Gunnar and Olin Nelson, and Kayla and Nathan Palm; special uncle Ron (Marlene) Schaefer of Grand Rapids, MN, numerous loving cousins; and of course her special beloved companion, her cat  of 13 years, “Squeeker.”

 

SERVICES:  Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.  The honorary bearers will be: Jason Palm, Jerry Schaefer, Gunnar Nelson, Olin Nelson, Kayla Palm and Nathan Palm.  Spring interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery of Angora.  Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

In Memory of Terri

 

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Roy J. Aker, 53, Orr, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Thursday, November 20, 2008.

 

Roy was born at Brainerd on October 16, 1955, the son of James and Janet (Schanus) Aker.  Roy grew up in Isle, moved to Orr in 1972, where his father  Jim served as a game warden.   Roy graduated from Orr High School.  He had worked at Franks Marine for 37 years, first as a  teenager, then becoming a master technician, and part owner. He truly loved and appreciated the outdoors.  He enjoyed the many times hunting and fishing with his brothers and friends, which included bagging two deer this season.  He especially liked the big water fishing of Lake Lac La Croix and Namakan.    Roy was a gifted craftsman who not only built his own home but could fix or fabricate anything that was needed.   He had a big, caring heart and was always more than willing to help in any  way.  Earlier he had enjoyed snowmobiling, and  expertly took care of the repair and maintenance of the trail groomer.  He was a devoted and loving father, and will be truly missed the by many who have come to know him.

 

He is survived by his mother, Janet Aker or Orr; 2 sons, Roy Aker Jr. and Joseph Aker, both of Chisholm; his companion and mother of his children, Virginia Roethler of Chisholm; 3 brothers, Michael (Diane Debella) Aker of Akley, MN, James (Robin) Aker of Orr and Patrick (Angel) Aker of Orr; 1 sister, Jan Aker of Crane Lake; and 1 nephew, Ryan Aker of Virginia, along with many, many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, James A. Aker on August 28, 1976.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday (Nov. 24th) at the Orr American Legion. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.    Spring interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Eleanor Aila Aysta, 86, of Pike died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at the Virginia Convalescent Center.

Eleanor was born on April 6, 1919, to Oscar and Lydia (Paavala) Linnae in Aurora. She grew up and attended schools in Duluth and Aurora graduating from Aurora High School. On April 24, 1942, she married Melvin Arnold Aysta in Chisholm. Following the marriage they lived in Pike Township. Eleanor and her husband were co-founders of Aysta Dairy in 1946.

She was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Virginia, The Eastern Star of Tower and Pike Sandy Women’s Club. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and taking care of her family.

She is survived by children, John (Barb Holm) Aysta of Pike, Paul (Rebecca) of Pike, Gary Aysta of Virginia, Janet (Eugene) Horoshak of Virginia; 10 grandchildren, Bethany (Kent) Timm, Kristen (John) Mason, Mark (Trina) Aysta, Shanyn (Steve) Isaac, Nathan (Michele) Aysta, Douglas Aysta and Jen, Robert Aysta, Jon Ludlow and Kelly, Shelley (Derek) Aho, Lindsey (Brian) Baldwin; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Melvin; grandson Joseph; parents; and three sisters and one brother.

 

Services will be at the Range Funeral Home of Virginia, at 10 a.m. Friday with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Burial will be in East Pike Cemetery.

 

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Gordon Clifford Adams Sr., 78, of Eveleth, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008, at his residence in Eveleth.

Gordon married Martha Jane Burnside on June 6, 1953. Following his marriage, they made their home in Orr, and later moved to Nett Lake in 1967. Gordon worked in various sawmills throughout his life, retiring in 1995. He was very traditional in his ways. He was a devoted father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by children, Norm (Jeannie) Adams of Embarrass, Gordon Jr. (Patsy) Adams of Nett Lake, Vern (Cynthia) Adams of Eveleth, Randy Adams of Hoyt Lakes, Robert Adams of Chisholm, Sherrie (Bill) Laitinen of Chisholm, Leslie Adams of Chisholm; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Mabel Lyons, Kathleen Adams, Gladys Guimond and Jim Windigo.

He was preceded in death by wife, Martha; parents, Alice and Robert; sons, Lorne, Lester and William; daughters, Mary and Carlene; brothers, Percy, Alan and Joseph; and sister, Mary Julia.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Nett Lake Tribal Center. Visitation will be at 5 p.m. today at the Nett Lake Tribal Center.

 

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Roger Peter Stewart, 77, of Homosassa, Florida passed away November 15, 2008. He was born September 15, 1931, in Tielt, Belgium.

 

He was former owner and operator of R & J Family Restaurant in Cook, Minnesota. He moved to Homosassa 12 years ago from Cook, Minnesota.

 

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Stewart of Homosassa, two children, Kevin Stewart and his wife Lisa of Homosassa, and Ron Stewart of Oregon, two brothers, Josef Steyaert of Belgium and Paul Steyaert of Ireland, one sister, Margaret Hallahan of Colorado, five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Frederick & Maria Steyaert and his brother, George Steyaert.

 

The family will receive friends on Tuesday November 18th, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Homosassa Chapel of Hooper Funeral Home with services starting at 1:30  pm.

 

Joanne’s address is 6620 West Rosedale, Homosassa, FL 34448.  Her email is rogjo@ yahoo.com

 

In memory of Roger

 

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Russell “Russ” Pascuzzi, 82, of Cook, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Monday, November 10, 2008. 

 

He was born in Hibbing on April 11, 1926, to Tony and Rose (Mancuso) Pascuzzi. He grew up in Kitzville and worked at the former J & L Mine, also working independently completing numerous construction and landscaping projects in the Hibbing area. He married Elizabeth “Betty”” Helstrom on April 12, 1947 in Hibbing.  They lived in Kitzville after their marriage, and in 1965, Russ and his brother-in-law Mike Picek bought the Pure Oil station and bulk oil business in Cook, renaming it Russ and Mike’s Pure Service.  Russ and Betty & Mike and Donna Picek had a wonderful partnership in business and family relations.  In 1977, Russ and Mike purchased the Hokkanen hardware store in Cook, and called it R & M Hardware and Russ operated it.  In 1988, Russ retired to spend more time with Betty during her illness.  Later, along with the Albertsons, they became owners of the Country Supper Club for a number of years.  Russ was a dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, served on the church council, and was head usher for nearly 40 years.  He was instrumental in the formation of the Cook Lions Club in the 1970’s.   He was the Lions’ well known cook for his spaghetti at area fundraisers. He worked tirelessly at making the Lions Million Dollar yard sale a big success, and due to his dedication with the Lions, earned the prestigious Melvin Jones Award.  He served on the Cook City Council, the Cook Chamber of Commerce- which he proudly helped provide the annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children. He also was a member of the Cook Hospital Board and volunteered as a cook at the well attended annual Thanksgiving dinner-along with being the official “taste tester”.  He was a longtime committed member and advocate to the DFL Party, and let everyone know that he was “numero-uno” because of his (proud) Italian heritage. Of all his accomplishments, his family was most important, and he especially cherished his grandchildren, and followed all their endeavors.

 

He was an enthusiastic gardener, avid sports fan, and was passionate about cooking – and was known for his homemade spaghetti sauce (a recipe he never shared.)  He enjoyed card games, picking berries and hazel nuts – and taught family how to process them. Earlier he had enjoyed hunting, fishing and coin collecting.  In his latter years, he looked forward to helping Diane ready her greenhouse for the season. He was a regular at the coffee klatch at the Montana Café, meeting 6 days a week, discussing their solutions for the local and world problems.  Russ loved people and conversation. He had a great sense of humor, and will be missed, but not forgotten.

 

He is survived by a son, Mark (Diane) Pascuzzi of Cook; a daughter, Debbie (Adrienne Kleiman) Pascuzzi of Placitas, New Mexico; a brother, Philip (Arlene) Pascuzzi of Kitzville; 2 Grandchildren: Tony (Amanda) Pascuzzi of Hugo, MN and Gina (fiancé Justin Nukala) of Duluth; a great granddaughter, Isabel Rose Pascuzzi; special friend, Marguerite Eyer of Lake Vermilion-Cook; along with many special nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. 

 

He is preceded in death by his wife Betty of nearly 47 years on January 15, 1994; his mother, Rose Trombley in 2001; father Tony Pascuzzi in 1930; and a sister, Theresa Montcalm in 2004.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  The soloist will be Amanda Pascuzzi, and Bailey Conger the pianist.  The casket bearers will be: Mike Picek, Dominic Elioff, Angelo Paolo, John Musech, Gary Albertson, Don Simonson and Carl Lindgren. The honorary bearers will be: Philip Pascuzzi, Lloyd Gustafson, Lee Gustafson, Rev. Frank Ehling, Lawrence Gustafson, Doug Johnson and John ZweigInterment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

In Memory of Russell

 

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Richard “Dick” Lilya, SOUDAN: Funeral services for Richard Lilya, 76, Soudan are pending with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. He passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday Nov. 10, 2008.

 

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Judy Ursala (Zelesnikar) Nivala, 63, of Eveleth died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 at her residence.

She was born March 16, 1945 in Eveleth to Edward and Angeline (Klobuchar) Zelesnikar. Judy was a beautician for many years until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time at the cabin on Lake Vermilion, crafting, shopping, going to the casino and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Tracey Voss (Kevin Sleen) of Gilbert, Cory (Terry) Fultz of Cook, and Tina (Phil) Javinsky of Lino Lakes, Minn.; grandchildren, Rebecca, Paul, Alysha, Randy, Emily, Rachael, Phillip and Dylan; brother, Ed (JoAnn) Zelesnikar, of Eveleth; sister, Jo-Ann Bandelow, of Phoenix, Ariz.; nephews, Freddie Bandelow and Michael Zelesnikar; nieces, Shari Fabig and Cassandra Zelesnikar; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home Chapel in Eveleth, with the Rev. Charles Flynn as officiant. Visitation 6-8 p.m. today and will continue one hour before the service. Interment will be in Eveleth Cemetery

 

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Eva A. Raati, age 101, of Cook formerly of Sturgeon, quickly passed on at the Cook Nursing Home, October 31, 2008. 

 

On February 22, 1907, Eva Agnes (Ketola) Raati was the first born to Finnish immigrants homesteading a 120 acre farm in Sturgeon Township.  She was often asked as to what part of Finland she was born in because she never lost the heavy Suomi accent she acquired as a child.  She was responsible for helping her parents raise her younger siblings, Mary, Art, John, Bill and Ida.  

 

One can still s ee the foundation of the local rural one room school Eva attended, completing the eight grades it offered.  Eva always regretted that her smallest brother, John, while under her care, fell into the muskeg ditch on their walk home one summer day.

 

She married Leonard Raymond Raati, November 18, 1927, and was widowed in 1962. They lived a short time in Duluth during wartime, allowing Leonard to work in the shipyard.  She returned with her family to Sturgeon, where she helped her husband in business with the first garage, welding business, sawmill and lumberyard in the township. 

 

They had five children, Leonard, known as Raymond Raati, Wesley Raati, Delores (Dodi) Bort, Lawrence (Lorny) Raati, and Karen Seiffert. Later, she would manage her sons’ business, La Ray’s Bar, better known unofficially as “Eva’s Tavern” to all of her patrons. 

 

She was an active member of the Sturgeon Homemakers Club, adept in knitting, crocheting, and spinning her own yarn. She enjoyed dogs and children, baking, canning, gardening and picking blueberries. Anyone visiting her would have opportunity to enjoy her culinary of Finnish biscuit or ‘Moyaka’ along with the required cup of coffee and a small treat for dessert.  She helped raise her nephews and enjoyed visits with many of her 16 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, numerous great, great grandchildren, and great, great, great grandchildren.  Eva affectionately shared a birth date and celebrated her last 3 with her great, great, great granddaughter, Kelly, affectionately known  by Eva as her ‘birthday girl’.  She was always able to share the past with anyone who was genuinely interested. 

 

Eva was never afraid to give her opinion on most topics, people, or current events.  Eva lived to be 101, always looking at least 20 years younger with almost equal physical abilities.  She lived through two World Wars and the Great Depression, with many difficulties and triumphs.  When asked, “How do you do it?”, her reply would be, “I have to”.  This may be the secret to her longevity, besides not smoking or drinking.  Eva is preceded in death by all immediate family her parents, John and Amamda, Husband Leonard, Her 5 children: Leonard Raymond, Wesley, Lawrence, Karen and Delores, Sisters; Ida and Mary: Brothers; Bill, John, and Art and her special Friend Edwin Peterson.

 

She is survived by: 16 Grandchildren: Elaine Juntunen, Leonard (Donna) Raati, Ava (Keith) Denardo, Lorrie (Michael) Heinonen, Gordon Raati, Roxanne (William) Wright, Dean (Roberta) Raati, Tammy (Brian) Kari-Ernst, John Bort, Darlene Pliml, Cheryl (Jim) Roby, Jacqueline Scott, Michael Seifert, Daniel (Nancy) Seifert, Patrick Seifert, Mark (Amanda) Seifert 31 Great Grand Children, and Many Great Great and Great Great Great Grand Grand Children. 2 nieces: Henrietta Koski, and Lois Raati. 3 Nephews: James Ketola, Wesley Ketola, and Bill Ketola.

 

Memorial Services well be held on Thursday, November 6, 2008 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Angora at 3:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Joey Bailey and Donna Raati will be officiating. Burial will be in the Alango Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

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Cindy L. Fiskari Igl, 51, Cook, died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

 

She was born Cindy Lee Walker on August 2, 1957, at Crandon, Wisconsin, to Robert H. Walker and Carole Jean Warbritton.   She grew up in Crandon, worked on farms and in a potato warehouse in Wisconsin, then  became a professional house and cabin cleaner, also in Wisconsin.  She  moved to the Bear River-Cook area in the mid 1970’s, and has made her resident in the area since.  She and Larry Fiskari have been life partners since 1992, settling on the family homestead in Field Township.  Her special interests were all types of gardening.  She had abundant vegetable gardens also loved making and keeping up rock gardens.  She was known for her raising pugs and their puppies, and maintained a website for them. She was a great cook and baker, and enjoyed canning the produce from her garden. Cindy was also ready to help anyone, in anyway. She was a grounds keeper at the Cook Community Cemetery for 7 years.   She liked the old country music and old rock music, of which she called “happy music.”  Her other interests including watching educational T.V., especially the History Channel and National Geographic, along with any channel that featured animals or gardening.    Larry said she was “the nicest, most hardworking person he’s ever known, along with being the best partner.”

 

She is survived by her husband, Larry Fiskari; 3 brothers, Charles “Buck” (Dawn) Walker of Gheen, Robert “Joe” (Tina Lokken) Walker of Cook and Irving D. Dutton II. of Hibbing; a sister, Gloria (Ed) Dutton of Crandon, Wis.; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her father Robert H. Walker; mother Carol Warbritton  Dutton on May 7, 2005; and a sister, Gail Walker on Jan. 20, 2008

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Two special guitar solos will be played by Cindy’s brother, Joe Walker.

 
 
 

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Ronald John Alto age 75 formerly of Anoka and Alango, MN died on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at his home on Bay Lake.  He was born the son of John and Melia (Nukala) Alto on November 3, 1932 in Korvan Kula in St. Louis County, MN.  He graduated from Alango High School in 1950.  After high school Ronald worked as a mechanic and worked in the mines as a welder.  He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955.

 

On April 13, 1956, he married Barbara Jean Collins in Waynesville, Missouri.  The couple lived in Alango until 1962, then they moved to Anoka.  Ronald worked as a builder/carpenter and a contractor in the area.  He was a member of Elim Baptist Church and was very active in the Boys Brigade and went on short-term mission trips to Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador and Ukraine.  For the last six years he spent his winters in Clermont, Florida and his summers at Bay Lake near Deerwood, MN.  Ronald enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

 

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Arnold Alto; nephew, Nathan Alto; step-father, Toivo Maki; step-brother and wife, Donald and Faye Rautio.  Ronald is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Alto; children, Roni (Robin) Giachetti of Clermont, FL, Connie (Brad) Peterson of Big Lake, MN, John Alto of Andover, MN, Tomas (Anita) Alto of Minneola, FL; James (Megan) Logan McIntosh of Ramsey, MN; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 1 great great- grandchild; brother, Erland (Joyce) Alto of Nevis, MN; sister, Nancy (Elof) Olson of Grantsburg, WI and many nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 11:00 am at Elim Baptist Church in Anoka.  A memorial visitation will be held from 10-11 am before the service at the church. 

 

Memorials are preferred to Gideon’s or MBC Ukrainian Ministries.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of Hudson.

 

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Tara (Cave) Knutson, 36, Cloquet, formerly of Cook, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, October 21, 2008.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Randy Swenson will be the officiant.  The soloist will be Kathy Forsline and the pianist Pam Ruuska.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. 

 

Tara Louise Cave was born in Virginia on March 10, 1972, the daughter of Gerald and Lucy (Gunderson) Cave.  She grew up in Cook, graduating from Cook High School in 1990.  She was a member of the High School Choir, earning a trip to state competition.  She was also a member of the cheerleading squad. She graduated from St. Scholastica as a Registered Nurse, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree.  Tara was employed as a public nurse in Lakeville, MN, then in obstetrics in the maternity ward at a hospital in Colorado, then later returned to Cook, where she worked for United Health Care.   She moved to Cloquet about a year ago, where she took a position at Banker’s Life and Casualty Company, specializing in Long Term Health Care.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, and attended Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle while living in Cloquet. She enjoyed singing with the worship team, at both churches. She loved to travel, enjoyed scrap booking and down hill skiing. However, her greatest joys were times spent with her daughter, Kaitlyn.  She was blessed with a strong Christian faith and a commitment to her family.

 

She is survived by a daughter, Kaitlyn Knutson of Cloquet; her parents, Jerry and Lucy Cave of Cook; a brother, Shawn (Heather) Cave of Yosemite, Calif.; a sister, Melissa Cave of Cook; paternal grandfather, Norman Cave Sr. of Cook; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many good friends.

 

She is preceded in death by grandparents: Ilah Cave, Mavis Meyers, and Allan Gunderson .

 

 

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Bonnie J. Mellak, 73, of Virginia, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008, at Washington Manor in Virginia.

Bonnie June Mellak was born June 4, 1935, to John and Lillian (Hoffer) Burnett. Bonnie graduated from Virginia high school. After school, she worked for the shirt factory and as a secretary for Dr. Abate. Bonnie became a homemaker after marrying Michael Mellak on Dec. 10, 1960, in Virginia. Bonnie also worked as a lunch lady for James Madison and Parkview Elementary schools. Bonnie enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and spending time with her family. She was a very loving mother and friend. Bonnie will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Surviving are her daughter, Trudi Mellak of Virginia; grandson, Michael Claviter of Virginia; mother, Lillian Burnett of Virginia; nephew, John (Patti) Burnett of Virginia; and special friends, Barbara Christenson, Nancy Mihm, Arlene Tveit, and Betty Hauta.

She was preceded in death by her father, John; husband, Michael; daughter, Kristi 24, 1989; brother, Gary 59, 1988; and faithful companion, Champ.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Nathan Williams will officiate. Arrangements are made with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia

 

Bonnie's husband Mickey Mellak was a 1955 graduate of the Cook High School. Mickey was 64 years old when he passed away on April 8, 2000 as his airplane crashed northeast of Virginia.

 

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Lillian Viola Anthony, age 79, of Chisholm, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at Cornerstone Villa in Buhl.

She was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Cook to Axel and Ester (Jacobson) Anderson. She was a 1945 graduate of Cook High School. She grew up in Cook and had been a Chisholm resident since 1955. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Chisholm.

Survivors include her children, Loretta Erickson of Buhl, Colleen Anthony of Chisholm and Peter L. (Donna) Anthony of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Jamie Moberg, David Erickson, Julie Whitlock, Andy Erickson, Peter Anthony and Jake Anthony; five great-grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Peter on Nov. 20, 1997; an infant son, Tom; brother, Albert Anderson; and sister, Louise Roketa.

 

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel in Chisholm with the Rev. Dan Erickson of Chisholm Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.

 

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Emma Helen Joki, 80 of Esko, died Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in Scanlon, Minn.

She was born on 03 January 1928 in Greaney, the daughter of Floryan and Frances Udovich. Emma was a 1946 graduate of Orr High School. She married Weikko Joki on June 23, 1951, in Greaney.

Emma worked as a bookkeeper for Arrowhead Creamery/AMPI in Duluth, retiring in 1981 after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Teamsters, Teamsters Retiree Group and served as the treasurer and was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Carlton, where she was a member of the finance committee. Emma enjoyed gardening, baking, canning, volunteering at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton and was a lifelong polka dancer. She was very close to her family, nieces, nephews and godchildren and will be fondly remembered for always having the family Christmas at her home and being a wonderful hostess for the event.

Emma is survived by her husband, Weikko of Scanlon; her son, Errol (Joy) Joki of St. Paul; a brother, William Udovich of Concord, N.C.; a sister, Rose Godec-Bertnick of Chisholm; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, LouAnn Joki, in 1978; five brothers, Frank, Louis, Ed, Albin and Algott Udovich and three sisters, Ann Starich, Josephine Benko and Julia Maki.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. with a 6 p.m. wake service Sunday, Oct. 19, in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. Visitation will continue Monday, Oct. 20, from 9:30 until the 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis Catholic Church, Carlton. Private family burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church or the charity of donor’s choice. To sign the online guestbook, see www.northlandfuneralhome.com.

 

Nephews and nieces are: Bill Benko of Cook, Frank, Mark and Dan Udovich of Greaney and Betty Lundin of Orr

 

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Anthony A. Ulicsni, 84, of Virginia died Monday, Oct. 13, 2008 at his home.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1924 in Parkville to Joseph and Leona (Bochna) Ulicsni and grew up there. He had been a Virginia resident since 1960.

Tony was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 and LaSociete des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux, both of Virginia. He retired as a dispatcher from Century-Mathews Motor Freight of Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Betty, of Virginia; eight children, Toni (Thomas) Swanson of Angora, Claudell Gundstrom of Mountain Iron, Diane Ulicsni of Wilsonville, Ore., Judy (Clifford) Erickson of Ogilvie, Minn., Lawrence (Mary Beth) Hunsinger of Champlin, Minn., Peggy (Conrad) O’Connell of Mundelein, Ill., Wallace (Sheri) Hunsinger of Paris, Ky. and Jeffrey (Gina) Hunsinger of Grand Blanc, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Lorraine Ulicsni; three brothers, John, Joseph and Michael; and five sisters, Mary, Sophie, Rose, Leona and Ann.


Memorial Mass 1 p.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, St. John’s Chapel in Virginia with the Rev. Fr. John O’Donnell as celebrant. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Military rites will be accorded by the Virginia Servicemen’s Honor Guard. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

 

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Clifford Wayne Leinonen, 61, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008, at his residence in Virginia.

Clifford was born Nov. 18, 1946, to Wayne and Eleanor (Juola) in Virginia. Clifford grew up in Alango, attending the Alango and Cook high school with the class of 1967. He moved to Virginia and worked at Virginia Regional Medical Center as a janitor. He moved to Hibbing, and worked at the Kotula junkyard for many years. He retired and moved back to Virginia to be close to his sister and niece and nephew.

Clifford was a very caring and wonderful person. He will be sadly missed.

Surviving are his sister, Carol Carlson of Eveleth; niece, Brittany Anderson of Eveleth; and nephew, Justin Anderson of Eveleth.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne 59, 1970 and Eleanor 68, 1988; and brother, Clarence Leinonen who died on April 10, 2008.

 

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are made with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Clifford's sister Carol graduated from the Cook High School in 1976. She is a long time employee of the Mr. Steak / Grandma's Grille in Virginia.

 

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Marilee Meyer age 67 of Wabeno (Carter) WI, formerly of Racine, WI, died unexpectedly on Sept 28, 2008 at her home. She was born in Balkan Township, MN on July 28, 1941 to the late Albert and Laura (Soderberg) Kmett. She graduated from UW Stout with a degree in Home Economics. It is here where she met her husband, John Meyer, whom she married on Sept 1, 1962.

Marilee was a dedicated homemaker sharing her skills as a seamstress, cook and baker with her family and numerous friends. While taking care of her home and family, she also was a substitute high school teacher for the Racine Unified school district for 33 years. Marilee had numerous other talents and interests which included painting, creating small crafts, playing the piano, gardening, camping, playing cards and crocheting.

She was faith-filled woman participating in several “Walks to Emmaus” and volunteering for a mission project to build a church for the Blackfoot Indians. However, she will be best remembered for her gregarious personality and generous spirit which was expressed by befriending numerous people wherever she lived, sending them birthday cards, carrying on long telephone conversations with them or visiting them when they were sick or living in a nursing home.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John; one son and daughter-in-law, Douglas (Tammy) Meyer, Lakewood, WI; one daughter and son-in-law, Dana (Shawn) Griffin, Liberty Township, OH; one brother, Ronald (Beverly) Kmett, Cook, MN two sisters Sheryl Enrico, Bloomington, MN and Laurel (Doug) Syverson, Blaine, MN; three grandchildren, Alexandra, Katherine and Samuel Griffin, 3 step-grandchildren, Steven, Matthew and Carly Fountain. She is also survived by numerous friends. Marilee was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Arlene Nichols and one brother Alan Kmett.

The visitation is on Sat. Oct 4th at the Bethel Baptist Church, Wabeno at noon until 3:00 p.m. The Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. conducted by Pastor Dennis Larson. Food and fellowship will follow the service in the church basement. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Carter, at a later date. Honoring Marilee as pallbearers are Steve Nichols, Doug Meyer, Bob Nichols, Michael Kmett, Todd Meyer and Danny Meyer and as honorary pallbearer, Samuel Griffin.


The family will share memorials with the Cancer Research Institute and the Disabled American Vets.


Suminski Funeral and Memorial Service, Wabeno, WI is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences to suminskifuneral.com

 

Marilee was a cousin to Bailey (Bill) Conger and Tom Soderberg of Cook. Their father Earl Soderberg was a brother to Merilee's mother.

 

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John Ernst, 69, of Buyck, passed away on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. John was born in Washington, Illinois on July 5, 1939.  He grew up in Washington, where he excelled at football and was a  team member of the Washington Panters when they won the state high school football championship.  After he graduated from high school, he completed  a course at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.  He then served active duty  in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960. John was employed for the Caterpillar company in Peoria, Illinois for 31 years.   He was united in marriage to Linda Wester on July 26, 1971, in Peoria.  They moved to Buyck about 12 years ago.   John was an active member of the Crane Lake Chapel.  His passion was fishing, and he thoroughly enjoyed deer hunting and the outdoors.  He had worked at the Pelican Bay Store in Orr for 12 years, and was known for his sense of humor.   He enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren, and his family fondly recalls his love of cats.    He was a member of the Buyck Volunteer Fire Department, of which he was a past chief, and when in Illinios, was a member of the Germantown  Fire Department. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Linda; 5 children: Gail (Brian) Lindley of Atlanta, GA, Brenda (Bob) Schertz of Metamora, IL, John (Lois) Theien of Canton, IL, Crystal (Doug) Cohen of Glen Cove, NY and James (Tammy) Ernst of Washington, Il; 2 brothers, Joe (Betty) Ernst and James (LaDonna) Ernst, both of Washington, Il., 9 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ellen Ernst.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday (Oct. 8th) at the Orr American Legion.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Ruth Gangloff will be the officiant.   Bill Freeman and Erin Donaldson will each sing, and Julie Huray will provide the accompaniment.   The casket bearers will be: Vic Wester, Phil Wester, Harry Wester,  James Ernst, Joe Ernst and Jim Ernst. Honorary bearers will be the Buyck Volunteer Fire Department and the Germantown (Illinois) Fire Department.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  Inurment will be at a later date  in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook, MN.

 

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Bernice Geraldine (Thomas) Dolin, 97, of Virginia, formerly of St. Paul and Biwabik, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008 at Edgewood Vista in Virginia.

She was born Sept. 6, 1911 in Hibbing to Matthew and Amelia (Phillips) Thomas. Bernice was a graduate of Biwabik High School and later attended Duluth Business College. She returned to Biwabik to work at the Post Office and at the Biwabik Times. She married Leonard Dolin on Nov. 7, 1941.

They resided in St. Paul for many years. Bernice worked as an office administrator for Ellerbe Architects for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Rebeka's.

Survivors include her nephews and nieces, William (Beverly) Norman of Mesa, Ariz., Audrey Jean Hrebal of Minnetonka, B. Geraldine (Jack) Makela of Gilbert, Marlene Kovich of Virginia, Mary Jane Bach of Iron, Steven Thomas of Shoreview, James Thomas of Duluth, Mary E. Nelson of Richfield, Dr. Tom (Mary) Berquist of Florida, Judy (John) Malmberg of Lake Elmo, Shirley (Arnie) Peterson-Dolin of Virginia, Betty Lou Dolin-Bronson of Clarkston, Wash., John (Diane) Dolin of Woodville, Wash., and Bonnie (Mike) Popelka of Chandler, Ariz.; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; siblings, Bill Thomas, Gladys Norman, Adeline Thomas, Clyde Thomas, Steve Thomas, Audrey Berquist and Tom Thomas; and nieces, Yvonne Dolin-Saari and Carol Thomas-Siveny.

 

Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday at Community United Church of Christ in Biwabik with the Rev. Elton Brown officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert. Memorials may be directed to the church or Shriner's Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

 

Bonnie (Dolin) & Mike Popelka were long time teachers at the Cook High School.

 

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Tammy Jean Johnson, 47, Cook, passed away on Wednesday, October First at St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth, with family at her side, after a hard fought journey with breast cancer. 

 

Tammy Jean McCue was born on November 10, 1960, at Cook to Virgil “Squeek” and Carol (Aune) McCue.  She grew up and attended Cook High School.  Growing up in Cook near the hockey ring, Tammy got to be an excellent skater, and her family jokingly recalls her sometime chasing off the hockey players so she could continue her skating.  She was united in marriage to Dale R. Johnson in Cook on June 7, 1986.  Tammy was blessed with a strong Christian faith and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  Above all, she had a deep commitment and love for  her spouse, children, grandchildren and family.  She cherished working with elderly people, and took the time to find the events and family that shaped their lives.  Tammy was a very active advocate for breast cancer awareness and was dedicated member of the Cook cancer support group and the Sand Lake Shuffle.  Her family recalls that the pink cancer  ribbon  emblem always caught her eye, and she bought any item that supported breast cancer  awareness.  She was employed for the Cook Housing Authority for 12 years, becoming its executive director in 2005, a job she appreciated and loved. Tammy will always be remembered for her warm and engaging smile,  tenacious spirit and zest for life. 

 

She is survived by her devoted husband, Dale; a son, Jeffery Erickson of Cook; 2 daughters, Rochelle (Zach) Marconett of Buffalo, MN and Stacey Johnson of Cook;  her parents,  Virgil “Squeek” and Carol McCue of Cook;  2 brothers, Michael (Shona) McCue of Cook and Bob (Fran) McCue of Anchorage, AK; 3 Grandchildren: Mataya and Courtney Hinrichs and Aiden Marconett; her mother-in-law, Ellen Johnson of Greaney; 2 sisters-in-law, Cheryl McCormick of Cook and Diane( Dale) Long of Orr, along with nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. 

 

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Charles ( in 1973) and Aleda (in 1983) McCue and Louis (in 1969) and Alma (in 1967) Aune; father-in-law, Donald Johnson in 2002; and a very special friend, Danna Gustafson in 2006. 

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM Saturday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Cook Community cemetery.

 

In Memory of Tammy

 

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Abelona Carlson, 97, of Virginia, formerly of Cook, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2008, at the Virginia Convalescent Center.

 

She was born  on November 29, 1910, at Enderlin, North Dakota, the daughter of Julius and Pauline (Bauer) Wittliff.  She grew up in Enderlin, where she was united in marriage to Clayton A. Carlson on November 9, 1930.  They moved to Cook in 1944, where they lived for 55 years.   She was employed at the former Hill Box Factory in Cook for over 25 years, along with being a dedicated homemaker. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and the Cook Senior Citizens. She had resided in Virginia since 2000, where she was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church.  Earlier Abelona enjoyed berry picking, embroidering, and needlework. Her family fondly recalls her wonderful homemade bread and as making the best lefsa.  She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother. The past two years she has resided at the Virginia Convalescent Center, and her family wishes to give their heartfelt thanks to the staff  for their wonderful care and kindness given to her.

 

She is survived by 3 daughters, Ardis (Darrel) Sandvig of Moorhead, MN, Diane Maher of Sante Fe, NM, and Karen Carlson of Virginia; 20 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren; a son-in-law, Leonard Rent of Virginia, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clayton on February 29, 1988; a daughter, Dorothy Rent on February 25, 2001;  a son, Darrell Carlson in January  of 1975; a grandson, Clayton Rent in March of  2001; 4 brothers, Edmond, Walter, Lawrence and Raymond Wittliff; and 3 sisters, Elsie Sharbow, Doris Morken, and Meta Svee

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.    If so desired, memorials can be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. 1196, Cook, MN. 55723, in Abelona’s  memory

 

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Carole Jean Metsa, age 60, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, at her residence in Angora, surrounded by her family.

Carole was born to Leland and Ida (Fridberg) Hugger on Dec. 11, 1947, in Hibbing. Carole was raised in Hibbing and graduated from Hibbing High School. She married Roger Metsa on Oct. 6, 1979, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Carole worked as a clerk for UPS until her retirement. Carole enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling to Mexico numerous times and spending time with her friends.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Metsa of Angora; son, Adam (Gretchen) of Buhl; loving granddaughter, Mialynn; mother, Ida E. Saari of Hibbing; brother, Richard (Fawn) Hugger of Claremore, Okla.; stepsister, Sandy Antonelli of Side Lake; stepbrother, Donald Saari of Portsmouth, N.H.; uncles, Avin Hugger of Hibbing and Melvin Mikkola of Hibbing; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Carole was preceded in death by her father, Bud Hugger, in 1961; her sister, Barbara Philips, in 2005; and her stepfather, George Saari, in 1994.

 

Memorial Service will be Saturday, Sept. 27, at 1 P.M. with visitation at noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Angora. The Rev. Joey Bailey will be officiating. Burial will be at the Alango Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia

 

Carole's son Adam graduated from the Cook High School in 1999 and her husband Roger from the Alango School. Roger's parents were Wayne 63, 1983 & Karen 80, 1998 (Silverdahl) Metsa. His siblings are; Ruth & Sulo 61, 1986 Jacobson. John & Luara (Simpson) Metsa, Kathy & Glen Ikola, Gene Metsa

 

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Roy Arthur Nelson, 86, formerly of rural Cook, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

He was born April 24, 1922, in rural Cook, to August and Anna Nelson. As a boy he grew up and attended school in rural Cook, Idington and Angora. He was a World War II veteran, serving with 3rd Infantry Division of the United States Army in campaign battle in Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Italy and in Central Europe. He was a POW in Germany. Following his discharge, he worked in Chicago for a time then moved back to Cook. He helped with the family farm and worked as a logger in the Cook area.

Survivors include his sister, Sylvia Beranek of Cicero, Ill.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alf, Erling and William; and sisters, Signora, Lillian and Astrid.

 

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Brenda Tibbetts, AiM will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Cook Cemetery. The Cook Honor Guard will accord military rites.

 

 

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Winifred “Winnie” L. Johnson, 103, of Cook passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born Winifred Lucille Sundeen in Silverdale on May 20, 1905 to John and Matilda (Albom) Sundeen. She grew up in Silverdale, then lived with her family in Gheen, where she worked at the Gheen General Store and Post Office. She had lived and worked in Duluth, back to Silverdale, and Cusson, then moved to Cook in 1950, where she had resided since. Winnie was a cook at Dr. Heiam’s General Hospital, then was the first cook at the new Cook Community Hospital when it was built in 1959. She also cooked at the early area restaurants including Ardin’s. Her last major cooking job took her to Oslund’s Resort on Crane Lake. She crocheted numerous afghans and quilts for family. Winnie loved traveling to California to see her sister. Her family fondly recalls her early horseback riding days and her love of horses. She had been making her residence at the Cook Nursing Home the past five years.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Jean Antus of Virginia and Sharon (Ted) Melgeorge of Elephant Lake-Orr; a sister, Emma Slater, of Pasadena, Calif.; six grandchildren, Greg (Arlene) Antus, Carl Antus, Geraldine (Jon) Pylka, Carla (Steve) Koch, Susan (David) Anderson and Debra Hartwig; 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Anderson, in 1960; her second husband, Carl O. Johnson, in 1983; two brothers, John and Carl Sundeen; two sisters, Theresa Swanson and Ellen Sundeen (in childhood); and a son-in-law, Gerard Antus, in 1996.
 

Funeral 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Silverdale Cemetery, Silverdale, Minn.

 

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Dr. Albert Patrick Fleury, 62, of Aurora died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

He was born March 17, 1946 in Lewiston, Maine to John and Lucille (Desgroseilliers) Fleury. Following his high school graduation, he earned his doctorate in internal medicine in Paris, France. He practiced medicine in Boston, Wyoming and at the Duluth Clinic-Virginia. He moved to Texas for a short time and returned to the Duluth Clinic. He currently worked for Scenic River Health Services in Cook specializing in internal medicine.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Aurora and especially enjoyed working with his sled dog team.

Survivors include his wife, Arinta; and children, Angelica "Febi" Fleury and Daniel Fleury.

He was preceded in death by his parents.
 

Funeral 1 p.m. Monday in the First Baptist Church in Aurora, with Pastor Karl Helwig officiating. Visitation 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora and will continue for one hour prior to service Monday at the church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora.

 

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Donald “Ole” Abrahamson, 86, Cook, passed away peacefully at the Cook Hospital on Thursday, September 11, 2008.

 

Donald was born on September 6, 1922, the son of Adolph and Hazel (Hanson) Abrahamson. Don grew up in Twig and graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1940. While living in Duluth he worked for the Duluth Steel Plant and Nelson-Peterson Grain Co.  Don was called to serve in the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II., in Rhineland and Central Europe, earning the rank of Staff Sergeant,  honorably discharged  in 1946.   He  was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Johnson on July 6, 1946 in Duluth. The couple then moved to Orr where he worked for Roy Johnson at Johnson’s One Stop for a total of 23 years. Don served as mayor of Orr in the late 1950’s, was a founding member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr and served on the church council in many capacities.  In 1968 Donald and Evelyn purchased  Lammi’s Store, and renamed it Ole’s Food Market.  He was active in scouting and in the formation of Troop 122 of Orr, of  which he received the privileged  Silver Beaver Award.  He was  charter member of the Orr Lions Club,  and  was the recipient of the honored Melvin Jones Fellow Award, and  belonged to the Orr American Legion Post #480.  In 1997 Don and Evelyn moved to Cook where he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served on its council, Cook VFW Post #1757, Cook Lions Club along with volunteering at the Cook Nursing Home. In his spare time Ole loved fishing especially with good friends Gene Hermann and Bob Olson. He enjoyed  working with his hands,  was skilled at woodworking, craft items, and built scale model airplanes from scratch.  He was known for his love of  gardening,  and was an avid walker, often over two miles a day until his legs and knees wouldn’t support him any longer. He was a voracious reader in his later years when physical activity became nearly impossible. Ole enjoyed visiting with friends, telling stories and reciting poems. He was a devoted husband and proud father and a friend to many.  Ole’s family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at the Cook Hospital for their care, support and kindness during his final illness.

 

Donald is survived by his wife of 62 years Evelyn; a son, Kevin of Cook; a grandson, Justin Abrahamson of Gillette Wyoming; a sister Phyllis Pearson of Twig; numerous nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Debbie Lenzen of Cook.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; a step-mother, Lillian Abrahamson; two sons; Donald Abrahamson Jr.,  in 1968, and Larry at child birth; four brothers, Melvin, Harvey, Norman, and Homer Abrahamson; and two sisters, Elna Brown and Iris Renaud.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral home in Cook.

 

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Monday (Sept. 15th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation was from 5 to 7 PM Sunday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a time of sharing memories at 7 PM.   Pastor Melissa Stoller was the officiant.  The singing will be congregational with Bailey Conger providing the accompaniment. The casket bearers were: Gene Hermann,  Rev. Reuben Rosnau,  Jim Hall,  Jerry Myre,  Philip Mlaker, and Tony Vukelich.  Honorary bearers will be Ole’s nieces and nephews. Military Honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and  Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757  Interment was in  Park Hill Cemetery of Duluth.

 

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Patricia A. Huntington,73, of Angora, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born July 31, 1935, in St. Paul, to Carl and Catherine (Ott) Zieman, and grew up there. On Oct. 6, 1956, she married Leonard J. Huntington in St. Paul. They had lived in Hinckley, Minn., from 1968 to 1979, and she had been an Angora resident since 1981. Pat worked as a waitress. Pat was also a heart transplant survivor since 1986.

Survivors include her husband, Leonard of Angora; two sons, Mark Huntington of St. Paul, and Scott (Ophelia) Huntington of Henderson, Nev.; four daughters, Wanda Butler of Virginia, Beth (Dale) Auer of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wendy (Alan) McFerran of Angora, and Carla (Richard) Pocket of Mountain Iron; six grandchildren, Jolene, Emily, Albert, Katie, Joseph, and Andrew; and one great-granddaughter, Kierra Ann Debelak; four sisters; one brother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings.

 

Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook, with the Rev. Reuben Rosnau officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be at 2:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Patricia's daughters Wendy and Carla graduated from the Cook High School in 1983 and 1990.

 

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Vern P. Myers, 61, Angora, passed away at home on September 7, 2008, of natural causes.

 

Private family services will be held at a later date.

 

Vern was born on January 18, 1947, at Mitchell, South Dakota.  He served 6 ½ years in the Army, was a tank commander in Vietman, receiving the Purple Heart, along with the Silver and Bronze Star.   He married Barbara Putz on November 13, 1971 in Mankato.  They lived in Mankato area for 35 years, Vern had been employed with Alumacraft Boats  for 26 years, retiring  in 2006.  They purchased property in Angora ten years ago, built their retreat and home, moving there permanently two years ago.  He worked part time at the Last Chance Liquor Store in Cook.  Vern loved to  bear hunt, along with deer hunting.

 

He enjoyed the peacefulness of watching  wildlife from sitting in his  screen house. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara;  his son and hunting partner, Thomas Johnson of Cleveland, MN., 1 brother, Raymond (Kathy) Myers of Rockford, Ill.; 2 sisters, Janet (Darel) Gum of Willow Springs, MO, and Hilda Jenks;  his other special hunting partner- and nephew, Jeff Devens; 3 sister-in-laws and 2 brother-in-laws: Gladys Drenttel of Mankato, Mary (Milt) Devens of Mankato, Charlotte (Don)  Foss of St. Peter; along with nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous  friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Marion Myers; and 3 brothers, Jerry, Stanley and Russell Myers; and a sister in law, Cile Hansen; and 2 brother-in-laws, Lynn Hansen and Jim Drenttel.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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William “Bill” O. Nelson, 81, of Elephant Lake, near Orr, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

 

He was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota on September 3, 1927, to William and Mae (Bast) Nelson.  He graduated from the Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson and had served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Alaska.  He was a longtime resident of Elephant Lake, near Orr, where he built his home from the ground up. Bill was a skilled craftsman, and a very proficient builder, and took pride in all of his work endeavors.  He worked for the Scott Erickson Lumber, then Lammi’s Lumber and Hardware, both in Orr.   Bill was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, where he was the church organist for 30 years.  He played for numerous funerals, weddings, and special events.  He loved having his family up for the different Holidays, where Bill would entertain, cook, arrange for fishing trips, along with walks at the local sites.  He and his dear friend Gene Davey shared a mail route in Nett Lake, and Bill enjoyed the many customers and friends while working it.  Bill’s family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care that continues to be given to Gene Davey after his stroke, by the Circle of Friends Health Care- in particular the caregivers, Richard and Jeannine, for their unending care and  support

 

Bill is survived by his lifetime partner of 53 years, Gene Davey of Elephant Lake-Orr; 2 brothers, Louis C. (Laverne) Nelson of Waconia, MN., and Warren Nelson of Hutchinson; nephew Louis G. Nelson, who lived with Bill and Gene the past 11 years; along with other special nieces and nephews.

 

At Bill’s direction, there will be no services.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Kimberly O. Hokkanen, 49, of Hopkins, MN, formerly of Alango, passed away peacefully and gracefully at the Cook Hospital on Thursday, August 21, 2008.

 

She was born Kimberly Olivia Hokkanen on February 14, 1959, at Alango, the daughter of Olaf and Doris (Kimberlin) Hokkanen.  She grew up on the family homestead in Alango, where she belonged to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the 4-H Club. Graduating from Cook High School in 1978, she then completed the graphic arts course at Eveleth Vo-Technical College. She loved children, her pets, playing cribbage, scrabble, seduko and crossword puzzles.  Kim had a big loving heart and was an instant friend to anyone she met.  She had been residing in Hopkins for 18 years, where she was employed as an office technician for the PGI Company. 

 

She is survived by her six siblings: Twila (Norbert) Sarazine of Macon, MO, Gerald (Jane) Hokkanen of Orland Park, IL, Carolyn Hokkanen of Angora,  Marilyn “Missy” (Robert) Scott of Crane Lake, Glenda Hokkanen of   Mpls, and John Hokkanen of Angora; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many loving friends. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Olaf in 1989, and Doris in 1999, and a nephew Sean Sarazine.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

Celebration of Life Services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.   A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. The honorary bearers will be nieces and nephews: Bernadette Sarazine, Meg Hindash, Jackie Johnson, Mark Sarazine, Paul Sarazine, Luke Sarazine, Sean Sarazine (deceased), Jerry Hokkanen Jr., Billy Hokkanen, Eugene Edberg Jr., Jeffrey Edberg, Michael Edberg, Julia Lofy, Rob Scott Jr, Anna Congdon and Kaarina  Alfors. Kim’s niece and nephew, MEg Hindash and Paul Sarazine will provide the singing, with Twila Sarazine (Kim’s sister), providing the accompaniment.  

 

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Albert G. Leathers, 73, longtime resident of Golden Crest Nursing Home, Hibbing and formerly of Cook, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, at Golden Crest.

He was born in Pembina, N.D., on Jan. 13, 1935, to Frank and Mary Leathers. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, having served in Korea and Germany. Al had worked as a millwright and then for many years as a pile driver with the Carpenters Union. He enjoyed playing cribbage with his partner, Delores.

He is survived by two daughters, Becky (George) Koemptgen of Hibbing and Linda (Dan) Raskovich of Nashwauk; a son, David (Cambre) Leathers of Lenexa, Kan.; two sisters, Florence (Louie) Anthony of Cook and Margaret Drobnick of Eveleth,; a brother, Chester “Chuck” Leathers of Eveleth; four grandchildren, Kaylee and Chris Raskovich and Gabe and Neely Leathers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

SERVICES: Visitation will be Monday, Aug. 25, in the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing, from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service. Interment with military honors accorded by Hibbing VFW Post 8510 will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing at a later date.

 

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Hazel Jeanet Matsen, 96, of Hibbing, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

Hazel was born May 26, 1912, to Jenny (Quinette) and Oscar Moe in Clifford, N.D. She was united in marriage to Clifford Ordian Matsen on May 19, 1934. Hazel came to Minnesota from North Dakota as a child and lived in the Hibbing area for the rest of her life. She was a long-standing member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Hibbing. Her interests included being a wife and mother first and foremost. She loved gardening, crocheting, and all family occasions.

Survivors include, daughters, Betty Wilson of Hibbing, Lois Lammert of Coon Rapids, Minn., Judee Berens (Emmett) of Cook, and Wendy Ego of Round Rock, Texas; son-in-law, Thomas Tupa of Pengilly; 17 grandchildren: Alan Wilson, Terry Wilson, Cheryl Wolff, Lorne Wilson, Rob Tupa, Rick Tupa, Randy Tupa, Rhonda Dolinski, Tim Tupa, Ron Lammert, Tom Lammert, Lorianne Arndt, Bobbie Turner, Paul Berens, Kimberly Berens Heise, Scott Ego, and Tricia Ego; 42 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jenny and Oscar Moe; husband, Clifford; son, Bruce Matsen; daughter, Ruby Tupa; granddaughter, Julie Rae Wilson; brothers, Ole, Lloyd, Lester and Richard; and sister, Sylvia.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hibbing, with visitation one hour prior. The Rev. Jack Harris will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 
 

Darrell Emmett Chase, 69, of Cook, passed away on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at his home.

 

He was born on April 24, 1939 in Cook, MN to Marvin and Jewel (FitzSimmons) Chase.  He grew up in Cook and graduated from Cook High School.  He was a lifetime resident of Cook and took great pride in sawing and milling specialty lumber products in his business, Chase Lumber.  He married the love of his life, Joan Mahonen on February 10, 1989 in Sierra Vista, AZ.  Darrell enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and most importantly spending time with his family having a very special relationship with his grandchildren.  Darrell was known for spending a lot of time visiting with people while drinking gallons of coffee.  He also enjoyed crossword puzzles.

 

He is survived by his daughters Polly Graziano of Naples, FL, and Jody (Dale) Bixby of Cook, MN; brother Ronald Chase of Mound, MN; sister Shelley (Jim) Olsen of Plymouth, MN; grandchildren Lindsey and Cody; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

 

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, wife Joan and one nephew Brian Chase.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at Mlaker Funeral Home with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the Funeral Home.  Inurnment will be held at the Cook Community Cemetery following the service on Tuesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America 386 Park Avenue South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016 1-800-932-2423

 

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Memphas M. Padora, infant child of 11 months, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born Sept. 11, 2007 to Joseph and Heather Padora in Hibbing. She was a resident of Hibbing. Memphas was known for her many smiles, always happy and trying to keep up with her big sister, Heaven, she just started walking and loved going for walks, especially to the park to play. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph formerly of Eveleth, now of Hibbing and Heather Padora of Hibbing; her sister, Heaven Simpson Padora, Hibbing; maternal grandparents, Tim (Sherry Kehoe) Simpson, Hibbing; paternal grandparents, Dennis (Colleen) Padora, Duluth, paternal grandmother, Debbie Padora of Eveleth; her uncles, Christopher (Tayna) Padora of Norfolk, Va., and Grant “Uncle G” Simpson of Hibbing; her aunt, Crystal Simpson of Hibbing; five cousins, Hunter, Hailey, Hannah, Hope Padora and Kiaja Simpson; and her godmother, Sarah Patterson of Palo.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, Jerald Kehoe and Joseph Padora; great-grandparents, Marian (Edward) Belvoncik; and infant cousin, Shanon Krone.
 

Funeral 1 p.m. Monday at the Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Steve Breitbarth will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing. Pallbearers are Grant Simpson, Jason Kehoe, Kevin Hedgers and Tom Haverkamp, and an honorary pallbearer will be Chris Padora. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

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Mary Frances (Sersha) Pecher, 92, of Virginia, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2008, in Edgewood Vista. She was born July 23, 1916, in Eveleth, the daughter of Paul and Angela Sersha, and attended school in Leonidas. Mary moved to Milwaukee from the Leonidas area at 16 years of age.

 

In 1976 she retired, due to illness, from the Briggs & Stratton Corporation, where she was an assembler. Previous to working at Briggs, she was an assembler at the Master Lock Corporation. After retirement, she was able to care for herself in her own home or apartment with much assistance and care from daughter Susan and her husband Gerald. When she could no longer care for herself in 2002 she resided with her daughter until 2005, when she moved to Edgewood Vista in Virginia. Mary was known for her excellent cooking, especially of Slovenian and German foods. While she owned her home, she enjoyed gardening and caring for the home, keeping it always immaculately clean. She also enjoyed attending ethnic picnics and festivals in the Milwaukee area. Mary enjoyed traveling and had taken several trips to Germany with husband Wenzel. On one of these trips they took one of their grandchildren and visited Italy as well as relatives in Germany. She was a member of the Grace Christian Fellowship in Milwaukee.

Mary’s family wishes to thank the staff of Edgewood Vista for the excellent care given and the sincere love for her that was demonstrated by them at all times.

Mary is survived by children, Nancy (Gerald) Leedle of Marquette, Mich., Susan (Gerald) Bartoszewicz of Wauwautosa, Wis., and Richard (Jacklyn) Lohry of Alango; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings, Paul (Julia) Sersha of Virginia, Julia Trunzo of Gilbert, and Steve Sersha of St. Cloud; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Richard L. Lohry and Wenzel Pecher; sisters, Angela and Molly; brother, John; and a granddaughter, Gail Lohry.

 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Christian Fellowship, 9900 West Capital Drive, Milwaukee, Wis. Gerald Bartoszewicz will be the officiant. Inurnment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to Special Touch Ministry, Inc. P.O. Box 25, Waupaca, WI 54981. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 
 

Fern L. McDonald, 83, of Virginia and formerly of Orr, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008 at the Virginia Convalescent Center.


She was born May 17, 1925 in Detroit Lakes, Minn., to Phillip and Clara (Soderberg) Holmquist and grew up in Minneapolis, where she graduated from high school in 1943. Fern resided in Orr since 1950, except for the last two years when she moved to Virginia. She was a cook for the Orr schools for 28 years.

Fern was a very active member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, where she served as choir director for 50 years. She was also involved with Camp Vermilion, Thrivent Financial and was a member of the Legion auxiliary in Orr.

Survivors include a brother, Phillip (Marion) Holmquist, of Phoenix, Ariz., and nieces Pat, Karen and Susan and their families; nieces Patty “Missy’’ (Robin) Olivanti of Virginia and Mary (Erick) Hoglund of Cass Lake; nephews, Michael (Yvonne) McDonald of Iron and John (Shelby) McDonald of Marshall and their families; and very special friend Ann Wierimaa and her children and Beverly Howard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph E. McDonald Jr.; and one brother, Ralph Holmquist.

 

Funeral 1 p.m. Monday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, with Pastor Bruce Dissell officiating. Visitation 11:30 a.m. until time of service at the church. Burial will be in Leiding Cemetery in Orr. Arrangements are by Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Thanks to Julie Wierimaa Fredrickson for the picture of Fern

 
 

Jerry J. Mihm, 74, Cook, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Tuesday, August 5, 2008. 

 

Jerry was born on September 12, 1933, the son of  Archie and Goldie (Lindsey) Mihm.  He grew up in Cook, where he lived most of his life.  Jerry graduated from Cook High School in 1951.  He was united in marriage to Nancy Maki on August 14, 1954 in Cook. Their honeymoon was short-lived, as in that same month, Jerry was called to serve in the  U.S. Army, to be  stationed in Germany. After his honorable discharge, the couple lived in Chisholm for a time, then moved to Cook, where they built their home, raised their children and have since resided. He was a longtime member and Trustee of the First Congregational Church, and upon its closing in 2001, he attended the Evangelical Covenant Church.  Jerry was a heavy equipment operator in road construction for several area contracting companies, and was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 49 for over 50 years. He rebuilt a sawmill, which had an edger and planer, and did custom sawing for many people. He was an ardent outdoorsman, and avid hunter- especially deer, elk, duck and grouse.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association.  He also fished and earlier had trapped. He was a well known repairman and could  figure out most things that needed fixing. He enjoyed his time spent with his grandchildren and following their endeavors and accomplishments.  Jerry will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife of  54 years, Nancy;  daughter, Susan (Peter) Stone of Angora;  son, Greg (Coralee) Mihm of Vermilion Dam  2 sisters, Carol Hill of Albuquerque, NM, and Jill (Forrest) Douglas of Denver, CO; 4 Grandchildren: Chad (Connie) Stone of Cook, Brandi (Max) Embacher of  Mankato, Justin (Stephanie) Mihm of Wyoming, MN., and Brandon (Amber) Mihm of Vermilion Dam; 5 Great Grandchildren: Steven and Kate Stone, Hailey and Devin Embacher, and Makenzie Mihm; 5 nieces, 2 nephews, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents.  Archie 54, 1958 & Marigold "Goldie" 93, 2003 (Lindsey) Mihm.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  The casket bearers will be Clifton Rasch, Tim Rasch, Keith Johnson, Gary Johnson, Gary Lindsey, Conrad Anderson and Charlie Scott.  The honorary bearers will be Jerry’s Grandchildren: Chad Stone, Brandi Embacher, Justin Mihm and Brandon Mihm.  The music will be provided by the Second Chance Singers.  Lorraine Walker will be the organist.  Interment will be in the family lot in the Cook Community Cemetery.   Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480, and Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Joan Darlene Conkey, age 76, of Mound, Minensota  passed away peacefully July 10, 2008 with her family by her side.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Brooks and Nila O. Dee and the father of her children, Robert F. Conkey Sr.

 

Survived by children, Nila Luby, Robert F. (Carrie) Conkey Jr., Norri (Dave) Huggett, Deanna Conkey (Don Roderick) of Cook, Minnesota, Dan (Karen) Conkey, Nina Conkey, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, sister, Geralyn Hennings and numerous other loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 

Joan was a very generous woman whose open door policy at her home helped many people in the Mound area.

 

A celebration of Joan's life will be held on Friday (8-1-08) at Huber Funeral Home, 1801 Commerce Blvd. Mound, from 5:00-8:00 PM with Memorial service at 7:00 PM. Memorials preferred. Private family interment. Huber Funeral & Cremation Services The Mound Chapel 962-472-1716

 

Joan's daughter Deanna (Don Roderick) of Cook owns and operates the El Roy Supper Club at Britt. Don's sister Barb (Gary) Boutto lives in the Cook area.

 

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Jerome Gregory Schwab, 65, of Cook passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Jerome Gregory Schwab on June 4, 1943 at Blue Grass in Wadena County, Minn. He grew up in International Falls, where he lived for many years. He moved to the Range area in the late 1970s and had resided in the Cook area since 1983. He married Annette M. Herberg on Nov. 6, 1976, in Sisseton, S.D. Jerry was a self-employed flooring installer for 42 years.

He is survived by his wife, Annette Schwab, of Cook; his mother, Doris Schwab, of International Falls; two sons, Douglas (Dale) Pickar of Eveleth and Kamron (Leta) Pickar of Clio, Mich.; a daughter, Carrie (Cory) Nynas, of Cook; three brothers; six sisters; and six grandchildren.

Memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with the Rev. Reuben Rosnau officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to service. Inurnment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

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Elma S. Romnes, 92, of Bigfork, formerly of Togo, passed away in Bigfork on July 18,2008. She was born on April 23, 1916 at Nass (Togo) to Matt and Mary Jacobson.

 

She was a homemaker and lived in Togo her entire life. She was preceded in death by her husband , Harold, her parents and all of her brothers and sisters.

 

She is survived by her 5 children, Earl (Shirley) ,Carol, John (Roxie), James (Ginny) and Dawn. 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at the Bear River Lutheran Church on August 9th at 11AM with visitation one hour prior.

 

Arrangements are by Cremation Society of Minnesota , Duluth.

 

Carol's children all graduated from the Cook School. Michelle Rinne in 1976, Michael Rinne Seko 1980, Mark Rinne 1990.

 

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Warren B. Bloomquist, age 69 of Shawano, WI, formerly of Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2008 in Shawano. Born on February 20, 1939 in Lansing, MI, he was the son of the late Helge and Elsie (Johnson) Bloomquist. After serving in active duty with the United States Air Force, Warren finished his college education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He then taught high school math for 3 years before beginning his career in management at UNISYS in Roseville, MN where he worked until his retirement. On June 5, 1999 he was united in marriage to Diane Sieja in Columbia Heights, MN. Warren loved traveling all over the world and volunteering with The United Way. In his spare time he also enjoyed a good crossword puzzle and his cribbage skills were the best around. Most of all, Warren looked forward to the visits from his grandchildren.

 

Warren is survived by: his wife, Diane; his brother, Chuck Bloomquist of Deline, Northwest Territory, Canada; his 2 sons, Scott (Emily) Bloomquist of San Mateo, CA, Lee Bloomquist of Oakdale, MN; 3 stepchildren, Janice Sieja of Shawano, WI, Julie (Randy) Manassa of AZ, Steve Sieja of AZ; 7 grandchildren, Natasha, Sarah, Jordan, Jessica, Joshua, Mareesa, Austin; and 1 great-grandson, Justin.

 

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano, WI.

 

Warren was a cousin to Byron (Ginny) Leander, Bette (Earl) Grano, Carol (Bill) Forlsine and Norman (Betty) Johnson. Warren's grandparents were Andrew 88, 1955 & Evina 74, 1945 Bloomquist and Charles 78, 1947 & Christine 53. 1926 Johnson.

 

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Elma S. Romnes, 92, of Bigfork, formerly of Togo, passed away in Bigfork on July 18, 2008. She was born on April 23, 1916 at Nass (Togo) to Matt and Mary Jacobson. She was a homemaker and lived in Togo her entire life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold, her parents and all of her brothers and sisters.

 

She is survived by her five children, Earl (Shirley), Carol, John (Roxie), James (Ginny) and Dawn. Twelve grandchildren, and Seventeen great-grand grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren..Services are pending.

 

Carol's children all graduated from the Cook School. Michelle Rinne in 1976, Michael Rinne Seko 1980, Mark Rinne 1990.

 

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John K. “Butch” Gustafson Jr., 53, of Chisholm, formerly of Cook, passed away of natural cause in Jordan, MN on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

 

He was born on January 27, 1955, at Cook, to John K. Sr. and Barbara (Ballard) Gustafson.  He grew up in Cook and graduated from Cook High School in 1973.  He  worked in construction, and worked for firms that built bridges and taconite companies, and was a member of the Carpenters Local 606.  He returned to college, graduating from Mesabi Community College, then University of Minnesota-Duluth with a bachelors degree in personnel management.   He was a counselor at the Mesabi  Academy in Buhl for a time.  For the past 4 years, he was employed with S.M. Hentges & Sons Inc., in Jordan, and was currently a safety officer.  He was deeply committed to AA, which he lectured and gave encouragement and enlightenment to many. He adored his nieces and nephews, and loved volunteering in their endeavors.

 

He is survived by his mother and step-father  Barb and John Matts of Cook;  3 brothers, David (Karen) Gustafson of Cook, Jeffrey Gustafson of Cook and Greg (Dawn) Gustafson of Angora; 3 sisters, Beverly (LeRoy) McGowen of Jordan, MN, Sandi (James) Boutto) of Cook and Sherry (David) Crego of Hibbing; his best friend, Mike “Jake” Jacobson of Hibbing; his work buddy, Jason Petty of Redwood Falls, MN,  along with numerous special nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, John K. Gustafson Sr. on July 29, 1992, and a son in infancy.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, with gathering of family and friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Inurnment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Any memorials received will be given to help sponsor AA Programs in Butch’s memory.  Butch continued to give after his death, by being an organ and tissue donor.   

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Raland E. Christiansen, 73, of Rauch, passed  away at the Cook Hospital on Sunday, July 13, 2008. He was born on May 4, 1935, at Greaney, to Melvin and Margaret (Johnson) Christiansen. He grew up in Greaney and graduated from Orr High School in 1953.  

 

He married Betty J. Flake on August 18, 1956, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney.  After marriage the couple settled in Rauch, where they have since resided. They owned and operated the Rauch Store for 40 years. 

 

Raland was a heavy equipment operator, retiring from Potlatch in 1997, after 30 years of  employment. In the early years, he was also a self-employed logging trucker, along with his son, Jack.  He was a member of the former St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney, then upon merger, the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. He was a member of GRS (Greaney-Rauch-Silverdale) Volunteer Fire Department,  former proud member of  the Cloquet Eagles, and served  seven years with the National Guard.  Raland loved music, especially polka music, along with 4-wheeling, deer hunting and  golfing.

 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty; his mother, Margaret Christiansen of Virginia; a son, Jack (Kathryn) Christiansen of Cusson; 2 daughters, Laura (Soren) Johansson of Girdwood, Alaska, and Lynn (Tony) Norman of Orr; a sister, Darlene (George) Teska of Mt. Iron;  4 Grandchildren: Ashley and Asia Norman, Alyssa Christiansen and Benjamin Baker; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Melvin Christiansen in 1970, and a brother Arthur, who died in infancy.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM Friday (July 18th)  at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Visitation  will be from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  The celebrant will be Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I.   Singing will be provided by the Holy Cross Choir, with Bill Nelson providing the accompaniment.  Lunch will follow the service at the Orr American Legion Hall, followed by interment in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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Elsie C. Anderson, 93, of Bear River, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.

 

She was born Elsie Caroline Swanson in Bear River on July 17, 1914, to Adolph and Johanna (Johnson) Swanson.  She grew up and lived in Bear River all of her life, excepting the time away to complete High School in Grand Rapids, then graduating from Bemidji Teacher’s College.  She was a substitute teacher for a time.  She was united in marriage to Glenn  Anderson in Bear River on October 18, 1941.  Elsie was very active in her faith and church, and was a lifelong member of Bear River Lutheran, and a dedicated member of its Ladies Aid..   The church is 100 years old and she was there for nearly 94  of them.  She was known for her gracious hospitality and only saw the good in people.   She was a talented artist who loved painting and ceramics. She had a keen interest in keeping up with the times,  was  especially well read and knowledgeable in the latest medical advances and loved reading medical articles.  She enjoyed and took interest in the activities and endeavors of her grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

 

She is survived by her two daughters, Gloria (Erling) Hegg of Bear River and Glenda Ohs of Harrison, MT; 5 grandchildren: Lisa (Ron) Ramsey of Kosovo, Laura Hays of Harrison, MT, Dan (Kyla) Ohs of Moses Lake, WA, LeAnn (Nick) Bunn of Boseman, MT and David (Heather) Ohs of Billings, MT; 8 Great Grandchildren: Cheyenne, Danielle and Bo Hays, Renee and Ryker Ohs, Colsen and Naudia Bunn and Briannah Ohs, along with numerous nieces and nephews, including  niece Carolyn Damyanovich of Pengilly.

 

Elsie is preceded in death by her husband Glenn on May 11, 1985; 2 brothers, Walter and Douglas Swanson; and a sister, Esther Carpenter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday (July 17th) at the Bear River Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant.  The casket bearers will be: Jeff Damyanovich, David Damyanovich, Lee Anderson, Pat Anderson, Bryan Swanson and Dan Ohs.  The honorary bearers will be: Bruce Swanson and Frank Hackley.  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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John David Farr 70 died July 6, 2008 at his home on Lake Vermillion, Minnesota after a three year battle with multiple myeloma. Born August 8, 1937 in Minneapolis, Minnesota he grew up and lived most of his working life in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

He completed his degree in microbiology and doctor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. He served two years in the Air Force following medical school before returning to the University of Minnesota for his OB/GYN residency.

 

He spent his career in private practice in St. Paul until his retirement in 1999. His retirement was spent enjoying outdoor activities, his family and friends in Tucson, Arizona and Lake Vermillion in Minnesota.

 

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Farr; children, John Jr. Farr, Mark and Lesley Fullen, Michael and Rebecca Ryan, Dan and Kelly Farr, Justin and Julia Stanley and Josh Farr; and eleven grandchildren, Tyler Farr, Laura Farr, Aaron Farr, Sam Farr, Zach Farr, Elisabeth Farr, John Fullen, Jack Fullen, William Fullen, Finlay Ryan and Caroline Stanley.

 

The memorial service will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, July 9 at First Baptist Church in Cook, Minnesota with a reception immediately following at the family home on Lake Vermillion.

 

Memorials in honor of John Farr to St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Foundation, Cancer Fund, 400 E. 3rd Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55805 or Heritage Highlands Cancer Awareness Fundraiser.

 

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Marjorie Metsa Boelter 87 of Edina, Minn., and Lake Vermilion, passed away as the sun set on Monday, June 30, 2008.


She was born June 26, 1922, in Virginia, the daughter of  Eino and Elway Metsa. She was a graduate of the Cook High School, Virginia Junior College, and the College of St. Scholastica, and was a high school teacher at the Arlington Green Isle School until she retired.

She is survived by her children, Lorrie (Pete) Pesheck, John (Barb) Boelter, Rob (Mickie) Boelter, Lisa (Tom) Lapka; her grandchildren, Matt Downer, Betsy (Jason) Eernisse, Justin Boelter, Lindsay Boelter, Annie Lapka, Shannon  Boelter, Katie Boelter; great-grandson, Jack Matthew Eernisse; sisters, Irma Conrad Miller of Virginia, Ellen Nelson of Mountain Iron, and Denise J. Metsa of Angora.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years; her sister, Lillian; and her parents.


A beautiful service was held on July 3 at the Lakewood Chapel in Minneapolis

 

Marjorie was a 1939 graduate of the Cook High School. Her cousin Elder (Bess 64, 1994) Metsa lives in Cook and her cousin Shawna (Don) Kishel lives on Lake Vermilion..

 

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 Dennis Edward Poldoski, 54, of Carlton died Sunday, June 29, 2008 in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. He was born March 5, 1954 in Duluth to John ""Joe'' and Beatrice Poldoski. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1972. Dennis married Maxine Balke,  formerly of Cook on August 16, 1980 in Duluth,

 

He worked for Minnesota Power since 1976, working in the control room and as a millwright at the Thomson Hydro Plant. He was a member of the IBEW Union. Dennis enjoyed hunting, camping, and boating. He had quite a passion for buying and selling things and of course it had to be a bargain. He also bought and rebuilt vintage motorcycles.

 

Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Joe Poldoski. He is survived by his wife, Maxine of Carlton; two daughters, Lora Poldoski and Leah Poldoski both of Minneapolis; granddaughter, Mataya Pavlich of Minneapolis; mother, Beatrice Poldoski of Proctor, brother, John (Janet) Poldoski of Duluth; sister, Sheryl (Tim) Pirkola of Duluth; and his mother-in-law, Minerva Balke of Virginia.

 

VISITATION:12 Noon until the 1 p.m. Memorial Service Thursday, July 3, 2008 in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. A time of lunch and fellowship will follow in the Fireside Room of the funeral home.

 

Dennis' wife Maxine was raised on the family farm in Angora, she is the daughter of  Mervin 67, 1980 & Minerva (Koski) Balke. Her siblings are; Merline, Greg and Keith. Maxine lost her two year old daughter Carmen Marie Odella in a boating accident on September 3, 1978. She graduated from the Cook High School in 1972

 

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Doris A. O’Connell, 84, Orr, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Facility in Virginia.

     

She was born Doris Alma King on January 30, 1924, at Nett Lake, the daughter of Daniel and Ideal (Porter) King.  She grew up at Nett Lake, worked at the Nett Lake Store and graduated from Orr High School in 1942.  She completed a secretarial course at the Haskell Indian College in Kansas, then moved to Chicago where she was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  It was in Chicago that she met and married Daniel “Murph” O’Connell on November 9, 1946. Murph served in the U.S. Navy during World War 11, was stationed there at the end of the war, and Doris had also served as a WAC in the Navy for a brief time and received an honorable discharge in 1945. After the war ended, the couple moved to Orr, where they raised their daughters and lived for the next 61 years.  Doris has resided at the Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Facility in Virginia since November of 2007.  She lived a full and rewarding life, and earlier worked as secretary-bookkeeper for the Nett Lake School, served as an election judge, member of the Hoop Club, the ladies aid of the Orr Bible Chapel and member of the Orr American Legion Auxiliary Post #480.  She was an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Earlier she also had worked at the Orr General Store and as a home health aid, and was a longtime devoted homemaker. She loved dancing, and every Saturday evening was reserved for watching Lawrence Welk.  She was very capable  at picking and parching wild rice, enjoyed berry picking-especially blueberries, and was talented at knitting and crocheting.  Doris was an avid Duke Blue Devils Basketball fan, and used to enjoy playing cards, gaming and enjoyed flowers.

 

She is survived by 4 daughters, Carolann (Robert) Dostal of Hibbing, Janet (Andrew) Autio of Virginia, Cathy (Edward) Chavers of Orr and Linda (Daniel) Manick of Cook; 2 brothers, William “Bill” (Zoe) King of Orr and Duane King of Proctor,; 11 Grandchildren:  Dave (Anne) Alto, Craig Alto, Amy (Darin) Brettingen, Christine (Michael) Thomas, Amber (Brian) Bialczak, Brent (April) Autio, Timothy Chavers, Edward Chavers, Zachary Manick,, Ryan Manick and Mallory Manick; 14 Great Grandchildren: Bailey and Paxton Alto, Denielle Alto, Morgan and Megan Brettingen, Logan Thomas, Alexis Bialczak, Zoe Bialczak, Ty Autio, Jace Autio,  Kyle Chavers, Julianna Chavers, Hailey Chavers and Logan Nurmi, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death  by her husband of 61 years, Daniel “Murph” O’Connell on January 15, 2008; 2 sisters, Elaine King and Carol King; 3 brothers, Norman, Donald and Herbert  King; 

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  The casket bearers will be Doris’ Grandsons: David Alto, Craig Alto, Brent Autio, Eddie Chavers, Tim Chavers, Zachary Manick and Ryan Manick. Interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr. Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Any memorials received by the family will be given to Bemidji Behavioral Health Unit and East Range Hospice, in Doris’ memory. 

 

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Judith Ann (Niska) Erickson, 61, of Buhl, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born on June 8, 1947, in Wadena, Minn., to Herbert and Melba (Savela) Niska. On Nov. 18, 1967, she married Carl Daniel Erickson in Virginia.

Survivors include: her husband, Carl “Dan” Erickson; her mother, Melba; children, Keith (Kelly) Erickson of Mountain Iron, Katie (Mark) Curlew of Cokato, Minn., Karl (Ruthann) Erickson of Dassel, Minn., Jeffrey (Gina) Erickson of Laurium, Mich., Julie (Sam) Newman of Laurium, Mich., Joy (Mike) Newman of Laurium, Mich., and Jill (Michael) Haapala of Buhl; grandchildren, Scott and Matthew Erickson, Brilynn, Bryan and Kelsey Janckila, Lainie Curlew, Ava and Layla Erickson, Helen and Saima Erickson, Emma, Carley and Grace Ann Newman;

 

She is also survived by 14 brothers and sisters: Dale (Carol) Niska, Dean (Mary) Nisha, Duane (Judy) Niska, Jean (Dale) Coen, Joyce (Dick) Hendrickson, Don "Butch" (Trina) Niska, Tom (Colleen) Niska, Tim Niska, Maija (Jack) Biondich, Terry Niska, Sue (Dan) Long, Kari (Byron) Seamon and Peter (Sara) Niska.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert; infant daughter, Karen; and an infant granddaughter, Alicia Newman.

 

Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Midway-Virginia. Visitation will continue Saturday one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service at the church. The Rev. Joseph Johnson and Peter Haapala will officiate. Burial will be in the Eveleth Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia

 

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Duane E. Jensen, 28, Buyck, died Thursday, June 26, 2008, at the Cook Hospital, the result of a work related accident. 

 

Duane was born on July 14, 1979 in Richfield, grew in  Buyck, where he lived for the past 20 years.  He graduated from Orr High School in 1998, then Hibbing Area VoTech, where he completed the course in diesel mechanics.  

 

He worked for  local loggers, running skidder, doing maintenance and mechanics. Duane was a proud member of the Buyck Volunteer Fire Department.  He was an avid outdoorsman, and liked horse riding, “mudding, 4-wheeling”, snowmobiling, fishing and hunting. He was everybody’s friend, and was always there to chip in and help when needed. 

 

He is survived by his  father and best friend, Harvey of Buyck,; his mother, Marcia Jensen;  2 brothers, Denny (Sally) Jensen  and Shane Lindstedt ; a sister, Samantha Lindstedt, all of Rothsay, MN.; nephew and niece, Tyler and Isabella Jensen, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at the Buyck Fire Hall.  Rev. Ruth Gangloff will be the officiant.  Visitation will be on hour prior to the service.   Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.

 

Thanks to Ericka Schultz (Jeff) Iverson for the 1998 Orr High School school annual picture of Duane

 

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Catherine Siegmund, 103, of Cook, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Catherine was born on April 19, 1905 in St. Cloud to Michael and Margaret (Klinkner) Lenzen.  She grew up in St. Joseph.  She married Anton V. Siegmund on November 27, 1928 at Mayhew Lake, Minnesota.  They lived most of their married lives in St. Cloud, where Anton “Tony” worked as a stone polisher in the granite industry.  Catherine was a devoted homemaker, a wonderful cook and skilled at sewing.   She moved to Cook  10 years ago to be near family, and has resided at the Cook Nursing Home the past 2 ½ years.

 

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Anton “Tony” on January 26, 1976. She is also preceded in death by 3-brothers; Herman, Matt and Michael 86, 2001 (Genieve) Lenzen, and 2-sisters: Ann Caske and Dorothy Mathias and her brother .

 

Catherine is survived by numerous nieces and nephews including:  Doris (Bob) Johnson, Kenneth Lenzen,  Michael Lenzen, Carol (Ron) Flack and Gene Lenzen. 

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Fr. Sebastian Arackal MCBS will be the celebrant. Interment will be in the Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud. 

 

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John Larsen, 73, of Breckenridge, died Sunday, June 22, 2008, at St. Francis Healthcare Campus in Breckenridge.

 

Carl John Larsen Jr. was born March 15, 1935, at Wadena, to Carl J. and Laura (Uhren) Larsen. He received his elementary education at rural schools in Otter Tail County. He attended the West Central School of Agriculture at Morris and the North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton, N.D.

 

He received a bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin. John married Marian Nelson on Nov. 3, 1956, at Rindal Lutheran Church in rural Underwood.

 

They made their home at Underwood, Battle Lake, Fergus Falls and Breckenridge. He was a member of Breckenridge Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council, the board of education, the trust fund committee, and taught Sunday school.

 

John enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting and refinishing guns. He was a member of the rod and gun club, a life member of the Head of the Red Trap Shooting Club and a charter member of the rifle club.

 

He was employed at the North Dakota State College of Science for 26 years as an instructor and administrator, retiring in 1991.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl J. and Laura Larsen; and two brothers, Loren and Joseph.

 

John is survived by his wife, Marian of Breckenridge; three children and their families, Bruce and Terri (Picek) Larsen, Laura and Lance of Virginia, Minn., Marilee and Dennis Kraft, Ashleigh and Amelia of Marshall, and Maxine and Tom Brosowske, Molly and Jeffrey of Wyndmere, N.D.; and one brother, Loyal and Marlene Larsen of Underwood.

 

Visitation was Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Breckenridge Lutheran Church..Clergy: Rev. Mark Manning. Burial: Rindal Lutheran Cemetery, Underwood

 

Funeral Home: Joseph Vertin and Sons Funeral Home, Breckenridge

 

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Elmer R. Raiskio, 84, Eveleth, formerly of Field Township, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2008, at the Eveleth Health Services Park Facility.

 

He was born on January 2, 1924 in Field Township to Isaac and Lempi (Jarvinen) Raiskio.  He went to school in Cook and assisted on  the family farm.  He lived with his father until his father died in 1971.  He continued assisting with the farm chores, helping his sister Helga Sersha and her husband Peter. 

 

Elmer moved to the Salmi Home Board and Lodge in the rural Aurora (Palo) in 1990.  Then through the following years he had made his home at Clayridge, Willow Wood and since 2006 he has resided at the Eveleth Health Services Park Facility.

 

His caretakers and friends recall his joyous smile, infectious personality, and love of life.

 

He enjoyed outings to the county fair, Fortune Bay, and listening to his beloved Polka music.  Elmer was a very quiet man but said so much through his interactions with staff and residents who quickly became his friends. He taught all those that knew him to smile and that there was nothing life could throw your way that a diet Coke couldn’t cure. Elmer will be sadly missed by his friends at Clayridge, Willow Wood, FMC dialysis, and the Eveleth Heath Services Park.  His friends are truly blessed with his memory and he will never be forgotten. 

 

He is survived by one brother, Matthew Raiskio in Virginia, along with nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Elmer's niece Judy Sersha (Corey) Johnson is a 1983 graduate of the Cook High School. Her parents were: Peter 83, 2003 & Helga 71, 2001 (Raiskio) Sersha.  Her brothers are Robert and David.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

Memorial services will be at 10:00 AM Friday in the gazebo area in the Eveleth Health Services Park Facility.  The Rev. Pat Gillespie will be the officiant.   Inurnment will be in the family lot in the Alango Township Cemetery. 

 

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Opal D. Ranta, 80, Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away at the Edgewood Vista Health Care Center in Virginia on Wednesday, June 11, 2008.

 

She was born Opal Doris Christian on April 11, 1928, at Nashwauk, to Clarence and Margaret (Johnson) Christian. She grew up at the Cooley location, was schooled in Nashwauk, where she graduated from high school.   She married Ray Ranta in Nashwauk on November 10, 1948.  They moved to Iowa, where she was employed by the Dean of Agriculture at Iowa State College, while Ray completed his engineering degree.  They had lived and worked in Lansing, Michigan, Evansville Indiana and in Minneapolis, before moving to Cook in 1977.  In 1979, they purchased Elbow Lake Lodge, which they owned and operated until 1988, at which time Opal “officially” retired.  They thoroughly enjoyed their winters in Florida and summers on Lake Vermilion.

 

She is survived of her husband of nearly 60 years, Ray; 2 sons, Jeff (Mary) Ranta of Stillwater and Scott (Pam) Ranta of Minneapolis; a brother, Jim Christian of Hot Springs, MT; a sister, Carol (Don) Koivisto of Hibbing; 4 Grandchildren: Emily, Kaili, Leah and Peter Ranta, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded  in death by a sister, Ruby Hoshal.

 

Memorial services will be held next Friday, June 20th, at 1:00 PM at the Mlaker Funeral Home  in Cook. Rev. Dennis Morreim will be the officiant.   A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Memorials given will be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association in Opal’s memory.

 

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Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008

Subject: mom's final resting

 

Dear Don,
 
This is John Rytkonen, the youngest son of Roy & Elsie Rytkonen.  Mom passed away on Dec 23, 2007, and her final graveside rites will be on June 14th at 1100 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.  Range funeral home is taking care of arrangements.
 
I expected that Dale would have made an announcement earlier, but it didn't happen.  As it turns out, he was expecting me to do it.
 
I hope to see you during timber days on Saturday or Sunday.
 
I will never forget the the 1950 Green Chevy that you sold me for $30.00 in the mid 60's.  I drove that car for about a year to and from Crane Lake, MN where I worked for Ostlund's resort.
 
John Rytkonen
 
p.s.
My present home is Sulphur, LA which happened to be my last Air Force assignment.  I am retired from the USAF and work as a salesman in an appliance and Electronics store (similar to best buy)

 

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Beverly Jean (Pixley) Asher, age 63 formerly of Bear River and of Esko passed away peacefully on May 29, 2008 in her home. She was born in Hibbing, MN on August 13, 1944. She was raised in the Bear River Community. Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Howard 92, 2004 & Jeannette 80,2005 (Namchek) Pixley

Genealogy was her passion; she belonged to the Carlton County Genealogical Society for 30 years.  She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.  Beverly managed Bergquist Gift Shop for 18 years. Beverly’s life was blessed with so many wonderful friends and relatives.
 

Beverly is survived by her husband Richard; children, Sherry (Dave) Sunnarborg of Esko, Lorie (Wes) Jones of Esko and Alan Asher of El Cerrito, CA; she was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Keifer Sunnarborg, Jordann Sunnarborg, Justin Jones, Landin Jones and Asher Jones; 2 brothers Bob and Ron Pixley of Vequita, NM. 

A Memorial Service was held on June 2, 2008 in the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, 1400 Washington Avenue, Cloquet.  Private family interment.   

Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, Cloquet (218)879-4636.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

 

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Elaine Saarikoski (Black) Ollikkala 53, formerly of Cook and of International Falls, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, June 1, 2008, at the St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth.

Elaine was born Aug. 4, 1954, to John 75, 2006and Ailie 50, 1982 (Jacobson) Saarikoski. She attended the Cook school with the class of 1972, and in recent years worked as the manager of the Pizza Barn in the Falls. Elaine met her special friend, Joe Black, and for the past 12 years developed a loving companionship together.

 

Elaine loved gardening and her flowers; she also enjoyed fishing, boating, cooking and most of all spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

 

She was a warm and caring person with a clever sense of humor. To the dismay of many she was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Ramquist, Conrad Ross, and the wonderful nurses at the Miller-Dwan Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospice.

Elaine is survived by her daughters, DeeAnn (Greg) Spoden, Shanda (Rodney) Anderson, and Danielle (Matt) Drozdek, all of Duluth; stepchildren, Joe (Amie) Black, Jim (Amber) Black, and Tia (Dave) Devorak; sisters, Kathy (George) Paavola, and Lori (Clark) Nurmi; and brother, Dan (Laura) Saarikoski; grandchildren, Cameron, Paige, Emma, Ethan, Parker, Madalena, and Jackson; step-grandchildren, Brianna, Jalyn, Faith, Alyssa, Brett, Hunter, Holden, Natalee, and Joelle; special nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends; and stepmother, Deanne Saarikoski.

She was preceded in death by her parents John  & Ailie  Saarikoski, grandparents and sister Judy Saarikoski 19, 1972.


Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Zion Lutheran Church in International Falls, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

 

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Karen A. Eddy, 64, Babbitt, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Sunday, June 1, 2008.

 

She was born Karen Ann Marsh on July 1, 1943, to Frank and Amy (Linden) Marsh.  She grew up on Buck Lake and attended school in Nashwauk.   She married Sandford “Sandy” Eddy on September 17, 1960 in Hibbing.  For a time they lived in Orr and the cities, before settling in Babbitt in 1968, where they have since resided.  She worked at  Zups in Babbitt for 24 years and made numerous friendships with tourists and locals alike.  She also was employed with home heath care for several years.  Karen was an avid card player, especially cribbage and smear.  Most everything she played and did was made a contest, which she usually won.  Earlier she was gymnastics judge at the Babbitt school.  Karen loved the times spent in Greaney, where she could relax and spend time with family.   She enjoyed fishing and hunting – and got her first deer at the age of 40 – and got one about every year since.  She lived her life for her family, and cherished them.  She was caring and supportive of her family and many friends and put their concerns and needs before her own.   Karen liked gardening and was a talented seamstress who sewed and made numerous quilts. 

 

Karen is survived by her husband of 47 years, Sandford “Sandy”; three children Dawn (Russell) Vaughn of Kingsport, TN, Bradley (Eileen) Eddy of  St. Cloud, and Michele (Brian Johnson) Eddy of Embarrass; 3 brothers, Wayne (Betty) Marsh of Black River Falls, WI, Joel (Judie) Marsh of Deerwood, MI, and Francis (Diane) Marsh of O’Leary Lake, MN; 6 Grandchildren: Jamie Wright, Brandon Sells, Ashley Wright, Lindsey Vaughn, Alexandra Eddy and Luke Vaughn; 3 Great Grandchildren, Blake Sells, Aiden Sells and Lydia Wright; a brother-in-law, Terry Clusiau of Keewatin and a sister-in-law, Julie Marsh of Buck Lake, MN, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Amy Marsh; 3 sisters,  Dorothy Palava, Margaret Mikelson and Bette Clusiau; and 1 brother, Alan Marsh.

 

Karen's husband  "Sandy" was the son of James 74, 1988 & Margaret 64, 1981 Eddy of Greaney. His brother Clark still lives on the family homestead.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday ( June 4) at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt with Rev. Charles Barnes officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  The casket bearers will be: Michael Palava, Bill Mikelson, Pat Marsh, Randy Marsh, Eric Hakala and Greg Clusiau.  The soloist will be Karen’s granddaughter, Jamie Wright.  There will be congregational singing with Pat Stern providing the accompaniment.  Interment will be in the Argo Cemetery of Babbitt.  Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Lawrence Clifford Leding age 93, formerly of Cook and a longtime resident of Wayzata and Plymouth, died May 27, 2008.

 

Preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; parents, Christine and Lars Leding; sister, Helen Brink; and brothers, Kenneth and John.

 

Survived by children, Paul and wife Roxanne, Mary Anne Bays and husband Warren, Kathleen Clemenson and husband Douglas and Joseph O'Connell and wife Paula; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Beulah Cerar.

 

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Friday, May 30, 2008 at The Church of St. Bartholomew, 630 E. Wayzata Blvd., with visitation one hour prior to Mass at church and 5-8 pm Thursday at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 E. Wayzata Blvd. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577

 

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Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Evangelical Free Church in Embarrass. The Rev. Marlin Bjornrud will officiate. Burial will be in the Waasa Cemetery. Family services by Kerntz Brothers, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Ely.

John Edgar Blomberg Jr 71. went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 28, 2008, as the result of a tragic auto accident


John was born to Verna Josephine and John Edgar Blomberg Sr. in Aitkin. He went to school in Palisade, and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He served two years in the Army, playing football at Fort Belvoir, Va. John married Carol Ann Lehman on Aug. 3, 1962, in Aitkin. They lived in Nashwauk, until moving to Babbitt, in 1965. John began his business career working for Standard Oil as a commissioned agent. He bought the oil business and Standard Station and became an independent jobber. He served the Babbitt-Embarrass areas in his early years. In 1991, he purchased a convenience store in Ely, and expanded the oil business to the Ely area. He retired in 2005. John will be remembered by all who knew him for his honesty, integrity and commitment to hard work. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him personally will remember his quiet nature, big smile and his huge heart. He loved his family and he loved his Lord. John enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and especially the grandkids at the cabin. He also enjoyed hunting with many friends and family. He had a unique bond with his five brothers and spent time at yearly family reunions with them.

John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol (Lehman) Blomberg; three sons, Tim (Candi) Blomberg of Babbitt, Steve (Christine) Blomberg of Bemidji, Terry (Dana) Blomberg of Babbitt; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Tyler, Megan, Grace, Lauren, Benjamin, Olivia, Nolan, Abigail and Wesley; five brothers, Clement (Carol) Blomberg of Nashwauk, Harvey (Judy) Blomberg of Aitkin, David (Jill) Blomberg of Valparaiso, Ind., Rich (Marie) Blomberg of Shevlin, Minn., and Jim (Donna) Blomberg of Silver Bay; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and very special aunt Ruth of Cokato, Minn.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

 

John's connection to Cook is through John & Carol's son Timothy's wife Candace Cain.  She is the daughter of Homer 55, 1993 & Phyllis Hendy Cain formerly of Cook. The Blomberg family own and operate the Standard Oil agency in Babbitt and convenience stores in Babbitt and in Ely

 
 

Richard J. Truman, 67, of Sturgeon Township, passed away peacefully at home after a brief illness on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Richard was born in Walker, MN on August 21, 1940, and grew up in the Longville area until age 16, when the family moved to rural Bigfork. 

 

He spent several years of his adult life in the twin cities before returning to rural Bigfork in the early 70’s. He married Beverly Wright in rural Bovey on October 10, 1987.  In 1995 they moved to the farm in rural Cook where he lived until his passing.    Richard loved music, and playing drums, and when they weren’t available, his silver spoons.  His pets were also a very important part of his life.  Richard worked at several different jobs in his lifetime, and was very mechanically  inclined.  Most recently he enjoyed working at Pearson’s dairy farm. 

 

Richard is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; 3 sons, Richard Crowe of Champlin, MN, James (Gina) Truman of Elk River, MN and Ryan Joseph (Christie) Truman of Blaine, MN.; also like sons in Richard’s life were Thomas Kurtti and Brian Cornelius of Cotton and rural Cook, respectfully;  4 brothers, Tony (Becky) Truman of Bovey, Clifford (Julie) Worcester of Bovey, Jeffery (Marianne) Worcester of Bigfork and Steven (Lori) Worcester of Bigfork; 2 sisters, Eva (Bob) Card-Bergstrom of Bovey and Faye Jean Reigel of Moose Lake; 11 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Marianne Worcester will be the organist and the singing congregational.

 
 

Virginia M. Martinson, 85, Cook, formerly of Alango and Angora passed away peacefully at the Cook Nursing Home on Monday, May 19, 2008.

 

She was born Virginia May Balke on May 16, 1923, at Virginia, the daughter of Herman Sr. and Maude (McFarland) Balke.   She attended  School #24 in Celina to the 4th grade, School #19 in Field Township to 5th and 6th grade,  Cook school 7th through 9th grade, and went to the Alango School from 10th through 12th grades, where she graduated from high school in 1941.  She was united in marriage to Roger H. Martinson  on May 2, 1942 in Cook – in the Lutheran parsonage by Rev. Julius Fadum.  The couple made their home in Alango and Angora, where they raised their six children.  Virginia was a wonderful baker, and her family fondly recalls all the great tasting bread she baked.  She enjoyed picking berries, especially blueberries.  Every summer she cultivated a wonderful, large garden and she canned numerous kinds of vegetables along with berries.  Her family remembers that she enjoyed life.   She and her husband Roger farmed and Virginia assisted on all the farm chores and work needed on the farm.   She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and cherished the times spent with family. She also enjoyed reading poetry.  She was a member of the Cook Senior Citizens and the Minnesota Senior Federation. Virginia moved to the Pioneer Apartment Building in Cook in 1997, and has been residing at the Cook Nursing Home since 1998.

 

Virginia is survived by 2 sons, Roger (Jerelyn) Martinson of Cook and Barry (Bonnie) Martinson of Eveleth; 4 daughters, Kathleen (Dennis Mathison) Sarazine of Cook, Gloria (Grant “Butch”) Strand of Virginia, Coralee (Greg) Mihm of Vermilion Dam, and Valerie (Jerry) Ohotto of Cook; 17 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Granddaughter; 2 sisters-in-law, Marion Vertnik of Virginia and Minerva Balke of Virginia; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Roger Sr. on May 3, 1986;  a daughter, Laureen A. Martinson at birth in 1956; 2 brothers, Mervin and Herman Balke,;  3 sisters, Nettie Martinson, Martha Sanko and Mona Lenka; and son-in-law, Tom Sarazine

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday (May 27th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.   The honorary bearers will be sons and sons-in-law: Roger Martinson Jr. , Barry Martinson, Grant Strand Jr., Greg Mihm, Jerry Ohotto and Tom Sarazine (deceased.) A light luncheon will follow at the Cook VFW.  Interment will be in the Sand Lake Cemetery.

 
 

Charlotte M. Nieters, 93, Cook, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2008, at the Cook Hospital.

Charlotte was born in Eden Valley, Minn., on March 2, 1915, to Les and Edna Caswell. She married William Nieters on May 1, 1934, at Rockville, Minn. They lived in California, Morton and Ely, before settling in Field Township in 1941. In 1979 they moved to Cook. They enjoyed many winters in Florida. Charlotte liked to pick blueberries, garden and bake bread and cinnamon rolls, which she shared with others. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and the Rebecca Circle.

She is survived by one son, William (Marilyn) Nieters of Angora; three daughters, Jane (David) Olson of Sequim, Wash., Carol Raushel of Chisholm and Norma (Robert) Thomas of Cook; along with eight grandchildren: William (Laurie) Nieters of Britt, James Nieters of Angora, Dree Olson of Dallas, Alane Olson of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelly (Chuck) Skillings, of Ely, Mark (Anita) Raushel of Side Lake, Scott (Sue) Thomas of Cook and Debra (Randy) Bradt of Zumbrota, Minn.; and four great-grandchildren: Jennifer (Jeremy) Scofield of Orr, Ryan Nieters of Duluth, Erik Thomas of Cook and Nathan Bradt of Zumbrota.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William in 1998, grandsons, Jon Nieters in 1979 and Steven Olson in 1993.


Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. The Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. 1196, Cook, MN. 55723. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

The casket bearer for Char Nieters are the following grandchildren: will be the grandchildren; Bill Nieters Jr., Jim Nieters, Mark Raushel, Scott Thomas, Deb Bradt and Kelly Skillings.

 
 

A. Jean  Saatela, 66, Iron, passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

Jean was born on May 18, 1941 at Hill City, to Melvin and Ruby (Palmer) Schindler.  At the age of nine, she moved with her family to Togo, and graduated from the Bigfork High School in 1959. She had lived in Orr, and was a waitress at Patten’s Café, Orr Café, and also worked at  Mel’s IGA as a checkout clerk.  She was united in marriage to Terry Saatela on August 11, 1976, settling in Iron where she has since resided.  She was employed at the Virginia Elk’s Club and waitressed at the North Winds Café.   Her longest and best job was that of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.   Her greatest joy was following, supporting and encouraging her children in their sports and activities.  Terry and Jean were not only husband and wife, but best of friends, who enjoyed  being with each other.

 

 Jean is survived by her husband, Terry; four children, Randy (Kathy) Holman of Orr, Brenna (Dan) Lanigan of Hamden, CT, Tom (Oxana) Saatela of Summerville, SC and Devon Shopp of Iron; two sisters, Judy (Clancy Nalewaya) Christianson of Maple Grove, MN, and Susie Larson of Austin, TX; 6 Grandchildren: James and Daniel Holman, Jack and Brendan Lanigan, Ethan Saatela and Hunter Shopp; father-in-law, Everett Saatela of Orr; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a niece, Kari Christianson; mother-in-law, Delores Saatela, and a brother-in-law, John Larson.

 

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Monday at Faith United Lutheran Church in Iron.  Pastor  Matt Griggs will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

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Lillian Lorraine (Taittonen) Maki, age 63, formerly of Cook and of Virginia and a lifelong resident of the Embarrass area, died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born Sept. 21, 1944, in Virginia, the daughter of Waino and Signe Taittonen. She was a licensed practical nurse for many years at the Virginia Convalescent Center, retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in Embarrass, was a former Girl Scout leader and enjoyed knitting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, quilting, bird watching and traveling.

She is survived by daughters, Lisa (George) Myers of Embarrass, Leeanne (Ken) Erickson of Embarrass and Linette (Rod) Novak of North Kingstown, R.I.; sister, Elaine (Rodney) Arola of Britt; brothers, Wayne Taittonen of Cook and Michael (Mary) Taittonen of Florida; and grandchildren, Curt and Briita Myers, Austin and Kyle Erickson and Joshua and Jacob Novak.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Waino in 1988 at the age of 79 and Signe (Taskinen) Taittonen in 1995 at the age of 75. .

Lillian was raised in the Idington area south of Cook, she was a 1962 graduate of the Cook High School

Funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hope Lutheran Church in Embarrass. The Rev. Ann Christin Elvemo will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, May 14, at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia and one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in Embarrass Cemetery.

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Charles “Charlie” Mark Oles, 75, of Cook, MN passed away on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at the Cook Hospital.  Charlie was born and grew up in the Cloquet area.

 

He served for the United States Army from 1954 – 1957.  Charlie worked construction for various mines in the area and Potlatch after returning home.  He also worked in the Nett Lake area helping with the Federal Housing Project.  He went into construction for himself doing remodeling, caretaking and construction for numerous places around Lake Vermilion.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, building, gardening and carpentry. 

 

For the past two years Charlie resided at the Deb-Bees Adult Foster Home. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Larry and sister Kathy Curtis.  He is survived by his life partner Mary Oles of Cook, son; Randy (Chris) Oles of Nome, AK, step son; Greg (Michelle) Wicklem of Hershey, PA, daughters; Jolene (Darren Eichholz) Oles of Hibbing, Bonnie (Jim) Pasek of Cloquet and Cynthia (Justin) Asher of Spokane, WA, brothers; Duane (Delilah) Oles of Coas Bay, OR, Lester Oles of Airway Heights, WA and Merton (Judy) Oles of Post Falls, ID, sisters; Ellie Douglas of Kennwick, WA , Betty Kultala of LeCross, WA and Marilyn (LeRoy) Yaroll of Deer Park, WA, 6 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. 

 

As per Charlie’s request, there will be a gathering of family and friends at 1:00 PM, Sunday, May 18, at the Cook VFW.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Darryl J. Perala, 68, of Angora, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Monday, May 5, 2008.

 

Darryl was born on April 24, 1940, in Virginia, to John and Eleanor (Karvela) Perala.  He grew up on the family homestead in Angora Township where he was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Alango High School in 1958, then completed the mechanics course at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.  Darryl worked for the Federal Forest Service for several years, while farming on the homestead.  He was united in marriage to Nancy Gustafson on November 6, 1965 in Cook.  He was a member of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad for many years.  Darryl was a mechanic at Russ & Mike’s, then at Gustafson Motors at Cook.  He  became a mechanic for St. Louis County, where he worked for over 20 years, retiring in 2001.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.  Darryl was a talented craftsman and woodworker.  His family fondly recalls that he could fix any toy that needed  repair for his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by a son, Bradley (Jena) Perala of Angora,; a sister, Linda (Chuck) Barrett of Lakeville, MN,; 2 Grandchildren, Blake and Alec Perala; his mother-in-law, Clara Gustafson of Cook, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy on February 6, 1985; his father John in 1962, and mother Eleanor in 2006. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

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Gerald Gilbert Lokken, 72, of Keewatin, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2008, at the Golden Living Center in Hibbing.

Jerry was born on Feb. 25, 1936, to Gilbert and Alice (Dickson) Lokken in Chisholm. He attended Bear River area schools and worked as a mechanic his entire life. He retired from Olson’s Body Shop in Keewatin. Jerry was united in marriage to Patricia Mannila on Sept. 18, 1998, in Hibbing. He loved to tinker in his garage and shop, enjoyed the outdoors especially camping, fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patty” Lokken of Keewatin; and children: Gary Lokken, Debbie Lokken, Daniel Lokken, David Lokken, Dennis Lokken, John Lokken and Timothy Lokken.

Funeral: As per Jerry’s request there will be no services.

Memorials are preferred to North Star Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

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Charles W King, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota passed away on May 2, 2008. Beloved Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Grt.-Grandpa; "An Eastside Kid" Age 89 of Lake Elmo. Preceded in death by parents, Wm. & Ethel. Beloved husband of Virginia for 58 years. Dear father of Michael (Ruth), Patricia (Gary) Hauta, Charlene (Jim) Tholen. Loving grandfather of Dan, Brian, Elizabeth, Joanna, Forrest, Nolan, Colleen, Evan and Heidi. Four great-grandchildren.

 

Services at Christ Lutheran Church, 11194 36th St. N., Lake Elmo, Wed. May 7 at 11AM. Visitation at Maple Oaks Funeral Home, 2585 Stillwater Rd, Tues. 4-8PM, and also at church Wed. one hour prior to service. Interment church cemetery. Member of Moose Lodge #963; Lake Elmo VFW; 3M Quarter Century Club; 3M Club. Maple Oaks/Phalen Park Funeral Home 651-738-2198

 

Charles was the father of Patricia (Gary) Hauta of Cook, and the grandfather of Forrest, Nolan and Evan.  Forrest graduated from the Cook High School in 1997, Nolan in 2003 and Evan in 2006..

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John Edger Blomberg Jr. 71 went to be with his Lord and Savor Jesus Christ on Monday, April 28, 2008, as the result of a tragic auto accident.

John was born to Verna Josephine and John Edgar Blomberg Sr. in Aitkin. He went to school in Palisade, and graduated from Aitkin High School in 1955. He served two years in the Army, playing football at Fort Belvoir, Va. John married Carol Ann Lehman on Aug. 3, 1962, in Aitkin. They lived in Nashwauk, until moving to Babbitt, in 1965. John began his business career working for Standard Oil as a commissioned agent. He bought the oil business and Standard Station and became an independent jobber. He served the Babbitt-Embarrass areas in his early years. In 1991, he purchased a convenience store in Ely, and expanded the oil business to the Ely area. He retired in 2005. John will be remembered by all who knew him for his honesty, integrity and commitment to hard work. Those of us who had the privilege of knowing him personally will remember his quiet nature, big smile and his huge heart. He loved his family and he loved his Lord. John enjoyed spending time with his wife, family and especially the grandkids at the cabin. He also enjoyed hunting with many friends and family. He had a unique bond with his five brothers and spent time at yearly family reunions with them.

John is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol (Lehman) Blomberg; three sons, Tim (Candi) Blomberg of Babbitt, Steve (Christine) Blomberg of Bemidji, Terry (Dana) Blomberg of Babbitt; 10 grandchildren, Zach, Tyler, Megan, Grace, Lauren, Benjamin, Olivia, Nolan, Abigail and Wesley; five brothers, Clement (Carol) Blomberg of Nashwauk, Harvey (Judy) Blomberg of Aitkin, David (Jill) Blomberg of Valparaiso, Ind., Rich (Marie) Blomberg of Shevlin, Minn., and Jim (Donna) Blomberg of Silver Bay; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and very special aunt Ruth of Cokato, Minn.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

 

John's connection to Cook is through John & Carol's son Timothy's wife Candace Cain.  She is the daughter of Homer 55, 1993 & Phyllis Hendy Cain formerly of Cook. The Blomberg family own and operate the Standard Oil agency in Babbitt and convenience stores in Babbitt and in Ely.

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Martha C. Schelde, 86, Cook, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Cook Hospital.

 

Martha Catherine Niemisto was born on January 30, 1922, at Chassel, Michigan; the daughter of Matthew and Margaret (Kaspala) Niemisto. She grew up in the Upper Penninsula  of Michigan. She married Sven Liikamma in 1943 and moved to Tacoma, Washington and was widowed in 1947. During the War (World War II) effort, Martha proudly worked in the shipyards and on the aircraft carriers, where she was a machinist’s helper.  She was blessed to find another love and married Joel Liljeblom in 1948, and was once again widowed in 1956. She moved to Cook in 1958, and was united in marriage to Fred Schelde on July 2, 1958. They then moved to Field Township, where she has since resided.   Fred also precedes her in death on April 24, 1989. Martha ran a daycare out of her home for over 25 years, which was a natural extension for her love of children. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, a longtime member of its choir and Rebecca Circle.  She also was a member of the Kaleva  and  the Finn Singers, along with being a talented seamstress.  Her longest and best job was that of a devoted  homemaker. We will miss her strength, “sisu”, great sense of humor, even when things were difficult, her strong work ethic and her great cooking and baking.  Grandma Martha wonderfully touched all she met and will be dearly missed. She especially loved the time spent with her grandchildren.  Her door was open to all and the coffee pot was always on for visitors.  

 

She is survived by 4 sons, Sven (Dolores) Schelde of Maple Valley, WA,  Fred (Candy Lamb) Schelde Jr. of Wolf Lake, MN, Marty (Ania) Schelde of Cook, and Peter (Julie) Schelde of Angora; 3 daughters,  Shirley (Frank) Hyppa of Cook,  Grace Liljeblom of Cook and Kay (Rick) Lokken of Lake Vermilion-Cook; 1 sister, Ida Johnson of Bay Village, OH,; 24 Grandchildren – with another grandson due in June; 19 Great Grandchildren; her longtime dear friend Shirley Lindgren of Cook; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her husbands, she is preceded in death by 2 brothers, William Kaspala and Arnie Laukkanen; and a grandson, Shawn Michael Schelde. 

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant. Special Finnish music will be played and sung by Linda Freeman.  The casket bearers will be the grandsons: Sam Hyppa, Justin Lokken, Aaron Bialke, Jordan Lokken, Astion Schelde and Nolan Lokken.  The honorary casket bearer will be the grandchildren: Chris, Mike, Meranda, Monica, LeLand, Lance, LeRoy, Adam, Victor, Mikaela, Courtney and Bridget Schelde, Mindy Bialke, Brynn Fischer, Casey Krawczyk, Russell Hyppa, Jolene Hyppa- Martin and Tanner Lokken.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery

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William D. “Bill” Fischer 53 – “One of Cook’s Finest” passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 27, 2008, at North  Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale.   

 

Bill was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on July 4, 1954, to Edward and Madonna (Smith) Fischer.  He grew up in Terre Haute where he graduated from high school in 1972.  He played in the high school band and was an officer in the German Club.  He owned and operated Scuba Land, specializing in dive lessons and scuba equipment. He taught scuba diving at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.  He began coming to Lake Vermilion with his parents in 1960, his folks moved here permanently in 1982.  Bill moved to Tower in 1992, where he owned and operated the Wayside Café.  In 1994 he moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook, where he has since resided.  He was a valued and trusted employee of Mlaker Vault Co. then Secure Vault Co., both of Cook, for 12 years. Bill was well known for his many years of service, dedication and commitment to the Cook area community. He served as a First Responder, an EMT on the Cook Area Ambulance Service,  member of the Cook Fire Department along with being a school bus driver and teacher’s aid for the School District  #2142 in Cook.

 

He was a private pilot and managed the Ray Hill Cook Municipal Airport for several years. First and foremost, he was a loving father and a wonderful friend to many.   He will be remembered for his compassion for others, as well of his love of life, his motorcycles,  and most of all his family.  He unselfishly gave much of his time and talents (especially cooking) at many benefits to help other families.  Bill taught us the meaning of hope, courage and love, and how to have a good laugh. 

 

He is survived by his children, William (Brooke) Fischer and  Krystal Fischer, mother, Madonna Fischer, all of Cook; one brother, Edward J. (Jeanne) Fischer of Terre Haute, IN; good friend Gloria Bartlett of Bear River; 2 nephews, Jason and E.J. Fischer, along with a host of friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward on August 23, 1994.  

 

Funeral services will be at 3:00 PM Sunday (May 4th) at the Cook School Gym.  The visitation will be from 11:00 AM to  until the 3:00 PM service at  the school Gym, and will coincide with the previously scheduled benefit from 11 AM to 2 PM at the  Cook School Cafeteria – all on Sunday.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  The music will be provided by Bailey Conger, Amy Palmer, Nancy Reing and Tim Mankowski.   The casket bearers will be Eddie Fischer, Dave Blanc, Tim Picek, Willie Fischer, Rev. Reuben Rosnau, Dan Reing and Brian Gramling.  The honorary bearers will be members  of the Cook Area Ambulance Service and  Cook  Fire Department, and Bill’s nephews, Jason and E.J. Fischer.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Roy Edward Johnson age 84, of Hibbing, formerly of Bear River, past away on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at the Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 1, 2008 from 12:00 until the 1:00 P.M. Memorial Service at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. Pastor Mark Palmer will be officiating. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 

Roy was born on May 23, 1923 to John and Alice (Wold) Johnson in Hibbing. He grew up in Bear River and attended Togo School. In 1950 Roy moved to Hibbing where he did lawn work for many residents, mowing lawns in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. He was also handy at carpentry work making many dressers, cedar chests, etc. Roy was well known around town as he rode his motorbike and in later years his scooter, wherever he went. Roy made many friends throughout his life as he was friendly with everyone. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alice, a brother, John (Jack), a nephew Dale Johnson and 3 sisters-in-laws, Ruth, Lois and Georgene.

 

Survivors include: Three Brothers: Duane Johnson of Bear River, MN. Kenneth (Lois) Johnson of Side Lake, MN. Robert (Jeanne) Johnson of Hibbing, MN, Six Nephews: Dennis (Peggy) Johnson, Barry (Robbie) Johnson, Kelly (Pat) Johnson, Tom Johnson, Steven Johnson, Kevin (Theresa) Johnson, Four Nieces: Cheryl Johnson,  Laurie (Darrold) Persson, Cindy (David) Stevens, Tammy (Farley) Fox, Numerous cousins

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Harvey Americus Aluni, 89, a longtime resident of Virginia died Thursday, April 24, 2008 in his home. He was born July 12, 1918 in Virginia, the son of Sam and Josephine Aluni, and was a graduate of Virginia High School and Virginia Junior College. Harvey married Shirley Carlson on May 30, 1942 in Virginia and was an Army veteran.

Harvey owned and operated the Aluni Distributing Company for more than 30 years. Following his retirement, he worked as a courier for the East Range Clinics, where he also volunteered as a host, greeter and driver. Harvey was an active member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church, was past president of the Virginia Rotary Club and a long-time participant of the Rotary International Goodwill meetings in Winnipeg, the Elks Club, Northern Club, Moose Club, Royal Café Coffee Group, Virginia Curling Club, Parkville Cribbage Club and the Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 in Virginia. Harvey was recognized as the St. Louis County Volunteer of the Year for his work at the East Range Clinics.

Harvey is survived by his wife of almost 66 years, Shirley; daughter, Roberta “Robbie Sue” Aluni, of Virginia; son, Dr. Harvey R. (Marcia) Aluni, of Virginia; grandchildren, Karen (Troy) Flicek of New Prague, Cheryl (Jeff) Tweten of Duluth and Brian Aluni of Duluth; a great-grandson, Tyler Flicek; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Robert Aluni.


SERVICES: Gathering time for family and friends will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia and will continue one hour prior to the 11 a.m. Monday Celebration of Life service at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials are preferred, and may be directed to Gethsemane Evangelical Church.

 

Harvey was well know in the Cook area. His son owns and operates the Northland Animal Hospital in Virginia.

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John Curtis Miller 59, born May 6, 1948, in Minneapolis, Minn., passed away April 22, 2008, at the Cook Hospital. He is survived by his son, John Miller; daughter, Julie Miller; grandson, Cameron Miller; mother, Eleanor (Capitola) Pendzimas; siblings: Jim Miller, Babe (Tootsie) Miller, Patty (Billy) Rutchasky, Mick Miller, Shawn (Laurie) Pendzimas; his girlfriend, Anna Driskell, and her children Vianna and Wyatt Driskell; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and many wonderful friends.


He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Miller; stepfather, Richard Pendzimas; and his sister, Kim (Miller) Houle on Feb. 11, 2008.


John was a cook at The Landing Supper Club where he served many people who became very dear and close friends to him. John enjoyed hunting with his best buddy, Billy. John also enjoyed spending time on the lake whether it was fishing, going for a ride across the lake or sitting on the dock. John fought a hard battle with cancer. He is in God’s hands now. We know He will take care of him. Rest in peace, my Johnnie, my brudder, my auntie John, my dad, my friend. A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Old Muni in Cook at 1p.m. on Friday, April 25. Potluck to be served.
 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

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Bradley Allen Holmer, 45, passed away peacefully the morning of April 11, 2008, in CleElum, Washington. Brad was born in White Salmon, Washington, on June 28, 1962 to Gayle (Gilmore) and Allen Holmer. He grew up in Everett, Washington, where he went to school. He was married to Lina Braittain in 1983 in Marysville, Washington.

 

Survivors include his two sons, Nicholas Allen (Brandi Leigh) Holmer (USAF), Columbus, Mississippi, and Jesse Holmer of Marysville, Washington; his mother, Gayle Gilmor of Twisp, Washington; father, Allen Holmer of Gheen, Minnesota; brother, William (Bill) Allen Holmer of Gheen; two sisters, Pennie (Thomas) Moes of Orr and Peggy Holmer (Bill Halverson) of CleElum, Washington; one niece, Hannah Moes; and nephews: Aaron Holmer, Jonahan Moes, Samuel Moes, Michael Moes and David Moes; his grandfather, Reinhold Holmer of Gheen; and aunt Carol (Sherman) Kolwena of Burrian, Washington.

 

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Robert (Bobby Holmer in 1983; grandmothers: Lucille Holmer and Agnes Steele; and grandfather, Robert C. Steele.

 

The family thanks everyone who participated in the fundraiser last summer for his medical expenses.

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Walter Lee Ballard 67 passed away at his home on April 16, 2008  He was a loving husband and opa. Walt was born in St. Mary's, Illinois on December 12, 1940. He grew up in Cook. Walter spent 20 years in the Army and then as a civilian he drove a truck for EEE Construction. He is survived by his wife, Karin; daughter-in-law, Vickie; granddaughter, Kelsey; sister Barbara (John K.Gustafson 64, 1992) Matts and brother-in-law John Matts of Cook; many nieces and nephews;  and his cat. Garfield.

 

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Sylvia Ballard. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Pike's Peak Hospice in Walter's name. Dove-Witt, Fountain, Colorado 6630 South Highway 85 /87.

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Anna K. Nelson, 97, formerly of Superior, died Tuesday April 15, 2008 in Diamond Willow Assisted Living, in Cloquet.

 

She was born in West Duluth on Dec. 1, 1910 to Anna and Olaf Lindblom. She then moved with her parents and sister to Silverdale, Minn. in 1911. She attended grade school in Silverdale, and graduated from Hibbing High School. Anna lived in Cook, Minnesota for many years and was employed at the Farmers & Merchants State Bank.

 

She married Jacob Nelson on July 18, 1954 at the First Baptist Church of Cook. They moved to Superior, Wisconsin. in 1957 where together they operated an apartment business. She was a member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Superior, Wisconsin, and served in various capacities there.

 

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob in 1979, and her sister Sigrid Lindblom in 1997. Anna was survived by a host of friends.

 

Pallbearers will be David and Daniel Herstad, Charlie and Randy Haworth, Bob Yost and Mike Mock.  Honorary pallbearers are Elmer Liatula  and Lowell Haworth.

 

Visitation at :3 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service Thursday April 24, in Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. Rev Roger Bardon will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery on Friday April 25th, at 10 a.m.

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Selma H. Olson, 94, Togo, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at the Cook Nursing Home, with her family at her side.

 

Selma Hazel Silta was born in December 5, 1913, in Hibbing; the daughter of Finnish immigrants, Matti and Hanna (Kaatiala) Silta and grew up in Bearville Township.  The family spoke only Finnish and at the age of seven she attended  Togo School and learned to speak and write English, which she then taught to the family.  She wanted to continue her education and went to live with the Powers family in Grand Rapids as a “mothers helper”, which enabled her to finish High School in 1933. She later attended St. Cloud Teachers College.  Selma was united in marriage to Richard Olson on February 23, 1935 and they made their home in Togo. Selma became the mother of twins and sixteen years later, another daughter. Selma was a partner and bookkeeper for their business, R. W.  Olson Logging .   She was a longtime confirmed member of Bear River Lutheran Church and  was the secretary of their Ladies Aid and also served on the Togo PTA and the hot lunch program at  Togo School. Selma was an avid reader and had a passion for learning. Her family fondly remembers her always proof reading the newspapers for mistakes. She loved traveling and especially enjoyed a trip with her sisters to Finland. Selma and Dick had met at a dance and in later years enjoyed dancing to Big Band music. She saved every card and gift that was given to her. It is through her gardening, love of fishing, carpentry skills, recycling and re-using, that her family retains fond memories of an unpretentious woman who led her life with independence, fortitude, “sisu” and a can-do/ make -do attitude. Selma was a devoted wife, cherished mother, and a loving grandmother.  She had been making her residence at the Cook Nursing Home the past 4 ½ years.

 

She is survived by her devoted husband of  73 years, Richard;  children, twins Richard Jr. (Beverly) Olson  of Effie, and  Darlene (Jake) Cayo of Virginia and Dana Anderson of Hibbing; a sister, Helen (Bud) Booth of Bigfork,; 10 Grandchildren:  Teresa McCue, Kelly (Susan) McCue, Clayton (Ann) McCue,  Susan (John) Mankus,  Kim (Delaine) Olson, Kevin (Kelli) Olson, Todd (Holli) Olson, Matthew (Sheri Biondi) Anderson, Ryan (Nicole Polcher) Anderson and Kirk (Kacey Donahue) Anderson; 15 Great Grandchildren:  Kelli Sue, Conor, Preston, Neil, Amber, Myles, Tessa, Heather, Justin, Laurin, McKenzi, Kaitlyn, Karter, Jonathan and Alex; 3 Great Great Grandchildren: Aleda, Trinity and Blaydon; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many other extended family and friends. 

 

Selma is preceded in death by 1 brother, John Silta; 1 sister, Mary Blackmer; 1 grandson in infancy, Lawrence McCue; 1 great grandson, Steven Olson, and son-in-law, Kenneth Anderson.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends  for one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant, with Gloria Hegg sharing.  Pete Pellinen and Linda Freeman will provide the music.  The honorary bearers will be Selma’s Grandchildren: Teresa McCue, Kelly McCue, Clayton McCue, Susan Mankus, Kim Olson, Kevin Olson, Todd Olson, Matthew Anderson, Ryan Anderson, and Kirk Anderson.  Interment will take place later at a later date in Bearville Cemetery.

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Wallace Archie Mair 82, of St. Paul, Minnesota passed away peacefully on April 11, 2008. He was born on July 21, 1925.

 

Wally was preceded in death by wife Mildred.

 

He is survived by daughters April (Ricky) Gleixner, Shelly (Jim) Beatson, Becky (Louis) Ouellette; grandchildren Alaina (Matthew) Budish, Laura Gleixner; great grandchildren Ella Budish, Ava Budish; niece Suzanne Mills; nephew Rick Mills & companion Ruth Ruzichka.

 

Wallace was a nephew to Clara Gustafson of Cook.

 

Gathering of family and friends Wed. 11AM-12PM at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME 640 W. 7th St. 651-224-2341. Memorials preferred to St. Anthony Park Home for their loving care.

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 Clarence R. Leinonen, 60, of Keewatin, died Thursday, April 10, 2008, at his home.

He was born on December 20, 1947, to Wayne and Eleanor (Juola) Leinonen in Virginia. He graduated from Cook High School in 1965 and was valedictorian of his class. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1971 as an attorney of law. He practiced law in the Twin Cities and also in the Keewatin area. He liked playing cards and had a love for animals.

He is survived by one brother,  Clifford of Hibbing; one sister, Carol Carlson of Eveleth; one nephew, Justin Anderson of Eveleth; and one niece, Brittany Anderson of Eveleth. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Clarence's sister Carol of the class of 1976 was a waitress for many years at the Mr. Steak Restaurant in Virginia. Clarence would be a second cousin to Dale Leinonen of Angora.

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Beatrice C. (McKenzie) Longpre, 84, of Virginia died April 8, 2008, in Boulder City, Nev.

She was born on Feb. 29, 1924, in Calumet, Mich., to Joseph and Mary Primeau. She graduated from Calumet High School in 1942 and from Mercy College of Nursing, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Detroit, Mich., in 1945. Following graduation, she was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Flint Michigan. In 1946 she moved to Virginia, where she was employed at the Lenont-Peterson Clinic.

On Feb. 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to Daniel McKenzie at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Virginia. In 2003, she married R. James Longpre at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia.

Beatrice was a member of the Minnesota Nurses’ Association and retired from the Virginia Regional Medical Center in 1989. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Parish where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for several years. She was also a member of Resurrection Guild Funeral Choir and the Council of Catholic Women.

Beatrice is survived by her husband, Robert “Jim” Longpre; three sons, Neil (Kathleen) McKenzie of Hastings, Minn., Daniel of Plymouth, Minn., and Peter (Carol) of Blaine, Minn.; five daughters, Barbara (Michael) Fiola of Eagan, Minn., Marilyn (Michael) Miller of Prior Lake, Minn., Gail (David) Lind of Prior Lake, Minn., Debra of Savage, Minn., and Linda (Scott) Sinjem of Savage, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan in 1973; her parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
 

Visitation will be Monday from 11:30 a.m. until the 1 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Father John O’Donnell will be the celebrant. Internment will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Beatrice was the mother-in-law of Kathleen Burtness (Neil) McKenzie, a 1970 graduate of the Cook High School and the daughter of Eldred & Julia 83, 2002 Burtness of Cook. Kathleen's sisters are Julie, class of 1964 and Jeanne class of 1968. Kathleen's father Eldred still lives on the rural Cook farm where he has been all of his life. He was 91 years old last December and every morning he can be found the Montana Cafe for coffee.

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Clarence Edward Gustafson, 80, of Cloquet, died Monday, April 7, 2008 in Cloquet Community Memorial Hospital. He was born in 1927 to Edwin and Saima Gustafson. Clarence retired from Reserve Mining Co. after 29 years of employment.

 

Clarence was passionate about fishing and will fondly be remembered for his many fishing outings with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Axel Gustafson. Clarence will be deeply missed by his beloved family.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Sharon (G.D.) Kitch of Cloquet; two sons, Rick (Laurie) Gustafson of Canyon and Kevin (Annette) Gustafson of Silver Bay; two sisters, Ellen Engen of Cloquet and Gloria Bartlett of Cook; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

 

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS:1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. Memorial Service, Sunday, 13, 2008 in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet, followed by a luncheon in the Fireside Room of the funeral home.

 

Gloria Bartlett is the secretary at the Cook School. Kevin Gustafson is a son-in-law to my brother Jerry (Irene Edblom) of Silver Bay. He is married to their daughter Annette. So I am related to Gloria.

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William R. Trygg, 74 of Ely, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, due to injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident. He was born January 6, 1934 in Ely, the son of  J. William and Irene Trygg. Bill graduated from Hermantown High School in 1952 and UMD in 1959. He served in the US Army from 1954 – 1956. In 1963, he started working full-time with his father at Trygg Land Office. Bill enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the woods and local history, and in his real estate work taught many people how to snowshoe. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, canoeing, camping, and building a family cabin on Lake Vermilion. Bill was a nine-year cancer survivor. He was an Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Ely, a member of Ely Masonic Lodge and Ely Kiwanis.

 

He is survived by his wife, Louise; daughters, Kristen (Charles) Kidd of Ely, Karin (Clyde) Peterson of Ely, and Hjordis (Eric) Bjorklund of Bloomington; grandchildren, Matthew and Mireille Kidd, Linnea and Eric Peterson, & Amelia and Peter Bjorklund; brother-in-law, Roger (Janette) Anderson of Cook; sister-in-law, Eva (Ron 53, 1989) Anderson of Chetek, WI; aunt, Bernice (Don 85, 2003) Delich of Fridley, MN; and uncle, Thomas G. (Aune) Trygg of Columbia Heights, MN; and nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Margaret K. Trygg.

 

Visitation will be Monday, April 7, 2008 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Kerntz Funeral Home Chapel and one hour prior to the 1 p.m. funeral service at First Presbyterian Church, Ely on Tuesday, April 8, 2008. Reverend Frank S. Davis will officiate. Spring burial will be at the Cook Cemetery.

 

Memorials preferred.

Cousins of Bill's living at Cook are Kathy (Dan) Forsline and Richard "Kit" (Char) Olson

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Judy K. King, 66, Orr, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. She was born at Oblong, Illinois on July 17, 1941, to George and Katherine (Kreisch) Kerr.  She grew up in Robinson, Illinois where she graduated from High  in 1959.  

 

Judy earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching from  Indiana State University in 1964, and taught high school home economics for several years in northern Indiana.  She moved to Gheen in 1978 and has resided in the area since.  She married Warren King on July 9,1983, in Britt.  Judy managed the Orr Municipal Liquor Store for over 20 years, where she met many people and made numerous friends.  She enjoyed boating  and her favorite trips by water were to Kettle Falls.  She treasured times spent with family and friends.   She was a member of the  Orr American Legion Auxiliary Post #480 and the  Veterans of  Foreign Wars  Auxiliary Post #1757 of Cook.

 

She is survived by a son, John (Bobbie Malecha) Hetra of Orr; 2 step-sons, Terry (Onalie) King of Britt and Rocky (Glory) King of Cook; 4 step-daughters, Susan (Mark) Pluskwik of Virginia, Margaret (Brian) Roth of Cloquet, Kathy (Jim) Farnham of Chisholm and Robin King of Hibbing; 2 brothers, Steve and Michael Kerr, both of Robinson, IL., 4 sisters, Jane Dunn of Champagne, IL., Susan (Vern) Parish) of Flat Rock, IL., Kathy (Don) Correll of Hudsonville, IL. and  Lisa Kerr of Robinson, IL., 2 Grandchildren, Kathryn Hetra and Morgan Malecha; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Warren on Aug. 14, 1998.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM. Wednesday at the Orr American Legion Hall.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Robinson, Illinois.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Helen Sylvia (Leding, McReady) Brink, 91, of Ely passed away Friday, April 4, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on April 1, 1917, to Lars and Christina Maria Leding in Cook.

On April 18, 1936, Helen married Frederic F. McReady and the couple moved to Ely in 1937. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church and their ladies circles for many years, the Ely Garden Club and the Watercolor Club.

She is survived by two children, Kathleen D. Furness and Douglas (Nancy) McReady both of Ely; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Lawrence Leding of Plymouth, Minn.; sister, Beulah (Boots) Cerar of Eveleth; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Helen was prceeded in death by her first husband, Fred McReady in 1988; her second husband, Carl Brink in 2001; brothers, John and Kenneth Leding.

 

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Lutheran Church in Ely. The Rev. Bill Fossum will officiate. Spring Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Grace Lutheran Church, Ely. Family services by Kerntz Brothers, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Ely.

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Harriett Ann (Wold). Wesley, 76, of Hibbing, died Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

She was born to Einar and Laura Wold in Deer Lodge, Mont., on May 3, 1931, and moved here as an infant. She attended Hibbing elementary schools and graduated from Hibbing High School in 1949. Harriett was a beautiful woman and was Queen of Hibbing in 1949. She attended Minnesota School of Business, graduating in 1951 with a degree in business. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1951 where she worked for the FBI.

She moved back to Hibbing, where she met Earl Wesley, in 1954. They were united in marriage on June 4, 1955. She was employed part-time as a nurse’s aide in 1960 while raising her four children.

Harriett was a wonderful caring mother who always put her husband and children first. She had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes. She was a giving person and helpful to many. Her door was always open to anyone who wanted to sleep on the couch.

She was a spiritual woman and wrote beautiful poetry that touched and comforted many hearts. She was an accomplished knitter, making many sweaters and afghans for her loved ones.

Harriett was active in her younger years at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, including singing in the choir, at weddings and special events. She loved spending time at Beauty Lake, traveling to new places and locally worked making floral arrangements and corsages.

She touched many lives and was known as “Grandma” to her friends and “adopted” grandchildren. She will be missed by those she enjoyed talking on the phone to by the hour, and by all of us.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; her children: Lora (Eric) Wesley Lendrum of Hibbing, Larry Wesley of New Orleans, La., Luanne (Tom) Ridlon of Little Island Lake, and Loren Wesley of Hibbing; her sister, Kathleen Leding of Cook; eight grandchildren: Mathew and Jonathan Wesley and their mother, Kathy Tahija, Joshua (Whitney), Jacob (Miranda Bautch), Justin and Jesse Ridlon, Cameron and Alan Wesley and their mother, Jennifer Wesley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Margaret Leino.

Funeral: Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Erik Holleque will officiate.

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church.

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 
 

Donald M. Mather, 77, of Ely died suddenly on Thursday, April 3, 2008 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, surrounded by his loving family.

Don was born May 31, 1930 in Palisade, Minn. He grew up on the family farm, moving to Ely in 1952. Don and Betty were married Aug. 8, 1959 and raised five children together. He was employed at Reserve Mining Co. for 32 years and then at Cyprus Minerals for three years. Don did restoration work at Kettle Falls and also worked in the woods building roads with the Schreffler Logging crew. Don loved being outdoors, fishing, hunting, gardening, berry picking, bird watching and in the “wood pile.” He loved working in his garage, always fixing and building projects. Don’s life was oriented around family and he took great pride and satisfaction in watching them grow up and make lives of their own. He loved the many hours passed “shooting the breeze” with his family, family “in-laws,” the 3 o’clock coffee crew and many other good friends. Words cannot express how missed Don will be by his treasured wife of 49 years, Betty; his children and their spouses; his grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. Don’s final act was to give the gift of life through tissue donation.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Arvo (Donna) Mather of Waunakee, Wis., Jessie (David) Schunk formerly of Cook, now of Britt, Donald (Giselle) Mather of Ely, Mark (Jean) Mather of Marshall and Melodee (Glen) Schreffler of Babbitt; grandchildren, Aaron, Amy, Kaitlyn and Joshua Mather, David (Fae) Schunk, Nicholas (Erin) Schunk, Jeremiah (Jennifer) Schunk, Jacob, Jade and Jasmin Mather, Stephanie, Erik and Cody Mather and Jolene, Benjamin and McKenzie Schreffler; 13 great-grandchildren with another great-grandchild due in July; sister, Hazel “Jean” Swanson, of Ely; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurel and Milton Mather; and his daughter, Joy Bethany.

Memorial service 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Ely. Pastor Dana Thompson will officiate. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be at the Ely Cemetery at a later date. Services provided by Kerntz Brothers, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Ely.

 
 

William Anthony Frazee, 78, of Tower passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife and children on Tuesday, April 3, 2008 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

He was born July 21, 1929 in Tower to William and Anne (Stepan) Frazee. He graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1947 and was a proud member of the 1946 State Basketball team. He served in the Army for 1-1/2 years and was stationed at the New York City Port, where he was a member of the Embarkation Military Band. He also attended the Metropolitan Business College in Seattle, Wash., as well as the University of Minnesota Duluth in Duluth.

In 1953, Bill married Lois Salmela and they established their home in Tower, where they raised three children. He worked for 11 years in the Soudan underground U.S. Steel mine and 22 years as a bookkeeper for Lamppa’s store in Embarrass. He retired from 25 years with the U.S. Postal Service in 1989, having served as postmaster in Angora and Tower.

Bill enjoyed outdoor sports, golf and traveling after his retirement, as well as spending time with his family at his cabin on Lake Vermilion. He was a loving husband and father and was an adored “Papa” to his seven grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Lois; sons, Curt (Karen) Frazee of Tower and Scott (Dawn) Frazee of Tower; daughter, Patrice (Robert) Hurd, of Bemidji; grandchildren, Hayley McKeon, Heather Hurd, Hannah Hurd, Joey Frazee, Pam Frazee, Abigail Frazee and Avery Frazee; two great-grandchildren to be born this summer; brothers, George (Fran) Frazee of Apple Valley, James Frazee of Tower and Lucille Carlson of Forest Lake; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Anne (Lolly) Suihkonen; brother, Dean Frazee; and nephews, Larry Carlson and James Suihkonen.


Mass of Christian Burial 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower at a later date. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 
 

Elsie Elizabeth Thomas, 92, of Chisholm died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at the Virginia Convalescent Center.

She was born March 5, 1916 in Alango Township, the daughter of Gust and Alexandra Laine. She married Donovan Thomas in 1936 and lived in Linden Grove Township for 44 years before moving to Chisholm in 1980. In 2006 she moved to Clayridge Assisted Living in Biwabik.

She is survived by her son, Robert (Norma) Thomas, of Linden Grove; grandchildren, Scott (Sue) Thomas of Linden Grove and Debra (Randy) Bradt of Zumbrota, Minn.; and great-grandsons, Erik Thomas and Nathan Bradt.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donovan, in 1978; brothers, William and Harold Thomas; and sisters, Sanni Richards, Mayme Alexander and Martha Holm.

 

There will be no services at Elsie’s request. Services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 
 

Ruth Hazel Pearson, 82, of Cook, went peacefully to be with her Lord Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008 at the Wyoming Fairview Hospital in Wyoming, MN, Ruth was born May 27, 1925 to Hans and Randine (Sletten) Hanson of Erskine, MN.

 

She was raised and attended school in ErskineIn her early 20’s, she lived in Evanston, IL and worked in various jobs; Tinkertoy Factory, Munsingwear, cannery factory and as a telephone switchboard operator. 

 

Ruth was introduced to Roy by his sister Emilie in 1951. Roy and Ruth married on September 27, 1952 at Oak Hills Bible School in Bemidji, MN.  They made their home in Cook for 55 years, raising 3 children; Judy, Joyce and David. Ruth found great pleasure working with her hands; quilting, knitting, canning, gardening and cooking.  She took great pride in being a homemaker. 

 

Ruth was known for her hospitality and visiting others.  She enjoyed sharing her homemade items and always thought of others.  Ruth was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook where she faithfully served in the past as Sunday School Secretary, Release Time, Sunday School and Bible School teacher, choir member and she was involved in women ministries.  Ruth and Roy recently moved to their daughter Judy’s home in Wyoming, MN.  Ruth will be missed by her family and friends. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Doris in infancy, sister Thelma (Manfred) Bahr and brother Herbert, all of Bemidji, MN. 

 

Ruth is survived by her husband Roy, children; Judy (Dan) Cochran of Wyoming, MN, Joyce (Terry) Cave of Pine City, MN, and David (Bonnie) Pearson of Cook, MN, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, sisters; Bernice (Lloyd) Melugin of Erskine, MN, Ellen (Chet) Caldwell of Bemidji, MN, brothers; Melvin (Patty) Hanson, Albert (Hazel) Hanson of Bemidji, MN, Norman (Alberta) Hanson of McIntosh, MN, and sister in-law; Marlys Hanson of Bemidji, MN, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, March 28, at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Randy Brodeen, Pastor Dennis Sundeen and Pastor Nate Stenholtz will share in the service.  The casket bearers will be Ruth’s grandsons and nephew.  Lorraine Walker will play the organ and Ruth’s grandchildren and great grandchildren will sing.  Spring interment will be held at the Field Cemetery in Cook. 

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

Melvyn J. Ott 66, a retired Northwest Airlines Captain of Merritt Island Florida, flew west for his final check on February 7, 2008. Mel "Tarmack" Ott was born on April 6th, 1942 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. As a young boy Mel was a typical farm kid who worked with his family to raise cattle and wheat. As a young boy Mel had the chance to hunt with Marine Corps Ace Joe Foss, and his first airplane ride was with his Uncle Capt Jack Volkel, a Northwest Airlines Pilot who owned a personal DC-3.

 

Mel was inspired to be a professional baseball player while attending South Dakota State University, but after talking with several baseball scouts he decided to pursue flying. Mel convinced his father to purchase a Cessna 150 so he could amass flight time and provide Flight Instruction, and in 1965 he was hired by Northwest Orient Airlines as a Second Officer on the B-707.

 

Mel flew 32 years with NWA flying the B707, B727, DC-10, B747, and B747-400. He was routinely flying orient routes since the early 1980’s. Mel was given the nickname "Tarmack" since he was repeatedly seen on the ramp area smoking. In 1980, Mel moved to the southwest Florida coast along with his wife Shirley, daughters Stephanie and Stacy, and son Randy. Mel was very active in boating and named his boats "Jetlag" referring to the tiresome time zone travel of a long haul wide body pilot. In 1990 Capt. "Tarmack" flew the inaugural New York to Tokyo nonstop 747-400 flight. Mel was also an active general aviation pilot and longtime Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) member, owning several aircraft including the complete Grumman aviation line and a Christen Eagle II. In 1998 he finished a Curtiss Falcon replica biplane that was featured in several popular aviation magazines and made the front cover of EAA's "Sport Aviation" in 2001. Mel had taught his son Randy to fly, and he was later hired by United Airlines. He would often follow his son to aerobatic contests in which his son competed in an Extra 300S. Mel also like to camp at EAA Oshkosh and EAA Sun-N-Fun, often going early to get the best possible camping spot and always taking his small dog "Curtiss" with him.

 

Mel was active with personal Computer Flight Simulation and was a beta tester for various companies, including Microsoft, that market the flight simulation software. He also authored a book about flying the B747-400 and was well known within the flight simulation community (AvSim).

 

Mel is survived by his wife Shirley (Doroff) of 43 years, daughters Stephanie Ott- Schwartzberg and Stacy Kamp, son Randy Ott and two grandsons, Tristan Kamp and Brady Schwartzberg, all living in Florida. He is also survived by his brother Jerry Ott, and sisters Anita Voss and Donna Job.

 

Mel will be honored at the 2008 EAA AirVenture "Oshkosh" with his name on the Memorial Wall at the EAA Oshkosh campus reflecting his dedication, spirit, and passion for aviation. Later this summer his remains will be scattered over the Atlantic Ocean as he requested. Dad, may you have strong tailwinds on your flight west, excellent weather for the approach, plenty of fuel upon arrival and many cold beers and fellow aviators waiting for you at the bar! May you enjoy your meals at the “Captain's Table”. Your contrails will never fade and your legend and memories will live on forever.

 
 

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Vera Belt, 74, Bemidji, formerly of Nett Lake, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2008, at her residence in Bemidji.

 

Vera was born on July 25, 1933 at Nett Lake to John  and Mabel (Soreyes) Wakemup. Vera grew up and lived most of her life in Nett Lake, where she worked at various jobs. She was a member of the Bois Forte of Chippewa.  Vera liked beading, sewing, puzzle books, going to casinos, Powwows, and  family get togethers.   She had been residing at Bemidji the past 3 years. 

 

She is survived by 2 sons, Donald Hoagland of Nett Lake and Leland Hoagland of Rush City; 5 daughters, Cheryl Jensen of Nett Lake, Frances May of Bemidji, Betsy May of Nett Lake, Wendy Hoagland of New Hope, MN., and Rhonda Hoagland of Nett Lake; 1 brother, Roger Wakemup of Duluth; 2 sisters, Marge Holmes of Nett Lake and Alice Wakemup of Duluth, 27 Grandchildren, 53 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Leland Hoagland, second husband, Jerry Belt; 2 children: Joyce Day and Richard Wakemup; a grandson, Donald Hoagland Jr.; 3 brothers, Ralph, John Jr. and Frank Wakemup;  and a sister, Susan Sullivan

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Traditional Tribal Rites will be at 10:00 AM Thursday (March 20th) at the Nett Lake School.  Lee Staples will be the Spiritual Advisor.  The casket bearers will be: Jeremy Hoagland, Wendell Hoagland, David May, Rory Erler, Robert May Jr. and William Day.  All the other grandsons will act as honorary casket bearers.  Interment will be in the new Nett Lake Cemetery.

 
 

Jedson J. Hejda, 83, of Lake Vermilion, Cook, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at the Cook Community Hospital. He was born April 22, 1924, in Virginia to Joseph and Diana (Smith) Hejda and graduated from Virginia High School and Texas A & M University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

On Nov. 23, 1949, he married Marie Moore in Virginia. He was a co-owner/operator of Hejda TV and Sound Center in Virginia.

Jed was a member of Hope Community Presbyterian Church of Virginia; Virginia Blue Lodge 264, A.F.&A.M.; Virginia Chapter No. 77, Royal Arch Masons; Eveleth Commandery No. 35, Knights Templar; Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Valley of Hibbing and Valley of Duluth; Aad Temple Shrine of Hermantown; Red Cross of Constantine; Eastern Star; Grand Tiler of the Masonic Order, State of Minnesota, for 20 years; supervisor of Beatty Township since 1977; an Eagle Scout; member of the Junior Chamber; Virginia Elks Lodge 1003; Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 of Virginia; Northern Lights Players; Mont Sabi Ski Club; and Sky-Trails. He was a commercial scuba diver and was a swimming and small craft safety instructor.

He is survived by three sons, Jed Hejda of Alango, Paul (Melody) Hejda of Virginia and Brad (Tammy) Hejda of Mountain Iron; three daughters, Judy (Ron) Cimperman, Susan (Clayton) Gwash and Holly Hejda, all of Virginia; 11 grandchildren, Eli (Dionne) and Alex Hejda; Sean and Jeana Cimperman; Nicholas, Joseph and Wade Hejda; Lisa (Eric) Maki, Sara Gwash; Jayson and Casey Ness; four great-grandchildren, Dylan, Lauren, Logan and Jordan; one sister, Alice Nettell of Eveleth; daughter-in-law, Peggy Hejda, and his “other daughter,’’ Peggy Parise; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie Hejda, in 2007; and one sister, Louise Toness

 

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia, with the Rev. Nathan Williams officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Spring inurnment, with military rites accorded by the Virginia Servicemen’s Honor Guard, will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia

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Oscar W. Carlson, 81, Cook, passed away unexpectedly at the Cook Hospital on Sunday, March 9, 2008.

 

Oscar was born on the family homestead in Angora on November 28, 1926, the son of Walfred and Hilma  (Ketola) Carlson.  He grew up in Angora and graduated from Alango High School.   He served in the U.S. Air Force in latter World War 11.  He was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Sundeen in Duluth on April 3, 1948. They lived in Duluth for a year after marriage, then bought a farm in Angora, where they lived for 8 years.  In 1957 they moved to Cook, and had lived in the area since, He was  the Standard Oil Agent for 9 years, then worked for Conite Construction when they built the Erie Taconite Plant.  He was employed at Minntac for 16 years, retiring as millwright foreman in 1984. Oscar was a skilled woodworker, and built cabinets, a cabin, and many other family projects. He enjoyed games, especially board and card games. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. 

 

He enjoyed many good family times while they  lived on Lake Vermilion, and liked fishing.

 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Lorraine; 1 son, Gary (Patty) Carlson of Proctor; 3 daughters, Kathy (Loyal) Tanem of Hibbing, Shirley (Gary) Martinson of Cook and Tara (Robert) Uren of Coon Rapids, MN.; 11 Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

He is preceded in death by a sister, Mary Johnson in 2007.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral  Home, Cook. 

 

Memorial services will held  at 11:00AM next Wednesday, (March 19th), at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service. 

 
 

Gary J. Weiand, 58, of Vermilion River-Buyck, passed away at home on March 8, 2008, of natural causes.  Gary was born on November 6, 1949, at Akron, Ohio, where he grew up, and attended Akron University.  He enlisted in the Navy 1970, and after his tour of duty lived in Hawaii, before moving to Los Angeles, where he met his wife, Kathy.  They  were married on September 27,1980 in Fridley, Minnesota. 

 

They lived and worked in several places in California before moving to Akron, Ohio for a few years, then to Fridley, MN. to help take care of his father-in-law after his back surgery.  They moved to Northern Minnesota  in 1982, where they both worked for Nelson’s Resort. They fell in love with area and couldn’t leave.  Gary worked at several resorts, construction jobs and then worked as a groundskeeper at Nelsons Resort starting in 2003.  He loved his job and the people. 

 

Gary enjoyed traveling, playing sports, fishing, hunting, putting up firewood, and writing poems.    He was a die hard Cleveland Browns and Indians fan.  “He loved his family, cherished his wife, but most of all loved and was loved by his savior, Jesus Christ.  His favorite verse was, “The Lord has begun a good work in me, and He will bring it to full completion.” Philippians 1:6.

   

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; 4 sisters, Joan (Mitch) Carver of Akron, Ohio, Marilyn (John) Cernaz of Sebring, FL.,  Judi (Rick) France of Thornville, OH. and Jan (John) Gray of Mexico; his “brother”  Larry (Carol) Holden of Akron, OH.; mother-in-law Harriet Lundgren of Spring Lake Park, MN., brother-in-law Rick Lundgren of Blaine, MN.; sister-in-law, Theresa (Kirby) Van Note of Andover, MN; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  

He is preceded in death by  his father and mother, Cletus and Rose Weiand, sister, Sandi Wall, and father-in-law, Arne Lundgren.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook

  

Memorial services will be held at a later announced date.

 
 

Darrow Clarence Gibbs, 74, of Apache Junction, Ariz., formerly of Deer River, Minn., died March 3, 2008 at his daughter's residence in Live Oak, Calif. He was born May 9, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Minn. He was the retired owner of Gibbs Wild Rice. He also owned a Wild Rice processing plant at Nett Lake and the Gibbs Store at Silverdale.

 

Darrow served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Catholic Church and VFW Post in Minnesota. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 45 years, Barbara Gibbs; two sisters and three brothers. He is survived by wife, Joyce Gibbs of Apache Junction, Ariz.; daughters, Julie Fischer of Helena, Mont., Cheryl Erickson of Live Oak, Calif.; son, David Gibbs of Grand Rapids, Minn.; step daughters, Tracy Vignola of Rio Linda, Calif., Julie Pihlaja of Fairbanks, Alaska; step son, Keith Pihlaja of Fairbanks, Alaska; brothers, Gordon Gibbs of Forest Lake, Minn.; Delano Gibbs of Grand Rapids, Minn.; and six grandchildren.

 

ROSARY:1 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2008 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Isidore's Catholic Church, Yuba City, Calif. with Fr. Martin Ramat officiating. Inurnment at Squaw Lake Cemetery, Squaw Lake, Minn. Arrangements under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel, Yuba City, Calif. Military Honors by Beale AFB Honor Guard. Memorials to Sutter North Hospice, 826 4th St., Marysville, CA 95901

 

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Martha Lorene Lahti, 91, of Farley Lane in Duluth, died Monday, March 3, 2008, in her home of cancer, following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 21, 1916, in Toivola to Charles L. and Olga (Lindstrom) Lindgren.

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She grew up in Toivola and attended St. Louis County School No. 44. Martha was a 1933 graduate of Cotton High School. She married Lauri W. Lahti on Dec. 24, 1938, in Hibbing. They lived in Toivola until moving to Duluth in 1955.


Martha was a homemaker. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Euclid Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile and A.A.R.P.


She is survived by brothers, Carl Lindgren of Cook and Herb (Greta) Lindgren of Toivola; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and many friends.


Martha was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lauri in 1986; son, Merle L. in 1999; brothers, Roy, Alvin, Stanley and Vernon Lindgren; and sister, Eileen Lindgren.

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Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home in Duluth and will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Saturday in First Lutheran Church, the Rev. Warren Schulz officiating. Inurnment will be in Park Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to First Lutheran Church or the donor’s choice. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 East 4th Street, Duluth.

Martha's brother Carl Lindgren is the father of Linda (Scott) Albertson of Cook and Bruce (Ellen) Williams of Eveleth. Carl is the grandfather of Rebekah (Brett) Schelde and Aaron (Erica) Albertson of Cook.

 

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Esther R. Niskala, 94, of Virginia, died Saturday, March 1, 2008, at the Villa Health Care Center in Mora, Minn.

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She was born Oct. 12, 1913, in Angora, to Arvid and Hilma (Pentila) Kutsi and grew up there. She was a graduate of the Alango High School. Esther was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Virginia and its Mary Circle, and also sang in the church choir. She was a homemaker and member of Ladies of Kaleva Lokka Tupa No. 1.

Survivors include one son, Harvey (Leah) Niskala of Palm Desert, Calif.; one daughter, Verona (Mark) Gravich of Mora, Minn.; three grandchildren, Faye (Mark) Kritzeck of Mora, Peter (Jessica) Gravich of St. Cloud, and Michelle Niskala of Palm Desert; four great-grandchildren, Hannah Gravich, Jack Kritzeck, Charlie Kritzeck, and Elizabeth Gravich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Laurie R. Niskala; brothers and sisters.

 

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia, with the Rev. Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Spring burial will be in the Alango Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia

 

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Art Noteboom, 92, of Cook, Minnesota, formerly of South Saint Paul, Minnesota, passed away March 1, 2008 at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Art was born in Freeborn County, Minnesota on March 25, 1915. He grew up in the Albert Lea area. He washed airplanes to earn money for flying lessons and soloed at the age of 15.

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He was united in marriage to Zola M. Engesser on June 4, 1938. He served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946, ferrying aircraft all over the world.

 

He and Zola settled in Grey Cloud Island, Minnesota. He remained active in aviation his entire life and was inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2003. He was honored as aviator of the year at the Cook Airport Aviation Days in 2005.

 

He and Zola purchased a cabin on Lake Vermilion from Jesse Swanson in the late sixties and spent all their free time there. After Art’s retirement from Gopher Aviation, they lived full time at the lake every summer until Zola’s death in 2006.

 

He is survived by two sons, Arthur (Renee) of Cook and Jim (Cindy) of St. Paul Park, Minnesota, one granddaughter, Tami Gutzman, Bentonville, Arkansas, and three great-grandchildren, Madison, Nathan and Taylor.

 

Services are at 1 PM Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at English-Meeker Funeral Home in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cook Nursing Home Activities in Art’s name.

 

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Lois Katherine Hooker, 79, of International Falls, Minn., formerly of Hibbing, Minn and of Crane Lake, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, at Falls Memorial Hospital.


Lois was born April 11, 1928, in Hibbing. She moved to Kelso, Wash., in 1940. She grew up in Kelso, graduated from high school in 1946 and moved back to Hibbing in 1947. She then moved to Duluth in 1972 and returned to Hibbing again in 1988 where she remained until her move to International Falls in September of 2007. Formerly Lois Katherine Koski, she was united in marriage to Dean Hooker in 1950.
 

Lois and Dean owned and operated the Headquarters Resort on Crane Lake from 1962 to 1972 and was a cook at the nursing home in Duluth. Lois loved cooking, music, reading and the outdoors and associating with her friends and relatives in Hibbing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean; parents, Neil and Katherine Koski; her sister, Dorothy Hill; and her brother, Clifford Koski.


Lois is survived by her sons, Gary (Pearl) Hooker of International Falls, Minn., and Joel (Patty) Hooker of Stillwater, Minn.; daughter, Bonnie (Mike) Seftner of Mesa, Ariz.; brother, Don Koski of Longview, Wash.; sister, Marilyn Benton, of Longview, Wash.; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at First Assembly of God Church, Hibbing, Minn. The family would prefer memorials in lieu of flowers in memory of Lois.

 

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John W. Jacobson, 48, Apple Valley, formerly of Alango, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on  Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Cook Hospital, with family at his side.

 

John was born on December 8, 1959, at Virginia, to Sulo and Ruth (Silverdahl) Jacobson.  He grew up in Alango and graduated from Cook High School in 1978.   John continued his education and graduated from the Brown Institute in Minneapolis, with a degree in computer programming.   He then was employed with the Duluth Clinic in Duluth.  It was there that he met and later married Patricia Stasek in January of 1981.  They moved to Maplewood in 1982, both had worked for Control Data.  After the marriage ended, John continued on and worked for Kavorus (a Doppler radar weather service) for 10 years.   Since 2002 he was employed in information technology for the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. He was a leader and involved valued member of  spiritual care, family ministry, divorce counseling, hospice care, and week-end pastoral support.   He  had a  passion for reading,  great knowledge in trivia, and was talented at solving  puzzles.  His wit, humor, pranks on co-workers and infectious smile, gave each of us a wonderful memory of someone so loved.  John gave his all to each of  the challenges he faced in his journey of life including his final challenge with cancer.  He continued to give after his death, in that he bequeathed his body to the University of Minnesota, so others would benefit through the advancement of medical research and education.

 

John is survived by his mother, Ruth Jacobson of Angora;  brother James Jacobson of Angora; sister, Lisa (Tom) Ojanen of Cook; 3 nephews: Ryan and Justin Raymond and Levi Jacobson, 2 nieces: Kelly and Sara Ojanen, along with many special cousins and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Sulo Jacobson in 1986; his former wife, Patricia in 1996 and brother-in-law, David Raymond in 1997. 

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday (March 1st)  at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Pastor Joey Bailey and Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the co-officiants. The casket bearers will be Dale Bixby, Sean Ikola, Thomas Jacobson, Adam Metsa, Steven Silverdahl, Daniel Saarikoski, Wade Metsa and Dean Bixby.  The honorary bearers will be: Ryan Raymond, Justin Raymond, Levi Jacobson,  Kelly Ojanen and Sara Ojanen.   A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, March 15th,  at 11:00 AM at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville. Inurnment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery at a later date.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Alice L.  King, 76, of Buyck, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 23, 2008, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

Alice was born on November 21, 1931, to John and Bertha (Lustig) Sokoloski, at Buyck, where she grew up.  She married Nick Grbich in 1950, and they resided in Buyck until 1968, moving to Kelly Lake.   Nick died in an industrial accident in 1979, and Alice was blessed to find another love and married Robert “Bob” King on August 29, 1981, in Virginia.  They moved to Hoyt Lakes in 1983, and in 1990, when Bob retired,  they moved to Buyck, after purchasing Alice’s parents’ homestead.    She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck and its Women’s group.   She was an active member of the Women’s Legion Auxiliary in Orr, the VFW Auxiliary in Hoyt Lakes, and the Hibbing Moose Club.  While a member of the Hibbing Moose, she was Senior Regent and National Star recorder.

 

Alice was a dedicated volunteer driver for St. Louis County Social Services for over 20 years and has driven in excess of 500,000 miles.  Her husband Bob still drives today.  

 

She was awarded the presidential volunteer of the year award from President Bush in 2005 and has received the letter of commendation from Senators  John McCain and Bob Dole for her volunteer service and hospitability.  Alice will be missed by all who met her.  We wanted her to stay, but God said “Its time to rest”.   It only goes to show us all God only takes the best. She wrote the column of Buyck news for the Crane Lake Sentinel Newspaper.   Alice was well known for her gracious warmth, kindness, and hospitality, always having wonderful baked goods and other abundant food available for all who came to visit her at home.  

 

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Robert E. King; 7 children: Linda Grbich of Virginia, Kathe Powers of Faribault, Dana (Jim) Nelson of St. Cloud, Sherry Johnson of Houston, Texas, Richard “Barney” (Patti) Grbich of New Ulm, Steven Grbich of Anoka, and Theresa Grbich of Deer River; 1 sister, Carol (Dick) Fernlund of Ely; a sister-in-law, Vicki Sokoloski of Cook; 5 step-children: Teresa (Greg) Hadash of Virginia, Mary (Ben) Dimatteo of Big Lake, Janet (Leonard) Kokal of Eveleth, John (Tara) King of Colorado, and Diane (Paul) Grahek of Bigfork; 20 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren,  numerous nieces and nephews, along with many, many friends. 

 

She is preceded in death by a son, Nick Grbich Jr., in infancy (1957), first husband, Nick Grbich Sr. (1979), father John Sokoloski (1978), mother, Bertha Sokoloski (1981), a brother, Clifford Sokoloski (1989), sister Donna Bundy (1992), and step-daughter, Katie Papin (1997).

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday (March 1st), at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Friday at the church.  Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.   The casket bearers will be Alice’s grandsons, and the honorary bearers will be  Bill Rutchasky, Jim Lustig, Tony Rutar, Larry Korf, Pat Luberitz, David Young, Doug Cook and Ron Warner.   Members of Holy Cross Choir will sing and Becky Tomczak will provide the accompaniment.  Spring interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008

Subject: Jim Anderson death

 

My husband, Jim, whom you met at the Montana Cafe, died this past Thursday.  He had been sick since the beginning of January and was subsequently diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma, probably due to his weakened immune system from anti-rejection drugs for his liver transplant.  He was a wonderful and kind man.  Phyllis (Sarazine, Childers) Anderson

 

FAIRFAX — James “Jim” Anderson, 62, of Fairfax died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 at his home in Fairfax.

Services are 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2008 at Swedlanda Lutheran Church, Hector with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Monday and 7:30-8 a.m. Monday at Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel, Fairfax and Monday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

He is survived by his wife Phyllis formerly of Cook, Minnesota and now of Fairfax; Minnesota: children; Nathan Anderson, Rogers; Tara Wagner, Courtland; step-children Brenda Straus, Phoenix, Ariz. and Cynthia Moe, Stillwater; four grandchildren; and his mother, Ioda Peterson, Fairfax; and two siblings.

 

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Loraine Day "Lorrie" (Carl) Scates 60, of Scottsdale, Arizona passed away on February 14, 2008. She was born on April 22, 1947 in Virginia, Minnesota. She moved to Arizona with her family in 1982.

 

Lorrie is survived by her two loving children, Brian (Pamela) Johnson of Scottsdale and Kyra Ryan) Linder of Gilbert, and her two adoring grandchildren, Riley and Ashton.

She is also survived by her brothers Vernon (Arna) Day of Kent, Washington, Richard (Lois) Lindgren of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Alden (Sharon) Lindgren of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Lawrence (Patricia) Lindgren of Virginia, Minnesota and countless nieces and nephews, as well as her husband Carl.

 

A memorial sevice and reception will be held in her honor on Friday, February 22, 2008 at 11 AM at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250. Lorrie will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Lorrie's name to the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
 

Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Subject: Notice for Lorrie Scates
 
Good evening Don. Lorraine Day Scates was one of my Orr High School classmates (1965). Half sister of several "Lindgren" boys, including Butch. Her mother Agnes Day taught at Buyck School in the '60s. Doug and Mary

Thanks to Doug Lindgren formerly of Buyck and now of Flagstaff, Arizona for sending this obituary

 

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Hartley Ellsworth Eberhardt, 89, formerly of Lake Vermilion near Cook, MN passed away, February 18, 2008.  Hartley was born on February 19, 1918 in Aneta, North Dakota.

 

Hartley was a 1936 graduate of the original Duluth Central High School.  He enlisted into the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1936 and was stationed at a CCC camp at McDougal Lake near Isabella, MN. Shortly after arriving at the camp Hartley was identified as being “educated” and was assigned to assist with the camp newsletter and to attempt teaching some English classes. He felt fortunate with this assignment. Hartley served a two year stint with the CCC before he found employment with the Oliver Mining Company (later named United States Steel Company) in North Hibbing, MN. Hartley worked in several of the open pit iron ore mines, most notably the Hull Rust.

 

In 1942, he enlisted in the army and was assigned to special communications training at the University of North Dakota/Grand Forks. While stationed there he made the acquaintance of Elizabeth Lawson. Hartley was transferred to the European Theater during WWII and was fortunate to make it home in 1945. Hartley and Elizabeth were married in 1946.

 

After the War, Hartley went back to work in Hibbing, MN for the Oliver Mining Company. In 1973 Hartley and Liz purchased a beautiful piece of lake property on Lake Vermilion in Northern MN. They were able to enjoy several summers at the lake home before they officially moved year round “to the lake” in 1984.

 

Hartley and Liz developed many friendships throughout their years together. With several families they enjoyed camping, playing Bridge and of course dancing. Liz was quite an accomplished Bridge player and Hartley could hold his own as well. Though for Hartley it was more of an opportunity to socialize.

 

Hartley was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Hibbing and subsequently the Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook, MN. He was an extremely active and humbled member of the Elks, Moose, Lions, Masonic Lodge and the Shrine. Additionally, Hartley was a proud member of the Raps Road Association

 

Hartley was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Pearl Eberhardt, brothers Percival and Luverne and his beloved wife of 59 years, Elizabeth (Liz).

 

Hartley is survived by one sister June (Melton) of Sparks, NV; two daughters, Joyce (Bill) Magee of Simsbury, CT; Nancy (Lars) Halstrom of Bozeman, MT; and one son Dave (Margie) Eberhardt of Champlin, MN. Seven grandchildren were blessed to have Hartley as their granddad: Andrew Magee, Salt Lake City, UT; Samantha Magee, Simsbury, CT.; Karla Halstrom, Seattle, WA; Hannah Halstrom, Bozeman, MT; Justin (Erin) Eberhardt, Ashby, MN; Shannon Eberhardt, Champlin, MN; Ryan Eberhardt, Champlin, MN.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 231 2nd St. SE, Cook, MN with visitation one hour prior at the church.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  Military Honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  Arrangements with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, MN.

 

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Karen Leitha (Lee) Clymer, 61, of Cook and Mesa. Ariz., died at the Maui Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, after a brief illness while vacationing in Hawaii.

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Karen was born Feb. 25, 1946, in Hibbing to Raymond and Leitha (Sandberg) Lee. She married her best friend and adoring husband, William “Bill” Clymer, of Laramie, Wyoming on Dec. 12, 1971. Karen was a graduate of Hibbing High School, St. Luke’s (LPN) School of Nursing in Duluth and Mesabi Range Technical College, Virginia.

She was employed by Rose Memorial Medical Center, Denver, Colo., a longtime employee of Virginia Regional Medical Center, and Range Mental Health Center in Virginia.

All who knew Karen delighted in her wit and knowledge, but even more deeply in the “aura” of her loving and magical spirit. Our hearts are aching, and we shall miss her forever.

Survivors include her husband, William Clymer, of Cook and Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, LeeAnn (Jesse) Hujanen, of Eveleth; grandchildren, Sylvia, Frank “Gus” and Alie Hujanen, all of Eveleth; her mother, Leitha Lee, of Hibbing; sisters, Carolyn (Frank) Pingatore of Hibbing, Bev (Richard) Jenko of Buhl and Linda (Roger) Garner of Savage, Minn.; nieces, Lori, Lisa, Misty, Carrie, Breanna and Lindsay; and her special aunts, Ellen (Reuben) Savolainen of Nashwauk and Anna Trenberth of Hibbing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Edward Lee, on Feb. 5, 1973.

 

Funeral 1 p.m. Friday in the First Lutheran Church in Hibbing, with the Rev. John Dietz officiating. Visitation one hour before service. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home

 

Information sent by Bill Woods of Boise, Idaho and formerly of Cook

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John B. Matson, 65, died peacefully at home on Friday, February 15, 2008, at his residence in Gheen.

 

John was born on May 13, 1942 in Virginia; the son Mathew “Matt” and Alice (Degrugillier) Matson.

 

At a young age, John moved with his family to Gheen, where he lived for 60 years.  He graduated from Orr High School and served in the Air Force for 4 years.  While serving in the Air Force John became an intelligence officer, after being schooled in the Chinese Mandarin Language. After his tour of duty he returned to Gheen, and started working for the U.S. Customs in International Falls, then transferred to Crane Lake, retiring in 1996, with nearly 30 years of dedicated service.  He married  Cindy M. Engle on August 28, 2003, at Minnetonka, Minnesota.  He was a member of the Orr American Legion Post #480.   John loved all the outdoors, including hunting, fishing and boating.  He was a skilled woodworker and enjoyed “puttsing around’ his garage and the farm doing projects. 

 

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Cindy; 2 sons, Capt. Scott (Stephanie) Matson,  active USAF, stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, NE. and Capt. Todd  Matson and Brooke, active USAF, stationed at McChord Air Force Base, WA.; 1 sister, Jean Smith of Fridley; 2 Grandchildren, Allison and John Matson; and of course John and Cindy’s dear pet dog, Sausha;  along with numerous special cousins and many special extended family members. 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mathew “Matt” and Alice  Matson

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Friday (Feb. 29th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. David J. Briley will be the officiant.  The honorary bearers will be: Scott and Todd Matson, Wally Refsdal, Jim Katila and Tommy Kantos.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

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Kim Deanne (Miller) Houle 51, of Maple Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 11, 2008. She was preceded in death by her father, Dale Miller.

 

She will be deeply missed by her children, Shannon Miller (Jason), Michael (Stephanie) Richter, Jordan Houle; Jordan's Dad, Brian Houle; step-daughter, Kayla Houle; mother, Eleanor Pendzimas; 5 grandchildren;

 

5 brothers; 1 sister; Patricia (Bill Jr.) Rutchasky of Cook, Minnesota and many relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

 

Visitation 11 AM-1 PM Thursday, Feb. 4 with 1 PM Funeral Service at: First Memorial 7835 Brooklyn Boulevard Brooklyn Park 763-560-4694

 

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Helia Eleanor (Nelmark) Aho, 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 10, 2008, at Edgewood Vista in Virginia. Helia was born Aug. 12, 1921, to John and Emelia Nelmark in Angora.

 

She was united in marriage to Benjamin Aho in Litchburg, Mass., on Oct. 15, 1940, and they were blessed with six children. She was an avid traveler and also known for her gift of poetry. Belonging to the International Society of Poets, she had spiritual poems in several books. Helia’s legacy was her love of Jesus, and she belonged to the Pike Apostolic Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy (Bruce) Von Wald of Babbitt, Janet (Harlan) Bratlien of LaPorte, Minn., Jean (Clifford) Wichern of Babbitt; three sons, Leroy (Fauna) Aho of Babbitt, Lawrence (Lauren) Aho of Virginia, Lee (Diane) of Babbitt; brother, Gust (Ailie) Nelmark of Embarrass; two sisters, Helga Ballantine of Sacramento, Calif., and Helmi Stienke of Madison, Wis.; 20 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by a sister-in-law; Ella (Wayne) Nelmark of Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two great-grandchildren; two brothers; and five sisters

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia with visitation from noon to 1 p.m. She will be buried in Argo Cemetery. The Rev. Donald Salo and the Rev. Carl Lamppa will be officiating. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Helia was an Aunt to Marie Fogelberg who owns the South Switch Cafe in Angora. Marie's mother Hazel Nelmark Nevala Siiro 80, 1995 taught school in Alango and Cook for many years. Helia's brother Wayne Nelmark  80, 1991 was a car salesman at the Lobe Chevrolet dealership in Cook.

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Diane R. Halverson, 52, of Hibbing, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 in her home. She was born on March 28, 1955, to William and Ruth Rahnasto of Hibbing. Her father died two months before she was born, and Diane was raised by her mother and stepfather, Verne Cary Sr.

 

She was a longtime resident of Iron, Minn., before moving to Hibbing in 2004. She was a member of the Faith United Lutheran Church in Cherry and a supporter of the Vagina Monologues. Diane loved crocheting, cooking, animals, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her husband, Richard Halverson of Hibbing and formerly of Orr, Minnesota; a son, Ricky (Heather) Halverson of Hibbing; a daughter, Breanna (Ethan) Osterhoudt of Hibbing; her mother, Ruth Cary of Buhl, Minn.; two brothers, Jerone (Luann) Rahnasto of Britt, Minn. and Verne (Lauri) Cary Jr. of Hibbing; two sisters, Brenda (Fred) Goodrie of Becker, Minn., and Bonnie (Dusty) Denzel of Iron, Minn.; three grandchildren, Elsa and Nola Halverson and Matthew Osterhoudt; a grandchild-on-the-way, Ayden Osterhoudt, expected in June 2008; numerous nieces and nephews; two stepsisters, Linda (Rod) Kenkel of Vestaburg, Mich., and Cathy (Larry) McCoy of Wilmington, Ill.; and two stepbrothers, David (Carol) Cary and Dan Cary, both of Brighton, Mich.

 

She was preceded in death by her father and stepfather; maternal grandparents, Swenard and Effie Neuttila; and paternal grandparents, Jacob and Matilda Rahnasto.

 

Memorial service: Will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. The Rev. Matt Griggs will officiate.

 

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

 

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

Deane's husband Richard Halvorson graduated from the Orr School in 1967, he has a brother Arne.

   

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Judy Dian (Lindgren) Roy, 61, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was born June 6, 1946, to Lulubelle (Knutson) and Arne Lindgren in Cook and graduated from Cook High School in 1964.

She is survived by her daughter, Christina Roy, in Boulder, Colo., as well as by many caring friends. She will be terribly missed.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lulubelle Lee (Knutson), on April 7, 2004 at the age of 83; her father, Arne Lindgren, on September 10, 1974 at age 59; her stepfather, Melvin Lee, September 16, 1997in 1997 at age 82; and her brother, John Lindgren, October 1, 1984 at age 36.

 

Judy has many cousins living in the Cook area including; Darrell Lindgren and his sisters Karen, Trudy and Lori, Sam and Dean Heglund, Larry and Don Lindgren, Joe Knutson, Bud and Byron Bystrom, Bill Pohl, Dan, Gary and Mark DuMarce.

 

Memorial services and burial will be held in Cook this summer.

 

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Margaret Elizabeth Leino (nee Wold) age 83. Teacher, Beloved Mother & Grandmother, of White Bear Lake, died Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at The Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Maplewood, MN after fighting a long battle with Alzheimer's.

 

Preceded in death by husband, Clarence Grant Leino, and parents, Laura and Einar Wold. She is survived by sisters, Kathleen (Kenneth 77, 1995) Leding of Cook, Minnesota and Harriet Wesley (Earl) of Hibbing, Minnesota, and daughters, Kathy Ames (Dan), Karen Ecker (Bob), Peggy Hicks, Carol Carey (Cliff); son, David Leino; grandchildren, Julie & Jeff Ames, Nick (Dana), Mike Ecker, & Kitty Howard, Michael Hicks, Rick, Allie & Sam Carey, and many nieces & nephews. Margaret was born May 16, 1924 and raised in Hibbing, MN.

 

Margaret served as a WAVE in the Navy during WWII. She graduated from St. Cloud State University, received her Master's Degree in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas and was a devoted teacher in the North St. Paul and White Bear Lake School Districts for many years.

 

She was an active member of Lakeview Lutheran Church, and several Masonic Organizations including: The Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Amaranth, and Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Margaret was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by friends, family, and caregivers.

 

The service is at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2008 at Lakeview Lutheran Church, visitation will be from 2:30 PM until the service begins at Lakeview Lutheran Church, 1194 East County Road C, southeast corner of County Road C and Highway 61, Maplewood, MN 55109. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to Good Samaritan Nursing Home or to the Alzheimer's Association Minnesota - North Dakota, 4550 West 77th St., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55435. Sandberg Family F.H. 651-777-2600

 
 

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Rudolph James Mehle, 81, died in his home in Chisholm, Feb. 6, 2008, surrounded by family. He was born Sept. 30, 1926 in Chisholm to Anton and Mary (Robnik) Mehle. He graduated from Chisholm High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1946.

 

He married Lois Pihlaja on June 30, 1951. He worked as a local milkman for 48 years and owned and operated Chisholm Dairy Products until his retirement in 1991. He was a life member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 3539. He enjoyed woodworking, his lake cabin, his family and especially his grandkids. Lois graduated from the Alango High School in 1949.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary (Joseph) Ostervich, Rose (Tony) Romani and brothers, Tony (Trev), Frank 'Fritz' (Ann) and Paul. Survivors include his wife, Lois; son, Jim (Kathy); daughters, Jean (John) Goad, Pat (Ed) McRae, Cindy (Steve) Nehiba; brothers, Stanley (Lois) and Ed (Marcia); sister, Ann Bongard; grandchildren, Melissa (Nate) Baltes, Michelle Mehle, Bob and Vienna Goad, Leah and Jimmy McRae, Lindsey and Katie Rose Nehiba, Therese and Tana Vitullo; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL:10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Chisholm, with Rev. Fr. Fred Method celebrating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday with a Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. in Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the Mass in the church on Saturday. Interment will be in the spring at the Alango Cemetery.

 
 

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James R. Kiel, 37, Hibbing, died suddenly on January 24, 2008 when a train struck his UPS van in Cook, Minn. He was born on April 4, 1970 to Wayne R. and Sandra Kiel in Robbinsdale, Minn. He had been a resident of Hibbing for the past 32 years, coming from Brooklyn Center, Minn. He was employed with UPS as a delivery truck driver. He was a member of the Hibbing Curling Club, and the Hibbing Municipal Golf Course. Jim enjoyed playing hockey, curling, hunting and fishing, playing pool, darts, and especially loved his golf.

 

He is survived by his parents, Wayne R. and Sandra Kiel of Hibbing, his sister, Kim (Pat) Dolensek, Coleraine, Minn., his special friend, Penny Fena and her son Luke Fena, both of Hibbing, two nieces, Kiersten and Rachel Dolensek, both of Coleraine, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and two uncles, Terry Kroeplin, and Roger Kiel.

 

Memorial service at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Fr. Francis Kabiru will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00am until the 11:30am funeral service at the church on Monday. A private family inurnment will take place in the Maple Hill Columbarium in Hibbing. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

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Alice Rebekka Sixberry, age 65, of Side Lake, died on Monday, January 21, 2008 at the Golden Living Center in Hibbing after a nine month battle with cancer.  Visitation will be on Friday, January 25, 2008 from 10:00 A.M. until the 11:00 A.M Funeral Service at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.  Pastor Steve Breitbarth will be officiating. Burial will be in the spring at the Morcom Cemetery in Bear River.  Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 

Alice was born on October 26, 1942 in Berwyn, Illinois, the only child of Almar and Grace (Haury) Rein.  She moved to Bear River in 1946, where she grew up. Alice graduated from Alango High School in 1960. She was united in marriage to Gary Sixberry on March 13, 1976 in Chisholm and resided in Side Lake. Alice was employed at Casey Drugs in Chisholm for over 30 years. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Almar and Grace, an aunt, 3 uncles and 3 cousins.

 

Survivors include:

 

Husband:                                  Gary Sixberry of Side Lake, MN.

 

Daughter:                                  Laura (Shaun) DeMars of Hermantown, MN

 

Two Grandsons:                       Tyler & Nicholas Tommila of Hermantown, MN

 

Mother-in-Law:                        Lorraine Sixberry of Side Lake, MN

 

Brother & Sister-in-Laws:         Ed (Marilyn) Sixberry of Chisholm, MN

                                                Jim (Lori) Sixberry of Chisholm, MN

                                                Carol Leeds & Mike Sinko of Chisholm, MN

                                                LeAnn Sixberry of Cherry, MN

 

                                                Two aunts, five nephews and several cousins

 

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Gail G. Walker, age 51 of Alango, died unexpectedly of natural causes at her residence on Sunday, January 20, 2008. Gail was born on March 30, 1956,  in  Crandon, Wisconsin, to Elmer and  Carole  Jean (Warbritton) Walker. She grew up in and lived in many areas throughout the states. She has been a resident of the Bear River and Cook areas since the early 1970’s.  She attended Mesabi Community College where she focused on a course in social work.  Gail worked in home health care for many years, and volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program. She loved  collecting agates and rocks, and designed and made  beautiful rock gardens.  She also loved animals, especially her “pugs.” 

 

She is survived by 3 sons, Pete (Lisa) Dutton of Sturgeon Township, David (Laurie) Dutton of Cook, and Brian (Allison) Gross of Cook;  her special friend, Paul Savela of Britt; 3 brothers, Charles “Buck” (Dawn) Walker of Gheen, Robert “Joe” (Tina) Walker of Cook, and Irving Dutton of Hibbing; 2 sisters, Gloria (Ed) Dutton of Crandon, Wis., and Cindy (Larry) Fiskari of Angora; 6 Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Carole Jean Dutton Warbritton and Elmer Walker.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with the Rev. Reuben Rosnau officiating.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service

 
 

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Dan “ Murph” O’Connell, 85, Orr, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2008, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.  

 

Dan was born on November 14, 1922, in Boston, Massachusetts, where he also grew up.  He served in the Navy during World War II.    For a time he was stationed in Chicago, and it was there he met and married Doris A. King on November 9, 1946.   After the war ended, the couple moved to Orr, where they raised their family and made their home for 61 years.   He first worked for the Scott Erickson Lumberyard in Orr then retired as Postmaster of Orr with over 20 years of service.  At his retirement, he was proudly presented with an eagle feather by the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.   “Murph”, as he was known to many, was a member of the Orr Lions Club, American Legion Post #480,  was a founding member of the Orr Housing Board,  the Orr Hoop Club, Minnesota Wild Rice Association and  Orr Volunteer Fire Dept.   He was a longtime wild rice buyer and processor.    Murph was a devoted Twins fan, and earlier an avid baseball player for Orr.

 

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing – making many fishing trips to the Boundary Waters, where he introduced many people, young and old, to its beauty. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris; 4 daughters, Carolann (Robert) Dostal of Hibbing, Janet (Andrew) Autio of Virginia, Cathy (Edward) Chavers of Orr and Linda (Daniel) Manick of Cook;  3 sisters, Lorraine Harrington of Lexington, MA., Ruthie Cudmore of Plymouth, MA. and Nancy Reardon of Manchester, New Hampshire; 11 Grandchildren:  Dave (Anne) Alto, Craig Alto, Amy (Darin) Brettingen, Christine (Michael) Thomas, Amber (Brian) Bialczak, Brent (April) Autio, Timothy Chavers, Edward Chavers, Zachary Manick, Ryan Manick and Mallory Manick; 13 Great Grandchildren: Bailey and Paxton Alto, Denielle Alto, Morgan and Megan Brettingen, Logan Thomas, Alexis Bialczak, Zoe Bialczak, Ty Autio, Kyle Chavers, Julianna Chavers, Hailey Chavers and Logan Nurmi, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth O’Connell. 

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

Memorial services are set for 2:00 PM Saturday (Jan. 19th) at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. The music will be provided by Rodney, Evander and Al King.   The honorary casket bearers will be: David Alto, Craig Alto, Brent Autio, Eddie Chavers, Tim Chavers, Zachary Manick and Ryan Manick, sister-in-law, Frances O’Connell of Cape Cod, MA., dear friend, Lee Alto of Grand Rapids, MN.,

 

Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480  the Cook VFW Post #1757 and The Bois Forte Honor Guard.  Spring interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery in Orr. 

 
 

 

 

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Aune Soffia Long, 92, of Cook, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2008, at the Cook  Nursing Home.

 

Aune was born on April 19, 1915, to Andrew and Soffia (Hernesaho)  Rankila on the family homestead in Linden Grove Township, where she also grew up.  The family lived in Sparta for a brief time.   After her father died when she was 3 years old, her mother Soffia raised Aune and her 4 siblings by herself.  After graduating from Cook School, she babysat for numerous families in the Linden Grove area, helped  maintain the family farm and worked as a cook at area logging camps.  Aune was a very adventurous  young lady for the time in which she grew up, having left home at the age of 18  for Detroit, MI., where she babysat and worked as a nurse’s aid at Grace Hospital, then moved on to New York, and worked as an aid at the Medical Center.   She came back to Linden Grove,  where she met Eric Long.  They were married on May 3, 1941 in Detroit, where Eric was employed for the GM Assembly Plant.  After Eric’s honorable discharge from the Army after World War II ended,  the couple returned to Linden Grove, where they raised 3 children and 3 foster children.   Eric had been employed for U.S. Steel for 28 years, was a member of the Cook VFW. The couple moved  to Cook in 1994. 

 

Aune was an avid gardener, homemaker, and loved to sew and had hand sewed many items for the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home.  She was a member of the Old Apostolic Lutheran Church.   She was also a 4-H leader for her children’s 4-H groups, a proud Red Cross Volunteer for many years at the Cook Nursing Home, an active member of the Cook Hospital Auxiliary and the Cook VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Aune enjoyed taking care of her family and her beloved Eric, and will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 

 

She is survived by a son, Leon (Katy) Long of Lake Vermilion-Cook; a daughter, Paulette (Ron) Rosenlund of Battle Ground, WA., 14 Grandchildren, numerous Great Grandchildren, several Great Great Grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Eric on March 3, 2001; a son, Ronnie in 1977,; her brothers: Arthur, Edwin and Paul Rankila, and a sister, Elaine Rankila, who died in adolescence. 

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday (Jan. 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Harold Homola will be the officiant.   The casket bearers will be Aune’s grandsons: Donnie Long, Ryan Rosenlund, Grant Rosenlund, Lane Rosenlund, Paul Rosenlund, Matthew Long and Darin Long.  Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery

 

 

 

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William H. Elto, 86, of Chisholm, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008 at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm, Minn. He was born Oct. 20, 1921 in Chisholm to Edward and Hilda (Katajamki) Elto. He attended Chisholm Schools and had been a lifelong Balkan and Chisholm resident.

 

William worked as a pipe fitter and certified welder in construction for many years. In later years he volunteered at the Balkan Recycling Center. He was a member of the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Union Local 589 since 1951, was a 50 year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Chisholm Lodge 226 and a member of the Balkan Senior Citizens Club. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; one sister and special friend, Nelmi Koivu 81, 2002.

 

Survivors include two nephews; a niece; a grandnephew and grandniece and his friends at Lincoln Center Apartments. VISITATION:6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2008 in the Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel, Chisholm, Minn. Private family interment will be at Chisholm Cemetery. To sign the guest book on line and leave a memorial message, go to:

 

 

 

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Tripo Leo Costello, age 84 of Bellingham, Washington passed away January 15, 2008.  He was born June 28, 1923 in Yugoslavia to Peter & Rosa (Erceg) Costello (Kastelanovich). Tripo spent his first six years in Yugoslavia and then embarked on a journey with his mother aboard the ship Leviathan to New York City.He then traveled by train to Bellingham and settled on the south side of Bellingham.  When Tripo was young, he was a very popular sports star at school.  WWII broke out during Tripo’s last years in high school and he joined the Navy.  He served aboard the USS Laurens.  After the war he returned to Bellingham and was a commercial fisherman, fishing the waters from Alaska to Puget Sound. 

 

He met the love of his life, Ragnhild Benson formerly of Cook, Minnesota, through mutual friends, Lou and Joyce Geri.  They married on November 4, 1950.  Goldie (Reynold 42, 1961 Lindquist & Chuck (Charles 84, 2006 Knapp) and Marvelle (Robert 76, 2005) Knutson are sisters to Ragnild.

 

Tripo worked as a fisherman, carpenter and eventually became a member of the Carpenters Union as a pile driver.  Among his many accomplishments were building the original chair lift at Mt. Baker Ski area, building Interstate-5 through Whatcom County, building Sehome High School and numerous buildings at Western Washington State College (WWU).  He retired as a pile driver through the Carpenters Union. Tripo’s biggest attribute was his heart.  For 38 years he volunteered his time as Santa Claus on the Christmas Ship that sailed the San Juan Islands.  Three generations of families enjoyed Tripo as Santa Claus.  He also volunteered and was Santa Claus with the Orthopedic Guild of Whatcom County.  He was an active member at Sacred Heart Church, Knights of Columbus and the Fairhaven Lions Club. Tripo was also a member of many stamp and post card clubs.  During his retirement years he collected and participated in many stamp and post card shows across the country.  He still has one of the largest stamp and post card collections in the northwest.  He will always be remembered with a smile on his face, a handshake or bear hug, and his ability to be a friend to everyone.

 

Tripo is survived by his wife Ragnhild; sons Rob (Linda) Costello, Mark Costello, both of Bellingham; daughter Patti (Greg) Easterling of Lynnwood; grandchildren Tammy (Darryl) Annette of Ferndale, Tina (Dale) Annette of Ferndale, Colby (Rob) Hunt of Bellingham, Shaynne Costello of Buffalo, NY; 12 great-grandchildren; brother George (Katherine) Costello of Bellingham; sister Merolin Costello of Bellingham; and numerous other family members.  Many thanks to our home care “angel,” Nancy Zimmerman, Mt. Baker Kidney Center, Whatcom County Hospice and all the staff at St. Joseph’s Emergency Center.

 

Visitation will be held on Tue. Jan. 22nd from 3-5 pm, followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at Westford Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Wed. Jan. 23rd at 12:10 pm with Fr. Qui-Thac Nguyen officiating, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. Committal with military honors will follow at Bayview City Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Fairhaven Lions Club.

 

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Victoria “Vickee” A.. Syrjanen, 79, of Soudan, passed away, with her family by her side, on Thursday, January 10, 2008, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

 

She was born on August 14, 1928, in Soudan, the daughter of Rudolph and Julia (Ahchin) Znidarsich.  She grew up  in Soudan, graduated from Tower-Soudan High School, and was a  lifelong resident.  Vickee was united in marriage to Harold Syrjanen on July 10, 1948 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower.   She was noted for all the different kinds of haircuts that she gave.  Everyone went home satisfied and were never charged a cent.  Vickee loved to bake, and being she had a lot of company, she often tried something new.  “You’ve got to try this one” she would say.  She was also proud of her delicious Potica.  Vickee always said “God and family come first”.  She was faithfully home with dinner on the table when her children came home from school. She loved having a big family, being she was an only child.  She was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Tower and its St. Jude Circle and prayer chain. In earlier years she taught religious instruction to grade school children. 

 

Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Saim of Proctor, Deborah (Ron) Ferdig of Babbitt, Diane (Donald) Childs of Tower and Lisa (Kevin) Koch of Eveleth; grandchildren, Gina (Jay) DeChambeau, Nicole Markkula, Chad (Sherry) Ferdig, Kristina Ferdig, Ryan (Taimi) Childs, Lukas (Christine) Childs, Shayne and Kyle Lempia; great-grandchildren, Carrie, Alison and Nathan DeChambeau, Brandon and Brett Markkula, Derek and Bryce Ferdig, Tyler Carlson, Trevor Leppanen, Alexus Childs, Austin Toel, Kaylynn Richards and Hunter Childs,; special friend Jim Meehan; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Syrjanen.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

SERVICES:  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM  Monday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower with the Rev. Father Joseph M. Thomas MCBS, as celebrant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Spring burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.  

 

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Richard Lawrence "Dick" Lavine, 86, Iowa City, passed away peacefully on Jan. 5, 2008 with his daughter, Linda, at his side. His spirit was welcomed to the other side with love and laughter by his deceased (in 1992) wife, Evelyn "Evie" Lavine  61, 1992; and his son Lars Lavine 53, 2005. His daughter Nancy Fogelberg, 51, 2005 and granddaughter Lindi Fogelberg  19, 2005, who passed on from a vehicle accident on July 27, 2005.

 

His only surviving child, Linda, was blessed to be with him daily for the last nine months of his life. He had been living at Legacy Gardens in Iowa City, Iowa. His parents were L.A (Lanky) and Esther Lavine of St. Peter, Minn.

 

Dick and his beloved wife, Evie, cofounded Timbuktu Resort, Lake Vermilion, Cook, Minnesota in 1952. The resort was their passion. Dick also taught industrial arts in the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Public Schools. He retired from teaching and wintered in Mesa, Ariz. and later in Prescott, Ariz.

 

Dick showed all of us the way to live a positive, fulfilling life full of good humor, love, and joy. His creativity and artistry came through in all he did.

 

Dick was a loving and cherished grandfather to Laura Rice (Eric Blanz), Craig Rice, Amy Stepec (Steve Stepec), Nels Fogelberg, Kate and Nora Lawrenson, as well as a very proud great grand-father to Jack Lavine Stepec.

 

“Baby Jack” brought him much joy during his final 18 months of life.

 

In addition to his daughter and grandchildren, Dick is also survived by his brother, Don Lavine; his sister, Carol Anderson; and by his sons-in-law, Steve Fogelberg of Cook, Minnesota and Gary Lawrenson of Iowa City; his very special friend, Barbara Hochrein, of Prescott, Ariz., nine nieces, and one nephew.

 

A private family burial will be scheduled at a later date. Memorials in his name may be made to Amenity Hospice at 211 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 or to Alzheimers/dementia research at the Alzheimer’s Association of America 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor NY, NY 10001 Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web at www.gayandciha.com. Arrangements by Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, Iowa.

 
 

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Charles "Chuck" Edward Holm 61 of Phoenix AZ, formerly of the Twin Cities, died Jan. 4, 2008. Born May 27, 1964, in Cook.

 

He graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1964 top of his class and from the University of Minnesota-Duluth cum laude in 1968 with a BA degree in mathematics. Chuck began his business career as an actuary after graduating. He worked for two Minnesota insurance companies and 3M before starting his own company in 1979. In 2004 he moved to Arizona where he continued to work as an Enrolled Actuary.  He was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries, and Society of Pensions Actuaries.

Growing up in Northern Minnesota he enjoyed fishing on Lake Vermilion where he owned a cabin, and hunting at
the Meadow Hunting Club. He also enjoyed golfing, having been a previous member of North Oaks Country Club. His other pastime activities included: bowling, softball, watching sports and racing, along with being an avid crossword puzzler. He belonged to the American Legion, Moose Lodge and VFW.

He is survived by his girl friend, Geri Waytashek of Spring Lake Park; daughter Pamela Holm (Jeffrey Wenger) of Two Harbors and Julie (Michael) Crotty of Lino Lakes; three grandchildren: Carson Wenger, Cassidy and Kelly Crotty; and his best friend, Tom Gelineau.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helmer "Ham" Holm and Eva Holm of Two Harbors.
 

Memorial service 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at Fridley United Methodist Church, 666 Mississippi Street, Fridley, with visitation one-hour prior.

A family service and scattering of ashes will be held in Two Harbors and on Lake Vermilion over Memorial Day week-end. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the Grandkids of Chuck Holm at Wells Fargo.

 

 

Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008

Subject: Chuck Holm

 

Don – I found out today that my cousin Chuck Holm 61 passed away today in Phoenix, AZ.  Chuck was the son of Helmer (Ham) Holm and Eva (Knapp) Holm and had two daughters Pam and Julie.  Chuck grew up in Two Harbors, MN but spent a lot of his life around Cook and Lake Vermilion as his parents had a cabin on Frazer Bay.   He has been living in Phoenix for the last few years. 

 

Thanks

Brian Knapp

 

Helmer 75, 1992 "Ham" & Eva 82, 1997 (Knapp) Holm were formerly of Cook. Ham was the son of Ed & Edith Holm of rural Cook in the East Little Fork area. Eva was the daughter of Charles  & Mary Knapp of Cook, and a sister of Charles 84, 2006 "Chuck" (Goldie Benson, Lindquist) Knapp and Cy 64, 1980 & Mary (Haley) Knapp.

   
 

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Rev. Wally A. Olson, 75, of Angora, formerly of Elbow Lake and Nett Lake passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 2, 2008.  

 

He was born on October 29, 1932, at Duluth, to Arthur and Olga (Dehli) Olson.  He grew up in Duluth and lived in St. Paul while going to college and the seminary.  He married Shirley Kilgore on August 26, 1953 at Seattle Washington. Wally and his wife Shirley spent their lives bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Native Americans in Minnesota, and Canada.  His ministry included Nett Lake, Lac La Croix and the Twin Cities.  He was made an Honorary Member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa on Sept. 26, 2007. Wally was the youth pastor at the First Baptist Church in 1956, and pastor of the Nett Lake Baptist Church from 1957 to 1973, with St. Paul Indian Ministries from 1973 to 1984, along with being the Director of Indian Ministries in Minnesota and Canada from 1976 to 2005, and was Associate Pastor of visitation at the First Baptist Church in Cook from 2006 until the present.  We will deeply miss a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather and friend, as we continue on with our lives. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley; 2 sons, Randy Olson of Cook and Dean (Sharon) Olson of Eagan; 2 daughters, Karen (Mark) Shermer of Angora and Lorie (Michael) Cousineau of Medina, MN.; 1 brother, David (Joan) Olson of Spokane, WA.,; daughter in law, Debbie Nelson; 8 Grandchildren: Nick (Jamie) Shermer, Christie Shermer, Kari Shermer and Amy Shermer, Jacelyn (Derek) Palmer, Melissa Olson, Sophia Cousineau and Isabelle Cousineau; 4 Great Grandchildren: Samuel, Madalyn, Benjamin and Alina, along with another one anticipated and due this summer; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur in 1961 and Olga in 1979; a sister, Nancy Anderson in 1989, and a grandson, Brent Olson in 2001.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Rev. Randy Swenson and Rev. Kevin Lasley will be the co-officiants.  Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:00 PM Sunday at the First Baptist Church, with a time for sharing from 7 to 8 PM.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials given to the family will be used for Native American Ministries and the First Baptist Church of Cook’s Building Fund.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
     
 

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Elva D. Scofield, 92, former longtime resident of Togo, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at the Cook Nursing Home, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

 

She was the first born of six children of Arthur and Emma  Fuller on October 31, 1915 in Cohasset, Minnesota.  She graduated from Grand Rapids High School and went on to nursing school in Minneapolis.  In the spring of 1942 she worked in Togo taking care of ailing Arthur Scofield, where she met her future husband, Harry.  They were married September  6, 1942 in Hibbing and spent their lives together on the Scofield homestead in Togo.  Elva spent her life caring for others.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and a splendid aunt to many nieces and nephews.  She was active with the PTA at Togo School, she was the Carpenter Town clerk, active member of the Togo Chapel and always busy on the farm, helping whenever she was needed.   Elva  loved to read, loved her gardens and loved picking blueberries.  Most of all she loved all of her children and grandchildren.

 

Her smile and friendly ways will greatly be missed by everyone who knew her. Many thanks to all the wonderful caretakers at the Cook Nursing Home. They are appreciated immensely.

 

She is survived by her seven children: Arlene (Mel Schwanz) Eddy of Buhl, Betty (Paul) Burroughs of Green Valley, AZ. and Anchorage, AK., Rosemary (Ruben) Matos of Minneapolis, Marjory (Jerry) Hoffman of Lucerne, CA., Thomas Scofield of Hooksett, New Hampshire, Dick (Paula) Scofield  and Larry Scofield,  both of Loudon, New Hampshire, 21 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

She is preceded in death by  her husband, Harry on June 24, 2002; and five siblings: Stuart, Rodney, Tracy, Barbara and Robert, and a granddaughter, Sephanie Scofield on September 17,  1993. 

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

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Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday (January 8th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  The honorary bearers will be Elva’s  Grandsons: Wade Oyster, Leroy Eddy, Eugene Eddy, Peter Matos, Chad Oyster, Troy Eddy, Dean Eddy and Logan Lepe.  Spring interment will be in the Carpenter Cemetery in Itasca County.   A luncheon will follow at the Cook VFW. 

 
 

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