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Mlaker Funeral Home
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Warren Mlaker, Director
27 South 1st Street Southeast
Cook Mn 55723
Lucile I. Sundeen, 103, of Cook,
went to be with her Lord, on Friday, June 30, 2006, at the Cook
She was born in on
September 10, 1902, at Maplewood, Minnesota, the daughter of James
and Maud (Phelps) Eddy.
She grew up in Greaney, where she attended school. She married
Carl Sundeen on July 16, 1926, at Duluth. They moved to Silverdale
after marriage where they lived for over 20 years, then to Cook in
1946. She was a devoted homemaker, wife, mother, and grandmother.
She loved to quilt, garden, and enjoyed her flowers. Lucile was a
member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, was
a committed Christian and looked forward to going home to her Lord.
She is survived three daughters, Lorraine (Oscar) Carlson of Cook,
Faith (Irving) Brodeen of Cook, and Hope
(George) Blomberg of
Ogema, WI.; four sons,
Eugene (Barbara) Sundeen of Spokane, WA., Carl (Helen)
Sundeen of Perham, MN., Eddy (Jackie) Sundeen of Fairfax, Virginia,
and Rev. Dennis (Pat) Sundeen of Cook; 30 Grandchildren, 60 Great
Grandchildren, and 22 Great Great
Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl on February 25, 1977;
one daughter Winifred Egerdahl in 1997,;
one Grandson, John Sundeen; four brothers, Clement, George,
Augustus, and James Eddy; two sisters, Mae
Zagrabelny and Pearl Lehman.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
services will be at 1:00
Monday at the First Baptist Church in Cook. Rev. Randy Swenson will be
the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the
church. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Lillian Mary Peltonen, 92, of St. Louis Park, Minn., formerly of
Angora, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at the St. Louis Park
Plaza Health Care Center in St. Louis Park.
born Nov. 12, 1913, in Angora. She was the 10th child of Jacob and
Elizabeth (Kantinen) Latikka. On May 8, 1930, she married Uno Peltonen
in Virginia. Following their marriage, they made their home in Angora,
where they lived for 61 years. She loved to cook and bake. She was known
for her famous homemade doughnuts, cream puffs, banana cream pies and
prune tarts (during the holidays). She took great pride in preparing a
delicious meal and seeing people enjoy her cooking. Nobody ever left
from visiting Lillian and Uno without being served several cups of
coffee and a table full of homemade goodies. She worked for 10 years in
the housekeeping department of the Cook Community Hospital and Nursing
Home. She was a member for several years of both the Cooperative Guild
and the Angora Women’s Club.
include two daughters, Irene (Allan) Kujala of Chisholm, and Karen (Sam)
Carson of St. Louis Park; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Peltonen of
preceded in death by her loving husband Uno 96, 2005
of 75 years, Uno; only son, Floyd 57, 1993; five
brothers, John (in infancy), Werner, Matt, Emil and Julius; four
sisters, Olga Anderson, Martha Everett, Celia Mattila and Ingrid Mizell.
services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lakewood Chapel, 3600 Hennepin
Ave. S., Minneapolis. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia
at a later date. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in
Aylette Monique LeMoine, 24, was surrounded by family as she
departed into God’s arms on Wednesday, June 21, 2006, at Regions
Hospital in St. Paul. Unfortunately organ donation was unsuccessful.
was born Dec. 21, 1981, to Richard and Colleen (Shega) LeMoine in
Aurora, and resided in Somerset, Wis. She was a Mesabi East High School
graduate in 2000 with highest honors, and received an AA degree from
Mesabi Range Community College as a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Credits
earned from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado, Normandale and
Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota fulfilled pre-med
requirements. She was certified by the Minnesota State Board of Pharmacy
and was a recent employee of the Philips Eye Institute Pharmacy in
academic strengths and achievements followed her throughout high school,
college and her U.S. Air Force career (Lackland, Sheppard, Scott,
Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases). Distinguished as their top
graduate of military technical school, she earned a position with the
Air Force Academy clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. She received the
Pediatric Patient Care Front-Runner Award and was honored with Airman of
the Quarter (2003).
and compassion guided a career in medical services which inspired more
than 2,000 hours of volunteering. Involvement included Christian and
teen leadership groups, plasma donor, Spcial Olympics, charitable
fund-raisers, Habitat for Humanity, mentorship, exclusive volunteer
member performing newborn hearing screens, and medical support at Air
Force Academy functions; and provided spiritual guidance and education
for homeless teens with chemical dependencies at Soxx Place in Denver.
Perosnal interests included reading, piano, volleyball, running, Bible
study, physical fitness and movies.
survived by her parents; siblings, Tyson and Kai of Hoyt Lakes, Cory
(Megan) of Kansas City, Mo., Chyrisse of Somerset, Wis., and Dionne
(Paul) Peterson of Alexandria; nephew, Spencer, and nieces, Taylor and
Mari; grandfather, Martin Schaefbauer of Cook; Godparents, Kevin and
Karen Roche of Virginia; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
preceded in death by her sister, Deidre Rose; and grandparents, Rose
Schaefbauer, and Oscar and Elsie LeMoine
p.m. Saturday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Hoyt Lakes, with a
viewing in the church from 11:30 until service time Saturday and
visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in
Aurora. Burial will be in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery. Memorials
preferred. Online remembrances may be directed to email@example.com.
Laverne “Vern” Smith, 64, of Angora, died
Sunday, June 25, 2006, at the Cook Hospital.
Private family memorial services will be held at a later date in
Vern was born on February 2, 1942, at Bagley,
Minnesota. He grew up in the Fosston area, and
was united in marriage to Shirley A. Winters on January 9,
1965 at Bagley. They lived in the cities for a time, then moved to
Angora Township in 1976, where they have since resided. Vern was
employed for 23 years with EvTac Mining
Company. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing,
along with gardening.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, his mother, Ruth Holman of
Fosston; three brothers, Myrl (Ilene)
Smith of MacIntosh, MN., Francis
(Marilyn) Smith of Bemidji, MN., and Franklin (Sharon)
Smith of Monticello, MN.,; 2 sisters, Cleone
(Larry) Johnson of Fosston, and Darlene Novacek
of Grand Forks, N.D., along with nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Smith, and one brother
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
‘Jay’ Douglas Kolstad, 24, SERVICES: Funeral 5 p.m. today at the
Bradshaw Funeral Home in White Bear Lake, Minn., with visitation 3-5
p.m. today preceding service. The following Saturday, July 1, a
celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. at the American Legion in
Orr. The family prefers memorials.
“Jay’’ Douglas Kolstad, 24, died as a result of a homicide in South St.
Paul. He was pronounced brain dead on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. Family
members honored Eric’s request to be an organ donor and are comforted by
the knowledge that to date, eight people have received Eric’s gifts of
born Feb. 21, 1982, in Virginia. He attended schools in the metro area,
including Hennepin Technical College. Eric enjoyed hunting at his
family’s camp on the Echo Trail, fishing in Alaska and Mexico, and
spending time with his dog, Hennesey.
survived by a close friend, Katherine Dannewitz; his mother, Colleen
(Martin) Parker, of Zimmerman, Minn.; father, Douglas (Susan) Kolstad,
of Britt; brothers, Ryan (Sarah) O’Leary of Somerset, Wis., and Daniel
(Heather) O’Leary of Faribault, Minn.; maternal grandmother, Dillon
Radle, of Duluth; and his stepfather, Rick Anderson, of Oak Park
Heights, Minn.; and other relatives and many friends.
preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Tom Radle, of Orr;
paternal grandparents, Cecelia and Carl Kolstad of Parkville; an uncle,
Thomas Kolstad; and an aunt, Yvonne “Pat’’ Kolstad
John D. Anderson, 89, of Cook, died Monday,
June 19, 2006,at his residence at the
Homestead Apartment Building.
John was born on March 21, 1917, at Buhl, Minnesota;
the son of Frank and Ann (Anderson) Anderson. He was raised in
Buhl, and spent his teenage years in Cook, Buhl, Virginia, and
Hibbing. He married W. Patricia Crowley in Duluth in 1941. He was
an Army World War 11 Veteran, having
rose to the rank of Major.
After the war he settled in California, where he raised his family.
He was regional sales manager for Behr Manning Co. for twenty
years. He moved to the Los Angeles area in the mid 1950’s where
he owned a bar, print ship and floor maintenance company. He moved
to Sacramento in the eighties, where he started a tape and abrasive
company called All Tape Supply. John finally retired in 1995. He
loved his golf, the sun, and Minnesota. He was quite the salesman
during his day. He returned to Cook in 2001 to be home – to him
there was no place like Minnesota.
He is survived by a son, John C. Anderson of Bandon,
Oregon,; daughter-in-law, Alta M.
Anderson; grandsons: John M. Anderson and Stephen E. Anderson.
He is preceded in death by his wife,
Patricia; a daughter Gretchen M. Anderson, one brother, Frank E.
Anderson,; and two sisters, Irene Anderson and Helene Anderson.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
Following his requests,
there will be no visitation or services. Inurnment will be in the
Camellia Memorial Lawn
Cemetery in Sacramento, California.
Donald C. Rhead, 94, of
Angora, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006, at the Cook Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; 3 daughters, Jacqueline “Jackie”
Clay of Angora, Sue Hendrickson of Hermantown,
MN., an Debra Rhead of Horton,
Mich., 7 Grandchildren, and 7 Great Grandchildren. Don drove bus
for the city of Detroit, Michigan for many years. Family graveside
services will be held at 11:00
AM Friday at the Alango
Cemetery. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Arrangements
are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
James C. Drift Jr. (Gaa
Duluth, formerly of Nett Lake, died Thursday, June
8, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, with his
daughter Renee and granddaughter Ravyn
at his side.
He was born on December 29, 1943, at Nett Lake, where
he grew up. He moved to Duluth,
where he has resided for nearly 30 years. He
was employed in construction as a roofer for many years. James was
a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and was an avid hunter
and ricer. He had an artistic talent, and liked to sketch and
draw. He loved being with his family, and cherished his
granddaughter. His family fondly remembers as his door always being
open to people, and always invited people in and made them feel at
home when they came over.
He is survived by one daughter, Renee (Leslie) Gibbs of Duluth,; 3
sisters, Helen Drift and Gloria Drift, both of Nett Lake, and Rose
Lien of Angora, MN., one Granddaughter, Ravyn
Gibbs of Duluth, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and
He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen on June 6,
1996, and one sister, Twila Day.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Tribal Rites will be at 10:00
AM Monday at the Nett Lake
Community Center. Gilbert Smith will be the spiritual advisor.
Visitation will be after 4:00
PM on Sunday at the Community
Center. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.
Marylou “Jonnie” Boney, 68,
of Nett Lake, died Saturday, June 3, 2006, at
Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She
was born on July 18,
1937, at Nett Lake, the daughter of Rev.
Frederick and Ann (Saice) Isham.
called “Jonnie” by family and friends grew up and lived in
Nett Lake most of her life.
She married Peter Boney Sr. on
March 8, 1957, at Cass Lake, and they later
divorced. Her life’s work was devoted to helping others. The
loves of her live were her grandchildren, and the time spent
with them. She also liked sewing, puzzles, braiding, and
She is survived by 2 sons, Peter
“Chief” (Rachel) Boney Jr. of Brooklyn Park, MN., Vernon “Vern
Dean” Boney of Virginia; four daughters, Faye Hernandez of Long
Beach, Calif., Nancyann (John)
Rewertz of Virginia, Judy (Ed)
Jacka, of Virginia and Jodi (Mike)
Kleinbrook or River Falls, Wis.;
brothers, Ira “Pete” (Doris) Isham of Nett Lake, Felix “Lucky”
Isham of Nett Lake, Francis “Tuffy”
Isham of Cass Lake, Romaine “Bubba” Isham of Cass Lake; 6
sisters: Dorothy “Bosco” Mattson of
Nett Lake, Elva Cadwell of Duluth,
Linda Isham of Virginia, Sara Isham of Nett Lake, Ramona (Tim)
Peterson of Duluth and Angela (Clarence “Stooge”) Nadeau of Red
Lake, 19 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren, along with
numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
She is preceded in death by her
former husband, Peter Boney Sr., on January 9, 1984,; her
parents, Rev. Fred and Ann Isham; 2 brothers, Fred “Gint”
Isham Jr., and Daniel “Joe” Isham; 5 sisters, Judy Isham,
Lenora Isham, Phyllis Isham, Grendolyn
and Wanda Isham; 3 Grandchildren, Denise Boney, Chris
Boney, and April Boney.
Funeral arrangements are with the
Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00
Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at the First Baptist Church in Nett Lake.
Rev. Kevin Lasley and Rev. Wally Olson
will be the officiants. Visitation
will be after 5:00
PM Tuesday at the
church. The casket bearers will be: Sidney Adams, Marcus Knife
Chief, William Isham Jr., Fritz Lundeen,
Danny Lambert Sr., Gerald “Junior” Strong, Ira
“Sonny” Isham, Daniel Hilldebrand, and
Lloyd Haas. The honorary bearers will be: Ira, Lucky,
Tuffy, and Bubba Isham, Michael Boney,
Daniel “Jim” Morrison, Carlos Hernandez, Peter “Peanut” Boney Jr.,
William Drift, Christopher Hernandez, Jordan Olson, Ryan
Kleinbrook, Benjamin and Vernon
Boney. Interment will be in the New Nett Lake Cemetery.
Peter R. Fischer, 73, of Cook, formerly of Iron,
died Monday, May 29, 2006, at the Cook Nursing
He was born on August 6,
1932, at Eveleth, the son of John and
Johanna (Starin) Fischer. He grew up in
Iron and graduated from Eveleth High School in 1950.
He was employed by the Duluth-Mesabi-Iron Range Railroad in Iron.
Peter proudly served in the
U.S. Army. He was also employed by the Coon’s
Pacific Company until he was seriously injured at work. He spent
the remainder of his life in nursing care homes.
Before his disability he enjoyed hunting, fishing and being
outdoors, carpentry, auto mechanics, riding his Harley-Davidson
motorcycle, polka music, and spending time with family and friends.
While residing at the Cook Nursing Home, the kind and caring staff
became part of his extended family, and the family wishes to
acknowledge the fine care, concern, and
friendship given while he was in their care.
He is survived by two daughters, Diane and Renee Fischer, both of
Chisholm; 2 brothers, James Fischer of
Iron, and Earl Fischer of Virginia, along with nieces,
nephews, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife,
Gloria Fischer on September 15, 2000, and one brother,
John Fischer Jr.
Memorial services will be held at
Wednesday (June 7th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Roger Desilets will be the officiant.
Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Arrangements are with
the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
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(Rick) Neuenfeldt , the former assistant superintendent
for our St Louis County Schools, passed away very suddenly
on Saturday morning the 27th of May at his home
in Friendship, Wisconsin. Rick was with our district from
no service. He was cremated and his ashes will be spread at
a later date.
survived by two brothers and their families and many, many
friends that knew and loved him.
Meric-Vance “Rick” Neuenfeldt, 54, passed away very
suddenly on Saturday, May 27, 2006, at his home near Friendship,
Rick was an educator devoted to the excellence of the lifelong
learning experience. He was a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-River Falls with degrees in music education and
curriculum development. Rick was the assistant superintendent
for the St. Louis County schools in northern Minnesota, a
curriculum director for DePere, Wis., and the fine arts
coordinator for LaCrosse and Madison, Wis. public schools.
Currently, Rick was a program director for a federal “Safe
Schools-Drug Prevention” grant for the Adams/Friendship and
Wautoma school districts. He was a gifted, talented and creative
musician, composer, and administrator, a liberal, caring
intellect, and a great friend.
He is survived by two brothers, Bruce (Kaye) Neuenfeldt of Fall
Creek, Wis., and Bob (Sharon) Neuenfeldt of Somerset, Wis.;
nephews, Bill, Mike, Rourke, and Tyrell; niece, Kristy; and
He will be missed by a great many people and especially by his
brass quintet “family.”
There will be a private family inurnment in Menomonee, Wis., on
Friday. Rick may be memorialized through donations to public
school music programs or other arts endeavors.
Daniel Edmond Isham III., infant son of Kent (Isham) Morrison
and Liberty Isham, died Thursday, May 25, 2006, at St.
Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by five brothers: Kyle
Morrison, Ryan Isham, Daniel Isham, Jacob Villebrun and Kent
Villebrun; 3 sisters, Allaurah Isham,
Devon Northbird and Christina Isham;
maternal grandparents Sara and Philip Isham, maternal great
grandmother, Dorothy “Bosco” Mattson;
paternal grandmother Frances “Cisco” Isham, paternal great
grandmothers, Ruth Isham and Priscilla Morrison, all of Nett Lake,
and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at
12:00 Noon Sunday at the Nett Lake Community Center.
Rev. Kevin Lasley will be the officiant.
Visitation will be after 8:00 PM Saturday at the Community Center.
Interment will be in the new Nett Lake Cemetery.
Claire V. Coviello, 76, of Virginia, formerly
of Cook, died Tuesday, May 23, 2006 at the Virginia Regional Medical
She was born on October 12, 1929, at Chicago,
Illinois, where she grew up. Claire married Louis Coviello on July
9, 1949, at Fox Lake, Illinois. They honeymooned in
Vermilion-Cook area and fell in love with the area. They worked in
Chicago, saved their money for nearly 20 years,
then bought land on Lake Vermilion. They built, owned and
operated Retreat Lodge. Claire enjoyed writing poetry,
and was a very good artist. She and Louis wintered
in Gulf Shores, Alabama for many years.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Louis on June
Memorial services will be at
11:00 AM Friday (June 2nd) at the Mlaker Funeral Home
in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus will be the
Edward Olson, 73, of Duluth, passed away on May 21, 2006, at the
Chris Jensen Nursing Home. He was born the son of Hjalmer and Signe on
Jan. 10, 1933, in French Lake, Minn. Harold was united in marriage to
Janice Hanson on July 18, 1953. He joined the United States Air Force at
age 18 and was stationed in California and Montana, then returned to
Minnesota. He resided in Alborn and worked at the Duluth Air Force Base.
Harold was a member of the Masonic Lodge 186, Scottish Rite and AAD
Shrine, Order of Eastern Star 25 of Duluth and 156 of Tower, American
Legion Post 71 and the Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. Harold was
an avid fisherman and hunter. He spent his retirement years between Lake
Vermilion in summer and winters in Duluth.
survived by his wife, Janice; daughters, Susan Davey of Duluth and
Sheri (Michael) Holmes of Angora; son, Lowell (Toni Snickers) Olson
of Duluth; brothers, Johnny and Art Olson; sisters, Carolyne Thiessen,
Millie Johnson, Marie Johnson, Florence Jones, Carol Wirtz and Marcy
Petruzzi; six grandchildren, Heather, Matthew, Kristina, Sadie, Dillon
and Ellie; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl Olson.
service at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 2701
W. Third St., Duluth. Visitation with the family one hour before the
service and following the service. Pastor Dahar will be officiating.
Services entrusted to Cremation Society of Minnesota
Hauser, 59, of Seeley, MT., formerly of Ray
and Ramsey, died May 21, 2006, at the
Village Health Care Center in Missoula, Montana.
Kathy was born on
August 29, 1946, at Minneapolis, the
daughter of Don and Jeanne
(Wallen) Stinson. She
grew up in Minneapolis, where married Hans Hauser on
September 8, 1962. In 1990, she and Hans started
coming to Lake Kabetogama, and moved there
permanently in 1997. Kathy enjoyed snowmobiling,
playing cribbage, and most of all her family. She
and Hans had moved to Missoula, Montana in 2004.
She will be deeply
missed by her loving husband of 43 years, Hans,;
two children Moni
(Dave) Janckila, and J.R.(Lora)
Hauser; five grandchildren: Austin, Lea, Jack, Sarah
and Emma,; one sister Barb Stinson and one brother
Don (Barb) Stinson; aunt Peg (Dick)
Wolfgram,, along with
nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She is preceded in
death by her son, Tony who died on
January 5, 2003,; her
father Donald Stinson who died on July 20, 2003, and
mother Jeanne Stinson on August 1, 2003, and her
father and mother-in-law, Alfred and Lydia Hauser.
Funeral services will
be at 2:30
(May 28th) at the Kabetogama United
Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior
to the funeral. Pastor Ruth
Gangloff will be the officiant. Jen Carlson
will provide the music. Interment will be in the
are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook
(Dilley) Ranta 82, passed away on May 20, 2006 in
the Twin Cites. She was born on October 24, 1923.
Marge was married to Robert "Bob" Ranta on December
2, 1941. She is survived by four children; Michael & Debbie
Ranta, Jerome & Renee Ranta,
Roberta & John Boyce and Sally & David Brackney. Marge
is also survived by her Grandchildren,
Brian, Sarah and Cynthia Ranta, Liisa (Scott) Smook, Leea Ranta,
Jason (Heather), Gregory & Jack McFarland, Adam & Nicole
Robert Ranta passed away on March 22, 2001 at the
age of 82.
Bob & Marge
owned and operated the Ranta Red Owl grocery store in Cook after
buying the business from the Elmer & Rick Waataja in 1953. After
five years in business they sold to John Musech in 1958.
Marge is survived by a nephew; Ray Ranta of Cook and a Niece;
Sandi (Dean) Buchanan of Cook.
Information provided by Ray Ranta of Cook.
Ellen Nylund, 89, Cambridge, died May 9, 2006, at
Grandview Christian Home. Ellen Gertrude Nylund was born in
Ransjo Harjedalen, Sweden, on Feb. 11, 1917, to Ole and Selma
Pearson. She immigrated with her parents and two brothers in
1923, and settled in Washkish, Minn. Ellen had several
employments in Soudan, Minn., Milwaukee, Wis., and Cook, Minn.
Ellen met her husband, Rudolph Nylund, in Soudan and they were
married in Cook on April 12, 1941. Ellen came to know the Lord
as her savior through her husband. They eventually settled in
Hibbing and became the parents of three children. He husband,
Rudolph, died in 1961. In 1965, Ellen and her daughter, Brita,
moved to Isanti to be closer to her parents and sisters. Ellen
was a member of Elim Baptist Church in Isanti and was involved
in Women’s Bible Study. She enjoyed entertaining her friends in
her home, cooking, sewing and reading.
Ellen’s family was very important to her and she loved them very
much. In July 2000, she moved to Grandview Christian Home. She
enjoyed her time there and made many friends.
She is survived by two sons, Rudolph (Janet) Nylund,
McCordsville, Ind., and John (Connie) Nylund, Hibbing; one
daughter, Brita (Gary) Sorenson, Isanti; seven grandchildren,
eight great-grandchildren, three brothers, Peter Pearson, Willow
River, Vincent (Maryann) Pearson, Reno, Nev., and Nils (Carol)
Pearson, Lynhurst, Ohio; two sisters, Vivian (George)
Buckingham, Isanti; Lillie Ohotto, Isanti; and by many other
relatives and friends.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death
by an infant daughter, one grandson and by one brother.
Funeral: Services were held Friday, May 12, 2006, at Elim
Baptist Church in Isanti with Dr. Roger Anderson officiating.
Howard Doble, accompanied by Nancy Peabody, sang “How Great Thou
Art” and “Children of The Heavenly Father.”
Pallbearers were Sheri Hoff, Heather Joffer, and Aaron, Adam,
Aric and Ashley Sorenson.
Burial: Interment was in Cook Community Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Strike Funeral Home, Isanti Chapel
Ludvik J. “Al” Mesojedec, 94, of
Soudan, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2006, at St. Mary’s
Medical Center in Duluth. He was born
on September 20, 1911 in Soudan, the son of Ludvik and Helena
(Breznik) Mesojedec. He was a lifelong
resident of Soudan and attended the Tower Soudan School. Following
school, he went to work for the D.M. & I.R. Railroad. He was united
in marriage to Mary Popseh on October
20, 1940, at Ely. He worked as a
trackman for the Oliver Iron Mining Co. at the Soudan Underground
Mine, retiring in 1963. After the closing of the mine, he was the
caretaker on Aleppo and Pine Island for many years. Al was a cement
mason who built many basements in the area, along with the sidewalks
for Breitung Township. He also trapped and sold minnows in Soudan.
Al was an avid hunter and fisherman. In his later years of life, he
enjoyed collecting and cooking maple syrup with his longtime friend
Jake Carlson. In his spare time he collected and crushed aluminum
cans and gave the money to charity. Al always
carried candy suckers in his pocket to give to any children
he should happen to meet. The most important thing in his life was
his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Tower, KSKJ
Lodge, past member of the Breitung Fire Department and the United
Steelworkers of American Local 2306 of Soudan.
He is survived by three daughters,
Helen (Dennis) Erchul of Duluth, Margaret (John)
Lilya of Soudan, and Mary Ann (Hugh)
Miller of Negaunee, MI..; 9 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren,;
7 sisters: Vida Popesh of Soudan, Elizabeth
Spreitzer of Duluth, Rose Passi
of Miami Beach, FL., Helen Adkisson of
Tower, Pauline Wiirre of Buhl,
of Easton, PA., and Agnes Taylor of Hinckley, MN.,, along with
numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he is
preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 1977,;
four brothers, Joseph, Herman, Frank and Edward; and an infant
SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be
celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church
in Tower, with Monsignor Bernard Popesh as the celebrant. Visitation
will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. The casket
bearers will be: Edward Erchul, Joseph Erchul, John
Lilya, Hugh Miller III., Buddy
Pospesh, and Michael Morley. The soloist
will be Pat Koski and the organist Dennis
Erchul. Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements
are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
John Larry Saarikoski, 75, of Gheen, Minnesota,
passed away Friday, May 12, 2006 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in
John was born on October 31, 1930 in Floodwood, MN,
the son of Laurie and Mayme (Simi)
Saarikoski. He lived in Meadowbrook on the family farm until he
married his first wife Ailie Jacobson on August 16, 1950. They moved
one mile down the road and bought their first and only home where
they raised their children. Ailie passed away on November 22, 1982.
John worked for U.S. Steel until the late 1950’s when he was laid
off. He then worked in the woods with his brother, Leonard, and
their father, Laurie, and also took pride attending his farm. He
then started working for Eveleth Mines in 1965 as a maintenance
mechanic until his retirement. John married his second wife, Deanne
on October 20, 1984 in Cook; they were married for 22 years. He
enjoyed waking up early and taking morning drives in the country; he
also could be seen driving his tractor on his farm. He loved to
hunt, fish, and spend quality time with his family, especially his
He is survived by his wife: Deanne of Gheen, one son: Dan (Laura)
Saarikoski of Gheen, three daughters: Kathy (George)
Paavola of Wyoming, MN, Elaine (Joe
Black) Ollikkala of International Falls,
and Lori (Clark) Nurmi of Angora, two
step-sons: Rick and Daniel Quaas of Orr,
three step-daughters: Robin (James) Aker
of Orr, Shelia (Dave) Malmstrom of
Virginia, and Becky (Donald) Luecken of
Gheen, one brother: Leonard Saarikoski of Gheen, 9 grandchildren,
and 11 great-grandchildren.
John is preceded in his death by his parents, first wife Ailie
Saarikoski, one daughter Judy Ann Saarikoski on March 19, 1972, and
one sister-in-law Donna Saarikoski on July 27, 2005.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1 P.M. on Wednesday,
May 17, 2006, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation will be one
hour prior to the funeral services. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the
officiant. Interment will be at the Willow Valley Cemetery. Arrangements
are by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Cecile Marie (Cornelius,
Gabrielson) Deibler,64, of
Virginia, died Thursday, May 11, 2006 at her home.
She was born Sept.
8, 1941 in Wellsville, New York, The daughter of Rev. Amos and
Cornelius. She moved with her family
to Minnesota, July 1, 1958. Then attended the Big Fork High
School where she graduated. After high school
attended the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis.
She worked as a nurse until 1979. Cecile was united in marriage
to the father of her children, Gerald E. Gabrielson on August
13, 1966. Together they owned and operated Cecile’s
Lostweek Inn in Gheen for four
years. She also worked in various restaurants as a cook.
Cecile married her second husband,
James Deibler on July 2, 1990 at the Sand Lake
She started working at
Fortune Bay in 1996 in housekeeping and was a supervisor
in housekeeping at the present time. She enjoyed tending to her
flower beds, being outdoors, spoiling her grandchildren, and
taking road trips with her good friend Judy King.
She is survived by her three sons:
Eric Gabrielson of Cook, Lars (Violet) Gabrielson, and Nels
(Mary) Gabrielson both of Orr. One daughter: Serena (Alex
Anderson) Gabrielson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One step-son: Brad
(Sharon O’Donnell) Deibler of Richfield, Mn
Two sisters: Mary (Raymond)
Lee of Perry, New York and Catherine (Jim)
Powers of Togo, MN. Two sister-in-laws: Mary T. Bird of Hibbing
and Audrey Cornelius of Togo, Mn.
Six grandchildren: Carrie, Nels,
Luke, and Gage Gabrielson and Bruce and Patricia McCarthy. Two
step-grandchildren: Brianna and Baylee Deibler.
Along with numerous nieces, nephews, and
She is preceded in death by her
parents Rev. Amos (62, 1976) and Lula (72, 1989) Cornelius,
husband James (Oct. 25, 1998) and two brothers Russell
Cornelius (Jan. 11, 2004) and Darrell Cornelius (April 30,
Funeral services were held at 1:00 pm Tuesday (May 16th)
at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Special music played by Michelle
Horack. The casket bearers are, John
Barto, Rodney Barto, Ernie
Barto Jr., Frank
Barto Sr., Dan Hill, Glen Stevenson, John Bergman and Mitch
Cheney. Honorary bearers are her Grandchildren. Interment in
the Carpenter Cemetery in Togo.
Dahlman 66, just to let those know who may remember us,
Ruth passed away on April 28th, 2006 at the age of 66 years
old. She died unexpectedly following surgery complications.
I was the Area Staff Forester there with the Mn. DNR - Div.
of Forestry during that time. Am sure that many of that
community may remember us. Ruth worked as a waitress at the
Patten Cafe for quite a few years. Two of our three children
graduated from the Orr High School. After leaving Orr, we
lived in Grand Rapids for 25 years. In 2003, we moved to
Gulf Shores, Alabama to spend the rest of our retirement
we have enjoyed your Cook Website for quite some time to
keep up on the news in and around the Orr area. My wife Ruth
and I lived in Orr from 1966 thru 1976.
Greetings to those of you who remember us..
Cassandra Ann Copeland, our Cassie was born and called home on
Saturday, May 6, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Her time
with us was brief, but we will hold her in our hearts forever.
survived by her parents, Heather Korkalo and Andrew Copeland of Eveleth;
her brother, Joshua; maternal grandparents, Jeff Jauhola and Marilyn
Korkalo of Cook and Steve and Andrea Korkalo of Duluth; paternal
grandparents, Robert and Carol Copeland of Angora; maternal
great-grandfather, Gerald Koepke of Embarrass; paternal
great-grandmother, Margaret Stenglein of Waconia; and numerous aunts,
uncles and cousins.
Private family services will be held at Resurrection Catholic Church in
Eveleth. The Rev. Joel Hastings will officiate. Interment will be in
Alango Cemetery, Alango Township. Arrangements are by Cron-Sheehy
Funeral Home in Eveleth. To sign the guest book online and to leave a
memorial message, to www.cron-sheehy.com.
Walter Jack Klakoski, 74, of Iron, died
Saturday, May 6, 2006, at his residence. He was born Oct. 8, 1931 in
Mohawk, Mich. to Zigmond and Anna (Neagbour) Klakoski. He attended
school in Orr and later began working for U.S. Steel as a truck driver.
Walter married Victoria June Leppanen on Jan. 19, 1952, in Virginia.
From 1964-1983 he worked in production for Gary Works located in Gary,
Ind. He retired in 1983 from U.S. Steel.
Walter was a member of the Iron Senior Citizens and
Resurrection Catholic Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who
enjoyed camping and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Victoria; children, Dale
(Jackie) of Keewatin, Dean (Cherie) of Portage, Ind., Doran (Diana)
of Orr, Darwin (Kathy) of Hobart, Ind., and Denise Mills of Portage;
sister, Emily (Maurice) LaTenndresse of Hibbing; brother, Edward
Klakoski of Chisholm; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;
numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and
son-in-law, Alvah Mills.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, in
Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth with the Rev. Joel Hastings as
celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday with recitation of
the rosary at 7:30 p.m. in Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in
Gilbert and will continue for one hour prior to the mass at church.
Burial will be at a later date in the Eveleth Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, memorials are preferred.
Robert F. Trucano, 50, of Tower, passed away unexpectedly on
Monday, May 1, 2006, at the Ely
Bloomenson Community Hospital.
He was born on May 5, 1955 in Virginia, the son of
Charles and Mildred (Anderson) Trucano. He grew up on the family
farm and was a lifelong resident of Tower. Bob played football for
Tower-Soudan High School where he graduated in 1973. He attended
Duluth Technical School for Auto Body Technology
and later went to Eveleth Technical College for automotive
control. He worked for Tomahawk Ford and LTV Steel, both of Hoyt
Lakes and North Shore Mining of Babbitt.
Bob was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Vikings play. He
built his house on the family homestead, where he still liked to
farm and grow potatoes for his entire family. Bob liked deer
hunting and spending time at the hunting shack. One of his favorite
pastimes was fishing on Lake Vermilion. He loved to
dance to the Rolling Stones, and everyone looked forward to his
Sunday BBQ’s with the family. Bob cherished his family with his
whole heart, and had an enthusiasm for life that
he shared with everyone who knew him. He was a member of
Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tower.
He is survived by his children, Terah
Trucano of Soudan, Robert Andrew Trucano of Tower, and
Tasha Trucano of Tower; one
granddaughter, Oryann Fields Trucano of
Soudan; former wife, Paula Lind of Cook; three brothers, Charles (Dagny)
Trucano of Brainerd, James Trucano of Gilbert and Michael Trucano
of Soudan; six sisters, Charlene (Gary) West of Chicago, IL.,
Gladys (Fabio) Parente of West Milford,
N.J., Katherine (Frank) Popesh of Soudan,
Susan Trucano of Tower, Debra (Greg) Spiering
of Mt. Iron and Juanita (Joe) Gibbon of Soudan; numerous aunts,
uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Trucano.
Funeral services were held at 1:00
Saturday May 6th) at Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Tower, with Pastor Aaron Lofgren was the
officiant. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the
church. The soloist was Jess Edberg and the organist Mary Beth
Reller. The casket bearers were: Tim
Lilya, James Trucano, Charles Trucano,
Joe Gibbon, Mickey Trucano, and Greg Spiering.
Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery in
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
Donald S. Petman, 81, of International Falls,
died Saturday, April 29, 2006, at Falls Memorial Hospital.
Don was born Aug. 20, 1924, to Mathilda (Peterson) and Severi Petman
in Lawler, Minn.
Don moved many times as his father Severi managed Finnish Cooperative
stores in Lawler, Cokato, New York Mills, Republic Michigan and Cook.
Don attended school in Cook, graduating from Cook High School in
1942. Following high school Don worked for a year as a dairy herd
improvement supervisor keeping individual dairy cow production records
on 50 herds in North St. Louis and Southern Koochiching counties.
In October 1943 he was inducted into the United States Army serving
in England and France. He was assigned to the 4th Division 12th infantry
landing on Omaha Beach June 22, 1944. He fought through the Hedgerow
country of Normandy. In the battle of Mortian he received a head wound
that required 13 months of hospitalization. He was discharged in
From 1946 to 1950 he attended the University of Minnesota. Also in
1950 Don accepted a teaching position in Fairfax, Minn. In 1952 he moved
to International Falls where he accepted a position as County Extension
Agent for the University of Minnesota and Koochiching County. He held
this position for 28 years until retiring in 1980. During that time he
developed programs in 4-H, grade A dairy farms, pig market in Northome,
horticulture, commercial landscape beautification, industrial
development (Green Forest Cedar Fence) in Littlefork and in 1965
developed KOOTASCA Community Action Inc.
In 1961 Don attended graduate school at the University of Colorado
Fort Collins studying Landscape Horticulture. In 1970 Don was awarded
the Distinguished Service Award by the National County Agent
Association. He achieved the rank of Associate Professor from the
University of Minnesota.
In 1991 Raymond Hill of Cook and Don sponsored a landscape project for
the Cook High School Grounds (White spruce, maple and Ash trees were
planted). Raymond and Don both graduated in the class of 1942. Raymond
Hill also sponsored the landscape planting at the St. Mary's Catholic
Church in Cook which was installed by Don Petman Landscape Company in
Don Petman Nursery and Landscape business was developed in the late
1970s providing nursery and landscaping to homes, businesses, industrial
and community properties. Some of the landscape projects designed and
planted by Don were the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Burlington Flag
Park, Bronko Museum, the Giant Thermometer, the Astronaut Arboretum,
Highway 11 West, Highway 53 South, Rainy River Community College, Falls
High School, Falls Memorial Hospital and Boise Cascade. Don's business
motto was "A yard without a tree isn't fit for a dog."
Between 1999 and 2002 Don designed and developed Finn Homestead Golf
on family owned Finnish homestead farm near Lake Kabetogama.
The Petman family cemetery plots were in Field Township west of Cook.
In 1997 Don and his wife Corrine, along with the assistance of John and
Roger Shoberg of International Falls, planted 25 Amur Maple and Pine on
the cemetery grounds. A large native cedar cross and sign were installed
which were hand carved by Tom Karsnia of International Falls.
Don attended St. Thomas Catholic Church. He was a member of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus and charter member of
Koochiching Men's Garden Club, which he started along with Bob Richmond
in May 1956.
On Dec. 26, 1949, Don married the former Corrine Danielson in
He is survived by his three sons, Steven Petman of Virginia, Jeffrey
Petman of Duluth and Phillip Petman of Fairbanks, Alaska; his two
daughters, Catherine (Dennis) Larson of Cleveland, Tenn., and Theresa
Ann (James) Mikelson of Detroit Lakes; his sister, Beverly (Harold)
Demming of Fairfax, Minn.; and five grandchildren, Anthony Larson, Holly
(Matthew) Gustav, Kevin Petman, Valerie Mikelson and Colleen Mikelson.
Bob Jorgenson of Cook is a nephew.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Corrine; his parents,
Severi and Mathilda Petman; brothers, Paul M. Petman, Sulo Petman and
Alvin Johnson; and his sisters, Sally Kruger, Syrie Stapleton, Sylvia
Tahtinen, Verna Holt and Mary Jorgenson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, with the Rosary
service at 6:30 at Green-Larsen Mortuary.
Funeral services with military rites will be conducted at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 3, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, International Falls.
The family would prefer memorials to St. Thomas Catholic School or
St. Thomas Catholic Church Building Fund.
Interment will be at the Field Township Cemetery west of Cook on
Samuelson Road off Hwy 53, one mile west of junction Hwys 1 and 53, at 2
Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International
Marie (Pohto) Aho, 70, of Virginia, died Thursday, April 27, 2006,
at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born Jan. 28, 1936, in
Alango, the daughter of Sulo 71, 1978 and Helmi
85, 1998 (Rahkola) Pohto. Elsie was baptized on
June 20,1939, confirmed on June 20, 1948, and graduated from the Alango
High School in 1954. She married Willard Aho on Aug. 13, 1955, in
Virginia. They lived in Aurora, until moving to Virginia in 1960. She
worked at the Arrow shirt factory for 3 years, and owned and operated
“The Drapery Nook” from 1980 until retiring in 1991 due to health
problems. She was a member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Virginia. Elsie dearly loved her family, spending time with her
grandchildren, cooking, baking, and working on her memory books.
survived by her husband, Willard; children, David Aho of Maplewood,
Daniel Aho of Washburn, N.D., Sheryl (Kim) Kochevar of Virginia, and
Sheila (Deron) Davidson of Virginia; grandchildren, Kyle Aho, Chase Aho,
Jacob Aho-Rosandich, Amanda Aho-Rosandich, and Hannah, Sarah, and
Rebekah Davidson; sister, Hazel (Wallace 68, 2000)
Aho of Virginia; aunts, Marion Jacobson of Chisholm, and Esther Pohto of
Alango; special friend, Karen Maki; nieces; nephews; cousins; and a host
preceded in death by her parents, Sulo in 1978 and Helmi in 1998; and
brother, Leslie Pohto in 1968.
Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service
at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastors Darin
Elvemo and Nathan Sager are co-officiants. Interment will follow in the
Greenwood Cemetery. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman
Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of
Elsie on-line, please see:
James “Jim” Roderick Gordon, 92,
of Cook, died Monday, April 24, 2006, at the Cook Nursing Home.
He was born January 31, 1914, at Virginia; the son of Alexander
and Clara (Johnson) Gordon.
He grew up in Virginia, where he
graduated from high school and attended Junior College. Jim was
a graduate of the University of
Minnesota Agricultural College at Grand Rapids. He started
farming full time in 1935 in Field Township.He was active in
farming for 70 years, which also included raising sheep through
his 79th birthday. He was part of the former
original group of the Arrowhead Lamb and Wool Producers
Association, which promoted, exhibited, and
demonstrated lamb and wool production and techniques.
He was united in marriage to Edith
Carlson on March 7, 1942, at the Covenant Church in Cook, where
he was a longtime member. He also logged, and tended to a huge
garden, which he enjoyed growing his own
Jim is survived by his wife of
years, Edith; one son, Thomas (Donnie) Gordon of Cook; two
daughters, Bette Holmes of Mt. Iron, and Janette (James)
Takala of Iron; 12 Grandchildren:
Lori Gordon, Cynthya (Craig) Porter,
Erica (Mark) Burns, Russell (Kelly) Mosher, Naomi Gordon, Andrew
Gordon, Melissa Holmes, Scott (Joanne) Holmes, Beth (Dennis)
Debeltz, William Holmes, Lindsay
(Jake) Grass, and John Takala; 7
Great Grandchildren: Steven, Cameron, Mallory and McKenzie
Porter, Erin Burns, Ryan Bagnal, and
Brandt Debeltz, along with nieces,
nephews and their families.
He is preceded in death by one
brother, Edward Gordon and one sister Miriam
Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home, Cook.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday (April 29) at the
Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the
officiant. Chuck Nicholas will be the soloist and Carol Johnston
the organist. The casket bearers will be Jim’s grandsons: Russell
Mosher, Scott Holmes, Andrew Gordon, William Holmes, and John
Takala. Interment will be in the Cook
Tammy Sue (Cave) Nowlin 36 passed away April 10, 2006
from a long battle with brain cancer. She was born on March 28,
1970 to Wayne & Verna Cave at Rockford, Illinois. She is
survived by her parents and sisters Cathie Cave and Connie Gheer
and a brother Coy Showers and her grandfather Norman Cave of
Cook. Tammy attended the Cook School.
“Mutt” E. Morrison Jr., 55 of Nett
Daniel “Mutt” E. Morrison Jr.,
55, of Nett Lake, died Saturday, April 22,
2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
Funeral services will be at
10:00 AM Wednesday at the
Nett Lake School Gymnasium. Visitation will be after 5:00
PM Tuesday at the Nett Lake School Gymnasium.
Lasley and Wally Olson will be
the officiants. The Veterans
song will be provided by Bois Forte Drum.
The casket bearers will be:
George LaRoque, William “Bill”
Whiteman, Loren “Hawk” Connor, Dave
Danz, Mike LaRoque,
Edward T. Chavers, Dave Steel,
Jeff Isham, Derek “Tiny”
Morrison, and Corey Strong..
The honorary bearers will be:
Roger “Sid” Whiteman Sr., Len Thompson, Ray Hawk, David “Squidg”
Jr., Erynn “Bags”,
Darian and Floyd Morrison,
Brad Bowstring, Charlie Michaud, David “Bosh”
Villebrun, Bryan “Toogie”
Porter, Alvin Sadewasser, Ernie
“Bunky” Drift, Eric, and Lewis
Strong III., Little Jim Morrison, Francis “Tuna” Connor,
Francis Goodsky, Keith Roy, Burdell
“Birdie” LaRoque, Linda “Toodles”
Tibbetts-Barto, Gilbert Caribou,
Aimee, Christina and Rachel Morrison, Les, Marty, Vern, Jan
and Mike, Allan “Buzz” Connor, Bertha
Graue, and Shullon Isham,
Garrett Morrison, Owen King. Military honors will be accorded by the
Bois Forte Honor Guard. Interment will be in the new
Nett Lake Cemetery.
Dan “Mutt” was born on
December 11, 1950, at Cass Lake, Minnesota; the son
of Priscilla (Donald) and
Daniel E. Morrison. He grew up in Nett Lake, where he lived
most of his life. He served in the United States Marine
Corps from 1968 to 1971, and was honorably discharged as a
Sergeant. He was employed as an Ironworker for 2 years, a
truck driver for 2 years, worked for the Voyageur’s National
Park Service for a year, Bois
Forte Water and Sanitation Department for 15 years, and the
Bois Forte Roads Department for 7 years.
He volunteered for the Bois
Forte Ambulance as an EMT from 1977 to 1984. “Mutt” liked
taking rides around Nett Lake in his truck, “his old man
rides” (as his family fondly recalls them), hunting,
fishing, netting fish, softball, ricing,
basketball, football, and enjoyed working with heavy
equipment. He liked being with family
He is survived by his partner
of 28 years, Frances “Cisco” Isham; 2 sons, Kent (Liberty)
Isham and Travis (Teri) Morrison,; 2 daughters, Nancy
(Ronald) Day and Ellen (Troy) King; his mother Priscilla
Morrison, all of Nett Lake; two brothers, David (Teresa)
Morrison Sr. of Nett Lake and, Jonathan (Cindy) Morrison of
Virginia, MN., 2 sisters, Terrie Morrison and Wendy
(Leonard) Thompson, both of Nett Lake, 17 Grandchildren,
along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and
He is preceded in death by his
father, Daniel Morrison Sr. on May 2, 2005;
one brother James, who died in a auto accident with his two
daughters, Denise and Chris on March 12,
1982., along with both paternal and maternal
Funeral arrangements are with
the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook (218-666-5298)
Charlie Neil, 79, of Orr, died at
home on Friday, April 21, 2006. Charlie was born September 20, 1926,
in Mason City, Iowa. In 1928 the Neil family moved to Crane
Lake settling in East Bay, where Charlie grew up. He attended
school in Buyck. As a youth, Charlie began working at Nelson’s
Resort on Crane Lake where he worked until age 25. In 1952, he
married Janice Peterson. They had four children while living in
Buyck. They were divorced in 1960. He was employed by Nekoosa
Edwards Paper Co. on the Echo Trail and logged for Elmer
Kesanen during the winter and also
worked for Penta Pole in Buyck until
he retired in 1979. Charlie lived in Orr the past 10 years.
Charlie is survived by his
daughter, Tamara Neil of
Oregon; his son, Terry (Joyce) Neil of Bend, Oregon; his
grandchildren: Michele, Ryan, Kristi, Nicholas, and Erik; and
great grandchildren: Amanda, Thomas, Timothy, Nolan and
Karissa; along with many nieces,
nephews and their families.
He is preceded in death by a son,
Timothy and a daughter, Joy Ann; six brothers and three sisters.
SERVICES: Memorial services will be
held at a later announced date and time in July.
Al Kehoe, 59, of Bear River, died Wednesday,
April 19, 2006, at his home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Al was born in Cook on June 5, 1946, the son of Wilford and Marjorie
He grew up in Bear River, attended
Alango High School and North Central School of Agriculture,
University of Minnesota in Grand Rapids. He joined the Army and
served in Vietnam from 1963 until 1965 where he was exposed to Agent
Orange which eventually caused his cancer. He retired from
Atkinson Construction in 2000 as a Construction Superintendent. Al
had worked in all the states, 14 countries and in 9 Canadian
He married Judy
Engdahl on December 20, 2000, in La Vegas,
Nevada, and they moved to Bear River. His dream was to farm the
homestead, which he did until his health started to fail. In
addition to farming he
also liked deer hunting.
Al is survived by his wife, Judy,; 2 daughters,
Karyn (Jeff) Westman of East
Bethel, MN., and Krista (John) Bauer of Big Lake; 4 Grandchildren:
Megan, Noah, Brooke and Mason;; his mother, Marjorie “Marge” Kehoe
in Hibbing,; 1 brother, Gaylen (Hazel)
Kehoe of Bear River,; 1 sister, Fran Birge
of Yakima, WA., a sister-in-law, LaVerne
Kehoe of Bear River;, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and
He is preceded in death by his father, Wilford
on June 30, 1991, and a brother, Jerald on June 2,
SERVICES: Mass of
Christian Burial was held at 1:00 PM Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic
Church in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 PM Sunday in the Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.
St. Mary’s Choir will sing, and Carolyn
Blossom will provide the accompaniment. The casket bearers will be:
Vince Kehoe, Greg Kehoe, Tom Hedgers, Marilee
Bartrem, Maxine Sandberg, and Marsha Mettler.
Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the
Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and the Orr American Legion
Post #480. Interment will be in the
Florence A. Vidor 78 of
International Falls died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Falls Good
Samaritan Center. She was born March 10, 1928, in Silverdale, Minn. She
graduated from Orr High School in 1946 and attended Minneapolis beauty
school in 1948. In 1949 she relocated to International Falls. She was
united in marriage to Charles H. Vidor May 14, 1949.
was a devoted housewife and mother who loved her pansies. She enjoyed
gardening, walking and cooking. She had worked for Rainy Lake Houseboats
and was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Charles Vidor who passed away on Feb 5, 2004, and
her parents, Matthew and Agnes (Rent) Starich.
is survived by her son, Brian (Susan) Vidor of International Falls; her
daughter, Brenda Mammenga of Woodbury, Minn.; her brother Richard
(Phyllis) Starich of Virginia, Minn.; four grandchildren, Kristen
(Richard) Busch of Gilbert, Nicholas Vidor of Duluth, Melissa (Chris)
Brandt of Woodbury, and Matthew (Paula) Mammenga of Woodbury; six
great-grandchildren, Riley, Dakota, Paige, Reese, Maya and David; and
son-in-law, David Mammenga.
services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at St. Thomas
Catholic Church, International Falls. Interment will be in the American
Legion section of Forest Hill Cemetery Memorials would be
preferred to Falls Good Samaritan Center in lieu of flowers. Condolences
may be left at www.greenlarsen.com.
Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Fall
Memorial services for Raymond Luoma, 82
of Alango Township
will be held at 1:00 PM
Saturday, (April 22nd) at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. He
died February 23, 2006. A full obituary was previously run........
Alango Township, died unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday,
February 23, 2006. He
was born on
February 9, 1924, at Minneapolis, the son of
Seeti and Fannie (Wirtanen)
Luoma. Ray grew up in Chisholm and graduated from Chisholm High
school in 1942.
Raymond worked for Snyder Mining Company of Buhl until he was
called to serve in the
Army during World War 11.
He was stationed in India, where he was a heavy equipment
operator building communication lines. Upon his honorable
discharge he returned to Snyder Mining, where he was employed
for a total of 27 years, until its closing. He was united in
marriage to Joycelyn Johnsen
on June 2, 1951, in Alango. Raymond was also a skilled
carpenter and worked for St. Louis County as a heavy equipment
operator until his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed and was
known for his good advice about his favorite hobbies: gardening,
fishing, and hunting.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joycelyn; 2 brothers,
Edward “Bob” (Joyce) Luoma of Tulsa, OK., and Roy Luoma of
Melrose Park, IL.,; 3 sisters, Lorraine
Makinen of Bovey, Louise Pender of Chisholm, and Mildred
(Vince) Patti of Algonquin, IL., along with numerous nieces and
nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Luoma.
Eleanor T. Perala,
90, of Cook, and
former longtime resident
Alango Township died Saturday, April 15, 2006, at
the Cook Nursing Home.
Eleanor was born on
August 11, 1915, on
the homestead in Alango Township, the daughter of
Jacob and Maria (Niemi) Karvala. She grew up in
Alango and graduated from Cook High School in
1933. She married John Perala on June 13, 1936 in
Alango. The couple settled on the Perala family
homestead in Alango Township, where she then lived
the next 30 years. Eleanor was a life member of St.
Paul’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing handwork,
especially knitting, loved everyone’s flowers and
gardens, was an excellent baker and cook, and her
family fondly remember her making the “real squeaky
cheese.” Eleanor worked in the laundry department
of the Cook Hospital for many years,
volunteered at the Cook Hospital Auxiliary
(Thrift Shop) for numerous years, and was a member
of the former Cook American Legion Auxiliary. She
moved to Cook in 1965,
and has resided a the Cook Nursing Home the past
She is survived by one
son, Darryl Perala of
one daughter, Linda (Chuck) Barrett of Lakeville,
MN.; three Grandchildren: Bradley (Jena) Perala of
Angora, Sean Barrett and Kevin Barrett, both of
Lakeville; two Great Grandchildren: Haley Barrett
and Blake Perala; along with numerous nieces and
Eleanor is preceded in
death by her husband John on January 30, 1962; three
brothers, Ernest, William, and Milton Karvala; and
seven sisters, Melida
Karvala, Elma Karvala, Pauline Hennessey, Bertha
Jacobson, Edna Rinne
Carlson, and Lillian Parsons; and daughter-in-law
Nancy Perala on February 6, 1985.
SERVICES: Memorial services will be at
Wednesday, (April 19th)
at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango.
Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
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