Terry D. Braden, 66, of
Saturday, September 30, 2006, at the Cook Nursing Home.
Terry was born on
April 10, 1940, at Fairhaven
Township in Stearns County, Minnesota; the son of Howard and
Mildred (Miller) Braden. He moved with his family from Kimball
to Deer River in 1950, where he attended area schools. He
graduated from Deer River High
School in 1958, then from the former Itasca Community College,
and also attended Bemidji State College. He started his
employment with U.S. Forest Service in 1961 and was first
stationed in Ely. He soon was transferred to
Buyck station where he remained
throughout his career. He retired as an engineer for the Forest
Service in 1994. Terry was an avid fisherman, hunter, and had
a great appreciation for the outdoors. He and special friend
Helen McCormick were both caregivers, and they valued and
complemented each other. His family fondly remembers Terry as
always being there for family events. He
had been making his residence at the Cook Nursing Home,
the last few years.
He is survived by a sister,
Juanita “Nita” (Del)
Marty of North Branch, MN. and two
nephews, Kevin Marty of New Hope, MN., and Steven (Robin) Marty
of Minneapolis, MN.
Memorial services will be held at
11:00 AM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Interment
will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.
Shirley R. Nylund, beloved wife,
mother, grandmother, age 78, St. Cloud, MN, went home to be
with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 27, 2006. She
died at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle
Shirley Nylund was born January 6, 1928 to Lewis J. and Clara R.
(Mork) McNally in Grand Meadow Township, Clayton County, Iowa.
She graduated from Postville High School in Postville, Iowa, and
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Shirley married Donald R.
Nylund on June 17, 1950, at Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder,
Iowa. She taught elementary school in the Sauk Rapids School
District for 10 years, retiring in 1986. Shirley also taught
several years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Preschool. She was a
member of TRA; MEA; and Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she
taught Sunday School for many years.
Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Nylund of St.
Cloud; sons and daughter, Steven (Mary) Nylund of Rogers, MN;
Donovan Nylund of Belmont, NC; Jeff (Terri) Nylund of Ramsey,
MN; Julie (Michael) Cadalbert of Baldwin, WI; four
grand-children, Jennifer (Nylund) Surla, Jaclyn (Nylund) Miller,
Rachel (Nylund) Turkowski, and Jacob Nylund; one great grandson,
Adam Miller; brother and sisters, Mike McNally of Burke, VA;
Mary Blatti of New Hampton, IA; Lucille Cochrane of Ankeny, IA;
Dolores Varty of Clear Lake, IA; Patricia Smith of Elgin, IA;
Betty Searls of Ames, IA; Sandra Cutler of Ankeny, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one
sister, Wayne and Robert McNally, and Virginia Rude.
Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Sunday
Funeral services will be Tuesday, October
3rd at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. The
Rev. Gary Berg will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior
to the service at the church on 4310 County Road 137, St.Cloud,
MN. There will be a private interment on Wednesday, October 4th,
at Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake, MN. Funeral arrangements were
made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.
Pallbearers will be her children and grandchildren.
Shirley's husband Don "Donuts" Nylund
was born and raised at Cook. He is well remembered for his
heroic deed of saving the life of Kay Kjellberg, a five year old girl.
He pulled her from the two story
window of a burning house in Cook on May 20, 1945. Kay's mother
and her three brothers perished in this fire. Don is a 1945 graduate of the
Cook High School. His
father John Nylund 63, 1966 owned the bakery in Cook for many years.
His mother was Clara Lower Nylund 90, 1999. He
has a sister Marilyn (Gene) Jenkins living on Lake
Vermilion-Cook. Another sister Charlotte (Bud) Bystrom at Crane
Lake and yet another sister Jackie (Warren) Bradbury at St.
Cloud. Don's brother John (Kathy) Nylund live in the Twin Cities and
they have a cabin on Lake Vermilion.
Donald E. “Donny” Appledorn, 54, of Mountain Iron,
died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at the Virginia Regional
Medical Center. He e was born Dec. 7, 1951, in Crosby,
Minn., the son of Arthur “Bud” and Sally (Marsyla) Appledorn.
He graduated from Orr High School in 1970, and served in the
Navy during the Vietnam War. On Aug. 24, 1985, Don was
united in marriage to Tracy Krueger at Heritage Trail Bible
Church in McKinley. He began working at the Virginia Fire
and Ambulance Hall in 1986 as a firefighter and paramedic,
and continued serving the public for many years until his
retirement in 2003. Don attended Heritage Trail Bible
Church; his love for his Savior was evident by all. He was
an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing,
He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Tracy; sons,
Bobby Appledorn of Virginia and Aaron Appledorn of Mountain
Iron; granddaughter, Emma Lynn Oberstar; sisters, Cathy
(Chris) Avery of Mountain Iron and Janet (Harry) Porter of
Virginia; stepsisters, Linda (John Mistek) Engelun of Lake
Nebagamon, Wis., and Lois Engelun of Las Vegas, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Art
Appledorn and his step-mother Christine "Tena" Lind
and her husband (Oley
50, 1973) Engelun.
Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at Heritage Trail Bible Church in
McKinley, with Pastor Michael Wefel officiating. Visitation
one hour prior to service. Services provided by Bauman-Cron,
a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a
personal remembrance online, go to:
Rev. Ellis E. 'Bud' Eklof, Jr. 84,
Duluth, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 at Viewcrest Health Center. He
was born May 12, 1922, to Rev. Ellis Sr. and Marie Johnson Eklof in
He attended high school in New York
City. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the 3rd
Marine Division in the South Pacific from 1942-1945. He attended
Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., before receiving his
Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College in St. Paul. He received
his Bachelor of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.
On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Myrtle C.
Rehnberg in Bridgeport, Conn. Two children were born to that union:
David Thomas and Charlotte Marie. Ellis was ordained in July, 1951
in Chisholm, Minn., and served the following Baptist General
Conference Churches, First Baptist Church in Chisholm, Minn., Elim
Baptist Church in New Britain, Conn., Edgewater Baptist in
Minneapolis, Trinity Baptist in Sun City Center, Fla., and Temple
Baptist in Duluth. He also served several interim pastorates after
his retirement in 1985, including Cook, Minnesota in 1992-1993.
Ellis was an avid baseball fan all his
life, receiving honors in college as the team's captain and
outstanding pitcher. He was a member of Mount of Olives Baptist
Church, and a member of the Mark Christian Post American Legion. He
will be remembered for his dedication to his God, his family, his
congregations, and his country.
Ellis is preceded in death by his
parents; an infant sister; sister, Ruth Brodsky; and one nephew,
Albert Eklof. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myrtle;
children, Dave (Lek) Eklof of Bangkok, Thailand, and Char (Rick)
Erickson of New London, Minn.; grandchildren, Rachel Erickson of New
London (fiancee, Ben Westby, Taylors Falls, Minn.), Kristin Erickson
and Kole Huiras, both of New London; brother, Edgar Eklof of Golden
Valley, Minn.; sisters, Ellen Anderson of Fairfield, Conn., and
Betty Peterson of New Brighton, Minn.; several nieces and nephews,
and many friends.
VISITATION:4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, in
Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home. Visitation continues on Sunday,
from 1:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service in Mount Of
Olives Baptist Church, 1500 Swan Lake Road, Duluth. Burial at Fort
Snelling National Cemetery.Arrangements by Williams-Lobermemer
Terrence “Terry” Gustav Lund, 47, of Homosassa, Fla., passed
away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Seven Rivers Medical Center in
Crystal River, Fla.
was born March 25, 1959, in Cook. He graduated from Cook High School
in 1977. He married Kathleen Bishop on Sept. 19, 1981. They lived in
Makinen and Cook during the years Terry worked at Mintac in Mountain
Iron. In 1987, they moved to Tennessee, where he started a small
landscape business. In 2005 they moved to Florida.
survived by his wife, Kathleen Lund; a son, Tyler Ernest Lund of
Daytona Beach, Fla.; his mother, Shirley (Parson) Lund of Gheen; a
brother, Walter (Toby) Lund of Gheen; a niece, Karli Lund of Cook;
and his great-aunt Melba Toivanen of Gheen.
was preceded in death by his father, Ernest “Ernie” Lund on Oct. 11,
2003; his paternal grandmother, Alvina (Lund) Rooney in 1998; and
his maternal grandfather, Walter Parson in 1992.
will be no services.
Aline “Midge” Wightman,
81, Pine City, formerly of Angora and Linden Grove
Townships, died Sat., Sept. 23, 2006, at the Lakeside
Nursing Home in Pine City
She is survived by her
significant other, Charles Heinonen of Sturgeon
Township,; 3 daughters, Sharon Luecken of Pine City, Kay
Laughrey of Chisago City, and Margaret Duncan of St.
Paul; her twin brother, Alvin Hathaway of Linden Grove
Township, 3 Grandchildren, and 3 Great Grandchildren.
She is preceded in death
by her husband, Edwin Wightman on Aug. 2, 1990. Her
parents were; Clarence
Memorial services will be at
11:00 AM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev.
Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.
Heather D. Rinerson, 33, of
Bloomington, Minn., died Tuesday,
Sept. 19, 2006, in Northfield,
Minn., as the result of a car
accident. She was born Aug. 28,
1973, to Leslie and Rebecca (Lehman)
Rinerson in Duluth. She grew up in
Cherry and attended the Cherry
schools, where she was very active
in sports. She was presently
residing in Minneapolis, where she
was an office manager of Uber Glove
Company. Heather enjoyed playing
softball in the city leagues in the
Twin Cities. She was a beloved aunt
of her nine nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her parents,
Leslie and Rebecca Rinerson of Iron;
two brothers, Jared (Shawna)
Rinerson of Ham Lake, Minn., and
Nathan Rinerson of Kinney; sister,
Carrie (Jeremy) Baney of Duluth;
nieces and nephews, Corbin, Jordan,
Blayke, Chase, Paige, Kierstin,
Justine, Alec and Dax; grandmother,
Evelyn Rinerson of Mountian Iron;
and numerous aunts, uncles and
She was preceded in death by her
41, 1954 and Pearl
(Eddy) Lehman and Arthur Rinerson.
Heather has relatives in the Cook
and Silverdale areas where her
grandparents lived. Other relatives
include Rev Dennis Sundeen, Faith
(Irv) Brodeen and Lorraine (Oscar)
Carlson. Ken (Kathy) Lehman and
Memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday
at Hope Community Presbyterian
Church in Virginia. The Rev.
Dennis Sundeen will officiate.
Visitation from 3 p.m. until the
time of service. Inurnment will be
in Cherry Cemetery. Arrangements are
by the Range Funeral Home in
Virginia. Memorials can be directed
to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the
Greater Twin Cities Area, 2550
University Ave. W., Suite 410 North,
St. Paul, Minn. 55114; 651-789-2400.
Nancy A. Weatherton, 59, Cook,
died peacefully, surrounded by family at her home on
Monday, September 18, 2006. Nancy
was born on September 12, 1947, at West Hope, North Dakota. She
grew up in Max, North Dakota and was united in marriage to Karl
“Smoke” Weatherton on May 19, 1967, at San Pablo, California.
They lived in California for a short time after marriage and
moved to Minnesota in 1969. They have resided in the Cook area
since 1973. Nancy was a waitress at local restaurants and also
worked for the city of Cook. She was a member of Trinity
Lutheran Church of Cook. Her hobbies included bingo and
crocheting. Nancy was everybody’s mom, and was always there to
help, advise, and care for others.
Her hospitality was unparalleled, all were welcome and fed. Her
family fondly remember her and dad as a GREAT source of love,
understanding, laughter and
stability. She will be missed by the many
who have come to know her.
Nancy is survived by her loving
husband of 39 years, Karl “Smoke”; two sons, Mark (Cari
McKibbon) Weatherton of Hibbing and
Travis (fiancé : Joanna MacDonald) Weatherton of Cook; one
daughter, Monika (Jason) Workman of Mt. Iron; two brothers,
Gerald (Cora) Roth of Elko, NV. and
Bradley (Sherry) Roth of Spokane, WA.; three sisters, Roselle
(Raymond Kostenko of Max,, N.D.,
Brenda (Shawn) McLaughlin
of Sturgis, S.D. and Debbie Roth of Lead, S.D.;
12 Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other
special relatives, and a host of friends.
She is preceded in death by two
brothers, Rodney Roth who died as child, and Monte Roth.
Memorial services will be at 4:00 PM
Saturday (Sept. 23rd) at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the
officiant. The singing will be congregational and the pianist will
be Connie Driscoll. A gathering of family and friends will be for
one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Everett C. Soger, 87, of Orr,
died Friday, September 15, 2006, at St. Michael’s
Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.
He was born on March
21, 1919, at Virginia, and grew up in Orr, where he was a
lifelong resident. Everett was united in marriage to Ruby
Johnson in April of 1940, in International Falls. Everett
served two years in the Army during World War II. He received
the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in the Battle of the
Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium. After
his hospitalization of two months in England, he was
sent for limited service in Nice,
France. After his tour of duty, he worked as the office manger
for the REA (Rural Electric Association) office in Cook for over
20 years, retiring in 1981 from the then NECA (Northern Electric
Cooperative Association.) He also managed the former Gheen
Co-op, along with several other area cooperatives. He was an
active community member and served
on the: Cook Hospital Board, H.C. Heiam Foundation Board, Cook
Credit Union Committee, and Orr City Council (was instrumental
in obtaining funding for the Kallio
Apartments in Orr), and the Orr Cemetery Board. He belonged to
the Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.
Everett was a life member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post #1757, the Disabled American Veterans of Virginia/Kolstad
Post, and the Orr American Legion Post #480. He loved
snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, walking, hunting, and
spending time at the hunting shack.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby;
three sons, Ronald “Ron” (Adrian) of
Amerado, N.D., Thomas “Tom” of
Mpls., and Leslie “Les” of
Ninilchik, Alaska; one daughter,
(Bernard “Bernie”) Novak of
Gheen,; five brothers, Russell (Jackie) Soger of Orr and Texas,
George Soger of Cook, Larry Soger of Orr, Donny Soger of
Melrose, ILL., and Ray of Brainerd, MN.,; two sisters, Norma
Coughlin of Pine River, MN., and Margie (Ike) Olson of Orr; 6
Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous
nieces, nephews, and cousins, and friends.
He is preceded in death by one
brother, Roy Soger in 2005.
Memorial services will be at
1:00 PM Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in
Orr. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. The honorary
bearers will be: Daniel Soger, Shawn Novak, Joshua
Korpela, Ray Avikainen, Rico
Dantes, and Ike Olson. Military honors will be accorded
by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #1757,
and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1757.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home, Cook.
William “Bill” Louis Stupica, 88, of Embarrass, died Monday,
Sept. 4, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. Bill was born Feb.
5, 1918, to Frank and Mary (Tekalec) Stupica in Elcor, Minn. He
moved to Greaney at a very young age, where he grew up and attended
Harrigan School. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in
World War II in the Pacific and European Theater as an Army sergeant
from March 6, 1942 until Jan. 25, 1946.
was united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1954, to Ruth Cheney in Chisholm.
They made their home and raised their family in Embarrass in the
home they built. Bill was employed in the construction industry
until 1956, when he went to work for Reserve Mining Co. in Babbitt,
retiring in 1979. Following his retirement, Bill enjoyed being the
neighborhood mechanic and sharing stories with everyone, but his
family was most important to him.
Survivors include a son, William (Chris) Stupica Jr. of Babbitt; two
daughters, Cheryl (Robert) Newton of Brooklyn, Mich., Sue (Keith)
Mestad of Forsyth, Mont.; granddaughter, Kristen; three grandsons,
Chad, Michael and Andrew; great-grandson, Michael.
was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth in 1998; and two
brothers, Frank and Joe.
Bill's wife Ruth Cheney Stupica passed away on Feb 24, 1988 at the
age of 66. She was born on Dec 31, 1931 at Bagley, Minnesota. Her
parents were: Lloyd
& Eda Faye "Belle"
Cheney Sr.. Ruth and her siblings: Dorothy
& Rita (Spychalla) Cheney Jr., Iva
& Harry Dantes, Margorie
& Alvin Wardas, Ruth & Bill Stupica, James
& Maryann (Bachel) Cheney, Jerry
& Rita (Sarazine) Cheney and Wayne & Shirley Cheney. The family
lived in Bagley and Orr before moving to Cook.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Baptist Church in
Babbitt. The Rev. Harris Youngquist will officiate. Visitation will
be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, and
will continue from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church.
Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Angora. Military rites will
be accorded by the Maki-Pinola Post No. 535 and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post No.1539. In lieu of flowers, memorials are
preferred to St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. Arrangements are with the
Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Timothy “Dan” Courtney
III., 59, of Crane Lake, formerly of
Chicago, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 3, 2006.
Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated at
11:00 AM Thursday
(September 7th) at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church in Buyck. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. was the
celebrant. Choir members of the Catholic Community
Parishes sang and Bill
Nelson provided the accompaniment. The honorary
bearers were: Butch Eggen, Jim Pohlman, Russell Miller,
Larry Olson, Frank Parzyck,
Kraig Johnson, Van Miles,
Roger Quagliano, Bill
Holden, Jerry Miers, Steve
Crotty, John Gallagher, and
Jack Yoder. Inurnment was in the family lot in St.
Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery,
He was born on
September 17, 1946, at Chicago, Illinois, the son of
Timothy D. II. and Geraldine
(King) Courtney. He grew up in Chicago, where he lived
most of his life. Dan began coming to Crane Lake in the
1970’s and moved there permanently in 1999. He was
employed in the paper industry for many years. He began
his career with Moser Paper Company in Chicago, where
he was vice-president and
general manager, along with being involved with sales.
Dan was an avid golfer, liked fishing,
and enjoyed Crane Lake. He
loved to entertain, cook,
and host other peoples special events, like their
birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. His
friends fondly remember him as always ready to pitch in
and take on whatever was going on.
He is survived by his life
partner, JoAnn Pohlman of
Crane Lake,; one daughter, Denise (William “Bill”)
Luecker of St. Charles,
Ill.,; two brothers, Michael Buster of Chicago, Ill.,
and Charles Crick of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., one
sister, Mary Crick of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill.,; and
three grandchildren – Brendan, Derek, and
He is preceded in death by
his father, Timothy D. Courtney II., and his mother
Geraldine Courtney Buster Crick.
Funeral arrangements are
with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook
Dion S. Porter, 40,
Virginia, formerly of Nett Lake, died unexpectedly
Sunday, September 3, 2006, at his residence.
Tribal Rites were held at
Thursday, (September 7th) at the Nett
Lake School Gym. Gilbert Smith was the spiritual advisor.
Visitation was after 4:00 PM Wednesday at the
Gym. The casket bearers were Carlos Hernandez, Will LaRoque,
Damon Day, Mike Connor, Lance Kingbird, and Brian “Toogie”
Porter. The honorary bearers were Allen “Buzz” Connor, David
“Tines” Villebrun, Ronald LaRoque,
Les Connor, Bill Whiteman, Vern Connor, Ray Thompson, and Will “Duz”
Chavers. Interment was in the Bois
He was born on
November 23, 1965, at Cleveland, Ohio, to Harry and Mary (Goggleye)
Porter. He grew up in Nett Lake, and attended schools in Nett
Lake and Orr. He married Roberta Moyer of International Falls,
and they lived in the Falls area
after marriage. They later divorced and Dion returned to Nett
Lake. He has been residing in Virginia the past few years. He
was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Dion proudly
served as a firefighter, and spent several seasons in the
Western United States fighting fires. He also served on the
Bois Forte Volunteer Fire Department. He was a talented
painter – especially spiritual paintings, and several of his
artwork hang at Fortune Bay and at
the Nett Lake School. He loved spending time with his family,
especially his children and grandchildren. Dion was always
active, and liked being outdoors and going for walks with his
He is survived by three daughters,
Jessie (Carlos) Hernandez, Kerie and
Monica Porter, all of Bois Forte-Vermilion;; his mother, Mary
(Birdie LaRoque) Porter of Nett Lake,; three brothers Harry
(Jan) Porter of Virginia, Gerald “Turk” (Jeneal)
Goggleye of Nett Lake, and Barry “Tyke” Porter of Nett Lake,;
one sister, Rebecca Acevedo of Minneapolis,; four grandchildren:
Madison, Devin, Carlos Jr., and Tessa, along with numerous other
special relatives and friends.
Dion is preceded in death by his
grandparents, Jess and Madeline Goggleye, Harry and Jennie
Porter,; his father, Harry Porter,;
two brothers, Brian and Lance Porter, and one sister, Gloria
Funeral arrangements are with the
Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
John Russel Pontinen, 77 of
Maplewood died on Aug. 30, 2006 of leukemia. He will be deeply
missed by his wife, Judy (Angell, Cayo) Pontinen; daughters,
Pamela Saenger, Penny (Bob) Feneis; son, Peter (Kim) Pontinen; 5
grandchildren; Judy's children and grandchildren; Michelle
(Cayo) & Richard Davis of Duluth, Jacqueline (Cayo) & Tim Picek
of Cook and Tim & Denise Cayo of St. Michaels, Minn. Judy was
married to Jake Cayo.
Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Wed.
Sept. 6 at ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH - 2119
Stillwater Ave - St. Paul (651-738-0677) with visitation at
church 1 hr before Mass. Private interment. Memorials preferred.
Cremation Society of Minnesota Brooklyn Park 763-560-3100
Harlow W. Tonheim, 92,
died on Sunday, August 20, in Parker, AZ. He was born on July 13,
1914, to Andrew and Amanda Tonheim, pioneer settlers in Field
Harlow was valedictorian of the first Cook High School graduating
class in 1932. He served in the U.S. Army 96th infantry division
during WWII in the invasions of Leyte and Okinawa. He was a radio
operator and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service during
Following his discharge, he returned to work at the Cook Post Office
and later became a rural mail carrier for many years on the route
around the Lake Vermilion area. He retired in 1969 and moved to
Washington, wintering in Arizona, and later became a permanent
Harlow had many interests. He was a ham radio operator, an avid
reader, enjoyed history and doing crossword puzzles. He was an
interesting conversationalist, with many stories, most of which were
very funny, of the "olden days." He had a great sense of humor.
He will be missed by family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Susan Glandon
(Montesano, WA) and Marie Lee (Keizer, OR). He is survived by a
sister, Vivian (Blanche) Skarbakka of Moose Lake, MN; nephews,
Arthur Lee, Jr., Alan Lee, Gary Glandon, Glen Skarbakka, and nieces,
Virginia Dowler, Sandra Mason, Diane Stroing, Donna Hattenberger.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date.
Daniel Norman “Danny” Warwas, 53,
of Iron, died Thursday afternoon,
Aug. 24, 2006, in his home,
surrounded by family. He was born
June 28, 1953, in Grand Rapids, the
son of Allen and Marie (Monson)
Warwas. Dan graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin
High School, and served our country
as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air
Force, and later transferred to the
Air National Guard. On March 18,
1972, Dan was united in marriage to
Merry Moberg. He was employed
by Minntac for 31 years. The most
important things in his life were
our Lord Jesus and his loving wife,
Merry. Dan enjoyed simply spending
time with his wife, whom he loved
very, very much. Dan also enjoyed
working with computers and
electrical gadgets, and liked his
many specialty clocks. He was a
family man who loved to visit.
He is survived by his loving wife of
34 years, Merry; children, Danyel
(Tom) Filipovich, Calvin (Maria),
Michael (Natasha), and Kenneth
(Rose); grandchildren, Marshal,
Joshua, Merry, Emily, Dannie, and
Patrick Filipovich; Rustle, Blythe,
Grace, Leah, and Isabelle Warwas;
Nigel Warwas; and Emma and Karen;
brother, Larry (Joyce Moberg) Warwas;
sister, Donna (Edwin) Maki; and a
host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his
A visitation will be held Tuesday
from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral
service at the Clinton Town Hall on
Highway 37. Dan’s Pastor and close
friend, Randy Melhus, will officiate
at the service. His burial will take
place in the family plot at the
Forbes Cemetery. Family services
provided by Anderson-Daniels, a
Bauman Family Funeral Home in
Hibbing. To share a personal
remembrance of Dan online, please
Daniel's wife Merry Moberg was
raised in Bear River and she
graduated from the Cook High School
in 1972. Her sister Joyce married
Daniel's brother Larry, she
graduated from Cook in 1975
Bill Knutson, age 44, of Shakopee, suddenly passed
away on 08-26-2006. Raised working in the family
construction business, Richard Knutson Inc. Member of local
Operating Engineers #49. Preceded in death by father Richard
and Brother Rick. Survived by loving wife Linda; mother,
Judy (Claude) Lutzka; sisters, Patti (Mark) Thompson, Lori;
niece, Beth; nephew, Aaron; and favorite mother-in-law,
Janice Levin. Funeral service Wednesday 5 PM at Gill
Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Gathering
following service at the Savage American Legion. Visitation
Wednesday 3-5 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial preferred to
the Shriner's Hospital. GILL BROTHERS BLOOMINGTON
Bill was the son of Richard Knutson, a 1952 graduate of
the Cook High School, he passed away Sept 4, 2003 at the age
of 68. He had operated the Phillips 66 gas station in Cook
and the Knutson Gravel business. He moved to the Twin Cities
where be became a big time operator in the earth moving
Alan B. Larson,75,
of Cook, died unexpectedly Wednesday,
August 16, 2006, at the Cook Hospital.
Alan was born
December 19, 1930, at Cook, Minnesota; the son of
Nels and Lillian (Beatty)
Larson. He grew up in Cook and graduated from the Cook
High School in 1948. After high school he served in the
Army. After his tour of duty, he returned back to Cook
where he worked for Picek
Construction for many years. He
married Lois Refsdal
on May 9, 1959 in Cook. Alan, along with friend Bob
Watt formed Larson-Watt Construction. They built
numerous homes, along with other building projects in
the area and on Lake Vermilion. Alan loved to be around
people and was known for his smile
and quick wit, and liked coffee time with the guys. He
enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and spending time at
the family cabin on Lake Vermilion. The joy and pride
of his life was his family.
He is survived by his
loving wife of 47 years , Lois; 1 son, Scott (Anne
Miller) Larson of Queenstown, MD.; 1 daughter, Kirsten
”Kit” Sayeh of Ft. Myers,
FL.; 3 Grandchiildren-
Nathan and Kodi Larson , and
Amina Sayeh, along
with many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by
his parents, 3 sisters, Rhoda Carlson, twin sisters;
Eileen Haataja and Irene
Funeral services will be at
1:00 PM Monday at
Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation will be Sunday
from 6 – 8 PM
at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and one
hour prior to the services at the church. Rev. Reuben Rosnau
of the Evangelical Covenant Church will officiate. Interment
will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Military honors
will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post#1757 and Orr American Legion
Post #480. The
Pianist will be Shirley Rosnau.
John E. Wilenius, 93,
formerly of Bear River, died Thursday, August
10, 2006, at the Elim Care and
Rehabilitation Center in Princeton.
John was born on
November 14, 1912, in Sturgeon Township, the son of
John and Hannah (Blom)
Wilenius. He grew up and
helped on the family farm, and assisted his father with
logging and making firewood. He started trucking, along
with logging in 1937. John was united in marriage to Mae V.
Flank of Bear River, in
Cook on October 10, 1937. The couple lived in Bear River
all of their married life, except 1940-1941,
when they lived in Detroit, Michigan, where John worked in a
Packard factory for the war effort.
He began working for
Ulland Bros. Hwy. Construction
in 1946, where he was employed for 33 years, retiring in
1988. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union.
John was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed and
appreciated the woods, rivers, and lakes. He loved his
family and cherished his grandchildren.
He is survived by one son,
Johnny Ray (Jennifer) Wilenius of Duluth,; three daughters,
Norene Krause of
Cambridge, MN., Bonieva (Russ
Swonger) Bartlett of Pierz, and
Treloar of Buhl,; one brother,
Leo Wilenius, 11 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren,
along with nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his
wife, Mae on May 16, 2001, two sisters, Sylvia
Siegle on July 3, 2002 and
Helen Beltramo on December 21, 2005; two brothers,
Swen Wilenius and Ted
Wilenius-who died in infancy; one grandson, Derek Wilenius
on January 25, 1998,; a son-in-law, Dean Krause in 1992, and
a daughter-in-law, Julie Wilenius in 1976.
Arrangements are with the
Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
Funeral services will be at
Saturday, (August 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be
the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the
service. The casket bearers will be Grandsons: Keith Bartlett,
Damon Treloar, Kent Bartlett, Mike
Krause, Dallas Wilenius, and Spencer Wilenius. Interment will
be in the Morcom
Tom Parzyck, age 54, of Forest Lake, formerly
of Mpls., passed away on August 12, 2006 surrounded by his
family. Preceded in death by his parents, Cos & Muriel
Parzyck formerly of Buyck and brother, Ron. He is survived
by brothers, Dennie (Penny) and Terry (Patty); nephews, Pan
(Becky), Wolfe, and Ian Parzyck, their children Summer and
Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2006,
MATTSON FUNERAL HOME, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake.
Visitation 5-8 PM Friday, August 18, 2006 and 9-10 AM
Saturday at Mattson Funeral Home. Burial in Resurrection
Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Mattson Funeral Home &
Cremation Service (651) 464-3556 guestbook@
“Aggie” M. Brunner, 77, of Cook, died at
her home, surrounded by her family on
Monday, August 7, 2006.
was born on January 25, 1929,
at Rauch, the daughter of Anthony and
Josephine (Kovach) Rauch. She grew up in
Rauch and attended the
Harrigan School and the Orr School.
After school, she
moved to Chisholm and met Kenneth Brunner at
the café where she worked. They were
married on April 23, 1949, at St. Bridget’s
Catholic Church in Greaney. They moved to
Cook in 1952, where they raised their four
children. Aggie worked for Hill Wood
Products for eighteen years and retired in
1985. She enjoyed motorcycle riding,
gardening, baking, bowling and spending time
with family, especially her grandkids and
great grandkids. She belonged to bowling
teams, and was a
member St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook,
and its Council of Catholic Women. She and
Ken were also members of the Gold Wing Road
survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth
“Ken”, three sons, Gary (Denise) Brunner of
Angora, Gene (Kim) Brunner of Cook, and
Dale (Connie) Brunner of Cook; one daughter,
Gail Brunner of Duluth,; 3 brothers, Robert
“Bobby” (Connie) Rauch of Togo, Thomas
“Tommy” Rauch of Elk River, MN., and James
“Jimmy” Rauch of Longmont, CO.,; two
sisters, Florence (Linus)
Brunner of Angora, and Helen Rauch of
Boulder, CO.,; six grandchildren:
Sandberg, Tammi Holter, Corey Brunner, Paul
Jesse (Jen) Brunner; two great
Sandberg, along with numerous nieces,
nephews, and friends.
preceded in death by her father, Anthony
Rauch in 1972, her mother Josephine Rauch in
1988’ two brothers, Anthony “Tony” Rauch in
1989, and Ambros
Rauch who died in infancy in 1927.
are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
Mass of Christian
Burial will be held
Friday (August 11th) at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church of Cook. A gathering of family
and friends will be one
hour prior to the service at the church. Fr.
Joseph M. Thomas
MCBS will be the celebrant. The honorary bearers
will be Aggie’s
Sandberg, Tammi Holter, Corey Brunner, Paul
Hoche, and Jesse
Brunner. Interment will be in the Cook
Miles Surla, 79, of
Virginia, died Saturday, Aug. 5,
2006, at Virginia Regional
Medical Center. He was born Dec.
28, 1926, in Eveleth, the son of
Joe and Dorothy (Bruzenak) Surla.
Miles first worked welding PT
boats in Duluth, and then
proudly served our country in
the U.S. Navy during World War
II in the Asiatic/Pacific
Theatre. On June 10, 1948, Miles
was united in marriage to
Elizabeth Joanne Ellison in
Chisholm. After the war he
worked in Greenland as a crane
operator. He began working at
the Erie Mining Co. in 1953 as a
shovel operator, and later
worked as a general foreman of
Dunka River, retiring in 1983.
Following retirement, Miles
discovered his joy of biking and
hiking. He biked from Galveston,
Texas, to Canada; from Deception
Bay, Wash., to Bar Harbor,
Maine; from Washington to Nevada
and crossed Death Valley. Miles
hiked into the Grand Canyon
multiple times, and participated
in a 30-mile hike through the
White Sand Desert in honor of
the Bataan Death March. He was a
lifetime member of the
Nelson-Jackson American Legion
Post No. 245 of Tower. Miles
enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing,
hunting and rabbit trapping. He
also had a love for traveling,
and traveled most of the United
States in his lifetime.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 58 years, Joanne;
children, Rod (Alva) Surla of
Battle Mountain, Nev., Rebecca
Schweigert of LaLuz, N.M., Miles
Surla Jr. of Virginia, Robin
(Paul) Stepan of Lake
Vermilion—Tower, Dawn (Dave)
Chiabotti of Gilbert, and Wendy
(Dan) Salo of Watkins, Minn.;
grandchildren, Cory and Jason
Surla, Bobi Jo Forrest, Heather
and Miles Joseph Surla, Sean and
Rachael Stepan, Christopher,
Jeffrey, and Adam Chiabotti, and
Jacob and Joshua Salo; numerous
Joe (Pat) Surla of Lake
Audrey Surla of Eveleth and Mae
Surla of Duluth; numerous nieces
and nephews; and a host of
He was preceded in death by his
parents; brother, Dan Surla; and
twin brother, Robert Surla.
Memorial service will be at 11
a.m. Friday at the Bauman-Cron
Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia.
Visitation will be held from 10
a.m. until service. Inurnment
with military honors will follow
in the Eveleth Cemetery. Family
services are provided by Bauman-Cron,
a Bauman Family Funeral Home in
Virginia. to share a personal
remembrance of Miles online,
please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.
Kevin L. Ollila, 43, of Cook,
formerly of Virginia, died Tuesday, Aug.
1, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in
Duluth. He was born Sept. 8, 1962, in
Virginia to Clifford and Bonnie (Sather)
Ollila and grew up there. He was
involved in an accident in 1980.
Survivors include his mother, Bonnie
Carlson, of Virginia; a sister, Kathy
(Dale) Fiskari, of Cook; and a niece,
Kandi (Andy) Ganoe, of Duluth.
He was preceded in death by his
grandparents, Henry and Dorothy Sather
and Tauno and Hilma Ollila; his father,
Clifford Ollila; and stepfather, David
Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at the
Landmark Funeral Home Chapel in
Virginia, with Pastor Jeffrey Jones
officiating. Visitation one hour prior
to service. Inurnment will be in
Vermilion Lake Township Cemetery
Irene M. Skraba, 93, of Virginia,
formerly of Cook and Greaney died Saturday, July
29, 2006, at the Virginia Regional Medical
Center. She was born July 17, 1913, to Bruno and
Wanda (Domen) Meizo in Virginia. She lived in
Greaney most of her life. Irene was united in
marriage to Peter Skraba on June 13, 1931, in
Greaney. They made their home in Greaney, where
they farmed. She gardened, milked cows and
helped with the haying while also raising four
children. Irene loved to cook, bake, garden both
vegetables and flowers, did much canning of
fruits and vegetables and loved to do craft
work. She worked at the Greaney School for many
years prior to moving to Cook in 1965. Irene was
employed at the Cook Hospital in the kitchen and
also in housekeeping for 15 years. Following her
retirement she liked to play cards and Scrabble
with friends. She later moved to St. Michael’s
in Virginia and enjoyed taking part in the many
activities and outings. Irene was a wonderful
wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was
the sacristan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for
Msg. Pat McDowell for many years. She was a
member of K.S.K.J., St. Bridget’s Lodge in
Greaney and Lodge No. 59 in Eveleth for 73 years
and the Catholic Women’s Council for 23 years in
Survivors include a daughter, Ione (Ernie)
Johnson-Falk of Britt; two sons, Peter (Martha)
Skraba Jr. of Lake City, Mich., and Eugene
(Karen) Skraba of Nashwauk; 12 grandchildren; 25
great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores
Ginsberg of Duluth; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd
Urick of St. Paul, and Julian Klekotka of
Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter
on Jan 10, 1983; daughter, Sandra Fish on Feb
27, 1993; her parents; five brothers, Bruno Jr.,
Vincent, Donald, Anthony, and William; six
sisters, Julia, Ann, Magadeline, Marion, Ursala,
and Marge; and a grandson, Rocky Johnson.
SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11
a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Cook. The Rev. Joseph and the Rev. Larry Antus
will be con-celebrant. Visitation will be from 6
to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with rosary beginning at 7
p.m., at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, and
will continue from 10 a.m. until the funeral
Mass Thursday at the church. Burial will be in
St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Greaney.
Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in
Charlotte Anne (Meyers, Fogelberg) Brink, 58, of
Cloquet, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the St.
Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Dec. 11,
1947 in Hibbing, Minn., to Duane and Barbara (Bergstrom)
Charlotte had served as the Director of Cook Ambulance
Service; worked for the City of Cloquet at city hall in
the billing dept.; was secretary of the Cloquet Police
Dept; was the hostage negotiator for C.E.R.T.; was also
affiliated with the D.F.L. political party; and was
currently working as the business agent for AFSCME
She was a loving wife to Terry and mother to Eric.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her father, Duane
Myers. She is survived by her husband, Terry Brink; one
son, Eric (Amy) George of Eaton, Colo.; two
step-daughters, Andrea (Robert) Sterett of Colo., and
Bridgett Barnett of KY; two step-sons, Terry (Jane)
Brink of Baxter, Minn., and Robert Orr of California;
one brother, Gary (Vicki) Myers of Hibbing; one sister,
Patty (Ray) Sauve of Hibbing; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in
Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet and resume on Friday,
July 29, 2006 from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. memorial
service also in Nelson Funeral Care. See the family on
line guestbook at www.legacy.com. Published in the
Duluth News Tribune on 7/25/2006.
Arley Ernest Johnson, 65, of Hibbing
died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, in his home. He was born June 8,
1941, in Cook to Arnold 58, 1971 and
Janice Hoiland, Johnson (Oliver 89, 1997) Huseby. He had worked
as a pressman for the Cook News Herald and other printing
operations before becoming a pressman for 19 years at the
Midland Cooperative in Superior, Wis. He married Joan Melgeorge
in Sep 3,1966 in Cook, she passed away on February 6, 2005 at
the age of 61. Because of his Boy Scout roots, he enjoyed
camping, sailing and other outdoor activities.
He is survived by his children, Mary Johnson
and Tim Johnson, both of Hibbing, and Brittany Shanks of
Virginia; a grandson, Connor Johnson of Hibbing; his mother,
Janice Huseby of Hibbing; and sisters, Jan (Frank) Lekatz of
Ely, Diane (Patrick) Treno of Pengilly and Wendy (Russell) Meyer
of Bagley, Minn.
Visitation starting at noon Saturday in the
Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, followed by a time of
remembrance at 1 p.m.
Cleon Price, 92, of 5124 Rich Mar Lane NW, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa passed away in his home on Friday, July
7, 2006, under the care of Amenity Hospice. Melvin
was born April 9, 1914, in Harrisburg, Pa., the son
of Cora Price.
went to live with the Judy family on a farm near
Mench, Pa., at the age of 8. The family raised him
with 12 of their own children. He attended school
until the 8th grade and then became a full time farm
hand. He left at the age of 19 to work as a
maintenance man at the Everett, Pa., Hospital. It
was there that Melvin acquired the pet name "Doc," a
nickname he kept throughout his lifetime.
married Ethel Calhoun on Sept. 4, 1933, a marriage
continuing 57 years. Melvin took an electrical
correspondence course that convinced him to move his
family and travel throughout the country doing
construction work for 24 years. Some of his jobs
included work as a electrical supervisor on the
Grand Coulee Dam, several manufacturing plants,
atomic and power plants, including projects at the
University of Iowa in Iowa City and St. Luke's
Hospital additions in Cedar Rapids. He was an
Electrical Union member for 65 years and his last
job was the
Atomic Power Plant in Palo, Iowa. Melvin lived and
worked in 13 states. He made his home in Cedar
Rapids. After retiring from electrical work, he
worked part time for the Cedar Rapids Ace Hardware
store on Edgewood Road, sharing his years of
maintenance capability and advice.
enjoyed many activities; his favorite was
participating in two bowling leagues and still
throwing many strikes at age 92. He also had a great
passion for raising roses and other flowers to help
decorate his meticulously kept yard. However, he
took time from his many household duties to follow
his favorite Chicago Cubs and Iowa basketball and
football teams. Through the years he became a member
and officer in various organizations such as El
Kahir Shrine, Amber Grotto, Cedar Chapter of the
Eastern Star, White Shrine, Kingston Lodge No. 676
of Cedar Rapids, where he was awarded Iowa Masonic
of the Year in 2003.
include his wife, Grace Jungjohann, of 13 years;
son, Don (Marcia) Price of Lake Vermilion,
Cook, Minn.; two
stepdaughters, Sandra (Bill) Caselman of Lincoln,
Calif., and Glendra (Jim) Tuller and their
families, all living in California; three
grandchildren, Dave (Deb) Price of West Roxeburg,
Mass., Diane (Mark) Pascuzzi of Cook, Minn., and
Debbie (Dave) Stehlik of Minnetonka, Minn.; and five
great-grandchildren, Tony (Amanda) Pascuzzi of Hugo,
Minn., Gina Pascuzzi of Duluth, Minn., Kelsey,
Taylor and Connor Stehlik.
preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel, who
passed away January 1992; his parents; two
stepbrothers and a stepsister.
1 p.m. Wednesday at Turner West Funeral Home, where
friends may call today from 5 until 8 p.m. The Rev.
Robert Dennart will officiate. Burial: Cedar
Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jane Thompson, Pi
(Wind Woman), nearly 3
years old, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006,
at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth;
after complications from a recent near
born on August 16, 2003,
at St. Mary’s Medical in Duluth; the
daughter of Raymond and Rebecca
Little Lizzie loved the outdoors and
running – she ran like the wind, which
is the meaning of her given Indian
name. She also loved her cats, all four
of them, along with her two dogs.
would like to express their sincere
appreciation for all the cards, care,
concern, money, prayers and assistance
from the many who helped. Some of
whom were: family, friends, strangers,
the paramedics, baseball teams,
Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center –
all the doctors and nurses were
wonderful, social workers, and ambulance
personnel. To the autistic eleven year
old boy who found Lizzy, you are our
hero, as is the boy who helped pull her
out of the water.
survived by her parents, Raymond and
Rebecca Thompson of Nett
Nicholas and Amanda Thompson, all at
home; maternal grandmother, Gladys
Beckwith, paternal grandparents, Thomas
Janet Thompson; paternal great
grandmother, Myrna Thompson; along with
numerous special aunts, uncles, cousins,
preceded in death by maternal
grandfather, Henry Beckwith, paternal
great-great grandmother, Margaret Drift,
and aunt Mary
Rites will be at
Saturday in the Nett Lake School Gym.
Gilbert Smith will be the Spiritual
Advisor. Visitation will be after 4:00
Friday at the school gym. The casket
bearers will be: Robert Hackett, Randy
Bolen Jr., Matthew James, Brent
Googleye, and Charles Googleye III.
The honorary bearers will be:
Curtis Thompson, Shane Drift, Kris
Strong, David Beckwith, and Mark
Beckwith. The interment will be in the
Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are
with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Bernice Audrey ''Bea'' (Huseby)
Niemala 89 Entered into rest on July
3, 2006. Born August 22, 1916, in
Chisholm, Minn. She is survived by her
daughter Jeanie Busha, son John Niemela,
grandchildren John Anderson, Matt
(Molly) Anderson, and
great-grandchildren Macy and Maximus
She leaves behind her sisters Amy
Norberg, Edythe Wesanen and Evelyn
Eklund, and a group of fantastic nieces
Preceded in death by her husband Henry
Niemela, parents; Ole 81,
1965 & Mary 82,
1966 Huseby, brothers;
Oliver 89, 1997,
Willard 89, 2001
and Kenneth, and sister Myra
79, 1989. Bea was
a fantastic cook and enjoyed watching
her two favorite shows, "Wheel of
Fortune" and "Jeopardy." She also
enjoyed her bus trips to Reno and
treasured the time spent with her
Family and friends are invited to the
visitation on Thursday, July 6, from
11:00 AM-12:00 PM and the service
beginning at 12:00 PM at MOUNT VERNON
MEMORIAL PARK AND MORTUARY, 8201
Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, Calif.
Mabel Louise Turchi, 91, formerly of 104th Ave. West,
Duluth, died Monday, July 10, 2006 in Bayshore Health Center.
She was born on March 25, 1915, to Robert and Mabel Dunn in St.
Louis Park, Minn. She married Contardo Turchi on May 21, 1938,
in Minneapolis and moved to Duluth the same year. She was a
member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, where she was a
volunteer, VFW Post No. 6320 Auxiliary, Happy Wonderers, Duluth
Travelers Club, Bridge Club-Wednesday and enjoyed sewing.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Gracek of Carlton, and
Anita (Tim) Mankowski of Cook; two sons, Robert (Karen)
of Braham, Minn., and Dale (Rita) of Eveleth; grandchildren,
Cheryl (Aaron) Nelson, Kim (Rich) Bryant, Julie (Bob) Walker,
Robyn (Luke) Vidor, Bob (Donna) Turchi, Tony Turchi, Rita
Dahlheimer, Paulina (Kevin) Londgren, Naomi (Bob) Kiscaden, Joe
Turchi, Keith Hare, and Lori (Rick) Olson; 22
The family would like to thank the staff at Bayshore Health
Center for the wonderful care Mabel received.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Contardo in 1982;
sons-in-law, Ken Hare in 2001, and Bob Gracek in 2005.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bell Brothers
Funeral Home in Duluth. The Rev. Fr John Golobich will
officiate. Visitation will be from 10 until the service. Burial
will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family
prefers memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 424 West
Superior St., Suite 202, Duluth, MN 55802. Arrangements by Bell
Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.; (218) 624-5745
Virginia Joan "Ginger" (Geyerman)
Heiam, 75, of Mitchell, South Dakota, passed away
peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at her home under
A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on
Saturday, July 8th, at the Congregational Church in
Mitchell. Arrangements are under the direction of the
Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Ginger enjoyed helping people of all ages. Her family and
friends were her life's devotion. Gin had a unique passion
for living life. She loved the outdoors and her summer
childhood home at Lake Vermillion.
She was preceded in death by her son, Jim; 2 sisters, Sue
Lynne and Betsy (Bob) Mann of Cook, Minnesota; her parents,
Fred and Betty (Ludlow) Geyerman; and her stepmother, Mary
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, William "Bud" Heiam
of Mitchell, South Dakota; two daughters, Bobbie (Mike)
Pritchard and Becky (Larry) Barnes of Cook, Minnesota; her
son, Bill (LeAnn) Heiam; five granddaughters, Tifany Barnes
(Nate) Briggs, Taryn Barnes (Matt) Erickson, Chelsi, Jamie and Jordyn; a great-grandchild, Kohen
Briggs; and her
brother, Fritz Geyerman.
Memorials may be made to either the W.C. Heiam Medical
Foundation of Cook, MN or the Mitchell Community Hospice.
information was sent by Ginger's granddaughter, Tifany Briggs,
the daughter of Larry & Becky (Heiam) Barnes.
Bud Heiam was a 1947 graduate of the Cook High School and the
son of Dr. William Heiam 78, 1978
Karth, 68, of Buyck,
formerly of St. Paul, died Monday, July 5,
2006, at his residence.
He was born on
June 27, 1938, at St. Paul, grew up in White Bear Lake, and
attended Hamlin University.
He was employed for the
Burlington North Railroad from 1957 until his retirement in
1992. He was a superviser in
running the computers in the finance department for the
Railroad. He married M. Darlene Peterson on
April 19, 1958, at White Bear Lake. He served in the U.S.
Navy, where he was a Naval
recruiter. They moved to
Maplewood, where they lived for many years. He started
to come to the Buyck area after he met Darlene, as her
family was from the area. After his retirement, the couple
moved to Buyck, where they spent summers, then wintered in
Florida. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and earlier had
hunted. He will be remembered as a good hearted, kind
person that helped others when needed.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 48 years, M. Darlene; one son, Marvin (Nancy)
Karth of West St. Paul,
MN.,; 2 Granddaughters, Tracy and
Michelle both of West St. Paul,; five sister-in-laws: Yvonne
(Ron) Emerson, Beverly Stielow,
Sue (Clark) Peterson, Marilyn Rosburg,
and Kathy Clark.
Funeral services will be at
Monday at the Crane Lake Chapel. Pastor Ruth
will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to
the funeral. The singing will be
with Sandy Bodkin providing the accompaniment. Interment
will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.
Arrangements are with the
Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook