For the year of 2005
June to January
July to December
Mlaker Funeral Home
A Family Helping Families
Warren Mlaker, Director
27 South 1st Street Southeast
Cook Mn 55723
Gladys Koski Holmes, 73, artist and writer, died peacefully Saturday, December 31, 2005 at her home in Angora after a short encounter with cancer.
Gladys was born on March 17, 1932 to Simon and Ida (Ketola) Koski in Sturgeon Township. She graduated from Alango High School in 1950. On December 2, 1950 she was united in marriage to Earl Arden Holmes in Alango and settled in Angora where she resided most of her life. She returned to college in 1973 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bemidji State University and a Master of Art degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior. She was an accomplished artist and writer with exhibits displayed around the region. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include: Husband: Arden of 55 years. 3 Sons: Michael (Sheri) Holmes of Angora. Jonathan (Stacey) Holmes of Angora Christopher (Joyce) Holmes of Angora. 2 Daughters: Sharon Holmes of Lake Vermilion. Rachel Holmes of Hopkins 8 Grand Children: Jason, Jenny, Matt, Nate, Ben, Sam, Seth, and Simon. Sister: Henrietta Koski of Angora. And many other friends and relatives
Her memory will live on through her family, friends and many works of art. At Gladys's request there will be no funeral service. A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Sand Lake Chapel in Britt on Friday, January 6, 2006 from 1:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. to share memories and honor Gladys's life and her accomplishments. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Salolampi Foundation, P.O. Box 14480 Minneapolis MN 55414 - 0480.
Arrangement are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Irene D. Tokvam, 84, of Cook, died Thursday, December 29, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on September 20, 1921, at Vassar, Manitoba, Canada; the daughter of Henry and Maria (Johnson) Dokken. Her family moved to Grafton, North Dakota, where she grew up. Irene married Clinton “Bud” Tokvam on August 2, 1940, at Warren, Minnesota. Bud was employed with Zontillie Construction, which specialized in power line building.
They settled in Cook in 1950, where Bud worked for the Rural Electric Association. Irene was a waitress for Jim’s Bar & Grill and the Corner Café in Cook. She absolutely loved to fish, and the family fondly recalls that she considered herself a “professional fisherman.” Her and Bud enjoyed traveling, which they had the opportunity to do for many years. Irene was well known for her wit, sense of humor, and calling things exactly as she saw them. She was lastly employed as a nurse’s aide at the Cook Hospital.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Cook VFW Auxiliary, and a past member of the Cook Hospital Auxiliary- commonly called the Thrift Shop. She resided at the Pioneer Building in Cook for a few years, and the Cook Nursing Home the past three years.
She is survived by a son, Roger Tokvam of Waseca, MN.,; 3 daughters, Linda (Marvin) Aune of Lake Vermilion-Cook,; Karen Waldvogel of Keewatin, and Janet (Dale) Luoma of Eveleth; 1 brother, Maynard Dokken of Minneapolis, ; 1 sister, Eloise (Robert) MacDonald of Minneapolis,; a sister-in-law, Mary Dokken of Carlsbad, Calif., 12 Grandchildren, 19 Great Grandchildren, 4 Great Great Grandchildren, and lots of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clinton “Bud” Tokvam on March 11, 1998; a son, Michael who died at birth; 2 brothers, Donald and Gordon Dokken; and 2 sisters, Myrtle Lee in infancy and Orvilla Sorenson.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 pm Sunday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Lawrence Fremont Wilcox, 88, of Virginia and formerly of Lake Vermilion, Cook, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005, in his home. He was born August 4, 1917 in Brainerd, the son of Gurdon and Kathleen (Rounds) Wilcox. Lawrence graduated from Virginia High School and Virginia Junior College. He attended the University of Minnesota from 1936 to 1940, where he attained his math and physics degrees, and later, his electrical engineering degree.
In May of 1942, Lawrence married Madeline Eichholz of Vermilion Dam in Philadelphia. Madeline was the daughter of Henry 91, 1986 & Gretta 104, 2003 Eichholtz of Vermlion Dam and Lake Vermilion, Cook. Her siblings were Alice & McCarraher and Richard & Nina Eichholz.
Lawrence worked for Frankfort Arsenal in Frankfort, Pa., during World War II until 1959 when he moved to California and began working for TRW Systems, retiring in 1979. At that time, he and Madeline moved back to Minnesota, first living at Lake Vermilion, then returning to Virginia in 1997.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Madeline; sons, Richard (Karen) Wilcox of Amarillo, Texas, Ron (Sue) Wilcox of Temple, Texas, and Lance (Linda) Wilcox of Lombard, Ill.; grandchildren, Nathan and David Wilcox, Daniel Bennett, Tiffaney Childers, Stephanie Jenkins and Shane Lindsey; great-grandchildren: Blake, Aspyn, Mia, Stratton, Sarah and Susannah; eight nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Douglas, Charles and Harold.
Visitation for Lawrence from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service on Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at the United Methodist Church in Virginia. The Rev. Brenda King will officiate. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Lawrence online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.
Arvida Jean Hietala, 58, of Duluth died unexpectedly Monday, Dec., 26 2005 at St. Lukes Hospital due to complications from cancer. She was born June 11, 1947, to Arvo and Aune Ethel (Ahlgren) Hietala. She graduated from Cook High School in 1965. Arvida worked at several places throughout her life, one of her favorites being the Duluth Public Library. A quest for adventure took her to Tucson, Arizona, where she lived and worked for 13 years before returning to Duluth in 1992 to be closer to her family. Arvida loved reading, traveling, gardening, Happy Hours, animals of all kinds, especially cats, and spending time with family and friends. Her travels had taken her to places as close as the Black Hills and as far away as Hawaii, England, and Scotland. She is preceded in death by her father, who passed away in 1978. She is survived by, and will be greatly missed by her mother, Ethel of Duluth; sister, Linda (favorite brother-in-law, Chuck) Kotera of Superior; long-time family friend, Patricia Kruschke of Duluth; her four-footed feline 'Sister' Callie Kitty; one uncle; six aunts; and many cousins and friends. MEMORIAL SERVICE:will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to any friends of animals organization. Services entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 624-5200.
Dooda “Dorothy” Glende, 83, of Bois Forte, Nett Lake, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at Eveleth, with her family by her side. She was born at Bois Forte on July 22, 1922, and lived most of her life at Bois Forte, Nett Lake. She received her license as a beautician and was certified as a carpenter. Dooda worked as a teacher’s aide at the Head Start in Nett Lake. In her later years, too old to rice, she still enjoyed ricing so much she’d get dressed up and go down to the lakeshore looking for a partner, and never finding one. In earlier years she hunted and fished. Dooda also enjoyed beadwork and reading.
She is survived by her children, Peggy Connor, Richard Kletschka, Ricardo Kletschka, Roger Kletschka, Dorothea Kletschka, Cindie Broshears, Pamela Dauk, Roxanne Tolzmann and Robin Nordberg; two sisters, Viola Villebrun and Josephine Chavers, along with 31 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Don Glende, Richard Kletschka, and Amos Quaderer; three sons, Rodney, Patrick and Greg; and four brothers and six sisters.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday from the Nett Lake Community Center, with a wake from noon until 2 p.m. at the center. Evening visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a service at 6:30 p.m. at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The service leaders will be the Rev. Wally Olson, the Rev. Kevin Lasley, Gilbert Smith and Gene Goodsky. There will be a traditional drum and prayer ceremony. Spring inurnment will be in the Bois Forte Cemetery
(Wilenius, Nordlund) Beltramo,
Princeton, MN., former
longtime resident of Sturgeon Township, died
Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at the
Elim Home in Princeton.
was born on
October 27, 1914, at Sturgeon Township, the daughter
of John and Eva (Blom)
Wilenius. She grew up in
Sturgeon Township where she lived most of her life.
She graduated from the
Chisholm High School. Helen married
Nordlund on May 6, 1936,
at Hibbing. They lived in Sturgeon, where
worked in carpentry,
operated a sawmill, along with their farm.
Reino died on July 17,
1980. Helen was blessed to find another love and
companion and married Costanzo
Beltramo on August 20,
1983, at Balkan Township. They made their home in
Sturgeon. Helen liked gardening, canning, caring
for the farm animals, along with her cats and dogs.
She was talented in
artwork, sketching, and painting. She loved to
entertain, and enjoyed her visitors, always offering
coffee and good conversation.
Costanzo died in
1999, and in 2000, Helen moved to Princeton, where
her daughter lived. She has resided at the
Elim home the past month
before passing away there.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret (John)
Severson of Princeton, MN., ; 2 brothers, Leo &
Esther 76, 1998 (Tuohinen)
Wilenius Sr. of Angora, and John & Mae
84, 2001 (Flank) Wilenius of
Pierz, MN., along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death
by her husbands
July 17, 1980, and Costanzo
Beltramo on November 16,
1999.; a sister, Sylvia Siegle;
Sept 03, 2002, and a brother,
Swen 55, 1963 &
Maybelle 52, 1965
(Hawkinson) Wilenius .
Memorial services will be at
1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2005, at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be
the officiant. Spring inurnment will be in the
Alango Township Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral
Clara E. Wilman, 99, of Chisholm, died Sunday, Dec. 18,
2005, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm. She was born Jan. 28, 1906,
to Otto and Helmi (Ketola) Kiukas in Virginia. As a girl, she
grew up and attended school in Britt. She was united in marriage
to Julius E. Wilman 59, 1962 on Feb. 17,
1926, in Virginia. Following marriage, they made their home in
Angora. With her husband, she was the owner/operator of Wilman’s
grocery for more than 38 years. In 1970, Clara retired and made
her home in Chisholm.
Survivors include a niece, Arlene (Harry) Kuharenko of Chisholm;
nephew, Richard (Shirley) Wilman of Buhl; many great-nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, Julius on July 24,
1962; sister, Gertrude Wilman in 1984; and brother, Carl Kiukas.
Services: Per Clara’s request, private family services were held
at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Burial was in Greenwood
Clara Wilman sold her store to Jerry & Rita Cheney in 1970,
they sold to Ken & Patti Alt. The present owners are Marie Seopa
and Gary Dehn and it is now known as the South Switch.
Roy Allen Miller, 91, of Babbitt
died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Ely-Bloomenson
Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 13, 1914,
the son of Russell Arthur and Alta Hazel
(Nest-rud) Miller in Lakefield, Minn. He
attended Lakefield Schools. Roy married
Hazel Johnson on Jan. 31, 1942, in
Maryville, Mo. He fought with the Eighth
Air Force in World War II. Roy worked as
a boiler operator for Reserve Mining. He
was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church of Babbitt, Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 1539 and the Maki-Pinola
American Legion Post 0535.
Roy is survived by his wife of 63 years,
Hazel; six children, Russell (Kathy) of
Vadnais Heights, Minn., Douglas (Carol)
of Vancouver, Wash., Sharon (James)
Boucher of Burnsville, Minn., Darlene
(Ken) Simonson of Cook, Diane (Dave)
Serena of Babbitt and Thomas of Maple
Grove; 23 grandchildren, 18
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by
his parents; two sisters; and six
Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Babbitt, with the
Rev. Charles Barnes officiating.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today at the
church and will continue one hour prior
to service Friday at the church. Burial
will be at the Argo Cemetery. Services
provided by Kerntz Brothers, a Bauman
Family of Funeral Homes, of Ely. To
share a personal remembrance online, go
Emil J. Durovec, 82,of
Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at St.
Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
Emil was born
April 15, 1923, at Chicago, Illinois;
the son of Joseph and Anna (Zbin)
Durovec. He settled with his parents
in Meadowlands in 1929. In his early
years, Emil had worked at the
Susquehanna & Pittsburgh Pacific Mines,
Alcoa Aluminum in Ohio for a time, along
with operating a Shell Gas Station in
Duluth. He was united in marriage to
Mary Ann Nemec
on August 11, 1956, at Meadowlands. He
was a longtime
dairy farmer in Meadowlands, and
kept active even in retirement. He was
a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church
in Meadowlands, and the Fraternal Order
of Eagles #2469 in Grand Rapids. Emil
was dedicated to
his family, and his most treasured times
were those spent with them. He enjoyed
snowmobiling, playing cards, and the
good times spent
on the family house boat. He loved
music, especially polkas, and playing
his harmonica, along with dancing with
his favorite partner, Mary Ann.
He is survived by his loving wife of
over 49 years, Mary Ann,; 2 sons, John
and Daniel (Danielle) both of
Meadowlands, 5 daughters:
Ann (Dennis) Lind of Cook,;
Diane (Joe) Olson and Lynette (Anthony)
Kozumplik, both of Meadowlands,; Loretta
of Twig, and Joan (Steve) Johnson of
Cromwell, 21 Grandchildren: Ryan &
Heather, Christopher, Kari & Andrew,
Samantha, Joseph, Jackie &
Michael & Craig, Jessica, Darren, &
Tony, Abby, & Alex,; and 5 Great
Grandchildren: Aura, Donald, Elizabeth,
along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is
preceded in death by 4 brothers: Joseph,
Anthony, Steve, and
Louis Durovec; 2 sisters, Irene Durovec
and Jean Soukup;
and a grandson, Adam Kozumplik.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at
11:00 a.m. Friday, December 16th,
at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in
Meadowlands. Fr. Michael
the celebrant. The casket bearers were
Emil’s Grandsons: Ryan Gustafson,
Christopher Durovec, Michael Johnson,
Craig Johnson, Andrew
Joseph Durovec, and Tony Kozumplik Jr.
The honorary bearers will be: Darren
Durovec, and Alex Kozumplik. Interment
was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery of Elmer
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home, Cook,
Mn. ( 218-666-5298)
Joyce Adeline Anderson, 80, of
Bear River, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005,
at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth
with her family at her side. She was
born July 3, 1925, at her home in Bear
River to Frank and Clara (Jary) Fredland.
She attended Bear River School through
the eighth grade and graduated from
Alango High School. During World War II,
she moved to Hastings, Neb. and worked
at the Naval Ammunition Factory making
ammunition for naval ships. It was there
where she met her future husband,
Delbert Anderson. They were united in
marriage on Feb. 6, 1945, in Hastings,
Neb. They lived in Inland, Neb. until
1956 when they moved back to Bear River,
where she resided until her death. Her
favorite pastimes were spending time
with her family and many friends. She
enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles,
gardening, and baking “dozens” of
cookies for her grandkids.
She is survived by four daughters, Lois
(Don) Jenson of Bigfork, Judy Anderson
of Bear River, Barbara Hoover of Side
Lake, and Patricia (Ron) Owen of
Snohomish, Wash.; 10 sons, Donald (Mary)
Anderson of Chisholm, Kenneth (Dana)
Anderson of Bear River, Charles (Norman)
Anderson of Hibbing, Richard Anderson of
Cooperstown, N.D., Thomas (Margo)
Anderson of Chisholm, James (Robyn)
Anderson of Bear River, Brian (Gail)
Anderson of Cook, Gary (Amy) Anderson of
Bear River, Robert Anderson of Leroy,
Minn., and Jeffrey Anderson of Bear
River; 30 grandchildren and 14
great-grandchildren; two brothers,
Vivian Fredlund of Arroyo Grande,
Calif., and Frank (Janet) Fredlund of
St. Peter, Minn.; three sisters, Frances
(Raymond) Scofield of Bear River,
Colleen Joki of Cherry, and Cosma
Hemphill of Bovey; numerous nieces and
She was preceded in death by her
parents; husband, Delbert in 1990;
brothers, Russell and Myron.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m.
Wednesday at the Bear River Lutheran
Church. The Rev. Peter Satren will
officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to
7 p.m. Tuesday at the Range Funeral Home
and continue one hour prior to the
service Wednesday at the church.
He was a
Joan Hazel Hawkinson, 66,
of Bear River,
2005, at her
family by her
side. She was
born on February
5, 1939, at
grew up in the
there and at
was united in
1957, at the
Joan worked at
the Togo Post
bus, worked in
home health care,
on the Togo
along with being
She was a member
of the Chisholm
Assembly of God,
where she also
for 28 years.
times were those
spent with her
her guitar and
with fishing and
also loved to
and Bill were
for over 18
years, and their
taken in their
She is survived
by her loving
husband of 48
“Bill”, 3 sons,
Bovey, MN., and
of Virginia; 3
of Eau Clair,
Angora, MN., and
of Pella, IA.,
of Two Harbors,
MN., and Steve
of Eden Prairie,
MN.; 2 sisters,
of Hugo, MN.,
of St. Peter,
MN., along with
and 4 Great
She is preceded
in death by a
will be at 11:00
at the Chisholm
John Koppel and
Wallace will be
be from 7 to 9
at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in
be in the
Cemetery in Bear
O. Wunsch, age
Born April 2,
1919 in Isle,
from Central H.
S. in 1936 and
of Minnesota in
where she met
and married her
husband Ken. She
also worked at
Swift & Co. and
She passed away
2005 with her
family by her
in death by
Lucas & Laura
The family spent
summers at their
Black Bay cabin
passed away on
June 17, 1967
from a car
to the cabin.
preferred to the
920 E. 28th St.,
Mpls., MN 55407.
hour prior at
of the Good
France Ave S.,
Savela, 67, of
Alango, died Friday,
November 11, 2005,
Health Care Center
was born in
Finland, on August
12, 1938. He grew
up in Nivala and had
served in the
Finnish Army. He
was united in
marriage to Martta
Selkäinaho on August
10, 1958, at
Finland, and they
lovingly spent 46
They came to
the United States in
1961, settled in the
Alango area, where
they made their
logged, then did
carpentry work in
began working for
in 1968, and was a
operator during most
of his 30
years of employment
there. He was a
member of the
He enjoyed spending
time with his family
at the cabin on Lake
passion was fishing
and more fishing,
and also some
hunting. He was
around the house and
handy with making
things . When
his mobility became
limited, he still
for getting around
to enjoy the
attitude, along with
humor are fondly
remembered by his
had been making his
residence at the
Golden Crest Care
Facility in Hibbing
the past month.
He is survived by 2
of Alango, and
Bowser) Savela of
Goodrich of Mpls.,
and Anita (John Jr.)
of Eveleth,; 1
Savela of Angora,; 2
Selkäinaho of Nivala,
Savela of Stockholm,
Sweden, along with 2
Grandsons, Ian and
He is preceded in
his wife of 46 years
Funeral services will be
p.m. Tuesday at the
Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook. Visitation will
be one hour prior to the
Interment will be in the
Friday, Nov. 11,
2005 at Grand
Victor was born
Nov. 2, 1908 in
Ind. to Jacob
family moved to
Effie in 1910.
Viola Cline July
18, 1934. Victor
1978, he and
in Arizona. They
moved to Bovey
death by his
wife, Viola, in
parents; a son,
Teri Dey Wayman,
Ricky Wass, and
Bill Wass; and a
Val (JoAnn), Big
Buhl, and Jim
Ariz., Myrna Wass, Grand
Della Parson and
both of Buhl;
a.m. until the
11 a.m. funeral
Tuesday, Nov. 15
in St. Andrew's
501 NW 16th St.,
Gerhard Herbert Schmolling,
age 83, of Buffalo, formerly
South Minneapolis, died Tuesday,
November 8, 2005. He was born on
June 28, 1922.
Survived by sons, Siegfried
(Faye) of Cedar Rapids, IA,
Eberhard (Toma) of Cook, MN,
Postmaster of Cook, Reiner
of South Minneapolis; daughter,
Ingeborg (Luke) Torell of
Monticello, MN; 9 grandchildren,
Raymond, Reiner Jr., Bria, Adam,
Jacob, Jared, Heather, Crystal,
Kara; and one great grandson,
Austin. Preceded in death by
parents and wife, Erna
Funeral is 11 AM Friday with
visitation from 9:30-11 AM all
AT THE CHAPEL
Serving the family... The
Peterson Chapel Buffalo
Kenneth W. “Bucko” Willett Jr., 48, of Hibbing, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005, at his home of natural causes. He was born on Feb. 6, 1957, in Hibbing, to Kenneth and Darlene (Berg) Willett. Bucko was a United States Army veteran. After his time in the service, he moved to Colorado to work in the underground mines. He returned to Minnesota and worked at Minntac. Later he started truck driving for Willett Trucking with his dad, which was what he loved to do the most. In the early 1990s, he eventually took on the business by himself, which he ran until the present. His purpose in life was truck driving, hunting, camping, and most of all, spending time with all his family.
He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Margi; two daughters, Shari Aubol, and Joel (Tim) Moe; three grandchildren, Erik, Kayla, and Nicholas Moe; four sisters, Linda (Richard) Hanson, Bonnie (Barry) Martinson, Colleen (Jim) Paola, and Cheryl Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews, Christine, Barry, Lisa Joe, Kelly, Shane, Shannon, Tiffany, David, and Tim; six aunts; one uncle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth 74, 2004 and Darlene 72, 2005 (Berg) Willett Sr.; father-in-law, Don 82, 2005 French; great-niece, Casandra; six aunts; and four uncles.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Landmark Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, with the Rev. Kathleen A. Ierien officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial with military honors accorded by the Virginia Servicemen’s Honor Guard will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.
Uno John Peltonen,
96, of St. Louis
Park formally of
Angora passed away
Tuesday, November 1,
2005 at the St.Louis
Park Plaza Health
Care Center in St.
Louis Park, MN. A
will be held Friday,
November 4, 2005 at
2:00 P.M. at the
Lakewood Cemetery –
Hennepin Ave. S.
Mpls. MN. Interment
will be in Greenwood
Cemetery in Virginia
at a later date.
with the Range
Funeral Home of
Uno was born on
September 20, 1909
to Jacob & Hilma (Kontio)
Peltonen in Alango
where he grew up and
attended school. On
May 8, 1930 he was
united in marriage
to Lillian Latikka
they made their home
in Angora where they
lived for 61 years.
Uno was a school bus
driver for 41
years. He also had
his own landscaping
in the area knew Uno.
He was very well
respected. Uno was
a long time member
on the board of
directors for the
Co-op Credit Union;
Co-operative and the
Uno was preceded in
death by his only
son, Floyd; on Sept
8, 1993 at the age
of 57. Five
Hugo, Albert, Felix
and Eino (in
infancy) and sister,
Loving wife of 75
(Allan) Kujala of
Carson of St. Louis
Lou Peltonen of
Halverson of Hibbing
(Ernest) Knutson of
Barbara Ann Hugger Philips, 55, of Hibbing, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, Oct. 31, 2005. She was born on May 22, 1950, to Leland “Bud” and Ida (Fridberg) Hugger in St. Cloud, Minn. She grew up in Little Swan and moved to Hibbing in 1956. She graduated from Hibbing High School. She was employed by the Hibbing Community College and had worked at the Mesaba Clinic in Hibbing for 12 years. She also worked for Jim’s Sports Bar in Chisholm. She enjoyed playing volleyball, participating in dart tournaments and being outdoors. She loved being at home with family and friends. She especially loved her grandchildren and spending time with them.
Survivors include, a son, Dennis Anderson of Hibbing; a daughter, Karie (Rick) Anderson-Loose of Mayer, Minn.; five grandchildren, Alicia, Amber and Joe Anderson, Jaida Anderson and Myles Loose; her mother, Ida Saari of Hibbing; a brother, Richard (Fawn) Hugger of Claremore, Okla.; a sister, Carole (Roger) Metsa of Angora; a niece, Dr. Erin Hugger of Westchester, Pa.; a nephew, Adam (Gretchen) Metsa of Angora; several aunts, uncles and cousins; best friends, Cindy Philips and Char Minerich of Hibbing.
SERVICES: A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Memorial Service Thursday at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. Pastor Bruce Dissell will officiate
Stanley J. Kotnik, 92, of Eveleth
died Thursday, Oct 7, 2005, at St.
Michael’s Health & Rehabilitation
Center in Virginia. He was born
April 22, 1913, to John and Katherine
(Skrabec) Kotnik in Eveleth, where he
grew up and attended school.
Stanley worked as a millwright for U.S.
Steel. He married Margaret Kocher on
Sept. 19, 1942, in Chisholm. Following
marriage they made their home in
Chisholm prior to moving to Eveleth. He
was a member of Resurrection
Catholic Church in Eveleth. He
especially enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret;
two sons, Gene (Connie) Kotnik of
Eveleth and Don (Brenda) Kotnik of
Iron; two daughters, Marge (Bill)
Rutchasky of Buyck and Kathleen
(Karl) Trampusch of Long Prairie, Minn.;
11 grandchildren, Brandon, Danielle,
Amanda, Alyssa, Ron, Pauline, Michael,
Steven, Sophia, Jennifer and Janelle;
six great-grandchildren; two sisters,
Mary LaVigne of Virginia and Ann Vodnik
of Seattle, Wash.; and numerous nieces
He was preceded in death by two sons,
John and Stanley; his parents; four
brothers, Frank, John, Tony and Joe; and
a sister, Katherine.
SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 11
a.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Catholic
Church in Eveleth. Visitation one hour
prior to service. Burial will be in
Eveleth Cemetery. Arrangements are with
Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
John E. "Junior" Neil Jr., 88, formerly
of Crane Lake, died Wednesday, October 26, 2005,
at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay.
He was born on October 29, 1916 at the family
farm in Mason City, Iowa. It was a three year
process but the family moved up to Crane Lake,
Minnesota in 1928, settling in East Bay, where
John has lived since. In August of 1942, he
enlisted in the Army and was attached to the
129th Military Police Company. They found out he
was a fishing guide that cooked shore lunches so
before he knew it he was a mess Sergeant in
charge of 24 cooks and bakers and was feeding
over 1,000 people on bases in North Africa and
Sicily. After his honorable discharge from the
military, he came back to Crane Lake and
continued to guide. In the late 1940's he
started working for John Buxton of Federated
Insurance Co. out of Owatonna, MN. He guided the
company's remote cabin on Lac La Croix until
1980. Because there was no electricity, in the
off season Junior cut and harvested ice for the
many cabins and resorts on the lake. He also
began his own saw mill and cut lumber and built
floating docks for many on the lake. In the
early 1960's John struck a deal with the REA and
he cut the right of way around the East side of
the lake. The electric line was continued up
toward Sandpoint Lake from there. He had resided
at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay the
past two years.
He is survived by 2 brothers, Charlie Neil of
Orr, and Glen (Carol) Neil of Crane Lake; along
with numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by 4 brothers: James,
George, Chester, and Raymond Neil, and 3
sisters: Janetta Morse, Lucille Harrington, and
Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday
at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation
will be one hour prior to the service at the
funeral home. Military Honors will be accorded
by the combined honors of the Orr American
Legion Post #480, and Cook Veterans of Foreign
Wars, Post #1757. Interment will be in the
Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.
Hoard, 83, of Orr, died
Friday, Oct. 21, 2005, at the Cook Hospital.
She was born on March 26,
1922, at Jonesboro, Washington,;
the daughter of Jake and Bertha (Anders)
Leonard. Her family moved to Johnson City,
Tennessee, where she grew up. She moved to St.
Louis, Missouri, where she worked as a map maker
and at a munitions plant during World War 11.
After the war she settled in “Old Gheen”, and
has since resided in the area. She and her then
husband “Pinkie” owned and operated Frontier
Electric in Orr, and both were electricians,
with Frankie being a master electrician. She
also was employed for a time at the
Factory in Virginia, and Cooper’s Café in
Cook. She took flying lessons and became a
pilot, and later worked as a caregiver in Home
Health Care in Virginia, and then a caregiver
for Carl Bloomquist
She is survived by
friends and her caregivers, the Arlene
Sipola family of
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at
Tuesday at the Orr American Legion Hall.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the
service. The casket bearers will be: John
Lindquist, Graham Grilley,
Avery Sipola, Sam
and Jeff Iverson, and Mel Johnson. Interment
will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.
with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Sara Ann (Strong) Kochie, 62, of Tower, died Friday, Oct.
21, 2005, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth of injuries
sustained in an accidental fire.
Sara was born on Oct. 8, 1943, at Nett Lake, where she grew up
and was raised by her grandparents, George and Rose Strong. She
had lived in Duluth for 14 years and had been employed at
Sivertson’s Fisheries and enjoyed her job there and the people
she worked with.Sara moved to the Bois Forte Vermilion
Reservation in 1976, where she had since resided. She married
David J. Kochie in Ely on July 12, 1985. For a number of years
she and David were self-employed, operating Educational
Electronics, and specialized in repairing and cleaning
computers. She was recently employed at the Fortune Bay Casino
complex in the hotel housekeeping department. The love and joy
of Sara’s life were her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, David; one son, Neil Strong of
Tower; one daughter, Arika Bliss of Tower; two brothers, Gaynard
Strong of Tower and Rodney (Lisa) Strong of International Falls;
two sisters, Phyllis Boshey and Mary Strong, both of Tower;
She is also preceded in death by 4 brothers: Albert Strong Jr.,
Ken Strong Sr., Gerald Chicag and Faron Chicag, eight grandchildren;Jolene, Amanda, Angela, Jennifer, Andrea,
Christopher, Neil and Von; six great-grandchildren, Damen,
Michael, Tyler, Amy, Katie and Christopher; along with numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Sara was preceded in death by her great-grandfather, John
Beargrease (of dogsledding fame); her grandparents, George and
Rose (Beargrease) Strong; her parents, Albert and Mary Strong;
and one granddaughter, Julie Arn.
SERVICES: Tribal rites will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the
Bois Forte Vermilion Center in Tower. Gilbert Smith will be the
spiritual advisor. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. today at the
Vermilion Center. The casketbearers will be Carl Dagen, Kevin
Strong, Cory Two Crow, Donovan Strong, Ken Strong Jr. and
Christopher Arn. Interment will be in the Vermilion Cemetery at
Bois Forte, Tower. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home
Robert Vernon Knutson
died on October 18, 2005, at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home,
where he had been a resident since July of 2005. He had fought a short
battle with cancer, and died at the age of 76.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5th, at
Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the
officiant. The honorary bearers will be: Earl Aune, Bob Dixon, Arnie
Ojanen, Lawrence Heglund, Norris Sletten, Verton Knutson, Bud Bystrom,
Dick Gregor, John Geiselman, Denny Wilkens, and Kenny Lind.
“Bob” was born on July 29, 1929, in Hibbing, MN., to Henry and Lena
(Ness) Knutson, and lived in Cook most of his life. He married Marvelle
Benson on August 11, 1951 in Cook, where they lived on the family farm
west of Cook and raised their six children. His career in carpentry
started with, and included, his employment with Charlie Pohl of Cook, a
contracting business with Lawrence Heglund called K & H. Builders, and
in 1969, the family moved to Thief River Falls when Bob became an
instructor of Carpentry at the Thief River Falls Area Vocational
Technical Institute. He worked there for 16 years, then he retired and
moved back to Cook. Because they sold their home there, he built an
earth sheltered home on the property where they lived until seeking
medical care for Bob in Long Prairie this past spring.
During his years of teaching and many years after retirement, he, his
wife and family members spent summers on Crane Lake on a houseboat which
he’d built, and later at their cabin on Little Vermilion Lake. Winters
saw Bob and Marvelle traveling to warmer climates and eventually being
winter residents in Mission, Texas.
Bob had many interests, which included music. He loved to listen to
and to and sing barber shop quartet music. He was a member of “The
Ambassadors”, a men’s chorus in Texas which performed all over Southern
Texas. He continued to dabble in woodworking, making many Christmas
gifts for his children and grandchildren. In his early years he raised
horses, helped establish the Northland Saddle Club, and even was a
pick-up man at rodeos. He had passed on his passion of music, horses,
and woodworking to many of his children. Bob and Marvelle celebrated
their 50th wedding anniversary with friends, neighbors, and relatives at
the Linden Grove Town Hall on August 11, 2001.
Bob is survived by his wife, Marvelle,; children , Bobbi Knutson (Paul
Van Gorp), Long Prairie, MN. ; Nancy Knutson (Wayne Wagner) , Boulder,
CO., Joe (JoAnn) Knutson of Cook, Jay (Rachel) Knutson of Apple Valley,
MN., Kris Knutson (Randy Mechels) of St. Cloud, MN., and Kara Knutson of
Buffalo, MN. He is also survived by 10 Grandchildren and five step
grandchildren: Jenna Van Gorp, Olivia and Christian Wagner, Breyan and
Brittney Knutson, Haley and Hannah Knutson, Peter and Jack Mechels,
Zachary Kuhlman, Alison and Emily Van Gorp, Steve, Chris, and Adam Beal.
He also had the opportunity to know his great grandson, Trey Joel
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his seven
siblings – Clarence Knutson, Margeruite Edwards, Helen Bystrom, Lulu
Lindgren Lee, Ruby Pohl Geiselman, Gladys DuMarce, and Jim Knutson., and
his first grandchild, Joey Knutson.
Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
Lorraine (Juntunen) Iverson 59, wife of deceased Hans Allen Iverson. Passed
away October 16, 2005 at the Elim Nursing Home, Watertown, MN. She was surrounded
by family and friends.
Services at Iten Funeral Home,
Delano, MN, Saturday
October 22, 2005. Viewing; 9-11AM than service following.
Burial at 5PM at Alango Cemetery, Alango, MN with a graveside service.
Questions contact Iten funeral home at 952-955-2610
was a sister-in-law to Millie (Anthony) Koskovich formerly of Alango and
now of Chisholm.
Gunhild Elizabet (Persson) Scofield, 84, of Hibbing died Wednesday,
Oct. 12, 2005, at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi of Hibbing.
She was born Nov. 22, 1920, to Emil and Maria (Anderson) Persson in
Ragunda, Sweden. She came to the U.S. in 1925 as a young child. Gunhild
attended school in Togo, where she met Frank, whom she married on Aug.
5, 1939. They raised their family in Togo. After Frank passed away on
Jan 31, 1987 at the age of 79, she moved to International Falls prior to
moving to Hibbing. She was a cook for the Togo School for several years.
Gunhild liked to garden, cook and bake. She enjoyed working on the farm,
loved having company and her 10 and 2 o’clock coffee times. She loved
her family and her family all enjoyed her Sunday dinners and sour dough
are her five daughters, Loretta (Carl) Olson of Chisholm, LaVerne
(Jerald 61, 2002) Kehoe of Bear River, Bernice
(John) Serrano of Side Lake, Donna (Larry) Kesch of Portland, Ore., and
Elaine Osachuck of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada; a son, Bruce (Terry)
Scofield, of Togo; a daughter-in-law, Betty (Kenneth 38,
1989) Scofield, of Chisholm; grandchildren, Kari Olson, Kim
(Bryan) Haroldson, Kris (Monica) Olson, Pat (Kevin) Hedges, Brenda
(Randy) Krone, Jerry (Shelly) Kehoe, Tim Kehoe, Sherry (Tim) Simpson,
Jason (Dawn) Kehoe, Craig (Sandy) Walters, Bret (Michele) Walters,
Chloette (David) Eddy, Angelea (Bill) Lehto, Michelle (Lewis) Reed,
Larry (Amissa) Kesch, Linda (Dan) Curtiss, Lee Scofield, Ryan Scofield,
Bradley Scofield, Jeremy (Jennifer) Scofield and Chad Scofield; 28
great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Matt Terebenet.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emil and Elida; husband,
Frank; son, Kenneth 38, 1989; two sons-in-law,
Lewis Walters 42, 1986 and Jerald Kehoe
61, 2002; five grandchildren; four sisters; and a
Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at Bear River Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation
one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Bearville Cemetery
M. Dall, 92, of Parkville, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2005, at St.
Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was born
Sept. 9, 1913, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of Gunnar and Ida (Johanson)
On June 28, 1934, Ruth married George Dall. The couple made their home
in Silverdale, Minn., and later moved the family to Parkville in 1942.
Ruth was a member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia,
and of the Homemaker’s Club of Parkville for many years. She enjoyed
blueberry picking and playing bingo. She was an excellent baker,
especially talented at decorating wedding cakes and baking buttermilk
survived by her children: Kenneth (Joyce) Dall of Mountain Iron, Roger
Dall of Rice Lake, Wis., Ronald (Phyllis) Dall of Makinen, James
(Teresa) Dall of Mahtowa, Gordon (Joanne) Dall of Mountain Iron, Russell
(Yvonne) Dall of Britt, Glenn (Debra) Dall of Mountain Iron, Arlene
(Russell) Blake of Mountain Iron, and Sharon (Kenneth) Taylor of Duluth;
22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; three
great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Inez Romer of Virginia and Avis Tolppi
of Minneapolis; Sisters-in-law, Vera Peterson, Clara Dall (Walter 71, 1983)
Gustafson of Cook and Mildred Stanke, brother-in-law Arthur Almquist and
numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents;
her husband, George in 1973; brothers, Carl, Robert, and Ralph Peterson;
and sisters, Lois Almquist, Elsa Gilbert and Mary Mason and Margaret in
A visitation for Ruth will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the
Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Visitation will continue
from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Friday at Gethsemane
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager will
officiate at the service. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in
Virginia. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family
Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Ruth
online, please see:
Mary J. 'Fritz' (Beath) Rock, 83, Duluth, died Oct. 10,
2005 at Benedictine Health Center. She was born in Hazel, S.D.,
on Sept. 30, 1922, to Neil and Myrtle Beath. Mary was a 1940
graduate of Cook High School and a 1943 graduate of Virginia
Junior College. She married Lloyd Rock in St. Clements Catholic
Church in Duluth on Oct. 11, 1943.
She had worked in the office at the Duluth Clinic for two years
and later worked as an accounting clerk at St. Mary's Hospital
for 20 years. Mary was a member of St. James and the former Good
Shepherd Catholic Churches.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers,
Bruce and John. Mary is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Jan),
Hoyt Lakes, Minn., Lloyd R. Jr., St. Paul, Minn., Gerald
(Pauline), Oakdale, Minn.; daughters, Sandra (Richard) Gaul,
Monroe, N.C., Leone (John) Aasen, Duluth; eight grandchildren;
nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Thursday with wake service at 6:30 p.m.,
all in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home. Visitation continues
from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Friday in
Benedictine Health Center Chapel, 3rd floor. Inurnment at
Calvary Cemetery. Memorials preferred.
Judythe E. (Nordlund) Flemino, 53, of
Blaine, passed away on Oct. 7, 2005 quickly after a brain
aneurysm. Preceded in death by mother, Sylvia Nordlund 87, 2004.
She will be deeply missed by husband of 19 years, Gary; daugher,
Caitlin; stepson, Tary; sister, Joanne (Steve) Balliette;
brother, Jim Nordlund; father, Albert Nordlund; nephew, Jake;
niece, Shana; her dog, Raja; many loving relatives and friends.
She was a legal secretary for 25 years. Her passions were flower
gardening, landscaping, and family. She had a gregarious
personality that will be missed by all.
MEMORIAL SERVICE:1:30 p.m. Saturday with a
gathering of friends 1 hour prior, all in Washburn-McReavy
Hillside Chapel, 19th Ave NE at Old Hwy 8 612-781-199
Emil Joseph Roethler 67, born on Jan 17, 1938 at Cook and
died on Sep 04, 2005 at Orlando, Florida. His parents were; Emil Frances
Roethler 57, 1957 & Lucille
Mary (Willet, Roethler) Molman 65, 1985.
Preceding him in death was his first wife Shirley Street Roethler 56, 1998 one brother; Duane
Roethler 57, 1997 and his
step-father Edgar Molman 55, 1982
Emil is survived by his wife; Debra of Haines City,
Florida. One daughter Dawn o Milwaukee, Wisconsin and one son Brett of
Stacey, Minnesota. One brother; Lloyd & Renee
Roethler of New Ulm, Minnesota. Two step-children; Ian of Marcus Ann,
Wisconsin and Nichole (Mike) Beuchel of Chilton, Wisconsin.
Emil served in the United States Air Force, where he
received many commendations and awards. He was a VFW member of Post 8 in
Winter Haven, Florida. He received his teaching degree from Mesabi State
and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He taught general science and
physical education at New Holstein Senior High School in New Holstein,
Wisconsin. Emil owned and operated the Log Cabin later known as
the Crescent Supper Club north of Cook.
Henry H. Halverson, 88, of Virginia, formerly of Bear
River, Alango, and Cook, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at the
Edgewood Vista Care Facility in Virginia.
1. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (October
1, 2005), at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. Visitation
will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev.
David Solberg will be the officiant. There will be
congregational singing with Colin Isaacson providing the
accompaniment. 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 Ft.
Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Henry was born on March 5, 1917, at Maddock, North Dakota; the
son of Hans and Hilda (Strand) Halverson. At the age of five, he
moved with his family to Bear River, where he grew up. He is a
Army Veteran of World War 11, having served in the Army from
1940 to 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He was
proud to have served with the Norwegian Ski Troops during his
war service. After his tour of duty, he returned to Bear River,
where he logged, and worked as a carpenter, and farmed.. In
addition to his wife Margaret, two other loves of his life were
his vegetable and flower gardens and his dogs.
He lived in Duluth for 3 years, where Henry operated a gas and
service station. Then he moved to Grand Rapids, where he resided
for 7 years. He later returned to Bear River, then he moved to
Cook a year and half after Margaret died in 1993. He was member
of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango, and later Trinity
Lutheran Church while he lived in Cook. Henry was a member of
the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and the Disabled
American Veterans. He has resided at the Edgewood Vista in
Virginia the past 4 years.
He is survived by 2 step-daughters, Nancy (Sonny) Ashley of Mpls.,
and Mary (Emmons) Connell of Hawaii,; 2 sisters, Helen Nukala of
Alango and Ruth Herring of Chisholm,; a niece, Grace (Colin)
Isaacson of Alango,; a nephew, Leroy (Mary Ann) Nukala of Alango,;
Along with many great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret on April 7, 1993,;
2 brothers, Eilert Halverson (who died serving in World War II.,
in 1943), and Clarence Halverson in 1968; 1 sister Hegna
Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home.
Eugene S. Gazelka, 78, of Ely went home to be
with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005. Gene
truly fought the good fight, finished his race and kept the faith. He
was many things in life, but above all else he was a man of God. He
passionately loved and served the Lord. He intimately knew Jesus and
carried the torch of that faith and love for all to see. His example of
faith, integrity, joy, humility, and love will endure many years beyond
his physical passing. He was born on Oct. 28, 1926 to Peter and Thelma
'Dolly' (Hendricks) Gazelka in Chisholm. Gene always loved three things:
God, people, and the outdoors. As a young man, he explored the Quetico
by canoe and tramped through the woods of northern Minnesota. He married
the love of his life, Joyce (Anderson) Gazelka and this past year they
celebrated their 57th year of marriage. He enjoyed his retirement in the
Ely area and loved to hunt, fish, play cards, and tell stories. Growing
up with little during the Depression, Gene was led to become a
successful entrepreneur. He worked for State Farm Insurance Co. in
Hibbing and Duluth, then moved into management in St. Paul for twenty
years, and later returned to his roots in Virginia. Along with his
career, Gene was a leader and speaker in several outreach organizations,
including Full Gospel Businessmen International, Rotary Club, Marriage
Ministry International and within his own church. Gene treated everyone,
whatever their social status, as his equal. He sought to find the good
in every person and always was generous. His parting reminders were, 'To
live is Christ, to die is gain.' 'To have eternal life, you must be born
again.' And finally, 'Love one another.' Many will miss Gene as he
always had a joke to share, combined with a pearl of wisdom. Survivors
include his wife, Joyce; his children, Mark (Rhonda- Gazelka) of
Bemidji, Sherry Gazelka of Iron, Susan Gazelka of Minneapolis, Mary
(Charles) Casanova of Rainer, Paul (Maralee) Gazelka of Brainerd, Brian
(Melissa) Gazelka of Wilmar, Greg (Oksana) Gazelka of Shoreview, Jim (Halena)
Gazelka of Cottage Grove, Peter (Kimberly) Gazelka of Edina and Todd
(Gina) Gazelka of Brainerd; 31 beloved grandchildren and three great
grandchildren. MEMORIAL SERVICE:12 noon Friday in Ely Baptist Church,
1515 East Camp St., Ely, Minn. Visitation will be one hour prior to
services at the church. A luncheon will follow the services in the
church basement. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the
Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse, MN Teen Challenge, or KBHW (northland
Christian radio station).
Mattson, 62, of Cook, died Thursday, September 8, 2005, at the Eveleth
Health Services Park. Sue was born on January 18, 1943, at Virginia, the
daughter of Sistie and Helen (Furu) Menelli. She grew up in Virginia, where
she graduated from High School. She moved to Cook, and was receptionist for
many years for the Cook News Herald, then for B.I.C. Realty. She was
employed as a receptionist for Potlach since its construction phase, where
she worked for 20 years, then retired. Sue was a member of the Evangelical
Covenant Church in Cook. She completed a medical transcription course at the
then Eveleth Vocational Technical Institute. Sue was known for her caring
nature and ability to make people laugh. She loved and had a great
compassion for animals. She will be missed by family and friends, but not
forgotten for her warm and caring ways.
She is survived by her sister, Jill Duame of Cook,; 1 niece, Lisa Bamberg of
Cook,; 3 nephews, Mike (Kathy) Duame of Cook, Mark Duame of Mt. Iron, and
Brian Duame of Blaine, MN.,; 4 great nieces, Amy & Emalee Bamberg, Rachel
Kahn, and Ashley Scott,; 4 great nephews, Chad & Jared Duame, and Alex &
Adam Bamberg,; along with numerous special relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister Maria
Menelli who died in infancy; a brother-in-law, Dennis Duame who died on
November 20, 2004,; nephew Gary Bamberg on October 12, 2002, and her beloved
will be at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben
Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the
service at the funeral home. The casket bearers will be: Mike, Mark, and
Brian Duame, Jim Holter, Jim Endrizzi, Norman Korpi, and Roger Johansen. The
honorary bearers will be: Amy, Emalee, Alex, & Adam Bamberg, Chad & Jared
Duame, and Rachel Kahn. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Knuti, 74, of Mountain Iron, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, at his home,
following a short bout with cancer. He was born July 3, 1931, in Duluth. On
Aug. 20, 1949, he was united in marriage with Myrtle Johnson and they spent
their 56 years in Parkville/Mountain Iron and Lake Vermilion. Russ was
employed at United States Steel and worked at both the Pilotac and Minntac,
retiring after 36 years due to a stroke. Hunting, fishing and all kinds of
sports took up his leisure time.
survived by his wife, Myrtle; daughter, Linda (David) Troseth of Angora;
sons, Kim (Kathy) Knuti and Rusty (Jan) Knuti, both of Mountain Iron;
grandchildren, Darren (Kerrie) Troseth of Jordan, Minn., Melanie Troseth
of Fairbanks, Alaska, Terry Knuti, Kelly (Leroy) Maickelson, Jenessa,
Baily and Allie Knuti, all of Mountain Iron; great-grandchildren, Alex Easty
of Fairbanks, Alaska, and McKayla Maickelson of Mountain Iron; brother,
Larry (Karen) Luoma of Mountain Iron; sisters, Donna (Morris) Day of
Washborn, Wis., Lola Hendrickson of Cloquet, Debra (Tom) Pender of Anoka,
Minn., and sister-in-law, Barbara Borgman of Mountain Iron; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
He was preceded
in death by his parents, Herbert Knuti and Taini Luoma; step-fathers, Paul
Borgman and Toivo Luoma; brother, Paul Borgman; and brother-in-law, Terry
service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in
Mountain Iron. The Rev. Kristin Foster will officiate. Visitation will be
one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the
Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.
Alex S. Cook,
20, of Lake Vermilion-Cook, died Wednesday, August 31st, of accidental
causes, while on a camping trip with friends in Canada. He was born in
Virginia on December 26, 1984, the son of David and Ann (Christensen) Cook.
He grew up in the Orr area, and graduated from the Orr High School in 2003.
Mesabi Community College in his senior year of high school , then later the
University of Minnesota, Duluth. Alex had an avid interest in guns, hunting,
and the great outdoors. He loved a good hot sauna, boating, and fishing, and
a "good book." He had devout interest in politics, in which he was well
versed. Alex was very loved by all, and will be greatly missed, but not
Alex is survived by his parents, David (Jean) Cook of Orr,; Ann (Dane)
Francis of Lake Vermilion-Cook; 2 brothers, Jeffrey Cook of Superior,
Wisconsin, and David Christianson of Orr; his grandparents, Phil and Barb
Christensen of Orr, Val and Marilyn Cook of Orr, Ruth Magnuson of Int'l
Falls, Dennis Christianson of Littlefork, and Brae Pattenn of Orr.
He is preceded in death by grandmother, Rea Pattenn, and a cousin, Kristen
SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, at Calvary
Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. A gathering
of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the
church. Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Doris M. Rent,
78, and longtime resident of Virginia, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005. She
was born Sept. 4, 1926, in Greaney Township, the daughter of Earl and Gladys
(Johnson) Lehman. She graduated from Orr High School and went on to attain
her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She married
Joseph Rent on June 16, 1951. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran
Church in Virginia and a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher’s Sorority. Her
greatest enjoyment in life was being with friends and family.
her children, Bruce (Leslie Kay) Rent of Virginia and Josette (Ed) Town of
Ham Lake, Minn.; grandchildren, John and Joel Rent of Virginia and Jennifer
and Brian Town of Ham Lake; siblings, Muriel Lehman of Duluth, Earl
(Barbara) Lehman of Hibbing, and Lorraine (Ed) Wheelecor of Chisholm;
numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, with
Pastor Bob Simensen officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 2
p.m. service. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Family services
provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share
a personal remembrance of Doris online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.
Gladys F. DuMarce, 83, of Cook, died Monday,
August 22, 2005, at the Cook Nursing
She was born on March
14, 1922 at Cook,; the daughter of Henry
and O’ Lena (Ness) Knutson. She grew up in Cook, where she
graduated from High School in 1940.
After high school she started working for Dr.
Heiam and for a short time, then moved to Bremerton,
Washington, where she worked in the
Navy shipyards. She returned back to
Cook and was employed at the Virginia Hospital, where she trained
nurses aides, then became a lab and x-ray trainer.
She married Harold DuMarce on December 7, 1946 at Cook. Gladys
worked for 12 years in the Lab and X-Ray
Departments at the Cook hospital. Gladys was a member of
Trinity Lutheran Church, and belonged to
the American Legion Auxiliary holding numerous offices, including
president. She was also a member of The Cook Hospital board,
and the Cook Housing board for 17 years. She volunteered
delivering meals on wheels and helping
at the nutrition site.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Harold; 3 sons, Daniel
(Marge) of Cook, Gary (Lola) of Alango, and Mark of Virginia. 2
Grandsons; Philip DuMarce and Craig
(Rachel) DuMarce ; 1 brother, Robert (Marvelle) Knutson of Long
Prairie, MN.; and along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Clarence and James Knutson;
and 4 sisters, Lulu Lindgren Lee,
Margaret Edwardson, Helen Bystrom and
Ruby Pohl Geiselman
services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday ( Aug. 27th)
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Melissa
Stoller will be the officiant. The
honorary bearers will be: Louis “Bud” Bystrom, Byron “B.J.”
Bystrom, Bill Pohl, Joe Knutson, Craig DuMarce,
and Philip DuMarce. Inurnment will be in the Field Township
Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Alice Gustafson, just shy of her 100th
birthday, passed away August 17, 2005, at Durango, Colorado. She
was born on August 28, 1905, at Pierre, South Dakota, the
daughter of Henry and Annie (Miller) Brandt. She married Arnold
Gustafson in Cook on December 8, 1923. While living in Cook, Mrs.
Gustafson was honored by the city as a “pioneer.” The city placed a
picture of her in an outdoor park as a tribute to the community
activities that she participated in during her early years. She was the
first President of the Cook PTA. Arnold and Alice operated the Cheer
Café in downtown Cook from 1927 to 1940. (It was located in what was the
last Vermilion Small Engine Shop.) In 1940 they built and opened the
Mecca Inn which had a first class dining room and hotel rooms upstairs.
Alice sold the building in 1967, which is now the BIC office. “She
truly was a pioneer”, said her daughter, Elayne
Necchi. “She was tenacious and never gave up, even when life was hard.
She was always busy learning and progressing, and was interested in
After moving to
Duragno in the early 1970’s, Mrs. Gustafson was involved with the
LaPlata County Community Hospital Auxiliary
for many years. She enjoyed both vegetable
and flower gardening (especially roses), needlework, crocheting and
crafts. Alice also liked to study and read the Bible,
spend time with her Grand and Great-Grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters,
Elayne (John) Necchi of Durango, CO., and
JoAnn (Burton) Johnson of
North Oaks, MN.,; sister, Eveline Caddy of
Upland, Calif.,; son-in-law, Ben Wilkin Sr. of Cook,;
6 Grandchildren: Tom Necchi, Doris Thrall, Ben (Tania) Wilkin
Jr., Janine (Michael) Nielsen, Kathryn Hare, and Reed Johnson; 8
Great-Grandchildren, 4 Great-Great Grandchildren, along with numerous
special nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Arnold in 1960,; a daughter, Doris
Wilkin in 2003,;a great-grandson, Steven Nielsen in 2002, and a brother,
SERVICES: Family and
friends are invited to attend the graveside service to
be held at 1:00 pm Friday
(August 26th) at the Cook Community Cemetery. Rev. Randy
Swenson will be the officiant. Funeral services were previously held at
Durango, Colorado. Local arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in
Arvila, 66, of Field Township near Cook, died Wednesday, August 17,
2005, at his residence. He was born on August 4, 1939, at Vermilion Dam,;
the son of Axel and Hulda (Lindgren) Arvila. As a child he moved with his
family to the Cook area. Les graduated from the Cook High School in 1957,
and enlisted in the Army. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the
Cook area, where he owned and operated a Grade A Dairy farm, and also logged
and did carpentry work. He married Mary Ann Peterson at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Cook on September 17, 1960. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran
Church. He enjoyed reading, playing cards, history, and spending time with
his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; 1 daughter, Dawn (Troy) Simpson,; 3
sons, Dale (Karla) of Cook, Brad (Michelle) of Angora; and Scott (Becky) of
New London, Mn.; 2 brothers, Arvid (Greta) Arvila of Grand Blanc, MI., and
John (Mary) Arvila of Inver Grove Heights, MN.,; 2 sisters, Eileen (Stuart)
Anderson of Montville, N.J., and Elva (Carl) Williams of Binghamton, N.Y.,;
7 Grandchildren: Bo, Brenna, and Brynn Simpson, Colton and Lauren Arvila,
and Samantha and Seth Arvila., ; 1 sister-in-law, Blanche Jacobson of Orr; 2
brothers-in-law, Leonard Peterson of Gheen and Everett Saatela of Orr,; and
along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 1 brother, Ray Arvila;
1 granddaughter, Brooke Simpson,; brother-in-law, Mel Jacobson, and
sisters-in-law, Delores Saatela and Arlys Arvila.
services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in
Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant. A gathering of family and
friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Kathy
Forsline will be the soloist and Pam Ruuska will be the organist. The casket
bearers will be: Dan Forsline, Charles Scott, Jim Enzmann, Marvin Pearson,
Linus Brunner, and Butch Cottrell. The honorary bearers will be: Dan Ebnet,
Tom Karakash, and Dan Rankin. Interment will be in the Field Township
Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Combined Honor Guards of
the Orr American Legion and Cook VF.W. Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook.
Bagley, Sr., M.D. 94, a former Duluth resident, died peacefully in his
sleep on Thursday, Aug. 18, at his beloved Elbow Lake near Cook, Minn. He
was 94 years old. Charles was born on April 10, 1911, in Talent, Ore., to
William R. Bagley, M.D., and Marion Miller Bagley.
The Bagley family
soon moved back to Duluth where Dr. William Bagley resumed his medical
practice. Charles attended Endion Elementary, Washington Junior High, and
Duluth Central High Schools in Duluth. After a short time in junior college,
he spent a year at the copper mines in Ajo, Ariz. Charles then attended
Stanford University and graduated from its Medical School in 1937. He served
an internship at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, Minn., and a surgery
fellowship in Edinburgh, Scotland before returning to Duluth to join his
father in medical practice in 1939. Not long after, Charles met the love of
his life, Ruth Hartley. They were married on Dec. 28, 1940 and had a
wonderful life together for over 62 years until her death on July 11, 2003.
Together they raised six children and always took great delight and interest
in all of their activities -- and later of their grandchildren and
Charles served in
the US Navy during World War II aboard the USS Mattaponi, on convoy duty
across the North Atlantic. During a stopover of his ship, he introduced
penicillin to the Azores Islands and quickly became famous for curing cases
of staph infections with only one dose of this miracle antibiotic. After the
war, he resumed his medical practice in Duluth. Although his practice
focused more and more on surgery, his interest and affection for his
patients made him their family doctor and friend for life. During the course
of his distinguished career, he served as Chief of Staff at St. Luke's
Hospital in Duluth, President of the St. Louis County Medical Society, and
board member of Minnesota Blue Shield. He was also a long-time member of
Rotary International, serving as President of the Duluth Club 25.
Along with other
physicians he helped to found the UMD Medical School. He also helped to
found Duluth Congregational Church and was very active in other civic areas.
After retiring and moving to Cape Coral, Fla., in 1981, Charles and Ruth
continued to be very active in civic and medical affairs. Charles continued
his association with Rotary and its philanthropic events and volunteered his
time as a physician at the North Fort Myers Senior Friendship Clinic. With
Ruth, he was a charter member and also helped to expand the Cape Coral
Congregational Church. They established two scholarship funds, one with the
University of Minnesota -Duluth to aid medical students going into primary
care and the other in Cape Coral to help hospital nursing staff further
After his wife's
death, Charles moved to Hanover, New Hampshire to be closer to his daughter,
Nancy, and his son, Fred. He continued to be active and interested in civic
and medical areas and gave frequent talks to groups in the area. Charles
also had a life-long love of the outdoors and spent much of his 'free' time
fishing, hunting, skiing, hiking, canoeing, and traveling.
place to relax with his family and friends was at Elbow Lake in northern
Minnesota, which he first visited with his family in 1923. His time was
spent first at his family log cabin on the mainland and then at the cabin he
built with his wife and children on an island in the lake. Even after moving
to Florida and then New Hampshire, Charles returned to beautiful Elbow Lake
each summer. It is fitting that this is where he died.
His wife, Ruth
Hartley Bagley, preceded him in death as did six brothers and sisters.
Charles is survived by his six children and their spouses, Charles (Nancy)
Bagley of Seattle, Wash., Fred (Jenny) Bagley of Mendon, Vermont, Peter
(Beth) Bagley of Duluth, Susan Bagley (Gil Lewis) of Houghton, Mich., Nancy
Bagley (Gary Chiasson) of West Lebanon, N.H., and David (Laurie) Linnes-Bagley
of Minneapolis; ,along with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren;
his sister, Margaret Holloway of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother-in-law, John
(Ingrid) Hartley of Denver, Colo.; and Caroline Hartley, Kenosha, Wis.; and
numerous nephews and nieces. Charles truly had a positive impact on so many
lives in so many ways. He will always be remembered with gratitude, love,
a.m. Monday with services at 11 a.m. in United Protestant Church of Morgan
Park, 88th Ave. W. and Arbor St. Duluth. Memorials to United Protestant
Church in Duluth, or The Bagley Scholarship at the UMD Medical School,
Duluth, MN. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth. (218) 727-3555.
Michael Olson, 21, Steven ""Scuba"" Michael Olson, age 21 of Grand
Rapids, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005.
Steven was born
in Hibbing to Kim and Delaine Olson on April 26, 1984. In 1987, they moved
to Grand Rapids where he lived to the present day. Steven started his
education at Cohasset Elementary, then Grand Rapids Middle School and
graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2003. He went on to complete his
Associates of Applied Sciences in engineering at Itasca Community College
and was enrolled at the University of Minnesota Duluth to complete his
bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
Scuba Steve ate,
drank, and slept Motocross. He was a dedicated rider, both recreationally
and competitively. In his most recent season of racing, Steve's goal was in
qualifying for the "Professional" class. When Steve wasn't racing or riding,
he was tweaking his bike, working on the track, watching motocross on TV or
reading motocross magazines. His spirit will forever live on in the sport
and on the track. On his YZ250 F, No. 206, Scuba Steve could fly.
Steve’s zest for
life will be remembered by the twinkle in his eye and how he saw all the
possibilities in each day. He lived his life to the fullest and with no
regrets. He loved every extreme idea, the adrenaline factor, pushing his big
sister's buttons, mom's monster cookies, proving dad wrong, talking jibber
jabber with Bob, and teasing Kara to no end. His hands were always fixed on
the handle bars, his mind set on the goal and his heart in everything he
did. Steve left us the best advice: Never act on assumptions! Unless you
have all the facts, don't even think.
in death were his paternal great-grandparents, Helen and Axel Johnson;
maternal grandfather, Edwin Johnson; and his aunt, Dianne Bryan.
He is survived by
his parents, Delaine and Kim Olson of Grand Rapids; one sister, Heather (Bob
LeClair) Olson of Grand Rapids; his girlfriend, Kara Carey of Warba;
godparents, Melodee and Terry Ostlund of Hibbing; paternal grandparents,
Beverly and Richard Olson Jr. of Effie; maternal grandmother, Ethel Johnson
of Bigfork; paternal great-grandparents, Richard & Selma Olson Sr. of
Togo; uncles, Danny (Gail) Johnson of Bigfork, Darol (Nancy) Johnson of
Grand Rapids, Kevin (Kelli) Olson of Brooklyn Park, Todd (Holli) Olson of
Cohasset; cousins, Rick, Lori, Connie, Amber, Erin, Brian, Justin, Lauren,
McKenzi, Kaitlyn and Karter. He considered his friends as part of his
Cayo and Dana (Ken) Anderson of the Cook area are daughters of Richard &
Visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 18, from 5 until 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's
Lutheran Church where funeral services will be held on Friday, August 19 at
1 p.m. The Rev. Vicki Taylor will officiate. Burial will be at
Itasca-Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids.
In lieu of
flowers memorials are preferred. Arrangements by the Rowe Funeral Home,
Roger H. Edblom, 69,
SERVICES: Graveside services at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Hillside
Cemetery in Angora. The Rev. Russell Baustian will officiate. Arrangements
by Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Roger H. Edblom, 69, of Virginia
died June 27, 2005, at his residence.
Edblom 69 of Virginia passed away June 27, 2005 at his residence. He had
been in ill health for the past years. His parents were: Herbert
80, 1987 & Lucile 91, 1999
(Eldien) Edblom of Virginia. He leaves behind a number of cousins on his
father's side including; Robert (Audrey) Johnson and Jane Johnson of
Virginia. Vera (David 62, 1981) Svedberg of Mt Iron.
Muriel (Don) Simonson, Rodney (Margaret) Edblom, and Donna (Roger)
Billington of Cook. Vivian Hanson, Warren (Joyce) Edblom, Irene (Jerry)
Simonson, Katherine (Robert) Hawkinson, Kathleen (Jerry) Sternberg, Joy
Edblom, Richard (Jo Anne) Edblom, Loretta Turman, Barbara Gunderson,
Robert (Lois) Edblom, Arnie (Kathie) Johnson and Hartley (Dorothy) Anderson.
|Sebastian "Seb" Lee Bacon, 11,
of Buyck, died on Monday, August 1, 2005, at the Cook Hospital, the result
of injuries sustained in an all terrain vehicle accident.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1: 00 p.m. Monday at Calvary Lutheran
Church in Orr. Pastor Ruth Gangloff will be the officiant. A gathering of
family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The
casket bearers will be cousins: Tony Francke, Tyler Little, Andrew Francke,
and Dylan Fee. The honorary bearers will be Seb's basket ball team and
friends. Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
He was born on March 11, 1994, at Woodstock, Illinois, to Scott Bacon and
Dusty Francke. He settled to the happiest place in his life, Buyck, in
August of 2004. Everybody connected with "Seb", he had a magnetic
personality, and his friends were a major love of his life. He was a fine,
respectable boy, a good student, played on the basketball team in Orr, and
filled in playing Little League baseball. He participated in the summer
youth program in Orr. The religious release time class, which was held at
Calvary Lutheran Church was very important to him. Andy Rutchasky took a
very supportive fatherly role for Seb, and together they explored a lot of
good fishing waters, and he was looking forward to learn about deer hunting
this fall with Andy. Seb was energetic, always on the go, and loved the
outdoors. He will be dearly missed, but not forgotten.
He is survived by his biological father, Scott Bacon of St. Charles, Mo.,
his parents Dusty Bissen and Andrew Rutchasky of Buyck,; 2 brothers at home,
Byron Francke and Zaeden Bissen,; 1 sister Destini Bissen of Port Townsend,
WA., maternal grandmother, Shirley Francke of Blythe, Calif., paternal
grandmother, Melba Rogers in Ariz.,; paternal grandparents, Frank and Cathy
Rutchasky of Buyck,; step-maternal grandparents, Christine & Mike Miles and
family of Woodstock, IL., maternal great-grandparents, George and Pat
Francke of Orr, ; maternal great grandmother, Alice Pemberton of Blythe,
CA., along with numerous special aunts and uncles.
|Sally V. Helstrom, 99, of
Cook, died Saturday, July 30, 2005, at the Cook Hospital.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, from the Evangelical
Covenant Church in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday from the Mlaker Funeral Home.
The casket bearers will be: Tim Picek, Mark Pascuzzi, Bruce Larsen, Jay
Poshak, Marc Poshak, and Lee Gustafson, The honorary bearers will be: Lloyd
Gustafson, Rodney Persson, Donald Persson, Donald Anderson, and Irvin "Ole"
Swanson. Kathy Forsline and Rodney Edblom will sing with Lorraine Walker
providing the accompaniment. Interment will be in the Cook Community
Sally was born on November 16, 1905 , at Togo, the daughter of Andrew and
Sarah (Jonsdotter) Persson. She grew up in Togo, and moved to the Cook area
in the 1920's. She was united in marriage to Joseph Helstrom on January 19,
1924, had lived in Virginia for a short time, then settled in the Cook area
where Sally has been a resident since. She was a longtime member of the
Evangelical Covenant Church and its Ladies Aid. For a time they owned and
operated Head of the Lakes Resort on Lake Vermilion, of which Joe named. She
had been employed at the former Swanson Drug Store, then when sold, the
Casey Drug Store in Cook. She was a wonderful seamstress, and made numerous
afghans and clothing articles. She was a great family cook, talented baker,
and dearly loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She moved in to
the Homestead Apartment building when it opened in 1976, and has resided at
the Cook Nursing Home the past four years.
She is survived by 1 son, Boyd (Irma) Helstrom of Columbus, Ind.; 1
daughter, Donna (Mike) Picek of Cook; 1 brother, Hilding Persson of Togo,
Mn.,; 1 son-in-law, Russell Pascuzzi of Cook,; 5 Grandchildren: Deborah
Pascuzzi of Albuguerque, N.M., Mark (Diane) Pascuzzi of Cook, Terri (Bruce)
Larsen of Britt, Tim (Jackie) Picek of Cook, and Joe (Patricia) Helstrom of
Indianapolis, Ind.,; 8 Great Grandchildren: Tony, Gina, Kaitlyn, Laura,
Lance, Chelsey, Bennett, and Hayden, along with numerous special nieces,
nephews, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband Joe on November 24, 1939; 1
daughter, Betty Pascuzzi on January 15, 1994,; 4 brothers , Arvid, Albert,
Carl, and Helmer Persson,; 4 sisters, Anna Nelson, Elfva Gustafson, Bertha
Saari, and Christina Leding.
Elizabeth Eberhardt, 81, of
Lake Vermilion-Cook, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at St. Mary’s Medical
Center in Duluth.
SERVICES: Funeral services
will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev.’s Melissa
Stoller and Reuben Rosnau will be the officiants.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Casket bearers will be
members of the Raps Road Association family
born on October 8, 1923, in Kempton, North Dakota, the
daughter of William and Bernesia (Newman)
Lawson. Elizabeth was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandma. Liz
loved a good book, a good joke, a good no trump hand, and the Twins- whether
good or not so good. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from the
Larimore High School in Larimore, North
Dakota. Elizabeth graduated as Valedictorian of her class at the University
of North Dakota, where she earned her teaching degree,
and was Phi Beta Kappa, and met her beloved Hartley, husband of 60
years. She married Hartley on February 12, 1946, in Duluth. She taught
English at the Hibbing High School from 1961 to 1980, and was a member of
the Presbyterian Church in Hibbing for nearly 40 years. In 1980, they
started coming to Lake Vermilion on weekends and summers, and in 1984, moved
there permanently. Hardly a day passed that Elizabeth couldn’t be seen
enjoying the outdoors on one of her long walks. She was a member of
Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook for the past 20 years, and belonged
to the Red Hat Society and various book clubs.
She was an accomplished cook, gardener, bridge player, and writer, and
Minnesota’s trusted Twins fan. Elizabeth was an enthusiastic amateur
thespian for church and community events, and a Bible
story teller to children’s groups , and a dedicated member of the
Raps Road Assocation.
survived by her husband , Hartley; a son, David (Margie) Eberhardt of
Champlin, Mn.; 2
daughters, Joyce (William) Magee, of Simsbury, CT., and Nancy (Lars)
Halstrom of Bozeman, Mont.; 2 brothers, Walter
(Nancy) Lawson of Larimore, North Dakota and Floyd (Renee) Lawson of Fargo,
N.D., ; 3 sisters, Beulah (John) Farrell of Larimore, N.D., Alma
Bratten of Grand Forks, N.D., and Alice (Gordy)
Eider of Grand Forks, N.D.; a sister-in-law, June Melton of Nevada; 7
Grandchildren: Andrew and Samantha Magee, Karla & Hannah
Halstrom, Justin, Shannon, and Ryan Eberhardt,
along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 1 sister, Doris
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
McCormick, 80, Cook formerly of Buyck, passed away Thursday July 28,
2005 the Cook Hospital. Helen was born May 24, 1925 at Keener Township,
Indiana, the daughter of William and Mildred (Kerlinski) Tyler. She was
adopted in 1930 and lived and grew up in Rensselaer, Indiana.
from Rensselaer High School in 1943. She married George McCormick on
September 28, 1957,at Lafayette, Indiana , and they moved to Medaryville,
Indiana in 1958. They later moved to Buyck in 1966, where they resided for
many years. Helen was a member of the Eastern Star since 1965 . She enjoyed
being outdoors, picking blueberries, hunting and fishing. She also liked
knitting and craft type projects. Helen was a care giver to a lot of people.
Her door was open to everyone and she never met a stranger. She especially
enjoyed being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include 1 son Charles "Skip" (Cheryl) McCormick of Cook, 3
grandchildren; Kimberly (Tim) Grissel of Solon , Iowa, Kristian (Heather)
McCormick of North Mankato and Brandon McCormick of Cook; 2 great
grandchildren; Sydney and Kamryn Grissel of Solon, Iowa,; 1 brother in law,
Donald Foy of Indiana, a special friend Terry Braden of Cook and several
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George in 1977,; 2 brothers; Elmer
& Ted Hancock, and 4 sisters, Martha Hancock, Mae Clergett, Mabel Hazlett
and Minnie Foy.
will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday , August 3, 2005 at the Mlaker Funeral Home
of Cook A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the
service. Pastor Reuben Rosnau and Pastor Ruth Gangloff will be the
officiants. Interment will be at the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck
Fogelberg, 51, SERVICES: Joint funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday at the Cook High School Gym. The Rev. Randy Swenson will be the
officiant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Cook High
School Gym. Burial will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Arrangements are
with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Fogelberg, 51, and her daughter, Lindi Fogelberg, 19, both of Cook, went
home to be with their Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2005. They died together
in a tragic automobile accident near Pine City, Minn. We are saddened and
will miss them dearly, but know they are in a safer and better place.
Nancy was born on
May 11, 1954, in Mankato, Minn., the daughter of Richard “Dick” and Evelyn
(Larson) Lavine. She grew up in Aurora and Timbuktu on Lake Vermilion,
graduating from the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School in 1972. She earned a
registered nurse degree from the Mayo Nursing School in Rochester, then
graduated from UMD, where she obtained her teaching degree. She taught at
Nett Lake from 1982 to the present. She was a kindergarten teacher for many
years, and recently a Title 1. instructor in reading and math. Nancy was an
active member of the Cook Baptist Church, taught Sunday School, did mission
work, along with volunteer youth work (the kids loved having her chaperone,
because she made everything fun), and her family described her as a “big kid
herself.” Her family, church, friends, and school were her priorities. There
are no words to express the fullness of Nancy. Everybody was more important
than Nancy, she was a wonderful organizer, could solve any problem, and
worked “out of the box.” Though she was always busy talking, she was a good
listener, always thinking ahead.
She is survived
by her husband, Steve of Cook; a daughter, Amy (Steve) Stepec of
Marshalltown, Iowa; a son, Nels of Cook; father, Richard “Dick” Lavine of
Prescott, Ariz. and Lake Vermilion-Cook; a sister, Linda (Gary) Rice of Iowa
City, Iowa; mother-in-law, Anna Olson of Cook; a brother-in-law, Rick
Fogelberg of Cook; two sisters-in-law, Kay (Ray) Johnson of Cook and Chris
(Dean) Waldon of Hobart, Wash.; and numerous special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded
in death by her mother, Evelyn Lavine on July 6, 1992; a brother, Lars
Lavine on Jan. 27, 2005; and two sisters-in-law, Carol Jean Fogelberg on
March 23, 1958, and Dyxie Ann McNeil on Dec. 15, 1987; and father-in-law,
Richard Fogelberg on April 13, 1979.
Lindi was born
on May 29, 1986, in Cook, where she grew up. She graduated from Cook
High School in 2004, where she was a member of the National Honor Society,
and was a student at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Her dreams
were to become a teacher and coach. Lindi was a standout in basketball and
volleyball. She was All-State as a senior when she led the Little Gophers to
the state tournament. She played volleyball and basketball at St.
Scholastica as a freshman this past year. She was involved with the Summer
Rec Program, the Youth Peer Group at Church and Peer Helpers, and numerous
other activities. Lindi assumed the leadership role and kept everybody up.
She was a friend to everyone with her kind, sweet spirit. She held firm in
her beliefs, and both she and her mother were active Christians, who lived
She is survived
by her father, Steve of Cook; a sister, Amy (Steve) Stepec of Marshalltown,
Iowa; a brother, Nels Fogelberg of Cook; her paternal grandfather, Richard
“Dick” Lavine; maternal grandmother, Anna Olson of Cook; and many special
aunts, uncles, and friends
Deann Bergman 18, of Cook, died in a tragic automobile accident on
July 27, 2005, with her longtime boyfriend, Dan Swanson, and friends
Nancy and Lindi Fogelberg.
She was born on November 1, 1986, at Cook, the daughter of Charles and
Gail (Hard) Bergman. She was a 2005 graduate of the Cook High School, a
member of the National Honor Society, Captain of the High School
Volleyball team, a graduate of the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
Program, and on the yearbook staff. She was to attend the College of St.
Scholastica this fall under a Benedictine Scholarship, majoring in
Health Care. She was known by many for her sunny disposition. Paige had
a great love of Lake Vermilion and summer. She enjoyed camping, "not
like camping in a Hotel", swimming, and playing volleyball. She enjoyed
being around children and babysat for many in the community. Paige had a
host of friends and a zest for life.
In her words: "Memory is a way of holding on to the things you love, the
things you are, the things you never want to lose."
She is survived by her parents, Charles and Gail Bergman of Cook,; 2
brothers, Chad (Laura) Bergman of Detroit Lakes, Mn., and Seth Bergman
of Hibbing and one sister; Kim Bergman of Portland, Oregon,; 1 nephew, Matthew Dahl of Detroit Lakes, Mn., along with a
host of family and countless friends.
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, John and Vi
Bergman, and maternal grandparents, Delmar and Alice Hard.
memorial services with Dan Swanson, will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at
the Cook School Gym. Rev. Reuben Rosnau and Brenda Tibbetts, Associate
in Ministry will officiate. A gathering of family and friends will be
for one hour prior the service at the school gym. Arrangements are with
the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Swanson 20, was taken from us in a tragic automobile accident that
also took the lives of his dear friends, Nancy and Lindi Fogelberg and
his beloved Paige Bergman on July 27, 2005. We find comfort in knowing
that they will always be together.
He was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on April 26, 1985, the son of Terry
and Sharon "Toni" (Maki) Swanson. He lived in Kinney until the age of
three, when his family bought "Toni's Place" in Sturgeon. There, Dan
became quite the movie critic and pool shark in his younger days at "the
bar." Dan attended school in Cook and graduated in 2004. In his youth,
"Mad Dog" Swanson loved to play hockey with his brother, cousins, and
friends. Later, he was a class officer, a member of the National Honor
Society, and participated in a number of other school activities. In his
senior year, he was crowned Homecoming King and was made captain of the
football, basketball, and baseball teams. His greatest love was working
with children. He coached youth basketball and baseball and worked at a
summer recreation program in Cook. Dan was about to enter his sophomore
year at the College of St. Scholastica, where he had hoped to purse his
dream of being a teacher during the school months and playing golf and
painting with his father during the summer.
Dan is remembered by his parents, Terry and Sharon "Toni" Swanson of
Angora,; his brother, Dustin (Nicolle) Swanson of Angora, his sister,
Ashley Swanson of Washington D.C.,; his nephew Jacob, his grandmother,
Leona Swanson of Angora; his aunts and uncles: Tom and Toni Swanson of
Angora, Todd and Char Swanson of Angora, Tim and Anita Swanson of Lake
Vermilion-Cook, Diana and Darin Thornton of Hibbing, Bob and Phoebe Maki
of Cotton, and Ken and Donna Maki of Kinney, along with numerous cousins
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Rollin "Red"
Swanson, his maternal grandparents, Veikko and Elsie Maki, and his best
friend, Patrick Wilenius.
Memorial services with Paige D. Bergman will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday
at the Cook High School Gym. A gathering of family and friends will be
one hour prior to the service at the gym. Rev. Reuben Rosnau and
Associate in Ministry, Brenda Tibbetts will officiate. Inurnment will be
in the Alango Township Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook.
Saarikoski, 62, of Gheen, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at the
Cook Hospital. Donna was born January 30, 1943 at Hibbing , the daughter of
William 53, 1961 and Inez 55, 1967
(Lagerquist) Odella. She grew up in Gheen and went to school in Orr. She
married Leonard Saarikoski on Sept. 12, 1958 at Bear River.
Donna and Leonard
raised five wonderful daughters. After the girls grew up, she was employed
at the Cook Hospital and retired in the fall of 2004. Donna was a wonderful
Mother and Grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. She also
enjoyed gardening, fishing and going to casinos.
Survivors include her husband of almost 47 years Leonard of Gheen, five
daughters; Tami (Wesley) Johnson of Orr, Toni (Curt) Sheehy of Greaney,
Trudy (Bill) Skubic of Chisholm, Terre' Saarikoski of Gilbert, and Tracy
(Todd) Wuori of Buck Lake. One sister: Jean (Tom) Novak of Hoyt Lakes. four
brothers; Gilbert (Patti Himango) Odella of Gheen, Rodney (Judy Flake)
Odella of Minneapolis, Mark (Karyn) Odella, and Larry Odella both of
Virginia. eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren; Savannah Johnson,
Reilee Mancina and Nia Moni Rose Kingbird, along with two special friends
Kathy Tupy And Joyce Holman, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends..
She was preceded in death by her parents.
will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook. Rev.
Melissa Stoller and Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiants. Visitation
will be Monday from 6-8 pm at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will
continue for 1 hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be
in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.
61, of Maple Grove, formerly of Britt died Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at
North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, MN. Visitation will be one hour
prior to the 3:00 P.M. Memorial Service on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at the
Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Carolyn was born on June 16, 1944 to Elmer & Marjorie (Bolster) Snell in
Seattle, WA. She graduated from the Cook High School. Carolyn was united in
marriage to Merwyn Metsa in 1964. They lived in Britt for 30 years until
they relocated in 1998 to Maple Grove to be near family. She was full of
love and laughter and will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Carolyn was
preceded in death by her father, Elmer who died on June 10, 1978 at the age
of 58. Merwyn's parents were William 59, 1971 & Martha
85, 2001 (Hannula) Metsa owned Metsa's cabin court in
Cook which is now the Vermilion Motel and Country Store.
Survivors include: Husband: Merwyn of Maple Grove, Son: Tom (Lisa) Metsa of
Delafield, WI, Daughter: Tami (Tom) Metsa Shustarich of St. Michael, Mn,
Grandchildren: Meggan & Tyler Shustarich of St. Michael, Mn Zachary &
Matthew Metsa of Delafield, WI., Mother: Marjorie (Bolster, Snell) Storm of
Cook, Sister: Shirley Snell – Storm of St. Paul, MN. Two Brothers: Jack
(Vicki Wolverton) Snell of Cook, Don (Donna) Snell of Loveland, Co.,
Brother-in-law: Mick (Laurie) Metsa of Hermantown, Several Nieces & Nephews.
Aaron Walter Hall
88, of Cook died Monday, July 18, 2005 at the Cook Community Hospital
after a courageous six-year battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 6-8
P.M. on Friday, July 22, 2005 at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at the
Cook Cemetery. Rev. Rueben Rosnau will officiate. Military rites will be
accorded by the Cook VFW Post #1757. Because of his love of country and
never-ending affiliations with veterans & their organizations, in lieu of
flowers, memorials are preferred to the VFW Post #1757.
Aaron was born on December 27, 1916 at Lake Vermilion, Cook, the youngest
son of Ted and Nettie (Lamar) Hall. He attended school in Cook before the
family moved to Virginia where he was a graduate of Roosevelt High School
class of 1936. Following high school he operated and managed movie theaters
with his brother, Thomas in Buhl and Carlton.
He was a veteran
of the US Army serving from 1942 until 1946 in the 440th Signal Battalion at
New Guinea, the Philippines & Okinawa. He was honorably discharged at Camp
McCoy, Wisconsin in 1946. Aaron returned to Cook and was employed at the
Northern Farmer's Co-op and later worked for Range Cooperatives as a fuel
He was united in
marriage to Dorothy Lucille Erickson on December 6, 1952 in Virginia.
Together they traveled extensively throughout the 20 years of their marriage
until her death in 1972. Upon his retirement in 1974 he continued to travel,
wintering with his brother, Thomas or son, Larry in Albuquerque, NM and
Corpus Christi, Texas
Aaron was an
honest, kind, generous man who loved people and especially supported his
many friends and family in Cook, Lake Vermilion and the surrounding areas.
He was a former Boy Scout and Scout leader and deacon of 1st Congregational
Church of Cook. Aaron was a longtime member of the Cook Volunteer Fire Dept.
and loyal member of the VFW Post 1757 of Cook. He was welcomed at VFW &
American Legion Posts throughout the US. His superb memory recalled many
people, places and events and he was considered a living historian on the
Cook area. He will always be remembered fondly by his family, friends and
preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, infant son, Kenneth Earl
Hall in 1953, sisters, Mary Lounds, Hallie Steiger, brothers Tedford "Hoot"
Hall & Thomas Hall.
Survivors include: one son: Larry Bialke of Virginia, three Granddaughters: Mindy Bialke of Virginia,
Brynn (Marcus) Fischer of St. Joseph, Mo., Casey Liljeblom of Gunnison, Co.,
Grandson Aaron Bialke of Virginia. One sister: Helen Marturano of Two
Harbors, Mn and numerous Nieces & Nephews.
Toivola, 91, of Orr, Mn passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2005, at the Cook
Hospital. She was born June 25, 1914, at Orr, Mn, the daughter of John and
Mary (Luomala) Jyrkinen. She grew up at Myrtle Lake. Ailie's first husband
Neilo Pentilla died in September of 1939. She then married Martin Toivola on
July 14, 1945 at Virginia, MN.
marriage they moved to Hibbing for 1 year. Then back to Orr until 1967.
Ailie and her husband moved to Eugene Oregon for 10 years then moved back to
Orr. Ailie was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and the American Legion
Auxiliary of Orr. She also enjoyed reading and going with her daughter Alice
and her husband Harold to Sunday night dance group in Virginia. Ailie
especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren and
great-grandchildren and they never left her house without a hug from
Survivors include her daughters Delores Zika of Cook, Alice (Harold)
Antikainen of Orr and Diana (Grover) Gillespie of Orr. Sisters; Vienna
Carlson of Hibbing, and Ida (Trenton "Bud" 79, 2001)
Fry of Orr. 18 Grandchildren, 38-Great-grandchildren and
She was preceded in death by her parents, her 1st husband Neilo in September
17,1939, her 2nd husband Martin on July 5, 1993, 1-daughter Beverly
Scheuring on March 12, 1997, 2-sons-in-law; Larry A. Zika Sr. on July
12, 1995 and Richard Scheuring on May 14, 1998, and 2-
brothers Toivo Jyrkinen, 43, 1955 and Tauno Jyrkinen
Memorial service 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Lutheran Church of Orr. Rev. David
Solberg will be the officiant. Gathering of family and friends will be 1
hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Leiding
Cemetery of Orr. Funeral arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home of
McCue, 69, of Bear River, MN passed away Monday, July 11, 2005, at her
home, with her family by her side. She was born August 14, 1935 on the
family farm in Brooks, Mn, the daughter of Ralph and Eva (Sauve) Barrow. In
1937, the family moved to Effie, where she grew up and attended the Effie
Elementary School and graduated from the Bigfork High School in 1953.
Lila was united
in marriage to Donald C. McCue on September 11, 1954 at the Bear River
Lutheran Church . Lila was a homemaker and also worked as a teacher's aid at
the Bear River School for 10 years. She enjoyed quilting and knitting. She
made special quilts for all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Spending time with her family was most important to her. Lila was a member
of the Bear River Lutheran Church, it's ladies aid and the Red Hats of Bear
Survivors include her children; Ron (Janean) McCue of Side Lake, Dennis
McCue of Minneapolis, Jim McCue of Bear River, Josie (Alan) Krueger of Togo
and Eva (Elliot) Hannine of Linden Grove. Brothers; Richard (Evelyn) Barrow
of Effie, Duane (Ann) Barrow of Grand Rapids and Ralph (Kathy) Barrow of
Anchorage, Alaska. Sisters: Alice (Wayne) Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada and
Phyllis Rich of Effie, 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on April 11,
2000 at the age of 70 and a granddaughter Tiffany Hannine on January 8, 1988
at a year and a half of age.
SERVICES: Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at Bear River Lutheran Church of Bear
River. Pastor LeRoy Holmes will be the officiant. Visitation will be 6 to 8
p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and 1 hour prior to the
service at the church. The casket bearers will be her grandchildren: Krista
Lane, Tanner Schall, Kylah Schall, Christopher Hannine, Trevor Schall, Shawn
Hannine, Shane McCue, and Taryn McCue. Interment will be in the Morcom
Township Cemetery in Bear River.
James, 74 of Brooklyn Park, passed away July 8, 2005. Preceded in
death by wife, Rosemarie; siblings, Marie, John, Rose, Bess, Evelyn,
Edward and Libby. Survived by brother,
Silver Bay, MN; sister, Regina Champa of Placerville, CA; many loving
nieces, nephews and relatives. James was a SSGT in the USAF and a member
of the American Legion Westphal Post 251. He was also one of the
founders of the Beaver Brook Sportmans Club in Blaine. James was an avid
outdoorsman, gardener, and supplier of fresh vegetables to many. He was
loved by all.
service Wed. July 13, 11 AM Kapapla- Glodek-Malone, 7800 Bass Lake Rd.,
New Hope. Visitation Tuesday, July 12, 6-8 PM and 1 hour prior to the
service at the funeral home. Interment with military honors at Glen
Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to
donor's choice. KAPALA-GLODEK MALONE 763-535-4112
Gerri Araminta (nee Peil) Burd, 74, of North
Manchester, Ind., passed away with her family surrounding her at 10:30 p.m.
on Monday, July 4, 2005, at her residence in North Manchester, of an
aggressive cancer after surgery March 17, 2005. She loved the Lord Jesus
Christ as her Savior as she survived 18 major surgeries in her life,
beginning with open heart surgery in 1951, when that surgical procedure was
in its infancy. She served Him in gladness.
She was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Tower, to John and Mintie
(Kitto) Peil. She was married on June 10, 1955, and was the loving wife of
the Rev. William F. Burd, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on June
She was educated at Northwestern School in Minneapolis,
Minn., during the time Billy Graham was president of the school. She went to
Whitworth College in Spokane, where Bill and Gerri met and married in that
Gerri received her bachelor’s degree in education at
Huntington College and her master’s degree at Indiana University-Kokomo,
Ind. She taught elementary education at W.C. Mills School in Wabash, Ind.,
and also in the Oswego School System near Aurora, Ill.
She served as the medical records review coordinator and
medical librarian for the Physician’s Study Area at Holland Hospital in
Holland, Mich. She had also served two churches in Mountain Iron and
Virginia as a youth director. Then she became staff at The Navigators in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gerri lived two years in Kosciusko County, Ind.; and 10
years in Wabash County, Ind.
She was a true
Proverbs 31 woman, who ""took care of her household while arising early in
the morning."" She bought and sold real estate by her own abilities and saw
that it was profitable. Her husband had full confidence in her and her lamp
does not go out at night. Among other attributes too numerous to mention,
she never ate the bread of idleness.
Gerri served as helpmate to Bill, her husband, in all of
his churches. She had a God-given gift of serving and used that gift of
serving and love jealously, in the best sense of the word, with her family.
Gerri was much loved for using her gift freely and without complaint by all
who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. William F. Burd
of North Manchester, Ind.; daughter, Chayris I. Burd of Los Angeles, Calif.;
son, James S. (Linda) Burd of North Manchester, Ind.; three grandchildren,
Christie Burd (age 12), Jonathan Burd (age 10) and Lilie Burd (age 7); a
brother, Raymond Peil of Tower; and a sister, Pauline Housenga of Holland,
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one
brother, Richard Peil.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on July 13 at
St. James Presbyterian Church in Tower. The Rev. Bill Evans and the Rev.
Bill Kuale will officiate. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
An earlier service will also be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warsaw
Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 High St., Warsaw, Ind., 46580. The Rev.
Ron Horgan will officiate.
Memorials may be sent to Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian
Church; the Wabash Presbyterian Church at 123 West Hill St., Wabash, Ind.,
46992; the St. James Presbyterian Church at 302 Spruce St., Tower, Minn.,
55790; the Wabash-Miami Home Health Care and Hospice, 710 N. East St.,
Wabash, Ind., 46992; the American Cancer Society of Kosciusko County, P.O.
Box 1386, Warsaw, Ind., 46581-1386, or to a church of choice. Arrangements
are with Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, Ind
Bill & Gerri have a cabin on Lake Vermilion and spent
time at Cook during the summers