2005 Obituaries

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Charlotte L. Aagard 70, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away June 30th, 2005 at Methodist Hospital Hospice after battling cancer for 1½½ years. She was a resident of Chanhassen, Minn. Charlotte Lorraine Francis was born on Feb. 5th 1935 in Biwabik, Minn. to Myrtle and George Francis of Cook, Minn. Charlotte graduated from Cook High School in 1953. She is a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business and attended the University of Minnesota. In 1957 Charlotte was united in marriage to Elmer R. Aagard March 2, 1957 in Virginia Mn. One of the hobbies she enjoyed was collecting antique dolls and toys.

 

She is survived by her husband Elmer R. Aagard of Chanhassen, Minnesota. One daughter Pamela Hoffman, one granddaughter Courtney Hoffman and one grandson Nathan Hoffman all of Oakland, California. 'Mittens' & 'Tom', two loving felines. Plus many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents George 81, 1965 & Myrtle 90, 1989 Francis. Two brothers; George 49, 1973 (Betty 47, 1976) Francis, Robert Francis 67, 1998, two sisters; Marion 69, 1992 (Carl) Pelto, Helen 77, 2003 (John) Erkkila.

 

In accordance with Charlotte's wishes there will be no reviewal or services. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society, Development Office, 845 Meadow Lane North, Golden Valley, MN 55422. Huber Funeral Homes Excelsior Chapel 952-474-9595

 

 

 

 
 

Lynnette Joyce Lehman McWilliams, 62, of Kremmling, Co passed away on June 29, 2005 after a 7 year battle with ovarian cancer. Lynnette was born June 3, 1943 in Virginia, MN.

 

She married Archie McWilliams on June 27, 1964. They lived several places in the upper midwest and southeast before moving to Colorado. She is survived by her husband Archie McWilliams; three sons, Archie (Ginny) McWilliams Jr., of Smithfield, Ut, John (LaRee) McWilliams and David (Heather) McWilliams, both of Denver, Co; 8 grandchildren, Travis, Nicole Marie, Dustin McWilliams; Johnathan, Nichole, Alyssia McWilliams, Steven and Jacob Pearce; parents Leonard and Madeline Lehman of Northglenn, Co (originally from the Greaney area); brother Lee (Sylvia) Lehman of Hibbing, MN; sisters Beverly Lehman of Westminster, Co and Yvonne Lehman of Northglenn, Co; sister-in-law Georgia (Bob) Skorseth of Las Vegas, Nv; numerous aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

 

Lynette was preceded in death by her grandparents George and Sylvia Eddy of Silverdale, MN. Lynnette was a caring and loving wife and mother. This terrible disease took her life but not her spirit, and she was an inspiration to her family and friends. She was amazingly cheerful through all her suffering. She was thankful for a wonderful life and loving family. She enjoyed genealogy, flower arranging, gardening and crafts. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9th at 2 pm at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Northglenn, CO. The family prefers contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Information sent by sister Beverly Lehman, 

 
 

Roger Herbert 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.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 
 
 
 

Rea Pattenn 72 of Orr passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at her residence following a lengthy illness.  She was born Beatrice Margaret Novak on September 20, 1932 in Duluth, to Frank and Margaret (Ward) Novak and grew up there.

 

Rae was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cook and was the owner/operator of a books store in Mishawaka, Indiana for 7 years. Rea loved to raise flowers, knit and read a good mystery and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

Survivors include her husband Brae Pattenn of Orr. 6 children, Michael (Sandra) Christensen of Cook, Kathie (Dale) Gustafson of Cook, Mary Lohn of Gheen, Joseph Christensen of Cook, Patrick (Anne) Christensen of Orr and Ann (Dane) Frances of Cook. 4 step children, Timon (Janice) Pattenn of Yorktown, Virginia, Tyae Pattenn of Orr, Tara (Al) Monk of Cook and Torasie Patten-Fratzke of Orr. 19 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and 1 sister Margaret Sweet of Babbitt, Mn.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; 1 grand-daughter Kristen Gustafson 16, 2000 and a son-in-law, Lewis Lohn  64, 2005.

 

Memorial Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cook with Pastors Randy Reed and John Weiburge officiating. Burial will be in the Leding Cemetery in Orr. Arrangements are by the landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 
 

 

Corrine S. Spector, 63, of Cook, died on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, due to complications related to cardiomyopathy.  Ms. Spector was born on September 23, 1941, at her grandparents' farm in Sioux Agency Township, Echo, Minnesota. She was the tenth of the thirteen children of Mildred (Aarseth) and Lawrence Slettedahl. She graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1959 and St. Cloud State College in 1963. She later obtained her Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in American Indian education in 1977 and completed her Sixth Year Certification in Administration in 1985, both at UMD.

Corrine taught English at Roosevelt High School in Virginia, MN. in 1965 to 68 and was employed by the St. Louis County Schools from 1969-1995. She taught English and speech at Orr High School and Cherry High School and coached competitive speech, was a yearbook advisor, class play advisor and homeroom advisor for many of "her kids."

She found her students to be a source of endless joy and was so very proud of all of her "kids." She tried to govern her life by two quotes: "Whatever is, is right." (Alexander Pope, English poet and essayist) and "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." (Often attributed to Confucius.)

Corrine was the first female secondary school principal hired by IDS 2142 (then ISD 710) and served in that capacity in AlBrook High School, Orr High School, Cook High School and returned to AlBrook in 1992. She was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 1994 and was placed on full-term disability in 1995.

During her educational career, she was active in the local, regional and state level of professional organizations such as the MEA and served as president of the St. Louis County Secondary School Principals, serving as the secretary-treasurer of the Northeastern Division and was also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. She was one of twenty-eight Minnesota principals selected as a Bush Fellow in the Bush Principals Leadership Program V for 1990-1992.

Her hobbies and interests included canoeing, fishing, small game hunting, reading, writing, flower gardening, genealogy and photography. Although not a native of Northeastern Minnesota, she became thoroughly at home among the rivers, rocks, lakes and forests.

Corrine was an active and dedicated member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, having served on its church council, including vice-president in 2004, and being church historian and on the building and grounds committee, and in WELCA.. She belongs to the Red Hat Society, Cook Garden Club, "Rappers and Readers" Group, Sons of Norway, and MENSA.

She is survived by a son, Jonathan (Julie) Spector of Chisholm, ; a daughter, Cassandra Bevin Spector of Hibbing, ; 4 Grandchildren, Jordan David Spector, Jennifer Karine Spector, Jared Lars Spector, and Reghan Jamisen Berg,; 3 brothers, Robert (Karla) Slettedahl of Granite Falls, MN., George (Linda) Slettedahl of Cottonwood, MN., and David (Carol) Slettedahl of Wood Lake, MN., ; 4 sisters, Shirley Lecy of Granite Falls, MN., Mildred (Ordean) Bruss of Roseville, MN., Barbara Gertsema of Columbia Heights, MN., and Lorraine (David) Thompson of Rapid City, South Dakota,; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, along with her beloved pets: Maggie, Polly, Fannie, and Phoebe.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 5 brothers, Kenneth, Lawrence Jr., James, Dale, and Lars Slettedahl, and a brother-in-law, Lawrence Lecy.

 

SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. As Corrine wished, there will be no reviewal, but family will be greeting her friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Dennis Paulson will be the officiant. Kathy Forsline will be the soloist and Brenda Tibbetts the organist. Interment will be in the Echo Community Cemetery, Echo, Minnesota. Memorials are preferred either to the Trinity Lutheran Church Flower Fund or to the Cook Public Library.

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel "Dan" R. Persich, 84, longtime resident of Greaney, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. He was born on the family homestead in Greaney on April 18, 1921, the son of Vincent and Anna (Shute) Persich. Dan grew up and lived most of his life on the family homestead. He graduated from Orr High School, then worked in the woods for his uncle, Vince Shute. He left for Oregon and worked with his brother John. Dan is a Army veteran of World War 11., serving nearly 4 years, including Northern France. After his tour of duty, he returned to Greaney, and was employed for 35 years as a heavy equipment operator for St. Louis County. He was a longtime member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Greaney, then belonged to St. Mary's Catholic Church upon its merger. Dan was a life member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and had a great love for God and country. In earlier years he had been a gunsmith, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by 6 nieces and nephews: Gary Brentano of Portland, OR., Edward (Marilee) Deegan of Flagstaff, AZ., Monica (Charles) Stefan of Kearney, NB., Anne (Dale) Pering of Chulavisto, CA., Sharon Persich of Madison, WI., and Mary (Terry) Patrick of Medford, WI., along with special caring friend, Violet Hall of Greaney.

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, William "Bill" and John Persich; and 3 sisters, Olga "Ollie" Brentano, Ann "Annie" Deegan, and Julia Persich.
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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Bridget's Cemetery in Greaney. 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. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

Mary Szymanski Lakmann, 91, a longtime resident of Virginia, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, at the Cook Community Nursing Home.

 

She was born June 7, 1914, in Virginia, the daughter of Joseph and Florence (Paszak) Szymanski. She married James J. ""Jim"" Lakmann on Aug. 8, 1937, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mary was an active member of St. John’’s and was proud of her Polish heritage. With the formation of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, singing in the funeral choir and volunteering as a pastie maker became her favorite church activities. Being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were her top priorities. She loved being a homemaker and enjoyed family get-togethers.

 

Mary is survived by her son, James (Rita) Lakmann Jr., of Cook; grandchildren, Michael J. (Kim) Lakmann of Sartell, Christine Lobo of Santa Monica, Calif., and Mark (Beth) Lakmann of Onalaska, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Lexie, Andy and Sammie; sisters, Florence (Ron) DesMarais of Sartell and Elizabeth Voss of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim, in 2003; an infant daughter; sister, Theresa Anderson; brother, Frank Symanski; and brothers-in-law, Orlo Anderson and Bill Voss.

 

Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, with the Rev. John O’’Donnell as celebrant. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a remembrance of Mary online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

Rueben G. Schulze, 72, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, died Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 2, 1932, in Owen, Wis., to Elroy 73, 1977 and Freada 90, 1990 (Hoffman) Schulze. He was employed by Virginia Ready Mix and Mining Services, both of Virginia. He also did carpentry work as a hobby after his retirement. Rueben was a member of the Sportsman’s Club of Lake Vermilion and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

 
Survivors include his wife, “Pat,’’ whom he married in 1979; two daughters, Darlene (Bob) Putruska of Aurora and Colleen (Dennis) Briski of Iron; four grandchildren, Travis, Dana, Seth and Miranda; two great-grandchildren; and an extended family; two sisters, Janet (Urho 72, 1980) Boutto of Gheen and Viola Anderson of Abbotsford, Wis.; one brother, Clifford (Carol) Schulze of Cook; and numerous nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Roy 58, 1999 (Shirley Johnson, 50, 1995) Schulze.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be held at 4:30 p.m. Monday at Greenwood Town Hall at Lake Vermilion, Tower.

 
Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

 

 

Elizabeth J. “Betty’’ Naughton, 84, of Cook, died Thursday, June 9, 2005, at her home on Lake Vermilion. She was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., to Ronald K. and Helen J. Winans. She married Arthur W. Naughton on Feb. 3, 1940, in Hannibal, Mo. They moved their family to Lake Vermilion, Cook, in 1960 because of their love for northern Minnesota.

 

She loved to fish and hunt, enjoyed playing cards with her card clubs, especially bridge and pinochle, and playing golf. Betty and Art owned and operated Naughton’s Wakemup Bay Resort until they retired in 1984, when they summered at the lake and wintered in Naples, Fla. They had celebrated 60 years of marriage in February 2000.

 

She was past president of the Lake Vermilion Resort Association, past president of Vermilion Fairways Ladies League, charter member of Vermilion Fairways, Red Cross volunteer, member of the Cook Garden Club and a mentor for third graders in Naples, Fla. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, both in Cook and Naples.

 

Betty had many talents. She loved to paint and did beautiful paintings of areas of Lake Vermilion and Florida in watercolors. She analyzed and shared the Bible with many people. She loved to read, especially the Bible, and was very active in Bible study groups in both of her churches, Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and Marco Lutheran Church of Marco Island, Fla. She was an honorary member of Trinity’s Befrienders Ministry. She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved being surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Patti) Naughton and Patrick (Michelle) Naughton, both of Lake Vermilion, Cook; four grandchildren, Kelly (Matt) Lastovich of Side Lake, Laurie Naughton of Coon Rapids, Erin (Noah) Naughton-Garrison of Duluth and Jim Naughton of Coon Rapids; eight great-grandchildren, Alexander, Gabriel, Jacob, Noah, Gracie, Moses, Sage and Indigo; a sister, Nancy Lueke of St. Louis, Mo.; and nephews, Kevin, Keith and Ken Lueke.

 

She will be sadly missed by her family, many friends and neighbors.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Art, in 2000.

 

Funeral service at 4 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, with the Rev. Dennis Paulson officiating. Visitation for one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church building fund. Arrangements are by Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

 

 

Frank John Pliml 90, of Cook, died Sunday June 5, 2005 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He was born on July 12, 1914, at Virginia, the son of Frank Sr. and Antonia (Halulek), Pliml, and  grew up in Greaney. 

 

Frank served  in Europe and North Africa with U.S. Army during World War II., receiving a bronze star and other assorted medals.  While in the service, he married Vivian M. Champa on March 8, 1943, at Ft. Riley, Kansas. Vivian was the daughter of Louis and Mary (Rom) Champa.  

 

After his tour of duty, the couple settled in Cook. Frank and Vivian owned and operated Cook Radio and Electric Company for many years. The company fixed and sold electrical appliances, along with wiring projects.  They later started the Handy Wash Laundromat in Cook, and between the two , were in business from 1946 to 1972.  Frank was a founding member of the Vermilion Fairways Golf Course in Cook, and was a lifetime member.  He belonged to  the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 in Cook. 

 

Frank enjoyed good health throughout his life, and hiked into and out of the Grand Canyon at the age of 80, and canoed and camped in recent years.   He enjoyed bowling, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed picking wild berries.  Frank wintered at Apache Junction, Arizona for 27 years, most of them with Vivian, until her death in 1992.

 

Frank is preceded in death by his wife Vivian on October 4, 1992,; 1 sister, Antonia Pliml,; 1 brother James Pliml,;1 sister-in-law, Evelyn Pliml, and 2 brothers-in-law, Jim Namchek and Bill Franklin.

 

He is survived by five sons, Richard (Susan) of Burnsville, Mn., Frank “Buzz” III. (Geraldine Polasky) of Greaney, John (Sukenya) of Shalimar, Fl., Michael (Kris) of Inver Grove Heights, Mn., and George (Robin) of Cook,; 2 daughters, Mary Lou (Terry) Germ of Duluth, and Roseanne (Walter) Anderson of Moose Lake,; 3 brothers, George Pliml of Cook, Anthony (Carol) Pliml of Cicero, Ill, and John Pliml of Duluth,; 2 sisters, Lillian Namchek of Eveleth, and Helen “Betty” Franklin of Chicago, Ill.,; special niece, Janet (George) McDowell of Duluth, along with 13 Grandchildren, and 9 Great Grandchildren.

 

Mass of Christian burial will be at 1100 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney.  Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook with a wake prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the Mass at the church.  The casket bearers will be Frank’s Grandsons: Joseph Germ, Erik Anderson, and Louis, Matthew, Andrew, Jack, and Paul Pliml.  Interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and the Orr American Legion Post #480.

 

A luncheon will follow at the Social Hall of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.

 

 

 

 

 

Axel Dean Hinrichs, 2, of Virginia, died Monday, May 30, 2005, at his home, due to complications of melanoma. He was born May 22, 2003, in LaCrosse, Wis., to Scott and Tina (Koivisto) Hinrichs. He was dedicated to God at the River of Life Assembly of God Church in Onalaska, Wis. Axel was an active two-year-old who enjoyed playing ball and fishing.

 

He is survived by his parents, Scott and Tina Hinrichs of Virginia; sister, Emma Hinrichs, at home; maternal grandparents, Jerad and Winifred Koivisto of Embarrass; paternal grandparents, Stephen and Beverly Hinrichs of Angora; maternal great-grandparents, Wilner and Freda Solmonson of Roseau; paternal great-grandmother, Hulda Sigerud of Thief River Falls; aunts and uncles, Chad Hinrichs, Lance (Rochelle) Hinrichs, Amanda Koivisto and Nikki Vejtasa; and four cousins, Willa, Mataya, Courtney and Brianna

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the True Hope Fellowship Church, formerly the Virginia Assembly of God Church. The Rev. Timothy Pomp and the Rev. Ben Morgan will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Gilbert Cemetery. Arrangements are by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.

 

 

 

Robert  LanceLanny” Moline, 60, of Cook, died unexpectedly of heart failure at his home on May 27, 2005.  He was born on August 16, 1944, at Glendive, Montana, the son of Bob and Eula (Morgan) Moline.  He grew up in Laurel, Montana, graduating form high school in 1963.  He graduated  from Montana State University at Bozeman, Montana, in 1968, earning degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.  He married Judy O’Donnell on December 16, 1967, at Laurel.  They moved to St. Paul, where he was employed by 3M Company for 28 years.  He took a position as Vice President of Manufacturing with Skyline Displays in 1997, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.  

 

Lanny lived life to the fullest at every opportunity, enthusiastically  looking for “adventures” and interesting things to learn.  He loved nature, fishing, grouse hunting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and recently took up curling.  He became an accomplished woodworker, birdhouse builder, author (editor of the monthly Moline Chronicle, part truth and part embellished  fiction) and constantly sought out the history of the areas he visited.  His daughters were his pride and joy and he was an extraordinary husband.  Lanny made everyone he met feel important and his positive, go-for-it attitude will be greatly, greatly missed.

 

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and their 2 daughters, Angie Moline of Ft. Collins, Colo. And Erin Moline of Mpls., Mn., and many caring friends.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, and will continue for one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be: Jim Mueller, Mike Denoma, Ron Keller, Don Kishel, Dave Schwartz,  Jeff O’Donnell, and Doug Walesheck.   Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. A celebration of Lanny’s life will also take place at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Lake Mortuary, 4738 Bald Eagle Ave., at  White Bear Lake. 

 

 

 

Longtime Crane Lake resident, Carl Lewis "Lew" Wheeler passed away on May 23, 2005, at his home. He was 93 years old. He was born at Columbus, Ohio on June 22, 1911, and grew up with a love for the outdoors - fishing, trapping, and hunting. In 1932, he homesteaded in Buyck, and then headed to Alaska, where he worked in the gold mines. He returned to Buyck, and started a dog team and built the Arctic Kennels. He raced the dog team and participated in many events, including the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Lew served in the U.S. Army during World War 11. He was inducted along with his dog team. They went on search and rescue missions together. Lew worked as a fishing guide throughout the border lakes. Later he learned to fly an airplane and got his commercial license that was valid for the United States and Canada. He was employed as a bush pilot from 1954 to 1959, and from 1965 to 1976 - flying fisherman and freight into Canada. He was united in marriage to Linda Gravel on October 10, 1955, at the Crane Lake Chapel. In 1958 he and Linda built Wheeler's Trailer Camp on the south shore of Crane Lake, a business they operated until 1983.


Lew's lifelong passions including flying, fishing, trapping, hunting, and photography. He was a loving and loyal husband and father, teaching his wife and daughter much about the outdoors.


He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Linda; daughter Carla Wheeler of Redlands, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by two sisters, Leota Marion and Mildred Leist and a brother, Robert C. Wheeler.

 

Graveside services were held at 1:00 p.m. Friday (May 27th) at the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. Pastor Ruth Gangloff was the officiant. Memorials of the donor's choice are preferred. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max E. Gould, 88, of Marshalltown, died May 12, 2005, at the Iowa Veterans Home, where he had been a resident for a short time.

 

Max is survived by a daughter Helen Schmidt; three grandchildren, Stephen (Susan) Schmidt, Nick (Cynthia) Schmidt and Suzette (Daniel) Malasko; eight great grandchildren, Stephanie Schmidt, Elisabeth Malasko, Leah Malasko, Aubrey Schmidt, Jayne Malasko, Ashley Schmidt and Stephen H.K. Schmidt; and a number of family members in the Marshalltown area.

 

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife Olga Yankovich Gould; a son-in-law D. Gene Schmidt; and a granddaughter Jayne Marie Schmidt.

 

Memorial services are set for 3:45 p.m. Sunday at the Iowa Veterans Home Chapel, with Chaplain Angela Doty officiating. Burial of his remains will be at a later date near Lake Vermillion, in Cook, Minn. Estel Perrin Avey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Marianne (Hoffer) King, 74, of Virginia died Monday, May 16, 2005, in the Virginia Regional Medical Center in Virginia. She was born July 2, 1930, in Virginia to Walter and Margaret Violet (Lund) Hoffer. She attended school in Orr and in 1946 married Warren King. They spent most of  their lives in Orr and during that time, Marianne worked for the Orr Cafe, the Cabin-O-Pines Resort and Bowsers on Crane Lake. Later, she moved to Virginia, attended Mesabi College for one year and worked as a supervisor for the Senior Center.


She enjoyed crocheting, working crossword puzzles, time at the lake and gardening. She especially enjoyed  spending time with her family.
 

Survivors include her children, Terry (Onalie) King of  Britt, Susan (Mark) Pluskwik of Virginia, Margaret King of Cloquet, Rocky (Glory) King of Cook, Kathy (Dr. James) Farnham of Chisholm and Robin (Jack Baratto) King of Hibbing; a sister, Betty Daniels, of Seattle, Wash.; a brother, John “Jack’’ Hoffer, of Provo, Utah; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one expected great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; and two grandchildren, Elias Quentin Swanberg and McKayla Dawn King.

 

Marianne (Hoffer) King, 74, Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Orr American Legion Post. Pastor Ruth Gangloff will officiate. Visitation one hour prior to service. Cremation will follow the service with burial at a later date in the Leiding Cemetery in Orr. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert. 

 

 

 

 

Helen Christine Sorenson, 69, of Gheen, Minn. died suddenly May 10, 2005 at Cook Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 4, 1935 in St. Paul to Earl and Mary Paulson. Helen was united in marriage to Donald Sorenson Aug. 21, 1954. She graduated from Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., in 1981.

 

Helen enjoyed sewing, shopping and her cats. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; daughter, Julie; and sister, Phyllis.

 

Helen is survived by her son, James (Marilyn) Sorenson of Cloquet; daughters, Mary (Clifford) Shermer of Gheen and Chris (Ted) Shelton of Billings, Mont.; grandchildren, Jeni, Becky, Lisa, Lindsey, Donald, Kelly, Amy, Andy and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Kayla, James, Bryan, D'Angelo, and Kaylee; sisters, Marilyn Erickson, Delores Gergen; brothers, Earl Paulson and Richard Paulson; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

MEMORIAL SERVICE:1 p.m. Saturday May 14, 2005 in the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel, 4343 Nicollet Ave. South, Minneapolis. Services entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.

 

 

 

Graveside services for Jerome "Jerry" Peppito, 68, of Beaverton, Oregon, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2005, at the Willow Valley Cemetery. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the officiant.

Jerry died March 28, 2005 in Oregon. He was born at Brooklyn, New York, on April 7, 1936. He lived in Beaverton, Oregon the past 10 years, moving from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He was an industrial engineer for Rockwell International (now Boeing) for 28 years in Tulsa. He was a veteran of Air Force, and active in the church choir at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton. He also volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program.
He was loved by all who knew him. He was always there with a helping hand to anyone who needed it. Jerry loved to dance and was well known for his sense of humor and quick wit. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Bergman, 3 daughters, Ann Swift, Mary Howell, and Julie Kendall; 2 brothers, Joseph and Vincent Peppito,; 2 grandchildren, Kelly and Molly, along with nieces, nephews, and many caring friends.
Local arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

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Orville A. Schwarz, 78, of Orr, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 8, 2005, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 7, 1927, at Fulda, Minnesota, the son of Carl and Anna (Gehl) Schwarz. He grew up in Fulda, and served in the U.S. Army during World War 11.


He was united in marriage to Lola F. Knorr in Fulda on December 25, 1949. The couple lived in Fulda for 5 years after their marriage, then in Alborn for 4 ½ years, and moved to Orr in 1957, where they have since resided. Orville was a Department of Natural Resources Forester for 38 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, and a 47 year member of its choir. He belonged to the Orr American Legion Post #480, and the Orr Volunteer Fire Department for over 40 years, and had served on the Board of Directors of the Vermilion Fairways Golf Course in Cook. He was an avid deer hunter, golfer, and card player- especially pinochle.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lola,; 1 son, Jim (Pauline) of Superior, Wis., 2 daughters, Terri (Rick) Popovich of Duluth, and Julie (Wayne) Morgan of Orr,; 2 brothers, Ivan of Omaha, Neb., and Gerald of Fulda, Mn.,; 6 Grandchidlren: Travis and Nicholas Morgan, Cody and Reanna Popovich, and Addison and McKenzie Schwarz, along with nieces, nephews, and many caring friends.

He is preceded in death by a stillborn daughter in 1952, and 1 sister, Elaine Barr. .
 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. H. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Prairie Hill Cemetery of Fulda, Minn. Military rites will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 of Cook. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

 

Marty F. Novak, 73, of Orr, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 7, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. He was born in Gheen on September 20, 1931, the son of Martin and Frances (Friend) Novak. He was a lifelong resident of the Gheen and Orr area. Marty married Fran Hoffer on January 24, 1953, in Virginia. He worked in construction for Ulland Brothers, and Bechtel Contractors, and also for Hanna Mining. He and his brother Bernie were partners in logging for many years. The family had many good memories, especially when fishing, hunting, and they fondly remember him as a wonderful husband, and devoted father and grandfather. He was sexton and caretaker of the Leiding Cemetery, and worked tirelessly to make it a beautiful resting place. He and Fran's gardens are legendary, as was his well groomed yard.

He is survived by his wife, Fran; 3 sons, John (Debbie) of Orr, Mark (Ronette) of Gheen, and Kent (Elaine Holden) of Orr,; 1 daughter, Sunny Novak of Orr,; 1 brother, Bernard "Bernie" (Barbara) Novak of Gheen,; 1 sister, Frances "Babe" (Virgil) Brisk of Little Falls, Mn., 3 Grandchildren, Michael, Andrea, and Ben Novak, and nieces and nephews, and many caring friends.

He is preceded in death by 2 Grandchildren, Sarah and Nicholas, who both died in infancy.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 pm. Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. Arthur Dale and Rev. David Solberg will be the officiants. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

 

 

Carole Jean Dutton Warbritton, 71, of Eveleth, formerly of Cook, died unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, May 7, 2005. Carole was born on March 22, 1934, at Crandon, Wisconsin, where she grew up and went to school. She married Irving Dutton, and after living in several areas, they settled in Bear River in 1969, then to Lake Vermilion-Cook in 1979. Carole had been living in Eveleth the past 7 years. She loved traveling, and was an avid book reader, and enjoyed rummage sales.

She is survived by her special friend, Orion Olson of Virginia,; 3 sons, Charles "Buck" (Dawn) Walker of Gheen, Robert "Joe" (fiancé Tina Lokken) Walker of Cook, and Irving Dutton II. Of Chisholm,; 3 daughters, Gloria (Edward) Dutton of Crandon, Wis., Gail Walker of Angora, and Cindy (Larry) Fiskari of Angora,; along with 13 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Irving Dutton in 1985. a granddaughter, Jessica Marie Walker and a great grandson, Ethan Daniel Walker.


Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Crandon, Wisconsin Cemetery.

 

 

Delphine Joy Bowman, age 79, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. Del was born on August 12, 1925, in Spooner, in the Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota; to the late Helge and Nellie Palmquist. She attended and graduated from Baudette High School in 1943. Among her fondest memories were growing up along the Rainy River with her parents, sisters, brother and friends in Spooner on the east side of the Village of Baudette. Beginning immediately after high school and during World War 11, Del worked as a welder building Victory Ships in the Portland, Oregon shipyards. In 1945, she married Les Bowman, also of Baudette, at the "Hitching Post Wedding Chapel" in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1945.

In the 1950's and 60's, Del and her family lived in a number of places during the post war construction boom including fifteen years in Silver Bay, Minnesota, and eventually settled in International Falls in 1969, where she made her home until her death. Although Del considered herself a homemaker, she also worked outside the home and loved her last job and Deli at Paulbeck's SuperValu grocery store.

Del was a member of the Eastern Star and for many years was active in TOPS. Del loved to cook and to make arts and crafts for her children, grandchildren and many friends.

She is survived by her husband, Les, her daughter and husband Leslie and Don Wilson of Wayzata, Mn.,; her daughter, Stephanie Bowman of Tigard, Oregon;, son Ron and wife Janet Bowman of Int'l Falls,; son Ric and wife Julie Bowman of Bemidji, Mn.; granddaughters, Noelle Pearson and Rachel Bowman, grandsons, Jason Pearson, Craig Wilson, Jacob Bowman, and Ben Bowman, great granddaughters, Vanessa Estrada, Alyssa Estrada and Braylinn Estrada, and great grandson Jake Pearson. Del is further survived by her sister Lorraine Westley of Bloomington, Mn.,', brother Ronald (Shirley) Palmquist of Wisconsin Dells, Wis.;, many nieces and nephews, and many close and caring friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by an infant son, Roland, her sister, Gloria (Harvey) Dillon, and an infant brother.

According to her detailed instructions, Del's remains will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2005, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, Mn. Rev. David Solberg will be the officiant. Inurnment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Daniel E. Morrison, 77, of Nett Lake, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. Dan was born on November 4, 1927, at Nett Lake, the son of John and Angeline (Wein) Morrsion. He grew up and lived in Nett Lake nearly all of his life. Dan graduated from Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota in 1949. He married Priscilla Donald on May 26, 1950 at Virginia. He drove school bus from 1966 to 1974. Dan served on the Bois Forte Reservation Tribal Council from 1966 to 1988, and was Chairman of the Council for 2 years. He was also involved in Tribal Government on the state level, and was secretary for the Tribal Executive Committee of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe from 1970 to 1988.


He liked sports, and was an avid supporter of his children's involvement in their school sports. Dan liked ball games, and was an outstanding ball player in his time - and was the last surviving member of the Bois Forte baseball team which played in the 1950's. He also appreciated the outdoors, and liked hunting and fishing, parching rice, watching the Vikings and boxing.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Priscilla; 3 sons, Daniel (Frances Isham) Morrison of Nett Lake, David (Teresa) Morrison Sr. of Nett Lake, and Jonathan (Cindy Hill) Morrison of Gilbert, ; 2 daughters, Terrie Morrison of Nett Lake and Wendy (Leonard Thompson Jr.) Morrison of Nett Lake; 1 brother, Floyd (Arlene) Morrison of Nett Lake,; 3 sisters, Marcella Connor and Lucille Morrison, both of Nett Lake, and Edith Villebrun of Orr; 18 Grandchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews..

He is preceded in death by his father, John in 1973, his mother, Angeline in 1983,; a son James-and his two daughters, Denise and Chris who all tragically died in a car accident in 1982,; 2 brothers, Ronald in 1933, and Joseph in 2004,; a sister, Geraldine Morrison in 1928, and a foster sister, Roseanna "Rose" Barto in 2000.
 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the Nett Lake School Gym, where visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday. Rev. Wally Olson and Rev. Kevin Lasley will be the officiants. The casket bearers will be: Corey Strong, Lewis Strong III., David Morrison Jr., Darian Morrison, Daniel J. Morrison, Travis Morrison, Kent Isham, Francis Goodsky, and Brandon Benner. The honorary bearers will be: Gary W. Donald, Eugene Boshey Sr., Doris Isham, Robert Boshey, Phyllis Boshey, Mary Strong, Norman Dechampe, Gilbert Caribou, Pete Drift Jr., Alfred Tig Pemberton, Darrell Chip Wadena, Jim Hendrickson, William Houle, Robert Peacock, Marge Anderson, Mert LaGoo, Al Thunder, Joe Day, Burdell LaRoque, Dave Danz, Bill Tibbetts, Ray Hawk, Floyd Morrison, Eric Strong, Gary Frazer, John McCarthy, Charles Holmes, Corey A., Jaylen & Sasha Strong. Aimee, Erynn, Christina, and Rachel Morrison, Gene and Hank Goodsky.

 

 Julie Whiteman will provide the music. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.


Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

 

Carl A. Brown, 93, of rural Cook died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at his residence. He was born on November 2, 1911, at Virginia, the son of Swan and Lizzie (Nevala) Brown.  He grew up on the homestead where he lived all of his life.  He married Sylvia Ojanen on June 16, 1934 in Virginia.   He and Sylvia wintered at their homes first in Arizona, them in Las Vegas for 26 years. 

 

Carl was a  self employed logger, general contractor and  stone mason from the age of 14 through 80 years old.   He was a founding member of the Cook Credit Union and still holds the number 1 share.  He served as a Finnish interpreter for the Cook Creamery Board, (as many people only spoke Finn), and was in charge of construction.    He was a member of the REA (Rural Electric Association) Board, and had served as its Chairman.   Carl built numerous building in Cook and Northeastern Minnesota.  He was a well know mason, and built many stone monuments and fireplaces all over.    He had a lifelong interest in politics and concern for the working man – he fought for and won for improved wages for his work crew on Creamery Building projects.    He enjoyed following current events and writing letters to the editor in his retirement years. 

 

He and Sylvia enjoyed traveling, and toured almost every state.  Carl had a lifelong love of fishing, and went on many fishing and camping trips with family and friends.  His family fondly remembers his passion for gardening (especially tomatoes- which he called his favorite flower), and for his vast reading.  A friend has listed  Carl’s buildings and projects, and they are:  The addition to the Cook Co-op Creamery, the Pumphouse in Cook,  Cook City Hall (now the library), State Highway Garage-Cook, Phillips 66 Gas Station (now Great Northern  Lending)-Cook, Fox Hardware Store (now Hadersback)-Cook, Brown Building (the Cook Post Office for many years), Farmers and Merchants Bank – Cook, Elementary School and Gymnasium, St. Louis County Garage-Linden Grove, Orr Municipal Liquor Store, Municipal Liquor Store-Winton, Mn., National Guard Armory-Eveleth, City of Gilbert Fire Hall, St. Louis County School-Makinen, Mn., Addition to Babbitt Elementary School, City Municipal Garage in Virginia, Mesabi Daily News Office Building (formerly the N.E.C.A. Building), Range Rehab Building in Virginia, Virginia Credit Union Office Building,  H.C. Hills & Sons Woodworking Plant-Cook,  rebuilt Walter Miller’s Supermarket after it burned –Cook, Barracks Buildings at Finland Air Base-Finland, Mn., Northome Co-op Creamery, Northhome, Mn.,  Squaw Lake Co-op Store,  Squaw Lake, Mn.., East and West wing of Chisholm Hospital, Dr. Palmer’s Clinic Bldg., -Blackduck, Mn., and State Bank Building in Blackduck.

 

He is survived by  3 sons, Ronald (Geraldine)  of Cripple Creek, Colo., Edward of Cook, and Steven (Juliana) of Las Vegas, Nev.,; 3 daughters,  Marlene Brown and Irene Brown, both of Cook, and Barbara (William) Ford of Lake City, Mich., ; 17 Grandchildren, and 21 Great Grandchildren, and 2 nieces, Yvonne (Alan) Swanson  of Cook, and Janice Bell  of Lewistown, Mont.

 

He is preceded in death  by  his wife of  68 years on December 25, 2002; 1 granddaughter, Diana Wilson in 1957, 2 brothers, Edmund and John Brown, and  3 sisters, Heidi Maki, Betty Johnson, and Marjorie Lenocker.

 

SERVICES:  Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.  Kathy Forsline will be the soloist and Lorraine Walker the organist.  The casket bearers will be: Ed Brown, Steve Brown, Mark Wilson, Wade Gilpin, Clint Ford, and William Ford.   Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora Township.

 

 

 

Gabriel L. Jackopich, 80, of Greaney, died Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on the family homestead in Greaney on February 14, 1925, the son of Martin Sr. and Mary (Church) Jackopich. Gabriel was a lifelong resident not only of Greaney, but the homestead he was born in. He attended the former Harrigan School and Silverdale School. He was an avid outdoorsman who had a great appreciation for the outdoors. He trapped since his youth, and he liked hunting and his guns. Gabriel farmed and operated a sawmill for most of his life. He always enjoyed a shot of slivovitz, when offered.

He is survived by 1 brother, Rudy (Julie 78, 2004) Jackopich of Greaney,; 3 sisters, Mary Collyard and Jennie (Reino) Salo, both of Virginia,; and Rose (John) Gonzales of Ridge Crest, Calif., along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by 4 brothers, Louis 80, 2000 (Edna) Jackopich, Martin 63, 1965 (Frances 1974) Jackopich Jr., Tony 73, 2000 (Lois) Jackopich, and Joseph Jackopich who died as a child; and 4 sisters, Margaret Jackopich 20, 1924, Angeline 60, 1973 (Louis) Caucci, Ann 87, 1996 Pianffetti, and Agnes 89, 2004 (Archie 1997) Iveson.
 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Joe Dren will be the officiant. The casket bearers will be: Lloyd Ableman, Larry Ableman, Brian O'Leary, David John Arnt, Marty Jackopich, and Greg Caucci. The honorary bearers will be: Joseph Dren Jr., Bill Presley, Don Thomas, and Stanley Polich. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Funeral services for Audrey (Ofstad) Lakoskey, 79, formerly of Orr, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (April 30th) at the Mlaker Funeral in Cook. Rev. Art Dale will be the officiant. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. Following services, a luncheon will be served at the funeral home social room. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora. A full obituary has been previously run. Audrey died February 20, 2005, at a health care facility in Florida.
 

Audrey's obituary

 

Audrey O. Lakoskey, 79, formerly of Orr, died Sunday, February 20, 2005, at the Woods at Manatee Springs Care Facility in Bradenton, Florida.

 

Audrey was born on March 29, 1925, at Virginia; the daughter of Nicholas and Edna (Nord) Ofstad. Her family homesteaded in Angora, then later settled near Cusson. She graduated from the Orr High School. Audrey married Harold Lakoskey in 1964, in International Falls. She loved to fish and the majority of her summer was at her much enjoyed cabin by the lake catching walleye-cleaning and frying them in an oversized cast iron skillet on her big black cook stove for friends to enjoy eating.

 

She was an excellent businesswoman and worked long hours for many years by the side of her husband, Harold, in their logging business, Lakoskey Logging.

 

Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed visiting with them at any opportunity.

 

Audrey spent many winters in Key West, Florida in her younger years and in later years wintered in Bradenton, Florida, while spending summers in Orr. She was a wonderful cook and hosted many great Holiday dinners for family and friends.

 

She is survived by special in-laws: brother-in-law, Elgin Erickson of North Dakota and sister-in-law, Frances Ofstad of Orr,; nephews - Orlin A. Jr. (Barbara) Ofstad, Michael (Cindy) Bates, Edward Ofstad, Thomas (Mary Ann) Ofstad; nieces: Caroled (Don) Bellerud, Merry Ofstad, Andrea (Jim) Janousek, Gretchen Palm, Charlene (Richard) Ehlers, and Gretchen Cook.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Harold on January 11, 1980, 5 sisters: Ruth Grant, Frances Erickson, Lillian Harley, Mildred Bates, and Harriet Cook; 2 brothers: Orlin A. Ofstad Sr. and Edward Ofstad.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30th, a the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora.

 

 

 

Michael J. Hathaway, 50, of Linden Grove Township, died unexpectedly Sunday, April 24, 2005, at his residence. He was born on August 7, 1954, at St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Alvin and Delores (Miller) Hathaway. He grew up at St. Louis, and in North Hollywood, California. He served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as an auto body repairman/painter, and also was a mechanic. His hobbies included fishing, camping, traveling. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by, 1 son, Justin Hathaway in Calif.,; 2 daughters, Holli (Josh) Robinson of Healdton, Oak., and LeeAnn Hathaway of Calif.,; his father, Alvin Hathaway of Cook; his fiancé , Diana "Dee" Grabmeyer of Cook,;2 brothers, Greg and Bruce (Margie) Hathaway both in Calif., and 3 grandchildren, Alicia, Tristin, and Austin.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Delores Hathaway on December 27, 1997.

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. .

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, (May 2nd) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A lunch will follow the service in the funeral home social hall. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1757, and the Orr American Legion Post #480.

 

 

 

Paul Bondeson, 80, of Duluth, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2005, in Lakeshore Home. He was born in Silverdale, Minn., on March 10, 1925 to August and Anna Bondeson.

 

Paul worked at Marshall Wells Hardware, JD Herald and United General Construction. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Paul enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and trapping. Paul was involved in several civil and recreational organizations including the American Legion, National Trappers Assoc., Minnesota Trappers Assoc., United Northern Sportsman, Wildlife Legislative Fund of America, American Assoc. of Retired Persons, Minnesota Senior Federation (Northeast Coalition), G.R.S. Volunteer Fire Dept, Laborers Local 1091 and North Shore Baptist Church.

 

Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Adeline Bernadine Jurek; parents; and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his sons, Bernard Paul Bondeson and Gene Gordon Bondeson; daughter, Gwyneth Carol Gephart; and grandchildren, Tyler Paul, Adam James, Katrina Marie Gephart.

 

FUNERAL SERVICE: 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2005, in North Shore Baptist Church, 15 S. Lakewood Rd. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment in Silverdale Cemetery, Silverdale, Minn. Services entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Chapel, 624-5050.

 

 

 

 

Robert Raymond Lind, 90 of Hibbing died Thursday, April 21, 2005, in Hibbing. He was born Feb. 23, 1915, in Hewitt, Minn. to Albert and Myrtle (Talmadge) Lind. He grew up in Hibbing and was an Army veteran of World War II serving in Okinawa. After the war, he returned to Hibbing where he worked at U.S. Steel as a maintenance mechanic. He was known as Uncle Bob to most of the Cherry community and was a member of  the American Legion Post 1221 and the VFW Post 8510. He was active in many sports, including bowling, curling, fishing and hunting.


He is survived by his wife, Julia (Picek) Lind; a daughter, Kathy (John) Taylor of Miles City, Mont.; seven grandchildren, Bryant, Corey, Alissa, Marni, Shane, Brandon and Ryan; and five great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his son, Peter; seven brothers and sisters.

 

Funeral services for Robert R. Lind, 90, of Hibbing, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.  The Rev. Mark Palmer will officiate. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the service time.  Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

Bob's wife Julia is one of 11 children, they were raised Cook, Minnesota. Mary 65, 1979 & George 60, 1968 Rudduck Ann Picek 24, 1939, John 60, 1976 & Margaret (Marcello) Picek, Julia & Robert 90, 2005 Lind, Bill 74, 1993 & Margaret (Watt) Picek, Peter 71, 1993 & Ellen (Larson) Picek, Harry & Lorraine (Johnson) Picek, Helen & Elmer Arola, Steven & Ruby (Molander) Picek Jr, Katie & Earl Aune, Mike & Donna (Helstrom) Picek.

 

 

 

Carl Gustaf Nelson 92, Lake Vermilion Cook passed away April 14, 2005. He was born on July 29, 1912. Memorial services will be held on Saturday April 30th. Visitation will be at 10 a.m..

 

Carl was a longtime resident of Cook. He enjoyed hunting and his coffee times with the crew at the Montana Cafe.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Tommie. He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen (Robert) Mathiesen; two sons, Paul (Susan) Nelson and Thomas (Shawn) Nelson. Eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ann Demeules; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary's Catholic church of Cook are preferred.

 

 

Christine "Tenna" M. Perkio, 51, of Angora, died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at her residence, with her family at her side. She was born on August 19, 1953, at Hibbing,; the daughter of Merlyn and Violet (Ernstsen) Wooster. She grew up in Bear River, where she was a member of Bear River Lutheran Church, and graduated from the Bigfork High School in 1971. She was united in marriage to Bruce Perkio in Bear River on December 31, 1971.

 

The couple settled in the Angora area, where they have since resided. For a time she worked at the Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory in Virginia, the Virginia Hospital, and had cleaned and waitressed, and was always happy when she was busy. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Tenna was employed for 20 years at Potlatch, where she was a scaler, guard, and ran light equipment. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, car shows, her dogs, and going on vacations with her family. She also liked working in and around home, including staining, and flower gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce,; 2 daughters, Michelle (Bruce) Perander of Britt, and Beth (Kris) Swanson of Denver, Colo.,; her father, Merlyn Wooster of Bear River,; 3 sisters, Sandra (Jerry) Byzewski of Fridley, Mn., Sharon (Steve) Guinn of Decauter, Al., and Donna (Don) Snell of Loveland, Colo., ; 4 brothers, George (Adeline) Wooster of Cook, Daniel (Colleen) Wooster of Cook, Patrick (Pam) Wooster of Anoka, Mn., and Warren (Sue) Hagsten of Oak Harbor, Wash.,; and a grandson, Hunter Swanson.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Violet Wooster on January 31, 1993, and a brother, Robert Hagsten.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Dennis Paulson will be the officiant. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. The casket bearers will be: Carl Antus, Galen Twite, Bruce Perander, Kris Swanson, Dave Woods, Keith Olson, Eric Guinn, and Joe Kosluchar. Tenna's grandson, Hunter Swanson will be the honorary bearer. Interment will be in the Idington Cemetery.

 

Marie J. Johnson, 90, of Cook, died Friday, April 15, 2005., at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. Marie was born on November 5, 1914, at Lowry, Minnesota, the daughter of John Fred and Maghnild (Larsen) Ortendahl. She grew up in Southern Minnesota, and was united in marriage to Melvin G. Johnson on December 23, 1936, at Glenwood, Minnesota. The couple moved to Cook in the late 1930's where they have since resided. Marie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a cook at the Cook Hospital for many years, and also worked at the former Hill's Box Factory and Jims Grill. Marie was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed fishing, gardening, playing cards, and sewing.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Melvin G.; 2 daughters, Dorothy Trackler of Cook and Donna Sager of Las Vegas, Nev.,; 1 sister, Ella Nelmark of Virginia, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren: Jeffery (Nena) Johnson, Rhonda (Todd) Niemi, Renee (Lloyd) Roethler, Peter (Kathy) Johnson, Jody (Aaron) Boltjes, Anthony Grebenc, Fred (Linda) Grebenc, Jessie (Greg) Grebenc, Adam Tessin, Lisa (Duane) Maze, and Daniel (Anna) Setter,; along with 26 Great Grandchildren, 5 Great Great Grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by 1 son, Rodney in 2000,; 1 sister, Olga Fallos Knapp,; 2 brothers, Victor and Elmer Ortendahl, and 1 Grandson, Rocky Johnson, who died on November 12, 2004.
 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Dennis Paulson will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Richard M. Scofield, 76, formerly of Hibbing, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2005, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley, Minn.. The Rev. Timothy Wittwer will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverside Lutheran Cemetery.

 

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Foley Funeral Home in Foley and one hour prior to services at the church. Prayer services will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

He died Friday, April 8, 2005, at his home.

 

He was born June 4, 1928, in Hibbing to Rome and Ellen Scofield of Togo Mn. He married Margaret Reynolds on June 25, 1977, in Princeton. He lived in the Hibbing area for more than 30 years where he worked in the iron mines as a heavy equipment operator. Upon retiring, he moved to Sauk Centre and later to Foley. He had also worked for Tom Hammer Potato Farms in Becker, Minn. He was a member of Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church. He also volunteered many hours as a driver for Tri Cap. He was an avid outdoorsman and heavy equipment operator.

 

He is survived by his wife, Margaret of Foley; step sons and daughter: Bruce (Mary) Kelley of Alexandria, Minn., Mark (Connie) Kelley of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Paul (Lynn) Kelley of Mankato, Neil Kelley of St. Cloud, Scott Kelley of Chaska, Minn., Cheryl Kelley of Columbia, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Raymond of Cook, Gladys Griffiths, Agnes Eddy, Irene Hardy, Melvin and Shirley Hugger, all of Hibbing and Ralph of Minneapolis.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Butch.

 

Arrangements are with Foley Funeral Home, 231 2nd Avenue, in Foley, Minn.

 

 

Johnnie J. Morrison Sr., 77, of Angora, died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on November 14, 1927, at Parker, Kansas, the son of William and Anna (Dinsmore) Morrison. He grew up at Parker, and served in Korea as an M.P. with the U.S. Air Force. After his honorable discharge, he settled in Nebraska. He was a longtime machinist for Pitman Manufacturing in Missouri, and also worked for Boeing Aircraft. He had lived in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas before moving to Hinckley in 1977. He was united in marriage to Mary Gibbins on August 21, 1975, at Waynesville, Missouri. After selling their home in Hinckley, the couple traveled for nearly 5 years in their motor home, touring many states. They moved to Angora in 1995. Johnnie was an avid outdoorsman, and loved fishing, camping, and was a scoutmaster for many years. He was a member of the American Legion, and had served as its commander for both the Centerville and Paola, Kansas posts, and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Paola. He enjoyed gardening, and his family fondly remembers his huge beans and for his growing tomatoes. He also had a fondness for telling stories and tinkering, often seen taking something apart or putting it together.

He is survived by his children: Martha Hale and Wayne Hall of Cove, Ark., Johnnie J. Jr. (Cynthia) Morrison of Lawrence, Kansas, Patricia (Gary) Bauer of Louisburg, Kansas, Dreama Bigger of Lawrence, Kansas, Trudy Morrison of Denton, Texas, Carolyn Edison of Virginia, Mn., Geo (Paula) Hale of Angora, Mn, and Frank (Sonja) Hale of San Antonio, Texas,; 3 brothers, Charles (Mary) Morrison of Centerville, Kansas, Earl (Beverly) Morrison of San Juan, Texas, and Jack (Delores) Morrison of Iowa; 2 sisters, Rosa "Frankie" Wiley of Oregon and Vivian "Joyce" (James) Kuder of Independence, Missouri, along with numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his dear pet dog Pork Chop (aka Cody), and his tailless cat, Garfield.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary on November 30, 2003,; 1 brother, Rosco Morrison; and 3 sisters, Viola King, Elsie Blackmore, and Dolly Dickey.

 

SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday (April 14th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.

 

 

 

Alfred O. Stone, 89, beloved husband of the late Ethel, nee Wolfowicz; loving father of Jay (Donna) Stone and Nancy Joy (Steffen) Kurz (Cook, Mn); cherished grandfather of Rebecca (Steven) Glawe and David Stone; adored great-grandfather of Jarod and Sara Glawe; dear brother of Dr. Bernard (Mary) Stone and Ira (the late Marjorie) Stone; fond uncle and friend of many. He served in the Army Infantry during WW II. Services Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Chicago Jewish Funerals Chapel, 195 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. (1 block North of Lake Cook Rd.), Buffalo Grove. Interment Shalom Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals, David Jacobson funeral director. 847-229-8822, www.cjfinfo.com.

 

 

 

Jeannette J. Pixley, 80, of Cloquet, formerly of Bear River, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly at the Cloquet Community Hospital on March 31, 2005.

 

Jeanette was born on April 25, 1924, in Bear River, Minnesota to George 79, 1976 & Mabel 75, 1971 (Urdahl) Namcheck. Her siblings;  George Namchek 78, 1996, Margaret & Alden Hawkinson, Russell 67, 1988 & Alberta 68, 1997 Namchek, James 62, 1988 & Lillian (Pliml) Namchek, and Leona & Berton 81, 1990 Anderson.

 

Jeanette married Howard Pixley of Bear River on Aug 1, 1943 at Cook, Mn. They were the parents of one daughter; Beverly & Richard Asher of  Esko, Minnesota: and two sons; Robert Pixley and Ronald of Vequita, New Mexico. Howard pasted away on Sep 13, 2004 at the age of 92 at Cloquet.

 

VISITATION:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2005 until the 1 p.m. Memorial Service in the Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle, 1400 Washington Ave, Cloquet. Arrangements by Handevidt Funeral & Cremation Service, Cloquet 218-879-4636. .

 

 

 

 

Vivian V. Niemi, 84, of Cook, died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on August 13, 1920, at Bismarck, North Dakota. She grew up in rural Baudette, near Lake of the Woods, and was employed as a nurses aid for several years. She briefly lived in Arizona, then moved to Florenton, before settling in the Cook area in the late 1950's. She had enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, reading, and in her younger years was a good drawing artist. She was a private person who dearly loved her family and was very proud of her children and grandchildren. Vivian has resided at the Cook Nursing Home the past 9 years.

She is survived by 4 sons, Tex Teters of Mpls., Larry (Cindy) Fiskari of Cook, Dale (Kathy) Fiskari of Cook, and Dallas (Kelly) Fiskari of Mt. Iron/Buhl,; 1 daughter, Darlene ((Donald) Beltrand of Parkers Prairie, Mn.; 2 brothers, Harold (Betty) Shockley of Salem, Oregon, and Leland in Calif.; 1 sister, Cleora Shockley in Calif.; 11 Grandchildren: Dale and Jim Teters, Linnea, Larissa, and Jonathon Fiskari, Kandi Ganoe, Dallas and Kendra Fiskari, Andy Kalenda, Tammy Riech, and Linda Runnagan., and 24 Great Grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by husbands, David Teters, John Kenneth Fiskari, and Hugo Niemi. 

 

SERVICES: Private family services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.

 

 

 

Lewis R. Lohn, 64, of Gheen, died unexpectedly Tuesday, March 15, 2005, while timber cruising for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a job he loved, near the Orr area. He was born on July 2, 1940, at Fosston, Minnesota; the son of Lewis E. and Sophie (Bjella) Lohn. He grew up in Fosston, and served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army.

After his honorable discharge, he graduated from the University of Minnesota, and started working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 1968. He was positioned at Warroad and Aitkin, before being transferred to Orr in 1976. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Christensen on April 3, 1981, and they moved to Gheen in 1982, where they since have resided. Lewis was a member of Calvary Lutheran of Orr, the Orr American Legion Post #480- and its Honor Guard, past member of the Willow Valley Town Board, Lifetime member of the NRA, and belonged to the Minnesota Trapper Association. He loved his job as a Forester with DNR, and was an avid outdoorsman. He had enjoyed hunting, trapping, guns and gun collecting, deer hunting, and yellow lab dogs, including his good dog Peaches. He liked his Friday nights out with the crew at Boisjolie's in Gheen.


He is survived by his wife, Mary,; 3 daughters, Amy (Jason) Soma of Dilworth, Mn., Rachael (Bob) Johnson of Orr, and Sarah Lohn of Orr; 1 sister, Jeanine (Larry) Suss of Lincolnwood, Ill., 4 Grandchildren: Joshua, Isaiah, and Zachary Soma, and Savannah Johnson, along with numerous nieces and nephews.


He is preceded in death by his mother, Sophie in 2003, and his father, Lewis E. in 1998.

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, (March 18th) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The casket bearers will be: John Stegmeir, Keyth Wallin, Dana Frame, Mike Wurst, Mike Hanson, and Dave Sopaci. The honorary bearers will be: Mike, Joe, and Pat Christensen, Bob Johnson, Jason Soma, Larry Suss, Dane Francis, and Dale Gustafson. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Cook V.F.W. Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480. Spring interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 

 

 

 

Jacque L. Eggen, 54, co-owner of Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, after a courageous battle with cancer.


She was born on Sept. 18, 1950, at Grand Rapids, the daughter of Arthur and Gloria (Nelson) Pohlman. She grew up at Crane Lake and lived there all of her life. She graduated from Orr High School in 1968 and completed a year of studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


She was united in marriage to Arthur “Butch” Eggen on Oct.1, 1983, at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake. Jacque co-owned Nelson’s, which is third generation family operated. She was an unofficial “master gardener” and had a great talent for growing vegetables and flowers, and provided fresh and perfect produce for the many wonderful dishes served at Nelson’s Resort. Her many beautiful gardens were featured in numerous food and garden and horticulture magazines, along with many newspaper articles, and her gardens were icons to the resort.

 

She was active in community services and organizations, some of which were Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department, Crane Lake Commercial Club and Crane Lake Tourism Bureau. She had served as the Crane Lake Township treasurer and was the current chairman of the Voyageurs National Park and Orr Area Information Center Advisory Board. She had a great love and respect for the outdoors and The Lake. She shared pride in Butch’s accomplishments, including his becoming the Outstanding Individual for Tourism for the State of Minnesota in 1995, and for past Minnesota Resorter of the year in 2002. The couple worked well together and were a synergy to the community. One of her greatest personal sources of accomplishment was that of co-chairing, along with Butch, the 2000 Governor’s Fishing Opener on Crane Lake, when Jesse Ventura was then governor. It was a matchless success, with many perennial media people commenting that it was the best and most memorable opener that they had attended. The well attended event, and because of  Governor Ventura’s popularity, put a spotlight on the opener on Crane Lake not only statewide, but nationally and internationally.


She is survived by her husband, Butch; her mother, Gloria Pohlman of Crane Lake; three brothers, James Pohlman, Jerry (Brenda) Pohlman and Jay (Trista) Pohlman, all of Crane Lake; one sister, JoAnn (Dan Courtney) Pohlman of Crane Lake; a sister-in-law, Gini Stahnke of Crane Lake; eight nieces and nephews, Denise, Eric, Jacob, Katie, Justin, Amanda, Max, and Josh; and one grand niece, Lily. She is preceded in death by her father, Arthur Pohlman, in 1995.

 

Jacque L. Eggen, 54, SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Crane Lake Chapel. The Rev. Ruth Ganglhoff will be the officiant. A gathering of family and friends will be from noon until the hour of service at the church. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

Hilda Bergman Keppler 91, passed away in Sacramento on March 10, 2005. Age 91. Dr. Keppler is survived by her sons, Frank, and James (Kifumi). Cherished grandsons, Luke and Manford. Dr. Keppler was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Manford Keppler, who with her help for 43 years offered chiropractic services at Sacramento's largest holistic care facility. She was very active in the Sacramento Yacht Club the Eastern Star and the Widowed Persons Association.

 

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 between the hours of 12-5 PM at Harry A. Nauman & Son, 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento and to funeral services at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Harry A. Nauman & Son, burial to follow at East Lawn Memorial Park, 43 & Folsom Blvd. Published in the Sacramento Bee from 3/13/2005 - 3/14/2005

 

Hilda was the daughter of Nick & Mary (Rankila) Bergman of Linden Grove. Her siblings were; , Mary & Ed Hannine, Helia & George Lindsey, George & Vienna Bergman and John & Vi Bergman, Albert & Thelma Bergman, Owen & Irene Bergman and Walter Bergman

 

Hilda was born into a pioneer family and raised in the Linden Grove area west of Cook. She has many nephews and nieces in the Cook area. Thanks to Kim Bergman for sending the obituary. She is the daughter of Charles, the son of John Berman Sr., a sister to Hilda.

 

 

 

 

Robert R. Jacobson, 82, formerly of Cook died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, in the Minnesota Veteran’s Home at Silver Bay.

 

He was born Feb. 6, 1923, in Virginia, to Henry 74, 1945 and Christine 45, 1924 (Berg) Jacobson. Robert and his siblings are as follows: Esther 62, 1961 & Axel 65, 1961 Anderson, William 80, 1983 & Melia 91, 2004 Jacobson, Edna 87, 1992 & Jack 75, 1983 Aro, Ann & George Brintz, Carl 81, 1991 & Ann (Hoblak) Jacobson, Alvura 50, 1963 & Art 58, 1967 Roivanen, Agnes 84, 1998 & Art 74, 1986 Ketola, Ethel 79, 1983 & Allie 61, 1969 Pajari, Hildur & Art Sandstead, Alger 72, 1992 & SIgne (Laakkonen) Jacobson, Robert & Gertrude (Maki) Jacobson

 

In his younger years, Robert enjoyed spending time in the woods, logging timber, and was an excellent carpenter, having fabricated many pieces of furniture.

 

Robert is survived by four children, Rebecca, Randy, Rollie and Roberta; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and 12 siblings.

 

SERVICES: It was Robert’s wishes that no services be held. Arrangements are by Cavallin Funeral Home.

 

 

Marjorie E. Wilkinson, 96, of Cook, died Saturday, March 5, 2005, at the Cook Community Nursing Home.  She was born on August 23, 1908 at Field Township (Cook), the daughter of Joseph and Edna (Ellsworth) Wilkinson. She grew up in Cook, where she lived most of her life. She graduated from the Virginia High School and the Business School of Duluth, and had been employed for the State of Minnesota Highway Department for several years. She owned and operated North American Evergreen Company of Cook from 1942, until it was destroyed by fire in 1995. She had enjoyed flowers and yard work, which was shown through her always orderly and lovely yard. She had been residing at the Cook Nursing Home since early 2003.

 

Surviving are 1 sister, Geraldine "Geri" Wilkinson of Cook, ; 1 niece , Muriel (David) Wamstad of Roseville, Mn.; along with numerous grand nieces and grand nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by a brother, Ray Wilkinson and a sister, Veva Johnson.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

SERVICES: Family graveside services will be held at a later date at the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Leonard R. Niemi, 78, of Virginia died peacefully Saturday, March 5, 2005, at his residence. He was born Sept. 30, 1926, in Florenton, Minn., to Emil and Hulda (Perttu) Ojaniemi. He attended school in Virginia and later worked in the shipyards in Longview, Wash. He served the country as a World War II Army veteran serving in Europe. On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Alice Lamppa in Virginia and the couple settled in Embarrass. He worked construction with the 49ers union and later for Reserve Mining Co., until the mining operation ended. In retirement he operated his own excavating business until 1995.

 

He was a member of the Babbitt Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1539, the Aurora American Legion Post 241, the Virginia Masonic Lodge 264, the Virginia Chapter 77 of the Royal Arch Masons and the Eveleth Commandry 35 Shrine. He was also a member of the Versaba Shrine Club, the AAD Temple Shrine of Duluth and the Order of the Eastern Star 156 of Tower. He served as the Embarrass Township supervisor, was an avid fisherman, Minnesota sports fan, enjoyed reading and liberal politics. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandsons.

 

Leonard touched many lives. His caring thoughtfulness and sense of humor will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife, Alice; daughters, Roberta (David) Pike of Embarrass and Barbara (David) Hegg of Angora; sisters, Evie (Art) Lamppa of Virginia and Lyna (Ernie) Lamppa of Embarrass; grandchildren, Tricia (Scott) Shuck of Aurora, Jeff Pike of Britt, Jason Hegg of Ann Arbor, Mich., and AJ Hegg of Minneapolis; two great-grandchildren, Noah Shuck and Carter Hegg; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Becky Niemi; brothers, John Arnie, Ero and Bill; and sisters, Touvi ""Toby’ Fields and Laura Heikkila.

 

 Memorial service 11 a.m. Wednesday in Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora, with the Rev. Darin Elvemo officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to Virgie Hegg Hospice of Cook. Spring inurnment will be in the Embarrass Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes Color Guard.

 

 

 

Margaret Ellen Gustavsson 84 went home to the Lord on Friday, March 4, 2005 in the University Medical Center-Mesabi, Hibbing. She was born in Aitkin, MN on January 24, 1921 to Edward and Rhue (Young) Groh. She grew up and attended high school in McGregor, MN and graduated from vocation school in Minneapolis as a cook. She married John Gustavsson on January 22, 1949 in Minneapolis. They lived in Crane Lake where she was a cook at Nelson’s Resort, then Gheen, and in 1963 moved to Hibbing, where she was a homemaker, wife, and mother. She enjoyed cooking, baking and in her later years bingo, and loved her family and friends. She was a longtime resident of the Seventh Avenue Apartments in Hibbing.

 

She is survived by her children Karen Gustavsson, Cottage Grove, MN; Judy (Robert) Erickson, Woodbury, MN; Knute (Peggy) Gustavsson, Hibbing; Linda (Clifford) Swanson, Pengilly; Carol (Ron) Cackoski, Dale Gustavsson, Roy (Teri) Gustavsson and Jill (Don) Ostermann all of Hibbing; 15 grandchildren, Lisa (Tim) Forster, Jodi Erickson, Michael (Val) Gustavsson, David (Carrie) Gustavsson, Christoffer (Laura) Swanson, Jenniffer Swanson, Michael (Faith) Swanson, Rebekka Swanson, Katie Gustavsson, Kelly Gustavsson, Jacob Gustavsson, Daniel Gustavsson, Nathan Gustavsson, Eric Gustavsson and Amanda Ostermann as well as 4 great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Forster, Sydney Gustavsson, Elizabeth Swanson, and Miguel Swanson and her sister, Myra Pritchard. She was also a beloved second mom to many of her children’s friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John in 1977 and her sister Evelyn Haddock in 1999. Funeral services for Margaret Ellen Gustavsson of Hibbing, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 11 AM at the First Baptist Church, 605 E. 41 First Street, Hibbing. Pastor Greg Stevens will officiate. Visitation will be Monday evening from 5-7 PM at the Dougherty Funeral Home, 2615 First Ave., Hibbing and also at the church on Tuesday for 1 hour prior to the service. Pallbearers will be her 8 grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be her 7 granddaughters.

 

 

Phyllis Lettow, 67, of Cook, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. Phyllis was born on April 27, 1937, at Aberdeen, South Dakota; the daughter of Mike Jr. and Catherine (Schile) Feist. She grew up in Aberdeen, where she graduated from Central High School. She was united in marriage to Donald Lettow on June 2, 1958, at Aberdeen. After marriage, they lived in several areas, and while living in Breckenridge, Phyllis was a member of Wahpeton, N.D. Fraternal Order of Eagles Chapter #2749, and while living in Willmar, belonged to the Eagles Chapter #2334. They moved to Cook in 1992, where they became members of St. Mary’’s Catholic Church. Phyllis belonged to the Council of Catholic Women, was a longtime dedicated volunteer of the Cook Community Food Shelf and the Cook Hospital Auxiliary –– commonly known as the Thrift Shop; of which she served as its past president. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and reading. She also enjoyed the outdoors and in the care of wildlife, including feeding birds, fox, and deer. Phyllis will be remembered as a dedicated wife, and loving mother, and grandmother.

 

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Don; 6 sons, Michael of Chaska, Mn., Kevin (Teresa) of Farmington, Mn., John (Denise) of West Fargo, N.D., Patrick of Wahpeton, N.D., Jeffery (Kari) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tom (Jennifer) of Shakopee, Mn.; 3 daughters, Rita (Alvin) Boeck of Kent, Mn., Julie (Bill) Krumweide of West Fargo, N.D., and Diane (Roy) Baxter of Fairview, Mt., 11 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday (March 8th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, with a wake prayer service at 6:45 p.m. at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. St. Mary’s Choir will sing, and Carolyn Blossom will provide the accompaniment. Members of the Cook Area Lions Club will be the casket bearers, and members of the Cook Hospital Auxiliary will be the honorary bearers. Spring interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

 

Mavis (May) Rosen 84, born in London, England, on May 1, 1920 Departed on Feb 25, 2005 and resided in the Town of Green Bay, WI

 

Our beloved Mother, May (Mavis) Rosen, 84, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, February 25, 2005. She was born on May 1, 1920 in London, England. She was recognized for her acts of heroism for her work in the civil defense of London during World War II. She met her husband, Owen, an American soldier during the war and they were married June 16, 1945 in Chelsea, England. After the war they settled in Cook, Minnesota.

 

Mavis was loved wherever she lived and worked, including Cook, Virginia, Minnesota, Minneapolis, and finally Green Bay where she and Owen retired in 1984. Throughout her life she will always be remembered for her extraordinary interior decorating, knitting, rug making, embroidery, cooking, baking and mentoring.

 

She is survived by her loving children, Tom Rosen, Minneapolis; Tom Emmert, St. Peter, Minnesota; and Joyce Palladino, Green Bay; special nephew, John Dunn, London, England; sister-in-law, Marge (Pete) Trygg; several nephews and nieces; and loving friends Margot and Norbert Kessler, Jonesborough, Tennessee. She is preceded in death by her husband, Owen; nine brothers and sisters, all of London; and son-in-law Carl Palladino, Green Bay. Her loving family celebrated her life in private services.

 

Proko-Wall Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. Mavis’’ family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Dr. Jeremy Green, and Dr. James Lacey for their excellent care; and to Kathy Hilgenberg, our loving friend. Memorials may be sent to the American Red Cross, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

Mavis' husband Owen "Bud" Rosen 85, 2002 worked for the Lobe Chevrolet Company from 1940 until 1972. Bud retired as the shop foreman after serving in that position since 1955.

 

 

 

Gerald Heikkila, 63, of Afton, Minn., died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at his residence following an illness with cancer. He was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Superior, Wis., the son of  Edwin Rudolph and Miriam Isabel (Hill) Heikkila.

 

He attended Horace Mann Elementary School in Virginia prior to graduating from Virginia High School in 1959. After high school he attended Virginia Junior College in Virginia. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota, earning a bachelor’s degree in history. In 1972 he earned his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He began a 36-year teaching career at the Bloomer High School, in Bloomer, Wis., in 1963. He took a teaching position at Hudson High School in Hudson, Wis., in 1968, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. He served under principals Heiting, Schumacher, Scheffen, Lainey and Lanning. As an educator, Jerry had a passion for teaching; he designed courses on the Middle East and World War II and taught a variety of history classes.

 
On June 1, 1968, Jerry married Sandra Jane Ebert at Peace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, Wis. In 1970, the couple built their home in Afton, Minn., in which they raised their two sons, Jason and Luke. In addition to the passion he held for teaching, Jerry was equally fond of sports, jazz, reading and travel. In recent years Jerry and Sandy traveled to China, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Mexico. The opportunity to explore different cultures and meet new friends enriched these experiences. Closer to home, Jerry loved his family cabin on Lake Vermilion in Cook. He found relaxation through landscaping and gardening both at the cabin and at home.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Sandy; sons, Jason (Becky) Heikkila of Canton, S.D., and their children Joey and Gabriela, Luke (Sarah) Heikkila of Roseville and their daughter Ani Jane; a brother, David (Marie) Heikkila, of Hudson; and nephews, Brett Heikkila, Nick Heikkila, Tony Heikkila and Tucker Wildermuth. He was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Andy Wildermuth.

 

Memorial Celebration of Life was held Monday at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton, Minn., with Pastor Steve Kramer officiating. Interment will be private. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers to the donor's choice.


Arrangements are by the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson, Wisconsin, their .Web site is the address of  www.oconnellfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

 

Audrey O. Lakoskey, 79, formerly of Orr, died Sunday, February 20, 2005, at the Woods at Manatee Springs Care Facility in Bradenton, Florida.

 

Audrey was born on March 29, 1925, at Virginia; the daughter of Nicholas and Edna (Nord) Ofstad. Her family homesteaded in Angora, then later settled near Cusson. She graduated from the Orr High School. Audrey married Harold Lakoskey in 1964, in International Falls. She loved to fish and the majority of her summer was at her much enjoyed cabin by the lake catching walleye-cleaning and frying them in an oversized cast iron skillet on her big black cook stove for friends to enjoy eating.

 

She was an excellent businesswoman and worked long hours for many years by the side of her husband, Harold, in their logging business, Lakoskey Logging.

 

Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed visiting with them at any opportunity.

 

Audrey spent many winters in Key West, Florida in her younger years and in later years wintered in Bradenton, Florida, while spending summers in Orr. She was a wonderful cook and hosted many great Holiday dinners for family and friends.

 

She is survived by special in-laws: brother-in-law, Elgin Erickson of North Dakota and sister-in-law, Frances Ofstad of Orr,; nephews - Orlin A. Jr. (Barbara) Ofstad, Michael (Cindy) Bates, Edward Ofstad, Thomas (Mary Ann) Ofstad; nieces: Caroled (Don) Bellerud, Merry Ofstad, Andrea (Jim) Janousek, Gretchen Palm, Charlene (Richard) Ehlers, and Gretchen Cook.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Harold on January 11, 1980, 5 sisters: Ruth Grant, Frances Erickson, Lillian Harley, Mildred Bates, and Harriet Cook; 2 brothers: Orlin A. Ofstad Sr. and Edward Ofstad.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30th, a the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora.

 

 

 

 

Edwin W. Lammi 86 of Lantana, FL, on February 19, 2005. Edwin was born (July 15, 1918) and raised in the village of Orr, an area inhabited by Finnish and Norwegian settlers just some 20 Years after the Ojibwa entered the area. His father Herman Lammi bought the General Store from the founder of Orr, Bill Orr. Ed worked with his brother Walter in the store. As boys he and his brother Walt and cousin Rusty would travel by boat to carry on trade with the Indians bringing goods from Ed and Walt's father's general store. He also served as a guide for Vacation and traveling by canoe in the Northern wilds. He attended the proverbial one room school house and eventually moved to live with cousin Alan (Rusty) Niemi's family in a town with a high school. He went on to community college, participated in World War II, and finished his BA at the University of Minnesota where he also earned his Law Degree. Loving father of John Lammi and Jean Lammi-Jacob. Also survived by two Grand children: Jared Jacob of Tampa and Justin Jacob of Lake Worth, FL. Also one Niece and one Nephew. Visitation will be at Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens on Tuesday February 22, 2005 from 2-4:00 PM with funeral services to follow at 4:00 PM. Private cremation to follow. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, 3041 Kirk Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33461.

 

 

 

Marie A. Rolfe, 85, of Sturgeon Township, died Thursday, February 24, 2005, at her residence, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on March 13, 1919, at Los Angeles, California; the daughter of John and Mary (Ladieda) Newman. She grew up in Los Angeles and married Allen J. Rolfe on January 27, 1958 in Las Vegas. They lived in Los Angeles for many years, where Marie was employed as an upholsterer in several furniture manufacturing plants. They moved to Sturgeon Township in 1980.


Marie was accomplished at crocheting beautiful works of art. She liked fishing with her favorite partner, Allen, and also enjoyed baking, jelly making, and playing wonderful music on the organ. She and Allen were always together, and worked well as a team; both in work and in play- including their fun times at Fortune Bay.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 47 years, Allen; 1 son, Sherwood (Leila) Peterson of Apple Valley, CA., and several nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services, A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 p.m. until the 6 p.m. service at the funeral home on Friday (March 4th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Wally Olson will be the officiant.

 

 

 

 

Rosemarie G. Schlotec, 79, of Virginia, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at the Virginia Convalescent Center. She was born April 12, 1925, in International Falls, the daughter of Albert and Laura (Burgraff) Valsvik. Rosemarie graduated from Cloquet High School in 1942 and  graduated from the Hibbing School of Nursing in 1947, after attaining her RN degree. She married Donald J.Schlotec in 1947, and spent many summers on Crane Lake.

 

Rosemarie was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia. She is survived by her children, Donn (Kathleen) Schlotec of Tucson, Ariz., Tom (Sally) Schlotec Sr. of Tower, and Maribeth (Douglas) Ganoe of Virginia; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Patricia (Larry) Estabrook of Bremarton, Wash., and Susan Elye of Columbus, Miss. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1990; and a brother, Jerome.
 

Memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia. The Rev. John Doyle will celebrate the Mass. Visitation will be from 1 until the service at the church. A spring inurnment will be held in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are by Bauman-Cron, a  Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

 

 

Lewis Strong, 52, of Nett Lake died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born July 10, 1952, at Cook, the son of Louis and Alice (Brown) Strong. He grew up in Nett Lake, where he lived most of his life. He served with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam. He worked in construction, and enjoyed harvesting wild rice, hunting and sports on TV.

 
He is survived by three sons, Corey (Teresa) Strong of Nett Lake, Eric (Shelley) Strong of Indian Point-Orr and Lewis Strong III of Nett Lake; a brother, Norman Strong, of Duluth; two sisters, Cecile Strong of Virginia and Carol (Glenn Heinen) Lund of Orr; and three grandchildren, Corey, Jaylen and Sasha Strong. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis, in 1974; mother, Alice Whiteman, in 2002; two brothers, Roger Strong in 1964 and Terrence Strong in 1996; and a sister, Cynthia Strong, in 1983.

 

SERVICES: Tribal rites 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Nett Lake Community Center. Gilbert Smith will be the spiritual advisor. Visitation will be after 6 p.m. today at the Community Center. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

 

Gerald E. Gabrielson, 71, of Orr, died Friday, February 18, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. He was born on September 26, 1933, at Cook; the son of Nels and Margaret (Larson) Gabrielson. He grew up in Orr, where he lived most of his life. Jerry served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. After his tour of duty, he returned to Orr, where he worked many years in various capacities as a woodsman, including supervising a tree planting crew, cutting, chopping and hauling wood, and operating a sawmill. He was also a milkman for a number of years. He was a member of the Orr American Legion Post #480. Jerry had an artistic ability, and earlier wrote stories, and did pencil drawings. He was an avid reader in all subjects, and had a good ability solving crossword puzzles, and enjoyed them. Jerry was well known for his sense of humor and wonderful gift to make people laugh.

 

He is survived by 3 sons, Eric of Cook; Lars (Violet Barto) of Orr, and Nels (Mary) of Orr; 1 daughter, Serena (Alex Anderson) Gabrielson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 1 sister, Carol Ann Moline of Venice, FL., 4 Grandchildren: Carrie, Nels, Luke Gerald, and Gage Gabrielson,; his former wife, Cecile Deibler of Pike-Sandy, ; life-long friend, Jim Howard of Orr,; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Orr American Legion Hall. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. There will be a gathering of family and friends for an hour prior to the service at the Legion Hall. Spring interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr. Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Cook V.F.W. Post #1757, and the Orr American Legion Post # 480. Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

 

Blair Estabrooks, age 84, of Clarkdale, died Feb. 14, 2005. He was born April 29, 1920, in Osage Township, Minn.

 

He is survived by Pearl, his wife of 64 years, and their three children, Sharon Hendrickson, of Grand Marais, Minn., Darrel Estabrooks and wife Pam, of Littleton, Colo., and Cathy Herrlinger and husband Bill, of Boyceville, Wis.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

 

Blair served with the 30th Infantry Division during World War II in three major European campaigns including the Battle of the Bulge. He served as a machine gunner and was awarded the Silver Star for saving the life of two of his comrades under enemy fire.

 

He retired from the Duluth, Winnipeg and Pacific Railroad as station agent at Ranier, Minn., in 1979. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling with an RV and moved to Clarkdale in 1985.

 

He was a member of Verde Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, usher and teacher. He also served at Cook and International Falls churches as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and teacher.

 

A memorial service was conducted Feb. 18 at Verde Baptist Church chapel. Memorials may be given to the Verde Baptist Church missions

 

 

Robert P. Clay, 58, of Alango, died unexpectedly Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. Following his wishes, there will be no formal services.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" , his beloved son, David, at home; his mother, Agnes Trimble of Sacramento, Calif., 2 step-sons, Bill (Kelly Jo) Spaulding of Kerrick, Mn., and Javid Spaulding of Helena, Montana,; 1 daughter, Lisa (Dean) O'shaughnessy of Sacramento, Calif.,; and 2 Grandchildren, Brock & Phoenix O'shaughnessy. Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

George Zorich, 75, of Hibbing died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, in the Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing. He was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Hibbing to Nickoli and Anna (Kutchen) Zorich.

 

He had been a Togo resident for most of his life. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, receiving two Bronze Stars. He worked for Nelson Logging of Togo and also as a dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church of Chisholm.

 

Survivors include his brothers, Andrew of San Jose, Calif., and Robert (Debbie) of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; a sister, Mildred (Alfred) Perro, of Hibbing; and numerous nephews and nieces.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Eva Koda.

 

 Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Chisholm, with the Rev. Gregory Grivna officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will follow in Chisholm Cemetery. Arrangements by Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Chisholm.

 

 

 

Max Brandon Alltop, 40, of Cook, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005 in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born March 24, 1964 in Kewanee, Ill., the son of Morris 'Tom' and Jeanette (Hanchett) Alltop. He attended Kewanee, Mich., school, graduated from Tower - Soudan High School in 1982 and received a certificate in meat cutting from Pipestone.

 

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Lake States Construction, a Fiber Optics company in Ely; was a bartender at the Vermilion Club and invented the 'Maxell Smart', a popular drink at the club; and belonged to the Vermilion Penguin Snowmobile Club. He loved life and lived his life to the fullest extent. He loved to dance and could find fish for other people. Loved North country/'God's' country, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, 4-wheeling, cooking, gardening, canning and freezing his gardened goods and had his own recipe for the best venison breakfast sausage.

 

He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Frank and Hattie Alltop; maternal grandfather, Everett Hanchett; great grandmother, Alta Oberg Hill. Max is survived by father, Tom Alltop of Cook; mother, Jeanette Alltop of Apple Valley; sisters, Kimberly Ann (Robert) Cederholm of Spokane, Wash., and Angela Kay (Steve) Haugen of Farmington, Minn.; maternal grandmother, Dorothy Hanchett of Bradford, Ill.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

VISITATION:1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 until the 3 p.m. Funeral service in the Vermilion Funeral Home Chapel in Tower. Spring burial will be at the Cook Cemetery. An informal get-together will be held following the service at the Vermilion Club. Friends are encouraged to bring snapshots of Max to share at the service. To share a personal remembrance of Max online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com. Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, A Bauman Family Funeral Home

 

The accident happened eight miles east of Cook on highway 115 at the intersection of the Frazer Bay Road. The other driver of the head-on collision was Joe Caskinette age 57.

 

 

 

Barbara Ann Kuyava, 69, of Hill City and Goliad Texas died January 24 at her Texas home. She was born March 22, 1935 to Lindsey and Edna Christensen in Hill City, MN.

 

Throughout her life she enjoyed crafts, skiing, camping, wood carving, gardening, golfing, teaching and playing with her grandchildren. She was a wonderful sister, wife, mother and grandmother.

 

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 50 years, John Kuyava, three sons, Greg (Christine) of Hopkins, Tim (Leah) of Angora and Bruce (Nicole) of Duluth, five grandchildren, Katie, Olivia, Bruce, Deven and Lucas. She is also survived by seven siblings, Shirley Spencer of Hill City, MN, Georgia Benson of Kerrville, TX, Mary Christensen of Big Lake, MN, Suzanne Christensen of Alameda, CA, James Christensen of Grand Rapids, MN, Ray Christensen of Minneapolis, MN, Dale Christensen of Sacramento, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings, Richard, Ronald, Jean and an infant sister, two daughters Theresa and Laurie.

 

Memorial services will be held February 19th at 11:00 AM at the Assembly of God Church in Hill City, MN. A lunch will be served at St. John’s Catholic Church after the service.

 

 

 

Joan Marie (Melgeorge, Johnson) Gross, 61, of Hibbing, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at the Fairview University Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

 

She was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Cook, to Frank and Mary (Trefney) Melgeorge. She had been a resident of Hibbing for 14 years. She graduated from the Orr High School in 1961; from UMD, where she achieved a BA degree in modern dance; and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her master’s degree. She became a dance instructor at UMD. She was a very accomplished dancer and choreographer.

 

Throughout her life, she was also employed as a writer for the Cook News Herald, played for weddings and nursing homes in bands, and was employed with St. Louis County as a social worker. She was a wonderful mother, wife, dancer, singer, writer, artist, gardener, antique collector, cat lover, athlete and musician. She played the mandolin, harmonica, piano, accordion, zither and kazoo to illustrate her musical talents. Joan had a fun loving personality.

 

She is survived by her husband, George Gross of Hibbing; son, Tim Johnson of Hibbing; daughter, Mary Johnson of Hibbing; two brothers, Theodore L. (Sharon) Melgeorge of Orr, and Edward (Marcia) Melgeorge of Nashwauk; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her first husband; Arley Johnson of Hibbing and formerly of Cook.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Frank Melgeorge Jr.

 

SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Clem Gustin O.S.C. will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing and will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the mass Wednesday. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery of Hibbing.

 

 

 

Grace Ellen Grace Martin 84, beloved wife of Amos Martin, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2005 in Marco Island. Grace was born in Cook, MN, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Whiteside. She lived the winters on Marco Island, FL and the summers in St. Paul for 19 years.

Grace is survived by Amos, her devoted husband of 57 years; 4 children and their spouses, Lynn Lorton, Joane and Dick Bjorklund, Paul and Moira Martin and Gail and Jeff Glover. She has 8 grandchildren, Kelly (Rupert Fee), Maggie, Kari and Nikki Bjorklund, Casey Glover, Travis and Shane Martin. She is also survived by brother, Dick Whiteside; sister, Dorothy Simernsen and their families. She was preceded in death by her 2 brothers, Jack and Tom Whiteside; her sister, Lydia Barker; and her grandson, Gabe Glover.

Grace will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her beautiful smile and kind spirit. Grace served as a WAVE in the US Navy during WWII. She attended the Univ. of North Dakota. Grace was a loving mother and wife. She loved music and dancing, strolls on the beach and church. Grace loved life, faced it with tremendous courage and a sense of humor. Her compassion and kindness shown through her whole life. A true inspiration of love, Grace and the love of her life, were known to friends as 'Famous Amos and Amazing Grace.'

A funeral service was held at HOUSE OF HOPE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 797 Summit Ave in St. Paul.  Family burial in Rib Lake, WI. Contributions in Grace's memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601, Gifts Dept.

 

 

 

Ronald E. Teppo, 61, of Cook, died unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on May 9, 1943, at Chisholm; the son of Urho and Florence (Rautio) Teppo. He grew up in the Cook area and attended the Cook schools. Earlier he had worked in the woods with his father. He was united in marriage to Janice "Jan" Forseth on August 2, 1986, at the Sand Lake Chapel. Ron was a heavy equipment operator, and was employed by Ernie Lund Construction for many years. He loved planes, and was avid ultra light pilot. He was an outdoorsman, and liked hunting and ice fishing.


Ron enjoyed people, and will be remembered for his wit, humor, and stories. He also liked working with computers, and was in the process of building his own.

He is survived by his wife, Jan; 2 step-sons, Jeff (Kellie) Horn of St. Joseph, Mn. and Gordon Lindquist of Virginia; 1 step-daughter, Claire (Jeff) Radke of Champlin, Mn.,; 1 brother, Gerald Teppo of Virginia,; 2 sisters, Marilyn Olson and LaVerne Setter, both of Virginia, and 8 Grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by one daughter, Raylene A. L'esperance in 1991,; and his parents, Urho in on 1996, and Florence in 1986,

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Spring interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 

 

 

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Lars R. Lavine, 53, of Cook, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005, at his residence. He was born on Jan. 18, 1952, at Anchorage, Alaska. He grew up in Aurora, graduating from the Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School in 1970, where he was on the football and basketball teams. He then attended and graduated from Montana State University in Bozeman, earning a degree in recreational and area management in 1974. He was an avid outdoorsman and skier, including being a ski instructor for a time at Giants Ridge. Lars resided in Cook the past 22 years. He enjoyed the building, operating and time spent at Timbuktu Resort, the family resort on Lake Vermilion that his mother named. He was employed as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in several states, and most recently with the U.S. Forest Service based in Cook. He liked spending time with friends and family, especially his nieces and nephews, and in his younger days spent memorable times hunting with his father and grandfather. Lars love of nature and never ending sense of humor and kindness to all will be remembered and missed by family and friends.

 

He is survived by his father, Richard Dick Lavine of Prescott, Ariz., and Lake Vermilion-Cook; two sisters,

Linda (Gary) Rice of Iowa City, Iowa, and Nancy (Steve) Fogelberg of Cook; and seven nieces and nephews, Amy (Steve) Stepec, Nels and Lindi Fogelberg, Laura (Eric) Blantz, Craig Rice and Kate and Nora Lawrenson.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Evie   Lavine, on July 6, 1992.

 

Lars R. Lavine, 53, SERVICES: Memorial service 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The Rev. Randy Swenson will be the officiant. A time of  fellowship of family and friends will continue after the service,  along with a lunch, all at the funeral home.

 

Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Cook  Community Cemetery.

 

 

 

Holmes Arthur J., 84, of Minneapolis, formerly of Cook passed away on January 24, 2005. He was born on December 4, 1920. Survived by wife, Elizabeth (Betty); children, Rand (Dianne), White Bear Lake, Cynthia Kay Holmes, up north, Lauri Joy (David) Andersen, White Bear Lake, and Bradley Jay (Rebecca), Columbia Heights; children's mother, Veryl Adams; one granddaughter, Camielle; three great -grandchildren, Ruby, Lilly & Arthur; one brother, Axel Holmes Sr., Nett Lake; and many other relatives and friends.

 

Wake 5-9 PM Thursday, Augustana Lutheran Church, 11th Ave. S. & 7th St., Minneapolis. Funeral Service 11 AM Friday at the Church. Interment Trade River Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.    

 

 

 

Robert Ralph Mohr, 81, of Crane Lake, passed away Sunday, January 23rd.  He was born on October 16, 1923, at Riceville, Iowa, the son of Fred W. and Erna B. (Lybbert) Mohr. Bob was the operator of Mohr's Air Marine Service in Crane Lake until his retirement in 1988. Bob's love of flying began when he was a young boy helping his father build airplanes and going with him to fairs and picnics throughout northern Iowa when his father did airplane rides.

 

He graduated from Riceville High School in 1941, attended Iowa State University in 1942 and entered the Navy in 1943 during World War 11. He served 3 years 3 months and 3 days as a hydraulics specialist on B24 bombers and was a part of a crew that ferried planes to air bases in Idaho, Kansas, and Florida.

 

The family moved to Crane Lake in 1946 and Bob and his father opened their repair service. In 1947, he married Joan Bonner and they operated Percy's Fish Camp on Lac La Croix that summer and in the fall moved to California where Bob attended A & E School for this airplane and mechanics license.

 

They returned to Crane Lake in 1949, built their home and Bob used the balance of his GI bill to get his commercial pilot's license. It was then he opened up his Air Marine Service. Bob loved to fly and he and his J-3 cub became one when he was flying it. Through the years he did many seaplane rides and transported fisherman and gear to their cabins up the Lake and to his Fish Camp.

 

In 1965, he bought his second seaplane and in 1969 he purchased land and built the Johnson Lake Fish Camp. Along with his regular work, Bob flew rescue missions for the Sheriff's Office, local resorts, county appraisers to check properties, and fire fighters to remote areas. In 1974 and 1975, he flew the moose/wolf survey on Isle Royale for Purdue University.

 

He married Dorothy Bowser in 1974 and they operated the business until retirement in 1988. Their winters were spent in Venice, Florida.

 

After retiring from flying, Bob did boat top work in his shop. He repaired and made custom boat tops. Flying was his first love, but he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing.

 

Bob was a member of the Crane Lake Chapel and the last surviving member of the original Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Crane Lake Commercial Club and through the years had served as secretary/treasurer. He was the first Assistant Fire Chief for the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department, and was a member of the Orr American Legion Post # 480.

 

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy,; 2 sons, John (Lyn) Mohr of Vadnais Heights, Mn., and James (Jane) Mohr) of Zimmerman, Mn.; 1 daughter, Julie Ann Mohr of Duluth,; 4 Grandchildren: Ryan Mohr, Chandelle (Kory) Boeke, Joanna Mohr and Jack Mohr.

 

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Joan in 1962.; his parents: Fred W. in 1984, and Erna B. in 1983,; and 1 sister, Winifred McMurrin in 1980.

 

If so desired, memorials can be directed to the Crane Lake Chapel, 7399 Handberg Rd., Crane Lake, MN. 55725, or in Bob's memory to the Cook Hospital, 10th 5th Street. S.E., Cook, Mn. 55723

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (January 29th) at the Crane Lake Chapel. Pastor Ruth Gangloff will the officiant. Sandy Bodkin will be the organist. Military honors will be accorded by the Orr American Legion Post # 480. Spring inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Ruth T. Bauers, 84, of Hibbing, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at Leisure Hills of Hibbing. She was born March 19, 1920, in Alango Township, to Gust and Maria (Myllykoski) Kujala. She grew up in the Alango area and graduated from Alango High School.

 

Ruth married Bill Arola and shortly after he was deployed to Italy and was killed in action. She worked as a supervisor at the Arrow Shirt Factory in Chisholm. Ruth was united in marriage to Clifford Bauers on July 3, 1948. The couple lived for a time in Chisholm, Virginia and Atikokan, Canada. They returned to the U.S. in 1965 and resided in Hibbing. In 1995, she moved to the Lee Center and thoroughly enjoyed living there. She was a member of the Ladies VFW Auxiliary 1221 of Hibbing.


Ruth is survived by her son, Robert (Beverly) Bauers of Hibbing; two brothers, August (Gladys) Kujala of Virginia, and Allen (Irene) Kujala of Balkan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bill Arola and Clifford Bauers; five sisters, Ina Kujala, Effie Neuttila, Helen Lattick, Ethel Arola, and Ailee Latick; two brothers, Eugene Kujala, and Olaf Kujala.

 

Ruth T. Bauers, 84, SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. The Rev. Steven Breitbarth will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

 

 

Jennie A. (Roy) King, 89, of Nett Lake, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on Februrary.22, 1915 in Moose River, Minn., to Joseph and Mary (White Raven) Roy. As a child, she moved to Nett Lake with her family, where she lived for over 80 years. She married Melvin King in Nett Lake. Jennie was a member of the Nett Lake Baptist Church, serving many years on its council. She belonged to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. Jennie was a homemaker and was a longtime cook at the Nett Lake School and for the elderly programs. She enjoyed sewing, hunting, reading and beadwork and loved to go for rides to town and in the countryside. Her favorite endeavor was going to her church, which she held dearly in her heart. She had been making her residence at the Cook Nursing Home the past two years.

 

She is survived by one son, Melvin Arnold King of Silverdale; five daughters, Lorraine L. Villebrun, Arlene (Floyd) Morrison and Lela M. Goodsky, all of Nett Lake, Jacqueline R. Wilson of Indio, Calif., and Ann Whitecrow of Phoenix, Ariz., 33 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, on March 21, 1995; three sons, Norman King Sr., on Dec. 27, 1988, Francis King on July 17, 1966, and Nathaniel King on Jan. 21, 1987; two brothers, Ben and Sam Roy; two sisters, Alice Smith and Charlotte Day; one grandson, Bryan Villebrun; and one great-grandson, Hunter King, who died on Sept. 26, 2004.

 

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Nett Lake Baptist Church. The Rev. Kevin Lasley and the Rev. Wally Olson will be the officiants. The music was provided by Stan Day. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today in the church. Interment will be in the new Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

Ethel E. Hudson, 77, of Virginia died Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 16, 1927, to Alex and Mary (Heinonen) Maki in Virginia. She grew up and attended school in Virginia, graduating from Roosevelt High School Class of 1945. She worked for a time in Duluth. She married Martin Hudson on July 16, 1949, in Virginia. Following marriage the couple made their home in Virginia. She worked at Lambert Lumber, Lake Superior Industrial Bureau, Seppi’s, John Deere and at the school district with special education as a secretary and bookkeeper. She retired in 1983. She enjoyed their summer home on Prairie Lake near Floodwood. She was a former member of the Eastern Star, and was a member of the Business & Professional Women’s Club, the Laurentian Senior Citizens and Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church.

 

Surviving are her husband, Martin; a daughter, Charlotte (Todd) Swanson, of Angora; a son, Marty, of Virginia; three grandsons, Kris (Beth) Swanson of Denver, Colo., Aaron (Jennifer) Swanson of Maple Grove, Minn., and Casey (Angela) Swanson of Henderson, Nev.; a great-grandson, Hunter Swanson, of Denver; and two sisters, Ermi (Sulo) Rondack of Duluth and Nellie Maki of Thousand Oaks, Calif.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Sharon Ann; and six brothers.

 

Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia, with the Rev. Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

 

 

Vern C. Nelson, 68,of Angora, died Tuesday, January 4, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. Vern was born in Cook on March 31, 1936; the son of Vernon and Helen (Hedican) Nelson. He grew up in Virginia, where he graduated from High School and lived most of his life. He served his country with 4 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps., and earned the rank of sergeant. While still in the military, he was united in marriage to Janet W. Harvey on May 10, 1958, at Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania. The couple settled in Virginia, where they raised their children. Vern was an electrical contractor, and co-owned Nelson-Collie Electric in Virginia, then owned Associated Electric in Cook. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union #294, along with belonging to the Virginia Elks and Moose Lodges. In retirement, he ran the trail groomer for the Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club - his dream vocation. His hobbies and joys were being with his wife and partner, Janet, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who will always remember the tractor rides. His wit, humor, and love of family will be greatly missed, but always remembered.

 

He is survived by his wife and partner, Janet ,; 4 children: Colleen (Richard "Dick") Maki of Roseau, Kelly Nelson of Springboro, Ohio, John (Amy) Nelson of Angora, and Tracey (Doug) Watt of Cook; 2 sisters, Joan (Ben) Collie and Judy (Richard) Poupard, both of Tower, 5 dear Grandchildren, along with numerous caring nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncle, and of course his special pet dog, Nellie.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Helen in 1976, and father Vernon in 1996.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will take place one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. The honorary bearers will be Vern's five grandsons: John Dean Nelson Lockwood, Louis Nelson Watt, Edison Nelson Watt, Gunnar Vernon Nelson, and Olin Clark Nelson. The soloist will be Amy Nelson and the organist and pianist will be Brenda Tibbetts. Military rites will be accorded by the combined Honor Guard of the Cook V.F.W. Post 1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480. Spring interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Angora. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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