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Audrey Jean Johnson, 56, of Dillon, Mont., died on Dec. 23, 2007, in Barrett Hospital in Dillon. Audrey was born Sept. 7, 1951, to Caroline (Nelson) Johnson and William Johnson in Minneapolis.

 

She was a graduate of Osseo High School, Osseo, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Osseo. She grew up in Osseo and Orr, her parents lived at Cusson, before relocating to Alaska then Montana.

 

While in Alaska Audrey was the lead gardener and groundskeeper at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She was also the head cook for an engineering company working on the North Slope in Alaska’s oil fields.

 

She was a woman of many talents and passions. She was an excellent chef and was known for her green thumb gardening abilities wherever she lived. Audrey enjoyed time hunting, fishing, camping and being outdoors. She was an extraordinary horsewoman. Her special affinity for and understanding of animals domestic and wild was renowned.

 

Most recently Audrey resided in Twin Bridges, Mont., 40 miles from Dillon with her devoted friend and companion John Kent. She and John had just begun enjoying their newly completed Log Home. The home was built by her cousin, Russell Holman and Gary Dantes, both of Orr, as well as by workmen/friends from Montana. Russell is owner of Voyageur Log Homes at Cusson, Minnesota.

 

Audrey brought a gentle Spirit into this world. She touched many souls with her creativity, wisdom and kind insightful ways. She gave much more than she ever took.  She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and many others.

 

She is survived by her sisters Linda Grebenc of Eveleth, Diane Johnson Hysler of Savannah, Ga., Marjory (Michael) Wood of Orr, and May Ann (Bruce) Williams of Rosemount, Minn.; her brother, Bruce W. Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska; six nieces and nephews, Jesselynn (Robert) Wilson of Cook, Michael (Michelle) Kraus of Ramsey, Minn., Dale (Christine) Johnson of Hibbing, Christina (Waylon) Johnson of Eveleth, Brian Lee of White Bear, Minn., and Robert Lee of White Bear; her “Greats,” Briana, Rachel, Nicholas, Brandon, Liam, Jacob, Erinn, Brent, Lavonne, Lamar, Tyler, Maija and Gabriel.

 

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Caroline 67, 1993 and William 74, 1987 Johnson of Orr; grandparents Caroline and Paul Nelson of Duluth, and Minda and Nels Johnson of Orr.

 

Memorial Services will be 1 p.m. Friday, January 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Orr, with the Rev. Art Dale officiating. Services are being held concurrently at 11 a.m. at the Brundage Funeral Home in Dillon, Mont. with Pastor Walde officiating. The Brundage funeral home in Dillon, and the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook are assisting the family with arrangements. Audrey always welcomed and made homes for dogs, horses, cats and other special animals. She dearly cared for and respected them. Memorials may be directed to the “Animal Humane Society” in her name.

 
     

Peter Oscar Peterson, 71, SERVICES: Visitation will be on Monday at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service at the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth. Pastor Joel Rova-Hegener will be officiating. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Peter “Pete’’ Oscar Peterson, 71, of Iron died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Pete was born on Dec. 14, 1936, to Knute and Celia (Anthony) Peterson. He graduated from Cherry High School in 1955 and then served in the U.S. Army. Pete was united in marriage to Sandy Anderson on July 1, 1967. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local No. 49 Union and worked construction. Pete was a member of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth.

 

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Sandy Peterson of Eveleth; son, Craig (Nikole (Flack)) Peterson of Iron; two grandchildren, Blake and Kadie; brothers, Bob Peterson of Denville, N.J., and Dale (Becky) Peterson of Eveleth; sister, Dorothy Luukkonen of Iron; sisters-in-law, Nancy Williams of Zim and Marie Peterson of Zim; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Knute and Celia; brothers, Vernon, Ray, Roger, Mike and Russell; sisters, Vera Carlson, Thora Cobb, Lillian Murray and Frieda Rundquist

 
 

Dale R. Arola, 51, of Angora, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 28, 2007,  at his residence of natural causes.   At his request, no services will take place.   Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

He was born on November 9, 1956 in Virginia to Elmer and Helen (Picek) Arola.  Dale was a 1975 graduate of Cook High School and graduated from the two year carpentry course from Eveleth Vo Tech in 1977.   Dale was an excellent carpenter and made beautiful oak furniture.  He was self employed.    He had a passion for deer hunting and enjoyed his home in the country. 

 

He is survived by his son, Kyle of Virginia; his parents, Elmer and Helen Arola of Virginia; brother, David (Janis) Arola of Angora,; sisters, Sandy (Lyndon) Nurmi of Britt,  Sharon (Glenn) Aune of Angora, and Susan (Tim) Waataja of Summerville, South Carolina; step-sons, Jack Pahkala of Angora and Joe (Dana) Pahkala of Britt, along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Steve and Pearl Picek, and Marcus and Hannah Arola, and numerous aunts and uncles.

 
 

Dr. Don and Faye Rautio, ages 67 and 65, of New Hope, Minn., died in a tragic automobile accident on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007.

 

They are survived by two sons, Eric and Adam; a grandson, Connor of the Twin Cities; and Faye's brother, Alan Tritchler of Virginia, Minnesota, other relatives, many friends and their dog, Buffer.

 

They will be dearly missed by many people.

 

Memorial service 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, Hennepin Avenue at Groveland Avenue South, Minneapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church for the Rautio Memorial Fund. To honor the life and legacy of Don and Faye, go to: wwwericroy.com  Arrangements are by Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, Minneapolis.

 
 

Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Subject: Elsie Rytkonen

 

Hi Don,
I'm in the Philippines with my wife Dina for four months.  Found out today that mom Elsie past away Dec 23 in her sleep.  She lived a long life some happy days some not. She was cremated on Wednesday Dec 26. 
Terry Rytkonen

Elsie was married to Roy Rytkonen who passed away on December 16, 1979 at the age of 63. They were the parents of; Marie, Roy Jr., Dale, Shirley, Terry and John. Their home was across Highway 24 from the Vermilion Fairways.

 
 

Betty Lou Kennedy, 71, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, at her home. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Betty Lou Kennedy was born Dec. 30, 1935, to Andy Overbay and Fay (Barber) Overbay in Pine Hill, Ky. She lived in Carlsbad for the past 10 years. Cremation has taken place and services will be held in Indiana at a later date. Survivors include her spouse, Gordon Kennedy; two sons; one daughter; three brothers; two sisters and two grandchildren.

Gordon Kennedy was raised in the Cook area. He attended the Cook School with the graduating class of 1956. His parents are; Raymond 69, 1971 & Carrie  97, 2006 Kennedy. He has two brothers; David of Chisholm and Byron of rural Virginia and one sister Doris of Virginia.

 
 

Judge Ralph E. Harvey, 88, of Mountain Iron, died Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on Dec. 6, 1919, in Virginia to George and Lily (Crago) Harvey and grew up there. He was a graduate of the Virginia High School, Virginia Junior College and the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

He practiced law with Bill Huhtala and other attorneys in the area, Trenti, Saxhaug and Scherkenbach. He then set up his own practice and served as city attorney for Virginia, Cook and McKinley. He ran for the municipal judgeship and was appointed Judge of the County Court by Gov. Wendell Anderson. He had been a judge for more than 20 years and retired in 1985.

 

Judge Harvey was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member and past commander of Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 of Virginia; a member and past master of Virginia Blue Lodge 264, A.F.&A.M.; Eveleth Commandery No. 35; Virginia Chapter No. 77; Royal Arch Masons and Aad Temple Shrine of Hermantown; Range Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar Association; and was a charter member of the Virginia Lenont Curling Club.

 

He was an avid reader and loved to hunt, fish and curl, and he loved to dine out with his wife, Ruth.

 

Survivors include, his wife, Ruth Harvey of Mountain Iron; a daughter, Judith (Richard) Pearson of Lake Vermilion, Cook; sons, George (Phyllis) Harvey of Sand Lake, Britt, Ralph (Sue) Harvey of Virginia, Keith (Laurie) Harvey of Virginia, and Mark (Teresa) Hill of Vandnais Heights; 16 grandchildren, Erik Pearson, Max Pearson, Ross Harvey, Katrina Harvey Bird, Alyson Bialke, Kimberly Belt, Tyler Harvey, Brittany Hedley, Jennifer Kepfer, Sarah Kroeschell, Christopher Harvey, Valerie Harvey, Benjamin Harvey, Bethany Harvey, Kimberly Hill and Jennifer Hill, and eight great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lily Harvey; first wife, Janet Harvey; son, Scott Harvey and brothers and sisters

 

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia, with Pastor Robert Simensen officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

 

Ralph was the Cook City Attorney in the 1960s and 1970s.

 
 

Margaret “Meg” S. Fox, 68, of Cook, died Monday, December 17, 2007 at the Virginia Convalescent Center in Virginia. 

   

Meg was born in Aurora, MN on October 9, 1939, to Harold and Toyne (Kangas) Leiviska.  She lived in Aurora until she was 4 then moved with her family  to Finntown  in Virginia, and graduated from Virginia High School in 1957. 

 

She completed a 2 year course of Medical Records in Minneapolis before moving to Sand Lake-Britt area where she lived for many years.  She was employed in medical records department at the Lenont-Peterson Clinic and East Range Clinic both in Virginia, then for the Cook Clinic and Hospital for over 25 years, retiring in 1997.

 

She was a member of the Red Hat Society and was an avid reader.  She loved animals, being in the outdoors, gardening with her flowers, and the family fondly recalls her as a “sun-worshipper”.  She also enjoyed  hunting- especially deer hunting, fishing, camping and going for rides  “bumming” around local sites.  She always had a smile on her face and was a truly positive person.  

 

Meg’s family would like to thank the staff at the Virginia Convalescent Center for their wonderful care and compassion given her during her stay. 

 

She is survived by her best friend and loving significant other of over 20 years, Glen Seopa of Cook;  a son Farley (Tammy) Fox of Britt;  a daughter Lacy (Rick) Grivette of Virginia, step sons Todd (Dawn) Seopa of Bemidji, Dean Seopa of Side Lake; 6 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, her loving pet dog Sammy and many “grand dogs”.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Luella Leiviska and 1 daughter Faith Fox in 9 months of infancy.

 

Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

As per Meg’s request a private family service was held on Friday, December 21, 2007 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau was the officiant.  The soloist was Patti Fisher and organist Shirley Rosnau.   The honorary bearers were Farley Fox, Rick Grivette, Dean Seopa and Todd Seopa.  Spring interment will be in the Carpenter Cemetery in Togo. 

 
 

Randy Keith Anderson, 44, of Bear River, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at his residence in Duluth.

 

He was born on Dec. 17, 1962, to R. Kenneth and Rose (Gerke) Anderson in Janesville, Wis. He moved  to Bear river in 1976, graduated from Cook High School in 1981 and moved to Blaine, Minn., in 1983. Randy was employed by Waste Management for over 25 years. He enjoyed racing and watching Dale Earnhardt and also enjoyed his place in Bear River, snowmobiling and spending time with family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

Survivors include his children, Russell Anderson, Sarah Anderson and Dustin Anderson; grandson, Kaleb Dylan Koster; mother, Rose Anderson; sister, Roxie (Dan) Stevens; brother, Ron (Mary) Anderson; niece, Erin Anderson; step-grandmother, Leona (Namchek) Wilson; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins including his Uncle & Aunt Lee & Alberta (Doroff) Anderson

 

He was preceded in death by his father, R. Kenneth Anderson, 45, 1985, and grandparents, Berton 81, 1990 and Minnie 90, 1998 (Rautiola) Anderson

 

Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. The Rev. Bruce Dissell will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the time of service. Arrangements by the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. .

 
 

Lenard J. Hannine, 84, of Cook, former longtime resident of Linden Grove Township, passed away on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. 

 

He was born on June 26, 1923, at Cook, the son of Evert and Mary (Bergman) Hannine. He grew up and lived in Linden Grove Township for 75 years before moving to Cook in 1999. His parents were pioneer residents of that area. He served in the Navy during World War 11. He married Barbara MacClanathan on September 18, 1954, at Linden Grove.  Lenard worked construction and logged most of his working life.   He and Barb harvested many big gardens, and  he loved fishing. Earlier he also liked hunting (any time of year he felt like it, as he jokingly told it.) His family fondly remembers the love he had had for his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was a life member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  

 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara “Barb”;  4 sons, Barry (Shirley) Hannine of Burnsville, MN., Elliot (Eva) Hannine,  Dane Hannine, and Jon (Jessica Hanke) Hannine all of Linden Grove; 3 daughters, Jean Hannine of Cook, Denise Namchek of Agana, Guam, and Verna (John) Manly of Oakdale, MN.; 12 Grandchildren: Vicki, Monica, Nicole, Amy, Sarah, Christopher, Shawn, Samantha, David, Sonya, Sid and Tanya; and  3 Great Grandchildren: Alex, Rico and Kayla. 

 

He is preceded in death by one brother, Paul Hannine in 1997 and a cousin Elmer Hannine in 2003, and a granddaughter, Tiffany Hannine in 1988. Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

Memorial services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, (December 15th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.   The honorary bearers will be grandchildren: Chris, Shawn, Samantha and Sarah Hannine, and Sid and Tanya Manly. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honors guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and the Orr American Legion Post #480.

 

Spring interment will be in the family lot in Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 
 

Duane L. Malecha, 42, Orr, died on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, in an automobile accident near Orr.

 

He was born on Feb. 17, 1965 at New Prague, Minnesota, the son of Leonard and Jayne (Svoboda) Malecha. He was raised in Lonsdale area then moved to Myrtle Lake in 1975 where his family owned and operated the Myrtle Lake Resort until 1982.

 

He graduated from the Orr High School in 1983.  Duane moved back to Lonsdale in 1983 and worked in construction for six years. In 1989, he moved to Seattle, Washington where he got his start in commercial fishing with his uncle David Glem, and continued for 13 years. Duane returned to Orr in August of 2002, where he worked as a logger and mason. He was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church and served on the church council. Duane was a wonderful son, father, brother, uncle and friend.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and making others laugh.

 

He is survived by one daughter; Morgan at home, one step-daughter:; Kathryn Hetra of Orr;  his parents Leonard and Jayne Malecha of Lonsdale, MN.; two brothers, Mark (Julie) Malecha of Orr, and Danny (Abi) Malecha of Lonsdale; three sisters; Sandra McDonald of Red Wing, MN, Mary Lu (Terry) Bastyr of Veseli, Mn., and Sonia Malecha of Fairbault, MN.; nieces and nephews: David Hoffman, Candis, Lindsay and Bradley Bastyr, Kimberly (and great nephew Noah) Jirik, and Ashley, Serena and Justin Malecha, along with many friends.

 

He was preceded in death by one sister Debbie on Oct. 20, 1989.

 

Memorial, services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday, Dec. 12th at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr .  Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Lonsdale, MN.

 

Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

Doris L. (Hoglund) Kronholm 87, of Cambridge died on December 5, 2007. Preceded in death by husbands, Eric Hoglund and Oliver Kronholm. Survived by children, Marlys (Robert) Wood, Eric (Nancy) Hoglund, Barbara (Bjorn) Iwarsson; stepdaughters, Gloria (Paul) Walters, Carol (William) Bell, Joyce (David) Eicher, Lois (James) Weeks; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, 12 step-grandchildren, 23 step-great- grandchildren; sister, Della Nelson. Funeral service 11 AM Monday, Dec. 10, 2007 at First Baptist Church, Cambridge. Visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials to Grandview Christian Ministries, 322 River Hills Place North, Cambridge, MN 55008. The family expresses their heartfelt thank you to River Hills Senior Community and Allina Hospice for their loving, compassionate and respectful care. Carlson-Lillemoen 763-689-2244

 

Doris' second husband Oliver Kronholm of Cook, Minnesota passed away on October 22, 2006 at the age of  90. His parents were; John Edward 87, 1975 & Greta 43, 1927, Step-mother; Irene 76, 1969 Kronholm. Oliver's siblings; Einar Kronholm 86, 1998,  Gunnar  94, 2007 & Elna 55, 1967 & Eunice Kronholm, Oliver, Astrid 89, 2003 & Bruce 87, 2003 Fleming and  Judy & Harris Youngquist

 
 

Thomas Earl Plunkett, 33, passed away at his home Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, in Virginia.

 

He was born June 25, 1974, in Minneapolis. He was a 1992 graduate of Cook High School and received a graphic arts degree from the Range Technical College. He enjoyed nature through biking, hiking, camping, skiing and many other outdoor activities. He had a deep respect and appreciation for the environment and all living things.

 

He is loved and will be deeply missed by his wife and soulmate, Angela Bowser; his mother, Marilyn; his grandmother, Margaret Johnson; brother, Nathan (Ann) Plunkett; two sisters, Diana (Kevin) Neuman and Leigh Ann (Mike) Rau; honorary sister, Katrina (Yohji) Shionoya; nieces and nephews, Hailey, Robert, Ethan, Katrena, Machel, Kimberlyn, Weston, Damian, Jade and Nina; and extended family and countless friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Plunkett; grandparents, Thomas and Bernice Plunkett; and grandfather, Earl Johnson.

 

Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at Kaleva Hall in Virginia. Arrangements are by Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 
 

Hershel B. Cope, 85, of Virginia, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born June 17, 1922, in Topeka, Kan., to Esther S. Cope and Fred F. Cope. Except for time in the Navy and when at college, he lived his entire life in Virginia. Dr. Cope graduated from high school in Virginia in 1940. He joined the Navy in 1943 and was honorably discharged in 1949. He completed his medical school education at the University of Minnesota. He married Molly M. Hoey on Dec. 25, 1944, in Virginia. Dr. Cope was well-respected for his calm, kind and friendly manner, his willingness to give time to his patients and his genuine concern for others. Above all else, Dr. Cope had a feeling of devotion to family. His love and guidance for family was the focus of his life to the end. He had a never-ending need to be busy at some constructive effort, ceaselessly planning ahead. Dr. Cope was a member of the United Methodist Church of Virginia, as well as numerous groups and associations.

 

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Molly; six children, Patricia Cope Staley (Paul) of Slaggyford, England, Steven M. Cope (Nancy) of Kohler, Wis., James R. Cope (Jodie A. Steblay) of Britt, Nancy L. Peterson (Jeff) of Lake Vermilion-Tower, John F. Cope (Linda) of Britt, Rhonda M. Wood (Raymond) of International Falls; grandchildren, Norman H. Wood (Nicci), Molly I. Davis (Tyler), Laurie Cope Edgerton (Burke), Angela Cope, Dana M. Cope-Roubik (Tom), Alicia L. Cope (Brent), Jodie L. Cope (Dave), Amanda C. Thompson (Brian), Meghan E. Peterson, Tyler J. Peterson (Margit), Keith H. Peterson (Emma), Andrew R. Peterson (Katherine), Alexander J. Cope, Audrey J. Cope, Elizabeth H. Cope, Andrew H. Cope, Peter W. Cope, Benjamin H. Staley, Samuel C. Staley; great-grandchildren, William C. Peterson, Nolin M. Cope-Robinson, Liesl Belle Cope-Schaeffer, Jude C. Edgerton, Rory J. Cope-Robinson, Sydney R. Cope-Robinson, Corbin T. Roubik, Amelia L. Cope-Robinson, Ellen G. Roubik, Tanner R. Wood, Lila R. Wood; and one sister, Charlotte C. Venn.

 

Dr. Cope was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Hershel Cope; one daughter-in-law, Helen B. Cope; and his parents, Esther S. Cope and Fred F. Cope.

 

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church in Virginia. The Rev. Brenda King will officiate. A gathering time for family and friends will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church, and continue from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the church. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to the Virginia Foundation or the VRMC (Virginia Regional Medical Center) Foundation. Services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

Doctor Cope delivered many babies in our area, including four of our children. Only John was born in Cook. We also are clients of the Cope-Peterson Law Firm.

 

Clara Jane Strong Whiteman, “Bay ga mi gah bah wik” 59, Nett Lake, passed away on  Sunday, November 25, 2007.

  

Clara was born on February 10, 1948, at Cloquet, to Herbert Sr. and Emma (Boness) Strong .  She grew up in Nett Lake, and Alango, where she attended  school.  She married Jerome Whiteman on May 1, 1969, in International Falls.  Not long before their marriage, Jerome was called to serve in the Army, and was  with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam.  She went to California during his latter part of his active duty at  Sharp Army Depot in Stockton.  In the early 1970’s she started substitute teaching Head Start in Nett Lake.   She moved to Leadville, Colorado, where Jerome worked in the molybdenum “molly” mines.  In 1981, they returned to Nett Lake, and Clara went back to the Head Start program, a job which she loved and was dedicated to.  Her interests included beading, puzzles, and was talented at artwork, even her “doodling”  was a work of art.  She was fascinated by the stars and universe and took class in astronomy, .  For the past 12  years or so, she and Jerome were active  on the Pow-Wow Trail, which took them to many areas.  She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.  Clara’s family wishes to give their heartfelt thanks to the Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital for the kindness and care given.

 

She is survived by her husband, Jerome; 3 sons, John (Jeanine) Whiteman, Brian (Panda) Whiteman, and Jarrod Whiteman, all of Nett Lake; 4 daughters, Adrienne (Rudy) Zapata of Nett Lake, Regina (Marco Velaquez) Whiteman of Lake Worth, Fl., Corinne Whiteman of Nett Lake and Janella Whiteman of Nett Lake; 2 brothers, Reggie Strong  and Wilbert Strong, both of Nett Lake; 1 sister Joanne (Gary) Donald of Tower,; 12 Grandchildren: Arianna, Amber, Alliyah, Abbi, John Jr., Jenna, Jaden, Jacob, Charmaine, Bryan Jr., Brianna and Willa Jean; along with numerous  nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Strong Jr. and a sister who died in infancy, Rosemarie Strong.

 

Traditional Tribal Rites were held at 10:00 AM Friday at the Nett Lake School Gym.  The visitation was after 4:00 PM Thursday at the School Gym.  Gilbert Smith was the Spiritual Advisor. Traditional drums was provided by Rose Berens-drum keeper.  The casket bearers were: James Henderson, Murphy Thomas, Gilbert Caribou, Lester Drift Jr., Milton Barto, Gary Smith, Elmer Mainville Jr. and Peter Drift Sr.  The honorary bearers were: Brent Chosa, Eugene Goodsky, Hank Goodsky, Wendell Hoagland, Steven Whiteman, Alma Lumbar, Flo Huisentruit, Shane Drift and Mark Drift.    Interment will be in the new Nett Lake Cemetery. 

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook. 

 
 
 

Roger Russell “Butch” Lindgren, aged 71, died unexpectedly at home on November 21, 2007. He was born September 27, 1936 in Two Harbors, the son of Arvid (A.J.) and Agnes (Sellman) Lindgren.  He  graduated from Orr High School and was a lifelong resident of Orr. He served in the United States Army in the U. S. and Germany.  He was a long time employee of KGM Contractors of Angora, before retiring in 2001.  He was an avid outdoorsman and an avid reader.

 

He is survived by brothers Richard (Lois) Lindgren of Bloomfield Hills, MI; Lawrence (Patricia) Lindgren of Virginia, MN; Alden (Sharon) Lindgren of Corpus Christi, TX; and Vernon (Arna) Day of Seattle, WA; and a sister Lorraine Scates, Scottsdale, AZ and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father Arvid Lindgren and mother Agnes Day.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 1, 2007, at  Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  Rev. Bruce Dissell  will be the officiant. The visitation will be at 1:00 PM  until the hour of service.  Interment will be in  the Leiding Cemetery in Orr.  Military honors 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.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations in “Butch’s” memory to the: Orr Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 237, Orr, MN. 55771.   Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 
 

James “Big Jim” Haryn, 69, of Cook, died Wednesday, November 21, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

He was born on May 9, 1938, in Virginia, the son of Hugo and Emma (Oja) Haryn.  He grew up in several areas in Northern Minnesota, and graduated from the Cook High School in 1956.  He furthered his education and attended Bemidji State College.

 

Jim served with the Military Police in the Army and was stationed in Germany.  After his discharge, he joined the Air Force, and served in Vietnam.  He played professional football  for a time.  After his tours of duty, he returned to the area where he logged.   Jim operated the Beatty Portage at Lac La Croix for nearly 20 years.  He was a member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  He was an avid reader, and loved Polka music.  Jim also liked snowmobiling and always enjoyed visitors, and will be missed by the many who knew him.

 

He is survived by one 1 son, James C. Haryn of Munich, Germany; 1 brother, John (Carol) Haryn of Long Lake;  1 sister, Sally (Tom) Schlotec of Lake Vermilion-Tower; nieces and nephews: Tom (Paula) Schlotec, Julia (Eric) Maki, Chris (Luke) Strub, Mark (Pam) Haryn, Scott (Cheryl) Haryn and Heather (Jody) Spangler, along with many friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister in infancy, Carol Jean Haryn.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday (December 1st) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The honorary bearers will be Shelly Ward, Dave Beckmann, Clark Brenna and Jim Nelson.

 
 

Ailie J. Laitala, 91, of Chisholm and formerly of Cook died Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm. She was born May 10, 1916, in Meadowbrook, Minnesota which is west of Cook ten miles., to Erick J. and Olga M. (Korpi-Maki) Kangas. She had been a Balkan resident for most of her life. She was a homemaker and was an avid gardener and also loved animals.

 

Survivors include her children, Gary (Cass) Laitala of Chisholm, Elma (Patrick) Gibson of Hibbing and James (JoAnn) Laitala of Nashwauk; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces. Her brother Arne was married to Helmi Paavala Hiltunen.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arvid, on April 24, 1986; and also by three brothers and two sisters.

 

Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel in Chisholm, with the Rev. Robert Ierien of Faith Lutheran Church in Chisholm officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to service. Interment will follow in Chisholm Cemetery. To sign the guest book online and leave a memorial message, go to: www.ruppfuneralhome.com

 
 

Edward L. Wheelecor, 77, of Side Lake, formerly of Chisholm, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on April 13, 1930, to Edward and Irma (Mitchell) Wheelecor in Hibbing. Ed grew up and attended school in Chisholm, graduating in 1948. He served in the Navy and the Air Force.

 

Ed was united in marriage to Lorraine Lehman on Dec. 31, 1955. Lorraine is the daughter of Earl 78, 1978 & Gladys 79, 1981 (Johnson) Lehman of Greaney. She was a 1951 graduated of the Orr High School. He was employed by the First National Bank of Chisholm, eventually becoming president and CEO. He retired in 1994 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until his death. Ed also served as an officer at the First National Bank of Cook.

 

Ed was a member of the Chisholm United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge, past president of the Chisholm Blueline Club, the Chisholm Curling Club, and was instrumental in the building of the Chisholm Hockey Arena and Curling Club. He was a charter member of the Dreamer’s hunting shack. He also belonged to many other organizations.

 

Ed enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, berry picking, carpentry, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought him great joy. He will be remembered for many things, but especially his sense of humor.

 

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; his five children: Susan Wheelecor, George (Robin) Wheelecor, William (Sandra) Wheelecor, Corrine (Paul) Centa, and Rebecca (Charles) Lake; 11 grandchildren: Michael, Amanda (Chris), Chelsea (Derek), Eric, Cassie (Gene), Matthew, Mitchell, Madason, Nicholas, Courtney and Nathan; three great-grandchildren: Peyton, Quinn and Spencer; his brother Bob (Betty) Wheelecor and his sister, Carol (Ed) Broom; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral: Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 19, at the Chisholm United Methodist Church with Pastors Barb Hegfors and Jack Harris officiating.

 

 

Bertha S. Waisanen, 88, of Chisholm, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, at Heritage Manor Health Care Center in Chisholm. She was born May 15, 1919, in Virginia, to John and Susan (Murtimaa) Boutto. Bertha lived in Meadow Brook, Keewatin, and was a longtime resident of Chisholm. She was united in marriage on Oct. 10, 1941, to Neil J. Waisanen. She worked as a seamstress with the shirt factories in Chisholm and Virginia. Bertha enjoyed fishing in all seasons, snowmobiling and picking blueberries. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was active in the church’s quilting club and WBA woman’s club.

 

Survivors include her children, Roger (Beatrice) of Angora, Marcia (Dale) Boutang of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Gerald (Wendy) of Side Lake; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Art Boutto of Cook; and one sister, Gertie Kangas of Mesa, Ariz.; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neil; and 11 siblings

 

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Chisholm, with the Rev. Robert Ierien officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Inurnment will be in Chisholm Cemetery. To sign the guestbook online and leave a memorial message, go to: www.ruppfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Lorraine A. Elias, 80, of Silver Bay, and formerly of Hibbing, Mankato, Britt, and Togo, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, in the Minnesota State Veteran’s Home in Silver Bay.

 

She was born Dec. 6, 1926, in Togo, the daughter of John and Maria Hanson. She attended school in Togo, and graduated from Hibbing High School. She was married to Jerry Elias on Nov. 29, 1947, in the Solina Lutheran Church in Togo. Lorraine worked as a salesperson for J.C. Penney for many years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed golfing, traveling, making handcrafts, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Lorraine is survived by two sons, Roger (Tera) Elias of Plymouth, and Dan (Mary) Elias of Hibbing; three daughters, Debra Elias (Warren Schmid) of Elysian, Minn., Diane (John) Nelson of Hibbing, and Bonnie Elias-Olson (Gary Olson) of Eagan, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Ann) Elias, Marni Strauss, Brandon (Becky) Elias, Lucas (Ylva) Elias, Mark (Melissa) Elias, Joshua Hinkel, Jesse (Elizabeth) Hinkel, Jonathon Nelson, Logan Nelson, Garrett Olson, and Grant Olson; 13 great-grandchildren, Chyna, Cameron, Chambers, Emily, Ethan, Alexa, Anna, Libby, Meghan, Gretchen, Abby, Gabe, and Isaac; a brother, Elmer (Myrle) Hanson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; two brothers; six sisters; her son, Jerry “J.D.;” her daughter, Kerry; her grandson, Matthew; and her great-grandson, Joshua

 

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Erik Holleque will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, and will continue from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Minnesota State Veterans Home in Silver Bay. Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Hibbing. To leave a remembrance of Lorraine online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Franklin R. “Frank” Porter 62 O-ji-mah Ji-we “Warrior on the Hill”, of Nett Lake, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2007, at the Cornerstone Health Care Facility in Buhl.

 

Frank was born on April 15, 1945, at Cloquet, to Harry and Jenny (Canada) Porter.  He grew up at Bois Forte.  We worked as a welder, and his work took him to various areas, including Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle and Minneapolis.   He returned  to the area in 1980, resettling in Nett Lake.  Frank was a talented artist, and many of his oil painting are displayed  throughout the area.  He liked hunting, fishing,  making Indian pottery, and  going for long walks.  He was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

 

He is survived by 3 sons, Jonathan Porter of Sante Fe, NM., Franklin Porter Jr. of Cloquet and Doug Porter of Cloquet,; 4 daughters, Ruth Porter of Grand Forks, ND., Jenny Porter of Nett Lake, and  Dora and Sophia Porter, both of VanVert, Ohio; 2 Grandchildren, Joseph and Rhonda Hoagland of Grand Forks, ND.,, along with numerous special nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Harry Jr. and Doug Porter; and 4 sisters, Rose Sheehy, Evelyn Dupree, Leona Goggleye and Shirley Bombay. 

 

Funeral arrangements were with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

Tribal Rites will be at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Nett Lake School Gym, where visitation will be after 4:00 PM Wednesday. Gilbert Smith will be the Spiritual Advisor.  Interment will be in the Bois Forte Cemetery, at Nett Lake.

 
 

Frederick P. Grebenc, 46, of Eveleth, Died Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. Fred was born on August 18, 1961, at Virginia, MN, to Anthony and Dorothy (Johnson) Grebenc. He grew up in the Cook area until he was 6 years old then lived in southern Minnesota, and Vernonia, Oregon for many years before moving to  Eveleth in 2006

 

He married Linda C. Johnson on Feb. 14, 2003 at Cathlamet, Washington.. He worked for Shingle Mills as a Sawyer making cedar shakes until his retirement.

 

He enjoyed playing the guitar, working on pickups, loved to tell stories,  play cribbage and cards.

 

He is survived by his wife, Linda of Eveleth; 1 son, Zachary Grebenc of Aberdeen, WA,; 4 daughters, Beth (Ryan) Delemos of Vernonia, OR, Rebecca Grebenc of Clatskaninie, OR, Sarah (Shaun) Pief of Aberdeen, WA, and Melissa Chad) Grebenc of Clatskaninie, OR,; 1 step son-Dale (Chris) Johnson of Keewatin,; 1 step daughter-Crissy (Waylon) Drift of Eveleth,; 1 sister Jessie (Greg Jauhola) Grebenc of Cook,; 2 brothers, Anthony “Tony” (Norma Wolf) Grebenc of Vernonia, OR and Adam Tessin of Cook.; his mother Dorothy Trackler of Cook. 4 grandchildren.; and his special dog Charlie.

 

He was preceded in death by father Anthony ”Bud” Grebenc in 1998,; maternal grandparents, Melvin and Marie Johnson, and paternal grandparents Anthony “Tony”  and Mary Grebenc.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The officiant will be Rev. Arthur Dale. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service.

 
 

Carol Joan Johnson 73, of Virginia passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at her home.

 

She was born Nov. 14, 1933, in Hibbing to John and Eva Johnson. She grew up in Orr and graduated from Orr High School. After graduating she lived and worked in the Twin Cities area before moving back to Virginia to be closer to family. Carol was known throughout her community as a very caring and compassionate woman. She loved to walk and talk with neighbors. She had her common routes and frequent stops, "her trap line" as she referred to that ... always bringing someone a little something along the way. She loved to bake cookies and as most knew, always had enough to go around. She was very fond of the neighborhood children and proud to have experienced many of them grow up over the years. She had a true passion for animals and it wasn't uncommon for most pooches she knew to always have a Christmas gift from her under the tree. She was a giving mother and grandmother, a loving sister and aunt and a dear and special friend who will be sadly missed.

 

Carol is survived by her daughter, Patty (Kurt) Blegen, and grandson, Ben of Duluth; sisters, Mary (Don) Dobb and Lois (Melvin) Gunderson of Virginia; brother, Robert Johnson, of Orr; and many nieces and nephews and her beloved friends and canines of her community.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jackie Johnson; dear sister-in-law, Margaret Johnson; and sister, Margaret Burke.

Celebration of life 11 a.m. Friday at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. John O’Donnell will officiate. Visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home

 
 

John F. “Burr” Lilya, 72, of Soudan, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

 

He was born on November 25, 1934 in Soudan, the son of William and Julia (Jamnick) Lilya.  He grew up in Soudan, where he was a lifelong resident.  He graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1952, where he was very active in high school sports. 

 

Burr was drafted into the United States Army, serving from 1957 to 1959.    He was united in marriage to Margaret Mesojedec on May 5, 1962, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower.    He worked at the Soudan Underground Mine and the Pioneer Mine in Ely.  He later was employed at Minntac in Mt. Iron, where he was an electrician, retiring in 1985, with 32 years of service. 

 

Burr loved to hunt and fish.  He enjoyed spending time at the hunting shack and taking trips to Knife Lake and Long Lake.  He also liked to watch football and NASCAR racing.   Burr was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Tower, Stuntz Bay Association and Vermilion Range Old Settlers, both of Soudan, and a former member of the United Steelworkers of America, Local  1938 of Virginia.

 

Survivors include his wife, Margaret of Soudan; children, John (Joyce) Lilya of San Diego, Calif. and Jane Lilya of Virginia; Grandchildren:  Nicholas and Grant Lilya, Brianna, Dana and Caitlin Chandler;  sister, Rosemary Pecha of Soudan; brothers, William (Gayle) Lilya of Virginia, Richard Lilya of Soudan, and Paul (Nancy) Lilya of Soudan, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents,  William and Julia Lilya.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with Monsignor Bernard Popesh and Rev. Father Joseph M. Thomas MCSB as con-celebrants.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery of Tower, with military honors accorded by American Legion Post #245 of Tower-Soudan. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Miriam 'Mims' Kaukonen, 87, Miriam “Mims” Lily Kaukonen, 87, of Hibbing died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Hibbing. She had been a resident there for seven and half years.

 

Miriam was born in North Hibbing on Nov. 20, 1920, to Hilja and Frank V. Hill. In 1938 she married Leo Mathew Kaukonen in Eveleth. They lived in Hibbing and had two daughters.

 

“Mims” worked for many years at Vera’s Smart Shop in Hibbing and also enjoyed spending time with her daughters at their Lake Vermilion cabin where she liked fishing, sharing coffee with friends and frequenting garage sales.

 

In later years she enjoyed hunting for treasures at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores in Hibbing. She and Leo also spent many pleasant hours driving country roads, enjoying the scenery and looking for new picnic spots.

 

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Leo, who passed away on Nov. 3, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, George Koski.

 

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Paul) Grierson of Berthoud, Colo., and Kalie (John) Klaysmat of Sterling, Alaska; three grandchildren, Kevin (Lynette) Grierson of Mead, Colo., Kristen (Michael) Lunsford of Loveland, Colo., and Karolyn Kirk of Berthoud, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Carol, Rebecca, Paul, Michael, Chelsi and Christopher; her brother, Ernest Suronen of Plymouth, Minn.; sisters-in-law: Marie Koski and Ruth Heikkila; nephew, Jerry (Jeanine) Koski; niece, Chris Mohawk; aunt, Ailie Erickson; and numerous cousins.

 

Funeral: A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Burial: Following cremation, inurnment will be in the Forbes Cemetery.

 

Memorials are preferred to: Canine Companions for Independence, 2965 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, Calif., 95402 (www.caninecompanions.org).

 

Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Hibbing.

 

To leave a remembrance of Miriam online please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Miriam 'Mims' Kaukonen, 87, Miriam “Mims” Lily Kaukonen, 87, of Hibbing died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Hibbing. She had been a resident there for seven and half years.

 

Miriam was born in North Hibbing on Nov. 20, 1920, to Hilja and Frank V. Hill. In 1938 she married Leo Mathew Kaukonen in Eveleth. They lived in Hibbing and had two daughters.

 

“Mims” worked for many years at Vera’s Smart Shop in Hibbing and also enjoyed spending time with her daughters at their Lake Vermilion cabin where she liked fishing, sharing coffee with friends and frequenting garage sales.

 

In later years she enjoyed hunting for treasures at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores in Hibbing. She and Leo also spent many pleasant hours driving country roads, enjoying the scenery and looking for new picnic spots.

 

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Leo, who passed away on Nov. 3, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents and brother, George Koski.

 

She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Paul) Grierson of Berthoud, Colo., and Kalie (John) Klaysmat of Sterling, Alaska; three grandchildren, Kevin (Lynette) Grierson of Mead, Colo., Kristen (Michael) Lunsford of Loveland, Colo., and Karolyn Kirk of Berthoud, Colo.; six great-grandchildren, Carol, Rebecca, Paul, Michael, Chelsi and Christopher; her brother, Ernest Suronen of Plymouth, Minn.; sisters-in-law: Marie Koski and Ruth Heikkila; nephew, Jerry (Jeanine) Koski; niece, Chris Mohawk; aunt, Ailie Erickson; and numerous cousins.

 

Funeral: A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Burial: Following cremation, inurnment will be in the Forbes Cemetery.

 

Memorials are preferred to: Canine Companions for Independence, 2965 Dutton Avenue, Santa Rosa, Calif., 95402 (www.caninecompanions.org).

 

Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Hibbing.

 

To leave a remembrance of Miriam online please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Leo Matthew Kaukonen, 90, Leo Matthew Kaukonen, 90, of Hibbing, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at the Fairview University Medical Center – Mesabi in Hibbing.

 

He was born on Nov. 10, 1916, the son of Isaac and Wilhelmina Kaukonen in Cherry. In 1938, he married Miriam Hill in Eveleth. They lived in Hibbing and together had two daughters. Leo was a skilled mechanic and the owner/operator of Leo’s Auto Service on West Howard Street in Hibbing. He was also a member of the Hibbing Co-op Credit Union Board of Directors for many years.

 

Leo dedicated many hours to the Hibbing Lions Club and was honored as recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellows award. An avid sportsman, Leo enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent many happy days at his cabin on Lake Vermilion. He was also a skilled carpenter who found pleasure in a great number of woodworking projects.

 

He is survived by his wife Miriam; his daughters: Carol (Paul) Grierson of Berthoud, Colo.; and Kalie (John) Klaysmat of Sterling, Alaska; three grandchildren: Kevin (Lynette) Grierson of Mead, Colo., Kristen (Michael) Lunsford of Loveland, Colo., and Karolyn Kirk of Berthoud, Colo.; and six great-grandchildren: Carol, Rebecca, Paul, Michael, Chelsi and Christopher; his sister, Ruth Heikkila of Hibbing; and his brother-in-law, Ernest Suronen of Plymouth, Minn., as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Oliver, Bill, and Dave, and a sister, Irene.

 

Funeral: A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel in Hibbing. Greg Anderson will be the celebrant.

 

Memorials: Are preferred to the Hibbing Lions Club.

 

Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. To leave a remembrance of Leo on-line, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

Leo's four-stall service garage in Hibbing was so clean you could eat off the floor. Leo & Miriam spent their retirement years at their lake home on Vermilion north of Cook. Their daughter Kalie was very active in the emergency services while they lived at Crane Lake.

 
 

Susan M. (Wakemup) Sullivan, 67, of Duluth, formerly of Nett Lake, died Thursday, November 1, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Susan was born on May 12, 1940, at Nett Lake, to John W. and Mabel (Soreyes) Wakemup.   She grew up in Nett Lake, and attended school at Orr.   She has resided in Duluth for many years.  Susan was employed as a receptionist  for many years for a psychologist in mental health care in Duluth.    She enjoyed solving many kinds of puzzles, including cryptograms.  She liked the casinos, and enjoyed the penny machines.

 

Susan was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

 

She is survived by her longtime companion, Tom Konczak of Duluth; 1 son, Alan Wayne Chosa of Duluth; 1 daughter, Clara Ann Chosa in Minnesota; 1 brother, Roger Wakemup of Duluth,;  3 sisters, Vera Belt of Bemidji, Marge Holmes of Nett Lake and Alice Wakemup of Duluth,; 2 Grandsons, Dwayne and Thomas Chosa, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by 1 son, Ward Chosa; and 3 brothers, Ralph, John Jr. and Frank Wakemup. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday  Nov. 6th) at the Nett Lake Baptist Church.   Rev. Randy Swenson will be the officiant.  The casket bearers will be: Nolan Littlewolf, John Littlewolf, Ryne Villebrun, Aaron Villebrun, Robert May Jr. and Wendell Hoagland.  The honorary bearers will be: Dana Wakemup, Clyde Day, Raymond Villebrun Jr., Chick Day and Danny Lambert Jr.  Interment will be in the New Nett Lake Cemetery. 

 
 

August Emil Kujala, age 85, of Mountain Iron, died on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Heritage Manor in Chisholm.  He born on Sept. 17, 1922, to Gust and Tilda (Myllykoski) Kujala in Alango. He graduated from Alango High School in 1941. August worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Wash., prior to entering the Air Force in January 1943.

 

He was shot down over Holland on Sept. 17, 1944, on his 22nd birthday and his 22nd flying mission. August was captured by the Germans and held captive until May 1945 and discharged in October 1945.

 

August was united in marriage on Dec. 21, 1946, to Gladys Salo in Cook. He worked for the Oliver Mining Company in Chisholm and as a locomotive engineer for the Duluth, Winnipeg, and Pacific Railroad for 35 years, retiring in May of 1985. August was a member of the former P.O.W. organization, United Transportation Union, NARVE Unit 92 Duluth/Proctor, a lifetime member of the Mountain Iron Veterans of Foreign Post 5258, a member of the Parkville Cribbage Club and was a former Boy Scout leader of the Parkville Troop #112. His hobbies included golfing, bowling basketball and playing horseshoes. August’s love for his family was always foremost in his life.

 

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Kujala; Larry (Jane) Kujala of Alvordton, Ohio, and Clayton (Caroline) Kujala of Mountain Iron; grandchildren, Jacob (Sara) Kujala, Nick Kujala, Kristen Kujala and Meredith Kujala; great-granddaughter, Emma Rose Kujala; brother, Allan (Irene) Kujala of Buhl; his special buddy, dog Sammy; and several nieces and nephews.

 

August was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Olaf and Eugene; and sisters, Ina, Effie, Helen, Aili, Ethel and Ruth.

 

His family wishes to acknowledge the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Chisholm for all their care and kindness to August and his family.

 
 

Maggie Kathryn “First Class” Lasley, 24 years old, passed away at her home in Nett Lake, Minnesota on Monday, October 29, 2007. 

 

Maggie was born on June 15, 1983, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She was the daughter of Kevin and Kathy (Friend) Lasley of Nett Lake, Minnesota, (formerly of Charleston, IL.).  She was named after her great-grandmother Maggie Katherine (Weichman) Mehlberg, of Flanagan, IL.

 

Maggie grew up in Charleston, Illinois and graduated from Charleston High School in 2001.  She was in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Band Program at CHS.  She was the drum major for the CHS band for 2 years.  After graduating from high school, she was an AFS student in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina for 1 year.  She then attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana majoring in Spanish and Teaching English as an International Language.  She was active in the Christian Campus Fellowship and volunteered at  “English Corner”.  She graduated from U of I  in December of 2005.  Maggie then moved back to Comodoro Rivadavia, where she taught at the Comodoro English Language Institute (CELI).  She taught  Sunday School at a local church in Comodoro.  She returned to the United States in December of 2006.  Maggie was a big fan of the Fighting Illini Basketball team and football team.  She loved wearing her orange and blue shirt and watching an Illini game with fellow fans, Paul and Lou Walters.   Maggie enjoyed spending time with little children, both in Comodoro and most recently, Nett Lake.  Visits from the kids at Nett Lake were great blessings to her.   Maggie doted on her cat, Smokey, whenever she got the chance.  She also was an avid reader.  Above all else, Maggie loved her Lord and Savior Jesus, and His love shone through her and gave her great strength and peace. 

 

She is survived by her parents, Kevin and Kathy of Nett Lake; 2 brothers, David (fiancé Lindsey VanHyning) of Springfield, IL. and Scott of Nett Lake; 1 sister Emily of Nett Lake; grandmother Bev Friend of Gibson City, IL.; grandfather Fred Friend of Pontiac, IL., and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends. 

 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Floyd and Vera Lasley, of Carbondale, Ill.

 

Visitation will be from 1:00 PM, until the  3:00 PM  funeral service Friday (Nov. 2, 2007), at the Nett Lake Baptist Church, (Nett Lake, MN.)  Pastor Greg Sexton will be the officiant.  The honorary bearers will be:  Alex Auffenorde, Kristina Sewell, Stacy Beever, Brittney Shick, Jenna Hartom, Shawn “Tarzan” Major, Jake Julkowski and Vern Connor.   Music will be provided by Julie Whiteman and Dave and Cindy Cornell.

 

Memorial services will also be held at Broadway Christian Church in Mattoon, IL, on Thursday, November 8, 2007.  There will be a dinner at 4:00 PM, visitation from 5-7 PM, and the service at 7:00 PM.   A family grave side service will be held in Flanagan, IL., at a later date. 

 

Memoriam donations may be sent to the Lasley family at P.O. Box 28, Nett Lake, MN.  55772.  The family will set up memorials according to Maggie’s wishes.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, MN. (218-666-5298)

 
 

Shirley “Shyrl”  Henderson, 78 of Lake Vermilion-Cook, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2007, at the Diamond Willow Health Care Center in Mt. Iron.  

 

She was born on August 6, 1929, in Virginia; the daughter of Axel and Agnes (Johnson) Brandt.  She grew up on the North Side in Virginia and graduated from  Roosevelt High School.  After graduating she worked for Grande Hardware for a number of years, then married  Clarence “Cliff” Henderson in Virginia on June 11, 1949.  Cliff was a civil engineer for Standard Oil of  Indiana  for 35 years, retiring in 1987.  His employment had taken them to Mason City, Iowa, then the general office in Chicago, to Brookfield, Wisconsin,  to Detroit, Michigan, then back to Chicago. Shyrl had worked as a secretary for several offices and businesses.  After their retirement in 1987, they moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook, and turned Shyrl’s family cabin into a year round home.  She was an avid reader of books and magazines, was a wonderful cook and baker, liked to dance, and enjoyed the many sing-alongs on the family’s player piano.  She also did craftwork and liked visiting.

 

“Thoughts of you bring smiles to us all.”

 

Shyrl is survived by her husband of 58 years, Clarence “Cliff”,; 3 sons, Craig (Elizabeth) Henderson of Soudan, Chad (Julie) Henderson of Andover, MN., and Brad (Nancy Mohr) Henderson of Henning, MN.;    11 Grandchildren:  Jeffrey, Patricia, Barbara, Makenzi, Chase, Kisha, Corey, Katrina, Ryan, Bridgette and Rachael;  8 Great Grandchildren: Chad, Sasha, Tiffany, Amber, Chelsea, Briana, Austin and Collin; and 2 Great Great twin Grandsons, Morgan and Easton. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Axel and Agnes Brandt.

 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday (Nov.3rd) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev.  Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  A  gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Linda Lee Eddy, age 61, of Chisholm, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 22, 2007 at home, surrounded by her family. Visitation will be Thursday, October 25, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the Range Funeral Home in Hibbing, and continuing one hour prior to the 11:00 A.M.  Funeral Services, Friday, October 26, 2007 at the Bear River Lutheran Church in Bear River. Pastor Bruce Dissell will be officiating.  Burial will be at the Bearville Cemetery. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Linda was born in Hibbing to Orin and Mina Urdahl of Bear River on October 29, 1945. She graduated from Alango School in 1963 and was united in marriage to Wally Eddy on February 8, 1964.  They lived in Orr until 1987, and then resided in Chisholm. Linda worked as a substitute for the Orr and Chisholm School District.  Linda was a member of Chisholm T.O.P.S., the Red Hat Society and The Lac La Croix Six. She loved watching curling, high school hockey, camping, sitting by the fire and spending time with her family and friends. Linda’s hobbies included rose mauling and creating hand-made cards with Stampin’ Up. 

 

Linda was preceded in death by her father, Orin Urdahl in 1980; mother, Mina Urdahl in 2007; her sister, Helen Fletcher in 1971 and a nephew, Scott Eliason in 1992.  The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to North Star Hospice of Hibbing and all the family and friends who provided such excellent care and compassion to our wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to North Star Hospice, 750 East 34th Street, Hibbing, MN.

Survivors include:

Husband:                      Wally Eddy of Chisholm

Four Children:              Wendy (Todd) Maes of Eveleth

                                    David (Chloette) Eddy of Buhl

                                    Ron Eddy of Hutchinson, MN

                                    Tim Eddy of Chisholm

Five Grandchildren:       Grant and Brandon Luoma of Virginia; Ariel Eddy of
Eveleth; Joshua and Brooke Eddy of Buhl

Five Sisters:                  Irene (Frank) Samec of Hibbing

                                    Lorraine (Wilbert) Eliason of Hibbing

                                    Hazel (Gaylen) Kehoe of Bear River

                                    Mary (Alvin) DeWall of Buffalo, MN

                                    Evelyn (Michael) Levchak of Chisholm

Brother-in-law: Jerome (Barbara) Fletcher of Hibbing

                                    Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

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Clarence “Timer” Dickson, age 89, of Chisholm, formerly of Balkan, died Monday, October 22, 2007 at Cornerstone Villa in Buhl, MN.  He was born July 11, 1918 in Greaney, MN to Erwin C. and Nettie M. (Ableman) Dickson. He moved to Balkan from Greaney in 1922.
 

Clarence was united in marriage on September 27, 1941 in Hibbing, MN to Sylvia Salo. He was a member of the Balkan United Units, Steelworkers Union #1938, Balkan Community Club and the Balkan Senior Citizens. He was a US Air Force Sergeant of WWII.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years Sylvia Dickson; son – Allan Dickson of Chisholm; 6 daughters – Susan (Irvin) Gustafson of Cook, MN, Sandra (Mike) Tuomala and Christine (Ed) Verant both of Eveleth, MN, Clarice (Ken) Sever, Elaine (Arvid) Roxberg and Amy (Bob) Belluzzo all of Chisholm, MN; brother – Robert (Sue) Dickson of Cook; sisters – Vida Anderson of Cook and Laura Winchell of Eveleth; 12 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers – Lawrence on 11/26/1910, Theodore on 12/30/1933, John on 9/20/1973, Glenn on 6/6/1978 and Howard on 6/2/1999; sister – Alice Lokken on 10/24/1994.

 

Memorial Services will be held at 5:00pm Thursday, October 25, 2007 at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel with Mr. Gordon Dormanen officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday. Private family inurnment will be in Chisholm Cemetery at a later date

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Russ E. MacDonald, 93, Cook, died Sunday, October 21, 2007, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on June 18, 1914, at Aitkin,  Minnesota,  the son of Clarence and Grace (Wittrup) MacDonald.  He grew up in Duluth, and later moved to the Wirt area in Itasca County.  He was united  in marriage to Alice M. Erdahl in Alvwood, Itasca County, on May 11, 1940.  They made their home in Wirt, and in 1951 moved to Ely.  In 1957 they moved to Forest Center, east of Ely, and since 1967, they have resided in Cook. Russ was a Forestry Technician with the U.S. Forest Service, retiring in 1973 after 31 years of employment. He was a longtime member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.  He liked hunting and fishing, and after retirement he and Alice enjoyed traveling.  He took delight in the weekly coffee-time breaks with his dear friend, and pastor, Rev. Rueben Rosnau.  

 

He is survived by 4 sons, Loran (Jeanne) MacDonald of Ely,  Rev. Lowell (Joan) MacDonald of Curwensville, PA., Rusty (Lynn) MacDonald of  Cook and Kenneth (Carol) MacDonald of Cook; 7 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren; brother-in-law, George Pavlica of Bovey, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Alice on January 6, 1998, and a sister, Marion Pavlica.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday (October 27th) at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. 

 

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Rodney J. Jackson, 54, of Cook, died unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, October 22, 2007. He was born  at Crystal Falls, Michigan on January 13, 1953 the son of William and Florence (Larson) Jackson.  In 1958 the family moved to Ely, and in 1963 to Virginia.  Rodney graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1971.


His love of the outdoors led him to work for the U.S. Forest Service and guiding on Nelson’s Resort.  Rodney was an avid fisherman and hunter. Fall was his favorite time of year and he looked forward to deer hunting. Rodney loved the “simpler” things in life.  He will be remembered as kind and “easy going”, and a friend to many. 

He is survived by his sister, Sally (Phil) Carlson of Las Vegas, NV.,; his brother and best friend, Roy Jackson of Eveleth; niece, Hillary Jackson of Mt. Iron;  nephews, Boyd Peterson of Eveleth, Scott (Dawn) Peterson of Bemidji, and Todd (Kris) Peterson of Las Vegas. He is preceded in death by his parents, William (1992) and Florence “Chick” (2001)

SERVICES:  A gathering of family and friends will be Thursday (Oct. 25th) from 1:00 PM until the 2:00 PM memorial service at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.   Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  A light lunch will follow at the Cook VFW. 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

Marilyn R. Ferguson, 69, of Cook, died Thursday, October 18, 2007, at theCook Nursing Home. She was born on November 2, 1937, at Butte, Montana, the daughter of  Elmer and Sally (Himango) Milan.   She grew up in  Butte and later moved to Northern Minnesota, where  she had relatives living in the Biwabik and Gheen area.  She married Neil Ferguson on November 2, 1955 in Biwabik.   They settled in Field Township, where they lived for many years.  Marilyn worked in the medical records at the Cook Area Health Services, and was also a nursing assistant at the Cook Hospital.  She enjoyed gardening, watching the wildlife-especially bird watching, along with her annual predictions of when the ice would be out on the Little  Fork River near the homestead.  She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by 2 sons, Chris Ferguson of Duluth and Mitch (Robin) Ferguson of Cook; 3 sisters, Charmaine Martin of Wise River, Montana, Mary Lou (Richard) Carlson of Butte, Montana and Susan (Joe) Johnson of  Jackson, Montana; a grandson, Alan Ferguson of Orlando, FL.; 2 sisters-in-law,  Amy (Bob) Kessanen of Alaska and Marie Milan of Orr;

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of nearly 43 years, Neil Ferguson on December 9, 1998;  a sister, Sandy Faulkner, 2 brothers, Gary and Frank Milan,; and 2 brothers-in-law, Ross Martin and Ray Ferguson. She is also survived by "numerous nieces & nephews."

Family memorial services will be held at a later date.
 

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Muriel Joyce Paavola, 83, of Hoyt Lakes, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2007, in the Skilled Nursing Facility of the White Community Hospital in Aurora following a courageous battle with cancer.

 

She was born March 19, 1924, in Clyst Honiton, England, to William and Esther Hinnem. On Nov. 11, 1944, she married Elmer Paavola in Clyst Honiton. Following their marriage they moved to Cook, later to Virginia and in 1957 became residents of Hoyt Lakes. Joyce worked as a dietary aide at the White Community Hospital for 15 years, retiring in 1985.

 

She was a homemaker and a charter member of Trinity United Methodist, where she served as church secretary, taught knitting and served on various boards. Joyce enjoyed cooking, knitting, planting flowers in the spring at Plagemann’s greenhouse and especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include her children, Ann (Tom) Hillman of Hoyt Lakes, Gary (Jan) Paavola of Hoyt Lakes, Robert (Melanie) Paavola of Hoyt Lakes, Muriel Vangness of Kasson, Minn., and Glenn Paavola of Aurora; seven grandchildren, Marc Hillman, David (Melissa) Hillman, Adam (Christina McKenzie) Jagunich, Abigail (Chad) Pontinen, Stephanie Paavola and Ryan and Scott Vangness; great-grandchildren, Madeline and Ethan Hillman, Mallory Hillman and Taylor Vangness; sister, Dorrie Bess of England; and three nieces and one nephew in England.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer, in August 1995; grandchildren, Craig and Kimberly; and brother, Cyril.

 

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church in Hoyt Lakes, with the Rev. Elton Brown officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at a later date in the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home.

Muriel's husband Elmer Paavola 73, 1995 was born in Linden Grove, he has many relatives around the Cook area. His parents were; Victor 82, 1960 & Elizabeth 89, 1974 (Aho) Paavola.

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James W. Majeski, 70, of Buyck passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, with his children at his side.

 

He was born on April 3, 1937, in Biwabik. He was the eldest son of Walter and Florence (Kowalczyk) Majeski. He lived his entire life in Buyck and graduated from the Orr High School in 1955. Jim started his work career at age 13 selling Raleigh products. He worked during several summers for Rose and Bill Maki at their resort on Sand Point Lake. After graduating from high school, Jim worked at McClellan’s Five and Dime in Virginia. He was employed at Ulland Brothers Construction, and later became an owner-operator in the logging business. He was self-employed until his retirement, when he graded the roads in Buyck for the township. Jim enjoyed being outdoors, trapping, hunting, and fishing, being on the lakes, and socializing with his friends.

 

Jim is survived by his daughters, Shari Majeski and her husband Randy Harriman of Cumberland Center, Maine, Char Majeski of Excelsior, Minn., Debbie (John) Rahn of Belle Plaine, Minn.; two sons, Todd (Kristin Billington) Majeski of Angora and James, Jr. of Canada; grandchildren, Ben and Patrick Majeski, Joseph, Jonathan and Jacob Majeski, Kyra, Brendan and Lainie Rahn; several cousins, and many friends that have been important to him throughout the years.

 

He was married to Verna (Ruoho) Majeski 68, 2007 from 1958 to 1981, and married to Jaki Majeski from 1992 to 2007.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter 88, 1995 and Florence 91, 1998; and his brother, Robert Majeski 48, 1992.

 

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck with Rev. Fr. Larry Antus, O.M.I. as celebrant. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

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Frances (Carlson) Kleppe 85 passed away on October 8, 2006 at Sun City, Arizona. She was raised at Cook, Minnesota and was the oldest child of Gottfried 83, 1975 & Sophie 82, 1971 (Olson) Carlson. She was a 1940 graduate of the Cook High School and went to school and worked in Duluth, Minnesota. She married Clarence Kleppe of International Falls on April 13, 1946 in Cook, Minnesota. In 1949 the couple moved to the Seattle, Washington area where they raised their family of three daughters. Clarence and Francis moved to Sun City, Arizona seven years ago.

 

Frances is survived by her husband; Clarence Kleppe, three daughters; Judy (Ray) Horn, Joan (Rick) Morris and Jeanette (Bill) Mahoney of the Seattle area. One sister; Helen (Albert Carlson 69, 1983 and Arvid) Edblom of Cook, Minnesota and one brother; Robert (Norma) Carlson of Hibbing. One niece and two nephews from Cook; Roselyn (Wayne) Anderson, Tom (Arlene) Carlson and Dennis (Donna) Carlson.

 

Address; Arvid & Helen Edblom, 405 East Vermilion Blvd, Cook, Mn 55723

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Kenneth B. Zeman, 73, of Cook, died  Saturday, October 6, 2007, at his residence on Elbow Lake.

Kenneth was born in Minneapolis on February 20, 1934, to John and Betty (Pembrook) Zeman.  He served in the US Army and was employed  at the 3M Company in St. Paul for 36 years. While at 3M. he was involved with a variety of jobs there including machinist, and an specialist inspector and trainer on hoist safety and the fire protection system.  He married Frances “Fran” Pierson on May 5, 1979 at the Sand Lake Chapel. Ken was also an instructor at the Technical Vocational Institute in St. Paul during his employment with 3M. Ken retired from 3M in 1989, and started the Zeman Brothers Construction Company, which he owned and operated for about 6 years. He was a member of the Stillwater Eagles, East St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus, and the Cook Lions Club.   He served on the Board of Directors of the Elbow Lake Association and the W&I Park (233 homes) in Mission, Texas.  Ken enjoyed traveling and being in God’s great outdoors.  He especially enjoyed the times spend with his family and the many friends they shared. 

Ken is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Fran;  7 children: Jeffrey Zeman of Welch, MN., David Zeman of St. Croix, WI., Susan (Dale Domian) Zeman of Toronto, Canada, Richard Pierson, Kenneth (Anita) Pierson and Tony Pierson, all of St. Paul, and LeeAnn Smith of Stacy, MN.; 8 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren; 2 brothers, Roy Zeman of River Falls, WI. and Byron Zeman of Chisholm, along with nieces, nephews, and friends.   

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia on September 13, 1976.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Graveside services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday Oct. 11th)  at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, MN.

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Hartley Edward Anderson, 77, Prairie Lake (Floodwood), Minnesota, went to be with his Lord October 1, 2007.  He was born in Duluth on April 3, 1930 to Peter and Hulda (Edblom) Anderson. Hartley was raised at Cook, Minnesota and was a 1948 graduate of the Cook High School, UMD and held a Masters Degree in Education. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.


Hartley had worked for the Duluth School District in Elementary Education for over 30 years.  He was a member of  Temple Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, choir member and Sunday School Teacher.  He was preceded in death by his parents; Peter 64, 1961 & Hulda 72, 1969 (Edblom) Anderson and first wife, Nancy (Olson) Anderson 58,1989. Nancy's parents Arthur 60, 1961 & Olga 75, 1979 Olson of Duluth.

 

Hartley is survived by his wife, Dorothy, children Scott (Debra) Anderson, Duluth, Dr. Kurt (Kris) Anderson, Elk River, Minnesota, Brenda (Dan) Peterson, Duluth, Lisa (Leslie) Pincombe, Rockford, Illinois, stepchildren Cindy (Bruce) Laurila, Hermantown, Randy (Nancy) Van Nispen, Westland, Michigan, Penny (Jim) Kult, Cloquet, Don (Ruth) Van Nispen, Garden City, Michigan and a sister Muriel (Don) Simonson, Cook, Minnesota.  20 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Hartley is also survived by the brothers of  his first wife Nancy; Rev. Wally (Shirley) Olson and David (Joan) Olson.

 

Visitation Friday, October 5, 2007, 6-8pm at the Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home and continues 2:30pm until the 3:30pm with the Funeral service Saturday, October 6, 2007, at Lincoln Park Community (Temple Baptist) Church.  Burial at Sunrise Cemetery  We have lost three family members in three weeks.

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From: Dorenederusha@aol.com
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2007
To: simonson@accessmn.com
Subject: Marge Burke's Death 

Don,

My mother's only sibling Marge Burke passed away last Sunday Sept 30th in Longview, Texas. She had recently turned 71. She and her husband John (1994) were formerly of Chicago Ridge, Ill, Cook, Spooner Wisc., and most recently Longview Tx. She is survived by Daughters Cindy, Debi,Kathleen, and Becky and one son John Jr. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 8 great grand children.

Also survived by a sister; Myrtle (LeRoy 76, 2004) Johnson of Cook, nieces, Dorene DeRusha, and Darlene Fugate,nephews Duane Johnson and Dennis Johnson. Funeral was held Wed Oct. 3, 2007 in Longview, Texas

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Irene Helen Anderson, 84, of Soudan, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Chris Jensen Nursing Home in Duluth.  She was born April 18, 1923, in Kugler Township, the daughter of Charles and Helen (Lempia) Helen. She grew up in Embarrass, where she attended school and graduated as salutatorian of her senior class. She furthered her education by attending Duluth Business University. She was united in marriage to Albert J. Anderson on Aug. 16, 1947 in Eveleth. They made their home in Soudan , where she lived until moving to the Chris  Jensen Nursing Home in  Duluth in October of 2003.

Irene was a State of Minnesota parks worker for twenty six years. She was the Township of Breitung Water Commission secretary and Township treasurer for many years. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, Needlepoint, crewel embroidery, knitting, baking, reading, and in her later years, she liked to travel. Irene was a loving mother and grandmother who created a heart fill home for her family. She had a strong work ethic that she passed on to her children. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Soudan and it’s Women of the Church, where her recipes were used for the church pasty and Finnish tart sales.

She is survived by her nine children, Carol LaTour of Duluth, Susan (Keith) Kotzian of Minnetonka, Robert (Shirley) Anderson of Britt, Dawn (Fred) Nilsen of Duluth, Janis (Doug) Swanson of Duluth, Jack Anderson of Soudan, Peter Anderson of Tower, Alan (Stacie) Anderson and Dana (Michelle) Anderson, both of Soudan; twelve grandchildren, Bradley and Craig LaTour, Brianna and Natalie Kotzian, Lindsay Anderson, Christopher and Janelle Swanson,Laurel Anderson, Brody and Audrey Anderson, Travis and Zachary Anderson; four great-grandchildren, Sophie Swanson, Andie Swanson, Gabriel LaTour and Preston LaTour; two step-grandchildren, Julie DeRoche and Carrie Misuraco; four step- great-grandchildren, Kayla and Dylan DeRoche ,Trent and Nicholas Misuraco; one sister, Charlene (Rich) Lewis of Minneapolis, along with nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Anderson, on Nov. 6, 1974; two brothers, Albert and Arnie Helen.

Family graveside services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007, at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower, with Pastor LeRoy Holmes officiating.

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Mildred “Millie” Kamppi, 93, of Virginia died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

 

She was born on Aug. 2, 1914, to Andrew and Josephina (Honkaniemi) Pihlaja in Angora, where she grew up and attended school. On Sept. 4, 1937, she was united in marriage to Reino Kamppi in Orr. They lived in Orr and Alango, moving to Kinney in 1943, to Ogilvie, Minn., in 1959 and returning to Alango in 1966. After her husband’s death Mildred moved to Virginia. She had worked for the Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory, the U.S. and State Forest Services, the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home and Hill Wood Products and had been a columnist for the Ogilvie Sentinel Newspaper. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She loved to volunteer her time at the Arrowhead Nursing Home in Virginia, was known for beautiful quilts that she donated to numerous charities and for her special gift of working with animals. She prided herself in physical fitness which she passed on to her grandchildren.

 

Survivors include her daughter, Marlene Foster of Eveleth; son, Sam Kamppi of Angora; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reino, in 1972; her daughter, Rose Chewning; three grandchildren, 13 brothers and sisters and her parents.

 

Visitation will be one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Angora. Burial will be in the Leiding Cemetery in Orr. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

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Jerry Edward Hilligoss, age 73 (although he claimed to be 55 - sorry ladies), of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007.

 

Born Oct. 27, 1933, in Fargo, N.D., to Omar and Leotta Hilligoss. Attended Breck boarding school where he met many lifelong friends whom he considered family. He attended Grinnell College, St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota. Jerry loved his friends. He lived life to the fullest. Enjoyed many years hunting, fishing in the northwoods. Some of his fondest memories included racing his 1958 Corvette in Wisconsin, flying, boating, skiing, and just spending times with his friends. He had a passion for good food and spent hours in the quest for the perfect meal, and a good chocolate scratch cake.

 

He is survived by brother, Donald of Hibbing; son, Ryburn Hilligoss (Pamela) of Ely; daughters, Kimberly Scheerer (Martin) of Edina, Minn., and Melissa Coleman (Timothy) of Northfield; grandchildren: Janelle and Jacob Hilligoss, Bodhe, Brooke, Bram Scheerer and Samuel, Landen Coleman.

 

He was preceded in death by brother, William.

 

Funeral: Memorial service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis.

 

Memorials: Preferred to the family.

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Gustav “Gus” Stone, 82, of Bear River, died Sunday, September 23, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

 He was born on December 20, 1924 at Iron Mountain, Michigan; the son of Gustav and Mildred (Carver) Stone.  He attended schools at Bear River and Alango.  Gus served for 3 years in the Marines during World War 11. After his tour of duty, he returned home where he married Lorraine Bristol on June 3, 1949.  He  was a truck driver for E.W. Coons Construction of Hibbing and Carl Dahlberg’s Logging of Effie.  He drove truck, and lived 18 years in the Madison, Wisconsin area where he drove for Wisconsin Power, the Midland Coop Corp. and Arrowhead Transport, until his retirement.  He was a longtime member of Bear River Lutheran Church.  Some of his favorite pastimes were 4-wheeling, cutting firewood,  and hunting.   

He is survived by two sons, Peter (Susan) Stone of Alango, and Stuart Stone of Cook; two daughters, Jody (Richard) Luecken of Bear River and Tina (Don P. Olson) Luecken of Side Lake; 9  Grandchildren: Chad (Connie) Stone, Jake (Amy) Luecken, Brandi (Max) Embacher, Adam (Abby) Luecken, Brad (Tracy) Luecken, Ashley Luecken,  Michelle (Rarule)  Perez, Stewart (Elizabeth) Stone and Amber Stone; 9 Great Grandchildren, and  numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine on April 16, 2007; and  sisters: Claire Suomela, Jean Lokken and June and Joyce Stone who died when they were 6 months old. 

The family wishes to thank St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center for the kindness and care given to Gus.

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (September 28th) at the Bear River Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Pastor Bruce Dissell will be the officiant.  The casket bearers will be grandchildren: Chad Stone, Brandi Embacher, Jake Luecken, Adam Luecken, Brad Luecken and Ashley Luecken.  The honorary bearers will be the grandchildren:  Michelle Perez , Stewart Stone and Amber Stone.  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery. 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

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Mary (Belich) Parson, 87, of Virginia died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at her daughter’s home in Orr. Mary was born on April 4, 1920, to Danie and Mildred (Kacher) Belich in Gilbert. She grew up in the Cloquet area. Mary manager her brother’s restaurant in Duluth with her sisters, Bess and Dorothy. Mary was the head cook. She was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Parson on March 6, 1945, when he was a sergeant and mechanic in the Air Force. They lived for a while in Bangor, Maine, at the Air Force base. While Bob was in the service during World War II, Mary worked at Honeywell in Minneapolis. After World War II ended, they moved to Virginia, where they raised their two daughters. Mary loved to garden, sew, bake, and cook. Her hobbies also included reading, doing crossword puzzles, and embroidery. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Darlene Elverum of Orr and Candace (Kevin Spotts) Wogsland of Minneapolis; sisters, Helen Painter of Prescott, Ariz., Bess Chapel of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dorothy Croke of Two Harbors, Minn.; grandchildren, Ian (Pam) Elverum, Poul (Ashley) Elverum, Orion Elverum, Ben (Carin) Wogsland and Mariya Elverum; great-grandchildren, Brittany, Michael, Cooper, Lily and Emerson Elverum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert (Bob) on June 15, 2000; their son, Bruce, who died at birth; brothers, Peter, Eli, Ted, Nick and Bobby Belich; sisters, Julia Radovic and Anna Fabrello; and her son-in-law, Michael Elverum

 

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Pastor Arthur Dale will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service at the Range Funeral Home on Tuesday. Burial will be in the Willow Valley Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society

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Aaron E. Mason, 31, of Hibbing, died unexpected at his mother’s residence in Togo on September 20, 2007.  He was born on July 19, 1976, at Virginia.  He grew up in the Cook-Orr area and attended high school in Orr and Virginia.  He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed hunting.  He loved his two boys.  Aaron worked for Atlas Moving Company for several years, and most recently worked at a roofing business in Hibbing.

He is survived by 2 sons, Christian and Collin Warmuth of Eveleth,; his mother and step-father, Dana Mason and Bill Steib  of Togo; his father, Randy (Maureen Critt) Parson of Keewatin;  a brother, Tony (Billie) Mason of Nett Lake; maternal grandparents, Helen (Desi) Stafslien of Portland, OR. and Hugh (Bev) Blair of Linclon City, OR.; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Parson of Virginia; his special friend, Pam Kallio of Hibbing,; along with nieces,  aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He is preceded in death by the mother of his two sons, Jaralee Warmuth in 2006.
 

A gathering of family and friends will take place at 1:00  PM Friday (Sept. 28th)  at the Pete and Doris Isham residence  at  5206 St. John Drive, at Nett Lake.

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Donald “Don” Lowell Erickson, 76, Alango, died Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at the Cook Hospital.

He was born on October 8, 1930 at Emerald, Wisconsin, the son of  Walfred “Al” and Engle (Hansen) Erickson.  He grew up in Bear River, attended the Alango High School and graduated from the Grand Rapids Ag. School.  Don enlisted in the Navy for four years and served during the Korean War.  He returned to the area and worked for a time in the mines.

 

He married the former Shirley Elsie. Nurmi on May 21, 1955, in Chisholm.  They lived in several areas, including many years in Circle Pines, (Minnesota), where Don drove truck.  They moved to Alango in 1971, where they lived for over 30 years.  Don worked for St. Louis County for 20 years, retiring as foreman in 1992.  He and Shirley have wintered in Florida since 1992.  Don was a life member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post#1757, and former member of the Orr American Legion Post #480. 

 

He was an avid sports fan, along with enjoying hunting and fishing. But his greatest hobby and pursuit was that of playing the accordion, he entertained and brought the joy of music and dance to many throughout the years.  He was a talented, self taught musician. He kept up with the music trend and always had the latest technology to go along with his playing. 
 

He is survived by his wife of  52 years, Shirley; four sons, Steven (Teresa) of Hernando, FL., Darren of Cook, Daniel (Carol) of Cook, and Scott (Carrie) of Alango; 2 brothers, Duane (Lorraine) Erickson of Virginia and Lester (Nancy) Erickson of Alango; one sister-in-law, Joan Erickson of Grand Rapids, MN.,; 11 Grand children, and 2 Great Grandchildren-with another one due in October, along with nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents,  Walfred “Al” and Engle Erickson; a brother Clinton Erickson, and a nephew Ricky Erickson.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday at the Alango Township Cemetery.  Rev. Richard Lohry will officiate.  Military honors will be provided 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. 

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Marguerite I. Skala, 92, of Tower, passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at the Ely Bloomenson Community Nursing Home.

Marge was born on June 20, 1915 in Virginia, the daughter of James and Margaret (Pierce) Prodinsky.  She grew up in the Virginia-Gilbert area, where she attended school. She was united in marriage to Matt Skala on November 5, 1936 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Virginia.  They settled in Tower, where they owned and operated Skala’s Bar for many years. Later she worked in food service at the Tower school.  She truly enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow.  Marge was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church and the Slovenian Women’s Union of America, Local Branch #34 of Tower-Soudan. 

She is survived by her children, Barbara (John) Baucom of Andover, MN., Marguerite M. Skala of Burnsville, MN. and Matt (Connie) Skala of Tower,; Grandchildren: Jess (Amy) Skala, Casie Skala and Kathy Baucom; Great Grandchildren, Aidan, Shea,
Brody, Heather, Emily and Megan; along with nieces, nephews and friends.


 In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Matt;  a brother, James Prodinsky and a sister Geraldine Panian.

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with the Rev. Father Joseph M. Thomas, MCBS as celebrant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements  with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Ely Bloomenson Community Nursing Home, 328 Conan Str. West, Ely, MN.  55731

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Ann Marie Scott 97, of Cook, died Monday, September 17, 2007 , at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on December 14, 1909, at Field Township near Cook; the daughter of Andrew and Anna (Oling) Scott. She attended elementary school in Cook then went to Eveleth High School where she graduated. She worked as a governess in Evanston, Ill for the Robert Ringling and Vice President Charles Dawes families. Later she was employed at the Elgin National Watch Factory. She returned back to Cook in 1943 to help raise her nephew Scott Refsdal, after her sister Esther had died when he was born. When in Cook she was employed at the Cook Clinic and as a nursing assistance at the Cook Hospital.

Ann was the youngest of eight children. Ann’s mother had died when she was a infant, and her Dad had jobs that took him away from home so she was raised by her sisters, brothers and neighbors.  Ann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, its  Martha Circle, and  earlier sang in the church choir.


She was an avid Scabble player, a dedicated caregiver, and was known for always having “an extra hand” to help someone. She was also active in the Cook Area Health Services Auxiliary, commonly known as the  Thrift Store.

She is survived by an adopted son, Scott (Penny) Refsdal of Lake Havasu City, AZ.; 2 Grandsons, Mark and Ryan; along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by five brothers; Arthur, Edwin, Walter, Carl and Clarence (J.C.) Scott; and two sisters; Amanda Carlson and Esther Refsdal

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Thursday (September 20th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  The soloist will be Kathy Forsline and the pianist Pam Ruuska.   The casket bearers will be Fred Shapansky, Gordon Anderson, Rob Scott, Ervin Scott, Gary Boutto and Lloyd Holter.  Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

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Norma Burnett Simonson 89, of Grantsburg, Wisconsin and formerly of Cook, Minnesota passed away on September 15, 2007 at the Heritage Nursing Home in Chisholm, Minnesota where she had resided for the past 11 years, including time at the Chisholm Buchanan Nursing Home.

 

She was born on March 19, 1918 at Grantsburg, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ernest & Minnie Anderson. Norma married Jesse Simonson at Pine City, Mn on January 12, 1935 and they made their home at Grantsburg, Wi.. Their marriage lasted for over 54 years, until Jesse passed away on June 24, 1989. She was also preceded in death by one son; Duane  who died this past week on September 9, 2007 at the age of 68 from cancer.

 

Norma was the mother of four sons; Don and his wife Muriel (Anderson)) Simonson of Cook Mn and their children: Carol (Dan) Greiner and their children; Rachel, Katie, Peter, John and James. Mike (Janet) Simonson, John Simonson, David (Michele) Simonson and their children; Sarah and Mark. Becky (Eric) Trip of Christchurch, New Zealand and their children; Anna, Zoe, Emily and Lydia.

 

Jerry and his wife Irene (Edblom) Simonson of Silver Bay Mn, and their children; Dianne (Leonard) Robinson, their children; Aaron, Nicole and Gina. Annette (Kevin) Gustafson, their children; Ryan and Kelly. Curtis (Carol) Simonson and their children; Nathan and Craig. Timothy (Julie) Simonson, their children: Colton, Jayden, Josh, Mary Jo and Mckenzie.

 

Duane’s wife Cheryl (LaFlex) Simonson of Cook Mn and their children; Joe (Kathy) and their daughter Andrea, Bill (Pam), and their children Ian and Molly, Tammy (Brian) and their sons Josh (Cassie) and Ryan, Cody, Mardi (Kurt) and their children Jacob, Baile and Casie.

 

Mike and his wife Mary (Geib) Simonson of St. Paul, Mn and their children; Dean, Kurt and Chad (Jenny) and their children Michael, Ryan and Brooke..

 

After Norma's husband Jesse passed away, Norma lived in an apartment at Grantsburg until she was not able to care for herself.  She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest & Minnie Anderson and nine siblings: Raymond, Alice, Harvey, LaVonne, Nita, Delores, Agnes, Delbert and Dale. Only her brother Otmer "Andy" Anderson of Grantsburg, Wisconsin survives her. Also four great-great-grandchildren.

 

Norma moved with her husband many times as he was a pulpwood contractor and moved to where the jobs were. They lived in a number of Wisconsin communities, Michigan, Montana and Minnesota. They settled at Cook, Minnesota in 1953 but returned to Grantsburg in 1968. Norma and her husband were active in each church they attended. She enjoyed teaching young children in Sunday Schools. She was a devoted Christian and spent her life for her husband and her four sons. Mom was a fine Christian example to each of her sons.

 

Funeral Services will be at the Grace Baptist Church of Grantsburg, Wisconsin on Thursday, September 20, 2007, at 1:00 PM with a time of visitation an hour before.

 

A memorial to my Mother and Brother Duane

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Duane Norman Simonson, 68, Cook, died  of cancer peacefully at home on Sunday, September 9, 2007.  Duane was a very private person, a hard worker, and loved being with his family and friends.

 

He is survived by his best friend and life companion, Cheryl “Sherry” Simonson;  three sons, Joe (Kathy), Bill (Pam), and  son-grandson, Cody (Jami); two daughters, Tammy (Brian) and Mardie (Kurt); his mother, Norma  of Chisholm,; three brothers, Don (Muriel), Jerry (Irene), and Mike (Mary); eight grandchildren: Andrea, Ian, Molly, Josh (Cassie), Ryan, Jacob, Bailie and Casie, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Jesse on June 24,1989. His mother Norma died six days after him, on September 15, 2007. Also a great granddaughter, Olivia Cornelius in 2003

 

Graveside services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Field Township Cemetery and all are welcome to attend.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Coffee and refreshments will be served at the Brian & Tammy Cornelius residence after and all are welcome.

 

A memorial to my Mother and Brother Duane

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Vernard Leland Cheney, 82, of Cook, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. Vern was born May 25, 1925, to Fay and Irene (Heckendorn) Cheney in Puyallup, Wash. He joined the United States Army at the age of 20 and became a paratrooper. Vern was a resident of Oregon for many years. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, motorcycling, dancing and life in general.

 

Survivors include sons, Brad (Peggy) of Oregon, Mich (Shirley) of Cook; daughter, Pam (Bruce) Tandy of Sammamish, Wash.; brother, Wesley Cheney of Cook; grandchildren, Benjamin Cheney, Sarah Tandy, Dawn Tupy, Bobbi Malecha, Craig Tuorigney, and Julie Madsen; numerous great-grandchildren. Local nephews and nieces; David (Dorothy) Pederson, Andrea (Rodger "Kent") Vogel and Eric (Anna) Pederson.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay on May 23, 1976 at the age of 73 and Irene (Heckendom) Cheney on January 1, 2001 at the age of 93.; one sister, Evelyn on March 16, 1993 at the age of 65 (Peder) Pederson on April 29, 1977 at the age of 77.

 

A celebration of Vern’s life will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Cook VFW. Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home, Virginia

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Stella Helen Sobyra, 98, of Cook, formerly of Chicago, died Sunday, September 9, 2007, at her residence. 

 

She was born on April 19, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, the first child of Stanley and Anna (Wzorek) Bernal.  She married William M. Sobyra, Sr. on May 21, 1927 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Chicago and resided on the south side in the Back of the Yards. 

 

In 1950 they moved to St. Turibius parish where she was the secretary of the St. Ann’s Society until she moved (she spoke and wrote Polish) and a member of the Altar & Rosary Society until it disbanded in 2006.  In 1957 she moved to West Chicago and attended daily Mass at the Franciscan Christ the King Seminary.  She helped the Friars prepare and serve their annual Festival dinner and other special occasions.  She was noted for her sweet sour cabbage.  In 1959 a new parish was established to serve the rising Catholic population and was staffed by the Franciscan’s from Pulaski, Wisconsin.  She was a charter member and was elected President of the Altar & Rosary Society and was responsible for running various fund raising functions and started a Saturday Cartoon show for the young people.  She was a member of the Election Judges in her precinct for 25 years and even though she was a Democrat in Du Page County, she worked well with the team of Democrats and Republicans and their team was showcased when they had visitors come to see the system.  She moved to Cook (Lake Vermilion) in September 1991, and became a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and attended daily Mass until she had a stroke.

 

Stella was known for her crocheting (afghans, scarves, tablecloths, etc.) gardening designing and making Christmas ornaments and especially for her baking and cooking.   She will also be remembered for her wishes God Bless You and reminder to say So Long and not Goodbye when she was leaving someone.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Dolores Sobyra of Cook; son Bill (Karen) Sobyra of Cook; daughter-in-law Mary Sobyra of Palatine, IL.; 10 Grandchildren, Deborah Sobyra of Chicago, Stanley (Dalia) Sobyra of Brookfield, IL., George (Susan) Sobyra of Addison, IL; Theresa Sobyra of Palatine, IL. William (Sherri) Sobyra III. of Cook, Catherine (Mark) Rayner of Elgin, IL., Frank Sobyra of Colorado Springs, CO., Helen (Stewart) Abbink of Oak Grove, KY., Julie (Peter) Schelde of Angora,, and Joseph (Lauren) Sobyra of Round Lake, IL., 20 Great Grandchildren; one brother Joseph (Dorothy) Bernal of Scottsdale, AZ., and sister-in-law Margaret Bernal of Chicago, IL., along with nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband William in 1987; her sons, Stanley in 1977 and Raymond in 1980; her parents Stanley in 1957 and Anna in 1940; her brothers, Walter in 2006, Chester in 2000, Felix in 1993 and Alex in 1945; sisters Francis Bienias in 1987 and Bernice Goralczyck in 2007, and two sisters in infancy.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Rev. Father Joseph M. Thomas MCBS and Rev. Father Larry Antus OMI will be the concelebrants.  Visitation will be from 7 to 9 PM Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Illinois. 

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Margaret Burke, 83, of Bemidji and formerly of Orr, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007 at her home, surrounded by her family. Margaret faced her final year with grace and dignity.

 

Margaret A. Johnson was born on Aug. 8, 1924 in Hibbing, Minn., to John J. and Eva (Madden) Johnson. She graduated from Orr High School in 1943 and attended business school in Duluth. She then worked at Kelley-How-Thomson Hardware, where she met her future husband, James Burke. They married on June 26, 1948. They made Bemidji their home in 1955.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Jim; and brother, Jack.

 

Margaret is survived by five children, Pat (Terry) Thornsbury, Jeffersontown, Ky., Peggy (Tom) Gall, Superior, Wis., Mary Joe (Paul) Ottinger, Woodland Park, Colo., Mike (Erin) Burke, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Jack (Colleen) Burke, Rockford, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; four siblings, Mary Alice (Don) Dobb, Virginia, Minn., Carol Johnson, Virginia, Minn., Robert Johnson, Mountain Iron, Minn., and Lois (Melvin) Gunderson, Virginia, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Sandi Burke, St. Cloud, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Services at :10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2007 in St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji. Father Chuck Huck will officiate. Family will meet friends on Sunday afternoon, 3 to 5 p.m. in the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji. Inurnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to North Country Home Care and Hospice or the American Cancer Society.

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Megan A. Anderson, 20, of Bear River-Cook, died tragically as the result of a homicide on Wednesday, August 29, 2007 in Eveleth.  She was born in Virginia on June 29, 1987, the daughter of James and Robyn (Lind) Anderson. 

 

She grew up in the Bear River-Cook area and graduated from Cook High School in 2005 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  Megan completed the Graphic Arts Course at Mesabi Community College-Eveleth Campus and graduated with High Honors  in May of 2007, and was currently employed as a graphic designer for Durkee Signs and Graphics in Eveleth.  While in High School, she played in the  senior high band, participated in Tap Dancing, and had worked for Zups Grocery in Cook for four years.  Megan was soft spoken, respectful, always shared a resilient smile, and had a zest for life.  She loved times with family and friends, and the outings they shared at concerts, snowboarding, bike rides and games.  She was an avid Minnesota Twin fan, liked country music and  Nascar.  Everyone knew her as a quiet-sweet girl. 

 

She is survived by her parents, James D. and Robyn Anderson of Bear River-Cook; 2 brothers, Jesse Anderson of Soudan and Brett Anderson of Duluth; maternal grandmother, Karen Lind of Cook; best friend and cousin, Courtney Anderson of Hibbing; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, and her special pet dog, “Maddie”.  

    

Megan is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Delbert Anderson in 1990, maternal grandfather, Loren Lind in 1991, paternal grandmother, Joyce Anderson in 2005, and uncle, Kenneth Anderson on July 23, 2007.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at  11:00 AM Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Bruce Dissell, pastor of Bear River Lutheran Church will officiate, with Gloria Hegg, participant.  Visitation will be from 6 to 9 PM Sunday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery.

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Nettie Dora Martinson 79, of Cook, died Sunday, August 19, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.  Nettie was born on March 22, 1928, at Cook; the daughter of Herman  and Maude (McFarland) Balke. 

 

She grew up in Cook, where she was united in marriage to Donald V. Martinson on June 8, 1947.   Nettie enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.   She worked at Dr. Heiam’s   greenhouse where people from all around admired her beautiful flower gardens.  She was also a nurse at  the Cook Hospital, as people today still talk about her loving care and kindness. She also enjoyed crocheting blankets, collecting angels and butterfly jewelry.  Later she moved to Billings, Montana and returned back to Cook in the last few years.  Nettie cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is survived by 2 sons, Randy Martinson of Whitehall, Montana and Gary (Shirley) Martinson of Cook; 1 daughter, Nedra Martinson of Virginia, MN.; 1 sister, Virginia Martinson of Cook,  7 Grandchildren- Amy, Kim, Chad, Carl, Larrissa, Miranda and Darrea;  4 Great Grandchildren – Marcus, Alysse, McKale and Jevon, with another great grandchild due in March; a sister-in-law, Marian Vertnik of Virginia; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald  on June 18, 1972; 2 brothers, Hermie and Mervin Balke and 2 sisters, Mona Lenka and Martha Sanko.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, (September 8th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.   Interment will be in the Sand Lake Cemetery of Britt.

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Lillian M. Filby Anderson, 91, joined her family in heaven Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. She was born Dec. 15, 1915, in Angora, to Jacob and Sofia (Aho) Nelmark. Lillian was a graduate of Angora High School.

 

On June 21, 1936, she married Eugene Filby. Lillian married Harold Anderson on Nov. 19, 1977. Lillian was a devoted and inspirational wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be remembered as a gracious Christian woman who brought out the best in everyone. Her Finnish heritage was proudly apparent through her SISU, her love of the lake, cabin and sauna. Lillian’s love of family and faith guided her through a blessed and fulfilling life. She will be missed and loved by all who knew her.

 

The family extends a special thank you to Keystone Bluffs and St. Mary’s Hospice for the excellent care they gave Lillian.

 

Lillian is survived by her children, Marilyn (Don) Pykkonen, Karen (Roger) Mattson, and Elden (Sandy) Filby; nine grandchildren, Beth Esselstrom, John (Kathy) Pykkonen, Jeff Pykkonen, Dave Mattson, Kari (Leon) Ball, Amy (Steve) Walk, Sara (Shawn) Mayfield, Erick (Andrea) Filby, and Sheryl (Jim) Filby Williams; 12 great-grandchildren; her brother, Walter (June) Nelmark.

 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Eugene Filby in 1976, and Harold Anderson in 2000; her parents; four brothers, Henry, William, Waino, and Sulo; five sisters, Mary, Lydia, Edith, Martha, and Amelia.

 

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kenwood Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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Dorothy Mae (Lukecart) McFarland, 83 of Virginia and formerly of Cook died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born June 23, 1924, in Minneapolis, daughter of Cecil and Leone Lukecart. She was married to Donald James McFarland on May 3, 1941.

 

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who took pride in making a comfortable home as her family moved about the country. While raising four children, she enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, and decorating. She devoted countless volunteer hours making crafts that comforted others. Her greatest satisfaction was being together with her family.

 

She looked forward to camping trips with her husband Mickey. They were members of the Good Sam’s Camping Club and met many good friends.

 

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Peggy Ann McFarland, Barbara Langehorne and Nancy McFarland; son James (Marie) McFarland, seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her furry granddaughter, Jessie, the dog; sister, Betty (Dale) Schmidhuber; sisters-in-law, Marge Lukecart, Orpha Mae McGargan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald James “Mickey’’ McFarland; brothers, Marshall, Robert and Kenneth Lukecart.

Services: Private family memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo, Minn.

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Karen Lea (Tokvam) Waldvogel, 64, died Saturday, August 25, 2007, in the University Medical Center-Mesabi, Hibbing. She was born in Grafton, N.D., on Sept. 4, 1942, to Clinton “Bud” and Irene Tokvam.

 

Karen had worked in Cook and for many years at the Carousel Hot Dog Stand in Hibbing. She loved being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. Karen enjoyed camping, fishing, and playing bingo. Karen was a 1964 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

She is survived by her husband, Jim Waldvogel of Nashwauk; son, Bernie Waldvogel of Keewatin; two daughters, Sally Rekkedahl of Coleraine and Sherri (Brian Tobey) Waldvogel of Virginia; two sisters, Linda (Marvin) Aune of Cook, and Janet (Dale) Luoma of Eveleth; brother, Roger Tokvam of Waseca, Minn.; four grandchildren: Tara (Nick Spotts) Waldvogel, Melissa Jarvi, Aaron Jarvi, and Halen Spiering; a great-grandson, Caleb Sanchez, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents Clinton :Bud" 80, 1998 & Irene 83, 2005 (Dokken) Tokvam, and an infant brother, Michael Tokvam 0,1945. Funeral: Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, in St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Nashwauk. The Rev. Dennis Hoffman will officiate.

 

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Interment will be in Nashwauk Cemetery, Nashwauk.

 

Pallbearers: Nick Spotts, Brian Tobey, John Waldvogel, Ted Sundberg, Tim Aune, and George Aune. Honorary pallbearers: Bill Hendricks, Cody Weaver, Sean Peterlin, and Brent Martin. Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing

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Marie Elvira Hejda 83 of Lake Vermilion-Cook passed away on August 24, 2007 at the Virginia Hospital. She was born on February 20, 1924 in Virginia to Richard and Fanny (Wainionpaa) Moore and had been a life long resident of Virginia until moving to Lake Vermilion in 1981. Marie was  Virginia High School graduate and the Duluth Business College.

 

On November 23, 1949, she married Jed Hejda in Virginia. She was co-owner/operator of Hejda TV & Sound Center in Virginia. Marie was a member of Hope Community Presbyterian Church; Chapter 210 Order of Easter Star; a 50 year member the Women's Auxiliary to the Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 and was a past member of the Soroptimist Club, all of Virginia.

 

Survivors include her husband, Jed of Lake Vermilion, Cook; three sons, Jed Hejda of Alango, Paul (Melody) Hejda of Virginia, and Brad (Tammy) Hejda of Mountain Iron; three daughters, Judy (Ron) Cimperman of Virginia, Susan (Clayton) Gwash of Virginia and Holly Hedja of White Bear Lake; 11 grandchildren, Eli (Dionne Hejda, Alex Hejda, Sean and Jeana Cimperman, Nicholas, Joseph and Wade Hejda, Lisa (Eric) Maki, Sara Gwash, Jason and Casey Ness four great-grandchildren, Dylan Maki, Lauren Maki, Logan Hejda and Jordan Sampson; on brother Richard (Mary) Moore of Virginia; one sister, Kay Dalton of San Francisco, California; sister-in-law Alice Netell; daughter-in-law, Peggy Hejda her "other daughter" Peggy Parise; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister Elsa Moore.

 

Memorial Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hope Presbyterian Church in Virginia with Pastor Mary P9l officiating. Visitation will be for an hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

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Mary V. Johnson, age 89, of Mountain Iron, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2007, in the Diamond Willow Assisted Living Residence.

 

She was born Dec. 2, 1917, in Virginia, the daughter of Walfred and Hilma Carlson. At the age of 2, the family moved to Angora where she grew up. She graduated from the Cook High School and the Young & Hursch Business College of Duluth. She was employed as a bookkeeper for the Bridgeman Russell Creamery in Virginia for seven years. Then she moved to Minneapolis where she was a bookkeeper for Lutheran Brotherhood Insurance. She returned to Virginia and worked as a secretary to the Superintendent of the DW&P Railroad.

 

At that time she met her future husband, Harry G. Johnson, and they were married on Nov. 16, 1946. She worked at her husband’s business, Johnson Electric, until 1949 when they moved to a farm in Forbes on the bank of the St. Louis River. They had a very active and enjoyable life there. They moved to Mountain Iron where they built a new home in 1959. Mary enjoyed going to their cabin on Lake Vermilion, picking berries, reading and doing crossword puzzles. Mary was a long time member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Virginia.

 

She is survived by one son, Larry Palmer Johnson, of the St. Cloud area; one granddaughter, Jennifer Marie (Eric) Smith of Virginia; one brother, Oscar (Lorraine) Carlson of Cook; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harry on April 30, 1991

 

Visitation on Saturday, Aug. 25, from10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia. The Rev. H. Arthur Dale will officiate. Interment will be in the Cook Cemetery. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Mary online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com

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Vienna Catherine (Saari) Maki, 88, of Idington, Virginia and formerly of Hibbing and Duluth, died on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at St Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Virginia.

 

Vienna was born on Nov. 11, 1918, in Virginia, to Gust and Katri (Laakkonen) Saari. In 1922 the family moved to Idington. Vienna graduated as valedictorian of the Cook High School class of 1937. In 1941 she married Eugene Maki of Cherry. They lived in Hibbing for 38 years and later resided in Mt. Iron and Duluth. Vienna returned to Virginia in 2000.

 

Vienna was a member of many organizations including the Finnish American Translators Association, the Iron Range Historical Society, and the Finnish American Historical Society. During the 1970’s, she was the Hibbing correspondent to the Finnish language newspaper Amerikan Uutiset.

 

Vienna was deeply interested in family history, her own and that of others. As Iron Range coordinator of the 1978 to 1981 Minnesota Finnish American Family History Project, she interviewed 29 people and transcribed the interviews, translating 15 of them from Finnish.

 

These are preserved at the U of M Immigration History Research Center. Vienna’s translation of an uncle’s reminiscences of his life as an underground miner became the book “Ready to Descend,” published in 2000.

 

Vienna became a member of the Screen Actors Guild when she was cast in the movie “Wildrose”, filmed on the Iron Range in 1982. She played the role of Vienna Maki Lorich, the mother of the female lead, a taconite worker. The film premiered in 1984.

 

Vienna is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Maki of Angora and Susan (Robert Myers) Maki of Duluth; four cousins, Rauha (Kaarlo) Savela of Angora, Raili (Weikko) Rautio of Kinney, William Malila of Angora, and Daisy Elizabeth Tuomi of Bolinas, California; and one aunt, Aune Kauristie, and several other cousins in Finland.

 

Vienna is also survived by the staff at Saint Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center of Virginia, where she lived for the last four years of her life. The family extends their appreciation to the Center staff.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene in 1995; and her brother, Edwin Saari, in February 2007.

Visitation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and will continue one hour prior to the 11 a.m. service on Saturday, which will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk will officiate. Interment will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

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Nettie D. Martinson, 79, of Cook, died Sunday, August 19, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.  Memorial services will be held at a later announced date. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. She is the mother of Randy, Gary and Nedra. Her husband Donald died on June 18, 1972.

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Albin “Albie” Zaloker, 81, of Side Lake, formerly of Chisholm, died Friday, August 17, 2007 at St. Raphael’s Health Care Center in Eveleth.

  

He was born in Chisholm on February 15, 1926, to Albin Sr. and Mary (Likovic) Zaloker.  He attended schools in Chisholm, then in Hibbing, when the family moved to Wilpen, (rural Hibbing).  He served in the Navy during World War II, then served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  He married Bernice Valadez on February 20, 1954, at Big Spring, Texas.  The couple moved to Chisholm, where they raised their children.  They moved to Little Sturgeon (in the Side Lake area) in 1983.  Albie was a great fan of high school sports, and enjoyed sports of all kinds.  He was fond of polka music which he collected, and listened to often.  Albie worked for U.S. Steel for 40 years, retiring in 1984.   He was a member of the Local Steelworkers Union #1938, and the American Legion. 

 

He is survived  by 2 sons, Joseph (Mary) of New Brighton, MN. and David of Raleigh, N.C.; 1 daughter Anna Zaloker of Chisholm; 1 sister, Rosemary Thomas of Round Lake Beach, IL.  2 Grandchildren, Caleb and Maria Zaloker along with several nieces and nephews. 

 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Bernice “Bernie” on July 5, 2003;  a sister, Frances Zaloker, a brother, Edward Zaloker, and a brother-in-law Bill Thomas. 

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Fr. Larry Antus OMI will be the celebrant.  Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis

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Judith Diane (Angell, Cayo) Pontinen 66 formerly of Cook and now of Woodbury, Minnesota passed away on August 14, 2007. She was born on June 7, 1941.

 

She was preceded in death by her father Howard Angell 77, 1996 and her second husband John Pontinen 77, 2006. Judy is survived by her children; Michele (Rick) Davis of Duluth, Jacqueline "Jackie" (Timothy) Picek of Cook and Timothy (Denise) Cayo of St. Michael, Mn. and her mother Faye Angell of Duluth. Grandchildren; Alex and Jared Davis, Bennett and Hayden Picek, Chase and Courtney Cayo. Her brother Gary Angell; and sisters; Joan Johnson and Jacqueline Carlson.

 

Judy worked as a Directory of Religious Education at Holy Family in Fairmont, Mn and most recently St. Thomas the Apostle Church in St. Paul. She had a Bachelors Degree in religious education from St. Scholastica and a Master Degree of education from the College of St. Thomas.

 

Services; 1100 am Saturday, August 18, 2007 sat St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic church. 2119 Stillwater Ave. St. Paul, Minnesota. Friends and family begin to gather at 9:30 am at the church.

 

Arrangements are with the Historic Thomson-Dougherty Funeral Home.

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Sandra Jean (Folkedahl) Slotness, 68, of Duluth, died Monday, Aug. 13 2007 at home after a long illness. She was born on May 12 1939 in Beltrami County, Minnesota to Nels 75, 1993 and Margaret 79, 2000 (Johanseson) Folkedahl. Sandra was a 1957 graduate of Cherry High School. She attended St. Luke’s Nursing School and UMD and had worked as a draftsman.

 

Sandra enjoyed spending her time painting, doing crafts, and reading — the love for which she passed on to her children. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

 

She is survived by her husband, Robert Slotness; one son, Glenn (Kari) Slotness of Duluth; three daughters, Kirsten (Brian) Jackson of Hermantown, Hiedi (James) McMann of Apple Valley and Karin (Steven) LaTour of Oak Park Heights, Minn.; four brothers, David (Debbie) Folkedahl of Kansas City, Mo., Richard Folkedahl of Portland, Ore., Vern (Laurie) Folkedahl of Grundy City, Iowa, and Neil (Shelly) Folkedahl of West Fargo, N.D.; three sisters, Karen (Jerry) Mayry of Iron, Donna (Frank) Parcyzk of Cook, and Dale (Dennis) Hurst of Duluth; and 11 grandchildren

 

SERVICES: Visitation from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service Friday in The Lutheran Church of The Good Shepherd. Memorials to the Cancer Society appreciated. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home 727-3555

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Judy M. Drift, 48, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Nett Lake, died Thursday, August 9, 2007.  She was born in Cook on April 13, 1959, and grew up in Nett Lake and Minneapolis. She had resided in the Twin Cities for many years, and Grand Rapids the past 4 years. She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, and was an  advocate for Women’s Chemical Dependency Programs and was a strong believer in helping other women achieve and maintain sobriety.  She loved to bead, was a creative artist, and loved to cook and bake.

 

She is survived by her father and step mother, Ernie and Betty Drift of Orr; her mother, Joyce Skadheim of Blackduck, MN.; 2 sons, Devery Drift of Grand Rapids and Derek Lowry of Red Wing; 2 daughters, Christy Drift and Patty (Bob) Drift, both of Grand Rapids,; 4 brothers, Ernie “Junior” Drift of Orr, Mike Drift of Grand Rapids, Jared (Sherri) Ballinger of Mille Lacs, and Jason Drift of Orr; 3 sisters, Debbie Drift of Cass Lake, Terry (Vinni) Hill of Orr and Kelly (Mike) Dunkley of Tower; 5 Grandchildren, Special friend, Pat Drift of Grand Rapids, along with numerous other  relatives and friends

 

Tribal Rite will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday at the Nett Lake Community Center.  Visitation will be after 4:00 PM Monday at the Center.  Interment will be in the New Nett Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Ina Helen Stauner, 86, of Hibbing, died Friday August 3, 2007 at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at 5:00 P.M. at the VFW Post 8510 in Hibbing. Gordy Dormanen and Barbara Novak will be officiating. Burial will be in Leiding Cemetery in Orr at a later date.

 

Ina was born in Gheen, MN June 2, 1921 to Nester and Elsie (Puttonen) Johnson. She graduated from Orr High School in 1939. During WWII she worked at a refinery in Richmond, CA. Ina returned to Virginia, MN and than back to Gheen where she lived until 1969, when the family moved to Cherry. Ina was active in community affairs in the Cherry area, including being instrumental in obtaining flashing lights at the intersection of Hwy. 5 and 16, obtaining First Responder equipment and the new Cherry Fire Hall. She was on the St. Louis County Fair Board, and was a ballot counter. Ina was known for her passion and perfectionism as a seamstress. She wants to be remembered for her cinnamon rolls, sewing, and sense of humor. Honorary Casket Bearers will be her Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother; Armas Johnson, and a sister-in-law; Angie.

 

Survived by: 6 Children: Linda Rissanen of Maple Plain, MN, Bill (Diane) Stauner of Fairbanks, AK, Denise Vesel of Nashwauk, Donna Klaven of Gheen, MN, Michael Stauner of Minnetonka, MN, Lori (Ray) Streeter of Nashwauk,

 

10 Grandchildren: Brett,  Rissanen of Maple Lake, MN, Danelle Wilson of Burnsville, MN, Toni Babcock of Blain, MN, Brandon, Lea, Brady, Brian and Kaylee Stauner of Fairbanks, AK, Amy Larson of Eugene, OR, Dusty Klaven of Gheen, MN

 

10 Great Grandchildren: Maxwell and Zachary Rissanen, Parker, Bennett, and Mya Wilson, Drew, Taylor, and Hailey Babcock, Cale, and Jace Larson, Nephew: Jimmy Johnson of Mt. Iron, MN, Great Nephew: Nicholas Johnson of St. Paul, MN.  And Several Cousins in Finland

 

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Clifford J. Moberg, 93, Clifford J. Moberg, 93, of Iron, died Sunday, July 29, 2007, in Guardian Angels Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hibbing.

 

He was born on April 26, 1914, in Bemidji to John and Caroline Moberg. He grew up in Bemidji, and at the age of 9 began working at his father’s Dodge dealership and delivering the Saturday Evening Post. He married Olivia Opsal in 1936 in Bemidji, where they made their home. In February of 1956, Cliff was hired by the state of Minnesota as maintenance foreman at Thistledew Youth Camp in Togo. Cliff was a talented handyman who helped family, friends, neighbors or passers-by with any auto, furnace, electrical, plumbing or building need. He was a longtime member of Bear River Lutheran Church, where he served as a deacon and youth leader. Most of all, Cliff was a family man, proud of his wife, children and grandchildren.

 

He is survived by sons Ernest (Alice) Moberg of Watrous, N.M., and Kenneth Moberg of Hibbing; daughters: Carol (James) Montgomery of Hibbing, Royal (Willard) Koskela of Hibbing, Merry Warwas of Iron, and Joyce (Larry) Warwas of Iron; 41 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Olivia, of 66 1/2 years, in 2003; two sons, Calvin and Leland Moberg; brothers: Roy, Ralph and James Moberg; sisters, Myrtle Olson and Florence Olson; a granddaughter, Gayle Montgomery; and a great-great-grandson, Ethan Walker.

 

Funeral: Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Clinton Town Hall. The Rev. Randy Melhus will officiate.

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the town hall.

 

Burial: Interment will be in Forbes Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

 

Arrangements are with Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

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Julie Ann (Nelson) Childs, 37, of Calumet, died Friday, July 27, 2007, at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was born on February 3, 1970 to Kermit and Denise Nelson in Virginia. In 1988, she graduated from Hibbing High School and then attended Hibbing Community College both in Hibbing. She was united in marriage on May 1, 1993, to Joseph Childs in Grand Rapids.

 

Julie managed both the Hibbing and Grand Rapids Payless Shoes stores until 1995 when she became the city clerk of Calumet. She was a member of the First Church of God where she served as Sunday School secretary, youth leader and with the kitchen committee. She was a member and past president of the P.T.C. in Marble, a member of the League of Minnesota Small Cities and the Greenway Recreation Board.

 

Julie loved bowling, the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings. She was an avid fan of her children, Zach and Sarah. She was a loving wife and mother with a strong spirit who was always involved with her children and all of their endeavors.

 

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; one son, Zachary, at home; one daughter, Sarah, at home; one sister, Joey Lampi of Hibbing; parents, Kermit (Char) Nelson of Hibbing and Denise (Loren) Forry of Merkel, Texas; maternal grandmother, Dorene (Elmer 60, 1985) Millbridge of Rockport, Texas; nieces, Lindsey and Leah; and nephews, Lucas and Isaac.

 

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the First Church of God in Grand Rapids. The Rev. Oscar Marth will officiate.

 

Visitation: Will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, and for one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday at the First Church of God in Grand Rapids.

 

Burial: Will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine. Arrangements are by Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids.

 

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Donald D. Hughes, 78, of Sturgeon Township, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at the University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.

 

Donald D. Hughes was born on October 23, 1928, at Bethel, Minnesota; the son of Edwin and Pearl (Ives) Hughes. He grew up in the St. Francis- Bethel area.  He moved to Anoka, where he met and married Evelyn Hunt.  They were united in marriage on May 28, 1950, and the couple lived in Anoka, where they raised their children, until moving to Sturgeon Township in 1971.  They had been vacationing and coming to the Sturgeon area since they bought the property in 1957.  Don was a longtime truck driver and had been employed for  the Wonder Klein Donahue Company of Mpls, delivering building materials and later for Mesaba Ready Mix of Hibbing. .  He was a member of the local Teamsters Union.  Don and Evelyn also did beef farming for many years.    Don loved woodworking, and handcrafted numerous keepsake items for his family, including wooden jewelry boxes for his grandchildren.   He appreciated the wildlife, enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and watching the other “critters” out his window in the country. 

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Evelyn; 1 son, Rickey (Sue) Hughes of St. Peter, MN.; 1 daughter, Gayle (Phil “Flip”) Graber of Andover, MN.; 2 brothers,  Sam (Beverly) Hughes of Finlayson, MN. and Edwin (Dixie) Hughes of Phoenix, Ariz.,; 1 sister, Shirley Snook of Anoka, MN.;  6 Grandchildren: Tamara, Stacy, Heidi, Timothy, Christopher and Nathan; 7 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 sisters, Jannet Hughes (at the age of 11 months), and Pearl Tobeck;  2 brothers, Lester and Maurice Hughes.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

SERVICES: A gathering of family and friends will be from 10:00 AM until the 12:00 Noon Memorial service on Saturday, August 11, at  the Sturgeon Town Hall, (on the corner of State Hwy #73 and County Hwy #22.)  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.

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Kenneth LeRoy Anderson, age 59, of Cook died unexpectedly Monday, July 23, 2007 at his residence. Visitation will be on Friday, July 27, 2007 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing and continuing on Saturday, July 28, 2007 from 10:00 A.M. until the 11:00 A.M. Funeral Service at the Bear River Lutheran Church in Bear River. Pastor Bruce Dissell and Gloria Anderson-Hegg will be officiating. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 

Kenneth was born on June 5, 1948 to Delbert and Joyce (Fredlund) Anderson in Hastings, Nebraska. He grew up in the Bear River area and graduated from Cook High School in 1966. Kenneth graduated in 1968 from Hibbing Technical College after completing the diesel mechanics program. Kenneth was drafted to serve in the Army in 1968, serving in Vietnam and Germany and was discharged in 1971.

 

He was united in marriage to Dana Olson on November 10, 1973 at the Bear River Lutheran Church in Bear River, MN. After he returned from the Army he worked for 3 years at US Steel Minntac and retired from Hibbing Taconite after 30 years. Kenneth enjoyed working in his large and wonderful garden, hunting, an avid fan of racing, outdoor activities, his truck, helping friends and neighbors, but most important to him was his family, especially walking his grandsons. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert in 1990 and Joyce in 2005.

 

Survivors include: Loving Wife of 34 years: Dana Anderson Three Sons: Matthew (Sheri) Anderson of Hibbing, MN., Ryan (Nicole) Anderson of Hibbing, MN., Kirk Anderson of Hibbing, Mn. Twin Grandsons: Alex and Jonathan Anderson. Four Sisters: Lois (Don) Jenson of Bigfork, MN., Judy Anderson of Bear River, MN., Barbara Hoover of Side Lake, MN., Patricia (Ron) Owen of Snohomish, WA.; Nine Brothers: Donald (Mary) Anderson of Chisholm, MN., Charles (Norma) Anderson of Hibbing, MN., Richard Anderson of Cooperstown, ND., Thomas (Margo) Anderson of Chisholm, MN., James (Robyn) Anderson of Bear River, MN., Brian (Gail) Anderson of Cook, MN., Gary (Amy) Anderson of Cook, MN., Robert Anderson of LeRoy, MN., Jeffrey Anderson of Bear River, MN., Father and Mother-in-Law: Richard and Selma Olson. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins

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Agnes M. Tekautz, 94, of Tower, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Monday July 23, 2007, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 11, 1913, in Tower, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (Scheringer) Skala. She grew up in Tower and was a lifelong resident. She graduated in 1930 from Tower-Soudan High School, where she was very active in school activities. Agnes was united in marriage to John Tekautz, on May 26, 1934, at St. Martin’s Catholic Church. She was well known for her good cooking and worked in several area restaurants. Her life revolved around her family and friends.

 

Agnes was a member of St. Martins Catholic Church and was president of it’s Catholic Council for a number of years, KSKJ Lodge and Slovenian Women’s Union of America.

 

She is survived by her children, John Tekautz of Tower and Margaret (Jack) Yernatich of Duluth; four grandchildren, Matt (Yvonne) Yernatich, Mary (Paul) Ravnikar, Dan (Crystal) Yernatich and Dave (Sandra) Yernatich; eight great-grandchildren, Jacquelyn Ravnikar, Marisa, Megan and Joey Yernatich, Josh and Jessica Yernatich and Kelly and Jack Yernatich; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John  on Jan. 7, 1982; brothers, Jacob, Frank, Joe and Matt Skala;  and sisters, Angela and Anne Skala and Mayme Musich

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower, with the Rev. Father Joseph M. Thomas, MCBS as celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Ronald A. Ritter, 68, of Linden Grove Township, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at the Cook Hospital, with his daughters by his side. He was born on April 2, 1939, at Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Arthur and Virginia (Lovell) Ritter.  He grew up in Togo, and attended school in Togo and Alango.   He married Darlene Jacobson in Cook on April 16, 1960.  They had lived in Togo, Effie, Minneapolis and Cook, where Ron worked as a logger, truck driver, welder, and mechanic. Ron was a foreman mechanic at Johnson’s One Stop in Cook, worked at Skubic’s in Virginia, and was employed  for over 20 years at Hill Wood Products in Cook, retiring in 2001 as head mechanic, along with being a millwright.  He has resided in Linden Grove Township for over 40 years, where he was  actively involved in the township.  Ron enjoyed making and flying remote model airplanes, 4-wheeling, bird watching, and helping his family.  He and his late wife, Darlene, had a yearly wonderful Christmas yard display, that had admirers come from all over to enjoy.   Everyone who knew Ron as the man who could build and fix anything.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

 

He is survived by 3 daughters, Rolene Ritter of Cook; Valerie (Joe) Amundson of Lake Vermilion-Cook, and Connie (Brad) Simpson of Cook; his special friend, Carol Larson of Bear River; 5 Grandchildren:  Angela Lease, Jeremy (Shalane Aune) Hawkinson, Nicole (Luke) Whitney, Sarah Jo (Ross) Mjelde, and Steven Amundson; 6 Great Grandchildren: Tyler Johnson, Makayla Lease, Keenan Whitney, Mackenzie Mjelde, and Natalie and Preston Whitney.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Darlene on January 20, 1996; and his father Arthur in 1985, and his mother Virginia in 1975.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Melissa Stoller and Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiants.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Amy Palmer will be the soloist.  The honorary bearers will be: Tim Reing, Larry Setter, Steve Hill, Steve Orlikoski, Bob Dickson, Glen Seopa, Jeremy Hawkinson, Steve Amundson, Jeremy Lease, Angela Lease, Nicole Whitney, Sarah Jo Mjelde and Shalane Aune.  Interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Lloyd H. Gerdes, 80, Lloyd H. Gerdes, 80, of Togo, died on Friday, July 20, 2007, at his residence. Lloyd was born in Jackson County, Minn., on April 4, 1927, the son of Frank and Alvina (Bayerkohler) Gerdes. He grew up on the family farm and went to school in Isle. He served in the Army during the Korean War He lived in Minneapolis for five years before settling in Togo in 1957 where he since lived. Lloyd was a self-employed mechanic overhauling engines. He farmed for many years and enjoyed hunting. Lloyd was a member of the VFW in Grand Rapids.

 

He is survived by one sister, Velma Braun of White Bear Lake, Minn., along with seven nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral: Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation: Will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial: Will be in the Bearville Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home Cook

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Currie L. Geshick, 47, of Hibbing, former resident of Nett Lake, died on Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the University Medical Center-Mesabi , Hibbing. She was born in Cook on November 6, 1959, the daughter of Clarence and Dorothy (Curry Wilson) Geshick. She grew up in North Dakota where she lived for many years. She then moved  to Nett Lake where  she found family and lived in the area ever since. She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. She enjoyed playing the slot machines and going for walks with her nieces and nephews.

 

She is survived by one son and two daughters, 1 sister, Elaine(Frank Sr.) Villebrun of Orr, 2 brothers; William ”Bill” Smith Jr. and Ray Wilson both of Minneapolis and her special friend Rusty Rhodes of Hibbing, along with many nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, 3 brothers, Gary, Darrell and Michael Smith : 2 sisters, Lucille King and Veronica Dale.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at the Nett Lake Community Center. Visitation will start after 6:00 PM  on Tuesday.  The Spiritual Advisor will be Gene Goodsky and the Rev. Arthur Dale will co-officiate. Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Palmer Vern Moberg, 87, Palmer Vern Moberg, 87, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, peacefully surrounded by his family in Hibbing after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 6, 1920, in Cook to Per and Marta Moberg, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. His working career spanned early times at the Seattle shipyards and Oliver Mining Company.

 

Family ownership of restaurants, including the Palmer House in Hibbing; many years in the sales field on the Iron Range and in the Twin Cities, most recently selling electrical supplies through his company, Centra-Lite in Hibbing. Palmer was an avid outdoorsmen who loved fishing and hunting, and his greatest joy was teaching his children and grandchildren the skills of hunting and fishing. He pastored Hibbing Fellowship and ministered in his latter years throughout the upper Midwest and Canada. To share the love of Jesus and faith in God was his primary focus in life. He was a gifted musician, especially as an accomplished guitarist and bassist. He has left a legacy of music extending to generations, playing in his younger years with the Chet Crippa Band, and ministered with his music throughout his life — especially with the King’s Way Singers.

 

He has been an active senior volunteer for the Range Center, Mapleview Homes and Family Investment Center of the Hibbing Housing Authority and was once a member of the Toastmasters.

 

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Moberg of Hibbing; his children: Doug (Fern) Moberg of Hibbing, Vern (Donna) of Hibbing, Mary Jo Moberg (Perry’s wife) of Hibbing, Randy (Mavis) of St. Paul; Sandra Moberg Walls, of Champlin, Minn.; Dan (Ann) of Hibbing, Mike “Myron” of Canadensis, Pa., Ron (Kerry) of Forest Lake, Minn.; stepchildren, Mandy Okeson (Matt), of Thief River Falls, Minn., and Paul Engebretson (Julie) of Superior, Wis.; 23 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Phyllis Moberg of St. Paul, Evelyn Miller of Apache Junction, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Herbert (Jerry) Garrard of Hibbing; many beloved nieces, nephews and dear friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Verna Olive (Nylund) Moberg; his son, Palmer “Perry” Moberg Jr.; brother, Eddie Moberg; sisters, Priscilla Garrard and Helen Moberg; son-in-law, Ronald Walls.

 

Funeral: Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Hibbing. Visitation: one hour prior to the funeral Friday at the church. Burial: Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 

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Francis L. Thompson, 89, of Mt. Iron, former longtime resident of Bear River, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at the Virginia Convalescent Center. He was born in Bear River on July 24, 1917, the son of Albert  and Georgena (Sherman) Thompson. He grew up in Bear River and graduated from the Bear River School .  Francis served in the Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945,  and was part of the Rhineland campaign in central Europe. After the war he moved back to Bear River.  He was united in marriage to  Lois Moorefield on December 3, 1949, in Virginia. They made there home in Virginia for a few years,   lived in Montana for four years, then returned  to Bear River in 1959 where they resided  for 36 years. Francis worked for U. S. Steel a few years then for the State Highway Dept. from 1957 till his retirement in 1979.  In 1995 they moved to Mt. Iron where they have since resided.  He was a long time member of the Bear River Lutheran Church, where he served as financial secretary. He had been a member of the Cook VFW Honor Guard.  Francis served as assessor of the Morcom Township and served as sexton of the Morcom Cemetery for many years. He enjoyed reading, working in the woods and when  outdoors  was always aware of the beautiful sounds of the birds around him. His family remembers him as being a thinker and making things to make the job a little easier and faster. Francis would say to his children, “ you can’t ask for more then when you have God and a good woman as your wife.”  He was very proud of his family and would let them know that often.

 

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Lois ; 1 son, Dennis (Elizabeth) Thompson of Pleasanton, CA., 1 daughter Linda (Douglas) Lange of Eagan, MN., 4 Grandchildren, Andrew and Nicholas Thompson and Julie and Michelle Lange, along with numerous nieces, nephews , and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Carl Thompson and Byron Crangle: 2 sisters, Marcella Loween and Marie Gustafson.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, August 4th, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant.  Music will be provided by Carol Newman.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480. Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery of Bear River. 

 

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Mina Valeria Urdahl 95 of Hibbing, former 70 year resident of Bear River, passed away at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing on Sunday, July 15. She was born August 17, 1911, in Bear River, to Curtis and Valeria (Fortier) Bartlett. She was united in marriage in Cook on September 1, 1933, to Orin Urdahl.

 

Mina is survived by 6 daughters: Irene (Frank) Samec, Hibbing, Lorraine (Will) Eliason, Hibbing, Hazel (Gaylen) Kehoe, Bear River, Linda (Wally) Eddy, Chisholm, Mary (Alvin) DeWall, Buffalo, MN, Evelyn (Mike) Levchak, Chisholm, son-in-law Jerome (Barbara) Fletcher, Hibbing. 18 Grandchildren, 30 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great-great grandchild. Several nieces and nephews

 

Mina was preceded in death by her husband Orin in 1980, infant son Lawrence in 1934, daughter Helen (Jerome) Fletcher in 1971, grandson Scott Eliason, 1992, her parents and 2 brothers Frank and Samuel, and 2 sisters, Winifred Boudreau and Hazel Tinkey.

 

Mina was a switchboard operator for the Bear River Valley Telephone Company for many years, both prior to marriage and while raising their 7 daughters. She was the local news contributor for the Hibbing Daily Tribune and the Cook News Herald. She and her husband owned and operated Urdahl’s Grocery Store from 1960 to 1977. She moved to Hibbing in 1981. In her younger years, she loved to dance, enjoyed music, especially Marty Robbins, and Daniel O’Donnell, rode bike, kept 3 large gardens, canning hundreds of quarts of venison and vegetables each year, was a writer of poetry. She will be remembered for her wit and her wonderful memory of details.

 

Services will be held at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing on Friday, July 20, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m

 

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Floyd Fred Peterson 85 of Camino, California and former of Cook, Minnesota died on July 10, 2007. He was born on April 19, 1922 at Cook. He was a veteran of the Second World War and the Korean War. Lloyd graduated in 1940 from the Cook High School.

 

He is survived by his wife Mary of Camino, California and brother Ernest Peterson of Cambridge, Minnesota. Sister Lorraine Soderberg of Portland, Oregon. Sons; Lloyd Jr. Marty, Ernie, Dale and Tim. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lawrence & Esther (Shoquist) Peterson; brother Leonard and sister Helen (Ben) Landmark.

 

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Eva Snell 82 of Edmonds, Washington and formerly of Cook, Minnesota passed away on July 2, 2007. She was born at Cook on September 5, 1924.

Eva was a 1941 graduate of the Cook High School.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jacob & Alma and all of her siblings; William Snell, Martha (William) Turkia,  Elmer (Margorie Bolster) Snell,  Esther (Uno Alano and Gene) Maki,  Joe (Gladyce Trygg) Snell, Eva Snell and Elsie McDougall.

Eva's relatives living in the Cook area are; sister-in-law Gladyce (Joe) Snell, nieces and nephews; Jack Snell, Jerry Snell and Judy (David) Grebenc.

 

Marilyn S. (Schreiner) Woods, 69, died peacefully at her son’s home on Thursday, June 28, 2007, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Marilyn was born March 22, 1938, in Hibbing. Her parents moved to Moville, Iowa, where she was raised and graduated from high school. She went to college at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb., where she was accepted into the Mayo Clinic School of Physical Therapy in Rochester, Minn. She graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a post-graduate certificate in physical therapy.

 

Marilyn worked at the Iron Range Rehabilitation Center, Henry Ford Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Clinic. She married Roger Woods on March 2, 1968. She continued her physical therapy work at the Cook Hospital and Bigfork Hospital, moving down to the Twin Cities in 1991 to work at the Methodist Hospital rehabilitation department. She retired from Methodist in 2001. Shortly after retiring she went to work for the Struthers Parkinson’s Center.

 

She was very active in the American Physical Therapy Association, she was a mentor and inspiration to many in the Minnesota chapter. In April 2007 she received the Lifetime of Service Award, which has been renamed the Marilyn Woods Lifetime of Service Award. Helping people was her passion in life and she showed it in many ways. In 2006 she started the Wings Program at Circus Juventas for disabled children.

 

She is survived by her children, Eric Woods, Eron (Chimgee) Woods and Elana Woods; grandson, Tamir Bayarsalhan; brother, Dale Schreiner; sisters, Doris (Ed) Williams and Diana Stumm; numerous nieces and nephews, other family members and her extended Mongolian family.

 

Memorial service 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 13207 Lake Street Extension, Minnetonka, MN, 55305 and Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Moville, Iowa. The family is setting up a scholarship fund in Marilyn’s name for future physical therapists. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina, Minn.

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Louis J. Chos Jr., 55, of Lake City, passed away at his home Monday, July 2, 2007. Louis was born on Sept. 22, 1951, in East Cleveland, Ohio to Louis John 68, 1992  and Ellen 83, 2006 Virginia (Carlson) Chos. He received his bachelors of science in chemical engineering and was employed at The Dow Chemical Company of Midland for 31 years until his retirement. He was associated with St. John's Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Houghton Lake and also attended Resurrection Life Church in Cadillac. He enjoyed painting ceramics, hunting, fishing in the upper peninsula, Canada and northern Minnesota with his close friends John and Gary.

He is survived by his fiancé, Darlene Keely and his extended family, Doris "Mom" Bradley of Lake City, David and Paula Fox, Abigail and Emily Messing, Xavier Fox of Gaylord and Jim and Linda Keely of Old Mission; his aunt Esther Jowaski; his cousins, Kenny (Bryn) Jowaski, Kaye (Bill) Herman of Cook, Minn., Kathy Jowaski of South Elgin, Ill. and Karol (Jurek) Grzybowski of Poland; his great-aunt, Ann Scott; and his stepdad, Gordon Anderson also of Cook, Minn.
 

Louis' mother Ellen Carlson grew up in Cook and was a 1939 graduate of the Cook High School. After his father died in 1992 his mother Ellen was married in 1997 to Gordon Anderson of Cook who was also a 1939 Cook School graduate.


Memorial Services will be held Saturday, July 7, 2007, 1 p.m. at the Young Funeral Home, 403 S. Pine, Lake City with Pastor William C. Winter officiating. Burial will be in the Field Township Cemetery in Cook, Minn.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the St. John's Lutheran Church in Houghton Lake or the Resurrection Life Church Building Fund in Cadillac.

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Delphine “Del” H. Beatty, 92, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2007,at her residence. Del was born on December 13, 1914, at Silver Lake,  Minnesota; the daughter of Matcuss and Martha (Mickowski) Nawrocki.  She  grew up on the family farm in Silver Lake (near Hutchinson). She moved to Minneapolis, where she completed beauty school, built a house  and operated her own shop  in Northeast Minneapolis for nearly 15 years.  She was united in marriage to Russell B. Beatty on September 13, 1947, in Minneapolis. 

The couple settled in the Cook area in 1948, where they since resided. They farmed for 25 years, mostly dairy farming.  After Russell’s retirement, Del completed Nurses Aid Training and was employed for years as a Nurses Aid at the Cook Hospital.  She was a longtime  faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook and its Council of Catholic Women’s Group. .


Russell and Delphine were well known for their  yearly, abundant cultivated vegetable gardens and were instrumental in forming the Cook Area Farmer’s Market, of which they supplied fresh vegetables for many years. She was a wonderful baker, and prolific canner, along with being an avid reader. 

She is survived by 2 sons, James of Minnetonka and Mark (Bonnie Peterson) Beatty of Shoreview; 2 daughters, Martha Jane (Bob) Sills of DeMoines, Iowa and Sharon (David Stanton) Beatty of Sanaa, Yemen;  9 Grandchildren: Adam Beatty, Zachary Beatty, Alexander Beatty, Hytham Ashuraey, Sam Ashuraey, Yasmine Ashuraey, Nik Budnik, Kajsa Beatty and Stephanie Maddox. 

Delphine is preceded in death by her husband, Russell on  December 11, 1992; a daughter-in-law, Jane Ann Skaja; 5 brothers - Alphonse, Henry, Joe, Leo, and Emmett Nawrocki; and 5 sisters - Helen Smigleski, Joan Jagodzinski, Margaret Kology, and Martha and Regina Nawrocki who died in childhood.
 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday (July 7th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.   The con-celebrants will be Father Joseph M. Thomas MCBS and Father Larry Antus OMI.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday (July 6th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with Parish Wake Service Prayers said at 7:30 PM.  St. Mary’s Choir will sing and Marjorie Miller will be the organist.  The casket bearers will be: Adam Beatty, Zachary Beatty, Alexander Beatty and Hytham Ashuraey.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery 

Funeral arrangements were with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Sally "Stella" Hodge, 44, Sally “Stella” Hodge, 44, Hibbing, died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born on Feb. 12, 1963, in San Antonio, Texas, to Robert V. and Darlene W. (Essex) Hodge. She had been a resident of Hibbing for the past 15 years. She was an avid bird enthusiast.

 

Survivors include her parents, Pastor Robert V. and Darlene W. Hodge of Angora, Minn.; siblings Johnny V. (Susan) Hodge, Breaux Bridge, La.; R.V. (Jennie) Hodge, Smyrna, N.C.; Leah (Mark) Rock, Chisholm; Rebekah (Rod) King, Bear River, and Micah (Jacinda) Hodge, Janesville, Wis.; 10 nieces and seven nephews.

 

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, July 2, at First Baptist Church of Hibbing with the Rev. Greg Stevens officiating.

 

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. To sign the guest book online and leave a memorial message, go to www.ruppfuneralhome.com.

 

Burial: Private family interment was held at Chisholm Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with Rupp Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Chisholm.

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Lillian K. Stevenson, 79, of Gheen, passed away Monday, June 25, 2007, at the Cook Nursing Home. Lillian was born on September 28, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois,  the daughter of William and Eleanor (Bartz) Leonard.  At the age of five she went to San Benito, Texas to live with an aunt and uncle where she grew up, went to school and then met her future husband Robert A. Stevenson. They were married on May 1, 1946 in Texas. They resided in Fort Collins, Colorado while Robert attended school  then moved to Kelliher  for one year then to Cotton for about  sixteen years, finally moving to Gheen, where they since resided. Robert was a teacher for Independent School District 710, retiring in 1980, after 31 years of teaching.  When their youngest started school, Lillian got her driver’s license, went back to school and earned her LPN degree. She was employed at the Virginia Hospital then Cook Hospital and Nursing Home for many years. Robert and Lillian enjoyed going to art fairs where they sold birdhouses and bird feeders that they made together. Lillian loved to travel and read science fiction and books on history.

 

She is survived by her children - Robert L. Stevenson of Eveleth, Kathryn G. Stevenson of Gheen, Philip B. Stevenson of Greaney, Susan L. DaPron of Irvine, CA, Glenn B. Stevenson of Gheen; Serena- her loyal and devoted 4-footed friend.; 8 Grandchildren- Shonda, Robbie, Brandy, Kris, Savanna, Justin, Arby and Amanda; 7 1/2  Great Grandchildren; 1 sister- Anna Mae Ryndak of Florida; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband- Robert A. Stevenson on March 4, 1993,- a great grandson Marc Bruno “Trey” Provencher III in 2003, 1-brother William Leonard and, 2 sisters-Betty and Joanne Leonard.

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A celebration of Lillian’s life was held at 4:00 PM Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Art Dale was the officiant.   The honorary bearers were Kris, Savanna, Justin, Arby, Amanda and Marc.

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John D. Ellefson, 61, of Buyck, formerly of Anoka, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 24, 2007. John was born on September 28, 1945, at Granite Falls, where he grew up.  He graduated  from Marshall High School in Minneapolis in 1963.  He served in the Army, and after his tour of duty he returned to the cities, where he completed an approved course that qualified him as a journeyman meatcutter in 1971.  John lived in Anoka for many years. He was a meatcutter for 30 years for Jerry’s Supermarket.  He had been coming up to Crane Lake all of his life, and retired to the Buyck-Crane Lake area permanently in 1999..  He enjoyed  and appreciated the north outdoors, especially  the hunting and fishing. He was an avid gun collector and reader.  He was a loving father and grandfather, and will be  dearly missed by family and friends. 

 

He is survived by beloved son and grandson, Doug (Sara) Ellefson and Jack Douglas Ellefson of Wayzata,;  his former wife, Mary Lindboom of Wayzata,; 2 brothers, Michael (Carol) Ellefson of Osakis and David Ellefson of Granite Falls, MN., 2 nieces Ginger Ellefson of Wyoming, MN., Lisa (Travis) Peterson of Albertville; a nephew, Mike (Pam) Ellefson of Osakis;  a step-daughter, Debbie Dziuk and step-son Jim Dziuk, both of Fridley; and many friends.

 

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellefson.

 

An informal gathering will be held  at 2:00 PM Sunday (July 1st) at  son Doug’s home in Wayzata. For directions or information call Doug at 952-471-2444.   Later local memorial services will be  at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2007, at the Crane Lake Chapel, with Pastor Ruth Gangloff officiating.

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Erlene Johnson, 93, of Tower, passed away, Friday, June 22, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was born on Sept. 21, 1913, in Virginia, the daughter of Ben and Anna Erickson. She grew up in West Virginia and graduated  from Mt. Iron High School. She was united in marriage to Roy Carlson on Dec. 21, 1936 in Virginia. Together, they owned and operated Bus News in Virginia and then, Birch Point Store and Tavern on Lake Vermilion, Tower. On June 10, 1952, she married Elmer Johnson in Tower. She and Elmer were the first managers of  Hoo-Doo Point camp grounds in Tower. She had also worked for Dr. Mollers in the Soudan  hospital. She lived in the family home until May 9 2007. Erlene lived a long and active life. She truly enjoyed her family and never missed any of the children’s sporting events. She was a great seamstress and did lovely hand work. Later in life, she went on many road trips with her friends and still rode snowmobile and “made” wood into her eighties. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tower and Rebecca Lodge.

 

She is survived by her children, Janice Morin of Tower, Bruce (Kathy) Carlson of Tower, Jim (Cathy) Carlson of Vermilion Township, Bill (Terry) Johnson of Duluth and Randall (Marjorie) Johnson of Tower; 25 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren and one due in October; cousins; nieces and many friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, first husband, Roy Carlson on Jan. 26, 1968; second husband, Elmer Johnson on Dec. 13, 1980; son, Burton James Carlson in 1944; granddaughter, Sheila Morin on March 6, 1977; son-in-law, John Morin on Nov. 24, 1999; brother, Ed Erickson and sister, Ella Foss.

 

Funeral services were held  at 11:00 AM Tuesday (June 26th) at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, with Pastor Aaron Lofgren officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church.  The music was provided by Mary Beth Reller.  The casket bearers were Erlene’s children, Janice Morin, Bruce Carlson, Jim Carlson, Bill Johnson, and Randall Johnson.  The burial was in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Arrangements were with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

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Judith Ann (Hinman) Schaefer, 63, of Pengilly died Saturday, June 23, 2007, in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Oct. 16, 1943, in Alton, Ill., the daughter of Selma Markham Hinman and Leonard Calvin Hinman. She graduated from East Alton Wood River Community High School in 1961 in the top ten percent of her class.

 

She attended classes at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. She left there in 1963 and went to Scruggs Vandervoort Barny, a major retail store in St. Louis, Mo., and completed a two-year buyer’s training program. She was made assistant buyer for the corset and bra department and a buyer for Casey Sporting Goods, also in St. Louis. In 1968, she became an employee of Target Inc. and worked her way up to Softlines merchandise manager.

 

Judy married Ronald Schaefer on July 7, 1971, in Britt, and they had one son, Gerald Calvin Schaefer, born on March 30, 1976. She served in this area as a home health aide for Itasca County.

 

She was a recipient of the DAR Award in high school, state representative for Home Economics Girl’s Leadership Camp, was an officer in the Order of Eastern Star, and a past president of East Side Neighbors. An active member of Nashwauk Lutheran Church, she served as president of the women’s organization and was stewardship secretary for the statewide women’s group of the American Lutheran Church. Judy taught art and Bible studies for a Christian school housed at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Nashwauk as well as being a former Sunday school, Bible school and Release Time teacher at Nashwauk Lutheran, and with her husband, Ron, served as Sunday school superintendent. She also taught “Project Charlie,’’ an anti-drug program at Nashwauk and Keewatin public schools. She was an avid golfer at Swan Lake Country Club, a computer enthusiast and she loved painting and sewing.

 

She is survived by her husband, Ron, of Pengilly; son, Gerald (Becky McLaughlin) Schafer, of Fridley, Minn.; brother, Joe (Ruth) Hinman, of Pacific, Mo.; sisters-in-law, Val Hinman of Missouri and Barb (Clark) Brenna of Cook; nieces, Teri Brenna of Virginia, Amy (John) Nelson of Angora and Tina (John) Ripper of Pacific, Mo.; her niece and godchild, Cindy (Jason) Palm, of Cook; and a nephew, Chris (Lisa) Ashabanner, of St. Louis, Mo.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Daniel Raye Hinman and Donald Lee Hinman.

Funeral service at 1 p.m. Thursday at Nashwauk Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Jean Megorden officiating. Pallbearers will be Bob Silcox, Clark Brenna, John Nelson, Jason Palm, Larry Potocnik, Tom Mattson, Bob Johnson and Randy Metzer. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, and will continue one hour prior to service Thursday at the church in Nashwauk.

 

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Allen Richard Quaas, 67, of Two Harbors and formerly of Orr, died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, June 20, 2007. He was born Jan. 25, 1940, to Allan and Gayle (Leaf) Quaas in Grand Rapids. He grew up in Blackberry, Splithand Township, attended school in Windego and Grand Rapids Senior High. He worked for M.A. Hanna Mining Co., Coleraine and Stagberg Mills in Orr. He was constable in Orr. He began a career in truck driving, driving for various companies until retiring from Uland Brothers Construction Co., after 27 years of service. He was a member of the Teamsters Union No. 346, Duluth, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. Allen was well-known for his quick wit, charm and tall tales. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, riding on his motorcycle, and his muscle car, a GTO.

 

Al will sadly be missed by all who knew him.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; daughters, Robin (Jim) Aker of Orr, Sheila (David) Malmstrom of Virginia, Becky (Donnie) Luecken of Orr, and Chelsey of Duluth; sons, Rick and Dan, both of Orr, and Matt of Two Harbors; former wife, Deanne Saarikoski of Orr; brothers, Wayne (Grace) of Hill City, and Eddie (Jill) of Swatara; sisters, Sharon (Darrell) Bruggman of McGregor, Diane (Len) Flesher of Baxter, Bev (Kraig) Kiger of Grand Rapids, Shelly Nelson of Grand Rapids, and Roxanne (Al) Kellerman of McGregor; granddaughter, Michaela Luecken; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara Essen; nephew, James Essen Jr.; niece, Dustie Brown; and mother-in-law, Mary P. Symons

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Two Harbors. Visitation will be from noon until the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Arrangements are by Cavallin Funeral Home.

 

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Edward W. "Bill" Sarazine, 70, of Owatonna and formerly of Cook, died Monday, June 18, 2007 at Owatonna Hospital. He was born Jan. 25, 1937 in Comfrey the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Konz) Sarazine. Bill graduated from the Alango High School in 1954 and then started working in the Iron Ore mines of northern Minnesota. He and his brother  Raymond "Tom" owned and operated a Phillips 66 station in Cook and he later moved to the Twin Cities area and drove over the road for the Holiday Stores.

 

He married Karen Dolgner- Herman June 26, 1977 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, together the couple owned and operated Dairy Queen stores in Owatonna and Blooming Prairie for over twenty five years. When Bill retired he drove for the Owatonna Bus Company. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Elks, Eagles, and Steele County Historical Society.

Bill is survived by his spouse Karen of Owatonna; his children Charlotte Thacker of Owatonna, Billy (Robin) Sarazine of Owatonna, Michael R. Sarazine of St. Louis Park, Patrick A. Sarazine of Burnsville; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two brothers, Norbert (Twila Hokkanen) Sarazine of Macon and Michael F. (Michelle Ranta) Sarazine of Layton, Utah; four sisters, Corrine (Ron) Maki of Middleton, Wis., Rita (James 63, 2000) Cheney of Angora, Jean Sarazine of Waite Park, Phyllis (Jim) Anderson of Fairfax.

His parents; Leo 51, 1959 & Elizabeth 75, 1990 Sarazine, two brothers; Bernard "James" 28, 1963 (Christine Nissinen 67, 2006)  Sarazine and Raymond "Tom" 60, 1998 (Kathleen Martinson) Sarazine, one sister, Patricia 62, 2004 (Gene) Skraba and previous wife Elizabeth Hyvair 30, 1970 Sarazine preceded him in death.

Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Lestock officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Owatonna Youth Hockey Assoc., or the donor's choice.

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From: Karin [mailto:juttakarin@2z.net Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007. Don, Theone's mother and Lucky's grandmother, passed away May 29th and I just got the Obituary for it and thought I would send it to you to post. Many people here knew Helen and so would be interested in reading it...Thank you so much for all  you do. Karin


Helen Parker, 103, Brainerd, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2007, surrounded by her children at Woodland Good Samaritan Village in Brainerd. Helen was born May 14, 1904, in Pipestone, Minn., to Charles and Anna (Jacobson) Turnquist. She received her teaching degree in Valley City, N.D. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd.

She is survived by her children, Dwight (Shirley) Parker, Lake Shore, Fred (Linda) Parker, Brainerd, Tim (Peg) Parker, Truman, Ramona (Don) Stumvoll, Nisswa, Anecia (August) Langenbay, Stewart, Evelyn (Ronald) Knauss, Forest Lake, and Patsy (Jim) Knauss, Lino Lakes; 20 grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren and six step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; five children, Tommy Parker, Douglas Parker, Jimmy Parker, Dolly Parker and Theone Schultz; two sisters; and five brothers.

Services were held on Monday, June 4, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at the  Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home with Pastor Barb Christensen officiating. Interment was in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Clotho, Minn. Friends  called on Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd and one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Monday.

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George F. Kallio, 54, Angora, died unexpectedly Thursday, June 14, 2007, at his residence. George was born in Virginia on April 22, 1953, to Urho and Estelle (Collins) Kallio. He grew up on the family farm in Angora. He graduated from Cook High School in 1971, and served on the USS Kirk in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy.  He moved to Las Vegas, where he worked in masonry for six years.  He then returned to Angora, where he lived most of his life.  He had worked for the Tower Bakery,  and later did painting work. He enjoyed the outdoors, 3-wheeling, hunting, the casinos, and watching science fiction. 

 

He is survived by 3 daughters, Sandra Kallio of Blaine, MN. Jill (Jesse) Mankus  and Dawn Kallio of Woodbury, MN.; 2 brothers, Donald (Peggy) Kallio of Washington, and Douglas Kallio of Angora,; 2 sisters, Donna (Bob Smith) Morrison of Hibbing and Delores Salo of Angora,; 2 Grandchildren, Ethan Torgerson and Alexis Krueger, along with nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and his faithful companion pet dog “Buddy”.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 2 infant brothers, Gary and Ernest Kallio and one aunt, Vienna Roebuck and one uncle, Reino Kallio.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. 

 

A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The honorary bearers will be: Joe Kosluchar, Ron Hakkila, Ron Setter, Craig Morrison, Charlene Morrison, and Steve Brown.  Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

Paul D. Husk, 56, of Cook, died June 9, 2007, in Duluth. Paul was born on November 1, 1950, at Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he grew up and graduated from high school.  He  graduated from Laramie County Community College as a registered technologist in radiography. He met Wendy Lamblin just after college, and they shared their lives together for the next 13 years.  He was employed at the DePaul Hospital in Cheyenne, then they moved to South Dakota, where Paul worked in the X-Ray Labs at several hospitals for 7 years. He traveled and worked at the X-Ray Labs at hospitals in New York and Arkansas, and moved to Minnesota in 1994, where he was the manager of the X-Ray Department at the Cook Hospital.  He retired due to health reasons, and had lived in Virginia, and most recently resided in Duluth. He appreciated and liked the outdoors, especially camping. He also liked boating, some fishing, remote control airplanes, playing guitar, history and war movies,and challenging computer games that made you think.

 

He is survived by his companion, Wendy Lamblin of Cook;  a daughter, Destiny Husk of Cook; 2 step-sons, Travis Lamblin of Superior, Wis. and Anthony Lamblin of Cook;  and a brother Victor Husk of Cheyenne, WY.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, , Victor and Dorothy Husk,; and 2 sisters, Kathy Thompson and Myrna Herrera.

 

Memorial services will be at 4:00 PM Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. 

 

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Carolgene Betty Johnson, age 82, St. Cloud, MN, died Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at St. Benedict¹s Care Center, St. Cloud, MN.


Funeral services will be Saturday, June 16, 2007 11:00 AM at Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud, MN.  Visitation will be Friday, June 15, 2007 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Burial will be in Cook Cemetery, Cook, MN.


Carolgene was born November 16, 1924 in Chicago, IL to Elmer and Ida (Seline) Johnson.  After graduation from high school she worked as a secretary in downtown Chicago.  Carolgene became engaged to A. Richard Johnson in 1943 and soon after he left for two years of overseas duty in the Army.  When Richard returned they were married on March 2, 1946 in Chicago, IL.


They moved to Hibbing, MN and then to St. Cloud, MN in 1950.  Carolgene was a homemaker and assisted her husband, who was an agent with State Farm Insurance.  She was known for her hospitality, always having room at her table for guests.  Carolgene was a member of Calvary Community Church and served in numerous areas.  She also served in Christian Women¹s Club and volunteered for many years at the St. Cloud Hospital.  However, her main role was that of wife, mother and grandmother, which she carried out with love and joy.


Survivors include her husband, A. Richard "Dick" Johnson of St. Cloud, MN; daughter, Nancy (G. P.) Foote of Ames, IA; son, Bruce (Mary) Johnson of Charlotte, NC; six grandchildren, Kirk (Amy) Foote, Cari (Dale) Ekbom, Lisa (Ryan) Arneson, Beth (Craig) Hinson, Luke Johnson and Olin Johnson; and five great grandchildren, Claire and Linnea Ekbom, Ava and G. Kai Foote, and Annika Hinson.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Besides her hospitality, kind and gentle spirit, love for her family, and love for her Lord Jesus, Carolgene was known to make the best chocolate chip cookies in the recorded history of man (as documented by all who ate them).


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trout Lake Bible Camp, Pine River, MN 56474.
 

Burial, Monday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m., Cook Community Cemetery, Cook, Minnesota

 

Carolgene's husband Dick Johnson was born in Cook, the son of Adolph 95, 1985 & Viola 77, 1977 (Kjelberg) Johnson. His father was a St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff at Orr and Cook. His brothers are Russell (Emilie) Johnson and Curtis (June) Johnson. Dick's cousin Kay (Bob) Karklin lives in Cook.

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Irene E. Schall, 91, of Togo, died Monday, June 11, 2007, at her residence. Irene was born on July 21, 1915, at Maple Grove Township (Osseo), Minnesota; to William and Mary (Grambart) Seibert.  She attended the schools at Osseo.  Irene  married Henry Schall of Bear River on December 14, 1932, in Osseo.  She worked in a dehydrating plant in Osseo, then for Bishman Manufacturing- where they made small tools for cars.  They  moved to Togo in 1946, where they since resided. 

 

She was a member of the Bear River Lutheran Church.  Between the Celina Lutheran Church then later Bear River Lutheran Church, Irene played the organ for nearly 30 years.  Henry was the custodian for the Togo school for 25 years, and Irene helped him clean there and was the cook there for 4 years. She retired in 1977. 

 

She is survived by one son, Dale (Cindy) Schall of Togo; 8 Grandchildren: Wanda Adams of Virginia, Ron (Chris) Adams of Aurora,  Jill (Gary) Shannon of Chaska, MN., Susan (Lawson) McKenzie of Faribault, MN.,  Krista (Jason) Lane of Togo,  Kylah (Mike) Elofson of Mounds View, MN.,  Trevor Schall of Togo, and Tanner (Samantha) Schall of Eveleth, along  with 14-Great Grandchildren and 5-Great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces nephews, and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry on October 16, 2000;  two daughters, Evelyn Adams in 1991 and Shirley Rahier in 2000;  a grandson, Jim Rahier in 1978,; three brothers, Ralph,, Walter and Virgil Seibert; and three sisters, Elizabeth and Isabell Seibert and Louise Fisher; and a son-in-law, Gerald Rahier in 1993.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (June 15th) at the Bear River Lutheran Church.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.   Rev. Bruce Dissell will be the officiant.  Carol Newman will provide the music. 

 

The casket bearers will be Ron Adams, Trevor Schall, Tanner Schall and Jason Lane  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery

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Evangeline A. Langteau, 86, of Cook,  formerly of Hoyt Lakes, died Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Cook Hospital. She was born on July 2, 1920, at Little Falls, Minnesota, where she grew up and lived for many years.   Earlier she owned and operated a restaurant and pizza place in Little Falls.  She moved to California, and met and  married Gerald Langteau in San Diego on April 19, 1975.     They lived  in San Diego after marriage, where they owned and ran apartment buildings.    They moved to Hoyt Lakes in 1980,  where she was a member of the Hoyt Lakes VFW Auxiliary Post #8144.  She previously belonged to a bowling league and liked fishing.  She moved to Cook in 1995, after her husband’s death.  Evangeline was a  very good baker, and her family fondly remembers her wonderful homemade caramel rolls. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  The family of Evangeline wishes to acknowledge and thank  her caregivers, Joyce and Delores. 

 

She is survived by 1 daughter, Joyce Holman of Cook; numerous brothers and sisters; 4 Grandchildren: Laura (Dan) Saarikoski of Cook, Ryan (Amy) Swanson of Hoyt Lakes,  Robert Swanson of Hoyt Lakes, and Bridget Langteau of San Diego, Calif.;; 4 Great Grandchildren: James (Cari) Saarikoski of Orr; Kellie, Kara and Emilie Swanson, all of Hoyt Lakes; 4 Great Great Grandchildren: Cadence and Ryan Saarikoski, and Tristan and Tyler Drieman ; daughter-in-law Norma (Matt) Sjoberg of Hoyt Lakes, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald on December 6, 1995, and one son, Larry Swanson on September 20, 1994.

 

Graveside services will be held at a later date at the Hoyt Lakes Memorial Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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Mary Eileen Pohl, 86, of Duluth, died Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at the Benedictine Health Care Center. She was born Jan. 1, 1921 in Glidden, Wis., to Phillip and Ann (Eineichner) Pohl.


Eileen graduated from Cook High School in Cook, Minnesota in 1939. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and took graduate courses at USC. She worked as a case worker for the Catholic Welfare Bureau working with teenage girls in Los Angeles, Calif., and returned to Duluth and did adoption work for the Catholic Charities of Duluth for 22 years. Eileen worked at St. Luke's Hospital as a social worker until she retired in 1984. She was a member of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.


Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Charles 41, 1960 (Ruby Knutson 78, 1996) Pohl. She is survived by her siblings, Lorraine Pohl of Duluth, Don (Janet) Pohl of Bemidji, Minn., Marilyn (Jim) Friedl of Hartford, Wis., Jim (Mary) Pohl of Alexandria, Minn.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. The only Pohl now living at Cook is Charles & Ruby's son William who still lives on the family farm.


Eileen's last wish was to thank Dr. Peaslee for his exceptional and compassionate care given to her for the past 13 years.

 

PRIVATE FUNERAL SERVICE: will be held. Interment at Cook Community Cemetery, Cook, Minn. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd St. Duluth, MN 55805, 218-727-3555.

 

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Julie Amundson Stahlberg, 40, Britt, died Sunday, May 27th, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth with her loving family and friends at her side.

 

Julie was born in Cook on June 17, 1966, to Beatrice (Nylund) and Ronald Amundson.  She attended Cook School and graduated in 1984.    She was a beautician having attended beauty school in Virginia after graduation from high school.  She worked at several beauty shops and had her own shop in Cherry for a number of years and most recently in Eveleth.   Julie was a people person who loved life and had many friends who mourn her loss. 

 

She is survived by her husband and soul-mate, Mark Abramson;  her mother and step-father, Beatrice “Bea” Amundson and Leon  Johnson of Minnetonka and Lake Vermilion-Cook; son, David Stahlberg of Cherry,; 2 step-sons, Travis and Justin Abramson of Britt; 2 daughters, Carmin Stahlberg of Cook and Megan Stahlberg of  Cherry, ; 2 brothers, Joseph (Valerie) Amundson of Lake Vermilion-Cook and Craig (Debbie) Amundson of Hudson, Wis., her best friend, Cindy Newberg of West Eveleth, along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her father, Ronald Amundson; maternal grandparents, Ted and Eva Nylund and paternal grandparents Palmer and Anna Amundson, and sister-in-law, LeAnn Stahlberg.

 

Memorial services will be at  1:00 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.   The honorary bearers will be: Cindy Newberg, Karla Abramson, Gennifer Krank, Jane Johansen, Carrie Baney, Nicole Whitney, Sarah Mjelde and Connie Tamte.  The interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

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Willanetta “Willie” H.  Bakk, 80, of Cook, went to be with the Lord  Sunday, May 20, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

SERVICES:  Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Dennis Sundeen will be the officiant.  The soloist will be Kathy Forsline and the pianist  Doreen Olson.  The casket bearers will be Edward Stusse, Nathaniel Ogunleye, Joshua Ogunleye, Bob Bennett, Eb Schmolling, and Mel Bakk.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. 

 

She was born on February 21, 1927, at Soudan, Minnesota; the daughter of Karl and Helen (Holmes) Bierwirth.  She grew up in Soudan, where she graduated from high school and was crowned First Snow Queen of Soudan during her senior year. 

 

She met Alarik Bakk after he returned home from overseas from serving in World War  II., and they were married  on November 5, 1947, in Soudan.   After marriage, the couple settled in Cook where they were longtime residents. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook.    She was a tireless, longtime, much awarded volunteer for the following: North East Office of Ombudsman-advocate for nursing home patients; Lutheran Social Services-Volunteer Guardian; St. Louis County Social Service – volunteer driver, and Arrowhead RSVP Program.  She organized a diabetic support group in Cook in 1983.  Later the group changed to address other health problems, with Willie arranging for monthly speakers for the group.  She and Alarik started a Medical Equipment Loan Closet  in 1993, which is part of the Cook Area Health and Wellness, an important service to the community.    In 1995, she and Alarik  received the Northland Volunteer Council’s Hall of Fame-Individual Award for their many years of volunteer services.  In 1997, the city of Cook named November 5th  Willie and Alarik Bakk Day in their honor.  She was undaunted in raising monies and writing for grants to agencies like the Northland Foundation to get the help needed to undertake  the building of an outdoor gazebo at the Cook Nursing Home.  The  completion of this  has provided independence, privacy, and a place for residents to resume a part of their lives that may have been foregone since leaving their own homes.  After a  incapacitating stroke in 1997, she has resided  in several long term care facilities.  Even while she was confined to long term care and retiring in 2004, Willie still gave of herself by volunteering in numerous long term care facilities as President of the Resident Councils and provided Tele-Care Services under the Elder Services Network.  Her family wishes to thank the many health care providers for their day to day care of Willie.

 

She is survived by her husband of  60 years, Alarik; 1 son, Jack (Betty) Bakk of Wichita, Kansas,; 2 daughters, Michele Stusse of Bristol, Wis., and Lora (Robert) Bennett of Gilbert; 7 Grandchildren; 5 Great Grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by them all.

 

She is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Darling Joy Bakk on September 16, 1956,; a brother, Don Bierwirth in 2000;  two sisters, Mary Page in 1991 and Emma Johnson in 1999, and a son-in-law, Richard Stusse in 2003.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

John W. Hill Jr., 63, Alango, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 16,2007. John was born in Virginia on September 22, 1943, to John Sr. and Johanna (Glowacki) Hill.  He grew up in Alango, where he lived most of his life.  He graduated from Alango High School in 1961, and later earned his degree in elementary education from UMD.  He began his teaching career in Emerson Elementary in Duluth.  Later he taught in Cook and Orr.  He also coached basketball, taking a particular interest in helping elementary players learn to love the game.  John retired from teaching in 1999.  He was a longtime active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Alango, where he served in many capacities.  In retirement John enjoyed his farm, sharing his faith, and occasionally hunting and fishing.  The most significant event was his marriage to Gail in 2003.  Throughout these years  John shared his love of the Lord with many as he lived his belief.

 

He is survived by his wife, Gail; a step-son, Jonathan Sipola of Mpls.,; two sisters,  Jane (Mark) Carlson of Pine City, MN. and Julie (Richard) Shuster of Rome, New York; a nephew, Jeffrey Shuster of Rome, N.Y., three nieces, Sara Carlson of Eau Claire, Wis., Nicole Carlson of Mpls. and Johanna Shuster of Rome, N.Y., along with many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother Johanna on January 16, 1992, and father John Sr. on March 20, 1999.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday (May 21st) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev.  Richard Lohry  will be the officiant.   Music will be provided by Rev. Don Guttormsom, Bonnie Guttormson and Colin Isaacson.  The honorary bearers will be: Dennis Pihljala, Marvin Pearson, Willard Pearson, Jeff Pearson, Ron Sikkila, Lester Erickson, Keith Aho, Ernie Seppala,  Gerald Yourczek, Roger Renmoe, Dale Nyman,  Dan Bishop, Bill King, Gary DuMarce and Karl Hegglund.  Inurnment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 
 

Gunnar Edward Kronholm Age 94, of Shoreview, died on May 11, 2007 at the North Memorial Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. He was an extraordinary man who was devoted to his family, unwavering in his faith, and committed to service. He was born on October 1, 1912 in a log house near Cook, Minnesota; graduated from Tower-Soudan High School and Hibbing Junior College.

 

Gunnar began his business career at the Androy Hotel in Hibbing, Minnesota but in 1937 began a banking career that included positions in Cook, St. Paul, Moose Lake, Crookston, and South St. Paul. He retired from banking in 1977 as President of Drovers State Bank in South St. Paul, the flagship bank of the Bremer banks. Shortly thereafter he began a second career at Bethel College & Seminary (now Bethel University) that continued until his death.

 

He first became involved at Bethel in the 1960s as a parent for the first of what would become four children and five grandchildren to attend the College or the Seminary. In the 1970s he began teaching a banking course and then began finding the philanthropic support that Bethel needed to begin its business major. In 1979 he began serving as a special assistant to the president and in that role took on many assignments including interim vice president for business affairs and interim vice president for development. He served as a Bethel Regent from 1979-1984 and was a founding Governor of the Bethel Foundation. Gunnar was a committed church leader wherever he lived, serving in a broad range of roles including Sunday school teacher, building committee member, deacon, chair, and foundation member.

 

He helped found three churches-in Roseville, Crookston; and South St. Paul. He had deep commitments to the Baptist General Conference and held leadership positions within that denomination. He also found ways to be involved in the communities in which he lived. His service on the school board in Crookston included one term as chair. His lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts was recognized when he was presented with the Silver Beaver Award. He served as a board member of many non-profit organizations and as a volunteer of countless civic organizations.

 

He is survived by his wife, Eunice; children, John (Jan) of Vadnais Heights, Craig (Marcia) of Shoreview, Linda of Cook, Sandra (William) Stapp of Saudi Arabia, Margaret (Jerry) Jarka of Cook, Mark (Sara "Sally") of Minneapolis; 9 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; and sister, Judith (Harris) Youngquist, Cook, Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edvard and Greta Lovisa Kronholm; stepmother, Irene; wife, Elna; brothers, Einar and Oliver; sisters, Astrid Fleming and Margaret; step-brothers, Helge and Paul; stepsister, Miriam Sand.

 

Funeral service 11AM Tuesday at CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, 420 Roy St. at Shields, St. Paul. Visitation 4:30-7:30PM Monday at HOLCOMB- HENRY-BOOM, 515 Hwy. 96 at Mackubin, Shoreview (651-482-7606) and at the church on Tuesday beginning at 10 AM. Burial will be in Cook. Memorials preferred to Bethel University for the Gunnar Kronholm scholarship.

 
 

Rose Marie Maki,92, of Cook, formerly of Vermilion Dam, died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at the  Cook Nursing Home. Rose Marie Maki was born on August 6, 1914, at Buyck,  the daughter of  Henry and Stella (Sokoloski) Gruska.  She grew up in Buyck, where she married William A. Maki in September 1934.  They moved to Vermilion Dam, where she lived most of her life.  She and Bill owned and operated Maki's Sand Point Lodge on Sand Point Lake for 13 years, selling it in 1955. 

 

They lived in Aurora for a few years, where she managed the A & W Root Beer Stand.  They then moved back to Vermilion Dam, where she worked at the Vermilion Dam Resort until stricken with rheumatoid arthritis. She hand peeled all the logs for the log home she and Bill built.  They moved to Orr in 1977, then Cook in 1979.  Rose had resided at the Cook Nursing  Home the past 6 years.   While living in the Buyck and Vermilion Dam areas, she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Buyck and later a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cook while there.   Rose was a member of the Catholic Women's Club.  She was a talented knitter, and made many items for family from her hand crank knitting machine.  She loved to hunt, cook, save recipes, berry pick, and appreciated the outdoors.        

Rose is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Jerry) Mihm of Cook; 2 Grandchildren: Greg (Coralee) Mihm of Vermilion Dam and Susan (Peter) Stone of Alango; 4 Great Grandchildren: Chad (Connie) Stone of Cook, Brandi (Max) Embacher of Mankato, Justin Mihm of Wyoming, MN., and Brandon (Amber Wilke) Mihm of Vermilion Dam; 5 Great Great Grandchildren: Steven Stone, Makenzie Mihm, Hailey Embacher, Kate Stone and Devin Embacher


In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William on April 17, 1983; and 4 brothers: Valentine "Val", Ignac "Tom", William "Bill", and John Gruska.

 

Mass of Christian Burial  will be celebrated  at 11:00  AM Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.   The celebrant will be Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. The casket bearers will be her grandchildren: Susan Stone, & Greg Mihm and great-grandchildren: Chad Stone, Brandi Embacher, Justin Mihm & Brandon Mihm


Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

Brandon George Bowser, 24, St. Peter, Minnesota, formerly of Cook, died unexpectedly  Saturday, May 5, 2005, at St. Peter. Brandon was born on September 8, 1982, at Virginia.  He grew up in Cook, where he attended school.  He earned his GED (Graduate Equivalent Degree) in St. Peter. Brandon was a very special person.  He always had a smile on his face and a quick wit that made everyone around him enjoy his presence.  He liked snowboarding, music, playing cards and games, and was a loyal Minnesota Twins fan. He will be deeply missed by family and friends.  

 

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen (Esko Savela) Bowser of Nashwauk,; his father, David (Elaine) Bowser of Cook,; paternal grandmother, Jean Bowser of Virginia,; a brother, Shane (Melane) Bowser of Virginia,; two sisters, Linnea (Michael) Coon of Duluth, and Angela (Thomas) Plunkett of Virginia; a niece, Katrena Bowser; a nephew, Damian Coon, along with numerous special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. 

 

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, George (1982) and Mabel (1984) Woods, and paternal grandfather, Donald Bowser in 1986

 

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Art Dale will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.  The honorary bearers will be: Steven Woods, Mark Woods, James Tichey, Ryan Woods, Jeff Woods, Craig Woods, Nick Shinkle and Dan Meyer.  Inurnment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 
Linda Pete, 58, Virginia, formerly of Bois Forte-Vermilion died at her residence Wednesday, May 2, 2007. She is survived by a son, Lance (Jessica Kinnunen) Peter of Lake Vermilion-Tower; two brothers, Peter Pete Jr. of Lake Vermilion-Tower and Steven Pete of Omaha, Nebraska; a sister Gloria Boshey, of Lake Vermilion-Tower; two grandchildren; Skyler Ellis and Gerald Pete and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.  Tribal rites were held. Arrangements by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
 
 

Gertrude N. Lokken, age 85, of Casco, Maine passed away on Wednesday May 2, 2007 at Bridgton Hospital. She was born on Sept. 3, 1921 in Buxton, the daughter of Earl Sr. and Adah (Grant) Richards. She graduated from Hollis High School and was the first woman drill press operator in Saco Lowell Shops. She married Edwin Lokken from Minnesota on June 22, 1944 during World War II. They made their home in Portland for 30 years. She worked for W.T. Grant Co. in Portland for many years and later for the IGA Store in Windham. They moved to their summer home in Casco in 1974. She was a life member of Pleasant River Chapter – Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #155 in Naples, and the Casco Senior Citizens where she was an avid cribbage player. She also loved her CB friends where she was known as “mother nature”. She is predeceased by her husband Edwin in 1985, an infant daughter Karen Ann in 1945, a brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and his wife Arlene Richards, and a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and her husband James Ramsdell. She is survived by her children- Lynda Lokken Springer and her husband Malcolm of Wiscasset, Leonard Lokken and his wife Carol of Englewood, FL, Lori Lokken Robinson and her husband Philip E. II of Naples, Lars Lokken and his wife Betsy Field of Newry, ME; nine grandchildren- Kelly J. Breceda and her husband Jerry of Gulfport, MS, Kris Lokken of Norway, ME, Philip E. Robinson III of Casco, Kristian Nils Lokken and his wife of Jacksonville, FL, Lindsey Lokken of Saco, Julie Lokken of VT, Aaron Springer of West Gardiner , and Michael and Hannah Field of Newry, ME; one great grandchild- Robert Breceda of Gulfport, MS; brothers- Earl Richards Jr. and his wife Alberta of Buxton and Alan Richards and wife Sharon of Gorham. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday at 2 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Road) in Buxton. A graveside service will be held on Monday at 2 PM at South Buxton (Tory Hill) Cemetery. www.dcpate.com

 
 

From: Dawn Wavra [mailto:dawnser62@charter.net


Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 10:47 PM
To: simonson@accessmn.com
Cc: Daniel Maki; Ron Maki
Subject: Obituary for Cate Maki

Dear Don,
It is with great sadness that I must share the news of the death of  my sister, Catherine "Cate" Alice Maki, daughter of Ron & Corrinne  Maki.  Cate died yesterday quite unexpectedly and the full emotions  of this have not yet been realized.  Ron & Corrinne wanted you to have and share this information, and I have attached the obituary for  Cate, which has also been sent to the Cook and Virginia papers.  Per Cate's wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes will be spread at  the Alango School site later this spring, and a tree will be planted in her memory there.Thank you for your past and continued kindness towards our family. Dawn Wavra

 

MADISON – Catherine “Cate” Alice Maki, 48, beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, partner, aunt, and friend, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 30, 2007, after a long and courageous struggle with depression. She was born in Virginia, Minnesota, on January 19, 1959.

Cate is survived by her sons, Ryan Maki of Mt. Horeb, and Davin (Shelly) Bushey of Cambridge, and her precious canine companion, Izzy. She is also survived by her parents, Ronald and Corrinne Maki of Middleton; siblings Deborah Hefty of Verona, Dawn (Scott) Wavra of Waunakee, Daniel Maki of Waunakee, Joel (Carol) Maki of Waunakee, Douglas (Laurie) Maki of Columbus, and Roni Marie Maki of Mt. Horeb. She is also survived by her very special partner, Maria Hanson of Madison. Cate’s grandchildren are Nicole and Darrien Lettman of Cambridge; her nieces and nephews are Nathan Hefty, Dustin and Jonathan Haag, Brooke and Taylor Maki, Jennifer (Nick) Donovan, Brian and Samuel Maki, Alyssa, Kristina and Nikolas Maki, Keenan (Brooke) Kalinowski, Kyle and (Godchild) Heidi Esser. Cate is further survived my many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Cate was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leo and Betsy Sarazine, and Emil and Hulda Maki, as well as other relatives and friends.

Despite her own personal struggles, Cate had a gift for reaching out and helping others. This will continue through her enduring gift of organ donation.

Cate loved gardening, reading, quilting, teddy bears, and being with people she cared about and loved. She was very much looking forward to a new chapter in her life with her partner Maria. She was a peace activist, a Crisis Worker and Volunteer at Dane County Mental Health, and a member of Plymouth United Church of Christ.

Nana Cate will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who will see her presence every day in the nature that surrounds us. The family is grateful for the friendship and care given to Cate for many years by Paul Ginsberg, and all of the others who shared in her life.

Services for Cate will be held at the ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4058 Lien Road, Madison, on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Charles Wolfe officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

Rest, Catie; rest in peace.
The sun will be up soon.

 

Catherine's parents are 1957 graduates of the Alango High School. Her brother Daniel Maki purchased the old Alango School building and he is restoring it.

 
 

Robert “Bob” Allen Holter 69 was born December 15, 1937, in Cook, Minnesota to Ole Peter Holter and Rose W. Holter. Robert passed way in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 15, 2007.

 

Mr. Holter had a long and successful career in computerized materials management having attended Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 having been stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas and Balboa, Calif.

Mr. Holter is survived by his two sons, Robert Allen Holter II of Princeton, Minn., and Brandon Peter Holter of St. Paul. He is survived also by three grandchildren, Carissa Marie Holter, Hailey Rose Holter and Braden Alexander Holter. One sister Myrtle (Edgar) Jackson.

Robert was preceded in death by his father, Ole Peter Holter 60, 1982; his beloved mother, Rose W. Holter 98, 1998; two sisters,  and Laverne Anderson 67.1992; and one brother, Donald Eugene Holter 64, 1993.

An outdoor memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the residence of Bo Holter, 1402 First Street in Princeton, Minn. The luncheon is a pitch-in potluck buffet. Dress casual, rain or shine.

Family members and friends may give a tribute, share a memory, reading or eulogy as a final farewell. You are invited to bring potted plants and candles.

 
 

Mary Ann Nukala, 65, of Angora, died unexpectedly  Saturday, April 21, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.  She was born on September 26, 1941, at Two Harbors, the daughter of Frank and Elna (Elickson) Beck. 

 

She grew up in Clover Valley (near Two Harbors), and graduated from Clover Valley High School in 1959.  She had a talent and appreciation of art and was the artist for the class year book, and later took painting and art classes. After high school, Mary Ann was employed  for  five years as a key punch operator for former M.P.&L, (now Minnesota Power) in Duluth.  While living in Duluth she enjoyed bowling.  She married LeRoy  Nukala on August 27, 1965, in Sisseton, South Dakota.  After marriage, the couple lived in Alango Township, where she has since resided. Mary Ann was a devoted mother and grandmother, and enjoyed taking numerous videos and pictures of them in their school and church activities, along with family events. She also enjoyed traveling, which included seeing the estate of her favorite musician, Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.  She loved gardening especially her begonias and rose bushes

    

She is survived by 2 daughters, Sherry (Charles) Lokken of Angora, and Kelly (Tim) Brodeen of Cook;  God-daughter, Tammy Souder of  Virginia,; 5 brothers, Peter (Catherine) Beck of Duluth, Ken (Debra) Beck of Carlton, Ted (Sue) Beck of Two Harbors, Dan Beck of Two Harbors, and Roger (Julie) Beck of Duluth; 3 sisters, Irene Beck of Portland, Oregon, Bernice (Loren) Souder of Biwabik, and Kathy Oberg of Two Harbors,; 5 Grandchildren:  Shelby, Rylee and Wyatt Lokken, and Krystal and Megan Brodeen; along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband LeRoy on January 21, 2007; parents Elna Beck in 1989 and Frank Beck in 1998; 2 brothers, Allen Beck in 1998 and Robert Beck in 1972.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.   Pastor Randy Swenson and Brenda Tibbetts AiM (Associate in Ministry) will be the co-officiants.  The soloist will be Nancy Reing and the organist Lorraine Walker.   Casket bearers will be Mary Ann’s nephews: Terry Souder, Greg, Jeff, Dale, Gary, Lonny, Larry, Todd, Jeremy,  Eric, Scott, and Steve Beck.   Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Catherine Marie Anderson, 46, of Cook, died unexpectedly at her residence on  Friday, April 20, 2007.  She was born on August 13, 1960, at Flint, Michigan, the daughter of C. Richard “Smoky” and Judith (Nelmark) Pomaville. She grew up in Flint, and graduated from Troy High School (Troy, Michigan) in 1977. She attended Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan. Catherine enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy for 14 years, where she was a Hospital Corpsman. After her tours of duty, she graduated from Pensacola Junior College School of Nursing, earning  a degree in nursing.  She was employed  as a Registered Nurse at the Baptist Manor Nursing Home for 6 years, and  became its assistance director of Nursing.  In 2000, she began employment with the Cook Hospital, where she was  a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse.  She currently worked at Zup’s Food Market in Cook. Catherine was a devoted Grandmother, and liked her flower gardening.  She enjoyed the many outings at the cabins on Burnside Lake in Ely, and on Lake Vermilion. She treasured the numerous  times spent on the golf course with her husband.  She will be sadly missed by all who have come to know her. 

   

She is survived by her husband Stephen “Eens” Anderson of Cook;  1 son, Carl (Shannon) Laney of Pugent Sound Naval Base at Bremerton, Wash.; 1 daughter, Roxanne (Jordan) Lokken of Angora;  1 step-son, Stephen (Bonnie) Anderson of Ely,; 3 step-daughters, Misty (Chris) Merhar of Ely, Rachel Anderson of Leitchfield, Kentucky, and Kristen Anderson of Ely; her parents, C. Richard “Smoky” (Mary) Pomaville of Punta Gorda, Fl., and Judith (Roy) Renmoe of Tularosa, New Mexico; 1 brother, Peter R. Pomaville in Montana; 1 sister, Sharon Pomaville of Punta Gorda, Fl.,; a dear grandson, Zane Laney, 2 uncles, Bob Nelmark of Angora, Roger (Margaret) Nelmark of Little Rock, Ark.; 2 aunts, Marlene Kauppinen of Virginia, Betty Mullendorf of Grand Rapids, Michigan; her mother-in-law, Caroline (Richard) Olson of Virginia along with nieces, nephews, and friends.  

 

She is preceded in death by a son, Joshua Shawn Pomaville; grandparents: C. R. and  Ilene Pomaville, and Sulo and Ina Nelmark

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Pastor Joey Bailey of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Taped music of a few of Catherine’s favorite songs will be played. 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. Inurnment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 
 

From: Karin mailto:juttakarin@2z.net

Sent: Friday, April 20, 2007
To: Don Simonson
Subject: My sister's death. April 17, 2007

Hello Don, Sorry this is a couple of days late but my family was still trying to make arrangements. My sister Wendy, age 47, died Tuesday morning at her home. There should be a full obituary in the Grand Rapids Herald Review on Sunday. The Duluth newspaper had a brief one in it but I thought I would write up one for you. I hope I remembered everything....We were not expecting this even though she has been sick for a long time and on dialysis for the last 7 years. But your body cannot handle dialysis for that long I guess....She seemed normal the evening before but just went to bed to sleep and died before morning. It was very peaceful. It was 3 days after her birthday. We will all miss her and can't wait to see her when she wakes up when Jesus comes again. For now we are content that she will sleep in peace....

Wendy K. Harm, 47, of Grand Rapids, Minn., died peacefully Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at her home from complications of diabetes. She was born in Watertown, MN on April 14, 1960 the daughter of Paul Willi and Myvon Louise (Parry) Polensky. She lived in the Maple Grove area until 1968 when she moved with her family to Cohasset Minnesota. She attended the Blackberry  Seventh Day Adventist church School, then Grand Rapids school for a few years and then Maplewood Academy, Hutchinson, MN, Where she graduated in 1978. She then married and moved back to the Grand Rapids Area where she was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Blackberry Minnesota. She loved music and the piano and composed a beautiful Christian hymn while in her late teens. She loved photography, sewing, reading, and traveling.

She is survived by two children, David Peter Harm, Jr. (DJ) age 27 and Anna Kristine Harm, age 16,  her ex-husband, David Peter Harm, Sr. All of Grand Rapids, MN. Her mother, Myvon Louise (Parry) Polensky, Ramsey, Mn.; One Brother: David Paul (Angie) Polensky; Four Sisters: Jutta Karin (Leon-"Lucky") Schultz, Gheen, MN., Christine Louise (Scott) Albertson, Coon Rapids, MN, Mary Jayne (Ernie) Kehr, Salisbury, NC, and Ruth Anne (Randy) Hemphill, and 13 nieces and nephews, Ericka Jennifer (Jeff) Iverson, Orr, Mn, Elizabeth Margaret Schultz and Adam Parry Schultz, both of  Gheen Mn.; Amanda (Aaron) Anders, Chase and Mikayla Albertson, Coon Rapids, MN, Devin, Katie and Megan Polensky, Ham Lake, MN, Bradley and Victoria Kehr, Salisbury, NC, and Margaret Thomas,Grand Rapids, MN and one grand Nephew, Brody Iverson. And many extended family and friends.



She was preceded in death by her Grandparents, Fritz Alfred Alois Polensky (1970) and Ida Anna (Guettler) Polensky(1960) both of Versmold, Germany, and Ifor (Dec. 14, 1980) and Margaret Lucille (Bush) Parry (April 17, 1974) of Grand Rapids, Mn.; and Her father, Paul Willi Polensky(Dec.20, 1999).

VISITATION:1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007 to 2 p.m. The Funeral Service at 2p.m. will be held at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, Minn. Burial will be at the Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset, Minn. Monday, April 23, 2007. Arrangements are by the Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN.

 
 

Lorraine B. Stone, 78, of Bear River, died Monday, April 16, 2007, at the Cook Hospital.  She was born on January 5, 1929, at Angora, the daughter of Lester and Stella (Berg) Bristol.   At the age of ten she moved to the state of Washington, where she graduated from high school.   After graduation she moved back to Bear River, where she lived most of her life.  Lorraine was united in marriage to Gustav Stone on June 3, 1949, at the Bear River Lutheran Church. Before marriage, she worked for a time as a telephone operator, then later at the Chisholm Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory. 

She was a longtime member of the Bear River Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid.   Lorraine was a talented sewer and seamstress, and her family fondly remembers her buying old clothes at thrift shops  and “revamping and remodeling” them in beautiful sewing projects.   She  also loved to read, was a great cook, and enjoyed gardening and canning.   Lorraine loved helping people, and she was one of  the first to greet people and welcome them to the community.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Gustav; 2 sons, Peter (Susan) Stone of Alango and Stewart Stone of Buyck; 2 daughters, Jody (Richard) Luecken of Bear River and Tina (Don P. Olson) Luecken of Side Lake; former daughter-in-law Tammy Stone of Oxnard, Calif.; 9 Grandchildren: Chad (Connie) Stone, Jake (Amy) Luecken, Brandi (Max) Embacher, Adam (Abby) Luecken, Brad (Tracy) Luecken, Ashley  (Dan Tarnowski) Luecken,  Michelle (Rarule) Perez, Stewart (Elizabeth) Stone and Amber (Matthew Anderson) Stone, 9 Great Grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. 

She is preceded in death by 6 brothers; Claude, Lester, Lynden and  David Bristol; and James and Earl Bristol who died in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  The casket bearers will be the grandchildren: Chad Stone, Jake Luecken, Brandi Embacher, Adam Luecken, Brad Luecken, Ashley Luecken and Amber Stone. The honorary bearers will be grandchildren Michelle  and Stewart Stone. Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery. 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

From: Don and Karen Erickson [mailto:cnd2684@blackfoot.net. Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007.    

To: simonson@accessmn.com


Just a note to let you know that Bob Holter, class of 1955, passed away today (April 15, 2007) in Indianapolis where he had been living for a number of years.  His wife Cindy called me to let me know and asked if I would pass this info on.  I could think of no better way than through you.  There will only be a private service for his family. Bob was a good friend of ours even though we lost contact occasionally.  He was at our 50th class reunion at Kmett's and on a few occasions he would bring his family to spend time at the Life of Riley resort on Vermillion. 

 

Don Erickson, Swan Valley, MT

 

Robert Allan Holter was born on December 15, 1937 in Cook, Minnesota to Ole 60, 1962 and Rose 98, 1998 Holter. His siblings: Myrtle (Edgar) Jackson of Cook, Joyce 67, 1993 and Donald 64, 1993. He was a 1955 graduate of the Cook High School.

 
 

Clarence 'Si' E. Simensen, 88, of Duluth, died Sunday, April 15, 2007 at home surrounded by his loving family and Hospice care. He was born in Duluth on July 2, 1918 to Marie (Langseth) and Carl Simensen.

 

He served in World War II with the Army Air Corp. After the war, he worked for 33 years with Northwestern Bell Inc. He also was the manager of the Eveleth, Gilbert, Biwabik telephone exchange for five years, before it was converted to dial. In his younger years, he was a ski jumper and enjoyed fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. A Duluth resident most of his life, he was a Boy Scout leader for several years. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethesda Lutheran Church. He then became a member of First Lutheran Church of Duluth, and served as head usher for 30 years. He was the President of the Telephone Pioneer Club for several years, a member of the Lions, Rotarian, and Kiwanis Club's, a member of the Glen Avon Masonic Lodge and a member of Scottish Rite. He also was a past President of the Park Hill Cemetery Association. After retirement he volunteered for meals-on-wheels and helped with feeding residents at the Benedictine Health Care Center.

 

He married Dorothy Whiteside on Oct. 2, 1948 in Cook, Minn. They were married for 59 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother, Gordon of Barnes, Wisc. His wife Dorothy was the daughter of Albert 72, 1947  Nellie 45, 1936 Whiteside of Cook. Her siblings; Lydia 82, 2001 (Jay 81, 1996) Barker, Grace 84, 2005 (Amos) Martin, Jack 76, 2002 (Dorothy 65, 1994) Whiteside, Tom 56, 1985 (Fran) Whiteside and Richard  (Janet 43, 1980) Whiteside.

 

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; his four children, Bob (Kristen) of Virginia, Minn., Craig (Marcia Chabot), and Mary Ledin, both of Duluth, and Philip (Lisa) of Excelsior, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Sarah, David, and Steven Simensen of Virginia, Minn., Hillary and Cy Simensen of Duluth, Lindsey (Fiancee, Zach Freeman), Dan, and Cole Ledin of Duluth, Spencer, Garrett, and Parker Simensen of Excelsior, Minn.; three step-grandchildren, Maija Krueth, Mike and John Frey; one step great-granddaughter, Teagen Krueth, all of Duluth, and his sister, Hazel Petersen of Rio Verde, Ariz. The family would like to thank Dick Whiteside, Dr. Maddy and staff, and the entire Duluth Clinic Nephrology, and Miller-Dwan Dialysis Unit for their excellent care of 'Si'.

 

VISITATION:5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in Dougherty Funeral Home, continuing on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service in First Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Park Hill Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Lutheran Church, or the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 East Second St., 727-3555.

 
 

Verna M. Majeski, 68, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Orr and Buyck, died March 25, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.   In addition to the memorial service in Belle Plaine, there was a memorial service at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Verna was born on March 13, 1939, to Eino & Elma (Lammi) Ruoho in Virginia, Mn.

 

She grew up in Orr and graduated from the Orr High School in 1957. She attended college in Duluth for a short time and returned to Orr and was married to Jim Majeski. Verna operated the Post Office in Buyck and raised her five children. Later she drove school bus and worked as a bookkeeper until moving to Arizona where she continued to work as a bookkeeper.

 

In 2004 she retired in Arizona for a short time before returning to Minnesota. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and sewing.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Eino on September 13, 2002 at the age of 91 at Tucson, Arizona, and Elma on April 15 1992 at Eveleth at the age of 79.

 

She is survived by her children: Shari (Randy) Harriman of Cumberland Center, Maine, James Majeski Jr. of Canada, Todd (Kristen) Majeski of Angora, Charlene Majeski of  Osseo, Mn., and Deborah (John) Rahn of Belle Paine. Eight grandchildren; Benjamin, Patrick, Joseph, Jonathan and Jacob Majeski, Kyra, Brendan and Lainie Rahn; Brother: Ray (Bea) Ruoho of Tucson, Arizona. Many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Memorial services will he on Saturday, April 07, at 11 a.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home Chapel in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Pastor Chris Teien will officiate.

 
 

Sadie Marie (Johnson) Woitel, 83, of Hibbing died Saturday, April 7, 2007, at the Golden Crest Healthcare Center in Hibbing.

 

She was born Aug. 13, 1923, to Andrew and Liza (Aho) Johnson in Carpenter Township. She attended schools in Togo and graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1941. She started working at the Grand Rapids Clinic after graduating, during World War II she moved to Seattle and worked for Boeing. On Nov. 23, 1944, she was united in marriage to Andrew Woitel in Grand Rapids. After their marriage they lived on their farm in Bramble until 1950, when they moved to Kelly Lake. Sadie worked at the Hibbing General Hospital until her retirement. She loved spending time with her family and her Kitchen Hobbies. Sadie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Moberg of Minneapolis; granddaughters, Andrea Moberg of Minneapolis and Tara (Steve) Leslie of Eveleth; great-grandchildren: Danielle Moberg, Nick Moberg and Jace Leslie.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy; her parents; daughter, Kathi; son-in-law, Marty Moberg; brothers and sisters. Her sister Celia Johnson Wiedenholf just passed away, on March 17, 2007

 

Funeral: Will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 1924 East Fifth Avenue, Hibbing. The Rev. Clem Gustin, O.S.C., will be the celebrant.

 

Visitation: Will be for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church.  Burial: Will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 
 

Dennis N. Setter, 62, of Duluth, formerly of Cook, died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Dennis was born in Hibbing on June 29, 1944, the son of Clarence and Bernice (Larsen) Setter.  He grew up in Linden Grove, Cook and Duluth.  He is a graduate of the Cook High School class of 1962.  Denny served in the U.S. Army, both in the states and in Germany.   Dennis had been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Duluth.   He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #264 of Virginia, the A.A.D. Shriners of Hermantown, Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480.  He retired  recently from Painter’s Local Union 106 in Duluth, where he had served at its President and Business Agent.  Though retired, he remained active in local union affairs.   His family fondly remembers his many interest and hobbies which have included: fishing, Harley riding, canning tomatoes and pickles, and hunting every Fall, where he was a member of the Lucky 11 Hunting Club in Sturgeon, MN.

 

He is survived by his very significant other of 21 years, Sharon Larson of Duluth; his children, Daniel (Anna) Setter of Duluth and Lisa (Duane) Maze of Henderson, NV., ; step-children, Peter Larson, Marty (Peggy) Larson, and Shari Hill, all of Duluth,; brothers, Larry (Colleen “Kitty”) Setter of Forest Lake and Lee (Donna) Setter of Stacy, MN.,; 5 Grandchildren, Sarah, Shayna, Jessica, Joshua and Sharon, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence in 1987, and mother Bernice in 1994.

 

SERVICES:  Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday (April 7th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  A few of Dennis’s favorite songs will be played.  The casket bearers will be Jack Schelde, Darrel Lindgren, Craig Olson, Butch Voelk, Billy Voelk and Mike Tappa The honorary bearers will be the Lucky 11 Hunting Club 

 

He was a member of the Thunderbirds Motorcycle Club

 

Interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook V.F.W. and the Orr American Legion.  Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

La Verne Marie Anderson Curtis, age 86, of Cook, Minnesota, died on March 29, 2007 of complications from pneumonia.  She died peacefully at her winter home in Santa Monica, California with family and loved ones at her side.

 

La Verne was born on October 9, 1920 in Duluth, Minnesota, to Oscar F. Anderson and Martha (Helstrom) Anderson.  She graduated with honors from Cook High School in 1938.   She went on to earn her nursing certificate from Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis.  After graduating, she worked at North American Aviation in Culver City, California, where she met and married Robert Curtis.  The Curtis family moved back to Minnesota where La Verne worked as an RN at the Virginia Hospital until 1959 when they returned to California.  In California, La Verne worked at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena until her retirement in 1982.  After her retirement, she divided her time between summers at her home on Lake Vermilion and winters at her residence in Santa Monica, California where she could spend time with her children and grandchildren.

 

La Verne’s passion was her family.  She was always there to offer good counsel, encouragement, support and fresh-baked bread.  She was a lifelong and active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook, Minnesota.  In keeping with the tradition passed down from her mother, she loved to cook and bake, always making sure her family and guests were well fed. She loved travel, especially road trips with her children.  The many crocheted items she made over the years are treasured by their recipients.  She passed on her love of books and sports to her children.

 

She is survived by her brother Don (Jean) Anderson of Duluth ; her children Beth Villa and  Steve (Dagmar ) Curtis, both of San Francisco, CA., Joe (Vicky) Curtis,  Dan Curtis, Martha Curtis and Dave Curtis, all of Los Angeles, CA.,  and her grandchildren Casey, Andy and Maggie Curtis also of Los Angeles; her sisters-in-law Kathryn Anderson of Hibbing and Gladys Anderson of Spokane, WA.  and numerous nieces and nephews.
 

She was proceeded in death by her parents, her brothers William Anderson and  Robert Anderson, and sister Dorothy Junkert.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Thursday at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.    Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.   Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Verna M. Majeski, 68, of Belle Plaine, formerly of Orr and Buyck, died March 25, 2007 at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.   In addition to the memorial service in Belle Plaine, there will be a memorial service at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 14th, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

Marjorie Marie Snell Storm (formerly Marjorie Bolster) 84 of Cook, passed away at the Cook Hospital on March 31.  No services will be held at this time.  The family requests remembrances be donated to the Cook Hospital in Marjorie's memory. Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

"Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay."

       -Robert Frost

 
 

Eleanor Christine Ellison, 84, St. Cloud, Minn., died Palm Sunday, April 1, 2007 at St. Benedict's Senior Community, St. Cloud, Minn. She was born on Sept. 12, 1922 in Duluth, to David and Christine (Nelson) Olson.

 

She married Howard R. Ellison on March 23, 1943 in Duluth. Eleanor was a member of Calvary Community Church where she was active in a variety of functions. She was a volunteer in support of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Eleanor enjoyed gardening, bird watching, skating and walking. She was a dedicated wife and mother.

 

Survivors include her husband, Howard Ellison of St. Cloud, Minn.; son, Thomas H. (Mary Lou Youngquist) Ellison of Tokyo, Japan; daughter, Janice (Richard) Hale of Brunswick, Maine; brothers, Rev John (Dorthea) Olson of Deer River, Minn.; Paul (Carolyn) Olson of Stillwater, Minn.; brother-in-law, Victor Redding of Wainanalo, HI; eight grandchildren, Kristin Foye, Birgitta Cashman, Luke Ellison, Ellen Ellison, Peter Ellison, Philip Ellison, Erick Ellison, and Grace Ellison; and two great grandchildren, Gordon Foye and Sam Cashman. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Walter and Floyd Olson, and sister, Helen Redding.

 

SERVICES:10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2007 in Calvary Community Church, St. Cloud, Minn. Rev. Earl Lassen and Rev. John Olson will officiate. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 3, 2007 from 4 to 8 pm. in Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, Minn., and one hour prior to the service in the church Wednesday. Burial will be Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, Crystal, Minn.

 

Eleanor's daughter-in-law Mary Lou is the daughter of Rev. Harris & Judy (Kronholm) Youngquist

 
 

Vida Helen Popesh, 94, of Soudan, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 1, 2007 at the Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital, with her family by her side.

    

She was born on Dec. 16, 1912 in Rutland, IL, the daughter of Ludvik and Helena (Breznik) Mesojedec. Her family moved to Soudan when she was an infant. She was raised in Soudan and attended Tower- Soudan High  School, graduating in 1930. Vida helped raise her younger siblings after her mother’s untimely death.

 

Vida was united in marriage to Frank Popesh on Nov. 16, 1936 in St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. They resided in Soudan for the rest of their lives. Her whole life centered around her family and her church. She loved having her family around her and cooking and baking for them. Her greatest pleasure in life was giving away her homemade goodies. You couldn’t leave her house without something in hand. She was well known for her potica and still baked it daily. She lived a long, healthy and hard-working life.

 

She was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Tower, St. Jude’s Circle, served on the board of KSKJ and still served  as an election judge for the Township of Breitung, which she had done for many years.

 

She is survived by her children, Kathleen (Joe) Kingman of St. Paul, Betty Folkens of  Bloomington, Patrica (Michael) Morley of Tower and Frank (Katy) Popesh Jr. of Soudan; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one due in Sept.; 6 sisters, Betty Spreitzer of Hermantown, Rose Passi of Miami Beach, FL, Helen Adkisson of Tower, Pauline Wiirri of Buhl, Gizella DeMasi of Easton, PA and Agnes Taylor of Hinckley; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents , husband Frank Popesh, 2 daughters, Marlene Sjoberg and Mary Whittlesey; 5 brothers, Ludvig, Joseph, Herman, Frank and Edward Mesojedec; and an  infant sister, Mary.

 

Memorial Mass 11:00 AM Wednesday (April 4th) at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Monsignor Bernard Popesh, Father Joseph Thomas, MCBS and Father Sabastian MCBS as con-celebrants. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

From: jeanroger57@cpinternet.com
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007
To: simonson@accessmn.com


Subject: Death of Leonard Vasile

Leonard Vasile, husband of Vivian Johansen Vasile, passed away 37 days after his beloved wife of 66 years died  in Yuma, AZ.  He was born in Italy 87 years ago. They had resided in Duluth many years, Texas, and Arizona.

 

Leonard Vasile 87 passed away March 19, 2007 at Yuma, Arizona. Leonard and Vivian had lived in Duluth, MN until their retirement, when they moved to Texas and then Yuma.  His wife Vivian's parents preceded them in death; Fred and Evelyn Johansen. Survivors are their  daughters; Kathleen Thomas (Stuart) of Greensboro, N.D.; Jean Kuusisto of Duluth; and Carol Fish (Patrick) of Yuma, AZ, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren; Siblings-in-laws; Rosemary (Ron) Hokkanen, Gebauer of Orlando, Fl; Roger Bruce Johansen (Jean) of Britt, MN; and Beryl (Bill) Sersha of Cook, MN. 

 
 

Verna Mae (Ruoho) Majeski 68, of Belle Paine, Mn died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. She was born on March 13, 1939, to Eino & Elma (Lammi) Ruoho in Virginia, Mn.

 

She grew up in Orr and graduated from the Orr High School in 1957. She attended college in Duluth for a short time and returned to Orr and was married to Jim Majeski. Verna operated the Post Office in Buyck and raised her five children. Later she drove school bus and worked as a bookkeeper until moving to Arizona where she continued to work as a bookkeeper.

 

In 2004 she retired in Arizona for a short time before returning to Minnesota. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and sewing.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Eino on September 13, 2002 at the age of 91 at Tucson, Arizona, and Elma on April 15 1992 at Eveleth at the age of 79.

 

She is survived by her children: Shari (Randy) Harriman of Cumberland Center, Maine, James Majeski Jr. of Canada, Todd (Kristen) Majeski of Angora, Charlene Majeski of  Osseo, Mn., and Deborah (John) Rahn of Belle Paine. Eight grandchildren; Benjamin, Patrick, Joseph, Jonathan and Jacob Majeski, Kyra, Brendan and Lainie Rahn; Brother: Ray (Bea) Ruoho of Tucson, Arizona. Many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Memorial services will he on Saturday, April 07, at 11 a.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home Chapel in Belle Plaine. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. Pastor Chris Teien will officiate.

Verna Majeski, 68, of Belle Plaine, MN., formerly of  Orr and Buyck, died March 25, 2007 in St. Louis Park.   In addition to services in Belle Plaine, Memorial services  are also tentatively set for  1:00 PM Saturday, April 14, 2007, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Orvan W. “Steve” Dagen, 77, of Tower died Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living in Tower.

 

He was born July 7, 1929, in Reed City, Mich., the son of Homer and Elsie (Wisermann) Dagen. He was raised in Reed City and proudly served the country in the Army during the Korean War. On April 15, 1955, Steve was united in marriage to June Merrimam. He lived with his family in Michigan and New Hampshire before settling in Tower in 1973. Throughout the years, Steve and his family served with missions in Ecuador, Canada and the United States. He was currently a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, and was previously a member of the Soudan Baptist Church for 28 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed archery. He thoroughly enjoyed feeding the deer in his yard. He was a carpenter by trade and had a passion for woodworking. Steve was a family man who loved God and family.

 

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, June; children, Larry (Sally) Dagen of Gilbert, Neil (Judy) Dagen of Sharon, N.H., Bruce Dagen of Cotton and Jay Dagen of Talkeetna, Alaska; numerous grandchildren from Minnesota and New Hampshire; a brother, Wayne (Virginia) Dagen, of Reed City; a niece, Lynn Koehl, of Lansing, Mich.; and a cousin, Adrian Dagen of Reed City.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Kenny Wierman; and nephew, Ike Dagen

 

Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cook, with Pastor Paul Walters officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Spring inurnment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Services by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 
 

Alvina Holm ,95, of Tower, formerly of  Soudan, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2007, at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Tower, with her family by her side.

 

Alvina was born on Jan. 25, 1912 in Eveleth, the daughter of John and Alma (Swanson) Carlson. She grew up in Eveleth where she graduated from high school. She then attended Bethel Institute and St. Luke’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1937.She served as director of nurses and assistant to the administrator of Miller Memorial Hospital in Duluth for 20 years. She was instrumental in establishing the Duluth School of Practical Nursing in 1948 and served as its Nurse director for 13 years. 

 

Alvina was united in marriage to Adolph Holm on Sept. 15, 1962 in Ashland, WI. After their marriage, they resided in Soudan. She worked at the White Community Hospital in Aurora, as a nurse, for a number of years, retiring in 1974. She enjoyed doing needlepoint and gardening. She looked forward to and enjoyed the visits from her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

She was a member of the Soudan Baptist Church, having served as its financial secretary for 27 years and its organist for 25 years, served on the boards of the Tower-Soudan Medical Clinic and the Tower- Soudan Historical Society, was also a member of  the Minnesota  Nurses Association and the Old Settler’s Association.

 

She is survived by her children, Roger (Colleen) Holm of Stanley, ND and Linda (Walter) Bristol of Soudan; 3 grandchildren, Micki Ferguson of Tower, Daniel Bristol of Angora and Holly Novak of Cook; 5 great-grandchildren and a nephew William Carlson of Vadnais Heights, MN.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Adolph Holm on Feb. 8, 1990; 3 brothers, Bert, Verner and William Carlson.

 

Memorial service 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Soudan Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Watts as officiant. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in Lakeview cemetery in Tower. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Anette D. King 50, of Alango Township, formerly of Nett Lake and Eveleth, died Saturday, March 24, 2007 at her residence.

 

She was born on January 30, 1957, at Cook, to Donald and Mable (Villebrun) King. She grew up in Cusson and Nett Lake, and had lived in Eveleth.  She had been employed as a health care nurse in area hospitals, nursing homes, and in home health care.  Anette loved being with her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed  going to Fortune Bay, making native crafts, and solving cross word puzzle books.  She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is survived by a son, Charlie (Teresa) Myhre of Tower,; 2 daughters,  April (Ernie) Steel of Cook and Amanda  Myhre of Tower; 2 brothers, Roger (Kim) King of Virginia and Daniel King of Virginia;  5 sisters, Paulette Salevac of Hibbing, Trudy King of Orr, Yvonne (Clint) Sutton of Duluth, Kim (John) of Angora, and Jodi (Mike) Kleinbrooke of River Falls, Wis., 9 Grandchildren, , along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her mother, Mabel King in 2004, her father, Donald King in 1994; 3 brothers, Dale, Wesley and Donnie King; and 1 sister, Joyce Wakemup-Day.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00  PM Thursday at the Nett Lake Community Center.  Don Goodwin will be the spiritual leader.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 
 

Harley D. Bergman, 53, of Cook, died unexpectedly at this residence on Tuesday, March 20, 2007

 

He was born in Cook on June 25, 1953, to Albert and Thelma (Setter) Bergman.   Harley grew up in Cook, where he graduated from high school in 1972.  After high school, he worked at Boise Cascade in International Falls, where he met and married Teresa Scholler on October 19, 1973.  They moved to Cook in 1975, where they raised their children.  He was employed for Minntac for several years, then for Potlatch for 20 years, retiring due to health reasons.  Harley was an avid golfer and member of the Vermilion Fairways Golf course. Some of Harley’s many interests and hobbies were: camping, fishing, hunting, flying his remote control airplanes, golfing and  growing sun flowers in his fields.  He and Teresa had  beautiful landscaped  flower gardens, which they worked together on.  He was a devoted husband, and loving father, grandfather, and loyal brother and friend  who will be dearly missed. He especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Teresa; a son Sheldon (Tina) Bergman of Cook; a daughter, Candace (Brad Haberman) Bergman of Becker, MN.; 3 brothers, Alden (Barb Schultze) Bergman of Cook, Galen (Doreen) Bergman of Britt and Brian (Gail) Bergman of Cook; 2 sisters, Alberta “Birdie” (Donald) Larson of Cook and Shelly Adelmann of Elk River, MN.; 2 dear Grandchildren, Caleb Chevalier and Natalie Bergman, and of course his dear pet dog, Taco John Bergman.

 

Harley is preceded in death by his father, Albert Bergman in 1961, his mother, Thelma (Setter) Bergman Kolkka in 2003, and his step-father, Esko Kolkka in 1992.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Visitation will be for hour prior to the service at the church.  

 
 

Jerry Elias, 89, of Silver Bay and formerly of Hibbing, Mankato, Britt and Greaney, died Sunday, March 18, 2007, in the Minnesota State Veterans Home in Silver Bay.

 

He was born Jan. 23, 1918 in Virginia the son of Martin and Rose (Halicek) Elias. He attended school in Greaney. Jerry was married to Lorraine Hanson on Nov. 29, 1947, in the Celina Lutheran Church.

 

Jerry worked as a petroleum and hydraulic equipment repairman. He worked independently, and did maintenance for several petroleum companies. A veteran of the United States Army, Jerry served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8510 of Hibbing and the American Legion.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two sons, Roger (Tera) Elias of Plymouth, Minn., and Dan (Mary) Elias of Hibbing; three daughters, Debra Elias (Warren Schmid) of Elysian, Minn., Diane (John) Nelson of Hibbing, and Bonnie Elias-Olson (Gary Olson) of Eagan, Minn; a sister, Regina Champa; 11 grandchildren, Christopher (Ann) Elias, Marni Strauss, Brandon (Becky) Elias, Lucas (Ylva) Elias, Mark (Melissa) Elias, Joshua Hinkel, Jesse (Elizabeth) Hinkel, Jonathon Nelson, Logan Nelson, Garrett Olson and Grant Olson; 12 great-grandchildren, Chyna, Cameron, Chambers, Emily, Ethan, Alexa, Anna, Libby, Meghan, Gretchen, Abby and Gabe; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Libby, Marie, Evelyn, Rose and Bess; three brothers, James, Edward and John; his son, Jerry “J.D.”; his daughter, Kerry; his grandson, Matthew; and his great-grandson, Joshua.

 

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Friday and will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, all in the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel in Hibbing. The Rev. Erik Holleque will officiate. Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. The family prefers memorials to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay or the Alzheimer’s Association. Family services are provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Hibbing. To leave a remembrance of Jerry on-line please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com

 
 

Margaret Gremaud, 87, of the Cook Nursing Home, formerly of Orr, died Friday March 16, 2007, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Margaret was born on December 25, 1919, at Naytahwaush, Minnesota; the daughter of  George and Isabelle (Jourdain) Gwinn.  She grew up on the White Earth Indian Reservation, where she attended boarding school, and was first involved with her Catholic Faith.   She was a member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa.   She lived in the Nett Lake-Orr area for over 30 years.    Her and Elmer TeJohn were longtime companions and they worked in the woods side by side. She had a big heart and was connected with nature having simple needs, enjoying the outdoors,  feeding the wildlife, including birds and squirrels. Margaret has made her residence at the Cook Nursing Home since 2003. While there, she enjoyed going on outings, especially at Fortune Bay, where she savored the native meals of walleye and wild rice, which she referred to as her native foods.  Margaret was known at the Nursing Home for her keen skills at winning at most games played, including bean bag tossing, horseshoes and darts. 

 

She is survived by 2 nieces, Alice (Ernie) Garcia of Turlock, Calif., and Anna (Eugene) Wallace of Squaw Lake, MN., a nephew,  George Guinn of Squaw Lake,; a cousin to be remembered, Charles Gwinn of Toppenish, WA., along with  grand nieces, grandnephews, cousins, and special friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her longtime companion, Elmer TeJohn. 

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM Thursday, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Fr. Larry Antus OMI, will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be after 6:00 PM Wednesday at the church.  Bill Nelson will provide the music.  The casket  bearers will be: Frank Bowstring, Brad Bowstring, Richard Wilkie, Floyd Morrison, John Villebrun and Gene Goodsky.  A special tribute will be led by the Bois Forte Drum and Singers.

 

The interment will be in St. Theodore’s Catholic Cemetery at Ponsford, Minnesota.  Memorials in Margaret’s memory can be directed to: St. Theodore’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 57, Ogema, MN.  56569.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 
 

George Davidson, wife of Myrtle Bakk 82, 2001.

 

From: Michele [mailto:mstusse@wi.rr.com]

Sent: Monday, March 19, 2007
To: simonson@accessmn.com

Subject: hello & note of news

 

Don -  So nice to keep in touch with Cook each day.

 

Got a note today that George Davidson (my uncle)  went to be with the Lord on March. 18 -2007  Services are in New Jersey. If the name isn't familiar - he was Mel and Alarik Bakk's brother in law.  He spent much time in the past at the cabin in Lake Vermilion.  Just thought this might be of interest to some of the folks at home.

 

Looking forward to my vacation time again in the Cook area.

 

Michele (Bakk) Stusse (Alarik & Willies oldest daughter)

 
 

Celia Wiedenhoeft, 94, formerly of Colby, died Saturday March 17, 2007 at St. Joseph Rehab Center, LaCrosse. Celia was born Dec. 11, 1912 to Andrew and Sanna Lisa (Aho) Johnson in Togo, Mn. She received her early education in the rural schools of Itasca County, Minn., and graduated from high school in Hibbing, Minn.

 

In 1934 she graduated from State Teachers College in St. Cloud, Minn., and taught in Minnesota schools from 1934-1941. Celia and Alvin Wiedenhoeft were married Nov. 14, 1941 in Colby. Alvin died March 11, 1975.

 

They farmed in the Colby area from 1941-1966 and in 1969 moved to the city of Colby. After her marriage, Celia continued teaching in the Colby and Spencer areas for 35 years, making a total of 42 years devoted to her teaching career. She also obtained her Master Degree in Special Education from UW Eau Claire the area she taught for the last 14 years of her career. Celia was always devoted to and active with youth groups. She worked with 4-H Clubs, den mother for Cub Scouts, youth groups of The Farmer's Union, the Youth Association for Retarded Children, and programmed and taught Religion Class for the Mentally Handicapped at Zion Lutheran Church for 19 years. She was a member of ARC, the Delta Kappa Gamma Association, the Marshfield Business and Professional Women's Club, the Marshfield Retired Teacher's Association, the American Legion Auxiliary, Lutheran Laymen's League, Zion Lutheran Church, and its Sewing Circle. She also served on the advisory committee for Forum 55 of St. Joseph's Hospital.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven brothers and two sisters. Celia will be dearly missed by her son Woodrow 'Woody' Wiedenhoeft of LaCrosse; two grandsons, Lance and Eric; one great-granddaughter, Patricia; one sister, Sadie Woitel of Hibbing, Minn.; and nine nieces and nephews.

 

SERVICE:11 a.m. Wednesday April 4, 2007 in Zion Lutheran Church, Colby. Burial will be at Colby Memorial Cemetery. Reverend Mark Neumann will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of services in the church. The family request memorials be given to Zion Lutheran Church for Clarion Bells. Maurina/Community Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 
 

Ruth M. Isham, 81, of Nett Lake, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, at the Cook Hospital.

 

Ruth was born on July 17, 1925 at Cloquet, to Lawrence and Veda (Brown) Connor. She grew up in the Bena/Ball Club area.  She married Ira R. Isham and they moved to Nett Lake in the mid 1940’s.  Ira was a longtime well known deputy sheriff for St. Louis and  Koochiching Counties.  Ruth was a teacher’s aid for the head start program in Nett Lake for 15 years.  She was a great baker and cook, and  loved doing puzzles. 

 

She is survived by 2 sons, Jeff Isham of Nett Lake and Loren “Hawk” (Diane) Connor of Nett Lake; 2 daughters, Frances “Cisco” Isham of Nett Lake and Christine “Tina” (Alvin) Sadewasser of Port Orchard, WA.; 4 brothers, Dan Connor of Cass Lake, David (Dorothy) Connor of Mpls., John Connor of Virginia and Paul (Charlene) Connor of Cass Lake; 5 sisters, Marybelle Isham of Nett Lake, Lorraine Connor of Nett Lake, Laura Isham of Virginia, Esther Connor of Bemidj and Joyce (Rod) Skadshime of Blackduck; 17 Grandchildren, 43 Great Grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Monday (March 19th) at the First Baptist Church in Nett Lake.  Rev. Kevin Lasley and Rev. Wally Olson were the officiant.  Visitation was after 4:00 PM Sunday at the church.  The casket bearers were: Ed Villebrun, Troy King, Frances “Tuna” Connor, Bryan “Toogie” Porter, Travis Morrison and Kent Isham.  The interment was in the  Nett Lake Cemetery.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ira on October 11, 1971; a son Bruce Isham; 2 daughters, Gloria Isham, Barbara “Bobcat” Brown; 3 brothers, Larry, Jim and Hank Connor; and  2 sisters, Gloria Connor and Gladys Goggleye.

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

 

Irvin “Ole” D. Swanson, 80, of Lake Vermilion-Cook, died Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at the Cook Hospital.

 

He was born in Cusson on June 10, 1926, the son of Knute and Anna (Amundson) Swanson.  He grew up in Meadowbrook, and graduated from Cook High School in 1944.

 

Ole served in the Navy during World War II.  After his tour of duty he returned to Cook, where he worked for his brother John’s construction business, and  also built fireplaces.  Ole completed a year of college at the  Hibbing Junior College.  He married Paula L. Olson  on October 2, 1954, at Cook.  They moved to St. Paul, and Ole graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1961, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Industrial Arts.  They moved to St. Cloud, where he was an instructor arts teacher at St. Cloud Technical High for 25 years.  After retiring from teaching, they moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook in 2000, and Ole continued building numerous fireplaces and masonry projects.  He was well known for his rock projects, some of which locally were the rock wall of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, the rock pillars at both entrances of the city of Cook, the Gazebo in Cook, and  at the  Vermilion Fairways Golf Course.   He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and the Vermilion Fairways Golf Course.  Ole spent ample time  golfing, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

 

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Paula; 2 sons, David (Jean) Swanson of Plymouth, MN. and Dan (Sandee) Swanson of Coon Rapids, MN.; 8 Grandchildren: Stephen, Scott, Molly, Emma, Paul, Peter, Britta and Mary. along with numerous special nieces, nephews and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by  a grandson, Samuel Knute Swanson in 1989; 3 brothers, Kenneth, John and Harold Swanson; and  2 sisters, Beatrice Riccio and Delores Haley.

 

Memorial services will be  held  at 1:00 PM Saturday (March 17th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  The singing will be congregational, with Bailey Conger providing the accompaniment.  Stephen Swanson  will play a  selection on the piano.  The grandchildren will be the  honorary bearers: Stephen, Scott, Molly, Emma, Paul, Peter, Britta and Mary.

 

Arrangements  with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Funeral services for Margaret Gremaud, 87, of the Cook Nursing Home, former longtime resident  of Orr, are pending with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  She died Friday, March 16, 2007, at the Cook Nursing Home

 

 

Dorothy (Holm) Junkert, 82, of Cook died on Sunday, March 11, 2007, from complications of cancer.  She passed peacefully at home with her family by her side.

 

Dorothy was born on November 30, 1924, in Cook to Oscar and Martha (Helstrom) Anderson.  She graduated from the Cook High School with the Class of 1942.

 

Dorothy loved her family, was especially fond of entertaining.  She was a wonderful cook and baked fantastic breads and pies.  She loved spending time in her home preparing for guests and keeping her house in good working order.  She was particularly adept at home maintenance.

 

Dorothy was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church where she played the organ and piano on and off for 65 years.  She was the Sunday School Superintendent, member of the Ladies Aid and served her church in many other capacities.  She loved music of all kinds, listened to a variety of music and made many tapes of her favorite tunes.

 

After raising her family, Dorothy attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  She worked for St. Louis County Social Services in Duluth and Virginia for 15 years.

 

On July 6, 1974, she married Bob Junkert in Duluth, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1982.  She was also preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Martha Anderson and her brothers William (Gladys) Anderson and Robert (Kathryn) Anderson.

 

She is survived by her children, Mickey (Ron) Maki of Lake Vermilion-Cook, Rich (Donna) Holm of Cook, and Barb (Jon) Aysta of Pike Sandy; grandchildren Sarah (Travis Hough) Maki of Seattle, WA., Adam (nee Jenny Martel) Maki of Mpls., Riley (Nicole) Holm of Cook; Drew Holm of Mpls., Paul Ludlow of Sun Valley, ID and Lake Vermilion-Cook, Doug Aysta of Virginia, and Rob Aysta of Florida; great granddaughter Allie Holm of Cook; sister LaVerne Curtis of Los Angeles and Lake Vermilion-Cook; brother Don (Jean) Anderson of Duluth; sisters-in-law Kathryn Anderson of Hibbing and Gladys Anderson of Spokane, WA., and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

A service in celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday, March 15, 2007, at the Evangelical Covenant Church of Cook.  A visitation for family and friends will precede the service at 12:00.  Reuben Rosnau, her pastor, will officiate her life’s celebration.  The casket bearers will be Dorothy’s grandsons: Adam Maki, Paul Ludlow, Riley Holm, Drew Holm and Doug Aysta.   Interment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 
 

Louis J. Zeleznikar, 95, of Cook,  former longtime resident of Silverdale, died Saturday, March 10, 2007, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Louie was born on the family homestead in Silverdale on September 15, 1911; the son of Frank and Johanna (Zbasnik) Zeleznikar.   He lived in Silverdale most of his life and worked on the family farm for many years.  He is an Army veteran of World War II., where he served  from 1942 to 1945 in Rhineland, Ardennes, Europe and Iceland.   He was a longtime member of the former St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney.  Louie was member of the Orr American Legion Post #480.   He  always had gardens and was known for his large, abundant potato patches.   He loved Slovenian music, bingo, the machines at Fortune Bay and playing card games with friends.  He moved to the Homestead Apartment Building in Cook in 2002, and has resided at the Cook Nursing Home the past 2 years.   His family was one of the pioneers settling in Silverdale.

 

He is survived by special relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by 3 brothers: Joseph, Frank and John Zeleznikar; and 3 sisters: Mary, Frances and Jennie Zeleznikar.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Wednesday  at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Military Honors will be accorded by the combined Honor Guards of the Orr American Legion Post #480, and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.  Spring interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Neil E. Meicke, 54, Angora, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 7, 2007, in Angora. He was born at Long Island, New York, on August 31, 1952, the son of Eugene and Marie (Grady) Meicke.  He grew up at Long Island, where he went to school.  He lived in Arizona, Florida and Texas, then moved to Angora a year ago. He liked hiking and his best times were spent in the deserts of Arizona.  Neil was an amazing acoustic guitar player, and his music was the love of his life.

 

He is survived by a son, Reuben (Nicole) Meicke of Angora; a daughter Hannah Meicke of Tyler, TX., ; a sister, Melissa (Rick Diaz) Meicke of Tucson, AZ.; 6 Grandchildren: Dylan, Haylee and Ethan Royer, Jayden and Draygen Anderson and Gavin Meicke;  a sister-in-law Colleen Meicke of Tucson, AZ.; his former wife, Deborah Jacobson of Palestine, TX, along with nieces, nephews and friends, and of course, his closest friend- his pet dog Batty.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Meicke.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM  Monday (March 12th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.

 
 

Joe Christensen, 48, of Cook, died unexpectedly of natural causes at home on Saturday, March 3, 2007. He was born in Cook on March 11, 1958; the son of Philip M. and Beatrice M. (Novak) Christensen. He grew up in Orr where he graduated from high school in 1976.  He lived in Coon Rapids for 11 years, and was employed for Prospect Foundry in Minneapolis, and was a Union Representative the last 5 years of his employment.  In 1998 he moved back  to his beloved North and has since resided in the Cook-Orr area.  He had been married to Elaine Zika for 19 years and together they raised their two children.

 

He was a heavy equipment operator for several area logging firms, and most recently worked for Rutar Logging, which he enjoyed.  Joe appreciated and liked anything outdoors including golfing, deer hunting with family, fishing, 4-wheeling. He lived an amazing, adventure filled life, and was an inspiration to all who knew him.  His family fondly remembers him as a loving father, grandfather, son and brother, along with being a true friend. 

 

Joe is survived by  his children, Neil (Christy) Christensen and Rabecca “Becca” “Baloo”  “Bucko” (Tad) Clark, both of Gardner, Kansas; his father and step-mother, Philip and Barb Christensen of Orr; 2 brothers,  Michael (Sandra) Christensen of Cook and Patrick (Anne) Christensen of Orr; 3 sisters, Kathie Gustafson of Cook, Mary Lohn of Gheen and Annie (Dane) Francis of Lake Vermilion-Cook; 2 Grandchildren: Brooke “Bookie” Christensen and Dallas Clark; his special friend, June Weber of Cook;  his former wife, Elaine Zika (Ed) Lake of Burnsville- and his extended Zika family; along with step-brothers and step-sisters, and other special relatives and friends. 

 

Joe is preceded in death by his mother, Rea Patten on June 22, 2005; 1 niece, Kristen Gustafson on  February 20, 2000, 1 nephew Alex Cook on August 31, 2005, and a brother-in-law, Lewis Lohn on March 15, 2005.

 

Memorial  services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday (March 8th) at the Orr American Legion Building.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  The family will receive friends  one hour prior to the service at the Legion.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

Leslie John Connor Jr., 47,  Nett Lake, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, March 1, 2007 at his residence.

 

Leslie was born on November 12, 1959, at Cook, the son of Leslie J. Sr. and Marcella L. (Morrison) Connor.  He grew up in Nett Lake where he lived most of his life.  He graduated from Orr High School in 1978, the Rainy River Community College in 1987 with an Associate of Arts Degree, and Bemidji State University in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a major in Biology.   Leslie was a member of the Nett Lake Baptist Church and served as Chairman of its Board.  He was on the board of Stewards for the MBC, (Minnesota Baptist Conference), and he served as secretary for NAMAC ( Native American  Ministries Advisory Committee), for the Minnesota Baptist Conference.  He was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He was employed as a water resource manager for the Bois Forte Department of Natural Resources.   Les was active in his civic duties. He was a an EMT for Bois Forte Ambulance for over 20 years and was Standing Chief of the Bois Forte Fire Department.  He liked country music, and his family fondly remembers that he could sing like Merle Haggard.  He enjoyed golfing, car races, backgammon, cribbage, smear, fishing, the outdoors, pool, Monopoly, song fests with family, and fellowship with his friends.

 

He is survived by  his mother, Marcella Connor of Nett Lake; 4 brothers, Allan (Lynn) Connor, Vernon Connor, Michael Les (Terry) Connor all of Nett Lake, and Marty (Charlotte) Connor of Orr; 1 sister Janice Connor of Orr; Aunts: Lucille Morrison of Nett Lake, Edith Villebrun of Orr, Carol (Earl) Chico of Bemidji, and Priscilla Morrison of Nett Lake; Uncles: Floyd (Arlene) Morrison of Nett Lake and Frank (Charlotte) Connor of Orr; Nephews: Michael John Connor, Terrence Joseph Strong, Jordan Cly, Tate “T.J.” Cly,; nieces: Rhieanna Mae Connor, Joy Cly and Sharla Cly; numerous cousins and other special relatives, and of course, his  pet cat “Furby”.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Leslie John Connor Sr. in 1991; a sister in infancy, Angela Louise Morrison; his grandparents: Ruth and Lafayette Connor Sr., and John and Angeline Morrison.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Tuesday (March 6th) at the Nett Lake Baptist Church.  Rev.’s Kevin Lasley and Wally Olson will be the officiants.  Cindy Prior will provide the music.  The casket bearers are: Dave “Squidg” Morrison Jr., Curt Thompson, Corey Strong, Dave H. Villebrun, Lewis Strong III. and  William Whiteman.  The honorary bearers are: Burdell LaRoque, David Morrison Sr., Teresa Morrison, Joe Gonier, Julie Whiteman, Floyd Morrison, Barry Porter, Ken Badboy, Bertha Graue, Knute Graue, Ira “Pete” Isham, Doris Isham, Chester Graue, Michael John Connor  Rhieanna Mae Connor and Dave Danz.   Interment will be in the Connor Family Cemetery, Nett Lake

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Selma Petersen McCollum 97 of Duarte, California and formerly of Cook on February 20, 2007 at her home. She was born on October 11, 1909 at Cook to Albert & Augusta Peterson, she moved to California in 1929 where she has lived since.

 

Selma is survived by one son, Don McCollum of Duarte, California; two grandsons, James and drew McCollum. One sister-in-law, Mabel Peterson of Los Angeles, California. Selma’s care giver, Sue Holbrook; along with three nieces and four nephews, including Yvonne (Sam) Pajari of Angora.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents: Albert 65, 1939 & Augusta 73, 1953 Peterson, brothers; Carl Peterson 24, 1930, Alvi Peterson 56, 1959, Uno Peterson 78, 1985, Ralph 78, 1990 (Marge 75, 1998) Peterson, sisters; Emily Peterson 63, 1976 and Ann Sites 81, 1999.

 

A family grave side service will be he held in June at the Cook Community Cemetery.

 
 

Barbara M. “Bobcat” Brown, 56,  of Nett Lake, died Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Cook Hospital.

 

She was born in Cook on June 19, 1950; the daughter of Ira A. and Ruth (Connor) Isham.  She grew up at Nett Lake and attended the Orr School.  She was crowned an Indian Princess in 1966 at Nett Lake. She married Chandler “Chip” Brown on September 18, 1974 at Alameda, California.   Chandler was a career Navy man, and they moved and lived on several military bases.  The family fondly recalls her as being a great softball player.   The family moved to Port Orchard, Washington in the late 1970’s.  Barbara completed her nurses training at Bremerton, Washington, and became a registered nurse.  She was employed at a nurse at the Port Orchard Retzel Veteran’s Home for nearly 20 years. After Chandler’s death in 1992, she returned to Nett Lake in 1994. She was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. She loved her family and dearly loved her grandchildren.  “Bobcat’s” hobbies included softball, bingo, and “casino-ing.”   The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Cook Hospital for their excellent care and support of Barbara- especially Nicole, Mandy, Jill, Amy, Darlene, Dr. Johnston, Dr. Intveld and Dr. Mills. 

 

She is survived by her mother, Ruth M. Isham of Nett Lake; 4 sons, Francis C. (Carolyn) Littlewolf  Jr. of Nett Lake, William “Donovan” (Lori) Littlewolf of Port Orchard, Wash., Steven I. (Kara) Littlewolf of Port Orchard, and Mark L. (Merrilee) Littlewolf of Nett Lake; 2 brothers, Jeff W. Isham of Nett Lake and Loren “Hawk” (Diane) Connor of Nett Lake; 2 sisters, Frances “Cisco” Isham of Nett Lake and Christine “Tina” (Alvin) Sadewasser of Port Orchard, Wash., 14 Grandchildren: Francis III., Valencia, Donald, Alyssa, Kyle, Josh, Darion, Austin, Tanja, Henry, Kiersta, Preston, Isaiah and Brandon, along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Chandler Brown, her father, Ira R. Isham, a sister, Gloria M. Isham; and a brother, Bruce A. Isham. 

 

Funeral services  will be held Tuesday, (March 6th)  in Port Orchard, Washington.  Visitation will be after 4:00 PM Wednesday (Feb. 28th) in the Nett Lake Baptist Church.  Rev. Kevin Lasley and Rev. Wally Olson will speak during the visitation at Nett Lake.  The  casket bearers at Nett Lake will be: Ed Villebrun, Troy King, Jeff Isham, Mark Isham,  Travis Morrison, Kent Isham, Brian “Toog” Porter and Ron “Dean” Day.  Interment will be in the Sunset Lane Memorial Park Cemetery in Port Orchard, Washington.

 

Funeral arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 

Edwin August Saari, 86, of Virginia, formerly of Angora, died Friday,February 23, 2007 at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. Edwin August Saari was born on Feb. 21, 1921 in Virginia to Gust and Katri (Laakkonen) Saari. In 1922, he moved with his family to a farm in Idington where he resided for most of his life.

 

After graduating from Cook High School in 1938, he worked with his parents on the farm, keeping a Grade A dairy herd and later beef cattle. He also worked as a carpenter and as a logger. Edwin was a member of the Angora Farmers Club and served as its last Secretary.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a special companion and friend, Marcella Jensen. He is survived by sister, Vienna Saari Maki of Virginia; two nieces, Jeanne Maki of Angora, Susan (Robert Myers) Maki of Duluth; four Cousins, Rauha (Kaarlo) Savela of Angora, Raili (Weikko) Rautio of Kinney, Daisy Elizabeth Tuomi of California, William Malila of Angora; aunt, Aune Kauristie of Finland; and several additional Cousins of Finland Close friend and neighbor: Arden Holmes of Angora .Edwin is also survived by the staff of Saint Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center of Virginia, where he lived well for the last two years of his life.

 

The family also extends their appreciation to the staff of the Virginia Regional Medical Center and the East Range Team of Saint Mary's Hospice Care.

 

Visitation: 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Service Monday, Feb. 26, 2007 at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Pastor Jeffrey Jones will officiate. Burial will be at Idington Cemetery at a later date.

 

 

Vivian Johansen Vasile passed away February 10, 2007. She was 85 years old when she died at Yuma, Arizona following a massive stroke five days previously. Vivian and her husband Leonard had lived in Duluth, MN until their retirement, when they moved to Texas and then Yuma.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Evelyn Johansen.  Her survivors are husband Leonard, daughters Kathleen Thomas (Stuart) of Greensboro, N.D.; Jean Kuusisto of Duluth; and Carol Fish (Patrick) of Yuma, AZ, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren; Siblings; Rosemary Gebauer of Orlando, Fl; Roger Bruce Johansen (Jean) of Britt, MN; and Beryl (Bill) Sersha of Cook, MN.  A memorial service will be held in Yuma in March.

From: jeanroger57@cpinternet.com

 

Leo H. Wilenius Sr., 87, of Sturgeon Township, died Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth .

 

He was born on September 8, 1919, at the family homestead in Sturgeon Township, where he lived  all of his life. He was united in marriage to Esther Tuohinen on October 10, 1941, at Celina.  Leo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Agriculture.  Earlier he had taught Agriculture at Meadowland High School, then Veteran’s Agriculture at Alango from 1947 to 1955.

 

He continued at Alango until 1963, when he then transferred to Cook High School, where he taught Industrial Arts, Agriculture, the FFA curriculum and Forestry Programs  until his retirement in 1983.  Leo was a  dedicated teacher who was involved with his student’s projects, including attending the Minnesota State Fair with his FFA (Future Farmers of America) teams for many years, and participating in many area FFA competitions.   He taught night classes, spent lots of time in continuing education  and  went on numerous  farm and field trips with his students; teaching, analyzing, judging and solving problems. His family  fondly remembers him as an inventor. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and he faithfully followed his children and grandchildren in all their endeavors, and captured numerous sporting events and family celebrations on film throughout the years.   

 

He was also committed to his community, where he served many years on the Sturgeon Township Volunteer Fire Department and in  various Township government capacities.   His hobbies were hobby farming and his love of forestry.  Leo will be remembered as very family orientated, always taking the time to attend family picnics and relatives celebrations and life events. 

 

He is survived by 1 son, Leo Jr. (Lindy) of Angora,; 1 daughter, Leone (Leonard)  Snyder of Mpls.,; his special friend, Mary Tomsich of Balkan Township; 4 Grandchildren: Sarah and Carmen Snyder, Beth (Ryan) Hartway and David Wilenius; 2 Great Grandchildren: Alex and Abby Hartway, and in anticipation of baby Hartway due in a month; along with numerous special nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Esther on Dec. 25, 1998,;  a grandson, Patrick Wilenius on December 4, 2004; 3 brothers John W. Wilenius on Aug. 10, 2006,  Swen Wilenius in 1963, and  Ted who died in infancy in 1916; 2 sisters, Helen Beltramo on December 21, 2005, and Sylvia Siegle on July 3, 2002;

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  The singing will be congregational and Norma Thomas will be the organist.  The casket bearers will be: Gordon Siegle, Gene Wilenius, Erland Alto, Johnny Ray Wilenius, Ernie Seppala, Terry Treloar, and John Severson.  Spring interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.  

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

Gladys M. (Markle) Persson, 72, of Bear River, died at home after a lengthy illness on February 12, 2007.

Gladys was born on September 3, 1934 at Ottertail, Minnesota; the daughter of Walter and Bessie (Martin) Markle Sr.  She lived in Northern Minnesota most of her life, and graduated from Alango High School.  She married  Nils H. Persson on November 1, 1952, in Hibbing.   Nils logged in various communities in Northern Minnesota and worked on the Ore Boats.  After Nils’ death in 1970, Gladys shortly thereafter moved to Duluth, where she was employed in housekeeping for St. Luke’s Hospital for 17 years.   After living in Duluth for 24 years, she moved to Bear River in 1996, where she has since resided.  She became reacquainted with Jim Lokken, her childhood friend, and the two shared many memories, and enjoyed traveling together.   Gladys enjoyed flower gardening and loved and appreciated the outdoors.  She attracted and fed many hummingbirds along with watching other birds and wildlife. 

 

She is survived by her fiancé, Jim Lokken of Bear River,; 3 sons, Mark (Terri) Persson of Arlington, WI., Bryan (Deborah) Persson of Minnona, WI., and Barry Persson of Bear River; 2 daughters, Ginger (Douglas) Friebe of Duluth and Crystal (Joe) Tallakson of  Hermantown, MN.; 9 Grandchildren, 2 Step Grandchildren and  16 Great Grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Sr. and Bessie Markle;  a stillborn son; and 1 brother, Walker Markle Jr. on July 11, 1995. 

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

Funeral  services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday (February 17th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service.   The casket bearers will be: Marcus Persson, Travis Persson, Aubrey “A.J.” Persson, Joshua Persson, Bobby Nordstrom and Aaron Lokken.  Spring interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery. 

 
 

Bette Jean Daniels, 79, beloved mother, grandmother and wife, died peacefully on Sunday, February 4, 2007, following a long respiratory illness.

 

At Bette’s request, there will be no services.

 

She was born on December 27, 1927, in Virginia, Minnesota; to Walter and Violet Hoffer.  Following her graduation from Orr High School, she and husband Alton E. Hunter moved to Vancouver, Washington.  She taught sewing for many years. At age 60, she joined the Peace Corps. She spent two and a half years in Jamaica teaching women about health care and helping them become gainfully employed by teaching them seamstress skills. After returning home, she visited her sister Marianne in Minnesota and became reacquainted with her high school sweetheart Russell Daniels, whom she later married.

 

Bette always believed in the golden rule and a life of service to others. She was a gracious and loving woman who believed in seeing the best in everyone. She loved her children and grandchildren, as well as her pets unconditionally. She had a gift for making everyone feel important and cared for. She was a good listener and offered us all sage advice about life. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

 

Bette is survived by her husband Russell Daniels of Buyck, Mn; sons John (Margie) Hunter of Vancouver, WA., Bruce (Sherri) Hunter of Woodland, WA.,; daughters, Linda (Paul) Suzman of Seattle, WA.,  and Tina (Duane) Hunter West of Lake Forest Park, WA.,;  step children, Randy (Gail) Daniels of Buyck, Denise Johnson of  Witchita, KS., and Tracey Daniels of Larkspur, CO.,;  brother John Hoffer of Provo, Utah; Grandchildren: Max Suzman, Adan and Emily Hunter and Aura Marie West; also her special feline friends Jack and Jill.

 

Bette was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Violet Hoffer, her husband Alton E. Hunter, and a sister, Marianne King.

 

Local arrangements by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 
 

Oiva Walter Tuuri, 82, passed away on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born Jan. 29, 1925, in Virginia, to Gust N. and Saimi (Hasu) Tuuri. Oiva moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., four months ago, with his usual address being in Cook, Minn. He attended Virginia Junior College in Virginia, University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Colorado State College in Greeley, Colo., where he obtained his master’s degree in education and administration. Oiva worked as a teacher and principal in Wrenshall, Minn., 1951-1953; Remer, Minn., 1953-1968; and Virginia School District No. 706, 1968-1982. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. At the age of 19, Oiva was a soldier on the first wave on Leyte and Okinawa in the South Pacific. On the Island of Okinawa, he was one of 36 survivors of the “Lost Battalion,” Company A, 383rd, Battalion of the 96th Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart due to his service in World War II. Oiva was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1757, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post No. 239. He loved hunting, trapping, fishing and his family. Oiva will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

Oiva is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Gladys (Seppala) Tuuri of Cook; daughter, Judith Ulseth and husband Bob of Cook; sister, Linda Young of Britt; six grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his son, William Nickolas Tuuri 32, 1982; daughter-in-law, Diane 48, 2000 Tuuri-Kaml; sister, Helvi  71, 1987 (Holger 82, 1992) Nykanen; and grandchildren, Will 5, 1983 and Luke 3, 1983 Tuuri.

 

A memorial service will be held in Cook at a later date. Condolences and thoughts can be made to his family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials may be made to the war memorial in Virginia in care of Bunny Isaacson.
 

 

Margaret Caroline Johnson, 85, of  Mt. Iron, formerly of Crane Lake and Orr, died Sunday, January 28, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health Care Center in Virginia. 

 

Margaret was born on August 23, 1921, in Duluth, the daughter of Carl and Martha (Johnson) Nordstrom.  She grew up in Duluth where she graduated from  Central High School.  Margaret lived in Galveston, Texas and Southern California for a number of years before moving back to Northern Minnesota, settling in Crane Lake 1954.   She moved to Orr in 1961, and was united in marriage to Robert T. Johnson on November 4, 1961, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  They have resided in Mt. Iron since September of 2006.  Margaret served on the church council and was active in the church’s quilting group.  She was a talented knitter and sewer, and made many “burp cloths” and quilts for her grandchildren and other family members.  She was  a member of the Orr American Legion Auxiliary Post #480.   Margaret cooked for many years, and  had worked for several area business, including Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake and Patten's Café in Orr and the Orr Café.  She also was employed at the Orr General Store, along with working with Bob at the Orr Liquor Store.  Her life centered on her family, and she was well connected with her grandchildren, always knowing and caring about their interests.  She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

 

She is survived by her husband of  45 years, Robert; one son, Richard (JoEllen) Wright of Albia, Iowa; one daughter, Toni (Reginald) Nolin of Orland Hills, Ill.,; 7 Grandchildren: Richele Wright, Brianna Wright, Kim Mathson, Mark Nolin, Kris DeGraaf, Kelly Hanson, and Meg Coleman; 12 Great Grandchildren: Ben, Chadd, Zak, Karissa, Josh, Noah, Naomi, Victoria, Caleb, Katie, Azia and Cheyenne; along with numerous special nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by a brother who died in infancy, and a granddaughter, Marta Wright.

 

Memorial services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday, (February 1st) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Shannon and Preston Gunderson will provide the special music. The honorary bearers will be: Phil Anshus, John Mathson, Ben Mathson, Mark Nolin, David Gunderson, Dale Gunderson and Jeff Gunderson.   Spring interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.

 

Ramona L. Barto, 42, of Duluth, formerly of Nett Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. 

 

She was born in Cook on May 26, 1964 and grew up in Minneapolis until moving to Orr, where she went to High School.  She lived at Chisholm and Nett Lake, and has resided in Duluth the past 15 years.  Ramona liked walking, was an avid puzzle solver,  liked bike riding, enjoyed her music, and loved her cats and fish.  She was affiliated with the Glad Tidings Assemblies of God Church in Duluth.

 

She is survived by 1 son, Franklin of Gheen,; her mother Eileen (Kenneth) Villebrun Barney of Orr and her father David (Dorothy) Connor of Mpls.; her grandmother, Viola Villebrun of Nett Lake; special friend, Darold Loining of Duluth;  3 brothers, including her twin brother Rodney (Brenda) Villebrun of Superior, Wis., Michael (Jackie) Villebrun of Orr and Ken (Jessica) Villebrun of Nett Lake; 1 sister, Shelley (Eric) Strong of Orr, along with many other  relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Frank “Bronk” Villebrun and paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Ida Connor.

 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM Monday in the Nett Lake School Gymnasium.  Rev. Kevin Lasley was the officiant.  Visitation was after 5:00 PM Sunday in the Gymnasium. The casket bearers were: Brent Villebrun, Eric Strong, Darold Loining, Rodney Barto, Milton “Beanie” Barto and John Barto.  The honorary bearers were: Phil Callard, Marty Mix, Matt Clug, Ashely Goodsky, Jenna Villebrun, Henry Villebrun, Nicholas Villebrun, Annette Howe, Lynn Caribou, and Reggie Strong.  Jackie Villebrun was the soloist and Julie Whiteman provided the accompaniment.  A tribute was given be the Bois Forte Drum and All Nation Singers.   Interment was in the Bois Forte Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Dorothy Esther (Luoma) Neva, 83, of Duluth, formerly of Angora, passed away on Jan. 24, 2007, in the Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center.

 

She was born in Orr on June 6, 1923, to John and Lempi (Uutela) Luoma. Dorothy was united in marriage to William Andrew Neva on April 18, 1942. A terrific hostess, Dorothy was very fond of cooking and entertaining family and friends. She also wore out several encyclopedias and dictionaries in satisfying her appetite for crossword puzzles.

 

Dorothy is survived by her son Ron (Cathy) Neva; daughter Sharon (Gordon Rue) Karr; nine grandchildren, Jim (Jodi Buchanan) Smith, Roni (Nathan) Sarazine, Mike (Becky Boutto) Smith, Scott Neva, Heather (Geoff) Koller, Jennifer Neva, Tara (Andy) Mosley, Andrew (Tina) Karr, Adam (Jenny Kugel) Karr; 15 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Bill Neva on Dec 20 1978 at the age of 66; son Terry (Susan) Neva on Jan 26, 20004 at the age of 56 and two brothers, Earl Luoma on Aug 14, 1966 and Wilbur (Lois) Luoma on Sep 22, 1972 at the age of 37.

 

Memorial service will held at 2 p.m. on Saturday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Angora, with the Rev. Reuben Rosnau officiating. Services entrusted to The Cremation Society of Minnesota

 
 

Anna Fogelberg Olson, 91, of Cook, died Tuesday, January 23, 2007, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on April 14, 1915, at Cook; to Swedish immigrants Nels and Hulda (Larson) Olson. She lived in Cook for most of her life.  In the early thirties she accompanied her older sister and her husband to Chicago, where their grandparents lived.  Work was plentiful and Anna enjoyed caring for two children whose parents worked.  Anna was destined to return to Minnesota and married Richard Fogelberg in July of 1936, in Chisholm.  Together they raised their six children.  After her children were grown, she worked several years at the Cook Community Hospital as a nurses aid.  She loved reading, poems and was a great letter writer.  She also volunteered for many years at the Cook Nursing Home.  Anna was married to Clarence Olson from 1990 to 1994.

 

She is survived by 2 sons, Richard “Rick” Fogelberg of Angora, and Steve Fogelberg of Cook; 2 daughters, Kay (Raymond) Johnson of Cook and Christine (Dean) Walden of Hobart, Wash.; 1 brother, George Olson of Bourbonnais, Ill., 14 Grandchildren, 15 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephew, and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Richard on April 13, 1979; 2 daughters, Dyxie Ann McNeal, on Dec. 15, 1987  and Carol Fogelberg on March 24, 1958; a granddaughter and daughter-in-law, Lindi and Nancy Fogelberg, both on July 27, 2005; a brother, Anton Olson, and a sister, Christine Frederickson.

 

Memorial services will be at 10:00 AM Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Rev.’s  Randy Swenson and Wally Olson will be the officiants.  A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Kathy Forsline, Pam Ruuska, and Lorraine Walker will provide the music. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.   Memorials  are preferred to the Cook Nursing Home. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook  

 

 

LeRoy C. Nukala, 72, of Angora, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007. He was born July 5, 1934, in Duluth, the son of Wilho and Helen (Halverson) Nukala. The family lived in Bear River a few years, then moved to Alango, where LeRoy graduated from high school. In high school he excelled at basketball and football. He worked on the construction crew that built the LTV Mining facility in Hoyt Lakes, and later worked at the mine after it opened. LeRoy, with his father, ran the family business, Nukala Enterprises, which dealt with landscaping, Christmas tree sales, and also sold black dirt. They also cut and sold hay both near and far. He had to take a disability retirement after being injured on the job at LTV-Erie Mining Co. in 1969. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. The family fondly remembers many good times at the cabin on Blackduck Lake.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; two sons, Clayton Nukala of Angora, and Wade (Jean) Nukala of Angora; two daughters, Sherry (Charlie) Lokken of Angora, and Kelly (Tim) Brodeen of Cook; one sister, Grace (Colin) Isaacson of Angora; nine grandchildren, Lily Hawkinson, Clay Nukala, Sarah Chavers, Justin Nukala, Shelby, Rylee and Wyatt Lokken, and Krystal and Megan Brodeen; two great-grandchildren, Kyle and Julianna Chavers; his aunt, Ruth Herring of Chisholm; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilho on Jan. 25, 1965; his mother, Helen on Jan. 7, 2006; and one sister, Barbara Hongo on April 19, 1986

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. The casket bearers will be: Wade Nukala, Clayton Nukala Sr., Clayton Nukala Jr., Justin Nukala, and Tim Brodeen. The honorary bearers will be: Colin Isaacson, David Rankila, Erland Alto, Loren and Terry Souder and Roger Beck. Spring burial will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

Lillian I. Namchek, 71, of Eveleth, former longtime resident of Greaney, died Sunday, January 21, 2007 at her residence. She was born in Greaney on July 8, 1935; the daughter of Frank and Antonia (Hlahulek) Pliml.  Lillian grew up in Greaney where she lived most of her life. She married James A. Namchek on March 8, 1952 at the Bear River Lutheran Church.  She was a member of the former Greaney American Legion Post #605, was a bookkeeper for WRN Trucking for 5 years, and was a bartender for 15 years.  Lillian enjoyed flower gardening, and loved camping and “being at the lake.”  Her family fondly remembers her as a loving and caring mother and grandmother. 

 

She is survived by 4 sons, James (Jill) Namchek of Hermantown, William (Chris) Namchek of Elk Mound, Wis., Robert (Sandy)  Namchek of Cook, and John  Namchek of Dunnellan, Florida; 2 daughters, Georgean (Kevin Turner) Namchek of Eveleth and Loretta (Dan) Bogren of Cook; 2 brothers, George Pliml of Cook and John Pliml of Duluth; 1 sister, Helen “Betty” Franklin of Chicago, Ill.; 23 Grandchildren, 18 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends, and her special companion, her pet dog George.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband James on August 26, 1988; 1 son, Gerald in 1976; 3 brothers, James, Frank, and Anthony Pliml; and 1 sister, Antoinette “Tonka” Pliml.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday (January 27th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The officiant will be Tom Kennebeck. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. The casket bearers will be the family members: James, William, Robert and John Namchek, Kevin Turner and Dan Bogren. The honorary casket bearers will be George and John Pliml.  Spring interment will be in the Bearville Cemetery, Itasca County. 

 

Funeral arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 
 

Wallace D. Nordin, 92, of Cook, former longtime resident of Bayfield, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 19, 2007, at the Cook Hospital. 

 

Wallace was born in Bayfield on July 21, 1914, the son of Ernest and Alfreda (Korseberg) Nordin.  He graduated from the Bayfield High School and joined the Army in 1940.  He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant  and was a member of the 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division in Germany, during World War 11.   Sgt.  Nordin was honorably discharged and was entitled to wear the ETO Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, 5 Campaign Stars, and the Green Combat Command Ribbon.  Sgt. Nordin was among those chose to be the Honor Guard for President Truman while he was in Brussels.  Wally married  Dorothy Moore on October 21, 1943, in Duluth.  They settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while he finished his schooling  as a Master Plumber.

 

They then moved to Bayfield and took over his father’s business – Nordin Plumbing and Heating. Wally loved Bayfield and spent as much time as he could on Lake Superior.  He enjoyed boating, fishing, woodworking, and loved traveling.  In 2003 he and Dorothy moved to Cook, Minnesota to be near their daughter.  He was a faithful member of the Faith Baptist Church in Bayfield.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and will always be remembered for his great sense of humor.  He truly loved his family  very much.

 

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy; 1 son, John (Ellen) Nordin of Roger City, Michigan; 1 daughter, Donna (Dennis) Carlson of Cook, MN.; 1 sister, Muriel “Mickey” Nourse of Bayfield, Wis., 4 Grandchildren: Heather Carlson of Dyersburg, Tenn., Kory (Annie) Carlson of Columbia Heights, MN., Laura (Jonathan) Fazekas of Burlington, Kentucky, and Amy (Michael) Cernucan of Cincinnati, Ohio; 1 very special nephew, Larry (Carole) Nordin of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; 3 nieces, Betty (Jack) Foster of Crystal, MN., Patricia (Randy) Johnson) of McGregor, MN., and Carol (John) Nelson of Pewaukee, Wisconsin; 3 Great Grandchildren, Sophia, Micah and Joshua  Fazekas.

 

He is preceded in death by 2 brothers, Raymond Nordin and a brother Lester who died in infancy; a sister-in-law Harriet Nordin, and a brother-in-law, Lyman Nourse.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook, MN. (218-666-5298 )

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday (January 25th) at Faith Baptist Church in Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Dave Phelps and Rev. Wally Olson will be the officiants.  Mark and Nancy MacIntyre will sing a duet.  Solos will be sung by Kathy Forsline and Pam Ruuska, with Pam providing the accompaniment.  Military honors will be accorded by the Bayfield VFW Honor Guard.  Interment will be Greenwood Cemetery in Bayfield.

 

Harland John Siiro, 65, of Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 in Deer River HealthCare Center, Deer River.

 

Harland was born on May 4, 1941 in the village of Scanlon (near Cloquet), to Nestor and Alice (Lundeen) Siiro. He was raised in the logging camps and at home in Orr, where he attended Orr High School until the 9th grade, after which he transferred to the School of Agriculture in Grand Rapids, graduating with honors in March, 1959. Harland attended Virginia Jr. College (now Mesabi) and graduated in 1961 when he transferred to Bemidji State College and graduated with a B.S. Major in Biology. His graduate study was at Bemidji State College and the University of Minnesota. Harland taught school for 32 years in classes ranging from biology to math to logging and agribusiness. He worked with his father and brother for four years assisting in development of mechanized logging equipment. Harland retired in the spring of 1998. He was an active member in professional organizations such as National Ag Teachers Association (N.A.T.A.); Minnesota Ag Teachers Association (M.A.T.A.), where he served as a district director for 12 years; Minnesota F.F.A. Adult Advisory Board, where he received an honorary Minnesota State Farmer Degree; National Science Teachers Association (N.S.T.A.); and Minnesota Science Teachers Association (M.S.T.A.).

 

Harland belonged to the Loyal Order of Moose and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Grand Rapids Chapters. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and, he spent countless hours in the woods and on the lakes of Minnesota, Ontario, and Manitoba. Much of this time was spent with his sons or his long-time friend, A.D. Donald Fredrickson. Harland built a number of cedar log buildings, cabins, saunas and a hunting shack. He was a voracious reader and enjoyed reading paperback novels of all kinds, as many as 70 to 80 a year was normal.

 

Harland was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Darlene Rojeski and Shirley Watkinson; and his buddy, Fred.

 

He is survived by his daughters, Carissa Siiro of Scottsdale, Ariz., Kristine (Corey) Shovein of Burnsville, Mandi (Brandt) Wallace of Knapp, Wis.; his sons, Craig (Therese) Siiro of Bloomington, Matt (Becky) Siiro of Hawley; 10 grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. One brother Ronald Siiro.

 

Services: Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 in Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Memorial Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, the Rev. Lynn Ronsberg officiating.

 

Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

 

David Martin Nelson, 53, of Tower, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, in his home. He was born Oct. 16, 1953, in Virginia, the son of Richard O. and Elsie B. (Falk) Nelson. David was confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower and was a longtime Tower-Soudan resident.

 

David is survived by his mother, Elsie of Tower; brother, Richard Nelson of Tower; and cousins, John Nelson, Rod Nelson, Joyce Hayes, Marcy and Ray Hendrickson, Dorothy and Lowell Hendrickson, Doreen Milbridge, Jill Duame, Mike, Lisa, Mark, and Brian Duame of Cook, Andrea and Dan Alto, Linda Trucano, and Mike Alto.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. The Rev. Aaron Lofgren will officiate. A spring interment will be held in the Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. Family services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Tower. To share a personal remembrance of David online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

Kenton Orville Coonts 71, formerly of Cook, Minnesota died on January 7, 2007 at Marysville, Washington. He was born December 17, 1935 to Orville and Lucille Coonts. He went peacefully in his sleep after a brief but fierce battle with cancer.


Ken was preceded in death by his father, Orville; mother, Lucille; and grandson, Jameson.


He is survived by his six children, Terri (Pat) Negrete, Tammi Olson, Craig (Darlene) Coonts, Bob (Jamie) Coonts, Lisa Coonts, and Nora (Bob) Frank; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many friends. Beloved father, grandfather, and friend...he will be truly missed.


A memorial service was held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2007, at Northwest Baptist Church, 1211 2nd Street Marysville.
Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Thanks to Ralph & Shirley Stordal formerly of Cook and now of Marysville, Washington for sending Kenton's obituary. They were  schoolmates of Kenton, graduating from the Cook High School in 1953.

 
 

Mary A. Collyard, 100, Virginia, formerly of Hibbing, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at Edgewood Vista, Virginia. She was born Dec. 7, 1906, in Ely, the fourth of 13 children, the daughter of Martin and Mary (Church) Jackopich. She and her family moved to the homestead in Greaney, Minn., when she was 2 years old. In true pioneer spirit she helped to clear the land, to convert the forest into garden space, grain and hay fields. She drove a team of horses, plowing, making hay and helped with logging, caring for livestock, gardening, canning and other chores.

 

She became an accomplished businesswoman. Her first venture was selling a hatchet designed to be a meat tenderizer, traveling on horseback for miles to sell door-to-door. Eventually she left the farm to work in a household in Balkan, and later was a housekeeper for several families in Hibbing.

 

She married Charles C. Collyard in 1935, in Hibbing, and he died in 1964. Together the Collyards traveled Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin and Iowa with a mobile food concession stand at county fairs, carnivals and powwows. She developed her famous Wonder Bar ice cream on a stick dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. She also made delicious caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn and snowcones. For many years she managed the concession stands at the Hibbing Memorial Building, feeding busloads of hungry student athletes with her chili, sloppy Joes and foot-long hotdogs. She and her husband owned and operated the Log Cabin Store across from the Hibbing High School for several years. She was active in promoting Hibbing, especially preparing for the Centennial Celebration and the Hibbing/Chisholm Aviation Days. She was famous for her apple strudel, potica, caramel rolls and lemon pie she happily shared with others. Always generous, she promoted youth programs and employed several youth during the summers at the concession stands.

 

Her family is deeply indebted to her for always being there for them. She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hibbing, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1221 Auxiliary.

 

She is survived by her sisters, Jennie Salo of Virginia, and Rose (John) Gonzales of China Lake, Calif.; a brother, Rudy Jackopich of Greaney; nieces and nephews Teri Weeks of Monrovia, Calif., Tony Caucci of Hibbing, Dr. David Caucci of Muncie, Ind., Greg Caucci of Virginia, Bonnie (David) Arndt of Izins, Utah, Connie (Joe) Dren of Gilbert, Monica (Ruben) Zaback of Pueblo West, Colo., Margie O’Leary of Hermantown, Minn., Tony Martin (Andrea) Jackopich of Grand Marais, Minn., Kathy (Peter) Dow of Hibbing and Nancy Jackopich of Hibbing; a sister-in-law, Edna Jackopich of Cook, Minn., and several grand-nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; brothers Martin (Frances), Joseph, Tony, Louis and Gabriel; and sisters Margaret Jackopich, Anna Pianfetti, Angeline (Louis) Caucci and Agnes (Archie) Iveson.

 

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 15, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 501 E. 21st St., Hibbing, with the Rev. Erik Holleque officiating.

 

Visitation: Will be in the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing, on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time Monday in the church.

 

Burial: Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brian O’Leary, David John Arndt, Greg Caucci and Scott Caucci.

 

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing.

 

W. Augusta “Gustie” Kyllonen, 88, of Cook, formerly of Effie and Bigfork, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007 in Cook. She was born on March 8, 1918  at Bigfork; the daughter of Alfred and Elma (Swanson) Siegel.  She grew up and attended school at Bigfork.  “Gustie” was united in marriage to John Kyllonen on February 23, 1935.  They settled in Effie, where they resided for over 50 years. Her husband John worked in for Rajala Construction in Cohasset for many years.  After John’s death in 1989, Gustie moved to Bigfork, and later lived one and a half years in Orr, and has resided in Cook the past year.   She was a member of the Fredheim Lutheran Church in Effie.  Her children fondly remember her as a loving and dedicated mother.

 

She is survived by 5 daughters, Patsie (Donald 47, 1980) Rautiola, Cook; Betty (Earl) Hill of Scappoose, Ore., Judy (Russell) Keranen of Virginia,; Jerri (James) Beckman in Calif., and Carol  (Forrest) Abramson of Orr,; 3 sisters, Bonnie Adams of Bigfork, Dorothy Larson of Rochester, Minn., and Ione Rudd of Grand Rapids, MN.,  19 Grandchildren, 38 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, John on March 5, 1989; 1 grandson, Larry Rautiola; 4 sisters, Dolly Phiefer, Evelyn Peterson, Adelyne Rajala and Helen Slater; and 2 brothers, Alfred “Bud” Siegel and Louie Siegel who died in childhood.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday (January 16th) at the Fredheim Lutheran Church in Effie.  Rev. Ryan  Aarstad will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the Bigfork Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook (218-666-5298)

 
 

Ra’Qalil Israel “Little Baby” Dotts-Wakemup, one month old son of Toni Wakemup and Shabazz “Stacy” Dotts-El, of Virginia, died unexpectedly at home of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007

 

He was born on December 8, 2006, at Hibbing. Though just a month old, the family warmly remembers his mannerisms and unique personality.  Little Baby, as he was called, loved grabbing his dad’s thumb and pinkie and latching on to Mom’s chin.  He liked to sleep on dad’s and brothers’ chests, and liked his brother’s pillow.  His parents fondly remember his great appetite, and his feedings every two hours.

 

He is survived by his parents, Toni Wakemup and Shabazz “Stacy” Dotts-El of Virginia; maternal grandmother, Alice Wakemup of Duluth; paternal grandfather, Roy Gardner of Mpls.,; one sister, Asia Dotts of Mpls.; five brothers, Stacy Watley of Mpls., Elijahjuan Golden of Kansas City, Missouri, Elijahjuan Dotts, Xavier Wakemup, and Nasir Dotts-Wakemup, all at home in Virginia; one nephew Darnell Boyd Jr., along with numerous aunts uncles and cousins.

 

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Darniece “Mommie” Gardner-Williams on Dec. 19, 2006.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Nett Lake Community Center.  Rev. Wally Olson will be the officiant.  Visitation will be after 5:00 PM Wednesday at the Community Center.  Interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

 

Nora Evelyn Anderson Lundin, 91, lifelong resident of Jacobson, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007. She was born Dec. 18, 1915 in Ball Bluff Township, Jacobson, Minnesota. She married Robert E. Lundin on July 20, 1932.

 

Nora loved to read, gardening and growing flowers. She especially enjoyed her travels to historic places, including Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, Plymouth Rock, San Antonio, Montana and the West.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, in 2003, and nine brothers and sisters.

 

Survivors include children, Jeanne (Ray) Barrett, Bovey, Robert Leroy (Joanne) Lundin, Troy Mont., Marion (Alfred) Israelson, San Antonio, Texas, Fritz (Betty) Lundin, Orr, Deanne (John 75, 2006) Saarikoski, Gheen, Carl (Ruth) Lundin, Grand Rapids, Maria Scher, West Boylston, Mass., Keith (Linda) Lundin, Virginia, Steve (Connie) Lundin, Bovey, Larry Lundin, Jacobson, and Tammy (Jim) Moore, Grand Rapids; 36 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Harris, Houston, Texas; and a brother, Ivan Anderson, Jacobson.

 

Services: Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Jacobson Community Center.

 

Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids

 

June Nukala 77 died peacefully at home on Jan. 3, 2007, surrounded by her loved ones. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 8, at Dry Creek Cemetery. Pastor Jim Grunow will be officiating at both services.

 

June was born on June 7, 1933 in Thief River Falls, Minn. to Peter and Ella Lindquist. She grew up on the Iron Range in Hibbing and Chisholm, and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. She married Marvin Nukala of Alango, Mn on June 24, 1955. June and Marv moved to Boise in 1957. She raised her children and then worked outside the home at the Idaho Statehouse, Idaho Statesman and Jacks Flowers until she and Marv opened up Aristo-Crafts and Gift Shop until their retirement. Crafts were one of her passions. She collected natural material from her cabin in the hills and was particularly skilled at pine needle weaving. We will continue to enjoy her artistic works. Her cabin property also brought her great joy, especially when she could ride her ATV around and survey her wildflowers. June was a charter member of Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church and loved the Lord. She enjoyed studying the Bible and her church friends became her extended family.

 

She will be missed by all who knew her. June is survived by her son, Brett, of Boise; daughter, Renee, of Meridian; and sister, Jeanne Watts (Maurice), of Panorama Village, Texas. Her parents and her husband, Marv, preceded June in death. In lieu of flowers and in memory of June, please send contributions to Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church, 3100 South Five Mile Road, Boise, ID, 83709, where gifts will be used in a charitable way. June always thought of the welfare of others before herself and we wish to continue that tradition. Please pay it forward.


Marvin Nukala's parents were; Ernest Nukala 47, 1949 & Ailie Lehto Nukala (Ray) Junttonen 89, 1997 . His sisters are; Doreen (Arlee) Olson of Cook, Mn and Ardythe (Jerry) Diwishek of Ely Lake, Eveleth, Mn. Marvin was a 1945 graduate of the Alango High School, he passed a way on April 9, 1993 at the age of 66.

 
 

Elsie Josephine Alt, 97, of Virginia died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at St. Michael’s Health & Rehab Center in Virginia.

 

Elsie was born Sept. 28, 1909, to Frank and Fiina (Erving) Nurmi in Clifford, Wis. She grew up in Wisconsin and married Walter C. Alt in January 1929. In 1931, they moved to Angora, in 1941 they moved to Chicago and in 1945 they moved to Los Angeles, where Elsie worked for the May Company. After her retirement in 1965, they returned to the Angora area. Elsie moved to Virginia after her husband Walter’s death. She was a member of Cooperative Guild and Angora Women’s Club.

 

Survivors include her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Armie and Sylvia Alt of Angora; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Raymond Phillips of Sturgeon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

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

 

Graveside services will be at Idington Cemetery in Angora in the spring. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia

 

Joshua Ryan Rutar, 15, Buyck, died of injuries sustained in a snowmobile accident on January 1, 2007.  JosH  was born on November 16, 1991, at Hibbing. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. JosH  loved sports and the outdoors. He was active in many varsity and B-squad sports for  the Orr High School Braves and community sports, including basketball, football,  little league baseball and golf.  He respected and had a great admiration for all his coaches throughout the years. 

 

JosH (as he spelled it) also  was enthusiastic in 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, and liked ping-pong.  He was a ninth grader at the Orr High School, and sang in the school choir.  He loved his pets—his 11 year old cat named “Kittie-Bittie-Fozzie-Rutar” and his nearly 13 year old dog” Minnie.”   He had many contract jobs mowing grass and trimming grass in the Buyck area, and was dependable.

 

JosH was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck, and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. JosH was a great friend to many, and will be so sadly missed by his family and all who come to have known him  

 

He is survived by his loving parents, Robert and Kelly Rutar of Buyck,; 1 brother Scott Rutar at home; paternal grandparents, Tony and Jessie Rutar of Buyck; maternal grandmother, Olive Connor of Rosemont, MN., and maternal great grandmother, Viola Villebrun of Nett Lake., along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends. 

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Friday at the Orr School Gymnasium.  Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 PM Thursday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, and will continue for one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be: Dusty Gabrielson, Jeremy Wright, Brandon Anderson, Ben Hoffman, Robert Astleford and Brock Olson. The honorary bearers will be nephews: Bradley Day, Justin Rutar, John Stout, Lance Connor, Christopher Wells, Daniel Wells, Aren Hofmaster and David Connor . The Bois Forte Drum and All Nation Singers will take part.  Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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