DEATHS, 2017

Margie Ann (Billington) Sopp, 83,
Born: July 10, 1934  Died: December 31, 2017
!952 graduate of Alango High School
Preceded in death by husband Ted Sopp and parents Merrill & Eleanor (Kent) Billington

Rose Hedlund “GwaGwaKigahobawik”, 87, of Tower
Born: September 5, 1930  Died: December 30, 2017
Preceded in death by husband, Carl and two children
Survived by children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Visitation 4 pm January 1, 2018 Vermilion Family Wellness Center,
Traditional Native American Service 10 am January 2, 2018 Vermilion Family Service Center

Allvin Melvin LaValla,93, of Kabetogema
Born: October 20, 1924  Died: December 30, 2017
Survived by wife of 72 years,  Jennie children, grandchildren, sisters, brother and friends.
Per Alvin’s wishes there will be no funeral service.  Family will have a celebration of life later this summer.

John Alan Ableman, 91, of Virginia
Born: May 14, 1926  Died: December 26, 2017
Survived by son Paul (Michelle) Mazurk, grand and great-grandchildren , siblings, extended family, friends
Among other careers over the years he was an x-ray  technician at the Cook Hospital
Celebration of life at St. Bridget’s  cemetery in Greaney will be held later this year.

Ruth R. (Rahikainen) Stevenson 84, of Chaska 
Born: July 17, 1933 Died: December 15, 2017
Born in Alango, graduated from the Alango School In Angora
Preced in death by parents, Sulo &  Toini (Eskola) Rahikainen
& husband Erwin Stevenson & son Richard Stevenson
Gathering of family and friends January 20 from 12-3 at Chaska American Legion, Rose Room in Chaska

Peggy Ann Kletschka Connor, 68  of Eveleth & Nett Lake
Born: June 13, 1949 Died: December 9, 2017
Service at Nett Lake Government and Services Center December 15, 2017 at 10 am.

Nancy Sue (Lostrom) Shadle, 76, of Britt
Born: October 14, 1941 Died: December 5, 2017
Husband is John  Shadle.
John & Nancy owned and ran Northland Auto Parts (NAPA)in Cook for several years
Service December 12, 2017 at Bauman Funeral home in Virgina

Nevin Warren Johnson, 58, of Bloomington MN,
Born: January 22, 1959 Died: December 4, 2017
Brother of Tim (Debbie) Johnson, (State Farm agent in Cook)
Service December 9, 2017, 11 am, at holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor

Curtis Thompson, 55, of Nett Lake
Born: July 22, 1962  Died: December 4, 2017
Traditional Services gathering December 8, 2017
Service December 9, 2017 at Nett Lake government and Service Center

Vera Marie Keister, 87, of Fairbanks, Alaska
Born: April 1, 1930 Died: December 4, 2017
1948 graduate of Orr High School
Preceded in death by husband, Erwin Keister, Jr.
She has several survivors including her daughter, Shirley (Gary) Baumgartner of Cook
Per Vera’s wishes there will be no service

Bertha Maria Hennessy, 94, former resident of Alango, died in Los Angeles
Born: July 1, 1923  Died October.10, 2017
Attended school in Alango
Her late parents were (father) Nester Vainio  & (mother) Amanda Vainio
Several survivors include nephew, Dr. Arne Vainio
Memorial service December 9, 2017 at 1 pm at Mlaker Funeral Home, burial at Alango cemetery

Kathleen Agnes Leding, 88, New Brighton, long time resident of Cook
Born: December 26, 1928  Died: December 01, 2017
Late husband was Kenneth
Survivors include daughter Allison and son David
Visitation December 11 from 5 to 7 pm at Mlaker Funeral Home
Service 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, visitation 10 am. December 12

Jessie Anna Porter Hernandez (Ma’iingan),  33, of the Vermilion Reservation
Born: July 19, 1984  Died: November 18, 2017
Parents  were Roberta (Moyer) Porter and the late Dion  Porter
Visitation to begin  October 21 at 5 pm in the Nett Lake Tribal Government Center.
Tribal Rites on October 22 at 10 am at the Tribal Center.
Burial will follow in  Boise Fort Cemetery, Nett Lake.

Beverly Ann Fosso, 88, of Bear River
Born: October 31, 1929  Died: November 18, 2017
Late husband was Lorry Arthur Fosso
Survived by sons Mark Fosso & Gary (Deborah) Fosso of Bear River, daughter  Diane Fosso of Hibbing,
and  grandchildren, siblings,  extended family and friends.
Memorial service and luncheon 11 am on December 2, Bear River Community Center

Gloria (Martinson) Strand, 70,  of Virginia
Born: April 1, 1947  Died: November 8, 2017
Husband is Grant “Butch” Strand, Daughters are Michelle and Laureen
Parents were Roger and Virginia (Balke) Martinson, brothers were Roger, Jr and Barry, Sr.
Sisters are Kathy Sarazine,  Coralee (Greg) Mihn and Valerie (Jerry) Ohotto
Cook High School class of 1965
Visitation 10 am, Memorial Service 11 am November 18, at Virginia Range Funeral Home
Luncheon to follow at Virginia Servicemen’s Club

John G. Kuyava, 84, of Chisholm
Born: August 21, 1933  Died: October 31, 2017
Was a U.S. Forest Service Ranger for 30 years.
Family owned and operated the Montana Café in Cook in the 1980’s
Preceded in death by wife, Barb and daughters Theresa and Laura
Survived by wife, Cora Culbert, sons Greg, Tim (Leah) and Bruce
Memorial Service 1 pm,  November 10 at Chisholm Assembly of God Church, visitation at noon
Rupp Funeral home And Cremation Service in Chisholm

Wesley Hill, 82, of Billings Montana
Born: March 25, 1934  Died: February 8, 2017
Parents were Henry and Saima Hill 
At Wes’ request, no services are planned

Ellen Heino, 91, Duluth
Born: January 6, 1926  Died: October 30, 2017
Attended school in Buyck, graduate of Orr High School in 1944
Parents were Victor & Anna (Hanson) Lundber
Husband was the late Roy Heino
Funeral service November 6 at 2 pm, visitation at 1 pm at Sunrise Funeral Home
Interment will be private at Forest hill Cemetery in Buyck

George Vernon Eddison Hale, 66, of Angora
Born: June 26, 1951  Died: November 3, 2017
Memorial Service 1 pm November 17, 2017 at Mlaker Funeral Home visitation 12 pm

Robhin Lee Cornelius, 62 of Cook
Born: November 26, 1954: October 31, 2017
Parents were Russell and Audrey Cornelius, deceased
Survivors include brother, Randy Cornelius
Services  5 pm.  November  11, 2017 at Living Stones Fellowship Assembly of God Church
7530 Highway 5, Side Lake, Minnesota

Dorothy Dyer (Whiteside) Simensen. 94,of Duluth
Born: May 10, 1923  Died October 27, 2017
Parents were Lawrence Albert “Ab” and Henrietta “Nellie” (Anderson) Whiteside
1940 Graduate of Cook High School
Late husband was Clarence “Si” Simensen
Service 11 am November 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Duluth , visitation at 10 am
Burial Park Hill Cemetery

Vivian Evelyn (Rablin) Marx, 69, Spooner, Wisconsin, formerly of Buyck and Orr
Born: December 26, 1947  Died: October 27, 2017
Husband is Bill, a brother in Cook is Les (Colleen) Rablin
Funeral  Services October 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spooner, Wisconsin
Burial November 1 at the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck

Isabelle Pearl Burnside Strong, 67, of Tower
Born: September 5, 1950  Died: October 26, 2017
Preceded in death by husband Kenneth Strong Sr., parents Alice Burnside and Anthony Boney
Visitation began at 5 pm at the Vermilion Family Wellness Center continuing until the
1 pm Service on October 29.
Interment at  the Vermilion Reservation Cemetery

Anthony “Tony” Scott Cornelius, 31, of Crane Lake and Hermantown
Born: October 3, 1986  died: October 25, 2017
Wife is Kristen Scott, children are Ellen and Brecken
Parents are Tim and Kay (Shermer) Cornelius
Celebration of Life Service at 1 pm, November 1 at Orr American Legion

Richard Wayne Lenski, 90, of Tucson Arizona
Born: May 25, 1927  Died: October 24, 2017
Wife  Patricia (Carney) Lenski preceded him in death
Survived by children including Dana (Fred) Erikkila of Orr
Private graveside service at 1 pm, November 2 at the Orr Leiding Cemetery

Darlene Rita (Tootsie) Abramson Salbacka, 79 of Florida
Born: February 7, 1938  Died: October 23, 2017
Husband was Melvin Salbacka, parents were Emil and Mae Abramson
Several survivor in the area including brother Forrest and Carol Abramson
Celebration of life held in Clearwater Florida December 2, 2017
A Graveside Memorial will be held in the spring at Orr Leiding Cemetery

Joseph Ratai, Sr. 100
Died: October 15, 2017
Mickey (Sharon)  Ratai of Cook is a son
Memorial Service October 19, 2017 at Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia

Christopher Allen Bennick, 47, of Rochester
Born: November 29, 1969  Died: October 13, 2017
1988 graduate of Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School
Wife is Virginia (Roivanen) Bennick
Celebration of life  held October 21 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, Rochester

Robert Edward Schley, 68, of Orr
Born: November 6, 1948  Died: October 12, 2017
1966 graduate of Orr High School
Wife is Ruth Anne (Laakkonen) Schley
Parents were Leonard and Lucille Schley (deceased)
Private family graveside service at the Leiding Cemetery in Orr

Lorraine Grahn, 85 of Long Prairie
Born: October 25, 1933  Died: October 9, 2017
Randy (Juliann) Grahn of Cook is a son
Memorial service held October 16 at Long  Prairie American Lutheran Church

Allene Rae Musakka, 77
Born: October 29, 1940  Died: October 2, 2017
Children are Christy, Vicki and Mark
ex-husband was David Musakka (deceased)
Memorial service October 7 at Hope Community Presbyterian Church
Edward Richard (Dick) Fernlund, 87,  Ely, Minnesota
Born: February 12, 1930  Died: September 9, 2017
Parents were Frank and Cordelia Fernlund, wife was Carol (Sokolski)
Cook High School 1950 graduate
Service held September 30 at Buyck Cemetery
Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely

Edmund A. Zottola, 85 of Cook
Born: June 25, 1932  Died: October 4, 2017
Visitation noon to 1 pm, Memorial service 1 pm October 21 at Cook Trinity Lutheran Church
Further information will be coming

Helen V. Rauch, 82, Longmount, Colorado
Born August 27, 1935 in Rauch Minnesota  Died: September 17, 2017
Parents were Anthon & Josephine (Kovach) Rauch
Attended school in Silverdale & Orr
Sister is Florence (Linus) Brunner, brothers Tom & Bob Rauch
Funeral services September 19, 2017 at Howe Mortuary in Longmount Colorado

Glenn Thomas Beatty, 86, of Virginia
Born: October 26, 1930  Died : September 26, 2017
Parents were Thomas & Ingeborg Beatty
Cook High School  1948 graduate
Preceded in death by his parents, daughter Kim, son Kevin , twin sister Gwen Tuomi, sister Mary Ann Kahn
His wishes were for a private gravesite ceremony

Ronald Charles Seinola, 82, Rochester MN, formerly of Cook
Born: December 4, 1936  Died: September 7, 2019
Wife is Shirley, son is Scott, daughter is Jody
Alango High School class of 1954
Memorial Service 11 am, visitation 10 am,  September 13 at Cook St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Annacita “Elaine” (Raaati) Juntunen, 70 of Angora
Born: March 15, 1947  Died:  September 4, 2017
Cook High School class of 1966
Memorial Service 11 am September 9, 2017 at Mlaker Funeral Home, , visitation 10 am

Allen J. Vogt, 68, of  Cook
Born: April 23, 1949  Died: August 31, 2017
Wife, Beryl  daughter, Mandi  son, Matt & son, Gabe (deceased in 1995)
Former administrator of Cook Hospital  & Convalescent Center
Gathering of friends & family at 12:30, Memorial service 2 pm, September 16, at Cook First Baptist Church

David Strope, 81,
Born: November 25, 1935 Died: August 14, 2017
No services are planned

Barbara Jean Palmer, 67, Gheen
Born: April 30, 1950  Died: August 6, 2017
Preceded in death by life partner Duane Palmer
Visitation 6-8 pm on August 10 and again for one hour prior to the service
Memorial Service 11 am August 11 at Mlaker Funeral  Home

Lloyd G. Gustafson, 78 of Cook
Born: September 12, 1938  Died: August 2, 2017
Wife is Mary (Ludlow), brother Lee, Sister Linda (Poshak)
Cook High School 1956 graduate
Gustafson Motors (co-owned 3rd generation business)
Service at 1 pm August 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church with visitation one hour before

Ione Johnson-Falk, 89 of Cook
Born:  September 15, 1936  Died: August 2, 2017
Service 11 am on August 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, visitation one hour before the service

Shirley Ann Cheney, 70 of Angora
Born: April 16 1947  Died: July 30, 2017
Husband is Wayne Cheney
Celebration of Life at 1pm August 10 at the Cook Community Center
Gathering of family and friends one hour before at the Center

Phyllis Marcella FitzSimmons Seinola, 91
Born: April 14, 1926 Died: July 23, 2017
Cook High School graduate in 1944
Memorial Service 1:30 pm, July 30,2017 at
Peace United Methodist Church in Virginia
Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

Richard G. Fox,  93, of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Cook
Born: August 15, 1923  Died March 1, 2017
Wife is Elaine Fox, they were married for 70 years
A committal service at 2 pm, August 19, 2017 at Cook Community Cemetery

David DeWayne Musakka, 78 of Angora
Born: December 27, 1937  Died: November 15, 2016
Memorial service held at 11 am on August 5, 2017
at Mlaker Funeral Home
Gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service

Mary Kay Deneffe, 63, of  Ash Lake (Orr)
Born: January 4, 1954 Died: July 22, 2017
Celebration of Life at the Backus Community Center in
International Falls on August 5 from 2 to 5pm.

Jacob “Jake” N. Laakonen, 75 of Orr
Born: September 22, 1941  Died: July 15, 2017
1959 Gradate of Orr High School
Due to a strong allergy by a family member, no flowers, please.
Memorial services 1:00 pm, visitation at 12 pm July 25, Orr Calvary Lutheran Church

Barbara Jean Ekren Deatherage, 81 of Orr
Born: January 18, 1936  Died: July 19, 2017
Services July 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Visitation at 10 am, service at 11

Elizabeth”Elsa” Crego, 94 of Ash Lake
Born: March  9, 1923 (in Czechoslovakia) , Died: July 12, 2017
Funeral Mass 11 am July 17 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, visitation at 10 am

Phyllis I. Vidmar, 92 of Virginia, formerly Orr
Born: June 18, 1925  Died: July 12, 2017
Late husband was Adam Vidmar
Private family service will be held
Margaret “Peggy” Graham, 92, of Cook
Born: June 8, 1926  Died: June 27, 2017

Sigrid A (Mattseson) Nelson/Rein  96
Born: September 8, 1920 grew up in Bear River Minnesota
Parents were Charles and Josephine Matteson.
Memorial service to be held on August 5, 2017 at Babbitt Evangelical Lutheran Church
Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely

James R, “Ding” Holter, 65, of Blackduck Lake near Orr (formerly of Cook)
Born: December 27, 1951  Died: July 6, 2017
Parents  were Henry and Mary (Hoblak) Holter
Wife is Lisa (Duame Bamberg) Holter
1971 graduate of Cook High School
Services 1 pm Thursday, July 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook
Visitation one hour prior at the church

Mary Lou Ella Ebel 87,
Born: May 27, 1930  Died: June 28, 2017
She and her late husband, Gordy Ebel co-founded Ebel’s Voyageur Houseboats in northern Minnesota
Per her request there will be no service

Helen A. Drift, 76, of Nett Lake
Born: August 19, 1940  Died: July 3, 2017
Parents were James and Ida Pearl (Canada) Drift
Survived by one sister,, Rose Lien as well as nieces, nephews, cousins.
Traditional Tribal Services will be 10 am, Friday, July 7, 2017at the Government
and Community Services Center, wake will be after 5 pm on Thursday.
Interment will be at the Nett Lake Village Cemetery

Ernest “Ern” D. Drift Jr., 56, of Minneapolis and Nett Lake
Born: October 20, 1969  Died: June 23, 2017
Traditional Tribal Services 10 am June 29 at the Nett Lake Government Services Center 
The wake will begin at 5 pm Wednesday,  June 28.

Charles Frank Zupanchich, 68, of Aurora
Born: February 27, 1949  Died: May 29, 2017
Visitation at 10 am, Memorial Service at 11 June 5 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church
Aurora Zimmeer-Moglein-Shatave Funeral Home

Brian D. Griffith, 58 of Cook
Born: August 20, 1958  Died: June 2, 2017
Wife is Karen, sons are Ryan & Aaron, mother-in-law is Ruby Adams,
A gathering time to celebrate his life from noon to 3 pm, June 6 at the Cook VFW.

Camille Drift-Helgerson, 47 of Palo
Born: August 24, 1969  Died: May 30, 2017
Visitation 10 am, Service 11 am June 7, 2017 at Nett Lake Baptist Church

Frank Adam “Frankie” Parzyck, 74, of  Angora
Born: June 7, 1942  Died  May 25, 2017
Wife is Donna,  parents were the late Phil & Mary Parzyck
Visitation from 6 to 8 pm Thursday, June 1, continued one hour before
the 1 pm Memorial service on Friday, June 2 at Mlaker Funeral Home

Gerald “Jerry” D. Walden, 73, of Angora Township
Born: September 17, 1942 Died: May 24,  2017
His late wife was Nancy Holter
Memorial service 1 pm June 1, 2017 visitation one hour before
at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church  in Alango

Herbert R. McNeil, 84, of Cherry Township
Born: June 5, 1932  Died: May 24, 2017
The late Dyxie Fogelberg was his first wife
Visitation 5 to 7 pm May 26 and one hour before the
11 am Funeral Service May 27 at Chisholm Baptist

Barbara A. "Chicka” (Miletich) Harkonen,  80 of Idington
Born: April 15, 1937  Died: May 23, 2017
Late husband was Les Harkonen, Sr.
Visitation 12 pm, Memorial service 1 pm, May 30 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church  in Virgina,
Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

Teresa  Morrison, 59 of Nett Lake “Bay bum mugch chu we bik” (meaning traveling up a hill or  mountain)
Born: March 15, 1958  Died: May 20, 2017
Daughter of William & Twyla Day
Husband is David Morrison Sr.
Services at Government Service Center in Nett Lake, 10 am May 24,  wake will begin at 5 pm Tuesday,

Doris Raun, 94, of Cloquet, Minnesota
Born: April 15, 1023  Died: May 11, 2017
Mother of Beryl (Al) Vogt of Cook
Visitation 10 am until the 11 am memorial service on May 26
In  Atkins-Northland Funeral Home,  801  14th. St., Cloquet

Larry Warren Parsons, 54, of Alexandria
Parents were Judy (Lenzen)  & Larry Flack (deceased when Larry Warren was 3)
When Judith remarried William Parsons  became his father.
Grandparents were Pat & Delores Flack of Cook
Visitation May 16 from 1 to 2:30 pm, followed by service at Love of Christ Church, St. Cloud
Find full obituary  in "OUR READERS" section of our website, click on "Larry Parsons"

Jill Duame, 81, of Cook
Born: Jan 14, 1936  Died: May 14, 2017
Late husband was Dennis Duame
Private family services May 20th.

Kenneth Alvin Boney  “Deda-ka-mi gi-shig” (means best day or good day) 75, of Nett Lake
Born: September 18, 1941  Died: May 2, 2017
Parents were James Sr. and Nancy (Woodenfrog) Boney
Attended Nett Lake Elementary and Virginia Public Schools
Traditional service 10 am May 6 at Nett Lake Government and Community Center,
    The wake will begin after 4 pm Friday
Burial will be in Wooden frog Cemetery in Nett Lake

Eugene Donald Skraba, 73, of Nashwauk
Born: September 22, 1943  Died: April 20, 2017
His late parents were Peter and Irene (Meizo) Skraba
1961 graduate of Orr High School
Service schedule for 11 am April 28, visitation at 10 am
Saint Cecelia Catholic Church in Nashwauk

Marilyn J. (Severson) Lilya, 82, of Moose Lake, formerly of Ely
Died: April 13, 2017
Preceded in death by husband  Lee Lilya,  brother, Edward Severson,
and parents Henry and Sally Severson
1953 graduate of Cook High School
Service was April 23 at Tower Immanuel Lutheran Church
Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

Leona Mae Wilson, 88, of bear River
Born: December 1, 1928  Died: April 17, 2017
Parents were George and Mabel (Urdahl) Namchek
Husbands were Berton Anderson (1990) and Floyd Wilson (2014)
Service was April 23,  at Bear River Lutheran Church

Gwendolyn (Beatty) Tuomi, 86, Detroit
Born: October 26, 1930  Died: March 25, 2017
1948 graduate of Cook High School
Services were held at Salem Lutheran Church

William F. Conger, 90, of South River, New Jersey
Died: March 17, 2017
Bill (Bailey) Conger of Cook is one of his children
Services were March 22, 2017 in New Jersey at St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Mary Louise (Doroff) Cuffe, 85, of Virginia
Born: July 17, 1931  Died: April 16, 2017
Husband is Larry S. Cuffe, Parents were Albert & Marie Doroff 
Cook High School graduate of 1949
Service 11 am  April 21 visitation 10 am at Virginia Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia

Marianne Wood, 92, of Cook
Born March 9, 1925  Died: April 15, 2017
Preceded in death by husband, Loren Sr. and son, Loren Jr.
Daughter is Shirley (Charles “Chuck”) Nicholas of Cook
Service will be Saturday, April 22, at Cook Covenant Church
Visitation one hour before at the church

Eileen Marie (Kantola) Nelson of Virginia
Born: September 29, 1928  Died: April 8, 2017
Cook High School 1946 graduate.
Daughters are Barbie Kesanen & Cheryl Nelson, sister-in-law Doris (Gene) Kantola
Service 11 am April 13 with visitation at 10 am at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Virginia

Janice Pearl (Johnson) Husbey, 96, formerly of Cook
Born: April 16, 1920  Died: April 5, 2017
Husbands Arnold Johnson & Oliver Huseby, son Arley Johnson preceded her in death
Memorial service to be held 2 pm, April 17, visitation an hour before at Cook Trinity Lutheran

Margaret ‘Marg’ Sherman, 89, of Virginia
Born: March 19, 1928  Died: March 29, 2017
Son is Danforth (Mary Jo) Sherman of Angora
Has several other children, as well as grandchildren, siblings & other survivors
Memorial will be May 27 at the Northgate Restaurant
Memorials to the Olcott Park Fountain Restoration project

Linda Reed, 68 of Greaney formerly of Cook
Born January 30, 1949  Died: April 3, 2017
Had worked as a nurse for 20 years at Cook Hospital and Nursing Home
Daughters are Krissy Benoit and Jen Bourassa
Celebration, reunion, memory time noon to 2 pm April 8 at Mlaker Funeral Home

James “Jim” Hendy, 74, of Buhl
Born: January 27, 1943  Died: April 2,2017
Wife is Elaine (Seopa) Hendy, sisters are Beverly Johnson & Phyllis Cain
1961 graduate of Cook High School
Body was donated to University of Minnesota medical school
Graveside services will be held at a later date at Carpenter Cemetery, in Togo

Dennis R.  Thornberg, 65, of Lakeville Minnesota
Born: December 14, 1951  Died: March 22, 2017
Preceded in death by parents, Harold and Bertha and brother, David
Survived by wife, Louann, children, Joshua and Jennifer
Siblings: Millie LaFlex, Marilyn (Dick) Boldt, Judy (Jack) Ronning, Sharon (John) Amundson,
Sheila (Loren) Bergman and Terry (Marci) Thornberg
Service April 1 at Christian Life Church

Jane Melody Schelde 69,
Born: January 22, 1948  Died: March 17, 2017
Parents were Stanley & Donna Schelde
Sisters  are Judy Posch, Jill Hofstadter, Joy Kangas, and Jewell Schelde,
Brothers are Jack, Jay, and Jeff  Schelde

Lorene Ruuska, 76 formerly  of Angora
Born: July 23, 1940  Died: March 16, 2017
Her late husband was Urpo Ruska ,
Gerry Ruuska of Angora is a sister-in-law
Graveside services to be held at a later date in Idington Cemetery

Richard “Rich” A. Mlaker, 67, of Columbia Heights, formerly of Kitzville
Born: August 16, 1945:  Died March  8, 2017
He was a brother of Warren (Betty) Mlaker
A sharing time to be held noon to 3 on April 29, at the Fridley VFW 
Burial will be in June at the Chisholm Cemetery.

Axel James Holmes Sr., 93 of Nett Lake
Born: March 19, 1923  Died: March 17, 2017
Attended Tomah Indian School, graduated from Grantsburg, Wisconsin High School
Served in World War !!. Axel was the editor of the Bois Forte News for 16 years, 
He was very active in many civic affairs in Nett Lake, a longtime School Board Member
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am, March 21 at the Government Center in Nett Lake
Visitation after 5:00 pm, Monday, the 20th at the center

Gary Lee Nylund, 70, of Whitehall, Montana (and cook MN)
Born:  November 4, 1946  Died: March 10, 2017
Parents were Ted & Eva Nylund,  brother was Curt Nylund
Siiblings are Bea Amundson of Cook, Janet Tomsich, Karen Scharr & Ben Nylund
Service 10 am March 17 at Whitehall Baptist Church, Montana
K&L Mortuary of Whitehall, Montana
Local service will be 1:00 pm, May 27 at St Mary’s in Cook
Mlaker Funeral Home 

Roger Lee Woods, 79, of Britt and Virginia
Born: August 11, 1937  Died March 11, 2017
Survived by children,  grandson, siblings, aunt,
also care giver and best friend Doris (Kennedy) Seline
Funeral service March 19 at Mlaker Funeral home, visitation at noon

Sara Mae Isham, “Buskodosh” 62,  Nett Lake
Died:  March 9, 2016
Lifelong partner is Philllp J. Collar, four children, siblings, grandchildren & great grandchildren
Memorial Service March 13 at Nett Lake Government Center

Richard G. ‘Dick’ Fox, 93, of Sun city Arizona, former long-time resident of Cook
Born: August 15, 1923  Died: March 1, 2017
1941 Graduate of Cook High School
Wife is Elaine,  parents were George & Orda Fox
Long-time owners of Fox Hardware, He & Elaine were very active in civic affairs
A committal service will be held this summer in Cook
Sunland Mortuary and Memorial Park in Sun City Arizona

John L. Arbuckle, 55, Virginia, formerly of Minneapolis & Nett Lake
Born: June 1, 1961  Died: January 5, 2017
Services at 1:00 pm, March 2, 2017 at Mlaker Funeral Home

Ronald Wayne Koski, 84, of Idington
Born: April 13, 1934  Died: February 22, 2017
Wife is Doris, Parents were the late Waino & Esther Koski
Graduate of Cook High School
Service February 27, 2017 at Sand Lake Chapel in Britt
Range Funeral Home

JacQuelyne ‘Jackie’ Lee Carlson, 83, of Lake Vermilion & Tower
Born: May 21, 1933  Died: February 19, 2017
Parents were  Irene & Arvid Jarvis,
Grew up in Vermilion Dam, graduated from Cook High School
Services were held February 25, 2017, St. James Presbyterian Church In Tower

Gordon ‘Gordy’ Lee Rataai, 56, of Orr
Born October 3, 1960  Died February 17, 2017
Parents were the late Leonard R. & Louise Rataai
He attended school in Alango and Cook
Memorial service was held 11 am, February 25, at the Mlaker Funeral Home

Rev. Paul Walters, 84, of Two Harbors
Born: November 28, 1932  Died: January 26, 2017
Wife is Lou (Kronholm Walters
Paul served as Associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Cook for a few years
Services were held at Two Harbors  Baptist Church on February 5, 2017
Cavallin Funeral Home Two Harbors

Debra Ann Lenzen, 58, of Iron
Born: February 21, 1958 Died: February 18, 2017
Husband is Gene Lenzen, mother is Linda Lang
Service is February 23 at Our Savior’s Lutheran
Visitation 4:30 to 7 pm February 22 at Dougherty Funeral Home
Dougherty Funeral Home

Carol Dianne Larson, 75, of  Bear River
Born: February 25, 1941 Died: February 17, 2017
Parents were Samuel & Helen (Lokken) Bartlett, husband was Bob Larson
Services held February 25, at Bear River School
Landmark funeral Home, Virginia

Lenore ‘Dolly’ J. Anderson, 78,  of Cook
Born: August 29, 1938 in Grantsburg Wisconsin
Died February 10, 2017 in Cook
Husband is Raymond Anderson
Memorial service was held February 18, at Trinity Lutheran

Lucille L. Morrison 77, pf Nett Lake
Died: February  8, 2017

Thelma Negaard, 100, of Cook
Born: July 15, 1916 in Rugby N.D.  Died: February 7, 2017 in Cook
Daughter is Judy McGlynn of Cook
Memorial service was February 11, at Trinity Lutheran

Albert J. Nordlund, 99 of Sturgeon
Born: October 24, 1917  Died: February 6, 2017
Per his request no formal services.
Will be buried in Alango Cemetery next summer

Olive M. Rasch, 99, of Hibbing
Born: August 11, 1917 Died February 4, 2017
Parents were George & Mary Lindsey
Funeral services were held February 10
Dougherty Funeral Home  of Hibbing

Lawrence Larry ‘Lumber’ Maroste, 80, 0f Gheen
Born: February 19, 1936 Died: February 1, 2017
Private family services  will be held at a later date
Landmark Funeral Home, Virginia

Elsie V. Kantola Wiljanen , 97, of Virginia
Born: April 8, 1919  Died January 28, 2017
Went to school in Cook. Parents were Joel & Kuku Kantola, brother was  Gene Kantola
Celebration of life at a later date to be determined
Range Funeral Home in Virginia

Josephine ‘Josie’ Ilse, 93, of Cook
Born October 30, 1923  Died: January 30, 2017
Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia

Homer Sherman , 83, of El Cajon, California
Born: January 29, 1934 Died: January 31, 2017
Parents were Ben & Ida Sherman of Sherman’s Corner south of Cook
Funeral Service to be held May 6 at 1 pm at Mlaker Funeral Home,
burial in Angora Hillside Cemetery

Violet Elvera Pearson, 98, of Cook
Born: September 3, 1918  Died: January 31, 2017
Parents were Abel & Clara Pearson
Funeral Service will be 1 pm, Saturday, February 4,  at Mlaker Funeral Home
Mlaker Funeral Home mlaker @

Roger Lee Jacobson, 56, Togo, Rauch, Orr area
Born: September 20, 1960  Died: January 9, 2017
Preceded in death by his father, Arthur,: and mother, Sophie Saatela Jacobson
Interment to be at a later date next to his parents in Togo

Roy Melvin Pearson, 90, of Cook
Born: August 1, 1926  Died: January 16, 2017
Parents were Abel & Clara Pearson, wife was Ruth
Memorial service will be at 1 pm, January 23, 2017 at First Baptist Church in Cook
Mlaker Funeral Home

Elizabeth "Betty” J. Drift, 77, of Indian Point - Orr
Born December 23, 1939  Died January 12, 2017
The late Bunky Drift was her husband
Gathering of family friends will be from 6 to 8 pm, January 18
at Nett Lake Community Center to share memories. At her request no formal service
Mlaker Funeral Home

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Miskowitz, 78, of Cook
Born: July 21, 1943  Died: January 11, 2017
Survived by children: Michelle (Scott Trygg), Robert Hanson & Angele (Jay) Lyngass
& life-long friend, Charlene Hanson
Per Jerry’s wishes no formal services,. Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring

Dan John ‘Shot Gun’ Sersha, 64, of Winona,
Born August 1, 1952  Died: January 3, 2017
Cook High School class of 1970
Parents are Bill & Beryl (Johansen) Sersha
Brother is Roger (Juanita) Sersha
Service will be January 14 in Winona, additional memorial service
& burial will be in northern Minnesota in the spring.
Watkowski-Mulyek Funeral Home in Winona

Lawrence “Loui” George Maronick , 84, 0f Virginia
Born: September 25, 1932  Died: January 7, 2017
Cook High School  class of 1951
Gathering of family friends noon to 2 pm January 13, 2017 at funeral home
Range Funeral Home of Virginia

Marvin Louis Aune, 84, of Cook
Born: August 1, 1932 Died: January 8, 2017
Wife is Linda (Tokvam) Aune
Parents were Louis and Alma (Amundson) Aune
Cook High School class of 1951
Memorial Service 1 pm, January 14 at Trinity Lutheran  Church
Mlaker Funeral Home

Helen L. (Carlson) Edblom, 93, of Cook
Born March 30, 1924  Died: January 5, 2017
Cook High School class of 1941
Memorial service 2 pm Friday, January 13th at first Cook First Baptist Church
Mlaker Funeral Home

J. Dale Long, 61
Born October 28, 1955  Died: January 5, 2017
Orr High School class of 1974
Public visitation 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, January 11th at Mlaker Funeral Home