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Terry D. Braden, 66, of Buyck, died Saturday, September 30, 2006, at the Cook Nursing Home.  


Terry was born on April 10, 1940, at Fairhaven Township in Stearns County, Minnesota; the son of Howard and Mildred (Miller) Braden.  He moved with his family from Kimball to Deer River in 1950, where he attended area schools.    He graduated from  Deer River High School in 1958, then from the former Itasca Community College, and also attended Bemidji State College.  He started his employment with U.S. Forest Service in 1961 and was first stationed in Ely.  He soon was transferred to Buyck  station where he remained throughout his career. He retired as an engineer for the Forest Service in 1994.   Terry was an avid fisherman, hunter, and had a great appreciation for the outdoors.  He and special friend Helen McCormick were both caregivers, and they valued and complemented each other.  His family fondly remembers Terry as always being there for family events.  He had  been making his residence at the Cook Nursing Home, the last few years.


He is survived by a sister, Juanita “Nita” (Del) Marty of North Branch, MN. and two nephews, Kevin Marty of New Hope, MN., and Steven (Robin) Marty of Minneapolis, MN.


Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.



Shirley R. Nylund, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, age 78, St. Cloud, MN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 27, 2006. She died at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Shirley Nylund was born January 6, 1928 to Lewis J. and Clara R. (Mork) McNally in Grand Meadow Township, Clayton County, Iowa. She graduated from Postville High School in Postville, Iowa, and Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Shirley married Donald R. Nylund on June 17, 1950, at Marion Lutheran Church in Gunder, Iowa. She taught elementary school in the Sauk Rapids School District for 10 years, retiring in 1986. Shirley also taught several years at Bethlehem Lutheran Church Preschool. She was a member of TRA; MEA; and Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Nylund of St. Cloud; sons and daughter, Steven (Mary) Nylund of Rogers, MN; Donovan Nylund of Belmont, NC; Jeff (Terri) Nylund of Ramsey, MN; Julie (Michael) Cadalbert of Baldwin, WI; four grand-children, Jennifer (Nylund) Surla, Jaclyn (Nylund) Miller, Rachel (Nylund) Turkowski, and Jacob Nylund; one great grandson, Adam Miller; brother and sisters, Mike McNally of Burke, VA; Mary Blatti of New Hampton, IA; Lucille Cochrane of Ankeny, IA; Dolores Varty of Clear Lake, IA; Patricia Smith of Elgin, IA; Betty Searls of Ames, IA; Sandra Cutler of Ankeny, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and one sister, Wayne and Robert McNally, and Virginia Rude.

Memorials are preferred to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Sunday School program.


Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 3rd at 11:00 AM at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Cloud, MN. The Rev. Gary Berg will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on 4310 County Road 137, St.Cloud, MN. There will be a private interment on Wednesday, October 4th, at Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake, MN. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud, MN.

Pallbearers will be her children and grandchildren.


Shirley's husband Don "Donuts" Nylund was born and raised at Cook. He is well remembered for his heroic deed of saving the life of Kay Kjellberg, a five year old girl. He pulled her from the two story window of a burning house in Cook on May 20, 1945. Kay's mother and her three brothers perished in this fire.  Don is a 1945 graduate of the Cook High School. His father John Nylund 63, 1966 owned the bakery in Cook for many years. His mother was Clara Lower Nylund 90, 1999. He has a sister Marilyn (Gene) Jenkins living on Lake Vermilion-Cook. Another sister Charlotte (Bud) Bystrom at Crane Lake and yet another sister Jackie (Warren) Bradbury at St. Cloud. Don's brother John (Kathy) Nylund live in the Twin Cities and they have a cabin on Lake Vermilion.



Donald E. “Donny” Appledorn, 54, of Mountain Iron, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. He e was born Dec. 7, 1951, in Crosby, Minn., the son of Arthur “Bud” and Sally (Marsyla) Appledorn. He graduated from Orr High School in 1970, and served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. On Aug. 24, 1985, Don was united in marriage to Tracy Krueger at Heritage Trail Bible Church in McKinley. He began working at the Virginia Fire and Ambulance Hall in 1986 as a firefighter and paramedic, and continued serving the public for many years until his retirement in 2003. Don attended Heritage Trail Bible Church; his love for his Savior was evident by all. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, and gardening.


He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Tracy; sons, Bobby Appledorn of Virginia and Aaron Appledorn of Mountain Iron; granddaughter, Emma Lynn Oberstar; sisters, Cathy (Chris) Avery of Mountain Iron and Janet (Harry) Porter of Virginia; stepsisters, Linda (John Mistek) Engelun of Lake Nebagamon, Wis., and Lois Engelun of Las Vegas, Nev.


He was preceded in death by his parents; Art 60, 1986 & Sally 62, 1990 Appledorn and his step-mother Christine "Tena" Lind 74, 2004 and her husband (Oley 50, 1973) Engelun.


Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at Heritage Trail Bible Church in McKinley, with Pastor Michael Wefel officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance online, go to:



Rev. Ellis E. 'Bud' Eklof, Jr. 84, Duluth, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2006 at Viewcrest Health Center. He was born May 12, 1922, to Rev. Ellis Sr. and Marie Johnson Eklof in Cleveland, Ohio.


He attended high school in New York City. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the 3rd Marine Division in the South Pacific from 1942-1945. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., before receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College in St. Paul. He received his Bachelor of Divinity from Bethel Seminary.


On Aug. 26, 1950, he married Myrtle C. Rehnberg in Bridgeport, Conn. Two children were born to that union: David Thomas and Charlotte Marie. Ellis was ordained in July, 1951 in Chisholm, Minn., and served the following Baptist General Conference Churches, First Baptist Church in Chisholm, Minn., Elim Baptist Church in New Britain, Conn., Edgewater Baptist in Minneapolis, Trinity Baptist in Sun City Center, Fla., and Temple Baptist in Duluth. He also served several interim pastorates after his retirement in 1985, including Cook, Minnesota in 1992-1993.


Ellis was an avid baseball fan all his life, receiving honors in college as the team's captain and outstanding pitcher. He was a member of Mount of Olives Baptist Church, and a member of the Mark Christian Post American Legion. He will be remembered for his dedication to his God, his family, his congregations, and his country.


Ellis is preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister; sister, Ruth Brodsky; and one nephew, Albert Eklof. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Myrtle; children, Dave (Lek) Eklof of Bangkok, Thailand, and Char (Rick) Erickson of New London, Minn.; grandchildren, Rachel Erickson of New London (fiancee, Ben Westby, Taylors Falls, Minn.), Kristin Erickson and Kole Huiras, both of New London; brother, Edgar Eklof of Golden Valley, Minn.; sisters, Ellen Anderson of Fairfield, Conn., and Betty Peterson of New Brighton, Minn.; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.


VISITATION:4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home. Visitation continues on Sunday, from 1:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service in Mount Of Olives Baptist Church, 1500 Swan Lake Road, Duluth. Burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.Arrangements by Williams-Lobermemer Funeral Home.


Terrence “Terry” Gustav Lund, 47, of Homosassa, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Seven Rivers Medical Center in Crystal River, Fla.


He was born March 25, 1959, in Cook. He graduated from Cook High School in 1977. He married Kathleen Bishop on Sept. 19, 1981. They lived in Makinen and Cook during the years Terry worked at Mintac in Mountain Iron. In 1987, they moved to Tennessee, where he started a small landscape business. In 2005 they moved to Florida.


He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Lund; a son, Tyler Ernest Lund of Daytona Beach, Fla.; his mother, Shirley (Parson) Lund of Gheen; a brother, Walter (Toby) Lund of Gheen; a niece, Karli Lund of Cook; and his great-aunt Melba Toivanen of Gheen.


He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest “Ernie” Lund on Oct. 11, 2003; his paternal grandmother, Alvina (Lund) Rooney in 1998; and his maternal grandfather, Walter Parson in 1992.


There will be no services.



Aline “Midge” Wightman, 81, Pine City, formerly of Angora and Linden Grove Townships, died Sat., Sept. 23, 2006, at the Lakeside Nursing Home in Pine City

She is survived by her significant other, Charles Heinonen of Sturgeon Township,; 3 daughters, Sharon Luecken of Pine City, Kay Laughrey of Chisago City, and Margaret Duncan of St. Paul; her twin brother, Alvin Hathaway of Linden Grove Township, 3 Grandchildren, and 3 Great Grandchildren. 


She is preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Wightman on Aug. 2, 1990. Her parents were; Clarence 71, 1961 & Agnes 71, 1965 Hathaway


Memorial  services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.


Heather D. Rinerson, 33, of Bloomington, Minn., died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, in Northfield, Minn., as the result of a car accident. She was born Aug. 28, 1973, to Leslie and Rebecca (Lehman) Rinerson in Duluth. She grew up in Cherry and attended the Cherry schools, where she was very active in sports. She was presently residing in Minneapolis, where she was an office manager of Uber Glove Company. Heather enjoyed playing softball in the city leagues in the Twin Cities. She was a beloved aunt of her nine nieces and nephews.


Survivors include her parents, Leslie and Rebecca Rinerson of Iron; two brothers, Jared (Shawna) Rinerson of Ham Lake, Minn., and Nathan Rinerson of Kinney; sister, Carrie (Jeremy) Baney of Duluth; nieces and nephews, Corbin, Jordan, Blayke, Chase, Paige, Kierstin, Justine, Alec and Dax; grandmother, Evelyn Rinerson of Mountian Iron; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Oscar 41, 1954 and Pearl  64, 1980 (Eddy) Lehman and Arthur Rinerson.


Heather has relatives in the Cook and Silverdale areas where her grandparents lived. Other relatives include Rev Dennis Sundeen, Faith (Irv) Brodeen and Lorraine (Oscar) Carlson. Ken (Kathy) Lehman and Clark Eddy


Memorial service at 4 p.m. Saturday at Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia. The Rev. Dennis Sundeen will officiate. Visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will be in Cherry Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Memorials can be directed to Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Area, 2550 University Ave. W., Suite 410 North, St. Paul, Minn. 55114; 651-789-2400.   



Nancy A. Weatherton, 59, Cook, died peacefully, surrounded by family at her home on Monday, September 18, 2006. Nancy was born on September 12, 1947, at West Hope, North Dakota.  She grew up in Max, North Dakota and was united in marriage to Karl “Smoke” Weatherton on May 19, 1967, at San Pablo, California.   They lived in California for a short time after marriage and moved to Minnesota in 1969.  They have resided in the Cook area since 1973.  Nancy was a waitress at local restaurants and also worked for the city of Cook.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook. Her hobbies included bingo and crocheting.  Nancy was everybody’s mom, and was always there to help, advise, and care for others.  Her hospitality was unparalleled, all were welcome and fed.  Her family fondly remember her and dad as a GREAT source of love, understanding,  laughter and stability. She will be missed by the many who have come to know her. 


Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Karl “Smoke”; two sons, Mark (Cari McKibbon) Weatherton of Hibbing and Travis (fiancé : Joanna MacDonald) Weatherton of Cook; one daughter, Monika (Jason) Workman of Mt. Iron; two brothers, Gerald (Cora) Roth of Elko, NV. and Bradley (Sherry) Roth of Spokane, WA.; three sisters, Roselle (Raymond Kostenko of Max,, N.D., Brenda (Shawn)  McLaughlin of Sturgis, S.D. and Debbie  Roth of Lead, S.D.; 12 Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other special relatives, and a host of friends. 


She is preceded in death by two brothers, Rodney Roth who died as child, and Monte Roth. 


Memorial services will be at 4:00 PM Saturday (Sept. 23rd) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  The singing will be congregational and the pianist will be Connie Driscoll. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the funeral at the church.



Everett C. Soger, 87, of Orr, died Friday, September 15, 2006, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.  He was born on March 21, 1919, at Virginia, and grew up in Orr, where he was a lifelong resident.  Everett was united in marriage to Ruby Johnson in April of 1940, in International Falls.  Everett served two years in the Army during World War II.  He received the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded in the Battle of the Bulge, in Bastogne, Belgium. After his hospitalization of two months in England, he was sent  for limited service in Nice, France.  After his tour of duty, he worked as the office manger for the REA (Rural Electric Association) office in Cook for over 20 years, retiring in 1981 from the then NECA (Northern Electric Cooperative Association.)   He also managed the former Gheen Co-op, along with several other area cooperatives.  He was an active community member and  served on the: Cook Hospital Board, H.C. Heiam Foundation Board, Cook Credit Union Committee, and Orr City Council (was instrumental in obtaining funding for the Kallio Apartments in Orr), and the Orr Cemetery Board.  He belonged to the Calvary Lutheran Church  in Orr.  Everett was a life member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, the Disabled American Veterans of Virginia/Kolstad Post, and the Orr American Legion Post #480.   He loved snowmobiling, snowshoeing, fishing, walking, hunting, and spending time at the hunting shack.   

He is survived by his wife, Ruby; three sons, Ronald “Ron” (Adrian) of Amerado, N.D., Thomas “Tom” of Mpls., and Leslie “Les” of Ninilchik, Alaska; one daughter, Barbara “Barb” (Bernard “Bernie”) Novak of Gheen,; five brothers, Russell (Jackie) Soger of Orr and Texas, George Soger of Cook, Larry Soger of Orr, Donny Soger of Melrose, ILL., and Ray of Brainerd, MN.,; two sisters, Norma Coughlin of Pine River, MN., and Margie (Ike) Olson of Orr; 6 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and friends.  

He is preceded in death by one brother, Roy Soger in 2005. 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.   The honorary bearers will be: Daniel Soger, Shawn Novak, Joshua Manick, Emil Korpela, Ray Avikainen, Rico Giorgi, Harry Dantes, and Ike Olson.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Orr American Legion Post #1757, and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1757. 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.



William “Bill” Louis Stupica, 88, of Embarrass, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. Bill was born Feb. 5, 1918, to Frank and Mary (Tekalec) Stupica in Elcor, Minn. He moved to Greaney at a very young age, where he grew up and attended Harrigan School. Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in World War II in the Pacific and European Theater as an Army sergeant from March 6, 1942 until Jan. 25, 1946.


Bill was united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1954, to Ruth Cheney in Chisholm. They made their home and raised their family in Embarrass in the home they built. Bill was employed in the construction industry until 1956, when he went to work for Reserve Mining Co. in Babbitt, retiring in 1979. Following his retirement, Bill enjoyed being the neighborhood mechanic and sharing stories with everyone, but his family was most important to him.


Survivors include a son, William (Chris) Stupica Jr. of Babbitt; two daughters, Cheryl (Robert) Newton of Brooklyn, Mich., Sue (Keith) Mestad of Forsyth, Mont.; granddaughter, Kristen; three grandsons, Chad, Michael and Andrew; great-grandson, Michael.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth in 1998; and two brothers, Frank and Joe.


Bill's wife Ruth Cheney Stupica passed away on Feb 24, 1988 at the age of 66. She was born on Dec 31, 1931 at Bagley, Minnesota. Her parents were: Lloyd 65, 1973 & Eda Faye "Belle" 77, 1982 Cheney Sr.. Ruth and her siblings: Dorothy 74, 1996 & Walter 73, 1986 Laakkonen, Lloyd 50, 1975 & Rita (Spychalla) Cheney Jr., Iva 75, 2002 & Harry Dantes, Margorie 65, 1993 & Alvin Wardas, Ruth & Bill Stupica, James 43, 1978 & Maryann (Bachel) Cheney,  Jerry 63, 2000 & Rita (Sarazine) Cheney and Wayne & Shirley Cheney. The family lived in Bagley and Orr before moving to Cook.


Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Baptist Church in Babbitt. The Rev. Harris Youngquist will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, and will continue from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Angora. Military rites will be accorded by the Maki-Pinola Post No. 535 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.1539. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Hospice in Duluth. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.



Timothy “Dan” Courtney III., 59, of Crane Lake, formerly of Chicago, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 3, 2006. 

Mass of Christian Burial  was celebrated at 11:00 AM Thursday (September 7th)  at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck.  Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. was the celebrant.  Choir members of the Catholic Community Parishes  sang and Bill Nelson  provided the accompaniment.  The honorary bearers were: Butch Eggen, Jim Pohlman, Russell Miller, Larry Olson, Frank Parzyck, Kraig Johnson, Van Miles, Dave Erding,  Roger Quagliano, Bill Holden, Jerry Miers, Steve Vascik, Dan Fannella, Craig Crotty, John Gallagher, and Jack Yoder. Inurnment was in the family lot in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery,  Chicago, Illinois.


He was born on September 17, 1946, at Chicago, Illinois, the son of Timothy D. II. and Geraldine (King)  Courtney.  He grew up in Chicago, where he lived most of his life.  Dan began coming to Crane Lake in the 1970’s and moved there permanently in 1999.  He was employed in the paper industry for many years.  He began his career with Moser Paper Company in Chicago, where he  was vice-president and general manager, along with being involved with sales.  Dan was an avid golfer, liked fishing, and  enjoyed Crane Lake.  He loved to  entertain, cook, and host other peoples special events, like their birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays.  His friends fondly remember him as always ready to pitch in and take on whatever was going on.


He is survived by his life partner, JoAnn Pohlman of Crane Lake,; one daughter, Denise (William “Bill”) Luecker of St. Charles, Ill.,; two brothers, Michael Buster of Chicago, Ill., and Charles Crick of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., one sister, Mary Crick of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill.,;  and  three grandchildren – Brendan, Derek, and Aleesa Luecker.


He is preceded in death by his father, Timothy D. Courtney II., and his mother Geraldine Courtney Buster Crick.


Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook


Dion S. Porter, 40, Virginia, formerly of Nett Lake, died unexpectedly Sunday, September 3, 2006, at his residence.


Tribal Rites were held at 10:00 AM Thursday, (September 7th) at the Nett Lake School Gym.  Gilbert Smith was the spiritual advisor.  Visitation was after 4:00 PM Wednesday at the Gym.  The casket bearers were Carlos Hernandez, Will LaRoque, Damon Day, Mike Connor, Lance Kingbird, and Brian “Toogie” Porter.  The honorary bearers were Allen “Buzz” Connor, David “Tines” Villebrun, Ronald LaRoque, Les Connor, Bill Whiteman, Vern Connor, Ray Thompson, and Will “DuzChavers.   Interment was in the Bois Forte Cemetery.


He was born on November 23, 1965, at Cleveland, Ohio, to Harry and Mary (Goggleye) Porter. He grew up in Nett Lake, and attended schools in Nett Lake and Orr.  He married Roberta Moyer of International Falls, and they lived in the Falls area after marriage.   They later divorced and Dion returned to Nett Lake.  He has been residing in Virginia the past few years.   He was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.  Dion proudly served as a firefighter, and spent several seasons in the Western United States fighting fires.  He also served on the Bois Forte Volunteer Fire Department.   He was a talented painter – especially spiritual paintings, and several of his artwork hang at  Fortune Bay and at the Nett Lake School.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Dion was always active, and liked being outdoors and going for walks with his grandchildren. 


He is survived by three daughters, Jessie (Carlos) Hernandez, Kerie and Monica Porter, all of Bois Forte-Vermilion;; his mother, Mary (Birdie LaRoque) Porter of Nett Lake,; three brothers Harry (Jan) Porter of Virginia, Gerald “Turk” (Jeneal) Goggleye of Nett Lake, and Barry “Tyke” Porter of Nett Lake,; one sister, Rebecca Acevedo of Minneapolis,; four grandchildren: Madison, Devin, Carlos Jr., and Tessa, along with numerous other special relatives and friends. 


Dion is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jess and Madeline Goggleye, Harry and Jennie Porter,; his father, Harry Porter,; two brothers, Brian and Lance Porter, and one sister, Gloria Isham.


Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.


John Russel Pontinen, 77 of Maplewood died on Aug. 30, 2006 of leukemia. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Judy (Angell, Cayo) Pontinen; daughters, Pamela Saenger, Penny (Bob) Feneis; son, Peter (Kim) Pontinen; 5 grandchildren; Judy's children and grandchildren; Michelle (Cayo) & Richard Davis of Duluth, Jacqueline (Cayo) & Tim Picek of Cook and Tim & Denise Cayo of St. Michaels, Minn. Judy was married to Jake Cayo.


Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Wed. Sept. 6 at ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH - 2119 Stillwater Ave - St. Paul (651-738-0677) with visitation at church 1 hr before Mass. Private interment. Memorials preferred. Cremation Society of Minnesota Brooklyn Park 763-560-3100



Harlow W. Tonheim, 92, died on Sunday, August 20, in Parker, AZ.  He was born on July 13, 1914, to Andrew and Amanda Tonheim, pioneer settlers in Field Township.

Harlow was valedictorian of the first Cook High School graduating class in 1932.  He served in the U.S. Army 96th infantry division during WWII in the invasions of Leyte and Okinawa.  He was a radio operator and received the Bronze Star for meritorious service during combat.

Following his discharge, he returned to work at the Cook Post Office and later became a rural mail carrier for many years on the route around the Lake Vermilion area.  He retired in 1969 and moved to Washington, wintering in Arizona, and later became a permanent resident there.

Harlow had many interests.  He was a ham radio operator, an avid reader, enjoyed history and doing crossword puzzles. He was an interesting conversationalist, with many stories, most of which were very funny, of the "olden days."  He had a great sense of humor.

He will be missed by family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Susan Glandon (Montesano, WA) and Marie Lee (Keizer, OR).  He is survived by a sister, Vivian (Blanche) Skarbakka of Moose Lake, MN; nephews, Arthur Lee, Jr., Alan Lee, Gary Glandon, Glen Skarbakka, and nieces, Virginia Dowler, Sandra Mason, Diane Stroing, Donna Hattenberger.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held at a later date.



Daniel Norman “Danny” Warwas, 53, of Iron, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2006, in his home, surrounded by family. He was born June 28, 1953, in Grand Rapids, the son of Allen and Marie (Monson) Warwas. Dan graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, and served our country as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, and later transferred to the Air National Guard. On March 18, 1972, Dan was united in marriage to Merry Moberg. He was employed by Minntac for 31 years. The most important things in his life were our Lord Jesus and his loving wife, Merry. Dan enjoyed simply spending time with his wife, whom he loved very, very much. Dan also enjoyed working with computers and electrical gadgets, and liked his many specialty clocks. He was a family man who loved to visit.


He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Merry; children, Danyel (Tom) Filipovich, Calvin (Maria), Michael (Natasha), and Kenneth (Rose); grandchildren, Marshal, Joshua, Merry, Emily, Dannie, and Patrick Filipovich; Rustle, Blythe, Grace, Leah, and Isabelle Warwas; Nigel Warwas; and Emma and Karen; brother, Larry (Joyce Moberg) Warwas; sister, Donna (Edwin) Maki; and a host of other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


A visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service at the Clinton Town Hall on Highway 37. Dan’s Pastor and close friend, Randy Melhus, will officiate at the service. His burial will take place in the family plot at the Forbes Cemetery. Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. To share a personal remembrance of Dan online, please see:


Daniel's wife Merry Moberg was raised in Bear River and she graduated from the Cook High School in 1972. Her sister Joyce married Daniel's brother Larry, she graduated from Cook in 1975



Bill Knutson, age 44, of Shakopee, suddenly passed away on 08-26-2006. Raised working in the family construction business, Richard Knutson Inc. Member of local Operating Engineers #49. Preceded in death by father Richard and Brother Rick. Survived by loving wife Linda; mother, Judy (Claude) Lutzka; sisters, Patti (Mark) Thompson, Lori; niece, Beth; nephew, Aaron; and favorite mother-in-law, Janice Levin. Funeral service Wednesday 5 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave. So. Gathering following service at the Savage American Legion. Visitation Wednesday 3-5 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial preferred to the Shriner's Hospital. GILL BROTHERS BLOOMINGTON 952.888.7771


Bill was the son of Richard Knutson, a 1952 graduate of the Cook High School, he passed away Sept 4, 2003 at the age of 68. He had operated the Phillips 66 gas station in Cook and the Knutson Gravel business. He moved to the Twin Cities where be became a big time operator in the earth moving business.


Alan B. Larson,75, of Cook, died  unexpectedly Wednesday,  August 16, 2006, at the Cook Hospital.  Alan was born December 19, 1930, at Cook, Minnesota; the son of Nels  and Lillian (Beatty) Larson. He grew up in Cook and graduated from the Cook High School in 1948.  After high school he served in the Army. After his tour of duty, he returned back to Cook where he worked for Picek Construction for many years. He married  Lois Refsdal on May 9, 1959 in Cook.  Alan, along with friend Bob Watt formed Larson-Watt Construction.  They built numerous homes, along with other building projects in the area and on Lake Vermilion. Alan loved to be around people and was known for his  smile and quick wit, and liked coffee time with the guys.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and spending time at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion.  The joy and pride of his life was his family.


He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years , Lois; 1 son, Scott (Anne Miller) Larson of Queenstown, MD.; 1 daughter, Kirsten ”Kit”  Sayeh of Ft. Myers, FL.; 3 Grandchiildren- Nathan and Kodi Larson , and Tily Amina Sayeh, along with many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Rhoda Carlson, twin sisters; Eileen Haataja and Irene Popovich.


Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation will be Sunday from 6 – 8 PM at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and one hour prior to the services at the church. Rev. Reuben Rosnau of the Evangelical Covenant Church will officiate. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post#1757 and Orr American Legion Post #480. The Pianist will be Shirley Rosnau.




John E. Wilenius, 93, formerly of Bear River, died Thursday, August 10, 2006, at the Elim Care and Rehabilitation Center in Princeton. John was born on November 14, 1912, in Sturgeon Township, the son of John and Hannah (Blom)  Wilenius.  He grew up  and helped on the family farm, and assisted his father with logging and making firewood.    He started trucking, along with logging in 1937.  John was united in marriage to Mae V. Flank  of Bear River, in Cook on October 10, 1937.  The couple lived in Bear River all of their married life, except  1940-1941, when they lived in Detroit, Michigan, where John worked in a Packard factory for the war effort.


He began working for Ulland Bros. Hwy. Construction in 1946, where he was employed for 33 years, retiring in 1988.  He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union.   John was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed and appreciated the woods, rivers, and lakes.  He loved his family and cherished his grandchildren. 


He is survived by one son, Johnny Ray (Jennifer) Wilenius of Duluth,; three daughters, Norene Krause of Cambridge, MN., Bonieva (Russ Swonger) Bartlett of Pierz, and JoAnn (Terry) Treloar of Buhl,; one brother, Leo Wilenius, 11 Grandchildren,  17 Great Grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, and friends.


He is preceded in death by his wife, Mae on May 16, 2001, two sisters, Sylvia Siegle  on July 3, 2002 and Helen Beltramo on December 21, 2005; two brothers, Swen Wilenius and Ted Wilenius-who died in infancy; one grandson, Derek Wilenius on January 25, 1998,; a son-in-law, Dean Krause in 1992, and a daughter-in-law, Julie Wilenius in 1976.


Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.


Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, (August 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be Grandsons: Keith Bartlett, Damon Treloar, Kent Bartlett, Mike Krause, Dallas Wilenius, and Spencer Wilenius.  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery.


Tom Parzyck,  age 54, of Forest Lake, formerly of Mpls., passed away on August 12, 2006 surrounded by his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Cos & Muriel Parzyck formerly of Buyck and brother, Ron. He is survived by brothers, Dennie (Penny) and Terry (Patty); nephews, Pan (Becky), Wolfe, and Ian Parzyck, their children Summer and Luke.

Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, August 19, 2006, MATTSON FUNERAL HOME, 343 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake. Visitation 5-8 PM Friday, August 18, 2006 and 9-10 AM Saturday at Mattson Funeral Home. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. Mattson Funeral Home & Cremation Service (651) 464-3556 guestbook@




Agnes “Aggie” M. Brunner, 77, of Cook, died at her home, surrounded by her family on Monday, August 7, 2006. Agnes was born on January 25, 1929, at Rauch, the daughter of Anthony and Josephine (Kovach) Rauch.  She grew up in Rauch and attended the Harrigan School and the Orr School.   After school,  she moved to Chisholm and met Kenneth Brunner at the café where she worked.  They were married on April 23, 1949, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney.  They moved to Cook in 1952, where they raised their four children.  Aggie worked for Hill Wood Products for eighteen years and retired in 1985.   She enjoyed motorcycle riding, gardening, baking, bowling and spending time with family, especially her grandkids and great grandkids.  She belonged to bowling teams, and was  a member  St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook, and its Council of Catholic Women.  She and Ken were also members of the Gold Wing Road Riders.


She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Kenneth “Ken”,  three sons, Gary (Denise) Brunner of Angora,  Gene (Kim) Brunner of Cook, and Dale (Connie) Brunner of Cook; one daughter, Gail Brunner of Duluth,; 3 brothers, Robert “Bobby” (Connie) Rauch of Togo, Thomas “Tommy” Rauch of Elk River, MN., and James “Jimmy” Rauch of Longmont, CO.,; two sisters, Florence (Linus) Brunner of Angora, and Helen Rauch of Boulder, CO.,; six  grandchildren: Taryn (Sheldon) Sandberg, Tammi Holter, Corey Brunner, Paul Brunner, Logen Hoche,  and Jesse (Jen) Brunner; two great grandchildren: Jaret and Jahna Sandberg, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.


She is preceded in death by her father, Anthony Rauch in 1972, her mother Josephine Rauch in 1988’ two brothers, Anthony “Tony” Rauch in 1989, and Ambros Rauch who died in infancy in 1927. 


Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.


Mass of Christian Burial  will be held at 11:00 AM Friday (August 11th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be  one hour prior to the service at the church.   Fr. Joseph  M. Thomas MCBS will be the celebrant. The honorary bearers will be Aggie’s grandchildren: Taryn Sandberg, Tammi Holter, Corey Brunner, Paul Brunner, Logen Hoche, and Jesse Brunner.  Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.



Miles Surla, 79, of Virginia, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, at Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was born Dec. 28, 1926, in Eveleth, the son of Joe and Dorothy (Bruzenak) Surla.


Miles first worked welding PT boats in Duluth, and then proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Asiatic/Pacific Theatre. On June 10, 1948, Miles was united in marriage to Elizabeth Joanne Ellison in Chisholm. After the war he worked in Greenland as a crane operator. He began working at the Erie Mining Co. in 1953 as a shovel operator, and later worked as a general foreman of Dunka River, retiring in 1983. Following retirement, Miles discovered his joy of biking and hiking. He biked from Galveston, Texas, to Canada; from Deception Bay, Wash., to Bar Harbor, Maine; from Washington to Nevada and crossed Death Valley. Miles hiked into the Grand Canyon multiple times, and participated in a 30-mile hike through the White Sand Desert in honor of the Bataan Death March. He was a lifetime member of the Nelson-Jackson American Legion Post No. 245 of Tower. Miles enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting and rabbit trapping. He also had a love for traveling, and traveled most of the United States in his lifetime.


He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joanne; children, Rod (Alva) Surla of Battle Mountain, Nev., Rebecca Schweigert of LaLuz, N.M., Miles Surla Jr. of Virginia, Robin (Paul) Stepan of Lake Vermilion—Tower, Dawn (Dave) Chiabotti of Gilbert, and Wendy (Dan) Salo of Watkins, Minn.; grandchildren, Cory and Jason Surla, Bobi Jo Forrest, Heather and Miles Joseph Surla, Sean and Rachael Stepan, Christopher, Jeffrey, and Adam Chiabotti, and Jacob and Joshua Salo; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Joe (Pat) Surla of Lake Vermilion—Cook; sisters-in-law, Audrey Surla of Eveleth and Mae Surla of Duluth; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dan Surla; and twin brother, Robert Surla.


Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until service. Inurnment with military honors will follow in the Eveleth Cemetery. Family services are provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. to share a personal remembrance of Miles online, please see:


Kevin L. Ollila, 43, of Cook, formerly of Virginia, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born Sept. 8, 1962, in Virginia to Clifford and Bonnie (Sather) Ollila and grew up there. He was involved in an accident in 1980.


Survivors include his mother, Bonnie Carlson, of Virginia; a sister, Kathy (Dale) Fiskari, of Cook; and a niece, Kandi (Andy) Ganoe, of Duluth.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Dorothy Sather and Tauno and Hilma Ollila; his father, Clifford Ollila; and stepfather, David Carlson.


Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at the Landmark Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, with Pastor Jeffrey Jones officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Inurnment will be in Vermilion Lake Township Cemetery



Irene M. Skraba, 93, of Virginia, formerly of Cook and Greaney died Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born July 17, 1913, to Bruno and Wanda (Domen) Meizo in Virginia. She lived in Greaney most of her life. Irene was united in marriage to Peter Skraba on June 13, 1931, in Greaney. They made their home in Greaney, where they farmed. She gardened, milked cows and helped with the haying while also raising four children. Irene loved to cook, bake, garden both vegetables and flowers, did much canning of fruits and vegetables and loved to do craft work. She worked at the Greaney School for many years prior to moving to Cook in 1965. Irene was employed at the Cook Hospital in the kitchen and also in housekeeping for 15 years. Following her retirement she liked to play cards and Scrabble with friends. She later moved to St. Michael’s in Virginia and enjoyed taking part in the many activities and outings. Irene was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was the sacristan at St. Mary’s Catholic Church for Msg. Pat McDowell for many years. She was a member of K.S.K.J., St. Bridget’s Lodge in Greaney and Lodge No. 59 in Eveleth for 73 years and the Catholic Women’s Council for 23 years in Cook.


Survivors include a daughter, Ione (Ernie) Johnson-Falk of Britt; two sons, Peter (Martha) Skraba Jr. of Lake City, Mich., and Eugene (Karen) Skraba of Nashwauk; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Delores Ginsberg of Duluth; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Urick of St. Paul, and Julian Klekotka of Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter on Jan 10, 1983; daughter, Sandra Fish on Feb 27, 1993; her parents; five brothers, Bruno Jr., Vincent, Donald, Anthony, and William; six sisters, Julia, Ann, Magadeline, Marion, Ursala, and Marge; and a grandson, Rocky Johnson.


SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. The Rev. Joseph and the Rev. Larry Antus will be con-celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with rosary beginning at 7 p.m., at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, and will continue from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass Thursday at the church. Burial will be in St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Greaney. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia


Charlotte Anne (Meyers, Fogelberg) Brink, 58, of Cloquet, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2006 at the St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Dec. 11, 1947 in Hibbing, Minn., to Duane and Barbara (Bergstrom) Myers.


Charlotte had served as the Director of Cook Ambulance Service; worked for the City of Cloquet at city hall in the billing dept.; was secretary of the Cloquet Police Dept; was the hostage negotiator for C.E.R.T.; was also affiliated with the D.F.L. political party; and was currently working as the business agent for AFSCME Council 65.


She was a loving wife to Terry and mother to Eric. Charlotte was preceded in death by her father, Duane Myers. She is survived by her husband, Terry Brink; one son, Eric (Amy) George of Eaton, Colo.; two step-daughters, Andrea (Robert) Sterett of Colo., and Bridgett Barnett of KY; two step-sons, Terry (Jane) Brink of Baxter, Minn., and Robert Orr of California; one brother, Gary (Vicki) Myers of Hibbing; one sister, Patty (Ray) Sauve of Hibbing; and eight grandchildren.


Visitation, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27th, 2006 in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet and resume on Friday, July 29, 2006 from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. memorial service also in Nelson Funeral Care. See the family on line guestbook at Published in the Duluth News Tribune on 7/25/2006.



Arley Ernest Johnson, 65, of Hibbing died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, in his home. He was born June 8, 1941, in Cook to Arnold 58, 1971 and Janice Hoiland, Johnson (Oliver 89, 1997) Huseby. He had worked as a pressman for the Cook News Herald and other printing operations before becoming a pressman for 19 years at the Midland Cooperative in Superior, Wis. He married Joan Melgeorge in Sep 3,1966 in Cook, she passed away on February 6, 2005 at the age of 61. Because of his Boy Scout roots, he enjoyed camping, sailing and other outdoor activities.

He is survived by his children, Mary Johnson and Tim Johnson, both of Hibbing, and Brittany Shanks of Virginia; a grandson, Connor Johnson of Hibbing; his mother, Janice Huseby of Hibbing; and sisters, Jan (Frank) Lekatz of Ely, Diane (Patrick) Treno of Pengilly and Wendy (Russell) Meyer of Bagley, Minn.

Visitation starting at noon Saturday in the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, followed by a time of remembrance at 1 p.m.


Melvin Cleon Price, 92, of 5124 Rich Mar Lane NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa passed away in his home on Friday, July 7, 2006, under the care of Amenity Hospice. Melvin was born April 9, 1914, in Harrisburg, Pa., the son of Cora Price.


Melvin went to live with the Judy family on a farm near Mench, Pa., at the age of 8. The family raised him with 12 of their own children. He attended school until the 8th grade and then became a full time farm hand. He left at the age of 19 to work as a maintenance man at the Everett, Pa., Hospital. It was there that Melvin acquired the pet name "Doc," a nickname he kept throughout his lifetime.


He married Ethel Calhoun on Sept. 4, 1933, a marriage continuing 57 years. Melvin took an electrical correspondence course that convinced him to move his family and travel throughout the country doing construction work for 24 years. Some of his jobs included work as a electrical supervisor on the Grand Coulee Dam, several manufacturing plants, atomic and power plants, including projects at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and St. Luke's Hospital additions in Cedar Rapids. He was an Electrical Union member for 65 years and his last job was the Atomic Power Plant in Palo, Iowa. Melvin lived and worked in 13 states. He made his home in Cedar Rapids. After retiring from electrical work, he worked part time for the Cedar Rapids Ace Hardware store on Edgewood Road, sharing his years of maintenance capability and advice.


Melvin enjoyed many activities; his favorite was participating in two bowling leagues and still throwing many strikes at age 92. He also had a great passion for raising roses and other flowers to help decorate his meticulously kept yard. However, he took time from his many household duties to follow his favorite Chicago Cubs and Iowa basketball and football teams. Through the years he became a member and officer in various organizations such as El Kahir Shrine, Amber Grotto, Cedar Chapter of the Eastern Star, White Shrine, Kingston Lodge No. 676 of Cedar Rapids, where he was awarded Iowa Masonic of the Year in 2003.


Survivors include his wife, Grace Jungjohann, of 13 years; son, Don (Marcia) Price of Lake Vermilion, Cook, Minn.; two stepdaughters, Sandra (Bill) Caselman of Lincoln, Calif., and Glendra  (Jim) Tuller and their families, all living in California; three grandchildren, Dave (Deb) Price of West Roxeburg, Mass., Diane (Mark) Pascuzzi of Cook, Minn., and Debbie (Dave) Stehlik of Minnetonka, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren, Tony (Amanda) Pascuzzi of Hugo, Minn., Gina Pascuzzi of Duluth, Minn., Kelsey, Taylor and Connor Stehlik.


He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel, who passed away January 1992; his parents; two stepbrothers and a stepsister.


Services: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Turner West Funeral Home, where friends may call today from 5 until 8 p.m. The Rev. Robert Dennart will officiate. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.



Elizabeth “Lizzy” Jane  Thompson,  Pi tway wi Ashi Quay (Wind Woman), nearly 3 years old, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth; after complications from a recent near drowning.


Lizzy was born on August 16, 2003, at St. Mary’s Medical in Duluth; the daughter of Raymond and Rebecca (Beckwith)  Thompson.  Little Lizzie loved the outdoors and running – she ran like the wind, which is the meaning of her given Indian name.  She also loved her cats, all four of them, along with her two dogs.


The family would like to express their sincere thanks  and appreciation for all the cards, care, concern, money, prayers and assistance from the many   who helped.  Some of whom were: family, friends, strangers, the paramedics, baseball teams, Cloquet Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center – all the doctors and nurses were wonderful, social workers, and ambulance personnel.  To the autistic eleven year old boy who found Lizzy, you are our hero, as is the boy who helped pull her out of the water.


She is survived by her parents, Raymond and Rebecca Thompson of Nett Lake; siblings, Henry, Nicholas and Amanda Thompson, all at home; maternal grandmother, Gladys Beckwith, paternal grandparents, Thomas Sheehy and Janet Thompson; paternal great grandmother, Myrna Thompson; along with numerous special aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


She is preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Henry Beckwith, paternal great-great grandmother, Margaret Drift, and aunt Mary Smith.


Tribal Rites will be at  10:00 AM Saturday in the Nett Lake School Gym. Gilbert Smith will be the Spiritual Advisor.  Visitation will be after 4:00 PM Friday at the school gym.  The casket bearers will be: Robert Hackett, Randy Bolen Jr., Matthew James, Brent Chosa, Allen Googleye, and Charles Googleye III.   The honorary bearers will be: Leonard  Thompson, Curtis Thompson, Shane Drift, Kris Strong, David Beckwith, and Mark Beckwith.  The interment will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 



Bernice Audrey ''Bea''  (Huseby) Niemala 89 Entered into rest on July 3, 2006. Born August 22, 1916, in Chisholm, Minn. She is survived by her daughter Jeanie Busha, son John Niemela, grandchildren John Anderson, Matt (Molly) Anderson, and great-grandchildren Macy and Maximus Anderson.


She leaves behind her sisters Amy Norberg, Edythe Wesanen and Evelyn Eklund, and a group of fantastic nieces and nephews.


Preceded in death by her husband Henry Niemela, parents; Ole 81, 1965 & Mary 82, 1966 Huseby,  brothers; Oliver 89, 1997, Willard 89, 2001 and Kenneth, and sister Myra 79, 1989. Bea was a fantastic cook and enjoyed watching her two favorite shows, "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." She also enjoyed her bus trips to Reno and treasured the time spent with her family.


Family and friends are invited to the visitation on Thursday, July 6, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and the service beginning at 12:00 PM at MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL PARK AND MORTUARY, 8201 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, Calif.


Mabel Louise Turchi, 91, formerly of 104th Ave. West, Duluth, died Monday, July 10, 2006 in Bayshore Health Center. She was born on March 25, 1915, to Robert and Mabel Dunn in St. Louis Park, Minn. She married Contardo Turchi on May 21, 1938, in Minneapolis and moved to Duluth the same year. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, where she was a volunteer, VFW Post No. 6320 Auxiliary, Happy Wonderers, Duluth Travelers Club, Bridge Club-Wednesday and enjoyed sewing.


She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Gracek of Carlton, and Anita (Tim) Mankowski of Cook; two sons, Robert (Karen) of Braham, Minn., and Dale (Rita) of Eveleth; grandchildren, Cheryl (Aaron) Nelson, Kim (Rich) Bryant, Julie (Bob) Walker, Robyn (Luke) Vidor, Bob (Donna) Turchi, Tony Turchi, Rita Dahlheimer, Paulina (Kevin) Londgren, Naomi (Bob) Kiscaden, Joe Turchi, Keith Hare, and Lori (Rick) Olson; 22 great-grandchildren.


The family would like to thank the staff at Bayshore Health Center for the wonderful care Mabel received.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Contardo in 1982; sons-in-law, Ken Hare in 2001, and Bob Gracek in 2005.


Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bell Brothers Funeral Home in Duluth. The Rev. Fr John Golobich will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 until the service. Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 424 West Superior St., Suite 202, Duluth, MN 55802. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.; (218) 624-5745


Virginia Joan "Ginger" (Geyerman) Heiam, 75, of Mitchell, South Dakota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2006, at her home under hospice care.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 8th, at the Congregational Church in Mitchell. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Ginger enjoyed helping people of all ages. Her family and friends were her life's devotion. Gin had a unique passion for living life. She loved the outdoors and her summer childhood home at Lake Vermillion.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jim; 2 sisters, Sue Lynne and Betsy (Bob) Mann of Cook, Minnesota; her parents, Fred and Betty (Ludlow) Geyerman; and her stepmother, Mary Lou Wedehase.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, William "Bud" Heiam of Mitchell, South Dakota; two daughters, Bobbie (Mike) Pritchard and Becky (Larry) Barnes of Cook, Minnesota; her son, Bill (LeAnn) Heiam; five granddaughters, Tifany Barnes (Nate) Briggs, Taryn Barnes (Matt) Erickson, Chelsi, Jamie and Jordyn; a great-grandchild, Kohen Briggs; and her brother, Fritz Geyerman.

Memorials may be made to either the W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation of Cook, MN or the Mitchell Community Hospice.


This information was sent by Ginger's granddaughter, Tifany Briggs, the daughter of Larry & Becky (Heiam) Barnes. 


Bud Heiam was a 1947 graduate of the Cook High School and the son of Dr. William Heiam 78, 1978



Marvin P. Karth, 68, of Buyck, formerly of St. Paul, died Monday, July 5, 2006, at his residence.  He was born on June 27, 1938, at St. Paul, grew up in White Bear Lake, and attended Hamlin University.


He was employed for the Burlington North Railroad from 1957 until his retirement in 1992.  He was a superviser in running the computers  in the finance department for the Railroad.  He married M. Darlene Peterson on April 19, 1958, at White Bear Lake.  He served in the U.S. Navy, where he was a Naval recruiter.    They  moved to Maplewood, where they lived for  many years.    He started to come to the Buyck area after he met Darlene, as her family was from the area.  After his retirement, the couple moved to Buyck, where they spent summers, then wintered in Florida.  He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and earlier had hunted.  He will be remembered as a good hearted, kind person that helped others when needed.


He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, M. Darlene; one son, Marvin (Nancy) Karth of West St. Paul, MN.,; 2 Granddaughters, Tracy and Michelle both of West St. Paul,; five sister-in-laws: Yvonne (Ron) Emerson, Beverly Stielow, Sue (Clark) Peterson, Marilyn Rosburg, and Kathy Clark.


SERVICES:  Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Monday at the Crane Lake Chapel. Pastor Ruth

Gangloff will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.  The singing will be

congregational, with Sandy Bodkin providing the accompaniment.  Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.


Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook



Memorial services will be held  at 1:00 PM Friday, July 14th,  at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Buyck.  He died at home on Friday, April 21, 2006. A full obituary was previously published. 


Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.


Charlie Neil, 79, of Orr, died at home on Friday, April 21, 2006. Charlie was born September 20, 1926, in Mason City, Iowa.  In 1928 the Neil family moved to Crane Lake settling in East Bay, where Charlie grew up.  He attended school in Buyck.  As a youth, Charlie began working at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake where he worked until age 25.  In 1952, he married Janice Peterson.  They had four children while living in Buyck.  They were divorced in 1960.  He was employed by Nekoosa Edwards Paper Co. on the Echo Trail and logged for Elmer Kesanen during the winter and also worked for Penta Pole in Buyck until he retired in 1979.  Charlie lived in Orr the past 10 years.


Charlie is survived by his daughter, Tamara Neil of Lapine, Oregon; his son, Terry (Joyce) Neil of Bend, Oregon; his grandchildren: Michele, Ryan, Kristi, Nicholas, and Erik; and great grandchildren: Amanda, Thomas, Timothy, Nolan and Karissa; along with many nieces, nephews and their families.


He is preceded in death by a son, Timothy and a daughter, Joy Ann; six brothers and three sisters.


SERVICES:  Memorial services will be held at a later announced date and time in July.

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