MaryAnn R. Kanian, 60, of Britt, died Sunday, December 31, 2006, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center, the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
She was born on September 15, 1946, at Virginia, the daughter of Donald and Angella (Spychalla) Bachel. MaryAnn grew up in Angora and graduated from Cook High School in 1964. She attended the then Virginia Junior College for two years, and continued on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from St. Cloud State. MaryAnn taught Head Start at Orr for a time. She is preceded in death by her first husband, James Cheney in 1978. MaryAnn was blessed to find another love and married Erick “Chris” Kanian on August 16, 1980, at Cook. After marriage they moved to Britt, where she has since resided. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, president of its Council of Catholic Women, and treasurer of the Virginia Deanery of the Council of Catholic Women. Her church and family were the love of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She worked part time as a book keeper at the Cook Country Store and Motel, and the Chicagami Too child development center, along with volunteering at the Virginia High School. Her passion was reading mystery books, and she also enjoyed cards games, including a good game of cribbage.
She is survived by her husband, Erick “Chris”; four sons, Andrew, Christopher and Timothy all of Virginia, and Gregory of Britt; one brother, Donald (Deb) Bachel of Kinney; two grandchildren, Kiara and Alec; two nieces Christina Lee and Karla Kintner, one nephew, Charles Huffman; along with many, many friends.
MaryAnn is preceded in death by her mother Angella Bachel in 1986, her father, Donald Bachel in 1973; one sister, Donna Huffman in 2001;and one niece Kelly Bachel in 1999.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Fr. Joseph M. Thomas MCBS, and Fr. Larry Antus OMI will be the con-celebrants. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Warren & Betty Mlaker of the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook invite you to send condolences and memories to the family of the deceased. They will be honored to pass them along to the family for you. Please mention the name of the deceased and who is sending the note. Mlaker Funeral Home
Gary E. Kester, 58, of Cook, died Saturday, December 30, 2006, at Cook, the result of a pedestrian-train accident.
Gary was born on February 28, 1948, at Monticello, Iowa; the son of Warren and Ruth Lucille (Yount) Kester. He grew up in Iowa where he graduated from high school. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Statistics from Iowa State University at Ames. He was employed by the city of Chicago for a number of years, then earned his Masters Degree in project management from DeVry College in Chicago. He was employed for fourteen years as a computer specialist for Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago. He later worked as a consultant. Gary has resided in Cook the past six years. He attended the First Baptist Church in Cook. He loved following football and basketball, and enjoyed playing foosball, volleyball and handball. He was fondly known as the “candy man” who made wonderful hand dipped chocolates for 35 years. He loved his friends, and went out of his way to be a friend to others. He was recently employed by RSI in Cook, where he helped care for handicapped adults.
He is survived by his wife, Patti of Cook; 2 sons, Corey Kester at home and Tyler (Melissa) Kester of Island Lake, Ill.,; his father and step-mother, Warren and Irene Kester of Bella Vista, Ar.; 1 sister, Diane (Jerry) Eilers of Omaha, Neb.; and 2 grandchildren, Gabriel and Violet. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Lucille Kester.
SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Randy Swenson of the First Baptist Church will be the officiant. The honorary bearers will be: Todd Polley, Jack Arras, Dick Greene, Dale Piper, Mark Foster, Ed Lees, Corey Kester, Tyler Kester, Art Noteboom, Kelly Vainio, Jerry Eilers and Ronald Lindstaedt.
Funeral arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook
Warren & Betty Mlaker of the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook invite you to send condolences and memories to the family of the deceased. They will be honored to pass them along to the family for you. Please mention the name of the deceased and who is sending the note. Mlaker Funeral Home
Hilma Lydia Strickland, 89, of Springdale died Dec. 22, 2006, at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale. She was born April 15, 1917, in Angora, Minn., the daughter of Anton and Selma Alexandra Hautimaki Haavisto.
She was a member of Silent Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a previous mobile home park manager, played the organ, played Scrabble, enjoyed her dog, enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attended Bible study weekly and wrote letters to many people. The picture was taken last Easter of the Four generations of Hilma's family.
She is survived by her daughter, June Henry and husband Glen of Rogers; one granddaughter, Linda Wisley and husband George; one grandson, David Henry and wife Maria; special foster granddaughter, Sandi Lemke and husband Duane; special grandson, Ibrahima Poda; great-grandchildren Kristen, Luke and his fiancee Aubree, Melody, Lindsay, Maguina, Caroline, Ana and Sam; a host of extended family that call her Grandma; stepchildren, Lee Strickland, Eva Pickering, Fay Rafine, Gary Strickland and David Strickland.
Mom had a twin sister Helia who lived and died in Michigan married to Wayne Junttonen, and brothers Bill and Hugo and also Edwin who lived and died in Montana. Also 3 siblings that died in infancy. Their mother Selma died in the spanish influenza in 1918 when the twins were one and 1/2 years old. There was a Haavisto brother to Anton, named Nicolai, that lived there in Alango and died in 1922, he had several children, but don't think they stayed in the area. (I spend a lot of time in genealogy.) Thanks for your site. June Henry
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Silent Grove Baptist Church with Pastors Steve Johnson and George Wisley officiating. Burial will follow in Silent Grove Cemetery under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be David Henry, Luke Wisley, Sam Lemke, Duane Lemke, Chris Tate and David Strickland.
Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, 72762; or Silent Grove Baptist Church, 4123 Silent Grove Road, Springdale, 72762.
Condolences may be sent to www.memfuneral.com.
Hilma was a 1935 graduate of the Alango High School. Her daughter June Thornberg (Glen) Henry was a 1953 graduate of the Alango High School. June & Glen Henry
Olga Alvina Sheridan 84, Terrace Lane, International Falls, Minn., died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006, at the Doug and Julie Sheridan residence. Olga was born Sept. 6, 1922, in Celina, Minn.
She began her working career as a telephone operator in Hibbing, Minn. After her marriage to James Sheridan, she became an accountant/owner of Sheridan Motors which opened in Bigfork, Minn., in 1950. She continued her career at Sheridan Motors after moving to International Falls until she retired in 1988. First and foremost, Olga was a dedicated wife and exceptional mother and grandmother.
She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Olga was an extremely energetic and happy individual who enjoyed people and life to its fullest. For the past 12 years, Olga spent the winter months with her daughter Nancy and family in Mechanicsville, Va. She enjoyed spending the summer in International Falls which had been her home for 51 years. She was able to spend her last days at the home of Doug and Julie Sheridan. This is the same location where she and her late husband James had purchased a cabin in 1964. She felt very much at home on Rainy Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Alissa Strom; husband, James Sheridan; and son, Thomas Sheridan. Survivors include her son, Doug and (Julie) Sheridan of International Falls, and daughter, Nancy (Sheridan) and Albert Lutton Jr. of Mechanicsville, Va.
Olga had four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Green-Larsen Mortuary. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorials would be preferred to Zion Lutheran Church and American Cancer Society.
Laura L. Gubko, 42, formerly of Gheen, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Thursday, December 21, 2006, in Okinawa, Japan, where her husband is stationed with the U.S. Marines Corps.
She was born Laura Lee Lindell on December 25, 1963, in Hancock, Michigan, the daughter of Walfred and Judith (Wiltsie) Lindell. She grew up in Gheen and graduated from Cook High School in 1982. She later furthered her education and earned licenses in real estate, insurance, and in investments. Laura married George Gubko Jr. on May 18, 2002, in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She had been employed for the Swansboro, North Carolina office of Edward Jones Investments for 5 years. She had recently moved to Okinawa, Japan, where her husband is stationed with U.S. Marines. Laura was currently working for the Kadena Officers Club in Okinawa. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister and friend. She was a talented cook and skilled at sewing. She always baked goods and offered them to others wherever she was stationed. George wrote to Laura’s family and friends in an email: “My best friend, my confidant, my wife, Laura, passed away. I ask that you please remember her for her zest for living, her smile that she put on all your faces, the way she made you laugh, and pretty much the way she would take care of you if asked. I never met a woman quite so amazing. She always knew what I was thinking. We always finished each other’s sentences. I can honestly say that there was never a day that we would have a disagreement that lead to anger. We are two peas in a pod. She made me a much better person. She just had that knack to get the best out of me. Her future life now is in the hands of the Great Architect of the Universe. She would have been 43 on December 25. She is a brilliant woman. Heartfelt, funny, loving, giving of herself, willing to help anyone out. I lost the best half of me. I truly want to thank you all for being a part of our lives, George.”
Laura is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, George Jr., Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marines; 2 step-daughters, Courtney and Alexandra Gubko, both of Coon Rapids, MN.; her parents, Walfred and Judith Lindell of Gheen,; 2 brothers, Mark (Corissa) Lindell of Gheen and Jeff (Rhonda) Lindell of Gheen,; 3 sisters, Susan Kuntz of Ekalaka, Montana, Michelle (Scott) Swanson of Virginia, and Andrea (Warren) Flack of Dane, Wisconsin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday (Dec. 30th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. James Rupp, a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will preside over the service.
Mary Elizabeth Beatty Schmidt 81 died at her home in Torrington, Wyo., on Dec. 21, 2006. She was born in Cook, the daughter of Willis and Cora (Howe) Beatty. She grew up and received her education in Cook, graduating from high school there. She attended Virginia Junior College.
She later moved to Douglas, Wyo. where she met Don Schmidt. The two were married in 1948 and lived in various cities in Wyoming, primarily in Powell, before retiring to Torrington in 1986.
She loved gardening and was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, the Grassroots Garden Club, and the Yoder Women‘s Club.
Survivors include two daughters, Katherine Patrick and her husband of Torrington, Wyo.; Kerry Spears and her husband of San Pedro, Calif; two sons, Kirk Schmidt of Lander, Wyo., and Kyle Schmidt and his wife of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a sister, Cora Hawkinson of Virginia; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don, in 1994; her parents; an infant brother; and an infant sister.
Cremation has taken place. Private family interment will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent to her sister in Virginia who will forward them to the Grassroots Garden Club.
Dolores E. Albertson, 80, of Eveleth died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She had spent the last several years battling Alzheimer’s disease.
She was born in Verona, N.D., on March 1, 1926, to William C. and Gladys (Severson) Weber. Dolores was married to Orvall L. Albertson on Aug. 1, 1948, in Mankato, Minn. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at the Arrowhead Health Care Center in Virginia for 19 years. Dolores was a member of United in Christ Lutheran Church. She loved the outdoors, reading, cooking, watching television and spending time with her family. Dolores was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Orvall, of Eveleth; her children, Richard Albertson of Bemidji, Minn., Steven Albertson of Eveleth, Scott (Linda) Albertson of Cook, Lisa (Mark Podpeskar) Albertson of Virginia and Mark (Carol Dinius) Albertson of Duluth; grandchildren, Rachael Albertson of Fairfield, Calif., Jonathan Reznick of Duluth, Rebekah (Brett) Schelde of Toivola, Aaron (Erica McIlvaine) Albertson, Leanna Albertson and Nicole Albertson, all of Duluth, and an expected great-granddaughter, Alexis Schelde; brothers, William (Evie) Weber Jr. of Springfield, Minn., and Gerald (Wanda) Weber of Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and daughters, Andrea and Debra.
Memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth. Pastor Gary Terrio will officiate. Visitation one hour prior to service. Arrangements are by Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home, Eveleth. To sign the guest book online and to leave a memorial message, go to: www.cron-sheehy.com .
Impie Marie Hakala, 96, formerly of Alango, went home to the Lord on December 19, 2006. She died at the Life Care Center in Tucson, Arizona.
Marie was born on October 9, 1910, at Alango Township, the daughter of Isak and Hilda (Honkaniemi) Pihlaja. She earned a teacher’s certificate at the Superior Teachers College. She moved around the country for a time, then came back to Alango where she lived the majority of her life. She spent her last years in Ohio then Arizona with her daughter Johnda, and in the care of Johnda and Diane; the last 3 years were in Life Care Center of Tucson. Her family, faith, church, and community were all important to her. Her home hosted many family gatherings at holidays and family events. Her faith kept her going through good and bad times. Marie’s hard work and faith were a strong influence for family and friends. She had a great compassion for people and was a strong woman who wasn’t a quitter. Marie liked to visit and welcome new residents to the area. She volunteered at the Cook Area Hospital Auxiliary, commonly called the Cook Thrift Shop, and also worked at all elections. During the wartime she worked as a welder and later was a nurse’s aide at the Cook Nursing Home. She enjoyed many hobbies, including embroidery and gardening, but is most known for the rugs she wove. She also enjoyed singing at church and with the Finn Singers. She liked writing letters and keeping in touch with family and friends, near and far. Her loving and caring ways will be with us until we see her again in Glory. She is now enjoying life in heaven.
Marie is survived by sons: David Musakka of Alango, Tom (Denise) Hakala of Cedar, MN.; daughters Rose Marie Musakka of Soudan, Johnda (John) Mahlberg of Tucson, AZ., and Diane Hakala of Tucson; 15 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren (and “1 on the way”), 2 Great Great Grandchildren (and “1 on the way”), along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John on March 20, 1964; her father Isak on December 20, 1918, her mother Hilda on September 12, 1965; a grandson, Rod Crego on November 24, 1995; brothers, Neilo Pihlaja on March 10, 1946 and Arvo Pihlaja on October 12, 1915; sisters Vienna Schmidt on February 19, 1989, Einie Aho on August 1, 1988, Nelmi Koivu on February 5, 2002, Melia Alto Maki on December 11, 2006; twins Kalle & Eili Pihlja who died in infancy on August 19, 1905, and a sister who died shortly after her birth.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Friday (December 29, 2006) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be one hour before the service. The officiant will be John Hill of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango. The music will be: a solo in Finnish by Martha Schelde, pianist Sharon Kamppi, a special song by granddaughters Ashley and Alayna Hakala, along with a congregational song. The casket bearers will be: David Crego, Paul Crego, Pat Crego, Dole Crego, Ryan Mahlberg, and Mark Musakka. The honorary bearers will be: Tracey Parvey, Rob Straw, Matt Brown, Dale Tuggy, and Mitch Otto. Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery. The family prefers memorials directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango, 9808 County Hwy. #22, Angora, MN. 55703.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Rand Vernon Jensen, 49, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2006 of a massive heart attack at his residence in Marcell, with his sister-in-law, Michelle, at his side fighting to save his life.
Rand was born Oct. 29, 1957 at Bigfork, the second son of Vernon and Arlys (Simpson) Jensen, Effie. He graduated from Bigfork High School in 1976. He attended Bemidji State and Eveleth Vo-Tech. He worked at Minnatac, Mountain Iron, road construction that took him from North Dakota to Texas, and then for Blandin Paper Co. where he was working as a construction carpenter; his passion was wood.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Oscar and Thea Jensen and Robert and Lura Simpson.
He is survived by his daughter, Olivia Mirand Jensen, Champlin; his parents of Effie; his brothers, Tony (Heike), Brooklyn Center, Barry (Libby), Brooklyn Park, and Leslie (Michelle), Marcell; sisters, Tracy (Jim) Baron, Chisholm, Laurie Anderson (Patrick Kearney) Chisholm; five nieces and five nephews; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services: Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22 at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork.
Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork.
Rand's mother Arlys Simpson was raised in Bear River on highway 5 north of the Viking Bar
Leonard E. DeRusha, 64, of Cook, died peacefully at home with family by his side on Wednesday, December 13, 2006. He was born Leonard Eugene DeRusha at Cloquet, Minnesota on October 5, 1942, the son of Leonard Emery and Eugena May (Huffman) DeRusha.
He grew up in Cook, where he graduated from high school in 1960. He then completed the mechanics course at the Dunwoody Technical Institute in Minneapolis. Len served 6 years with the Army National Guard, with the unit based in Virginia. He was united in marriage to Patricia “Patty” Loomis on February 8, 1964 in Virginia. They moved to St. Paul, where Len worked for a time for the 3M Company, then was employed for 21 years with Standard Spring & Alignment. In 1993 he retired, and they moved back to Cook settling on the DeRusha family homestead. Len was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cook. He was also a member of the NRA. Len enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, feeding the birds, walking his dog Trapper, and giving his grandkids rides on the 4 wheeler. He liked coffee time with family and friends and good conversation. Len was man of high integrity, honesty, and was most willing to help others in their needs. He had good work ethic and took pride in his work, and did it well.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Patty; one son Leonard Jr. (Suzanne) of Waconia, Minn.; one daughter, Bridget (William) Timmers of Maple Lake, Minn.; one sister, Hazel (Steve) Wark of Duluth,; four brothers, David (Dorene) of Ft. Worth, TX., Mark of Ellsworth, Wis., Daniel of Appleton, Wis. and Timothy (Cheryl) of Roseville, Minn.; 6 Grandchildren: Melissa, Karissa, Nathan, Abbigail, Nicholas and Joseph; along with numerous special nieces, nephews, and many friends.
He is preceded in death by a daughter, Lenda Jean DeRusha on October 3, 1968,; his father Leonard on November 19, 1989, and his mother, Eugena on September 6, 1984.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Monday at the First Baptist Church in Cook. The co-officiants will be Rev. Randy Swenson and Rev. Wally Olson. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Melia Maki, 95, former longtime resident of Alango Township died Monday, December 11, 2006, at the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope, Minnesota.
She was born in Alango Township on June 19, 1911, the daughter of Nels and Sandra (Harju) Nukala. She grew up in Alango Township, where she lived for 88 years. She raised her children on her own after the untimely death of her first husband John Alto in 1939. After her children were grown, she was blessed to find another special man, and she married Toivo Maki on July 2, 1956 in Cook. Melia’s father was a charter member of the Finnish Lutheran Church in Alango, which became the present St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was a member there growing up and belonged to its church choir in the 1920’s. She was a current longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Cook. Melia was a devoted wife and mother, and cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. She and Toivo’s passion was helping to take care of others in need. Her family reverently remembers her quoting” God put us on this earth to help others”, and they put that belief into practice. Melia enjoyed berry picking and her family fondly recalls her as “making the best jam in the world”, of which she gave as Christmas gifts for years. She also liked gardening and playing Scrabble and Uno with family. She had been residing at the North Ridge Care Center in New Hope the past 8 years.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Jean) Alto of Clermont, Fl., Erland (Joyce) Alto of Nevis, MN., a step-son, Donald (Faye) Rautio of Florida; a daughter Nancy (Elof) Olson of Grantsburg, Wis., twenty Grandchildren, along with great and great-great Grandchildren.
Melia is preceded in death by her first husband, John Alto in 1939; her second husband Toivo Maki in 1977; one son, Arnold Alto in 1980; a grandson, Nathan Alto in 1997; five brothers, Leslie in 1941, Ernest in 1949, Wilho in 1965, Charlie in 1986, and Wilmer in 1986; two sisters, Nelmi Koivu in 2002, and Ellen Nukala who died in infancy in 1905.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Brenda Tibbetts, AiM (Associate in Ministry), will be the officiant. Jeremiah Alto, Melia’s great grandson will be the soloist and Doreen Olson the pianist. Casket bearers and honorary bearers will be Melia’s Grandsons. Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.
William Walter Dey, 74 passed away on Dec 06, 2006 at Wickenburg, Arizona. He was born on February 13, 1932, the child of Ernest L. & Emily (Bassett) Dey in St. Paul, Minnesota. On January 16, 1954 he married Shelby Lorraine "Jean" Parson. He served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and two years in the Korean War delivering artillery. Bill was trucking and logging for 44 years, covering 47 states in long haul. The Deys moved to Arizona in 1974 and to Wickenberg in late 1980. He and Jean enjoyed 25 years there entertaining family and friends who visited (escaping the cold winters elsewhere) as it was his favorite thing to do when not trucking. He enjoyed showing all the beauty of Arizona.
He is survived by his wife Jean, two sons and one daughter; Bob & Jo (Allen) Dey, Vicki June & Dale Leinonen and Jerome W. Dey. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Ernest and Emily Dey; a daughter Terri (Mark) Wayman and a brother David (Mary Ann) Dey..
Thorsten Swenson, 92, of Devils Lake formerly of Calvin, ND died on Thursday, November 30, 2006 at Lake Country Manor, Devils Lake. Peder Thorsten Richard Swenson was born February 7, 1914 in Lansing Township, Towner County to Charles and Amanda (Johanson) Swenson. As a young boy, Thorsten moved with his family to the farm one mile west of Calvin, ND so that the older children could be closer to school. He attended school through eighth grade at Calvin, then farmed for his oldest brother, Archie, and later for his brother, Herman, both in the Calvin area. In 1933, he moved to Mylo, ND to live and work with his brother, Hank. In 1936 he moved to Detroit Lakes, MN to work for a local farmer but returned to Calvin later that same year to farm with his father. This was during the Great Depression, and Thorsten was always proud of the fact that he was able to make the farm profitable through those lean years. In 1945, Charles retired from farming and Thorsten took over operation of the farm.
On March 25, 1950, he married Margaret Rosenberger in Devils Lake, ND. They made their home on the farm at Calvin, where they raised their three children, Randall, Debra and Cynthia. Margaret passed away on June 2, 1972. Thorsten continued to farm until his retirement in 1977. On October 10, 1974, he married Marion Stensgaard. They lived on the farm for the next few years, wintering in Devils Lake and for one year in Arizona. Upon retirement, they built a house in Devils Lake. Thorsten’s lifelong enjoyment of horses developed as a young man working with them on the farm, led to his owning several during his years in Devils Lake. It was always a good day for Thorsten when he could show visitors one of his beloved horses. Thorsten was known in the community for maintaining his farming friendships. Most mornings he could be found at the White House Cafe having coffee with his friends. Throughout the years in Calvin, Thorsten was active there as well, serving on several boards, including the Farmers Union Elevator board. After moving into Devils Lake, he served on the Community Credit Union board. Thorsten was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake. In March of 2005, Thorsten took residence in Lake Country Manor Assisted Living.
Thorsten will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Marion; children, Rev. Randy (Jeani) Swenson, Cook, MN; Deb (Bill) Cawley, Inkster, ND; Cindy (Mike) Milkey, Minot, ND; stepchildren, Leslie Stensgaard, Denver, CO, Dwight (Kathy) Stensgaard, Rapid City, SD; grandchildren, John (Sara) Cawley, Kari Cawley, Lori Cawley, Erin Cawley, Emily Swenson, Ryan Swenson, Peder Swenson; stepgrandchildren, Monica (Kent) Ketterling, Erica (John) Thompson, Mari Stensgaard, Tate Stensgaard; brothers, Carl (Edna) Swenson, Seattle, WA, Oscar (Ulla) Swenson, Chandler, AZ; several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret; infant son, Ronald; parents, Charles and Amanda Swenson; sister, Martha; brothers, Archie, Herman, Gus, and Curtis.
Funeral Services for Thorsten will be held on Monday, December 4, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Devils Lake. Rev. Rafe Allison will officiate and burial will be in the Corinthian Cemetery at Calvin, ND.
Visitation will be held at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Sunday, December 3, 2006 from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m with the family present from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitation on Monday will be at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Serving as casket bearers for Thorsten will be his grandchildren. Music will be provided by Terry Henriksen, soloist and Brenda Swenseth, organist
Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.
Martin George Schaefbauer, 90, of Eveleth, formerly of Cook, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at the University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing. He was born Nov. 11, 1916, the oldest of 12 children, to Mike and Margaret (Stellflug) Schaefbauer in Herreid, S.D., where he grew up and attended school. He lived in Richardton, N.D., and was a brother at the Assumption Abbey for many years. Martin moved to the Iron Range in the mid-1950s. He was a carpenter and janitor at the Marquette School and had a great love for ponies. Martin was united in marriage to Rose Shega on July 2, 1968, in Hibbing. The past eight years he lived in Cook. Martin was a man of God, loved the Lord and prayed the Rosary daily for all of us.
Survivors include his stepdaughter, Colleen (Richard) LeMoine of Hoyt Lakes and formerly of Cook; sisters, Rosella McGrath of St. Paul, Augusta (Kenneth) Bernard of Iron, and Rita (Archie) Mitzel of Herreid, S.D.; brothers, Mike (Marcella) Schaefbauer of Bella Vista, Ark., Louis (Voncille) Schaefbauer of Hibbing, and Richard Schaefbauer of Virginia; sister-in-law, Joan Schaefbauer of Virginia, and Marcy Lenka of Virginia; stepgrandchildren, Dionne, Cory, Chyrisse, Tyson, and Kai.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose; stepdaughter, Aylette; parents; brothers and sisters.
Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia. The Rev. John O’Donnell, the Rev. Boland and the Rev. Antus will con-celebrate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral Mass at the church. Burial will be in the Eveleth Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia
Robert Warren Johnson, 74 of Little Fork, Minnesota, died Monday, November 27, 2006 at the Falls Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Littlefork, and graduated from the Littlefork High School. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea. Robert lived and worked in Silver Bay and later in Babbitt in the Reserve Mining Industry as an electrician. For the past 5 1/2 years he was a resident of the Littlefork Care Center. He was united in marriage to Frances Kolo and they had five children together. He later married Beatrice Promersberger on Sept. 1, 1973. He loved to take pictures, hunt, fish and play cards. He enjoyed visiting with elderly folks and was a collector of many things. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1539 in Babbitt where he was a commander for three years and All State for two years. Robert was an avid fan of the local sports in Littlefork.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Charlotte (Keiver) Johnson; his sisters, Marjorie Kester and Norma Nelson; and brother, Leonard Johnson.
Robert is survived by his wife, Beatrice, of 33 years; sons, Richard (Debbie) Johnson of Virginia, and Robert Johnson of Winslow, Maine; daughters, Roberta Johnson of Presque Isle, Maine, Charla (Mike) Valenti of Colorado, and Rose (Roy) Lovley, also of Presque Isle, Maine; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brothers, Gary Johnson and James (Mary) Johnson, both of Littlefork, Minnesota; and sisters, Dorothy (Mel) Frisch of Littlefork, Minnesota Betty Anderson of North Plaines, Oregon., Pat Lassie of Babbitt, Minnesota, Edythe "Edie" (Bill) Peterson of Cook, Minnesota., and Sharon (Ken) Obermaier of Littlefork, Minnesota.
Funeral services with flag presentation are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Littlefork Lutheran Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Oakley Cemetery, Littlefork.Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com. Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls
William H. Burtness, 85, of Wethersfield, Connecticut died on Sunday, (November 26, 2006) as the result of a lengthy illness. Howard was in Cook, Minnesota to Peter 90, 1964 & Anna 63, 1953 Mathilda "Tillie" (Swenson) Burtness. He graduated from the Cook High School in 39.
Howard married Genevieve Cakutro in Hartford, Connecticut and they had one daughter; Marjorie. Genevieve passed away in 1969. He then married Jean Oleskewicz who survives him. He lived in Connecticut for many years. He worked for Prudential Insurance Company until his retirement in 1987. Bill had a great love of gardening and traveling with Jean. Besides his wife Jean, he leaves his daughter and son-in-law, Marjorie and Marc Herzog of Barkhamsted; two grandsons, Nathan Herzog and his wife Kristin of Granby and Ross Herzog of Barkhamsted; and a great-granddaughter, Brooke Herzog. He also leaves two sisters, Marianne Swanson and Betty Rieder; and one brother, Eldred Burtness all of Cook, Minnesota; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed and Joyce Oleskewicz of Florida; sister-in-law Shirley Oleskewicz of Suffield; as well as many nieces; and nephews. Bill's family would like to offer special thanks to all of Bill's caregivers at Hartford Hospital and Elm Hill Convalescent Home. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 29, at 9a.m., from the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10a.m. in SS. Cyril & Methodius Church, Hartford. Burial will follow at Mt. St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 28, 5-8p.m., at the funeral chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Hazel Jean (Pohto) Aho, 73, of Embarrass and Virginia, died Monday, Nov. 27, 2006, at the Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation center. She was born Nov. 4, 1933, to Sulo and Helmi (Rahkola) Pohto in Chisholm. She graduated from Alango High School. Hazel was united in marriage on June 5, 1954, to Wallace Aho at the Alango Lutheran Church. They built their home in Embarrass and resided there for 47 years. She worked at the Cluett-Peabody Shirt Factory in Virginia, Four Corners in Embarrass and the Mesabi Daily News motor route in Embarrass. Hazel loved to paint ceramics, do crafts and cook for family meals. She enjoyed the road trips California. In 2004, she moved to Edgewood Vista in Virginia and enjoyed her new friends and card group. Hazel was a member of Embarrass Hope Lutheran Church. She served as president and treasurer of Hope’s WELCA, president of West Grove Women’s Club and den mother of Embarrass Pack No. 168.
Survivors include three sons, Rodney (Kathy) of Prior Lake, Minn., Kevin (Lisa) of Hermantown, and Greg (Jackie) of Burnsville, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Vicky Aho of La Mirada, Calif.; grandchildren, Jennifer (Steven) Reinders and Kristin of Prior Lake, Craig (Stacy) and Brandon of California, Ryan of Shelly, Idaho, Sarah (Derek) Urtel of Madison Lake, Daniel of Duluth, and Kaci and Jesica of Burnsville; great-grandchildren, Michael, Rachael and Jacob of California, Kristyn of Shelly, Idaho, Abigail Reinders of Prior Lake, and Jackson Urtel of Madison Lake; many relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sulo 71, 1978 and Helmi 85, 1998 Pohto; her husband of 45 years, Wallace; son, Michael; sister, Elsie 70, 2006 (Willard) Aho; and brother, Leslie Pohto 26, 1968.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rev. Ann Christin Elvemo will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Elsie Lillian Palmer, 80, of Cook, formerly of Gheen, died Saturday, November 25, 2006, at the Cook Hospital. She was born on March 27, 1926 on the family homestead in Alango Township; the daughter of Victor and Mary (Rantala) Ojanen. She grew up in Alango, where she married Arthur R. Palmer on July 24, 1948. After marriage they settled in Gheen, where she lived for nearly 50 years. She belonged to and was the Treasurer of both the Willow Valley Farmer’s Club and the Willow Valley Food Buying Club. Elsie was also the Willow Valley Township Treasurer for many years. She enjoyed reading, firing up the sauna for family, along with her joy and talent at baking and handwork ,which included: weaving, knitting, and crocheting. She had a love of flowers and her family fondly remembers her beautiful flower beds and her green thumb with plants. Another one of Elsie’s pastimes was feeding and watching the many birds in her yard. She was a devoted wife and mother, a loving grandmother who took pride in her grandchildren. They all enjoyed their numerous good times at the family cabin on Myrtle Lake and the many loaded pontoon boat rides, and fishing.
She is survived by 4 sons, Duane (Barb) of Gheen, Curtis (Kay) of Gheen, Gary (Tammy) of Cook, and Jeff (MeeSoon) of Montgomery, Ala.,; 1 daughter, Rebecca (Robert) Tupa of Hibbing; 2 brothers, Arnold (Shirley) Ojanen of Cook and Raymond Ojanen of Hermantown, 2 sisters, Esther Pohto of Alango and Sigrid Kontio of Cook; 8 Grandchildren: Dominic, Wesley (Naomi), Arthur, Marcus, Amy, Brian, Stacy and Jessy Palmer; 2 step-grandchildren, Jon Strong and Adam Tupa, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Elsie is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur age 58 on Dec. 12, 1977; a son Warren who died on May 25, 1970 during childbirth, 1 brother, Walfred Ojanen age 79 on Oct 21, 1987; 4 sisters, Elma Enzmann age 82 on June 20, 2004, Sylvia Brown age 90 on Dec. 25, 2002,; Helen Heikkinen 78 on Nov. 3, 1988, and Helia Hakala age 19 in 1936.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home, and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. The music will be provided by Amy Palmer, Jim Ganahl and Pam Ruuska. The casket bearers will be: James Shermer, Clifford Shermer, David Hanson, Stuart Domitz, Tom Ojanen and Brian Kontio. Interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Lois Erickson 81, of Hoffman, Minnesota passed away Saturday, November 25, 2006 at the ELEAH Medical Center in Elbow Lake, Minnesota. Lois was born on March 10, 1925 at Cass Lake, Minnesota, to Harris and Emma (Lind) LaBelle. She graduated in 1943 from the Cook High School. On February 9,1946 she married David Erickson.
The couple lived in Cook for 46 years, moving to Hoffman in 1992. They spent 11 winters in Texas David passed away on March 22, 2004.
Survivors include her daughter Kallie (Dwaine) Quernemoen of Hoffman; grandchildren; Alana (Lou) Serikwoski, Paige and Derrick......Kerry (Mike) Wagner, Nikki...Melissa (Pete) Bright, Caitlin and Tyler. Traci Drexl (died 8-23-92) Angela (Allissa) and Sara; Melinda Erickson, Richard Erickson.
Eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, two sisters; Pat LaBelle, Donna Vukson and one brother; Bob LaBelle
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Erickson Sr. 92, 2004; son David "Butch" Erickson Jr. 42, 1990. Granddaughter; Traci; two brothers, two sisters, and her parents.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Hoffman Good Samaritan Center. Clergy: Rev. Richard Bahe. Burial: Cook Community Cemetery, Cook, Minn. Funeral home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Hoffman
Delores Mary Kosluchar, 77, of Angora passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Jan. 12, 1929, to Raymond and Minnie Willett in International Falls. She married Joseph Kosluchar in Hibbing in 1952. Delores was a resident of Angora. She was a cook and waitress in her early years in St. Paul and Duluth. She was the owner and operator of the Trading Post Tavern for 25 years. She also worked for Edgar and Lucille at the Crescent Supper Club in Cook for 10 years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. She was a very loving, compassionate person who always put others ahead of herself. Delores was the type of person who liked to laugh, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her son, Joseph Kosluchar, of Angora; grandsons, Phillip of Angora and Bryan of Minneapolis; a sister, Eileen Benoit, of Duluth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by by her parents; husband; Joe on October 22, 1976 at the age of 61, four brothers, Raymond, Johny, Roy and Kenny; and five sisters, Marcella, Lucille, Flora, Lillian and Betty.
Funeral services; 11 a.m. Saturday at the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing, with the Rev. Justin Fish officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Pallbearers are: Les Harkonen, John Koslucher, Jim Kosluchar, Lloyd Roethler, George Kallio and Ron Hakkila. Honorary pallbearers are: Lee and Rodney Arola, Dennis and Bruce Perkio, Barry and Stan Martinson, Bill Malila, Edward Benoit, Douglas Kallio, Ron Setter and Gary Lappi.
Irene Nurmi Bergman Wehde, 90, passed away in Crystal River, Florida on November 16 of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Field Township on September 27, 1916.
She and Owen Bergman were married in 1934, and Owen died in an automobile accident in 1949. Irene then worked for several years as a switchboard operator at the Cook telephone office. When Cook “went dial,” she transferred to Coleraine, where she met and married Albert “Bert” Wehde. They subsequently moved to Florida where they had made their home since 1963. Irene was, above all, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. In addition, she was an avid student of the Spanish language, organ, and piano, and she was an accomplished artist in oils, acrylics, pastels, and watercolor. She lovingly nurtured Florida flowering shrubs, songbirds, and her pet rabbits.
Irene personified the skilled homemaker, and friends and family will remember her as a warm and generous hostess.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Wehde of Dunellon, Florida; one son, Mervyn (Sheila) of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin; one daughter, Joanne (Edward Borowiec) of Angora, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial service will be held in July at the Willow Valley Cemetery.
Robert W. Chapman, 77, of Duluth, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006 at St. Mary's Medical Center. He was born October 18, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Ray and Lucille (Spalding) Chapman. He is a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the US Navy. He graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. and Warton School of Business in Pennsylvania. He married Kathleen McClellan on June 30, 1979. He worked as a General Agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Agency. Robert enjoyed gardening and fishing. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club. He was preceded in death by his parents. Robert is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathleen; son, Scot (Mary Nell) of Big Lake, Minn.; daughters, Gayle Chapman of Boise, Idaho, Lee Anne (Bradley) Cutler of Des Moines, Iowa; brothers, James (Anna) of Virginia, William (Sue) of Laguna Hills, Calif.; Mother-law Lois Jacobson (Allan 62, 1972 McClellan) Price of Cook, Minn.; brother-in-law, Ron (Nancy) McClellan of White Bear Township, Minn.; sisters-in-law, Margaret (Rodney) Edblom of Cook, Minn., Brenda (Warren) Lakso of Circle Pines, Minn., Ilona (Doyle) Svedberg of Cook, Minn., Candyce (Bob) Berens of Hugo, Minn., Roxanne (Danny) Brinker of Cook, Minn.; four grandchildren, Lindsey and LeRoyce Chapman, and Lee and Carlee Cutler; and his faithful companion Mistletoe. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and two very special nieces, Heidi and Jill Brinker. FUNERAL SERVICE:1 p.m. Monday at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Visitation 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Dougherty Funeral Home and continuing one hour prior to Service at Lakeside Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805, 218-727-3555
John B. Beltramo Jr., 86, of Hibbing, formerly of Sturgeon Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at his residence.
He was born on January 13, 1920, at Cuneo, Italy; the son of John and Maria (Berganini) Beltramo Sr. He grew up in the Franklin location, then his family settled at the farm in Sturgeon Township. He was a proud World War II. Army Veteran, where he was a paratrooper and demolitions expert with the 82nd Airborne. He was part of the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Crossing of the Rhine and Central Europe. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and received the Medal of Valor. He married Marjorie E. White on May 15, 1953 in Virginia, MN. John farmed, logged and was a heavy equipment operator for Rhude and Fryberger for many years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, North American Fishing Club, Gold Prospectors of America and a life member of the Good Sam Club. Some of his many hobbies and interests were: Gold Prospecting, fishing, gambling, lapidary collecting, making jewelry, traveling, collecting cook books, hunting, along with enjoying going to buffets.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; 3 sons, Gregory (Sue) of Milwaukee, WI., James of Hibbing, and Bruce (Martha) of Albuquerque, NM.; 3 daughters, Sharon (John) Rimolde of Mt. Iron, Marianne (Mark) Redmond of Chisholm, and Marlene Beltramo of Duluth; 9 Grandchildren: Jason (Michelle) Fosso, Justin (Kalee) Fosso, Brian Beltramo, Sara (James) Beltramo-Steveson, Sandra Kallio, Jill (Jesse) Mankus, Dawn Kallio, Larissa (Matthew) Bagaglio, and Paul Crego III.; 9 Great Grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Kaitlyn, and Tyler Fosso, Brad Svercl, Dennis Kaligher, Ethan Torgerson and Alexis Kreuger, Kaleb Steveson, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by 1 son, Lawrence “Larry” Beltramo; 2 brothers, Joseph and Costonzo Beltramo; 2 sisters, Mary Finstad, and Carmella Beltramo who died in infancy.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus OMI will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. 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 Alango Township Cemetery.
Elma Evelyn (Rahikainen) Jarvi, 74, of Britt, devoted and much-loved wife and mother, died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at St. Michael’s Health & Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was born Oct. 6, 1932, to Selma (Sally) 80, 1984 and William 92, 1991 Rahikainen in Idington. She attended grade school in Idington and was co-salutatorian of her graduating class in Alango. Following her graduation from the Duluth Business University she was employed by W.A. Fisher Printing Co.
She married Walter Edwin Jarvi on June 7, 1952. They built their home in Britt, where they resided together except for the times since February, when Elma was either hospitalized or recuperating at St. Michael’s. She was a member of the Sand Lake Chapel. Many will remember her and Edwin’s involvement in various church activities and groups but they will be especially remembered for the long hours and hard work they put into pasty bakes and spaghetti suppers. Elma was a Sunday school teacher and an organist at both the Idington Lutheran Church and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. For several years she was on the local election board. She was always generous and was gifted with great wit and a wonderful sense of humor.
Their family often enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. One of her favorite pastimes was picking blueberries and one of her favorite dreams was about sitting down in a patch where the blueberries hung in clusters and were truly the size of grapes. Some of Elma’s hobbies included gardening, canning, sewing, knitting, crocheting, crafts, baking, decorating cakes and reading. Horseshoes, honk-a-ball and card playing were also enjoyed at their home. Elma greatly enjoyed polka music. It was a treat to watch her and Edwin dance together — you could tell they loved the dancing and each other.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin; children, Linda (Dean) Squires, James (Sharon) Jarvi, Joanne (Wade) Mannikko and Richard Jarvi; her “sister,’’ Dorothy Bowyer; grandchildren, Sarah (Matt), Benjamin (Kelly), James, Robert, Eugene, Dawn and Lacey; eight great-grandchildren; several other relatives and numerous dear friends.
Her spirit has been reunited with her parents and her brother, Richard Rahikainen 47, 1985. May our circle be unbroken.
Memorial service 11 a.m. Friday at the Sand Lake Chapel in Britt. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Elma was a 1950 graduate of the Alango High School. Her mother was a well-know self-taught Chiropractor who practiced in her farm-home with many coming for relief of back problems.
Charles “Chuck” Knapp, 84, Cook, died Monday, November 13, 2006, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on October 21, 1922, at Cook, the son of C. Alfred and Mary (Winchell) Knapp.
He lived in the Cook area all of his life except for a brief period when his family moved to Deerwood, MN. He graduated from Cook High School in 1942, and began working for the Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway in 1943, retiring in 1979. He enjoyed sports, playing basketball in high school, baseball, bowling, golf, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Meadow Hunting Club and had been a Cook Area Lions. Chuck married Olga Fallos, and she precedes him in death on April 9, 1960. He was later blessed to find another love and was united in marriage to Goldie Benson Lindquist on August 30, 1963, in Bellingham, Washington. For many years he was a member of the Cook Volunteer Fire Department. After retirement he was a greens keeper at Vermilion Fairways Golf Course in Cook for 10 years. He was an avid vegetable gardener, and his family fondly remembers him as always being busy. He repaired golf clubs for fellow golfers, and was a well known area Dowser (water witcher), and found water veins for many people in the Cook and surrounding area. After knee surgery in 1991, be taught himself to crotchet to pass the time during his recovery. His new talent enabled him to make numerous family furnishings of afghans, vests, boot liners, mitts, and scarves.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Goldie; 1 son, Brian (Deb) Knapp of Coon Rapids, MN., 2 step-sons, Jon (Judy) Lindquist of Thief River Falls, MN., and Ross (Sue) Lindquist of Bellingham, Wash., ; 3 step-daughters, Shireen (Garry) Schultz of Blaine, MN., Tania (Ben) Wilkin of Cook and Taryn Lindquist of Cook; 13 Grandchildren: Tyler & Derek Knapp, Jason Lindquist, Jordan (Kellie) Lindquist, Nicholas Schultz, Lance Connor, Nathan, Skyler and Jeremy (Heather) Wilkin, Cory & Amy Palumbo, and Scott & Joey Perry; 4 Great Grandchildren: Maya Lindquist, Ethan & Carter Wilkin and Cameron Martin; Chuck’s step-children from his first marriage to Olga Fallos – Pat (Gary) Lindsey, Jerry (Barb) Fallos and Kurt (Peggy) Fallos, along with numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and of course his beloved pet dog, Taboo.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Olga on April 9, 1960,; 1 brother, Cy Knapp; 1 sister, Eva Holm, and 2 stepsons, John and James Fallos.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday (Nov. 18th) at the First Baptist Church in Cook. Rev.’s Randy Swenson and Wally Olson will be the officiants. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The casket bearers will be family members: Lance Connor, Nathan Wilkin, Skyler Wilkin, Nicholas Schultz, Jason Lindquist, Jordan Lindquist, Ben Wilkin, and Garry Schultz. Honorary bearers will be: Tyler and Derek Knapp. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Christopher “Chris” Mark Luecken, 41, of Angora, formerly of Gheen, died Friday, November 10, 2006, as the result of an industrial accident. He was born on December 8, 1964, at St. Paul, Minnesota; the son of George and Mary Ann (Hoover) Luecken. Chris grew up in Gheen, where he lived most of his life. He attended the Orr schools. He worked in the woods with his father George and with his brother-in-law David Udovich. He had been employed for Seppi Bros. Concrete Products Corp. the past three years. He was a member of the 49ers Union, National Rifle Association and the Minnesota Deer Hunter’s Association. Chris was an all season avid fisherman, and enjoyed hunting.
He is survived by his wife, Nadine, a daughter, Cassandra “Cassie” Luecken and son Jeremy Luecken, five step-children, Rachael Pierce, Merle Leecy, Robecca Leecy, Rodney Villebrun, and Misty Strong; his parents, George and Mary Ann (Hoover) Luecken of Gheen; one brother, Donnie (Becky) Luecken of Gheen; one sister Carol (David) Udovich of Gheen,; 2 nephews: Steven and Derek Udovich and one niece, Michaela Luecken, all of Gheen, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Caroline Luecken, and Howard and Madelyn Hoover.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 AM Tuesday, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. Rev. Fr. Joseph M. Thomas, MCBS will be the celebrant. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
Suoma (Mattson) Eilola, 89, entered into rest on Thursday, November 9, 2006, at St. Luke’s Hospital. She attended school in Alango, had a great passion for learning, and enjoyed reading. Suoma married Neilo Eilola on May 4, 1935. Together they raised their family in Alango. She was a very kind, compassionate, caring woman. As she often said, "I have loved my family. My children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have been very important to me." Suoma was a proud Finnish woman, full of sisu! She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Her spirit has been reunited with her parents; her husband, Neilo Eilola 79, 1993; her son, Jerry Eilola 52, 1996; her brother, Onnie; her sister, Jennie; and her son-in-law, Darrell Swanson.
Suoma is survived by her son, Vernon (Patricia) Eilola; daughters, Betty (Bob) Wheelecor, and Phyllis Swanson; nine grandchildren, JoAnn, Rob, Darren, Lori, Mary, Cory, Susan, Jim, and Scott; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Mattson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the food shelf or a charity of your choice. Services by Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200
Lyall Henry Holm, 80, of Angora died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at his residence. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, to Henry and Florence (Randall) Holm in Bear River, where he grew up. Lyall was an Army veteran, serving in World War II. He moved to Alango in 1954. He married Martha Laine in October 1955. Lyall worked in the woods and iron mines and also did tire retread work. After retiring he did home excavating.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia (Stanley) Martinson of Britt and Sharon (Robert) Johnson of Balkan; a grandson, Shawn Martinson, of Britt; a granddaughter, Nicole (Riley) Holm, of Virginia; a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Holm, of Virginia; and a sister, Leona (Jim) Lorringer, of Pleasant, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; two brothers; and a grandson, Eric Johnson
Private family services were held. Burial was in Morcom Cemetery in Bear River. Arrangements were with Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Richard D. [Bozo] Anderson 69 formerly of Angora and of Lodi, California passed away Tuesday October 17, 2006 in a Lodi Hospital. He was born in McIntosh, Minnesota to Alfred E. and Irma Anderson.
Bozo attended Chisholm schools to the 4th grade, Bear River School from 5th through 8th grade and graduated from Alango High School in 1954.Mr. Anderson worked for the Lodi, California police department becoming a sergeant. He worked with K-9 Unit and Narcotica for many years before retiring in 1991. After his retirement he worked for F & M Bank in Lodi as a maintenance technician for 5 years and had to retire from there due to poor health. Bozo attended and graduated from Sacramento State University with a BA in criminal justice, class of 1975, while he worked for the police dept. He was a US Navy and a Korean War veteran. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, camping, watching bull riding, and spending time with his family and friends, especially with his grandchildren.
He will be best remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Pat Anderson of Lodi; 2 daughters, Debbie Anderson of Lodi; and Tammie Lonzo of Lodi; One brother Dale Anderson of Duluth Minnesota; two sisters, Avis Cowan of Morongo Valley, California; and Susie Sherling of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Kenny and Michael Lonzo of Lodi; Meryll Thompson of Lodi. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wallace, Alfred [Buddy] and Wilbert [Minnow] Anderson; two sisters, Evelyn Franceschetti, Lorraine Wedge and a grandson Christopher Lonzo.
A chapel service was held on Tuesday, October 24th 2006 in Lodi followed by internment at the Cherokee Memorial Park of Lodi.
Thanks to Richard's sister Avis for sending his obituary.
I have talked to many people who read and enjoy your website, including me. It keeps us up to date with happenings in that area. I try to get back to Minnesota every 2 years, but in the mean time it is a touch of home for us. Avis Anderson Cowan.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kozlak-Radulovich Blaine Chapel in Blaine, Minn. Visitation one hour prior to services. Private interment will be at the Cook Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Animal Humane Society
Christine Ann (Nissinen, Sarazine) Kuitunen, 67, of Fridley was a former nurse at Range Mental Health in Virginia, Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth and Allina MAO Clinic in Minneapolis.
Survivors include sons, Patrick, Michael and Jonathan Sarazine and Jeffrey (Lynn) Kuitunen; daughters, Bernice (Ron) Thoennes, Barbara Wellington (Allan Porisch); brothers, Ken Nissinen, Robin (Lola) Nissinen; sisters, Patricia (Ed) Kuitunen and Nancy (Duane) Mrosla; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Bernard (Jim) Sarazine and William (Bill) Kuitunen; son, Christopher Sarazine; and sister, Carol Anderson
Christine Nissinen was married to Bernard "Jim" Sarazine 28 of Cook. He passed away on October 21, 1963 from a traffic accident. Christine attended the Cook School.
Jim was the son of Leo 51, 1959 & Elizabeth 75, 1990 Sarazine. He was a brother to Norbert, Edward, Raymond 60, 1998, Corrinne, Rita, Patricia 62, 2004, Jean, Phyllis and Michael.
Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Orr. Pastor Art Dale will officiate for Patricia Marie Patten, 64, of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, died Oct. 31, 2005, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 4, 1941, in Cook. Patty was a free spirit with love in her heart, she believed in the Native American ways and participated in pow wows, even in Hawaii. Her eagle feathers and sage were with her when she died. Patty was a retired waitress for Patten’s Cafe in Orr and the Ocean View in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
She is survived by her loving friend and companion, Bill Kuntzmann Jr.; her brother, Brae Patten; daughter, Shawn (Bill) Simonson; son, Shane (Kelly Skelton) McGregor; grandchildren, Andrew, Shane, Daniel Simonson and Emily McGregor; nieces and nephews; and her pet cockatoo, “Simmy.’’
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Myrna (Erkenbrack) Patten
Harold DuMarce, 83, of Cook, died Monday, (October 23, 2006), at the Cook Nursing Home. Harold was born on February 16, 1923, in Sisseton, South Dakota; the son of Hastings and Lola (Carter) DuMarce. He grew up in Sisseton, in 1938 moved to Virginia, and graduated from the Mt. Iron High School in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War 11, where he was part of the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations.
After his honorable discharge, he moved to Cook, where he met and married Gladys Knutson on December 7, 1946. He worked as a carpenter foreman, general foreman and superintendent for major projects, including Minntac, Inland Steel, the Red Wing and Monticello nuclear power plants, and the Thule Air Force Base in Greenland. Harold was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and sang in its Choir for many years, the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757- including its Honor Guard, and the Vermilion Fairways Golf Course. He was a past member of the Orr American Legion Post #480, and the Musician’s Union. Harold was a well known area musician, who was the saxophone player and lead singer for the former Marvin Erickson Band, The Escorts, and later the Virginians. He was an avid Golfer and assisted at the Vermilion Fairways Golf Course. He was well known for his wit, sense of humor, and he relished playing pranks on his family and friends.
He is survived by 3 sons, Daniel (Marge) of Cook, Gary (Lola) of Alango, and Mark of Virginia; 2 Grandsons, Philip DuMarce and Craig (Rachel) DuMarce; and a soon to be Great Granddaughter that is due to arrive in November, along with numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Gladys on August 22, 2005; two sisters, Vivian McBride and Faye Baker, and a half-brother, Donald Robinson.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (Oct. 27th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant. Members of the Trinity Lutheran Church Choir will sing, and Bailey Conger will provide the accompaniment. Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757, and the Orr American Legion Post # 480. Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.
Oliver C. Kronholm, age 90, Cambridge, MN, died October 22, 2006 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born in Cook, MN and graduated from the Tower-Soudan High School in 1933. He attended Hibbing Junior College, Cambridge Community College; Bellevue, (WA) Community College, University of Minnesota.
He was employed in various capacities by the Dupont Company in Minnesota, Illinois and Seattle, WA; Business Administrator for the Minnesota Baptist Conference, and Direct Market Media, Cambridge, MN as Controller and Business Consultant.
Oliver was an active member of Baptist General Conference churches wherever he lived, and he served as Sunday School teacher, Moderator, Deacon and Elder. He was a lay minister having been licensed to preach by the Fist Baptist Church of Chisholm, MN. He was a charter member of Lakeside Baptist Church where he served in various capacities, including chairman of its building committee when the original church was built. Oliver was a member of the Baptist General Conference Home Missions Board, the Vancouver Bible College Board of Directors, the Minnesota Baptist Conference Christian Education Board, and Grandview Christian Home Board of Directors in Cambridge. Oliver was a member of the Mt. of Olives Baptist Church in Duluth at the time of his death. He is remembered for his loving example of faithfulness, integrity, hard work, humor, and trust in his Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edvard 87, 1975 and Greta 43, 1929 Lovisa Kronholm, his first wife Dorothy, brother Einar 86, 1998, and sister Astrid 89, 2003 (Rev. Bruce 87, 2003) Fleming. He is survived by his wife, Doris, daughters Gloria Louise (Paul) Walters, Wabasha, MN; Carol Jean (William) Bell, Tower, MN and Wentzville, MO; Joyce Elaine (David) Eicher, Spring City, TN; and Lois Marie (Dr. James) Weeks, St. Cloud, MN; stepdaughters Marlys (Robert) Wood, Victoria, MN; Barbara (Bjorn) Iwarsson, Orcas Island, WA, and a stepson Eric (Nancy) Hoglund, Duluth, 12 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 5 step grandchildren and 5 step great- grandchildren. Oliver is also survived by a brother, Gunnar (Eunice) Kronholm, Shoreview, MN and a sister, Judith (Harris) Youngquist, Cook, MN.
Visitation will be at the Carlson Funeral Home, Cambridge on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 5-8 o’clock, and the funeral will be at the First Baptist Church of Cook, MN on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation prior to the service at 12:00 p.m. Internment will be in the family plot at Cook, MN. Memorials preferred.
Gilbert Cameron Johnson 70, passed away on October 15, 2006 in Chicago after a lengthy illness. He was born on January 7, 1936 in Cook, Minnesota. His parents were; Cameron 53, 1953 & Florence 89, 1991 (Olson) Johnson. His siblings; Gerald 69, 1995 (Bev) Johnson, Norman (Betty) Johnson and Marcia (Bert) Anderson. Gilbert had lived in Chicago since the late 1950s He is also survived by his wife Evelyn (Kumfer) Johnson. Gilbert was a 1955 graduate of the Cook High School. A full obituary will follow.
Catherine Louise Rutchasky, 47, of Buyck, died Friday, October 13, 2006, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Catherine Louise Nelson on April 15, 1959, at International Falls, the daughter of Ervin “Butch” and Donna (Krambeck) Nelson. She was baptized at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr, and had lived her younger years at Ash Lake, then moved to Orr with her family while she was in high school.
Cathy married Frank Rutchasky on August 20, 1977, at Orr and had lived in Buyck since their marriage. Cathy held many jobs throughout her life but the most important job to her was taking care of her family. They meant everything to her and she will be missed so very much. She endured her illness at home, and was able to stay there until the Lord called her home. Cathy’s strong faith in God helped her along with coping with her illness. She loved being outdoors, walking in the woods, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Cathy is survived by her husband, Frank; three sons, Matt (Kristy) Rutchasky of Orr , Adam (Sandy Ableman) Rutchasky of Buyck, and Andrew (Dusty Bissen) Rutchasky of Buyck; her mother and step-father, Donna and John Bergman of Cook; one sister, Susan (Jeff) Archibald of Eveleth; 2 Granddaughters, Alicia and Alana Rutchasky, and four little boys she treasured as her own grandsons: Byron, Zaeden, Ben, and also Sebastian, who died unexpectedly a year ago. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, and a great many friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Ervin “Butch” Nelson, a brother, Jamie Lee Nelson, and grandparents: Henry and Thelma Krambeck and Evert and Senia Nelson.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Wednesday (October 18th) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. Art Dale will be the officiant. Linda Freeman will provide the music.
Interment will be at a later date in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck.
Donald M. Fasteen, 77, Visitation will be one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday at the Gethsemane Evangelical Church in Virginia. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
Donald M. Fasteen, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006, at his residence.
He was born on July 21, 1929, to Milton and Agnes (Erickson) Fasteen in Virginia. He was a graduate of Virginia High School, where he earned his nickname “Flash,’’ Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He married Gladyce Juhola on Dec. 20, 1958, in Virginia. He taught life sciences for 41 years at St. Louis County Schools, with the majority of the years at Cook Junior and Senior High. He was a lifelong resident of Virginia and an active member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, collecting wild flowers and spending time at his cabin at Lake Vermilion.
Survivors include his son, Jay (Jane) Fasteen of St. Paul; and a twin brother, Ronald (Helen) Fasteen of Detroit Lakes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gladyce; and a brother, Robert.
Danna Gustafson, age 46, passed away at her residence in Bellingham, Washington on October 7, 2006. She was born in Cook, Minnesota February 22, 1960. Danna worked as a bookkeeper at Allsop Corp. for 8 years.
She is survived by her twin brother, Daniel (Cindy) Gustafson of Washington, DC; brother, Bill Gustafson of Robbinsdale, MN; sisters, Patrice (Mike) Roberts of Bellingham, WA, Judith (Jon) Lindquist of Thief River Falls, MN; nephews, Jordan (Kellie) Lindquist of Perley, MN, Jason Lindquist of Boise, ID; great-niece, Maya Lindquist of Perley, MN and many close friends who will miss her dearly.
Danna's parents Wilho "Speed" 53, 1969 & Bernice 70, 1993 (Martinson) Gustafson were raised in Cook. Danna graduated in 1978 from the Cook High School.
Private family services will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society or the Arthritis Foundation. Share memories with the family at www.allsop.com/danna . Arrangements under the care of Jerns Funeral Chapel and On-Site Crematorium, Sunset and James.
RUTH ANN STRONG (ga shi gii shi gook), 81 of Nett Lake passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born on June 17, 1925 , on Indian Island on Burnside Lake, Ely, the daughter of Edwin and Bessie (Mesabi) Boshey. The family spent their summers on the island and wintered on the main land. Ruth attended grade school in Ely and later went to boarding school in Pipestone. She briefly lived at the Vermilion Reservation before moving to Nett Lake. She was united in marriage to Albert Strong on Oct. 6, 1948 in Orr. They settled in Nett Lake where they resided the rest of their lives. Ruth was a very active volunteer in community activities. She lived and taught her native customs to her family and others. She got the nick name “Mama Bear” by wearing little kids sorrel boots on her tiny feet. Ruth enjoyed quilting, beadwork, sewing and cooking. You couldn’t leave her home without something to eat. She especially liked going to Pow-Wows. She was a member of Bois Fort Band of Chippewa.
She is survived by her children, Phyllis (Robert) Boshey, Mary Strong, Gaynard Strong all of Tower and Rodney (Lisa) Strong of International Falls; a sister, Caroline Boshey, of Tower; seven grandchildren, Ken Jr., Kristal, Donovan, Rhiannon, Jayson and Katie Marie Strong and Allison (Jim) Morrison; seven Great Grandchildren, Dylan, Jake, Kaitlin, Ryker, Starlin ,Aolani, and Cody; numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; along with numerous nephews and nieces, and friends.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Albert Strong, one son Kenneth Strong Sr.; brothers: Milton and George Boshey, sisters: Barbara Boshey, Mary Jane Lorenson, Rosebelle Chosa, and Elenor (Darlene) Creg, and a step daughter Sara Kochie.
SERVICES: Tribal Rites will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday at the Nett Lake Community Center. Visitation will be after 6:00 p.m. Friday at the center. Gilbert Smith will be the Spiritual Advisor. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Nett Lake. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook