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Georgene Johnson, 79, of Bear River, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at the Chestnut Grove  Assisted  Living Center in Virginia.  She was born in Hibbing on November 19, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Ile (Kuster) Filbert. She grew up in Hibbing and Field Township (near Cook), and graduated from the Alango High School in 1944. She then worked for several years for the Defense Department in Brigham, Utah, making airplanes during the World War 11 war effort.

 

She returned to the Cook area, where she raised her children. She married Duane Johnson on August 19, 1977 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Alango. They moved to Bear River after marriage. She worked many years for the J.C. Penny Co., and also for several business in Cook, where she was well known and liked. She and Duane enjoyed traveling together, and were to every state except Alaska. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Georgene enjoyed and appreciated her flower gardens, and also admired other flower gardens in her travels. She and Duane had many good times together, and liked dancing. Georgene lived at the Chestnut Grove Assisted Living Center in Virginia the past 2 years.

 

She is survived by her husband Duane; 4 sons, Wilfred “Butch”  Leinonen of Buhl, Duane (Martha) Leinonen of Tallahassee, Fl., Dale (Vicki) Leinonen of Angora,, and Kevin (Theresa) Johnson of Dothan, Alabama; 2 daughters, Tammy (Farley) Fox of Britt, and Kathy (Phil) Anderson of Virginia; 1 sister, Arline (Greg) Antus of Angora, 11 Grandchildren, and 17 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

She is preceded in death by her mother, Ile in 1993, her father, Arthur in 1987,; 2 brothers, Richard Filbert in 1931, and Wesley Kuster in 1993.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Alango. Rev. Don Guttormson will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The casket bearers will be: Adam and Travis Leinonen, Paul and Dean Edstrom, and Dennis and Barry Johnson. Spring interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

 

 

Margaret "Marge" A. King, 72, of Orr, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at her residence.

 

She was born at Brittmount, on January 23, 1932, the daughter of Ben and Aina (Tapanila) Heikkila. She grew up in Brittmount, and attended high school in Alango. She married Herbert H. King on May 8, 1948, at Orr. The couple settled in Orr, where Marge has since resided. She attended the Orr Bible Chapel for many years. She was the bookkeeper for the family businesses, HHM Inc. and Orr Manufacturing. Marge enjoyed knitting, crossword and jigsaw puzzle solving, gardening, and hardly ever missed her "story". "A special thank you to Keith Lundin for all the help he gave our Mom."

 

She is survived by 3 sons, Herbert Jr. and Michael (Anita) both of Orr, and Rodney (Rebekah) of Bear River; 2 daughters, Francie King-Janeksela of Wichita, Kansas and Lori King of Orr; 1 sister, Dorothy (Robert) Phillips of Florenton, Mn., 11 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Herbert Sr. on November 6, 1997,; 1 brother Ed Heikkila and 1 granddaughter, Shanene Janeksela.

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Bob Hodge will be the officiant. Spring interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.

 

 

 

John Vukelich, 84, of Orr, died Thursday, December 16, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. He was born on January 9, 1920, at the Lacknow location (near Buhl); the son of Paul and Mary (Lakner) Vukelich. He moved to Orr with his family in the 1920's. He completed 2 years of college, and had worked as a bookkeeper for Diamond Match in the Cusson area. John served honorably in the Army during World War 11. He married Leola "Lee" Starkey on November 13, 1958, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. The couple made their home in Orr until moving to Reading, Michigan in 1966. He was employed at a manufacturing plant in that area, and retired as a supervisor. Leola died on September 17, 1985, and he later met and married his second wife, Bessie Britton on August 14, 1987. They lived in the Reading, Michigan area, and she died on September 9, 2003. Earlier he had been an accomplished wood carver, making intricate clocks and jewelry boxes. He also liked hunting. John moved back to the area earlier this year, where he had been making his residence at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

He is survived by 2 sisters, Anne (Norman) Toenberg and Katherine "Katie" (Wally) Zick , both of Duluth, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his wives, he is preceded in death by 2 sisters, Helen Sy , and Mary (Victor) Zgaynor who died on Dec. 17, 1995; and 3 brothers, Matt Vukelich 46, 1970, Michael Vukelich 20, 1944 (who died on Normandy Beach of France during World War 11), and Paul Vukelich, who died in infancy.

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Maplewood Cemetery, Reading, Michigan.

 

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Martta E. Savela, 68, of Alango, went home to heaven, surrounded by family on Monday, December 13, 2004, at the Cook Hospital, after a long, courageous, battle with cancer.

 

She was born Martta Eilina Selkainaho, on January 4, 1936, in Finland, the daughter of Matti and Anna (Hyvonen) Selkainaho. She grew up in Finland where she was united in marriage to Eino Savela in Kapyla on August 10, 1958. They came to America, settling in Angora Township in 1961, where they raised their children. Martta was an avid gardener, crafter, and enjoyed spending time at the lake cabin on Vermilion-swimming, and singing while in the sauna. She loved being with her family and was delighted to become a grandmother. She had a proud desire to keep the Finnish heritage a part of her life and that of her children, by fixing ethnic foods and by teaching them the Finnish language and traditions.

 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Eino,; 2 sons, Timo Savela of Alango, and Esko (Kathi Bowser) Savela of Nashwauk,; 2 daughters, Eila (Sam) Goodrich of Mpls., Mn., and Anita (John Jr.) Savela-Gornik of Eveleth, Mn.; 5 brothers and sisters in Finland: Eino (Hilkka) Selkainaho, Aune (Matti) Harjula, Liisa (Lauri) Ainasoja, Elli (Mauno) Laine, and Paavo (Raili) Selkainaho, and 1 dear Grandchild, grandson Ian Gornick, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 1 brother, Heikki Selkainaho, and 1 sister, Helvi Melanen.

 

SERVICES: Come join with us in the celebration of Martta's life and her journey home. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Spring interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery.

 

 

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Elmer Matt Kesanen, logger, 91, of Britt, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, in his home. He was born March 13, 1913 in Virginia to Matt and Kristina (Mikkola) Kesanen. He grew up near Lake Vermilion and attended school in Cook. On Nov. 21, 1936, he married Mildred H. Holkko in Virginia. They made their home in Grand Marais, and later in Virginia and Britt. During the years, they owned and operated the Lakeview Hotel in Grand Marais and the Roosevelt Lunch in Virginia. He was owner of Kesanen Logging Co. on the Echo Trail where his son now has a cabin on one of the "camp" sites. He was one of the last loggers to run a complete old style logging camp. He was a member of the Logger's Hall of Fame. He was in the local carpenters union and later in the Millwright Union. He was a member of the Sand Lake Chapel, and a life member of the Moose Club. Elmer will be greatly missed by his large family and many friends of all ages. He entertained their interest with stories of the "good old days," whether 9 or 90! He was a hunter, trapper, fisherman, gardener, and avid blueberry picker, who introduced his children and grandchildren and their families to his passions. His garden was his pride, with family helping when he "slowed" down somewhat. Grandpa's Christmas morning pancakes will be missed this year at the family gathering.

Surviving are his son, Byron (Mary) Kesanen of Britt; his daughter, Marietta "Bunny" Isaacson of Virginia; seven grandchildren, Kurt (Barb) Kesanen of Britt, Ted (Missy) Kesanen of Britt, Jody (Michael) Poaletti of South Grove, Christi Cothren of Zephryn, Texas, Jill (Kyle) Morton of Coon Rapids, Paula (John) Laakkonen of Ham Lake and Erik (Traci) Isaacson of Mandan, N.D.; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Amy Ferguson) Kesanen of Wasilla, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hans, Roy and Clifford; sisters, Ilma, Irene 58, 1966 & August 66, 1963 Lappi and Evelyn; and his wife, Mildred in 1992.

SERVICES: Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. in the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel, Virginia. Visitation will continue Monday from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service in the Sand Lake Chapel in Britt. Pastor Richard Lohry will officiate. Interment will follow in the Sand Lake Cemetery, Britt. The family prefers memorials to the Salvation Army. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

 

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Patrick Daniel Wilenius, 19, of Cook, and current student at the College of St, Scholastica died Saturday, December 4, 2004, as the result of an automobile accident near Cook.

 

Patrick was born in Cook on October 5, 1985, the son of Leo Jr. and Lindy (Baumgartner) Wilenius. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, where he was a member and active in its youth group. At the Cook High School he played basketball, coached youth sports, was a member of the Senior High Choir and the National Honor Society. He worked summers at Ludlow's Resort on Lake Vermilion and at Elbow Lake Lodge. He graduated from Cook High School in 2004, and was a current student at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. Patrick was an outdoors sportsman, and liked hunting, fishing, camping, and loved 4-wheeling. He especially liked spending time with family and friends, and being at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion. Patrick had a infectious wonderful sense of humor, was outgoing, and loved people, and will be truly missed and never forgotten by the many who knew him.

 

He is survived by his parents, Leo and Lindy Wilenius of Cook; 1 brother, David of Duluth,; 1 sister, Beth (Ryan) Hartway of Maplewood, Mn.,; his maternal grandfather, Harold Baumgartner of Cook,; paternal grandfather Leo Wilenius Sr. of Angora,; 1 nephew, Alex Hartway,; aunts and uncles: Leonard & Leone Snyder of Mpls., Allan & Peg Baumgartner of Littlefork, Dan & Melissa Baumgartner of Wyoming, Mn., and Lyle & Mary Larson of Littlefork, along with numerous cousins, and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Myrtle Baumgartner age 48 on November 4, 1983; and his paternal grandmother, Esther Wilenius age 76, on December 25, 1998.

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Dennis Paulson and Brenda Tibbetts A.I.M. will be the officiants. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Dr. Walter (Scott) Neff, 99, of Mountain Iron, died Friday, April 30, 2004, in Duluth. He was born Oct. 13, 1904, the third of three children born to Walter Scott Neff and Florence May Sprankle of Alexandria, Penn. He graduated from Juniata Academy and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penn., where he met and married Lois Dugan. He completed his medical training at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1932.

 

In 1938, he moved to Virginia, where he could practice medicine in a group practice and raise his children in a good educational environment. Dr. Neff was an internal medicine specialist who practiced medicine for 50 years. He was one of the earliest partners in the Lenont-Peterson clinic. He left the LP Clinic in 1979 and helped initiate a rural health clinic practice in New Hebron, Miss., with final retirement in 1982. During his years on the Range, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Range Mental Health Center and Range Youth for Christ. He was active in his church, the Virginia Bible Chapel, and Storybook Lodge Christian Camp. He was on the Virginia School Board in the 1950s and was involved in the Gideons and Toastmasters. One of his outdoor passions was planting and pruning trees.

 

He is survived by his wife, Betty Nan Wheeler Neff; children, Sallie (Delmar) Shaffer of Kalona, Iowa, Robert (Diane) Neff of Jefferson, Ore., David (Margaret) Neff of Overland Park, Kan., Deborah Klein of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kathleen Neff of Virginia, and Scott Neff of Britt; eight stepdaughters; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lois in 1967; his second wife, Elsa Perala Sands in 1994; and two sons, Daniel Edward, and Phillip Andrew.

 

Walter (Scott) Neff, 99, SERVICES: Funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron. Mr. Don McLellan will officiate. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel, and continue at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Memorials will be contributed to Range Youth for Christ and the local Salvation Army. Arrangements are by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Dr. Neff online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 
 

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Axel G. Falk, 91, of Cook, died last, Feb. 15, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. He was born February 7, 1913 in Norway. He came with his family to the United States as a child. He graduated from the Cook High School and worked in the CCC camps in Northern Minnesota in the late 1930s.  Axel served with the 47th Bombardment Squadron of the Army Air Corps during World War II where he was a Sergeant and aircraft engine mechanic. He was head surveyor for St. Louis Country for many years. He later worked in the woods and enjoyed the outdoors. He and his brother Andrew "Andy" were talented musicians and played in the Cook area. Axel had lived in the Homestead Apartment building in Cook for several years and had been making the residence at the Cook Nursing Home since 1999. He is survived by one sister, Elsie Nelson of Tower, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by on brother Andrew; and two sisters, Mary Trucano and Emma Duame.

 

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Bertha (Silverdahl) Davis 82, passed away at Sandpoint, Idaho on April 10, 2004. Bertha was born in Sweden to John 93, 1982 & Selina 110, 2001 Silverdahl.  She left Sweden with her parents when she was three months old, they settled 30 miles northwest of Cook in a community named after the family, Silverdale.  Bertha lived at Spokane, Washington for several years and worked as a cook. She owned several restaurants during her life. She retired from the Park Cafe. She lived at Cocolalla, Idaho until 1995. She moved to Sandpoint after the death of her husband Arnold in December 1994.

 

Bertha was preceded in death by her husband Arnold in 1994, son Ivan Abell, her parents, a sister Karen 80, 1998 (Wayne) Metsa, brothers; Henry Silverdahl 75, 1994 and Lawrence Silverdahl 69, 2003.

 

Bertha is survived by sons; Roger in Spokane, Bruce in Kelso WA, daughters; Darlene (Les) Norton of Spokane WA and Joanne Monda of Sandpoint ID, Carol (Frank) Wolfram of Sagle ID.

 

Special nephew Gene Metsa, special nieces Ruth (Sulo 61, 1986) Jacobson of Angora Mn and Kathy Ikola of Trout Creek Mt.

 

Memorial services were held on Wed. April 14 at the Sandpoint V. F. W. Hall.  Arrangements by the Coffelt Funeral Services of Sandpoint, Idaho.

 

Robert L. Moore, 75, of Virginia, entered into the presence of the Lord on April 23, 2004, at St. Michaels Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. He was born on July 23, 1928, in Atlanta, Ga., to Leonard and Lillie (Harris) Moore Sr. He graduated from West Fulton High School in 1946. He attended Georgia Military Academy and the Minnesota Junior College in Eveleth. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He was stationed in Japan and Korea.

 

Following his discharge from the Army, he married Jeanne Deanne Anderson on Dec. 27, 1952, in Virginia. Bob worked as an electrician and electrical foreman for USX, retiring in 1984. Following his retirement, he drove school bus for the Mountain Iron Buhl School District for seven years. He was an active member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church,

serving in various positions. He taught Sunday school for many years and served on the deacon and trustee boards. Currently he was a member of the congregational care team. Bob shared his life in a very unique way as a mentor and friend to many younger men. He loved the Lord and it was his desire to honor and serve Him.

 

Robert is survived by his wife, Jeanne Deanne; son, Glenn (Kristen) of Gilbert; daughter, Donna (Paul) Scholtus of Minneapolis; sister, Barbara Wood and son, Timothy, of Cumming, Ga.; brother-in-law, Waldon Anderson of Virginia; grandchildren, Chloe and Justin Scholtus of Minneapolis, and Christian and Mia Moore of Gilbert. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Dale, on April 7, 1994.

 

Robert L. Moore, 75, SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in  Virginia. The Rev. John Cowan will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.

 
 

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Dean A. Bundy, 68, of Buyck, died Sunday, April 25, 2004, at his home, after a battle with cancer. He was born on June 13, 1935, in Long Prairie, Minn., to Donald and Bernice (Determann) Bundy. He grew up and attended school in Long Prairie. Dean was a member of the U.S. Air Force. On June 24, 1967, he married Donna Sokoloski in Buyck. He and his wife co owned Bundy's Wayside. He also was a foreman for St. Louis County. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his sawmill. He was a member of American Legion Post 480 of Orr and its color guard.

 

Dean is survived by two sons, Jay (Barbara) Bundy of Tomah, Wis., and Jarrett Bundy of Buyck; two grandchildren, Tyler and Kendra Bundy; two brothers, Wayne (Anita) Bundy of Bovey, Minn., and Gary Bundy of Gheen, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna; his parents; and a sister, Janice.

 

Dean A. Bundy, 68, SERVICES: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Buyck. The Rev. Larry Antus will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church and will continue one hour prior to the service Thursday. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 
 

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Kathryn L. Benn Cole, 81, of Cook, died Monday, April 19, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on December 2, 1922, at St. Paul, Minnesota, the daughter of Arthur and Louise (Fligge) Larsen. She grew up in Duluth and graduated from Duluth Central High School. She married Sydney Benn on April 14, 1957, at Billings, Montana. She lived in the Minneapolis area, then in North Dakota for 10 years, before settling in Cook in 1966. She had spent winters at Mission, Texas for over 25 years. Kathryn was a member of the First Congregational Church in Cook, and enjoyed singing, playing the organ, and was an avid reader. Sydney died in 1990, and she later married Clarence Cole, who also precedes her in death.

 

She is survived by 2 daughters, Nancy (Roger) Lindbeck, and Karen Benn, both of Cook,; 2 Granddaughters: Jennifer Brandon of Davis, Calif., and Heather Brandon of Cook; and 1 great grandchild, Aurora Brandon-Newberg.

 

She is preceded in death by husbands, Sydney Benn in 1990, Clarence Cole in 2002,; granddaughter, Cassandra "Cassie" Brandon on April 22, 2000, ; and brother John A. Larsen.

 

SERVICES: Memorial services will be April 21 at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

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Lulubelle "Lulu" Lee, 83, of Cook, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born at Cook on May 24, 1920, the daughter of Henry and Lena (Ness) Knutson. She grew up in Cook, and lived there most of her life. During World War 11 she worked at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington. She married Arne Lindgren on June 19, 1942 in Tacoma WA, he died Sep 7, 1974 at the age of 59.. She later married Melvin Lee on May 21, 1983, in Cook, he died on Sep 16, 1997 at the age of 82. Lulu worked at the Cook Hospital and Nursing for 25 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Cook V.F.W. Auxiliary. Lulu loved helping people, and was always willing to lend a hand. She also enjoyed flowers and gardening.

 

She is survived by 1 daughter, Judy Roy of West Palm Beach, Fl., ; one brother, Robert (Marvel Benson) Knutson of Cook,; one sister, Gladys (Harold) DuMarce of Cook,; and one granddaughter, Christina Roy of Boulder, Colo.

 

In addition to her two husbands, she is preceded in death by one son, John Lindgren on Oct 21, 1984 at the age of 36, ; two brothers, James 64, 1989 (Helmy 56, 1985 Benson) Knutson and Clarence 63, 1962 (Florence 86, 1993 Johnson) Knutson,; and three sisters, Marguerite 67, 1972 (Gus) 82, 1970 Edwardson, Helen 43, 1960 (Everett) 53, 1961 Bystrom, and Ruby 78, 1996 (Charles 41, 1960 Pohl and John Geiselman.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.

 

 

 

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Paul Raymond Babiracki, 53, of Cook, formerly of Virginia, died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at St. Mary's Medical  Center in Duluth. He was born Nov. 27, 1950, to Raymond and Doris (Ikola) Babiracki in Virginia. He grew up and attended schools in Virginia, participating in football, basketball, and track, and was a 1969 graduate of Virginia High School. 

 

He was united in marriage to Debra Jangwirth on Dec. 31, 1972. Paul was an executive for Combined Insurance Company of America for 30 years, retiring in 2002 to operate the Head-O-Lake Resort, on the Cook end of Lake Vermilion, which he owned and operated for the past nine years. Paul was a devoted family man, spending time with his two sons and wife. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He was a member of the Lake Vermilion Resort Association.

 

He is survived by his wife, Debbie of Cook; two sons, Joe (girlfriend Julie) Babiracki of Champlin, Minn., John Babiracki of Maple Grove, Minn.; mother, Doris Babiracki of Virginia; two sisters, Gail (Kevin) Pullis of Sartell, and Mary (Steve) Wilson of Hermantown; three brothers, Mike (Jen) Babiracki of Centerville, Minn., Glen (Jean) Babiracki of St. Cloud, Minn., and Randy (Theresa) Babiracki of Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Babiracki on February 8, 1997 at the age of 70.

 

SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. John O'Donnell will be celebrant. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Range Funeral Home in Virginia and continue from 2 p.m. until the funeral Mass Monday at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia.

 

 

Axel G. Falk, 91, of Cook, died Sunday, February 15, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. Axel was born on February 7, 1913 in Norway. He came with his family to the United States as a child. He graduated from the Cook High School, and worked in the CCC camps in Northern Minnesota in the late 1930's.

 

Axel served with the 47th Bombardment Squadron of the Army Air Corps during World War 11, where he was a Sergeant and aircraft engine mechanic. He was head surveyor for St. Louis County for many years. He later worked in the woods, and enjoyed the outdoors. He and his brother Andrew "Andy" were talented musicians, and played for numerous dances and events in the Cook area. Axel had lived in the Homestead Apartment Building for several years, and has been making his residence at the Cook Nursing Home since 1999.

 

He is survived by 1 sister, Elsie Nelson of Tower, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by 1 brother, Andrew; and 2 sisters, Mary Trucano and Emma Duame. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

SERVICES: Graveside services will be held this spring at the Cook Community Cemetery.

Axel was an Uncle to Dennis & Jill Duame and Doreen (Elmer 60, 1985)  Milbridge

 

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Patricia Louise Skraba 62 of Eveleth, Minn., died peacefully surrounded by family at her daughter's home in Coon Rapids on Feb. 13, 2004. She resided in Eveleth for nearly 40 years and was well known in the area  through her community involvement. An active member of Resurrection Catholic Church, she held office at the state and local levels of Catholic Daughters of the Americas. She volunteered with AEOA and the North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity, where she served as a board member. She graduated with honors from Alango High School, Virginia Junior College, and Mankato State College and enjoyed membership in Phi Theta Kappa. She taught English and French in area schools. Following this career, she was able to indulge her passion for writing while working for the Eveleth Gilbert Range Scene.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Elizabeth Sarazine, infant sister Margaret, and brothers

Bernard and Raymond. She is survived by son David, of Prior Lake, Minn.; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Tim Briski, of Coon Rapids, Minn., daughter and son-in-law Becky and Joe Cerar of Rochester, Minn., daughter Jennifer Rich, of Eveleth. She is also survived by her six cherished grandchildren, Aaron and Allison Briski, Frank and Mark Cerar, and Larissa and Elizabeth Rich. Other survivors include brothers Norbert (Twila) of Macon, Mo., Edward (Karen) of Owatonna, Minn., Michael (Michelle) of Layton, Utah, sisters Corrinne (Ron) Maki, of Middleton, Wis., Rita Cheney of Angora, Minn., Jean Sarazine of Minneapolis Minn., Phyllis (Jim) Anderson of Fairfax, Minn., numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts Esther Butler of Windom, Minn., and Genevieve Schleif of LeSueur, Minn.

 

SERVICE: Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004 at Resurrection Catholic Church in

Eveleth. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home Eveleth, with a parish rosary at 7 p.m. and continue one hour prior to the mass at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be at the Eveleth Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Donald C Edblom 75, of Shoreview died suddenly on February 6, 2004 in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Preceded in death by his first wife, Lillie Edblom; infant daughter, Bethany; father, Arthur Edblom; mother, Martha Edblom Olson; and step-father, Clarence Olson. Survived by wife, Phyllis Trygg Edblom; children, Cynthia (Mike) Hines, Rhonda Edblom, Deidre (Doug) Timm, Vanessa (Randy) Ronketto, Alyssa (Michael) Mowry and Garth (Julie); 14 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 6 step-children; 11 step-grandchildren; sister, Kathy (Dan) Forsline; brother, Richard 'Kit' (Charlotte) Olson; nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.

 

Funeral Service Saturday, 1PM CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 2120 Lexington Ave., Roseville. Visitation Friday, 4-8PM at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM FUNERAL HOME, 515 Hwy. 96 at Mackubin, Shoreview, and also 12-1PM at the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions preferred to Awana International, CAM International or Gideons International. Interment White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, MI. 651-482-7606.
 

Don was born on Jan 24, 1929 at Cook, Mn and lived on a farm in the Leander Community for two years until the house fire which took the life of his father. Don is survived by his wife Phyllis (Benson, Trygg) Edblom whom he married in 1999, his children: Deidre, Cynthia, Rhonda, Vanessa, Alyssa, Garth. His sister Kathy (Dan) Forsline of Cook and his brother Richard "Kit" (Char) Olson of Cook. He was preceded in death by his first wife Dickie in 1996, his parents: John Arthur Edblom 36, 1931 & Martha 82, 1989 (Trygg, Edblom) & Clarence 87, 2001 Olson.

 

 

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Helen Irma (Mattson) Barnes, 90, of Mora MN died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, in the Villa Health Care facility there, She was born Mar. 29, 1913 in Virginia MN to Oscar William and Martha Jenni (Kangas) Mattson formerly of Linden Grove. She graduated from Virginia North High School and continued study at Duluth Teachers College obtaining a teachers certificate in 1933. She married John T. Barnes Aug 25 1935. They lived in Gonvick MN for a short time and then moved to Mora MN where they lived for many years while John taught Vocational Agriculture in the high school and Helen taught at various Kanabec County Country (one room) grade schools. They were seasonal Lake Vermilion residents since 1956.

 

Helen's sons John Jr. and Bill Barnes spend summers at their cabin on Lake Vermilion and join us at the Cafe for coffee often.

 

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Charles Henry Vidor, age 83, of Minneapolis, and formerly of International Falls, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at the University Good Samaritan Center in Minneapolis.

 

He was born July 21, 1920, in Rauch, Minn., where he attended school until the 8th grade. He enlisted in the U.S. Armed Forces where he served in the army infantry. He served from 1939 to 1946 in Newfoundland and also in Europe.

 

Charles was decorated with the Purple Heart and honorably discharged as a second lieutenant. He married the former Florence Starich from Greaney, Minn., on May 14, 1939. She survives. They resided in International Falls from 1947.

 

He began working for Mando Paper Company in the pulp yard in 1947 and retired from Boise Cascade from the Guard Force in 1983 after 36 years of service.

 

He enjoyed working in his yard and garden, and belonged to St. Thomas Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary (Chernivec) Vidor, four brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife Florence of International Falls; one son, Brian and wife Susan Vidor of International Falls; one daughter, Brenda Mammenga of Woodbury, Minn.; grandchildren, Melissa and husband Chris Brandt of Woodbury, Matthew and wife Paula Mammenga of Oakdale, Kristen and husband Richard Busch of Eveleth, Nicholas Vidor of International Falls and three great-grandchildren.

 

He is also survived by a brother, Frank Vidor of Mission, Texas, and a sister, Jean Jones, of Zion, Ill.

 

There will be no visitation. Private family services will be conducted with flag presentation at Green-Larsen Memorial Chapel with Fr. Roger Bergkamp, OMI, officiating.

 

Interment will be in the Veterans of Foreign Wars section of Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls

Charles' brother Phillip Vidor of Cook died in 1986 at the age of 73

 
 

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Leonard Arola, 94, of Virginia died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at St. Michaels Health and Rehabilitation Center

in Virginia.

 

He was born June 18, 1909, to Markus and Hanna (Nelimarkka) Arola in Angora, where he grew up and  attended school. He was a World War II veteran with the rank of corporal, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps, 16th Bomber Group, in the South Pacific. On Aug. 9, 1947, he married Mary Rebrovich in Keewatin. He worked as a logger and heavy equipment operator and retired in 1973 as a welder from the National Steel Pellet plant in Keewatin.

 

Survivors include a son, John (Mabel Ruotsi) Arola, of  Virginia; two grandchildren, Karl and Mary; a brother, Elmer  (Helen) Arola, of Virginia; a sister, Edna (Andrew) Kaurala, of Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; parents; brothers, Hans, Matt, Marcus and William; and sisters,

Ester, Rena, Helia and Aile.

 

Leonard's family: Marcus 85, 1963 & Hanna 81, 1964 Arola Sr. His siblings; Aili & Arne Aho, Leonard & Mary Arola, Esther Arola, Helia & Everett Johnson, Hans & Ida Arola, Rena & Eino Granholm, Marcus & Ethel Arola Jr., William & Ruth Arola, Matt & Leona Arola & Andrew Kaurala, Edna  Elmer & Helen (Picek) Arola.

 

Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, with Pastor John D. Anderson officiating. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. Military rites will be accorded by the Virginia Color Guard.

 
 

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Faye M. Cin, 85, of Cook, died Sunday, January 25, 2004, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. Faye was born at Badoura Township in Hubbard County on December 1, 1918; the daughter of William and Nellie (Rummins) Collins. She grew up there and was united in marriage to John Cin on February 12, 1938 at Detroit Lakes. Following marriage the couple made their home in Detroit Lakes for several years, then lived in the Twin Cities area for many years, settling in Greaney in 1956. Her husband John was a "class A" auto mechanic. Faye has resided in Cook since 1962, and has lived in the Pioneer Apartment Building for over 20 years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and its Rebecca Circle. She was also a longtime proud member of the Cook V.F.W. Auxiliary Post #1757. Faye enjoyed sewing, and was a wonderful baker and cook.. She was a happy and caring person who always has a smile on her face and optimistic view of life.

 

She is survived by 2 sons, John (Diane) Cin of Cook and Alvin (Judy) Cin of Blaine, 2 daughters, Sherryl (William) Lewis of Bloomington, and Arlene (Roger) Wolpern of Chaska, Mn.; 11 Grandchildren, and 20 Great Grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, John in 1976; 3 brothers, William, Nial, and Louis Collins; 6 sisters, Alice Kautz, Ruby Evans, Rose Rice, Flossie Tibbets, Pattie Seward, and Annabell Gebhard,; and a granddaughter Jody Cin in 1972.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook

 

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church. The casket bearers will be Faye's grandchildren: Sherri Wagner, Debra Walkky, Stacey Fabish, Theresa Seracki, William Cin, Alvin J. Cin, Kelli Lewis, John Lewis Shane Lewis, Bruce A. Peltonen, and Brenda Vinkemeier. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

 

 

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Freeman Treloar, 77, formerly of Buhl died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 29, 1926, to Freeman and Iris (Lindquist) Treloar in Duluth. He grew up and attended school in Buhl, graduating from Martin Hughes High School. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in Luzon, Philippine Islands. He married Elizabeth Miletich on Aug. 30, 1947, in Chisholm. They lived in Chisholm until 1963, when they made their home in Buhl. He worked for C.W. Moore Contractor, Snyder Underground Mine and retired from Austin Powder on July 1, 1994. He was a member of the Local Teamsters 49ers, Yoki-Bergman American Legion Post 220 and the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1757.

Surviving are his three daughters, Mary Jane (Charlie) Traux of Medford, Minn., Carol (Michael) Downs and Patricia (Bob) Brenton, both of Mountain Iron; two sons, Terry (JoAnn) Treloar of Bear River and Billy (Deb) Treloar of Kinney; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Treloar, of Chisholm.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, James ""Bimbo,’’’’ in 1977; his wife, Betty, on Dec. 3, 1992; and a brother, Howard.

 Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, with the Rev. Jeffrey Jones officiating. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Friday and continues one hour prior to service Saturday. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Buhl. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Yoki-Bergman Post 220 of Mountain Iron.

 
 

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John B. Elias, 92, of died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in Coon Rapids, Minn. John was born in Virginia on Nov. 4, 1911, the fifth of 11 children born of his parents, John and Anna Elias. He attended the local schools there. He married Marcella Gussman on Aug. 3, 1936, in Virginia. During World War II, John enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific. John was employed in 1934 by Red Owl Stores and retired in 1976 from that corporation. He served Red Owl in Fargo, N.D. and in Virginia, Crookston, and Worthington, Minn. He had served on the city council in Virginia and was a past-president of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. John was the recipient of the National Good Citizenship Award in 1956 which was presented to him in Washington, D.C., by the National Association of Food Stores. This was granted on the basis of outstanding participation in community and church activities including civic and school affairs, local and national issues and government for the betterment of the community. He also headed the Senior Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.) group in Worthington. John was active in both the Knights of Columbus and Fourth Degree Knights.

John is survived by a son Jack of Sanibel Island, Fla.; daughters, Katherine Helgeson of Boise, Idaho, and Virginia Goor of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren, two brothers, George of Long Beach, California and Raymond of St. Paul, and one sister, Helen Wicklund of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcella; his brothers, Jim and Joe; and his sisters, Sophie, Olga Larson, Rose Reed, Mary Bergman and Ann Carlson.

The celebration of his life will be held with a funeral mass at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids on Tuesday with viewing at 10 a.m. and funeral service at 11 a.m. Private burial in Fort Snelling Military Cemetery in Minneapolis will be on Wednesday. Memorials may be made in John’’s name to Epiphany Catholic Church, 1900 111th Ave. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

 

Judith A. Kampa, 54, of Britt died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, peacefully at her home surrounded by her family  after a long illness.  She was born May 19, 1949, in Shakopee to Matt and Louise (Intihar) Urick. She grew up in Biwabik and  graduated in 1967.

 

Judy attended Mesabi Junior College and Bemidji State, graduating in 1971. She worked for the Yellowstone Park Co. and Ketolas Department Store and was a caregiver at the Eveleth Nursing Home while attending college. Judith was united in marriage to Richard Kampa on May 12, 1972, in Eveleth. She was an elementary education teacher for the St. Louis County School System and Director of Day Care Head Start Program at Nett Lake. In 1976, she started with the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier in Virginia to the present. Judy shared many hobbies with her husband Rick, camping, canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, archery, photography, scuba diving, and developing their recreational property. Judy had a great appreciation for art through her friend, Bonnie. She also loved traveling in pursuit of her hobbies.

 

Survivors include her husband, Richard; two sisters, Dorothy (Gene) Roots of Arizona and Betty (Tony) Chos of Cook; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Mabel A. King, 78, of Nett Lake, died Monday, January 12, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Kim King, in Angora, surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born on March 23, 1925, at Mahnomen, Minn., the daughter of Romain and Rose (Saice) Villebrun. When she was 15 years old, she moved with her family to Nett Lake. She married Donald King on October 22, 1946, in Duluth. Mabel was a devoted Catholic, and participated on the Elder Committee of the Bois Forte Reservation.

 

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, sewing, baking, bingo, trips with the Elders, and especially spending time with her family and special friends. Mabel will truly be missed and fondly remembered by many. She was the last surviving sibling of her 13 brothers and sisters. "We Love you Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandmother"

 

She is survived by 3 sons, Donnie (Kathy) King of Zim, Roger (Kim) King of Virginia, and Daniel King of Virginia; 6 daughters, Paulette Salevac of Sacramento, Calif., Trudy King of Indian Point-Orr, Yvonne King of Orr, Kim King of Angora, Anette Font of Virginia, and Jodi (Mike) Kleinbrook of Mpls.,; special daughter-in-law, Karen King of Chisholm,;,; 24 Grandchildren, 43 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, and special friend Mary Barto Plesha of Virginia.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald on Oct. 24, 1994,; 2 sons, Dale and Wesley King,; 1 daughter, Joyce Hoagland, 8 brothers, Frank, Stanley, Jackie, Elmer, "Tiny", Raymond, Earl and Milo "Buster" Villebrun; 4 sisters, Carol "Sis" Tenant, Marie "Chickadee" Bellanger, Josephine "Tootie" Bedeau, and Noreen LaRoque.

 

SERVICES: A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 noon on Friday (Jan. 16th), at the Nett Lake Community Center. Fr. Raymond Kirtz, O.M.I., will be the celebrant. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. Thursday at the center. The casket bearers will be Mabel's grandsons: Wesley King, Cory King, Jesse Richter, Rocky King, Wayne King, and Charlie Myhre. Interment will be in Nett Lake. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

Florence W. Nakari, 78, of Cook, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at the Cook Nursing Home. She was born on December 29, 1925, at Linden Grove Township, the daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Lintula) Aune.   She grew up in Linden Grove, and at the age of 16 went to California and worked as a welder in the shipyards during World War  11.   After the war, she returned to the Cook area, where she has since resided.   Florence was affiliated with the  Lutheran Church.   She had worked at the former Cook Co-op Creamery and the Christmas Tree Factory in Cook.  Florence has been making her residence at the Cook Nursing Home the past 15 years.  She was known as the M & M lady, as she always had them to kindly  offer  her visitors.  Florence was also known as the “mail lady” at the Nursing Home, as she knew the schedule of  mail and made sure the other residents had their mail distributed to them.  Florence also enjoyed bingo, and took an active part in the many activities held.

 

She is survived by 1 son, Douglas Nakari of Finland, Mn.; 2 daughters, Holly (Rick Malmstrom)  Abramson of Cook, and Jody (Mike) Feist of Cook,; and 4 Grandchildren: Travis & Justin Abramson, and Katelynn & Melina Feist.

 

She is preceded in death by one sister in childhood, Betty Joanne Aune.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. H. Arthur Dale will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.  The casket bearers will be: Mike McCue, Ole Swanson, Rocky Streeter, and Doug Nakari.    Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Charles "Chuck" W. Stahl Jr., 80, died on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, following coronary surgery.

He was born on May 13, 1923, in Eveleth. He was raised in Britt, attended school at Sand Lake, Idington, and graduated from Virginia High School in 1941. He then graduated from Virginia Junior College. He served during World War II as a bombardier in the U.S. Air Corps. Following war time service, Chuck was a member of both the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Major; and the Army National Guard. He served a total of 38 years in the Military.

United in marriage to Olive Murphy on Oct. 7, 1950, the Stahls made their home in Virginia. Together they raised four children. Chuck worked with his brothers at the family business, Stahl’s Furniture and Upholstery, for 39 years. He worked in sales, delivery and interior design.

Charles was involved in several community organizations. He was a long-time member of Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia and a member of Kiwanis for more than 50 years, holding various offices, including Lt. Governor of Minnesota. Other organizations he belonged to included the Gideons, Royal Arch Masons, Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Minnesota, Shriners, Shriners Hospital (Hospital Dads in Minneapolis), Ver-Saba Shrine, AAD Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Sno-Sled Patrol, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, United Commercial Travels, president of Camp George E. Siegel, Red Cross First Aid Instructor, volunteering as a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, St. Louis County Safety Committee, the Venture Capitol Investment Club, Iron Range Historical Society, Sportsman’’s Club of Lake Vermilion, the Retired Officers and Retired Officers Association Retirement Council, Meals on Wheels, YMCA, Vidalia Onion sales for the Shriners, and a participant in the Land of the Loon each year with the Shriners and Kiwanis. Charles had other hobbies that included spending time at their summer cabin on Lake Vermilion, and at the hunting shack on Hoodoo Lake.

Charles is survived by his wife of 53 years, Olive; their four children, Bruce Stahl of Virginia, Daniel (Renae) Stahl of Virginia, Veronica (John) Johnson of Hoyt Lakes, and Deborah (Joseph) Dolence of Eveleth; two brothers, Raymond C. (Marjorie Ann) Stahl of Britt, and Donald A. (Beverly) Stahl of Britt; seven grandchildren, Erik (Amy) Johnson of Biwabik, Kristen (Kenneth) Johnson of Aurora, Brian Stahl of Bemidji, Michael Stahl of Virginia, Elizabeth Stahl of Superior, Joseph Dolence of Duluth, and Stephen Dolence of Eveleth; one great-grandchild, Jaden Emmanuel, and another expected in June to Kristen and Kenneth Johnson; numerous nieces and nephews; two of the best buddies he could have hoped for, Teto Gianlorenzi and George Hakomaki; and his beloved dog, Monique.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. Sr. and Frances Stahl; one brother, Robert; and one sister, Joyce.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia. The Rev. Frank S. Davis will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Eveleth Cemetery with Military rites accorded by the Virginia Color Guard. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Presbyterian Church.

 

Russell J. Cornelius, 68, of Togo, died Sunday, January 11, 2004, at the Cook Hospital. He was born on May 25, 1935, at Genesee, Pennsylvania; the son of Rev. A. Clyde and L. Elaine (Dimmick) Cornelius. He grew up in Wellsville, New York. He moved to Perry, New York, where he met and married Audrey D. Ballard on January 9, 1954. Russell was employed for many years at the Robeson Cutlery Company in Perry, where he was a foreman. He then worked for the Almor Corporation, which made steel shelving products. He retired due to health reasons, then moved to Togo in 1976. He was a longtime member of the Lakeview Baptist Church in Orr. Russell was a lifetime devoted Viking fan, and also enjoyed feeding the birds and bird watching.

 

He is survived by his wife, Audrey,; 3 sons, Robhin , Russell "Rusty" (Rhonda), and Randy, all of Togo; 1 adopted son, Ron (Sheila) Kingdom of Hibbing; 3 sisters, Mary (Raymond) Lee of Perry, N.Y., Cecile Diebler of Virginia, and Catherine (Jim) Powers of Togo,; 4 Grandchildren, 1 Great Grandson, and special sisters-in-law, Mary (Ted) Bird of Hibbing, and Pat Ballard of Warsaw, N.Y., ; and 2 special brothers-in-law, Ron Ballard of Warsaw, N.Y., and Dee Ballard of Togo, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and Russ's faithful pet dog Freddy.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Rev. A. Clyde Cornelius in 1976, his mother, L. Elaine Cornelius in 1989, and one brother, Darrell Cornelius in 1995.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Jim Rockensock will be the officiant. A gathering of family and friends friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The honorary casket bearers will be: Tim Cornelius, Brian Cornelius, Bob Cornelius, Jimmy Powers, Lars Gabrielson, Nels Gabrielson, and Eric Gabrielson. Interment will be in the Carpenter Cemetery, Itasca County.

Melia Jacobson, 91, of Cook, formerly of Idington, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at the Cook Hospital.  Melia was born on October 27, 1912, at Idington, the daughter of John and Anna (Jusola) Kinnunen. 

 

Melia grew up in Idington,  and was united in marriage to William Jacobson on July 30, 1931, at Virginia.  The couple settled in Alango, where William built their home.   In 1943, they moved to a farm in Field Township, where Melia made her home for many years. She had lived in Portland, Oregon from 1962 to 1967, where William sought employment. While in Portland, Melia at the age of 50 completed the Licensed Practical Nurses Program.  They moved back to the Cook area in 1967, and she was a nurse at the Cook Hospital from 1967 to 1983.

 

In 1996, Melia moved to the Pioneer Apartments in Cook, and for the past year and half has resided at the Cook Nursing Home.  She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, and  earlier belonged to the former Reader’s Club in Alango.  Melia  handcrafted numerous beautiful quilts for her family, and also loved reading, knitting, and enjoyed working cross-word puzzles.   She will be always remembered as a loving grandmother,  and  always willing to help in any way when asked.

 

She is survived by 3 sons, Kermit (Carol)  of Yakima, Wash., Warren (Connie)  of Corcoran, Mn., and Paul (Celina) of Portland, Oregon; 1 daughter, Anne (Ron) Kruger of Yakima, Wash.,; 18 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren,  1 Great Great Granddaughter,; 1 brother-in-law, Robert Jacobson of Silver Bay,;  2 sisters-in-law Signe (Alger 72, 1992) Jacobson and Ann (Carl 81, 1991) Jacobson, both of Cook.

   

Melia is preceded in death by her husband, William on February 6, 1983; 1 brother, John Kinnunen, ; and 7 sisters, Selma Line, Anna Twa, Ina  Metso, Ethel Rankila, Lillian Bergquist, Eleanor Kinnunen, and Tyne Tapinala.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m Tuesday, at the First Baptist Church in Cook.  Rev. Dennis Sundeen will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. The soloist will be Kathy Forsline and the organist Lorraine Walker.  The casket bearers will be grandchildren: Dan Jacobson, Kevin Jacobson, Kristin Hocker, and Tana Winterholler.   The interment will be the Hillside Cemetery in Angora.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

 

Edward G. Frost, 80, of Babbitt and formerly of Orr, died Wednesday, Jan. 7,  2004, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 10, 1923, in Minneapolis, to Edwin and Gladys (Gerrard) Frost. He attended school in Gheen and Orr. Edward was a World War II veteran of the Army Corp. of Engineers in the South Pacific. Following his discharge, he moved to the Iron Range area. On Oct. 30, 1943, he was united in marriage to Elvie Maki in Virginia. They moved to Babbitt in 1956, where he presided until his death. He worked for the railroad and underground mining industry for his entire life, retiring in 1985. Edward loved to take care of his yard and home and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family.

 

Ed is survived by his wife, Elvie; two sons, Steven Frost of Des Moines, Iowa, and Bradley Frost of Babbitt; two daughters, Sherry Erickson of Babbitt, and Patricia Whight of Superior, Wis.; grandchildren, David, Patrick, Mellisa, Angela, Greg and Sean, all of Des Moines, Iowa, Scott of Minneapolis, and Brian of Pease, Minn.; two great-grandchildren of the Des Moines area; three brothers, John (Alice) Frost of Esko, Minn., Robert Frost of Grantsburg, Wis., and Russell (Sherry) Frost of Maidenrock, Wis.; two sisters, Veronica Rice of Beloit, Wis., and Ruth Burnett of Superior, Wis.; and two special nieces and nephews, Kenny (Lilla) Olson of South Range, Wis., and Eddie (Maggie) Olson of Pineyville, Ky. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jeffery.

 

Private family services will be held in the spring. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia

 

Leo Lorbiecki 89 of Britt, Minnesota passed away Jan 3, 2004 at the Virginia Hospital. He is survived by his wife June. One son Jerry of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Two granddaughters; Debra (Matt Jones) Lorbiecki of Blomington, Minnesota and Kim (Erick Geer) Lorbiecki of Starkville, Mississippi.  Per Leo's request there will be no services.

 

Felix W. Peltonen, 87, of Cook died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at the Cook Community Hospital in Cook. He was born on March 7, 1916, to Jacob and Hilma (Kontio) Peltonen in Alango where he grew up and attended school. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. On June 20, 1949, he married Alvira (Czernewski) Luety in Virginia. Following marriage, they made their home in Idington.

 

Survivors include one son, Bruce Peltonen of Excelsior, Minn.; one grandson, Bruce Allen (Myrna) Peltonen of Belle Plaine, Minn.; one granddaughter, Brenda Maye (Brandt) Vinkemeier of Belle Plaine; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Adeline (Ernest) Knutson of Virginia, Ellen Halverson of Hibbing and Lila Korpi of Washington state; and one brother, Uno (Lillian Latikka) Peltonen of Minneapolis.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvira (Czernewski, Luety) Peltonen 80, 1996, his parents; and four brothers.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia and will continue Monday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service at the funeral home. Pastor Jeffrey Jones will officiate. Burial will be in the Idington Cemetery.

 

 Gladys (Hill) O. Braff, 89, Duluth, Minn., died Thursday, January 1, 2004, at the Longview House. She was born in Angora, Minn., on September 30, 1914, to John and Clara Hill and was a member of the first graduating class from Cook High School. In Duluth she had worked as a telephone operator for N.W. Bell, U.S. Customs and finally retired in 1976 from the U.S. Park Service. Gladys married George W. Braff in Duluth on February 11, 1939. She was a past member of Salem Lutheran Church, and had been a Brownie Leader in Piedmont Heights.

Her parents; and brother, Roy S Hill of Cook, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, George W.; daughters, Gail McKenna, Vancouver, Wash., Linda Grann, Rochester, Minn.; brothers Clifford Hill, Bend, Ore., Gene (Beth) Hill, Trail, Ore.; sisters, Laverne Avery, Duluth, Elaine (Arvid) Vallem, Hayward, Wis.; grandchildren, Tracy, Craig, Erin and Allison; great_grandson, Liam; and many nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life service Wednesday at Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home. Burial at Scandia Cemetery. Memorials for Alzheimers Research can be made to the family

 

 

 

 

 

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