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Julia  D. Novak, 96, Virginia formerly of Greaney and Cook  are pending with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  She passed away on Friday, November 6, 2009, at  Edgewood Vista  Senior Living in Virginia.
 
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Signe Marie Jacobson, 88, Cook, formerly of Alango, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, after a short illness.

 

She was born on December 21, 1920 in Alango Township to Matt and Alina (Hendrickson) Laakkonen.  Signe grew up in Alango Township and except for a few years while living and working in Minneapolis, she lived her life in the Alango, Angora and Cook area.  She married Arne Ongalo in 1942 and he had worked for the St. Louis County Highway Department and passed away in 1953.  She married her second husband Alger Jacobson on December 27, 1958 and he had worked for the State Highway Department in Cook, and passed away on Oct. 6, 1992.  She has resided in Cook since 1968.   Signe was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango, a volunteer for the Cook Hospital Auxiliary (Thrift Shop) and was a quilter at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. She enjoyed her job as a cook at the Cook School, where she worked for a number of years. She also was employed in seasonal work at the former North American Evergreen Company in Cook, making Christmas decorations from natural evergreens. She was known for making beautiful Christmas wreathes, some six feet in diameter.  Signe was a great cook, enjoyed crafting and being with her family and friends.

 

She is survived by 2 daughters Jane Ongalo of Minneapolis,  and Donna ( Lewis) Ronken of Lake Park, MN; 1 son Phillip Jacobson of Detroit Lakes, Mn ; 3 Grandsons, Noal Ronken of Minneapolis, Evan (fiancé Nora Mogck) Ronken of Buffalo, MN. and Lorin Ronken of Fargo, North Dakota; one sister Sylvia (Arne) Alt of Angora; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2  brothers,  John and Oiva Laakkonen, and  two brothers who died in infancy.

 

SERVICES: Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 9th, 2009 at the Alango Cemetery. Pastor Joey Bailey will be the officiant. Casket bearers will be Noal Ronken, Evan Ronken, Lorin Ronken, Phillip Jacobson, Kenneth Alt and Jeffrey Alt.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

Lunch will follow the services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. 

 
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Thomas Gordon Trygg, age 83, of Fridley, formerly of Cook, Minnesota. Tom was born on August 26,1926 and passed away on November 03, 2009.

Preceded in death by son, Thomas N. Trygg; his parents, John M. and Kaisa Trygg; six brothers - Bill, Pete, Noble, Carl, Stanley, Dan; two sisters - Martha, Rhoda. 

Survived by beloved wife of 57 years, Aune (Hautamaki) Trygg; daughter, Sandra (Trygg) Hulet (Howard Hulet); daughter-in-law, Lori Trygg; his adored granddaughters, Katie and Stephanie Hulet, Breanna and Angela Trygg; sister, Bernice (Trygg) Delich; father and grandfather to eleven exchange students; also many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. 

Graduate of Cook High School, class of 1944 and the University of Minnesota; WWII Navy veteran; owner of Trygg Accounting; member of Kiwanis and Faldin American Legion Post; avid golfer, Vikings fan, and lover of life. 

Memorials preferred. Inichement at Sunset Mausoleum.  Memorial service Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to service at:  Washburn-McReavy Hillside Chapel / 2620 19th Avenue NE / Minneapolis, MN 55418 / Tel:  612-781-1999

In memory of Tom Trygg

 

 

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Charles A. “Charlie  Heinonen, 77,  Sturgeon Township, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2009,  at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth,  due to complications of a recent automobile accident. 

 

He was born on February 27, 1932, at Osage, Minnesota; the son of Gust and Emma (Wuollet) Heinonen.  He grew up in Osage, then served in the Army, stationed stateside at  bases in several states during the Korean Conflict.  He acquired  his electrical training while in the army,  where his military occupation was  an army electrician.   After his tour of duty, he settled in Alango, where his family had moved to. 

 

He married Esther Juntunen, and together they raised  five children.  They  lived in several states, where Charlie found work.  They also had lived in Duluth, where Charlie worked for the Elliott Meats for 16 years.  They moved to Alango in 1973, and have lived in the area since.    He had various jobs and occupations throughout the years; working in a plating shop, a fuller brush salesman, along with sawing lumber.  Charlie will best be remembered for the numerous electrical projects he completed throughout the years, and the many people he helped.  He loved entertaining with his accordion, and played at countless events, occasions and gatherings.  He was a member of the American Legion.  Charlie was well read in many subjects, he especially liked western novels. His family fondly recalls that he was an extraordinary fast reader, and could read two novels within a day, and that he never turned down a cup of coffee or “good piece of pie.”  He also like fishing and hunting.  Charlie had been residing with his son’s family, Mike and Lorrie in Sturgeon Township the past six years.

 

He is survived by  his former wife, Esther Salas of Sturgeon Township; 3 sons, Gary (Paula) Heinonen of Crosby, MN, Michael (Lorrie) Heinonen of Sturgeon Township, and Duane (Sandy) Heinonen of Opelousas, LA; 2 daughters, Arlene (Scott) Lamm of Alexandria, MN and Amy (Gordy) Raati of Alango; 12 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter in infancy, Cheryl Heinonen;  4 brothers, Arnold, Richard, John and Oscar Heinonen; 4 sisters, Fanny Glander, Jenny Drewes,  Amy Holm, and Lydia who died in infancy;

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday (November 10th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Robert Hodge will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The honorary bearers will be: Dalton, Jeffrey, Gregory and Robert Straw, Gordon Raati and Sam Pajari.  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. Memorials to the family are preferred, which will be used  to defray costs.  

 

 
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Reino Edward Lammi 89 died October 29, 2009, at his home in Pike. He was born in August 18,1920 to Edward and Helga (Frantti) Lammi in Embarrass. Reino worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps and enlisted in the Army during World War II. After the war he worked in the auto industry in Detroit and at Erie Mining Company in Hoyt Lakes, from which he retired in 1982 after 32 years. He married Myrtle Grace (Peggy) Clapsaddle in June 1952 and they made their home in Pike. He was a long-time member of Pike Lutheran Church and Hope Lutheran Church in Embarrass.

He is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Sam) Kamppi of Angora, Sally Lammi of Pike; son, James (Carol) Lammi of Biwabik; sister, Hilma Clifford of Northville, Mich.; brothers, Ralph of Seattle, Wash., Ronald of Gilbert, John of Tower and Joe of Pike; grandchildren, Sonja Lange of Angora, Aliisa (Stanley) Dow of Eveleth, and Amanda, Jaclyn and Laura Lammi of Biwabik;  great-grandchildren, Kylee Lange, and Sky and Eden Dow; brother-in-law, Herb (Joan) Clapsaddle of Gilbert; sisters-in-laws, Brenda (Kenny) Sersha of Biwabik, Becky (Goodie) Goodale of Gilbert, Lois Clapsaddle of Buhl, Janice (Leland) Engelstad of Biwabik, Nancy Turner of Eveleth, Jane Turner of Eveleth; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, his son, Edward, his parents, brother Eino and infant brother Walter; and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia and the memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. Pastor Ben Buchanan will officiate. Burial will be at the East Pike Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harry Dantes, 92, of Virginia passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at his residence.

Harry was born on March 24, 1917, to Hjalmer and Inez (Mahjanna) Dantes in Herman, Mich. He moved to Orr in 1922 and attended a one-room school in Glendale.

He was an enrollee in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cusson. Harry entered the United States Army in 1942, attaining the rank of sergeant with the 3rd Army Infantry in the European Theater under General Patton. He was awarded six battle stars, a Good Conduct Medal, and a Presidential Unit Citation in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and the Battle of the Bulge and Central Europe. He earned European and African Eastern service medals. Harry was united in marriage to Iva Mae Cheney on Aug. 22, 1946, in Cook. In 1960, they bought the Wagon Wheel Resort on Pelican Lake at Orr. He was a school bus driver for the St. Louis County District in Orr, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Kaleva Hall.

He is survived by sons, Gary (Barbara) Dantes of Orr, Harry (Ann) Dantes of Orr and Dennis (Virginia) Dantes of Eveleth; daughter, Debby of Hawthorne, Nev.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special friend, Agnes Mihevc.

He was preceded in death by his wife Iva; one daughter, Maureen in 1999; his parents; two brothers, Neal and Martin; and a sister, Mildred.

Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with visitation one hour prior at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. Donald Norr will officiate and military rites will be provided by the Virginia Honor Guard.

Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia
 
     

 
 
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Carol Jean Raushel 70, passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home surrounded by her family following a brief illness.

Carol was born in Morton, Minn., on Dec. 25, 1938, to William Sr. and Charlotte Nieters. She was raised in Cook and graduated from the Cook High School in 1957 and in 1959 she earned a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from the Virginia Municipal Hospital in Virginia. She was employed in nursing for the next 40 years, with 12 years of service at the Golden Crest Nursing Home in Hibbing and the last 20 years spent at the Buchanan Nursing Home in Chisholm.

Carol was best known for her generous heart and for her devotion to her family and patients. She was much loved by residents at the Buchanan Home for her sense of humor, and her many kindnesses. She stayed in touch with her Buchanan friends for years after, visiting them regularly at Heritage Manor. At home, Carol was most often working in her gardens. She shared wonderful vegetables and flowers with her bird friends and with her human friends, too. She also enjoyed quilting and knitting. She had a soft spot in her heart for strays and used her talents to make dog beds for the local animal shelters.

Carol is survived by a son, Mark (Anita) Raushel of Side Lake and a daughter, Kelly (Chuck) Skillings of Ely; grandchildren, Lindsey and Colton Lampi and Leanna, Michael, Terran, Jason and Adam Skillings; two sisters, Jane (David) Olson of Squim, Wash., and Norma (Robert) Thomas of Cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother, William Nieters, Jr.

Memorial service noon Tuesday at the Assembly of God Church, 430 Iron Drive, Chisholm, with Pastor John Koppel officiating. Memorials are preferred to the Hibbing Animal Shelter. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

In Memory of Carol
 

 

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Nancy Nyberg, 79, Lake Vermilion-Cook, formerly of Virginia, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home. 

 

She was born in Virginia on April 13, 1930, grew up there and graduated from Virginia High School in 1948.  She was the youngest daughter of Arnold and Stella (Severson) Hawkinson.   She went on to earn a teaching certificate from St. Cloud State Teachers College.  After a year of teaching, she married George W. Nyberg.  They were married on March 26, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She taught Special Education in Virginia for  twenty-five years until she retired in 1990.   Nancy has resided in the Cook Nursing Home for the last four and a half years after breaking her hip in a fall at her home on Lake Vermilion.  She is very much missed by her husband, children and her friends.

 

She is survive by her husband, George; a son, Christopher “Chris” (Ruth) Nyberg of  North Branch, MN;  a daughter, Kathy (Randy) Anderson of St. Cloud,;  5 Grandchildren: Jake and Josh Anderson, Marit (Nyberg) Scribner, Andrea (Nyberg) Hannon, and Kaia Nyberg, along with 6 Great Grandchildren. 

 

No services are planned at this time.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in 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

 

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ancis (Frank) Joseph Mankus 77, died at home in Orr on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. He was born at home in Buyck on Jan. 29, 1932, to John and Anna (Laske. Gruska) Mankus.

He attended the Buyck School and graduated from Orr High School in 1950. He worked for his brother Stanley Gruska at Stanley’s Marine in Hibbing until he entered the United States Navy in 1952.

He served during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1956. On Sept. 21, 1957, he married Mabel Marcon who was teaching at the Buyck School. Over the years they lived in Hibbing, Rice Lake Wis., Buyck, and Orr where they raised their four children.

In addition to working at Stanley’s Marine, he worked for Wally’s Auto, started Frank’s Marine in Orr, and drove school bus for Orr School and trucks for various road construction companies.

His first wife Mabel died on Aug. 8, 1988. He married Linda Mae Christianson Slatinski on March 31, 1990. Frank loved the outdoors. He hunted, fished, and camped whenever he could.

One of his favorite places was Lac La Croix, where he traveled by boat to camp and fish with his family.

When it became part of the BWCAW Frank and his family bought canoes and continued to camp and fish every year. He also loved working on and repairing salvaged vehicles even after he retired.

The family joke has been, “Don’t stop at Dad’s if you don’t have time for him to insist on checking all fluids on your car and oiling all door hinges!”

He loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially giving them four-wheeler rides. He also loved traveling the country and dancing at polka fests with his wife Linda.

He was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1974 and served for many years as a Ministerial Servant in the Cook Congregation.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; three sons and their wives, Mike (Mickey Maki) Mankus of Iron, Paul (Sharron Carlberg) Mankus of Baudette, and John (Kim Hexum) Mankus of Cook; daughter Claire Chosa of Cook; stepson John (Beth Brokaw) Slatinski IV of International Falls; stepdaughter Stacey (Bob) Slatinski Leseman of International Falls; brother Len (Evie Zick) Mankus of Orr; grandkids Jenny Mankus of Singapore, Brian Mankus of Eveleth, Sarah Mankus of Baudette, Skeeter and Hanna Mankus of Cook, GeorgieAnne and John (Jake) Slatinski V, and Wyatt and Morgunn Leseman.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mabel; parents, John and Anna Mankus; brothers Stanley Gruska and John and Raymond Mankus.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Orr High School Gymnasium.

Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share remembrances of Frank on-line, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

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Theodore “Ted” Finstad, 87, of Buhl, and formerly of Alango, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 17th) at the Heritage Manor in Chisholm.

 He was born on November 10, 1921, in Albert Township, North Dakota, to Torvald and Anna (Jacobson) Finstad.  He moved to Morcom Township with his family in 1923.  He served overseas in the Army during World War 11, in an Ordnance Tank Maintenance Company.

 

After his tour of duty, he returned to Morcom Township and married Mary Beltramo on May 31, 1947 in Virginia.   They moved to Alango, where they resided for 30 years.  Along with trucking and cutting pulpwood, Ted worked for Erie Mining Company for 25 years, retiring in 1983.   At home he taught himself through determination to fix all kinds of machinery and vehicles, completely renovate the house and construct a garage. He became a lifelong  tinkerer, and often buying and repairing  broken items. In 1990, they moved to Buhl, where he has since resided. 

 

He is survived by 4 sons, Richard (Lynette) Finstad of Eau Claire, WI, Michael (Julie) Finstad of Eagan, MN, Randal (Xiao Lin) Finstad of Buhl, and Gordon Finstad of Cave Creek, AZ; 1 brother, Alfred (Lois) Finstad of Phoenix, AZ; 5 Grandchildren: Brian, Erik, Rachel, Benjamin and Oliver Finstad; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary on March 29, 2006; 5 brothers, Palmer, Ernest, Ben, Ray Finstad, and Ed who died in infancy; 1 sister, Lillian Beltramo.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, (Oct. 24th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery of Buhl.

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Funeral services for Mollie Franchak, 89, of Chisholm are pending with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. She passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Heritage Manor in Chisholm.

 

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Janet Marie Yadlosky, 70, of Duluth, passed away at her home on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 after a courageous battle with cancer. Her family was at her side.

 

Janet was born on April 8, 1939 in Cook, Minn., to Albert and Frances (Mavetz) Pluth.

 

She grew up in various northern Minnesota communities eventually settling in Laporte where she graduated from Laporte High School in 1957. She attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where she earned her degree in Home Economics. Janet worked in the Duluth Public Schools as a high school home economics teacher and retired as a teacher’s assistant with the visually impaired.

 

She was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church. There she was active as a Pastoral Council Member including presidency. Additionally she played an important role in the Helping Hands program, Ladies Guild and the Christmas Cookies Program. Janet was a Redhat Society Member, an avid needle worker and crafter and enjoyed working with friends for American Legion omelet breakfasts and as part of the pasty crew. Janet was an avid sports fan, especially the Twins and the Vikings. She could often be found simultaneously cheering one team on the radio and another on the television. Janet loved spending time at her Oak Lake trailer playing cards with friends and entertaining her grandchildren. She also enjoyed taking weekend hotel holidays swimming and laughing with family. Additionally she had found recent luck at the casino.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Frances Pluth. 

 

Janet's father Albert Pluth was the Principal of the Cook School until 1950. She attended school in Cook with the class of 1957.

 

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Robert John Langer, 74, of Virginia, passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home after a brave battle with brain cancer. Bob was born on May 8, 1935, in Pierz, Minn., to Herbert M. and Leona C. (Flicker) Langer. Bob graduated from the Virginia high school in 1953 and attended Virginia Junior College, St. John's University and graduated with a bachelor of mining engineering degree from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology in 1958.

After graduation Bob married Carole Doroff of Cook on May 23, 1959, and worked in the bridge division for the Minnesota Highway Department in St. Paul. Bob and family then returned to the Iron Range where he spent his entire career in the mining and explosives industry. Bob worked as a survey engineer at U.S. Steel, a mining engineer at J & L Steel, sales manager at Monsanto Company, president at Mesabi Jobbers, Inc., president and general manager at Energy Packaging, Inc., mining engineer at Great Northern Iron Ore Properties, north central regional sales manager at Ireco Chemicals and sales manager at Cook Slurry where he retired in 1999.

Bob was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church of Virginia; a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1640 of Virginia; treasurer of the MCCL Virginia chapter; a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association; St. John's University Alumni Association; American Institute of Mining Engineers (A.I.M.E.); and Engineers' Club of Northern Minnesota.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carole of Virginia; one son, Michael of Virginia and granddaughters Rachel Langer and Sarah Langer; daughter, Carolyn (Jeffrey) Brown of Richfield and grandsons Joseph Brown and Thomas Brown; daughter, Susan (Larry) Schechinger of Virginia; daughter, Jane (Anthony) Teasck of Virginia and grandson SPC Michael (Christine) Pariseau, U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division, Hawaii and granddaughters Samantha Teasck and Kaitlyn Teasck.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herb and Leona; infant daughter, Marie; and his brother, Kenneth.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia with the Rev. John O'Donnell as celebrant. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, with a 6:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary, and will continue for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Carole Doroff Langer graduated from the Cook High School in 1955. Her parents were; Albert 69,1980 & Marie (Bachel) Doroff.  Her siblings: Dolores, Mary, Alberta, Jeanette, Carole, Shirley, Dianne, Donald.

 

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LeRoy E. Hautala, 72, Bear River, passed away at the original family homestead in Bear River, on Thursday, October 15, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer for 10 years.

 

He followed through with his wish to live his last years on the farm.  After 19 surgeries, diabetes and heart problems, his caring wife Carol, along with his special brother-in-law Mike Marsyla were at his side. 

 

He was born in Duluth on March 7, 1937.  He grew up on the family farm in Sturgeon Township and graduated from Bear River school, Alango High School, Hibbing Junior College and the University of Minnesota, (Minneapolis), with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.  He was united in marriage to Carol Marsyla on March 18, 1961 at Mason City, Iowa.  They lived in Minneapolis, LeRoy was employed at Lockheed-Martin in St. Paul for 38 years, retiring in 1999.  He was a financial consultant for Lockheed-Martin, and traveled throughout the United States and other countries  as a “trouble shooter” for the company.  While living in Minneapolis, he was an active member of the Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church for 32 years.  He served on its Board of Directors, Education Board,  Membership Council, and  supervised church youth groups on  trips to West Virginia, assisting flood victims. After retiring, they lived in Hibbing for 10 years, while fixing up the old family homestead farm in Bear River, then moving there 2 years ago. He loved having friends over to the farm for coffee and reminiscing about old times.  He was an ardent follower and backer of the both the Minnesota Twins  and Vikings, along with being very knowledgeable in their lineup and statistics.  LeRoy was and avid antique collector, and spent years “antiquing”.  Most of all he loved his family, especially his grandchildren most of all.

 

 LeRoy is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Carol; children, Dale (Stephanie) Hautala of La Mirada, CA;  and Gina (Todd) Zenk of Auburn, AL; 6 Grandchildren: Mathew, Jacob, and Lindsey Hautala and Madison, Michaela and Mason Zenk; 2 aunts, lma Salmi of Chisholm and Martha (John) Santanello in Florida; along with numerous cousins and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Hautala in 1999.

 

SERVICES:  Memorial services will be held  at 1:00 PM  Friday (Oct. 23nd) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends for one hour prior. Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Morcom Township Cemetery.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

 
 

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William “Bill” Arthur, 67 of Buyck passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He was born December 12, 1941 in Greensburg, PA.

 

Bill served his country during two tours in Vietnam as a Navy medic. He was an accomplished artist, philosopher, and talented guitarist who sang folk ballads and Irish whaling songs in a beautiful and deep baritone voice. He loved to empower people – helping them to achieve their goals – either personal or business. Bill loved to turn ideas into reality and used his intellect, knowledge and common sense to help people. Bill had a passion for helping small communities grow. Bill freely volunteered his time, help and advice.

 

Bill is survived by his significant other of 25 years, Alice L. Hill, brothers John of San Francisco, CA, Jim (Jane) of Chicago, IL and Tom (Marika) of Wales, sons Ian (Christine), Hugh (Sabrina) and daughter Megan and grandchildren Fergus and Flora all of IN.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lucinda Arthur.

   

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 
 
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 Myrl Smith, 72, of Mora, Minn., and formerly from Fosston and McIntosh, Minn., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Villa Health Care Center in Mora.

Myrl Lloyd Smith was born Feb. 19, 1937, in Nora Township, rural Bagley, Minn., to parents Lloyd and Ruth (Oftedahl) Smith. He lived in Eddy Township, rural Bagley, where he attended country school until the seventh grade. Myrl worked at home starting farming and logging at the age of 9. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1956 on Lake Superior. Myrl was married to Ilene Petterson from Clearbrook, Minn., on Dec. 5, 1959. They had two children, Kevin born in 1961 and Karen born in 1970. Myrl worked for 16 years at the Fosston Potato Plant in Fosston, Minn., until 1975. In 1976, they moved to Cook, where in 1981 he built his own home. He worked at the Eveleth Taconite Mine until retirement in 1999, at which time they moved back to the Fosston/McIntosh area, where Myrl built a home south of McIntosh.

In 2006, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer. To be closer to their children, they moved to Hinckley in 2008, and then for the last three months have lived in Mora, Minn. Myrl loved his family, and enjoyed fishing, working in his shop, hunting, gardening, building things, helping people, and vacationing in Laughlin, Nev., in the winters.

Survivors include his wife, Ilene of Mora; his mother, Ruth Holman of Fosston; one son, Kevin (DeRae) Smith of Hinckley; one daughter, Karen (Bob) Haft of Coon Rapids, Minn.; five grandchildren, Jenae Smith, Jacob Smith, Ken Smith, James Haft, and Vienna Haft; two great-grandchildren, Jason Smith, and Kaylan Smith; two sisters, Cleone Johnson of Fosston, and Darline Novacek of East Grand Forks, Minn.; and two brothers, Francis (Marilyn) Smith of Bemidji, and Franklin (Sharon) Smith of Monticello, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Smith; two brothers, Clayton Smith, and Laverne Smith; brother-in-law, Larry Johnson; sister-in-law, Phyllis Johnson; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alfred and Alice Petterson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kingo Lutheran Church in Fosston, with the Rev. John Dalen officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour before the funeral at the church, and burial will be at the United Lutheran Cemetery at Berner, rural Gonvick, Minn. Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston is in charge of the arrangements. Sympathy messages may be sent to carlinhoialmen.com.

 

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Donna Renee Nelson of Superior, Wis., passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital with her family by her side on Oct. 10, 2009. She was born Aug. 3, 1946 in Dallas, Texas to Frances Franks.

 

Donna grew up in Angora, Minn., where she graduated from Cook High School. She moved to Duluth where she met her husband Buddy. She loved flowers, camping, baking, taking care of her family, and of course her sons, daughters, and grandchildren. She worked many years at various senior living facilities, and loved what she did.

 

Donna is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Koski and son, Donny Lee Hammett.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Nelson of 35 years; children, Shawn Koski of Tennessee, Shannon (Dave) Martin of Cook, Sheri (Jim) Makowsky of Virginia, Minn., Shad Nelson of Superior; grandchildren, Lilly, Dustin, Damon, Cole, Trisha, Cinthia, Jessie, and Dylan; and father, Eino Koski of North Carolina.

 

Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2009 in Cremation Society of MN, 4100 Grand Ave, Duluth. Reception to follow service at 218 W. 2nd St., Proctor. Services entrusted to Cremation Society of MN, 624-5200.

 

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Farrel Matthew Maki 77 of Fridley, Minnesota died on October 6, 2009. Preceded by his son Dale Maki on November 10, 1998. Survived by his loving wife Winifred (Autio) Maki. Children; Rebecca Zweber and Steven Maki. Grandchildren, Stephanie and Roxanne Zweber. 

Memorial service at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 8211 Red Oak Dr., Monday at 11 AM.

Interment 2 PM October 15, 2009 in Cook, MN. Visitation one hour prior to services.

Memorials preferred to the church. Celebration of Life" 763-783-1100

Winnifred is the daughter of Ted & Helmi (Lindgren) Autio. She is  a 1953 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

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Ruth Geshick, 74, of Alango passed away on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

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Michael (Mike) J. White, 76, Crane Lake, passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth, surrounded by loving family. 

 

He was born on March 11, 1933, at Ironwood, Michigan.   He lived in the small community of Upson, Wisconsin,  was a graduate of Hurley High School - home of the Hurley Midgets,  attended Gogebic College in Ironwood, and was honored to be a Badger Boy.

 

Mike was employed by Ironwood Glass Company then moved to Eveleth, MN to work in the mining  industry.  He became Comptroller of the Eveleth Mines, retiring in 1992.   While living in Eveleth, Mike was active in civic and community affairs, serving on the Eveleth Renewal Association, Eveleth Water Commission, Chairman of the Eveleth Police Commission, Eveleth Junior Chamber of Commerce (State officer), President Eveleth Chamber of Commerce, working political campaigns and worked on establishing the Hockey Hall of Fame.  After retirement, Mike moved to Crane Lake becoming active in the Crane Lake Volunteer Fire Department (Treasurer) and serving on the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District, Board several years as chairman. 

 

In retirement Mike enjoyed a simple life feeding deer and  enjoying the beauty of nature that surrounded his Crane Lake home.  One of the great highlights of each year was the open house Christmas party Mike and Ruth hosted at their home a product of their teamwork.  Mike loved life and family.  He hopes that his good works of community service will leave this world a better place.

 

Mike is survived by his partner/soul mate, Ruth Carlson; daughter, Rebecca (Dale) Peterson of Eveleth; son, Christopher (Lindsey Molstad) White of Duluth; sister, Bridgett (Wayne) Nasi, Hurley, WI,; daughter-in-law Linda White of Duluth; brother-in-law  Bud Bender of Hurley, WI; Grandchildren: Brandon, Steven and Paul Peterson, Philip and Melissa White, along with several nieces, nephews and constant companion Tuukka.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents,  Wilson and Cecelia White; a son Michael John White; and sister, Colleen Pender.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Fr. Frank Perkovich will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  A luncheon will follow at the Orr American Legion Hall.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Verna M. Frazee, 99, of Cook, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth with her family by her side.

 

She was born in Greaney on April 15, 1910, the daughter of Peter and Hazel (Sawyer) Hay.  Verna grew up in Superior,  Wisconsin.  She married Bert Frazee on June 27, 1927 in Virginia, MN and they then made there home in the Cook area.   

 

She  was a homemaker and was employed for many years at the Cook Hospital in Central Supply.   She had enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and  avidly worked cross word puzzles well into her 90’s.   Verna was  a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook and its Martha Circle. She resided in the same home for 63 years, and had been  a resident of  St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth the past year.   She was a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by  her appreciative family.    Her family would like to thank the entire staff of St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center for their excellent, professional and loving care given Verna during her stay there. “You were all so wonderful to her and to us!”

 

Verna is survived by 1 son, Kenneth (Judy) Frazee of Cook; 2 daughters, Betty Frazee of Virginia and Lorie Agnew of Cook; 11 grandchildren: Carol (Doug Foschi) Flaim, Glen (Lisa) Flaim,  Gary (Missy Setala) Flaim, Gene Flaim, Greg (Anne) Flaim, Jean (Wade) Nukala, Kathy Lawrence, Jim (Michele) Frazee, Konnie  (Craig Salo) Frazee, Laura (Justin) Hauta and  Lisa (Todd) Staffaroni;  21 great grandchildren and 7 great- great grandchildren, along with numerous other special relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her  husband Bert Frazee on August 15, 1982, 1 daughter, Shirley Flaim in 1997; an infant grandson, Kenneth Frazee, Jr. on August 3, 1968, son in law Glen Flaim in 1983; one  sister,  Pearl Hay;  3 brothers, Ray and  Harvey Hay and  William Hayes.

 

Private family funeral services will be held  Saturday (Oct. 10th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Officiant will be Rev. Reuben Rosnau. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

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Brae R. Pattenn, 73, of Orr, Passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at Orr.

 

He was born in Virginia on November 12, 1936, the son of Wayne and Myrona (Erkenbrock) Patten. Brae grew up and graduated from the Orr High School. His family founded Patten’s Café in Orr in 1935, and is still family owned to this day. He moved to Indiana in the 1950’s where he met and married his first wife, Barbara Herman. They moved back to Orr in 1960, and ran the family restaurant. He married his second wife Rea (Beatrice) Novak on May 9, 1968 in Clark County, Nevada. Brae was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, Orr Volunteer Fire Department, Pelican Lake Resort Association, Orr Lions, and served on The Orr City Council. He enjoyed playing pool in the local pool leagues.

 

He is survived by 2 sons, Tyae Pattenn of Orr, and Timon (Janice) Pattenn of Germany; 2 daughters, Tara (Al) Monk of Angora and Orr, Toraise Pattenn Fratzke of New London, MN; 2 step-sons, Mike (Sandra) Christensen of Cook, and Patrick (Ann) Christensen of Orr; 3 step-daughters, Kathie Gustafson of Cook, Mary Lohn of Gheen and Ann (Dane) Francis of Lake Vermilion Cook; 18 Grandchildren and 18 Great Grandchildren, along with other special relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Myrna; wife Rea Pattenn on June 22, 2005; stepson, Joseph Christensen; 2 step grand children, Kristen Gustafson and Alex Cook; 1 sister Pattey Patten; and a step son-in-law Louis Lohn.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. (Oct. 8) at the First Baptist Church in Cook. The co-officiants will be Rev. Randy Swenson and Rev. Dennis Sundeen. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the services at the church.  Pam Ruuska will provide the music.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Helen M. Shuster, 82, of Virginia, former longtime resident of Greaney passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at the Virginia Convalescent Center.

 

She was born on March 11, 1927 in Greaney, the daughter of Louis and Frances (Ruper) Udovich.  She grew up in Greaney where she lived nearly all of  her life.  She attended the former Harrigan School, then the Orr  High School.  She married Thomas Shuster at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney on August 6, 1949.   Helen was a member of the former St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, then Holy Cross Catholic Church upon their merger.  Her husband, Tom was a longtime contract logger.  Helen worked at Patten’s Café and Orr Café, tree planting for the DNR for several years, and later for Anderson’s Motel in Orr.  She enjoyed the people she worked with and for.  Helen enjoyed polkas and dancing, liked a good game of cards and bingo.  Her family fondly remembers her as a “die-hard” Minnesota Twins fan.  She was a proud member of the Slovenian Women’s Union.  She has resided in Virginia the past 12 years.

 

Helen is survived by 4 sons, Thomas D. (Ann)  of Wadsworth, Ohio, Gerald “Jerry” (Amy Jo) , James (Judith), and Albert (Lori), all of Greaney; 1 daughter, Jeanne (Mark) Christianson of Moorhead, MN;  3 sisters, Mary Carpentier of Cambridge, MN, Sophie (Harley) Lundeen of Milwaukee, WI, and Alice (Jim) England of Rapid City, SD; 10 Grandchildren - Joseph (Heather) Shuster, Jennifer (Scott) Otis, Brian Shuster, Daniel (Katherine) Shuster, David Shuster, Jennifer Shuster, Elizabeth Shuster, April Shuster, Andy Shuster and Joshua Christianson; 5 Great Grandchildren -Abigail Shuster, Eathan Shuster, Riley Otis, Peyton Otis and Abbigail Shuster; along with numerous  nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

 

She is preceded in death  by her husband Thomas “Tom” on January 27, 1991;  her special friend, Raymond Hyvonen; 5 brothers, Louis, John, Henry, Joe and Albert; a sister, Margaret Udovich;  and 2 Grandsons, who died stillborn - Timothy and Thomas Shuster.

 

SERVICES:   Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr.  Rev. Fr. Joseph Thomas MCBS will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday, with a Rosary said at 7:30 PM at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Interment will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral  Home in Cook.

 

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Sophie Jacobson Saatela, 85, of Virginia, formerly of Cook, Orr and Togo, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. 

 

She was born in Chisholm on October 18, 1923, the daughter of Matt and Mary (Kassarda) Grula.  She grew up in Rauch and married Arthur Jacobson in 1941 and they lived in Togo and Rauch, where Art was a woodsman and farmer.  Sophie later moved to Cook and worked at Hill Wood Products.  She married Walter Saatela and they settled in Orr.  After Walter’s death she moved back to Cook into the Pioneer Apartment Building.  Sophie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  She was  proud to be a Cook Timber Days Queen Candidate in her 70’s.   Sophie has resided at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia  for nearly a year..  Her family fondly recalls her great sense of humor, was a great cook an avid gardener.  Bingo and casinos were her passion..

 

She is survived by 5 sons, Edward (Rose Thomas) Jacobson of Crystal, MN, Donald (Darlene) Jacobson – and “grand dog Otis” of Waterville, MN, Charles (Elizabeth) Jacobson of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Dennis (Linda) Jacobson of Blaine, MN, and Roger Jacobson of Orr; 1 sister, Anna Downum of San Jose, CA;  2 Grandsons, Robbie Steng and Michael Williams; 1 Granddaughter, Tiffany (Jeff) Donahue; 2 Great Grandchildren, along with nieces and other special relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Jacobson in 1978,  2nd husband, Walter Saatela;  1 brother, Steven Grula; and 1 sister, June Marchand.

 

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday (Oct. 4th) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will be in the Carpenter Cemetery, Carpenter Township of Itasca County.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook. 

 

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Joseph Biondich, 80, of Gilbert, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

He was born Nov. 24, 1928, in Elcor Location, to Daniel and Amanda (Bronich) Biondich.

Joseph was a 1946 graduate of Gilbert High School and later served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. On Oct. 28, 1950, he married Jeanette Torala in Eveleth. Joseph worked in the mining industry with many years spent at Erie Mining Company, and later retiring from LTV Steel as a locomotive engineer with more than 30 years of service. Joseph was a member of United In Christ Lutheran Church and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed sapping, gardening and fishing. He enjoyed time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his children: Jody (John) Lambert of Britt, Donna (Lawrence) Gustafson of Cook, Jim Biondich of St. Paul and Mitzi (Michael) Festa of Edina, Minn.; grandchildren: Brandon (Courtney) Lambert of Woodbury, Minn., Amanda (Phil) McDonald of Chisholm, Lauren Gustafson of Hermantown and Megan Gustafson of St. Joseph, Minn.; great grandchildren: Jack Lambert and Mason McDonald; sisters: Mary Samargia of Gilbert and Cathryn MacDougall of Alabama; brothers: Andy (Rosemarie) Biondich of Gilbert and Curtis (Ann) Biondich of Gilbert; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Jean; brother: Donald.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday in United In Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth with Rev. Joel Rova-Hegener officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the Gilbert Cemetery.

 

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Timothy Gordon Berg 46 of Chisholm died on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

Born on July 23, 1963, in Chisholm, Minnesota, he was the son of Gordon and Joanne (Lundeen) Berg.  Tim was a life-long resident of Chisholm.  After graduating from Chisholm High School, he pursued a carpentry career at Eveleth Vo-Tech which resulted in the establishment of Tim Berg Carpentry.  Twenty-six years were invested not only in the business of construction but in the building of far reaching friendships.  It was during this time Tim oversaw the building of Chisholm Baptist Church where you’d see him actively involved in choir, club programs, Trustee Board, sound technician or softball.  Although Tim thoroughly loved the many hours he spent on the job and at church, he did always look forward to stealing time away from his busy schedule to spend with his loved niece and nephews and to enjoy special times with friends and family. 

 

He is survived by his parents, Gordon and Joanne Berg of Chisholm; two sisters, Pamela and Daniel Kimball of Waseca and Sandra and Patrick O’Halloran of Dakota City, NE; and one niece and six nephews.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, “Cap” and Runa Berg and Victor and Edith Lundeen.

 

Visitation will be held at Chisholm Baptist Church on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 5-8 PM and continue on Friday, one hour before services at the church.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM at Chisholm Baptist Church.  Interment will follow at Chisholm Cemetery. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials be given to the Chisholm Baptist Church building fund.

 

The Fridlund family of Bear River were relatives of Tim.  He died as a result of a fall at a construction site.

 

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Roberta Jean Prlina, 50, of Virginia, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at her home after a brief struggle with cancer.

She was born on May 5, 1959, in Virginia to Dr. Isaac M. and Vivian P. (Hendrickson) Prlina and graduated from Roosevelt High School, Class of 1977.

She attended the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1983. She worked for the City of Duluth in the Accounting and Finance Department before leaving to dedicate her time to raising her children.

She was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Virginia.

She is survived by her beloved children, Robert Koski and Tatiana Koski of Virginia; her mother Vivian; sisters Julie M. Blackburn of New York City and Paula A. (Sigmund) Sognesand of Houston, Texas; brother Michael G (Barbara) Prlina of Ogden, Utah, and John I. Prlina of Las Vegas, Nev.; her niece Olivia Sognesand; nephews Isaac Blackburn, Sigmund and Cyril Sognesand, John C. Prlina and Alex Prlina; aunt Mary Jukich Bentz; and uncles Ron (Ida) Hendrickson, Carmen (Marilyn) Hendrickson, and Mike Sukich; and her dog Meeka.

She was preceded in death by her father. Isaac Prlina, M.D. who passed away on January 28, 2009 at the age of 83.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia, with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia

Roberta was a waitress at the Montana Cafe in Cook for a short time

 

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Gloria “Goldie” Pohlman, 85, of Crane Lake, passed away on Monday September 21, 2009 at St. Michael’s Health Care Center in Virginia.

 

She was born on October 13, 1923 to John and Mildred (Dopp) Nelson in Hibbing, MN.  At the age of  7, she moved with her family to Crane Lake, where she lived most of her life. Her parents founded Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake in 1931. Goldie ran the resort with her family until her retirement in 1994. It is still family owned today. She was a member of the Minnesota Resort Association, Minnesota Hotel Association, (which combined to form Hospitality Minnesota), Arrowhead Tourism Association and the Crane Lake Commerical Club. Goldie also served on the Board of Directors of the Border Lakes Association for12 years.  In 1993, she was the recipient of the Pioneer Award from the Minnesota Resort Association.  She also enjoyed reading,  and had a great appreciation of the outdoors and the woods of  Northern Minnesota. She had been residing at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia.

 

She is survived by her children; JoAnn Pohlman of Crane Lake, James Pohlman, Jerry (Brenda) Pohlman both of Crane Lake, Jay (Trista) Pohlman of Ely; son in law Arthur “Butch” Eggen of Crane Lake. 6 Grandchildren; Denise (Kraig) Johnson, Eric Pohlman, Justin Pohlman, Amanda (Josh) Sipola, Max Pohlman and Joshua Pohlman along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her  daughter Jacque Eggen on March 15, 2005 and one sister Belva Bolz in 1991.

 

A gathering of family and friends will be at 11:00 AM Monday, (October 5th), at Nelson’s Resort on Crane Lake, followed by a luncheon there. Rev. Ruth Gangloff will lead in prayer.  Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Minerva Wellomo Balke, 86 of Virginia, passed away Sept. 18, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth. Minerva was born on April 21, 1923, to Charles and Mary (Jarvinen) Koski in Idington, Minn. She grew up and attended school in Idington, Cook and graduated from Alango High School. She attended Virginia Junior College. She went to California during World War II where she worked for North American Aviation.

She married Mervin A. Balke, Sept. 7, 1946, at Metsala near Cook. Following the marriage they made their home in Idington, later moving to Virginia. She was a member of Mesabi Unitarian Universalist Society. She had been a past officer in the Senior Federation.

She enjoyed traveling and made four trips to Finland with her cousin Sylvia Hauser. She also enjoyed gardening and berry picking.

She is survived by two sons, Gregory (Karen) Balke of Golden Valley, Minn., Keith Balke of Idington; two daughters, Merline (Stephen) Menart of Hutter, Minn. and Maxine Poldoski of Carlton, Minn.; grandchildren, Katie Balke, Andrea Knapp, Ian Balke, Elizabeth Balke, Melody Balke, Lora Poldoski, Leah Poldoski and Martin Menart; great-grandchildren, Mataya Pavlich and Addison Knapp; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by parents; her husband Mervin Balke on September 2,1980 at the ag e of 67, two grandchildren, Nyangu Kawamba age 7 and Carmen Odella age 2; son-in-law, Dennis Poldoski, two brothers Ernest and Leo Koski; two sisters, Lorna Koski and Elna Metsa.

 

Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Range Funeral Home of Virginia. The Rev. Suzanne Wasilczuk will officiate. Burial will be at the Idington Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

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Thomas Ellwood Hallowell Jr., 79, of Hibbing, and formerly of Cook died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at home.

He was born June 1, 1930, in Bristol, Pa., the son of Thomas Ellwood and Esther Lily (Titus) Hallowell Sr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He married Alice Drevland in Albuquerque, N.M., in June of 1952.

Tom was employed as a Lutheran Brotherhood agent, and was also with Erie Mining Company and Hibbing Precision. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing, Sons of Norway, Midnotsolen Lodge 058, and the ROMEO Club. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice; his children: Thomas Roy (Collette Kowalski) Hallowell of Windom, Kan., Roger Alan (Connie) Hallowell of Cherry, and Deborah Lou (Jeffrey) Rootes of Circle Pines, Minn.; grandchildren: Rebecca, Miranda, Roger Jr., Sarah, Whitney, Alayna, Travis, Gary and Jason; great-grandchildren: Cooper, Chloe, Georgie, Hailey, McKenzie, Michael, Mitchell and Rhianna; sisters, Vivian Taggard of Las Vegas and Lilly Rostron of Westchester, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Larry.

Funeral: Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hibbing. The Rev. Erik Holleque will officiate.

Visitation: Will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Anderson-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel in Hibbing and will continue for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Burial: Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

Family services provided by Anderson-Daniels, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Hibbing. To leave a remembrance of Tom online, log onto www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

Tom & Alice Hollowell lived in the Cook area during the 1950s. Tom's wife Alice Dreveland was a 1950 graduate of the Cook High School. Her parents were; Roy 87,1981 & Lucy 92,1991 Drevland. Her siblings: Edith, Doris, Roy, Viola, and Eldon "Ding Ding" 67,1997 (Verona Lappi) Dreveland."

 

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Frank  E. Connor, 52, of Orr, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2009, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Frank was born on October 25, 1956 to Lafayette and Ruth (Day) Connor in Littlefork, MN.  He grew up in the traditional portion of  the Bois Forte Reservation, near Highway #65.  He knew and loved that woods area, a place where he often hunted and walked. His family fondly recalls that he knew where every blueberry patch was located.  He had a great appreciation for that area, its history and people.    He went to school at Nett Lake, Orr, Rainy River Community College, and he obtained a Bachelor’s degree at Bemidji State University.  He married Charlotte A. Noack on July 20, 1996, at Merrillan, Wisconsin.  Frank worked with Human Services programs at the Bois Forte Reservation.  He was a member  of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and had a keen interest in Tribal politics and government.  He enjoyed the outdoors – especially hunting and fishing, listening to music, and keeping up with his favorite football teams.   He was a talented guitar player, and loved the old classic country style of music. He was also skilled at auto maintenance and repairs, and like the challenge of playing board games or cribbage.  Frank enjoyed telling stories to his friends and relatives of his experiences.  He had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Nett Lake Baptist Church. The pride and joy of his life is his precious daughter, Hannah.

 

He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; daughter, Hannah, at home; 1 sister, Carol (Earl) Chico of Bemidji, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 3 brothers, Les, Kenneth and Lafayette Connor.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Friday at the Nett Lake Baptist Church.  Rev. Kevin Lasley will be the officiant.  Visitation will be after 4:00 PM Thursday at the church. The casket bearers will be: Mike Connor, Allen “Buzz” Connor, Vern Connor, Paul Connor, Chester Graue, Michael Agustin  “Lito” Connor and Emiliano Connor.  Interment will be in the Connor family cemetery in Nett Lake

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Walt Kennedy, 79, Tampa, Fl, summer residence of Elbow Lake, MN, LTC., U.S. Army (retired) passed away in Tampa on July 27, 2009 after a lengthy fight against cancer.

 

Memorial services will be held at 6:30 PM Thursday (Sept 17, 2009)  at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a  gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service. Rev. Peter Bagley will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Orr American Legion Post #480.   Interment was in the Florida National Cemetery.  

 

Check Walt's full obituary and In Memory below on July 27

 

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Alvin Pedersen, 102, Cook, former longtime resident of Silverdale, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home. 

 

Alvin Emil Pedersen was born on February 14, 1907, at Scanlon, MN to Peder and Petra (Huseby) Pedersen.  He settled with his family to Silverdale in 1909, where he lived for nearly 60 years.  Alvin married Lillian Anderson on February 5, 1931, in International Falls. They were longtime members of the Silverdale Lutheran Church. For numerous years he was Secretary-Treasurer for the Silverdale Cemetery.    He was a woodsman for many years, along with farming. He also enjoyed reading and vegetable gardening.   Alvin was a fine carpenter, good neighbor and friend to many. 

 

He is survived by a son, Roy (Kathleen Snell) Pedersen of Cook; a daughter, Vivian Manick of Virginia, MN; 11, Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren,  3 Great Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

Alvin is preceded in death by his wife, Lillian on May 5, 2000; son-in-law, John Manick in 1984, and a great grandson, Terry Manick in  1981.

 

SERVICES:  Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday (Sept. 19th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Rev. Reuben  Rosnau will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Silverdale Cemetery.

 

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Thomas M. Bowen, 83, of Virginia died on Sept. 6, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center. He was born on May 22, 1926, in Duluth to Frank and Grace Bowen. He attended school in Cook and also at Morgan Park School in Duluth.

Tom was a Navy veteran of World War II.

He married Florence Lindberg on March 15, 1952, in Cook and following their marriage they made their home in Virginia. He worked as an electrician for Nelson Electric, Hermann Electric and various other contractors.

He was a member and past master of Virginia Blue Lodge 264; Virginia Chapter 77, Royal Arch Masons, Eveleth Commandery No. 35 of the Knights Templar, Ver Saba Shrine Club, AAD Temple Shrine of Hermantown, I.E.B.W. 294 and a life member of Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 of Virginia.

He is survived by his loving wife and partner, Florence; four children, Dr. Sandra (Bruce) Birk of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Linda (Mickey) Scipioni of Virginia, William (Michelle) Bowen of Las Vegas, Nev., and Richard (Sue) Bowen of Corona, Calif.; five grandchildren, Lisa Birk of Bend, Ore., Erica Birk of Idaho Falls, Michael Scipioni of Virginia, Jill Birk of Virginia and Jessica McLelland of Anchorage, Alaska; and three great-grandchildren of Anchorage.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Grace Bowen; and a brother, Edward Bowen.

 

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation will be for 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Virginia Servicemen's Honor Guard, will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Tom's wife Florence Lindberg was a 1947 graduate of the Cook High School. Her parents were: Fred 67,1965 & Ella 80,1973 Lindberg. Her brothers are Lloyd (Pat) Lindberg, Bill 62,1995 & Helen 48,1985 Lindberg and George (Colleen) Lindberg.

 

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Robert “Bob” Lagerquist, 71, of rural Aurora, formerly of Cook, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center. 

 

He was born on December 9, 1937, at Hibbing; the son of Peter and Laura (Westling) Lagerquist.  He grew up in Bear River and attended schools in Togo and Alango before graduating from High School in Grand Rapids.  He enlisted in the Army, serving in Germany and stateside.  He was united in marriage to Nancy Lee on December 9, 1961 in Cook.  They lived in Minneapolis for four years prior to settling in Cook in 1967.  

 

After his military duty he worked  in road construction, for his brother George in a gas station, then for the village of Cook in 1968.    In 1969 he began employment with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, retiring in 2001 as a senior equipment operator, after nearly 40 years of  dedicated service. Earlier he was a Cook Volunteer Firefighter, drove ambulance and a member of the Cook Timberwolves Snowmobile Club.   He enjoyed cutting firewood, fishing, farming, beaver trapping and puzzles. His greatest joy came from family, especially his grandchildren.   He served on the Cook Cemetery Board and as a supervisor on the Owens Township Board.    He moved to rural Aurora in 2006, and most recently been at the Virginia Convalescent Center.   Bob’s family wishes to  thank the staff and nurses on the 4th floor of the Virginia Convalescent Center for their wonderful care given Bob during his stay there.

 

Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Nancy of Aurora;  son, Ted (Missy) Lagerquist of Aurora; one sister, Virginia Vinje of Minneapolis;, two grandchildren, Jacob and Kaleigh Lagerquist , and many other extended family members and loving friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and six brothers: Dick, Norman, George, Kenneth, Elmer and Bernard Lagerquist; five sisters: Inez Odella, Helen Michuad, Margaret Lagerquist (in infancy), Eleanor  Mannisto and Agnes MacMullen.

 

Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, Sept. 12th, at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Jeff Jones  and Rev. Harris Youngquist will be the officiants. The soloist will be Rev. Jeff  Jones, with Lorraine Walker providing the accompaniment.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined Honors Guards of Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and the Orr American Legion Post #480.  Interment will be in the Bearville Cemetery in Bearville Township of Itasca County.

 

Funeral arrangements with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook MN

 

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Leonard J. Huntington, 75, of Angora, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at University Medical Center-Mesabi, in Hibbing. He was born April 28, 1934, in Richville, Minn., to Charles and Julia (Ricket) Huntington and grew up there.

 

He had lived in St. Paul from 1941 until 1968. On Oct. 6, 1956, he married Patricia Zieman in St. Paul. They had lived in Hinckley from 1968 until 1979, and they had been Angora residents since 1981. Leonard retired from Hibbing Taconite Co. in 1997, after 18 years of service.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Huntington of St. Paul, and Scott (Ophelia) Huntington of Henderson, Nev.; four daughters, Wanda Huntington of Virginia, Beth (Dale) Auer of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wendy (Alan) McFerran of Angora, and Carla (Richard) Pocket of Mountain Iron; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; two brothers; and one sister.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia in 2008; one brother; and two sisters.

 

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook, with the Rev. Reuben Rosnau officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service at the church. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Wendy (Allan) Mcferran is a 1983 graduate of the Cook High School, and Carla (Bob) Pocket in 1990.

 

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Evelyn Alida LaKosky, 91, of Virginia, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in the Virginia Convalescent Care Center in Virginia. She was born Dec. 27, 1917, in Soudan to Axel and Julia Peterson. She was a graduate of Cook High School, class of 1936 and married Wallace "Spike" LaKosky on March 4, 1939, in Virginia.

Evelyn was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress who enjoyed baking and crafting. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia.

Survivors include her children, Wally (Jackie) LaKosky of Parkville, Lucille LaKosky of Virginia, Lynn (Suz) LaKosky of Iron and Al LaKosky of Lake Vermilion; sister, Eleanor Clem of Chino Valley, Ariz.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wallace "Spike"; brother, Edward; and sister, Alfreda.


SERVICES: Memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia with the Rev. Brad Felix officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert.

 

 

 

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Sandy Cron Johnson, age 72, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at the Wellstead of Rogers in Rogers, Minn. Sandy was born July 29, 1937, in Virginia, the daughter of Edward and Irene (Eberhart) Cron Jr. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Virginia. She went on to earn a degree in elementary education from Macalester College in St. Paul and later earned a certification in special education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

In 1959, she married Richard “Dick’’ Johnson of Virginia. They moved to Kenosha, Wis., where their daughter Kimberly was born. In 1961, they moved back to Virginia where her husband began teaching at Roosevelt High School and their second child, Richard, was born.

Sandy truly enjoyed being with her children. She was a dedicated and devoted wife and mother who cared for her family with an abundance of love, kindness and patience.

Once her children were school age, she began teaching elementary school, where fourth grade was her favorite. After teaching a few years of elementary school, she began teaching special education. Because of her endless amount of patience, her loving way and a soft spot in her heart for the “underdog,” she was perfect for this job.

Sandy taught in the Virginia school system for 25 years. In 1982 she and a friend bought the old, vacant Lutheran church on Highway 53 in Angora.

After many, many hours of renovating and remodeling the building, they opened the doors to Country Roads, a unique seasonal gift and sandwich shop. She and her business partner continued to run the store for 13 years. Country Roads was Sandy’s passion, and she enjoyed every facet of the business.

In addition to loving and caring for her family, teaching, and Country Roads, Sandy helped her husband design and build six different houses over the course of their marriage. She was especially good at layout and design, finishing work and coordinating interiors. She was a tireless partner who never shied away from a difficult task.

She also found time to enjoy a number of hobbies including cooking, sewing, knitting, reading, down hill and cross country skiing and snowmobiling. She was always working on a project or two. She loved to play cards and she played a very impressive game of Scrabble. Sandy was a devoted member of PEO DX Chapter.

Sandy was the constant that kept her family grounded. She was a dedicated friend who always found pleasure in helping others. Words cannot express the thankfulness we feel for having had her in our lives. We will be forever grateful for being shaped by her love and grace.

Sandy is survived by her husband, Dick; children, Richard (Vicki) Johnson and Kimberly (Bill) Retterath; grandchildren, Abigail, Autumn, Elijah, Rachel and Ren; sister, Patricia (Ed) Zelinski; numerous nieces and nephews; aunt and uncle, Bev and Don Stahl; cousin, Peggy Boardman (Veryl) Hendrickson; and a host of very special friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Edward 79, 1991 & Irene 84, 1998 Cron. They were the owners of the Cron Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

SERVICES: Visitation will be held from noon until the 1 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Bauman Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia. Memorials may be directed to the Virginia Foundation. Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share a personal remembrance of Sandy online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

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Helen Virginia Mordini, 91, Virginia, formerly of Lake Vermilion-Cook, went peacefully to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center, with her daughters at her bedside.

 

She was born Helen Virginia Peckels in Virginia on August 17, 1918; the daughter of William and Hilda (Skugsburg) Peckels.  She grew up in Virginia where she was schooled. In her youth she attended the Salvation Army Church, loving to read her Bible and singing Bible songs.  Helen was united in marriage to Louis Mordini on March 30, 1937 in Virginia. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. 

 

Helen owned and operated the “Knit-Wit” Yarn Shoppe in Virginia, belonged to the Virginia Bowling League and was captain of her volleyball team.  They moved to Lake Vermilion-Cook in 1968, where they lived for 25 years.  While there, she belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, volunteered at the Cook Nursing Home, and was a Fire Warden for 25 years.   Her life was centered on devotion to her husband and children.  She loved to fish. After her husbands death in 1993, she lived with her daughter Susan and family for 5 years in Britt, then moved to the Alice Nettell Tower and served on its Housing Council, lived at the Edgewood Vista for three years,  and most recently at the Virginia Convalescent Center. Helen’s family would like to thank all her caregivers  for the wonderful care and support given her. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.

 

She is survived by 1 son, Thomas (Sharon) Mordini of Freeport, IL., 2 daughters, Sharon (Gerald) Lemieux of Newhall, CA and Susan (Joseph) Froehlingsdorf of Zim; 2 sisters-in-law,  Gloria Folman of Virginia and Laura Carlson of Freeport, IL; 9 Grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren; 3 step great-grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis on September 7, 1993; four sisters, Gladys Gentilini, Pearl Moorefield, Doris Pickruhn and Adeline Peckels-who died in infancy; and three brothers,  John and Floyd Peckels, and William Peckels who died in childhood.  

 

Mass of Christian Burial will celebrated at 11:00 AM Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia,  with the Rev. Fr. John O’Donnell as the  celebrant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will  be in Calvary Cemetery, Virginia.  After the committal service at the cemetery, lunch will be served at the Virginia Bible Church at 600 7th Ave South.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral  Home in Cook.

 

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Benedict "Ben" John Hoffman, Jr. age 77 of Ash River Trail, died Wednesday morning, August 19, 2009 at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.

Ben was born in a log cabin on August 10, 1932 to Benedict and Agnes Hoffman. He grew up in Kinmount, MN and graduated from Orr High School.

Ben served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He began working in the logging business before owning and operating Hoffman's Wild Rice and Hoffman's Store where he catered to deer hunters and winter fishermen. After joining Fran at Frontier Resort, he enjoyed guiding and fishing when not working behind the bar. It was there he gave up his gun and took up a camera to shoot deer and fox that he loved to feed.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Oswald Hoffman; sister, Constance Winkler and son, James Hoffman.

Ben is survived by his wife, Fran Hoffman of Ash River Trail, MN; son, Ben "Babe" Hoffman, III of Cass Lake, MN; daughters, Ginny (Mike) Crain of Keller, TX, Mary (Danny) Doyea of Beltrami, MN, and Laurie (Dean) Konen of Anoka, MN; daughter-in-law, Suzi Hoffman of Orr, MN; step-son, Jim (Jean) Carr of Florida; step-daughters, Bert Karasek of Int'l Falls, MN, Patty Engstrom of Chicago, IL and Deb Sanders of Ash River Trail, MN; fifteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, sisters, Agnes (John) L'Heureux of Int'l Falls, MN and Dorothy (Fred) Geiser of Rockford, IL and several nieces and nephews.

Ben enjoyed life; telling jokes, meeting new people, traveling to casinos and being with family. He left this world with the utmost dignity and bravery. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in International Falls. Immediately following the service, a lunch will be held at Frontier Resort at Ash River Trail.

If so desired, in memoriam donations would be preferred to St. Mary's Hospice and Palliative Care, 407 E. Third Street, Duluth, MN 55805

 

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Vatsek Parda 96, of Seattle, Washington and formerly of Buyck, Minnesota. Our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, in Seattle, Wash. Vatsek was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Utica, N.Y., to Zacharjasz and Katarzyna Parda. Vatsek’s siblings were Bernice, Eva and Walt. The family homesteaded in Buyck. With no high school in Buyck, Vatsek went to high school in Duluth, working at the YMCA to pay his way through to graduation. When he returned to Buyck, he and his brother started a lumber mill. In 1937, Vatsek met Elizabeth “Liz” Shimmick, who was teaching at the Buyck school house. They married Sept. 6, 1942 at Fort Ord, California. Vatsek was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he and Liz settled in Seattle, where they have lived in the same home with a bountiful garden for more than 60 years.

Vatsek worked for Singer as a sewing machine repairman, and later, as manager of repair for the northwest states. Throughout his life, he was active at St. John Catholic Parish in Seattle, including Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus. He was well-known and liked throughout the community, and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Liz; son, Don; daughter, Nancy; along with seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Seattle.

 

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Claude Curry 83 died on August 3, 2009 at the White Community Hospital Nursing Home. At his request there will be no funeral service. The arrangements are with the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, Minnesota.

 

Claude and his family lived south of the Marvin Pearson Farm southwest  of Cook. I do not know the name of his wife or all of the children.  Four of the children that attended the Cook School are; Michael; class of 1973, Mary; class of 1974, Norman; class of 1976 and Linda. And Donna; class of  1982 or 1983 and Laura; class of 1984.

 

Thanks to Dawn (Danyluk) Walker for the names of Donna and Laura.
 

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Walt Kennedy, 79, LTC., U.S. Army (Retired), died on 27 July 2009 after a lengthy fight against cancer. His life was blessed with many triumphs and hardships befitting a man of his strength of character and commitment to living an honest, moral life.

 

He was raised in a log cabin on the banks of Elbow Lake near Cook, Minnesota where he faced challenges from a life few people in the past century could imagine.

 

At the age of 19 Walt enlisted into the US Army and began a 21 year odyssey serving the country in Germany following WW II, Korea, and two tours in Vietnam where he was a Battalion Commander in the Field Artillery.

 

He settled in Tampa in 1972 where he lived the rest of his life working on becoming the best husband and father possible. In his later days Walt went back to his roots in Northern Minnesota to a cabin by the lake he loved enjoying the sounds of Loons echoing across the water, a relaxing stroll down a wooded path, and enjoying the many pleasures of a full life.

 

He is survived by his wife Gene Ann, children Robin (Ed), Scott (Barbara), Bill, Kay (Danny), Pam (Greg) and Ann. There are also twelve grand children – Michael, Alicia, Eric, David, Rebecca, Lindsay, Fletcher, Trevor, Kate, Tucker, Elyse and Brett, and three great-grand children – Ansley Clair, Alayna Reese and Kaiden.


The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 1, from 9:30 to 11am, with funeral services at 11am, both at Blount Curry Carrollwood Chapel, 3207 W. Bearss, Tampa. Interment will take place on Monday, August 3, 2009, at 10am, at Florida National Cemetery, with well deserved full military honors.

 

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Elsie Forsman, 92, of Virginia passed away Monday, July 27, 2009 at the Virginia Convalescent Center in Virginia. Elsie was born on Aug. 19, 1916 in Angora to Alexander and Lizzie (Karvala) Jackson. She grew up and attended school in Alango. She married Eugene Forsman on Dec. 19, 1938 in Virginia. Following the marriage they lived in various places then in 1969 they made their home in Britt.

Elsie is survived by her husband of 70 years, Eugene; nieces and nephews, Arlene Mandler of Minneapolis, Sharon (John) Brant of Minneapolis, David (Patricia) Forsman of Petaluma, Calif., and Steven Lati of Minneapolis; a sister-in-law, Sophie Forsman of Petaluma, Calif.; and great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Alex, William and Solomon Jackson; and sisters, Siama and Anna Jackson, Ida Beihler and Hannah Mayerhofer.

 

Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Convalescent Center on the third floor. Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Nathan Sager will officiate. Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

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Katherine "Katie" Zunich, lifelong resident of Buhl, passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Hospice in Duluth on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1920 to Sophie and George Madich.

Katie graduated from Martin Hughes High School in 1939 and was united in marriage to Peter Zunich on July 2, 1939. Katherine and her husband Peter began Arrowhead Battery Company in Buhl in 1952 and operated it together for approximately 40 years. At the same time Katie served on the Great Scott Township Board as treasurer for 30 years before her retirement and was lovingly called "Katie Byrd" by her family and friends. She was active in the Eastern Star Chapter of Chisholm and the Buhl-Kinney Serbian Guild, however she especially enjoyed her bowling nights out with the girls. Katie was mostly identified for her flair of style, and baking the most fantastic strudels and poviticas. Katherine loved her caregivers, Jan Neumann and Cindy Thorsen of Spectrum Home care in Virginia who made her last years comfortable and pleasant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Peter; brothers, Dan and Joseph; and two nephews.

Katherine is survived by her three children, Elliot (Lynn) Zunich of Duluth, Kathleen Seja (Robert) Berger of Lake Vermilion, Cook, and Peter (Simone) Zunich Jr. of Buhl; four grandchildren, Dana Zunich of Tempe, Ariz., Lance (Amanda) Petrack-Zunich of Hong Kong, China, Peter lll and Brianna Zunich of Buhl; three great-grandchildren, Casey Hines and Desi Zunich of Tempe, Ariz., and Cirrus Petrack-Zunich of Hong Kong, China; one sister, Mildred Gravich of St. Paul and also several nieces and nephews.

VISITATION: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Thursday in St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church in Chisholm with Rev. Fr. Zoran Savic as celebrant. Burial will be at the Chisholm Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

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Gladys M. Anderson. 90, Spokane, WA, formerly of Cook passed away on May 24, 2009 in Spokane, WA.  A graveside services will be held at the Cook Community Cemetery on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Reuben Rosnau. Gladys was born on October 21, 1918  to John  and Jennie (Ableman) Johnson of Greaney. She was married to William O. Anderson .  Local arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Rory Jenkins, 24, passed away on July 21, 2009, in Naples, Fla.

Rory was born on April 30, 1985, and spent his childhood in Barrington Hills, Ill. After graduating from high school, Rory enlisted in the U.S. Army and completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. Soon after his graduation, he was sent to serve his country in B Company in Iraq and distinguished himself both as an infantryman and a Bradley tank operator. He was a proud and dedicated soldier and was honorably discharged from the Army on June 16, 2009, from Fort Stewart, GA. He planned to attend Bay State College in Boston, Mass.

Rory was a bright and gregarious young man and will be dearly missed by many. Rory is preceded in death by his mother, Sally Van Ornum Jenkins and is survived by his father, Robert C. Jenkins of Sao Paulo, Brazil; his sister, Jasmin Anne Jenkins of New York City; and his fiancée Silvia Ponce of Boston, Mass.; his maternal grandparents, Barbara and Jim Van Ornum, of Billings, Mont.; paternal grandmother, Sarah Bogan Jenkins, of Glenview Ill.; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral: Private services will be held in Hibbing at Maple Hill Cemetery on Monday, July 27.

Memorials: May be sent to The Rory Robert Jenkins Foundation.

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing. Dougherty Funeral Home can provide information for the Rory Robert Foundation. Remembrances can be placed online at http://roryjenkins.legacy.com
 

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Paula Jean Bloczynski, 71, of Tower and formerly of Cook and Kansas City, died Friday, July 24, 2009 in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. She was born Oct. 2, 1937 in Kansas City, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Swanson. She attended school in Kansas City and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in English from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. She was married to Charles Edmond “Chuck” Bloczynski on Feb. 27, 1960 in St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Kansas City.

Paula was the owner of the Tower News, and the Life of Riley Resort, and she worked as the public relations director of Missouri Valley College. She was a member of St. James Presbyterian Church, the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary, the Greenwood Township Board, and the Lake Vermilion Sportsman’s Club. Paula also worked on Paul Wellstone’s campaign, sang in church and community choirs, and was actively interested in the Girl Scouts and the Humane Society.

She is survived by her brother, Charles Swanson of Kansas City, and a host of friends.

Her parents; and her husband, Chuck, preceded her in death.


Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday in St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Tower. Pastor Bill Evans will officiate. Interment will be in the Birch Hill Cemetery in Buyck. Memorials are preferred to the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, or the Humane Society. Services provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Tower. To leave remembrances online go to: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 

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John Woodenfrog  “ NAH-WI-GE-SHIG” John Woodenfrog, 86, of Nett Lake, passed away unexpectedly at Nett Lake on Friday, July 24, 2009.

 

Traditional Native American Services will be held at 10:00AM Tuesday (July 28th) at the Woodenfrog residence in Nett Lake.  The Wake will be after 4:00 PM Monday, also at the Woodenfrog residence.   The Spiritual Leader will be Billy Blackwell.  The casket bearers will be: James Wilde, Matthew Boney, Jason Boney, John Juliano, Jeff Boney, and Preston Juliano.  The alternate bearers will be Peter Boney Jr. and Vernon Boney.

 

Interment will be in the Woodenfrog Cemetery in Nett Lake, with military honors accorded by the Bois Forte Honor Guard. 

 

John Woodenfrog was born, in the Kabetogama Lake area on September 25, 1922, to John Sr. and Maria (Sears) Woodenfrog.  He grew up in the Kabetogama -Namakan  Lakes region.  The Woodenfrog Campgrounds on Lake Kabetogama was named in honor of  the legacy of John Sr.  He trapped, fished, and hunted, and actively harvested wild rice.  John served in the Army during World War 11.  After his honorable discharge, he settled in  Nett Lake, where he since resided.  He was employed in various jobs on the Reservation and was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. His last job was with the senior program with the U.S. Forestry.  He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

He is survived by 1 sister, Jennie Woodenfrog of Nett Lake, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

 

He is preceded in  death by 1 brother, William Woodenfrog and 3 sisters, Nancy Boney, Mary Strong and Louise Woodenfrog. 

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Evelyn Ruth Nylund Miller 94, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2009 in Mesa Arizona. She was born January 5, 1915 in Minneapolis, MN to Nels & Hilda Holmer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 32 years Dan R. Nylund in 1965, her husband of 32 years Dean Miller in 2000 and her granddaughter, Diana Nylund.

 

She is survived by her daughter Marlene White-Miller (Max Miller) of Gold Canyon, AZ her son Dan A. Nylund, of Glendale, AZ and her stepdaughter, Deanne Gribble of Auburn WA 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and her brother Reinhold Holmer of Cook, MN. Many nieces, nephews and friends. Evelyn touched many lives with her tenderness, love of life and her pizzelle cookies.

 

A celebration of life will be held on Friday July 24, 2009 at 10:30 in the morning in the Chapel at Bonney-Watson Washington Memorial, 16445 International Blvd. SeaTac, WA. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Evelyn may be made to a charity of your choice. Please sign the online memorial guestbook atwww.bonneywatson.com.

 

Beside the Homer Family of Gheen, Evelyn has a number of Nylund relatives that still have contact with the Cook area. John Nylund has a cabin near Cook and his sister Char Bystrom at Crane Lake. Evelyn was married to their Uncle Daniel Nylund Sr. was a brother to their father who was the John Nylund that owned the Nylund's Bakery in Cook..

 

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Kathryn G, Anderson 86, died Thursday, July 16, 2009, at home in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She was born at Parkville, where she grew up and graduated from the Mountain Iron High School. She lived in Cook, Wadena, Duluth, Virginia and Hibbing. She graduated from the UMD in 1968, and was an elementary teacher in the Duluth school system. Kathryn took an active interest in her family and church and was interested in sewing, baking, and other creative actives.

 

She is survived by five children;  Earl, Stanley, John, James and Marilyn; 24 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert G. Anderson; infant daughter; Rebecca Anderson and son Daniel.

 

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in the Covenant Church in Cook.  The Rev Roger Johnson will officiate. The service will be followed by internment at the Cook Cemetery.  Following the interment, friends are welcome to join the family for supper and fellowship at the church.

 

Kathryn's husband Robert was the son of Oscar & Martha (Helstrom) Anderson. His siblings were; William & Gladys Anderson, Lavern & Robert Curtis, Dorothy Junkert and Don & Jean Anderson.

 

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Gretchen Eldien, 97, of Cook, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center. Gretchen (Ava May) Pfeifer Eldien was born on November 25, 1911, in Virginia, to Fred and Eva (Keith) Pfeifer.  She grew up in Virginia and Melrude before attending school at St. Scholastica in Duluth, where she also graduated from college with a teaching degree in 1931.

 

Gretchen taught in Gnesen, Alango, Orr, and most recently in Cook.  She met Harold Eldien while they were both teaching in Alango, and they  were united in marriage on June 18, 1936.  In  1937 they moved to Orr,  and in 1948 to Cook, where they purchased a farm, and where Gretchen lived until 2009.  The farm became a family effort with everyone sharing in the  chores but also the source of many happy memories as family and friends gathered there over the years

 

Gretchen was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she acted as treasurer for many years, a lay communion server and parish council member.  She was a member of the Council of Catholic Women, past President of St. Mary’s CCW and the Virginia Deanery.

 

Besides being a member and past president of Cook Hospital Auxiliary, she helped organize and became the first president of the Cook Senior Citizens.  As a Virginia area board member of the Red Cross, she acted as the Cook area volunteer chairman, recruiting and training volunteers, fund raising, and organizing for disaster help.  She was also a member of the St. Louis County Teacher’s Association, the Northeast Retired Educators, Retired Teachers of Minnesota and the NEA

 

She is survived by sons, Andy (Char) Eldien  of Carlton, OR and Norm Eldien of Portland, OR;  her grandchildren include Keith (Carolyn) Eldien, Tim (Chris) Sobey, Eric (Tonya) Eldien, Chad (Regina) Eldien, all of the Portland, Oregon area, Kim Watts of Vancouver, WA  and Emily (David) Zappulla of Baltimore, MD;  her great grandchildren,  Shayla, Natalie and Tanner Watts of Vancouver, WA, Maxwell, Genevieve and Benjamin Eldien of the Portland, Oregon area, William Daniel Zappulla, just born in Baltimore, MD, and another great grandson expected in August; also, special niece, Mary Jane (Pfeifer) (Jim) Bailey, and many other nieces and nephews, plus special friend and helper, Jerry Snell. 

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harold in 1980, her oldest son, Loren in 1999, a grandson, Kirk Eldien; her brothers Keith and William Pfeifer; and sisters, Leanore Wallin and Patricia Olson.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Friday (July 24th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Fr. Joseph Thomas, MCBS will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Thursday, with a Rosary said at 7:30 PM at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The casket bearers will be: Eric Eldien, Chad Eldien, Mary Jane Bailey, Robby Owen, Shirley Kline and Jerry Snell. 

 

Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.  It was Gretchen’s request that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cook Hospice, the Cook Hospital Auxiliary, W.C. Heiam Medical Foundation or the  American Red Cross. They can be sent direct or to Andy Eldien, P.O. Box 749, Carlton, OR 97111.

 

 

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Andrew “Andy” Rutchasky, 26, of Buyck, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Cook Hospital

 

He was born on May 8, 1983 at Cook, the son of Frank S. and Catherine L. (Nelson) Rutchasky.  He was a lifelong resident of Buyck and graduated from the Orr High School in 2001, where he played football and basketball. Andy was a carpenter and painter and worked on numerous log homes in the area. He was a member of the Buyck volunteer fire department. He loved hunting, fishing and camping.

 

He is survived by his father, Frank Rutchasky of Buyck; his longtime companion Dusty Franke and their two boys Byron and Zaedan; 2 brothers; Matt (Kristy) and Adam (Sandy) Rutchasky both of Orr, maternal grandmother and step-grandfather Donna (John) Bergman of Cook, along with aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Rutchasky on Oct. 13, 2006; matern  al grandfather; Ervin “Butch” Nelson on Feb. 15, 1991; paternal grandparents; Frank and Sigrid Rutchasky; and step-son SebastianSeb” Bacon on Aug. 1, 2005.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Thursday at the Orr American Legion Hall.  Pastor Ruth Gangloff will be the officiant.  Interment will be in the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 
 

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Jeanette Marie (Alango) Waataja passed on in Sonoma, California on July 12, 2009 lovingly attended by her daughter and sisters. Jeanie was born on July 19, 1938 in Cook, Minnesota to Esther (Snell) Alango Maki and Uno Alango.

 

In her life, she had lived in many places including: Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, London, Paris, and Munich. She had made her home in California for many years (Sonoma for 12) and for the last two she resided at FAHA (Finnish American Home Association) apartment complex. Many retired Finnish Americans live in this very unique place. Members come from numerous places such as San Francisco and even visitors from Finland for an authentic sauna on Saturday nights.

 

She traveled extensively and enjoyed camping. Before they had children, Jeanie and her husband Ron rode trains and biked throughout Europe for 9 months. They explored the less visited parts of the countries and looked up relatives in Finland. When they lived in London and Munich, they continued to see Europe with their children. Later on, Jeanie cruised to Mexico and Central America with Jack and the Caribbean with friends.

 

Jeanie was a phenomenal cook and an excellent seamstress. Her daily pursuits included gardening, birds, reading, all kinds of puzzles and scrap booking. She was self studied in nutrition. Whenever we had a health problem, we called Jeanie for advice. She loved life and had an attitude of forgiveness and spirituality that we all attain to.

 

Jeanie was devoted to her family. We will carry her wisdom with us always. She leaves behind her daughter Raili (Paul) of Fort Bragg, California and son Royce (Wendy) of Cave Junction, Oregon. She will be greatly missed by her granddaughters, Kristina, Emily, Melanie and Olivia and her great grandson Papillon all of California. Her sisters Sharon (Frank) Hoover of Golden, Colorado and Bonnie (Ken) Mann of Ridgecrest, California will also miss their escapades and adventures during their yearly summer sister trips. Her Aunt Gladyce Snell resides in Cook. She also has many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Waiting for her in heaven were her first granddaughter Elizabeth (1984-1990), her parents Uno (1907-1962), Esther (1919-2002) and the love of her life Jack Munson (1997).

 

A “Celebration of Life” was held at FAHA on July 17 with many friends and family attending.

 

Donations in her memory can be sent to “Hospice by the Bay” 190 West Napa Street, Sonoma, California. 95476.

 

The family sends out heartfelt thanks to everyone for the phone calls and messages of caring

 

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Robert G. Carlson, 78, of Hibbing, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009, at the University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.   

 

He was born on May 2, 1931, at Virginia; to Gottfrid and Sophie (Olson) Carlson.   Bob grew up in Cook, and was united in marriage to Norma Jokinen on August 22, 1959, at Chisholm. The couple had lived in Cook and Ely for a time, and have resided in Hibbing since 1969.  Bob was a skilled  mechanic and has worked for Security Garage in Hibbing for nearly 25 years.  In the early years, he also was a mechanic at Mike Motors in Ely, the  Ford Garage in Chisholm and Gustafson Motors in Cook.  He was affiliated with the Chisholm Baptist Church.  He was a wonderful caregiver.

 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma; one sister Helen (Arvid) Edblom of Virginia, and numerous other special relatives; along with Megan, Joseph and Garrett – who considered Bob and Norma as grandparents.

 

He is preceded in death by 1 sister, Frances Kleppe.   

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Tuesday  (July 14th) at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Rev. Dan Erickson,  of  the Chisholm Baptist Church will officiate.  Kathy Forsline will sing, accompanied by Pam Ruuska. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

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Devery “Dev” J. Drift 31, “Nii-izhoo-binesse”, 31, formerly of Nett Lake passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday,  July 7, 2009, in Duluth.

 

SERVICES:  Traditional services will be at 10:00 AM  Saturday at the Nett Lake Community Center, where visitation will begin after 4:00 PM Friday. The casket bearers will be Jason Drift, Waylon Drift, Toy Knott, Jarrod Ballinger, Keith Roy, Lucas Jubera and Ron LaRoque.  The honorary bearers will be Mike Goggleye, Joe Whiteman, Ernie Drift Jr., Jim Chavers, Linda Isham, Lucky Isham, Curt Drift and Tom Drift.  Interment will be in the new Nett Lake Cemetery.

 

He was born in Virginia on June 10, 1978 and grew up with his grandparents (Ernie and Betty Drift) in Nett Lake, then Bemidji for a time. He attended schools in Nett Lake, Cook, Cass Lake, and a college course in Chemical Dependency.  He had worked for Olson Logging at the sawmills at Orr and Nett Lake, and had then for Bemidji Cabinetry, Dev was a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. He enjoyed the times fishing, especially with his grandfather, Ernie.

 

He is survived by his life companion, Holly Payton of Virginia; 3 children, Toneka, Devina and Hailey Drift;  his paternal grandparents, Ernie and Betty Drift of Indian Point; maternal grandparents, Rodney and Joyce Skadheim of Blackduck, MN.; a brother Derek Lowry of Duluth; 2 sisters, Christy Drift of Minneapolis and Patty Drift of Marble, along with many other special relatives and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Judy Drift on August 9, 2007.

 

Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.

 

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Victor M. Zgaynor, 101, longtime resident of the Greaney and Celina area, and  well known logger,  passed away at the Falls Samaritan Center on Saturday, July 4, 2009.

 

Victor was born on February 16, 1908 at Greaney, to Joseph and Mary (Floryanich) Zgaynor.  He grew up in Greaney and married Mary Vukelich on November 19, 1932, at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney. They settled in Celina in 1938.  He and Mary owned and operated the Celina Store for many years.  Vic started working in the woods at the age of 12, first employed with Harrigan.  In 1939 he started his own logging company, and grew to be one of the best known loggers in the area.  At one time in the summer of 1963 he had 130 men on the payroll.  He contracted wood for Northwest Paper, then later for Boise Cascade.  He was a very skilled timber cruiser, a Fire Warden, and member of the Timber Producer’s Association.  He was an outdoors person, and had enjoyed hunting, especially elk, partridge, duck, moose and deer.   He belonged to St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Greaney, then St. Thomas Catholic Church upon moving to International Falls in 2003.  Victor has resided at the Falls Samaritan Center the past 2 ½ years.   He liked country and western and Polka music. 

 

His grandson, Scott Seinola wrote a book that chronicled  Vic’s life in logging entitled “White Water Slim.”  He will long be remembered as  a premier pioneer logger extraordinaire. 

 

He is survived by 2 daughters, Shirley (Ronald) Seinola of Cook and Beverly (Wally) Helmbrecht of New Brighton, MN;  1 sister, Angela Statsman of Grand Rapids, MN; 2 Grandchildren, Scott Seinola and Jody Dearth; 2 step grandchildren, Sheri (Michael) Dahlke and Craig Helmbrecht; 3 great grandchildren, Benjamin Seinola, Jared Seinola and Daniel Dearth;  3 step-great grandchildren, Sam, Andrew and Will Dahlke; along with other special relatives and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Mary on December 17, 1995; 3 brothers, Rudy, Joseph and Louis Zgaynor; and 2 sisters, Mary Pocrnich and Ann Pocrnich.

 

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 1:00 PM Thursday (July 9th) at St. Mary’s Catholic Church  in Cook.  Fr. Joseph Thomas MCBS was the celebrant..  Visitation was from 11:30 AM until the 1:00 PM Mass at the church. Grandson Scott Seinola delivered the eulogy. Joseph Cvek and the Polka Masters provided the music. The casket bearers were: Tony Vukelich, David Pocrnich, Ken Zgaynor, Scott Lundgren, Gene Madsen and Ron Mortalini.  The honorary bearers were: granddaughter Jody Dearth, grand daughter-in-law Geri Seinola; great grandsons, Benjamin and Jared Seinola and Daniel Dearth.  Interment was in St. Bridget’s Cemetery of Greaney. 

 

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

 

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Glen Nolde 91,  died July 4, 2009, he was born to David and Augusta Nolde on a farm close to Worthington, Minn. He later married Myrtle Bergaus in Worthington and had a son, Neil. In April 26, 1945, he was inducted into the Army Corps of Engineers and on Oct. 30, 1946, he was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.

He worked in Sioux Falls, S.D., and northern Minnesota as a carpenter from the time of his discharge until 1963 when he joined Madden's Resort as a maintenance man. He retired in 1982 from Madden's Resort.

In 1984 he married Teri Foster and they moved to Englewood, Fla. From 2004 until 2008 he lived at Oak Ridge Assisted Living in Hastings, Minn., and finally at Augustana Health Care facility in Apple Valley, Minn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, David and Augusta Nolde; his first wife, Myrtle; his sister, Phyllis Jenson; and two brothers, Carl and David Nolde.

He is survived by one son, Neil, and wife Karen (Rankila) Nolde; five granddaughters; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; his wife, Teri; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Glen's son Neil graduated from the Cook High School in 1960 and his wife Karen in 1961.

 

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Paul E. Springer, 52, Wausau, Wis., formerly of Angora, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1956, in Minnesota, son of the late Raymond and Melanie (Lokosky) Springer.

Survivors include, three daughters, Heather Springer, Virginia, Jeni (Jasen) Korba of Eveleth and Diane (Tim) Hambly, Virginia; two grandchildren, Trey Korba and Morgan Hambly; nine siblings, Priscilla Rogers, Big Lake, Minn., Sandra Nix, Aitkin, Minn., Anne Cranford, Aston, Penn., Cynthia Risberg, Cook, Michael (Carol) Springer, Mesa, Ariz., John (Jan) Springer, Elk River, Minn., Timothy Springer, St. Paul, Minn., Jeffrey Springer, Tacoma, Wash. and Russell Springer, Virginia; and his dog, Nicki.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Richard, Lawrence and Daniel; and one sister, Roberta.
 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Virginia. The Rev. John O’Donnell will preside. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau, Wis., is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at www.petersonkraemer.com.

 

Paul's daughters graduated from the Cook High School, Heather 1994, Jeni 1996 and Diane 1999.

 

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Marion Delores (Martinson)  Vertnik 89 passed away on July 2, 2009. She was married to Matt Vertnick on February 6, 1943. He passed away on April 7, 1993 at the age of 73.  They were the owners of the A & W Root Beer Stand in Cook which was located where the VFW is now. She was the daughter of Hugo 70, 1965 & Esther 83, 1980 (Berg) Martinson. Her siblings were; Hyacinthe & Herman Bialke, Stanley & Flora Martinson, Roger & Virginia Martingson and Donald & Nettie Martinson. A full obituary will follow.
 

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Esko Lee Eskola 78 of Victoria, Mn. and formerly of Sturgeon passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the Victoria Care Center.

 

Esko was preceded in death by his parents Lempi (Kivi) and Eino Eskola, son Craig and sister Toini DeMerce.

 

He is survived  by wife Shirley (Larson) of Victoria; daughter Terri Lee of Victoria; son Scott (Lori) Eskola of Orono, Mn;  sister Leah Eskola (Ray) White of Grand Rapids, Mn; daughter-in-law Debbie Eskola  of Denver, Colorado; grandchildren Amy, Jenny,  Emily and  Anna.

 

Memorial service July 8, 2009  2:00 P.M. at Good Shepherd  Lutheran Church, 3745 Shorewood Drive, Wayzata, Mn. Memorials  preferred to Alzheimers  Association of Minnesota.

 

Esko was a 1949 graduate of the Alango High School

 

Sent by : "Leah White" marakatt@paulbunyan.net

 

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Raymond Anderson passed away Friday June 26, 2009, at the Cornerstone Villa in Buhl. Raymond was born on Aug. 21, 1923, to Charles and Minnie (Halvorson) Anderson in Silverdale, Minn.

He graduated from Orr High School and worked for the former Potlatch and Weyerhaeuser Corporations until he moved to Virginia in the early 1950’s.

He married Beth Peterson in Minneapolis on Sept. 10, 1955. They made their home in Virginia until 1970 when they moved to Fayal Township. He retired from US Steel in 1986 and was also engaged in private logging and excavation.

He raised beef cattle and was avid gardener. Diligent in prayer and bible study, he memorized large portions of the scripture with in-depth knowledge. He was active in lay ministry and bible teaching for over 47 years.

He and his family had the privilege of opening their home to Christian workers and missionaries from around the world.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Jonathan (Amy) Anderson and their children Laura and Carl of Reynolds, N.D. and Timothy (Jeanne) Anderson and their children Eric and Lara of Plymouth, Minn.; daughters, Jolyn and Mary Beth Anderson, both of Arden Hills, Minn.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by parents, two brothers, two sisters and grandson David.

SERVICES: Service will be at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Thursday at the Baptist Chisholm Baptist Church in Chisholm. The Rev. Dan Erickson will officiate. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

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Jerome Oliver Huseby 70, passed away peacefully at his home on Little Pine Lake in Finlayson, MN on June 23,2009 with his loving wife Cheryl by his side. He was 70. Jerry was born on January 9, 1939 at Cook, MN. He attended and graduated from Cook High School in 1957.

 

He worked as a plasterer with his father until he moved to Minneapolis to start a business on his own. He owned and operated Huseby Drywall & Stucco for many years in the Twin Cities area. He moved to Little Pine Lake in Finlayson, MN following his retirement. Jerry was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sandstone, MN.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; brother, Michael (Gloria) Huseby of Embarrass; sisters Donna (Jack, 64,1996) Rautiola of Virginia, MN and Kirsten (Lee) Nurmi of Cook, MN; son Joel of Champlin, MN and daughters Tammy (Bill) Simpkins of Grand Meadow, MN, Stacy (Patrick) Russell of Walnut Creek, CA, Marcie Huseby and Erin (Jeff) Mitchell of Minneapolis;. stepmother, Janice Huseby of Hibbing, MN, eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins. Jerry will always be remembered for his quick wit and his willingness to help his friends and family. He loved deer hunting, fishing, his dogs and reading science fiction.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Fannie Huseby in 1969 and his father, Oliver Huseby in 1997 and infant brother Jeffrey in 1952.

Services will be held Monday, June 29, 2009 at 1:00 P.M. at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Sandstone MN. Interment will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday in Minneapolis.


Obituary sent by Jerry's sister Kris Squires Nurmi  knnurmi@fastmail.fm

 

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Diane Wardas, 54 of Orr passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

 

Service will be held on Friday, June 26, 2009 at 12:00 noon Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior. Celebrant will be Father Joseph Thomas. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

Diane was born on May 02, 1955, she grew at Ash Lake and attended school in Orr. She was a life time resident of Orr until her illness caused her to move to Edgewood Vista in Virginia. She enjoyed gardening and doing craft work, her cats, camping and shopping. She was known for her good sense of humor and enjoyed being with her family and friends. She was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church of Orr.

 

Survivors include her two sons: Jason (Sandy) Wardas of Orr, MN. Bradley Wardas and Mary Lessard of I-Falls, MN. Father and Mother Edwin and Catherine Norton of Virginia, MN, Two Brothers: Edwin Norton Jr. and Kay Shannon of Brooklyn Park, MN, William (Char) Norton of I-Falls, MN, Two sisters: Paulette (Lloyd) Scott of Orr, MN, Terry (Steve) Dow of Orr, MN,  Three Granddaughters she treasured: Alexandra, Samantha, and Kennedy Wardas, Numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by grandparents.

 

Diane was a 1973 graduate of the Orr High School.

 

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Harvey L. Dillon, 90, Cook, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2009, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Harvey was born on February 24, 1919, at Fawn Lake Township, Todd County, Minnesota; to Sidney and Edna (Meyers) Dillon.   He grew up in Milaca, where he attended school.  He served in the U.S. Army during World War 11, his honorable discharge documents  his service in Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns.  Harvey had been a logger for many years.  He married Gloria M Palmquist on November 5, 1950 at Virginia, MN., and the couple settled in the Cook area in 1964.  He had been a member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757. 

 

He is survived by 2 sons, Barry Dillon of Greaney and Gerald LaFlex of Bloomington, MN; 2 daughters, Sandra Bergman and Sherry Simonson, both of Cook; 1 sister, Helen (Charles) Brown of Bradenton, FL; 8 Grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren; and  special friends, Eric and Anna Pederson and Andrea Vogel.

 

Harvey is preceded in death by his wife, Gloria in 1984; 2 brothers, Harold and Herbert; 1 great-great granddaughter Olivia L. Cornelius; and son-in-law, Duane Simonson on Sept. 9, 2007.   

 

Graveside services will be at 3:30 pm Wednesday (June 24th) at the Cook Community Cemetery.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded the by the combined honors of Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Orr American Legion Post #471. A reception/lunch will follow at 4:00 pm at the Cook VFW. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

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Ramona “Mona” L. Villebrun 70, of Indian Point, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, June 20, 2009, of natural causes.   

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Nett Lake School Gym, where visitation will be from after 4 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Art Dale will be the officiant. Interment will be in the Bois Forte Cemetery. Arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Lawrence Douglas “Animal” Johnson, 53, of Waseca, Minn., died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home. Lawrence Douglas was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Virginia, to Cullen D. and Mary Ann (Kintner) Johnson. After graduating from Mountain Iron High School in 1974, Larry worked in the mines. He then moved to the state of Washington, where he worked in construction and as a mechanic. On May 24, 1996, he married Kathy L. Cartin at the Waseca County Courthouse. Animal was a collector of many things, enjoyed racing and partying with his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Waseca; his son, Steven B. Johnson of Virginia; his stepson, Carl Shurson of Waseca; his father, Cullen Johnson of Parkville; his brothers, Gerald (Terrilynn) Johnson of Zim, Steven S. Johnson of Virginia, and Bobby (Luann) Johnson of Parkville; his sisters, Vickie (Bob) Warren of Parkville, JoAnn Johnson of Virginia, and Barb Johnson of Hibbing; his brothers-in-law, Murray (Sue) Srock, and Curtis (Rita) Srock of Austin; his special friends, Devin and Cathy Hoy of Waseca; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and his grandparents.

 

A Remembrance Service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Nichols Town Hall in Parkville. Visitation will begin at noon and continue after the service until 3 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

 

Lawrence was a nephew to Evadne "Evie" Johnson (Arnold) Ojanen of Cook. Evie passed away on April 3, 1996 at the age of 62. She was the mother of Patricia, Donna, Alan, Robert, Jane, Thomas and Glen.

 

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Lorraine Elizabeth Eliason, 71, of Hibbing, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.

Lorraine was born on Aug. 19, 1937, in Hibbing to Orin and Mina (Bartlett) Urdahl. She grew up in Bear River and graduated from Alango High School in 1955. She married Will Eliason on April 4, 1964. They would spend the next 45 years together while raising three boys.

She did daycare from her home for many years and then spent time working in the Hibbing schools working with children that needed extra tutoring. She also worked as a convenience store clerk before retiring from Holiday gas station. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing. She enjoyed camping and fishing and for many years was an avid bowler. She enjoyed family and especially enjoyed spending time with her sisters. She loved watching the Twins games and doing Sudoku.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Will Eliason; two sons, Bruce (Melissa) Eliason of Clovis, Calif., Jim (Lisa) Eliason of Hibbing; five grandchildren, Megan, Alex and Ben Eliason of Clovis, Calif., and Mathew and Tyler Eliason of Hibbing; special friend, Ryan Hamilton of Caruthers, Calif.; four sisters Irene (Frank) Samec of Hibbing, Hazel (Gaylen) Kehoe of Bear River, Mary (Alvin) DeWall of Buffalo, Evelyn (Mike) Levchak of Chisholm; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Scott in 1992; her parents, Orin and Mina; sisters, Helen Fletcher and Linda Eddy.

Funeral: Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 19, at the Grace Lutheran Church in Hibbing. Rev. Mark Palmer will officiate. Pallbearers are Rich Samec, Guy Kehoe, Tom Hedgers, Mike Peterson, Stephen Levchak, Tom Eliason and Steve Eliason. Honorary pallbearers are Megan Eliason, Alex Eliason, Ben Eliason, Mathew Eliason, Tyler Eliason and Ryan Hamilton.

Visitation: Will be from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial: Will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the North Star Hospice or American Lung Association.

Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home in Hibbing.

 

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Richard Norman Folkedahl 66 died Sunday June 7, 2009 at his home in Myrtle Creek, Ore., after a brief illness.

 

He was born June 20, 1942 in Grygla, Minn., to Nels 75, 1993 and Margaret 79, 2000 Folkedahl.

 

He was a 1960 graduate of Alango High School and then joined the Navy. He held numerous jobs in his lifetime, completing nursing school in Wyoming, then moving to Oregon.

 

He was preceded in death by both parents and one sister, Sandra Slotness August 13, 2007 at the age of 68.

 

He is survived by one daughter, Jody, of Portland, Ore.; three sisters, Karen (Jerry) Mayry of Iron, Donna (Frank) Parzyck of Angora, Dale (Dennis) Hurst of Duluth; three brothers, David (Deb) of Weaterby Lake, Mo., Vern (Laurie) of Grundy Center, Iowa, and Neil (Shelly) of West Fargo, N.D.; as well as many neices and nephews.

 

FUNERAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009 in the Faith United Lutheran Church in Clinton

 

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Harun Mohamed Abdulle  - "Ron."  Ron died unexpectedly in his home in Duluth on June 4, 2009.  He was born in Somalia on October 3, 1986 to Mahamuud Abdulle and Dahab Mohamed.  He immigrated to the US in 1989.  He grew up in Cloquet, MN with his foster parents MEg Sarazine & Dr. Ismail Hindash.  He graduated Cloquet High School in 2004.  In high school Ron was a great basketball player!   Ron was known for his great friendly smile and wonderful sense of humor.


He was preceded in death by his fathers Dr Ismail Hindash and Mahamuud Abdulle both in 2006.

He is survived by his mothers Dahab Mohamed & MEg Sarazine, sister Asha, sisters Sara and Lex, brothers Noah, Mohamed and Abdi, foster siblings Fred, Mohammed, Matt, Andrew G., Randall and Patrick and many friends including his life partner Brianna.

Prayers will be heard at the mosque in Columbia Heights on Friday, June 5, 2009 @ 1 pm.  He will then be interred in the Burnsville Muslim Cemetery next to his father Ismail Hindash.
 

See MEg's Home Pages!!
http://home.earthlink.net/~meg830

 

MEg Sarazine (Dr. Ismail 58, 2006) Hindash is the daughter of Norbert & Twila (Hokkanen) Sarazine. MEg is a 1979 graduate of the Cook High School.

 

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“Well done good and faithful servant”

 

Myrtle D. Jackson, 86, of Cook, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at the Cook Nursing Home for the  wonderful care given to Myrtle. 

 

She was born on March 10, 1923 at Virginia, to Ole and Rose (Linnette) Holter.   She grew up in Field Township and graduated from Cook High School. She was united in marriage to Edgar Jackson in Cook on March 13, 1941. The couple moved to Clayton, Indiana, where they farmed.   Edgar served in the Army during World War 11, while Myrtle returned to Cook and operated a restaurant.  After Edgar’s tour of duty they lived in New Brighton, Minnesota, then Ano, Indiana, and Kingston,  Tennessee, before moving back to Cook in the late 1980’s.   She was a bookkeeper for Poly Business Forms in Minneapolis.   Myrtle was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.  She enjoyed playing piano and singing, loved working crossword puzzles and anagrams.   Myrtle was an avid student of the Bible, reading it from start to finish, several times throughout the years.

 

For the past 17 years she has resided in long term care facilities due to her Alzheimer’s condition.

 

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Edgar;  one son, David (Marilee) of New Richmond, Wis., 1 granddaughter: Marya (David) Pfefferle of Maplewood, MN; 2 grandsons: Brant (Tammy) Jackson of Somerset, Wis. and Benn Jackson of Maplewood, MN; 6 Great Grandchildren: Forrest, Riley, Violette, Brooks, Brittan and Lily; brother and sister-in-law Arden and Verna Anderson of Brooklyn Park, MN; sister-in-law, Cindy Holter of Indianapolis, IN; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Laverne Anderson; and 2 brothers, Donald and Robert Holter.

 

Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. Rev. Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  The singing will be congregational with Norma Thomas providing the accompaniment.  The honorary bearers will be: Benn Jackson, Brant Jackson, David Pfefferle and Forrest  Murphy.  Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.  Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Clarence “Ike” W. Olson, 75, Orr, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009, at the Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

 

Clarence was born on May 7, 1934, at Wilton, MN, to Victor and Dorothy (McGriff) Olson.  He grew up in Wilton, and later attended high school in  Bemidji, where he later farmed and worked construction.  He started coming to Orr in  winters of the early 1950’s where he hauled pulpwood.  While in Orr, he met  Margie Soger and they were married on May 14, 1955 in Eveleth. The couple settled in Orr, where they raised their children and lived their entire married life.  Ike  owned and operated Olson Logging and was a self employed contract logger for Boise Cascade  for many years, where he was fondly called the “Strawboss”. He was a longtime active member of Calvary Lutheran Church where he was one of the instrumental people who oversaw the tearing down of the old church and construction of the new building.   He also belonged to the Orr area Lions, served on the Orr City Council, the Hoop Club, of which he had served as president for a year, and on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Timber Producer’s Association for a number of years.  He loved to golf, hunt, fish, enjoyed blueberry picking and really liked the comrade with the guys  at the round table. He was a sports fan and loved watching his boys play ball.  He belonged to the “Rack Shack”, where he spent time with family and good friends. He and Margie had wintered in Arizona for 10 years, where he thoroughly enjoyed the weather and golfing.  Ike was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend.  He will be deeply missed. 

 

He is survived by his dear wife of 54 years, Margie Olson; a son, Tim (Lori) Olson of Orr; a brother, James “Jim” (Betty) Olson of Bemidji; daughter-in-law, Maxine Olson of Orr; 4 Grandchildren: Aaron Olson, Jamie (Derek) Hell, Adam Olson and Brock Olson; 4 Great Grandchildren: Autymn, Tori, Ian and Tucker; along with numerous nephews, nieces, in-laws, and friends. 

 

In addition to his parents, Ike was preceded in death by one son, Gregory Olson on Dec. 22, 2008; and one daughter, Tammie Blakesley on October 25, 1979.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Friday (May 29th) at Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr.  Rev. Joey Bailey will be the officiant.  A gathering of family and friends will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.  The honorary bearers will be: Floyd Saatela, Dick Olson, Jim Johnson, Rev. Art Dale, Gene Hermann, Bernie Novak, Jim Holman, Rick Appleby and Rick Scheuring.  Music will be provided by Calvary Choir, Joel Astleford and Fran Novak.   Interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr.  Memorials can be directed to: Calvary Lutheran Church of Orr, St. Mary’s Hospice and Palliative Care or the Solvay Hospice House of Duluth

 

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Monsignor Patrick Melville McDowell, aged 81, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth on May 19, 2009. He was born in Hibbing on March 11, 1928, to Ada (Grenier) and William McDowell. Educated at Assumption School in Hibbing, Crosier Seminary in Onamia, Nazareth Hall in St. Paul and St. Paul Seminary, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Duluth by Bishop Thomas Welch at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Duluth, on June 5, 1954.

Monsignor McDowell served at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Duluth; St. Benedict Church, Duluth; St. Joseph Church, Gnesen; St. Joseph Church, Lakewood; Holy Spirit Church, Virginia; St. Mary’s Church, Cook; St. Bridget’s Church, Greaney; Center City Catholic Parishes (St. Mary Star of the Sea, St. Peter and Our Lady of Mercy). He also served on different diocesan boards over the years and was involved with Alcoholics Anonymous, counseling individuals and hearing fifth steps.

During his time at Center City Parishes, Monsignor Pat, as he was affectionately called, began “Helping Hands Ministry,” an outreach to those who came to St. Mary Star of the Sea for help. He had a way of connecting with those who seemed to fall through the cracks or who lived on the street. He also was instrumental in founding Holy Innocents Chapel at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, where Eucharistic Adoration takes place 24 hours a day. In recognition of all his labors on behalf of Catholics and non-Catholics alike, he was named “Monsignor” by Pope John Paul II in July 1997.

Monsignor McDowell retired from parish administration in 2006 but not from priestly ministry. While residing at Lakeshore (formerly Lakeshore Lutheran Nursing Home), Monsignor McDowell carried on an active ministry on behalf of residents. He could be seen cruising the hallways in his motorized scooter and he loved visiting residents and saying Mass in the chapel. He always had a story to share and could make everyone laugh.

Monsignor McDowell is survived by his brother-in-law, Jack Wigen; sister-in-laws, Mary Lou McDowell and Shirley McDowell; and many nieces and nephews.

Monsignor was preceded in death by his parents, Ada and William; brothers, John, Mickey, Howard and Mac; and his sister, Betty Wigen.

 Visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 25, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, 2801 East Fourth St., Duluth, with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, until the 11a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Duluth. Memorials are preferred and may be directed to CHUM, 102 W. Second St., Duluth, MN 55802. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth.

Pastor Pat served the Cook Catholic Church from 1983 until 1987.

 

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Larry Soger, 75, lifelong resident of Orr, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, after  losing a battle with cancer. 

 

He was born on August 6, 1933, at home in Leiding Township, to Oscar and Lola (Paavola) Soger.   He graduated from Orr High School in 1952, where he enjoyed playing basketball and was famous for his “skyhook.”   He began work on the DWP Railroad before enlisting in the U.S. Army, along with his friends, Ernest “Ernie” Drift and Bill Johnson in January of 1953.   He served most of his duty at Camp Hale, Colorado.  While at Camp Hale, Larry and his company commander rolled a jeep down the mountain side and Larry pulled the captain out of the burning jeep.  Both spent several days in the hospital burn unit.  After his honorable discharge, he returned to work for the DWP Railroad.   He married Helga M. Christensen  Leiding on March 17, 1962 and they made their home near Pelican Lake of Orr.  He retired from the railroad in 1986 as a welding foreman.  Larry was a 49 year member of the Orr American Legion Post #480, he loved and enjoyed cutting firewood, fishing and hunting along with playing cards and gardening.  He enjoyed the many seasons spent at the hunting shack. 

 

He is survived by a son, Bernard “Bernie” (Loralee) Soger of Orr; a daughter, Lori Schuler of Orr; 4 brothers, Ray of Brainerd, George of Cook, Russell (Jackie) of Orr and Donny of Melrose, MN; 2 sisters, Norma Coughlin of Pine River, MN and Margie (Ike) Olson of Orr; 3 Grandchildren, Alexandra, Nicole and Ashley, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Helga (June 30, 2000); 2 brothers, Roy Soger (2005) and Everett Soger (2006), and a nephew Greg Olson (2008).

 

At Larry’s request, no funeral services will be held.  Any condolences, memories, or memorials for Larry can be sent to his son, Bernard Soger at 4631 Hitchcock Road, Orr, MN.  55771.

 

Arrangements with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. 

 

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Tillian Myrtle (Martinson, Bystrom) Minke, 89, of Cook died Friday, May 15, 2009, in the Cook Nursing Home. She was born June 3, 1919 in Ormsby, Minn., the daughter of Charles and Anna (Hammer) Martinson.

Tillian attended school in Bear River and married Merle M. Bystrom on Dec. 13, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tillian traveled the United States during World War II and worked as a riveter in San Diego, Calif., while Merle served in the Navy. After the war, Tillian and Merle Bystrom resided in Tower, Baudette and Cook, where Merle served as a refuge patrolman and game warden until his death in 1962.

Tillian married Rueben W. Minke on October 30, 1971, and resided at Side Lake.

She enjoyed fishing off the dock on Lake Vermilion, socializing with her family and friends, shopping, and watching the Vikings. Tillian will be remembered by many for her quick wit and humor.

Tillian is survived by her son, Chuck (LeeAnn) Bystrom, of Tower and their daughters, Ashley Bystrom (fiancé, Scott Poyser) of Eden Prairie, Minn., Katelyn Bystrom, and Becky Bystrom; as well as by son-in-law Michael Amundson of Angora and his children, Darren (Bonnie) Amundson of Austin, Texas, Michele (Bret) Walters and their children, Michael, Britany and Brandon Walters, of Big Lake, Alaska, and Derek Amundson, Austin, Texas; and two brothers, Manley Martinson of Cook and William (Lois) Martinson of Duluth.

Tillian was preceded in death by her husbands, Merle M. Bystrom 45, 1962 and Rueben W. Minke 72, 1988; her daughter, Pamela Amundson at the age of 39, on October 10, 1985; and her three sisters.
 

A private service will be held. Services are provided by Bauman-Vermilion, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Tower. To leave remembrances of Tillian online, go to: www.baumanfuneralhome.com.

 
 

Larry L. McGlynn, 65, Cook, passed away Thursday, May 14 2009, after a 3 year courageous battle with cancer, with his family at his side.

  

Larry  was born on January 3, 1944 to Kenneth and Olive (Davis) McGlynn,  at Warren, MN.  He grew up in Warren and  moved with his family to Grand Forks, ND, where he lived for several years.  He started operating heavy equipment in 1961 at the age of 17, and continued until he joined the Army in 1965.  Larry served in Germany, and was honorably discharged in 1967.  He  married the former Judy Negaard  on October 21, 1967 at Warren.  They had lived in Rochester and Minneapolis  before moving to Cook in 1977. Larry was a heavy equipment operator for Ulland Brothers Construction, retiring in 2005 after 30 years of service. He enjoyed golfing, farming, motorcycle riding and spending time with his family. He was a 43 year member of the  Operating Engineers, Local 49.  He valued the friendships made and time shared with the Cook area cancer support group.

 

Larry is survived by his wife of 41 years,  Judy of Cook; 3 daughters Sherry Aure of Minneapolis, Shawn (Dan) Snidarich of Angora and  Teresa (Greg) Boyer of Hibbing;  7 Grandchildren: Jamie Aure, Jessica (Forest Pearson) Aure, Jeremy (Katherine) Karja, Jason (Kate Sundet) Karja, Drayke Snidarich, Cole Snidarich and Brayden Boyer; 2 great grandchildren: Tyler and Lindsey; a sister-in law April McGlynn of Marshall, MN ; 2 brothers-in law:  Barry Simundson of Casselton, ND and Gary Ray of Grand Forks, ND; along with numerous nieces nephews and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Kenneth (2000) and Olive (1978) McGlynn; 2 sisters Karen Ray (1980) and Debra Simundson (2005);  and  twin brothers Donald McGlynn (2003) and Ronald (2004) McGlynn.

 

Memorial services will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  A gathering of family and friends will be from 5:00 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home.   Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  The honorary bearers will be: Gilbert Odella, Lester Johnson, Reino Lahti, John Lossing, Teresa DuMarce, Darrel Lindgren, Randy Eklund, Claire Chosa, Jack Christiansen, John Novak, Dan Reing, Robert McGlynn, Kelly McCue, Marlene Kellerhuis and Amber Mancina.  Interment will be in the Alango Township Cemetery. 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.  If so desired, in lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Larry can be made to: Sand Lake Shuffle, and mailed to: P.O. Box 487, Virginia, MN.  55792.

 

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Wayne M. Taittonen, 65, of Cook and a lifelong resident of Angora, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Virginia Regional Medical Center’s Virginia Convalescent Center. Wayne was born July 30, 1943, the son of Waino and Signe (Taskinen) Taittonen. He graduated from Alango High School and Humbolt Institute of Minneapolis. He worked at the Homestead Mills in Cook for many years and for St. Louis County at the Cook and Aurora Transfer Stations before retiring on a disability. He also served as a constable for Angora Township as well as a supervisor for many years. His recent project was researching the early settlers of Angora Township.

He is survived by a sister, Elaine (Rodney) Arola, of Britt; and a brother, Michael (Mary) Taittonen, of Florida; nieces, Lisa (George) Myers and Leanne (Ken) Erickson, both of Embarrass, Linette (Rod) Novak of North Kingstown, R.I., Jessica Taittonen of Hibbing and Jamie (Chris) Gavitt of Chisholm; nephews, Todd (Wendy) Arola of Virginia, Kenneth Arola of Wuori, Robert Arola of Britt and Jeremy Taittonen of Virginia; grandniece and grandnephews, Briita and Curt Myers, Austin and Kyle Erickson, and Joshua and Jacob Novak.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, his parents Wayne Sr. 79, 1988 & Signe 75, 1995 and sister, Lillian Maki 63, 2008.

 

SERVICES: Funeral 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Joey Bailey will officiate. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia

 

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Lois R. McClellan, 90, Cook, passed away Monday, May 4, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

She was born Lois Ruby Jacobsen to John and Florence (Woodard) Jacobsen at Hovland MN. on April 30, 1919. She grew up in Hovland where she met her future husband, Allen McClellan while he was working in the CCC camps. They married on June 22, 1939 in Hovland. They lived in Buyck, then to the Cook area in 1959, where she has since resided. Her husband Allen was a woodsman and fishing guide. The past 3 ½ years she has been making her home at the Cook Nursing Home. Lois was a life time member of the Evangelical Covenant church in Cook. She volunteered   at the Cook Area Food Shelf,  Cook Area Hospital Auxiliary (also known as the Thrift Shop), and for the Forestry Service.  She owned and operated the Dairy Bar in Cook for several years, and was employed at Hill Wood Products. Lois was a longtime dedicated  homemaker, loved reading, crocheting along with going to garage and rummage sales.  Lois was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and a friend to many.

 

Lois is survived by  1 son Ronald (Nancy) McClellan of White Bear Lake; 6 daughters Margaret (Rodney) Edblom of  Cook, Brenda (Warren) Lakso of Circle Pines, MN, Kathy Chapman of Duluth, Ilona (Doyle) Svedberg of  Cook,  Candyce (Robert) Berens of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Roxanne (Danny) Brinker of Cook; 1 brother Gerald Jacobsen of Duluth; 2 sisters; Shirley (Joseph) Haasl of Babbitt and Joyce Hagen of Grand Marais; 1 sister in-law Arlene Jacobsen of Bloomington, 13 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Allen McClellan on Dec. 29, 1972; 1 brother Robert Jacobsen and 3 sisters Olyve Joynes, Ruth Pearson and Dorothy Tenny; and a son in-law, Robert Chapman in 2006.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday (May 8th) at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Cook. Rev. Gordon Olson will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Thursday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church. The casket bearers will be grandchildren: Gary Edblom, Kevin McClellan, Brad Lakso, Matthew Svedberg, Joshua Svedberg and Heidi Brinker.   The honorary bearers will be grandchildren: Cindy Fleck, Sarah Svedberg, Rachel Alt, Kelsey Berens, Reid Berens and Jill Brinker.   Interment will follow in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

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Lee Roy Anderson 82, passed away after a long illness of cancer in Longview, TX on May 4, 2009.  Lee was born in Georgetown, TX on 4/9/27.  He is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy, and seven children: Mike, Kathy, Keith, Lisa, Rick, Linda, and Ed (James), their respective spouses, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.  Lee will be laid to rest with full military honors at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2009, at the National Cemetery in Dallas, TX.

 

Lee was retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.  He was a proud veteran of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam; his career in the Navy shaped his life.  Lee came from humble beginnings, and his mother signed papers for him to enlist in the U.S. Navy using a false birth date, as was common at that time.  He worked extremely hard, enrolling in college, eventually graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, and received his commission.  After retiring, he worked as a salesman for Lone Star Beer in Texas, as a Maintenance Engineer at Hibbing Taconite, Hibbing, MN, and as a Maintenance Engineer for Kerr-McGee Corporation in Trona, CA. 

 

Lee twice married the love of his life, Peggy.  The first time was in Guadalajara, Mexico on 8/27/71; the second was 8/27/81, in Las Vegas, NV.  Lee and Peggy were extremely involved in VFW Post 1757 in Cook, MN and Elks Lodge 1975 in Trona, CA, before Lee’s retirement to Texas in 1991. Lee and Peggy had many adventures and lived a committed, full, and loving life together.

 

Everyone who knew Lee knew exactly where they stood.  He was not one for mincing words.  He could be gruff and cantankerous, but he had the heart of a teddy bear.  One had only to look at his twinkling eyes to know what was in his heart.  He was a true “sailor” from the inside out!  Lee was well-loved and will be greatly missed by his family and those who loved and knew him.

 

Lee and his family request donations to the American Cancer Society in his honor. 

 

Viking Funeral Prayer

Lo, there do I see my father.
Lo, there do I see my mother.
Lo, there do I see my sisters
  and my brothers.
I see the line of my people
  back to the beginning.
They do call to me to take my place
  in the halls of Valhalla
  where the brave may live forever.

 

From: Sheila Minick

 

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 Patricia “Patty” A. Borgstrom, 58, of Lake Vermilion-Tower, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 13, 2008 at the Cook Hospital.   She continued in her giving after her death, by  being an organ-tissue donor so others could live.

 

Memorial services will be at 1:00 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Roger Weaver will be the officiant.  The family will receive friends from 12 noon until the service at the funeral home. A reception and dinner will follow at the Vermilion Club on Lake Vermilion. 

 

She was born Patricia Ann Murphy on January 16, 1951 in Virginia; the daughter of Daniel and Ruth (Hoyt) Murphy.  Patty graduated from Cathedral High School in Duluth in 1969,  attended University of Minnesota-Duluth, then transferred to Bemidji State University, majoring in physical education.   She lived  in Europe and in several US Army posts, where her father served his career in the Army, retiring as a Lt. Colonel.  She  married Richard Borgstrom on March 17, 1988 in Joliet, Illinois.   They lived many years on Lake Vermilion-Tower, where she was active in the Lake Vermilion Sportsman’s Club.  An important part of her life was assisting Veterans on the Lake, which is as lake resort for disabled veterans near Winton.   Patty was a member of  St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Tower, and the American Legion Auxiliary Post #245 of Tower-Soudan. She was a talented artist, quilt maker, and a wonderful cook.  She enjoyed snowmobiling, down hill skiing, boating and sailing.  For many years she avidly portaged to Trout Lake to camp and search for and pick blueberries.  She was devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated  daughter, and a friend to many.   She loved her dogs and was never without one.

 

She is survived by her husband, Richard; a daughter, Danielle (Jeb Morrell) Young; mother, Ruth Murphy – all of Lake Vermilion-Tower; a step-son, Nick Borgstrom of  Sausalito, Calif.; 2 step-daughters, Julia (Michael) Kastendiek of Topenga Canyon, Calif. and Anja (Borgstrom) Vasquez of  Berkley, Calif.; 2 brothers, Brian (Bonnie) Murphy of Tuscon, Ariz. and Daniel (LaVonne) Murphy of Minneapolis; 2 Grandchildren, Kelly Borgstrom and Sophia Vasquez, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her father,  retired Lt. Colonel Daniel Murphy in 1976. 

 

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Mae M. Katzenberger, 76, of Hibbing, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in Hibbing.

 

She was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Sabilesville, Md. to William L. and Pauline E. (Hoover) Morris. She had been an Iron Range Area resident since 1975.
 

Mae was united in marriage on July 2, 1949, in Hagerstown, Md. to Martin P. Katzenberger. She was a homemaker and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing.

 

Survivors include her children Sharon (Bill)  Stoddard of Greenbelt, Md, Dona (George) Aune of Hibbing, Dwayne (Ann Whiteside) of Cook and Glen (Jill) of Hibbing; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Martin P. on Sept. 23, 2002; son Joseph on June 9, 1957; great-granddaughter Duna Carolyn Skates; two brothers and a sister.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service Chapel with the Rev. Fr. Francis Kabiru of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing officiating.

Burial: Private family inurnment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Hibbing. To sign the guest book on line and leave a memorial message, visit www.ruppfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements are entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Chisholm.

 

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John "Jack" Harold Wien, 71, died Sunday April 5, 2009 at Solvay Hospice House in Duluth.

 

He was born June 28, 1937 in Linden Grove Twp., Cook, Minn., to Harold and Amelia (Anthony) Wien. Jack graduated from Cook High School in 1955 and married Alice Rankila also of Cook, Minn., in 1956. They later moved to Duluth and raised four children.

 

Jack began work for, then known as, the Walker-Jamar Company. in 1958 as a sheet metal fabricator and continued with the Jamar Co. for the next 40 years until his retirement as Vice President.

 

He enjoyed woodworking and restoration work in a shop he built on their property, finishing off the cabin at Sand Lake, and feeding his chipmunks. Jack was a man of many talents, good humor, and found satisfaction in helping others. His grandchildren filled him with smiles and a light heart. Jack held a strong faith in God, and it is this faith that sustains his family now and helps them look to the future with hope.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and step-mother, Lorene ( Hagen ) Wien.

 

Jack will be missed by the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Alice; children, Valerie (Daniel) Swanson, Vicki (Peter) Steuerwald, Vonn (Larry) Wells, Vance (Sarai) Wien; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Sigrid (Clayton) Larkin, Harriet (Steve) Olson, Debbie (Charles) Glaeser; extended family and friends.

 

The family wishes to thank all those who loved and cared for him, and a special thanks to the staff at Solvay Hospice House for their comfort and care.

 

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday April 15, 2009 at the Cremation Society of MN, 4100 Grand Ave , Duluth.

 

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With her family by her side, Amy Marie Norberg passed away April 2, 2009 at the age of 88 after a brief bout with pneumonia, due to a fall at home. Amy was born December 31, 1920 to Mary and Ole Huseby in Cook, MN.  She was the 7th of 8 children who lived on a farm in Cook.  As a young adult Amy moved to Duluth where she was a manager at the Bridgeman’s Ice Cream store.  She met Richard (Dick) Norberg who would become her husband of 63 years.  In 1952 they moved to North Highlands, CA.  Amy was a homemaker who was devoted to her family. She was an avid “A’s” fan. Amy loved gardening and could make anything grow.  She was a member of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church and Calvary Lutheran Church. Amy and Dick enjoyed their annual trips back to MN and their frequent excursions to the family cabin in Lake Tahoe.

 

   1939 Cook High School Annual 

 

Amy is survived by her husband Dick, sisters Evalyn Eklund and Edythe Wesanen of Duluth MN, sons Steve and Tom, daughters Mary Breedlove (Steve Barrett) and Lorraine Akins, grandchildren Stacie (Dan) Sousa, David Akins, Jess Gallagher, Mark (Ericka) and Michele Breedlove and great-grandchildren Danastacia, Chloe, Victoria and Faythe and many nieces and nephews.  Amy was preceded in death by her mother and father; sisters Myra Anderson and Bernice Niemela, brothers Oliver, Willard and Elroy Huseby. 

 

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Calvary Lutheran Church, 515 L St. Rio Linda, CA.  In lieu of flowers, Amy preferred donations to the family’s fundraising team for the American Cancer

Society’s Relay for Life, Citrus Heights, Team: Bodega Bay Babes. 

 

You can donate online at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/SpiritofAmyNorberg.  The family would like to thank the Kaiser Roseville Intensive Care Unit East for their valiant efforts and loving care of their mother and wife.

 

Amy was a graduate of Cook, class of 1939

 

This obituary was sent by Louise Anderson (Bill 74,2008) Trygg of Ely. Her mother was Myra 79, 1989 Huseby (Albert 68,1973) Anderson. Her brothers are Roger & Jan (Seiffert) Anderson and Ronald 53, 1989 & Eva (Fillmore) Anderson. 

 

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Scyril Phillip Sizer 88, passed away on March 25, 2009 at the Veteran's Nursing Home in Silver Bay, Minn.

 

Scyril Phillip Sizer was born on Aug. 18, 1921, in Eagle Bend, Minn., to the late Luke and Angela Sizer. He was raised in the Osakis, Minn., area for most of his young life.

 

He met and married his sweetheart, Betty Lou Hansen on Nov. 5, 1945, in St. Paul. Scy had a variety of jobs but worked for General Electric for over 25 years and retired from the Mountain Iron office in 1986. He received awards for inventing better/more efficient ways to repair big motors/machines. He and Betty ventured into owning and operating a small general store in Buyck, Minn., from 1964 to 1968 at which time they sold the store and home and moved to Proctor, Minn. After their youngest daughter graduated from high school they moved back to the Iron Range where they both continued to work and finally retire. Due to his illness they moved to Hermantown, Minn., in 1992 to be closer to family.

 

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Portland. He was stationed in Pearl Harbor and was on one of the two ships out to sea that fatal day, Dec. 7, 1941. He was proud to be an American and serve his Country. He loved the outdoors, gardening, camping with his family, hunting and fishing, and just being in the woods with the dogs and family. Many a tall tale was told!

 

Scy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bill, Glenn, and Don; sisters, Irene Collins, Rachel (Peggy) Castle, and Edith Tschample.

 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty Sizer, Hermantown, Minn.; children, Larry (Bonnie) Sizer of Maple Grove, Minn., Zillah (Darrel) Smith of Stewartville, Minn., Levere (Sun) Sizer, of Aloha, Ore., Jeanne (Norm) Ruth of Hermantown, Minn.; grandchildren, Christine Lovell, Kerry (Tom) Brewer, Conrad (Jen) Sizer, Ryan (Andrea) Ruth, and Kevin Sizer; great-grandchildren, Nic Weisjhan, Raina and Hannah Brewer, and Alex Ruth; brother, George Sizer; sisters, lona Anderson, Lucille Vanderwerf; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Betty and her family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at the Silver Bay Veterans Home; you truly are angels-on-earth; your love, care and kindness will not be forgotten. A special thank you to Larry and Barb and staff at "Our Place" in Finland, Minn., for their generosity, kindness and efforts always extended to Scy and his family and most special Christmas gathering in 2005. We are forever grateful!

 

We will miss our spouse, dad, grandfather, brother, and friend, but take comfort knowing he walks and laughs, spinning tales with long-gone family and friends in his Holy Father's house.

 

VISITATION: 1 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Lawrence Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Rd. Military Honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard following. Interment at Sunrise Memorial Park. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home (218) 727-3555

 

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James A. Howard, 76, of Orr passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. Surviving relatives are wife, Beverly; children, Sherry Howard of St. Paul, Terry (Deanne Flank) Howard of Orr, Patricia (John) Paul of Bend, Ore., Rick Howard of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren, Jordan, Reed, Darrick and Melissa.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Marie Lantz.

 

Family memorial services were held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. The Rev. Arthur Dale officiated. Inurnment will be at the Leiding Cemetery in Orr at a later date.

 

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Michael John Bukovac, 59, of Britt passed away Saturday, March 14, 2009, at his home. He was born on Aug. 13, 1949, to John and Mary R. (Wozniak) Bukovac in Virginia. Michael grew up in Britt and enjoyed his summers at the family cabin at Breezy Point on Lake Vermilion.

He graduated from Virginia High School in 1969. Following graduation he attended the Eveleth Vo-Tech graduating in auto mechanics. He worked for U.S. Steel for 30 years, retiring in August of 2001.

He was a member of the Cornerstone Family Church in Virginia, Virginia Historical Society, the Vintage Auto Club, the Antique Automobile Club of America, a life member of the Iron Range Historical Society, member and main resource of the Britt Historical Society, and also a creator of the work schedule chart for Minntac, which is used today.

He was a retired member of Local No. 1938 United Steelworkers Union of America, a member of the Pike-Sandy-Britt Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years, and a member of the Virginia Singles Club.

He won several trophies from the Dream Club for his cars.

Survivors include his uncle, Paul Bukovac of Virginia; sister, Kathy (Don) Bukovac Sandnas of Sandy Township; nephew Richard Sandnas of Sandy Township; two nieces, Julie (Trent) Loerger of Cook, Maria (Tim) Hannuksela and their twins; great-nephew Hunter and great-niece Hannah Hannuksela of Aurora; special cousins, Eleanor Bukovac of Virginia and John (Sandy) Kulas, formerly of Buyck and now of Esko, Maryann (John) Manney of Moorhead, Barb (Chuck) Oakley of North Carolina; numerous cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by parents; and family members Joe (Martha) Bukovac, Mandy (Morris) Nyquist, Mary T. Bukovac, John (Bernice) Bukovac, Joe (Lorraine) Wozniak, Ray (Alice) Wozniak, Sophie (John) Kulas, Stan (Jeanne) Wozniak, Angela (Joe) Gill, Helen (Mike) O’Brien and Frances Wozniak.

 

SERVICES: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and will continue a half hour prior to the 1 p.m. service Friday at the Range Funeral Home. Pastor Terry Hartikka will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

 

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Lillian (Leicas) Hoblak 84, of Virginia passed away on March 12, 2009 at St, Michael's Health Center in Virginia. She was born March 1, 1925, the daughter of Eino & Ailie (Hagglund) Leicas.

 

Lillian was preceded in death by her husband William Hoblak 55, 1979. He was the son of John & Katherine Hoblak of Cook. Lillian is survived by her son Lars and daughter Arline, a sister-in-law: Ann Hoblak (Carl) Jacobson of Cook. Also a number of  nieces and nephews in the Cook area including, Harry Holter, Irene Baumgartner, Ethel Barnes, Dennis Holter, Lloyd (Judy) Holter, Nancy (Jim) Rinne, Allen Holter and James Holter. 

 

Funeral services are pending with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

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Helen C. Shusta, 101, died Thursday, March 12, 2009 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. She was born on July 20, 1907 in Superior, Wis., to Joseph and Eva Kowalczyk.

 

At the age of seven, Helen moved with her family to Buyck, Minn., where she grew up and attended school. On Oct. 15, 1928, Helen married Felix Shusta in Buyck. They lived in Split Rock Twp. where they farmed and Helen was a homemaker through the years. After Felix's death in 1971, Helen moved to Hillside Manor West in Moose Lake.

 

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Split Rock Township and later at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Moose Lake.

 

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; four brothers; her husband, Felix in 1971; two sons, Anthony in 1932 and Joseph in 1955; daughter, Caroline Carlson in 2008; two grandchildren, Paul Shusta and Jerome Granda.

 

She will be lovingly remembered by her two sons, Frank (Shirley) Shusta of Ely and Ted (Diane) Shusta of Duluth; three daughters, Mary Granda of Barnum, Florence Sipsas of Duluth and Pat (Butch) Ketchmark of Garrison; son-in-law, Don Carlson of Grand Rapids; 72 grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

VISITATION: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 20, in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and will continue Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake with Father Eamonn Boland as the Celebrant. Spring Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Split Rock Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery. To sign the guestbook online, go to www.hhkfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake

 

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Lorraine Marion Jarvela, 80, of Virginia died Thursday, March 12, 2009. She was blessed to be surrounded by her loving family, friends and harp music.

Lorraine was born Dec. 20, 1928 to Matt and Sigrid Leinonen of Alango. She graduated from Alango High School in 1946. Her father’s fierce determination that his daughters needed to be educated beyond high school led her to earn a degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota Duluth — both sisters followed her lead. Wonderful teaching assignments in Sandstone, Alango and Mountain Iron followed.

At her brother Wilfred’s wedding, she met her future husband, Leonard Jarvela. They married on April 10, 1953 in Angora. This was the beginning of another chapter that included three children, the adventure of entrepreneurship (Len’s Body Shop, Plaza Bowl), and as always … friends, family, laughter and adventure.

Lorraine was a sportswoman enjoying fishing, camping and even hunting. Bowling was a family passion (and she could not have been more proud when her daughter, Lennae, won the Minnesota State Youth Bowling Championship and went on to compete in Washington, D.C.). Always gardening and enjoying her friends and family at her cabin on Lake Vermilion filled the summers. Later in life, she decided to “learn one new thing every year,” and abstract painting became a passion and even another source of income.

On her refrigerator was a quote from Maya Angelou: “This is my one life and I’m going to live it. …” And she did!

She is survived by two sons, Les of Orlando, Fla., and Larry (Jodi) of Virginia; two grandsons, Matt and Casey; and one sister, Pearl (Don) Olson, of Duluth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; daughter Lennae Antikainen; brothers, Arnold and Wilfred Leinonen; and sister, Ruth Marmas.

 

SERVICES: Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Mountain Iron with, visitation one hour prior to service. Pastor Kristin Foster will officiate. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

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Elmer D. Arola, 87, Virginia, formerly of Idington, passed away peacefully  Tuesday,  March 10, 2009 at his home.

 

Private  family memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM. Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Spring interment will be in the Idington Cemetery.

 

He was born on December 31, 1921, the 11th child to Marcus and Hannah (Nelimarkka) Arola on the family homestead in Angora. He grew up in the Angora area and  married Helen Picek on June 17, 1950 at the old Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook.

 

Earlier Elmer & Helen operated a dairy farm in Idington and also raised Polled Herefords. He was  the only person in the area with a threshing machine and did custom threshing for local farmers. He later purchased a combine and did custom combing.  Elmer held many different jobs in the 1950’s. He worked for Theil Bryer’s Construction and Picek Construction. Some of the building projects he worked on were the Virginia Memorial Building,  Virginia Municipal Power Plant, and the Lookout Mountain Ski Hill. He was a blaster in laying the railroad grade for Erie Mining Company. He started employment at Staver’s Foundry on June 1, 1962 and retired on June 1, 1984 after 22 years as a core maker. Elmer was an accomplished sawyer. He owned his own sawmill, harvested timber, and sawed it into lumber. He built his own retirement home in Idington in the late 1970’s. The home is now occupied as Autumn Adult Foster Home Care, run by his son and daughter-in-law. His hobbies were trout fishing and wood working. He made many craft items to give as gifts and exhibited them at craft fairs. He also helped his wife Helen with catering for many occasions. They have made their home in Virginia since 1992.

 

He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Helen ; a son David (Janis) Arola of Angora; 3-daughters Sandra (Lyndon) Nurmi of Britt, Sharon (Glenn) Aune of Angora, and Susan (Tim) Waataja of Summerville, S.C.; 6 grandchildren Theresa (Jason) Bush of Idaho Falls, ID, Connie (Matt) Cuffe of Hibbing, Janet (Craig) Merten of Virginia, Zachary (Michelle) Aune of Minneapolis, Kyle Arola of Virginia and Paul Nurmi of Britt; 5-great-grandchildren; Katelyn Merril,  Zachary and David Busch, Jocelyn Carver, and Zander Cuffe; 4-step-grandchildren-  Jack and Joe (Dana) Pahkala, Cory and Austin Merten; 1 great step-granddaughter, Anna Jane Pahkala,; his godchild- Bruce Perkio, along with numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son Dale Arola; 5-brothers Hans, Leonard, Matt, and twins Marcus and William Arola. 5- sisters; Ester Laakkonen, Helia Johnson, Rena Granholm, Aili Aho, and Edna Kaurala.

 

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Leonard R. Saarikoski, 76, of Gheen passed away at his residence on Sunday March 8, 2009. He was born on Oct. 10, 1932 in Floodwood to Laurie and Mayme (Simi) Saarikoski. He  grew up and lived  on the family homestead  in Gheen  his  entire life. He served in the Army during the Korean conflict, serving in Korea from 1954 to 1955.  Leonard married Donna Odella on September 12, 1958 in Bear River. They raised beef cattle on their farm and Leonard logged with his brother John.  Leonard was employed  for U.S. Steel’s Minntac Mine for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the former  Greaney  American Legion , Cook VFW, and the Orr American Legion. He loved to pick balsam bows, and  enjoyed  fishing and hunting. He cut firewood, and his daughters fondly remember that he insisted on stacking perfect piles of fire wood – no leaning or bends in the rows.   They also recall, with smiles, his yearly vegetable gardens, which always had to include tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.

 

He is survived by five daughters; Tami (Wesley) Johnson of Orr, Toni (Curt) Sheehy of Greaney, Trudy Saarikoski of Chisholm, Terre` Saarikoski of Gilbert, and Tracy (Derrick Palava) Saarikoski of Keewatin;  8 Grandchildren, Amber Mancina, Bob Johnson, Candice Saarikoski, Jamey Saarikoski, Travis Wuori, Kirbie Glowaski, Jeaneil Glowaski  and Clay Nukala Jr.; 8 Great Grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Deanne Sarrikoski of Gheen; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 46 years Donna Saarikoski on July 27, 2005 and 1 brother John Saarikoski on May 12, 2006.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM. Thursday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Arthur Dale will be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be: Bob Johnson, Travis Wuori, Clay Nukala Jr., James Saarikoski, Tim Pogorels and Jamey Saarikoski. The honorary bearers will be: Dan Saarikoski, Larry Maroste, Merle Olson, Gary Buotto, George Paavala, Jason Paavala and Dave Pettinelli.   Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Orr American Legion Post #480.  Interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 

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M. Vlora  Rafter, 93, of Cook, formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2009. at the Cook Hospital.

 

She was born at Mooresburg, Tennessee on December 7, 1915,  She moved to  Battle Creek , Michigan in 1933 with her parents, graduating from Battle Creek Central High School in 1935.  Vlora was united in marriage on April 17, 1941, to F. Duane Rafter, at Battle Creek.  They were members of the Central Christian Church, and helped to establish the Newtown Church of Christ.  They moved to Bartlett, Illinois in 1968, and retired to Orlando, Florida in 1970.  She was a member of the Lakeview Christian Church in Orlando and belonged to the Central Florida Violet Society.  Vlora had enjoyed reading, card making and ceramics.     She had lived back in Illinois for a time, then  in 2007 moved to Cook,  to be near her son and family.  She was blessed with a strong Christian faith and took peace and comfort in reading the Bible.

 

She is survived by one son, Ronald (Karen) Rafter of Lake Vermilion-Cook;  1 sister, Julia Wheeler of Orlando, Fl., 4 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, F. Duane Rafter on March 20, 2002; and 1 sister, Mildred Lammers.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

 

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel, in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Pastor Ed Erskin will be the officiant.  

 

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Irene Emma Kishel, 88, of Virginia passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009, at St. Michael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia after a brief fight with cancer. Irene was born on April 29, 1920, to George and Ruth (Satter) Paulsen in Virginia, MN. She graduated from Virginia High School in 1938. She married the love of her life, Chester Kishel, on Sept. 5, 1938.

She was a loving mother and creative homemaker, who was an excellent baker and seamstress. She was an active member of Holy Spirit Church and Our Lady of Fatima Woman‘s Guild, enjoying crafting for their annual bazaars and making rosaries for missions.

She was employed at Range Office Supply for fifteen years. Irene enjoyed cards and puzzles and shared these interests with her grandchildren. She loved all children and relished times spent with her great-grandchildren. Music and dancing brought her much enjoyment.

“Happy Tuesday” lunches with her good friends, Betty Nygard, June Brown and Carol Severson were a highlight in her week for 32 years. Irene left her family a wonderful legacy of poetry she had written.

She is survived by her children, Don (Shawna) Kishel of Lake Vermilion, Cook, Mn,,  Cookie (Herb) Brinkmeyer of Las Vegas, Nev., Tom (Sharon) Kishel of Long Lake, Eveleth, Tim (Kitty) Kishel of East Bethel; grandchildren, Kimberly (Scott) Geiger, Kristin (Michael) Walker, Kelly Jo (Larry) Poppler, Suzanne (Gabe) Tomayo, Michele (Kevan) Tusa, Karena (Bob) Tarr, Kory Kishel, Tara (Max) Downs, Timothy Kishel; great-grandchildren Cole and Caryn Geiger, Ryan, Hannah, Angelica, and Gabriel Tomayo, Nicholas and Brooke Tusa, Hunter and Hailey Tarr, Cameron and Morgan Allen and Chase Downs; and great-great grandson, Emiliyano Nunez-Tomayo; sister-in-law, Lillian Mourin, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death and welcoming her home are her parents; her husband, Chester; her grandson, Charles W. Russ; brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Dorothy Paulsen; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
 

Mass of Christian burial will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, St. John’s Chapel, in Virginia with the Rev. Fr. John O’Donnell as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.

 

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Margaret H. Christiansen, 94, of the Edgewood Vista Care Facility, Virginia, former longtime resident of Greaney passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Duluth.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Virginia.  Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Rev. Bob Simensen will be the officiant.  There will be a variety of special music provided by: Kristen Weikum, Kristen Simensen, Brittany Harkonen, Cody Jazdzewski, Les Harkonen and  George Teska. The casket bearers and honorary bearers will be: Earl “Sonny” Lehman, Kenneth Oberg, Dale Johnson, Lloyd Ableman, Larry Ableman, Kenny Scheil, Leland Scheil, Dennis Reber, Bud Reber, Kenny Reber, Jim Reber and Fred Reber (deceased).   Spring interment will be in the Silverdale Cemetery.

 

She was born on October 24, 1914, at Greaney to John T. and Ingaborg (Roen) Johnson.  Margaret grew up and lived her entire life within a half mile of the house she was born in, before relocating  to the  Edgewood Vista Care Facility in 2003, where she since has resided. She married Melvin Christiansen on July 1, 1933, in Virginia.  She was a longtime member of  the Silverdale Lutheran Church and active in its Ladies Aid.   While in Greaney she was a member of the Farmers Community Club and the Card Club.  Margaret lived her life for her family and cherished them. There was a special reciprocal love she shared with her son-in-law George, and daughter-in-law, Betty, considering them not in-laws, but true members of her family.  Her gracious hospitality was ever present, she welcomed all to her home to share a visit and  serve good home cooked food. Her family fondly recalls her saying: “ There is never anything so bad about a person that there isn’t something good”.   She lived a life of faith, encouragement, honesty and simplicity.   She loved her flower gardens and her vegetable garden.  She looked forward to hunting season each year because it meant “the hunters” would be coming and she would have three weeks of very welcome company.  She enjoyed the five years spent at Edgewood Vista and came to love the staff that took care of her.  It meant a lot to her family that she considered Edgewood Vista home.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Darlene (George)  Teska of Mt. Iron,; daughter-in-law, Betty Christiansen of  Rauch;  Grandchildren: Laura (Soren) Johansson, Jack (Kay) Christiansen, Lynne (Tony) Norman, Robin (Tony) Harkonen, Terri (Mike) Lemke, Polly Jazdzewski,  Jody “Scooter” (JoAnn) Teska, Taunya (Ted) Erickson, Grandson-in-law, Tim Jazdzewski,  and considered grandson, Kenny Scheil; Great Grandchildren:  Benjamin Baker, Alyssa Christiansen, Ashley Norman, Asia Norman, Brittany Harkonen, Tyler Lemke, Brianna Lemke, Cody Jazdzewski, Luke Jazdzewski, Tanner Jazdzewski, Jaxon Teska and Kristoffer Peterson; sister-in-law, Ellen Johnson of  Greaney;  special friend Julia Novak of Virginia; along with numerous special nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

   

Preceding her in death and welcoming her home are: husband Melvin (June 3, 1970); 2 sons, Raland (July 13, 2008) and Arthur in infancy (Nov. 26, 1934); siblings: Gladys (Earl) Lehman, Olga (Art) Oberg, John (Emma) Johnson, Donald Johnson, Nels (Fran) Johnson; parents John and Ingaborg Johnson; and many special nieces and nephews.

 

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Margaret Ann Kotnik 85, of Eveleth, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent Center in Virginia. Margaret was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Chisholm, to Valentine and Margaret (Yerse) Kocher. She grew up in Chisholm, where she graduated from high school in 1941. She married Stanley John Kotnik on Sept. 19, 1942, in Chisholm. Following marriage they made their home in Chisholm, prior to moving to Eveleth. She was a member of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth and she enjoyed canning and especially spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her two sons, Gene (Connie) Kotnik of Eveleth, and Don (Brenda) Kotnik of Iron; two daughters, Marge (Bill) Rutchasky of Buyck, and Kathleen (Karl) Trampusch of Long Prarie, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Brandon, Danielle, Amanda, Alyssa, Ron, Pauline, Michael, Steven, Sophia, Jennifer, and Janelle; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Stephanie Jakel of Gilbert, Mildred Palumbo of Babbitt, and Rose (Ronald) Tolonen of Chisholm.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; parents; and two sons, John and Stanley Jr.

 

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with visitation one hour prior, at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth. The Rev. Joseph Valliyamthadathile will officiate. Burial will be at the Eveleth Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia

 

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Helen Louise (Coburn) Lossing, 76, of Blackduck, Minn., died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

 

She is survived by her husband, James Lossing, of Blackduck; seven children, John (Darlene) Lossing of Cook, Helen “Babe” (Sonny) Lahr of Blackduck, Dan (Gayle) Lossing of Gilbert, Randy Lossing of Virginia, Floyd (Gail) Lossing of Blackduck, Dixie “Corky” Wirkus of Blackduck and Rex (Sabrina) Lossing of Blackduck; three brothers, John Coburn of Blackduck, Jim Coburn of Squaw Lake, Minn., and Vermon Coburn of Minneapolis; four sisters, Ruby Kugler of Blackduck, Mae Sunnell of Blackduck, Alice Olson of Bigfork and Linda Slindee of the Twin Cities; 28 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren.

 

Memorial service 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Evangelical Free Church in Blackduck, Minn. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Cease Funeral Home in Blackduck, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Langor Cemetery in Langor Township, Minn.

 

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James L. Sanborn, 75, of Crane Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Hibbing. He was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Hibbing to Donald and Olive (Jokela) Sanborn. He grew up in Hibbing and had attended the Dunwoody Institute. He was a Navy veteran and upon his return to Hibbing he married Shirley Handberg in 1965. In 1969 they moved to Crane Lake, where he owned and operated Handberg’s Marine until 1996. He was a member of the Crane Lake Chapel, the Crane Lake Commercial Club and the Crane Lake Fire Department and a life member of the Crane Lake Snowmobile Club. He was also a member of the Hibbing Masonic Lodge, the Lodge of Perfection, all of the Scottish Rite Bodies and the Aad Temple Shrine in Duluth, a member of the Virginia Elks Lodge, the Border Lakes Association, the Portage Landfill Commission, which later became the St. Louis County Solid Waste Commission, the Crane Lake Water and Sanitary District and had served as a board member for Lake Country Power.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his son, Jeffery (Lori) Sanborn of Crane Lake; a brother, Jerry (Diane) Sanborn of Hibbing; two grandchildren, John and Scott Sanborn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Donald and Richard.
 

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 16, in the Crane Lake Chapel, Crane Lake. The Rev. Ruth Gangloff and the Rev. Craig Haberman will officiate. Visitation will be in the church from 11 a.m. Monday until service time. Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing. Memorials are preferred to the Crane Lake Chapel or the Crane Lake Fire Department

 

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John O. Maki, 86, of Virginia, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.

He was born on March 24, 1922, in Virginia, to John N. and Hilma (Karni) Maki and grew up in Angora and attended high school in Cook. John worked as a Superintendent for Canadian Charlston Mining in Canada and retired as a foreman for Eveleth Taconite in 1982.

On May 14, 1960, he married Jean Ferguson in Cook.

John was a member of Hope Community Presbyterian Church of Virginia; Virginia Blue Lodge 264 A.F.&A.M., Virginia Chapter 77, Royal Arch Masons, Eveleth Commandery No. 35, AAD Temple Shrine of Hermantown, Eastern Star and the International Order of Odd Fellows, both of Virginia.

John loved hunting and fishing, especially for trout in Canada.

He is survived by his wife Jean Maki of Virginia; three children, Brian (Anita) Maki of Mankato, Irene Ferguson (Marvin) Koski of Grand Rapids and Cathie Ferguson (Frank) Altmann of Hoyt Lakes; seven grandchildren, Kenneth (Kari) Koski, Rochelle (John) Prondzinski, Shawn (Cindy) Maki, John (Dina) Altmann, Andrew (Rosa) Altmann, William Pariseau and Todd Sheehy; numerous great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Joan Maki Sheehy; two grandchildren, Mashchelle Maki and Rachel Koski; and two sisters, Jennie Gay and Audrey Maki.

 

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Landmark Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia with the Rev. Nathan Williams officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service. Spring inurnment will be in the Alango Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia.

 

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Roy R. Tupy, 83, Cook, formerly of Gheen, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday at Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  The casket bearers will be grandsons: Jeremy Suomi, Jeffrey Suomi, Jonathan Suomi, Matthew Tupy, Aaron Tupy and Joseph Bedi.  Military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guards of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757 and Orr American Legion Post #480.  Spring interment will be in the Willow Valley Township Cemetery.

 

He was born on June 11, 1925, in Webster Township in Rice County, Minnesota.  He grew up there and farmed on the family homestead.  He served with the US Army in the occupation of Europe, during the close of World War II, mostly stationed in Salzburg, Austria.   After his honorable discharge he moved to the twin cities, where he worked as a machinist at the arsenal ammunition factory in New Brighton.  It was there that he met and worked with his future wife, LaVerne Gross, and they were married on December 27, 1952 in Minneapolis.  They lived in Minneapolis for a time, then Roy accepted a position as a Forest Ranger stationed in Togo..  He then was employed for Northwest Paper, which later became Potlatch, working for  a total of 29 years, retiring in 1986 as a forester engineer.  He was in charge of the tree reforestation program for them from 1959 to 1978. He was known for his huge vegetable gardens and was a great gardener.  His favorite pastime was “growing stuff ”, as he called it. He has photos of his 250 pound pumpkins.   Earlier, while in better health he also liked fishing and hunting.  Roy was a member of the Cook Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1757.

 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, LaVerne of Cook; 2 sons, Mark (Barb) Tupy of Hibbing and Mike (Kathy) Tupy of Gheen; 3 daughters, Theresa “Terry” Rankila of Virginia, Bernadette “Bebe” (Kane) Suomi of Mt. Iron and Christopher “Chris” ( Bruce) Schuster of Lake Vermilion-Tower; 14 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by a son, Ray Tupy on February 6, 1998; one granddaughter, Stephanie Scofield on September 17, 1993; two brothers, Henry and Milo Tupy; and four sisters, Julia Knudson, Adeline Dickey, Eva Gilligan and Ethel Bray. 

 

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Ellen M. Sutliff, 94, Cook, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.

 

Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM  Wednesday, (January 28, 2009) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Pastor Melissa Stoller will be the officiant.   Honorary bearers will be  grandchildren: Gerald Sutliff, Reginald Flynn, Michael Flynn and Morris Pochardt, and great grandson, Jeremy Sutliff.  Spring interment will be in the White Oak Cemetery at rural  Akeley, Minnesota, at a later date.

 

She was born Ellen Mathilda Finnila to Charles and Mathilda (Karvala) Finnila  at Field Township on June 4, 1914. She grew up in Field Township attended the Cook School and graduated from the Cook High School in 1934. She moved to Minneapolis in 1935 met and married her husband Kenneth Sutliff on March 19, 1938 in Minneapolis. Ellen worked for Medalie Manufacturing for nearly 20 years then returned back to Cook in 1972. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook its Martha Circle, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Cook Women Club, Cook Hospital Auxiliary and Cook Senior’s Club.   She enjoyed knitting, Cooking and reading. Ellen had a kind spirit, gracious smile, wonderful sense of humor and was a friend to many, and will be missed by those who knew her throughout the years.

 

Ellen is survived by 1 son Homer (Gladys) Sutliff of Harrison, Arkansa; 2 daughters Margaret Olson of New Brighton, MN and Norma (Bernard) Behl of Inver Grove Heights, MN;  12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Kenneth in 1982, 4 brothers Sevar Karni, Albert, Walter, and Axel Finnila; 3 sisters Hilma Maki, Anna Laine and Valma Powell

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

Ellen's step-daughter died five days later

 

Norma M. Behl, age 80, of Inver Grove Heights, formerly of Robbinsdale, died Jan. 26, 2009. Survived by loving husband of 37 years, Bernard; children, Sussie (Pat) O'Malley of Burnsville, Mike (Jean) Flynn of Eden Prairie, Rick (Karen) Flynn of Zumbrota, MN; stepchildren, Stephen Behl of Brooklyn Park, Gary (Terri) Behl of Plymouth, Ron (Judy) Behl of Crystal, Yvonne Abraham of Portland, OR, Howard (Debbie) Behl of Plymouth;

 

13 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 8 step- great-grandchildren; a brother, Homer (Gladys) Sutliff of AR; and sister, Margaret Olson of New Brighton. She was a longtime employee of Sperry Univac. Norma was very loved and will be deeply missed.

 

Interment Fort Snelling Cemetery. Funeral service 10:30 AM Friday, with visitation one hour prior to the service and also 5-8 PM Thursday at: Washburn-McReavy Eden Prairie Chapel 952-975-0400 7625 Mitchell Road (1 blk N. of Hwy 5)

 

Norma’s step-mother Ellen (Finnala) Sutliff age 94 of Cook diedon January 21.

 

Information sent by Craig Amundson

 

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John "Jack" Terrio, 81, of Sand Lake, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center. Jack was born Jan. 17, 1928, to Harvey and Lena (Anderson) Terrio in Mountain Iron. He graduated from Mountain Iron High School. Jack enlisted in the Army and served in occupied Japan from 1946 to 1947. After serving his country he attended Virginia Junior College.

 

He married Violet Lindval on July 11, 1952, in Virginia. He worked for the DWP Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was also a resort owner for 25 years.

 

He is survived by his wife; son, Randy (Kathy) Terrio of Baxter, Minn.; daughter, Sheryl (Jim) Hubbard of Saginaw, Minn.; grandson, Dan Hubbard of Hermantown; granddaughters, Kristen (Jeff) Michel of Pine Island, Minn., and Kimberlee Terrio of Pine Island, Minn.; great-grandson, Jacob Michel; as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

 

 He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Leroy "Sonny" and William "Bro" Terrio; and sisters, Hazel Hendrickson, and Alice Michals.

 

John lived in Cook for a number of years, across from the Johnson One Stop where he also worked part-time.

 

Does anyone know where Tom Terrio is? He operated a service station in Cook about 30 some years ago.

 

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Sharon Leah (O'Leary) Diver, 70, of Cloquet, Minn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at home. She was born Feb. 28, 1938, to Kenneth and Gertrude Poynter in Silverdale, Minn. Sharon was raised by her mother and loving stepfather, George Teska, near Nett Lake, Minn.

 

For much of Sharon's life she was a homemaker and loving mother to her nine children. Sharon also worked as a blackjack dealer and floor supervisor for Black Bear Casino from 1992 until 1997, where she made many friends and was affectionately known as "Ma" to all her co-workers. When she was a young girl growing up in the north woods, Sharon loved to fish and hunt with her brothers, and go berry picking with her mother and sisters. Throughout much of her life she enjoyed these activities with her children. Later in life Sharon enjoyed playing cards, going to casinos, playing bingo and, most of all, spending precious time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

She was deeply loved and will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her.

 

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joyce Moulds and Patricia Rasmussen; one brother, Samuel Poynter; her eldest son, Donald Lee O'Leary; and grandson, Shane Arden O'Leary.

 

Sharon is survived by her children, Thomas (Kristina) O'Leary of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., Marty (Michelle) O'Leary of Cloquet, Shawn (Jerry) Dufault of Cloquet, Susan (Leonard Defoe) O'Leary of Sawyer, Jacqueline (Troy Johnson) Koski of Eveleth, Patrick O'Leary of Cloquet, Daniel (Sue) O'Leary of Carlton and Timothy O'Leary of Cloquet; one sister, Jean (Bill) Kane of Arden Hills, Minn.; three brothers, Reuben "Arkie" Poynter of Rhode Island, George (Darlene) Teska of Mountain Iron, Minn., and David Teska of Cook, Minn.; one aunt, Phyllis Tufvander of Little Fork, Minn.; close friend, Diane Coning of Esko, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

VISITATION: will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to the noon memorial service at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Doddridge Avenue, Cloquet

 

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Master Sergeant Frank M. Sobyra, 40, active duty Air Force, stationed at the Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Co., passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, January 9, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Colorado Springs.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.  Father Sebastian Madathummuriyil MCBS will be the celebrant.  The casket bearers will be: John Montgomery, Tom Pandille, Daniel McClain, Astion Schelde, William Sobyra IV. and Pete Schelde.  Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.  onoH The honorary bearers will be Bill Sobyra and Nick Sebunia.  Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

 

Frank was born on September 17, 1968 at Wheaton, Illinois, the son of William Jr.  and Karen (Sebunia) Sobyra.  He graduated from Cook High School in 1986, then joined the U.S. Air Force on October 1, 1986.  During his 20 years of active honorable service, Frank received many awards and citations; including saving the life of an elderly accident victim.  He was stationed in various locations throughout the United States as well as Greenland.  Frank served his country honorably and  was proud of what his country stood for.  He was a loving and thoughtful father, son and brother.  Whenever he was needed by his children, family or friends, he was always there to help.  e Hehhh e kept hi  He kept his family and friends laughing, always bringing a smile to their faces.  Frank loved to read.  He also enjoyed playing darts and poker, fishing and watching his Vikings.  He will be sadly missed by many, and will never be forgotten.  

 

Survivors include his daughter Erika Sobyra (fiancé James Anstach and his daughters Jade and Jasmine Anstach) of Colorado Springs, CO; son, Jason Meers of Mpls., MN; his parents, Bill and Karen Sobyra of Lake Vermilion-Cook; brother, Bill (Sherri) Sobyra III. of Cook; sister Julie (Pete) Schelde of Angora; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

 

Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook

 

 
 

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  Daniel B. Anderson, 60, of Hibbing, died unexpectedly in his home shortly after Christmas.

He was born July 12, 1948, in Cook, the son of Bob and Kathryn Anderson, former residents of Lake Vermilion. Dan graduated from Duluth Central High School and went on to the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in history. He worked as an editor for various newspapers including the Hibbing Tribune, where he worked as a sports editor for many years.

Dan loved northern Minnesota and was an avid outdoorsman and wildlife photographer. He loved fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed coaching youth hockey in Hibbing and working as a softball umpire.

He was a beloved and loving brother, son and uncle.

He is survived by his mother Kathryn Anderson of Hibbing; siblings: Earl (Hazel) Anderson of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Stan (Janet) Anderson of Lincoln, Neb., John Anderson of Puyallup, Wash., Jim (Ronica) Anderson of Apple Valley, Minn., and Marilyn (Sam) Anderson of Elk Grove, Calif.; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca Anderson, and his father, Robert G. Anderso
n 67, 1990.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the Cook Covenant Church in Cook. The Rev. Reuben Rosnau will officiate.

Visitation: A gathering of family and friends will occur at 2 p.m. in the church.

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing
 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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