Dantes, 92, of Virginia passed away Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at his
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
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
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
Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of
Jean Raushel 70, passed away
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at her home
surrounded by her family following a
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
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
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
Nyberg, 79, Lake Vermilion-Cook, formerly of Virginia,
passed away on Monday, October 19, 2009, at the Cook Nursing
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
“Ted” Finstad, 87, of
Buhl, and formerly of
Alango, passed away on
Saturday, Oct. 17th)
at the Heritage Manor in
He was born on November 10, 1921, in
Albert Township, North
and Anna (Jacobson)
Finstad. He moved to
Township with his family in
1923. He served overseas in
the Army during World War
11, in an Ordnance Tank
After his tour of duty, he
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
renovate the house and
construct a garage. He
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.
will be at
(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.
services for Mollie
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.
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)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Vikings, along with being very
knowledgeable in their lineup
was and avid antique collector,
and spent years “antiquing”.
Most of all he loved his
family, especially his
grandchildren most of all.
is survived by his loving wife
of 38 years, Carol; children,
Dale (Stephanie) Hautala of La
Mirada, CA; and Gina (Todd)
of Auburn, AL; 6 Grandchildren:
Mathew, Jacob, and Lindsey
Hautala and Madison, Michaela
Zenk; 2 aunts, lma
of Chisholm and Martha (John)
in Florida; along
with numerous cousins and
is preceded in death by his
mother, Sylvia Hautala in 1999.
SERVICES: Memorial services
PM Friday (Oct.
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
Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook.
“Bill” Arthur, 67 of Buyck
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at
St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. He
December 12, 1941 in Greensburg,
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
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.
is preceded in death by his
parents, Thomas and Lucinda
Memorial services will be held
at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook.
72, of Mora, Minn., and formerly from Fosston and McIntosh, Minn.,
passed away Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Villa Health Care Center in
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
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
Renee Nelson of
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
Donna grew up in
Angora, Minn., where
she graduated from
Cook High School.
She moved to Duluth
where she met her
husband Buddy. She
taking care of her
family, and of
course her sons,
worked many years at
and loved what she
Donna is preceded in
death by her mother,
Frances Koski and
son, Donny Lee
She is survived by
her husband, Robert
Nelson of 35 years;
Koski of Tennessee,
Martin of Cook,
Sheri (Jim) Makowsky
of Virginia, Minn.,
Shad Nelson of
Damon, Cole, Trisha,
Cinthia, Jessie, and
Dylan; and father,
Eino Koski of North
Memorial Service: 2
October 15, 2009 in
Cremation Society of
MN, 4100 Grand Ave,
Duluth. Reception to
follow service at
218 W. 2nd St.,
Cremation Society of
|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
|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.
(Mike) J. White, 76,
Crane Lake, passed away Wednesday,
October 7, 2009, at the
Hospice House in Duluth, surrounded by
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.
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
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.
survived by his partner/soul mate, Ruth
Carlson; daughter, Rebecca (Dale)
Peterson of Eveleth; son, Christopher
White of Duluth; sister, Bridgett
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
preceded in death by his parents,
Wilson and Cecelia White; a son
Michael John White; and sister, Colleen
services will be at
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.
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.
born in Greaney on April
15, 1910, the daughter of Peter and
Hazel (Sawyer) Hay. Verna grew up in
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
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
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
professional and loving care given Verna
during her stay there. “You were all so
wonderful to her and to us!”
survived by 1 son, Kenneth (Judy) Frazee
of Cook; 2 daughters, Betty Frazee of
Virginia and Lorie Agnew of Cook; 11
grandchildren: Carol (Doug
Gary (Missy Setala)
Nukala, Kathy Lawrence, Jim
Frazee, Laura (Justin)
Staffaroni; 21 great
grandchildren and 7 great- great
grandchildren, along with numerous other
special relatives and friends.
preceded in death by her husband Bert
Frazee on August 15, 1982, 1 daughter,
in 1997; an infant grandson, Kenneth
Frazee, Jr. on August 3, 1968, son in law Glen
1983; one sister, Pearl Hay; 3
brothers, Ray and Harvey Hay and
Private family funeral services will be
(Oct. 10th) at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Officiant will be
Rev. Reuben Rosnau. Interment will be in
of Orr, Passed away on Wednesday,
September 30, 2009 at Orr.
born in Virginia on
November 12, 1936, the son of Wayne and
Patten. Brae grew up and graduated from
the Orr High School. His family founded
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
enjoyed playing pool in the local pool
survived by 2 sons,
of Orr, and Timon
of Germany; 2 daughters, Tara (Al) Monk
of Angora and Orr,
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.
preceded in death by his parents, Wayne
and Myrna; wife
on June 22, 2005; stepson,
Joseph Christensen; 2 step grand
children, Kristen Gustafson and Alex
Cook; 1 sister
Pattey Patten; and a step
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.
M. Shuster, 82, of Virginia,
former longtime resident of Greaney
passed away on Tuesday, September
29, 2009 at the Virginia
born on March 11, 1927 in Greaney,
the daughter of Louis and Frances (Ruper)
She grew up in Greaney where she
lived nearly all
of her life. She attended
Harrigan School, then the
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.
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
of Cambridge, MN, Sophie (Harley)
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
Shuster, Riley Otis, Peyton Otis and
Shuster; along with numerous
nieces, nephews, cousins, and many
preceded in death by her husband
Thomas “Tom” on January 27, 1991;
her special friend, Raymond
5 brothers, Louis, John, Henry, Joe
and Albert; a sister, Margaret
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
Jacobson Saatela, 85, of Virginia,
formerly of Cook, Orr and Togo, passed
away on Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at
the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
born in Chisholm on
October 18, 1923, the daughter of Matt
and Mary (Kassarda)
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..
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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.
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
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.
|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
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
“Goldie” Pohlman, 85, of Crane Lake,
passed away on Monday September 21, 2009
at St. Michael’s Health Care Center in
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.
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
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.
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
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
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."
E. Connor, 52,
of Orr, passed away on Monday,
September 14, 2009, at St. Mary’s
Medical Center in Duluth.
was born on October
25, 1956 to Lafayette and Ruth (Day)
Littlefork, MN. He grew up
in the traditional portion
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.
July 20, 1996, at
Wisconsin. Frank worked with Human
Services programs at the Bois Forte
Reservation. He was a
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
survived by his wife, Charlotte;
daughter, Hannah, at home; 1 sister,
Carol (Earl) Chico of Bemidji, along
with numerous nieces, nephews and
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 and Emiliano
Connor. Interment will be in the Connor
family cemetery in Nett Lake
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook.
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
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
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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 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
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
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
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.
“Bob” Lagerquist, 71, of rural
Aurora, formerly of Cook, passed away on
Thursday, September 3, 2009, at the Virginia
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
service. Earlier he was a Cook Volunteer
Firefighter, drove ambulance and a member of the
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Township of Itasca County.
arrangements with Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook MN
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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
She was born Helen Virginia
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
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
She is survived by 1 son, Thomas (Sharon)
Mordini of Freeport,
IL., 2 daughters, Sharon (Gerald)
Lemieux of Newhall,
CA and Susan (Joseph)
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
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,
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.
"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
Ben was preceded in death by his parents, brother,
Oswald Hoffman; sister, Constance Winkler and son,
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
|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
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday at
St. John the Evangelist Church in Seattle.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
She was preceded in death by her brothers, John,
Alex, William and Solomon Jackson; and sisters,
Siama and Anna Jackson, Ida Beihler and Hannah
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
|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
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
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
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
Johnson of Greaney. She was married to William
O. Anderson . Local
arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in
|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
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
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
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:
86, of Nett Lake, passed away
unexpectedly at Nett Lake on Friday, July 24,
American Services will be held at
Tuesday (July 28th) at the Woodenfrog
residence in Nett Lake. The Wake will be after
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
alternate bearers will be Peter Boney Jr. and
Interment will be
in the Woodenfrog Cemetery in Nett
Lake, with military honors accorded by the Bois
Forte Honor Guard.
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
He is preceded
in death by 1
brother, William Woodenfrog and 3 sisters, Nancy
Boney, Mary Strong and Louise Woodenfrog.
arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in
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,
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
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..
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
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.
Eldien, 97, of Cook, passed away on
Monday, July 20, 2009, at the Virginia Convalescent
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,
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,
Wallin and Patricia
Arrangements are with
the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Mass of Christian Burial will be
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
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.
“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
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
Bacon on Aug. 1, 2005.
Memorial services will be at
Thursday at the Orr American Legion Hall.
Pastor Ruth Gangloff
will be the officiant. Interment will be in
the Forest Home Cemetery of Buyck
are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
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.
The family sends out heartfelt thanks to everyone
for the phone calls and messages of caring
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
He is survived by
his wife of nearly 50 years, Norma; one sister
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
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.
“Dev” J. Drift 31, “Nii-izhoo-binesse”,
31, formerly of Nett Lake passed away
unexpectedly on Tuesday,
July 7, 2009, in Duluth.
Traditional services will be at
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,
and Hailey Drift; his paternal
grandparents, Ernie and Betty Drift of
Indian Point; maternal grandparents, Rodney
and Joyce Skadheim
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.
with the Mlaker Funeral Home, Cook.
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.
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
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
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
Grand Rapids, MN; 2 Grandchildren, Scott
Seinola and Jody
Dearth; 2 step grandchildren, Sheri
and Craig Helmbrecht;
3 great grandchildren, Benjamin
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
Masters provided the music. The casket
bearers were: Tony
Pocrnich, Ken Zgaynor, Scott
Lundgren, Gene Madsen and Ron
honorary bearers were: granddaughter Jody
Dearth, grand daughter-in-law Geri
grandsons, Benjamin and Jared
Daniel Dearth. Interment was in St.
Bridget’s Cemetery of Greaney.
arrangements are with Mlaker Funeral Home,
Cook, MN. (218-666-5298)
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Paul's daughters graduated from the Cook High
School, Heather 1994, Jeni 1996 and Diane 1999.
|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.
Lee Eskola 78 of Victoria, Mn. and formerly of
Sturgeon passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the
Victoria Care Center.
was preceded in death by his parents Lempi (Kivi)
and Eino Eskola, son Craig and sister Toini DeMerce.
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
: "Leah White"
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Obituary sent by Jerry's sister Kris Squires Nurmi
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Elizabeth Eliason, 71, of Hibbing, died
Friday, June 12, 2009, at Fairview
University Medical Center-Mesabi in
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
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
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
Norman Folkedahl 66 died Sunday June 7, 2009
at his home in Myrtle Creek, Ore., after a brief
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
FUNERAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009
in the Faith United Lutheran Church in Clinton
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
MEg Sarazine (Dr. Ismail
Hindash is the daughter of Norbert &
Twila (Hokkanen) Sarazine. MEg is a
1979 graduate of the Cook High
done good and faithful servant”
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
care given to Myrtle.
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,
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
past 17 years she has resided in long
term care facilities due to her
survived by her loving husband of 68
years, Edgar; one
son, David (Marilee) of New Richmond,
Wis., 1 granddaughter:
of Maplewood, MN; 2 grandsons: Brant
(Tammy) Jackson of Somerset, Wis. and
Benn Jackson of
Maplewood, MN; 6 Great
Grandchildren: Forrest, Riley,
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
addition to her parents, she is preceded
in death by a sister, Laverne Anderson;
and 2 brothers, Donald and Robert
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
Forrest Murphy. Interment will be
in the Field Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook..
“Ike” W. Olson, 75, Orr, passed away on
Monday, May 25, 2009, at
Hospice House in Duluth.
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
of the early 1950’s where he hauled
pulpwood. While in Orr, he
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.
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.
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
Ian and Tucker; along with numerous
nephews, nieces, in-laws, and friends.
addition to his parents, Ike was
preceded in death by one son, Gregory
Olson on Dec. 22, 2008;
and one daughter, Tammie
October 25, 1979.
Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook.
Memorial services will be at
PM Friday (May 29th)
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
House of Duluth
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,
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
individuals and hearing fifth
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
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
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
Soger, 75, lifelong resident of Orr,
passed away at home on Tuesday, May 19,
2009, after losing a battle with
born on August 6, 1933, at
home in Leiding Township, to Oscar and
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
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
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).
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.
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
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
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:
L. McGlynn, 65, Cook, passed away
Thursday, May 14 2009, after a 3 year
courageous battle with cancer, with his
family at his side.
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
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.
survived by his wife of 41 years, Judy of
Cook; 3 daughters Sherry
Minneapolis, Shawn (Dan)
Angora and Teresa (Greg) Boyer of Hibbing;
7 Grandchildren: Jamie
Aure, Jessica (Forest Pearson)
Jason (Kate Sundet)
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
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
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
DuMarce, Darrel Lindgren, Randy
Christiansen, John Novak, Dan
McGlynn, Kelly McCue, Marlene
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,
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
McClellan, 90, Cook, passed away Monday,
May 4, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.
born Lois Ruby Jacobsen to John and
Florence (Woodard) Jacobsen at
on April 30,
1919. She grew up in
where she met her future husband, Allen
McClellan while he was working in the
CCC camps. They married on June 22, 1939
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
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
survived by 1 son Ronald (Nancy)
McClellan of White Bear Lake; 6
daughters Margaret (Rodney)
Cook, Brenda (Warren)
Circle Pines, MN, Kathy Chapman of
(Doyle) Svedberg of Cook, Candyce
of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Roxanne (Danny)
Cook; 1 brother Gerald Jacobsen of
Duluth; 2 sisters; Shirley (Joseph)
Babbitt and Joyce Hagen of Grand
sister in-law Arlene Jacobsen of
Bloomington, 13 Grandchildren, 11 Great
Grandchildren, along with numerous
nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by her husband Allen
McClellan on Dec. 29, 1972; 1 brother
Robert Jacobsen and 3 sisters
Pearson and Dorothy
Tenny; and a son in-law, Robert
Chapman in 2006.
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
Kevin McClellan, Brad
Matthew Svedberg, Joshua Svedberg and
The honorary bearers will be
grandchildren: Cindy Fleck, Sarah
Svedberg, Rachel Alt, Kelsey
Interment will follow in the Cook
Funeral arrangements are with the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook.
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
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,
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
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
in the halls of Valhalla
where the brave may live
“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
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.
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
daughter, and a friend to many. She
loved her dogs and was never without one.
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)
Calif. and Anja
(Borgstrom) Vasquez of Berkley, Calif.; 2
brothers, Brian (Bonnie) Murphy of
and Daniel (LaVonne)
Murphy of Minneapolis; 2 Grandchildren,
Kelly Borgstrom and Sophia Vasquez, along
with numerous nieces, nephews, and many
preceded in death by her father,
retired Lt. Colonel Daniel Murphy in
Mae M. Katzenberger, 76,
of Hibbing, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at
Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi in
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
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.
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
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,
Arrangements are entrusted to Rupp Funeral Home
& Cremation Service in Chisholm.
"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
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
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
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.
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
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
Society’s Relay for Life, Citrus Heights,
Team: Bodega Bay Babes.
You can donate online at
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
Anderson. Her brothers are Roger & Jan (Seiffert)
Anderson and Ronald 53, 1989
& Eva (Fillmore) Anderson.
Phillip Sizer 88, passed
away on March 25, 2009 at the
Veteran's Nursing Home in Silver
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
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
grandchildren, Christine Lovell,
Kerry (Tom) Brewer, Conrad (Jen)
Sizer, Ryan (Andrea) Ruth, and
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
He won several trophies from the Dream Club for
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
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
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
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
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski
Funeral Home, Moose Lake
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
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.
D. Arola, 87,
Virginia, formerly of Idington,
passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 10, 2009
at his home.
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
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
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;
Zachary and David Busch, Jocelyn Carver, and
4-step-grandchildren- Jack and Joe (Dana)
Pahkala, Cory and
Austin Merten; 1
great step-granddaughter, Anna Jane
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-
Johnson, Rena Granholm,
Aho, and Edna
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
September 12, 1958 in Bear River. They
raised beef cattle on their farm and Leonard
logged with his brother John. Leonard was
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
Saarikoski of Keewatin;
8 Grandchildren, Amber
Johnson, Candice Saarikoski, Jamey
Clay Nukala Jr.;
8 Great Grandchildren; a sister-in-law,
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.
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,
Merle Olson, Gary
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
M. Vlora Rafter,
93, of Cook, formerly of Battle
passed away on Sunday,
March 8, 2009. at the Cook Hospital.
was born at Mooresburg, Tennessee on December
7, 1915, She moved
Creek , Michigan in
1933 with her parents, graduating from Battle
Creek Central High
1935. Vlora was
united in marriage on April 17, 1941, to F.
Duane Rafter, at Battle
were members of the Central Christian Church,
and helped to establish the Newtown Church of
moved to Bartlett, Illinois in
1968, and retired to Orlando, Florida in
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
funeral service will be held at 1:00
March 14, 2009, at the Memorial Park Cemetery Chapel,
Creek, Michigan. Visitation
will be one hour prior to the service. Pastor
Ed Erskin will
be the officiant.
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
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.
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
will be at 11:00 AM Saturday at Our Savior’s
Lutheran Church in Virginia. Visitation will be
6 to 8
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
Jazdzewski, Les Harkonen
Teska. The casket
bearers and honorary bearers will be: Earl “Sonny”
Lehman, Kenneth Oberg, Dale Johnson, Lloyd
Reber and Fred
Spring interment will be in the
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
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
sister-in-law, Ellen Johnson of Greaney; special
friend Julia Novak of Virginia; along with numerous
special nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family
Preceding her in death
and welcoming her home are: husband Melvin (June 3,
1970); 2 sons, Raland
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
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
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
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.
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
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
John loved hunting and fishing, especially for trout in
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
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
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
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
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
M. Sutliff, 94,
Cook, passed away Wednesday,
January 21, 2009, at the Cook Nursing Home.
will be at 11:00
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
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
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
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
Walter, and Axel Finnila;
3 sisters Hilma
Maki, Anna Laine and
with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
will be the celebrant. The casket bearers will
be: John Montgomery, Tom
Pandille, Daniel McClain,
William Sobyra IV.
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
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
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.
with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
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
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
He was preceded in death by his sister, Rebecca
Anderson, and his father, Robert G. Anderson
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