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Obituaries


Larry Edward Carstens
December 1, 1937 - April 30, 2016

Larry Edward Carstens, age 78, of Outing, Minnesota died on April 30, 2016.

Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby, MN. Please visit the Koop Funeral Home’s website for the date and time of service at www.koopfuneralhome.com.

The full obituary for Larry Carstens will be printed in the May 10, 2016 edition of the Northland Press.

Ronald L. Craven
April 26, 2016

Ronald L. Craven, age 82, of Pine River, MN, passed away April 26, 2016. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 30, at Riverview Church, Pine River, with Pastor Tristan Borland officiating.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Olive Craven; and eleven month old daughter, Gayle Craven. He is survived by his wife, Helena Craven; son, Daniel Craven (Lynnette); and grandson, Connor Craven. He is also survived by siblings: Karen Miedtke, Theresa Craven and Scott Craven; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and an aunt.

Ron attended school in Huntley, MN, graduating from Fairmont High in 1952. While attending the University of Minnesota he participated in basketball and baseball. He was a pitcher on the U of M’s first NCAA National  Championship Team in 1956. Ron worked as an educator several years before returning to the Huntley-Winnebago area to farm. After retirement Ron and Helena moved north to Pine River, a short distance from their cabin, spending their time fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Ron’s character, faith and animated personality showed through in his everyday life with family, friends and his many varied acquaintances.

Edward L. Novak
November 16, 1927 - April 16, 2016

Edward L. Novak age 88 of Union City, CA died on April 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 16, 1927 in Egypt, Pennsylvania.

Ed is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Mathew (Melanie) Novak and Eddie Novak; one daughter, Kim (Jess) Dysert; one sister, Irene Novak; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding Ed in death are his parents, one son, Patrick; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial at the  Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Eugene F. “Gene” Schmidt
November 14, 1927 - April 23, 2016

Eugene F. “Gene” Schmidt age 88 of Deerwood died on April 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 14, 1927 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Edward A. and Blanche (Lange ) Schmidt.

Gene graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1945. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Gene married Janeth Ann Schlick on February 3, 1951. He worked for the City of Red Wing as a Police Officer attaining the rank of Sgt. Detective. He was also a self-employed Painter and Decorator until retiring in 1997. Gene was active in baseball in Red Wing as a player and manager of the Scarlets and Aces. He was also a player for the Bay City, WI baseball team. In 2014 he was inducted into the Red Wing Baseball Hall of Fame. Gene was a member of the Red  Wing Wildlife League, a lifetime member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 845 Red Wing, and a member of American  Legion Post 557 Deerwood, MN. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid sports fan. He had a love for dogs, especially his black lab “Sophie”.

Gene is survived by his wife, Janeth, of 65 years; six children, Michael Schmidt of Hager City, WI, Suzanne  Anderson of Cold Spring, Kathleen (Daniel) Gray of Eden Prairie, Christian Schmidt of Chaska, Joel (Kelly) Schmidt of Inver Grove Heights, Amy (Randy) Stanfield of Deerwood; two sisters, Shirley “Polly” Nystrom of Austin and Katherine “Katy” (Curt Haller) Jorgensen of Red Wing, sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Stuart and William, and son-in-law Mitchell Anderson.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood with Father Dale Nau presiding. Military Honors followed. Committal was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on Monday, May 2. Arrangements are by Koop Funeral Home of Crosby, MN.

Elizabeth “Betty” Pettit Wagner
April 26, 2016

Elizabeth “Betty” Pettit Wagner, age 87, of Hastings, Breezy Point and Woodbury died peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 26, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her one and only love, husband, Gervase; parents, Jane and Richard Pettit; and sister, Donna Nord.

She is survived by children: Connie (James) Madison, David (Pattie) Wagner, Patrick (Jean) Wagner, Gery (Sherry) Wagner, Paul (Cheryl) Wagner; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Jackie Olson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty is now in heaven playing bridge, ballroom dancing and enjoying a root beer float.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, April 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Memorials are preferred to Hastings American Legion Post 47.

John William Metsa
April 24, 1946 - April 18, 2016

John William Metsa age 69 of Bay Lake Township died at his home on April 18, 2016. He was born on April 24, 1946 in Virginia, Minnesota to Wayne and Karen (Silverdahl) Metsa.

John was a retired Purchasing Manager with Control Data with 20 years of service. He was a former owner and operator of the Lonesome Pine Restaurant on Bay Lake.

John is survived by his companion Nancy Schmidt; three sons, Wade Metsa of St. Louis Park, Curtis Metsa of Crosby and Brenton Metsa of Lakewood. CO; one brother, Roger Metsa of Angora, MN; one sister Kathrine (Glenn) Ikola of Trout Creek, MT; two grandchildren, Kyle and Brittany Metsa both of Emily and one great grandson, Bennett Rowe. Preceding John in death are his parents, his wife Lura; one brother, Gene Metsa and one sister, Ruth Jacobson.

Funeral services were held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Donald Homer McCuskey
October 14, 1925 - April 15, 2015

Donald Homer McCuskey, 90, of Longville, Minnesota, passed away on April 15, 2016, peacefully in his sleep.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, Minnesota.

Donald was born in Holyoke, Minnesota, on October 14, 1925. He was married to Barbara McCuskey (Bagge) on April 8th, 1961; they were married 55 years. Donald served in the Third Army in World War II. He lived and raised his family in Crystal, Minnesota, from 1961 to 2002 and worked as a Mechanic at Georgia Pacific/ St Regis Paper for more than 42 years. Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting, fixing things, baseball and spending time with his  friends and family. He was also actively involved in VFW Post 772 (Longville/Remer).

Donald is survived by his wife, Barbara; his three children, Troy McCuskey and his wife Lori, Tim McCuskey and his girlfriend Cindy, and Linda Welch; brother, Harry McCuskey; sister, Anna Strand; sister-in-law, Audrey McCuskey; his grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Homer W. McCuskey and Anna M. McCuskey, as well as his sister, Margret Nikstad and brother, Albert McCuskey.

The family of Donald McCuskey wishes to thank the Heartland Hospice and Pastor Trish Jorgensen of Salem Lutheran Church.

Dolores Cummings
August 1, 1928 - April 7, 2016

Dolores Cummings, age 87, of Pine River, MN, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born August 1, 1928, in Minneapolis, to Everett and Agnes Johnston.

Memorial services were held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, April 16, at Pine River United Methodist Church. Visitation was one hour prior to the service.

Donald Edward Tepfer
September 9, 1932 - April 11, 2016

Donald Edward Tepfer, age 83, of Pequot Lakes, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Monday, April 11, 2016. He was born September 9, 1932, in Faribault, MN and was adopted by Adolph and Edna Tepfer at the age of 23 months. Don was baptized on June 11, 1934, and was confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church (now Gloria Dei) on May 12, 1946. He attended Pleasant Valley and Pine River schools, graduating from Pequot Lakes High School in 1950 He was a charter member of the Boys State Organization in 1949.

Don married Arlene Hurtig on Sept. 15, 1956, and together they farmed for a number of years. In Nov. of 1966 he  was hired as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service in Pequot Lakes and in 1974 became Postmaster there. In Sept. of 1990 he became Postmaster in Akeley, MN, and retired in May 1996 after 30 years of service.

Don was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church for 80 years where he served as a church elder, choir member, soloist, Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, and Board of Education member. He served as Maple Township clerk, director of the Pequot Lakes Creamery Board and was a member of the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society. He was also on the All School Reunion Committee as treasurer and was a director and treasurer for the Cass County Fair Board for many years.

Don enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to garden and sell produce at the Farmer’s Market. He also   liked to fish, travel and cook and he made the best baked beans. Music was a large part of his life, playing piano and performing solos.

Don is survived by his wife, Arlene; children: Kevin Tepfer, LeAnne Sandberg, Laureen Miller, Cynthia Volk; grandchildren, Jeremy and Justin Volk; 7 step grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Leona Hartwig; inlaws, Clarence and Jennie Hurtig; and brother-in-law, Gene Hurtig.

Services were held on Saturday, April 16, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Visitation was Friday from 5 to 7 PM at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in the Pequot Lakes City Cemetery.

Carl Vernon Roseland
March 19, 1940 - April 3, 2016

Carl Vernon Roseland, age 76, formerly of Baxter and St. Francis, died peacefully, Sunday, April 3, 2016, at his home in Pequot Lakes, MN. Carl was born at Grandma Putnam’s house on March 19, 1940, in Anoka, MN to Olaf and Julia (Putnam) Roseland.

“Grandpa Carl” enjoyed camping, tinkering with cars, visiting his land in Ideal Corners and going with family to Walt Disney World. Carl was a custodian in the St. Francis and Pillager School Districts and also worked at Lakeland Color Press in Brainerd.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter, Carla (Scott) Goddard; son, David; grandchildren, Jordan and Paxton; sisters, Carolyn (Henry) Voss and Joyce Blesi (Roger).

Services were held on Saturday, April 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

David Rydberg
February 12, 1940 - April 5, 2016

David Rydberg, 76, of Nisswa, went to be with the Lord on April 5 after a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was born February 12, 1940 in Minneapolis to George and Thekla Rydberg. The family later moved to St. Cloud where he graduated from Tech High School in 1958. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Cloud State University and then went on to obtain Master’s degrees from SCSU and the University of Minnesota before attaining his Doctorate in Education from the University of Arizona in 1974. He was a professor at SCSU  for 30 years, serving as administrator in the Learning Resources Center and teaching in the graduate program. After taking early retirement, he was the Administrator of the St. Cloud Christian School from 1996-2000, providing leadership to grow that school into a full K-12 accredited institution.

He and his wife, Sandy (Johnson) married in 1966 and raised four children. They traveled extensively as a couple and as a family, including living in Alnwick, England, teaching through the SCSU International Studies Program. As proud Swedes, Dave and Sandy made six trips to Sweden to visit relatives and the homeland, and he was active in the Nisswa Stammen, a Scandinavian folk music festival. Dave and Sandy spent summers and many weekends throughout the year at their lake home in Nisswa until they moved there permanently in 2002. Dave was an active member of First Baptist Church in St. Cloud (now Discovery Church), the Log Church in Crosslake, and for the last 8 years, Timberwood Church in Nisswa. Dave was kind and generous and had a true servant’s heart: he used his God-given gifts every day to serve as a husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandy (Johnson), four children, Sara (Lindsay) Jacobson, Karla, Jonathan (Marcy) and Eric (Rachel), nine grandchildren: Caleb, Abby, Maggie, Anders, Ella, Elsa, Evan, Boden and Ezra. He is also survived by three sisters, Ann (David) Pates, Lois (Jack) Stowe, Karen (Roger) Swan, and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Thekla.

A Celebration of Dave’s life with a service at Timberwood Church in Nisswa, was held on Saturday, April 9, 2016. Memorials are preferred to the St. Cloud Christian School for the Dave Rydberg Scholarship.

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