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Obituaries


Fern Eveland
November 12, 1929 – November 30, 2019

Fern Eveland of Pine River passed into the presence of Jesus on November 30, 2019, in Roseville, MN, two weeks after celebrating her 90th birthday with her family. She was born to Lorie and Lillian Peterson on November 12, 1929. She met her husband, Bert Eveland, while working at W. T. Grants in Minneapolis and they were married in 1948. Over the years, they lived in Minneapolis, Backus, Motley and Eagan, returning to Backus to retire in 1988. They raised two daughters, Tammi Hall and LaRae LaTourelle. Fern was an avid gardener, cook and seamstress. She had the gift of hospitality and a servant heart. She and Bert spent endless hours volunteering in their community and in churches they attended. They regularly opened their home to friends, families and many missionaries.

Fern is survived by her daughters: LaRae (Tim) LaTourelle, Tammi (Bob) Hall; grandchildren: Brandon (Aileen) LaTourelle, Emily LaTourelle, Natalie Hall; great grandchildren: Avery and Camden LaTourelle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert and her parents, Lorie and Lillian Peterson.

Services were held Thursday, December 5, at Lakeside Baptist Church, Backus. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Backus. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Helen Flynn Isensee Swore
December 13, 1928 - December 3, 2019

Helen Flynn Isensee Swore, 90 of Chatfield passed away peacefully at Season's Hospice House in Rochester on December 3, 2019.

Helen was born on December 13, 1928 in Osakis, MN to Katherine and Raymond Flynn. She graduated from Osakis High School and went on to earn her teaching degree from St. Catherine's College in St. Paul, MN. She taught English, Speech and Drama for 2 years in Plainview and 2 years in Chatfield, she then spent the next 34 years at Dover-Eyota High School until her retirement in 1986

She married Lowell Isensee on June 18, 1955, they had 3 children, he passed away on August 28, 1976. She married Melvin Swore on December 19, 1981 they enjoyed traveling together and spending time at their lake home in Crosslake, MN. She later married Gene Blatz on May 15, 1999 together they continued to travel and enjoy the lake.

Helen was very proud of her Irish heritage, she would show it anyway she could, via her wardrobe, home décor and her annual St. Patrick’s Day Party. Having the opportunity to travel to Ireland twice in her lifetime was very meaningful to Helen. An avid golfer her entire life, Helen was a long-time member of Crosswoods and 50 Lakes Golf courses near her lake home in Cross Lake, MN. Helen enjoyed her retirement years to the fullest by remaining active in church activities in both Cross Lake and Bella Vista AR. She was a founding member of a singles group for older adults in Bella Vista and loved being the monthly activities coordinator. Helen loved to entertain and hosted annual Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day parties with her Bella Vista friends. Helen remained active by playing bridge, getting together with the Red Hat Ladies, swimming and boating. Helen loved being at her lake home in Cross Lake, hearing the loons sing, going out for pontoon rides, swimming and watching the sunset during the summer months.

She is survived by her daughter Lori (Roger) Sorenson of Rochester, sons- L. Butch (Brenda) Isensee and Lanny (Kathy) Isensee of Chatfield; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Sullivan, Sean Sorenson, Nicole Williamson, Erin Isensee, Luke Isensee, Paige Isensee and Shelby Isensee; six great-grandchildren Trevor, Kyle, Alexa Sorenson, Connor Sullivan, Paisley and Isla Williamson; brother Richard (Dick) Flynn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Lowell Isensee, Melvin Swore and Gene Blatz; sisters Mary Frisvold, Kathleen Flynn and brother Alvin (Pat) Flynn; two great-grandchildren Piper and Tate Williamson.

A special thank you to Home Instead staff, (especially Vicki and Lynn) which allowed Helen to stay active in her own home the last few years and Season's Hospice for their compassion and comfort during her last days.

A Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday December 14th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chatfield. Officiating will be Father Edward McGrath. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Friday, December 13, 5-7 p.m. at Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield and one hour before mass on Saturday at the church. Helen would like everyone to wear green in honor of her Irish heritage.

Memorials are preferred to Season's Hospice in Rochester, MN.

Online condolences welcome at rileyfuneralhomes.com.

Nancy Norton
June 18, 1956 – November 25, 2019

Nancy Norton, age 63, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Monday, November 25, 2019, in Pequot Lakes. She was born June 18, 1956, to Vernon and Norma Stall in Kansas City, MO.

Nancy is survived by her children, Jason Norton and Tina Wallin- Andrus (Michael); brother, Larry Stall; and sister,  Emily Stall. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cindy Kramp; and husband, Brian, who passed away on October 7, 2019.

A Celebration of Life for Nancy and Brian will be 2 PM on Saturday, December 14 at the Ideal Community Center. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Terry D. Ottoson
March 5, 1951 – December 1, 2019

Terry D. Ottoson died Sunday, December 1, 2019, at his home in Pine River under the care of Knute Nelson Hospice. He was born March 5, 1951, in Pine River to Sven O. and Alma E. (Kayala) Ottoson.

Terry spent his life working in the woods as owner of his own logging business. He was kindhearted,  compassionate and well-liked by all who knew him. He enjoyed the simple life – feeding his birds and cats, listening to music and dancing with family and friends at gatherings.

Survivors include his long-time love whom he recently wed, Barb, of Pine River; daughter, Teresia (Mark) Mortenson of Crosslake; siblings: Gerald (Joyce) Ottoson of Arkansas, Eleanor Fuller of New Mexico and Tom (Carol) Ottoson of Crosslake; stepchildren: Mark Deyette, Kim Deyette and Joy Deyette; grandchildren: Tyler (Jade) Mortenson, Kylee Mortenson and Jessica Deyette; and great grandchildren: Landon, Axel and Evelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David Bentley, Russell Ottoson and an infant brother.

Services will be 3 PM on Tuesday, December 10, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Judd George Peterson
January 12, 1942 – November 26, 2019

Judd George Peterson, age 77, of Merrifield, MN, passed away at his home on November 26, 2019.

Judd was born in Brainerd, MN to George and Freda (Besser) Peterson on January 12, 1942. He was united in marriage to Kaye Hill on August 3, 1963 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd.

Their children, Kim and Derek, were born in 1964 and 1969 and the family moved to Glenwood, MN where Judd set up his chiropractic practices in both Glenwood and Alexandria. In 2004, he and Kaye retired to his hometown of Brainerd where he loved being a member of the lake’s community.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. Nothing was rushed with Judd; he was meticulous and methodical -- taking his time to finish perfect products working in his shop. He enjoyed watching old westerns and MN sports teams but above all, Judd cherished his family and the time they spent at the lake.

Judd is survived by Kaye, his wife of 56 years; his children, Kim (John) Mullon, and Derek (Michelle) Peterson; and his grandchildren, Meghan, Cara, Patrick. Brady, Madison, Macy, and Judd Roy; his sister, Karen (Dale) Thorson; his niece Ann (Corey) Pearson; his nephew, Jon (Danielle) Thorson: and his sister-in-law, Dawn Hill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Freda; and parents- in-law, Bonnie and Howie Hill.

Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in the spring of 2020. Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.

Donna Holmgren
June 30, 1932 - November 22, 2019

Donna Holmgren of Emily, Minnesota, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on November 22, 2019, at the age of 87, while in hospice care in Saint Cloud. Donna was born to Frank and Lillian Carlson on June 30, 1932, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When Donna was in primary school, she was adopted by John Norlund when her mother remarried. She attended high school and Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato, where she met Gordon, her husband of 67 years.

After raising five children with Gordy on their farm near Mankato, Donna earned a bachelor’s degree from Mankato State University in 1982. She then worked for 17 years as a recreational therapist for the Lutheran Home (now Ecumen Pathstone Living) in Mankato. Donna was an active member of Grace Lutheran until she and Gordy moved to Emily, MN, where they are active in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Outing. Donna frequently served on the board and participated in the quilting group, women’s circle, and many other activities. Donna was a loving and patient spouse, mother, and grandmother, and a kind-hearted and helpful friend to many. She will be missed.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gordy, her five sons, Paul, Rick (Carol), Mark (Di), Tom (Connie), and Dale, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Donna was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Delone Mendele. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing, MN, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

A memorial service was held at Our Saviors Lutheran in Outing on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The family will host an open house celebrating Donna’s life on Saturday, December 7, at Grace Lutheran Church in Mankato from 2:00 to 5:00. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Ravona Irene Peterson
November 29, 1918 - November 24, 2019

Our mother, Ravona Irene Peterson (nee Busse) of Crosby, Minnesota began her eternal life with our Lord on November 24, 2019. She was 100 years old when she stepped from this life into eternity, and we were all so very fortunate to have her with us for so long.

Grandma “Pete” (as she was always affectionately called) was born on November 29, 1918 to Frances and Netta Busse in Omaha, Nebraska, and was the youngest of three daughters. She often entertained us with stories of her childhood: train trips to visit her Grandparents in Iowa, sleigh rides at Christmas, and her many antics as a child. One of her favourite stories was the time she brought a paper mache Christmas tree home as a gift for her mother. On the way home, she could not resist the gumdrop atop the tree and (reluctantly?) popped it in her mouth. When her mother noticed the scar on top of the tree, mother said: “It was a gumdrop that dropped in the snow…that’s what gumdrops do…they drop...and you never know when or where they will drop. That’s the mystery of  gumdrops!” She said her mother just smiled, but, even as she told the story fifty years later, she said she still felt guilty.

After high school, she attended Chillicothe Business College. The academic experience clearly took second place as, even when she told the story to us when she was 99, she had a twinkle in her eye: “The boys outnumbered the girls, and I never had so much fun in my life!” One boy must have stood out from the rest as it was while at  College that she met and later married Lee A. Huey. They had two children together, James Allen and Gretchen Lee, making their home in Omaha, Nebraska.

At the age of 33 she found herself alone with her two children. Although all of her friends and family resided in  Omaha, she decided to move to Denver, Colorado to begin afresh. Despite the challenge of being a single parent in the fifties and sixties, and with no one to rely upon, she raised her children as her parents had done: in a home filled with love and acceptance. Mother provided well for us, teaching us by example how to live on a shoestring, and how to make lemonade when life served up lemons.

At 49, she met Kenneth Peterson while flying to Minnesota to visit a friend. Mother must have made quite the impression, as, within a month, Ken had proposed to her. They were married six months later in 1968 and made their home together for the next thirty years in Fargo, North Dakota.

Mother leaves a legacy of love: her family was the center of her life, and she was the heart of the family. Everyone in the family has cherished memories of sitting at Grandma Pete’s dining room table enjoying her sense of humor, and her peach cobbler! Besides her son Jim, her beloved daughter-in-law Cindy, and her daughter Gretchen, she leaves behind six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, as well as six great-great grandchildren.

Thank you, Mother, you taught us how to live full lives, to face adversity, and to love each other unconditionally. You were a wonderful teacher and example. We will always love and miss you.

Plans for a private family memorial service are pending.

Sally Peterson
May 19, 1947 – November 22, 2019

Sally K. (Holley) Peterson, 72, Pequot Lakes, Minn., passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at her home. She was born May 19, 1947, in Brainerd to Arlo and Marvel (Maxson) Holley. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1965 and earned her licensed practical nursing degree from Minneapolis VoTech School of the Arts in 1967. She married Gerald Peterson on Oct. 9, 1968, in Litchfield. They later divorced but remained lifelong friends. She became a registered nurse in Colorado and spent 17 years working at Boulder Community Hospital. She moved back to Pequot Lakes in 1986 to help care for her parents. She spent 25 years working in the emergency department at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, retiring in 2011.

Sal loved her life and told her friends this many times. She was a member of Glenda’s Clown Troupe and marched in many Pequot Lakes Fourth of July parades. She served on the Pequot Lakes Parks Commission and she supported the Pequot Lakes American Legion and its events. She traveled extensively and embraced every adventure. Exploring the Galapagos Islands and watching polar bears in the wild in Churchill, Manitoba, were two of her many spectacular trips. She was a regular Bocce player at Timberjack, and she never missed a Vikings game or a meat raffle with her friends at Lucky’s Tavern. She could be found at the Pequot Lakes dog park three times a day with her beloved pup, Jazzy.

She is survived by her two sisters, Vonnie Tweed, Pequot Lakes, and Sandy Simonson, Rochester; her sister-in-law, Sheila Holley, Pequot Lakes; and many nieces, nephews and their children who lovingly called her Auntie Salad.

Her brother, Cork Holley; infant sister, Sharon Holley; and her parents died earlier.

Sal despised funerals – too sad, she’d say – and she never wanted her family and friends subjected to attending her own. Instead, her last request is a party to celebrate her life, filled with “lots of laughter and fun.” Please join her family and friends to celebrate this special woman from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at Lucky’s Tavern in Pequot Lakes. Happy tears only, please. Sal wanted everyone to know she’s had an incredible life. No burial is planned.

Jane Salfisberg
May 26, 1938 – November 23, 2019

Jane Salfisberg, 81, Pequot Lakes, MN, died Saturday, November 23rd at Pierz Villa, Pierz, with her loving family at her side. The Funeral for Jane was held Saturday, November 30, 2019 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter. Interment at the Moose Lake Township Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes, MN.

Jane Oliphant was born on May 26, 1938 at the family home in Cass County, rural Pillager, daughter of Robert and Grace (Richmond) Oliphant. She grew up and received her education at Pillager. She was united in marriage with Allen Salfisberg on April 19, 1959 at the Maple Hill Church, rural Pine River. They made their home in Pine River. In the early 1970’s, they moved with their family to Leadville, CO, where they lived until 1982, when they returned to Brainerd and then to Pequot Lakes, where they had lived since. Allen died on October 2, 1990. Jane enjoyed baking, feeding people, gardening for canning and she was an avid reader.

Jane is survived by her children: Kim (Chris) Nylund of Brainerd, Brad (Tami) Salfisberg of Pequot Lakes, Kathy (David) Wead of Blooming Prairie, Kari (Ed Money) Barnes of Crosslake, Sam (Molly Ring) Salfisberg of Pequot Lakes, John (Cathy) Salfisberg of Riverton, and Bob (Betty) Salfisberg of Pequot Lakes; 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; her siblings: Dale Oliphant of Sedro-Wooley, WA, Betty (Bob) Marshall of Pillager, Galen Oliphant of Brainerd, Bruce (Mary) Oliphant of Crosby, Sharon Akervik of Salinas, CA, Gary (Jan) Oliphant of Baxter, and Diane (Sami) Talhami of Missoula, MT. Jane was preceded in death by her husband: Allen; her son: Tom and a grandson: Charlie Canon; her parents: Robert & Grace Oliphant; siblings: Marvin, Ardyth, Ralph; and an infant brother, Michael.

Catherine Osterloh
February 7, 1947 – November 21, 2019

Catherine Ann (Rathvon) Osterloh, age 72, of Pine River, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born to Wesley and Patricia Rathvon in Brainerd, MN, on February 7, 1947. She grew up in Deerwood, MN, and graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School. Cathy and Jerry were united in marriage on Nov. 13, 1976 and had just celebrated their 43rd anniversary. They were married and spent their first years in Hackensack. In 1979 they moved to Pine River. Over the years they were able to travel to many places around the  world including Ireland to visit James, who they hosted through the Children of Ireland program. To James, Cathy was his “American mom.” Cathy enjoyed many different things over the years including church activities, crafting, thrifting, visiting and having tea with her lady friends. Her three cats, Sweetie, Harry and Willie were especially important to her as was watching and feeding the birds, particularly cardinals and the sound of loons calling. Her greatest loves were her Catholic faith, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her husband, Jerry. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Cathy is survived by her husband, Jerry; sons, Joe Osterloh, Dan Osterloh (Carrie); stepdaughters, Lori Swenson (Tim), Jill Ackerman (Bob); grandchildren: Emily, Aaron, Beniam, Daniel, Joanna, Jana, Miles and Madison Osterloh; Zachary Swenson (Brittney), Sarah Hanson (Sam), Jamie LeMahieu (Grant), Jordan Ackerman, Autumn Loge (Drey), Nick Ackerman; great grandchildren: Quinn and Brooke Swenson, Holly Hanson, Adley Loge, Owen LeMahieu; and brothers-in-law, Rod Osterloh (Jody) and Corwin Osterloh (Arvie). She was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Andrew Osterloh.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, November 26, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River.

Marie Ann Fischer
July 5, 1942 - November 16, 2019

Marie Ann McKay Fischer, 77, of Crosslake passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Hospital. Marie was born at home in Oak Lawn Township to Margaret and George McKay on July 5, 1942. A graduate of Washington High School, Brainerd and the University of Minnesota, Marie began her career as a University of Minnesota Extension Home Agent in International Falls, MN.

Marie married David Fischer in December, 1967. The U.S. Army quickly fulfilled David’s promise to Marie of being able to move to a warmer climate, with an assignment to Hawaii. As a “Trailing Expat Spouse”, Marie was always open to horizon-expanding adventures which included living seven years in São Paulo, Brazil, five years in Brussels, Belgium and numerous foreign travels. During these overseas assignments, Marie was involved in many volunteer activities from tutoring “English as a Second Language” middle school students at Escola Graduada de São Paulo, to organizing Belgian Beer Tasting Classes at the American Women's Club of Brussels. Marie enjoyed reading and always had a book close at hand, often as part of a book club discussion.

A life-long Presbyterian, Marie served as a Ruling Elder, Clerk of Session and on the Mission to the USA  Committee of the Michigan/Ohio Synod of the Covenant, which brought international clergy and lay leaders to the USA to spend time in local Presbyterian churches. After retirement, Marie and David returned to Minnesota in 2002. With her long-standing interest in quilting, Marie quickly became involved in the Camp Knutson Quilt Auction. Marie chaired the Quilt Auction volunteer committee for 15 years; during her tenure, the Auction raised over $750,000 for the Camp.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband David; daughter Alise Fischer (Robert  Quinlan), Longwood FL; sonsCraig Fischer (Vicu Ralphs), Henderson, NV; and Eric Fischer (Megan Busby), Newport News, VA. She is also survived by her sisters, Barbara McKay, Ann Schramm and Amy Schreier, and brothers Richard McKay and Robert McKay.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Crosslake Presbyterian Church. Memorials are suggested to Camp Knutson, Crosslake, MN.

Loren Teddy Lundgren
October 29, 1943 - November 20, 2019

Loren Teddy Lundgren was born on October 29, 1943 on his family’s farm in Princeton, MN and passed away peacefully on November 20, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society in Pine River, MN. While growing up, Ted worked hard on neighboring farms and attended a one-room country school until 8th grade. He then attended school in Princeton and graduated in 1961. He enlisted in the Navy that summer and proudly served his country on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Ted married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Hallbeck, on May 26, 1962, at Zion Lutheran Church in Princeton and they were blessed with three children.

Ted was a member of the American Legion and VFW for 55 years and served as a Princeton Post 216 Commander.  For his career, Ted was involved in truck driving and real estate and he established Lundgren Realty as well as several other businesses. He was a risk taker and an entrepreneur. His love of people was often displayed with playful teasing. Ted truly enjoyed time with friends and family, especially if it involved having a beer at the local VFW or Legion.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents Ben and Erma Lundgren as well as his brother Ned Lundgren and will forever be remembered by his wife, Pat; his son, Ed Lundgren; his daughter, Lisa (Steve) Owens and daughter Lori (Bob) Blaukat; grandchildren: Teddy (Lauren) Lundgren, Kassandra Owens, Emily (John) Patnode, Erik Gruhlke, Kyra Blaukat; great grandchildren, Kade Lundgren and Tucker Patnode. Ted is also survived by his siblings, Clark (Rita) Lundgren, Heidi (Denny) Sternquist and Debi (Dave) Pederson as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended Wendlandt/Young family, who shared a special bond with him.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, December 1, at 1:00 PM with visitation one hour prior and a luncheon to follow at Crosslake Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Fisher House Foundation: www.fisherhouse.org. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Margaret A. Jorgenson
May 8, 1921 – November 14, 2019

Margaret A. Jorgenson, 98, of Pine River, MN, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019. She was born on May 8, 1921, in Cumberland, WI, to the late Fred and Olive Schiebel. Margaret married Orlyn Jorgenson and moved from Cumberland, WI, to Brooten, MN, and then to Anoka, MN. Prior to retirement, Margaret was the head cook for the school lunch program in the Brooten School System and, upon moving to Anoka, became the secretary for the Psychology Department of the Anoka County School District. After her retirement, she and her husband moved to Pine River, MN.

Margaret was an active member of the First Lutheran Church of Pine River and the Eradelphian Club of Pine River.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlyn (Jorgy) Jorgenson; two brothers, Allen and Richard; and one  sister, Dorothy. Survivors include five children: Eugene (Nan) Gunderson of Caldwell, ID, Karen (Al) Bernhardson of Englewood, FL., Gaylon Jorgenson of Mesa, AZ., Beverly (Doug) Nelson of Otsego, MN, and Kathleen (Lalo) Zavala of Sartell, MN; 12 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Eradelphian Club Women's Scholarship Fund c/o Carol Eibes at 1221 Smith Dr. NW, Pine River, MN 56474. Private services will be held.

William Vincent Morris
June 25, 1951 – November 18, 2019

William Vincent Morris (Bill), age 68, passed away unexpectedly on November 18, 2019 at his beloved cabin in Merrifield, MN.

Bill was born in Grand Rapids, MN on June 25, 1951. He graduated from Brainerd High School in 1969 and worked for the Star Tribune newspaper for 32 years. He married Deborah Nathan in 1974 and raised three children. Bill retired to his lake home in Merrifield where he enjoyed reconnecting with friends, fishing, and frequenting grandchildren’s activities. One of his greatest joys in life was cooking and sharing food with those he loved. He was a proud grandfather, son, brother, father, uncle, and loyal friend.

Bill was preceded in death by his father William C. Morris. He is survived by his mother Theresa J. Morris; siblings Mark (Pat), Ron, and Teri (Bruce) Barker; children Charissa (Phil) Conn, Wm. Shawn, and Jake; and grandchildren Asher, Josephine, Harper, Olivia, and Kellan; seven nieces and nephews; a wonderful extended family and many close friends.

The memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, December 2nd at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home: 202 8th Avenue NE, Brainerd, MN. Visitation 1-hour prior.

Mary Beth MacMillan
February 14, 1937 – November 9, 2019

Mary Beth (Nyquist) (Birkeland) MacMillan, age 82, of Pine River, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Golden Horizons in Crosslake. She was born February 14, 1937, in Crookston, MN, to Andrew and Artha Nyquist.

Mary Beth graduated from Oklee High School and Concordia College. In college, she worked at Breezy Point Resort and Birkeland’s Bay Lake Lodge. After college, she taught Home Economics at Columbia Heights High  School. In 1969 she moved to Pequot Lakes with the purchase of Lakeland State Bank. As she made her new home in lake country, she was known for being a gracious hostess and a superb cook. Her chocolate chip oatmeal cookies will be missed by her grandchildren. Every summer she spent many hours tending to her lovely flowers.

Mary Beth was active in the community through her memberships in P.E.O., Brainerd Service League and the Crosslake Historical Society.

Mary Beth is survived by her sons, Peter Birkeland (Lizabeth) and Robert Birkeland (Jennifer); grandchildren: Andrew, Peter Nels, Genevieve and Tollef; sister-in-law, Mary Karen Birkeland; brother-inlaw, Roger Durkee; nephews: Philip Durkee (Pam), John Durkee (Annette), Jonathan Birkeland (Lana); nieces, Karen Zeile (Kim) and Jennifer Swenson (Peter). She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Glenn Birkeland and Glenn MacMillan; sister, Norma Durkee; and brother-in-law, David Birkeland.

Services will be 11 AM on Friday, November 22, at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, November 21, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Our Savior’s Cemetery, Pequot Lakes.

Regina “Jean” Marie Rau
October 30, 1925 – November 5, 2019

Regina Marie “Jean” Rau, 94, died Tuesday, 11-5-2019 at CRMC (Cuyuna Regional Medical Center) in Crosby, MN.

Jean was born on October 30, 1925 in Gilman, MN, daughter of Andrew and Frances (Siegmund) Lewandowski. She was raised and educated at Gilman and attended the Foley High School. She was united in marriage with Norbert Rau on June 8, 1946 in St. Cloud. They made their home in St. Cloud, until 1953, when they built their home in Robbinsdale, where they lived until 1985. In 1985, they moved to their cabin at Breezy Point. Norb died on August 8, 2008. Jean moved to Crosslake in 2012, where she had lived since.

Jean was a homemaker and loved sewing clothes for her daughter’s and grandchildren. She also worked as an associate with Lloyd’s Tours. Jean and Norb enjoyed traveling extensively and attending the USS Essex Ship Reunions. She also enjoyed cooking, reading, crafting, working crossword puzzles and fishing. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Pequot Lakes, the VFW Auxiliary in Jenkins and St. Alice’s Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes and later in life worshipped at Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living through Mass and Rosary participation provided by Immaculate Heart Catholic Church of Crosslake.

Survivors include her children: Nancy (Daryl) Weber of Maple Grove, Mark (Shar) Rau of Elk River, Susan (Bill) Schaefer of Outing, and Debbie (Leo) Castellan of Carlsbad, CA; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by her parents: Andrew and Frances Lewandowski; nine siblings: Leonard, Peter, Clara, Henry, Frances, Al, Clarence “Bud”, Frank and Margaret “Margie”.

Service time will be Wednesday, Nov. 20th at 11AM, at Golden Horizons Assisted Living.

Ardis Mae Otterson
May 26, 1933 – November 12, 2019

Ardis Otterson, 86, of Caledonia, MN, died peacefully on November 12, 2019, at Golden Horizons in Crosslake, MN.

Ardis Mae Otterson was born on May 26, 1933, in Red Wing MN, to Clarence and Ione Trulen. She grew up in  Red Wing, graduated from Red Wing High School, and received a scholarship to Rockford College in Rockford, IL. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in history. While in high school and college, Ardis worked at the Red Wing Shoe Company.

She married her high school sweetheart, John Otterson, in 1955. John was a Korean War Veteran. They went on to have three children, David, Susan Marie, who died as an infant, and Daniel. Ardis worked part time when the boys were young, both as a teacher and a tax professional. The family moved to Caledonia in 1966 for John’s job. He was President of Caledonia State Bank. Ardis was the office manager of McLoone Metal Graphics in La Crosse, WI for 27 years, before retiring at the age of 62.

Ardis had the travel bug, and along with dear friends, went on numerous biking and cultural trips throughout  Europe and across the United States. She loved watching football and golf and her many passions included reading, quilting, needlework, golf, bridge, bowling, yard work, and cleaning - CONSTANTLY…! Her sons and grandchildren have memories of awakening much too early, to the sound of the vacuum cleaner or pots and pans clanging ferociously in the kitchen…

Immanuel Lutheran Church was a huge part of Ardis’s life. She spent hours at the church each week, involved in bell choir, Altar Guild, WELCA, Circle, 3D, church choir, Sunday School, Bible study, kitchen committee etc. The church was her family, and she didn’t take any of her volunteer tasks lightly. This “family” was especially important after the loss of her dear husband, John, in 1976.

Ardis was blessed to have 8 grandchildren: Nicholas (Katie), Aaron (Marit), Jacob (Vianni), Nathan, Steven, Tatum (Bobby), Patrick, John (Rebecca) and 7 great grandchildren: Laken, Jett, Dawson, Ella, Kinsley, John and Luke. She enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s activities: sports, musical events, graduations, confirmations, weddings, or birthday celebrations. We will never forget her wonderful laughter at these events! The last years of Ardis’s life were spent in Maple Grove and Crosslake, close to Dan and his wife, Jill. She had a few new adventures, and enjoyed pontooning on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes, pulling up to the DQ drive-up window in a four wheeler, sitting on the deck watching the loons and eagles, and having summer get-togethers with her grandchildren and great grandchildren (and granddogs; Busa, Bella, Paris and Frank)! She will be missed immensely…

Ardis will be interred at Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing, MN, where she will finally be reunited with her husband, John. A celebration of Ardis’s life, will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, in Caledonia, MN on January 12th, 2020. The service will be at 11:00am, following the regular morning church service. A lunch will be served after the service.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake, MN, for their passionate and loving care. They truly cared about Ardis, and it showed. Thank you, also, to St Croix Hospice for their compassionate assistance. A memorial of your choice, is preferred.

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