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Obituaries


Barbara Jean Carstens
June 5, 1947 - January 9, 2020

Barbara Jean Carstens, age 72, of Outing, MN passed away peacefully with her family on January 9th, 2020 at her home. She was born on June 5th, 1947 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Glen and Patricia (Tallant) Mechelke. The family lived in St. Paul until they moved to Outing, Minnesota in 1949 and started Birch Bay Lodge on Lake Washburn.

She was a graduate of Northland High School class of 1965. She married Larry Carstens on February 15, 1968 in Wassau, Oregon. She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing. Barb was a devoted wife and mother. She was a retired salesperson and bookkeeper for the International Wild Rice Association, Outing Lumber Yard and Land O’ Lakes Marine in Outing.

Barb was preceded in death by her grandparents, Harry and Jane Tallant, Ed and Alice Mechelke, her mother Pat Mechelke, and her beloved husband, Larry Carstens.

Barb is survived by her three children, Stacey (Shaun) McKinney, Sara Smith, and Scott Carstens. Father Glen Mechelke, her sisters Judy (Bob) Seidel, and Kim (Dave) Hughes. 9 grandchildren: Taylor Smith, Alexis Greene, Dakota Carstens, Zachary Greene, Madison Greene, Abbigail Smith, McKinna McKinney, Brayden McKinney, and Bentley McKinney.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Diana Underdahl
January 2, 1942 – December 26, 2019

Diana Underdahl, age 77 of Northfield, passed away at her home in Waterford Township, with her family by her side, on Thursday morning, December 26, 2019, following a brief illness.

Diana Margaret (Beyer) Underdahl was born January 2, 1942, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Paul and Clara (Ozmun) Beyer. She graduated from Northfield High School in 1960 and lived in Northfield most of her life. Over the years she worked as manager for the Northfield Legion, manager of the Holiday Inn in Rochester, owner and  manager of the “Branding Iron” (Fireside Lounge in Dennison) and with BCBS of Minnesota for 10 years.

Diana was hardworking, funny, a free spirit, and full of life. She enjoyed gardening, horses and horseback riding, animals of any kind and summer and fall motorcycle trips with Kenny. She was loving and devoted to her family and she will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Kenny Johnson; her children, Linnea Fairbanks (Joey Saehr),  Christopher Underdahl; 4 step-children, Kevin (Julie) Underdahl, David (Pam) Underdahl, Tammy (Jamie) Sirek, Chad Johnson; her grandchildren, Cassandra (Luke) Johnson, Travis Fairbanks, Andrew Underdahl; her step-grandchildren, Lindsey Underdahl, Amber (Joey) Kintziger, Justin Underdahl, Dawnae (Tad) Campbell, Michael (Jackie) Ayers, Caitlin (Zack) Reed, Tanner Ayers; her great-grandchildren Griff, Layla, Torey and Ava; 10 step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Gary (Arlene) Beyer; her sister-in-law, Mary Beyer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her sister Rosanna Beyer, her brother Dwain “Buddy” Beyer, her step-daughter Susan Ayers, her grandson Dane Underdahl, and her parents.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 4, 2020, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. A celebration of Diana’s life will be held this summer and will be announced. Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home.

Beverlee Eckmann
May 2, 1927 - December 29, 2019

Beverlee Eckmann, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Sunday, December 29, 2019. Memorial services were held Friday, January 3, 2020 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN. Interment at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, MN.

Beverlee was born May 2, 1927, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Raymond and Violet (Pointer) Bridgeman. After graduating from Washburn High School, Beverlee continued her education at the University of Minnesota. On May 21, 1949, she married Donald Eckmann. They lived much of their lives in the Twin Cities area. For many years after retirement, Beverlee and Donald divided their time between their lake home on Whitefish Lake and Texas.

Beverlee enjoyed family life. She liked to cook and bake. She loved nature, including birds, flowers and gardening. Beverlee also had an artistic and creative flair, enjoying painting, sewing, rug hooking, and many other craft activities.

Beverlee is survived by her children, Dr. David (Kathleen) Eckmann, of St. Paul, Steven Eckmann, of San Antonio, TX, and Jeannie (Mark Schleiss) Bridgeman, of St. Paul and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Donald.

Memorials may be made to Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Robert Owre Uppgaard
December 30, 2019

Robert Owre Uppgaard, DDS, (U of MN School of Dentistry class of 1953) ended his Earth journey on Dec. 30,  2019 with family by his side.

Originally from Minneapolis, he became a legend in the Brainerd Lakes area. Dr. Bob, with his wife, Barbara, rescued 100 acres from development and donated the land to the MN Land Trust and DNR for the Landscape for Wildlife and Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area. They worked with the community to establish medical clinics in Pequot Lakes and Crosslake, and the Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts Center at Pequot Lakes High School.  Dr. Bob was a Life Trustee for Deep Portage Learning Center.

After retiring from clinical practice, he continued to help people around the world suffering from TMJ disorders. In recent years, he enjoyed sharing lessons from his WWII US Navy Seabee experience at area high schools on Veteran’s Day. At the age of 96, he still drove to the Crosslake Community Center daily to work out with friends in the Fitness Center, read his newspapers in the Library, and have lunch provided by Meals on Wheels.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate his life on Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1-3 PM at Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Dr, Richfield, MN 55423.

Ada (Ellenberg) Hyland
May 23, 1918 - January 5, 2020

Ada Bernice Hyland, 101, Pequot Lakes, MN, died Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at Senior Class Care in Pequot Lakes. Ada’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, January 25th at St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes, with Fr. Mike Patullo as the celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the mass. Burial will take place at 11 AM, Monday, January 27th at Dawn Valley Memorial Park on Bush Lake Road in Bloomington. Full obituary to follow.

Arthur Edmund Vadnais
December 23, 1928 - December 24, 2019

Arthur “Art” Edmund Vadnais, age 91, of New Hope and formerly of Crosslake died December 24, 2019 at St. Therese Care Center in New Hope. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, January 10, 2019 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Rev. Blake Rozier officiated and burial will be in Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake at a later date.

Art was born on December 23, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Edmund and Christine (Bain) Vadnais. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Art married Joyce Fischer on December 28, 1953 at St. Helena’s Catholic Church in South Minneapolis. He worked as Director of Special Programs for Vocational Education for the State of Minnesota Department of Education; where he wrote programs for retraining and setting standards for state schools. Art was on the President’s Council under Ronald Reagan for Vocational Education. He worked at the education building at the fair for over 20 years. Art taught his children the value of a strong work ethic and education will bring you anywhere in your life. He was also very involved in the Parish Council and lifelong member of St. Kevin’s Catholic Church in South Minneapolis. Art was instrumental in establishing the Crosslake Library. He enjoyed fishing, growing (almost award winning) tomatoes, and  photography. Art was social, funny, hardworking, and generous. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Art is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Joyce; children, Julie (Gary) Noor of Crystal, Steve (Vicki) Vadnais of Richfield; grandchildren, Chad (Margaret), Nick, Nicole, Travis; great grandson, Ethan; and greatly anticipated the birth of his second great grandchild in February. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marilyn Bell, Anne Vadnais, and Jean Vadnais.

Hazel Irene Jensen
November 9, 1934 - January 4, 2020

Hazel Irene Jensen, age 85, of Merrifield, passed away at Good Samaritan Society Bethany in Brainerd on Saturday, January 4, 2020. A celebration of life for Hazel will be held in the spring.

Barry Knox
August 26, 1947 – December 24, 2019

Barry Knox, age 72 of Outing, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born to Robert and Ruth Knox on August 26th, 1947 in Osage, Iowa. He was surrounded by family as he entered into heaven.

Barry is survived by his wife Nancy, two son’s Brian (Terri), Bernie (Jensine), sister Vicki (Larry) Larson, brother Robert (Janet), sister Brenda (Travis) Larson and seven grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister (Kathy) and brother (Bradley).

In lieu of flowers the family asks that gifts be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (ipffoundation.org)

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 18, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 525 MN-6 in Outing, Minnesota. Visitation and fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at 1:00 P.M. with a luncheon to follow.

Geraldine Francis Ann Westlund
December 23, 2019

Geraldine Francis Ann (Szmiot) Westlund passed away in the early morning of December 23, 2019 to be with her LORD. Celebration of Life will be held at The Log Church in Crosslake, MN on May 16, 2020. Reverend Daniel S. Westlund to officiate.

Gerri is survived by her husband, Robert Oscar Westlund Jr; children, Robin (David) Motley, Robert (Margaret)  Westlund III, Richard (Lori) Westlund, Rebecca (Tom) Hollister, Patricia Diann Westlund; grandchildren Rachel (Alex), Matthew (Bethany), Bethany (Nathan) ~ Rochelle, Robert IV (Katie), Kelly (Jeff), Tessa ~ Maleah (Andrew), Gage, Garrett ~ Benjamin, Alysse; great grandchildren Ethan, Elliot ~ Martha, Peter, Silas ~ Lauren, Oscar, a baby girl on the way ~ Hazel, Henry; sisters Patricia (John), Gloria, Dan (Sandee), Nancy, Jim (Linda), Diane (Rick), Jeanne (Rick), Dan (Jesse), Jim (Paula); “extra daughter” Genie (Steve) Stelter with Erin (Tim), Kayla (Nick), Mariah (Allen) ~ Mallory, Maverick ~ Avery, Jace; many wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; so many other relatives and life-long friends.

Gerri is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ellen Szmiot.

Special THANK-YOU to the care team from Good Samaritan Hospice.

Patrick Edward Gary
February 19, 1942 – December 17, 2019

Patrick Edward Garry, age 77, of Breezy Point and formerly of Faribault died on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at his residence in Breezy Point.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Rev. Blake Rozier officiated and burial will be at a later date.

Clarence "Shorty" Harrington
November 18, 1924 – December 17, 2019

Clarence “Shorty” Harrington, age 95, of Pine River, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany, Brainerd. He was born to Marcus and Ora Harrington on November 18, 1924, in Pequot Lakes.

Clarence enjoyed the outdoors, farming, gardening, hunting and fishing. He loved playing baseball with his family and was a MN Twins fan. Clarence worked at Durkee Manufacturing in Pine River for many years. He was PFC in the Army during WWII, serving in France and Germany in the 787th Military Police Battalion.

Clarence is survived by his children: Michael Harrington (Grace) of Tyler, TX, Donna Strom-Kirkpatrick of Pine  River, Larry Harrington of Pine River, Clarence Harrington, Jr. of Milaca; 10 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Katherine; brother, Clayton; Sister, Hazel Garner; and grandson, Jeff Parks-Harrington.

Services were held on Monday, December 23, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes. Burial is in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Germain R. “Tunney” Krueger
Died: December 15, 2019

Germain R. Krueger “Tunney”, 92, of Crosslake, passed away at his home on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Services will be held at a later date.

Elsa Margaret Crosby Stephenson
Died: December 12, 2019

Elsa Margaret Crosby (Peggie) Stephenson, age 94, of Crosslake, MN passed away December 12, 2019. She was born in Duluth, MN; the daughter of George H. Crosby Jr and Elsa M. Bieberman. Peggie grew up on the shores of Serpent Lake in Crosby MN, swimming, sailing and letting the boys chase her. After graduating from Bennett College in Millbrook, NY, she decided that being a wife and mother was the most important career there was. This was undoubtedly because she found a love that eventually lasted 70 years. She married Paul, June 11, 1949.

She was an all-season type of girl – she loved summer where she could play tennis, swim, bike and sail. In the winter, it was ice-skating and snow skiing. Winter was a special time because it was Christmas time. Nobody did Christmas like Peggie did.

Peggie co-created one of the first Girl Scout Troops in Golden Valley, MN; Mentored young girls in Florida and was very active with the Humane Society.

What she will be most remembered for was her love of her family, her wacky sense of humor and how she made  everybody feel when they were around her. After spending time with Peggie, you came away feeling lighter and so much happier. She was vibrant, full of life and a joy to be with.

Survived by husband Paul; children Cynthia Nadler, Marc, Michael (Marina), Kevin (Barb); eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Memorial To Be Determined.

Connie Marie Erickson
August 8 1950 - December 11, 2019

On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Connie Marie (Crose) Erickson unexpectedly joined her Angels at the age of 69.

Connie was born on August 8, 1950 in Minneapolis MN. to Ralph and Bettie (Colehour) Crose.

She graduated from MPLS Wasburn High school in 1968, moved from Bloomington, MN to Crosslake, MN in 1975. There she raised her children and ran a successful construction company with her husband of 46 years and father of her children.

She was most proud of her children and spending time with her granddaughters brought her great joy. A Sister, who loved her Brothers and became the glue that held the siblings together after the passing of their Mother. She enjoyed time spent with her Nieces and Nephews throughout their lives. Connie maintained high school friendships up to this present day. She was incredibly generous and willing to help others. A day didn’t go by that she she didn’t talk to or see her best friend Doreen.

A true asset and an extraordinary Lions Club Member, Connie served for many years as Secretary as well as President and other board position within the club. She won multiple awards including Member of the Year, the Dream Catcher and the prestigious Melvin Jones award.

Connie always dreamt of learning to fly so earning her pilots license was a milestone for her. She enjoyed crocheting and her bird feeders and she loved living on the lake. Connie always had a dog by her side which she loved to spoil.

Anybody who truly knew Connie knew her hugs came with a bit of sarcasm. Connie is survived by her daughter Vicki (Todd) Hanson, Her son Andrew (Mickaela) Erickson, Granddaughters McKenna & Tatum Erickson, Brothers, Lawrence (Carol) Crose, Richard (Debra) Crose, James (Janice) Crose, many loved Nieces and Nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, Charles; Sister, Barbara.

Please join us for an informal gathering to share your memories and celebrate Connie’s life at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake on Wednesday, December 18th 2019 from 4pm to 7pm.

Dwight Johnson
May 25, 1951 - December 8, 2019

Dwight Johnson, age 68, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1951 to Melvin and Sally Johnson in Brainerd.

After graduation from Pine River High School in 1969, Dwight proudly served in the United States Marine Corp, stationed at Fort Pendleton in California. Returning home, he worked at the family logging business and was a Rural Mail Carrier, retiring after 40 years.

Dwight was very competitive playing softball, cards and board games. He was an avid sports fan and loved  watching his kids and grandkids play. Dwight umpired for the men’s softball league for many years. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Dwight is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Chad Johnson (Diana); daughters, Melissa Burns (Nathan), Alicia  Lorensen (Dean); daughter-in-law, Angie Johnson; grandchildren: Taylor (Ross), Trevor and Tierney Johnson, Ryan and Tiffany Johnson, Ariana, Autumn and Ava Burns, Cameron Lorensen; great granddaughter, Madelyn Seekins; brothers: Dwayne Johnson (Kathy), Vernon Johnson (Deb), Danny Johnson, Burt Johnson; sisters, Joyce Lael (Jim), Jean Price (Rick); uncle and aunt, Wayne and Vera Leek; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Sally Johnson; son, Ryan Johnson; brothers, Alvin, Ronald and Merlyn Johnson; sister, Mary Larson; and nephew, Ricky Price.

Services were held December 13, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Pamela A. Cable
December 2, 2019

Pamela A. Cable, Age 73, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, December 2, 2019.

Pam was born in Minneapolis, MN and then relocated to Fifty Lakes, MN before moving to Port Charlotte. She owned and/or managed several successful and diverse businesses during her lifetime; independently, with her husband Dick, and with her partner John.

Pam is survived by her son, Troy (LaRae) Cable, her son-in-law, Joel Miller, and her six amazing grandsons; Brady Cable, Aaron Cable, Connor Cable, Leighton Cable, Griffin Miller and Lincoln Miller, as well as her partner John Christenson. Pam was preceded in death by her husband Richard Cable, her parents, Charles and Margaret Mercer, her daughter Stacy Cable Miller, and her sisters Karen Mercer and Lynnette Mercer Schmidt.

Interment service will be private.

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.

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