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Obituaries


Louise Armstrong
September 22, 1946 - April 11, 2019

Louise Armstrong, age 72, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany, Brainerd. She was born in Minneapolis on September 22, 1946.

Louise is survived by her daughters, Janice Hopkins (Jim) and Lora Armstrong (Shane Orth); sons, Brian and Patrick; brother, Eldon Carlson, Jr.; 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin. Memorial services will be 2 PM on Saturday, April 27 at the  Bethany Good Samaritan Chapel in Brainerd. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Donald Marvin Peterson
May 20, 1923 - December 1, 2018

Donald Marvin Peterson, age 95 passed away December 1, 2018. Don was born on May 20, 1923, in Swanburg, MN, to Nellie (Hamlet) and Marvin Peterson. He graduated from Pine River High School at the age of 17 as salutatorian of the class of 1940. He then attended Bemidji Teachers College for one year before joining the Navy to fight in World War II. He was an electronics technician on the heavy cruiser USS Chester that patrolled the South Pacific. After his service he continued his education at Bemidji and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts Education. His first teaching job was in Milaca, MN, where he met his wife, Velma June Kessler. They were married in 1947. Don and Velma moved down to the Cities where he continued his teaching career in the Minneapolis School District. He became a counselor at Roosevelt High School and retired in 1979. Don and Velma moved back up to their cabin on Whitefish Lake and spent their retirement traveling to winter destinations including California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. Grandpa Don loved to sing and enjoyed participating in sing-a-longs at the Golden Horizons Assisted Living facility in Crosslake. Everyone who knew him will miss his quick wit and generous heart.

Don was preceded in death by his wife; son, John; and sisters, Mavis Hegstrom and Jean Kleen. He is survived by his son, Jim (Cathie) Peterson; grandsons, Phil (Lauren) and Glen Peterson; great granddaughter, Norah Rachel Peterson; brother, Howard Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Earl Johnsen
March 9, 1939 – January 17, 2019

Earl Johnsen, age 79, of Pine River MN passed away on January 17, 2019 at Vitas Hospice Care in Naples, Fl. He was born March 9, 1939 in Chicago, IL to John and Hilda (Brandt) Johnsen. He was a 1961 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. While continuing his education at Northern Illinois University, he met Yvonne Bergwall through their involvement in the Lutheran Student Association. Earl and Yvonne were married on August 1, 1964. Through the years, they raised two children. Earl taught and counseled hundreds of youth in Minnesota schools over his long career in public education. He retired from Pine River - Backus Schools in 1996. Earl remained active in the First Lutheran Church, community choirs and theater, Lions Club and Pine River Food Shelf in his retirement. Earl enjoyed a Christ-centered life around his family, whom he loved, and his community.

He is survived by his wife Yvonne (Bergwall) Johnsen, son Brian (Camille) Johnsen, daughter Heidi Martinson, grandchildren Leo and Emma Johnsen, and Aneleise, Paul and Anika Martinson. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00am, April 27, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given to the First Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, Pine River.

Lawrence E. Schul
April 17, 1939 - April 16, 2019

Lawrence E. “Larry” Schul age 79 of Emily died on April 16, 2019 at his home. He was born on April 17, 1939 in Troy, Ohio to Willard and Catherine (Keyser) Schul. Larry married Carolyn Krueger on December 26, 1959 in Springfield, Ohio. He was science teacher and coach serving the school districts of Tecumseh High School, New Carlisle Ohio and Swanville, Minnesota.

Larry was a longtime Lion with Clarissa and Emily-Outing-Fifty Lakes Lions Club.

Larry is survived by his wife, Lynn; two sons, Larry Schul Jr. of Red Wing and Scott (Sheila) Schul of Valley  Center, Kansas; three daughters, Terri (Allen) Bailey of Clarissa, Karen (Ron) Miller of Bertha and Deni (Scott) Kromarek of Pierre, SD; three brothers, Norman (Marianne) Schul of Matthew, NC, Bob Schul of Fairborn, Ohio and Dave (Carole) Schul of Middletown, Ohio; twenty four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

Preceding Larry in death are his parents.

A Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Gregory W. Long
March 26, 2019

Gregory W Long, 68, of Mesquite, NV and Crosslake, MN died unexpectedly on March 26, 2019 while on vacation in Bucharest, Romania. He was celebrating his 48th wedding anniversary with Pamela Jeanne Long, his wife of 48 years.

Greg was born, the youngest of 8 children, in Minneapolis, MN, where he spent his life until retirement in 2002, then spent his time in Nevada and Minnesota. He met and married Pam, the love of his life while attending high school in Osseo, MN. They married in 1971 while he was enlisted in the US Army and stationed overseas. They later had two children, Ryan Gregory (1977) and Jana Marie (1980). He worked hard as a communications technician for the local phone company through his adult life.

Greg was an especially fun-loving man who touched the lives of everyone he met through his humor and great nature. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, shooting and traveling the world with his family.

Greg is survived by his wife Pamela Long, children Ryan Long and Jana (Mark) Kiefer, grandchildren Maxx (11) and Ewan (9) Pierre, as well as a host of close and extended family and friends.

A Veteran’s Memorial Service for Greg will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on June 17 at 2pm followed by an informal gathering and meal at VFW Post 5555 in Richfield.

The Long family would like to extend a sincere thanks to Viking Cruise Lines, their kind and generous employees and Casa Funerara Memorial for all of their help toward Greg’s final arrangements in Romania and sending him home with Pam.

Joan T. Wiggs
November 7, 1942 - April 10, 2019

Joan T. Wiggs age 76 of Cambridge formerly of Emily died on April 10, 2019 at Grace Pointe Crossing Gables West in Cambridge. She was born on November 7, 1942 in Lansing, IA to Clarence and Edna (Moore) VanBrocklin. Joan was a retired Real Estate Agent and Broker with Lake Country Properties. She was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church and the Emily-Outing-Fifty Lakes Lions Club.

Joan is survived by three daughters, Sara (Joshua) Lindsey of Oak Grove, Dina (Derek Wellington) Wiggs of Apple Valley and LeaAnne (Daniel) Depies of Hudson, WI; two brothers, Clair (Linda) VanBrocklin of Show Low, AZ and Jerry (Debbie) VanBrocklin of East Bethel; three sisters, Jean (Paul) Storms of Carver, Mary (Roger) Axel of Minnetonka and Alice (Mike) Heinecke of Emily; ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Preceding Joan in death are her parents, husband Lane Wiggs, one son, Brian Towne and one brother Gordon VanBrocklin.

A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

William (Bill) P. Oredson
September 24, 1934 – April 10, 2019

William (Bill) P. Oredson, age 84, passed away in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota on April 10, 2019. Services for William were held Monday, April 15, 2019 at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church (The Log Church) in Crosslake, MN.

Bill was born to Reuben and Freda (Nylen) Oredson in Minneapolis on September 24, 1934. In 1954 he married his high school sweetheart Patricia (Patty) Doll. He frequently remarked that he didn’t need to attend a class reunion because he already had the best thing to come out of Minneapolis South High - Patty! Bill was so very proud of his children Phillip, Sandra and Susan. In 1988 Bill and Patty retired to the lake where they enjoyed hosting their growing family. He loved music and enjoyed numerous concerts and recitals of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Patricia, Children; Phillip (Karen) Oredson, Sandra (Joe) Payne and Susan (Tom) Chouinard, Grandchildren; Patty (Dan), Anders (Betsy), Betsy (Chris), Tom lll (Stacy), Bill (Jackie), Kjersten (Sean) and Erik (Shelby), Great-grandchildren; Madison, Lars, Finn, Mackenzie, Elise, Bianca, Tom lV, Theo, Ava and Violet, sister Ruth (Carl) Vaagenes and many other relatives and friends. Bill also leaves his beloved granddogs Bear, Ozzy, Bella, Brownie, Rusty, Toby, Prince, Luna, Maya, Bruce and Wayne.

Daryl Anderson
September 17, 1937 – April 6, 2019

On April 6, 2019, Daryl Anderson, loving husband, father and grandfather passed away at the age of 81. Daryl was born on September 17, 1937 on the family farm in Cumberland, WI. He graduated from North St. Paul High School and served in the U.S. Army (1960-63). Daryl married Claire in 1965 and raised Chris and Ken in Stillwater, MN. While working at the Stillwater Prison, Daryl attended the University of WI-River Falls and received his Bachelor of Elementary Education. Daryl taught fourth grade for 22 years at Oakdale Elementary. He and Claire retired to the Crosby area. After Claire's death in 1995 Daryl married Dolores in 1998. Dolores passed away in 2014.

Daryl loved golfing, fishing, playing cards with friends and spending time with family.

Daryl was preceded in death by father, Orville; mother, Vivian; sister, Arlene; and wives, Claire and Dolores. He is survived by sisters, Joyce and Kay; brothers, Ken and Gary (Rosemary); daughter, Chris (Bud); son, Ken (Patti); 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his extended family thru his marriage to Dolores; and many friends.

Memorial service will be at 1 PM on Thursday, April 18 at Emily Wesleyan Church, Emily. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Fort Snelling later this spring. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Dale Norman Frandsen
August 16, 1937 - April 6, 2019

Dale Norman Frandsen, 81, of Merrifield, passed away at his home Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Dale was born August 16, 1937, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Norman and Mildred (Hendrickson) Frandsen. After graduating from Patrick Henry High School and the University of Minnesota with a degree in education, he taught high school math. Dale married Deanna Jones on August 21, 1959 and celebrated almost 60 wonderful years together, where they were blessed with two children. After three years of teaching, he began his lifelong career in sales where he held various positions. He and his dear friend, Bill Gadtke joined together to buy Anoka Marine and ran the business for six years. He then returned to sales where he was the Vice President of Sales for Command Corporation and retired after 20 years. Dale and Deanna fulfilled their dreams by moving to Horseshoe Lake in 2002 where Dale loved boating, golfing, fishing, hunting, and horseshoes. His happiest times were spending time with his wife, kids, grandchildren, and many friends. He loved watching his grandkids in everything they did and always their #1 sports fan; always a proud Grandpa. Dale was a member at Whitefish Golf Club, where he enjoyed playing golf and developed many lifelong friendships. He was a member of Crosslake Lutheran Church, The Lions Club, and a former active member of the Robbinsdale Shrine Club. Dale and Deanna’s life was all about family and friends. He was one of the kindest, gentlest, most loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He touched so many people’s lives.

Dale is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Deanna; his son, Neal (Lori) Frandsen, of Zimmerman; his daughter, Jody (Al) Becker, of Rogers; grandchildren, Megan, Matt, and Mitchell; niece, Kim Frandsen; nephew, Mike (Julie) Frandsen; and many loving friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary.

Services were held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Memorials preferred to donor’s choice.

Burton Steele, Jr.
March 13, 1923 ~ March 27, 2019

Burton Steele, Jr., 96, of Crosslake, MN, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in  Crosslake, MN. Arrangements are pending for Burton.

Carl Lewis Smith, Jr.
July 12, 1943 – April 2, 2019

Carl Lewis Smith, Jr., age 75, of Pine River, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at his home. He was born to Carl and Marie Smith on July 12, 1943, in Boone, Iowa. Carl was employed by MV Gas. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years. Carl loved his dogs, flowers, old cars, being a mechanic, tinkering with cars and he had a great sense of humor. He was a member of the Lakers Car Club.

Carl is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Carl Smith III (Tanya); daughters: Carol Lampshire (Sean), Anna Smith  (Dale Hirdler), Julie Smith; sisters, Donna Peterson (Jerry), Rosie Freeman (Bill); 13 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jenny Schnoor and Chaz Norman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held Monday, April 8, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

LeRoy Wgeishofski
April 8, 1954 ~ March 31, 2019

LeRoy A. Wgeishofski, passed away at the age of 64, March 31, 2019 at home surrounded by family.

LeRoy was born April 8, 1954 at Ft. Lewis, Washington. He was a custom cabinet maker by trade and Mr. Mom to his children.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Sandra K. Wgeishofski; mother, Margaret Wgeishofski; three sons, Chad (Melanie) Wgeishofski of Crosby, MN, Brad Wgeishofski of Brainerd, MN and Charles (Elizabeth) Porter of Mt. Vernon, WA; two daughters, Stacy Staley (Darrin Anderson) of Mt. Vernon, WA, and Kaylee Wgeishofski (Mason Kozicky) of Emily, MN; sister, Kathy (Roger) Nicholson of Maryville, WA; brothers, Eugene (Laurie) Wgeishofski of Trommald, MN, Glen (Linda) Wgeishofski of Everett, WA, James Wgeishofski of Thompson Falls, MT, Larry (Cheryl) Wgeishofski of Monroe, WA; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Wgeishofski and daughter, Desiree A. Staley.

A Gathering for LeRoy was held Monday, April 8, 2019 at Emily Wesleyan Church in Emily for a Celebration of Life.

James Gearey, Jr.
December 22, 1937 – March 26, 2019

James Victor Gearey, Jr., age 81, of Pine River, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. He was born December 22, 1937, in Pine River to James and Mary Alice (Christian) Gearey. Jim married Irene Britton at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd on February 27, 1965. He served in the U.S. Army 501 Airborne Infantry Company C from 1957 to 1959. Jim was a member of First Lutheran Church, Pine River, the Pine River Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, the Pine River American Legion for 50 years, was a Pine River City employee for 21 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing in Canada and cutting firewood.

Jim is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irene; son, Greg (Libby) Gearey; granddaughters: Annika, Greta and Elaina Gearey; brother, Lynn (Debbie) Gearey; sisters: Mary Ann Kline, Carolyn (Richard) Carlson, Paula Bohannon; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, John Carl Gearey; parents; and brother, Alan Gearey.

Memorials may be given to the John Carl Gearey Scholarship Fund at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Services were held Sunday, March 31, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Burial with military honors at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Ruth Mjoness
October 13, 1930 – March 18, 2019

Ruth Mjoness, a resident of Crosslake, died on Monday, March 18, 2019, in New Port Richey, Florida.

Ruth was born in 1930 in Minneapolis to Carl and Amelia (Dreves) Johnson. She received her B.S. Degree in elementary education at St. Cloud State University in 1955. On June 20, 1959, Ruth married Allen Mjoness. Shortly after they were married, they moved to Glenwood, where they resided for 30 years. Allen and Ruth went on to have three children.

At age 14, Ruth accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior at a Bible camp near Minneapolis. Her faith, family and friends were very important to her. Ruth was known to be a prayer warrior and prayed regularly for her friends, family and strangers.

Ruth loved to play the marimba and blessed her church family many times with a marimba solo. Her greatest legacy will be her faith in God. Her desire was that everyone in her family would know Jesus and thereby join her in heaven one day.

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