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Obituaries


Katherine Alicia Bensen
April 2, 1974-September 15, 2020

Katherine Alicia Bensen (April 2, 1974-September 15, 2020) has passed away at home in Roseville, Minnesota. The cause was non-small cell lung cancer. Her brave, kind, and giving spirit will carry forward through her many loyal and supportive friends and family, including husband John, son Henry, and daughters Anne, Millicent, and Sadie, along with parents Marjorie Nolan, Rick Nolan (Mary), and siblings Michael Nolan (Lynette), Leah Heggerston (Daniel) and John Nolan (Anna). Her 10 nieces and nephews include Ellie, Maggie, Huck, Jack, Carter, Mitchel, Olivia, Parker, Lily and Luke.

In order to continue her fight for better screening, diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately a cure for lung cancer, she has donated her body to the Mayo Clinic. Memorials may be sent to the lung cancer foundation of your choice.

Family and home were Katherine’s passions. The Bensen home is the “Hub” for the youth of Roseville Schools,  Carleton College, and Katherine’s friends and community. Her kitchen feeds the masses and her couches are always full. John and Katherine love their children fiercely, and their children love them right back. As a wife and career woman, Katherine’s reputation preceded her as strong, polished, wicked smart, organized, giving, and beautiful. With her electric smile, long dark hair, and, yes, high heels, her energy was fierce love, fun, and always contagious.

Over the past five and a half years since her diagnosis, Katherine became a nationally known advocate for the lung cancer community. On Capitol Hill, and far and wide, she sought to spread hope, remove old stigmas about lung cancer, and advocate for early screenings because “anyone with lungs can get cancer.”

This year, Katherine assembled a team to work with lawmakers and staff to draft “Katherine’s Lung Cancer Early Detection Act of 2020” (H.R. 7123). Once passed by Congress and signed by the President, the measure will greatly expand early screening and surely save thousands of lives.

Katherine was recently named a “Legendary Woman” among women graduates of Brainerd High School.

Expressing deep gratitude to her family, and to the countless friends and supporters Katherine inspired, Katherine put it this way: “When I was diagnosed . . . I would never have imagined how full my life was, with so much love and support from so many wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And remember, whenever you feel down, you are NEVER alone. I am still here and giving you my big hugs”. #Katiewins

Clair Lynn McGuigan
October 6, 1946 - September 11, 2020

Clair Lynn McGuigan, 73 of Pine River, MN passed away peacefully in her home on September 11, 2020.

Clair (Lynn Hesli) was born in St. Paul, MN on October 6, 1946 to Eugene and Helen Hesli. Clair devoted her life to love, peace, and healing. She was an avid wild ricer, protector of land and water, and Reiki master. Clair was a very loving and caring mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She had a profound impact on so many people throughout her life.

Clair is survived by her daughter, Shannon McGuigan (Marie); two sons, Elias and Cyrus Swann; grandchildren, Athena and Avery; sisters, Helen Marie (Jake) and Kathie (Joe); niece, Robyn (Jeff); nephew, Kyle (Anne); many great nieces and nephews; and a network of lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Helen Hesli and nephew, Brett.

No services will be held at this time, however, a Celebration of Life in Clair’s honor will be held at a later date.

Rausie Jo Cummings
July 21, 2004 - September 10, 2020

Rausie Jo Cummings of Pine River/Manhattan Beach died unexpectedly on September 10, 2020. At only 16 years old at the time of her death, Rausie touched the lives and hearts of countless people. Although her earthly body is no longer with us, her soul will guide us with the bright shining light of everything she was during her short time on this earth.

Rausie was an old soul known to many of her friends as "mom". She was always there with her mom purse full of anything anyone may need. She excelled at everything she did, making her 4.0 GPA look effortless. Her love of family and friends was endless. Rausie was thoughtful and diligent and had a plan for all she had yet to do in life. She developed a love of travel at a young age having travelled to Washington DC, New York City, Arizona, Canada, Florida and most recently on a cruise to The Bahamas where many memories were made with her friends. She would have travelled the world had she been given more time.

During her time in school she was active in many things. She was never one to miss a school event. Rausie was mature beyond her years and was frequently found greeting and interacting with the adults/parents during those events. Her latest school passions included student council, managing the Road Crew Wrestling team and participating in the high school band. You could always find her name on the honor roll and starting in the 2020 school year she had taken up her first of many college courses that would have been ahead. Her contagious smile will forever be imprinted on the hearts of the teachers and students at Pine River Backus High School. Rausie had what some might call a job at Bites Grill and Bar in Pine River, but it was so much more to her than just a job. She was proud to work there, made lasting friendships with those she worked with and was recently promoted to Server.

Rausie loved the outdoors. Whether it be paddle boarding and spending time on the lake or gardening and picking berries in the woods, she had a smile on her face and joy in her heart when outside. At a young age she took on a love of baking that turned into a love of cooking. She enjoyed meal planning and cooking for her family. As a young lady, she grew to love interior decorating and fashion.

Rausie will be forever missed and eternally celebrated by her parents, Stacy and Jason Meyers and Jim Cummings. She is also survived by her siblings, James Cummings and Dalten Meyers; grandparents, Duane and JoAnn Hoefs, Karen Tutch, and Dianne Cummings; stepgrandmas, Judy Meyers and Kim Peterson; aunts and uncles: Elly Cummings, Chad (Angie) Hoefs, Curt Hoefs, Shari (Aaron) Kamholz, Tracy (Jeremy) Lofgren, Josh (Salome) Meyers, Jeromy (Angie) Meyers; cousins: Gus and Greta Hoefs, Maverik Kamholz, Blake, Brandon, and Logan Lofgren, Kylah and MacKenzie Meyers; beloved bulldog, Covie; special family, Eric, Cristina, Caleb and Brady Ruhl; as well as many extended family and friends that she considered family. Rausie was preceded in death by her grandpa, Jack Cummings, Grumps David Tutch and Papa Terry Meyers.

A visitation was held on Thursday, September 17 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Funeral service were Friday, September 18 at Maple Hill Cemetery followed by a celebration of Rausie.

Memorials preferred to the Rausie Jo Cummings Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank North, PO Box 767, Crosslake, MN 56442.

Douglas Raymond Brower
July 19, 1990 - May 13, 2020

Douglas Raymond Brower, age 29 of Fort Collins, Colorado died on May 13, 2020 due to injuries from an automobile accident. Doulas was born on July 19, 1990 at the Whidbey Island Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, WA to Sharon (Rhode) and Charles “Chuck” Brower Jr. Doug attended the K-4 Emily Charter School, 5-12 at the Pequot Lakes Schools. He Graduated from the Pequot Lakes High School, class of 2008. He attended CLC in Brainerd, playing football in 2008. Doug joined the Navy in September 2009 and was discharged in December of 2010. He lived in Minnesota until 2017, moving to Fort Collins, CO, where he resided until his death. Doug was employed as a gutter installer until 2018, then started working at Foothills Expert Tree Service.He loved this job and was so happy to have found a type of job he wanted to do forever.

Doug was an avid outdoorsman, loving fishing, hunting, shooting his collection of guns and camping up in the mountains. He loved being up in the mountains more than anything.

Douglas is survived by his mother, Sharon Brower; his father and step mother, Chuck and Terry Brower; his brother, Charles “Chad” Brower III; maternal grandmother, Bea (Loew) Rhode; paternal grandmother, Joyce Brower; aunts, Peggy Lachermeier and Penny Restine; uncles, Tony Lachermeier, and Scott Brower; many cousins and friends.

Preceding Doug in death are his namesake maternal grandfather, Douglas Rhode; maternal great grandfather, Raymond Loew; paternal great grandfather, Charles “Charlie” Brower; maternal great grandmothers, Zoa (Loew) Fasching and Frances Rhode; uncle, PJ Restine and a cousin, Jake Rhode.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Due to Covid there will be restriction on attending. If you are planning on attending please contact Sharon Brower or Dan Schmidt on Facebook, Messenger or on the memorial page for Doug on koopfuneralhome.com. Please bring a mask to wear. A live Facebook stream for the service can be found at St. Emily’s Catholic Church page. Doug’s mom, Sharon would like attendees to wear camo, crazy patterned Hawaiian shirts or a plaid flannel shirt. Please bring a mask to wear. A reception will follow at the Kristy and Art Larson home, 4234 12th Ave. SW, Jenkins, MN 56474 (please bring a chair and beverages). Douglas will be interred on September 23, 2020 at the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, Estes, Colorado. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Lisa A. Moonen
May 2, 1965 - September 3, 2020

Lisa Ann Moonen, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 3, 2020, with her sister by her side, at the CentraCare Hopsital in St. Cloud, MN after suffering a debilitating stroke on August 22.

She was born May 2, 1965 to LeRoy and Marie (Weibel) Moonen of Watertown, MN.

Lisa never married, however, she spent many years with her life partner, Ted Rassatt and had one son, Brandon Moonen.

Lisa worked several jobs in the circuit board industry for both Advanced Circuits and Honeywell. She loved serving others and also spent time bartending and waitressing, but spent the last several years working for Whitefish Lodge & Suites in Crosslake, MN.

Lisa enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was a very loving and caring person. She will be  remembered for her wet sloppy kisses to everyone and her famous last words of "see you later hun"! Lisa is often referred to as the most kind hearted and loving person that folks have ever met.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy and Marie (Weibel) Moonen, her grandparents Ben and Bernice Moonen and Edward and Emma Weibel, aunt Dorothy Muckenhirn and uncle Willard Baumann.

Left behind to cherish Lisa's memory are her life partner Ted Rassatt, her son Brandon Moonen, daughter-in-law Kassandra Moonen and granddaughter Harper Marie Moonen, her four siblings, Gail Miller- Schmeeckle, Kevin (Michelle) Moonen, Colleen (Greg) Litfin and Brian (Melanie) Moonen; seven nieces and nephews - Kaitlyn, Adam and Trevor Moonen, Carissa (Chase) Sievers, Nicole (Patrick) Honl and Bryce (Jasmine) and Connor (Sarah) Litfin, four great-nieces and nephew - Carter Auspos, Ava and Aubrey Sievers and Audrey Krueger and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends.

Lisa was deeply loved by her family and community and will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will occur October 3, 2020 at the Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake, MN, which is part of the Whitefish Lodge & Suits, where Lisa worked. All family and friends are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Stanley Lyle Blaisdell
January 8, 1923 - August 21, 2020

Stanley Lyle Blaisdell, 97, passed away on August 21, 2020 at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Stanley was born on January 8, 1923 in Mankato, Minnesota to Alice and Samuel L. Blaisdell. He was raised on a farm south of Mankato and attended the Pemberton High School where he was involved in many of the school sports, excelling in basketball. As coach and captain of the team he took the team to the state tournament and also played against the Globe Trotters. He also played basketball for the Minnesota School of Business College.

After graduating, Stanley was inducted into the Army serving as Honor Guard in the 10th Mountain Division  during World War II. After completing his service in the Army, he attended the Minnesota School of Business and went to work at the Boise-Cascade Lumber Co. corporate office. After spending some time at this job, he decided he would rather work outside than in an office. He learned the trade of carpentry and became an independent  building contractor which he continued until his retirement.

Stanley was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He was known to be able to fix anything and was always helping someone with a problem. He enjoyed helping the boy scouts with their projects. He also enjoyed the study of history and could relate dates and events with ease.

On October 14, 1945, Stanley married the love of his life, Shirley Johnson of Minneapolis. They lived in Bloomington, Minnesota and raised their family. Stan and Shirley retired to their cabin on Wood Lake in Emily in 1982, was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing and later a member of Crosslake Lutheran in Crosslake. Stan was a charter member of the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion serving with the Color Guard for over 30 years. He was also a life member of the DAV.

He is survived by his, son Kerry (Linda Westlie) of Shakopee, Kim Douglas (Mary Jo) of Prior Lake, and daughter Sheryl (Eugene Luce) of Waconia; grandchildren Kamela, Joshua, Janessa, Brandon, Keenan, Eric and Garrett; great grandchildren Hunter, Bailey, Morgan, Jayden, Joey, Jacob, Griffin, and Rowan; several nieces and nephews.

Stanley was preceded in death by his brothers Clifford, Kenneth, Woodrow, Douglas, Burt, Glenn and Arther; sisters Ellen, Evelyn Olchefeski and Marion Pochardt.

An in car worship service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Crosslake Lutheran Church Outdoor Center, 14019 Daggett Pine Rd., Crosslake, MN. The committal service with Honor Guard, will follow the service at Pine Ridge Cemetery on Evergreen Dr. in Emily, MN.

Janet Piecek
September 9, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Janet Piecek, 61, of Brainerd passed away at her home on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior.

Janet was born in Crosby, MN on January 06, 1959 to Deloris Cripps. She enjoyed crochet, fishing, cribbage, Lake Life, westerns, and cheering on her granddaughter’s softball games.

She is survived by daughters: Valerie Peveto, Patricia Piecek, Paula (Mike) Drahosh; 7 grandchildren; siblings: Carol (Chris) Neill, and Rob (Teri) Olds; and 1 niece Grace. She was preceded in death by parents: Deloris and Ted Olds; her partner: John Brinkmeyer; and son-in-law: Rob Peveto. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Baxter.

Doris L. Stevenson
January 4, 1928 - August 19, 2020

Doris L. Stevenson -- known as “Dori” to her friends -- passed away peacefully on the morning of Aug. 19, 2020, surrounded by family. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Stevenson was born in Blockton, Iowa on January 4, 1928. She graduated from Blockton High School in 1945, and married James R. Stevenson on October 4, 1947. They lived in Des Moines, Iowa, where they raised two children. Mrs. Stevenson and her husband purchased a lakeside vacation cabin in Crosslake, Minn. in 1978, eventually moving up north full time in 1986.

Mrs. Stevenson was an accomplished cook and the consummate hostess. Family members and other guests in her  home were always treated to delicious breakfasts each morning, evening hors d’oeuvres, and one-of-a-kind meals nightly during their stay. Together, she and her husband created a beautifully furnished and decorated home. She had a story for how they acquired every possession, and why it became a part of their home. Mrs. Stevenson showed great business acumen, handling all the household finances and investments, and working as business manager/accountant for her husband’s commercial art studio. She loved music – especially classical, hymns, Blossom Dearie, ABBA, and Barry Manilow – and knew just about every lyric to her favorites. Rarely an hour passed by that she didn’t spontaneously burst into song while going about her day.

Mrs. Stevenson leaves behind many family members who each had their own unique relationship with this incredibly special lady. She and her husband, Jim, who passed away in January 2011, are now reunited in the glorious kingdom of Heaven.

Mrs. Stevenson is survived by two children, Jim (Barbara) Stevenson of Liberty, Mo., and Claudia Stevenson of Des Moines, Iowa. She was affectionately known as “Bama” by her four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Stevenson will be laid to rest at Pinewood Cemetery, 13852 County Road 36, Crosslake, Minn. A memorial  service will be held Friday, Sept. 25 at 12 p.m. at Pinewood Cemetery, 13852 County Road 36, Crosslake, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made directly to the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Home- Crosslake.

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