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Obituaries


Harvey Orville Christensen
November 21, 1950 - June 20, 2016

Harvey Orville Christensen age 65 of Deerwood died on June 20, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 21, 1950 in Crosby to Chester and Alice (Duzan) Christensen. Harvey was a retired Deerwood Fireman.

Harvey is survived by two sons, Jim (Rebecca) Christensen of Baxter and Joe Christensen of Lake Shore; four brothers, Ronald (Mary Lee) Christensen, Douglas (Judy) Christensen and John (Sharon) Christensen all of Deerwood and Dave Christensen of New Iberia, LA; four sisters, Betty (Jim) Stirewalt of Deerwood, Dee (Lester) Chileen and Lois (Jerome) Bayliss all of Crosby and Pauline (Roger) Johnson of Sartell; and three grandchildren.

Preceding Harvey in death are his parents; one brother, Bill Christensen and one sister, Linda Christen.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Shirley Rae Lofquist
February 22, 1950 - June 19, 2016

Shirley Rae Lofquist age 66 of Bay Lake Township died on June 19, 2016 at her home. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on February 22, 1950 to Palmer and Darlene (Nellis) Goppelt. She was a registered nurse with 35 years of service at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, a nursing instructor at Central Lakes College for 26 years. She was also a former 4H leader for the Bay Lake Area.

Shirley is survived by five daughters, Becky (Seth) Pakarinen of Deerwood, Gretchen (Adam) Gilmer of Burleson, TX, Rachael (Matt) Beehler of Brooklyn Park, Heidi (Dan) Burgstaler of St. Paul and Vanessa Lofquist of Crosby; one daughter-in-law, Kristi Lofquist of Brainerd; two sisters, Marlys (Wayne) Krech of St. Paul and Nancy (Dennes) Burney of Blue Grass, IA; and six grandchildren.

Preceding Shirley in death are her parents and one son, Gregory Lofquist.

Funeral services were on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Dale William Granley
October 4th, 1946 - June 16, 2016

Dale William Granley, 69, Pequot Lakes, passed away June 16, 2016. He was born October 4th, 1946, in Duluth, Minn., the son of Lester and Frances (Brophy) Granley. He grew up in Carlton, Minnesota where he graduated from Carlton High School in 1964. While in high school he played on the football, basketball and track and field teams. Dale later attended and graduated from Bemidji State University and worked as Tech Ed teacher before becoming a skilled carpenter. Dale once coowned the Commander Bar in Breezy Point, Minn., which is where he met and later married his former spouse, Nancy Granley, who is mother to his sons Phillip and Cody. Dale will be greatly missed by his family and friends, including many in the Pequot Lakes area. He was known for his sense of humor and his lifelong passion for the outdoors. An avid fisherman, Dale greatly enjoyed his many fishing trips to Canada. In his later years, Dale also enjoyed working on hot rods with his sons.

Preceded in death by his parents, Dale is survived by his brother, Gerry (Carol) Granley of Cloquet and his sons: Phillip, Cody and Ben. Also survived by nephews and niece: Christopher (Marcia) Granley, Sarah (Jaye) Peterson and Jered (Mindy) Granley.

At his request, Dale will be cremated with his final resting place at Rainy Lake where he spent some of the happiest times of his life fishing among family and friends. Condolences and memorials may be sent to: Cody Granley PO Box 277 Pequot Lakes, MN 56472.

Solveig “Vicki” Olson
April 6, 1938 - June 21, 2016

Solveig “Vicki” Olson, 78, of Crosslake, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor Leslie Uhrinak officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will take place at Pinewood Cemetery.

Vicki was born April 6, 1938, in Minneapolis, MN, the daughter of Gustav and Paula (Storseth) Vikan. She graduated from South High School. In 1964, she began a career in banking at Richfield Bank and Trust. She loved her role as “Tante” to her nieces and nephew. And she was their favorite “aunt”. She retired in 1987 when she  moved to Crosslake and married Clifford Olson. She continued to stay busy helping others and volunteering in various capacities in the Crosslake Area. She also was an active member of Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church where she enjoyed playing the organ for many years. Vicki also enjoyed gardening – especially planting flowers.

She will be missed by many and is survived by her nieces, Karen, Lisa, Andrea, Siri, and Maren; nephew, Mark; 15 great nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Donald Sennes. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Glenn; and sister, Sigfrid.

Diane Lucille (Schirmers) Lehn
June 22, 1937 - June 3, 2016

Diane Lucille (Schirmers) Lehn, 78, peacefully entered the Lord’s embrace on June 3, 2016 with her loved ones by her side.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Mary Cecilia Schirmers, her brother Jerry, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Diane will be greatly missed by her husband Gerald (Jerry), her brother Doug (Pat) and her children, Gregory (Michele), Michelle (Joe) Bender, Jeffrey (Tracy), Patrick (Debra) and Eric (Sara). Diane also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Throughout her life Diane was active in her local Lion’s clubs, her churches and other local service organizations. Her devotion to service touched the lives of each person she came in contact with. She will be remembered by her family, friends and communities for her strength, compassion and service.

Funeral services were held Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Memorials are preferred to St. Emily’s Church Vision Fund or Immaculate Heart Church Haiti Mission. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Bettie Louise Miller
December 8, 1927 - June 15, 2016

Bettie Louise Miller, age 88, of Crosslake, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale. She was born to Louis and Elizabeth Karzis on December 8, 1927, in Detroit, MI. Bettie was raised and attended school in Chicago, IL, graduating from Alvernia High School. She went on to attend Siena Heights College and the American Acadamy of Arts then taught elementary art for 10 years. Bettie married Charles Miller on June 26, 1948, and they moved to Crosslake in 1978. Bettie then began teaching Community Ed  Art classes, specializing in calligraphy. She also worked in real estate for 10 years. Bettie enjoyed reading, sewing, arts and crafts. She joined Immaculate Heart Catholic Church and eventually ran craft sales to raise funds for the new church.

Bettie was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her daughters: Regina Kalbach (Steve), Nancy Hathaway (Dale), Suzanne Miller, Mary Fraser (Tony), Charlene Nelson; sister, Harriet Potempa (Ron); 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Tuesday, June 21, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in  Pinewood Cemetery,
Crosslake. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Steven “Skip” O’Bryan
December 9, 1948 - June 14, 2016

Steven “Skip” O’Bryan, 67, of Fifty Lakes, MN, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN.

Skip was born December 9, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN to Steve and Jacqueline (Swanson) O’Bryan. He was raised in St. Louis Park. Skip served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. Skip was united in marriage to Patricia Garvey in 1974 in St. Louis Park, MN. He worked for MN DOT for 36 years. Skip enjoyed fishing, coaching sports, golfing, and playing Poker. He was on the City Council for Fifty Lakes; and was a member of the  St. Louis Park VFW.

Skip is survived by his wife, Patty; daughters, Sheila Cartney and Dawn O’Bryan; grandson, Aidan Cartney;  brothers, Vernon, Bruce and Sean. He was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Jacqueline.

Services for Skip were held on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN. Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Eileen M. Wahl
May 17, 1924 - June 15, 2014

Eileen M. Wahl, 92, of Crosslake, MN died on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby, MN. Services for Eileen were held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, MN.

Eileen was born on May 17, 1924 in Fort Wayne, IN to Arthur and Nora (Bates) Worden. She married Robert Wiebke in 1944. They moved to Crosslake in 1969 where they owned and operated the Crosslake General Store for over 30 years. Eileen married Kenneth Wahl in 2006. She was very involved with Lutheran Social Services.

Eileen is survived by her son, Cliff Wiebke; daughter, Mary Vangen both of Crosslake, MN; grandchildren, Nathan Watt of Fifty Lakes, MN, Megan Carlson of Pequot Lakes, MN, and Kelsy Williams of St. Cloud, MN; great-grandchildren, Mason, Jaden, and Sophia; sister, Loretta Thomas; one niece; and several nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Nora; first husband, Robert Wiebke; and her 2nd husband, Kenneth Wahl. A special “Thank You” to St. Croix Hospice and the staff at Heartwood Senior Living for the compassion and care that was given to Eileen. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Janice Marie Feuerstein
June 12, 1944 - June 3, 2016

Janice “Jan” Marie Feuerstein, 71, of Chanhassen, MN died on Friday, June 3, 2016 at her cabin in Crosslake. Services for Jan were held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Huber Funeral Home in Excelsior, MN. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Crosslake American Legion in Crosslake, MN. Interment was at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

Jan was born on June 12, 1944 in Minneapolis, MN to Herbert and Irene (Huderle) Boldon. She was raised in Mound, MN where she graduated from Mound High School in 1962. She married Vincent Feuerstein in Watertown, SD on March 13, 1965. They lived in Navarre, Excelsior, and Chanhassen while spending their summers in Crosslake since 1968. Jan enjoyed sewing, crafting, fishing, and tending to her flower garden. She also liked to shop for bargains and travel.

Jan is survived by her husband, Vince; daughters, Ann (Dan Schorr) Feuerstein of Crosslake, MN and Anita (Jason Troland) Feuerstein of Big Lake, MN; five grandchildren, Jayanna and Max Troland, Jason Schorr, Nick Schorr, and Devin Vanseth. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Irene Boldon; and brother, Bobby  Boldon. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Diane Lucille (Schirmers) Lehn
June 22, 1937 - June 3, 2016

Diane Lucille (Schirmers) Lehn, 78, peacefully entered the Lord’s embrace on June 3, 2016 with her loved ones by her side.

She is preceded in death by her parents Leo and Mary Cecilia Schirmers, her brother Jerry, one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Diane will be greatly missed by her husband Gerald (Jerry), her brother Doug (Pat) and her children, Gregory (Michele), Michelle (Joe) Bender, Jeffrey (Tracy), Patrick (Debra) and Eric (Sara). Diane also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Throughout her life Diane was active in her local Lion’s clubs, her churches and other local service organizations. Her devotion to service touched the lives of each person she came in contact with. She will be remembered by her family, friends and communities for her strength, compassion and service.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Memorials are preferred to St. Emily’s Church Vision Fund or Immaculate Heart Church Haiti Mission. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Mary Ann Pfeiffer
August 24, 1936 - June 2, 2016

Mary Ann Pfeiffer, age 79, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at Guardian Angel Care  Center in Elk River, MN. She was born to Loy T. and Lillian (Lund) Pfeiffer on August 24, 1936, in Albert Lea, MN. Mary was a longtime resident of Pequot Lakes. She graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1954 and went on to obtain her Pharmacy degree from NDSU. Mary owned and operated Pfeiffer Pharmacy in Pequot Lakes and Pfeiffer Drug in Pine River for many years. She was a former Pequot Lakes City Council member and Sibley Township board member. She loved her dogs and enjoyed raising sheep, gardening, drawing, and snowmobiling.

Mary is survived by her sister, Kathleen Harter of Lakeville, MN; nieces and nephews: Daniel Berg, Douglas Berg (Chelly), David Berg (Elizabeth), Peter Berg (Julie), Paul Berg (Jason), Les Harter (Kelly), Nancy Harter Martin (Corey), Timothy Hojem and Jolene Hojem Lukanen (Eric).

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, JoAnn & David Hojem, Lois & Henry Berg, and Philip Harter.

Services were held on Wednesday, June 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial was at Our Savior's Cemetery, Pequot Lakes.

Muriel Lillian Duke
September 20, 1933 - May 26, 2016

Muriel Lillian Duke, age 82, of Pine River, MN passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 surrounded by her husband and family. Muriel was born in the Twin Cities on September 20, 1933, to Lyda Cora and Gilbert Richardson. She attended high school at Washington High School in Brainerd, MN, and later finished her schooling in Detroit Lakes graduating in 1971. She married her first husband, Henry “Hank” Soldner, in April 1950. He later died June 28, 1952 and she married Jamie Duke on March 6, 1953.

Muriel had a passion to care for others. She was a CNA, CMT, and home health aide until she retired. Muriel loved children, especially her own and her grandchildren. She worked in the Detroit Lakes Hospital Nursery for many years and loved babies. She was very active in her church. She was a Missionary President, taught Sunday School classes, taught Bible study, taught vacation Bible school, served on the church board, and served on the women’s social committees. Muriel was known to bring a car full of children to church with her and Jamie every Sunday.

Muriel was a very compassionate person and loved to volunteer. She would always reach out and help others. Muriel also enjoyed reading, quilting, cooking, canning, berry picking, and gardening. She loved to bird watch- her favorite bird was the Indigo Bunting. Her husband and her children are what gave meaning to her life. Jamie  and Muriel did everything together- they were inseparable. She always sacrificed and put her children before herself. She was a very active mother doing everything from playing and practicing gymnastics to fishing. In the spring and summer she would walk all of her grandkids down the driveway to look for pretty rocks and agates. In the fall she would rake the leaves into piles for her grandkids to jump in. In the winter she taught all of her grandkids how to free the trees.

Muriel is survived by her loving husband, Jamie Duke of Pine River, MN; children: Henrietta Johnson of Willmar, MN, Rebecca (William) Fennelly of Lees Summit, MO, Jeffery (Diane) Duke of Spicer, MN, Jamie (Kathy) Duke of New London, MN, Kimberely Lightner of Shawnee Mission, KS, Christina Kotz (Jeremy Gardner) of Pine  River, MN/ Kansas City, MO, Laurie (Steve) Grotness of Detroit Lakes, MN. She is survived by 14 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Delores (Al) Bronner of Sun City West, AZ; brother, David (Eileen) Richardson of Pine River, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

Muriel was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Hank; brother, James Richardson; and Baby Boy Duke of Sweet Home, OR. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 31 at the Church of the Nazarene in Backus, MN. Burial took place at Evergreen Cemetery immediately following funeral service.

Marguerite Wiessner
August 19, 1927 - May 23, 2016

Marguerite Wiessner, age 88, of Pine River, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016. She was born to Alfred and Esther Yates on August 19, 1927, in St. Paul, MN.

No services will be held.

Florence “GG” Wolfe
December 19, 1937 - June 1, 2016

Florence “GG” Wolfe, 78, of Breezy Point, MN, died at her home Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Services were held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, June 4 at Living Savior Lutheran Church in Lakeshore. Family and friends were welcomed to gather one hour prior to services. A Celebration of Life was held from 1-3 PM, Sunday at Boldt Funeral Home in Faribault.

Florence was born December 19, 1937 in Faribault, the daughter of Edward and Ida (Roemheldt) Albrecht. She graduated from Medford High School. In 1956, she married Robert “Bob” Wolfe. They raised their family in Medford. Florence worked at Medford School District. Later she was employed in sales at Wenger Corporation until she retired. She and Bob retired to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Bob passed away in 2000. In 2012, she married Bud Paramore.

Florence enjoyed her family, friends, church and the outdoors. Most of all she loved her family – she cherished her time spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by many and is survived by her husband, “Bud”; children, Michelle (Rick) Christianson, of Faribault, Brenda (Brad Meinke) Smith, of Nisswa, and Brian Wolfe, of Owatonna; brother Robert (Lil) Albrecht; sister, Berniece (Gordon) Hinkie; step-children, Rick Paramore, of Eagan, Russ (Suzette) Paramore, of Hawaii, and Ryan (Kelly Singwald) Paramore, of Farmington; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; infant son, Michael; stepson, Randy; and sister, Dorothy Zelinski.

Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association or donor’s choice.

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