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Obituaries


Richard Bressem
January 5, 1939 – September 22, 2014

Richard Bressem, age 75, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014, at his home. He was born to Walter and Olga Bressem on January 5, 1939, in Pine River. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

Richard is survived by his wife, Edna; children: Cindy Gustafson (Steve), Randy Bressem (Melissa), Nichole Plante (Nate); grandchildren: Jimmy Young, Whitney Brunes, Zack Brunes, Amber Tappe; great grandson, Townes Brunes; and sisters, Linda Hartwig and Jean Herzog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Bressem. Services were held September 26, at Our  Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place at Gloria Dei Stoney Brook Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes.

Wallace F. Gronholm
DOD September 23, 2014

Wallace F. Gronholm, age 78, of Emily (formerly Minneapolis), passed away September 23, 2014.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Muriel Gronholm, and his sister, Patricia Dahlke.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, MaryAnn, his daughter Barbara & husband, Mark Sundby, his son Chip & wife, Julie, his grandsons, Jonathan and Michael Sundby, his brother, John & wife Shirley, brother-in-law, Robert Dahlke, niece and nephews. He will also be missed by many friends, including colleagues and customers who became his friends and hunting partners through the years.

Wally starting his working life in the family business, Cloverleaf Creamery, and he continued working in the dairy industry until his retirement from Kemps/Marigold Foods.

Marion C. Rogers
September 13, 1917 – September 19, 2014

Marion C. Rogers, age 97, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society - Woodland.

Marion was born on September 13, 1917 in North Dakota to Benjamin and Lavada (Lumsden) Holsapple. She is survived by 2 sons - Norman (Linda) Rogers of Staples and Murland (Sharee) Rogers of Pequot Lakes, 7 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers; Robert of Brainerd and Laverne of Lakeshore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, her parents, and seven siblings.

Funeral services were held September 25, 2014 at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. Burial took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Pillager.

Carol Marie Sack
March 16, 1940 - September 24, 2014

Carol Marie Sack, age 74 of Pine River, died at her home Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Family will have private memorial services.

Lillian J. Schafer
August 22, 1930 - September 21, 2014

Lillian J. Schafer, age 84, of Crosslake, passed away Sunday morning, September 21, 2014, at Golden Horizon Assisted Living in Crosslake, MN. Funeral services were held September 25, 2014, at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake. Interment will be at a later date in southern Minnesota.

Conrad Hans Voels
May 15, 1940 – September 23, 2014

Conrad Hans Voels, age 74, of Brainerd MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in St. Cloud on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

He is preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Mabel (Collins), brothers, Carl, Leroy, Steve, Joe & John, and sister Marie. He is survived by wife Maragrat (Caldwell), sons Conrad Jr. (Jenny) of Brainerd and Travis (Karen) of Maple Grove MN, grandchildren Zachary, Carissa, Emma, Brady and Riley, brothers Robert (Shirley) of Brainerd MN and Albert (Dee) of Lincolnton GA, sisters Joyce (Clifford) Young of Merrifield and Joan (Dave) Lundberg of Staples MN, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

A celebration of life service was held September 27th at 2:30pm, at Timberwood Church, Brainerd, MN.

Bobbie Glee Boughton-Topp
August 23, 1918 – September 16, 2014

Bobbie Glee Boughton-Topp, 96, of Pequot Lakes, entered into rest Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in Brainerd, MN. A memorial service was held at September 20, 2014 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter. A second service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, September 24 at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bellevue, NE. Internment will follow at the Bellevue Cemetery.

Bobbie was born August 23, 1918 in Walters, OK, the daughter of John Robert and Mary Glee (Wilcox) Lewis. The family moved to West Branch, IA where Bobbie graduated high school before attending a nursing program at the University of Iowa. She married Richard W. Boughton and the couple lived in Sioux Falls, SD and Des Moines, IA before making their home in Bellevue, NE for 30 years. Richard passed on in 1988. Bobbie continued her life in Bellevue and later met her second great love, Eldon Topp whom she married in 1996. Bobbie and Eldon retired to the Pequot Lakes area where they have a home on West Twin Lake. They enjoyed 18 wonderful years together.

Bobbie was very active in her community. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bellevue. She taught Sunday school and established a puppet ministry. She was “flabbergasted” when two scripts she wrote for the youth group were accepted for national publication. She was co-owner of Beekay Puppets and was director of the Bellevue Little Puppet Theatre. She was heavily involved with the Bellevue Little Theatre, loving every minute of the 34 years she spent with them appearing in many plays, as a producer, as a director, theatre manager, and board member. Any spare time was spent playing bridge and cheering on her Nebraska Cornhuskers.

She will be missed by her husband, Eldon D Topp; her children, Linda Hollister of NC, Janie (Tom) Bell of OR, Richard “Rick” Boughton of CA, Penny (Richard) Green of NC; sister Ruth Hoffmann of NC, 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard; her  parents, and her brother Joseph.

Norman Cortney Hunter
October 5, 1925 – September 13, 2014

Norman Cortney Hunter, 88, passed away Saturday, September 13, 2014 at St. Therese’s in New Hope, MN. Norman was born October 5, 1925, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Sherman and Opal (Hallett) Hunter. Norman enlisted in the US Navy where he served heroically for 4 years during WWII. He received a medal for valor for his submarine service. He served in the Army Reserves for an additional 22 years until retirement and was an active member of the United States Submarine Veterans. He married Clara Kahl in 1946 and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2008. They were blessed with 5 children: Carol Lee (Gene), Janice Besche, Louise Magnuson (Morse), Jim Hunter (Teri) and Dean Hunter (Juli), 21 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and counting. Norman married Leone (Knaeble) in 2009, bringing 10 step-children and many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren into his life. Norman and Leone were active members of Sacred Heart Church in Robbinsdale.

Norman worked for Minnegasco for 38 years before he retired in 1986. Norman was a lifetime member of the Jenkins VFW and was also a Third Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Norman liked to carve wood, golf, and square-dance.

A mass was held September 17, 2014 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN, followed by interment with military honors at Pinewood Cemetery.

Robert "Bob" John Pahl, Jr.
DOD September 17, 2014

Robert "Bob" John Pahl, Jr., 72, of Breezy Point, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Golden Horizon's Assisted Living in Crosslake, MN.

Joyce Aimie Rider
November 10, 1929 - September 15, 2014

Joyce Aimie Rider age 84 of Crosby formerly of Garrison died on September 15, 2014 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born on November 10, 1929 in Sartell to Howard and Ada (Randall) Cook. Joyce married Robert Rider Sr. on June 11, 1950 in Big Fork. She was a local Avon Representative for over 30  years. She was a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood and the Garrison Lions Club. She was a lifetime member of the Garrison Commercial Club and a charter lifetime member of the Garrison VFW Auxiliary, post # 1816.

Survivors include 3 sons, Robert E. Rider of Audubon, Randy (Peggy) Rider of Merrifield and Terry Rider of Brainerd; 2 daughters, Candice “Candy” Field and NaDeen “Deenie” Barnum both of Crosby; 1 sister, Patricia Hein of Prescott Valley, AZ; 14 grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, Robert Sr.; 4 brothers, Wayne, Dan, Howard Jr. and Jim Cook; 3 sisters, Gladys Reid, Lenora Johnson and Lillian Proell.

Funeral services were held September 19, 2014 at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Burial took place at the Garrison Community Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.

Valerie A Schmoll
December 18, 1922 - September 14, 2014

Valerie Schmoll, 91, peacefully passed away Sept 14, 2014 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Dec 18, 1922 in DeKalb, TX to Thomas and Dora Hefley. Valerie married her Navy hero Waldemar “Wally” Schmoll Sept. 10, 1945 in Corpus Christie. They spent 58 wonderful years together.

Valerie is survived by her son Wally “Randy” Schmoll of Ocala. Daughter Jane Pollock (Jerry) of Crosslake, and daughter in-law Violetta Schmoll of Pequot Lakes; six grandchildren; Lisa Buschmann of Breezy Point, Jessica Eide (Richard) of Crosslake, Jeremy Pollock of Crosslake, Anna Schmoll of Savage, Thomas Jr. Schmoll of Savage, and Robert Schmoll of Minneapolis; six great-granddaughters; McKinzee, Kylee, Baylee, Sydnee, Sadie, and Mayson; three great-grandsons; Cole, Henry, and Owen.

She was preceeded in death by her son Thomas “Mike” Schmoll, husband Wally Schmoll, three brothers and two sisters.

Valerie loved to play cards and was an avid shopper. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

A memorial service and burial was held September 19, 2014. Funeral arrangements by Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home.

Jessie Marie Howard
December 3, 1925-September 6, 2014

Jessie Marie Howard, 88, of Breezy Point, MN and Palm Desert, CA, died Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Good Samaritan Village – Bethany, in Brainerd, MN. A memorial service was held Sunday, September 14 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel, Crosslake, MN.

Jessie was born December 3, 1925, in Reading, PA, the daughter of Robert and Margaret (Whitney) Hodgkins. As a young woman, Jessie was a model in New York City – an experience she treasured. In 1952, she married Dr. Frank Howard and Jessie dedicated her life to her family. She was an active wife and mother. She was politically active and enjoyed cheering on some of her favorite sports teams: The Twins, The Vikings and The Anaheim Ducks. Jessie also enjoyed working crossword puzzles. She  cherished her time at the lake with her family.

She is survived by her children, Jeffrey Howard, of Agoura Hills, CA, Constance Jones, of St. Cloud, MN, Bruce (Brenda) Howard, of Coeur ‘d Alene, ID, and Phillip (Heidi) Howard, of Kimball, MN;  nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Memorials are preferred to Mayo Foundation or Palm Springs Air Museum.

Lois Schuster
August 28, 1928 - September 9, 2014

Lois Roberta Schuster, age 86, of Pine River, passed away at Quiet Oaks Hospice House on Sept. 9, 2014, with her family at her side. She was born to Walter and Esther Hudoba in Minneapolis, MN, on August 28, 1928, the youngest of three children. Lois graduated from Edison High School in NE Minneapolis. She was united in marriage to William Schuster on Sept. 25, 1948, in Minneapolis. Bill and Lois resided in Pine River, MN, until they moved to Brainerd, MN, in 1959. Lois worked for her brother-in-law at the family-run grocery store in Pine River. After their move to Brainerd, she was employed at Citizen’s State Bank until her retirement in 1981.

After their retirement, Bill and Lois spent their summers on Lake Ada near Pine River, and their winters in Lake Havasu City, AZ. Even after Bill’s death in 1988, Lois continued to summer on Lake Ada and winter in Lake Havasu City.

Lois loved her children, grandchildren and especially her two great granddaughters. She always had a smile and a laugh for them as well as chocolate chip cookies. Her grandchildren affectionately called her “Lou Dog”. She faithfully attended every major event in their lives. She had a generous spirit and was known for her laugh and smile.

Lois enjoyed trips home from Arizona with her son, Steve, and his wife, Lynn and sometimes her sister, Eileen. They would take sightseeing side trips all the way home to Minnesota. She also traveled on a cruise to Alaska and the Panama Canal with family. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River and the Eagles, Elks and Pine River Legion Auxiliaries.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Eileen, and son-in-law, Stuart Ross. She will be missed by her son, Stephen Schuster (Lynn) of Sauk Rapids, MN; daughter, Lynda Ross (Larry Hansen) of Grand Rapids, MN; grandson, Ryan Ross (Jill) of Hanover, MN; granddaughter, Aimee  Ross (Lucas Peters) of Grand Rapids, MN; great granddaughters, Sydney and Avery Ross; brother, Walter Hudoba (Virginia); sister-in-law, Donna Watson (Derald); and 13 nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial is on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River with burial at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Joan L. Thayer
1925 - September 1, 2014

Joan L. Thayer "graduated" Sept.1, 2014 at her cabin on Rush Lake surrounded by her adoring family. Born to Lynn G. Lindsay and Beatrice O'Neill Lindsay in 1925, her family was one of the first summer residents on the Whitefish Chain in the late 1920's. Joan was greatly admired for her energy, enthusiasm, compassion and wit. Always inclusive, she never met a stranger. Through her involvement with Camp Knutson, the Crosslake Historical Society, the Hazelden Foundation, the Childrens Hospital of St. Paul, and as the founder of The Jr. League of Alton, Ill., Joan was always helping others. Her love  of American History and antiques started in 1965 when she opened her first antique shop on Grand Ave. and included a successful Estate Sale business.

Joan is greeted in heaven by her husband, John, and son, Bobby.

Joan will be missed greatly by her daughters, Lynne, husband Jack Stroker; Nancy, husband Larry Haggerty; six grandchildren, Ryan and Lilia Stroker, Robby Stroker, Chealsea Stroker, and son Bob's children: Henry, wife Faith Thayer, Michael Thayer, Erin Thayer, husband John Oros. Great grandchildren, Quincy, Cecily. Through her lifetime, Joan "adopted" many others who became family.

A Memorial Celebration is planned for the spring of 2015 in St. Paul and also in Crosslake. Please send memorials payable to: Nurses Aide Fund/L. Haggerty, Custodian and mail to: JLT Memorial Fund, Box 744, Crosslake, Mn 56442. (non tax deductible). The funds raised will be dispersed among the devoted, loving nurses aides who assisted Joan at the Memory Care Center in Brainerd. She would love this idea.

Larry Bach
DOD August 13, 2014

Larry Bach, age 79, of Pequot Lakes, formerly Lower South Long Lake, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Survived by wife, Darlene; daughters, Deanie Kohlbeck, Karen Pfeiffer; son, Charlie Bach; sister, Marilyn Oliver; brothers, David and Bill Bach. Services will be held at 2 PM, Friday, September 12, Central Lutheran Church, 1103 School St. NW, Elk River, MN. Visitation one hour prior.  Arrangements Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.

Louis "Swede" Shockley
DOD September 3, 2014

Louis "Swede" Shockley, 84, of Merrifield, MN died on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. A Memorial Service for Louis will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:00AM at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 5:00- 7:00PM at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN and one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Interment at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Alex Dale Sutton
DOD September 1, 2014

Alex Dale Sutton went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 1, 2014 at his home in Emily surrounded by his family. He battled cancer for eight months with resilience and hope. He displayed courage and honor during his suffering, as he did throughout his life. Alex was a volunteer fireman for the Emily Fire Department for 26 years. He served as an Assistant Fire Chief and other positions for the department. He cared about the town of Emily and contributed to the community. He was a former Emily Charter School Board member and was one of the leaders in the founding the Emily Charter School. Alex owned and operated Quality Fabricating Inc. since 1981. He established a successful company with dedicated workers.

Alex’s generosity included sharing the Canadian experience with others by hosting family and friends at his cabin in Canada. If you’ve ever met Alex, you’ve heard “Howdy, do you want to go to Canada?” He truly enjoyed teaching children to love the outdoors, having shore lunches, fishing and water tubing rides, and riding on four wheelers and snowmobiles. He owned and operated Caliper Lake Lodge in Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada. Most of all, he loved time spent with his loving wife Donna, family and friends. He married the love of his life, Donna in Maui, Hawaii on May 28, 2000.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; 1 son, Brandyn Pelphrey of Emily; 4 daughters, Trista Sutton of Brainerd, Chelsea Sutton of Brainerd, Macayla Pelphrey of Belfield, ND and Makenzie (Geoffrey) Adams of Brainerd; his Mother, Mary Lou Sutton of Deerwood;1 brother, Sid Jr. (Faye) Sutton of Shafer, MN and 1 sister, Cindy (fiancé, Rich O’Neil) Sutton of Aitkin; 3 grandchildren, Malena, Akeley, and Ezra.

Alex will be greeted in heaven by his father, Sid and a sister, Leona Jensen.

Funeral services were held September 6, 2014 at The Log Church in Crosslake. Burial took place at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

John E. Weaver Sr.
DOD August 18, 2014

John E. Weaver Sr., 70, of Merrifield, MN died on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Essentia Health Hospital in Brainerd, MN. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Willard “Bill” Dahlberg
March 12, 1927 – August 25, 2014

Willard “Bill” Dahlberg, age 87, of Breezy Point, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at his home. He was born to William and Harriet (Steinbach) Dahlberg on March 12, 1927, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He married Barb Malmborg in December of 1972. Bill served in law enforcement for 24 years with the Brooklyn Center  Police Department. He retired in 1983, and moved to the couple’s home on Lake Ossawinamakee. Bill enjoyed being around home, gardening, working in the yard, tending the trees, but especially enjoyed being around his children and grandchildren when they would come to visit at the lake.

Bill is survived by his wife, Barb of Breezy Point; children and grandchildren: Jeff (Mary) Dahlberg, Tyler and Connor of Brooklyn Park; Bill Jr. and Tori of Breezy Point; Beth (Kevin) Scheiterlein, Kevin Jr. (Danielle), Jesse, Steve and Adam, all of Sartell; sister, Doris (Al) Anderson; niece, Lonnee Dickson; nephews, Tim, Tom, and Charlie Anderson; his dogs, Cindy, Susie and Janie; and his cat, Evo.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held August 30, 2014 at Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Therese Illies
November 5, 1954 – August 24, 2014

Therese Illies, Age 59, passed away Sat. Aug. 24 peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born Nov. 5 to Vincent & Dolores (Bolduc) Wallerius, growing up Therese loved spending time on Medicine Lake. She was an excellent water skier, performing top of the pyramid roles in water ski  stunts. She also was an exquisite flutist, competing in many solos. Therese graduated Totino Grace High School (72’) and attended St. Catherine University before marrying her soul mate Jerry on Sept. 28, 1975.

Therese worked for 17 yrs at Partners in Pediatrics in Maple Grove before moving to Crosslake, MN, where she was employed at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

To know Therese was to immediately fall in love with her. She had an amazing ability to bring a sense of calmness and happiness to others. She will be remembered for her magnetic personality, welcoming smile, selfless attitude, witty sense of humor, and the ability to give the perfect advice no matter the situation.

Therese is survived by her true love of 40 years, Jerry; her three children Jason (Jody) Illies, Patrick (Gina) Illies, and Sara (Tony) Klemme; her seven grandchildren Gavin, Lola, Ella, Vincent,  Benjamin, Jack, and Alexandra; and her brothers and sisters Ronald Wallerius, Rita Ann (Claude) Stevens, Joanne (Lenny) Rabatin, John (Mary Liz) Wallerius, Mary Lu ( Jerry “Shorty”) Theis.

A celebration of her life was held at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake, MN on Sat, Aug. 30th, 2014 with a visitation and a Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mayo Clinic-Team Therese Lymphoma Research, c/o Sara Klemme 5511 Grassland Trail, Middleton WI 53562.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Carrie, Kim and the hospice team at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center; Dr. Carrie Thompson, Dr. Jeff Rabatin, and Dr. Amy Rabatin of Mayo Clinic; Dr. Kara Maucieri of Cuyuna Regional Medical Center; participants of Team Therese, and the countless others who acted as friends to Therese. Your love and support for will never be forgotten.

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