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Obituaries


Edith W. Hummel
December 23, 1930 - May 14, 2020

Edith W. (Edie to family and friends) Hummel, age 89, of Crosslake, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Golden Horizons, Crosslake. Edie was born in Mpls to Ludwig and Wilhelmine Hanus on Dec. 23, 1930.

Edie and Jim Hummel entered into the Holy Sacrament of Marriage on May 19, 1956. Edie retired from Cargill where she was an Executive Assistant. Later, she and Jim became owners and entrepreneurs of Hosanna House (Catholic books and gifts) in Brainerd. Edie was a devoted Catholic and her Catholic faith was her passion and it was known to all who knew her. Her family was her next passion followed by friends, a good card game and golf.

Edie is survived by her children: Kevin Hummel (Jean), Lisa Poirier (Paul), Keith Hummel (Linda Deegan); grandchildren: Angela Hummel, Nick Hummel (Amy), Eric Schumacher (Audrey), Natasha Deneau (Josh), Marc Hummel (Larissa Arntz), Reagan Hummel; great grandchildren: Ethan, Collin, Sophia, Michael, Zoe, Violet. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim; her parents; her brothers, Wally Hanus and Louie Hanus, who both lovingly called her “Toots”.

There was a Catholic Funeral Mass (private) on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake. It was preceded by a limited and monitored visitation. The Holy Mass was live streamed. Committal at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Alan Vernon Sherve
June 22, 1956 - May 15, 2020

Alan Vernon Sherve, 63, of Baxter, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. A Celebration of Alan’s Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Crosslake Lutheran Drive-In Worship Center (14019 Daggett Pine Road – Crosslake). Family and friends are welcome to start gathering in their cars at 12:30 p.m.

Alan was born June 22, 1956, in New York City, NY, the son of Vernon and Helen (Wischmann) Sherve. As a young child, Alan enjoyed sports, climbing trees, and bike rides. He spent as much time outside as he could, especially helping his dad cut down trees. He graduated from the PACE Program in 1981, which was the special education classes in Brainerd at the time. Alan worked for Quality Enterprises and DAC for many years. He was proud of the work he did and truly enjoyed going to “the house” with his second family at the LSS Group Home at the end of the day. Home was always in Crosslake and the time he was able to gather with family and attend Crosslake Lutheran Church were moments he cherished.

Alan touched so many with his kind heart, friendliness, independence, and cheerful spirit. He will be missed by so many.

He is survived by his mother, Helen (Ted) Silva; brother, Bruce (Sandy) Sherve, step-brothers, Teddy (Ann Lloyd) Silva and Christopher (Linda) Silva; nephews, Christopher and Andrew; niece, Rachel; great-nephew, Leon; and great-niece, Ramona; many nieces and nephews on the Silva side; his group home housemates and staff; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father, Major Vernon Sherve; grandparents; and many aunts and uncles.

Velma L. Rohwer
June 14, 1920 - May 1, 2020

Services for Velma L. Rohwer, age 99, of Crosby, Minnesota who passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020 at Cuyuna Care Center in Crosby, Minnesota. A private family graveside will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Waterman Cemetery in Sutherland, Iowa.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are under the care of the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Paullina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cuyuna Care Center, 320 E. Main St. Crosby, MN 56441.

Velma L. Rohwer, the daughter of Fred and Minnie Westphal, grew up in Moneta, Iowa where she received her education through high school.

Velma married Russell Rohwer on July 11, 1940 in Calumet, Iowa. They owned a farm in Sutherland for many years then moved to Okabena, Minnesota where they rented land and farmed for six years before returning to their farm in Sutherland. In 1966 they sold the farm and moved to Minneapolis where they worked in apartment management with son Randy until retiring in 1986 and moving to Worthington, Minnesota. Velma lived in Cherokee, Iowa after Russell’s death.

Recently Velma had been living at the Heartwood Senior Living before moving to Cuyuna Care Center in Crosby, Minnesota where she passed away on May 1, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Russell, her parents, 11 brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Randy (Kay), Steve (Marlis), Bruce (Paulette); daughter Linda Dary (Curtis); 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sister Dorothy Johannsen of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law Arla Westphalen of Hartley.

Harvey L. Kack
August 10, 1934 - April 5, 2020

Harvey L. Kack, 85, of Crosslake, died Sunday, April 5, 2020 at the Birchview Gardens Assisted Living in Hackensack, MN. A Memorial Service for Harvey is set for 11 AM, Friday, July 10th at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, with visitation one hour prior to the service.

Harvey Lawrence Kack was born on August 10, 1934 at Canby, MN, son of Lawrence Kack and Joyce (Landgraf) Kack Severson. He was raised and educated in Canby, MN graduating from Canby High School in 1952. He served in the Peace Corps before attending college at SDSU in Brookings, South Dakota in the Pharmacy Program. He attended the U of M in Minneapolis, before returning to SDSU, where he graduated from the Pharmacy Program. He was joined in marriage with Lao Mohn on December 19, 1954 in Canby. They lived for a time in Minneapolis, Iowa and Osakis, moving to Appleton, MN in the late 1950’s, where he owned and operated the Kack Rexall Drug from 1958 to 1977 and together raising three children Jeff, Denise and Pam.

He was united in marriage with Pauline Semler on February 4, 1977 in Benson, MN. From 1977 to 1978, he started a Pharmacy in Chamberlain, SD and then moving to Walker, MN where Harvey provided Pharmacy relief work in the area. They built a home in Crosslake, where he owned and operated Kack Drug in Crosslake for many years, retiring in November of 2001. Harvey was a member of the Crosslake Ideal Lions Club for several years where he was the initiator of the Crosslake Annual cardboard boat races that has been enjoyed by so many.

Harvey enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. He had his own private plane and would travel to Canada to pursue his hunting and fishing adventures. During his retirement years, he and Pauline also enjoyed their many travels to Alaska, and also to Nova Scotia. Harvey is survived by his children: Jeff (Louise) Kack of Appleton, MN, Denise (Wayne) Stromme of Fargo, ND, and Pam (Dan) Schlueter of Goodyear, AZ; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters: Phyllis Daley of Kansas and Mary Severson-Tris of Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents: Lawrence and Joyce; his wife: Pauline; and a sister: Marjorie Larson. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Crosslake, MN.

Lillian Peterson
October 7, 1921 - April 16, 2020

Lillian G. Peterson, 98, of Pine River, passed away April 16, 2020. She was one of ten children born to Joseph and Selma Heino. She was united in marriage to Rudolph Peterson on February 8, 1941.

Lillian is survived by her four children: Reynold of Grand Rapids, Linda Hester of Backus, Hollis Knutson of Pine River, Douglas (Renie) of Ada; sister-in-law, Carol Heino; 9 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 5, 1993; 4 sisters; 5 brothers; one granddaughter;
and numerous other relatives.

Lillian’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Riverside Assisted Living and Pine River Good Samaritan Society.

Lillian’s wish was to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

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