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Obituaries


Frederick Arthur Gridley
1943 - April 3, 2022

Frederick Arthur Gridley had an adventurous life. His journeys led him around the world and finally to Manhattan Beach. He was never one to spare the truth for a good story… And his stories were legendary. To those who knew him, Frederick was a character, such a grand personality, and something bigger than life.

Born in St Paul, MN in 1943 to Dr. John Willis Gridley and Dorothy Root Gridley. The family moved to Arlington, MN where Dr Gridley had his medical practice.

After graduating Hamline University in 1964 with a degree in Theatre, he joined the Peace  Corps and traveled to Venezuela for four years. He stayed on for an extra year as the  photographer for the embassy in Caracas, Venezuela. Selling his photographs to multiple magazines including one to National Geographic.

He spent a year as a sailor on the Barefoot Windjammer Cruises throughout the Caribbean. His artistic areas were wide, he was a glass blower and ceramic artist with multiple wonderful artists during the 70s. He was also a Leadership Trainer for Dayton Corporation in the Twin Cities, a Polygraph Examiner for a several years before moving to Northern Minnesota to raise a family and become a Northwoods self proclaimed artistic Hermit.

He was a craftsman, artist, performer and “supervisor” of the public landing on Big Trout Lake. He was very proud of serving more than 30 years with the City of Manhattan Beach, including terms as mayor and planning and zoning administrator. He was also a volunteer firefighter for the community.

You may have seen Fred as the MC on stage at the Nisswa Stamman Scandinavian Folk Festival and marching in the Crosslake St. Patricks Day parade for decades. He was ‘Frederik the Bearclawed’, the iron-helmeted, chainmail-wearing Viking Ace in the deck of cards promoting the Paul Bunyan By-way.

He was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of America in Pine River, Minnesota and  enjoyed BoxCar races and helping his son, Jesse Reed Gridley, to become part of the Boy  Scout Pack. Frederick was also a long term member and two-time Lodge Master of the Pine River Masonic lodge #339 and member of Aurora Lodge #100 as well.

Fred created a unique way of working color into porcelain and named his business Spun Porcelain Ceramics. He started working at the Renaissance Festival in Shakopee Minnesota in the mid-80’s selling his new ceramics. Frederick married his current wife, Camille, in 1989 and continued the Renaissance tradition selling both his porcelain earrings and her Capes and Hats.

While his daughter relocated to the Oregon coast in 2004, he was still able to enjoy summers with his granddaughters, Rowan Morganna O’Bryan and Moira Siobhan O’Bryan. They were the light of his life.

During a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma cancer, Fred maintained a fierce determination that the outcome was in his control. In the spring of 2022, he was overtaken with a new cancer, leukemia. While Fred was a steadfast and valiant warrior, the cancers had different ideas. He lost the battle on April 3, 2022 at home with his wife, Camille.

He survived by his wife of 33 years, Camille Kilmer Gridley. His three children from his previous marriages: his son, Dr. Jesse Reed Gridley and his daughters, Carrie Christine Gridley O’Bryan and Gillian Joy Gridley. His two granddaughters, Rowan Morganna O’Bryan and Moira Siobhan O’Bryan. His sister, Janet Gridley Sawyer. And his Nieces and many wonderful cousins.

There will be a Memorial Celebration for Fred on July 23rd, 2022 from 11am-2pm at the Manhattan Beach Lodge.

Memorial Donations may be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America or the Shriners Hospital Foundation.
Arthur Lloyd Patterson
April 9, 194 - March 26, 2022

Arthur Lloyd “Art” Patterson, age 81 of Emily died on March 26, 2022 at Whitefish on the Lake in Crosslake. Born in Minneapolis on April 9, 1940 to James and Constance (Dimler) Patterson. Art married Mary Fox on October 24, 1975. He loved living on Ruth Lake in Emily.

He Co-authored a book, Butterflies of Minnesota. In 2007 he was inducted into the St. Louis Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Art is survived by his wife Mary; two sons, Jason Patterson of Brooklyn Park, and Eric (Chamonix) Patterson of Aliso Viejo, CA; one brother, Joe (Bobbi) Patterson of Sarasota, FL; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding Art in death are his parents; brothers, Jim and Chuck Patterson and one sister, Virginia Patterson.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Sharing of Memories at 2:30 p.m. A reception will be held at the Myrin-James American Legion Post following service.
Marlene Alice Moser
November 30, 1942 - November 17, 2021

Marlene Alice Moser went on to be with her Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, on November 17, 2021 with the promise and absolute assurance of Abundant and Joyous Life Everlasting.

Marlene was born to Robert and Doris Coulter of Pine River, MN, on November 30, 1942. She was born into a telephone pioneering family, and was the granddaughter of the late Louis and Esther Arvig, who brought the first telephone service to this area in 1919. Marlene spent some of her teenage years working the manual operator switchboard at various Arvig exchanges.

Marlene was extra blessed, having two remarkable and loving husbands during her lifetime, Lowell “Bub” Moser, and Carl Anderson; both of whom preceded Marlene in death. She is also preceded in death by sister, Rosella Johnson.

Marlene is survived by two children, and one grandson: daughter, Carlene Anderson (Dave Peterson), son, Blake Anderson, and grandson, Brendin Anderson (Nikki). Marlene is also survived by two stepchildren, Lynn Moser (Laurie), Becky Wells (Vince); two step-grandchildren, Laura Moser and Desmond Elliot; two brothers, Larry Coulter and Donovan Coulter (Joann). Marlene was fortunate to have numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends that she treasured every day and loved each one of them individually.

Marlene enjoyed many adventures during her lifetime including horseback riding, snowmobiling, fishing, boating, and a multitude of extended trips. Her beautiful gift of music was a special ministry to many. Marlene was an active member at the Log Church in Crosslake, and they truly became her extended family in Christ.

At this time our family would like to express our deepest gratitude and sincerest thanks to Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living in Crosslake and St. Croix Hospice Care, who selflessly gave of their time and energy, helping us navigate through some dark and uncertain times.

A glorious Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 AM at the Crosslake Log Church. Marlene’s family invites you to join them in the Fellowship Hall following the service for a catered luncheon and time of sharing.

We are commemorating Marlene in a special way by contributing to the “Inspirational Garden of Peace“ to be created on the beautiful grounds of the Crosslake Log Church. Marlene enjoyed many years planting and nurturing lovely flower gardens, integrating serene walking pathways throughout. This passion created her happy place of inspiration, which will be carried forward for others to enjoy special moments of reflection in the Garden of Peace.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent for this memorial to: The Log Church in Memory of Marlene Moser, 37218 County Rd 66, Crosslake, MN 56442. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.
Paul Henry Nylin
September 6, 1947 - April 9, 2022

Paul Henry Nylin was born to Emil and Elaine (Kantola) Nylin on September 6, 1947 in St. Cloud MN. Paul, also known as "Skipper", was the oldest of four boys.

In 1965, Paul graduated from Annandale High School where he lettered in football and wrestling. Upon graduation he attended St. Paul Bible College (Crown College). Paul then joined the United States Navy in 1966. Before leaving for his first submarine tour, Paul married the love of his life, Bonnie Thompson, of Cokato, MN on June 9th, 1967. They were married at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in French Lake, MN. They spent the first few years living between Connecticut and Minnesota. In 1968, their first child, Yana Marie, was born in Litchfield, MN. In 1970, he was honorably discharged and they began their civilian life in the Annandale area where their son, Aaron Paul, was born in 1972. For many years, Paul followed in his father’s footsteps as a skilled home builder. In 1975, their youngest daughter, Amanda Kay, was born. In 1978, Paul and his family attended Christ for the Nation Institute in Dallas, Texas. Through many adventures and business opportunities his family enjoyed life in Dallas, South Texas, Mississippi, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These places provided them with beautiful friendships, fun adventures and an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness. Most recently they have been spending winters in Texas and  summers in the home Paul built for them in beautiful Crosslake, MN. Paul’s love and commitment always focused on his relationship with the Father, his love for his family, and building friendships and relationships along the way. He loved fiercely and he is loved  dearly.

He is survived by wife Bonnie Nylin of 54 years, Yana (Kevin) White, Aaron (Katie) Nylin, Amanda Nylin and 15 grandchildren. As well as, his 3 brothers Michael (Joyce) Nylin, Wayne (Nancy) Nylin, Joel (Dawn) Nylin; sister Adeline Maurer; Mother in Law, Lorraine  Thompson; Sister in Law Trudi (Gene) Westberg; Brothers in Law Ron Thompson and Rodney Erickson and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his parents Emil and Elaine Nylin; Infant daughter Rebekah Jo; Father in Law Harold Thompson; Sisters in Law Holly Thompson and Lanette Erickson; Brothers William “Bill” (Margie) Nylin, Donald (Connie) Nylin, Rosella (Herb) Trettavik; Brother in  Law Doug Maurer.

A celebration of Paul's life was held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Cokato Events Center. Arrangements by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake, MN 320-286-2534 www.swansonpeterson.com
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