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Lisa Botts
September 10, 1956 - March 16, 2017

Lisa Botts, age 60, of Pine River, graduated to her perfect, pain-free heavenly body on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Lisa was born September 10, 1956, to Helmut and Mearldean Sienknecht. In between those dates she grew into a faithful follower of Jesus, a devoted wife and a loving mother. Lisa had a kind spirit and touched the lives of many through her work, through foster care and through church activities in three different communities in two states. She loved working where she could serve people and quickly became a respected and loved member of Pine River.

Lisa was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; her son, Greg (Davika); her daughters, Caitlyn and Kaylee; and her grandsons, Tayvion and Jonan.

A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mildred Bible Chapel. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Joanne Mary Schuler
June 25, 1928 - June 25, 1928

Joanne Mary Schuler, 88, passed away peacefully while in hospice at the Golden Horizons in Crosslake, MN, on June 25, 1928. Joanne was born June 25, 1928. She graduated from St. Catherine's in St. Paul MN, and worked in higher education and became a licensed psychologist. At age 60 she attended William Mitchell Law School. After  passing the Bar she practiced law for ten years before retiring. Joanne was active in the world of aviation as a private pilot, commercial pilot, instructor and also flew gliders. She worked for the Von Trapp Family in Vermont.

Joanne was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet and Anne Schuler; her sisters and brothers-in-law: Barbara and James P. Larkin, Kathleen and Kamuel Ellis; and nephews: Michael Ellis, Gary La Fond and Christopher La Fond.

She is survived by sisters: Dorothy La Fond, Mary Schuler; brother, John Schuler; 30 nieces and nephews, countless grand nieces and nephews and many great grand nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, March 20, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope, MN. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Douglas Birk
April 26, 1943 - March 8, 2017

Douglas A Birk, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Pine River, MN. Doug was preceded in death by his parents Delbert and Esther Birk. He is survived by his soulmate Lynda Weiss, his brother Delbert (Linda) Birk of Eagle, CO and numerous nieces and nephews.

Doug was born April 26th, 1943 in Evanston, IL. When Doug was seven, his parents moved to Pine River, where they bought the Camp-Show-Me resort on Norway Lake. Doug grew up on the shores of Norway Lake and  manifested an interest in archaeology at an early age. As a sixth-grader, he learned about Lt. Zebulon Pikes’ 1805-1806 Mississippi River expedition. The thought that Pike, on his return from Leech Lake, may have portaged or crossed nearby his family’s property was a thrilling one.

While still in high school he started exploring the nearby area and was fascinated as he discovered evidence of Pre-European Indian villages, old logging camps, and evidence of old logging railroads. Despite his parent’s contention that one could not make a living practicing archaeology, Doug was determined to try. He started his postsecondary schooling at Brainerd Junior College and then transferred to the University of Minnesota where he  earned a Degree in Anthropology. In the summer of 1966 he attended a field school at Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. Under the tutelage of State Archeologist Eldon Johnson, Doug learned the hands-on craft of archaeology along with its rigorous methodology. After graduation, Doug was drafted into the Army and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. Upon leaving the army, Doug, with a recommendation from Eldon Johnson, got a job with the Minnesota Historical Society and gained valuable experience practicing archaeology all over the state. He also went back to school earning his Master’s Degree in Anthropology. In 1982 he left the Historical Society and co-founded the Institute of Minnesota Archaeology (IMA).

Much of Doug’s work centered on the European Colonial period in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. He was an expert on fur trade history and early European exploration. He was heavily involved with the history and archaeology of Grand Portage and is believed to be the first archaeologist in the state to do an underwater excavation using a grid system. It was his research that showed that the Minnesota Historical Society’s (MHS) historic, North West Company Fur Post, was built and run by John Sayers. He discovered, excavated, and helped establish The Little Elk Heritage Preserve in Little Falls, MN. He was an active member and supporter of the Pine River Heritage Group North, and a fundamental force in saving the Pine River Depot. Doug was a prolific researcher and writer. His research and fieldwork have provided significant and valuable insight on the history of Minnesota. Doug served as Chair of the IMA and vice president of the state’s professional forum, the Council for Minnesota Archaeology. He is the author of numerous articles and studies on Minnesota’s past and in 1986 was selected by the Humanities Commission as Minnesota’s Independent Scholar of the Year.

He was a friend, colleague, and mentor to many. He believed history should be as correct and as factual as research would allow. Everybody loved his smiles and stories. He has enriched our lives and we love him as he loved us. He will be missed.

In lieu of the flowers, donations in Doug's name to the following organizations would be appreciated; Heritage Group North, Cass County Historical Society, Crow Wing County Historical Society or Morrison County  Historical Society.

Services were held on Monday, March 13, Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Jessie Martha Finke
November 30, 1923 - March 13, 2017

Jessie Finke, age 93, resident of Crystal, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Services were held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran church in Osseo with Pastor Daniel Burns officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Garden in Crystal.

Karen Lea Grife
March 15, 2017

Karen Lea Grife (nee Mattson), age 68 died on March 15, 2017 after two years of struggling with cancer. She died at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd surrounded by her loving family. Her young son Ryan and her parents Walter and Corrinne Mattson preceded her in death.

Karen was born and raised in Buffalo, Minnesota. After graduation, she married her loving husband Leonard on November 26, 1966, last year celebrating 50 years of marriage. They made their home in Outing, Minnesota. After her children graduated, Karen returned to school and fulfilled her life-long dream of becoming a nurse at Brainerd Regional Human Services Center - Four Winds Lodge.

She is survived by her husband, Lenny, daughter Danielle (Sean Metz), grandchildren Lindsey (Patrick Gross),  Meghan, Ryan, Derek and Ronnie; great grandchildren. Aiden and Timothy Gross; son Matthew Grife (Toni); grandchildren Jacob and Jamie; foster son, Jim Goette (Kathy Lee) and Nicole Lee; Sisters Nancy McAfee (Rolfe), Roxanne Schaaf (Bob), Susan Lindquist, Steven Mattson (Patricia) and Mark Mattson (Donna); sister-in-law JoAnne Bukowski and many nieces and nephews, and her loving little black lab mix, Jazz.

The celebration of life service was held at 11:00 am on Monday, March 20 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota. She will be laid to rest with her son Ryan at Lakeview Cemetery.

Dennis Misener
August 2, 1943 - March 12, 2017

Dennis Misener, age 73, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society, in Pine River. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, March 17, at St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial will follow at the Pequot Lakes Cemetery, Pequot Lakes.

John David Sandquist
November 22, 1935 – March 7, 2017

John Sandquist of Outing, MN and Ft. Myers Beach, FL, passed away at age 81, leaving behind his beloved family, especially his wife of 59 years, Patricia Gazda Sandquist. In recent years, John was a “snowbird” who enjoyed Lake Roosevelt in the summer and Fort Myers Beach, FL in the winter. Over the past three years, John had valiantly fought the cancer which had caused him great pain but did not deter him from traveling to Lake Roosevelt every summer to enjoy the north country he so loved.

Pat’s parents owned a lake home in the Outing/Emily area, so in 1968, John and Pat bought a Lake Roosevelt cabin, which they proceeded to enhance and enjoy all through the years. Snowmobiling, boating and enjoying family and friends were high on his list of favorites.

John retired from his employment as a millwright at Honeywell in 1994. John could fix anything! He and Pat bought a home in Ft. Myers Beach, FL that year. Over the years, they traveled between their two homes via a motor home, seeing new parts of the country and visiting with fellow RVers.

Among the family mourning his loss, in addition to Pat, are their daughter, Debi (Brian) Zak, grandson Patrick Thompson (Megan) and great-granddaughter Lakely, and great-grandsons Baylor and Wyatt; and grandson Derek Thompson and great-granddaughter Hazel. Also, inlaws Delores Baumann, Frank (Jean) Gazda, and Paulette Gazda, and many other relatives.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to: Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908

A remembrance gathering is planned for 2:00PM Friday, March 31 at Bayside Estates in Ft. Myers Beach.

James Mitchell Cleath
March 18, 1937 - March 17, 2017

James Cleath, age 79, of Crosslake passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Cloud Hospital. Jim’s memorial service will be Tuesday, March 21, at 2 pm, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake. Visitation will be from 12:30 until 2 pm. Interment will be at Pinewood Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Crosslake American Legion.

James Mitchell Cleath was born March 18, 1937 in Minneapolis, to Walter and Irene Cleath. He was raised and educated in South Minneapolis. He completed two tours in the US Army, from 1957-1959 and from 1961-1963.  He was united in marriage to Sharon Kriesel on February 29, 1964, in Minneapolis. The couple lived in Coon  Rapids, and Jim worked for Acme Visible Records, selling office systems. After moving to Omaha for three years the family returned to Minneapolis, where Jim managed the branch at Acme until 1980. He then started his own  successful company, selling office supplies and filing/retrieval systems. His customer base covered the United States, and included the Minnesota court system and several hospitals and insurance companies. Jim sold his company when he was 56. Jim and Sharon spent weekends at their Crosslake cabin for many years, and began living there full-time after Jim’s retirement. Fourteen years ago, they sold their cabin and bought a home in “the woods”. For the past sixteen years, Jim has worked part-time at Barstock Liquor Store, next to Reeds, in Crosslake. He loved the outdoors, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and boating. He also enjoyed going to area casinos, and they spent a month in Vegas every year.

Jim will be remembered and missed by his wife, Sharon and his son, Chris Cleath, of Crosslake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Irene; a son, Brian Cleath; and siblings, Marcella, Katie, Vi, Wally, Pat, Dorence, Luke, Gene, and Louie.

Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.

James F. Feilzer
March 3, 1925 – February 13, 2017

Margaret Anthony “Peggy”
February 13, 1928 – April 5, 2014

James “Jim” F. Feilzer passed away at the age of 91 on the birthday of his beloved wife, Peggy who preceded him in death on April 5, 2014 at the age of 86 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. They were married on July 11, 1959 and resided in Bloomington where Jim practiced dentistry for many years. Later they made their home in Minneapolis and in Crosslake.

A special thank you to the staff at the Alton Memory Care who provided loving care and comfort to Jim for the past two years.

Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Alton Memory Care.

Robert B. Fossum
June 02, 1933 - March 06, 2017

Robert B. Fossum, 83, of Outing, MN died at Golden Horizons in Aitkin, MN on Monday, March 6, 2017. Services are pending at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Tommy Ross Naples
July 17, 1938 - March 6, 2017

Tommy Ross Naples, 78, of Crosslake, MN died Monday, March 6, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Essentia Health in  Brainerd. Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with Father Ryan Moravitz officiating.

Tommy was born July 17, 1938 in Miles City, Montana and raised by Anthony and Evelyn (Stokes) Hythecker in Whitefish, Montana. He attained a GED and attended four years of college to become an Electronic Technician. Tommy served his country in the US Navy for four years, in the submarine service. On April 16, 1958 Tommy was united in marriage with Dorothy Hebel in San Francisco, California. In 1961 he secured a career at AT&T, then moved his family to Coon Rapids, MN a year later. They bought a cabin on Daggett Lake in Crosslake and moved North in 1993. Tommy retired from his position of Electronic Technician in July of 1990.

Tommy enjoyed motorcycling, tennis, hunting and fishing, downhill skiing as well as water skiing, but most of all, he had a passion for ballroom dancing with his loving wife – and they were quite the talented pair, leaving plenty of happy memories for their children.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Dorothy of 59 years; children, Ronnie Naples of Pequot Lakes, Deanna Naples of Brainerd, Steven Naples of Pequot Lakes; eight grandchildren, Jesse Naples, Trisha (Eric) Hahn, Sean (Dana) Naples, Matthew Naples, Justin Naples, Britnie (AJ) Soderholm, Andrew Wetzel, and Joey Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; his sister Leilani (Herb) Ketterling of Baker, MT, his brother Jerry (Sue) Hythecker of Texas; and many special nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Evelyn Hythecker; his birth parents, Thompson Naples and Darlene Hythecker; and his sister Jackie Swenson. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake, MN.

Doris E. Waldhoff
December 17, 1929 - March 6, 2017

Doris E. Waldhoff, 87, of Crosslake, MN, died on Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Doris was born on December 17, 1929 in Minneapolis to Elmer and Minnie (Holst) Anderson. She graduated from Roosevelt High School. She was united into marriage to Orlo Waldhoff on June 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, MN. Doris worked for Unysis for 10 years before becoming a full time homemaker to her family. Doris and Orlo  previously owned the Luck-E-Strike Resort in Crosslake. She was a member of the Women’s VFW Auxiliary. Doris loved cooking and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and her great-great-grandchild.

Doris is survived by her loving husband, Orlo of 67 years; her children, Cindy (Jerry) Lukasavitz of St. George, Utah, Douglas (Becky) Waldhoff of Zimmerman, MN, and Deborah (Bob) Ash of Brainerd; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews; her special extended family Al White and family in Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Minnie; sister, Eleanor Djerf; brother, Ralph Anderson; and special family friend, Lorraine White.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in  Crosslake, MN.

Charles L. Kargel
August 8, 1944 - February 26, 2017

Charles L. Kargel, 72, died Sunday, February 26, 2017, at his home in Pine River. He was born August 8, 1944, in Dearborn, MI, the son of Leonard and Velma Kargel.

Charles is survived by his mother, Velma Kargel of Pequot Lakes; wife of 32 years, Naida Kargel; sons, Greg, Larry (Jenny), Brian (Jessica) and grandchildren, Blake, Kaylen, Dylan, Andrew, Logan, Maizie, Ashley and Grace, all of Brainerd; siblings, Wilretta (Clyde), Larry (Carol), Myron (Nancy), JoAnne, Judy (Roger), Mark (Lynette); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard, and brother, Richard.

Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 4 at Brainerd Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Jonathan LeMaster officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

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