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Obituaries


Roger Burton Reynolds
August 29, 1922 - August 06, 2017

Roger B. Reynolds, 94, of Nisswa/Lake Shore, MN died on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Services for Roger will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:00AM at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd, MN with Pastor Justin Halbersma officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

David A. Stoen
April 09, 1951 - August 03, 2017

David A. Stoen, 66, of Pequot Lakes, died at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Private services are planned.

Philip James Wright
October 04, 1963 - August 08, 2017

Philip James Wright, 53, of Ham Lake, MN formally of Crosslake, MN died at his home on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. No Services are being planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Edward D. Larsen
March 29, 1941 - August 7, 2017

Edward “Ed” D. Larsen, 76, of Pequot Lakes, MN passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at St. Cloud Hospital.

Ed was born on his family’s farm in Milaca, MN on March 29, 1941 to Harry and Helen(Watt) Larsen. He graduated high school from Milaca High School. He then attended St. Cloud State University where he earned his teaching degree. Ed started teaching in Roseville, MN in 1963 and during the summers went to the U of M where he earned his Master’s Degree in Science and then his Administrative Degree. Ed married Judy Weber in Roseville, MN on April 28, 1972. They moved to Northfield, MN where Ed became the Assistant Principal for their junior high school. In 1983, Ed and Judy moved to Pequot Lakes, MN where they made their permanent home. Ed was the Principal of Pequot Lakes School for 15 years, before retiring in 1997. After retirement Ed worked for the Minnesota Department of Education. Being active in his community and helping the community was very important to Ed as was his passion for environmental causes. Ed was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN where he also served as the President of the church counsel. He served as the Mayor of Pequot Lakes, MN while he was the Principal of Pequot Lakes School for several terms. He was a former Pequot Lakes Lion member, chamber member, and on the Pine River Watershed Committee. Ed served as the Crow Wing County Commissioner for 8 years and also had a very large part in reviving the Pequot Lakes Bean Hole Days in 1984. As you can see the community was a very important part of his life and his finger prints are on almost every area in Pequot Lakes, where he was named Citizen of the Year. Ed enjoyed being at the family’s cabin, outdoors, fishing, and hunting. Ed’s greatest accomplishment and source of so much pride was his family. Spending time with them and his grandchildren brought so much joy to Ed’s life. He will be sadly missed by them all.

Ed is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Elliot Larsen of Pequot Lakes, MN, Christina (Mike) Amble of Bemidji, MN, and Douglas (Beth) Larsen of Cold Spring; grandchildren, Michael, Jacob, Ava, and Paige; sisters, Ethel (Harvey) Longlois, and Dorothy (Rod) Persson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services for Ed was held on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Elaine Nelson
October 19, 1927 - August 1, 2017

Elaine Nelson, age 89, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Edgewood Senior Living in Baxter.

Services were held on Sunday, August 6, 2017, at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial in Pequot Lakes City Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Kline Funeral Home.

Richard A. Anderson
August 25, 1933 - July 26, 2017

Richard A. Anderson (Dick) died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday July, 26th 2017 at the age of 83.

Dick was born August 25, 1933 in Minneapolis, MN to Arthur E.L. and Freda Anderson. On August 28, 1954, Dick was united in marriage with Susan Millicent Fuller and together they raised three children, Kathryn Mason, Brainerd, MN; Carolyn (Gary) Beckley, Boring, OR; and Karl (Stacy) Anderson, Deep Haven, MN.

Dick graduated from University of Minnesota, in 1955 with a business degree. Dick was an active member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity during his college years. Dick opened his own realty firm in 1970, Richard Arthur Anderson Realty, in Minneapolis, MN. Dick enjoyed the business greatly and all the people that he met. Dick was involved in many community organizations, including Sons of the American Legion and The Shriners. Dick was a member of the Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN for the past 40 years. Dick also was a member, in his younger years, of the Mayflower Church in Minneapolis, MN as well as a member of their church community in Apache Junction, AZ.

Dick and Sue spent their retirement by separating time between Apache Junction, AZ in the winters and enjoying their beautiful cabin on Clamshell Lake in Pequot Lakes, MN in the summers. Dick enjoyed spending time with friends and family. Dick especially loved time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; seeing their smiles and laughter as they bounded down the hill of the lake cabin always brought him great joy. Dick enjoyed  entertaining at their lake cabin and participating in activities in their church communities.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Susan, sister Karen (Bill) Johnson Edina, MN; his three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, extended family members and numerous dear friends. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Freda, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Dick’s service will be at Crosslake Lutheran Church, 35960 County Rd. 66 in Crosslake on Saturday, August 5 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will follow at Crosslake Lutheran Church Columbarium, Crosslake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Gertrude Elieen (Morse) Kruger
April 4, 1927 - July 22, 2017

Gertrude Elieen (Morse) Kruger, age 90, passed away peacefully at Brookside Comfort Care, in Pine River, Minnesota on July 22, 2017. She was born to Stephen P. and Gertrude Morse on April 4, 1927.

Gertrude was married to Donald Paul Kruger in November of 1947. They had six children, Francis(Betty Anne), Catherine (William Field), Donna (Richard Blanchard), Michael (Brenda), Mark (Elizabeth) and Ida (Joe Hansen). She was a very talented, loving, witty person, with many hobbies; wood crafting, gardening, crocheting, fishing and traveling. Gertrude enjoyed working at the Backus Public School with all the students and faculty for many years. As a young child she developed polio, which may have been a struggle for some, but she never complained. She was a very strong, caring woman.

A memorial will be held at the Valley View Cemetery in Browns Valley, Minnesota, on August 5, 2017, at 2 PM.

We, the family of Gert, would like to give a big "Thank You" to all the staff at "Brookside", who went far beyond  the basic needs of Gert, to making her feel very loved and comfortable. They were a "Godsend” to all of us, when we weren't able to be there. She is going to be missed by everyone.

Patricia O’Bryan
September 27, 1953 - July 25, 2017

Patricia O’Bryan, 63, of Fifty Lakes, MN passed away in her home after a year long battle with cancer. on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Patricia was born on September 27, 1953 in St. Louis Park, MN to Raymond and Beverly (Harvey) Garvey. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School. Patty married Steven O’Bryan in 1974 in St. Louis Park. She worked in the food service industry for the St. Louis Park School District before retiring and moving to Fifity Lakes. Patty enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and playing bingo. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Patty is survived by her daughters, Sheila Cartney (Mike Sellman) and Dawn (Eric) Smith; grandson, Aidan  Cartney; sisters, Cathy Wilke, Susan Dreis, and Jeanette Prader; brother, Ray Garvey; and brother-in-laws, Vernon O’Bryan, Bruce O’Bryan, and Sean O’Bryan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Beverly; and husband, Steven. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

A Memorial Service for Patty was held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Arline Margaret Borgwardt
April 17, 1937 - July 23, 2017

Arline Margaret Borgwardt (Dongoske) passed away peacefully in her home in Baxter Sunday evening, July 23, which would have been her 57th wedding anniversary. Her three grown children, Chuck of Detroit and Ann and Jean of St. Paul, were with her. She is also survived by her grandchildren Patrick Dragonite, Tuomas and Antero Sivula, Courtney and Holly Heitter, Aqualla Belmont; great-grandchildren Cayden, Wyatt, Walter and Willow Dragonite; as well as her siblings Jim, Bob and Marion Dongoske. Arline was preceded in death by her husband Frederick Borgwardt in 2012.

Arline spent her youth on the shores of Lake Minnetonka and attended school in Mound. She graduated from the University of MN with a degree in Home Economics and a lifelong interest in food, entertaining, decorating, fashion, sewing, knitting and numerous other creative endeavors.

She and Fred were married in 1960 and spent over 30 years growing a family and a business in Northfield, ultimately retiring from their veterinary practice to the shores of Lake Washburn in Outing to enjoy their golden years together. Arline spent her final chapter relishing living independently in the woods of Baxter with dog Benny and mementos of her 80 years of family, world travel and friendship.

Arline was well known for her warm heart, ready smile, and dramatic storytelling. She was also a talented musician and played the organ both for her church as a young woman in Mound as well as for the church in Outing. Her amazing spirit, resilience and bravery, as well as a little bit of sassiness, marked her as a fighter and allowed her to survive cancer, disability, and the death of her husband with style and humor.

In lieu of sending flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the American Cancer Society or your local food shelf. Thank you to Good Neighbor of Baxter MN and St Croix Hospice for their care and support in the last months of her life.

Friends and family are invited to visit http://arline-margaretborgwardt.forevermissed.com/ to share memories. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Helmer “Dick” Rudlang
November 13, 1938 - July 19, 2017

Helmer “Dick” Rudlang, age 78, of Pine River, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born November 13, 1938, on the homestead of his Grandpa Halvorson in Pequot Lakes. His parents were Henry and Tillie (Halvorson) Rudlang. Dick married Barbara (nee Brandt) on July 27, 1984.

Dick worked as a licensed contractor for many years, but enjoyed farming, especially the haying season. He was a very kind and humble man who loved and valued his family above all.

Dick is survived by his wife, Barbara; two children from a previous marriage, Tammy Peterson (Neil) and Kimberly Swenson (Robert); stepchildren, Douglas Pruitt (Durrie) and Pamela Pruitt (Dennis Blakesley); grandchildren: Todd Waters (Natalie), Beth Clark (Jarrod), Nick Swenson (Shannon), Cody Swenson, Brittany Swenson (Justin), Kaden Swenson, Kirstin Dunham, Cole Blanchard, Greg Pruitt, Michael Pruitt (Caiti); great grandchildren: Trevor, Tillie, Amber and Cash. He is also survived by brother, Kenneth; sisters: Catherine Feakes, Clarice Tulenchik, Carol Kalis; brother-in-law, Richard Brandt (Rose); and sisters-in-law, Rhonda Schulte and Carol Rudlang.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold Rudlang; and son, Kevin Rudlang.

A service was held on Tuesday, July 25, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Lunch followed. Burial was in the Pequot Lakes City Cemetery. Barbara and the family deeply appreciate the services of Dr. Greg Davis, nurse, Kay, Heartland Hospice and Kline Funeral Home.

Deloris Elaine “Micky” Coffel
July 10, 1935 - July 21, 2017

Deloris Elaine “Micky” Coffel, 82, of Breezy Point, died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan Village – Bethany Campus in Brainerd. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Family and friends are welcome to gather one hour prior to Mass at the church and to attend a reception to follow at the Eagle’s Club in Brainerd. Private Interment will be held at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Camp Ripley.

Micky was born July 10, 1935, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Herbert and Lucille (Wrobel) Mickelson. Her   family stayed in the Metro Area and she attended De La Salle High School before enrolling at Vocational School. She worked for The Arsenal until it closed. She worked for Ball Electronics until 1989 when she retired.

In 1955, she married Eugene Coffel at March Air Force Base in California. The couple made their home in Columbia Heights until they moved to Breezy Point to enjoy their retirement. Micky was active in the Breezy Point Ladies Club as well as Red Hats. She also liked to spend time fishing, bowling and gardening.

Micky will be missed by her children, Christy Lou (Roger) Heidelberger, of Merrifield and Daniel (Kathy) Coffel, of Ideal Township; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sr. Clarinda Coffel, OSB; brother-in-law, Jerome (Hallet) Coffel, of Plymouth; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene in 2011; brother, Burdell; and her parents.

Donna Mae Jordet
April 16, 1926 - July 20, 2017

Donna Mae Jordet, age 91, resident of Merrifield, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at her home. Arrangements are pending.

Sandy J. Eliason
November 12, 1928 - July 17, 2017

Sandy J. Eliason, 88, of Crosslake, MN died at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN on Monday, July 17, 2017.

Sandy was born on November 12, 1928 in Austin, MN to Nicholas and Lydia (Sandy) Miller. She was raised in Flint, MI. Sandy graduated from the University of Minnesota with a business degree and an elementary education degree. She was married to Allen Eliason in St. Cloud, MN in August of 1960. Sandy enjoyed quilting, working in her flower gardens, and reading. She was very active in the DFL Party. She was a member of the St. Cloud School Board, League of Women Voters, First Methodist Church in St. Cloud, MN, and a Crosslake City Council member. Sandy was a founding member of the Crosslake Presbyterian Church and also a founding member of the Crosslake  Library. Sandyloved being an elementary teacher and later worked as an agent for the Internal Revenue Service in the Minneapolis, MN area for over 16 years.

Sandy is survived by husband, Allen Eliason; children, Mark Eliason, and Lisa (Arthur) Eliason Brakob; sister, Arloyne Miller; and two grandchildren, Ella Brakob and Nicholas Brakob. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Lydia Miller; and sisters, Mary Pat Eliason and Jerry Prevatt.

Funeral Services for Sandy were held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Crosslake Presbyterian Church in Crosslake, MN. Interment at Benton County Cemetery in Sauk Rapids, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Florence Ekman
September 19, 1937 - July 18, 2017

Florence Ekman, age 79, of Pine River, and formerly of Wilmot, SD, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017. She was born to Edwin and Frances (Ellingson) Anderson on September 19, 1937, in Graceville, MN. Florence grew up on a farm near Herman, MN, and attended a one room country school through the 8th grade. She graduated from high school at Herman on June 2, 1955. Her first job was working at the Messner drugstore in Morris, MN. She then moved to Fargo, ND, and was employed in the offices of the American Linen Company working on the  many routes for the delivery drivers. On June 2, 1956, in Elbow Lake, MN, Florence was united in marriage to Hans Ekman of Wilmot, SD. They lived and worked in Fargo until January of 1957 when they moved to the Ekman farm after Hans’ father had been killed. They farmed for a number of years then bought Wilmot Produce in 1966. They ran many Cass Clay milk routes until it was sold in 1981. Hans worked on bridge construction the next few summers. Florence could be found at the farm busy with her garden, flower beds and mowing a huge lawn. When they started Ekman Repair on the farm, Florence was the “right hand man.” Hans and Florence delivered the Valley Shopper on weekends for many years and made many new friends along the way.

Florence enjoyed her yard work, the old-time fiddlers’ contests and jamborees and Skip-Bo games played with friends and neighbors and all the laughter that went with it. Many hours during winter days were spent making special quilts for her daughters, graduation quilts for her grandchildren, baby quilts for grandchildren, great grandchildren, neighbors and friends.

In 2014, Florence moved to the Pine River, MN area and lived on the same farm site as her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Lynn Neumann. She loved her home among the pine trees and kept up a garden, flower beds and lawn mowing.

Florence is survived by daughters: Patricia Young (Harlan) of Backus, MN, Carol Maxwell (Jeff) of Watertown, SD, Linda Neumann (Lynn) of Pine River, MN, Leanne Wells (Jerry) of Nisland, SD; 17 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Peterson (Warren) of Faribault, MN; brother, James Anderson (Sherry) of Herman, MN; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hans, in 2011, and her parents.

Services were held on Saturday, July 22, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial will be in Wilmot Cemetery, Wilmot, SD.

Michael Egan Flynn
May 08, 1948 - July 16, 2017

Michael Egan Flynn, age 69, of Crosslake passed away on July 16th, 2017. He fought a courageous two year battle with cancer. Mike served honorably in Vietnam in the late 1960’s. After having raised his children in Shoreview, he and wife Barb moved to a lake in Crosslake. Our family will dearly miss him driving us around the lake for a nightly cocktail cruise. He will forever be remembered as a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan. Everyone in the family knew the Vikings were playing when the dog quickly hid in a bedroom before the yelling at the TV began. Mike worked tirelessly throughout his career. He was truly loved by family, friends, and coworkers and will be sorely missed.

Survived by loving wife Barb; sons Ryan (Nikki), Sean, and Dan; granddaughters Shannon and Raegan; sisters Ellen and Kathy; brother Tim; beloved dog Murphy. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). A private family gathering is planned.

Larry McAninch
July 15,1966 - July 11, 2017

Larry McAninch, age 51, of Eveleth and formerly Pine River died July 11, 2017, at his home in Eveleth. He was born to Jim and Lovette McAninch on July 15,1966 in Brainerd, MN.

Larry is survived by his children; Tyler, Josh, Danielle; mother, Lovette; sisters; Patty Anderson and Barb Goerlich and six grandchildren.

He was preceeded in death by his father, Jim.

Memorial services were held on Monday, July 17 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Joyce Tweed
May 21, 1927 - July 17, 2017

Joyce Tweed, age 90, of Pequot Lakes, passed away July 17, 2017, surrounded by her children: Rick (Teri), Dan (Lynn), Barbara (Marty), Gary (Shari) and Janet (Ron). Also surviving are her brothers, Dick Brown (Mary) of Flagstaff, AZ, and Bill Brekke of Pequot Lakes; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Joyce loved spending time with her family.

A memorial service was held on Friday, July 21, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Burial in the Pequot Lakes City Cemetery.

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