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Obituaries


Carolynn Lee Duncan
November 28, 1945 - September 30, 2019

Carolynn Lee Duncan, 1945-2019, age 73 of St. Peter, MN passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester. Memorial Services will be at 11:00 AM, Tues., October 8 at First Lutheran Church, 1114 West Traverse Rd, St. Peter, MN. Visitation will begin at 9:30. A small luncheon will follow the service.

Carolynn Lee Swensrud was born November 28, 1945 to Carol and Harold Swensrud at Jackson MN. She completed Teaching preparation at Mankato State in 1966. In her 40-year career as a teacher, she taught  Elementary and Secondary Music at several Minnesota Public Schools. She loved playing golf, cooking, traveling, her granddaughters and family, snuggling with her especially sweet puppy, playing bridge with her dear friends in St. Peter and Crosslake.

Carolynn is survived by her husband of 53 years, Marty Duncan and her children Derek Duncan (Darlene) and Darcy Helder (David) and two granddaughters Alison Helder and Kelsey Helder. Sister is Sylvia Smith (David); brother Bruce Swensrud. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Carol Swensrud.

Memorials may be sent to Music Fund, First Lutheran Church, St. Peter.

Cato Dean Manifold
February 12, 1957 – September 27, 2019

Cato Dean Manifold, age 62, of Merrifield, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Cato was born February 12, 1957 in Hinsdale, IL to Cato Eugene and Mary Lou (Usher) Manifold. He was united in marriage to Karen Sienko on February 10, 1993.

Cato’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his dogs, and he was often teased for being a dog whisperer for all dogs. He enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley, attending the Lucas Oil Nationals at BIR and Moondance Jam with friends and family. In his younger years he loved to play softball and was an exceptional diver. He was a homebody who deeply appreciated time spent with his friends and family. He cherished his nieces and nephews and loved them as though they were his own children. Cato was very proud of being 28 years sober and going back to school to become an RN. He retired from the VA in February of 2019. He was known as “Uncle Meathead” to all of his nieces and nephews, and several of his friends.

Cato is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Karen; his best 4-legged girls, Emma, Liza, and Little V; his siblings, Victor, Weston (Carol), Cory (Bernice), and Melissa; his nieces and nephews, Tarra, Anthony, Simon, Elise, Michaela, Jason, Jessica, Dallas, Stephanie, and Shane; his mother-in-law, Dorothy; brother-in-law, Kevin; sister-in-law, Cheryl (Jr.) Albertson; plus 13 great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary Lou; his father-in-law, Ted; and his sister-in-law, Pam.

A Celebration of Life for Cato will be held at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm. Please don’t dress up - Cato was a jeans and a Harley t-shirt kind of guy and Cato would prefer if you dressed casual.

Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home.

Rachele Lynn Auer
July 8, 1963 – September 17, 2019

Rachele Lynn Auer, age 56 of Crosslake died at her daughter’s home in Homebrook Township.

A Memorial Gathering was held from on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Post #557 in Deerwood. Burial was at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Dorothea Felton
July 8, 1921 – September 18, 2019

As one of the final Charter Members of Salem Lutheran Church in Inguadona Township, MN, Dorothea Louise Felton passed away at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand Rapids on September 18, 2019, at the age of 98. Dorothea was born the fourth of five daughters to John and Josephine (Beck) Vangen July 8, 1921, in Remer, Minnesota. The homestead was on Lake Inguadona. John, together with a group of other Norwegians built the original Salem on adjoining property where the Cemetery is now located.

Dorothea’s life was firmly instilled with faith, love of family, and service to others at a very early age. At the age of ten, Dorothea began helping her older sisters as their children were born. After her senior year in high school and graduation in Henning, she took Country School Teachers Training. The next two years were spent living with sister, Alverna, and teaching at the Dorholt school. Then came WW2 and after time working for Hallmark in Kansas City, she returned to Longville after living with Berneill in Emmons.

In August and September, 1942, she was hired to assist Bud and Marion Edwards after their 8th baby was due. Cooking, canning fruit and vegetables, and laundry were all hard work but things she was used to doing.

While working at Fuller’s store, she met Corwin (Cork) Felton, a young veteran was searching for work socks. The socks were great as that encounter resulted in marriage six months later and lasted 60 years. David, Beverly, and Patty were welcomed into the new house at Wabedo.

Unknown to Dorothea, Cork and his father purchased land in Longville and made arrangements to move both existing houses “as is” to the new sites. An orange that was on the countertop never missed a beat as it was still there at the end of the trip!

Dorothea had a very active life while raising three children and taking orders for the family business, “Ralph Felton & Sons”. Additionally, a Sunday School teacher, substitute elementary school teacher, Kego Township Clerk for 49 years, participation in all Salem Council positions as well as choir, Circle, and quilting that were all a part of her life.

Dorothea was preceded in death by her husband, Cork in 2006; her parents, John and Josephine Vangen; all four sisters and brothers-in-law: Alverna & George Anderson, Thelma & Dick Spanjer, Berneill & Clifford Ranheim and Helen & Harold Carpenter; Corwin’s parents, Ralph & Lois Felton; Corwin’s sister, Helen and brother-in-law, Russ Nyvall; and Corwin’s sister-in-law, Donna Felton; and many, many beloved relatives and wonderful friends.

Left to carry on without Dorothea are her children: David and wife, Sara, Beverly and Patty; granddaughter, Christie and great granddaughter, Elizabeth; brother-in-law, Fritz Felton; many nephews and nieces; pretend adopted son, Cory; and a world of many, many friends. In Dorothea’s own words: “I’d like to be remembered as a caring Christian wife and mother who loved her entire family and friends. I loved all children and enjoyed my years of teaching Sunday School and public school. I also pray I made many people happy with my baking.” Services will be held at Salem Lutheran Church in Longville at 11am with visitation an hour prior to the service on Saturday, September 28. Burial will follow at Salem’s Inguadona Cemetery. A lunch will be served at Salem following the service. In lieu of flowers feel free to opt to designate a memorial to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Carol "Corey" A. Johnson
March 14 1951 - September 7, 2019

Carol "Corey" A. Johnson, age 68, formerly of Litchfield, died on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the Jerico Lutheran Church in New Hampton, Iowa. Interment will be in the Jerico Lutheran Church Cemetery near New Hampton, Iowa.

Carol Annette Johnson was born to Marcus and Alice Kaiser Cordes on March 14 1951 at Rice Lake Wisconsin. She was the second of five children. She was baptized into the Christian faith on April 1, 1966 At Zion Lutheran Church, Almena WI. The family later left the farm and lived in several locations in Wisconsin while Marcus worked in the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Soils and Division. Marcus later decided to enter the ministry, and the family moved to Minneapolis while he attended Augsburg College and Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary. They subsequently moved to Deer River, MN where Carol Was confirmed in 1966. After ordination, the family accepted a call in Gibbon, MN where Carol graduated from High School in 1969. Carol attended and graduated from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN where she acquired the nickname Corey which most of her friends and family called her. On July 30, 1972, she was united marriage to David Johnson at Augustana Lutheran Church in Gibbon, MN. Her father Marcus performed the ceremony.

Following their honeymoon, David was stationed with the US Army in Taegu, Korea.1972. Taegu was one of the few locations in Korea that allowed dependents so Corey was able to join him from just before Christmas of 1972 until July of the following year. They had to live off post, and had very primitive conditions, but as newlyweds, they were able to weather the conditions. Corey returned to Minnesota; Dave came back in September. They were then sent to Little Rock Arkansas where they stayed until discharge in February of 1975.

Following discharge from the Army they moved to Clear Lake, Iowa where Corey was employed at EF Johnson Company as Administrative Assistant to the President. In 1977, their daughter Sara was born in Mason City, Iowa. In 1981, they moved to Litchfield, Minnesota where Corey found her true calling as the Veteran Service  Technician for Meeker County. She truly loved working for the well-being of Veterans, wives and widows, helping to guide them through the confusing paths of securing their benefits. Her compassion and love for “Her Veterans” kept her in this position until she retired in 2014. In 1998, Corey and Dave were able to finally realize their dream and bought their first small lake cabin in Ottertail County, MN. In 2006, they purchased their present cabin on Lake Roosevelt in Emily, MN. This was a year round home and where she spent as much time as possible during her retirement. She truly loved the lake and was very active in the lake association, RALALA working to protect the lake and environment. She was also very focused on taking even more beautiful sunset photos from the deck. Her best times were taking Grandson Zachary to Owls and Things for ice cream, and looking for special “treasures” to buy.

Corey was preceded in death by her father, Marcus Cordes, her mother, Alice (Twila) Cordes and many other aunts, uncles and loved ones,. She is survived by their loving husband, David Johnson of Emily, Minnesota, Daughter, Sara Kellogg (and Eric) and grandson Zachary Kellogg of Rogers, MN. Sister, Mary Decko (and Art) of Ramsey, MN. Sister, Susan Cordes-Green (Bob) of Fargo, ND. Brother Randy Cordes (Patti) of Watertown, MN and Brother David (Bucky) Cordes of Cottage Grove, MN, along with family members and friends.

“We love you to the moon and back Nana”. Please sign the online guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund.com

Audrey Blaido
December 18, 1939 – September 2, 2019

Audrey Blaido, age 79, of Pine River, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019, at Lakewood Care Center, Staples. She was born to Sam and Rose Blaido on December 18, 1939, in Minneapolis.

Audrey was ambitious and a very hard worker who was a perfectionist at heart. She earned her college degree later in life while working full time. Audrey loved to travel in her car in search of new and different places. She enjoyed Nascar, gardening, baking, scrapbooking and playing cards with her friends. Mostly, she loved spending time with her family. She was a loving and caring person who would do anything for her family and always gave great advice.

Audrey is survived by her children: Kelly Gronskei, Shelly Yeats (Randy), Chris Gronskei (Lorene), Clay Gronskei (Becky LeFebvre), Wendy Schrupp (Raymond); brother, Lyle Blaido (Pam); sisters, Lois Lodien, Cheryl Blaido; grandchildren: Gary Gronskei, Lozza Gronskei, Stacy Ford, David Gronskei (Rachel), Jennifer Kline (Matthew), Ryan Schrupp (Courtney); great grandchildren: Andrew, Mike, Merissa, Sarah, Ella, Brody, Madison, Rylan and Reagan. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Moriarity; grandson, Brandon Gronskei; and brother-in-law, Morey Lodien.

Services were held September 6th at First Lutheran Church, Pine River.

Kenneth J. Fraasch
August 28, 2019

Kenneth J. Fraasch, age 85, of Minnetonka and Crosslake, passed away August 28th from coronary heart disease. He was preceded by his loving wife MaryAnn, parents William & Ethel, brother Forrest Fraasch, and sister Shirley Tappe.

Ken graduated from the University of MN and University of Southern California where he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. They returned to MN in 1959, raised their 5 children in Minnetonka and worked at Honeywell Inc. until his retirement in 1990. He led the Honeywell Ammunition Systems Division as Vice President and General Manager. As a business leader is was loved and well respected for his strong business integrity, ability to just get things done and his positive ability to motivate others.

After his retirement, they moved to Crosslake, MN where they enjoyed a quiet life. Soon after their move, MaryAnn was diagnosed with breast cancer and battled it together for 20 years. They made many trips to Minneapolis, Brainerd and Crosby where they faced many challenges of keeping her cancer at bay, but never lost ope. MaryAnn always said Ken was the best nurse she could ask for. They made many friends through their openness at many establishments in Crosslake, and when in the twin cities, old friends would work around their doctor visits to reconnect. Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, photography, vegetable gardening with MaryAnn, taking friends and family out to his favorite restaurants, mowing with his John Deere lawnmower, and watching Twins and Vikings games. In his later years he was proud of his volunteer work at the Cuyuna Medical Center in Crosby where he was able to give back for their care of MaryAnn.

Ken is survived by a large loving family: Steve (Nancy) Fraasch of Maple Grove, Amy (Pete) Fraasch Vold of Plymouth, Martha (Chris) LeWin of Minnetonka, Jim (Sheila) Fraasch of Savage, Sarah (Derrick ) Luhm of Roseville; 13 grandchildren: Jon, Karl (Lauren), Emily (Josh), Rebecca (Dustin), John “Jack”, Spencer, Charlie, Zachary, Blakely (Patrick), Hayden, Mitchell, Matthew, and Tommy; and his sister Audrey Drake.

Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Tuesday, September 10th at 11am with visitation at 10am at the Church of St Therese in Deephaven, MN, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd. Memorials preferred to the donor’s choice.

John Hugh Drum
February 19, 1946 - August 31, 2019

John Hugh Drum, 73, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019. He was born February 19, 1946 to Francis and Mary Drum in Superior, WI.

John was raised in Robbinsdale, MN where he graduated high school in 1964. He was a world class ski jumper and flyer, attended the U of M in Minneapolis, and was a Marine who served in Vietnam. He married Cynthia Olson and had two children, Angela and Jason. He resided in Ideal Township and most recently in Homosassa, FL with his dear friend Margo Schifsky.

Preceded in death by his father, Francis. Survived by his mother, Mary; sister, Virginia (Fred); children, Angie and Jason (Colleen); grandchildren, Savannah, Bruen, and Drake; niece, Carrie Newhouse (Jay); nephew, Michael Wherland (Heidi); and many friends who cared for and loved him. John was a caring and generous father, grandfather, son, coach and friend. John will be deeply missed by all who knew him. He will forever be in our hearts.

A Memorial services was held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Private family interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Crosslake/Ideal Lions in John’s name at http://crosslakeideallions.org/

Craig Allen Rhymers
October 3, 1948 - September 1, 2019

Craig Allen Rhymers, 70, Crosslake, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at CRMC Hospital, Crosby, with his family at his side. Craig’s funeral service was held Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Staples United Methodist Church, Staples. The graveside service with honors was held Friday, September 6, 2019 at Assembly Area # 5, Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Craig was born on October 3, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN, son of Roy and Irene (Wassing) Rhymers. He grew up and was educated in south Minneapolis, graduating from Roosevelt High School. While in school, he loaded bags at MSP Airport. He attended the U of M, Minneapolis, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree. He served in the US Air Force as a T38 Instructor at Laughlin AFB, Del Rio, TX and served in Desert Shield/Storm flying C-130’s for the 133rd Tactical Airlift Wing. He headed up the runway lighting project at Camp Ripley.

Craig worked with United Airlines in Denver, working with the flight simulator. He began flying with Western Airlines out of LA, which later merged with Delta. He flew with Delta until retiring on October 2, 2013 as 5th Captain from the top. He was also retired from the Air National Guard as a Lt. Col. In his younger years, Craig enjoyed boating, fishing, waterskiing and flying, flying, flying!!! He enjoyed Gopher Football, Twins Baseball and Vikings Football. His family also remembers him as “The Man of the Grill”!

He was united in marriage with Joan Batcher on 8-16-2015 at the Staples United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife: Joan (Joannie) of Crosslake; his daughter: Amanda Rhymers of Louisville, KY; step-children: Danika (Zach) Ohly of Rochester, MN, Zachary Batcher Johnson of Shakopee, MN, Joetta (Danny) Markow of Boise, ID, Turner Batcher Johnson of Minneapolis, MN, and Gunner Batcher Johnson of Helena, MT; granddaughter: Charlotte Ohly of Rochester, MN; brother: Dr. Kurt (Elaine) Rhymers of Alexandria, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Irene; his wife: Debra on July 8, 2009. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Staples.

LeRoy Falk
February 18, 1918 - August 31, 2019

Long time Outing resident LeRoy Falk passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 10 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Private interment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

LeRoy A. Falk was born February 18, 1918 in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Andrew and Agda Falk. He graduated from North High School in 1936. He was in the US Navy from 1942 to 1945 where he served aboard the USS New Mexico. Upon discharge, he returned to his job at the Chicago Northwestern Railroad where he worked until he retired in 1978. On April 27, 1946 he was united in marriage to Muriel Quady and they made their home in Crystal, MN where they raised three sons.

Upon retirement in 1978, Muriel and LeRoy moved to their home at the lake in Outing, MN, where they enjoyed  over 30 years of active living including fishing, water skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and square dancing. They belonged to many clubs and civic organizations including the Outing Senior Citizens Club and the Heartland Squares Square Dance Association.

No matter where he was, LeRoy always thought of Outing as his home. Online Condolences at: www.whitefuneralhomes.com

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