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Obituaries


Barbara Jo “BJ” Arens
November 29, 1951 - June 25, 2020

Barbara Jo “BJ” Arens of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away on June 25, 2020. She was born to Edward and Betty Hoy in Minneapolis, MN on November 29, 1951. She graduated with the class of 1969 from Minnetonka High School. Growing up BJ spent summers at Daggett Bay in Crosslake with her family. She married Pat Arens on August 21, 1987.

BJ was a member of SCCA and worked at Donnybrooke Speedway (BIR). Throughout life she was an active volunteer in her communities, being involved in scouts in one way or another, which later led to her involvement in Antlers Youth Group (through Elks Lodge) along with open-mic night. BJ was a devoted wife and mother, an excellent artist and interior designer. Being the owner of Barbara Jo Arens Interiors for over 20 years allowed her to show and use her artistic creativity. She had a remarkable talent. She could remember the specific color and shade of paint and wall covering patterns used in her clients’ projects even years later. Always greeting her clients with a coffee mug in hand and wearing paint stained clothes, she made sure they had a unique experience from start to finish! Her talents and smile will be greatly missed.

BJ is survived by her husband, Patrick James Arens; children: Edward (Heather) Tardiff, Michele Henderson, Marcellus (Laura) Arens, Joseph Arens; mother-in-law, Trudy Sebring; siblings: Mike (Shelby) Hoy, Linda (Earl) Taylor, Cory Manthei (Gino); 11 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren.

BJ’s family would like to thank all the angels at Heartland Hospice Care. A Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Memorials directed to the family may be mailed to Kline Funeral Home, PO Box 511, Pine River, MN 56474.

“When Barbara put the paper on the wall,
She put the pot of paste in the hall,
She papered all the stairs,
She papered all the chairs,
She even put a boarder on gramma’s shawl.
When Barbara put the paper on the wall,
She spilled the pot of paste upon us all,
Now we all stick together,
Like birds of a feather,
When Barbara put the paper on the wall.”

For melody link to “When Sammy Put The Paper On The Wall.” Frequently sung by Taylor family when BJ was visiting.

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.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.

Jayne Ellen Bialon
March 26, 1952 ~ June 17, 2020

Jayne E. Bialon, age 68 of Emily died on June 17, 2020 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on March 26, 1952 to Leonard and Helen (Hanusin) Baranowski.

Jayne is survived by her husband, Van. Two sons, Michael (Jen) Banjura of Griffith, Indiana, David Bialon of DeYoung, Thailand; two daughters, Michelle (Andrew) Morris of Missouri City, TX and Michelle (Craig) Bialon-Choy of Millbrae, CA; two brothers, Andy (Allison) Baranowski of Delray Beach, FL and Tony (Lisa) Baranowski of Edwardsburg, MI; three sisters, Diane (Rick) Trezek of Brookfield, IL, Joyce (Kurt) Severe of Willowbrook, IL and Amy (David) Cavazos of Gurnee, IL; and seven grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the ALS Association, 1919 University Avenue W. #175, St. Paul, MN. 55104. Please reference Jayne’s name with memorials. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Fred D. Chamberlain
November 26, 1939 - June 17, 2020

Fred D. Chamberlain, age 80 of Pine River, Minnesota, passed away on June 17, 2020. He was born to Charley and Fannie Chamberlain on November 26, 1939, in Pine River, Minnesota. Fred married Janice Petersen on November 24,1962 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She preceded him in death on July 5, 1991. Fred worked in the automotive industry for many years in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. On March 19, 1994 he married Marilyn Wolkenhauer in Pequot Lakes, Minnesota. He worked at TDS Telecom until his retirement. Fred enjoyed traveling, dancing and talking to anyone he met. Most of all he loved family.

Fred is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Pine River; daughters: Karen Witte of Whitehall, WI, and Karla Edwards (Chris) of Woodbury, MN; son, Tim (Cindy) of Franklin, WI; stepchildren: Shirley Taylor, Sharon (Lynn) Rolfson, Larry (Deb) Wolkenhauer, Joanne (Don) Coulter, Penny (Karl) Skog; 23 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Fred was preceded in death by his first wife,  Janice; son-in-law, John Witte; stepson, Gary Wolkenhauer; step sons-in-law, Tom Taylor and Jerry Mills; brothers, Cal (Mona) and Elmer (Marlene); sisters, Agnus and Doris.

Due to the COVID-19 virus a private family service will be held at Maple Hill Lutheran Church. Interment will be held at a later date in Bloomington, MN.

LaVerne Somerville
January 1, 1930 - June 9, 2020

LaVerne Marles Somerville, age 90, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Riverside Assisted Living in Pine River. She was born to Ben and Louisa Harrington on January 1, 1930, in Home Brook Township, MN. She loved gardening, cooking and baking (CINNAMON ROLLS).

LaVerne is survived by her children: Karen Graf (Jerry) of Deer River, Janice Kiefer (Charlie) of Inver Grove Heights, Lana Mulholland (Dale) of Backus, Alan Scott (Lynne) of Richfield, Sandra Redberg (Gary) of Pine River; sister, Shirley Gorman; 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Lester Scott and Derwin Somerville; daughter, Mary Helen Scott; brothers: Wesley, Richard, Clyde “Tony”; sisters: Gladys, Charlotte, Lila Faye; son-in-law, Dick Kiefer; and 2 great grandchildren.

Future 1 Peter 1:3-9. Memorials may be given to Disabled American Veterans, Pleasant Hill Community Church or Camp Jim. Services were held Saturday, June 20, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes.

Marjorie Thulin
June 6, 1930 – June 11, 2020

Thulin, Marge, age 90 of Fifty Lakes, MN, formerly of New Hope, MN.

Preceded in death by husband, Edward and sister, Donna Rangel.

Survived by daughters, Debbie (Don) Schutte, Lisa (Mick) Tanner and Tina Schmeling; son, Chuck Thulin; grandchildren, Jon (Robyn) Hawkinson, Amy (Jason) Salzl, Joe (Berta) Tanner, Alyssa (Kyle) Olson, Emily, Jared and Hannah Schmeling; 6 great-grandchildren and brother, Lamore Salmonson.

Marge had a great love for her family and the outdoors.

As a result of COVID-19, services will be private for family only. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Bette Lou Johnson
May 6, 1947 - June 2, 2020

Bette Lou Johnson, age 73 of Emily died on June 2, 2020 at her home. She was born on May 6, 1947 in Hibbing to Leo and Dorothy (Richards) Johnson.

Bette is survived by two sons, Randall (Kris Snow) Funk of St. Louis Park and Steve Funk of Minneapolis; two sisters, Sandra Stoltzman of Brainerd and Bonnie (Brian) Walker of Pengilly; and one grandchild.

Preceding Bette in death are her parents and one brother, Ken Johnson.

No services are being held. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Donna Marie Potz
November 28, 1955 - June 11, 2020

Donna Marie Potz, age 64, of Brainerd died Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hosptial. A celebration of Donna’s life will be held from 11-1PM on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.

Donna was born on November 28, 1955 to Dale and Barbara (Manske) Potz. She was a very hard worker and was employed as a dishwasher at Perkins and most currently at The Barn for over 20 years. Donna loved cats, and often took in stray cats to nurture and care for. She enjoyed surrounding herself with nature and found serenity in the beauty of nature. Donna also enjoyed crocheting, needle point, bird watching, reading, walking, and biking. She was quirky, quiet, and very kind; Donna would give the shirt of her back if she knew it would benefit someone else in need. She was independent, adventurous, and above all else loved her family beyond words. Donna will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Donna is survived by her father, Dale of Crosslake; siblings, Toni (Greg) Buchite of Fifty Lakes, Mary Siltman of Pine River, David (Teri) Potz of Fifty Lakes; Heidi Potz of Havana, FL; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara (Manske) Ahligrim; niece, Becky Siltman; and many aunts and uncles.

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