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Obituaries


Ronald Atwater
December 12, 1941 – May 13, 2015

Ronald Atwater, age 73, of Breezy Point, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home. He was born to Glenore and Pearl Atwater on December 12, 1941, in Manhattan Beach, MN. Ron served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Dolly Bogdon on June 20, 1973, in California. Ron loved fishing and hunting. He was very proud of all his grandchildren and loved watching them in their activities.

Ron is survived by his wife, Dolly; son, Chris (Caterina); grandchildren: Shane Owen, Niki Atwater, Laura Atwater, Kevin Atwater, Kayden Hatfield; foster child, Shawn Adkins; brothers: Dennis (Bobbi), Glen;sister-in-law, Gloria “Sam”; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jerry and Ace; sisters, Kathy and Linda.

Services will be 11:30 AM on Thursday, May 21, at Eagles Nest Church, Breezy Point. Visitation will be  Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily.

Steve Dale
May 12, 1958 - May 13, 2015

Steven (Steve) Gordon Dale, 57, of Pequot Lakes died May 13, 2015. He was born on May 12, 1958 to Gordon and Dorothy Dale. He graduated from Pequot Lakes High School in 1976. After graduation, he attended Bemidji State University for one year before enrolling in the United States Army. He was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years with some of his best friends.

After his service, he moved to Cedar Rapids, IA. There he met Barbara Hrtanek, and 6 years later on September 3, 1988 they welcomed a son, Jacob, into the world. About a year later, they moved back to Steve’s hometown of  Pequot Lakes, where they separated but continued to raise their son.

While in Pequot, Steve met Kimberly Lange. In 1995, Kim, along with her son Logan (born on March 25, 1994) moved in with Steve. On August 15, 1998, Steve and Kim were married at her parents’ home in Jenkins, MN. They decided live in Pequot and raise Logan there.

Steve shared his love of sports with his boys. Whether it was watching Logan play basketball & football, or playing golf & talking about fantasy football with Jacob, he loved it all. He was so proud of his boys for all of their accomplishments in academics or sports, and he always made it known.

He always had a smile on his face and a joke in his “pocket”. He was so optimistic about life, and wanted everyone to do the same. Steve didn’t want anyone to ever worry. Steve would want everyone to have his outlook on life, and to make sure to always have a good time.

A celebration of life is on Saturday, May 23 from 2-5 p.m. at the VFW in Jenkins, MN. Arrangements by Crescent Tide Cremation in St. Paul, MN.

Carol Glassmann
August 16, 1942 - May 10, 2015

On August 16, 1942, the Good Lord decided to share a beautiful little girl with the world because He knew she would change people’s lives. Her loving parents named her Carol Antoinette Folgers. Twenty years later, she met the man of her dreams and married Lawrence R. Glassmann, Jr. on December 15, 1962. After 52 memorable years together, God decided she was needed in heaven and peacefully took her hand at 2:30 AM on May 10, 2015, with her husband by her side.

During her lifetime, Carol accomplished so many tremendous deeds and changed so many lives. She gave her heart and home to 33 foster children, one of whom she and Larry adopted and named James, who decided to be with God at an early age in 2000. Carol was an active member at Our Lady of Lourdes quilting group and made numerous quilts which were sold, raffled or given away. She was meticulous in her quilt creations from her  quilting den at her home. Not only was she a quilting member at Our Lady of Lourdes, she was extremely active with teaching CCD classes, working dinners, running the bingo stand, participating in several auctions, helping decorate the new rectory and the planning of the new elevator. Outside of church activities, Carol was the Clerk of Deerfield Township for 30+ years and worked for Badoura State Tree Nursery for 35 dedicated years before retiring in 2005.

Carol was not just about work; she loved outdoor activities including tending flowers, bird watching, gardening, raking and baling hay, tending to livestock, and picking various berries which she made into jams and jellies. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and those she “adopted” as her grandchildren.

Carol is survived by her husband, Lawrence; daughters, Kathleen Glassmann and Kristine (Michael) Jones; her grandchildren, David and Matthew Jones, Courtney, Chelsea and Chloe Glassmann, Kaitlyn Alderson; great granddaughter, Anastasia Glassmann; brother, Thomas (Virginia) Folgers; and sister, Anne Hartman.

The Celebration of her Life was held Saturday, May 16, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River.

Jennifer (Jenny) J. Nelson
May7, 2015

Jennifer(Jenny) J.Nelson, age 64, of Crosslake, MN left this earth on May 7, 2015 to join the choir of the angels. We will all miss the beautiful voice that brought joy to many.

Jenny is preceded in death by parents Nels and Adeline Jessen. Survived by husband, Lyle; daughters, Tristin (Dale) Host, Stacy (Chad) Stutelberg; sons, Mark(Cole) Nelson, Chris(Ami) Nelson; grandchildren, Tarissa Host, Brandon Host, Jordan Host, Justin Host, Brady Host, Miles Nelson, Morgan Stutelberg, Nolan Stutelberg; sister Laurie(Richard) Jessen; brother Nels (Bernie)Jessen; sister-in-law Karmen Droneck; beloved dachshunds Rocky and Boo Boo and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday, June 6th at 2:00 p.m., Crosslake Assembly of God Church, 13919 County Rd 36, Crosslake, MN 56465.

Donna Lavone Jacobson
August 22, 1924 - May 13, 2015

Donna Lavone (Nelson) Jacobson was born in Avoca, MN on August 22, 1924 to Arthur F. and Ellen Nelson. She graduated from Slayton High School and Gustavus Adolphus College.

She met Henry C. “Jake” Jacobson while teaching high school in Clarkfield, MN after he returned from WWII. They were married in June 1947, and remained married for 63 years. Jake preceded her in death in 2010.

Donna and Jake lived in the Brainerd Lakes Area from 1961 until they moved to Woodland Good Samaritan Assisted Living in 2005. Donna spent the past nine years at Woodland, fighting the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Jake; her parents; and two brothers, Armond and Leroy Nelson.

She is survived by her children, Lynn (Steve) McCulloch, of Greenwood Village, CO, Yvette (Ron) Zgak, of  Downer’s Grove, IL, Dick (Karen) Jacobson, Shakopee, Lori (Darren) Cronquist, of Brainerd, and Cindy (Russ) Sheehan, of Breezy Point; eight grandchildren, Amanda McColluch Bakulski, Dustin Jacobson, Kevin McCulloch, Beth Jacobson Currie, Sara Anderson Karppinen, Nicholas Anderson, Traci Anderson, and Rylie Anderson; seven great-grandchildren, Kalyn, Madelun, Brayden, William, Carter, Collin, and Selah; sister, Ada (Hiram) Drache, of Moorhead; two nephews; and her niece.

Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Good Samaritan Village – Woodland Chapel, #100 BLDG in Brainerd.

Memorials may be made to Woodland Good Samaritan Village Activity Fund (100 Buffalo Hills Lane – Brainerd, MN 56401).

Ed Gilman
October 31, 1914 - May 2, 2015

Ed Gilman was born in Chicago, Illinois, to James and Ida Gilman. He married Catherine Cisek on November 20, 1941. Ed joined the Army and served in the European Theatre in World War II. After the war ended he and his wife, Catherine (Kay), and son, Donald, moved from Illinois to Minnesota. They bought and operated a family resort in Fifty Lakes for over 35 years. Ed also owned and operated Gilman's Plumbing and Heating until he retired. He also retired as a school bus driver, driving family and other children out to meet the Pine River School Bus. Ed was active in Fifty Lakes government, serving over 20 years as a Council Member and later as the Mayor of Fifty Lakes Village.

After retiring, Ed and Kay wintered in Bahia Kino, Mexico for many years. While there, they helped raise funds to build a new church for their adopted winter community.

Ed was passionate of his love of fishing and conservative politics.

Surviving is his youngest sister, Ida Schoenveld, Fort Myers, FL; his children: Gary (Marilyn) of Willmar, Cathy (Tim) Switajewski of Pine River, Mary Kay (Larry) Novakoski, Little Falls, Dennis Gilman, Scottsdale, AZ, Rose Gilman, Pine River; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; son, Donald; brother, John; and sisters, Catherine and Babe.

The family hopes Ed will be remembered most for his love of family. And his love of the outdoors. And finally, we know he would apologize for his funeral on Fishing Opener.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 9, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River.

Arvid John Gravdahl
July 13, 1915 – May 2, 2015

Arvid John Gravdahl died peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015, surrounded by his family at Senior Class Care in Pequot Lakes. He was 99 years 10 months old. Arvid was born July 13, 1915, to Emil and Pernell (Kirketeig) Gravdahl. A first generation American, he was born on the farm west of Pequot Lakes, the land purchased by his father in 1903. Living with his five brothers and two sisters, Arvid learned to be a dairy farmer. The Gravdahl farm was surrounded by farms owned by his mother’s family (Kirketeig name became Anderson when they moved to America) and he grew up with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins. Arvid went to school in both Pequot and Pine River, graduating from Pine River in 1934.

On October 16, 1937, Arvid married Lorraine Marie Nylander and together they stayed on the farm, eventually purchasing it from Arvid’s parents where they raised eight children. Arvid shared many memories of working the fields with teams of horses and was proud to own the first John Deere tractor in the neighborhood. Over the years, the house was a center of activity with three generations living under one roof, but Arvid still found time to participate in civic and religious organizations: Farmers Union, Pequot School Board of Education, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Council, the DFL, and also serving on the boards of the REA and UPA for many years. In 1998, Arvid and Lorraine sold the farm to their son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Tammy Gravdahl, but continued to live there. Arvid’s life was still all about farming, but when his wife, Lorraine, became ill, Arvid learned to do laundry, cook and clean while taking care of her. While it was sometimes very difficult, he insisted on doing that for her as she had faithfully cared for his parents and for other family members over the years. Lorraine died in 2000. They had been married for 62 years.

In 2009, Arvid moved to Pine River, living at the Good Samaritan Senior Living Apartments. Three years later, needing more care, he moved to Senior Class Care in Pequot Lakes, where he appreciated the attention of those working there. Arvid is survived by his children: David (Jan), Sharon (Bill) Ingvoldstad, Marilyn (Lyle) Amundson, Linda Brandon, Mary Frost, Judith (Rick) Haphey, Timothy (Shelli); daughter-in-law, Tammy Bargy (James); 22 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine; son, James; sons-in-law: Jerry Wallin, Wilfred Frost; granddaughter, Ashlee Theriault;  brothers: Oscar, Alfred, Conrad, Otto, Clarence; and sisters, Clara Jones and Ella Robideaux. Arvid will be missed by many. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the visits from his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He often told others that he never had much money, but he was the richest person he knew.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, May 9 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place at the Gravdahl Family Cemetery on his beloved farmland.

Genevieve “Genny” (Hraban) Woodruff
April 28, 1922 – May 7, 2015

Genevieve “Genny” (Hraban) Woodruff, 93, passed away on May 7, 2015, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River, after a long painful illness with family at her side. Genevieve was born on April 28, 1922, in Dwight, Nebraska, to Joseph and Mary (Krenk) Hraban. She graduated from high school in Bee, Nebraska. After graduation, Genevieve came to Hackensack, MN, as a nanny. It was there she met Warren Woodruff and they later married. To that marriage four children were born: Kathy, Shirley, Bonnie and Nancy. Genevieve resided in Hackensack for the rest of her life.

Before she became blind, Genevieve was an avid gardener who loved to be out working in the soil and harvesting what she grew. In later years, her life centered around her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren were her pride and joy.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and three brothers.

Genevieve is survived by her children: Kathy Woodruff, Shirley (Richard) Pederson, Bonnie (Jerry) Brooke, Nancy (Dan) Gilles; her grandchildren, great grand and great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, May 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hackensack. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Backus.

Bill Crimmins
April 16, 1942 – April 23, 2015

Bill Crimmins, age 73, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his home. He was born to Edward and Opal Crimmins on April 16, 1942, in Pine River.

Bill is survived by his children: Charlie (Patsy), DJ, Adel Holmvig (fiancé, Chip), Lynnette Leger, Mary Crimmins, Chris Crimmins, Lisa Thiery (Marc), Brenda Crimmins (Tim); brothers: Alan (Janice), Jerry, Pat (Sandy), Jim (Karen), Mike (Sharon), Corky (Linda), Darrel “Ole” (Nancy), Ronnie; sisters: Karen Lee, Kathy Hansen, Faye Binman (Perry); many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joe; and brothers, Kenneth “Hoppy” and Lowell.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 25, at the Church of the Nazarene in Backus.

Dona Mae Larson
September 2, 1929 - April 12, 2015

Dona Mae Larson, 85, of Crosslake, MN died peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at her home.

Memorial services for Dona will be held on Saturday May, 16, Brenny Funeral Chapel, Crosslake, MN. Gathering 1:00 PM, Service 2:00 PM with luncheon to follow. We will be sharing a toast, group visit, at the Crosslake Legion after the luncheon.

Dona was born on September 2, 1929 in Gibbon, MN to Elmer and Florence (Wall) Olson. She married Curtis Larson in Reno, Nevada on June 20, 1952. Dona was very active with the Legion Auxiliary for many years, while her husband, Curtis was the Commander of American Legion Post #500. Dona truly enjoyed being with family and friends, boating on the Crosslake chain, playing 500, sharing breakfast at Evergreen Estates, going to bar bingo and the casino with the gang from the Legion.

Dona is survived by her son, David (Jeanne) Larson; brother, Ole Olson; sister-in-law, Bev Lane; grandchildren, Ryan Larson, Don Lennartson, Krista Flag, Lindsey Larson, Danelle Larson, and Kendra Larson; and great-grandchildren, Zack and Zoey Lennartson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Florence;  husband, Curtis; daughter, Gail Larson; one brother, and three sisters.

Memorials are preferred to American Legion Post #500 in Crosslake, MN. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Joel Eric Norgaard
December 21, 1963 - April 22, 2015

Joel Eric Norgaard, 51, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 in Crosslake, MN. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Crosslake Presbyterian Church. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM, with the memorial services at 11:00AM. Rev. Kate Stangl will be officiating.

Joel was born December 21, 1963 in Shakopee, MN. Joel graduated from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota. After high school, Joel attended Dakota Technical College receiving a 2-year business degree. Joel spent most of his career working with the Goodyear Corporation in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. He married Jean Martin and eventually settled in the Milwaukee, WI area. In 2010, Joel moved to Crosslake, MN and in 2013 Joel married Candice Christian. Joel was a NASCAR fan and loved movies, skiing, sailing, and tennis. Most of all, Joel loved his family and that included his friends. And that love is his greatest and lasting gift to us. We will miss him; however, he is now reunited with his brothers, Jeremy and Josh.

Joel leaves many family and friends behind. They include his son, Jack , whom he referred to as his “beautiful boy”; Jack’s mother, Jean Norgaard, step-daughter, Lauren; parents, Jerry and Patty Norgaard; brothers, Jason (Paula) and Justin; two special nieces, Allison and Madeline; including Candice’s children, Jade, Jordan, Chase and Layne; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins that he held dear. Waiting to welcome Joel at Heaven’s Gate are Candice Norgaard, wife; brothers, Jeremy and Josh; cousins, Robin and Randy Rosenberg and grandparents, Elmer and Olga Norgaard and Joseph and Dagny Lee. May you find peace our beautiful son!

Please visit www.brenny.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Joel’s family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

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