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Obituaries


Peggy Sue Eckman
September 1, 1975 - February 10, 2021

Peggy Sue Eckman lost her battle with cancer on February 10, 2021, surrounded by her family, at the age of 45. She was born to Ella and Jesse Eckman on September 1, 1975, in Grand Rapids, MN. When Peggy was young her family lived in Remer, Hackensack, Pine River, then back to Hackensack. They moved back to the Pine River/Backus area when Peggy was a teenager.

Peggy loved outdoor adventures while riding horses, camping and walking. She also  enjoyed scrapbooking, playing cards, sitting outside watching nature, relaxing by a campfire and visiting and laughing with her family and friends. Peggy loved her  grandchildren dearly. She was a very humorous, caring, strong and independent person and had a major crush on Tom Cruise.

Peggy is survived by her parents; children: Heather Eckman, Austin Hines, Autumn Hines (Craig Owen); grandchildren: Riley, Sebastian and Maria Francis; siblings: Martha Wendt (James), Jessica Johnson, Jody Eckman, Elvis Eckman (Amanda), Charolette Hines (Jeremy), Christopher Eckman, Luke Eckman, Rebecca Eckman; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ira and Avis Eckman; grandmother, Laura Haggard; uncle, Raymond Haggard, Jr.; aunt, Heidi Olson; uncle, Doug Olson; and numerous friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Earl G. Angell
October 6, 1925 - February 11, 2021

Earl G. Angell, age 95, of Crosslake and formerly of Minneapolis passed away peacefully at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center on Thursday, February 11, 2021. A private family service will take place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. A celebration of Earl’s life will take place at a later date, when it is safe to gather together again. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.

Earl was born October 6, 1925 in Chicago, IL to George and Myrtle Angell. After the 9th grade his family moved from Chicago to Minneapolis where he graduated from Washburn High School in 1943. Following high school graduation, Earl proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Earl attended the University of Minnesota where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil  Engineering. Earl married Helen and the couple had three children; he became a widower  after Helen’s untimely passing. Earl married Marge on July 9, 1983 in Fridley, and two  families became one Angell family. He worked for the Asphalt Institute for 28 years;  educating communities about the importance and durability of asphalt in roadway projects. If you started a conversation with Earl regarding asphalt, you were in for a full hours long lecture about the importance of asphalt and it’s qualities. After his “retirement” Earl worked for MNDot for 7 years until his official retirement Earl and Marge moved to  Crosslake in 2001. He was a member of Crosslake Presbyterian Church and Crosslake  American Legion Post #500. He enjoyed reading, Soduko puzzles, traveling, and the occasional golf outing (when the weather was nice). Earl was kind, considerate, polite, and had a wonderful unique sense of humor. Above all else, Earl was a devoted husband,  amazing father, and wonderful grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family  beyond words. Earl will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Earl is survived by his wife, Marge of Crosslake; children, Dave (Mary) of Arden Hills,  Cathy (Mark) Gallagher of Antioch, CA, Mary (Ron) Albrecht of Minneapolis, Teri  Knutson of Rosemount; sister, Vi Jones of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren; 8 great  grandchildren; and extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his  parents; first wife, Helen; and sister, Doris Schiltz.

Memorials are preferred to Crosslake Presbyterian Church or Crosslake American Legion Post #500.

Gary Campbell
1939 - 2021

Gary Campbell, 81, died peacefully on February 2, 2021 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.

He was born in Minneapolis to Harry and Gert Campbell. Gary met the love of his life Kaye in 1965 and landed in Minneapolis where they raised their 2 daughters. He was most at home at his cabin on Fox Lake while spending winters in warm Tucson, AZ.

Gary's personality was larger than life and made the world a better place because he was in it.

He is survived by his wife Kaye, 2 daughters Pam (Kevin Fischer) and Andrea (Kent Murray), and his 6 grandkids who meant the world to him. Abby, Mike, Bill, Tom, Eddie and Caroline - who he often referred to as "the meatball line up."

He was an avid outdoors man, a skilled handyman, a great cribbage player, and most of all a proud grandpa.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Judith Ann Connell
August 13, 1944 - February 7, 2021

Judith(Judy) Ann Connell of Crosslake passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota due to a rare side effect following what otherwise was a successful Cancer treatment regimen of chemotherapy and radiation.

Judith retired to Crosslake after a successful and fulfilling career in the restaurant industry. She lived in the home that her parents built and enjoyed sitting on the deck with family and friends watching the activity on the lake.

Judith was preceded in death by and will be reunited in heaven with her parents Donald and Jeanette, her sisters Linda and Beth, and her brother Ronnie.

Judith is survived by her 4 sons, Kevin, Adam, Jason and Aaron, 9 grandchildren, her brother David, sister Susan and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at a later date when everyone can gather safely.

Scott Gjerdahl
1966 - 2021

Scott Gjerdahl, 54, of Merrifield, died on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at the University of Minnesota Hospital.

Survived by his loving wife, Mary; mother, Rosalie (Ray) Justison; children, Jon Gjerdahl, Daniel (Duoos) Gjerdahl and Christina Hagen; brother, Tim Gjerdahl; step brother, Dan Justison; grandchildren, Aubree and Caden; nieces and nephews, Doug, Angela and Becca; and many friends and extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his step brother James Justison.

A funeral service was held Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake with Father Drew Braun officiating. Interment at the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. Arrangements have been entrusted with the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.

Florence Mary Wodarz
September 11, 1922 - January 31, 2021

Florence Mary Wodarz, 98, of Outing, MN, went to heaven on Sunday, January 31, 2021 with her family by her side.

Florence was born on September 11, 1922 in Bowlus, MN to Michael and Mary (Koczur) Smieja. She was the second born of 11 children. When her parents bought a farm in Cushing, Florence moved on to live in St. Paul where she began her work life at Smyth Printing. Here she was a book binder for over 18 years.

Florence married Victor Wodarz on January 14, 1942 in St. Paul, where they raised five children. In 1973, Florence and Victor moved to Outing, MN to enjoy retired life at their lake home on Lake Leavitt. Florence enjoyed many activities with her favorites being square dancing and creating amazing quilts for loved ones and raffle prizes at the church bazaar. She also had a special place in her heart for the children who visited Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN. Florence created and donated quilts for their fundraisers for over two  decades.

Traveling with family was another of Florence’s favorite ways to enjoy life. Her adventures included trips to Lake Kabetogama, Montana, and a cruise to the Bahamas.

Florence is preceded in death by, and will be reunited in heaven with, her parents Mike and Mary (Koczur) Smieja; husband Victor; son James Wodarz, and daughter Mary Jane  (Wodarz) Piper; siblings Paul, Bernardine (Smieja) Bryniarski, Angelo, Robert, Donald, Jerome and David.

She is survived by her daughter Victoria (Lloyd) (Wodarz) Barthel and sons Thomas and Michael Wodarz; many grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren;her brother Mikey and sisters Mary (Smieja) Scepurek and Rita (Smieja)  Weishalla; and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on February 04, 2021 at St. Emily Catholic Church, in Emily, MN. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley in Little Falls. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel-Crosslake.

Susan K. Reller
March 27, 1954 - January 22, 2021

Susan K. Reller (Forthmiller) of Merrifield, formerly of Crosslake, passed away on January 22, after years of battling cancer. Susan was surrounded by loved ones at her death and will be greatly missed by many.

Memorials preferred to Salvation Army, Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) in Brainerd, or donor’s choice.

Details of a remembrance service will be provided at a later date.

Audrey Jo Tremblay
May 30, 1935 - January 28, 2021

Audrey Jo Tremblay, age 85 of Crosslake died on January 28, 2021 at the Whitefish at the Lakes Senior Living in Crosslake. She was born on May 30, 1935 in Eayre, Oklahoma to Frank and Mildred (Bloomer) Mackey.

Audrey is survived by her son, Rev. Stanley (Sheila) Mikles of Crosslake; two sisters, Carol Poff of Glendale, AZ and Frieda (George) Stanley of Oklahoma City, OK; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Preceding Audrey in death are her parents; 1st husband, Carmon Mikles, 2nd husband, Edward Tremblay; one son, Guy Mikles; four brothers and three sisters.

A service will be held in Oklahoma. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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