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Obituaries


Bonita Evenson
1941 - March 13, 2015

Bonita Evenson,73, Outing, MN passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2pm.

Born in 1941 in Decatur, IL to Joe & Rose Robertson. She married Ronald Evenson, Jr. (surviving) in 1965. Together they had 3 children (surviving): Judy Manchester of Coon Rapids, MN, Erik Evenson (Penny) of Oakdale, MN and Nicole Evenson (Eric) of Grand Rapids, MN, a sister, Dorothy “Dot” of Belews Creek, NC, 6 grandsons: Kyle & Cory Manchester, Trevor Coleman, Riley, Mason & Evan Kryser, 2 granddaughters: Rachel & Jenna Evenson and 2 nieces: Kim Hinsdale & Renee Freeman. Also surviving are her Father in-law and Mother in-law, Ronald Sr. & Dorothy Evenson, who reside in Fridley, MN.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and a brother James.

Bonnie enjoyed fishing, shopping, playing at the casino and being with family & friends. Bonnie & her husband enjoyed watching the beautiful sunsets that appeared at their lake home. In her younger days, Bonnie was an avid motorcyclist and still enjoyed a ride on a rare occasion behind a family friend, Sean Parker.

Her body has been cremated and a ‘Celebration of Life’ will take place at the Kraus-Hartig VFW in Spring Lake Park, MN on Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm.

Timothy Calhoun
March 28, 1962 - February 28, 2015

Timothy Calhoun, age 52, of Pine River, passed away February 28, 2015, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Tim worked as a survey drafter for many years, most recently at Pequot Tool and Manufacturing. He loved creating things with his hands, fishing, landscape painting, and he made the best beef/venison jerky ever. Tim also really enjoyed target shooting and clay pigeons with his friends Risco and Craig.

Tim is survived by his wife, Kristie; children: Katie Symanietz (Tyler Rueckert), Jarret Symanietz (Jessica); grandchildren: Alyssa, Kaela, Ethan, Logan, Owen; brother, Jay Calhoun; sister, LeAnn Latus (George); sister-in-law, Mardi Calhoun; and 7 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Calhoun; mother, Dee Scotka; stepfather, Bill Scotka; and brother, Tom.

Service will be held 12 Noon on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Faith Assembly of God Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Everett Lorin Clow
October 8, 1928 – March5, 2015

Everett Lorin Clow, 86, died March 5th, 2015 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living where he resided in Crosslake, Minnesota. Mr Clow was born on October 8, 1928 in Barrett, Minnesota, the son of Lorin Clow and Gladys (Larsen) Clow. He was the oldest of five children.

Everett graduated from West Central School of Agriculture at Morris, Minnesota with top honors. In 1947, Everett married Gladyce Elaine Olson. As a young man and father, Everett became a flight instructor while he trained in tool making at Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He developed his skills as a tool and die man as an employee of Federal Stamping. In 1970, Everett and his wife founded Clow Stamping Company, Inc., a metal fabrications business, in St Louis Park, Minnesota. They moved Clow Stamping to Merrifield, Minnesota in 1973 where the family business has grown to currently employ over 400 residents of the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Everett was active in the community, serving on the Brainerd Regional Airport Commission Board and as an Elder of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. His generous donations benefited many in the community, supporting growth and development of such places as St Joseph’s Medical Center, the YMCA, the Brainerd Regional Airport, Gloria Dei, and St Joseph’s Crosslake Clinic.

Everett loved flying, dancing, fishing, snowmobiling, playing a smart game of Black Jack and meeting a challenge in the tool room.

Everett will be missed by his son Reginal (Cindy) Clow, his daughter Tara Lyn (Clow) Moghadam, his sister Joyce (Clow) Murphy, and brothers Larry Clow and Robbie Clow, as well as his grandchildren David (Clow) Cabot, Kyana Moghadam, Katya Moghadam, Sasha Moghadam, and Nicole and Gabriel Clow. He was preceeded in death by his brother Gerald Clow, his son Ricky Clow, and former wife Gladyce Clow.

His Memorial Service will be held on March 18th at the Gloria Dei Church in Pequot Lakes at 3pm. Visitation at 2pm. The service will be followed by a luncheon. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) at Alzfnd.Org

Lois Marie (Pedersen) Harrington
June 23, 1926 – March 5, 2015

Lois Marie (Pedersen) Harrington passed away on March 5, 2015, at Senior Class Care in Nisswa, with her family at her side. Lois was born June 23, 1926, in Streator, IL, to Erwin and Olive Pedersen. She spent her early years on a small farm in southern Minnesota and moved to the Crosslake area when she was a sophomore in high school.

Lois married Richard Harrington in 1947 and they enjoyed 57 years together in rural Pequot Lakes. Lois was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She dedicated her life to caring for and serving others. She always had the coffee and goodies ready for anyone who stopped in. She enjoyed working on the farm raising her cows, tending her flower gardens, baking, cooking, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.

Lois is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Erwin and Olive; and brothers, Lyle and Donald.

She is survived by her children: Ronald (Kathy), Connie Swift, Randy (Carol), Barbara May (Greg); 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Shirley Gorman, Laverne Somerville; nieces, nephews; and many friends.

Memorial service was held March 11, 2015 at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes.

Lucas Paul Coe
November 24, 2013 – February 27, 2015

Lucas Coe, 15 months old, of Brainerd, passed away unexpectedly at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital on Friday, February 27, 2015. Memorial services were held March 7, 2015 at Heritage Assemblies of God, Brainerd, MN, with Pastor Chris Mancl officiating.

Lucas Paul Coe was born to Bryan and Erica (Felten) Coe on November 24, 2013 in Staples, MN. He loved his green blanket, pacifier, blowing duck calls with Dadda, chasing KC (his pup) around the house with Dadda’s deer antler. Lucas loved everything that had wheels. He always wanted to go to the garage to ride the “vroom vroom” (lawn tractor). He loved bath time and to make big splashes. He loved his books, his favorite was “Animal Alphabet”. But, most important, he loved all people. Lucas was the most friendly little boy, always waving at each and every person passing by him.

Lucas’s father is employed at National Conductor in Brainerd, his mother is employed at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

Lucas is deeply missed and will be forever remembered by his parents, Bryan and Erica Coe; grandparents, Paul and Barb Coe of Grand Marias, and Cameron and Julie Felten of Brainerd; uncles, Aaron Felten of Brainerd and Adam Felten (fiancée Kristine Schrader) of Brainerd; aunt Emily Felten (Nathan Tahtinen) and their son Cohen Tahtinen of Brainerd, and aunt Sarah Coe and her son Cameron of Otsego. Lucas is preceded in death by great-grandpa Robert Kincheloe, great-grandma Myrle Coe, and big sister Brynnlie. Memorials are preferred to Erica and Bryan Coe Benefit Fund at Bremer Bank Baxter, MN location. Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.

Dorothy Victoria Heino
July 19, 1927 – March 5,2015

Dorothy Victoria Heino, 87, resident of Pine River, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Essentia Health Hospital, Brainerd. Dorothy was born in Walden Township to George and Elizabeth (Huschle) Zupon on July 19, 1927. She married Charles Heino on February 14, 1946. Together they had a dairy farm in Walden Township and raised their five children. After retiring from farming, Dorothy worked for Silver Sands and Clamshell Resorts during the summer. She sold the farm in 1996 and built a house on the Pine River Golf Course.

Dorothy was a lifetime member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River, a member of RSVP and a volunteer at the Pine River Area Food Shelf.

She is survived by her children: Elizabeth Nennig (Nick), Charlene Rice (Jim), Joseph Heino (Charlotte), Martin Heino (Sandy), MaryKay Lael (John); 7 grandchildren; 2 step granddaughters; 9 great grandchildren; 3 step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers: Walter, Martin, Gilbert and Albert Zupon; and sisters: Irene Crimmins, Eleanor Cash and Mary Warren.

No funeral services will be held at this time. Memorials may be given to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or the Pine River Area Food Shelf.

Lillian Johnson
November 13, 1935 – March 2, 2015

Lillian Johnson, 79, of Merrifield, died Monday, March 2, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Services will be held at a later date.

Dean “Swede” R. Edman
March 13, 1948 – February 23, 2015

Dean “Swede” R. Edman, 66, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Monday, February 23, 2015 at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN. A Memorial Service was held February 28, 2015 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN. Interment will take place at a later date.

Swede was born on March 13, 1948 in Alexandria, MN to Andrew and Grace (Bestel) Edman. He was baptized and confirmed in Kensington, MN. Swede graduated from Kensington High School. During high school he went to Montana and worked on the Kolstad Ranches. Following high school he attended Dunwoody Institute  specializing in woodworking. He was a paratrooper for the National Guard from 1968- 1973. He worked at FMC in Brooklyn Park and also in construction before moving to the Brainerd Lakes Area in 1986. Swede married Ann Snobl at Itasca State Park on June 28, 1986. He worked as a self employed building contractor as well as he and Ann owning and operating a fishing launch at Headquarters Resort on Mille Lacs Lake for four years. Swede enjoyed feeding the deer, gardening, growing flowers, camping, cooking, and baking. He was an avid sports and football fan. Swede was a passionate hunter and fisherman and he also loved woodworking and refurnishing furniture. He was very proud of his Swedish heritage.

Swede is survived by his wife, Ann; daughter, Jennifer (Jeff) Horst of Plymouth, MN; and grandchildren, Alyssa and Ryan. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Andy; and one infant sister. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Roland J. (Rolly) Monasmith
December 15, 1944 – February 24, 2015

Roland J. (Rolly) Monasmith, age 70, of Baxter, MN, passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Essentia - St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Rolly was born on December 15, 1944 in Brainerd to Leland and Margaret Monasmith. He married Deloris (Dee) Schultz of Pequot Lakes on January 28, 1983. Rolly served in the Army Reserve for 24 years retiring with the rank of Sergeant First Class, E-7.

Roland was preceded in death by his son, Keith Roland in 1973 and his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Deloris (Dee); daughter, Stacey Lee (Ben) Ursel of Stillwater, MN; son, Ryan Monasmith of Brainerd, Lisa Strobel Kemper of St. Michael, MN and Jeff (Cindy) Strobel of Brainerd; 12-grandchildren; 1-great granddaughter; and his brothers, Lee (Jeannie) Monasmith and Tom Monasmith.

Services were held February 27, 2015 at Heritage Assembly of God Church in Baxter with Pastor Heath Beard officiating. Burial took place in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Military Honors provided by MN State Veterans Cemetery Color Guard and the Patriot Guard.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, family and friends.

LeRoy Benjamin Westphal
March 28, 1931 – February 19, 2015

LeRoy Benjamin Westphal, age 83, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. He was born to Rudolph and Victoria Westphal on March 28, 1931, in Anoka, MN. LeRoy served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a truck driver for CW Transport in St.  Paul for 30 years. After LeRoy retired he bought several houses then remodeled and sold them. He was a member of Hackensack Seventh Day Adventist Church.

LeRoy is survived by his wife, Meta; daughter, Lindalee Westphal- Williams of Lexington, MN; son, Christopher Westphal of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Melinda Williams (Kiel), Myrtis Williams, Spc. Freddie M. Williams IV, all of Lexington, MN; great grandsons: Skyler Johnson, Mikkah Johnson, Eli Johnson, all of Lexington, MN; sister-inlaw, Carol Westphal; nephew, Ricky Westphal (Maria); nieces: Diane Westphal, Jan Westphal, Hope Moulton (David), Dawn Halverson (Bill), Candy Westphal; and many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lola; and brothers, Johnny, Milton and Richard.

Services were held February 21, 2015 at Hackensack Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Janet Duitsman
February 25, 1933 - February 17, 2015

Janet Duitsman, summer resident of Crosslake, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2015, near her home in Naples, FL, after a long and difficult battle with Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Janet is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Henry; son, Mark (Tammy); daughter, Mary; grandchildren, Amanda and Matthew; brother, Lloyd (Ramona) Fedor; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and wonderful friends. Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen Fedor, as well as her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Lorraine and Ambrose Wentland.

Janet was born February 25, 1933, at home in Holdingford, MN, the middle child of Frank and Helen Fedor. She excelled in school, skipped 2 grades, and graduated from high school at age 16. She then moved to the cities immediately to work for Western Oil, and lived in California for several years, working for the husband of Shirley Temple. Janet came back to MN and started working for the Vice President of General Mills. She married Henry Duitsman in 1966. She excelled in business, and was in line to become the top senior secretary for the president of General Mills, but quit her job and career, believing it was more important for her to stay at home and raise her children. Janet later worked as a counseling secretary for Elk River Schools for over 10 years.

Janet is best known for her kind, compassionate, loving, and welcoming personality. She loved gardening, and was  a fantastic cook. Her hobbies included golf, playing bridge, entertaining, and spending time with many family and friends. Janet also dedicated herself to many volunteer organizations, and was appointed as the first female trustee of St Andrews Catholic Church, Elk River. Her faith was very important to her. Even in her dementia, Janet could recite most of the hymns and prayers she had learned in her youth. Janet's favorite passion was traveling the world. Janet traveled to many countries throughout the world including Cuba, Europe, Australia, Africa, and all of the United States, some of which she visited several times.

Memorials may be given to Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or Avow Hospice Care 1095 Whippoorwill Lane Naples, FL 34105 (www.avowcares.org).

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, February 23 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Burial was in Pinewood Cemetery, Crosslake. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Vern Carlson
March 23, 1927 – February 18, 2015

Vern Carlson, age 87, of Pine River, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. He was born to Gustaf and Hannah Carlson on March 23, 1927, in Slayton, MN.

Vern served in the U.S. Army during WWII and in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He married Eileen Hoover on August 4, 1947, in Sandpoint, Idaho. Vern was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Union 49. He also worked for Wannebo Excavating for many years.

Vern is survived by his wife, Eileen; son, Randy; daughter, Pamela Dalbey (Terry); brothers: Allen, Donald  “Bubby” (Arlyn); sister, Judy Raph; grandchildren, Karen Lindaman, Lance Dalbey; 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David.

Services were held February 23, 2015 at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg. Burial in Swanburg Cemetery.

Charlotte L. (Stendahl) Littman
April 17, 1943 – February 12, 2015

Charlotte L. (Stendahl) Littman, age 71, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Thursday, February 12, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. Charlotte was born April 17, 1943, in Minneapolis, MN, to Kermit and Ruth (Peterson) Stendahl. She attended school and graduated from Chisago City High School, class of 1961. Charlotte was united in marriage to Robert Littman on January 15, 1966, in Chisago City, MN. She was employed as a legal secretary for a number of years. Charlotte enjoyed being up North, camping, gardening, pontoon boat rides and sunsets on Loon Lake. She especially enjoyed time spent with her family, grandchildren and dog, Foster. Charlotte is survived by her husband, Robert; children: Brian (Missy) Littman, Prior Lake, MN, Kevin (Stacy) Littman, Pequot Lakes, MN, and Angie Littman, Breezy Point, MN; brother, Jerome (Delores) Stendahl, Wyoming, MN; four grandchildren, Samantha, Sophie, Gabrielle and Kyle. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents.

Services were held February 20, 2015 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Private inurnment at Kedron Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Duane A. Roberts
August 17, 1924 – February 18, 2015

Duane A. Roberts, age 90, resident of Merrifield, passed away on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the Veteran's Affairs Home in St. Cloud. Duane was born on August 17, 1924 in Arlington, South Dakota to France and Mabel (Bursvold) Roberts.

Duane left the family farm and joined the Marine Corps, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After retuning from the service he attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy. He practiced pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Hibbing, and Eveleth before purchasing his own store in Brainerd, Roberts Drug and Hallmark. He married Mary Penhiter on June 12, 1970. He was an active member in the Exchange Club of Brainerd, serving as Chapter President and District President. He was a member of the Brainerd Chamber of Commerce and was active in Scouting. Serving as Scout Master, he led his troop to Valley Forge for the National Jamboree.

Most of all, Duane loved and appreciated his family. He was a fine husband and great dad to his five children. Along with working hard at his store to support his family he always found time for helping however he could at home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Roberts; children, France Roberts, Shawn (Laura) Roberts, Nicole (Aaron) Roberts Hoiland; Scott (Kimberly) Roberts and Matt (Laurie) Roberts; grandchildren, Samuel and Sydney Roberts, Zoe, Sebastian and Ani Hoiland, Owen, Thea, and Myles Roberts, and Colton and Elise Roberts.

Duane is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Kenneth and Norman.

Services were held February 23, 2015 at Park United Methodist Church in Brainerd with Pastor Brenda King officiating. Burial in Mission Township Cemetery. Military honors provided by Brainerd American Legion and V.F.W. Color Guards.

Larry Lynn Sundquist
April 22, 1939 – February 15, 2015

Larry Lynn Sundquist, age 75, of Baxter, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at his home with his loving wife Suzanne by his side.

Larry was born on April 22, 1939 in Brainerd, MN to Melvin and Maude (Davis) Sundquist. On April 30, 1960 Larry was united in marriage to Suzanne Girard at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Nisswa.

Larry attended Brainerd Junior College and graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He began his professional career in 1960 at IBM at the dawn of the technology era; he went on to have a long and prosperous career at Control Data and other cutting edge companies; he was proud to be a part of the evolution of the computer industry.

Larry loved spending time with his family playing cards and games.

Preceded in death by parents Melvin Edwin and Maude Ida Sundquist.

Larry is survived by his loving family: wife Suzanne of Baxter, son Tom (Brandie) Sundquist of Waconia, daughters Karen (Robert) Lotito of Watertown, Deborah (Jay) Adams of Edina, and Mary (Lenny) Chapp of Breezy Point. Grandchildren Patrick and Andrew Sundquist, Noah, Grace and Emma Fortado, Rebecca, Rachel and Robyn Lotito, Trip, Henry, Evelyn and Josie Adams and Anna Chapp. Sister Karen Moore.

Mass of Christian Burial was held February 20, 2015 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 1108 Willow Street, Brainerd. Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home.

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