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Obituaries


Florence Hamilton
July 7, 1922 - November 13, 2016

Florence Hamilton, age 94, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born to Charles and Caroline Valley on July 7, 1922, and grew up in the Royalton and Little Falls area. On April 15, 1940, she married Bill Hamilton of Backus.

Florence is survived by her children: Lovette McAninch, Jean Yost (Douglas), Bill Hamilton, Jr. (Brenda), Jim Hamilton (Debra), Rose Malmgren (Jim), Robert Hamilton (Caroline); Geradette Nies (Edwin), Bernadette Monroe, Paul Hamilton (Jennifer); many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years 6 months and 3 days; grandson, Anthony William Monroe;  son-in-law, Jeffrey Monroe; sister, Hazel Robertson; brother, Robert Valley; and one great-great grandson.

Service were held on Tuesday, November 22. Arrangements entrusted to Kline Funeral Home.

Ilsoon Pak McCormic
September 14, 1927 - November 26, 2016

Ilsoon Pak McCormic passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the age of 89 at Golden Nest Assisted Living in Minneapolis, MN, where she had been living. Her heart and thoughts were still at her home on Lake Ossawinnamakee in Ideal Corners, MN.

She leaves behind her two sons and their families, Tim and Pam McCormic, of Crystal Lake, IL and Russell (Mike) and Chrisanthe McCormic of Blommington, IL. She also leaves behind granddaughter Elsie Mae  McCormic of Fargo, ND and grandsons, Ryan McCormic and Ian McCormic of Bloomington, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. McCormic in 1963 and her first husband and son who were killed during the Korean War.

Pak leaves a legacy in her passing. She loved the lake and being in the house that her husband built. She loved her family and was very proud of her heritage. She was proud that she was an American citizen. By all standards, she could have been considered literate since she couldn’t read or write English, but she was fluent in both Japanese and Korean and could read and write both languages. She struggled to keep her family well fed and clothed, taking menial jobs due to her lack of education. She never allowed the family to take government support or free school lunches since that would have been a sign of poverty and failure on her part. She learned how to be an American while still never giving up her Korean heritage or customs. She endured many hardships in her life, yet always made sure that her kids were well cared for.

For those that knew her, she was hardworking, caring, willing to share everything, stubborn, and a perfectionist. “Try harder” was one phrase that was always present in her words to her sons.

She is finally going to be with her true love and husband, Russell, after losing him over 50 years ago.

Services were held Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake. Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Richard Reagan Stevenson
May 22, 1939 - November 29, 2016

Richard Reagan Stevenson passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Services will be held at a later date.

Robert J. Sechser
August 31, 1934 - November 21, 2016

Robert James Sechser, 82, of Pine River, MN went peacefully to the Lord surrounded by his loving family at his home on Monday, November 21, 2016.

Robert was born on August 31, 1934 in Parker, South Dakota to John and Sarah (Nugent) Sechser. He graduated from Pine River High School before entering the United States Air Force in 1954. Following his honorable  discharge from the Air Force in 1957, Robert married Beverley Bair on November 29, 1958 in Pine River, MN at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Robert worked for Erie Mining following his discharge. In 1971, Robert began his 25-year career as a machinist with Burlington Northern Railroad where he was employed until his retirement in 1996. Robert and Beverley raised their family on a little hobby farm in Jenkins, MN, and after 31 years Robert built a cabin on Big Portage Lake in Backus, MN where they moved and lived until 2012. In 2012 they moved to Pine River, MN. Robert enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, camping, and being outdoors. He also liked hunting and fishing, and loved to garden and watch and feed the birds in his yard. Robert’s greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Robert is survived by his wife, Beverley, of 58 years of Pine River, MN; children, Gary (Laura) Sechser of Pine River, MN, Patricia (Tom) Seidel of Pine River, MN, Michael (Carol) Sechser of Cohasset, MN, Mary (Warren Kearney) Seidel of Minneapolis, MN, Paul (Sheila) Sechser of Pequot Lakes, MN, Joseph (Amber) Sechser of Pine River, MN, Barbara Bengquist of Pine River, MN, Charles Sechser of Slayton, MN, Julie (Kurt) Nordstrom of Verndale, MN, twenty-six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Jeanne (John) Stranne of Pine River, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Sarah; brothers, Clifford and John; and sisters, Geraldine and Lois.

Funeral Services for Robert were held on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River, MN with Father Mike Patullo officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel at Baxter, MN.

Robert Ayd
August 3, 1940 - November 15, 2016

Robert Michael Ayd, 76, of Breezy Point, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Cuyuna Regional Care Center surrounded by his family. He was born to Soloma and Leonard Ayd on August 3, 1940, in Shakopee, MN. Robert attended St. Cloud State University and graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in  education. Robert started teaching a Pequot Lakes High School in 1973. He taught History, Social Studies and Driver’s Education and he also coached basketball and was a referee for both football and basketball. He retired from Pequot Lakes High School in 2002 as Athletic Director. While teaching he also owned and operated Midy Tidy carpet cleaning business for over 30 years. Robert was also a member of the Crosslake Lions Club for 25 years.

Robert married his high school sweetheart, Diane Lynch, on October 21, 1961, and together they had three children. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and watching sports. He also enjoyed spending his winters in Florida after his retirement. Most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane; children: Julie Kreitz (Jeff) of Breezy Point, David Ayd of Breezy Point, Ben Ayd (Angie) of Nisswa; grandchildren: Jessica Kreitz, Jack Kreitz, Ashley Hirt, Elizabeth Curb (Rylee); sisters: Carmen Dircks (Frank), Bev Anderson, Joan Ohnsorg; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Soloma and Leonard Ayd; brother, Donald Ayd; sisters: Marcy Wartz, Aileen Muer; nephews: Tom Muer and Benjamin Ayd.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, November 19, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake.

Armond A. Gease
July 21, 1932 - November 17, 2016

Armond A. Gease, 84, Crosslake, MN, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Bethany Good Samaritan Society Home in Brainerd, MN. A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Tuesday, November 22nd at the Mission of the Cross Church in Crosslake, with Pastor Leslie Uhrinak officiating, there will be visitation for one hour before the service.

Armond was born on July 21, 1932 in Garfield, MN, to Alfred and Elsie (Scheuneman) Gease. The family lived at Garfield until he was twelve, when they moved into Alexandria. He graduated from Alexandria High School in  1949. Following graduation, he worked with his sister and her husband in their restaurant in Alexandria. He was united in marriage with Patricia “Pat” Adams on July 23, 1955 at Frazee. They moved to Minneapolis, where they  lived until 1959, when they moved to Crystal. Armond worked for Stark Electronics, fixing TV’s, working in the  parts department and eventually serving as general manager. In 1977, he began working as a salesman for Kodo Electronics and in 1981, he began working with GC Electronics as an salesman. He and Pat moved to Crosslake in 1987 and Armond retired in 1994. His wife, Pat, died on August 23, 2004

He was a master handyman at whatever he turned his attention to, including woodworking, electronics and motors (small and large).

Armond is survived by two children: Dorette (John) Gease-Clark of Glenn Heights, Texas and Brian (Michelle) Gease of Big Lake; two grandchildren: Spencer Gease of Lino Lakes and Cory Gease of Big Lake; two in-laws: Evelyn Gease of Alexandria and Alvin Tvrdik of Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alfred and  Elsie Gease; siblings: Earl, Florella and Viola; and his wife, Pat.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny  Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.

Florence Hamilton
July 7, 1922 - November 13, 2016

Florence Hamilton, age 94, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Good Samaritan  Society, Pine River. She was born to Charles and Caroline Valley on July 7, 1922, and grew up in the Royalton and Little Falls area. On April 15, 1940, she married Bill Hamilton of Backus.

Florence is survived by her children: Lovette McAninch, Jean Yost (Douglas), Bill Hamilton, Jr. (Brenda), Jim  Hamilton (Debra), Rose Malmgren (Jim), Robert Hamilton (Caroline); Geradette Nies (Edwin), Bernadette Monroe, Paul Hamilton (Jennifer); many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years 6 months and 3 days; grandson, Anthony William Monroe;  son-in-law, Jeffrey Monroe; sister, Hazel Robertson; brother, Robert Valley; and one great-great grandson.

Services were held on Friday, November 18, at the Church of the Nazarene, Backus.

Maria Strukelj
November 5, 1921 - November 10, 2016

Maria Strukelj age 95 of Crosby formerly of Emily died on November 10, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Maria was born on November 5, 1921 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia to Joseph and Marie (Berus) Zelko. The first part of Maria’s life was spent in Slovenia of the former Yougoslavia. She lived a happy youth in the small village of Novo Mesto with her parents and two younger sisters, Frances and Josephine.

Maria having a love of cooking planned to attend a chef school in Austria. That plan was changed with the onset of  the communist invasion. Maria, being a member of the anti-communist movement was forced to flee with her two sisters and hundreds of other countrymen. At the age of 24, Maria arrived in the U.S., where she embraced her new country, learned the language and proudly became a citizen. She Married Anton “Tony” Strukelj in 1959 in Lamont, IL.

Maria was a happy, laughing person who loved to cook and make countless meals for her friends. She welcomed all and will be sadly missed. She owned and operated the Emily Grocery Store for 35 years. She was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily.

Maria is survived by her sisters, Frances Zelko and Josephine (Frank) Vavpotic; two nephews, Frank (Kathy) Vavopic and Nicholas (Laura) Vavopic and five great nieces.

Preceding Maria in death are her parents and her husband Tony.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Resurrection Cemetery in Justice, Illinois. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Tuesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home.

Michelle Evans
December 24, 1967 - November 1, 2016

Michelle Evans, age 49, of Crosslake, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at her home. Memorial services will be Thursday, November 17, at 11 AM, at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, with visitation during the hour prior to services.

Michelle Anne Evans was born February 24 in Lincoln, NE, to Donald and Cheryle (Kramer) Evans. She moved with her family to Plano, TX, where she graduated from Plano East Senior High School in 1985. She worked in Information Technology in Texas and, after moving to Crosslake, in Minnesota. She enjoyed crafting, and collected spoons and coins. Michelle was a very social person who very much enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Michelle is survived by her father, Donald Evans, of Omaha, AR and her mother, Cheryle Evans, of Melissa, TX; two children, Lindzee Johnson, of Duluth, and Konner Dik, of Merrifield; three sisters, Kimberly Evans, of Harrison, AR, Denise (Briana) Evans, of Melissa, TX, and Danielle (Jeremy) Hopland, of Plano, TX; and a nephew, Tyler Begay, of Plano, TX. Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel.

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