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Obituaries


Cecelia “CeCe” Cummings
March 4, 1943 - October 14, 2018

Cecelia Marie (Brill) Cummings, 75, of Jenkins, MN, passed away October 14, 2018, at home surrounded by her family.

Cecelia was born March 4, 1943, to Bill and Dora (Bettelyoun) Brill in Vancouver, WA, during WWII while Bill was a welder in the shipyards. They would return home to Long Valley, SD, where she lived until Nov. 1, 1962, when she married Ed "Dane" Cummings in Rapid City, SD. They were blessed with 2 children, Jody and Carla. The early years were spent in California, Texas and Wyoming before returning home to Martin, SD, for the next  16 years. In 1987 her family would make their final move to Minnesota where she worked as a custodian for 23  years at the Pequot Lakes School. This is where she became known to many by the name "CeCe".

Cecelia enjoyed traveling, old westerns, going to casinos, music and spending time with family. One of her highlights was a trip to England that her son took her on so she could be with her sisters. She was a very proud grandma who loved her grandchildren dearly, attending as many of their games and activities she could with hockey quickly becoming her favorite to watch.

Cecelia is survived by her son, Jody Cummings of Pequot Lakes, MN; daughter, Carla (Ed) Carlson of Nisswa,  MN; grandchildren: Lindsey Cummings of Martin, SD, Cody Carlson (Amanda Pylka) of Walker, MN, Mandy (Sam) Larsen of Bemidji, MN; sisters, Naomi Cummings and Delores (Bob) Dixon, both of Prineville, OR;  brother, Raymond (Paula) Brill of Wickenburg, AZ; her loving ex-husband, Ed Cummings of Mahnomen, MN; special sister-in-law, Barbara Brill of Rapid City, SD; along with many nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Dora; brothers, Chris, Clayton and Clarence Brill; special brother-in-law, Clarence "Swede" Cummings; and many more extended family members.

Memorial services will be 11 AM on Tuesday, November 13, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Edward Thomas Shetka, Jr.
May 22, 1934 - November 8, 2018

Edward Thomas Shetka, Jr., age 84, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018, at his home in Fifty Lakes, MN. He was born May 22, 1934, in St. Paul, MN, to Edward and Blandina Shetka.

Ed grew up in the St. Paul area and graduated from Cretin High School. From the time he was a young boy, he grew up loving the outdoors - from duck hunting to fishing. He was proud of his sportsman abilities and never tired of sharing his knowledge and experience with his family and all who would listen.

Ed married Nancy Jean Cline on September 18, 1954 and was a loving and attentive husband for 64 years. He  worked as a Master Plumber for Local #34, worked enthusiastically as a swim coach for the neighborhood  Catholic grade school and was a weekend Crosslake vacationer until he and his family moved to Fifty Lakes, MN in 1974. Ed put his excess energy into other projects right away. He was proud to serve on the Fifty Lakes City Council and the Pine River School Board and he was a tireless advocate for the citizens and the children in his district.

Most importantly, Ed was a family man; a loving husband and father who wanted nothing more than to be home  with his wife, kids and grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children: Lorie Johnson (Randy), Edward Shetka III (Barb), Kathy Murrer (Ted), Theresa Fox (Rick), Jennifer Schroeder (Bill); 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ronald Shetka; his stepfather, Al Stevenson; and his stepsisters, Donna and Barbara.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM on Wednesday, November 14, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Swanburg Cemetery. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Robert Hiller
September 23, 1937 - November 4, 2018

Robert Hiller, age 81 of Merrifield, MN passed away peacefully on November 4th surrounded by his loving family.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa and friend. Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carole, Children Lauri Herr (Kevin), Lynn Hall (Steve), Rob Hiller (Tracy), Lisa Lewis (John), Kristin Hiller(Greg McArthur), Brother Ron Hiller (June), Sister Leona Classen, 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial was held November 9th at Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, MN.

Timothy Gene Lander
December 16, 1954 - November 4, 2018

Timothy Gene Lander, age 63, resident of Merrifield, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Roger Williams Hospital in Providence Rhode Island. He was born on December 16, 1954 in Palo Alto, California to Leonard and Opal (Thompson) Lander.

He was a committed follower of Jesus and active member of Lakewood Evangelical Free Church. Timothy was a 1973 graduate of Brainerd High School. He worked for 39 years in the communication industry, starting with Northwestern Bell and finishing with Consolidated Telephone Company. He loved being outdoors, fixing things in his workshop, and playing the keyboard at Lakewood.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy “Hartman” Lander; 3-children, Rory (Deirdre), Lander, Reed Lander and Rachel (Lee) Swanson; 3-grandchildren, Ronan, John and Nicholas; his mother, Opal Lander and brother, Thomas Lander.

Preceded in death by his father, Leonard and sister, Tracy.

Services were held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church in Baxter with visitation prior to services at the church. Burial in Greenwood Cemetery in Nisswa.

Karen Le Jensen
November 1, 1940 - November 5, 2018

Karen Le Jensen (Boche) age 78, beloved mother, wife, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend passed peacefully into God's arms on November 5th, 2018. Born on November 1, 1940 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the eldest daughter of Julius and Alma (Holz) Boche. She grew up in South St. Paul, graduating from South St. Paul High in 1958. She married David T. Jensen of St. Paul on September 19, 1964 at Grace Lutheran Church in South St. Paul. She resided in Lake St. Croix Beach, Lakeland, Woodbury, Merrifield and finally Nisswa, Minnesota throughout her life.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Kristin Tomonovich of Baxter and Kari Jansen (Dan) of Hudson, WI, one grandson, Joshua Tomonovich, her brothers Gary Boche (Karen) and Glenn Boche (Valerie) and one sister, Cathy Cooper, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear neighbors and friends.

She worked for 26 years as a secretary at Duro Bag Manufacturing, Co in Hudson, WI. She retired in 2005 and moved north to be near her grandchild. She enjoyed baking, sewing, crafting, knitting, gardening, canning, playing cards, and talking on the telephone.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law Bob Cooper.

Funeral service was held Saturday, November 10th at Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake, with a visitation prior to service. Memorials preferred to Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Judy Houser
December 17, 1948 - October 25, 2018

Judith Ann “Judy” Houser, age 69, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018, at her home. She was born December 17, 1948. Judy is survived by her husband, Bobbie; mother, Opal Johnson; daughter, Tawna Staples (Brad); and brother, Alan Johnson (Pat). She was preceded in death by her father, Arvid Johnson.

A celebration of Judy’s life will be June 15, 2019, at Judy and Bob's home in Pine River.

Paul G. Jensen
December 22, 1932 – October 12, 2018

Paul Gerhard Jensen, age 85, of Pequot Lakes, MN died peacefully on October 12, 2018.

He was a committed and adventurous father who loved his family dearly. He enjoyed the challenge of being a minister for fifty plus years. He was born December 22, 1932 to Gerhard and Gladys (Rowe) Jensen. He graduated from Augustana Academy and Augustana University. He continued his education at Luther Seminary and University of Edinburgh. His first pastoral call was to Alamo, ND. He then moved to Hecla, SD and then back to Western North Dakota where he had a three-point parish near Roseglen. He loved the people and the beauty of North and South Dakota. The middle years of Jensen life were spent in Wanamingo, Braham and Pine River, MN. The call to First Lutheran Church in Pine River was a beautiful journey filled with lots of love and support towards our whole family. We have many memories that include Luther League canoe trips down the Crow Wing River, Boundary Waters, Luther Crest Bible Camp, camping at Crosslake and spending time removing brush, mowing and planting trees at the family cabin. The people of Cass and Crow Wing County took very good care of our family and we deeply appreciate each one of them. Dad spent his final years of parish ministry near Watford City, ND and Moe Parish near Canton, SD. With great excitement they retired and moved back to the family cabin near Pequot Lakes where they watched sunrises and drank coffee. He loved his water clarity volunteer job on Upper Hay Lake, planting trees for each grandchild born into the family, continuing to fish with his buddies and  volunteering at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes.

He was preceded in death by his brother Johan and sister-in-law Polly Jensen, sisters Sonja Halvorson, Esther Anderson, brother-in-law David Anderson, nephew Aaron Anderson, brother-in-law Orvin Johnsrud, and nephew Richard Johnsrud. He is survived by his loving wife LaVonne Jensen, children Kristine Jensen and Ron Trosvig, Mark Jensen, grandchildren Andrew and Rebecca Urness, Thomas and Elizabeth Jensen, as well as Solveig (Lew) Loken (sister), Cindy (Holly) Pederson (sister), Jim Halvorson (brother-in-law), Mavis Johnsrud (sister-in-law) and other loving relatives and friends.

Paul's celebration of life service was held on Monday, October 29 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes, MN.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Lutheran Social Services (LSS) at https://www.lssmn.org/get-involved/donate/memorials-andtributes or mail the donation to Lutheran Social Services at 716 E St NE, Brainerd, MN 56401 or Good Samaritan Hospice Client Dreams Fund at Good Samaritan Hospice, 24090 Smiley Road, Ste 200, Nisswa, MN 56468 in memory of Paul Jensen.

Caroll Kottschade
April 20, 1939 - October 21, 2018

Caroll Anne Kottschade, age 79, of Pine River, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. She was born to Johnna and Caroline Petersen on April 20, 1939, in Lac Qui Parle County, MN. Caroll spent her leisure time reading, crafting, camping, watching HGTV and cooking shows. She especially enjoyed spending time with family.

Caroll is survived by her husband, Myron; children: Kirk “KC”, Connie, Marvin (Lori), James (Tammy), Vernon “Pinky” (Rhonda); sister, Jean Becker; grandchildren: Chesa, Daniel, Scott, Ethan, Brianna, Tessa, Kayla, Samantha, Mitchel, Rachel, Jenna; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dean Petersen; and stepfather, Kenneth Larson.

Services were held on Saturday, October 27, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, Rural Pequot Lakes. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Bernard Allan Dalbec
February 8, 1934 – October 5, 2018

Bernard Dalbec, 84, of Breezy Point, MN died Friday, October 5, 2018 at his residence. Mass of Christian Burial for Bernard was Saturday, October 13, 2018 at St. Alice Catholic Church in Pequot Lakes, MN with Fr. Michael Patullo officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment with Military Honors will be 1:00PM, Monday October 15th at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.

Bernard was born at home in Waverly, MN, February 8, 1934, the oldest of eight children to Henry and Lucienne (Boisvert) Dalbec. He enlisted in the US Air Force during his senior year at Buffalo High School. He was  honorably discharged after completing four years of service in 1956. Bernard was united in marriage to Arlene Anderson on July 19, 1958 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. On July 19, 2018 they celebrated 60 years of marriage with their children. In 1960, Bernard was accepted into the Bricklayers Apprentice program. He became a journeyman bricklayer and stone mason. In 1976, he started his own business under the name of Dalco Concrete and Masonry Inc., retiring in 1995 and passing on the business to his son. Upon retiring, they moved to Pequot Lakes, MN and then to Breezy Point, where they reside at the present time. Bernard loved hunting, fishing, golf, snowmobile racing, woodworking, his German Shorthair dogs and the Minnesota Twins. He loved his children and grandchildren and family gatherings.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Arlene of Breezy Point, MN; four children, Debra Dalbec of Pequot Lakes, MN, Curt (Emily) Dalbec of Medina, MN, Rodney Dalbec of Bloomington, MN, Lisa (Chris) Whitney of Lakeshore, MN; eight grandchildren, Andrew, Carter, Dane, Delaney, Ashely D., Blake, Christopher, Ashley W.; siblings, Carol (Dick) Hogan of Maple Lake, MN, Corliss Johnson of Cold Spring, MN, Gordon (Woyle) Dalbec of Olympia, WA, Kevin Dalbec of Buffalo, MN; and nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lucienne Dalbec; siblings, Bruce Dalbec, Barrie Dalbec and Gretchen Dalbec. Memorials are  preferred to donor's choice. Services have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

David Palmquist
October 15, 2018

David Palmquist, age 73, of Pine River (formerly of Monticello) passed at home on October 15, 2018, from pancreatic cancer. Preceded in death by his parents, Louie Gert Palmquist, and his beloved big sister, Joyce Noren. Survived by his wife and partner of 51 years, and Mary (Yon) and their daughter, Hope (Chris Swingley); sisters,  Betty Ringler (Pat Dennie) and Janis (Robert) Redfield; as well as extended family and an amazing circle of friends. Dave worked as a commercial Electrician for 38 years and was a proud member of IBEW Local 292. In  retirement, he reveled in collecting and restoring classic cars, fishing on area lakes and wheeling and dealing his way through the back roads drinking his Coke Zero in a never-ending quest for car parts, antique signs, misc.  treasures and conversation. Dave was a big man with a big heart. He loved his family, his friends and the life he and Mary enjoyed together.

A prayer service for family, followed by an informal Celebration of Life and sharing was held Sat., Oct. 20 at Bites Grill in Pine River. Memorials preferred to family or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (pancan.org). Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Jerome J. Jurek
January 4, 1941 - October 23, 2018

Jerome J. Jurek (Jerry)-Died on October 23, 2018 at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN. Jerry was born on January 4, 1941 to Frank and Gertrude (Kampa) Jurek in St. Cloud, MN. He attended Cathedral HS in St. Cloud until his junior year, then graduating from St. John’s Preparatory HS in 1958. He continued his studies at St. John’s University In Collegeville, MN, graduating in 1962.

From 1963-1965, Jerry served honorably in the US Army, retiring with the rank of Captain, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Division. He was extremely proud of his service to our country, continuing this service for several years as a member of the American Legion Post 500 in Crosslake, MN. Jerry married Carylynn (McCormick) Jurek on November 4, 1977. Jerry and Lynn have been the cornerstones for each other for nearly 41 years, parents over the years to their golden retrievers, Charlie, Cody, and Quincy. He spent his entire professional career with State Farm Insurance, Investments Division, retiring in 1998 after 33 years with the company. In addition to his career and family, Jerry loved fishing, hunting (with his dogs) and the outdoors of the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gertrude; his sister, Phyllis Brunn; and brother, Roland. Survived by his wife, Lynn; sons, Todd (Kristen) Jurek of Houston TX, Tony (Lori) Jurek of Hudson WI, and daughters Lynne  Jurek of Houston TX, and Wendy (Barry) Roeber of Cannon Falls, MN. Also survived by brother, Virgil (Gayle) Jurek, and sisters Yvonne (Tom) Lynch, Mary Jo (Robert) Baker, and Sandy (Dale) Anderson. Jerry and Lynn are also grandparents to 10 grandchildren.

A memorial gathering was held Monday, October 29, 2018 at the American Legion Post #500. The family requests memorials be given to the Crosslake American Legion Post 500, Crosslake, MN 56442.

Orville Hanson
May 7, 1933 - October 13, 2018

Orville K. Hanson, age 85, of Pine River, MN passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Society in Pine River, MN. He will be greatly missed by his children; grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Erlys Hanson on May 17, 2017. As he always said, “Love you to pieces.” R.I.P. Dad.

Gerald (Red) Moeller
April 4, 1930 – October 8, 2018

Gerald "Red" Moeller, 88 went to his eternal home on October 8th in Deforest, Wisconsin. He was born in Wilton, Iowa and after graduating, joined the Navy, where he served aboard the USS Midway as an airplane mechanic during the Korean conflict. After serving, he returned to Wilton and worked as an auto mechanic at his business; United Motors Co. He married Sally (Watson) Alexander in 1960 and helped raise her three children and later their own two daughters. In 1972 when they bought and ran The Right Place resort on Ossawinnamakee near Ideal Corners. He build several homes in the area. He was active in the early years of the Ideal Fire Department. In 1986 they moved to Pardeeville, WI where he worked at Marcell on Marine for his bother-in-law Jim Watson. When he retired, they would winter in Arizona, visiting with their children along the way. He could build or repair anything and became an accomplished woodcarver in later years.

He is survived by his wife, Sally and five children: Robert (Lori) Alexander of Kansas, Laurie (Mark) Worland of Wisconsin, Stuart Alexander of Illinois, Carol (Mark) Engen and Nancy Moeller of Minnesota, a sister Lois (Keith) Owens of Wilton, fifteen grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. He was predeceased in death by his parents Gertrude and Herbert, sisters Irene Wacker and Mary Ellen White and brother Rollie Moeller.

Burial and a memorial will be held June 15, 2019 in Wilton, IA. Memorials may be sent to the Ideal Fire Department.

Brian Goughnour
March 30, 1948 - October 9, 2018

Brian Goughnour, age 70, of Pine River, passed away on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Essentia St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd.

Services were held on Saturday, October 13, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Alice Pluimer
September 02, 1923 - October 07, 2018

Alice Pluimer, age 95, of Pine River, and formerly Milaca, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at her home. She was born to John and Jennie Nyenhuis on September 2, 1923, in Princeton, MN. Alice was an incredible homemaker, great hostess and devout follower of Jesus.

Alice is survived by her son, Dennis Pluimer (Sheri) of Breezy Point; daughter, Mary Lively (Les) of Hood River, OR; grandchildren: Mike Pluimer (Heather), Mark Pluimer (Laurie), Joy Bonnema (Chad), Jessica Berger (Russell), Jennifer Lively, Lisa Reimer (Eddy); great grandchildren: Michael, Meikea, Maddie, Ethan, Esther, Mae, Evie, Lily Alice; and brother-in-law, Robert Medd. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; young children, Ronnie and Linda; and 7 siblings.

Services were held on Saturday, October 13, at Pease Christian Reform Church. Burial in Pease Cemetery. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Jerry Tscheu
September 4, 1940 - October 7, 2018

Jerry Tscheu, age 78, of Emily, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was born to Everett and Laural Tscheu on September 4, 1940, in Gaylord, MN. Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Ron Tscheu (Casey); daughter, Diana Banks (Charlie); brothers, Randy and Doug; sister, Cherylyn; and 4 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ron.

Services will be 4 PM on Friday, October 19 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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