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Obituaries


Lorraine Alberta Quast Grabow
on August 29, 1920 - October 7, 2017

Lorraine Alberta Quast Grabow ascended to the Heavenly Realms on October 7, 2017, at 5:35 PM in Pequot Lakes, MN. She was born on August 29, 1920, to Emil and Mable (Bandimere) Quast of Carver, MN. She married Leonard W. Grabow on February 17, 1942, in St. Louis, MO. Leonard was on active duty with the U.S. Army at that time. They were blessed with seven children. They lived in Excelsior and Carver, MN, for 7 years and then Chicago, IL, until August 1971. They moved to Jenkins, MN, opened up the L&L Diner and operated it until October of 1978, at which time they retired. In 2011 Lorraine took up residency at Senior Class Care in Pequot Lakes. Angela Sandelin, President, along with her dedicated and loving staff became Lorraine’s second family. Lorraine knew this was where she would call her “final” home.

Lorraine lived a beautiful life of service to her family and others in her community and served as Mayor of Jenkins, MN, for one term. Her life was enriched by meeting so many caring and loving people. Her husband preceded her in death in 1986, and her son, KyLen, in 1996. Lorraine will be greatly missed by her family and dear friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Lorraine requested memorials be made to DaNette Dempsey, c/o McKinley Elementary School, 1740 Constance Blvd. NE, Ham Lake, MN 55304, for purchase of classroom books to celebrate her love of reading.

Weldon “Bill” Michael
June 6, 1930 - October 3, 2017

Weldon “Bill” Michael, age 87, of Pine River, passed away on October 3, 2017, at the VA Nursing Home in St. Cloud, MN. Bill was born on D-Day, June 6, 1930, to Hazel and Tommy Michael in Ruthven, IA. He was a junior in college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake, IA, when he was drafted into the Army. Bill served in the Korean War spending 18 months underground doing top secret work tracking the enemy by air and on the ground. He finished his senior year of college at University of Northern Colorado in Greeley then went into an administrative graduate program in Omaha, NE, graduating with a Master’s Degree. He earned most of his PhD from South Dakota. Bill was the elementary principal in Pine River for 11 years, then moved to the Red Lake Reservation serving as high school principal for 4 years.

Bill and his wife, Jan, moved to Wainwright, Alaska, and lived with and taught the Inupiat Eskimos on the Chukchi Sea. Barrow, AK, was his school district home base. They lived there for 3 years then transferred to Anaktuvuk Pass for the last 7 years of their careers where Jan taught first and second grade and Bill taught junior and senior high school. They retired in 1992 and moved back to Pine River.

Bill is survived by his son, Shawn Michael; grandson, Kodi Michael; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jan; son, Dana; and daughter, Dawn “Cookie”.

Services will be 2 PM on Saturday, October 21, at Riverview Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Gerald V. Dale
November 23, 1935 - September 25, 2017

Gerald V. “Jerry” Dale age 81 of Fifty Lakes passed away peacefully at his home on September 25, 2017 at the age of 81. He was born on November 23, 1935 in Mora to Vernon and Theresa (Ellens) Dale. As a youth he loved sports, and went on to excel in football, basketball and baseball at the Mora High School. After graduating, he went to work cooking for the Great Northern Railroad. He married Barbara Berglund in 1958, the same year he enlisted into the U.S. Army. He was employed for many years Lagerquist Elevator Company. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family camping, fishing and snowmobiling.

Jerry is survived by one son, Paul (Karen) Dale; one daughter, Laurie (Mike) Jorgensen; five grandchildren, Briana, Matthew, Samantha, Kyle and Katherine; three brothers, Melvin (Patricia), Robert (Loretta) and John (Peggy) Dale; and one sister, Judy Horne.

Preceding Jerry in death are his wife and partner of 55 years, Barbara; and one brother, Richard Dale.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby with Sharing of Memories.

Noral Erickson
November 17, 1925 - September 29, 2017

Noral Erickson, age 91, of Pine River, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Geri, as well as many other family members and friends. Noral mentored many young people throughout his life. He will be sorely missed. Noral was laid to rest with military honors at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 3.

Kolene M. Logan
June 29, 1950 - October 02, 2017

Kolene M. Logan, 67, of Breezy Point, passed away Monday, October 2, 2017 at Essentia Health - St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd.

A Celebration of Kolene's Life will be held at a later date. Please check http://www.brenny.com/obituary for updated service times.

Eugene Harrington
April 3, 2003 - September 19, 2017

Eugene Delbert Harrington, 14, of the Pine River-Backus area, passed away accidently on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at his home. Eugene was bright, shiny, funny, witty and accepting of everyone. He was a friend to all.

Eugene is survived by his parents, Ron and Michelle; brothers, Josh and Logan; sister, Jessica; grandparents; nieces; nephews; aunts, uncles; and special friends. Eugene was preceded in death by his grandpa, Eugene; and his sister, Danielle.

Services for Eugene were held on Tuesday, September 26, at the Pleasant Hill Community Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pequot Lakes. Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Darlene Mary Seaton
December 22, 1939 - September 21, 2017

Darlene Mary Seaton, age 77, of Pine River, passed away September 21, 2017, after a brief illness. Services were held on Wednesday, September 27, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Visitation was Tuesday at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Darlene was born December 22, 1939, to Reinhold and Katherine Schultz in Tony, WI. After graduation she moved to the big city of Minneapolis where she met her love, William Seaton. They were married May 19, 1962. They had 5 children and made their home in Mounds View. When all her children were in school, Darlene entered the workforce. She worked in banking for many years and was able to work her way up. Darlene and Bill retired to Pine River in the early 1990’s.

Darlene was known for her calm demeanor, her love for her family and friends and her strong faith. She enjoyed playing cards and was quietly competitive, and also enjoyed watching all sports. She especially enjoyed watching her kids and grandkids in all activities. She was their number one fan. Darlene was very involved in her church with the women’s group, choir and lefse making.

Darlene is survived by her children: Jill Timpane (Mark) of St. Cloud, Julie Seaton of Brooklyn Park, Bill Seaton (Shana) of Coon Rapids, Anita Seaton (Brian) of Sartell; 12 grandchildren, 1 great grandson and another on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill; daughter, Susan; and brother, Lavere.

Douglas Erwin Wright
September 23, 1968 - September 26, 2017

Douglas E. Wright, 49, of Crosslake, MN died at his home on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Michael J. Hartman
January 23, 1961 - September 19, 2017

Michael Hartman, age 56, resident of Breezy Point, passed away suddenly at his home of natural causes on Tuesday , September 19, 2017. Michael was born on January 23, 1961 in Brainerd to Lynn and Arlene (Puetz) Hartman.

Mike was a devoted member of St. Alice Catholic Church. He loved to ride his Harley, his other passions included, goose and deer hunting and fishing. Mike worked for Clough stamping for 31 years.

Survivors include his mother, Arlene Hartman-Freeman; siblings, Larry (Peggy) Hartman, Wayne (Leta) Hartman, Sandy (Tim) Lander and Nancy Gates; nieces and nephews, Joel Hartman, Jessica Adza, Rory Lander, Beth Hatch, Reed Lander, Paula Hartman, Daniel Hartman, Jim Gates, Eric Gates, Rachel Swanson and Ben Gates. He also leaves behind many close friends.

Preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Lynn and infant sister, Julie.

Mass of Christian burial was on Saturday, Sept 23, at St. Mathias Catholic Church with Father John Pearson and Deacon Mike Koecheler officiating. Burial in St. Mathias Catholic Cemetery.

Thomas Ronald Stattelman
January 16, 1943 - September 17, 2017

Thomas Ronald Stattelman, age 74, of Pine River, was born in Milroy, MN, on January 16, 1943, and went to be with the Lord on September 17, 2017. He was a loved father, husband, grandfather and friend and was known for his love of faith and family.

Tom is survived by Joann, Wesley and Catharine Stattelman, Jesse and Tina Stattelman; and his loving grandchildren, Thomas, Collin, Olivia, Alexandra, and Emma.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, September 22, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Orlo Waldhoff
January 15, 1927 - September 15, 2017

Orlo Waldhoff, age 90, of Crosslake passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. A memorial service for Orlo and his wife Doris, who passed away in March, will be Saturday, September 30, at 2 pm at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, with visitation during the hour before the service. Interment will be at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

Orlo Theodore Waldhoff was born at home in Oak Grove Township on January 15, 1927, to Theodore and Annie (Nordin) Waldhoff. When he grew up he joined the Navy, and served on the destroyer USS Purdy during WW2. He received an honorable discharge and later was a member of the Naval Reserve. He attended NW Electronics  Institute in Minneapolis, and became skilled at repairing TVs and radios during a time when they still had tubes and were repairable. He was married to Doris Anderson on June 25, 1949, in Minneapolis. He worked for, and later retired from, Cargill. After his retirement, Doris and Orlo owned and operated the Luck-E-Strike Resort in Crosslake for several years. Orlo was a member of the Zurah Shrine and Scottish Rite. He was a lifetime member of the DAV, and a lifetime member of the VFW, first at Post 182 in Minneapolis and later at Post 3839 in Jenkins.

Orlo is survived by his three children, Cindy (Jerry) Lukasavitz, of St. George, UT, Douglas (Becky) Waldhoff, of Zimmerman, and Deborah (Bob) Ash, of Brainerd; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Audrey, of Cambridge; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris, on March 6, 2017; his parents, Annie and Theodore; three sisters, Larue, Cleo, and Lois; and two brothers, Glenn and Curtis.

Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral and Cremation Service of Crosslake.

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