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Levi Robert Fry
September 23, 2018 - November 29, 2018

Levi Robert Fry was born on September 23, 2018. He surprised us by coming into the world early, when his mom was in North Dakota visiting her family. His first bed was an incubator at the Altru Hospital NICU. While there, he was cared for continually and expertly by nurses and hospital staff.

He worked on breathing. He took nutrition. He grew. All along, he was encouraged and loved by his family. His mother, Julia, was his first and closest lover. He had always known her, and he was most comfortable with her nearby. She spent many hours with him. His father Justin, grandmother Laurie, aunts, and great-aunts also spent time with him while he lived there. Over time, he got bigger and stronger. He learned to nurse, but that made  breathing hard. He worked on nursing and breathing at the same time. His family loved him from nearby and from a distance. Many faithful friends prayed for him. He learned to breathe and nurse at the same time. He smiled at his dad when he touched his face.

After many weeks, the hospital staff decided that he was ready to go home. He rode in the car, all the way to his family’s new house in the Minnesota woods. He met his big brother Calvin and big sister Hadley. He lay trustingly on their laps and got jiggled around as they tried to sit calmly and protect his little head. For the first time, he got to see sunlight, so different in quality from the fluorescent lights of the hospital unit. He got to smell cooking food. He heard the family’s dogs’ claws click excitedly around on the floor. He went outside, on an adventure to cut down a Christmas tree with the whole family! He was bundled in a blanket and felt the cold winter air on his face.

Then he got sick. The illness advanced rapidly and violently. His parents rushed him to medical care. The medical staff worked as fast as they could. Again, his family and friends gathered and prayed. He reminded us of the  fragility of life in this world, and our complete dependence on our Heavenly Father. But the evil spread in his tiny body so quickly. He died on Thursday, November 29th, 2018.

He is survived by his parents; Justin and Julia Fry; siblings, Calvin and Hadley Fry; Grandparents, Rob and Mickey Fry and Jon and Laurie Berg and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his Grandmother Sherri and Grandfather Rich Anderson. Now he lives in heaven with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We look forward to meeting him there again someday soon.

Services for Levi were held Friday, December 7, 2018 at Journey North Church in Baxter, MN with Pastor Mark  Bjorlo officiating. The graveside service took place Sunday, December 9th at Bethel Cemetery in rural Northwood, ND. Services have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake and Baxter, MN.

Timothy Dean Richardson
December 17, 1956 – December 2, 2018

Timothy Dean Richardson, 61, of Fifty Lakes, MN, died Sunday, December 2 at home of complications from mantle cell lymphoma. He was born December 17, 1956 in Boscobel, WI to Donald and Alice (Beall) Richardson.

Tim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cynthia (Cindy); two sons, Emmett Richardson of Bismarck, ND and  Liam Richardson of Fifty Lakes; sister, Patricia (Roger) Smith of Boscobel, WI; in-laws, Walt and Loretta McCarthy of Richland Center, WI; Cindy's brother, Shaun (Sue) McCarthy of Richland Center, WI; best friend, Eric Doyle; sidekick, Jack (Bonnie) Franzen, nieces and nephews, the Spiritus Sanctus Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order; and his brother-deacons of the Diocese of Duluth.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Donnie Richardson and Kevin Richardson.

Deacon Tim was a faithful follower of Jesus in the Way of St. Francis. His desire to serve others led him to ordination as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Duluth. Although he was a quiet man, Tim selflessly preached the Gospel without words, helping others to shoulder their crosses. Through his willingness to embrace change and suffering, he led others to seek a path of holiness. He was a teacher for Brainerd Schools for twenty years and a Civil Air Patrol aerospace educator, serving with a calm presence as a mentor and role model to many.  A loyal friend, he shared scripture, inspiration, and not a little dry humor with his close friends. Tim was a dedicated and loving husband and father, leading his family toward eternity with courage and virtue.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 14 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Heart Church in Crosslake. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Thursday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a Franciscan wake service at 6:30. Visitation will continue the hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be Monday, December 17 in Wisconsin.

Eugene Albert Labo
April 15, 1939 - November 23, 2018.

Eugene Albert Labo passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday November 23, 2018.

Eugene (Geno) was born April 15, 1939 in Minneapolis, MN to his parents Albert and Birdella Labo (née Sonnenberg). Gene was a cement contractor in Minneapolis, a farmer in Prior Lake, and owned and operated a saw mill in Crosslake. Besides being hardworking, Gene was a loving father, a caring grandfather, and a testament to strength.

Eugene is survived by three children, Jacqueline, Ronald, and Randall; one stepdaughter Tara; five grandchildren David, Nicholas, Kayla, Danielle, and Lynett; one step grandchild Paige; six great-grandchildren; and his sister JoAnn White.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Rex and Anthony.

He will live on in our hearts forever. Gene requested that no services be held.

Barbara Newton
September 3, 1940 – November 28, 2018

Barbara (Lagerstrand) Newton of Jenkins, MN, passed away on November 28, 2018 at the age of 78. She was born in St. Paul, MN, on September 3, 1940, the eldest child of Eileen and Paul Lagerstrand.

Barb moved with her family to Saint Croix Beach at age 8 and graduated from Stillwater High School. She married Robert Newton on July 2, 1960, and moved to Jenkins, MN. Barb went on to receive her LPN degree and began working as a nurse at the Pine River nursing home, and later at the Minnesota State Hospital. After  retirement, she went back to work part-time as a home nurse for Good Neighbor. She always had a nurturing and caregiving heart.

In addition to raising her own three children, Laurie, Michael “Buddy” and Brenda, Barb helped raise several of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. All those who knew her loved her. She touched the lives of many through her kindness and generous spirit. Barb was a devoted friend and was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved to travel, shop, and talk on the phone.

Barb was always willing to lend a listening ear. She was active in Bible study, birthday club, and genealogy. She was very spiritual and had a love of angels. We have faith that she is now our Angel watching down over us and guiding us.

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Eileen Lagerstrand; husband, Robert Newton; daughter,  Laurie (Newton) O’Neill; son, Michael “Buddy” Newton; and infant sister, Eileen. She is survived by her siblings, Paulette (Joseph) Krueger, Karen (Vern) Rauscher, Michael (Carmen) Lagerstrand; daughter, Brenda (Kevin) Keene; grandchildren, Kristina (Paul) Schaus, Jessica (Leo) McNamara, Megan (Jeff) Flom, Christopher Keene, Kelly Keene, Katrine (John) Kimball, Jared Adkins; great grandchildren, Allyson, Ethan, Lauren, Nora, Ivy, Maeve, Preston, Jackson, Liam, Connor; and beloved dog, Fuzzy.

Memorial services were held Thursday, December 6, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.

Donald Peterson
May 20, 1923 – December 1, 2018

Donald Peterson, age 95, of Crosslake, MN, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake. Services and burial will be at a later date.

Jean Ella (Van Buskirk) Hildebrandt
August 25, 1942 – November 5, 2018

Jean passed away peacefully at her home in Crosslake, MN surrounded by her family on November 5th, 2018, at the age of 76 after a nine month battle with cancer.

Jean was born on August 25, 1942 to Berman and Margaret (Johnson) Van Buskirk. She married Charles Hildebrandt on May 22, 1963. Together they raised 3 children.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; son, Mark; grandson, Brent Jr.; her parents; her step-mother  Teresa Van Buskirk; her brother Larry Van Buskirk; sister, Trudy Van Olson and step-sister Patricia Del Testa.  Survived by two daughters, Kim Larson, of Crosslake, and Amy (Brent) Schlueter, of Minnetrista; six  grandchildren, Hannah, Cole, and Eli Larson, Zackery Ward, and Preston and Parker Schlueter; brothers Alan (Bonnie) Van Buskirk and Berman Van Buskirk, Mike (Shirley) Christensen; sisters Myra Van Buskirk and Sandy (Terry) Hanson; as well as many treasured family and friends.

Jean graduated from Henderson High School and worked at several places over the years including the Le Sueur Creamery, Unimin Corporation and Evergreen Villas in Crosslake, MN.

Jean will be incredibly missed by all who knew and loved her. A special thanks to the Home Health Partnership Hospice for their care. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at a later date.

Francis Henry “Rusty” Ramp
September 10, 1924 – November 22, 2018

Francis Henry “Rusty” Ramp, age 94, resident of Brainerd, formerly of Merrifield, passed away on Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Essentia – St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born on September 10, 1924 in Henry, Illinois to Francis and Irlene (Tidmarsh) Ramp.

Francis was united in marriage to Edith (Beard) for 75 years. He served in the US Marine Corp., and he was a former owner of Train Bell Resort. Rusty enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, golfing and shooting pool.

Survivors include his wife Edith; daughter, Polly (Tom) Aumock; grandson, Randy (Julie) Aumock; great grandson, Christopher Aumock; great great grandchildren, Jordan and Bailey.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Edith Pettet.

Visitation and services were held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at the 300 building of Woodland Good Samaritan. Burial will be in Lake Edward Cemetery. Military Honors provided by the Nisswa American Legion Post 627 Color Guard. Arrangements are with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd.

Curtis Dean Watson
June 18, 1951 – November 26, 2018

Curtis Watson, age 67, of Merrifield, passed away at his home on Monday, November 26, 2018. Curt was born on June 18, 1951 in Brainerd to Dean & Ila "Lorraine" (Olson) Watson. He married the love of his life, Beth Harting, on February 11, 1978 in Brainerd at First Presbyterian Church. Together they owned and operated Harting Shoe Repair for 30 years. Curt was loving known as "Dad" to everyone.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Beth; son, Zac (Aimee) of Merrifield; daughter, Amelia (Danny) Dik of Merrifield; siblings: Twyila (Pat) Parker of Baxter, Jeff (Julie) of Talmoom, and Michelle (Terry) Underland of Pillager; grandchildren: Evelyn, Warren, Waylen, Hendrix, Sawyer, Konner, Danika, Morgan and Nathanial.

Curt is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Duane; and son, Brenden Zahn.

Funeral Service for Curt was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Journey Church in Nisswa. Visitation was held on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home, and prior to the service, Saturday at the church. The family will be fulfilling his wishes with a private burial at his home at a later time.

Caring for Curt and his family, Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home, Brainerd 218-829-3581.

Shirley Mae Blaisdell
March 19, 1927 - November 14, 2018

Shirley M. Blaisdell, age 91, formerly of Fifty Lakes passed away on Wednesday evening, November 14, 2018 at her home in Hutchinson. Her memorial service will be on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 1 p.m., at Crosslake Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kristin Oltmann officiating. Visitation will be at the church from noon until 1 p.m. Complete obituary will follow.

Patricia Bourassa
August 31, 1938 - November 16, 2018

Patricia Ann Bourassa age 80 of Crosslake died on November 16, 2018 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born in Rochester on August 31, 1938 to Clement and Margaret (Donahue) LaBarre. Pat married L. Mick Bourassa on November 28, 1959 in Rochester. She was a former receptionist at Charter House in Rochester, retired secretary at St. Francis Catholic School in Rochester. She was a member of the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, it’s CCW and Prayer Partners for Priest.

Pat is survived by her husband, L. Mick; three sons, Thomas (Carrie) Bourassa of St. Paul, Timothy (Debbie) Bourassa of Phoenix, AZ and Joseph (Cynthia) Bourassa of Breezy Point; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Preceding Pat in death are her parents; one son, Michael and one brother, Michael LaBarre.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Burial is at the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

William Tennis Jones
March 3, 1944 - November 16, 2018

William Tennis Jones, 74, of Emily, Minnesota, passed away peacefully in his home after a short battle with cancer on Friday, November 16th 2018.

Will was born March 3rd, 1944, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of Dean and Lucille Jones. He attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and completed a successful career with Swiss Valley Farms in Cedar Rapids. After retiring from Swiss Valley Farms, Will joined his wife Donna in Emily, Minnesota to help run their family vacation resort. Will was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Lakers Lions Club, the Seniors Club of Outing, and This Man is You at Immaculate Heart, Cross Lake. Will was very active in supporting St. Emily`s Church and served as hospitality minster, altar server during daily Mass, and was on the Building Committee which recently completed the parish`s new narthex addition. Will was very well known for the smiles he brought to those he encountered during meat raffle runs for his son's business Emily Meats.

Will is survived by his wife Donna (Randak) of 49 years, his son Tracy (Fawn) Jones, Karen (Ed) Martin, and Laurie (Steve) Salters, and grandchildren Kale, Amanda, Cody and Lily.

Funeral Mass was held on Monday, November 26th, 2018 at St. Emily`s Catholic Church with the Rev. Blake Rozier officiating. Internment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Emily Catholic Church in Will`s name.

John “Jack” Charles Johnson
June 8, 1927 - November 8, 2018

John C. “Jack” Johnson, 91, passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Johnson and is survived by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and many family members and close friends.

Dad will be missed! “Not too dusty!” “I’m better than most at my age!”

Lee John Chambers
July 21, 1949 – November 4, 2018

Lee J. Chambers age 69 of Remer died on November 4, 2018 at his home. He was born in Crosby on July 21, 1949 to Leo and Caroline (Padjen) Chambers.

Lee was employed with the Crow Wing Highway Department with 23 years of service. He was a U.S. Vietnam Army veteran. He was a member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443, Ironton. Lee was an avid hunter and loved spending time with his family.

Lee is survived by his wife, Sharon; one daughter, Melisa (Shawn) Chambers of Duluth; two sons, Lee (Miranda) Chambers of Remer and Mike (Candice) Chambers; one brother, Tom Chambers of Remer; three sisters, Cathy (David) Wilber of Rocky Mount, NC, Carol (John) Novicki of St. Louis Park and Mary Robinson of Crosby; a special aunt, Kathryn “Kitty” Padjen of Ironton and nine grandchildren.Preceding Lee in death are his parents and one sister, Joyce Elliot.

Memorial Service was held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby with full military honors provided by the Myrin-James American Legion Post.

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