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Joseph Henry Doerfler
September 12, 1937 - November 17, 2020

Joseph Henry Doerfler, 83, of Crosslake, passed away on November 17, 2020. Services were held on September 11th, 2021 at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Visitation was one hour prior to services. Interment at the Pinewood Cemetery.

Joseph was born on September 12, 1937 to Philip and Mary (Reimer) Doerfler in Stewart Minnesota. He married Shirley Smith on November 15, 1958 and were married for 62 years. He proudly served in the Airforce for ten years. Joseph was an active member in all the communities he lived in. He started the Golden Gear Car Club in North Dakota. He was a member of the American Legion and the Tri-lake riders snowmobile club. Joseph was a snowmobile and gun safety instructor for 20 years, as well as being in charge of the Hunters Rendezvous for 19 years and Crosslake/Ideal fishing tournaments for 31 years. He was a member of the Crosslake Lions club of zone three for 30 years and served as district governor and also served as the Grand Marshal of Crosslake. Joseph was the Chief steward  of Elko Speedway for four years and after that he went back to racing cars.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, daughter Donna (Dan) Doerfler-Leagjeld, siblings; Rose Duren, Dorthy Williams, Donald Doerfler and Philip Doerfler, grandchildren; NiCole Leagjeld (Ross Siiter), Connor Leagjeld “O’Connor” (Monique), Alicia Lemond and Brock Tobison (Caitlyn), great grandchildren; Octavia O’Connor, Keiran Fanjoy, Sophia O’Connor, Kaleb Siiter, Kyle Siiter and Kennedy Siiter. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.
Lee Anthony Nelson
April 28, 1946 - September 9, 2021

Lee Anthony Nelson, 75, passed Thursday, September 9th 2021 peacefully at his home in Brainerd, MN. He was surrounded by his loved ones as the Lord called him home.

He was born on April 28th, 1946 in Fergus Falls, MN. The family moved to Elbow Lake when he was 6 years old, where he attended school. When he was 16, he moved back to Fergus Falls where he worked various jobs in construction and started his trucking career. In 1971 he married Connie K. Siemers of Wahpeton, ND where they resided until 1986. They were blessed with two children, Anthony Lee and Carissa Lynn. Early in his trucking career, he drove for International Transports and Darrell Samuelson Trucking and Golden Ring Trucking of Fergus Falls. In 1982, Lee attended Auction School in Kansas City, MO. After Auction School he worked for his father-in-law Gordon Siemers at Auctions Unlimited and Siemers Auctioneering until 1986. In the fall of 1986, he moved his family to Hastings, MN where he worked for Wayne Transport, Inc. in Inver Grove Heights, MN.

In 1999, Lee and Connie moved to Crosslake, MN. He was employed by Anderson Brothers Construction for 8 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed many hobbies such as metal art and chainsaw carving; many of his carvings can be seen throughout the Brainerd Lakes area. He also enjoyed woodworking, going to garage sales and flea markets. Lee enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting with his son, brothers and brothers-in-law. He also enjoyed spending time with his family on their pontoon on the Whitefish Chain.

In 2008 he retired from Anderson Brothers Construction. After his retirement, he started a part time position with Nisswa Marine where he enjoyed delivering and picking up boats throughout the Brainerd Lakes area and beyond. He worked for Nisswa Marine until 2017 when he was diagnosed with cancer.

Lee fought a courageous 4-year battle with this devastating disease.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Carlton “Todd” Nelson and Elnora Nelson; brothers, Carlton “Bill” Nelson and Charles E. Nelson; sister, Carol Schindler and father-in-law, Gordon Siemers.

He is survived by his wife Connie, Brainerd, MN; children, Anthony Nelson (Michelle), Pequot Lakes, MN, Carissa Simmons (Troy), Clermont, FL; his grandchildren, Anthony Lee Nelson, Jr. and Lillian Olive Nelson, whom he adored beyond measure; sister, Cheryl Klipfel (Ken), and brothers, Chris Nelson and Curt Nelson.

Lee had a passion for life and was generous to a fault. He always had a joke to tell or a story to talk about while having a smile on his face. He had an everlasting sweet tooth and loved a cup of coffee and a good conversation. If he called you friend, it was a term of endearment.

Service: 1:30 p.m. Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls. Clergy: Reverend Loren Mellum. Interment: Bethlehem Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN.  Arrangements are provided by the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls. Online condolences may be sent to www.olsonfuneralhome.com
Cynthia Sue Bialon
March 24, 1970 - August 29, 2021

Cindy, age 51, was born in St Paul, MN, on March 24, 1970, and she passed away at her home in Crosslake, MN, on August 29, 2021, surrounded by family after an eight and one-half year battle with brain cancer. She was a 1988 graduate of South St. Paul High School  and a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. Cindy was Miss South St. Paul 1989 and the 1990 Southwind Princess for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. She was united in marriage to Mark Bialon on July 19, 1997, at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Cindy worked at Crosslake Drug as a pharmacy tech. She loved living at the lake in the summer and wintering in Fort Myers.

Cindy will be deeply missed by her husband, Mark; son Jason Bialon (Eva) and grandchildren, Jack and Soraya; daughter, Tracy (Carale) and bonus granddaughter, Avery. Parents, Dick and Sherry Coen; sisters Deb Zyla (John) and Jennifer (Tom) Prezioso; brothers Mike (Lana) Coen and Rick (Kassie) Haehnel; and twenty nieces and nephews.  Also survived by her father, Herb (Karen) Haehnel.

Celebration of life was held at Crosslake Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 4th.  Inurnment in the columbarium at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Crosslake.
Don Corbin
January 12, 1940 - August 29, 2021

Don Corbin of Crosslake, Minnesota died unexpectedly on August 29, 2021, at the age of 81.

Don is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sharon Corbin, his brother Paul, and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Gracia, and brother Dick.

Don was born on January 12, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Drake University where he was a member of the track team.

Don was an avid gardener, angler, and enjoyed cooking. He loved all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Prior to his retirement, Don worked in the IT department at Onan Corporation in Fridley, Minnesota (now known as Cummins). After his retirement, Don enjoyed working at the library in Pine River, Minnesota and volunteered at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

Don will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Visitation and funeral service was held on Friday September 3, 2021 at Crosslake Lutheran  Church. A private burial will be at Pinewood Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake.
Blanche Marie Smith Clark
December 20, 1929 - August 17, 2021

The world lost a beloved Mother, Blanche Marie Smith Clark, on August 17, 2021. In her last few weeks of life, Blanche was surrounded by her children, Judy, Debbie & Randy. Each child was able to have quiet moments with their mom until she died peacefully of natural causes.

Blanche Marie was born to Raymond and Mildred Stuhr on December 20, 1929. There were three younger other rambunctious siblings in the Stuhr household, Jim, Karen and Cheryl. Their growing up years were in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Blanche’s high school years were at North High School.

In 1945 Blanche met a wonderful young man named Robert Smith (Bob). In their teens, Bob and Blanche eloped to Wichita, Kansas. Blanche and Bob made a wonderful life during the 1950’s and the 1960’s for their three children in the suburbs of Crystal, MN.

Blanche was forever into artistic endeavors, decorating her house, cooking, and crocheting. One of the best things our mom did for her girls was to have them plan and prepare a weekday night supper. Sometimes it was good and sometimes not so good. However, no one at the dinner table said a word if it was a disaster. That same night the other daughter had to wash and dry the dishes as the family did not have a dishwasher. Now to her love of crocheting, anything that could be crocheted was crocheted. Every night while watching television her hands were busy clicking away. Everyone we know has something from mom which could have been a blanket, a hat, slippers, a toy animal etc. And when she ran out of people for her creations, Blanche made small blankets and donated to the animal rescue shelter for new pet owners. Blanche’s crowning achievement was to crochet period dresses on dolls. There is a Scarlet O’Hara doll and a bride doll etc. She submitted the dolls in the Crow Wing County Fair and won numerous 1st Place ribbons.

There were years that were tough for the Smith family as Bob had kidney failure. Judy donated one of her kidneys to her father and happily it gave Bob several additional years of life. During that time, Blanche worked outside the house, continued to raise her children, and took care of her beloved husband until he died. However, during those years Mom gathered the family together to enjoy the lake home in Crosby, MN.

Blanche spent winters in Florida where she was lucky to meet William Clark (Chip) and they married on Valentine’s Day 1990 surrounded by her children and Chip’s children. It was a happy blended family. Chip and Blanche traveled, enjoyed their Florida townhome in  the winter and the summers at the lake house. Sadly, Chip passed away in November of  2008.

Blanche had many joys and sorrows in her life and handled them each equally with the same wonderful grace she possessed. If you asked Blanche what she cherished the most  about her life, the answer would be that she loved being a Mother.

She is survived by her children, Judy Hein (Gary), Debbie Crowther, Randy Smith (Elise).  Her step children Bill Clark (Pat), Kathy Myers and Judy Clark. Her brother Jim Stuhr,  Karen Dahlstrom (deceased) Cheryl Stuhr. Her four grandchildren, Bret Randolph (Leah)  Tara Rentfro (Mike), Shannon Van House (John) and Sara Hale. And let’s not forget, nine wonderful grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 20, 2021 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Burial at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal.

Michael Ray Amsden
March 31, 1952 - August 5, 2021

Michael Ray Amsden (Mike/Mick), age 69, of Crosslake, Minnesota passed away on August 5th, 2021 after a brief stay at Whitefish at the Lakes he was surrounded by his family.

Funeral Services will be at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, Minnesota on August 17, 2021 at 12pm with a visitation starting at 10am

Mike was born March 31st, 1952 to Leslie and Neola (Schunk) Amsden in Comfrey, Minnesota. He Graduated from Comfrey Public School in 1970. Mike worked construction until 1976 when he decided to move his family to Crosslake where he remained until his death. Mike decided to further his education at Brainerd Vocational School in 1977 he graduated from the small engine repair program. After graduating he worked as a small engine mechanic locally. Mike had a passion for fire-fighting he was a member for 20 years of the CrosslakenVolunteer Fire Department where he served as a fire chief for a few years; additionally, he had the privilege to go to Yellowstone National Park in 1988 to fight the forest fire. Continuing to pursue his passion Mike went to work for Alexandria Technical and Community College as one of the three training coordinators in the fire and safety department. He specialized and trained individuals in confined space entry and hazardous material safety. He held an advanced safety certification form the National Safety Council and trained at some well-known companies such as: Hormel, General Mills, 3M, IBM, Boise Cascade, and multiple fire departments across the Upper Midwest. After leaving
the Technical College Mike went to work for the City of Crosslake in the Public Works Department until shortly after his heart transplant in November of 2015.

Mike is survived by his three Children Jason Amsden (Cassandra), Christine Kozelka, Stacy Rotty (David); Grandchildren Axle Amsden, Avery Amsden, and Tucker Boeding; Sister Rose (Randy) Haseleu, and many nieces and nephews as well as his beloved Labrador Molly.

Proceeded in Death by his parents Leslie and Neola Amsden, Brothers Kenneth and Gary Amsden and Nephew Derek Haseleu.

Mike loved creating many memorable moments with his family, friends, and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing year round “for whatever is biting”, boating, hunting, farming, snowmobiling, a good NASCAR race or cowboy show, and traveling to a warm beach like Mexico. He loved to enjoy morning coffee and conversation with his friends. Anytime you would see Mike he was in his flannel jacket, with a twinkle in his blue eyes, a smile, and always a good sense of humor or a joke to share. Mike’s shenanigans and mischievousness traits that made him so dammed loveable and yet forgivable. Mike’s high school graduation saying was “I served my time now good bye” looking back this seems applicable to his life as he served his time here admirably with his big heart of gold guiding him along the way. Mike/Dad you were so loved and will be missed.

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