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Obituaries


Marvin C. Lundin
July 27, 1925 - May 10, 2016

Marvin "Marv" Lundin, the son of Carl Arvid Lundin and Flossie Fern Pearson was born in Pine River, MN. He attended the public school system and graduated from Pine River High School in 1943. Marv went into the Army Air Corps and was part of the crew of for the B17s known as the Flying Fortresses during World War II.

He married Mary Louise Lange on February 10, 1945. After his discharge in 1946 Marv attended college and graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Stout in 1950. Marv taught Industrial Arts and was the high school basketball coach at Mount Hope High School in Mount Hope, Wisconsin and later in Faribault, MN, at the high school there.

Marvin became the manager of the Chamber of Commerce in Le Sueur, MN, in 1957. He became the director of the Minnesota Optometric Association in 1968 and was also a member of the International Association of Optometric Executives where he was president from 1972-1974. Marvin was involved with the MOA until he retired in 1990. Marv and Mary moved into their retirement home in Breezy Point in 1990 where he spent many years on the planning commission for the city.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Mary, daughter Claire and son, Erik along with 4 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, May 19, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. Burial will  be in Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Bernard Franklin “Ben” Martin
November 28, 1925 - May 14, 2016

Bernard Franklin “Ben” Martin age 90 of Emily died on May 14, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born on November 28, 1925 in Emily to Isaiah F. and Maude (Lambert) Martin.

Ben is survived by three sons, Mike (Jan) Martin of Denver, CO, Frank (Michele) Martin of Emily and Tom (Sandy) Martin of Crosby; one daughter, Patty (Wayne) Mileski of St. Michael; ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Preceding Ben in death are his parents; his wife, Dorothy “Zorka”; two brothers, Jack and Joe Martin and two sisters, Cleo Stirewalt and Beth Thoms.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Memorials are preferred to the Hilltop Chapel in Palisade in lieu of flowers.

Lucille M. “Lou” Goodman
June 9, 1923 5 - May 11, 2016

Lucille M. “Lou” Goodman age 92 of Emily died on May 11, 2016 at the Fergus Falls Veterans Home. She was born on June 9, 1923 in Franklin, MN to Earl and Adele (Lindstrom) Orris. Lou married Lester Goodman on June 28, 1947 in Minneapolis. She was co-owner of the Log Cabin Bar from 1965 to 1973. She was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily.

Lou is survived by her husband of 69 years, Lester; one son, Mike (Melanie) Goodman of LaGrange, GA; three daughters, Kathy Todd of Pine River, Pat Goodman of Duluth and Pam (Rich Renne) Goodman of Chaska; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Preceding Lou in death are her parents; one son, Carey Goodman and one brother, Layne Orris.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Brandon Ralph Rich
December 17, 1992 - May 7, 2016

Brandon Ralph Rich, 23, of Brainerd, died Saturday, May 7, 2016. A Celebration of Brandon’s Life was held on Monday, May 16 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter with Rev. Ray Larson officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.

Brandon was born December 17, 1992 in Brainerd, the son of Ralph and Susan (Wernter) Rich. Raised and educated in Brainerd, Brandon graduated from Brainerd High School in 2011. He worked for Productive Alternatives. He was very social and made friends easily. Making other people happy put a smile on Brandon’s face - and making them laugh was even better. Brandon also enjoyed Harry Potter, music and girls.

He will be missed and is survived by his dad, Ralph, of Brainerd; brothers, Dennis (Rachel) Rich, of St. Paul and Andrew Rich, of Brainerd; sisters, Michelle Rich, of Brainerd and Jennifer King, of Brainerd; a niece; three nephews; and special caregivers, Terri (Shawn) Close and Leah (Joe) Sparks and many, many friends.

To donate to Brandon's Go Fund Me Account, please use the link https://www.gofundme.com/232ygkc. Thank you.

Kevin Paul Murphy
August 21, 1955 - May 6, 2016

Kevin Paul Murphy, 60, of Fifty Lakes, Minnesota died on May 6th, 2016, in Pine River, after a brave battle with cancer. Kevin was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, on August 21, 1955 to John and Peggy Murphy.

He graduated from Aquinas High School and the University of Wisconsin. He was an independent businessman in Fifty Lakes, supplying forestry products to Sam’s Clubs, Home Depot and other building and nursery suppliers. Known for his dry wit, keen sense of humor and upbeat personality, Kevin was an avid daily runner, only stopping, he said, when the temperature “reached 20 below”.

Kevin is survived by his 14-year-old daughter, Amanda, to whom he was devoted, and who delighted him by participating in Special Olympics Minnesota and bringing home many medals and awards. He is also survived by his wife, Cindy.

Last fall, while undergoing advanced cancer treatment, Kevin still found the strength to take Amanda to a family wedding in San Francisco and to take her to LegoLand in San Diego. The purpose of the trip, Kevin said, was to create memories for Amanda that would “last a lifetime.”

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 20, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Special Olympics of Minnesota would be appreciated.

Faye Tweed
January 31, 1929 - May 8, 2016

After a five-year struggle with kidney failure, Faye Tweed joined her family in Heaven on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016. Faye Joan (Krumholz) Tweed was born on January 31, 1929, to Leo A. and Vernette M. Krumholz. Faye grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1946.

Faye moved to Pequot Lakes and married Luther Tweed in 1949. Faye was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was also an incredible artist, interior decorator, cook, and business woman, among many other talents. She served as the County Assessor, the Pequot Lakes City Clerk, an  administrative assistant to Robert Spizzo (Breezy Point Resort), the Chair of the Pequot Lakes Park Board, and was very active in many community projects.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents, infant son Michael Lew, brother Thomas Krumholz, sisters MaryLu Rekdahl, and Kaye Withrow. She is survived by her husband, Luther P. Tweed, sons Gregory Tweed and Timothy Tweed, and daughters, Vicki Palmer, Kimberly Anderson, and Joan Tweed. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Faye’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Burial will be at Our Savior’s Cemetery, Pequot Lakes, immediately following the service. The family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, following a private the graveside service.

Christina Mae Orton (Leshovsky)
June 30, 1979 5 - May 12, 2016

Christina was born on July 30, 1979 in St Paul, MN, to Mother Dianne Leshovsky (Michlitsch) and Father Duane Leshovsky. On April 24, 1999, she married Barry, her high school sweetheart and husband of 17 years. On October 11, 2011 she welcomed her pride and joy to the world, with the birth of their son, Caleb.

After a courageous 11 month battle with Pancreatic Cancer, Christina Mae Orton (Leshovsky) passed away peacefully on the evening of May 12, 2016, at her home in Ramsey, MN. Christina was 36 years old. She leaves behind her Husband Barry Orton, Son Caleb Orton, Parents Jerry and Dianne (Mother) (Michlitsch) Struwve, Duane Leshovsky (Father), Rick and Colleen Orton (In-laws). She also leaves behind many Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents and Friends that love and adore her.

Christina was a devoted mother, wife, daughter and friend to all that knew her. She enjoyed cooking, baking and eating outdoors, especially in the summer months, at home on the deck or at her parents’ home in Northern, MN. Christina was an avid heat lover with summer being her favorite season. Whether it was sitting at a bonfire, watching fireworks, boating/fishing or simply playing in the front yard of her home with her son and husband. She loved to travel without agenda and explore the surroundings in front of her. Spending time with those she loved was of the utmost of importance to her. Christina was solution results driven and often took on tasks that most would shy away from and accomplished them with grace and dignity. Her battle with Pancreatic Cancer was no different. She remained dedicated in her work as a Global Operations Director, at KJ International and in her will to battle her illness. She remained positive, brave, iron-willed woman, even throughout her final moments.

Honoring of Christina’s life will take place on Saturday May 21, 2016 at 2 pm, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 14501 Nowthen Blvd NW • Ramsey, Minnesota 55303. 1 hour visitation prior to service, luncheon to follow. Please no flowers, memorials preferred.

Larry Edward Carstens
December 1, 1937 - April 30, 2016

Larry Edward Carstens age 78 of Outing died on April 30, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis surrounded by family. He was born on December 1, 1937 in Malheur County, Oregon to Edward and Mildred (Henderson) Carstens. Larry married Barbara Jean Mechelke on February 15, 1968 in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Larry graduated from the Payette High School in Payette, Idaho. He attended Boise Community College in Boise, Idaho and Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Larry was a hard worker and supported his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed going on camping and hunting trips with family and friends. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and reading. He was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing.

Larry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Barb; one son, Scott Carstens of Outing; two daughters, Stacey (Shaun) McKinney of Outing and Sara (Chris) Smith of Outing; one sister, Judi (Bill) Miller of Prescott, AZ; nine grandchildren, Taylor Carstens, Alexis Greene, Dakota Carstens, Zachary Greene, Madison Greene, Abbigail Smith, McKinna McKinney, Brayden McKinney and Bentley McKinney.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Carstens.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Outing. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

John Tauzell Jr.
August 18, 1928 - May 2, 2016

John Tauzell Jr. age 87 of Ironton died on May 2, 2016 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. He was born on August 18, 1928 in Crosby to John and Anna (Smulz) Tauzell Sr.

He was a WWII Navy veteran and a member of the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. John was a retired employee of Inland Steel with 30 years of service.

John is survived by his life partner, Bubbles Manske; sons, Robert (Carol) Tauzell of Brainerd, Paul (Carla) Tauzell of Forest Lake, Joseph (Annette) Tauzell of Fayetteville, NC, Richard (Peggy Aarsvold) Tauzell of Maple Grove; James (Laurel) Manske of Taftville, CT; daughters, Joni Tauzell of Superior, Wi, Susan (David) Yunker of Plymouth, Shari Manske of Crosby Debbie Yunker of Ironton; a brother, Fred (Janelle) Tauzell of Fifty Lakes and a sister, Helen (Butch) Stefanick of Deerwood; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding John in death are his parents; two sons, Michael and Ronald Tauzell; seven sisters, Ann Shisler,  Josephine Cameron, Agnes Parker, Molly Fleming, Genevieve Lohoefer, Florence Herman; three brothers, Edward, Richard Tauzell and George Hochovar.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Burial at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby with full military honors by the Myrin-James American Legion Post.

Virginia Mae Dolmar
December 4, 1930 - March 28, 2016

Virginia Mae Dolmar, of Crosslake, died March 28, 2016. Born December 4, 1930 to Walter and Lucreaty Althaus, she was raised by Walter’s brother Charlie and his wife Lettie in Minneapolis where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948.

She worked as a clerk at a bank and a Veteran’s Administration hospital before marrying Roy Dolmar, with whom she had three children in the suburb of Richfield. She loved gardening, animals, volunteering in the community, reading, and most especially cooking. Her meals were legendary among family and friends alike. She retired to  Crosslake in 1989, and was a member of the start-up committee that gathered the initial funds and approval for the Crosslake Library. She was particularly fond of the patio out back of the Library where there is a waterfall and plantings by the Crosslake Garden Club, of which she also was an active member. Memories of her may be particularly strong in that place, if one brings a book and reads awhile, and contemplates the ease and hospitality of the most generous sort of human soul.

Virginia was preceded in death by her children Christopher and Diane (Srdar), her husband of 59 years Roy, and her brother Arthur Althaus.

She is survived by her youngest son, Daniel, of Redding, California; grandchildren Joseph Hanson, Dawn Dolmar, and Mary Jane, Anthony, Lauren, Jessica, and Kelly Srdar; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel.

Doris Lorainne Tulenchik
February 12, 1930 - April 28, 2016

Doris Lorainne Tulenchik, age 86, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born February 12, 1930, in Emmet, Iowa, to Vernon and Anna Fox. On July 13, 1947, she married Raymond Tulenchik. Together they farmed and raised their two sons west of Pine River.

Doris is survived by her sons: Mike Tulenchik (Karen), Tom Tulenchik, both of Pequot Lakes; 6 grandchildren: Scott, Curtis, Tammy, Luke, Matthew, Tara; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Mavis Hakola; nephew, Rick Hakola; and niece, Audrey Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond, and brother, Vernon, Jr.

Services were held 11 AM on Tuesday, May 3, at Maple Hill Lutheran Church, rural Pine River. Visitation was on Monday from 4 to 7 PM at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Lois Abbie Fletcher
January 24, 1923 - May 1, 2016

Lois Abbie Fletcher age 93 of Emily died on May 1, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on January 24, 1923 in Emily to Glenwood and Myrtle (Cenevert) Hite Sr. She married Stanley Fletcher on August 19, 1945.

Lois attended grades 1-8 at the Emily Elementary School. She graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School, class of 1940, Crosby- Ironton’s teachers training in 1941. She graduated from UMD in 1955 with a BS degree in Elementary Education. She received her masters in Remedial Reading from St. Cloud State. She taught school for 30 years. Lois began teaching at the age of 18 in the Little Pine Country School with eight grades. Over the Years, she taught school in all the country schools around Emily, Fifty Lakes and Perry Lake. She taught one year in Tofte and taught twelve years as a reading consultant in the Crosby-Ironton Schools.

Lois served as a director of the Young Missionary Workers Band for the Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana for 13 years. She is a member of the Wesleyan Church in Emily.

Lois is survived by one son, Thomas Fletcher of St. Paul; two daughters, Sandra (Marlen) Bodle of Emily and  Verlyn (Jack) Baker of Wilmington, NC; one sister, Lucile Cyr of Clyde, Kansas; nine grandchildren, twenty seven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Preceding Lois in death are her parents; Husband, Stanley  Fletcher; one son, David Fletcher; one granddaughter, Pamela Russell; 2 brothers, Glenwood Hite Jr., Ellis Hite and one sister, Dorothy Ratcliffe.

Funeral services were held on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial was at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Bonnie Schott
May 25, 1944 - May 3, 2016

Bonnie Schott, age 71, of Pine River, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born to Edwin and Mahaila Putz on May 25, 1944, in Albert Lea, MN. On June 18, 1963, she was joined in marriage to Paul Schott. Paul and Bonnie lived on Paul’s family farm near Miller, IA, until 1974 when they moved to a farm near Long Prairie, MN. They retired from farming and moved to Holy Cross, IA, then eventually made their final move to Pine River, MN. Bonnie enjoyed gardening and quilting and was a member of Pine River United Methodist Church.

Bonnie is survived by her sons: Phillip (Jodi), Randy (Karin); brother, Mike Putz; and grandchildren: Parker, Emma, Monte and Maverick. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul; and brother, Curt Putz.

Services were held on Saturday, May 14, at Pine River United Methodist Church.

Larry Edward Carstens
December 1, 1937 - April 30, 2016

Larry Edward Carstens, age 78, of Outing, Minnesota died on April 30, 2016.

Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby, MN. Please visit the Koop Funeral Home’s website for the date and time of service at www.koopfuneralhome.com.

The full obituary for Larry Carstens will be printed in the May 10, 2016 edition of the Northland Press.

Ronald L. Craven
April 26, 2016

Ronald L. Craven, age 82, of Pine River, MN, passed away April 26, 2016. A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 30, at Riverview Church, Pine River, with Pastor Tristan Borland officiating.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Olive Craven; and eleven month old daughter, Gayle Craven. He is survived by his wife, Helena Craven; son, Daniel Craven (Lynnette); and grandson, Connor Craven. He is also survived by siblings: Karen Miedtke, Theresa Craven and Scott Craven; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and an aunt.

Ron attended school in Huntley, MN, graduating from Fairmont High in 1952. While attending the University of Minnesota he participated in basketball and baseball. He was a pitcher on the U of M’s first NCAA National  Championship Team in 1956. Ron worked as an educator several years before returning to the Huntley-Winnebago area to farm. After retirement Ron and Helena moved north to Pine River, a short distance from their cabin, spending their time fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Ron’s character, faith and animated personality showed through in his everyday life with family, friends and his many varied acquaintances.

Edward L. Novak
November 16, 1927 - April 16, 2016

Edward L. Novak age 88 of Union City, CA died on April 16, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 16, 1927 in Egypt, Pennsylvania.

Ed is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Mathew (Melanie) Novak and Eddie Novak; one daughter, Kim (Jess) Dysert; one sister, Irene Novak; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Preceding Ed in death are his parents, one son, Patrick; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial at the  Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Eugene F. “Gene” Schmidt
November 14, 1927 - April 23, 2016

Eugene F. “Gene” Schmidt age 88 of Deerwood died on April 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 14, 1927 in Red Wing, Minnesota to Edward A. and Blanche (Lange ) Schmidt.

Gene graduated from Red Wing Central High School in 1945. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Gene married Janeth Ann Schlick on February 3, 1951. He worked for the City of Red Wing as a Police Officer attaining the rank of Sgt. Detective. He was also a self-employed Painter and Decorator until retiring in 1997. Gene was active in baseball in Red Wing as a player and manager of the Scarlets and Aces. He was also a player for the Bay City, WI baseball team. In 2014 he was inducted into the Red Wing Baseball Hall of Fame. Gene was a member of the Red  Wing Wildlife League, a lifetime member of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 845 Red Wing, and a member of American  Legion Post 557 Deerwood, MN. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing and was an avid sports fan. He had a love for dogs, especially his black lab “Sophie”.

Gene is survived by his wife, Janeth, of 65 years; six children, Michael Schmidt of Hager City, WI, Suzanne  Anderson of Cold Spring, Kathleen (Daniel) Gray of Eden Prairie, Christian Schmidt of Chaska, Joel (Kelly) Schmidt of Inver Grove Heights, Amy (Randy) Stanfield of Deerwood; two sisters, Shirley “Polly” Nystrom of Austin and Katherine “Katy” (Curt Haller) Jorgensen of Red Wing, sixteen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Stuart and William, and son-in-law Mitchell Anderson.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood with Father Dale Nau presiding. Military Honors followed. Committal was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls on Monday, May 2. Arrangements are by Koop Funeral Home of Crosby, MN.

Elizabeth “Betty” Pettit Wagner
April 26, 2016

Elizabeth “Betty” Pettit Wagner, age 87, of Hastings, Breezy Point and Woodbury died peacefully at home surrounded by family on April 26, 2016.

She was preceded in death by her one and only love, husband, Gervase; parents, Jane and Richard Pettit; and sister, Donna Nord.

She is survived by children: Connie (James) Madison, David (Pattie) Wagner, Patrick (Jean) Wagner, Gery (Sherry) Wagner, Paul (Cheryl) Wagner; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Jackie Olson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty is now in heaven playing bridge, ballroom dancing and enjoying a root beer float.

Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, April 30, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Hastings. Memorials are preferred to Hastings American Legion Post 47.

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