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Obituaries


Suzette Irene Bye
August 26, 1952 - February 9, 2017

Suzette Irene Bye (Chantland), 64, of Coon Rapids, MN passed away peacefully on February 9, 2017. Suzette was born August 26, 1952, in Mildred, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Charlotte Chantland.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Mark Bye of Coon Rapids, MN; daughter, Kristina (Jarvis) Larson of Pine Island, MN, and their children Hayden, Alexandra and Anders; son, Shane (Linda) Bye of Shoreview, MN, and their children Heather and Ryan; brothers, Robert Chantland of Montrose, MN, and Larry Chantland of Pine River, MN; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Suzette had many interests such as cooking, interior design, getting her hands dirty in the garden and flowerbeds, finding treasures at garage sales, attending the MN State Fair, but above all, her time with family was the most important thing to her in this world. Suzette was greatly loved by family and friends and will be missed by all.

A memorial service on February 19 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River, MN. Interment at Mildred Cemetery, Mildred, MN.

John Pekar
July 3, 1945 - February 13, 2017

John “Jerry” Pekar, 71, of Breezy Point, died on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, February 21 at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa, with Father Mike Patullo officiating. Visitation was on Monday, February 20, 2017 from 5-7PM at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes. Interment will be at Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery.

Jerry was born July 3, 1945 to Barbara (Petrilla) and John F. Pekar in Joliet, Illinois. He graduated from Lockport High School, in Lockport, IL. In September of 1965, Jerry joined the United States Navy, where he spent much of his time in a submarine named The USS Tunny. Following his discharge Jerry received degrees in Drafting and Electrical. He then moved to Alaska to work as an electrician on the Alaskan Pipeline.

After moving to Alexandria, MN, he purchased Geneva Lodge and ran that for a year before purchasing Blacks Crescent Beach Resort in Osakis. Jerry met Deanna Amborn and they were united in marriage on March 14, 1980 in Alexandria. They had two children, Leslie and Tyler, and ran the resort for 22 years. After selling the resort they purchased Sullivan’s Resort on North Long Lake in 2004, which they owned until 2016.

Jerry's favorite hobby was fishing, on any body of water that he could, but his favorite fishing spot was Lake of the Woods. He also enjoyed hunting, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and socializing. Jerry was most proud of his Navy submarine service, his family, children and grandchildren.

Jerry is preceded in death by his father, John F. Pekar.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Deanna of Breezy Point; his children, Leslie (Kevin) Madson of Champlin and Tyler (Melissa) Pekar of Burtrum; his six grandchildren, Ashton, Ava and Aiden Madson, and Wyatt, Brooklyn and Noah Pekar; Jerry's mother, Barbara Pekar of Lockport, Illinois; and two sisters, Carol (Jim) Teiber and Shari (Rick) Novotny.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Conservation Minnesota address is 1101 West River Parkway Suite #250 Minneapolis, MN 55415 or you can make your memorial to their website, www.conservationminnesota.org Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Richard W. Gibson
March 13, 1939 - February 3, 2017

Richard W. "Dick" Gibson, of Crosslake, MN, transitioned home to the Lord on February 3, 2017. He was born March 13, 1939, to Richard and Ethel Gibson in Minneapolis. He graduated from Mound High School in 1957. Dick spent his youth between Mound and Ellendale, ND. Dick married the love of his life, Jan Supplee, in 1959. Dick and Jan had 2 children, Michele and Rick. They lived in Minnetonka until they retired to Crosslake, where he enjoyed his hobbies of cars, boats and being by the lake. Dick spent his career in the retail business including owning various drug, variety, hardware, and lawn and garden stores at the 7-Hi Shopping Center and in Eden Prairie and Wayzata. Through the years in the retail business he created opportunities for numerous family, friends and people in the community, many of which continue today in the career he helped them start. He was active in other businesses and the community including board positions with Anchor Bank and Methodist Hospital  Foundation and a founder of the Minnetonka United Methodist Church. Dick’s enjoyment of helping others and being a good friend to so many, meant a life-long contact and interest in your personal story.

Survived by his wife, Jan; son, Rick (Lisa) of Orono; son-in-law, Steve of New Brighton; grandchildren: Justin, Jack and Elizabeth; step grandchildren, Justin and Dallas; brother, Jack; sister, Jane; nieces and nephews: Jenny, Matt, Mike and Kris.

Preceded in death by his loving daughter, Michele Clarine, and parents Richard and Ethel.

Memorial service were held on Saturday, February 11, at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (in honor of Michele) or donor’s choice.

Gabriel John Grossoehme
November 13, 1977 - February 2, 2017

Gabriel John Grossoehme, age 39, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at his home.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 11, at Eagle's Nest Baptist Church, Breezy Point.

Avis LaVon Walker
February 11, 1928 - January 31, 2017

Avis LaVon Walker, age 88, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at Essentia St. Joseph’s  Medical Center, Brainerd. She was born to Eber and Pearl German on February 11, 1928, in Norwalk, Iowa. LaVon married Ray Walker on October 16, 1953, and both were graduates of Open Bible Institute. They pastored the Open Bible Church in East Moline, Illinois, for over 50 years.

LaVon is survived by her son, Dwayne (Kim) Walker of Pine River; grandchildren: Shaina Walker, Jared (Tiara) Walker, Jacob (Carrie) Walker; and great grandson, Jamison Walker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raynold; siblings: Jessie, Marie, Arlene and Lloyd.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, February 9, at Riverview Church, Pine River, with Pastor Tristan Borland officiating.

Irma L. Stiner
May 5, 1920 - February 3, 2017

Irma L. Stiner age 96 of Emily died on February 3, 2017 at her home. She was born to David and Katie (Getz) Beck on May 5, 1920 in Flat Branch Township, Shelby County, IL. She married Frederick Stiner on March 19, 1938 in Bowling Green, MO.

Irma is survived by daughters, Patricia (Brad) Watson of Motley and Cheryl (Melvin) Chapman of Emily; eleven grandchildren, thirty-nine great grandchildren and forty-one great-great grandchildren.

Preceding Irma in death are her parents; husband, Fred; two sons, Roger and Gary Stiner; one grandson, Rex Stiner; 2 great grandsons (twins); one great great granddaughter; three sisters.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Following the graveside a memorial service was held at The Narrows Community Church in Outing. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Carolyn Ann Sargent
June 17, 1938 - February 7, 2017

Carolyn Ann Sargent age 78 of Crosslake died on February 7, 2017 at the Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation Center in Apple Valley. She was born on June 17, 1938 in Minneapolis to Carl and Marie (Mangen) Petersen. Carolyn was a retired Bloomington School District Music Teacher; was a former organist at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Bloomington; and a retired liturgist, organist and choir director at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake.

Carolyn is survived by one son, Richard Ness of Victoria; one daughter, Julia (Bob) Lyng of Burnsville; six brothers, Raymond (Arlene) Petersen of Brooklyn Park, Thomas (Judy) Petersen of Delano, Fr. Vincent Petersen of Carey, OH, Stephan (Laura) Petersen of Elk River, Jeffrey (Pamela) Petersen of Buffalo and Kevin (Theresa) Petersen of Brooklyn Center; two sisters, Mary (Larry) Sherbrooke of Otsego and Cecilia Schulte of Navarre; four grandchildren, Jane Koch, Kelly Koch, Connor Ness and Veronica Ness.

Preceding Carolyn in death are her parents; and two brothers, Laurence and Gregory Petersen.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, February 13, 2017 at the Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake. Burial at the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Barbara J. Frank
February 04, 1953 - January 30, 2017

Barbara J. Frank, 63, of Crosslake, MN died at her home on Monday, January 30, 2017. Services for Barbara were held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, MN.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Sydney Curtis Reed
November 19, 1925 - January 31, 2017

Sydney Curtis Reed was a successful farmer, soldier, husband, family man, and businessman who passed away on January 31st. He grew up on a farm in Raymond, MN where he lived with his parents, Mark and Mildred, and his brothers, Phil and Dave. He farmed with his father for the first 33 years of his life, the latter part as a turkey farmer. After high school, and in the midst of his farming, Syd enlisted in the army to serve in WWII. He was soon sent to Okinawa in preparation for the invasion of mainland Japan. Not being one to waste an opportunity, Syd married Marian Nelson, a local teacher and the girl of his dreams, between basic training and deployment to Japan. They would not see each other again for 6 months and were together for 70 years until Marian's death in 2015. Syd and Marian began a family in 1954. They had 3 children, Gregg, Jean and Robb. Understanding the challenges and limitations of farming in the 50s, Syd jumped at an opportunity to work for Ready-Mix Concrete Company in St. Paul where he eventually rose to be their General Manager of Sales. Syd worked with many of the largest construction companies in the metro area, and his last job for Shiely was selling the concrete used in the Metrodome never guessing that he would outlast the building. While working at Shiely Syd saw an unmet need in the concrete industry. He patented the idea with partners and started a new business venture, Advanced Control  Systems. Together they developed a mechanical board, and then later a software based system which made the  arrival and departure of concrete trucks at job sites more efficient. He sold his part of the company in the early 1980s and permanently retired from the working world. Over the years they lived in Raymond, Crystal, Maple Grove, Elk River, and Mission, TX, but most of all Syd loved spending time at the family cabin in Crosslake.

Syd is survived by his, children, Jean (Tom) Searles, Robb (Karen Megazzini), grandson, Cruz, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by brother Dave (Lorraine).

Syd was preceded in death by his wife, Marian, son, Gregg, and brother, Phillip.

Funeral service was held on Sat., Feb. 4,at Brenny Funeral Chapel, in Crosslake. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Scott W. Villwock
October 1, 1964 - January 25, 2017

Scott W. Villwock, age 52, resident of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brained with Pastor  David Holte officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd and will continue the hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Nisswa.

LuJean “Jean” Erickson
April 5, 1924 - January 22, 2017

LuJean “Jean” Erickson, age 92, of rural Pine River, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at Brookside Assisted Living, Pine River, MN.

LuJean the youngest daughter of Ernest and Christina (Jorgensen) Petersen was born April 5, 1924 in Blind Lake Township, in rural Pine River, MN. She attended school in Blind Lake and graduated from Backus High School in 1943. Jean married Vernon Erickson in Willmar, MN on December 28, 1950. Jean enjoyed her many animals; cows, chickens, cats and her faithful dog, Sam. She lived all her life in Blind Lake Township. Jean enjoyed going to flea markets, and garage sales, and visiting with friends. She was a member of the Blind Lake Tabernacle of rural Pine River. Jean committed her life to Christ at a young age, when she accepted Him as her Lord and Savior. She will be missed by family and many friends and neighbors.

Jean is survived by her Nieces: Connie Duke (Philip Freseman), FL; Linda (David) Jackson, FL; Cheryl (Dan) Anderson, CO. Nephews: Dennis Robideaux, MN; Jamie Duke, MN; Bruce (Jackie) Petersen, OH; Keith (Sally) Petersen, MN; Allan (Nancy) Petersen, MN; many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vernon; sisters, Rose Duke, Bernice Robideaux; and brother, Roy Petersen. Thank you to the dedicated staff at Brookside Assisted Living for their loving care of Jean over the past 20 months.

Services were held on Saturday, January 28, at the Backus WOW Church of the Nazarene, Backus. Burial was on Saturday, at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Kurt Hoffman, Jr.
March 26, 1928 - January 26, 2017

Kurt Hoffman, Jr., of Outing and Baxter, passed away at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd on Thursday, January 26, 2017, two months short of his 89th birthday. His memorial service will be Saturday, February 4, at 11 AM, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter. Visitation will be during the hour prior to the service.

Kurt was born March 26, 1928 in Robbinsdale, to Kurt, Sr. and Ann (Mester) Hoffman. He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Donna Jean Mielke, on October 1, 1949. Ten years later he moved with his family to Outing, where they owned a grocery store until 1982. Kurt loved beyond words living in Outing, where he could hunt and fish.

Left to remember Kurt are his wife, Donna; his children, Barbara (Robert) Oberg, Kurt III (Richard Omann), Kathy, and David (Kathy); seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lewis; and a sister, Ann Schaar.

Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service of Baxter.

Steven Lee Furan
August 18, 1950 - January 26, 2017

Steven Lee Furan, 66, of Crosslake, Minnesota, passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, January 26, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017 at The Log Church, 37218 County Road 66, Crosslake, Minnesota 56442. Pastor Mark Holmen will be officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather for visitation from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, Friday, February 3, 2017 at Brenny Funeral Chapel, 13782 County Road 36, Crosslake, Minnesota.

Steven was born August 18, 1950 in Fargo, North Dakota to Maynard and Betty (Fosteson) Furan. As a boy, he loved building and launching rockets with his brother Bruce, playing baseball on summer days, and going on long bike rides to the lakes. He graduated from Wadena Senior High School in 1968. He worked for the United States Postal Service until his early retirement in 1993. On June 10, 1072, he married Joyce Marie Halaas in Wadena, Minnesota. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and being “up north”. He was an avid cribbage and card player, and had a passion for music, playing the guitar and singing his favorite tunes. He especially enjoyed holiday gatherings and sharing dinners with friends and family.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Furan of Fargo, North Dakota; brothers, Charles Furan of Jamestown, North Dakota and Alan Furan of Blaine, Minnesota; three children, Todd Furan and his wife Deanne of Crosslake, Minnesota, Kristin Furan-Kriesel and her husband Blaine of Prior Lake, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Maynard Furan, and brothers David Furan and Bruce Furan. Steven will be remembered by all who knew him as a compassionate and fun-loving man who brought joy and laughter to many. Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel of Crosslake.

Jeanne C. Seidel
October 19, 1919 - January 20, 2017

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Jeanne Cecelia Seidel, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, and friend to many breathed her last earthly breath and received the eternal breath of the Holy Spirit.

Jeanne, 97, was born in St. Paul, MN on October 19, 1919 to Clarence Burr and Celia Elizabeth Johnson. On November 19, 1942 she was united in marriage to Robert John Seidel, also of St Paul. They had 5 children.

She and Robert raised their family in Outing, MN and were very active in their church, Our Savior’s Lutheran in Outing. She loved reading, oil painting, and being with friends and family.

In 1989, they moved to International Falls where they resided together until Robert’s death in 1999. Jeanne stayed in the Falls until she moved to the Brainerd area where she resided until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, and sons Lawrence and Terry.

She is survived by children Robert (Judy) Seidel of Eureka, MT, Lynn (Ron) Rogers of Lehigh Acres, FL, and James of Brainerd, MN. She had 6 grandchildren Jeff Seidel, Tim Seidel, Ann Edwards, Mary Hanson, Michelle Seidel, and Melanie Morrissey and 2 step grandchildren Jim and Kelly Rogers. She had 18 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date to allow family and friends to come together to celebrate her life.

Condolences and memories may be left at www.nelson-doran.com

Rita Alma White
July 26, 1925 - January 23, 2017

Rita Alma White age 91 of Crosby formerly of Outing, died on January 23, 2017 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.

She was born on July 26, 1925 in Marshalltown, IA to Vincent and Florence (Hoffman) Schoborg. She married Paul White on January 19, 1943 in Haverhill, IA. Rita was retired co-owner and operator of White Brothers   Greenhouse in Marshalltown, IA. After retiring Rita and Paul moved to Outing in 1978. She continued her work with gardening and plants. She also spent time enjoying crocheting, deer hunting, ice fishing and carpentry. She was a member of St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily and the Lakers Lions Club of Emily and Outing.

Rita is survived by one son, Rick (Kathye) White of Marshalltown, IA; one daughter, Paulette White of Outing; three sisters, Rose Stalzer and Frances Stalzer both of Marshalltown, IA and Vivian Stalzer of Haverhill, IA; eight grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Rita in death are her parents, her husband Paul in 2000; two brothers, Herman and Raephel Schoborg and one sister, Marian Kopel. A Graveside Service will be held at the Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown, IA. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Robert Lorentzen
May 1, 1920 - January 25, 2017

Robert (Bob) Lorentzen, age 96, of Pine River, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at St. Joseph’s  Medical Center, Brainerd.

He was born to Carl and Ada Lorentzen on May 1, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska. Bob grew up in Omaha and was married to his wife, Fran, for 72 years. Fran passed away in September of 2013. Bob loved to swim and was on his High School Swim Team and a life guard during the summers in Omaha. Bob served in the United States Navy  during World War II. After the war, Bob and Fran setup housekeeping in Omaha and bought a home there. Bob worked firing coal boilers at a large steam heating plant in downtown Omaha. He took correspondence courses to earn his 2nd class and later his first class engineer’s license. With his newly acquired license, his was hired by Omaha Public Power Company to operate steam boilers at one of the company’s power generation plants. Later he became a power / power machinery foreman for Allied Chemical Company at its large fertilizer plant south of Omaha. Bob and Fran came to Minnesota several times a year to fish, then in 1965, moved to the area and purchased Clamshell Beach Resort on the Whitefish chain. Bob served many years on the Ideal Township Board. After selling their resort, Bob and Fran continued in the resort business by managing their son’s resort on Gull Lake. Bob and Fran were active members of the Grace United Methodist Church. Bob worked tirelessly for many years on the church’s Pasties committee. Bob lived the past 3 and a half years in the Good Samaritan Senior Living facility in Pine River.

Bob is survived by his son, Bob Jr., and his wife Marianne, grandchildren Kristin Steffen and Brian Lorentzen and great grandchildren Jacob Lorentzen, Rebekah Lorentzen, Maggie Lorentzen, Cameron Steffen and Chase Steffen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Frances and sister, June.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, February 3, at Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be 1 PM at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

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