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Obituaries


Lewis Townsend Gasink
February 21, 2019

Lewis Townsend Gasink passed away in Virginia at the age of 99, on Feb 21, 2019. His memorial service will be held at Star Lake Camp in Pequot Lakes, MN at 9 a.m. on June 29, one day before his 100th birthday. He was born in North Minneapolis to Edward James Gasink and Lulu Townsend Gasink, and had two older siblings, Ruth Gasink Boyer and John Winslow Gasink.

Lewis graduated from North High School in Minneapolis and received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota in 1942. He served in the Army Air Corps as an engineer in several different bomber programs from 1941 to 1946, leaving the service at the age of 26 at the rank of Major. His WWII service included field assignments in Australia, New Guinea, Polynesia, Great Britain and Germany. After leaving the military, he began a 35 year career in engineering and management with companies in Minnesota and Illinois. His 37 year retirement was filled with family, wonderful friends, lakeside adventures and legendary engineering projects.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, son James, brother, sister, and parents. He is survived by three children, David (Maureen), Robert (Joanne) and Susan (Brooks Bateman), 6 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 7 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and nephews.

He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes for 37 years, a Master Mason for 74 years, a naturalist, Scout leader, first responder, story teller, inventor and Star Lake Camp Grandfather. He generously shared his extensive knowledge and love for life with everyone he encountered, especially children.

Lewis will be memorialized at Star Lake Camp on June 29th, 2019 at 9 a.m. and subsequently interred at the Mora Cemetery next to his wife and son. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Star Lake Wilderness Camp c/o Walter Lockhart, 1671 Blair Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Eileen Marie Murphy
March 12, 1923 - May 31, 2019

Eileen Marie Murphy age 96 of Outing, formerly of Crystal died on May 31, 2019 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born on March 12, 1923 in Minneapolis to Samuel and Alice (Dousette) Goslin. Eileen was a longtime member of the North Oaks Golf Course.

Eileen is survived by two sons, Pat (Tami) Murphy and Bob Murphy; one daughter, Colleen (Vern) Murphy Williams; and numerous grandchildren.

Preceding Eileen in death are her parents; husband, Kenneth in 2009; one son, Mike Murphy; one brother, Leo Goslin; one sister and brother- in-law, Phyllis and Wayne Woodruff.

Funeral Mass was held on Monday, June 10, 2019 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Crystal. Burial will be at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.

Albert “Radar” Russell
March 5, 1957 – May 20, 2019

Albert “Radar” Russell, age 62, of Pine River, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home. He was born to John and Shirley (Plesz) Russell on March 5, 1957, in Youngstown, Ohio.

A gathering of family and friends took place on Saturday, May 25th at the Pine River American Legion in Pine River, MN. Memorials preferred to the family. Internment at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN at a later date.

Ciardelli, Mary Catherine (Brennan)
March 19th, 1933 - May 17, 2019

Mary Ciardelli of Crosslake, (formerly of Bloomington) the proud mother of 11 children, passed away at the home she loved on Friday, May 17th, 2019 after a two-year struggle with breast cancer. Mary died peacefully with her family present, who had the privilege of caring for her during the last weeks of her life.

Mary was born on March 19th, 1933 to Cecil and Angeline Brennan in Hackensack, MN. As the eldest of five children, Mary had many great memories of her childhood including helping her mom take care of her younger siblings or manage the drugstore her parents owned in Hackensack. After graduating from Walker High School, she moved to Minneapolis where she became employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. Shortly after moving to Minneapolis Mary met Don Ciardelli, who she married in 1953 and together they raised 11 children in Bloomington, MN.

Mary always had a positive attitude and outlook on life, and even amongst her trials with illness she still managed to laugh and cheer on her kids as they were taking care of her in her last days. From a very young age she wanted to do everything. She was fiercely independent and never afraid of failure or that she couldn’t accomplish anything she put her mind to. She grew to love antiques and when her youngest children were in high school she decided to open her own antique shop called The Country Goose in Excelsior, MN.

After retiring Mary and Don moved to their beloved log home on O’Brien Lake in Crosslake, MN which Mary filled with antiques and her collections of beautiful magical things. Her grandchildren called it “fairyland.” Mary had many gifts and talents. She grew beautiful flowers that she could arrange as well as any florist. She was very musical and had a special love for Prince and even attended many of his concerts. After his death the simple mention of his name would bring tears to her eyes.

Mary was also a fabulous cook and as a young Irish girl who married into a strong Italian family, she quickly learned the tricks of the trade and could rival the finest chefs in Italy. She even came up with her own shortcuts for making homemade sauce that didn’t require standing at the stove for hours, much to the chagrin of her elders!

Mary lived her life with grace, dignity and love. She taught her children to be kind and to show empathy and compassion for others. She appreciated diversity and embraced every situation with positivity. She had gratitude for all the gifts she was given in her life, including her 11 children who were her proudest accomplishment and even said she would have loved to have had many more. She had so much love for her family and has had a positive and lasting impact that will remain with them always. She was the heart and soul of her family and shewill be deeply missed.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband (Don) of 54 years. She is survived by her sisters Anne  Bradshaw, Susan (Joe) Voss, Patricia Brennan, brother Joseph (Chris) Brennan, children Catherine (Ted) Terp, Anne (Roger) Parks, Daniel (Karin Schuman) Ciardelli, Kerry Ciardelli, Michael (Diane) Ciardelli, Lisa (Don) Beaupre, Robert (Ann) Ciardelli, Theodore (Kari) Ciardelli, Christopher (Shannon) Ciardelli, Brigitte (Joe) Janasz, Anthony (Brenda) Ciardelli, all in Minnesota. 36 grandchildren Jennifer, Aly, Ben, Lauren, Molly, Thea, Courtney, Adam, Erin, Lindsay, Lauren, Conrad, Madeline, Nathan, Abby, Caleigh, Nick, Jennifer, Christina, Connor, Isabelle, Ashley, Dominic, Olivia, Cole, Parker, Sophia, Hailey, Joseph, Shelby, Gina, Grace, Max, Sam, Anne, Maria, Coco, Ciri and 35 great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Rita Hulcey for the love and care she gave to our mother over the last few years as well as her many kind neighbors in Crosslake.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Minnesota Public Radio, 480 Cedar Street, St Paul, MN 55101 (or MPR.org)

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held at the Golden Valley Country Club on June 20th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, with a special tribute to Mary beginning at 5:00pm and food and beverages immediately following.

Lois Lucille Hendricks
July 11, 1938 - May 24, 2019

Lois Lucille Hendricks, 80, of Crosslake, entered Heaven at Golden Horizon’s Assisted Living on Friday, May 24, 2019. Services for Lois were held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Interment followed at Pinewood Cemetery.

Lois was born July 11, 1938 in Excelsior, MN, the daughter of Louis and Lorraine (Arnold) Japs. She was Baptized as an infant and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Watertown, MN. Lois graduated from Watertown High School in 1956. Later that year she married James Lange. The couple made their home in  Minnetonka and were blessed with three children, Kimberly, James and Timothy. Lois raised her family and worked part-time for Blake School. She later did office work for various employers. In 1982, Lois married Ron Hendricks. The couple moved to Perch Lake in Baxter and eventually built their lake home on Lake  Ossawinnamakee in Pequot Lakes. While Ron worked construction, Lois traveled with him and helped with keeping the books and cleaning up the job sites.

Lois was very active in her faith and enjoyed volunteering at church. She taught Sunday school and VBS for many years, and served in other capacities as well. She loved camping, and traveling. Lois liked playing games, especially card games. 5oo was a game she enjoyed with friends for many years. She loved her coffee, and visiting with family and friends. She loved to entertain those she cared about. She especially loved to make people laugh and kept up her sense of humor till the end of her life here on earth.

She will be missed by her mom, Lorraine Japs, of Longville; children, Kimberly (Stephen) Wetzel, of Chaska,  James (Teryl) Lange, of Ulm, MT; and Timothy (Joelle) Lange, of Shakopee; step- children, Cory (Rishona) Hendricks, of Brainerd and Sara (Matthew) Bateman of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Benjamin, Rebecca, Dustin, Drake, Stephanie, Samantha, Angela (Josh), Ashley (Blake), Maya, and Siena; great-grandchildren, Syriphia, Charlotte, and James; sister, Jean (Gene) Brandenburg, of Shorewood; brother, Gerald (Kathy) Japs, of LaPorte; and brother-in- law, Harry Swanstrom, of Houston, TX; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ron; dad, Louis, and sister, Linda.

Allen Eliason, Jr
January 2, 1928 – May 18, 2019

Allen Eliason Jr., age 91, of Crosslake and formerly of St. Cloud died Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring, MN. A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Crosslake Presbyterian Church in Crosslake, MN. Rev. Tony Oltmann officiated, and burial will take place at a later date in Sauk Rapids.

Allen was born in Mason City, IA to Allen Sr. and Grace (Speer) Eliason. He proudly served our country in the  United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Allen really came into himself during his time overseas; he also met his life-long friend Glenn during basic training. After receiving his honorable discharge, Allen furthered his  education and obtained his master's degree (with a little push from his wife, Sandy). Allen married Sandy Miller in August of 1960 at the First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud. He was employed by the State of Minnesota as a Regional Supervisor for State Services for the Blind and Visually Handicap. The couple moved from their home in St. Cloud to their cabin in Crosslake in 1994, enjoying the lake and serene landscape. Allen was a member of the Kiwanis Club in St. Cloud, Democratic Party (participating in caucuses and political work); he was also extremely active in supporting Sandy in her civic efforts. Allen and Sandy enjoyed traveling in their motorhome across the country; making a point to take a picture at each destination. He enjoyed preserving the conservation of the land by planting trees and protecting mother nature's natural beauty. Allen is a hardworking, "Iowa farm boy," who enjoyed writing in his annual Christmas letter about his labor of love; the McCormick Tractor he and his son restored. Allen will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Allen is survived by his children, Mark Eliason of Sauk Rapids, Liza "Lisa" (Arthur) Brakob of St. Louis Park; grandchildren, Ella and Nicholas Brakob.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sandy; and sister, Mary Pat Eliason.

Florence "Ann" Michaud
April 15, 1915 - May 17, 2019

Florence “Ann” Michaud age 104 died on May 17, 2019 at the Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. She was born in Steele, ND on April 15, 1915 to Horace and Clara (Anderson) Hardy.

Ann was a former professional dancer during the Vaudville Era. She was employed as Real Estate Agent with Gene Foote Reality and the Emily area.

Ann is survived by two daughters, Susie (Harold) Baillif of Garrison and Faye Schuett of Scandia; four  grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Preceding Ann in death are her parents; her husband, Ted Michaud; one brother and one sister.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Heartwood Senior Living Community Room. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Christina “Tina” Grossnickle
January 24, 1939 – May 14, 2019

Christina "Tina" Grossnickle, 80, Pine River, Minn., died Tuesday, May 14, in Essentia St. Joseph's Medical Center. A celebration of life will be at a later date. Arrangements by Kline Funeral Home in Pine River.

LaVonne Palm
June 15, 1935 - May 13, 2019

LaVonne Keogh Palm, age 83, passed away Monday May 13, 2019 at Golden Horizons, a caring and loving community in Crosslake, MN. She was born June 15, 1935 in the Township of Cordova and is preceded in death by her parents, Edward Vincent Keogh and Elizabeth Agnes Brennan.

LaVonne was known for her feisty, yet good sense of humor and was queened Mrs. Blarney. She enjoyed cheering for the Vikings, collecting Irish memorabilia and spending time with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

LaVonne was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and is survived by her children and spouses; Bruce and Cindy Palm, Thomas and Beth Palm, Timothy and Gretchen Palm. Along with her grandchildren: Amy and Josh Webb great grandchild Otis Webb, James Palm, Molly Palm and Dan Coyle, Tanner Palm. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her daughter, Paula Elvin and son Patrick Palm.

David W. Zvorak
February 28, 1948 – May 15, 2019

David Willard Zvorak, 71, of Owatonna, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2019 near the family cabin east of Pine River.

He was born February 28, 1948 in Russell, Minnesota, the son of John and Betty (Harris) Zvorak. He grew up in the Russell area where he attended school. He was united in marriage to Constance "Connie" Zajic on June 10, 1967 in Milroy. The couple lived in Marshall for six years before moving to Owatonna in 1973. Connie died in 1989 and David married Carolyn Lee in 1996 and divorced in 2014. Before and after his marriage to Connie, David worked for her father building pole sheds around western Minnesota. After moving to Owatonna, he worked at Modern Metals (Muckles), Hydro-ax, and owned and operated Tri State Lift. Following his retirement he spent summers and falls at the family cabin near Pine River and winters in Owatonna. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, ice fishing and watching NASCAR and football. He especially enjoyed and loved spending time with his grandchildren whom he called "his little weasels". He also enjoyed spending time with his friends up north at the Jenkins V.F.W where he became a member.

He is survived by children, Tammy Zvorak of Owatonna, Shane (and Laura) Zvorak of Owatonna and Isaac Zvorak of Mankato; step daughters, Nicole (and Troy) Scofield of Lonsdale, Randi (and Casey Kilde) Stoos of Owatonna and Tara (and Sam) Goodson of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Heather and Justin Johnson, Vanessa (Crispin Padilla), Veronica and Devin Zvorak, Amaya, Madysen and Tyler Copp, Parker Scofield, Marcus and Aiden Prieto and Elijah Goodson; great grandchildren, Lillian Hailly, Jovanny, Domingo, Zai, Ava, Vivian, Mia, Jemma, Ezra and Sophia and siblings, Mark Zvorak of Austin and Tanya Lozano of Owatonna.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Betty; wife, Connie Zvorak; siblings, Gary, Cindy, Betty Jane and Todd.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Michaelson Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Wing officiating. Interment was Wednesday in Our Lady of Victory Cemetery in Lucan.

Doug Barchus
September 28, 1941 - May 07, 2019

Doug Barchus, age 77, of Pine River, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. He was born to Loren and Mary Barchus on Sept. 28, 1941, in Pine River. Doug was a 20-year veteran in the Army Intelligence Agency.

Doug is survived by his wife Linda; sons Kendal (Dawn) and Kent (Bonnie); grandchildren, Brittany and Breanna Barchus; brother, Raymond; sisters, Lura and Ona; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester and Calvin; sisters: Helen Reeve, Lorrayne Reeve and Anna Mae Rickart.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Pine River Methodist Church. Visitation and fellowship will be one hour prior to the service.

LaVonne Palm
June 15, 1935 - May 13, 2019

LaVonne Palm, 83, of Crosslake, MN died Monday, May 13, 2019 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake, MN. Services for LaVonne are pending.