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Obituaries


Cassandra Hope Berg
September 1, 1982- April 10, 2021

Cassandra Hope (Ehrmantraut) Berg was born September 1, 1982. Cassandra was raised in Sebeka, Minnesota. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in New York Mills, Minnesota. She graduated from Sebeka High School. Cassandra married in 2011 and was blessed with three children: son, Bryson (14), daughter, Brooklyn (10), and son, Braxton (8). She resided in Crosslake, Minnesota with her three children. Most recently, Cassandra worked at Pequot Lakes School for the past 8 years until laid off due to COVID.

Cassandra loved collecting antiques, camping and gardening. However, her greatest joy in  life was spending time with her precious children. Together they enjoyed bonfires, making s’mores, cooking, baking, movie nights, and riding four wheelers. She and her children hared many special memories watching sunrises and sunsets together. It was during these special times that she would share her deep faith and love of God with her children.

Cassandra looked forward to coming home to her parent’s farm on the weekends with her  children. She enjoyed spending time and exploring the family farm and showing her children the many memories of her childhood. Cassandra also worked with her mother, Cindy, doing daycare. Her love and compassion for children was one of her greatest gifts. She has touched so many lives with her big heart and sweet smile. Cassandra and Cindy  became best friends during her adult years doing many things together, seeing each other often, and talking on the phone daily.

Sadly, our sweet Cassandra left her family to join her Heavenly Father on April 10th, 2021. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Gerald Berg and Willie Ehrmantraut; great grandparents, Verle and Harry Berg; and uncle, Jeff Ehrmantraut.

Cassandra is survived by her children, Bryson, Brooklyn and Braxton; parents, Cindy and  JB Ehrmantraut; brother, Chris, and sister, Jenny; nephews, Amarii and Kyler; grandparents, Corinne Berg and Sandra (Bob) Johnson; aunts and uncles, Larry (Carmen) Berg, Todd (Sue) Berg, Lora (Dave) Rogers and Jeannie Meidinger; special friends and neighbors, Dawn and Dean; and a host of cousins and many, many friends.

Cassandra will be forever loved and enormously missed by all of her family and friends, until we meet again.

Services were held on Saturday, April 17, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Michael Duane Seeker
May 8, 1947 ~ April 8, 2021

Michael Duane Seeker, age 73, of Crosslake passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2021.  Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake.  Visitation will be from 4-7PM with a time of sharing at 6:30PM on Friday, April 16, 2021 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Crosslake and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church in Crosslake. 

Mike was born in Minneapolis , MN to Sherman & Ellen Seeker.  He was a standout athlete in his younger years and throughout high school.  After graduation, Mike proudly served his country during the Vietnam War.  He earned numerous awards including: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars, three Overseas Service Bars, and an Air Medal.  Following his honorable discharge from the United States Army, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, on May 31, 1969.  They were married for 51 years.  Mike and Sharon enjoyed traveling together and were hoping to spend their retired years visiting family and friends across the country as well as enjoying their home on Tomato Lake.  Mike was very proud of his two sons and loved enjoying the outdoors with both of them.  Anything from snowmobiling, fishing, and hunting; Mike was able to pass down his love of adventure to Mick and Drew.  He also taught them how to work hard, both boys have followed in Mike’s entrepreneurial mentality and own their own businesses.  Mike was very proud of the men that he and Sharon raised together.  Mike was a cement mason by trade, but enjoyed his time owning the Seeker's Cedar Chest with Sharon.  They met many lifelong friends during their time running the bar/restaurant.  Mike was the most generous and giving person and was willing to help anyone that was in need, the saying “shirt off your back” is synonymous with Mike Seeker.  He was well loved in the Crosslake Community.  Mike’s journey was a life well lived until the stroke that left him disabled.  Although the last 9 years of his life have been challenging, these 9 years do not define the man that Mike was.  Throughout Mike’s journey, his most prized accomplishment is seen through his love of his grandchildren, Issac, Noah, Micah, Adele, McKenna and Lewis.  He had a love so deep for all of them and his legacy will live on through all six of them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon Seeker; two sons, Mick (Becca) Seeker & Drew (Gail) Seeker; grandchildren, Isaac, Noah, Adele, Micah, McKenna, & Lewis; siblings, Lenee Seeker, Scott (Peg) Seeker, Pat (Coleen) Seeker, Shelly (Steve) Snedeker & Sue (Steve Bergesen) Seeker; nieces, nephews & friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Sherman & Ellen Seeker; nephews, John Flatz & Chuck Flatz; niece, Kari Seeker. 

We will all miss you dearly, but know that you are at peace, until we meet again, we love you!

THE SEEKER FAMILY REQUESTS THAT GUEST WEAR CAMO OR SOMETHING CASUAL.

Wanda Ferdelman
August 12, 1963 - March 16, 2021

Wanda Ferdelman, age 57 of Irondale Township died on March 16, 2021 at her home. She was born on August 12, 1963 in Crosby to Thomas Bernard and Darlene (Dingman) Burgstaler.

Wanda was a cook and baker at local restaurants. She had a love for riding motorcycles, fishing and caring for her 2 dogs, Zoey and Breeze. Wanda was a very giving and caring person, and loved to call in birthdays to the Power Loon.

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Whitney (Jes Ecklund) Ferdelman of Aitkin; her parents, Barney and Darlene Burgstaler of Aitkin; one brother, Stan (Michelle) Burgstaler of Ironton, two sisters, Cheryl (Michael) Brandt of Bloomington and Lori (Josh Garard) Burgstaler of Aitkin; Father-in-law and Mother-in-law, Robert and Bonnie Ferdelman; Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mark (Laura) Ferdelman and Jay (Candy Berghuis) Ferdelman, Tracy Feyeresien and Bobbie (Russ) Ward; many aunts, uncles, , nieces,  nephews, cousins and friends.

Wanda is preceded in death by her husband, Scott.

A Memorial Gathering will be held from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. A Prayer Service will be at 4:00 p.m. There will be a reception following at the Bridge Tavern.

Gary Elden Olson
July 26, 1942 – March 14, 2021

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!” Gary Elden Olson passed away suddenly on Sunday March 14. He was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and attended Alexander Ramsey High School. He studied Electrical Engineering at the UofM where he also achieved his MBA. He was awarded a fellowship at Stanford University in California and completed it in one year. He liked to get things done! Gary married his wife Lynn 53 years ago, and together they raised their children Karin (Carl) and Graham (Julia.) The family enjoyed skiing, camping, and attending YMCA camps including Camp du Nord where Gary served on the board.

A gifted technologist, business manager and communicator, Gary worked for 36 years at Sperry Univac/Unisys in Roseville, leading key mainframe computer initiatives on behalf of global clients. Upon retirement he moved to Crosslake where he gave generously of his time, talent and treasure, partnering with Lynn to create fun memories for family and friends “at the lake.” His adoring canine companion Tillie joined him for daily walks and trips into town, and kept him in line should he ever get off schedule. He was Treasurer of WAPOA for 8 years, supporting the mission to protect and preserve the Whitefish chain of lakes.

He found real joy in the happiness and accomplishments of others, encouraging and  empowering them to pursue their dreams. His kindness, curiosity, compassion, intellect,  wit, appreciation of mischief, bright eyes and big, welcoming smile live on vibrantly in his  grandchildren Charlotte (4,) Axel (4,) and Hazel (2.)

Devoted to his family and community, Gary was a good friend, clever accomplice and trusted advisor to many. A rare combination of brilliant and humble, he was a lifelong learner and a keen observer of the majesty of the natural world, the power of science and technology, the complexity of the human condition, and the triumph of the human spirit. He had no known enemies, nor equals.

Please send memorials to “YMCA Camp du Nord,” memo “In Memory of Gary Olson.” Mail to YMCA of the North, NW 5901, PO Box 1450, Minneapolis, MN 55485-5901. Online donations at ymcanorth.org/give. Select “Camp du Nord” and fill in the “Tribute Gift” information.

Private interment Lakewood Cemetery. Celebration of life will be held this summer.

Michael Joseph Walsh
June 24, 1950 - March 17, 2021

Michael Joseph Walsh, age 70 of Farm Island Township died at his home surrounded by his on March 17, 2021. He was born in Minneapolis on June 24, 1950 to Joseph and Leona (Stoltz) Walsh. Mike married Judith Schlichting on November 27, 1993 in Deerwood. Mike attended the American College and obtained a ChFC, CLU and PFA and numerous other degrees. He retired as an Advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Aitkin, a member of St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin and a past member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood. Mike loved his family, golfing, fishing and travel.

Mike is survived by his wife Judith; three sons, Robert Walsh of Valdosta, GA, Sean (Tammy) Walsh of Coon Rapids, and Daniel (Cassondra) Diemert of Princeton; one daughter, Dawn Harrison of Aitkin; his mother, Leona Walsh-Stoltz of Brooklyn Park; two brothers, Brad (Darlene) Walsh of Greenville, TX and Brian Walsh of Maple Grove; five sisters, Lucie Cutts of Maple Grove, Nan (Ron) Geister of Ham Lake, Denise Walsh of  Coon Rapids, Renee (Dan) Legierski of Ham Lake and Jeannie Walsh of Maple Grove; seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding Mike in death are his father; one daughter, Tina Walsh; two brothers, Daniel and Mark Walsh.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin. A Visitation will be held on Thursday at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Luncheon will follow the burial at the Convention Center in Aitkin.

Tom Williams
1940 - 2021

Tom Williams, of Crosslake, MN, passed away suddenly one day before his 81st birthday. He died peacefully at home. Born in St. Paul, Tom attended Cretin High School and  graduated from the College of St. Thomas and Hamlin University. He was married to his love, Mary Kay (Kate) Laughlin for 58 years and together they raised two children in Minneapolis. He owned and ran an advertising agency for 35 years and retired in Crosslake. Tom's joy was his family and he loved to read and listen to music. He had many  travel adventures and relished planning the trips he took with Kate and friends. Tom also had a “wee” bit of the Irish in him and most especially loved all things Ireland. He was 45 years sober and was instrumental in establishing Alcoholics Anonymous support groups in  Minneapolis and Crosslake. He made himself available to all who sought him out for support or just to listen.

Never one to meet a stranger, everyone who knew him will miss his quick Irish wit, his funny stories, his kind, gentle manner and most of all his extraordinary thoughtfulness.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Kay (Kate); his children, Kevin and Mollie (Dan); and three very beloved grandchildren, Logan, Rachel and Ryan. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Bernadette (Kane) Williams, and his brother, Gary.

Memorials can be sent in Tom's name to Camp Knutson, a camp for individuals with disabilities and identified medical issues at 11148 Manhattan Point Boulevard, Crosslake, MN 56442.

A private family service was held on March 12. Interment will be in Swanburg Cemetery, Pine River, MN. A celebration of life for all who loved Tom will be held at the family  home in Crosslake on June 12.
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