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Obituaries


Linda Alexander
April 07, 1948 - January 06, 2019

Linda Lee Alexander, age 70, of Pine River, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at her home. She was born to Lloyd and Myrtle (Olson) Gustafson on April 7, 1948, in Sterling, Illinois. Linda enjoyed camping in the RV. She liked working with the mentally handicapped where she was employed. Linda especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were her life.

Linda is survived by her husband, Peter V.; three sons: Peter E., Todd M. (Patty), and Christopher S. all of Pine River; one brother; three sisters; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister.

At Linda’s request cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time.

Margaret Stucke Skold
January 7, 2019

Margaret Stucke Skold, age 95, formerly of Green Valley, AZ, and Golden Valley, MN, died on January 7, 2019.

Survived by 6 children, Marge Skold, Barbara Zahn, Patricia Skold, Doug Skold, Kathy Skold-Smith, and Jennifer Schwegman; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, Douglas L. Skold; parents, Theodore and Leone (Kass) Stucke; sister, Kathlyn (Stucke) Marquis; and brothers, Selwyn and Richard Stucke.

Ashes will be interned in July near the place of many happy family memories in Crosslake, MN. Margaret loved teaching, especially teaching reading to children. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Library or Reading is Fundamental Program.

Gerald “Jerry” Russell Hall
December 13, 1938 – December 14, 2018

Gerald “Jerry” Russell Hall, age 80, of Crosslake passed away on Friday, December 14, 2018 at his home. Services will be held at a later date.

Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, Crosslake, MN

Myron Kottschade
November 21, 1935 - December 31, 2018

Myron Kottschade, age 83, of Pine River, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018, at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. He was born to Louis and Vernie Kottschade on November 21, 1935, in Pine River. Myron enjoyed fishing, visiting friends and family, playing cards and being outside watching and listening to nature.

Myron is survived by his children: Kirk “KC”, Connie, Marvin (Lori), James (Tammy), Vernon “Pinky” (Rhonda); grandchildren: Chesa, Daniel, Scott, Ethan, Brianna, Tessa, Kayla, Samantha, Mitchel, Rachel, Jenna; nine great grandchildren; siblings: Sarah Wermter, Donna Rivard, Nora Jabas, Doris Campbell, Cecil Kottschade and Robert Kottschade.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Caroll; siblings: Leona Kottschade, Basil Kottschade, Grace  Decamp, June Mapes, Milton Kottschade and Harvey Kottschade.

Services were held on Saturday, January 12, at Pleasant Hill Community Church, rural Pequot Lakes. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Gertrude Weiss
October 11, 1921 - January 06, 2019

Gertrude Lee (Ellis) Weiss passed away Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born October 11, 1921 in Brainerd, MN to Jesse and Lottie Ellis. Her father, Jesse, was injured in an accident at the Railroad yard in Brainerd where he worked, and died from the injury shortly before Gertrude was born. The family resided in the Brainerd area until Gertrude was three years of age, when her mother remarried Frank Allen. They moved to the Blind Lake area, traveling by horse and wagon. For most of Gertrude’s childhood they farmed  in the Pine River area. Gertrude started school at Pine River elementary, and when the family moved to a more rural area, she attended a one room country school through the 8th grade. She attended High School in Pine River, and upon graduation, went on to “Normal Training”. Normal Training was a one year program which upon completion allowed a person to teach in country schools. Gertrude taught at Maple Grove school for one year. She then met and married Fred Weiss in 1942. They bought a farm in Bungo Township. Shortly after they were  married, Fred was drafted into the US Army. After his discharge from the service, they farmed for 25 years, along with raising a family of six children. When Fred’s health started declining, they sold the farm and moved to Pine River.

At age 54, Gertrude then started back to college for her teaching degree. She graduated from Bemidji State University with a major in Elementary Ed. And a minor in Special Ed. She received a teaching position at Pine River and taught Sp. Ed for 17 years.

When she retired from teaching Gertrude took Hospice Training and became a Hospice volunteer. She worked with people who were terminally ill. She also made regular visits to people at the nursing home. She was on call to come and stay with a patient that was dying and had no family or friends to be with them. Many times the patient wasn’t alert, so she would sing or read the Bible to them. She felt very strongly that nobody should have to die alone. She also visited people that just needed company or a visit and a friendly face.

Gertrude was also a very active part of Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria for over 20 years, sharing stories of  how faith shaped her life and the influence of her mother’s faith on her life. She was very active in First Lutheran, serving on the council, scholarship committee, making quilts, with the distribution of funds from bequeaths and helping out with almost any project asked to help with.

After her son, Gordon’s death, Gertrude set up a scholarship fund in his memory at Pine River-Backus schools where 1-4 scholarships are awarded every spring.

In 2006 Gertrude was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her community volunteerism. She traveled to Washington DC to be honored for her achievement at the National Celebration of Service to America.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, husband Fred Weiss, son, Gordon Weiss and son-in-law, Brad Travis. She is survived by sons, David (Judy) of Osceola, WI, Walter of Pine River, Dale (Chris) of Backus; daughters, Harriet of Hackensack, and Loretta of Brainerd; 14 grandchildren and 16 great  grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, her beloved students and church family. To all she leaves behind, we are richly blessed to have been part of such a amazing woman’s life. Any memorials given will be distributed one or more of the many causes that she believed in.

Services were heldon Wednesday, January 9, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Burial at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Robert Arboleda
February 13, 1943 – November 14, 2018

Robert Juan "Bob" Arboleda passed away suddenly November 14, 2018 in Missouri. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on February 13, 1943.

Bob lived in Pine River, MN for most of his early years. He graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead MN in 1966. Bob was Commissioned in the US Marine Corps from 1966-1978. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Lynda Weiss in 1966. They had two children Bobbi (Hillen) and Scott. In 1978, Bob was employed by Detroit Diesel. He held a variety of positions and worked on the Series 53, 71, 92, 149, 2000 and 4000 Diesel engines. He retired in 2006. In 2013 Bob reunited with Judy Filibeck. They married in 2017.

Bob will be missed by his family and friends.

A memorial for Bob will be held in Pine River in June 2019. Specific details will be available on the "Forever Missed" site. Please use the link below for more details about Bob's amazing life. We urge you to share any  pictures and stories at https://www.forevermissed.com/robert-juan-Arboleda/#about

Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River

Mary Kathryn (Gaudette) Blexrud
November 9, 1951 - December 15, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Blexrud announces her unexpected passing on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the age of 67 years. Mary was born in Minneapolis on November 9, 1951 to Donald and Helen Gaudette. She graduated from Golden Valley High School in 1969.

Mary had recently retired to spend more time with her family. She and Terry shared a love for gardening and maintained the flowers for a local golf course. She enjoyed working on puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 46 years, Terry; and their children, Christopher (Shayna)  Blexrud, of Cape Coral, FL and Lisa (Dan) Lundberg, of Brainerd, MN. She is also survived by her four  grandchildren, Ryan and Ashley Blexrud and Oliver and Evin Lundberg; siblings, Peter Gaudette, John Gaudette, Ruth Sleavin and Steven Gaudette; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service in memory of Mary was held on Thursday, December 20th at the Brenny Funeral Chapel, in Baxter, MN. A gathering to celebrate her life followed the service at the funeral home. Pastor Jim Hagen officiated.

Those who so desire may make memorial donations in memory of Mary to the Children’s Hospital of Minnesota. Donations can be mailed to: Children’s Minnesota Foundation, Mail Stop CBC-3-FOUN, 5901 Lincoln Drive, Edina, MN 55436.

David L. Matlock Jr.
January 12, 1977 - December 14, 2018

David L. Matlock Jr., 41, Merrifield, died Friday, Dec. 14, in his home from diabetes.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., followed by a celebration of life at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home in Brainerd, Minn.

Floyd Nickel
April 13, 1927 – December 17, 2018

Floyd William Nickel, age 91, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Monday, December 17, 2018, at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, MN. He was born to William and Leona Nickel on April 13, 1927, in Pequot Lakes. Floyd served in the U.S. Navy during both WWII and Korea. He was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes. Floyd was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting fishing and being out in the woods. He was generous, big-hearted, always willing to lend a helping hand and was a devoted husband to his wife, Millie, for 43 years. Floyd will be greatly missed by his family.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Millie. He is survived by his children, Linda Fink (Jim), William Nickel (Jodi); grandchildren: Christine Carlson (Alex), Katie Brennan (Sean), Marc Fink, Noah Nickel, Nate Nickel; brothers, Donald Nickel, Jim Nickel (Sandy); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Services were held Friday, December 21, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial is in Pequot Lakes Cemetery.

Noel Philip Larson
March 14, 1933 - December 16, 2018

Noel Philip Larson, age 85, of Merrifield, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Bethany - Good Samaritan  Society. Noel was born on March 14, 1933 in Isle to Philip & Benita (Hamilton) Larson. He served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Beverly Blodgett on June 6, 1969.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Bev of Merrifield; sons: Robb (Roberta) of Dayton, and Tom (Denise) of Maple Grove; brother, Gary (Judy) of Brandon; sister, Sharon (Gary) Behrens of Evansville; grandson, Joshua; many nieces and nephews.

Noel is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service for Noel was held December 20, 2018 at Halvorson Johnson Funeral Home. Interment is at St. Petri Cemetery in Brandon.

Shirley Mae Blaisdell
March 19, 1927 - November 14, 2018

Shirley Mae (Johnson) Blaisdell was born March 19, 1927, in Little Falls, MN, to Ruth and John H. Johnson. She lived in Aberdeen, SD until she was 6 when the family moved to Minneapolis. She attended Minneapolis schools and graduated from South High School in June 1945. Shirley continued her education at Hennepin Technical College and the University of Minnesota before working as a tax accountant for Blatz-Robeck Law Firm. She also maintained a private tax office in her home for 30 years.

In addition to her scholastic pursuits, Shirley also valued the arts and was a violin student of the late Merle Adams,  a member of the high school Chamber Orchestra, and later became a member of the Minneapolis Orchestra.

On October 14, 1945, Shirley married Stanley Blaisdell. The couple made their home in Bloomington where they raised their family. In 1982, they retired to their cabin at the lake and Shirley took on a new position as City Clerk and Treasurer of Emily until she retired (again) in 1994.

Shirley was committed to giving back and was an election judge in Bloomington and Emily for 35 years; member of the Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion Auxiliary where she served with the color guard; a member of the DAV Auxiliary in Brainerd; was a member of the Crosslake Lutheran Church; and a Boy Scout Leader and Girl Scout Leader. She enjoyed reading, music, art, and gardening.

Shirley passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.

She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Stanley; son, Kerry (Linda Westlie), of Shakopee; son, Kim (Mary Jo), of Prior Lake; daughter Sheryl (Eugene Luce) Blaisdell, of Waconia; seven grandchildren, Kamela, Joshua, Janessa, Brandon, Keenan, Eric, and Garrett; eight great-grandchildren, Hunter, Bailey, Morgan, Jayden, Joey, Jacob, Griffin, and Rowan; several nieces and nephews; and sisters, Betty Krone, of Mankato and Lenore Weidert, of Minneapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Johnson, of Minneapolis, Allen Johnson, of Minneapolis, Dale Johnson, of Waseca; and sisters, Beverly Steinmetz, of California, DeLoise Johnson, of Plymouth.

Services for Shirley were held on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake. Interment to be at a later date.

Muriel I. Falk
November 10, 1922 - December 10, 2018

Falk, Muriel I., age 96, of Lakeville, MN, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2018 at her home at Highview Hills in Lakeville.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19th at St. John's Lutheran Church, 20165 Heath Ave., Lakeville, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

LeRoy and Muriel would express their appreciation to the good people of Outing and let them know that where ever  they are, they will always think of Outing as their home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial preferred to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. #17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at www.alz.org.

Vivian H. Knutson
August 9, 1929 – December 3, 2018

Vivian H. Knutson, 89, of Detroit Lakes, MN and Mesa, AZ passed away on Dec. 3, 2018 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes. Services were held Friday, December 7, 2018 at First Lutheran Church of Detroit Lakes. Sympathies can be left at www.daviddonehower.com.

Vivian was born in St. Cloud, MN to Adolf and Emma (Johnson) Leseman. She was raised in Pine River and graduated from Pine River High School in 1947. In June of that same year, she married her sweetheart Robert (Bob) Knutson at the First Lutheran Church in Pine River, MN. He was a WW2 Navy Veteran who, among other things, bravely fought in the battle of Leyte Gulf. They were married for 65 years until his death in 2012. Vivian  was an employee of Northwestern Bell Telephone Co in Detroit Lakes as well as in Bismark, ND where she and Bob resided from 1971 to 1993, when they moved back to Detroit Lakes. She enjoyed her work at the telephone company and had many lifelong friends from those years. She retired in 1987, at which time she and Bob began spending their winters in Mesa, AZ at Silveridge, a retirement community they loved, and returned each summer to Detroit Lakes to be close to family and dear friends from their early years there. After Bob passed away, she moved to Mesa full time from 2013 - 2016. She was a great cook and enjoyed entertaining, and loved meeting new people. Sewing was another pastime pleasure of hers. Her true love was dancing, which she never tired of - from ball room to line dancing - she did it well.

Vivian will be greatly missed by her children: daughter Cindy (Scott) Crain of Captain Cook, HI: son Jim (Deb) of Detroit Lakes MN; grandson Kris (Su) and great grandson Alex, all of Moorhead, MN and grandson Nathan (Cara) of Estero, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert; her brother Vernon Leseman of Sacramento, CA; and sister Lorraine (Leseman) Cangro of Visalia, CA.

Vivian's children are very grateful and would like to commend the excellent care she received for the last year and a half of life, where she was a resident of the Emmanuel Nursing Home of Detroit Lakes, MN. She was also attended to by Hospice of Red River Valley. They all were exceptional in their duties, filling her last year and a half with comfort and loving care.

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