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Obituaries


Melvin M. Allord
June 20, 1944 – November 5, 2014

Melvin M. Allord, 70, of rural Brainerd, MN died on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at his home. A Gathering and Reception of family and friends was held November 9, 2014 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Melvin was born on June 20, 1944 in Dagget Brook Township to the late Morris and Jane (Fleischhacker) Allord. He graduated from Brainerd High School and entered the United States Army, serving in Vietnam as a combat  engineer. Melvin was united into marriage to Julie Larson on June 15, 1989 at their home. He worked for Potlatch for 36 years until his retirement. Melvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and gardening. He also liked bow hunting, watching sports, and especially being outdoors. He loved his dog, Fritz.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Julie; daughters, Patience (Mark) Filkins of Brainerd, MN and Darcy Rakow of Brainerd, MN; son, Tyrone Allord of Merrifield, MN; brother, Larry Allord of Brainerd, MN; sister, Elaine Meyer of St. Cloud, MN; and multiple grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sharon Kohl. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.

Barry A. Birkholz
February 12, 1963 – November 10, 2014

Barry A. Birkholz, age 51, of Emily, former of Winsted/Lester Prairie area, died on November 10, 2014 at his home. He was born on February 12, 1963 in Glencoe to Arvin and Janelle (Perbix) Birkholz. Barry graduated from the Lester Prairie High School, Class of 1981. He was a carpenter for H.A. Birkholz Construction in Lester Prairie and Tutch Construction in Emily.

Barry is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jo; his mother, Janelle Birkholz of Winsted; 1 sister, Tara Fay (Bruce) Schneewind of Lester Prairie and his canine companion, Molly.

He is preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Betty Cole
January 13, 1929 – November 8, 2014

Betty Cole, age 85, of Pine River, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany, in Brainerd. She was born to Frederick and Myrtle Huffman on January 13, 1929, in Langdon, Iowa. Betty was a kind, non-judgmental person and loved animals.

Betty is survived by her sons: Ray Cole (Irene), George Cole; daughter, Jan Krick; brother, Louis Huffman; grandchildren: Laura Breit, Daniel Cole, Anne Erickson, Emma Greenman; 2 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale; 3 brothers and a sister.

Services were held November 15, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Gertrude Gish
April 9, 1924 – November 6, 2014

Gertrude Gish, age 90, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Thursday, November 6, 2014, at her home. She was born to Curtis and Nancy Stamper on April 9, 1924, in Kentucky.

Gertrude is survived by her sons: Myrun Gish (Cindy), Jerome Gish; daughters: Juanita Larson, Nancy Mettling (John); sisters, Marjorie and Laura; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross; daughter, Aleta Langenbau; grandson, Ronald; and sister, Mildred.  A gathering of family and friends was held November 11, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Robert William Moe
November 23, 1942 – October 30, 2014

Robert William Moe, age 71, of Ironton, died on October 30, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. He was born in Braham on November 23, 1942 to William and Agnes “Mae” Sorenson Moe. Bob was a US Army veteran serving from July of 1962 to July of 1964. He was employed with Zontelli Brothers; constructed Taconite plants on the Iron Range and he work as a roofer in the Twin Cities for many years, retiring in 2003.

Bob is survived by 1 son, Ben Moe (Jennifer Smith) of Deer River; 1 brother, Ken (Barb) Moe of Crosby; 4 sisters, Ruby Nelson of Crosby, Glennis Maruskie of Battleview, ND, Gerry Klopfleisch of Ironton and Betty (Tom) Swensen of Emily; sister-in-law, Judy Moe of Cass Lake; lifetime friend, Jim Torvinen of Rutherfordton, NC and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him death are his parents, 1 brother, Clarence in 1986; brothers-in-law, Marlin T. “Muggs” Nelson, Nealin Maruskie and Robert Klopfleish and 1 nephew, Eric Moe and 1 great nephew, Trevor Johnson.

A Celebration of Life was held November 6, 2014 at the Myrin-James American Legion in Ironton. Arrangements with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Vera Sandberg
June 15, 1916 – November 9, 2014

Vera Sandberg, age 98, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, November 9, at Brookside Comfort Care in Pine River. Vera was born to Jalmer and Helen Rudquist on June 15, 1916, in Cokato, MN.

Vera married Gordon Sandberg on Feb. 6, 1933, in Cokato. They farmed together near Cokato until 1956 when they moved to rural Pine River where they raised turkeys. Vera was an active member of First Lutheran Church in Pine River where she was a faithful lefse and meatball maker for the church’s annual dinner. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

Vera is survived by her children: Verna Jensen (Rollie) of Hutchinson, Gerald Sandberg (Judy) of Pine River, Carol Johnson of Mesa, AZ, David Sandberg (Wanda) of Pine River; sisters: Minnie Ackerblade, Deloris Karola; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; daughters: Virginia Alton, Deborah Bye; sisters: Dorothy Johnson, Myrtle Ludman, Gladys Pettet; brother, Melvin Rudquist; and son-in-law, Donny Johnson.

Services were held November 13, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Burial at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Sadie Asche
May 8, 1921 – October 29, 2014

Sadie Asche, age 93, of Pine River, passed away October 29, 2014. She was born to John and Rena (Marcus)  Korthuis on May 8, 1921. She attended grade school at Central MN Christian School in Prinsburg and graduated from Clara City High School in 1940 as co-salutatorian. On September 5, 1940, she married the love of her life, John J. Asche of Raymond, MN.

Sadie enjoyed working outdoors on the farm and had a very large garden. She enjoyed needlework and hand   sewing. In her later years she worked on “Find a Word” and enjoyed the television show Jeopardy. She frequently listened to sermons on the radio and often enjoyed her “Bible on Tape.”

Sadie worked as a nursing assistant in 1965 and was in the first graduating class of Rice Memorial Hospital. After graduation, she worked at Bethesda Heritage and often stayed after work to help the residents. She always loved children and was anxious to see all her unborn and stillborn children in heaven. Family was always very important to Sadie and she was in constant touch with them all and spent many hours praying for them.

Sadie is survived by her daughter, Sheri (Den) Pluimer of Breezy Point, MN; grandchildren: Joy (Chad) Bonnema of Grand Rapids, MI, Michael (Heather) Pluimer of Breezy Point, MN, Mark (Laurie) Pluimer of Appleton, WI; great grandchildren: Meikea Bonnema, Michael Pluimer, Maddie Pluimer, Ethan Pluimer, Esther Pluimer; brothers: Harold (Yvonne) Korthuis of Willmar, MN, LaVerne (Betty) Korthuis of Granite Falls, MN; sisters: Margie Lepsch of Grand Rapids, MI, Ruth Watkins of Buffalo, WY; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; daughter, Joyce Marie; several unborn children; brothers: George, Ray, Dick, Clarence, John, Lubert; and sisters: Mary, Dena and Ella.

Memorials will be sent to The Children of the Promise. Services were held November 7, 2014 at the Raymond Christian Reformed Church. Burial took place in the Bunde Cemetery.

Maureen E. Johnson
August 22, 1942 – November 2, 2014

Maureen E. Johnson, 72, resident of Nisswa for the past 12 years and former 35 year resident of Forest Lake, died Sunday as the result of an automobile accident. Maureen was born August 22, 1942 in Appleton, MN to Henry and Irene (Volgerson) Quaal.

She was a 1964 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Mn. She married Harold 'Buzz' Johnson in 1966. She taught at Forest Lake Elementary School for 24 years. Maureen loved her friends and enjoyed her church family at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Surviving are her husband Buzz, three children, Jill (Jeff) Benda and grandchildren Sydney and Haley, Matt (Lisa) Johnson and grandchildren Elijah and Levi, Steve (Sarah) Johnson and grandchildren Ashley, Alison and Ava, her siblings, Bonnie Kittleson, Janelle (Gary) Brunkow, and Steve Quaal.

She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law Gary Kittleson, and her parents Irene and Henry Quaal.

Services were held November 7, 2014 at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa with Pastor Andy Smith officiating. Memorials are preferred to the Lutheran Church of the Cross Bell Choir.

Diane Borman
December 21, 1949 – November 2, 2014

Diane Borman, age 64, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, November 2, 2014. She was born to Harvey and June Turner on December 21, 1949, in Duluth, MN.

Diane is survived by her son, Roman Turner; daughters, Zorenna Stuhr (Todd), Lori Kish, Mona Petty; brother, Pete; sisters, Karen and Patti; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bud, Kevin and David; and sister, Joanne.

Services were held November 6, 2014 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Camille Marie Licoscos
August 21, 1961 - October 20, 2014

Camille Marie Licoscos, age 53, of Crosby, died at her home on October 20, 2014. She was born on August 21, 1961 in St. Louis Park to DeWayne and Barbara (Lundie) Kokesh.

Camille is survived by her mother Barbara Kokesh of Mooselake; three sisters, Candace Kokesh of Pequot Lakes, Kathy (Michael) Baird if Waconia and DeAnn (John) Steyer of Elko; and nieces and nephews.

Her father preceded her in death.

A Celebration of Life was held November 1, 2014 at the Dellwood Apartments Community Room. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Joanne “Sam” Evenson
December 18, 1950 - November 2, 2014

Joanne “Sam” Evenson, age 63, of Pequot Lakes, passed away at her home on Sunday, November 2, 2014. She was born to Darrell and Norma Stangel on December 18, 1950, in Crosby, MN. Sam married Kenny Evenson on August 17, 1968, in Pequot Lakes. She drove school bus for Pequot Lakes Schools for 18 years. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Sam is survived by her son, Greg; brothers: Richard Stangel, Eugene Stangel; sister, Carol Helmers; grandchildren: Marcus (Amanda), Bridgette (Bryan); and great grandchildren: Easton, Cooper and Jeremiah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenny; brothers: Darrell “Kidge”, Gary; and sister, Faye Burke.

Services were held Friday, November 7, at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes. Inturnment will be in Our Savior’s Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Edna Janette Ehlenfeldt
April 6, 1920 – November 4, 2014

Edna Janette Ehlenfeldt, age 94, of Pine River and formerly Nisswa, went home to her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. Edna was born April 6, 1920, to Henry and Martha Alice Anderson. She married Faye Gifford Ehlenfeldt on December 29, 1945, in Minneapolis, MN. Faye and Edna resided in Fridley, MN, until they retired, building their retirement home on Little Lake Hubert in Nisswa, MN. Edna was employed at Target in Fridley from 1966 to 1985 when she retired.

Edna is survived by her sons, Bruce Corwin (Diane) Ehlendfeldt, Bradley John (Linda) Ehlenfeldt; brothers, Adolph and David (Renee) Anderson; sisters, Alma Anderson, Ruth Griffin and Arlene (Kenneth) Walesch; and brother-in-law, Lenard Hein. Edna has 7 grandchildren: Wendy Ehlenfeldt, Kari (Paul) Bicha, Travis (Kari) Ehlenfeldt, Jason (Kelly) Ehlenfeldt, Michael (Alacia) Ehlenfeldt, Mitchell (Ruhiyyih) Dyrdahl and Matthew Dyrdahl. She also has 11 great grandchildren: Jason (fiancé, Sarah), Levi, Kaitlyn, Hailey, Nevada, Isabella, Alyssa, Gavin, Makayla, Addison, and Logan; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Edna was preceded in death by her husband, Faye; parents, Henry and Alice Anderson; brother, Arthur Anderson; sisters, Clara Aaker and Selma Hein.

The family would like to thank the Good Samaritan Society for their care of Edna.

Services were held November 10, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place at Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids, MN.

Robert William Moe
November 23, 1942 – October 30, 2014

Robert William Moe age 71 of Ironton died on October 30, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud. He was born in Braham on November 23, 1942 to William and Agnes “Mae” Sorenson Moe. Bob was a US Army veteran serving from July of 1962 to July of 1964. He was employed with Zontelli Brothers; constructed Taconite plants on the Iron Range and he work as a roofer in the Twin Cities for many years, retiring in 2003.

Bob is survived by 1 son, Ben Moe (Jennifer Smith) of Deer River; 1 brother, Ken (Barb) Moe of Crosby; 4 sisters, Ruby Nelson of Crosby, Glennis Maruskie of Battleview, ND, Gerry Klopfleisch of Ironton and Betty (Tom) Swensen of Emily; sister-in-law, Judy Moe of Cass Lake; lifetime friend, Jim Torvinen of Rutherfordton, NC and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him death are his parents, 1 brother, Clarence in 1986; brothers-in-law, Marlin T. “Muggs” Nelson, Nealin Maruskie and Robert Klopfleish and 1 nephew, Eric Moe and 1 great nephew, Trevor Johnson.

A Celebration of Life was held November 6, 2014 at the Myrin-James American Legion in Ironton. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Rev. Dean Hull Williams
April 17, 1925 - November 2, 2014

Rev. Dean Hull Williams was born in Mankato, Minnesota on April 17, 1925, the second child born to Leo and Margaret (Wilhelm) Williams. Dean and his siblings, Graff and Elizabeth, graduated from High School in Sac City, Iowa.

Immediately after High School, he entered military service and served in the European theatre during World War II. He was a prisoner of war from November 1944 until liberation in May 1945. He married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Ann Irwin, on July 6, 1945, a marriage that would last for 65 years until her death in 2010.

Dean graduated from Drake University in 1949 and McCormick Seminary in 1952. He served as an ordained Presbyterian minister for 62 years, serving parishes in Sanborn, Iowa, Madelia, Minnesota, Atlantic, Iowa and Traer, Iowa. They had a cabin on Daggett Lake in Crosslake since 1959. Dean and Phyllis retired to Crosslake, Minnesota in 1990, and were important in the formation of a New Church Development which is now Crosslake Presbyterian Church. Dean loved fishing, was an avid reader, Biblical scholar and theologian. He taught a weekly Bible Study in Crosslake for 23 years. Dean died at home surrounded by family on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Dean was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents, Leo and Margaret Williams; in-laws Cliff and Naomi Irwin; and siblings, Graff (and Phyllis) Williams, Elizabeth (and LaVerne) Kiel.

He is survived by his children Rev. Lynn (Lois) Williams of Grimes, IA; Doug (Randi) Williams of Columbus, NE; RN Carolyn Williams (Tom Stackland) of Duluth, MN; Rev. Kate Stangl (Allan Brown) of Crosslake; Rev. Dwight (Carol) Williams of Elkhorn, NE; grandchildren Carrie (Aaron), Tracy (Nick), Michael (Lily), Nathan (Leanne), Sarah, Andrew (Brandy), and Sydnie; great-grandchildren Coden, Ryland, Bronwyn, William, PJ, Ian, Ben, and Seymour. Step-grandchildren Wendy (Andrew) Lear, Roger (Tracy) Wolfe; step great-grandchildren Zachary, Alexander and Emma.

Memorial service was held on Saturday, November 8 at Crosslake Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Crosslake Presbyterian Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

William H. Erickson
March 17, 1936 – October 26, 2014

William H. Erickson, 78, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. Services were held October 30, 2014 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Bill was born on March 17, 1936 in Cloquet, MN. He attended Cloquet High School and graduated from The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1958 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Management. He worked for 19 years with Hoerner- Waldorf Paper Company. William owned Point Narrows Resort on Upper Gull Lake for 3 years. He then worked for St. Joseph’s Medical Center for 17 years. He enjoyed sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. William also liked fishing, yard work, traveling, and having campfires. He loved spending  time with his children and grandchildren.

William is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Bill (Maria) Erickson of Pequot Lakes, MN, Patti (Mel) Borchert of Big Lake, MN, Cathy (John) Sechser of Otsego, MN, and Tom Erickson of St. Cloud, MN; sister, Frances Rasen of Phoenix, AZ; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jeannette. Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Hospital Cardio Vascular Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Josef M. Yonkovich
March 16, 1957 - October 31, 2014

Josef M. Yonkovich, 57, of Outing, MN died Friday, October 31, 2014 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN. Funeral services for Josef were held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Outing, MN with Pastor Mike Gustafson officiating.

Josef was born March 16, 1957 in New Ulm, MN to the late John and Dorothy (Larson) Yonkovich. He graduated from Winthrop High School. Josef farmed for a few years before working in the medical device industry for 25 years. He recently worked for Boston Scientific in Maple Grove for 21 years. Josef was united in marriage to Susan Olson on May 23, 1997 in Brainerd, MN. He enjoyed fishing, 4 wheeling, boating, snowmobiling and was an avid sports fan. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Josef is survived by his wife, Susan; one daughter, Sydonia Yonkovich of Outing, MN; three step children, James Olson of Montevideo, MN, Ingrid (Aaron) Brock of Bloomington, MN, Alexandra (fiancé Chance Jordan) Olson of Big Lake, MN; two brothers, Jack Yonkovich of Brookings, SD, Gene (Janice) Yonkovich of Cape Creek, AZ; three grandchildren, Aila Olson, Zoe Olson and Elliot Brock. He is also survived by the family of Doris (Tom Birkey) Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister in law, Ordell Yonkovich. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Herbert Hecht
October 17, 1920 - October 27, 2014

Herbert Hecht, age 94 of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away on October 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lenora, and his second wife, Maggie. Herb and Lenora had two sons, Harlin (Sue) of Paynesville, and Arvid of Pequot Lakes, along with 3 grandsons: Howard (Laura) of Groton, Massachusetts, Mark (Becky) of Paynesville and Dale (Jill) of Grove City; along with 7 great grandchildren. He also has several stepchildren and step-grandchildren from his marriage with Maggie.

Herb served as a director on several boards including the Pine River School Board, the Pillager Creamery Board, several church boards and the Maple Township Board. He drove school bus for 23 years for the Pine River School District. During the first half of his life he had a top dairy herd. Later he switched to a commercial cow-calf beef herd at which time he partnered on the farm with his son, Arvid. They are well known for producing high performance Charolais cross feeders for over 50 years. They were recognized as the 1996 Commercial Producer of the year by the MN/WI Charolais Association.

Services were held November 1, 2014 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place in Stoney Brook Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes.

Kathryn Kay (Thompson) Bergman
July 27, 1968 - October 23, 2014

Kathryn Kay (Thompson) Bergman, 46, of Duluth, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. She was born in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to Gerald and Ellen Thompson. She grew up in Pequot Lakes, MN, where she graduated in 1986. She married the love of her life, Gary N. Bergman, Jr., on April 12, 2008. They resided in Sauk Rapids, MN, until 2012, when they moved to the Duluth area. She was the girl with the golden heart and the smile to match. Kathy fought years with her diabetes and the complications that went with it, but always seemed to overcome her  adversities with a positive attitude. Kathy was a fan of tattoos and recently this past summer had this saying put on her right forearm, “Do not fear, I am with you – Isaiah 41:10” She adored her 2 Dachshunds, Coco & Simba, whom she rescued from the humane society. She loved live music and enjoyed the bands that her husband, Gary, had played in, making many new friends.

Kathy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry and Maxine Thompson and Oscar and Gertrude Olson. She is survived by her husband, Gary N. Bergman, Jr., of Duluth, MN; parents, Jerry and Ellen Thompson of Pequot Lakes, MN; brothers, Mark Thompson of Saint Louis Park, MN, and Eric Thompson of Pine River, MN; mother-in-law, Mary Bergman of Duluth, MN, brother-in-law, Shane Bergman of Duluth, MN; sister-in-law, Tammy Bergman of Las Vegas, NV; nieces, Keely and Aaliyah; and special care taker, her aunt, Sandy Gill.

Kathy’s mom, Ellen, was her biggest inspiration and would like to say that, “On this day God reached out and took our precious Kathy home. She had been waiting for him to come.”

A memorial service was held November 1, 2014, at Grace United Methodist Church, 29286 State Hwy. 371, Pequot Lakes, MN.

William H. Erickson
March 17, 1936 – October 26, 2014

William H. Erickson, 78, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Essentia Health/St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. Services were held October 30, 2014 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Bill was born on March 17, 1936 in Cloquet, MN. He attended Cloquet High School and graduated from The University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1958 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Management. He worked for 19 years with Hoerner-Waldorf Paper Company. William owned Point Narrows Resort on Upper Gull Lake for 3 years. He then worked for St. Joseph’s Medical Center for 17 years. He enjoyed sports, especially the Minnesota Vikings. William also liked fishing, yard work, traveling, and having campfires. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

William is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Bill (Maria) Erickson of Pequot Lakes, MN, Patti (Mel) Borchert of Big Lake, MN, Cathy (John) Sechser of Otsego, MN, and Tom Erickson of St. Cloud, MN; sister, Frances Rasen of Phoenix, AZ; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Jeannette. Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Hospital Cardio Vascular Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Herbert Hecht
October 17, 1920 - October 27, 2014

Herbert Hecht, age 94 of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away on October 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lenora, and his second wife, Maggie. Herb and Lenora had two sons, Harlin (Sue) of Paynesville, and Arvid of Pequot Lakes, along with 3 grandsons: Howard (Laura) of Groton, Massachusetts, Mark (Becky) of Paynesville and Dale (Jill) of Grove City; along with 7 great grandchildren. He also has several stepchildren and step-grandchildren from his marriage with Maggie.

Herb served as a director on several boards including the Pine River School Board, the Pillager Creamery Board, several church boards and the Maple Township Board. He drove school bus for 23 years for the Pine River School District. During the first half of his life he had a top dairy herd. Later he switched to a commercial cow-calf beef  herd at which time he partnered on the farm with his son, Arvid. They are well known for producing high  performance Charolais cross feeders for over 50 years. They were recognized as the 1996 Commercial Producer of the year by the MN/WI Charolais Association.

Services were held November 1, 2014at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place in Stoney Brook Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes.

Tre's Lloyd
September 21, 1998 - October 28, 2014

Tre's Lloyd, age 16, of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Services were held November 2nd, 2014, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes.

Becky L. (Loken) Savey
March 10, 1957 - October 26, 2014

Becky L. (Loken) Savey, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, 57, of Jenkins Township, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the St. Cloud VA Hospice Care Ward. Services for Becky will be 11 AM on Saturday, November 8, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Friends are welcome to gather on Friday, November 7, from 6 to 9 PM at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Becky served on the Cass County Fair Board, was a leader of the Pine River 4-H, and was employed in the office of Honey Wagon, LLC. Her delightful smile and helping voice on the phone will be missed throughout the  community. Becky served her country in the US Army for 14 years. She was an Amateur Radio Operator, call sign KC7OPP. Her hobbies included art, spinning, knitting and weaving and she belonged to the Backus Hair Razors and The Dyed in the Wool Spinners of Aitkin. Her love for her horse, Shasta, was only exceeded by her love for her family.

Becky is survived by her husband, RJ Savey; children: Bo, Bonnie, Mike; grandson, Lucas; twin sister, Vicky Flegal; brother, Butch “Red” Loken; and sister, Cathy Willegalle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oran and Madonna Loken, and sister, Judy Miller.

Dr. James Arms
August 1, 1924 - October 18, 2014

Dr. James Arms - Jim / Red / Doc / Dad / Grandpa / Big Papa passed away peacefully at his Whitefish home surrounded by his family on October 18, 2014. Age 90. Preceded in death by the love of his life, wife Kay, son Jimmy, brother Tom and brother-in-law Don Giefer. Survived by children Maureen (Jim Johnson), Margaret (Jim Burt), Teresa (Joe Christensen), Sheila (Matthew Mason), Katie (John Reiter), Marty (Chris Moakley), Danny (fiancé Meghan), 22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, sisters Muggs (Dave Huch), Kathleen (Jay Blanke), Betts Giefer, brother Rev. Mike Arms, sister-in-law Judy Arms, brother-in-law, Bob Beaudoin, numerous nieces and nephews and good friends.

Doc enjoyed a full and faith filled life, a big and loving family and many, many friends. He was a WW II veteran proudly serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a general practitioner who cared for his many patients with compassion and skill at his Richfield office and St. Mary’s Hospital.

He retired to his lake home 28 years ago and greatly enjoyed time with family and friends at the lake. He was a kind, gentle, wise father and friend and will be greatly missed.

Mass of Christian burial was held at Immaculate Heart Church, Crosslake, MN, on Saturday, October 25, 2014. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to Immaculate Heart Church of Crosslake or St. Stephens Minneapolis, Loaves and Fishes.

Dorothy Geneva Berry Emerson-Lee
DOD October 18, 2014

Dorothy "Dottie" Geneva Berry Emerson- Lee died peacefully at her home in San Lorenzo on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the age of 93.

Born in Jump River, Wisconsin to Sidney and Ethel Geneva Longanecker Berry, the 8th of 10 children, she grew up a country girl. She attended school in Berthold, North Dakota and loved drama class and performing in school plays. Working in a grocery store, she met Marvin Allen Emerson.He would toss chocolate kisses to her. They were married on Jan. 2, 1943 in Vancouver, WA. While Marvin served his country as a pilot in the Army Air Corp, Dottie worked in the shipyards in Portland, Oregon. After the war, they got busy building a family and brought 5 children into their marriage. Dottie was active in all her children activities, including school and church events, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Rainbow Girls and DeMolay. She loved creating and sewing clothes for her children. She and Marvin raised their children "old school", knowing right from wrong, using manners, and being thoughtful and considerate of others.

Sadly, Marvin passed away at 45 on May 30, 1969. Dottie remained in their home in San Lorenzo and began working again, first at Three Crosses Church in Castro Valley, then the Masonic Home in Hayward, Cut'n Ready Foods and finally San Leandro Police Dept. where she retired after 20 years of service in 1994. In 1980 Dottie met George Lee and they married on July 11, 1988. George brought his two grown children and a grandson into the marriage. George and Dottie enjoyed bowling, bicycling, traveling in their camper and gardening together. Dottie also loved singing in the choir at church, crocheting and cross stitching, but most of all she loved her family and friends and time spent with them.

She is survived by her husband, George Lee, 4 of her 5 children - JudyLou Kilroy Davis of Teton Valley, Idaho; Barbara Jo "Sam" Newton (John) of Dothan, AL; David Lee Emerson (Inez) of Roosevelt, UT, and Margaret Lola "Meg" Meyers of San Jose, CA; step-children Audrey Gustafson (Kevin Wayde, deceased) of Silver Springs, NV and James Samuel Lee (Debbie, deceased) of Hayward, CA; three grandchildren: Jaime Beth Kilroy Chaney (Jory) of Eureka, MT; Jessica Marie Kilroy of Teton Valley, ID and Nevada City, CA; Jason Edward Kilroy (Janelle) of Kalispell, MT; 9 step-grandchildren: Meghan Kirt Newton Brewer (Steven) of Chicago, Russ Galvin (Chrystal), Dennis Kilgore (Trina), Melissa Galvin, Tramandra "Mandy" Moralli, all of Utah, Dominque "Nickie" Moralli of Arkansas, Morgan Emerson and Timmy Emerson of Roosevelt, UT; and Kevin Gustafson, Jr. of Nevada. Also 2 great-grandchildren - Allie Ellen Sartor and Aubrey Dawn Chaney of Eureka, MT; and 17 step-great-grandchildren - Zachary, Dakotah, Shane, Regan, Kayden and Phalynn Galvin; Kiara, Nicholas, Kanyon and Hunter Kilgore; Jasmine, Anastasia and Hally Galvin all of Utah; Chase, Rocky, Dennis and Breona Moralli all of Arkansas; two sisters - Edna Irene Berry Keiser of North Dakota and Marlene Berry Stromwall DeLong of Minnesota, and plethora of nieces and nephews (78 on the Berry side and 19 on the Emerson side).

Dottie was preceded in death by her first husband Marvin Allen Emerson, son Gary Allen Emerson, her parents, siblings Emmert Ellsworth Berry, Gerald Oscar Berry, Beulah Matilda Berry Glasner, Henry Wesley Berry, Helen Louise Berry Anderson Laughridge, Wayne Marlin Berry and Paul Homer Berry.

Memorial Service were held at The Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward on Friday, October 24, 2014. We thank the staff of Sutter Health Care at Home (especially Ali and Charlie) and independent home caregiver Ella Young, for their loving care and support these past few weeks.

Karin (AKA Karen) Vale Pikula
May 11, 1944 – October 17, 2014

Karin (AKA Karen) Vale Pikula, 70 of Merrifield, MN died Friday, October 17, 2014 at the Crosby Care Center in Crosby, MN. Funeral services for Karen were held Friday, October 24, 2014 at Living Word North Church in Brainerd, MN, with Reverend Russell Kalenberg officiating. Services were held October 23, 2014 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN. Interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Brainerd, MN.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN

Patrick John Vetrone
January 20, 1954 – October 22, 2014

Patrick John Vetrone, age 60, of Emily, died on October 22, 2014 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Pat was born on January 20, 1954 in Frankfurt, Germany to Adolph and AnnaBell Cosson. He married Leah Elaine Kile on June 24, 1978 in Emily. He was retired from the U.S. Army, serving from 1978 to 2003.

Survivors include his wife, Leah; 1 son, Patrick (Lisa) Vetrone Jr. of Aberdeen, MD; 2 daughters, Yvonne (Chris) Malick of Joppatowne, MD and Nadine Vetrone of Belcamp, MD; 3 brothers, A. Mike (Rose) Vetrone of OK, Victor Vetrone and Albert (Lisa) Vetrone all of CA; 2 sisters, Judy (Steve) Searing of NJ and Carol Trenda of Ironton; and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents.

No services are being held. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Arlene Vian
September 21, 1925 - October 17, 2014

Arlene Vian, age 89, of Pine River, passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital. No services are planned at this time.

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