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John Edward Bartkowitz
October 9, 1941 - July 20, 2014

John Edward Bartkowitz, age 72, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. He was born on October 9, 1941, in Sobieski, MN, to Peter and Martha Bartkowitz. On August 20, 1962, he married Janyce Witt of Browerville, MN.

John is survived by his wife, Janyce; children: John Bartkowitz, Jr. (Emily Stall), Linda Campbell (Jerry), Laurie Miller (Mike), Rick Bartkowitz (Tracey); grandchildren: Kayla and Kerry Bartkowitz, Waylon and Taylor Campbell, Tory and Sam Miller; sisters: Francis Lashinski, Agnes Golombieski, Betty Burton (Dave), Helen Slatery (Jim); and brother, Anthony Bartkowitz (Maxine).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial was held July 24th, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River. Burial followed at Norwood Cemetery, rural Pine River.

Albert "Bud" Kemper
DOD July 16, 2014

Albert "Bud" Kemper, age 88, of Jenkins, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his home. Services were held on July 22nd, 2014, at St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes.

Jill Suzanne Osborn
DOD July 19, 2014

Jill Suzanne Osborn, 48, of Pequot Lakes, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home surrounded by family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Dennis E. Kelly.

Jill will be deeply missed by her mother, Pamela Kelly; life partner, Brandon Christle; son, Joe Osborn (Michelle Keen); sisters, Patricia Osborn, Lisa Kelly; brother, Mike Kelly; several nieces and nephews.

Alice Roubal
June 28, 1928 – July 22, 2014

Alice Roubal, age 86, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at her home after a battle with cancer. She was born to Pete and Ellen Anderson on June 28, 1928, in Lake Wilson, MN. Alice loved gardening, flowers, fun jewelry and gambling with her best friend, Carol Olson.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Richard. She is survived by her 9 children, 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild due in November. We will miss our Beautiful Mother and Fabulous Grams. Rest in Peace!

Special thanks to the Good Samaritan Hospice and our sister, Sharon, for taking care of our mother.

Mass of Christian Burial was held July 29th, 2014 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River. Interment at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.

Georgene Faye Wolske
December 31, 1929 - July 20, 2014

Georgene Faye Wolske,age 84, died on Sunday, July 20, at the Good Samaritan Society in Pine River,  Minnesota. Georgene was born on December, 31, 1929 in Janesville, WI to John and Lillian Butler.  She had two sisters who preceded her in death, Eleanor Finney and Vera Jennings.

After graduating from Janesville High School Georgene enjoyed a short career as a telephone operator until she married Gene Wolske in 1954. They lived their early married life in Wisconsin and Illinois where they had eight children. She was a stay at home mom that filled her time with baking; cooking; gardening and keeping those eight children in clean clothes. In 1976 Gene and Georgene moved the family to Backus, Minnesota. Georgene was widowed in 1980. She remained in the Backus area until her death.

Her surviving family members include: Mother of 8 Children: Jerry Wolske of Backus, MN, Carol (Kyle) Dudley of Hampton, GA, Lester (Annette) Wolske of Benton, IL, Linda (Jeff) Lopeman of Mahtowa, MN, Terry (Lori) Wolske of Pine River, MN, Jamie Wolske of Backus, MN, Gean Wolske of Charlotte, NC, Cindy (Tony) Jacobs of Atlanta, GA. Grandmother to 12: Matthew and Noah Dudley, Krystle Rutherford, Leah Walden, Nikkia Lopeman, Kayla Lane, Chesney Kesty, Paige Lopeman, Bryce and Brandon Wolske, Nicholas and Alixx Jacobs. Great-Grandmother to 5: Mason Rutherford, Kolt Walden, Aiden Lopeman, Gaven and Alec Kesty,

The service for Georgene Wolske was presided over by Julie Swedberg on July 26th, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society, 518 Jefferson Ave, Pine River, MN, 56474.

“The bitterest tear shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone” Harriet Beecher Stowe

Marlis Wright
October 1, 1930 - July 18, 2014

Marlis Wright, 83, of Crosslake, MN died on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosslake, MN.

Marlis was born on October 1, 1930 in Minneapolis, MN to Edwin and Elsie Helseth. She enjoyed family occasions and spending time with her nieces and nephews at Christmas. Marlis was a member of the Womens Auxillary of American Region.

Marlis is survived by her son, Randy (Cathy); brother, Richard Helseth; and several nieces and  nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lucky; brother, LeRoy; sisters, Lois  Plaisance and Sharon Fillmore. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Funeral Services for Marlis were held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN. Interment was held at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake, MN.

Darlene F. Airhart
September 28, 1927 - July 14, 2014

Darlene Frances Airhart age 86 of Crosby died on July 14, 2014 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born on September 28, 1927 in Wadena to Lloyd and Frances (Zimmerman) Ellingworth. She was a member of the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood and the United Methodist Women as NE District President in 2006. Darlene had a love for serving others and volunteered for numerous events and organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Croft Mine, she served as a Senior Companion, and most recently tutoring Crosby Elementary Students from her wheelchair.

Darlene is survived by 2 sons, Durwood (Jackie) Airhart of Litchfield and Thomas Airhart of Aitkin; 2 daughters, Susan Airhart of Emily, Genese (James) Colberg of Miltona; 2 brothers, Raymond (Susan) Ellingworth of New York Mills and John (Debbie) Ellingworth of Hudson, WI; 2 sisters, Ramona Olson of Manahga, Peggy (Gerald) Porter of Deer Creek; Sisters-in-law, Delores Rentz, Rae Mona Leonart, Pat Airhart, Peggy Airhart and Dorothy Fry.; Brothers-in-law, Isadore “Nibs” Lorentz and Jack Carter; Twenty five grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband James Airhart in 1986; 2 sons, Ronald and Donald Airhart; daughter, Gurene Martin; daughters-in-law, Sheila Airhart and Florence Airhart; brothers, Warren, Lloyd, Jr. and infant Norman; sisters, Berniece Lorentz and Marlyce Carter and infant Jeanette; brother-in-law, Martin Olson; and several grandchildren and other loved ones.

Funeral services were held Saturday July 19, 2014 at Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Burial was at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby.

Donald Szymanski
March 4, 1929 – July 22, 2014

Donald Szymanski, age 85, of Backus, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. He was born to Lodge and Ella Szymanski on March 4, 1929, in North Branch, MN.

Donald is survived by his children: Deb Hopkins, Dave Szymanski (Sue), Sandy Szymanski (Ed), Jeff Szymanski, Joyce Leimruger, Dan Szymanski; grandchildren: William, Jacob, Dana, Deanne, Todd, Bryant, Bryce, Shelly, Wendy, Aaron, Nicholas; many great grandchildren; and sister, Wilma Thundstrom.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Services were held Saturday, July 19th, 2014 at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

John Robert Dotzler
September 30, 1925 - July 18, 2014

John “Bob” Robert Dotzler age 88 of Emily died at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center on July 18, 2014. He was born on September 30, 1925 in Aitkin to John and Anna (Hoge) Dotzler. He graduated from the Aitkin High School in 1943 and then entered the US Army serving in the Philippines and Japan during WWII. He married Elsie (Richards) Dotzler and later divorced. They had five children; Robert (Diane) Dotzler of Cedar, Barbara (Jerry) Aray of Soldotna, AK, Steven (Darlene) Dotzler of  Anchorage, AK, Jeff Dotzler (Marie Rosa) of Emily and Marilyn (Pat) Meyer of Brainerd.

Bob is survived by his children; twelve grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; In-laws, Alice Dotzler of Aitkin, Ed Kraemer of Aitkin and Sylvester Kraemer of Turtle Lake, WI; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are is parents; 2 brothers, Richard and Donald Dotzler; 3 sisters, Mildred  Kraemer, Maudell Hasskamp and Lorraine Kraemer; 1 granddaughter, Kelly Horner and 1 great granddaughter, Ali Bell.

Bob previously worked for Hanna Mining, Vomela Rice Plant and operated heavy equipment in the area. Currently he was attending Treasured Times Adult Daycare in Crosby. He was a member of the Aitkin Legion Post and a lifetime member of the Aitkin VFW.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby and on Thursday 1 hour prior to the services at the church.

Violet J. Fenton
March 17, 1926 – July 6, 2014

Violet J. Fenton, age 88, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Brookside Comfort Care, Pine River. She was born to Clarence and Lena (Shenand) Hanks on March 17, 1926, in Bagley, MN. Vi attended grade school west of Bagley then attended high school in Backus, graduating in 1943. She married Earl G. Fenton in Omaha, NE, on July 8, 1948. After living in Omaha for a few years they moved to Denver, CO, then Los Angeles, CA. In 1950 they bought a farm 7 miles west of Backus where they milked cows and also raised sheep and hogs, and later, beef cattle. In 2005 Earl and Vi moved to Pine River where they spent their retirement.

Vi served on the Cass County Fair Board and was secretary for many years. She was a volunteer at the Hackensack Co-op and worked for 25 years at the Pine Mountain Tower during the spring watching for fires. She was a member of the Homemakers Group and was a very active volunteer for the Backus Old Timers paper. She loved gardening and many people enjoyed her strawberries.

Vi was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Earl in 2011. She will be dearly missed by her nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Committal service was held July 11th, 2014 at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery, Little Falls.

Barbara Jean Freiborg
November 13, 1935 - July 5, 2014

Barbara Jean (Lofrano) Freiborg, 78, of Fifty Lakes, MN formerly of St. Louis Park, MN; Sun Lakes, and Gold Canyon, AZ. Passed away on July 5, 2014.

Survived by her husband of 58 years, LeRoy; Son, Michael (Jan) Freiborg; daughter, Lynn (John) Bury. Cherished grandchildren; Ashley and Kirsten Freiborg, Victoria Barrett, Step-grandson; Christopher (Kayla) Bury, Stepgreat granddaughters Brooklyn and Jocelyn; Brothers Joseph R. (Virginia) Lofrano, and Spencer (Marlene) Lofrano, Aunt Isabelle Camadeca, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by parents; Joseph F. and Elizabeth M. Lofrano; and sister, Carmella Diane.

Barb was born November 13, 1935 in Chicago, IL. In 1938 her family moved to Minneapolis where she attended the Basilica of St. Mary until 9th grade. In 1949 her family moved to St. Louis Park; where she graduated from in 1953. She married LeRoy, her high school sweetheart on June 30, 1956.

Over the years, Barb was active in Park Knoll Garden Club, Twin City Herb Society, the St. Louis Park Fireman’s Wives Auxiliary, and United Methodist Women. She loved gardening, cooking, traveling, entertaining, bridge, and square dancing. Her biggest sources of joy were her grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Memorials preferred to the family. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

James “Tom” Griebling
February 15, 1941 – July 5, 2014

James “Tom” Griebling, age 73, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was born to  James and Wilma Griebling on Feb. 15, 1941, in Dodge Center, IA. Tom was a 28 year veteran of  the  military including service in the Air Force, Army and later, in the National Guard. He was a police officer in Hastings, MN. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and loved the Lord.

Tom is survived by his wife, Phyllis, of Pequot Lakes; son, William Griebling (Rachael) of Red Wing; brother, Dr. Tomas L. Griebling; sister, Jana Root (Dennis); and 5 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one grandson.

Services were held July 10th, 2014 at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Thomas Lee Theiler
August 13, 1943 – July 2, 2014

Thomas Lee Theiler, 70, of Pequot Lakes, MN died at his home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Services for Thomas were held July 12, 2014 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes, MN. Interment at the Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, MN.

Thomas was born on August 13, 1943 in St. Cloud, MN to Raymond and Esther (Dahlberg) Theiler. He married Julie Slife on January 10, 1970 in Bloomington, MN.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Julie; children, Jami of Rochester, MN, Jason (Amy) of Phoenix, AZ, and Andrea (Jared) of Rochester, MN; mother, Esther Theiler; nine grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and his beloved dog, Ridley. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Joyce Arvidson
April 4, 1928 – June 29, 2014

Joyce Arvidson, age 86, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014, from complications of  Parkinson’s disease. She was born to Edwin and Nellie Flom on April 4, 1928, in Moline, MN. Joyce was a long-time employee of Target working for 23 years in Crystal and 15 years in Brainerd. She enjoyed living on the lake.

Joyce is survived by her daughters: Barbara Gilroy, Jeanne Feyereisn (Rick); sons: Bob Arvidson (Rita), Jay Arvidson (Judy); 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert.

Special thanks to Good Samaritan Society, Pine River, ICU and 6th floor at St. Joseph’s Medical Center for the wonderful care Joyce received.

Services were held July 7th, 2014 at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.

Timothy J. Keen
June 6, 1946 – June 25, 2014

Timothy J. Keen, 68, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth. He was born on June 6, 1946, in Richfield, MN to John and Eileen (Wotring) Keen.

Tim is survived by his mother, Eileen (Wotring) Keen; wife, Debbie Keen; children: Kimberly Barrette, Kelly (Amy) Keen, Penny (David) Dunbar, Alesha Becker, Michelle Keen; siblings: Therese (John) Agular, Jerome Keen, Anthony Keen (Julie Kramp), Mara Keen, Benedict Keen, Bridget (Steve) Christianson; many grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John Keen; daughter, Heidi Keen and brother, Daniel Keen.

Mass of Christian Burial was held July 2, at St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes, with Father Michael Patullo officiating. Burial took place at the Jenkins Cemetery, Jenkins.

Madilyn McMonigal
October 17, 1999 – June 28, 2014

Madilyn McMonigal, age 14, of Breezy Point, passed away at her home on Saturday, June 28, 2014. She was born to Nick and Tia McMonigal on October 17, 1999, in St. Paul. Madilyn loved hockey and earned a varsity letter in eighth grade. She loved to play music - the louder the better - and also loved to make people laugh.

Madilyn is survived by her parents, Nick and Tia; brother, Maverick; grandparents: Tom and Linda McMonigal, Doug Daily, Jackie Daily and Kevin Conlin; uncles: Jeff McMonigal (Michelle), Jason McMonigal, Nate Conlin; aunt, Ashley Conlin; several cousins; and boyfriend, Stone Stewart.

She was preceded in death by her great aunt, Kristie Schouveller. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Services were held July 2, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, MN. Burial was held in Pelican Woods Cemetery, Breezy Point.

Jean Marie Spring
January 15, 1948 – June 25, 2014

Jean Marie Spring, 66, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society in Pine River. Jean was born January 15, 1948, in Lake City to Willard and Ethel Lynch. She was raised on the family farm in Zumbro Falls and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1966. She attended Rochester Junior College where she studied art. Jean married Rick Spring on May 25, 1968, and they lived in Rochester. They later made their home in northern Minnesota, moving to Longville in 1976 and to Hackensack in 1981.

Jean worked for Mayo Clinic and Kitchigami Regional Library in Pine River. A hallmark of her life was her gentle, joyful spirit and positive attitude. She loved music, reading, spending time with family and friends and cooking.

Jean is survived by her daughters, Deanna (Charles) Constans of Eyota, Jennifer (Butch) Pearson of Pequot Lakes; four grandchildren, Megan and Tyler Constans of Eyota, Nicholas and MaKenna Pearson of Pequot Lakes; Siblings: Sharon (Ken) Roland of Rochester, David (Carolyn) Lynch of Olympia, WA., Laurie (Barton) Mork of Rochester, and Marilee (Don) Hughes of Stewartville. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Rick Spring and her parents.

Pastor Mark Woodward officiated a funeral service at Faith United Methodist Church in Eyota on June 30, 2014. A private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

C. Wayne Abell
December 26, 1930 – June 23, 2014

C. Wayne Abell, 83, of Breezy Point, MN died at his home on Monday, June 23, 2014. Private Family Services will be held at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, MN.

Wayne was born on December 26, 1930 in Minneapolis, MN to Cleon and Erna (Fiedler) Abell. He was raised in Minneapolis. Wayne married Marjorie Wagner in Minneapolis, MN on July 17, 1954. They lived in Worthington for a short time before moving back to Bloomington. Wayne worked for  Abbott Northwestern in the hospital finance department for 33 years. Upon retirement Marge and Wayne moved to Weavers Point in Breezy Point. Wayne served 2 years in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and in 2000, was Crow Wing County Senior Volunteer of the Year. Later that year he was awarded the State of Minnesota Senior Volunteer of the Year.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Marge; son, Scott (Rhonda); son-in-law, Erik Tolvstad; grandchildren, Leah, Nate, and Nikki; sister, Eileen Jung; niece, Nora; and nephew, Todd. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Wendy Jo Tolvstad; and grandson, Lance Abell. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Ron Behning
June 21, 2014

Ron Behning, age 83, passed away peacefully at home in Outing, MN on June 21, 2014. Born in Scobey, MT. Grew up in Duluth, MN. Graduate of Duluth Central HS, UMD and Mankato State with a Masters in Education. Served honorably in combat as a US Marine during the Korean Conflict. Taught school in Coleraine, MN and 30 years in Edina. Coached AAU Swimming, Boys HS Swimming, Girls HS Softball and taught Driver’s Ed. Avid outdoorsman and consummate “tinkerer.”

Preceded in death by father, August; mother, Ruth; sisters, Shirley Fultz and Ruth June Spratt.

Survived by wife of 60 years, Patricia; children, Mary Pat (David) Kollitz, Jill (Lou) Emanuel, Bill (Carol), Nancy Gaalswyk and Betsy Behning; 7 grandchildren; sisters, Joy (Al) Burrows, Donna Franck and Maureen (Duane) Polhamus.

Special thanks to Heartland Hospice, Brainerd, MN. Memorials may be sent to Fisher House, One Veterans Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55417.

Service and arrangements are through the Cremation Society of MN, Edina location - 7110 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435. Phone: 952-924-4100

Miranda Rae (Routledge) Patten
January 24, 1988 - June 18, 2014

Miranda Rae (Routledge) Patten, 26, of Lakeville, MN passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Miranda was born on January 24, 1988 in Minot, ND to Steven and Jayne (Christianson) Routledge. In 2008, she graduated from Montana Wilderness School of the Bible at Augusta, MT. Miranda was active in a German Shorthaired Pointer group. Miranda married Michael Patten on February 20, 2011. She had been currently working at Rudy’s Red Eye Grill in Lakeville. Miranda was a passionate young woman whose beautiful smile, fun laugh, and vivacious personality were contagious to those around her. She encouraged others with handwritten letters embellished with stickers and love. She loved animals, especially her German Shorthaired Pointer Heidi, who was her pride and joy. Over the years they enjoyed dog shows, agility training, and going to dog parks together.

Miranda will be missed by her husband, Michael Patten of Lakeville; parents, Steven and Jayne (Christianson) Routledge of Crosslake; brother, Landon Routledge of Crosslake; her dog and best friend, Heidi; grandfather, Charles Routledge of Minot, ND; grandmother, Virginia Christianson of New Rockford, ND. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ralph Christianson and Betty Routledge.

Funeral Services for Miranda were held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church in Crosslake, MN. Interment was at Pelican Woods Cemetery in Breezy Point, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Please visit www.brenny.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Miranda’s family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Donna Alice Torkelson
April 18, 1947 – June 21, 2014

Donna Alice Torkelson passed away on June 21, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Hospice House in St. Paul, Minnesota. Donna was born on April 18, 1947 to Hjalmer and Leona Torkelson. She grew up on a farm in rural Pine River, Minnesota. She was a graduate of Pine River High School and Wadena Technical School. She worked as a secretary in St. Paul for many years until vision problems led to her early retirement. She then spent several years working as a nanny.

She is survived by one brother Marlin (Kathy) Torkelson of Pine River, two sisters, Joyce (Scott) Bachman of Baxter, MN, and Janet (Ted) Dempsie of Olathe, KS, four nephews and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donna will be remembered for her strong and unconditional love for her family and her generosity to her nephews, nieces and several charities. At Donna’s request, there will be no funeral services. Private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be sent to Our Lady of Peace Hospice House, Salem Lutheran Church, West St. Paul or Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes.

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