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Obituaries


Richard (Dick) E. Bies
August 22, 1928 – October 12, 2014

Richard (Dick) Bies, beloved husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather (Great Poppa), 86 years old, of St. Paul, went home to be with our Lord on October 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by parents, Louise & Nicholas; aunt Marie and brother Robert. Survived by loving wife of 63 years, Patricia (Pat); 8 children; daughters, Mary Pat (George), Kay, Beth (John), Karen (Doug), Anne (Ray); sons Richard (Tracie), David (Luda) & Jerry (Mary); sister in law, Margaret, 5 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren, and many nieces & nephews.

Dick was retired from 3M after 37 years. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and Cretin High School graduate. He was a resident of Marian Center, St. Paul and former resident of White Bear Lake and Breezy Point, MN (Lake Ossiwanamakee). Special thanks to the staff at Marian Care Center for their care. A Mass of Christian Burial was  held October 16, 2014 at Marian Care Center. Private interment at Ft. Snelling will take place at a later date. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Paul Franklin Schott
October 28, 1934 – October 12, 2014

Paul Franklin Schott of Pine River, MN went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the age of 79 years and 349 days. Paul was born on October 28, 1934, at home on his family farm near Luverne, IA, to Rufus and Alice (Zeigler) Schott. Paul, along with his family, moved to a farm near Miller, IA, in 1936. After graduating from Forest City High School in 1952 he farmed near Garner, IA. He then proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1956-1958. On June 18, 1963, he was joined in marriage to Bonnie Kay Putz, and they moved back to the home farm near Miller, IA, and lived there until 1974. They then moved to a farm near Long Prairie, MN. While farming in Long Prairie, he also worked for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) as a milk tester. He and Bonnie then retired from farming and moved to Holy Cross, IA, where he continued to work for DHIA and eventually retired from there in 2002. They then made their final move to Pine River, MN, to live closer to their sons, Phillip Francis Schott (Jodi) of Merrifield, MN, and Randall Duane Schott (Karin) of Pine River. While living in Pine River, Paul worked for the Chippewa National Forest for 9 years as a grounds keeper for Stony Point campground. He also drove many people to and from their appointments for the Faith In Action organization. He enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, and gardening. He also enjoyed visiting with people in the craft and thrift shop that he and Bonnie owned near Pine River. He was an active member of the Pine River United Methodist Church.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and brother in-law Curtis Putz. He is survived by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, four grandchildren, Parker and Emma Schott (Phillip) and Monte and Maverick Schott (Randall). He is also survived by his sister, Arlene Brees (Clarence) of Mountain Home, AR; brother in-law, Mike Putz of Cedar Rapids, IA; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services were held at the Pine River United Methodist Church on October 18, 2014. His body was laid to rest at the Evergreen Cemetery in Backus, MN.

Brenda Joyce Sundstrom
July 20, 1949 – October 13, 2014

Brenda Joyce Sundstrom (Broady), 65, passed away on Monday, October 13, 2014, at her home in Pequot Lakes. She died very peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones at her bedside. Brenda was born on July 20, 1949, in Little Falls, the daughter of George and Norma Broady. In 1967, she married the love of her life, Jerry, and together they were busy raising 5 children. She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Seeing her grandchildren always put a smile on her face, even during her final moments in life. She now has no pain, no suffering and is at peace in heaven with God.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 47 years, Jerry, all her children: Jeffrey (Becky), Sharon Roberge (Brian), Steve (Stacy), Sam and Kevin. She has 11 grandchildren: Brian, Austin, Sarah, Allison, Jeffrey Jr., Mikyla, Keagan, Kaleb, Jakob, Rebekah and Kyrah. She is also survived by her sisters, Linda Broady, Sandi Broady and brother, Richard (Darlena) Broady. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Norma.

Funeral service and luncheon was held October 21, 2014 at Christ Community Church in Nisswa. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Donna M. Vold
December 12, 1935 – October 13, 2014

Donna M. Vold, 78, of Baxter, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, October 13, 2014 at St. Mary’s Pallative Care and Hospice. Services were held at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter on October 17, 2014. Private interment at a later date.

Donna was born December 12, 1935, in Mondovi, WI, the daughter of Guy and Viola (Kniseley) Stellingwerf. She graduated high school in Mondovi. In 1957, she was united in marriage to Glenn Vold. The couple made their home and raised their family in the Brainerd Lakes area. In addition, Donna worked in the school system and later for Bremer Bank. Donna enjoyed tending her flower garden and spending time meeting people and spending her pennies at the Casino. She was a fan of sports and liked to watch the Packers, Lynx, Timberwolves and Twins. Donna always made sure her family knew how much she cherished them – whether attending grandchildren events, remembering birthdays or making sure the cookie jar was stocked with your favorite treat. Donna’s kind, generous and patient spirit made her an amazing wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She will be missed by her husband, Glenn; children, Tammy (Tom) Klein, of Merrifield, Jeff (Roxanne) Vold, of Shafer, and Brad (Sharon) Vold, of Little Falls; siblings, Darrell (Judy) Stellingwerf, of South Beloit, IL and Sonia (Don) Blom, of Madison, WI; sister-in-law, Darlene Fischer, of Waterloo, IA; grandchildren, Jennifer (Bucky), Jason (Nicole), Jessie (Richard), Collin (Lora), Brianne (Jared), Kacie, Cole, Collin, Cody, Briana (Brad), Jared, Megan (Skyler), and Amber; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded by an infant son and her parents.

Mary Jon Boozell
March 6, 1943 – October 3, 2014

Mary Jon Boozell, 71, of Crosslake, MN died peacefully on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at Golden Horizons. Memorial Services were held at Crosslake Lutheran Church on October 10th, 2014

Mary was born in Minneapolis, MN on March 6th, 1943 to John and Miriam (Day) Lindquist. She graduated from St. Louis Park High School, and in 1971 moved with her young children and then husband Lester to Crosslake. Mary worked as a secretary at Pequot Lakes High School and also many years with the ECFE in Apple Valley. In her free time she enjoyed knitting, playing bingo, and visiting with her family and friends. She also was proud in helping to start the area Girl Scouts. Mary is known for her sense of humor and quick wit, and her memory will  always be cherished as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Mary will be sadly missed by her children, Lesley Boozell (Steve Gonczy) of Crosslake, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Boozell of Crosslake, Eric (Kari) Boozell of Farmington; Grandchildren, Leah Boozell, Britta Boozell, Dane Boozell; Siblings, Sue DeMers, Karen (Gene) Norling, John (Mary) Lindquist, Dean Dvorak; along with several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services.

Robert Gordon Bowman
May 13, 1926 – October 6, 2014

Robert Gordon Bowman, age 88, of Pequot Lakes, died Monday, October 6, 2014, at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany in Brainerd. He was born to Lawrence and Verna Bowman on May 13, 1926, in Hawthorne, WI. He grew up in Bennett, WI, and graduated from Superior High School. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Rockbridge APA-228. On June 21, 1953, he married Sylvia Neumann in Mankato, MN. He worked for Kilmer Electric Company in Osseo, then 28 years at the US Department of Agriculture in Minneapolis. He also ran a small business: Orbit Appliance Service. His interests were family, helping others, making and repairing things, and tinkering in his shop. He was a Grub Club volunteer at the Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area, Camp Knutson in Crosslake, and helped the 'Clamshell Queen’ guys bring firewood for campers to the big island on Whitefish. We are already missing this truly humble man.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sylvia; his sons: Robert, Dean, Steve (Tracie); daughter, Susan. Services were held October 9th, 2014 at Crosslake Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a memorial at Camp Knutson in Crosslake, MN http://www.lssmn.org/home/. Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Alvin J. (Al) Droge
April 3, 1932 – October 5, 2014

Alvin J. (Al) Droge, age 82, of Pequot Lakes, MN, died peacefully on a beautiful Sunday morning, Oct. 5, at his home on Clamshell Lake after a short battle with cancer. He accepted his prognosis with grace because of the hope he had in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Al was born on April 3, 1932, in Sappington, Montana, where he grew up and attended Montana State University in nearby Bozeman, graduating with a degree in Agricultural Engineering. It was also there that he met and married his first wife, Eunice Nieuwenhuis.

After two years in the Air Force, he was employed by Caterpillar Equipment in East Peoria. He subsequently worked with sales and service of heavy equipment throughout most of his career, working for Foster Bell in Sioux Falls, Butler Machinery in Bismarck and Fargo, and Track II after his retirement in 1995 to Pequot Lakes, MN. He also worked for Park Construction while living in Minneapolis. Al loved spending time with his family, never missing an event in his grandchildren’s lives. He enjoyed his Tuesday Golf Group at Whitefish Golf Club and Wednesday Lunch Bunch. He also enjoyed watching all Minnesota athletic teams.

Al is survived by his wife of 28 years, Arletta, his brother, J Droge (Nella), and brother-in-law, Ed Spoelstra. He is also survived by his children: Michael Droge (Carol), Nancy Bonnema (Scott), Mary Carmean (John), Scott Hillestad (Jeanne), Kim Hillestad, Jay Hillestad (Arlene), and Kae Hillestad; twelve grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and four nieces. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice; his parents, Peter and Bertha Droge of Three Forks, MT; and his sister, Jo Ann Spoelstra of Bozeman, MT.

His family sends a special thank you to Good Neighbor Home Health Care and Good Samaritan Society Hospice who made it possible for Al to spend his final days at home overlooking his beloved lake.

A celebration of Al’s life was held October 9 at the Log Church in Crosslake, MN. Memorials preferred to The Log Church Building Fund or Calvin Christian School in Blaine, MN.

Stewart L. Austin
June 7, 1929 – October 1, 2014

Stewart L. Austin, 85, of Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, passed away at Bethany Care Center in Brainerd on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Stewart was born June 7, 1929 at Grand Forks, North Dakota to Stewart P. and Tillie (Stallmo) Austin. He grew up in East Grand Forks and served with the U.S. Army. On December 18, 1953 he  married Virginia Qual at Dubuque, Iowa. Stu was a marble setter by trade and worked on many commercial construction projects throughout the US. He was a long time member of the Jenkins VFW. Virginia passed away on July 10, 2007.

Family members include his children, Rodger (Rosie) Bubendorf, Nisswa, MN, Rochelle (Lynn) Harker, Crosby, MN, Mark (Dawn) Austin, Hallock, MN and Lee (Trudy) Austin, Baxter, MN; grandchildren, Jamison (Shannon) Harker, Grand Rapids, MN, Brian Harker, Cloquet, MN, Michael (Julie) Austin, Brainerd, Erika (Matt) Doucette, Crosby, Aaron Austin, Padre Island, TX, Zachary (Emily) Austin, Osseo, MN and Trevor Austin, Fargo; great grandchildren, Ben and Katie Harker, Emerson, Easton and Eagan, Harker, Anthony, Nicholas, Isabella and Sophia Austin, Cole Doucette, Hayden, Kellen and Grayson Austin; a brother, John in Sacramento, CA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia; a sister, Bernice and three brothers, Russell, Earl and Gene.

Private family services was held on Friday, October 3rd at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota. His grandchildren served as casket bearers. Military honors accorded by the Jenkins VFW Honor Guard.

Anna Blanchard Johanning
November 15, 1936 – October 1, 2014

Anna Blanchard Johanning, age 77, of Pine River, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, at home surrounded by her family. She was born to George Dewey and Alice Maxson on November 15, 1936, in Winnebago, MN.

Anna is survived by her children: Richard Blanchard (Donna), Jimmy Dale Blanchard (Carol), Howard Blanchard (Jill), Violet LeFebvre (Brad), Kaylene Long (Mark), Susan Christensen (Tim), Buzz Johanning (Tina), Claudette Holder (Al); siblings: George Maxson, Dale Maxson (Dianna), Merlyn Maxson (Donna), Carol Kading (Bernie); sister-in-law, Eleanor Blanchard; 28 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; special lifelong friends: Trudy Ufford, Helen Dwire, JoAnn Beaner, Muriel Beaner and many more friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Claude Blanchard, Jr.; second husband, James “Bud” Johanning; daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Pat Borman; daughter-in-law, Grace Blanchard; infant sister, Joyce Ann Maxson; sister, Phyllis Maxson Skinner; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Neuenschwander and Betty Bailey; infant great grandson, Connor Rokke; and nephew, Joey Maxson.

Services were held October 4, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Burial followed at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Carol Marie Sack
March 16, 1940 – September 24, 2014

Carol Marie Sack, of Pine River, died at her home Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Family will have private memorial services.

Edythe “Edie” Nelson
May 21, 1934 - September 29, 2014

Edythe “Edie” Nelson, age 80, of Pine River, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014, at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby. She was born to Willard and Edythe Williams in Fargo, ND, on May 21, 1934.

Edie is survived by her brother, Willard Harold Williams (Patricia); sons: Steve Lusso (Laura), Gary Lusso; daughter,  Suzette Wille; grandchildren:Bobbie Sue, Beau, Stacy, Vanessa, Little Steve, Angelina, Adam, Sara, Nicki, Joseph, Samantha; and several great grandchildren.

Services were held October 2, 2014 at Riverview Church, 310 Norway Ave., Pine River. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls.

Tillie Theresa (Wiese) Rice
December 11, 1914 – September 28, 2014

Tillie Theresa (Wiese) Rice, age 99, of Nisswa, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014. She was born December 11, 1914, to Louis and Edith (Clemens) Wiese at the family homestead north of Mullen, NE, the fourth of twelve children. Tillie graduated from Mullen High School in 1933, then attended Normal Training at Chadron, NE. She taught in Hooker County Country Schools until marrying Sidney Rice on May 1, 1938, in Alliance, NE. They worked at Big Creek Ranch until 1948, when they moved to southern Minnesota, then to Pequot Lakes in 1954, where they farmed. While living in Pequot Lakes, Tillie worked at Driftwood Resort and Torske’s Café and was a member of the Good Will Club. In 1970, they moved back to Nebraska to manage Big Creek Ranch. Sid retired in 1978 and they moved to Mullen, NE, where Tillie operated a daycare. Due to health issues she moved to  Remer, MN, to live with her son Donnie’s family, and in October 2013, moved into Senior Class Care in Nisswa.

Tillie is survived by her sons: Leo (Karen) of Wickenburg, AZ, Jim (Charlene) of Pequot Lakes, Bob of Pine River; brother, Barney Wiese of Pine River; sisters-in-law: Janet Wiese of Pine River, Grace Wiese of Mullen, NE; 9 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sons, Lee and Donnie; 6 brothers; 4 sisters; and one  grandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriner’s  Hospital for Children, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes, or United Methodist Church, Mullen, NE.

Services were held October 3, 2014, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Services were held in Nebraska Monday, Oct. 6, at United Methodist Church in Mullen. Burial took place in Cedarview Cemetery, Mullen, NE. Arrangements Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Arlene B. Tofstad
June 23, 1936 – September 28, 2014

Arlene B. Tofstad, age 78, of Pine River, went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 28, 2014, at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd. She was born June 23, 1936, in Rushford, MN, to Ole and Bertha (Halvorson) Tofstad. She grew up in Winona, MN, and lived many years in St. Paul Park, MN, before moving to Pine River, MN. Arlene worked at the Cherokee Sirloin Room and Manor Supper Club in St. Paul for many years and recently worked at ALCO in Pine River since they had opened. Arlene enjoyed fishing, gardening and crocheting and loved spending time with her family, especially her great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends.

Arlene is survived by her son, David Gile (Theresa); grandchildren: Tony Gile (Ashley), Andrew Gile, Monica Lindquist (Corey Farrell), Jennifer Gile (Darrin Dropps), Brennan Gile (Kati Neisess); great grandchildren: Bailey, Jacob, Dawson, Hunter, Asher, Teagan, Wyatt; daughter-in-law, Karen Horgus (Bill); nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Frank Bednarski.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Searle Tofstad, Caroll Tofstad; sister, Shirley Pippenger; son, Dennis Gile; and great grandson, Gage Dropps.

Services were held October 2, 2014 at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Elmay P. Tulenchik
April 27, 1926 – September 27, 2014

Elmay P. Tulenchik, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany, in Brainerd. Elmay  was born to Earl and Josephine (Kenyon) Patton on April 27, 1926 in Ketchikan, AK. She married Robert L. Tulenchik. Elmay enjoyed gardening, flowers, and music. She will always be remembered as a generous and loving caregiver. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Red Hat Society, and Garden Club. Elmay was active on the school board and a political advocate.

Elmay is survived by her three children, Loretta Novak, of Hudson, WI, LeRoy (Lori) Tulenchik, of Pequot Lakes, and James (Sandy) Tulenchik, of Brainerd; sister, Earlene Mills, of Pine River; 12 grandchildren, Michelle,  Melissa, Bobby, Kristal, Katie, Gayle, Kari, Paul, Andy, Casey, Seth and Colana; and her many beloved great-grandchildren. Elmay was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents; sister, Ellen; and brother, Steve.

Service and interment will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM, at Maple Hill Lutheran Church in Pine River.

Richard Bressem
January 5, 1939 – September 22, 2014

Richard Bressem, age 75, of Pequot Lakes, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014, at his home. He was born to Walter and Olga Bressem on January 5, 1939, in Pine River. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

Richard is survived by his wife, Edna; children: Cindy Gustafson (Steve), Randy Bressem (Melissa), Nichole Plante (Nate); grandchildren: Jimmy Young, Whitney Brunes, Zack Brunes, Amber Tappe; great grandson, Townes Brunes; and sisters, Linda Hartwig and Jean Herzog.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Bressem. Services were held September 26, at Our  Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial took place at Gloria Dei Stoney Brook Cemetery, rural Pequot Lakes.

Wallace F. Gronholm
DOD September 23, 2014

Wallace F. Gronholm, age 78, of Emily (formerly Minneapolis), passed away September 23, 2014.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Muriel Gronholm, and his sister, Patricia Dahlke.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, MaryAnn, his daughter Barbara & husband, Mark Sundby, his son Chip & wife, Julie, his grandsons, Jonathan and Michael Sundby, his brother, John & wife Shirley, brother-in-law, Robert Dahlke, niece and nephews. He will also be missed by many friends, including colleagues and customers who became his friends and hunting partners through the years.

Wally starting his working life in the family business, Cloverleaf Creamery, and he continued working in the dairy industry until his retirement from Kemps/Marigold Foods.

Marion C. Rogers
September 13, 1917 – September 19, 2014

Marion C. Rogers, age 97, resident of Brainerd, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Good Samaritan Society - Woodland.

Marion was born on September 13, 1917 in North Dakota to Benjamin and Lavada (Lumsden) Holsapple. She is survived by 2 sons - Norman (Linda) Rogers of Staples and Murland (Sharee) Rogers of Pequot Lakes, 7 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, 2 Brothers; Robert of Brainerd and Laverne of Lakeshore. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren, her parents, and seven siblings.

Funeral services were held September 25, 2014 at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. Burial took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Pillager.

Carol Marie Sack
March 16, 1940 - September 24, 2014

Carol Marie Sack, age 74 of Pine River, died at her home Wednesday, September 24, 2014. Family will have private memorial services.

Lillian J. Schafer
August 22, 1930 - September 21, 2014

Lillian J. Schafer, age 84, of Crosslake, passed away Sunday morning, September 21, 2014, at Golden Horizon Assisted Living in Crosslake, MN. Funeral services were held September 25, 2014, at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake. Interment will be at a later date in southern Minnesota.

Conrad Hans Voels
May 15, 1940 – September 23, 2014

Conrad Hans Voels, age 74, of Brainerd MN, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in St. Cloud on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

He is preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Mabel (Collins), brothers, Carl, Leroy, Steve, Joe & John, and sister Marie. He is survived by wife Maragrat (Caldwell), sons Conrad Jr. (Jenny) of Brainerd and Travis (Karen) of Maple Grove MN, grandchildren Zachary, Carissa, Emma, Brady and Riley, brothers Robert (Shirley) of Brainerd MN and Albert (Dee) of Lincolnton GA, sisters Joyce (Clifford) Young of Merrifield and Joan (Dave) Lundberg of Staples MN, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

A celebration of life service was held September 27th at 2:30pm, at Timberwood Church, Brainerd, MN.

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