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Obituaries


Kimberly Aichele
July 23, 1964 - September 10, 2016

Kimberly Marie Aichele, age 52, of Pine River, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the home of her mother and stepfather in Brainerd. She was born on July 23, 1964, in Robbinsdale, MN, to Robert and Janice (Anderson) Ritter. Kimberly married Gordon Aichele on October 31, 1987. To this union they were blessed with three children, Angela, Wolfgang and Roman, and two grandchildren, Aurora and Duke.

Kimberly is survived by her husband of 28 years, Gordon; her mother, Janice Rock (Robert); her father, Robert Ritter (Jo); children: Angela, Wolfgang, Roman; 2 grandchildren; special sister and caregiver, Lisa Draper; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Lillian Anderson and Russell and Esther Ritter.

Services will be 11 AM on Friday, September 23, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Robert Erickson
May 13, 1946 - September 10, 2016

Robert Erickson, age 70, of Breezy Point, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Hills Crossing Senior Living in Nisswa. He was born to Roy and Lela Erickson on May 13, 1946, in Minneapolis.

Robert is survived by his wife, Dianne; son, Sam Hawk; daughter, Traci Tomas (David); brother, LeRoy (Carol); stepchildren: Kristine Solz, Jeffrey Solz (Cindi); three grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald.

Memorial services are pending.

Charles "Art" McCoy
July 24, 1927 - September 6, 2016

Charles “Art” McCoy, age 89, of Pine River, entered Heaven on September 6, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born in Roseau County, MN, on July 24, 1927. Charles enlisted in the Navy at age 17, serving in World War II. He would kiddingly say the enemy surrendered when they heard he was on his way. He married Laura Rose  Blair on February 4, 1952. Charles worked as a crane operator building roads until he retired in 1992. He also enjoyed raising beef on his farm west of Pine River.

Charles had very good work ethics and was very precise in his carpentry work. He was sweet, kind, stubborn and generous, always helping his family whenever they asked and worrying about them constantly. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, carpentry and spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids.

Charles is survived by his children: Catherine Sandberg (Brian) of Savage, Laura Garten (Bill) of Baxter, Charles M. McCoy (Donna) of Pine River, Charlene Ekeren (Steve) of Big Lake, Marlene Cheshire of Pine River, Melissa Fashant (Mike) of Prior Lake; brothers: Harry McCoy, Barney McCoy; sister, Shirley Feakes; 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Laura; infant daughter; infant son, Arthur; brothers, Douglas, Max; grandson, Scotty; and great granddaughter, Ariel.

Services were held on Sunday, September 11, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Visitation was on Saturday at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Leola McAllister
August 26, 1925 - September 8, 2016

Leola McAllister, age 91, of Backus, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. Leola was born to Albert and Blanch (Rice) Eastvold on August 26, 1925, in Mildred, MN. She married Everett “Fat” McAllister on September 21, 1946. Leola worked at Breezy Point Resort for many years and prior to that had worked at the Pine River Elementary School. Leola was very active in 4-H activities with her children along with operating a small dairy farm. She also raised a large garden each year. She enjoyed many bike rides and nature walks with her grandchildren.

Leola is survived by her daughters: Alice Schultz (Jack) of Nisswa, Connie Peppin (Patrick) of Rogers; son, Maurice of Backus; grandchildren: Amy Schultz Stahnke (Justin), Bill Schultz (Lisa), Richard McAllister (Carrie), Jason McAllister (Tanya), Cathy Larson (Craig), Ashley Vadis (Jake), Andrew Peppin; and 17 great grandchildren.

Leola was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Charlene McAllister; granddaughter, Christine Peppin; brothers: Lloyd, Carl and Eldon Eastvold.

Services were held on Tuesday, September 13, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Eugene Nordby
December 15, 1927 - September 13, 2016

Eugene R. Nordby, 88, formerly of Mankato, died Monday, September 12, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake. Services will be held in Mankato at a later date.

Eugene was born December 15, 1927, in Rochester, MN, the son of Roy and Pearl (Batcher) Nordby. Following his graduation from Rochester High School, Eugene attended the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering. In 1952, he was united in marriage to Maxine M. Remund. He worked for various companies in Cedar Rapids, IA and the Twin Cities Metro Area before the couple settling in Mankato in 1962 and raised their family. Once retired, Eugene and Maxine enjoyed spending their summers in the Brainerd  Lakes Area and the cold winter months in Arizona.

Eugene had lots of interests; he liked fishing, hunting, and woodworking. He liked to tinker with electronics and was always excited to travel. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, call sign W0FQV. But above all, Eugene loved to spend time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

He will be missed by his wife, Maxine; children, Robert (Christi) Nordby, of Chanhassen and Ruth (Mike) Schwieters, of Crosslake; sister, Phyllis Kunz, of Rochester; and grandchildren, Tyler, Daniel, and Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ronald.

Mary Wendel
April 6, 1939 - September 8, 2016

Mary Wendel, age 77, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Brookside Comfort Care in Pine River. She was born to Jack and Elizabeth Keller on April 6, 1939, in Dickinson, ND.

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM on Friday, September 23, at the Minnesota State Veteran's Cemetery, Little Falls.

Jerry Zigmund
February 26, 1942 - September 8, 2016

Jerry Zigmund, age 74, of Pine River, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 8, 2016. He was born February 26, 1942, in Pequot Lakes. He loved antique cars, tractors and rock and roll music.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children: Duane (Kelli), Tamara Krueger (Eric), Derik (Krystal); five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Wilma Zigmund.

No services will be held.

Kathi Lynn Froemming
April 22, 1966 - August 31, 2016

Kathi Lynn Froemming age 50 of Deerwood died on August 31, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born on April 22, 1966 in Minneapolis to Helmet and Shirley (Gunst) Kruger. She married Mark Froemming on May 3, 2003 in Hutchinson. Kathi was an employee of the Baxter Walmart.

Kathi is survived by her husband Mark; two brothers, Mike (Deb) Roberts-Kruger of Chanhassen, Pat (Sarah) Feehan of Las Vegas; one sister, Heidi Kruger of Chisholm; and nieces and nephews.

Preceding Kathi in death are her parents.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Cascade United Methodist Church in Deerwood. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Elizabeth “Betty” U. Vang
November 10, 1918 - September 5, 2016

Elizabeth “Betty” U. Vang age 97 of Deerwood passed away at her home on September 5, 2016. She was born in Buh Township (Morrison County) on November 10, 1918 to Peter L and Theresia (Pauluson) Virnig. She was united in marriage to Olaf G. Vang on May 18, 1946 at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Minneapolis.

Betty was a charter member of the Walter Scott Erickson American Legion Auxiliary 557 of Deerwood, and a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the CCW of Deerwood. She is survived by one daughter, Evelyn Taylor, Deerwood; four sons, Oliver (Pat) Vang, Deerwood, Robert Vang, New Brighton, Roger (Cheryl) Vang, St. Cloud, and Dave (Lisa) Vang, Maplewood; seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Elizabeth in death are her husband, Olaf on March 4, 1967, her parents; six brothers, Edward, Werner, Carl, Peter F., Fred, and Joseph; and one sister, Odelia Otremba; son-in-law, Bill Taylor and daughter-in-law, Meg Vang.

Funeral services were held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Deerwood. Burial at the Deerwood Scandia Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Cheryl Kay Clark
June 19, 1951 - August 31, 2016

Cheryl Kay Clark, 65, Fifty Lakes, MN, died Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at her home. Services were held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Lakewood Free Church in Baxter, MN. A graveside service was held at on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

Fawna Mae Lewis
June 29, 1925 - August 27 2016

After enjoying one last Bloody Mary and foot massage, Fawna Mae Lewis, 91, decided to call it a life. She slipped away peacefully at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake on Saturday, August 27 2016. Fawna Mae was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Viola Bowers, sister Gleneda Setterstrom, brother Cecil Bowers, husband, Ralph Lewis and son, John Lewis. The sun broke through the sky over her precious Pelican Lake as she was reunited with her husband, Ralph and son, John. She is survived by sons, Ralph, Jr. aka. Louie (Linda) Merrifield, MN, Jim (Tonya) Dodge City, KS, Rod (Sheila) Burnsville, MN, daughter, Sandi Lindquist (John) Eden Prairie, MN, and daughterin- law, Karen Lewis, Topeka, KS. She also left 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. The number of non-related people that have called her Grandma over the years is just too numerous to mention.

Fawna Mae was born on June 29, 1925 in Oneida, Kansas. She met Ralph Lewis when she was 13 years old. Ralph totally out kicked his punt coverage when she agreed to marry him in 1945. Prior to marriage, Ralph had always promised Fawna’s mother he would marry her someday and keep her ‘barefoot and pregnant’. They did raise 5 kids together, but her penchant for $200 shoes made him eat part of that statement.

Fawna left a legacy of love, handwritten cards, and doing God’s work. She excelled like no other at gift giving, praying, hugging and getting all of Thanksgiving dinner on the table at the same time with only one oven and no dishwasher. Her cookies, pies and cakes were legendary. Just ask anyone who was a very grateful recipient and they would swear she was able to add a sprinkling of love and magic to them that no one can or will be able to replicate. She also single-handedly kept Hallmark in business. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary and always sent the cards to prove it.

Fawna’s greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The phrase ‘if Mom and Dad say no, ask Grandma’ was coined specifically for her. She derived tremendous pleasure out of spending Ralph’s money lavishly on each and every one of them. Much to his dismay at times! She also taught them what it feels like to be the most special person in the world…because to her, they all were. She was also one of those rare women that her daughter in laws actually liked!

People from all ages and walks of life, near and far, have been touched by the love and laughter of Fawna Mae. Someone once said if they could see the bottom of her feet in Heaven, they would know they had made it far enough. She was an amazing mom, grandma, friend and confidante. She simply was the best of all of us.

The Lord's angels have a new member of their flock. The brightness she will bring to Heaven will rival the sun. God’s load will surely be lightened as well since He will have His best creation ever to help Him out now.

A celebration of Fawna's joyous life was held at Brenny Funeral Chapel,Crosslake, on Friday, September 2nd. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Fawna Mae Lewis Memorial Fund, Attn: John Lindquist, Crown Bank, 6600 France Avenue S., Suite 125, Edina MN, 55435. The funds will be used to purchase bibles for children in need.

Richard (Dick) Morse Becker
January 17, 1940 - August 18, 2016

Richard (Dick) Morse Becker, 76, of Crosslake, MN passed away suddenly on Friday, August 18, 2016 at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN.

Dick was born on January 17, 1940 in Leola, SD to Harold and LaVerne (Morse) Becker. Dick grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from South HS in 1958. He joined his brothers, Harold, Bill and Jim in the flooring business in 1960. Dick married Phyllis Sorensen on July 29, 1961. From 1968 to 1998, Dick, Bill, and Harold owned and operated Beckers Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish. By the mid 1980’s the four Becker brothers had grown their business into one of the Twin Cities most prominent union floor covering service entities. Dick retired early in 1995 and moved to his home in Crosslake, MN. Dick and son Jim started Beckers Crosslake Flooring in 1995. Dick’s life-long passion for hunting, fishing and work in the outdoors, never faded. Dick passionately loved his family, his many dogs, and extended friends and was like a second father to many. His joy was the 50 plus years he spent in the floor covering business and his yard work. His passion and spirit will be missed by the many he touched and mentored throughout his life.

Dick is survived by his adored wife and best friend of 56 years, Phyllis Ann Becker; his two sons, John D. Becker (Bernadette) grandson Elliot; And James M. Becker (Michelle) grandchildren, Nicolle, Sabrina, and Alex; brothers, Harold C. (Gwen) Becker and William B. (Iva) Becker; sisters, Muriel Sisterman and Terri Becker; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Harold C. and Luverne E. Becker; sisters, Pat and Mary; and brother, Jim Becker. He now rests in God’s presence.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Mabel Pivec
November 10, 1921 - August 18, 2016

Mabel Pivec, age 94, of Crosslake died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Golden Horizons Assisted Living in Crosslake. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, August 29, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Crosslake with Fr. Ryan Moravitz officiating. Private burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Mabel Anna Pivec was born November 10, 1921 in Hopkins, Minnesota to Louis and Rose (Dalbec) Donais. She moved with her family to Elk River when she was young. She was married to Joseph Wosniak, who passed away on January 7, 1971. She subsequently married Stanley Pivec, in Foley, and was later widowed again. Mabel loved to dance. She enjoyed traveling, crafting, and going to the casino, and her family was very important to her.

Mabel is survived by her daughter Yvonne (Charles) Butcher, of Pequot Lakes; grandchildren, John, Lori, and Brendan; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marge (Ronald) Paulson and MaryAnn Kemper. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, Clarence, Bill, Henry, Clifford, Paul, and Larry Donais and six sisters, Clementine Laird, Melvina Wojciechowski, Mayme Dombrovski, Ida Flicker, Mildred Plog, and Stella Schneider. Services entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel.

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