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Obituaries


Isabella "Ise" Margaret Carlson
January 24, 2016

Isabella "Ise" Margaret Carlson,age 68, of Pine River, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 24, 2016, at her daughter's home in Iowa.

Ise is survived by her 4 children and 12 grandchildren: daughter, Kimberly Sherman of Mount Vernon,IA; sons, Gary(Wanda) Carlson of Pine River,MN, Kevin(Andrea) Carlson of Brainerd,MN; daughter, Tammy(Steve) Frericks of Albany,MN; grandchildren: Lindy, Taylor and Laurel Sherman, Logan, Owen and Garrett Carlson, Kaysie, Hayden and Shane Carlson, Kallie, Hailey and Bryce Frericks.

Visitation was held at the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pine River, MN on Thursday, January 28 and also prior to the Memorial service on Friday January 29,2016.

Teresa Marie Goldberg
January 26, 1964 - January 22, 2016

Teresa “Teri” Marie Goldberg, 51, of Pequot Lakes, died Friday, January 22, 2016. Services were held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Nisswa. Family and friends were invited to gather one hour prior to services.

Teri was born January 26, 1964, Brainerd, the daughter of Ray and Sharon (Bisson) Fitzer. In 1986, she married Craig Goldberg and they settled in Homebrook Township in rural Pequot Lakes.

Teri was a dedicated wife and mother. She never sough praise or attention, she was just content to do the best job she could and always succeeded. Teri was employed by Crow Wing County for over 26 years. She loved spending time outdoors, her pets, anything country, paddle boarding, and being on the lakes. She also loved trips to Hawaii to visit her family. Most importantly, Teri loved spending time with her husband and two daughters.

She will be missed by her husband, Craig; daughters, Samantha and Megan; parents, Ray and Sharon Fitzer; her brother, Rick; her sister, Lori; and many other family members.

James Allen Keyser
March 25, 1927 - January 27, 2016

James Allen Keyser age 88 of Outing died at his home on January 27 2016.

He was born on March 25, 1927 in Osseo, MN to Henry and Hilma (Peterson) Keyser. Jim was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran. He was employed with Twin Cities Arsenal in Arden Hills. He then was employed for 30 + years with the Dana Corporation in Plymouth, retiring in 1991. Together with his wife owned and operated Gerry and Jim’s Drive-in in Elk River from 1955 to 1962. Jim was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He loved to tinker with antique cars, snowmobile and having family activities that involved his grandchildren.

Jim is survived by two sons and three grandchildren; Randy (Cheryl) Keyser and their children, Ryan and Tony of Ramsey, Larry (Karen) Keyser and their daughter, Kelli; and one brother, Eldon of Ramsey.

Preceding Jim in death are his parents, his wife Geraldine in 2008 and one son, James Allen “Jimmy” Keyser Jr. in 1969.

Memorial services will be at 5:00 pm on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Tuesday.

Ione Violet Orris
June 23, 1923 - January 10, 2016

Ione Violet Orris, age 92, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2016 at her home in Emily. She was born July 30, 1923 to Michael and Violet Kedrowski in St. Cloud.

Ione was preceded in death by her husband Layne; sisters Rosemary (Honey) Haugh and Shirley Nordberg; and brother Robert (Bobby) Kedrowski.

She is survived by her children Daryl, Bonnie (Dan) West, Terrance, Jerome and Julianne. 12 Grandchildren; Jason, Jacob and Justin Orris; Lisa Palma and Daniel West; Cassie Miggins; Mace, Josh, Max and Alexis Orris; Amber Kyle and Brittany Johnson; 6 great-grandchildren. Sisters Bernie Kmitch, Marre Welinski and Mickey Skwira; including a large circle of loving family and friends.

Ione loved her family and home on beautiful Ruth Lake. She was multi-talented and excelled at whatever she did in life. She loved nature and had beautiful gardens and a warm inviting home. She sewed, knit, built, baked and cooked, and her Catholic faith was always an important part of her life. She will be forever missed and forever in our hearts. JMJ

Mass of Christian burial at St. Emily Catholic Church officiated by Fr. Ryan Moravitz was held on January 25, 2016.

Steven "Steve" H. Steinke
May 13, 1947 - January 26, 2016

Steven “Steve” H. Steinke, 68, of Pequot Lakes, MN died on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at St. Cloud Hospital. Services will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 11:00AM at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN with visitation one hour prior to services at the chapel. A Celebration of his Life will be at Lucky’s in Pequot after the service.

Steve was born on May 13, 1947 in Minneapolis, MN to Herbert and Rosamae (Swenby) Steinke. He graduated  from Bloomington High School and Augsburg College. He worked for Tennant Co. in Golden Valley until moving to 3M in Sales and Marketing. Steve married Carole Lundemo Schwartz on September 30, 1977 in Kansas City, MO. They moved from Bloomington to Ideal Township on Whitefish Lake after retirement. Steve liked snowmobiling, hockey, fishing, golf, racing his Porsches at BIR, and walking his basset hounds. He was a generous and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Steve is survived by his wife, Carole; children, Chris (Rachel Mooney) Schwartz, Jason (Katie) Schwartz, Kate (Matt) Gibbs; grandchildren, Jack, Ciella, Gavin, and Memphis Mae; brother, Thomas (Janet) Steinke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Rosamae. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN. Memorials preferred to family.

Richard Earl Edgeton
September 30, 1954 - January 7, 2016

Richard Earl “Rick” Edgeton, 61, Pine River, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016, in Pine River. Rick was born September 30, 1954, in Wadena, MN, to Leo and Lois (Eastman) Edgeton. Rick married Carol Taray on April 4, 1981. They were married for 34 years. Rick was a grader operator for the Cass County Highway Department for 27 years. His family and particularly his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Rick is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Shonna (Bob) Strom, Christy (Jason) Evison, Kyle (Mandy) Edgeton; brothers, Lyle (Jan), Russ (Glenda), Bernie (Kathy); sister, Kay; sister-in-law, Beverly; grandchildren, Logan, Dylan, Birtukan, Netsanet, Soren, Richard, Isaac, Daphne, Lydia and Jude; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Lois Edgeton; and brother, Jim Edgeton.

Services were held at 1 PM on Tuesday, January 12, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Arrangements were with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Ronald D. Johnson
September 19, 1940 - January 10, 2016

Ronald David Johnson was born on September 19, 1940, in Pine River, MN, to Ernest Johnson and Ruth Mary (Lauritzon) Johnson. He died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family and friends, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He married Joan Hess at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Regal, MN, on October 26, 1963. They were married more than 52 years and were blessed with four children 10 grandchildren, and four great  grandchildren. The couple lived and worked in various communities as Ron made a living in computer consulting, sales, and service. They lived in St. Cloud, Coon Rapids, Duluth and Cleveland, MN and Chippewa Falls, WI,  before moving to Lake Ossawinnamakee, Breezy Point, MN, in 1985.

He died peacefully at his home on January 10, 2016, surrounded by his family.

Ron enjoyed spending time with family and friends, fishing trips to Canada, hunting trips to South Dakota, playing  tennis, cutting firewood, and making maple syrup each Spring for the past 15 years. One of Ron’s favorite hobbies was preparing pig roasts for family celebrations. Ron was passionate about community service. His involvement included the Pequot Lakes Lions, Restorative Justice Project of Crow Wing County, Guardian Ad Lidem for youth in Cass County, Breezy Point City Council, Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway, St. Francis Catholic  School Board, and First Responder for Crow Wing County. He was an active member of St. Alice and Immaculate Heart Catholic Churches, where he enjoyed working on church dinners and other events.

Ron is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Ann (Philip) Silgen of Deerwood, and Beth Johnson (Dan Becker) of St. Paul; sons, Douglas (Jane) Johnson of White Bear Lake, and Eric Johnson of Breezy Point; 10 grandchildren: Cally (Nick) Stevens, Jake and Alex Johnson; Andrew, Meredith, Jack, Will, Ellen, Margaret, and Emma Silgen; four great grandchildren: Cooper and Mackenzie Stevens, Charlie and Landon Silgen; sisters, Diane (Norm) Wick of Two Rivers, WI, and Betty (Dennis) McAllister of Pine River. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ruth Mary Johnson.

Funeral Mass will be at 4:00 PM on Thursday, January 21, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN, with Fr. Ryan Moravitz officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral mass at church. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Memorials are preferred to the Diocese of Duluth Seminarian Endowment Fund In care of Immaculate Heart  Catholic Church, PO Box 155, Crosslake, MN, 56442.

Kenneth Ronald Olds
August 5, 1945 - January 7, 2016

Kenneth Ronald Olds age 70 of Outing died on January 7, 2016 at his home. He was born on August 5, 1945 in Beulah Township to Ralph A. and Florence (Roberts) Olds. Ken went to the Remer Elementary School and the Northland High School. He married Frances A. Nutz on December 3, 1966 in St. Paul. They lived in Roseville for 2 years working as a fabricator at Plastic Inc. They then moved up north. He had several jobs, but his main love was tending bar. He started bartending in 1969 at the Arrowhead, which became the Broken Arrow. He was a bartender for 38 years retiring in 2007. Ken also did some logging on the side.

Ken is survived by his wife Fran; Two daughters, Tabbatha (Dusty) Weistroffer and Heather Mitlyng (Dan Johnson); six grandchildren and 1 great grandchild; One brother, Douglas (Donna) Olds; 2 sisters, Shirley (Ken) Westcott and Kathy (Victor) Harvet.

Preceding Ken in death are his parents; five brothers, Richard, Russell, Theodore, Gene and Roger Olds; one sister, Sherry Olds and Son-in-law, Brad Mitlyng.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Visitation will be on Friday from 4 to 7 pm with a prayer service at 6:30 pm and also 1 hour prior to the services all at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

James George Oraskovich
April 20, 1942 - January 13, 2016

James G. Oraskovich, 73, of Pequot Lakes, died at his home Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Funeral Services were held Monday, January 18, 2016 at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Nisswa. Interment will be at a later date at the Lutheran Church of the Cross Columbarium.

James was born April 20, 1942, in Duluth, MN, the son of George and Edna (Maunu) Oraskovich. He graduated from Barnum High School and dedicated his life to education. He attended the University of Minnesota – St. Paul Campus and Bemidji State University and received his teaching degree. He taught for eight years in Pine City before attending St. Cloud State University to earn his Master’s in Education. He was the Assistant Middle School Principal in Milaca for five years before accepting a position with the Pequot Lakes School District in 1979 where he was a K-8 principal for many years. During this time he attended St. Cloud State University for his Specialist Degree. At the completion of his schooling, he served for 10 years as the District’s Superintendent. Jim was instrumental in the construction of Eagle View Elementary School, as well as being active at St. Alice Church, Bean Hole Days, and Lakes Area Restorative Justice Project. Jim was recognized for his contributions in various organizations: Administration of Excellence – Region 5, Rotarian of the Year, Minnesota Principal Award, Past President of the Pequot Lakes Lions Club, and Treasurer of the Pequot Lakes City Council. He was a proud member of AA for many years, served on the Board of Directors for LAMDA and RSVP, as well as being the Chairperson for the Patriot Foundation.

Jim enjoyed the outdoors - especially gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was very proud to be involved with two   Governor’s Fishing Openers. He also liked cars, his favorites a 1970 Pontiac LeMans. He was proud of his John Deere Tractor. He was involved with 4-H and also enjoyed making maple syrup.

Jim will be missed by many and is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlotte (Auten); children, Kelly Oraskovich, of Brainerd and Sadie Oraskovich, of Maple Grove; sister, Barbara Hammitt, of Barnum; brothers, Vernon, of New Prague, Larry, of Sturgeon Lake, David, of Waseca, and Kenneth, of Clearbrook; sister-in-law, Dorothy Yonke; and brother-in-law, Bill Auten. He was preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donor’s choice.

Eileen Campbell
August 24, 1923 - January 3, 2016

Eileen Bridget Campbell, age 92 of Watertown, passed away January 3, 2016 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. She was born August 24, 1923 to Michael and Bridget (Burns) Neaton in Watertown.

Eileen was preceded in death by her husband Francis “Soup”; an infant son; brothers Joseph and Edward Neaton, and sister Mary Kosel. She is survived by her children Kathryn (Jim) Vlahos, Eileen (Philip) Brennan, Patrick (Lisa) Campbell and Sharon (Tarek) Ibrahim; 5 grandchildren Matthias (Noelle) Vlahos, Michael (Cortney) Vlahos, Diane (Robert) Cook, Aliyah Ibrahim and Zayna Ibrahim; 6 great grandchildren Maxwell and Samson Vlahos, Carmen and Matthias Vlahos, and Ava and James Cook; brother James Neaton; and sister Jane Borer.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, January 11, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.

Elizabeth McCoy
January 10, 1923 - December 29, 2015

Elizabeth McCoy age 92 of Crosby passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby. She was born on January 10, 1923 in Little Pine Township to Leonard and Carol (Huges) Bodle. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, then Normal Training, Elizabeth began a teaching career that lasted until she retired in 1988. She taught in small schools in Minnesota, in Alaska, then back to Minnesota, all the while taking courses at St. Cloud State University to earn a masters degree. While teaching in the Crosby-Ironton School District she was chosen as state teacher of the year.

Elizabeth is survived by one son, Douglas Starry of Emily; two daughters, Gayle (John) Mocabee of Aitkin and Kelly Carr of Houston TX; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; three brothers, Robert (Margarette) Bodle of Fifty Lakes, Albert (Jeanne) Bodle of Helena, MT and Jack (Margaret) Bodle of Longview, WA; three sisters, Eva Starry of Crosby, Donna Hite of Emily and Charlotte (Ron) Frink of Brainerd. Preceding Elizabeth in death are her parents; first husband, Victor Starry; second husband, Kenneth McCoy and one brother, Arthur Bodle.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial will be  at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Visitation will be from 9 am until the time of services. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Gladys Isle Pippin Watlov
January 6, 1925 - December 28, 2015

Gladys Isle Pippin Watlov, age 90, of Brainerd, went home to be with her Lord on December 28, 2015. She was surrounded by love from her family.

Gladys was born January 6, 1925, in Alabama to Robert and Willie Pippin. She was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Sandford, Florida in 1934. She was a member of Phi Alpha Kappa Sorority in high school. Gladys attended Stetson University from 1942- 1944, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Fraternity – Social Sorority, the PHI Society and a member of the Honor Society.

Gladys met her future husband, Reuben “Wat” Watlov at the First Baptist Church in Sanford, Florida while he was stationed there for air flight training. The couple was united in marriage on April 9, 1945, after Wat returned from his tour of duty overseas.

Gladys and Wat raised their 4 children in the Twin Cities. The couple moved to the Brainerd area to a beautiful home on the Gull River. Gladys was very active in, and supportive of, the churches she attended throughout the years. She loved sharing God’s word, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, bringing flower arrangements she made from her garden to church, playing the piano and writing Christian songs.

Her family’s sadness is only for their own loss of time with Gladys on this earth. They find strength and faith in Jesus and cling to his promises. “When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, We’ll sing and shout the victory!”

Gladys is survived by: her sister Peggy P. Harden of Weatherford, TX; four children: Robert (JoEllen) Watlov of Maple Grove, Diane Watlov Collins of McKinney, Texas, Suzie Watlov Phillips of Fridley, Joanne (Paul) Boblett of Outing; 8 grandchildren: Paul W. (Christina) Collins III, Jessica (Jon) Barian, Erica (Derek) Hokkanen, Sabrina  (Robbie Olsen) Watlov, Joey Siusta, Faith Boblett, Kendra Boblett, Trevor Boblett; 7 great-grandchildren: Ally Barian, Amanda Barian, Reece Watlov Olsen, Charlotte Olsen, Jadyn Hokkanen, Gavin Hokkanen, Julia Grace Collins.

She was preceded in death by: her husband Reuben Watlov; her parents Robert and Willie Pippin; and her sister Elizabeth P. Cleveland.

A Celebration of Gladys’ Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Pequot Lakes Baptist Church, with Pastor Mike Marcum officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. A private internment will be held at Camp Ripley. Memorials are preferred to Pequot Lakes Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.

The family would like to express their appreciation to St. Croix Hospice and Edgewood Vista staff for their support and kindness to Gladys and her family.

Arnold "Arne" George Wetsch
February 22, 1944 - December 20, 2015

Arnold (Arne) G. Wetsch passed away on December 20, 2015 at his lake home in Fifty Lakes, MN. He is preceded in death by parents, George and Tillie Wetsch; parents-in-law, Ken and Florence Harris; brother-in-law, Ken Harris II.

Arne was born in Mandan, ND. He attended schools in Minneapolis MN, Sacramento CA and Milwaukee WI. He met and married his wife, Jodi, in Milwaukee. They moved to MN in 1969 and settled in Apple Valley.

Arne was self-employed as Wesmor Sales for over 30 years. He began his new career of Golf in 2004 when he and Jodi began to spend their time between their homes in golf communities of Pebblecreek AZ and Golden Eagle in MN.

Arne will be always loved by his wife, Jodi; daughters and sons-in-law, Rebecca (Derek) Naill of Lakeville, MN, Jessica (Brian) Kazmierkoski of Maple Grove, MN and his eight grandchildren, Ryan, Kaelyn, Will, Megan, Ellie, Madelyn, Charlie, and little Henry Arnold; sisters, Elaine Wetsch, Dorothy (Del) DeBilzen, Ella (Dick) Amundson; sisters-in-law, Donna Tillman and Nancy Harris; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends in AZ and MN.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the professionals who helped them through this journey - Mayo Clinics of Scottsdale, AZ and Rochester, MN, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby, MN and the Home Health Partnership Hospice program.

Arne was a gentle man sharp with wit, intelligence, and the highest of moral character. The strength he displayed through his illness was amazing. His ability to remain steadfast and positive as he fought the fight was an inspiration to all who love him. He will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on January 7, 2015 at Mary Mother, Cliff Rd., Burnsville, MN. Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M., followed by mass at 11:00 A.M. A luncheon will follow at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

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