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Carolyn Marie Gurskis
October 04, 1941 - June 21, 2017

Carolyn M. Gurskis, 75, of Pequot Lakes, MN died at her home on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. No services are being planned at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Jennifer Hasty
July 26, 1971 - June 16, 2017

Jennifer Hasty, age 45, of Elk River, passed away Friday, June 16, 2017, at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She was born to Wayne and Janell Hasty on July 26, 1971, in Brainerd.

Jennifer is survived by her son, Alexander Banks; parents, Wayne and Janell Hasty; sister, Sarah Hasty; and nephew, Orlando Booker. She was preceded in death by her infant brother, Shayne.

Services were held on Tuesday, June 20, at Riverview Church, Pine River.

Shirley Langland
January 24, 1933 - June 16, 2017

Shirley Langland, age 84, of Pequot Lakes, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017, at Heritage House, Pequot Lakes.

James Norman
February 5, 1947 - June 10, 2017

James E. "Jimmy" Norman, age 70, of Pine River, passed away on June 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, John "Helge"; mother, Dorothy; sister, Aileen; and brother-in-law, James "Jim" Dignan. Jimmy is survived by his nieces, nephew, cousins and friends.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 24 at Kline Funeral Home, 3024 State 371 SW, Pine River. Inturnment in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Lorraine Witt
August 21, 1931 - June 15, 2017

Lorraine Witt, age 85, of Pine River, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born to Roman and Lucy Stiller on August 21, 1931, in St. Wendel, MN. Lorraine loved flower gardening, fishing and was an amazing cook. Her friends and family, especially her children and grandchildren, were very important to her.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Darlene Norman (Dan), Julie Cline (Jay), Donna Crimmins, Josie Mick (Steven), Marie Taylor (Dean), Penny Sawyer (Troy), Allen Witt (Julie), Larry Witt (Renee); 21 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; brother, Andy Stiller (Nancy); sisters: Lillian Wymore (Bob), Angie Postlewait, June Schwartz (Lonnie); many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Marvin Witt and Joseph Matros; sons, Billy Witt and Gary Matros; granddaughter, Kody Sawyer; brothers, Art, Claude and Ed.

Visitation was held on Sunday, June 18 with a time of sharing at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Services were held on Monday, June 19, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, Jenkins.

Violet Anderson
January 5, 1926 - June 10, 2017

Violet Anderson, age 91, of Pine River, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the Good Samaritan Society, Pine River. She was born to James and Josephine Tilbury on January 5, 1926, in Ponto Lake Township, MN.

Violet is survived by her sons: Albert Anderson, Lester Anderson (Mary), Ernie Anderson (Dawn); daughters: Vivian Manson, Dorothy Campbell (Mike); sister, Erma Forseen; ten grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold. Services were held on Thursday, June 15, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Backus.

Jill Marie Carlson
February 16, 1953 - June 9, 2017

Jill Marie Carlson, age 64, died at her home on Friday, June 9, 2017. She was born February 16, 1953, the daughter of August and Bette (Greer) Mezzenga. Jill graduated from Pequot Lakes High School. She married Merlin Carlson on December 22, 1972, and after his service in the Army, spent most of the next 45 years living in the Pequot area.

Jill will be missed greatly by her husband, Merlin; daughter, Melissa Goodwin; son, Neil Carlson; grandchildren, Mathias, Maliah and Mason; mother, Bette Mezzenga; and siblings: Jan Mezzenga (Doris), Susan Mezzenga (Jim Eder), Susie Mezzenga and Patty Steiger (Tom).

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Polly A. Lundeen
May 25, 1921 - June 6, 2017

Polly A. Lundeen, age 96, of Breezy Point, MN, died June 6, 2017, at Northern Lakes Senior Living Memory Care. Polly was born May 25, 1921, in Pine River, MN, daughter of the late William M. and Ola Sue (Grinols) Olson and was one of 9 children.

Polly graduated from Hopkins High School in 1939 and married Ted Glock that same year. They had two children, Marilynn and Kenne. Ted was a pilot and was killed in WWII shortly after their son was born in 1944. She married Ken Pederson in 1946 and they had two sons, Ted and Michael. Later in life, she married Eric Lundeen in 1973 and they moved to a lovely country home in Mora, MN. Eric died in 1980. Soon after that, Polly went back to work at Dandelion Floral and Gifts where she made so many good friends and could work with the plants and flowers she so loved. She retired in 2006 at age 85 and moved to Breezy Point, MN, to be closer to family. She made many dear friends at Breezy Point and especially enjoyed the Garden Club and going to CURVES. She entered Northern Lakes Senior Living Memory Care in July of 2016. Polly never lost her big smile or sense of humor in spite of many challenges and she will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Polly is survived by her children: Kenne Glock (Patti Culliton), Ted (Terry) Pederson, Michael (Cheryl) Pederson;  sister, Betty Olsen; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Johnson Olson and LaVaune Olson; grandchildren: Heather Glock,  Poppy Glock, Mark Allan Brown, Brandon (Laura) Pederson, Robyn (Will) Thayer, Jenna Pederson and Tyler Pederson; great grandchildren: Palisades Diaz, Madeline and Dylan Pederson and Sophia and Zia Thayer; and  many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Polly was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ola Sue Olson; husbands: Ted Glock, Ken Pederson and Eric Lundeen; daughter, Marilynn Glock-Brown; grandson, Craig Glock; sisters: Frances Kingslien, Violette Kildahl and Mary Louise Olson; brothers: Ted, Lee, Roger and William (Billy) Olson.

A private family memorial service will be held. It would be greatly appreciated if memorials were made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes, MN.

Richard Lee Spelbrink
August 25, 1921 - June 3, 2017

Richard Lee Spelbrink, 95, of Burnsville, formerly Merrifield, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, June 3, 2017 at his residence, Augustana Regent at Burnsville. There will be no funeral service. The family will hold a graveside memorial in late July to inter his cremains at Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

Richard “Dick” is survived by his son-in-law, Richard Thompson, of Sierra Vista, AZ; his daughter-in-law, Mary  Spelbrink, of Eagan; five grandchildren, Zach (Colleen) Thompson, of Dade City, FL, Zachlyn (Mike) Farwig, of Fenton, MO, Jesse (Kristen) Spelbrink, of New Prague, Joshua Spelbrink, of Burnsville, and Laura (Dan) Herzog,  of Hudson, WI; and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy “Dot” Spelbrink; daughter, Ricki Thompson; son Lee Spelbrink; brother, Ronald “Ronnie” Spelbrink; parents, Erwin and Meta Spelbrink; and stepfather, Frank Gleisner.

Dick was born August 25, 1921 in New Ulm, to Erwin and Meta (Knees) Spelbrink. Erwin died when Dick was 2 and Meta later married Frank Gleisner. Richard married Dorothy “Dot” Schleuder April 25, 1943 in New Ulm; the couple celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary before Dot’s death in 2011. They had two children, daughter Ricki and son Lee. They raised their family in New Ulm and Mankato. Dick was a great baseball player in his youth, spending a few years playing for a farm team in Eau Claire, WI. He owned Spelbrink’s Clothing in New Ulm for many years with his brother Ronnie, and then moved to Mankato and opened his own Spelbrink’s Clothing store. Upon retirement, they moved to Merrifield (Horseshoe Lake) and they wintered in Fort Meyers, FL. Dick enjoyed bowling when he was younger and golfing when he retired. Dick was a very kind man with a great sense of humor, who was loved by everyone he met. Although we know he was anxious to join his family in heaven, his family on earth will miss him greatly. Rest in peace. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

Keith David Gardner
August 6, 1953 - June 3, 2017

Keith David Gardner, age 63, of Pine River, died at his home on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Services for Keith were held on Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Riverview Church in Pine River with Pastor Tristan Borland officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery near Camp Ripley.

Keith was born August 6, 1953, in Brainerd, the son of Clifford and Frances (Hagen) Gardner. He graduated from Pine River High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for 8 years and then in the Army Reserves until retirement. Keith married Shannon Riley in 1992. As a member of the American Legion Post 613, he was commander, held several positions on the board and was a member of the Color Guard and Disabled Veterans.

Keith will be missed by his wife, Shannon; son, Matt (Kandi); daughter, Kelly Davison (Steve); stepson, Jeff Riley; brother, Bill; sisters: Ramona Hann, Darlene Johnson (Dwight), LaVonne Hurst and Caroline Gardner.

Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Charlotte; brothers, Russell and LeRoy.

Jason Hathaway
August 26, 1990 - June 4, 2017

Jason Hathaway, 26, of Crosslake passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017. Jason was born in Brainerd, Minnesota on August 26, 1990. He attended Pequot Lakes High School. He was an avid sports fan and especially liked the Minnesota Wild. He enjoyed bonfires, time with family and friends, music and video games. He was a people person and will be especially remembered for his infectious smile and sense of humor.

Jason is survived by his parents, Nancy and Dale Hathaway of Crosslake; birth father, Bruce Goldenstein; sisters, Kaylee Hathaway, Michelle Hathaway, Holly Hathaway; brothers, Barry Setzer and Jeremy Setzer; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, June 12, at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Crosslake, MN with Father Ryan Moravitz officiating. Burial in Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

Arrangements with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Marlene Therese Saba
January 16, 1936 - May 29, 2017

Marlene Therese (Langevin) Saba age 81 of Remer died on May 29, 2017 at her home. She was born on January 16, 1936 in St. Paul to Joseph and Virginia (Bibeau) Langevin. Marlene married Ronald Saba in St. Paul on September 3, 1955.

Family came first. All the family took vacations together “up north” at the family home on Lake Washburn. Marlene was very active in the Council of Catholic Women at her parish, St. Emily’s. She served as the Brainerd Deanery President and then as President for the Diocese of Duluth (2007-2009). She was passionate about cooking. Marlene and her husband catered many events over the years. She insisted food had to look as good as it tastes.

Marlene is survived by her husband, Ron of 61 years; one son, Ronald (Anita) Saba Jr. of Brainerd; five daughters, Denise Micheln of Woodbury, Julie Erickson of Red Wing, Janine (Curt) Hill of Warba, Therese (Rudy) Sizemore of Coon Rapids, Margaret Saba of Remer; one brother, Joseph (Pat) Langevin of Ham Lake; one sister Elizabeth (Paul) Harvey of Roberts, WI; ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Marlene in death are her parents; one daughter, Patricia; and one sister, Joan Hite.

Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at St. Emily’s Catholic Church in Emily. Burial at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

William “Bill” E. Peter
August 30, 1926 - May 28, 2017

William “Bill” E. Peter, 90, of Fifty Lakes, MN died at his home on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Services for Bill will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2:00PM at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN with visitation beginning one hour prior to services at the chapel.

Bill was born on August 30, 1926 in Minneapolis, MN to Arthur and Gladys (Anderson) Peter. He graduated from St. Paul Central High School in 1944. Bill was a director for his band, Traveling Light. He and his band members used to practice in his parent’s parlor. Bill served in The United States Navy. He worked for Union Brass as an accountant. He then was the purchasing agent for American Hoist and Derrick. He began working for the City Of St. Paul as the director of purchasing and worked there until he retired at the age of 63. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also loved building and he built his first cabin and garage.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joan of Fifty Lakes, MN; son, William “Bill” (Maureen) Peter Jr. of East Bethel, MN; grandchildren, Lauren and Billy Peter; sister, Patricia Thiers of Shoreview, MN; and his nieces and nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Gladys Peter. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Allan C. Templeton
April 16, 1929 - May 31, 2017

Allan C. Templeton Jr. age 88 of Emily died on May 31, 2017 at his home. He was born on April 16, 1929 in Minneapolis to Allan and Charlotte (Carlson) Templeton Sr. He was a WWII U.S. Marine Corp veteran. Allan married Marilyn Tveraa on December 9, 1947 in Minneapolis. He was retired from the Minneapolis Water Department with 30 years of service. He was a longtime member of the Emily Greens Golf Course.

Allan is survived by his wife Marilyn; two sons, Allan (Denise) Templeton of Saginaw, MI and Terrance (Sharolyn) Templeton of Dafter, MI; one daughter, Wendy (Mark) Dray of Ham Lake; nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Preceding Allan in death are his parents and one sister, Deyonne Gonzalez.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby with full military honors presented by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home.

Stephen “Steve” Verville
October 30, 1974 - May 27, 2017

Stephen (Steve) Paul Verville, 42, Pequot Lakes, Minn., died Saturday, May 27, 2017. Steve Verville was born October 30, 1974, in Grand Forks, N.D., son of Gary and Connie (Oram) Verville. He grew up on the family farm  and ranch on Six Mile Bay west of Devils Lake, N.D., and graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1993. He participated in his church youth group, Royal Rangers, 4-H and Ramsey Riders. He also played hockey and  football and spent many weekends fishing, down-hill skiing and water skiing with family and friends. His exposure to welding in high school led to his life-long love for and career in welding.

Steve was united in marriage to Diana L. Papineau on May 20, 2000, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, N.D. Following their marriage, they moved to Colorado where they lived and worked for four years. In the spring of 2004, they moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota where they were closer to family. Their first son, Logan Steve, was born in 2005 followed by Wyatt Lee in 2008.

In 2011, they moved to Loon Lake in Pequot Lakes and established Ironpines Welding in 2012, realizing their dream of a slower-paced life, raising their boys in a small town, living on a lake and owning their own business.

Steve had many interests and hobbies, but his family was his passion. He taught his sons to skate, play hockey, water ski, and so much more. He instilled in them the value of hard work, dedication to family, and love of God. He touched many other young people, as well, through his service as a volunteer hockey coach. His easy smile and helpful nature endeared him to many.

Steve is survived by his beloved wife, Diana, and sons, Logan (11) and Wyatt (8), of Pequot Lakes; his parents, Gary and Connie Verville, of Devils Lake, N.D.; his uncle, Gary Oram, of Devils Lake; his aunts, Nancy Holden of Solway, Minn., Tammy (John) Hornbacher of Harvey, N.D., and JoAnn (Stanley) Mikulski, Bette (Jack) Shea, and uncles, Norman (Rose) Verville, Johnny Verville, Donald (Liane) Verville, and Chuck Szulewski, all of Massachusetts; his mother-in-law and fatherin- law, Patricia Bohnet and Lowell Liebenow, of Pequot Lakes; his sister-in-law, Sarah Bohnet (Tim McKenna), of St. Paul, Minn.; and his brother-in-law, Matt Papineau, of Rapid City, S.D. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Steve was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Helmer and Pearl (Tucker) Oram; his paternal grandparents Norman and Dorothy (Gamage) Verville; aunts and uncles, Archie and Judy (Oram) Harveland, Dorothy (Verville) Szulewski, Charles Verville, and Marden Holden.

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa on Thursday, June 1. Memorials are preferred to the Northern Lakes Youth Hockey Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Pequot Lakes, MN.

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