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Obituaries


Allen Edward Berens
July 28, 1949 - July 19, 2016

Allen Edward Berens, age 66, of Pequot Lakes passed away July 19, 2016. Allen was born to Olive (Halvorson) and Roy Berens at the hospital in Starbuck, MN, on July 28, 1949. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Benson, MN, attended the Catholic School there and then attended Benson High School. After high school, Allen married Patricia (Heike) Anderson and worked with his father at Berens Trucking and owned a truck repair shop. He later moved with his family to Brainerd and then Pequot Lakes while he worked at various development and sales positions. He was an avid sportsman and loved the beauty of nature. He will be deeply missed.

Al is survived by his mother, Olive; wife, Debra; sons, Jhaun (Kori) and Dean (Kelly) Berens; daughters, Monique (Chad) Leifermann and Vanessa (James) Thompson; stepson, Joshua (Mallory) Bourn; his cherished grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Joe) Cronin and Patty (Mike) Ruhland; brothers, Tim and David (Special friend Heather); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and his grandparents.

Services were held on Saturday, July 23, at St. Alice Catholic Church, Pequot Lakes. Burial at St. Francis Cemetery, Benson, MN at a later date. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes.

Harold Thompson
March 12, 1923 - July 16, 2016

Harold Thompson, 93, of Crosslake, MN passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Golden Horizons in Crosslake, MN.

Harold Arthur Thompson was born to Arthur and Minnie (Salmela) Thompson on March 12, 1923 in Cokato, MN. In high school, he was captain of the football and basketball teams. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Larimer on September 23, 1945 in Brainerd, MN. They resided in Cokato for over 50 years and raised four children. Harold was a truck driver with his dad, and for Super Valu, earning a safe driver award in 1967. He was a business man/entrepreneur, as well as the ultimate handy man and unofficial inventor of many and various gadgets. After he retired, he drove school bus for nine years, and then he and Lorraine moved to Crosslake in 1998. Harold enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with family. In his later years he enjoyed listening to music, and his favorite preachers, Charles Stanley and Erwin Lutzer, on the radio.

Harold is survived by Lorraine, his wife of 70 years; children, Bonnie (Paul) Nylin of Crosslake, MN, Ron  Thompson of Fifty Lake, MN, and Trudi (Gene) Westberg of Rochester, MN; nine grandchildren; and thirty-four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lanette Marie Erickson; parents; brother, Stanley; sister, Evelyn Williams; and daughter-in-law, Holly Thompson.

Memorial Services were held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN with Pastor Ken Carlton officiating. Interment will be at Cokato Finnish Cemetery in Cokato, MN, at a later time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.

Janice A. Feuerhelm
October 01, 1937 - July 12, 2016

Janice A. Feuerhelm, 78, of Pequot Lakes, died Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby. Private Services will be held.

Donald Carl Kleman
August 8, 1926 - June 18, 2016

Donald Carl Kleman age 89 of Remer died on June 18, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center. He was born on August 8, 1926 in Minneapolis to Carl and Sophie (Erickson) Kleman. Don married Elsie Schoeck on June 26, 1948 in Renville.

Don is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie; two sons, Bradley Kleman of Bozeman, MT and Thomas Kleman of Remer; one daughter, Donelle (Gary) Kortemeier of Oak Grove; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Preceding Don in death are his parents and six siblings.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Emily with military honors presented by the Longville VFW post 772. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

John Lobben
July 25, 1944 - July 6, 2016

Dr. John Edward Lobben, 71, passed away peacefully at home in Pequot Lakes surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, after a courageous battle with T-Cell Lymphoma.

John is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Jan; children: Brett Lobben (Angela) of Savage, MN, Jessica Nybakken (Brent) of Breezy Point, MN; brother, Dave Lobben (Karen) of Pequot Lakes; and seven amazing grandchildren: Clay, Meta, Beck & Stella Lobben and Hunter, Tyler & Bodie Nybakken. John is preceded in death by parents, Sydney and Meta, and brother, Tommy.

John was born on July 25, 1944, in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Washburn High School and received advanced degrees in Education Policy and Leadership from the University of Minnesota.

John’s entire career was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others through the power of education. He began his career as a teacher in Richfield, MN in 1968. He then worked for the MN State Department of Education followed by a long tenure at Hennepin Technical College. He also served as a member of the Eden Prairie School Board from 1979 to 1985, and was board chair for the last three years. The culmination of John's career came in 2005 when he retired as superintendent of Intermediate District 287 in 2005.

John was a deeply spiritual person, driven equally by the elements found in nature and the fellowship of the church; concerned most with leaving a legacy grounded in treating others well, acting fairly, and seeing the good in all people. He loved the outdoors whether working at Outward Bound during his younger days, the BWCA, the shores of Lake Superior, on the motorcycles at Sturgis, or simply at home on the bay. Love, laughter, humor and relationships…these elements defined John.

A celebration of John’s life was held at Crosslake Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 14. Memorials in his name can be made to the Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Brainerd Lakes Pay It Forward for Cancer Fund or to CaringBridge.org.

Gerhard “Jiggs” Shelstad
May 20, 1916 - July 10, 2016

Gerhard “Jiggs” Shelstad, 100, of Merrifield, MN passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2016.

Born in Brandt, SD on May 20, 1916, he enjoyed the first 11 years of his life in that rural setting prior o his family moving to Minneapolis. Jiggs’ numerous adventures (and misadventures) from his youth have been recounted in stories that are cherished by his family. He developed a strong life-long connection to outdoor activities, especially hunting for ducks, pheasants, and deer.

Jiggs graduated from Minneapolis South High School in 1934. He met the love of his life, Cherie Hansen, on a blind date. Their marriage of 71 years began on September 9, 1939.

Answering Uncle Sam’s call, Jiggs enlisted in the Navy in 1945 where he served during WWII on several small islands in the Pacific.

Following his return from the war he joined the Minneapolis Police Department, advancing to Detective while completing 26 years of service. He completed his law enforcement career as Chief Fraud Investigator with BankAmericard (VISA).

Jiggs and Cherie raised five children at their home on Queen Avenue in Southwest Minneapolis.

In 1948, Jiggs and Cherie bought property and built a cabin on the south end of Lake Lougee where their family was able to enjoy many memorable summers. In the mid- 1960’s they purchased land on the north end of Lougee where they built a summer cabin that would eventually become their retirement home in 1979. With great insight for the future, they generously made a gift of adjoining lakeshore property to their descendants.

Cherie and Jiggs enjoyed many active years of retirement that included hobbies and volunteer efforts. Their retirement life included friends from Crosslake Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, the Geritol Frolics, several senior citizens groups and extended family and neighbors in their Lake Lougee community. He was a versatile craftsman and was clever in all facets of carpentry, woodworking, and other handicrafts.

Jiggs enjoyed every season of the year at Lake Lougee and was not easily enticed by the prospects of warmer winters further south. While he enjoyed summertime with frequent family visitors, he eagerly anticipated the annual area lutefisk circuit every fall. His love of lutefisk was equaled only by his desire for sweets. He never missed dessert.

Jiggs was completely dedicated to caring for Cherie during her declining years and was able to keep her with him at their home until her death in 2010. Remaining in good health, he was able to live independently at his home on Lougee until his unexpected death.

During his last year he participated in a WWII Honor Flight to Washington DC, and was invited to a veteran-sponsored fishing trip. Not surprisingly, he was the oldest participant at each event.

For his birthday in May he was honored by over 100 friends, neighbors, and relatives who celebrated 100 years of life.

Jiggs (Dad, Grandpa Jiggs, Gpa, Bestafar) will be sadly missed by his children, Jeff Shelstad, Bruce (Sarah) Shelstad, Dixon (Beth) Shelstad, Brad (Sandy) Shelstad, and Cyna (Mike) Swartout; seven grandchildren, Brooks (Karin), Brett, Beth (Clint), Riana (Tim), Emmett (Ann), Marit (Tom), and Mitch (Sydney); and nine great-grandchildren, Annika, Siri, Mikkel, Gracie, Jakson, Charlotte, Sawyer, Cora, and Soren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Cherie; parents, Hjalmer and Anna; brothers, Delbert and Leonard; sisters Cora and Lenore.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be distributed to several of Jiggs’ preferred charities, including the Youth of Crosslake Lutheran Church, Crosslake Food Shelf, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Children’s MN Heartbeat 5000.

Visitation was held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN and at his church on Monday July 18, one hour prior to services. A memorial service was held on Monday at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN.

Eric Allen Brunes
November 11, 1961 - June 28, 2016

Eric Allen Brunes, 54, of Pine River, succumbed to lung cancer at his home on Rush Lake on June 28, 2016. Eric was born to James and Allison Brunes at St. Joseph's Hospital in Brainerd, MN, on November 11, 1961.

Eric is survived by his children and stepchildren: Stephanie (David) Berlien, Christina Brunes, Jessica Brunes, Nicholas (Diondra) Putnam, Stephanie (Curtis) Reule, Cassie Putnam; 11 grandchildren; his siblings: Gary Brunes, Diane Brunes, Patricia (Roger) Kline, Gayleen (Thomas) Royce; and sister-in-law, Barbara Brunes. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Allison Brunes; his brother, Bruce Brunes; nephew, Jeremy; and several aunts and uncles.

Considered a free spirit by those closest to him, Eric loved adventure! Whether it be driving a race car,  snowmobile, three wheeler, going hunting, fishing or searching for agates, geodes, and other gem stones. He liked to travel and discover new things! Outgoing and friendly, Eric loved to be around people. He could talk for hours! Being quite family oriented, holidays and traditions were always very important to him. He was sentimental in being the one to hold onto family heirlooms to pass on to his children. Down to earth and kind, Eric was very easy to get to know. He loved his family more than they could ever know! He was definitely one of a kind and will be greatly missed by many!

A day of remembrance was held for Eric on Saturday, July 9th at the Brunes family park in Crosslake.

Hartvick “Vic” Teslow
January 13, 1929 - July 5, 2016

Hartvick “Vic” Teslow age 87 of Crosby formerly of Emily died on July 5, 2016 at the Cuyuna Regional Care  Center in Crosby. He was born on January 13, 1929 in Crystal to Maurice and Eleanore (Allen) Teslow. Vic was a WWII Navy Veteran. He served in the Occupation of Japan, and trained with the Marines for 3 months for Special Forces in Tsingtao, China. Vic was employed as a construction superintendent for Ganley Company in Minneapolis for 15 years. He loved the north woods. He lived in the Emily-Outing Area for many years and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Vic is survived by four sons, Terrance (Ellie) Teslow of Baltimore, MD, Deane Teslow of Redding, CA; stepsons, Everett Havenor and Bruce (Mary) Havenor all of Las Cruces, NM; two daughters, Nancy (Joe) Williams of Sartell and Susan (Randy) Osborne of Keller, TX; daughterin- law, Teri Teslow of Green Valley, AZ; one sister, Elizabeth “Betty” White of Elk River; thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Vic in death are his parents; his wife Simone in 2006; one son, Leigh; two brothers, Robert and Budrick Teslow; two sisters, Dolly Johnson and Eleanore Fricke; and daughter-in-law, Linda Havenor.

Funeral services will be 11 am on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily. Burial will be at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Emily with full military honors given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post #443 of Ironton. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Robert Gustav Anderson
April 4, 1915 - June 23, 2016

Robert (Bob) was born April 4, 1915 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and passed away peacefully, at Good Samaritan in Pine River, Minnesota, on June 23, 2016, at the age of 101. His interests included fishing, golfing, ceramics, stained glass windows, gardening and taxidermy.

He graduated from Roosevelt H.S. in 1933. He began his career working for Bachman’s from 1933 to 1942, where he was in charge of a greenhouse full of carnations, and other jobs. He operated the boiler heating system and became a certified engineer. On June 1, 1937 he married Florence Seaman. They shared 52 years of marriage. He served in the United States Army from April 1945 to May 1946. Bob founded Tonkadale Greenhouses in Minnetonka, Minn. in 1947, where he specialized in African Violets. Considered a pioneer, he developed over 200 new cultivars. During his career he grew to include spring bedding plants and Christmas poinsettia plants. He sold Tonkadale to Bill Maruska in 1978 who expanded products and services for today’s clientele.

Upon retirement Bob and Florence moved to Crosslake where Bob donated his time, talent and energy. Bob worked with the DNR and was Co-chairman of the Natural Resources Committee to build the fish population for the Whitefish chain of lakes. He helped design and build the Crosslake baseball field to allow for positive drainage and provided landscape plantings for the Immaculate Heart parish. As a member of the Whitefish Golf Course he volunteered an enormous amount of time and energy to design, build and expand the Whitefish Golf Course from nine holes to eighteen.

As an expert gardener he provided scenic beauty around his cabin and to all the boats passing through the Rush Lake channel. Along the length of his shoreline he had massive flowers blooming and turned the 4th of July into Christmas by stringing lights by the lake. Other residents joined in by adding more Christmas lights along the channel. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Florence, his brothers Norman and Earl, and his sisters Ruth and Lillian.

Survived by his two children Karen Nagengast and Gerald Anderson, his eight grandchildren: Todd, Troy, Tate, Tammy, Travis, Denee, Amanda and Elizabeth; and seventeen great grandchildren: Kelsey, Tara, Amber, Alexander, Nicholas, Heather, Amanda, Valerie, Ryan, Danielle, Tyler, Addison, Allison, Emma, Dylan, Liam, and Lily.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, June 30, at Washburn- McReavy, Crystal Lake Chapel. Burial at Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements are with Kline Funeral Home, Pine River.

Lynda Lou Halstensen
November 11, 1951- June 30, 2016

Lynda Lou Halstensen, 64, of Outing, passed away peaceably at home on June 30, 2016.

She was the daughter of Alvin and Ruth (Brink) Quesenberry. She grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota and graduated from Hopkins High School in 1970.

She spent 7 years in Kansas, when Rolf was in the Military and made many friends and caught the ceramic bug that she enjoyed for many, many years following. Returning to Minnesota in 1978, she was a bus driver, then special education dispatcher for the Osseo-Brooklyn Park bus company for many years.

She retired to Outing in 2000 where she learned to play bridge and was a regular at the Monday bridge games. She also thoroughly enjoyed the Wednesday golf and card games with friends on our lake and local area. Scrap booking became her passion and she made beautiful scrapbooks and cards. She was a first responder with the Outing Quick Response until her illness made her unable to do it and belonged to the Lions. She really enjoyed going to Canada fishing with family and friends.

Lynda is survived by her husband, Rolf, four children and their families; JoAnna (Shelley) Harris, with Ezra and Fiona, Eric Halstensen, Sarah (Bryan) Anderson with Lyla, Norah and Levi, Brent (Melanie) Halstensen with Kyle and Natalie, and Brother, Doug (Susie) Quesenberry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Ruth Quesenberry of Minnetonka

Lynda will be cremated with a future disposition with her husband.

No memorials are requested, but if you hug your loved ones it would be appreciated. A celebration of her life will be held at Granny’s Bar, 44025 Highway 6 NE on Saturday, July 9th from 1-4pm.

Edward John Schaaf
September 20, 1925 - June 23, 2016

Edward John Schaaf, age 90, of Pequot Lakes, MN, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at his home. He was born to Charles and Sofia Schaaf on September 20, 1925, in Markville, MN. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Edward was united in marriage to Marjorie Wilson on March 26, 1949, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Markville, MN. Over the years, they made their home in Underwood, ND, Virginia, Hoyt Lakes, Minneapolis, Cass Lake, Belle Plaine for 30 years, Pequot Lakes and Dassel; and wintered in Harlingen, Texas from 1993 to 2007.

Edward was a life member of the American Legion and an active member of IUOE Local 49, Pelican Lake Conservation Club and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling, wild ricing, cooking, animals and spending time outdoors.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marjorie; son, Bruce; daughter, Stacie; brothers: James, Charles, Robert, Fred, George, John; sisters: Mena Golden, Louise Torrez, Lillian Rostberg and MaryLou Milligan.

He is survived by his wife, Ione; children: Barbara (Ron) Koschel, Marsha (Boyd) Schaaf-Rebers, Edward 2 (Fay) Schaaf, Tamme Giese, Doug Miller; daughter-in-law Joan Schaaf; son-in-law, Dennis Kuhlow; brother, Frank (Mary); sister, Marie (Gene) Stadick; brother-in-law, Harold Milligan; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Memorials are preferred to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Church, Pelican Lake Conservation Club or to the American Legion of the donor’s choice.

Services were 10 AM on Wednesday, June 29, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes. Visitation was Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM at Kline Funeral Home, Pequot Lakes and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was 3 PM on Wednesday at Kingston Apostolic Lutheran Cemetery, Kingston, MN.

Harvey Orville Christensen
November 21, 1950 - June 20, 2016

Harvey Orville Christensen age 65 of Deerwood died on June 20, 2016 at his home. He was born on November 21, 1950 in Crosby to Chester and Alice (Duzan) Christensen. Harvey was a retired Deerwood Fireman.

Harvey is survived by two sons, Jim (Rebecca) Christensen of Baxter and Joe Christensen of Lake Shore; four brothers, Ronald (Mary Lee) Christensen, Douglas (Judy) Christensen and John (Sharon) Christensen all of Deerwood and Dave Christensen of New Iberia, LA; four sisters, Betty (Jim) Stirewalt of Deerwood, Dee (Lester) Chileen and Lois (Jerome) Bayliss all of Crosby and Pauline (Roger) Johnson of Sartell; and three grandchildren.

Preceding Harvey in death are his parents; one brother, Bill Christensen and one sister, Linda Christen.

A Memorial Gathering was held on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

John M. Diebold
July 31, 1931 - June 24, 2016

John M. Diebold, 84, of Merrifield, MN passed peacefully on Friday, June 24, 2016 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN surrounded by his loving family. Services for John were held on Friday, July 1, 2016 with Pastor William Zeige officiating at Mission of the Cross Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN.

John was born on July 31, 1931 in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin to Marshall and Frances (Fosshage) Diebold. He grew up in Northfield, MN before graduating from Southwest High School in Minneapolis, MN. John worked for the railroad before and after entering the United States Army where he was honorably discharged. John was united into marriage to Erlynne Aldous on September 19, 1953 in Alexandria, MN, and they subsequently made their home in Coon Rapids, MN for many years. He worked for 33 years at Northern State Power as a Control Room Operator. John was very much a people person and loved having great conversations with all. While John enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and trapping, he particularly liked to split wood “Happiness is a big wood pile!” and observe the daily sunsets at his “Special” Pelican Lake home. It was at Pelican Lake that John became known as “Beach Grandpa” to his grandchildren and where he was able to pass his great love of the lake onto them.

John is survived by his children, Keith (Barb) Diebold of Grand Rapids, MN and Kim (Dr. Jeff) Holmberg of Annandale, MN; grandchildren, Ryan (Amber) Diebold, Eric Diebold, Holly (Brian) Shea, and Kayla (David) Damberger; sister, Janet (Homer) Scott of Sheridan, WY; and brother, Jay (Susan) Diebold of Alexandria, MN. He was preceded in death by his wife; Erlynne; parents, Marshall and Frances; sister, Susan; and brother, James. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, MN.

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