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Obituaries


Wesley “Bill” W. Mollenhauer
1934 - April 14, 2015

Wesley “Bill” W. Mollenhauer, age 81, of Remer, MN, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at his home. Bill was born in 1934 to William and Marjory Mollenhauer in Owatonna, MN. He graduated from high school in Mankato, MN. Bill was united in marriage to Joan Lutzi in Rochester, MN and they made their home in Stewartville, MN, where Bill farmed and did carpentry work. In 1975, they moved to Remer, MN. He was a member of the  Stewartville American Legion.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son; daughter, Nancy; and brother.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joan; three daughters, Debra (Greg) Staloch of Eyota, MN, Kathryn (Ken) Myers of Wahoo, NE, and Marla (Mark) Adcock of Forest Lake, MN; one son, William C. Mollenhauer of Remer, MN; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Inurnment, with full military honors, will be at a later date at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN.

Arrangements are with Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory, Grand Rapids, MN.

To sign the online guestbook or send condolences visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Gerald “Gerry” Boe
November 6, 1926 – April 11, 2015

Gerald “Gerry” Boe, 88, of Crosslake, MN (formerly of Mpls) passed away peacefully at the Mpls VA Hospital on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Funeral services were held April 17, 2015 at Crosslake Lutheran Church. Burial took place at Our Saviors Lutheran Cemetery in Pequot Lakes, MN.

Gerry was born to Ole and Alma (Kjos) Boe in Pequot Lakes, MN on November 6, 1926. Gerry was a veteran of the US Army and served during WWII as Captain of the Guards at the Nuremberg Trials. He owned the Gerry Boe Insurance Agency in Edina and Crosslake until his retirement.

Gerry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Grace (Hoff) Boe; children, David (Jean), Dennis (Katy), Douglas (Carol), and Diana Oelfke (John); nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; brother, Ruhl (Jeanne); and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Clara Boe, Norma LaPitz, Gladys Bjorkstrand, Irene Hollman, and Betty Kempenich. Memorials preferred. Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel Crosslake, MN.

Dona Larson
September 2, 1929 – April 12, 2015

Dona Larson, 85, of Crosslake, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at her home.

Arrangements are pending.

Karen Louise Blosberg
November 23, 1941 - April 6, 2015

Karen Louise Blosberg age 73 of Crosby formerly of Outing died on April 6, 2015 at the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby. She was born in Crosby on November 23, 1941 to Bjarne and Verna (Plachte) Andresen.

Karen is survived by 1 daughter, Dr. Linda (David) Neidhart of Verona, WI and 2 grandchildren, Heidi and Eric  Neidhart. Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband Dixon in 2012 and 1 brother, Robert Andresen.

Services are pending with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Julie Anna Livingood
July 15, 1958 - April 1, 2015

Julie Anna Livingood age 56 of Jenkins died on April 1, 2015. She was born on July 15, 1958 in Minneapolis. Julie was a former employee of Expressions Shoe Center in Pequot Lakes.

Julie is survived by 2 sons, James Tabaka and Tim Tabaka (Kachina Lilley); 3 daughters, Sandra (Jesse) Aldrich, Salome (Josh) Meyers and Jessica (Craig) Johnson; her father and step mother, Louis (Ruthie) Heyn; her mother and step father, Judy and Chuck Forslin; 2 brothers, Ken Heyn and Mark (Carolyn) Heyn; 1 sister, Tina Charpentier; 2 nieces, Lindsay and Shelby Heyn and thirteen grandchildren.

Preceding her in death are her husband, Dan; 1 daughter, Rachelle Gervais and 1 sister, Crystal Heyn.

A Time of Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Wesleyan Church in Emily from 1 to 3 pm with a prayer service at 1:30 pm. If so desired memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Kathleen "Kathy" DeZellar Hauser
November 8, 1921 – April 8, 2015

Kathleen "Kathy" DeZellar Hauser, 93, resident of Crosslake, died Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society-Bethany in Brainerd. She was born November 8, 1921 in St. Paul to Patrick and Margaret (Dorse) DeZellar. Kathleen first came to Crosslake when she was 8 years old. It was a two-day trip- the first day from St. Paul to Brainerd and the second day from Brainerd to Crosslake. She moved to Crosslake in 1937 and married Donald O. Hauser in 1940. She enjoyed 64 years living in her little house on the lake.

She was a graduate of Central Lakes College (Brainerd Community College) and Bemidji State University. She was an English and Writing teacher at Pequot Lakes High School from 1973-1983.

Her memberships included MN Retired Teachers Association, Crow Wing County Historical Society, Crosslake Area Historical Society, and the Heartland Poets. Kathleen enjoyed travels to Europe, reading, history, stamps, plants and gardening.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, D.O. (Joe) Hauser, her parents Patrick and Margaret DeZellar, and sister Patricia Melville.

Surviving are her son David Hauser of Mission Township and daughter Carolyn Corbett of Lake Shore, and godsons Brad Nelson and Dan Beavers.

The family would like to thank her special friends Leo & Dodo Fraser, Marlow & Janice Shaffer, Tom & Joyce Bzoski, Michelle Becker, and Marty Vangen and special thanks to Lakes Area Interfaith Caregivers, LSS Meals on Wheels, Crosslake Police Department, and the Crosslake Fire Department and First Responders.

Mass of Christian Burial was held April 13th, 2015 at Immaculate Heart Church, 35208 CR 37, Crosslake, MN. Celebrating the mass was Fr. Ryan Moravitz and Fr. Paul Fruth. Burial in Pinewood Cemetery in  Crosslake. Memorials are appreciated to HART (Heartland Animal Rescue Team) or Kitchigami Library for the Mobile Library.

Robert H. Reineck
August 12, 1937 – April 9, 2015

Robert H. Reineck, 77, of Roosevelt Lake/Emily, MN died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, MN. Memorial service for Robert will be held at a later date.

Robert was born August 12, 1937 in Minneapolis to Harry and Virginia (Peterson) Reineck. He entered the USAir  Force and after his honorable discharge, he worked for 34 years Northern Ordnance/FMC/United Defense. Robert  was united in marriage to Marie Wollenhaupt on March 24, 1957 in South Dakota. They lived in Fridley and then retired to Roosevelt Lake in 1994. Robert enjoyed his family, genealogy, photography, trains and fast boats.

Robert is survived by his wife, Marie; children, Robert (Lynne) Reineck of Deerwood, MN, John (Anne) Reineck  of Fridley, MN; one stepsister, Kimberly Lees; four grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; one son, David in 1959; and one stepbrother, Robert Lees. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Crosslake, MN.Please visit www.brenny.com to leave a message of comfort and support for Robert’s family.

Gerald "Jerry" Smedberg
April 11, 1930 – April 5, 2015

Gerald "Jerry" Smedberg, age 84, of Crosslake (formerly of Minneapolis), died peacefully Sunday, April 5, 2015 in his home.

Jerry was born on April 11, 1930 in Minneapolis. He was raised by his grandparents on a small farm at Lake Mary near Winsted, Minnesota and attended Howard Lake High School. He served in the Navy, primarily on Guam, where he edited the base newspaper and acted in the play Mr. Roberts. Upon his return, he married Jeanne Okeson on April 21, 1951. They settled in Minneapolis, where he began an inspirational career in Real Estate (Smedberg and Associates) and motivational speaking (How to Live Laugh Love and Succeed) that lasted over 60 years. He was involved in the Jaycees, the National Board of Realtors and many other organizations.

He raised five children in Southwest Minneapolis, and devoted his free time to bringing them “up north” to Outing, Minnesota, or “out to the farm” to visit friends in Waverly. In later years, “Grandpa Jerry” devoted his love and attention to his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, entertaining, building, traveling, airplanes and living each day to its fullest! Jerry provided encouragement and sound advice to many people seeking direction in life. He began each day writing his goals on his “famous” red cards…to reach worthy predetermined objectives and goals “today”!

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; children, Steve (Denise), Sue Hunter, Jay, Scott (Jenise Doty) and Cindy; grandchildren, Corbin Doty (Carly Beetsch), Matt, Megan and Molly Hunter, Anders and Annalesa Johnson, Maja, Simon and Tulsi Smedberg.

Funeral services were held April 10th at Crosslake Lutheran Church in Crosslake, MN, and April 17th at Mount Olivet Lutheran church, 5025 Knox Avenue South, Minneapolis.

Vaughn Schlapkohl
July 13, 1933 – April 5, 2015

Vaughn Schlapkohl, age 81, of Pine River, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital. He was born to Edwin and Fern Schlapkohl on July 13, 1933, in Muscatine, IA. Vaughn served in the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves, was a former Timothy Township Supervisor and drove school bus for the Pine River-Backus schools. He was a self-employed farmer and welder who was very skilled at welding and fixed many things for many people.

Vaughn is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons: Craig (Betty), Mitch (Denise); daughter, Mona O’Brien (Mike); sisters: Jeannette Ingberg, Janice Stein (Al); grandchildren: Debbie (Ed IV), David, Jolene (Matt), Doug, Kelsey, Eileen; great grandchildren: Eddie, Ethan, Molly and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Audrey  Avesing; and brother-in-law, George.

Services were held April 11 at Faith Lutheran Church, Swanburg.

Linda Marie Anderson
May 15, 1952 - March 31, 2015

Linda Marie Anderson 62 of Crosby died March 31, 2015 died at her home. She was born May 15, 1952 in St. Paul to Gustav and Lucille (Erickson) Anderson. Linda was a former emergency room admitting agent with Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby and Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin for several years.

Linda is survived by her mother, Lucille Anderson of Crosby; 2 sisters, Lynette (Richard) Cannon of Byhalia, Mississippi and Karen (Reginald) Smith of Emily; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death is her father.

Funereal services were held Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

Richard S. Heinzen
March 22, 2015

Heinzen, Richard S. 98, of Crosslake, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 22 at Lake Ridge Care Center, Buffalo, MN. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Richard always had a twinkle in his eye, a smile on his face and a great sense of humor, loved to tell jokes and make everyone smile. He enjoyed living up North in his retirement years, and loved his Crosslake friends like they were his family.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and granddaughter, Nicole. Richard will be missed by his son, Michael Heinzen (Audrey); daughter, Marcia (Tom) Plotnik; brother, Ray Heinzen (Harriet); grandchildren, Brandon (Sue) Heinzen, Megan (Mark) Kuzinski, Jessica (Jason) Holmer, Heather (Tim) Vanderlinde and Ryan Plotnik; greatgrandchildren, Kylee, Jake, Emma, Jonah, Landon Claire, Natalie, and Nick; and many friends.

A celebration of life will be held at the Crosslake Legion, Crosslake, MN on Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:00 -4:00 pm.

Stacy Sundquist
May 19, 1982 - March 27, 2015

Stacy Lynn Sundquist, age 32, of Pine River, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015. She was born on May 19, 1982, in Tacoma, Washington. Stacy loved her children and was a very kindhearted and caring person who enjoyed her nursing career.

Stacy is survived by her children: Alexis, Hunter, Andrew; mother, Diane Sundquist; father, Brett Sundquist; sister, Jaclyn Cox (Mike); brother, Joe Koch; significant other, Robert Siltman; and grandparents, Kenneth, Jr. and Myrna Schrupp and Roger and Linda Sundquist.

Services were held on Wednesday, April 1, at Riverview Church, Pine River. Burial at Norwood Cemetery, rural Pine River.

John Michael Witt
February 2, 1972 - March 27, 2015

John Michael Witt, age 43, of Pine River, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015. He was born to Thomas and Barbara Witt on February 2, 1972, in Brainerd. John loved flying and worked as an aircraft mechanic at the Pine River Regional Airport. He also worked at Bertha Boatworks as a boat mechanic. John served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in England, Idaho and Alaska.

John is survived by his mother, Barbara Witt; son, Cole; daughter, Emilie; stepchildren: Shayna, Ceyara and William; sister, Rhonda Anderson; grandmother, Doris Glover; and nephews, Troy and Steven Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas.

Services were held on Thursday, April 2, at Kline Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Pine River.

Melody Marie (Bialon) Logsdon
May 20, 1957 – March 20, 2015

Melody Marie (Bialon) Logsdon, 57, died March 20, 2015 in fatal single car accident at 9 PM near Cambria, CA. Passenger Randall Logsdon, husband, suffered multiple hand injures and was hospitalized. The Logsdons were 30 year residents of Emily, MN - Ruth Lake and Valparaiso, IN.

Melody was born on May 20th, 1957 in East Chicago, IN. Preceded in death by Father - Stanley Bialon and Mother- Theresa ( Kulina ) Bialon of Whiting, IN. The Bialons had a School of Music in Whiting, IN. Melody graduated with Honors from Indiana State University with a BME and MS in Music Education. Melody was a much loved Elementary Education Teacher at Paul Saylor School in Portage, IN. She was celebrated for her large children's vocal concerts, throughout the school year.

Survived by Husband Randall H. Logsdon, Valparaiso, IN and Emily, MN; Daughter Valerie Logsdon, Brazil; Son Jason Logsdon, CA; and Brother Van Bialon and his wife Jayne, Emily, MN.

Memorial service to be announced late Spring in Emily.

Bonita Evenson
1941 - March 13, 2015

Bonita Evenson,73, Outing, MN passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 2pm.

Born in 1941 in Decatur, IL to Joe & Rose Robertson. She married Ronald Evenson, Jr. (surviving) in 1965. Together they had 3 children (surviving): Judy Manchester of Coon Rapids, MN, Erik Evenson (Penny) of Oakdale, MN and Nicole Evenson (Eric) of Grand Rapids, MN, a sister, Dorothy “Dot” of Belews Creek, NC, 6 grandsons: Kyle & Cory Manchester, Trevor Coleman, Riley, Mason & Evan Kryser, 2 granddaughters: Rachel & Jenna Evenson and 2 nieces: Kim Hinsdale & Renee Freeman. Also surviving are her Father in-law and Mother in-law, Ronald Sr. & Dorothy Evenson, who reside in Fridley, MN.

She is proceeded in death by her parents and a brother James.

Bonnie enjoyed fishing, shopping, playing at the casino and being with family & friends. Bonnie & her husband enjoyed watching the beautiful sunsets that appeared at their lake home. In her younger days, Bonnie was an avid motorcyclist and still enjoyed a ride on a rare occasion behind a family friend, Sean Parker.

Her body has been cremated and a ‘Celebration of Life’ will take place at the Kraus-Hartig VFW in Spring Lake Park, MN on Saturday, March 28 at 2 pm.

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