Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Randall "Randy" H. Craven, 49, Cohasset, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at the Itasca Medical Center. He was born Nov. 6, 1948, in Grand Rapids where he grew up and attended school graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1966. He was a Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Itasca Community College for two years and later two years at Bemidji State University, where he received his teaching degree majoring in history. He married Lori Puro on Dec. 9, 1984, in Grand Rapids. He was currently working for the Grand Rapids State Bank as a bank auditor. He was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church where he served on the board of trustees and was a Sunday School teacher. He was past master of Itasca Lodge No. 208 AF&AM and later served as the lodge secretary for 11 years. He was a member of the Pokegama Chapter No. 102, Royal Arch Masons of Grand Rapids and a member of the Eveleth Commandry No. 35. He is survived by his wife, Lori; and a daughter, Breanna, and a son, Nathan, both at home. Funeral: Saturday, June 13, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Joseph Edward Heinlein, 47, Bowstring, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Deer River. He was born June 19, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended and graduated from Deer River High School. Following graduation, he attended Bemidji State University. He worked as a carpenter in the Bigfork-Marcell area. He married Carolyn Armstrong Oct. 31, 1986. He was known by friends as "Quetico Joe." He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Michael Gordon Heinlein, Grand Rapids, and Keith Wayne Heinlein, Detroit Lakes; three daughters, Sally Maree Edwards, Grand Rapids, and Katie Rose and Megan Sarah Heinlein, both at home; two stepsons, Adam Ryan Daniel, Washington, D.C., and Jordan Varner Daniel, state of Virginia; and two sisters, Carol Veecher and Nancy Rainey, both of Michigan. Preceding him in death were a daughter Jennifer and his parents, Michael and Rosemary. Funeral: Thursday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Marcell Community Church with the Rev. Ron Grossman officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Wayne D. Stiegelmeyer, 58, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, in an Orlando, Fla., hospital. He was born July 1, 1939, in Mountain Lake and attended schools in the Grand Rapids area. He was a member of the armed forces from 1956 to 1960. After his honorable discharge, he lived in several parts of the country before making his home in Orlando in 1981. He is survived by two brothers, Ronald, Omaha, Neb., and David, Dallas, Texas. Preceding him in death were his parents, Andrew and Blanche (Pierce) Stiegelmeyer. Funeral: Church of the Nazarene, Grand Rapids. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Word has been received of the death of Agnes Johnson, formerly of Deer River and Bass Lake. She was born in Fisher, Minn., in 1902 and graduated from high school there. She graduated from Bemidji State Teacher's College and taught school in the Coleraine area where she met and married Art Johnson. They moved to Deer River in 1930 where he was manager of Minnesota Power and Light and she taught third grade for many years, retiring in 1963. She was active in many social and service organizations including being a past worthy matron of Eastern Star. They wintered in California after retirement. She is survived by her son Donald; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, all of California. She was preceded in death by her husband Art and two brothers. Memorial services: Sunday, June 28, at 2 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 2515 Highway 2 East, LaPrairie. 

Ronald Peter Kessler, 68, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, June 13, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Frazee where he grew up and attended schools. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and following his discharge, moved to Grand Rapids. He retired from Itasca Utilities Company in 1997 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Rapids. He is survived by two sisters, Dolores Rasico, Loveland, Colo., and Bertha Lemke, Kenosha, Wis. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peter and Bertha (Brady) Kessler, two sisters and seven brothers. Funeral: Wednesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Laura Jean Tabaka, 75, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, June 13, 1998, at her home following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Feb. 7, 1923, in the Crosby-Ironton area and grew up in Hibbing until moving to Nashwauk in 1938. She attended Nashwauk High School, was a member of the 1939 state high school championship swimming team and graduated in 1940. She then attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She married Eugene C. Tabaka Aug. 17, 1946, in Nashwauk. The couple moved to Grand Rapids in 1953. She worked at the Itasca Memorial Hospital and for C.H. Kleffman State Farm Insurance Agency, both in Grand Rapids. She then worked 19 years as deputy city clerk for the city of Grand Rapids retiring in 1987. She was a charter member of the United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids and a member of Jephthah Chapter No. 176 Order of Eastern Star, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, the American Legion Auxiliary and a past member of the Grand Rapids Business and Professional Women. She is survived by a daughter, Jean Czekalski, Grand Rapids; three sons, Paul, Grand Rapids, Greg, Cohasset, and Jeff, Marble; a sister, Pauline Crottier, Babbitt; five grandsons, Jack Olson, Chicago, Ill., Jason, Trevor and Keifer Tabaka, Cohasset, and Jeffrey Tabaka, Marble; and one great-granddaughter, Nicole Olson, Chicago, Ill. Funeral: Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Hier officiating. Visitation is Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Fern E. Enstrom, 88, longtime Bovey resident, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Jan. 18, 1909, in Cushing, Minn., the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Peterson) Hawkinson. She had lived in California, Chicago, Ill., New York City, Bovey and Grand Rapids. She married Roger Enstrom on Oct. 10, 1953, in Bovey. She was a member of the First United Church of Coleraine and Bovey and the Rebekah Lodge. She and her husband owned and operated the Enstrom Studio in Bovey for many years. She is survived by a daughter, Martha Wareheime, Freemont, Neb.; two grandchildren, Roger and Fern Wareheime, both of the Twin Cities; two brothers, Kenneth Hawkinson, Grand Rapids, and Lloyd Hawkinson, Albany, Calif.; and two sisters, Delores Clark and Irene Vingard, both of Valley Center, Calif. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Roger, in 1994, and six brothers. Memorial services: Saturday, June 20, at 10 a.m. at First United Church of Coleraine with the Rev. C. Arlin Talley officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Nellie Danielson, 90, formerly of Bovey, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, in St. Paul. She was born Nov. 11, 1907, in Napoleon, N.D., the daughter of Arthur Downing and Lena Schaaf. She married Everett Danielson in 1926 and they farmed at Almora. In 1944, they moved to Trout Lake where she worked as a nurses aid at the Itasca Memorial Hospital for 12 years. She entered the Manor House in Grand Rapids in 1989 and later moved to Bethesda Nursing Care Center in St. Paul. She is survived by two sons, Lloyd, Grand Rapids, and Vernon, Coleraine; five daughters, Marjorie Whalen, Minneapolis, Mary Lou Marcella, Aurora, Lois Ripsin, Minneapolis, Avis Merhar, Bovey, and Phyllis Larson, Rosemount; four sisters, Edith Olson, St. Paul, June Koenig, St. Paul, Ruby Morgenstern, Chisago City, and Edna Korby, Fergus Falls; 32 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Everett, a son, Arvid, and two daughters, Irene Haatvedt and Almeda Maki. Funeral: Monday, June 15, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Bovey. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Stiner Oliver Gullickson, 90, Deer River, died Friday, June 12, 1998, at Community Memorial Hospital, Deer River. He was born Aug. 11, 1907, in Belview and in 1928, he moved to Deer River where he lived until 1934. From 1934 to 1942, he lived in various parts of Minnesota and North Dakota. He served with the U. S. Army during World War II from 1942 until 1945 in Patton's Army as a medic. He received four stars for participation in four major campaigns in Europe. After the war, he went out West and lived in Washington and then settled in Burley, Idaho. In 1988, he moved back to Washington until 1991 when he returned to Deer River. He is survived by a sister, Hannah Judkins, Prosser, Wash. Preceding him in death were his parents, Thor and Gunilda, sisters, Tilda Iverson, Sena Judkins and Alma Schjenken, and brothers, Henry, Theodore and Alfred. Funeral: Tuesday, June 16, at 1 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Dwight Rudquist. Burial: Olivet Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 and American Legion Post 122 of Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Sarah C. Schmidt, 97, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 1997, at On Golden Pond care facility in Cohasset. She was born July 17, 1900, in Greenwood, Wis., and grew up and attended school in Beloit, Wis., area. During World War II, her husband, Edwin, was stationed at Fort Snelling where she did volunteer work with the Red Cross. After the war, she lived for four years in the Marcell area and about 20 years in Fort Collins, Colo. Following retirement in 1973, she was a summer resident of the Marcell area and a winter resident of Apache Junction, Ariz. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1985. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Capron, Ill., and was active with the senior citizens group at Grand Rapids Township Hall for several years where she played cribbage. She is survived by her husband, Edwin M.; a son, James F. Marshall, Grand Rapids; a brother, Archie Flagg, Casa Grande, Ariz.; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Memorial service: Saturday, June 20 at 3 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Doris Strand, 78, Prescott, Wis., died Friday, June 12, 1998, at the St. Croix Care Center, Prescott. She was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Cohasset and later lived in Grand Rapids, the Twin Cities and Red Wing. She married Clayton Strand July 9, 1975, in Red Wing. They moved to Prescott in 1978. She is survived by her husband, Clayton; four sons, Anthony, Grand Rapids, Jimmy, Hibbing, Ronald, St. Cloud, and David, Frontenac; two daughters, Barbara Rajella, Chisholm, and Beverly Dunker, Henning; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Anthony Bertram, a son in infancy, two grandsons and a granddaughter. Funeral: Tuesday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home, River Falls, Wis., with Dr. Donald Stannard officiating. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, River Falls. Arrangements by Nelson-Murphy Funeral Home, River Falls, Wis.

Laura Olson, 82, Pequot Lakes, died Monday, June 15, 1998, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Center in Pine River. She was born Dec. 19, 1915, in Mullen, Neb., the daughter of Alex and Ruth (Prentice) Allan. She married Leonard Olson July 11, 1938. The couple farmed in the Pequot Lakes area since 1945. She was a member of the Maple Hill Church in rural Pine River. She is survived by a son, Ronald Olson, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Carol Harris, Grand Rapids, and Linnea Long, St. Michael; a brother, Robert Allan, Pine River; three sisters, Ida Doering, Pine River, Shirley Wiese, Pequot Lakes, and Margaret Lidell, Dayton, Mont.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Leonard, a sister, and a brother. Funeral: Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Maple Hill Church, rural Pine River, with the Rev. Don Chapman officiating. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Northland Funeral Home, Pine River. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Northland Funeral Home, Pine River.

Doris Madson LaLiberte, 88, Grand Rapids, died Monday, June 15, 1998, in Itasca Medical Center. She was born Jan. 18, 1910, in Bemidji, the daughter of Martin and Dora Madson, and moved to Grand Rapids with her family at an early age. She was a 1928 graduate of Grand Rapids High School. She worked as a secretary for the school district and the Selective Service Board. She retired as secretary for the superintendent of schools. She married Arthur LaLiberte in 1966. She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids Women's Club, Itasca Historical Society and the Jephthah Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by a sister-in-law Emily Madson of Grand Rapids. Preceding her in death was her husband, Arthur, in 1980. Funeral: Friday, June 19, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Clinton "Sonny" Brown, 62, Laurel, Mont., formerly of Bena and Federal Dam, died Tuesday, June 16, 1998, of cancer at his home. He was born July 4, 1935 in Federal Dam and worked as a cook in the Army in 1952. After getting out of the Army, he worked many different jobs around Alaska, Montana and Minnesota. He last worked as a cook in Billings, Mont. He is survived by his wife, Lois; a daughter, Michelle Webb, Nashwauk; a son, Clinton E. "Skip" Brown Jr., Grand Rapids; four sisters, Blance Kluever, California, Penny Ann French, Pequot Lakes, Pamela White, Bena, and Edith Brauer; and five grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Harry and Margaret White, a sister, Janice Seelye, a brother, Edwin "Bud" Brown, and a son, Matthew "Bobo" Brown. Memorial service: Monday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at the Baptist Church, Hysham, Mont.

Emma Hetland, 103, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, in Thief River Falls. She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lampi, Grand Rapids, and Esther Fixter, Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Dr. Lauren Lampi, Grand Rapids, Sharon Lampi Amann, St. Paul, and Patricia Fixter, Thief River Falls; and great-grandchildren Jonathan Lampi, Grand Forks, N.D., Sarah Lampi, St. Peter, Andrea Amann Anderson, Minneapolis, and Paul Amann, St. Paul. She was preceded in death by Solomon Hetland. Funeral: Friday, June 19, at Green Funeral Home, Thief River Falls. 

Sylvia Kempi, 84, Prairie Lake, south of Floodwood, died Wednesday, June 17, 1998, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. She was born June 29, 1913, in Minneapolis and grew up in Minneapolis and Floodwood where her family farmed. She worked as a bookkeeper in Duluth for many years and following her retirement in 1972, she moved to the Prairie Lake area. She was a member of the Trout Lake Apostolic Church. She is survived by three sisters, Saima Johnson, Grand Rapids, Katherine Kinen, Dundee, Ill., and Elma Isaacson, Indianapolis, Ind. Preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Katri Kempi, and three brothers. Funeral: Wednesday, June 24, at 1 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Floodwood. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Fine Lakes Cemetery, Fine Lakes Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Floodwood.

Ralph E. Loveall, Jacobson, formerly of Mt. Pulaski, Ill., died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at his home. He was born May 17, 1926, in Macon County, Ill., the son of Raymond and Carrie (Jones) Loveall. He was retired from the waste management disposal business and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Mt. Pulaski. He was a World War II Army veteran and was awarded many medals for valor. He is survived by his companion, Betty Crampton, Blaine; two sons, Jay Cee Loveall, Lincoln, Ill., and Dennis Loveall, New Holland, Ill.; two daughters, Londa Hohimer, Center, Texas, and Janet Busch, Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Steve Loveall, Mt. Pulaski, and Herbert Loveall, Illiopolis, Ill.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister and two brothers. Memorials are requested to St. John's Hospice, Springfield, Ill. Funeral: Monday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, with the Rev. John Schurter officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Lorten Cemetery, Cowden, at 2 p.m. with full military rites. Arrangements by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.

Lila Helvi Nordberg, 85, Jacobson, died Thursday, June 18, 1998, at the Itasca Nursing Home in Grand Rapids. She was born Jan. 3, 1913, at Stevensen located near Hibbing and moved to Jacobson with her parents as a child where she attended school. She married Jacob Nordberg on Dec. 15, 1933, in Aitkin. She was an active member of the Jacobson Community Center, the Jacobson Senior Citizens Club, the Busy Bees and was past president of the Jacobson Civic Club. She also had served on the Hill City PTA as past president and was a member and past worthy matron of the Quadna Chapter of Eastern Star in Hill City. She is survived by her husband, Jacob "Jake" Nordberg, Jacobson; a daughter, Jacqueline Decker, Arvada, Colo.; two sons, Richard, Sun City, Ariz., and Thomas, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Betty Jean Lauritsen, Tucson, Ariz., and Agnes Erickson, Mesa, Ariz.; a brother, Edmund Jarva, Seattle, Wash.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Monday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at Jacobson Community Center, Jacobson, with the Rev. David Anderson officiating. Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Betty A. (Murray) Blomquist, 73, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, at her home after a 16 year battle with cancer. She was born April 23, 1925, in Tower, the daughter of Jack and Alice Murray and married Mack C. Blomquist June 28, 1945, in Minneapolis. She is survived by her husband, Mack; her mother, Alice Murray; three sons, Terry, Choctaw, Okla., Richard, Belgrade, Mont., and David, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Joyce Dahlgren, Melrude, and Joan McLaughlin, Grand Rapids; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her father, two sisters and a brother. Funeral: Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Harris Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Gayle Jeanne Miller, 48, died May 24, 1998, in Kansas City, Mo. She was born Oct. 16, 1949, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Walter and Jeanne Miller. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College and Southwest State University in Marshall, graduating with a degree in social work in 1974. Her work history included contact representative for the Minneapolis Social Security Agency, assistant director for Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence, Viburnum, Mo., executive director for the Independent Living Center of Mid-Missouri, Columbia, Mo., director for Head Injury Association of Kansas until the center closed in 1991. She subsequently became a consultant for physical disability court cases. She is survived by her parents and her brother, Richard, formerly of Grand Rapids. Preceding her in death was her twin brother, Dale, who died shortly after birth. Memorial services: Monday, June 1, at First Lutheran Church of Crystal with the Rev. Terry J. Frovich officiating. Burial: Thursday, July 2, at Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset, with the Rev. Lynn R. Ronsberg, Zion Lutheran Church, officiating.


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