Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Scott Thomas "Butch" Knudson, 40, Tower, died Friday, July 17, 1998. He was born May 1, 1958, in Grand Rapids, the son of Roger and Gladys (Kannas) Knudson. He was a longtime resident of Tower and a 21 year employee of LTV Mining Company working as a maintenance technician. He is survived by his wife, Kelly; a daughter, McKenzie; his mother, Gladys Maul, Soudan; his father, Roger Knudson, Mexico; two brothers, James Knudson, Apache Junction, Ariz., and Gregory Knudson, Oceanside, Calif.; a sister, Heidi Mutka, North Branch; and his maternal grandmother, Emelia Nurkka, Bovey. Funeral: Monday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at Bauman Family Funeral Home's Vermilion Chapel, Tower, with the Rev. Dan Croonquist officiating. Burial: Tuesday at Balsam Cemetery. Arrangements by Bauman Family of Funeral Homes.

G. Keith Newstrom, Anchorage, Alaska, formerly of Grand Rapids, was lost in his downed airplane with four oil company executives in the Alaska wilderness on July 24, 1984. Nothing has ever been found of the plane or the occupants. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 24, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, to mark the 14 year anniversary date of his disappearance. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Geraldine Lou Sayers-Brown, 44, Federal Dam, died Sunday, July 19, 1998, at Duluth. She was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Federal Dam, grew up in the Longville area and attended Northland High School. She served with the U.S. Army leaving with an honorable discharge. She is survived by her father, Ed Sayers, Cass Lake; two brothers, Terrance "Chopper" White, Boy Lake, and Anthony Boswell, Sugar Point; two daughters, Robin Sayers, Minneapolis, and Gladys Bradley, Pine River; and a son, Thorpe Bradley, Leader. Preceding her in death were her mother, Gladys Sophronia White Sayers Boswell, and her grandparents, Dan and Rose White. Funeral: Wednesday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at Sugar Point Community Center with the Revs. Ted Clarke Sr. and Leonard Fineday officiating. Burial: Boy Lake Cemetery, Roger Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Adelaide Joan Schmaltz, 75, Eden Prairie, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Friday, July 17, 1998, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born Jan. 19, 1923, in Bowdle, S.D. She was a seamstress and a member of St. Hubert Catholic Community. She is survived by a son, Timothy Schmaltz; five daughters, Mary Pinard, Margaret Schmierer, Rose Blixt, Susan Anderson, and Ann Coppock; two brothers, Rev. Joseph Mardian and Rev. Pius Mardian; two sisters, Sr. Christine Mardian and Sr. Barbara Mardian; 12 grandchildren, Christopher, Daniel, Andrew, and Patrick Schmaltz, Patty Pinard Gould, Courtney and Lisa Schmierer, Nathan and Rachel Blixt, Zachary Anderson, Megan and Emily Coppock; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor Gould and Katarina Schmaltz. Preceding her in death were her parents, Anton and Regina (Heinz) Mardian, her husband, Joseph, a granddaughter, Alyssa Anderson, and a sister, Sr. Marina Mardian. Funeral: Wednesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. at St. Hubert Catholic Community, Chanhassen, with the Rev. Steve Ulrick officiating. Burial: St. Hubert Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Huber Funeral Home, Eden Prairie Chapel, Eden Prairie. 

Roy A. Ahlbom, 82, Remer, died Sunday, July 19, 1998, at the Woodrest Nursing Home, Walker. He was born July 2, 1916, in Kettle River Township, Pine County. As a young boy, he lived in Finlayson and graduated from Willow River High School. He married Mildred Schulze on Oct. 31, 1942, in South St. Paul. The couple lived in Finlayson until moving to Remer in 1950. He was a contractor and a stone mason for 50 years. He was a member of the Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Lion's Club, both in Remer. He is survived by a daughter, Jayne Case, Minneapolis; three sons, Carl, Arnold and Kenneth, all of Remer; a sister, Astrid Serfin, Finlayson; a brother, John Ahlbom, Pine City; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Mildred, in 1996, his parents, John and Annie (Zetterberg) Ahlbom, a brother, Claude and a sister, Alice Mahle. Funeral: Friday, July 24, at 2 p.m. at Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, Remer, with the Rev. Arland Fiske officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service at the church. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Remer. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Remer.

Leonard J. Marsh, 69, Berkley, Mich., formerly of Hibbing, died Friday, July 17, 1998, in Apache Junction, Ariz., at his part-time residence. He was born July 21, 1928, in Goodland, the son of Anthony and Francine (Marino) Marsh. He was an Army veteran and he had been employed with the Eire Mining Company as a locomotive engineer. In Michigan, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the Moose Club. He is survived by a special friend, Bertha Smith, Berkley, Mich.; three sons, Michael, Grand Rapids, Gary, Minneapolis, and Randy, St. Michael; a daughter, Karen Marsh, Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, Lawrence, Kerr Location, Donald, Silver Bay, and Roger, Cass Lake; and six grandchildren, Jason, Jeremy, Andrew, Dylan, Dustin and Jennifer. Preceding him in death was his brother, Michael Marsh. Funeral: Saturday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Hibbing, with the Rev. Peter Muhich officiating. Visitation is from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at the Dougherty Funeral Home. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.

Raymond O. Martin, 86, Hill City, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, as the result of a farming accident. He was born in Esterville, Iowa, and married Lydia Reich on May 18, 1932, in Greenfield. He was a self-employed farmer and raised dairy and beef cattle near Greenfield and also in Hill City. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Lydia; three daughters, Mavis Moe and Nancy Fixmer, both of Hill City, and Sandra Sleypen, Buffalo; a son, Clyde, Hanover; three sisters, Alice Hawkins, Rogers, Marjorie Childs, Northfield, and Betty Biskey, Minneapolis; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Orley and Lillian (Brown) Martin, a son, Orley, in 1934, a brother, Morris, and a sister, Evelyn Hawkins. Funeral: Saturday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. A second service is Sunday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at the Salem Lutheran Church, Greenfield Village near Buffalo. Visitation is from noon until the service. Burial: Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, Greenfield Village. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Ida Pearl Bartell, 91, of Wenatchee, Wash., died Monday July 13, 1998, at her home. She was born Aug. 4, 1906, in Moorhead, the daughter of Horace and Martha (Oliver) Gleason. She grew up and attended schools in Minnesota and lived a portion of her life in South Dakota before returning to Moorhead. Following her schooling she moved to Remer. She married Gus Bartell on June 1, 1924, at Remer where they resided until moving to Wenatchee in the fall of 1977. She was a member of the Wenatchee Seventh-day Adventist Church. She is survived by seven daughters and two stepdaughters, Eva (Marvin) Smith, Grants Pass, Ore., Lila Richardson, San Diego Calif., Esther Bruton, Wenatchee, Mary Bills and Alice Brincefield, both of Hibbing, Julia Morriss, Olalla, Wash., Bess Dahl, Grand Rapids, Yvonne Stark, Tacoma, Wash., and Marty Bruscia of Miami, Fla.; six sons and one stepson, Lloyd Bartell of Goochland, Va., Melvin Bartell of Grants Pass, Ore., Ivor Bartell, Lake Forest, Calif., Dallas Bartell, Aitkin, Delbert Bartell and John Bartell, both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Martin Bartell of Chelan, Wash.; 56 grandchildren, 112 great-grandchildren; 46 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband in 1979, one stepson, Glen, two stepgrandsons, Larry Bartlett and Benjamin Bartell; two grandsons Tommy Brincefield and Benjamin Bruscia; one stepgreat-grandson, Terry Bartlett, one stepgreat-great-great-grandson, Nicolas Wrightsman, two sisters; and one brother. Funeral: Friday, July 17, at 1 p.m. at Wenatchee Seventh-day Adventist Church with the Rev. Charles Edwards officiating. Burial: Evergreen Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Telford's Chapel of the Valley, East Wenatchee, Wash. 

Jeanette Fern Becicka, 83, Goodland, died Thursday, July 23, 1998, at her son's home. She was born May 23, 1915, in Goodland, and at her death was believed to be the oldest Goodland born resident. She was a member of Goodland Presbyterian Church and Bible Study. She is survived by four sons, Keith, Grand Rapids, Alan, Hoyt Lakes, Gary, Hibbing, and Lee, Zimmerman; a sister, Lois Majewski, Goodland; 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Dora Morgan, and her husband, Lewis, who died in March of 1998. Funeral: Monday, July 27, at 11 a.m. at Goodland Presbyterian Church with the Revs. David Gabriel, Bob Beech and William Grogan officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Goodland. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Ned. S. Anderson, 79, Sartell, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Country Manor Health Care and Retirement Center. He was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Akeley, the son of Christian and Romanie (Johnston) Anderson. He married Lorraine Renn on June 14, 1942, in Long Beach, Calif. He had lived in Sartell for the past seven years and prior to that he lived in Bloomington. He was a lead inspector for Northwest Airlines for over 30 years, retiring in 1981. He is survived by his children, Thomas Anderson, Soldotna, Alaska, Pamela Nielsen, Waite Park, and Catherine Mannick, Eagan; a sister, Marie Zasada, Grand Rapids; and five grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Lorraine, on March 16, 1980, and a brother, Durward Anderson. Funeral: Friday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at Country Manor Chapel, Sartell. Burial: Bloomington Cemetery. Arrangements by Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Lewis Becicka, 85, Goodland, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. He was born June 15, 1912, in Ely, Iowa, the son of Samuel and Mary Becicka. He moved to Goodland in 1921 and married Jeanette Morgan in May of 1933. He worked for M.A. Hanna for 32 years. He was an active member of Goodland Presbyterian Church and was active in Goodland baseball for over 30 years and was manager for 15 years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; four sons, Keith, Grand Rapids, Alan, Wayzata, Gary, Hibbing, and Lee, Zimmerman; two brothers, Leonard, Kansas City, Mo., and Leslie, Deer Harbor, Wash.; two sisters, Martha Becicka, Warba, and Norma Grady, Hibbing; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, William Becicka, and four sisters, Libby Dice, Edith Wohlk, Agnes Perkins and Mary Porteous. Funeral: Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at Goodland Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Gabriel and Bob Beech officiating. Burial: Maple Grove Cemetery, Goodland. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Rollyn "Sonny" E. Doree, 71, Hill City, died Tuesday, March 3, 1998, at Grand Rapids. He was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Princeton and moved to Hill City at the age of 10. He attended school in Hill City and also at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault. He then returned to Hill City where he farmed with his parents. He married Vinette Frick on Aug. 10, 1948, and moved to Goodland. He worked as a baker for the Dahl Bakery in Grand Rapids for six years. He then moved to Minneapolis where he worked for Northside Bakery for 12 years and for the Lincoln Del Bakery for 12 years, retiring in 1988 when he returned to Hill City. He was a member of the Minnesota Deaf Citizens, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Anoka County Association for Hearing Impaired Citizens, Northern Minnesota Deaf Club, Bakers Union No. 22 and the Lutheran Deaf Mission for Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Vinette; four daughters, Ann Stachel, Hill City, Ellen Doree, Darlene King and Nina Doree, all of Minneapolis; a foster son, Ricky Thayer, Grand Rapids; five sisters, Dona Mae Adams, Cohasset, Gloria Brink, Louise Wheeler and Eleanor Roy, all of Grand Rapids, and LaVonne Mohler, Cohasset; two brothers, LeRoy "Butch" Hill City, and Henry "Jim" Overland Park, Kan.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Walter and Edna Doree, a grandson, David Turner Jr., and a brother, Rodney. Funeral: Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, with the Revs. William Knaack and Michael Eckert officiating. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Vincent James Eychaner, 85, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, in Grand Rapids. He was born Aug. 22, 1912, in Eden, Iowa, and shortly after the family moved to North Dakota where he attended school. He went to work on the family farm and moved with his family to the Effie area. He married Beulah May Lockwood on Feb. 27, 1932. He was employed with the Civilian Conservation Corps on road construction and then went to work for Minneapolis Molines where he built tractors. The family then moved to Delano where he worked his own farm. In 1961, they moved to Chugiak, Alaska. He worked in Anchorage at the I.T. & W. Wrecking as a mechanic and then worked for Northwest Auto. The family returned to the Effie area in 1987. He is survived by two daughters, Audrey Scharber, Alaska, and Dorthy Monroe, Grand Rapids; two sons, James Eychaner, Brainerd, and Clifford Eychaner, Grand Rapids; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Beulah, two daughters, Loretta and Kathyrn, three brothers, three sisters, and his parents, James and Lulu Eychaner. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Richard Flynn, 80, Taconite, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at his home. He was born March 30, 1917, in Clontarf, the son of Charles M. and Alma E. (Chamberlain) Flynn, and lived most of his life in the Bovey and Taconite areas. He was a 1934 graduate of Greenway High School. He married Mary Castellano on July 15, 1950, in Grand Rapids. He was a plant operator for Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company, a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Taconite, a member of the United Steel Workers of America and was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife, Mary, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Mary Saxton, Cohasset; six brothers, Clarence, Hill City, William, International Falls, Franklin and Patrick, state of Virginia, Charles, California, and A. John, Texas; three sisters, Jeanette Letourneau, Duluth, Anna May Mottonen, North Carolina, and Elizabeth Deithman, Marble; nine grandchildren, Christopher Flynn, Roosevelt, Timothy Hertel, Indianapolis, Ind., Anthony Saxton, Cohasset, Steve Saxton, Grand Rapids, Charles R. Saxton, Fargo, N.D., Michael Saxton, International Falls, Dorothy Repogle, Lynchburg, Va., Karl Saxton, Orange, Calif., and Linda Pepera, Virginia; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers, Dennis, Jeremiah and Patrick, and three sisters, Roseann, Mary and Agnes. Funeral: Monday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taconite, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. with parish prayers at 7 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Melvin E. Seeley, 61, Roseau, formerly of Bovey, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at his home. He was born May 27, 1936, in Wadena County, the son of George W. and Alice E. (Davison) Seeley. He had been a Trout Lake area resident for over 30 years prior to moving to Roseau. He married Mary Miller on Sept. 8, 1962, at Wadena. He had been a mechanic for LTV Steel, a member of the Church of Christ in Hibbing and had served with the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He is survived by his wife, Mary; four sons, Scott, Grand Rapids, Brian, Roseau, Mark, Baudette, and Dale, Bovey; two daughters, Kim Bratsch, Clara City, and Kerry Close, Thief River Falls.; his mother, Alice Seeley, Grand Rapids; four brothers, Darwin and Bruce, both of Deer River, Larry, Bovey, and Erlyn, Cohasset; four sisters, Lauretta Braford, Pillager, Waneta Hoopman, Judy Peck and Jane Hoopman, all of Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, Sara, Dale Jr., Michael, Tyler, Dallas Marie, Jennifer and Brady; and five stepgrandchildren, Brad, Kristal, Cheri, Dustin and Emily. Preceding him in death were his father, George, three sisters, Naomi Braford, Laura Adams and Florence Smith, and five brothers, Paul, Phil, Harvey, Jess and Perry. Funeral: Tuesday, March 10, at 10 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Stacy Sikes officiating. Visitation is Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the chapel. Burial: Evergreen Knoll Cemetery, Talmoon. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.6 

Ada Mary Simons, 89, died Monday, March 2, 1998, at Willowcreek Healthcare Center, Mason City, Iowa. She was born Dec. 6, 1908, in Clear River, Minn., the daughter of Harry and Emmeline Nettie (Reinhart) York. She received her education in the Warroad schools and graduated from Bemidji State Teachers College. In 1947, she married Clarence Gifford. She taught elementary school at Norther in Bemidji until retiring in 1974. In 1976 she married E. Wesley Simons. They lived on Movil Lake near Bemidji in the summer months and wintered in Mercedes, Texas. Most recently they lived in Eagle Crest Commons, Roseville. She moved to Mason City in October of 1997 to be near her niece Miriam Eden. She is survived by her brother, Harold York, Bemidji; a daughter, Linda Raye Bowman, Bemidji; a son, Silas, Bemidji; a niece, Miriam Eden, Mason City, Iowa; a stepdaughter, Marlys Fuller, Golden Valley; two stepsons, Paul Simons, St. Paul, and Gaylord Simons, Grand Rapids; seven stepgrandchildren and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister, Miriam, her husbands, Clarence Gifford, and E. Wesley Simons, who died in January of 1997, a brother, Alan York, and a sister, Myra Eastman. The family has requested memorials contributions be made to the Ada Simons Memorial Fund. Cease Family Funeral Home, Bemidji, is in charge of the memorial service.

William "Ross" Tucker, 85, Bena, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. He was born Jan. 1, 1913, in Isabel, S.D., and moved with his family to Minnesota at age three. The family resided in Fergus Falls, Blue Earth and then Gannon's Island near Federal Dam. He resided for a time in Cass Lake before settling in Bena. He also lived and worked in Reno, Nev., and San Diego, Calif. He returned to Bena and was employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps and also as a logger. In 1946, he began full-time employment with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service where he worked until retirement in 1973. He was a member of Grand Rapids Moose, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, served 12 years on the Bena City Council and was a 10 year member and president of Bena Golden Age Club. He is survived by his wife, Sally, Bena; three daughters, Nadine Chase, Bena, Norma Hanson, Fergus Falls and Delores; a son, William Tucker, Bena; a sister, Emma Reed, Richmond, Calif.; a brother, Arthur, Banning, Calif.; five stepdaughters, Judy Mundt, Deer River, Penny O'Brien and Roxanne Hansen, both of Cohasset, Michelle Schwartz, Grand Rapids, and Shirley Wourms, Bena; three stepsons, Nick Wourms and Joe Wourms, both of Cohasset, and Michael Wourms, Grand Rapids. Preceding him in death were his parents, William and Ella (Burghuis) Tucker, his first wife, Norma, in 1986, four brothers, Robert, Ernest, John and Paul, and three sisters, Pearl Fairbanks, Alice Fairbanks, and Nona O'Brien. Funeral: Monday, March 9, at 11 a.m. at Christian Missionary Alliance Church, Bena, with the Rev. Sam Muntean officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Bena. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.


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