Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Phillipp H. Mergler, 89, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, in Itasca Medical Center. He was born July 23, 1908, in Huron, Ohio, the son of Daniel H. and Laura E. (Painter) Mergler, and was educated in the public schools of Ohio, Indiana and Kansas. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., in May of 1930; his master of theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 1933; his master of arts degree from Princeton University in June 1933; his doctor of philosophy degree from Princeton University in June 1938; and his master of science from Kansas State College, Emporia, Kansas, in May 1955. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on May 31, 1933. He served pastorates in New Jersey from 1936-1943, was professor of religion and philosophy and college chaplain at Polytechnic Institute, San German, Puerto Rico from 1946 to 1950, was professor of philosophy and psychology at Jamestown College, Jamestown, N.D., from 1950-1961, was dean/registrar and vice president for academic affairs, Huron College, Huron, S.D., from 1961 until his retirement in 1973. He was made dean emeritus of Huron College in May 1973 and served as stated supply of the Lawron Presbyterian Church, rural Bovey from 1979-1985. He had served as moderator of the former Synod of North Dakota and of the Huron-Aberdeen Presbytery. He had served on many committees of both presbytery and synod during his 64 years as a minister. He was commissioner to General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church three times. He had been a member of many professional educational associations and a member of Lions International since 1947, and was past president of the Huron, S.D., Lions Club. He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons and had been Senior Citizen of Itasca County twice, most recently in 1997. He first visited the Grand Rapids area on summer vacation in 1955, returning frequently from then until building a cabin on Wabana Lake in 1965. He returned every summer until moving to the area in January 1979 to serve as part-time supply pastor of the Lawron Presbyterian Church. Since coming to live permanently in Itasca County, he had been active in environmental affairs and senior citizens' activities. He served as a member of the county Environmental Council, was chairman of the county Advisory Committee on Solid Waste, a member of Water Plan Implementation Committee for Itasca County, served as president of the Wabana Chain of Lakes Association, and secretary-treasurer of the county Coalition of Lakes Association, was a member and former president of the county Committee on Aging, served as president of Wabana Owls, as president of the Iron Range Senior Federation, and was a representative from Itasca County Committee on Aging to the Advisory Committee on Aging of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. He served on the advisory committee to the Itasca County Human Services Department, was president of AARP, and remained continuously active in church affairs. He and Anna Elizabeth "Betty" Eastman were married in Newark, N.J., on June 2, 1936. He is survived by his wife, Betty, Grand Rapids; three daughters, Anne Ellison, Mendham, N.J., Carol Barr, Downers Grove, Ill., and Kathryn Badgley, Mt. Holly, N.D.; a sister, Esther Sloan, Ridgefield, Conn.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Charles. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Annette M. Olsen, 87, Fort Collins, Colo., died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at a Fort Collins nursing home. She was born April 15, 1910, in New York, N.Y., the daughter of Ole and Kristina (Gjeruldsdatter) Olsen. She married Gordon A. Olsen on Dec. 19, 1930, in New York and resided in Staten Island, N.Y. She was a resident of Grand Rapids from 1980 to 1997 before moving to a nursing home in Fort Collins. She was a member of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and the Sons of Norway. She is survived by a daughter, Grace Gabrielson, Grand Rapids; two sons, Dr. Gerald Olsen, Fort Collins, Colo., and Bernard Olsen, Dover, N.H.; a brother, Ole Olsen, Port Richey, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Gordon, in 1974. Memorials are requested to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. Memorial service: Monday, Dec. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins, with the Rev. John Pederson officiating. Burial: Staten Island, N.Y. Arrangements by Warren-Bohlender Funeral Chapel, Fort Collins, Colo.

Fredrick J. Pianfetti, 85, formerly of Hibbing, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997, in Itasca Nursing Home, Grand Rapids. He was born Feb. 9, 1912, in Hibbing, the son of James and Rose (Bonan) Pianfetti, attended schools in Hibbing and was a lifelong resident prior to moving to Grand Rapids four years ago. He was a self-employed painter, a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taconite, a former member of the Taconite American Legion Post and a World War II Army veteran. He is survived by two sisters, Amelia Chamberlain, Taconite, and Sister M. Viola (Pianfetti) O.S.B., St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth. Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother and two sisters. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taconite, with the Rev. Paul J. 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.

Helen Ruth Schultz, 75, Bigfork, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. She was born June 13, 1922, in the Artichoke Lake area near Ortonville and attended school in Little Canada and St. Paul's east side. She married Melvin Schultz in 1940 and the couple lived in St. Paul. They retired to the Bigfork area in the early 1980s. She was a member of the Swampsiders Snowmobile Club for 17 years. She is survived by her husband, Melvin; nine daughters, Corrine Mendez, Vicky Hayes, Nannette Patrick, Roxanne Jorgenson, Michelle Hessler, and Dawn and GeorgeAnne Schultz, all of St. Paul, Linda Beaupre, White Bear Lake, and Kim Schultz, North Branch; six sons, Terry, Bigfork, and Melvin Jr., Richard, Kenneth, Eugene and Brian, all of St. Paul; two brothers, Robert Connett, Brainerd, and Clifford Connett, St. Paul; two sisters, Shirley Salisbury, Appleton, and Mary Hulbert, Cottage Grove; 48 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Agnes (Carl) Connett, a son, Michael, and a brother, Wayne Connett. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Snows Catholic Church, Bigfork, with the Rev. Stephen Solors presiding. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Floyd O. Colburn, 87, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home. He was born July 8, 1910, at Excelsior and had been a Grand Rapids resident for the past 50 years. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Barbara Patterson, Minnetonka, and Wendy Johnson, Duluth; a sister, Annette Tussing, Newberg, Ore.; and two grandchildren. The family requests memorials or "plant a tree in memory of Floyd." Memorial services: Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Henrietta "Etta" F. Ritter, 71, Elk River, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997. She was born July 1, 1926, in Grand Rapids. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Gehrke, Idaho, and Linda Rainas and Kandy Chura, both of Elk River; four sons, Phillip Johnson, Ted Johnson and Tim Johnson, all of Grand Rapids, and Richard Johnson, Idaho; six stepsons, John Ritter Jr., Paul Ritter, Dan Ritter and Joe Ritter, all of Grand Rapids, and Tom Ritter and Pat Ritter, both of Minneapolis; two stepdaughters, Jeannete Newman and Eva Blum, both of Grand Rapids; a brother, John A. Crawford, Grand Rapids; four sisters, Deleah Dounis, Maryland, Lucinda B. Crawford, St. Paul, Adeline Donaluk, Becker and Evelyn Gibbs, Grand Rapids; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husbands, Gusta Johnson and John Ritter, and her youngest son, Jeffery T. Johnson. Memorial service: Thursday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. at First Church of God with the Rev. George Chatham presiding. Burial: Cremation burial in the spring at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Cremation Society of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

Dale L. Torkkola, 65, rural Bovey, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born Dec. 12, 1932, in Menahga, the son of Elmer and Hilda (Saima) Torkkola. He lived most of his life in the Bovey area and was a graduate of Greenway High School, Coleraine. He married Donna Stewart in 1957 in Wisconsin. He had been an electrician for the J. & L. Mining Company and was currently part owner of Range City Signs of Grand Rapids. He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by his wife, Donna; two sons, Jim Torkkola, Arcadia, Calif., and Jack Torkkola, Gilbert, Ariz.; two daughters, Becky Koppelman, Coleraine, and Bonnie Lucas, Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Harold, Grand Rapids, and Leslie, Bovey; two sisters, Virginia Smith, Babbitt, and Delores Murphy, Grand Rapids; and seven grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and a sister. There will be no funeral services. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

John Joseph Weis, 68, Emily, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997. He was born Nov. 9, 1929, in Perham the son of Anton and Blanche (Strauch) Weis. He married Mary A. Miniten on June 7, 1955, in Butler. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local No 49, and Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake. He is survived by his wife, Mary; his father, Anton Weis, Perham; five sons, Wayne Weis, Fairbanks, Alaska, Randy Weis, Grand Rapids, Mike Weis, Eden Prairie, Patrick Weis, Cornelius, Ore., and Kevin Weis, Minneapolis; seven daughters, Theresa McBrady, Park Rapids, Marilyn Dymit, Quakertown, Penn., Cathy Weis, Hastings, Amy Weis, Grand Rapids, Karen Weis and Sharon Weis, both of Golden Valley, and Julie Weis, Bemidji; three brothers, Ralph Weis, Richville, Robert Weis, Fairbanks, Alaska, and Frank Weis, Richville; three sisters, Jean Weis, St. Cloud, Grace Loerzel, Hermosa, S.D., and Miriam Storm, Rapid City, S.D.; and 14 grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his mother, a son, Tim Weis, and a daughter, Laura Weis. Funeral: Thursday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, Crosslake, with the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Koop Funeral Home, Crosby, and one hour prior to services at the church. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Emily, with full military rites by the Myrin James American Legion Post 447 of Ironton. Arrangements by Koop Funeral Home, Inc., Crosby.

Carol Ann Erickson, 51, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997, at her home. She was born April 19, 1946, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Archie C. and Winnifred Erickson. She was a 1964 graduate of Grand Rapids High School and a graduate of Itasca Community College. She lived in Los Angeles for 25 years where she sold her own paintings and put on gallery shows. She also had worked for Sunkist Growers and cleaned houses before moving back to Grand Rapids in 1991 where she also cleaned houses and worked at the Cove Whole Foods Co-op. She is survived by a brother, Martin A. Erickson, Bloomington. Preceding her in death were her parents. Memorial service: Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Chapel with the Rev. Clair Drake officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Dorothy (Gamache) Greene, Dennard, Ark., died Nov. 10, 1997. She was born April 29, 1921, the daughter of Adlore and Myrtle Gamache. She is survived by two brothers, Ernest Gamache, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Gerald Gamache, Seattle, Wash.; and two sisters, Audrey Sackett, Grand Rapids, and Betty Troumbly, Taconite. Preceding her in death were her husband, Royal, on Sept. 6, 1997, her parents, and three brothers, Duane, Merritt and Donald. Graveside services: Old Salem Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Woodrow and Louis Sanders officiating. Arrangements by Roller McNutt Funeral Home, Clinton, Ark.

Ruby E. Johnson, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in St. Paul. She was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Roseau County. A longtime resident of Grand Rapids until 1988, she was a teacher, author and charter member of Faith Baptist Church. She is survived by four sons, Spencer, Arden Hills, Craig and Kent, Shoreview, and Curt, Brainerd; a daughter, Janet, Eden Prairie; two sisters, two brothers, and 10 grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Walter, in 1975. Private services: Tuesday, Dec. 16, in Minneapolis.

Laurel H. Lano, 95, Long Prairie, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 1997, at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. He was born Dec. 30, 1901, at Browerville and been a Long Prairie resident for the past 70 years. He owned and operated the Cozy Theater in Long Prairie from 1927 until 1962. He was a frequent visitor to Grand Rapids. He is survived by a son, Neal Lano, Grand Rapids; a daughter, LoAnn Ramirez, Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Helen Novak, Glencoe; a brother, Dr. Lucian Lano, Santa Barbara, Calif.; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Wilomine Lano, a brother and a sister. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie. Visitation begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Stephan-Stein Funeral Home, Long Prairie. Burial: Parish cemetery. Arrangements by Stephan-Stein Funeral Home, Long Prairie.

Caleb Daniel Malm, two years, 10 months, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at San Antonio, Texas. He was born Feb. 10, 1995, in Anchorage, Alaska, and diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and Leukemia in March of 1997. In November, he was invited by the San Antonio Dragons, of the International Hockey League, to a game where he was introduced as their guest of honor and met all the players. The team has put his name on their helmets and will play out the season in his honor. He is survived by his parents, David and Andrea; a brother, Levi; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Leanne Mrnak, Park Rapids, and Dallas and Janet Schap, Fargo, N.D; paternal grandparents, Charles and Roberta Malm, Park Rapids; maternal great-grandparents, Mabel Mrnak, Alexandria, Olga Mortenson, Grand Rapids, and Loren and Freida Schap, Fargo; and paternal great-grandparents, Harold and Alma Malm, Park Rapids, and Lena Sanders, Hastings. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Park Rapids, with the Revs. Marty Giese, Abe Cardosa and Steve Branson officiating. Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids. 

Rose Ann Maloney, 92, Squaw Lake, died Thursday, Dec. 18, in Grand Rapids. She was born Aug. 26, 1905, in Minneapolis. She is survived by three brothers, Frank Skavnak, Michael Skavnak and Walter Skavnak; and a sister, Angie Gozola. Preceding her in death were her husband, Jim Maloney, her first husband, Ray Sanger, three brothers, Louis, Joseph and John Skavnak and her parents, John and Mary. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

William J. Nolan, 75, Balsam Township, rural Bovey, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997, in Minneapolis. He was born June 3, 1922, in Deer River, the son of William E. and Julia (Mattonen) Nolan, and attended schools in Deer River. A lifelong Itasca County resident, he had lived in Balsam Township since 1950. He married Delores Bixby on June 3, 1946, in Grand Rapids. He had worked for Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Company until becoming disabled in 1960. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720 of Grand Rapids and had been active in Senior Citizens and Meals on Wheels and for the past 18 years was active in AA. He is survived by a daughter, Margaret Steensland, Becker; a son, James Nolan, Wetter, Germany; two sisters, Mary Choidi, Hibbing and Julia Grife, Deer River; grandchildren, Ryan Steensland, Chicago, Ill., Matthew Steensland and Kay Mendyke, both of Minneapolis, and William James Nolan, Pensacola, Fla.; and a great-grandson, Steven Mendyke, Minneapolis. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Delores on Sept. 10, 1997, and a brother, Thomas Nolan. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. at Lawron Presbyterian Church, rural Bovey, with the Rev. Charles Louvau officiating. Burial: Balsam Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Earl Melvin Barsness, 64, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at his home. He was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Red Lake County near Oklee, the son of Peder and Albina M-L. (Plante) Barsness. After working in Montana he moved to Calumet and began working for Cleveland-Cliffs Mining Company as a machine operator. He retired in 1981 after 30 years of employment. For a short time, he worked for Rhude and Fryberg of Hibbing. He married Jerrian D. Schrunk on Aug. 25, 1954, in Grand Rapids where they made their home. He purchased and operated the Dairy King drive-in on Highway 38 from 1970 to 1974. He built four homes, his own and one for each of his children. Since retirement, he had assisted his son, Michael, at Barsness Service Center. He is survived by his wife, Jerrian, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Jeen Ruff, Grand Rapids; two sons, Timothy and Michael, both of Grand Rapids; three brothers, Lloyd, Peder and Willard, all of Trout Lake; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Norma Baron, and a grandson, Andrew J. Hughes. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Community Presbyterian Church. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Becky Sherwood officiating. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home. Burial: Harris Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Arthur W. Kinnunen, 87, Grand Rapids, formerly of the Calumet-South Range area, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center. He was born June 9, 1910, in rural Calumet, the son of John and Anna Kinnunen. He attended rural Calumet schools and was a lifelong resident of the Calumet-South Range area. He had been a drill operator for L.T.V. mining company. He is survived by a daughter, Darla Peterson, Buffalo; two brothers, Walter, Fort Collins, Colo., and Laurie, Grand Rapids; three sisters, Laura Point, Sun City, Ariz., Linda Kannas, Balsam, and Viola Clark, Pequot Lakes; five grandchildren, Debra Peterson, Zimmerman, Darrol and Doran Peterson, Pengilly, and Dale and DeAnn Peterson, Calumet; and a great-grandson, Jesse Rasche, Calumet. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Helmi, in 1990, a granddaughter, Barbara, and six brothers and sisters. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Steve Knudson officiating. Burial: Trout Lake Community Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Jessica Maki, one year, died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, at Fairview University Hospital, Minneapolis. She was born Aug. 27, 1996, in Grand Rapids to John and Sheri Maki of Marble. She was a member of Pengilly United Methodist Church. She is survived by her parents; a brother, Kaino Maki, at home; two sisters, Amy Jo Maki, Cersco, Neb., and Janetta Maki, at home; paternal grandparents, Kaino Maki, Hibbing and Irene Drieman, Marble; maternal grandparents, Howard Wiltfong, Moultier, Ga., and Carole Lepinski, Little Sauk; paternal great-grandparents, Jim Drieman, Bigfork and Janetta Morse, Marble; and maternal great-grandparents, Richard and Edyth Shepard, Florida. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing, with the Rev. David Bard officiating. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing. 

Charles Setnosky, 80, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Bovey, the son of Joseph and Esther Setnosky. He was a 1935 graduate of Greenway High School of Coleraine and a lifelong resident of the Bovey and Grand Rapids area. Following the death of his first wife, Harriet (Smith) Setnosky in 1980, he married Gertrude S. (Antilla) Jennings on May 29, 1982, at Grand Rapids. He worked for U.S. Steel for 40 years, and was a member of Steel Workers Local 2386 and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2023 of Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude; a daughter, Julie Ann Setnosky, St. Paul; two sons, Larry and Brian, both of Hendrickson, Nev.; a stepson, James J. Jennings, Grand Rapids; three sisters, Ester Kjell, Racine, Wis., Julia Antonelli, Fargo, N.D., and Marie Olson, Deer River; four grandchild-ren, Jessica Furey, Grand Rapids, Jessa Roy, Coleraine, Hattie Deuermeyer, Grand Rapids, and Charlie "Bill" Setnosky, Grand Rapids, and four great-granddaughters. Preceding him in death were his parents and his first wife, Harriet. Funeral: Friday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Walter E. Stoeke, 84, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997. He was born Oct. 13, 1913, in Bristol, Conn., and grew up and attended schools in the Grand Rapids area. He served in the U.S. Army as a drill instructor during World War II. He married Dorothy M. Yunk on April 8, 1944, in Grand Rapids. He worked as a logger for several years following his discharge and he also worked as an independent contractor for many years. He started the Stoeke & Sons Septic Service in Grand Rapids which he operated for many years. He was a member of the McVeigh Dunn Post American Legion in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; four sons, Art, William, Robert and John, all of Grand Rapids; four sisters, Emma Radke, Yakima, Wash., Mollie Rietow and Alice Brown, both of Grand Rapids, and Elsie Vanderbeck, Woodburn, Ore.; two brothers, Adolf, Covington, Ky., and Arthur, Chicago, Ill.; and six grandchildren, Arthur Stoeke Jr., Port Lucie, Fla., Walter Stoeke III, St. Cloud, Shane Stoeke, Las Vegas, Nev., Jason and Stacy Stoeke, Duluth, and Mitchell Stoeke, Grand Rapids. Funeral: Friday, Dec. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with the Rev. George Gilbertson officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Veterans' section, Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Mary Kay Zimmer, 56, Janesville, formerly of Bigfork, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at Janesville Nursing Home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born July 15, 1941, in St. Paul, the daughter of Theodore and Katherine (McNamara) Steiner. She married Robert Zimmer on June 10, 1961. She worked at Northern Itasca Hospital, Bello Group Homes and Riverside Rest Home in nursing, child care and adult care, all in Bigfork. She and her husband moved to Janesville in 1990. She was employed as a greeter at Kmart in Mankato until ill health forced her to retire. She was a member of Janesville United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. She also was an active member of Hope Chapter No. 34 Order of the Eastern Star in Waseca. She is survived by her husband, Robert, Janesville; three sons, Joseph, Elysian, Paul, Effie, and Matt, Coon Rapids; a brother; and 13 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, a son, a daughter, and three brothers. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. at Janesville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Al Soderfelt officiating. Visitation is Friday, from 2 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Order of the Eastern Star service at Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals, 109 Third St. NE, Waseca, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Burial: St. Mary's of the Lake Cemetery, White Bear Lake. Arrangements by Kinder-Dennis Home for Funerals, Waseca.


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