Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Marvin D. Cahill, 91, Duluth, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Lake Haven Manor. He was born July 18, 1906, in Lake Wilson, Minn., the son of Stanton and Augusta Cahill. He was a United States Army veterans of World War II, serving in Correigdor, Philippines and spent 1, 190 days in a Japanese prison camp. He moved to Duluth in 1950 and was employed with U.S. Steel-Duluth Works, for 21 years, retiring in 1971. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post No. 71, charter member of Post Home and a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 137. He is survived by five daughters, Annette Hudson, Pensacola, Fla., Patricia Erven, Grand Rapids, Laurel Peltier, Woodbury, Bonnie Stevens, Champlain, and Cindy Radtke, Duluth, and Trudy Bakke, Duluth; one brother, William Cahill, Lake Wilson; a sister, Bernice Weise, Portland, Ore.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, a son, Vincent, in 1981, three grandsons, Michael and Scott Dille and Joel Houchins, and Inga Sodergren. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N 56th Avenue W, Duluth. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Oneota Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Duluth VFW Combined Honor Guard. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Duluth.

Lawrence D. Felix, 73, Warba, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, in his home. He was born June 17, 1924, in Grand Rapids. He was a lifetime Warba area resident. He attended Warba and Grand Rapids schools and was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Warba American Legion and the Grand Rapids Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked for Itasca County Road and Bridge as an equipment operator, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Warba. He is survived by sons Terry and Bruce, both of Grand Rapids; and Larry, Warba; brother Andrew Jr. (Bud), Warba; sisters Margaret Rucks, Minneapolis; and Virginia Grinde and Deloris Broking, both of Grand Rapids, and eight grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, Betty, in 1994. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. in Bethel Lutheran Church, Warba, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: With full military honors in Warba-Feeley Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Dorothy M. Fleck, 65, Proctor, Minn., died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, in Nopeming Nursing Home. She was born and raised in Duluth, the daughter of Axel and Ruth Rask. She married Harvey Fleck on April 27, 1957, in Grand Rapids. They moved to Grand Rapids in 1961, and lived there until 1969. She worked in the hospital as a registered nurse. They moved to Indiana where she also worked in the hospital and nursing home. They returned to Duluth in 1979, and she worked at the Superior Memorial Hospital specializing in obstetrics until her retirement in 1994. She spent time caring for cerebral palsey children and other special needs children in her home. She was a member of the Agape Church, formerly the Denfeld Community Church of God. She was a Sunday school teacher, the junior church worship leader and program director. She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Harvey; daughters Pamela Lambeau, Minneapolis; and Susan Fleck, St. Paul; son Greg, Proctor; sister Clarice Brygger, Lake Nebagamon; and grandchildren Ryan, Stephanie and Tyler. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 27, in Bell Brothers Chapel, Duluth. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery. Arrangments by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors-Bell Brothers Chapel, Duluth.

Violet Frances GeRoy, 74, Northome, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 1997, at Northome Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1922, in Bemidji, the daughter of Elvin and Alberta (Crouse) GeRoy. She moved to the Northome Healthcare Center ICF/MR unit on April 4, 1980, from Brainerd. She was active at Ita-Bel-Koo DAC in Northome working five days a week. She attended Calvary Covenant Church in Northome. She is survived by her sisters, Gloria Johnson, Talmoon, Carol Ross, Calumet, and Wanetta Markovich, Lawrence Lake, and her special friends at the Intermediate Care Facility at the Northome Healthcare Center. Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers, Paul and Frank. Memorial service: Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Covenant Church, Northome, with the Rev. Onni M. Putikka officiating. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Northome, of cremated remains. Arrangements by Cease Family Funeral Home, Blackduck.

Steven Mark Gustafson, 35, Bigfork, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Bigfork. He was born May 8, 1962, in Bigfork where he grew up and attended school, graduating in 1980. He was employed by Marvin Windows in Warroad, Rajala Mill in Bigfork, road construction and was a self-employed landscaper. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Susan, and a brother, Ronald, all of Bigfork. Funeral: Saturday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. at Bigfork Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Larry Yerger officiating. Burial: Bigfork Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Mary A. Ivancie, 97, Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Marble, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, in Albuquerque. She was born Dec. 13, 1900, in Michigan, the daughter of Matthew and Catherine (Kolar) Mayerle. She was a member of St. Jude's Circle at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marble and was a member of the Legion of Mary Catholic Women's Council and was instrumental in the fund raising for the church bells. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Bell, Albuquerque, N.M.; three sons, John Ivancie, St. Paul, Dr. Gerald Ivancie, Denver, Colo., and Frances Ivancie, Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Katherine Parrish, St. Paul, and Virginia Finnerty, Lawrence, Kan.; a brother, Frank Mayerle, Loveland, Colo.; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, John, in 1980. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Archdiocese of Sante Fe Seminary Burss; 4000 St. Joseph's Place NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120, or Extension Society, 35 E Walker Drive, Room 400, Chicago, IL 60610-9987. Graveside services: Monday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, with the Rev. Paul J. Larson officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Daniel E. Lentz, 77, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Aug. 14, 1920, in Henry, S.D., and grew up in Gibbon, Minn. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married Juell O. Loberg on Aug. 30, 1942, in International Falls and they lived in Jacobson until moving to Grand Rapids in 1952. He farmed in the Jacobson area and worked as a carpenter in Jacobson and Grand Rapids prior to working for the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids for 30 years retiring in 1982. His wife, Juell, died in 1987 and he married Alice V. Loberg on Sept. 23, 1989 at Ball Bluff Township. He was a member of the Carmel Lutheran Church at Ball Bluff Township and the American Legion in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Alice Loberg Lentz; three daughters, Anita Sunders, San Diego, Calif., Judy Jasso, Bovey, and Sharon Lewis, Grand Rapids; five sons, Rodney, Jacobson, Jack "Butch", burnsville, Dennis, Port Orchard, Wash., Les "Duffy" and Neil, both of St. Louis, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Darline Dahline, Blaine; a stepson, Roger Loberg, Andover; six sisters, Alma Duenow, Fairfax, Edna Kramer, Watertown, S.D., Beatrice Koester, Glencoe, Marlian Bandow and Barbara Reike, both of Gibbon, and Evelyn Hershman, Glendale, Ariz.; six brothers, August, Fairfax, Henry, "Jerry", Winthrop, Herb, Waconia, Leigh, Clements, Fritz, Glencoe, and Edward, New Hope; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren and 10 stepgreat-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Juell, his parents, Mable and Edward Lentz, a grandson, Randy Lentz, two great-grandsons, Johnathan and Jeremiah Lentz, and three brothers, Otto, William and Herman Lentz. Memorials are preferred to Itasca Hospice in lieu of flowers. Funeral: Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Visitation is Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township, with full military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Word has been received of the death of Ted E. Tinquist. He was born March 28, 1910, in Bristol, S.D., and his family moved to Grand Rapids in 1921. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1928 and started Tinquist Signs right out of high school. He married Lily Parks on March 21, 1932. In 1941, he started the Grand Rapids Airport and worked with both the sign company and the airport until he was drafted into the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he worked full time with the flight training school at the Grand Rapids Airport for two years. In 1948, he sold the airport and spent full time with the sign business. He served as a lay pastor for many years in the surrounding area, including Bethel Lutheran Church in Warba where he served for 20 years. He also served in many community organizations including the Itasca Art Association, Restoration of Central School, and the Itasca County Historical Society. He was chairman of the Bass Brook Township and was a member of the Itasca County Planning Commission. He was a well known area artist and creator of the picture "Devotions." He is survived by his wife, Lily; a daughter, Phillis Hoard, Cohasset; six sons, Jerry, Ted and Jon, all of Cohasset, Paul, Coon Rapids, Carl, Blaine, and Ken, Fargo, N.D.; a brother, Orville, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Irene Holm and Marion Connally, both of Minneapolis; 27 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Charles and Emma Tinquist, a brother, Clifford Tinquist, a sister, Gladys Johnson and a daughter, Carol Jean Tinquist. The family prefers memorials. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids. Visitation is Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Ila Katherine Akre, 84, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, in Grand Rapids. She was born March 22, 1913, in Deer River and moved to Effie in 1914 and to Bovey in 1930. She married Clarence "Tex" Akre in Deer River on Dec. 6, 1932. She was a member of Izaak Walton League, Degree of Honor, and was a gray lady at Leisure Hills Health Care Center for many years with more than 500 hours of service. She is survived by two sons, Richard, Grand Rapids, and Terry, Concord, Calif.; two daughters, Irene Olson, LaHabra, Calif., and Cynthia Leifermann, Baxter; two sisters, Beulah King, Asheville, N.C., and LaVerne Welte, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Gilbert Randall, San Diego, Calif., and Kenneth Randall, Las Vegas, Nev.; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Gilbert and Anna Randall Wilson, her stepmother, Irene Akre Randall, daughter, Gwen Katherine Akre, five brothers, and two sisters. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey 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, at Cushing, Minn., the daughter of Charles and Bertha (Peterson) Hawkinson. She had lived in California, Chicago, Ill., New York City, N.Y., 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 brothers, Kenneth Hawkinson, Grand Rapids, and Lloyd Hawkinson, Albany, Calif.; two sisters, Delores Clark and Irene Vingard, both of Valley Center, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Roger and Fern Wareheime, both of the Twin Cities. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Roger, in 1994, and six brothers. Memorial services: Held at a later date. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Bessie LaVina Fear, 80, Blackberry Township, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born at Holdrege, Neb., where she grew up and attended school. Following her graduation from high school, she married William R. Fear on Sept. 25, 1936, at Smith Center, Kan. In 1941, they moved to Grand Rapids from Wallace, Neb. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, and the Friendly Neighbors Extension Club of Blackberry Township. She also organized the Itasca Rabbit Breeders Association. She is survived by her husband, William; four daughters, Lela Clements, Merlin, Ore., Monetta Thibodeau, Cohasset, and Winona Mattfield and Sherri Nelson, both of Grand Rapids; a son, Duane, Bemidji; a brother, Calvin Darnell, Grand Rapids; 21 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Guyda and Lester Darnell, a son, William, and a grandson, Kim Mattfield. Funeral: Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Stapleton officiating. Burial: Hazelwood Cemetery, Blackberry Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Josephine "Edith" Fideldy, 82, Grand Rapids, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at her home. She was born Dec. 27, 1914, in Cherokee, Iowa, and resided in Pierre, S.D., and then Onamia. She married Charles Hawes and resided in Onamia. After his death she moved to Grand Rapids where she married Robert Fideldy in 1948. The couple moved to Deer River. She moved to the Manor House in Grand Rapids in 1980. She was past president of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2720 in Deer River, a past member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Deer River and a current member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Hawes, Circle Pines; four sons, Bud Hawes, Deerwood, Wayne Hawes, Onamia, Daniel Fideldy, West Cohasset, and Rick Fideldy, Deer River; a brother, Arden Davis, Onamia; five sisters, Laura Jones, Cambridge, Nora Probst, Grand Rapids, Sadie Jones and Jane Lance, both of Onamia, and Jean Kippen, Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Charles, in 1946, her second husband, Robert, in 1975, two sons, Peter and Patrick Fideldy, and grandsons, Brian Hawes, and Michael Fideldy. Funeral: Monday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Anselm Thevarkunnel officiating. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Phillipp H. Mergler, 89, Grand Rapids, a retired Presbyterian minister, college professor and administrator died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. The family prefers memorials to the Hastings College, Hastings, Neb., Princeton Seminary, Princeton, N.J., or the Lawron Presbyterian Church, rural Bovey. Memorial services: Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1:30 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

William Armas Oja, 89, Squaw Lake, died Friday, Dec. 26, 1997, at Kelliher Nursing Home, Kelliher. He was born Sept. 13, 1908, in Superior, Wis., and was a longtime resident of the Squaw Lake area. He was a bus driver for School District 318 for many years and also was a logger and cattle raiser. He had been a resident of the Kelliher Nursing Home for the past two years. He is survived by two sons, Donald and Rodney; two sisters, Vienna Dexter and Mayme Bodien; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, Jenny, in 1995. Private family burial will be held in the spring. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Donald A. Swanson, 73, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center. He was born June 29, 1924, in Forest Lake, where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., graduating with a degree in electrical engineering. He worked for Appleton Electric in Appleton, Wis., as an electrical engineer and was later transferred to Minneapolis. He later started the D.A. Swanson Company representing electrical products to contractors and corporations retiring in the 1970s. He was a 32nd degree member of the Masonic Lodge in Robbinsdale. He is survived by his wife, Burnette; two daughters, Donna Carlson, Monticello, and Vickie Swanson, Cohasset; a son, Randel Swanson, Chicago, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Lenore Fortune and LaVette Johnson, both of Grand Rapids; three sisters, Mildred Jepson and May Damsgard, both of St. Paul, and Charlotte Gauthier, White Bear Lake; a brother, Eldon Swanson, Princeton; five grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Private family services: Dec. 28. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

George Veit, 90, Grand Rapids, formerly of Littlefork, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center ICU unit. He was born Aug. 22, 1907, in Vilshofen in South Germany along the Danube River. He immigrated to Chicago, Ill., at the age of 21 and became a naturalized citizen in 1928. He married Mary Altendorfer in 1930 in Chicago. He worked at various jobs during the Depression times, National Tea Company, Koch House Moving & Construction and 12 years at Klein Tool & Dye as a grinder and polisher of electrical tools. He moved to Littlefork on a farm in 1945. He farmed and worked for Mando and Boise Cascade as a woodchipper and debarker operator. He retired in 1972 from Boise and farmed and logged until age 75. For the past year, he had been a resident of Pleasant Seasons in Grand Rapids. He is survived by a son, Walter, Grand Rapids; a sister, Grace Kluczyk, Hot Springs, Ark.; five grandchildren, Steve Veit, Gary New Duluth, Renee Krautkremer, Grand Rapids, Michael Veit, Olathe, Kan., Valerie Leone, Brooklyn Park, and Nadine Miller, Ashland, Wis.; and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Mary, in January 1992, four brothers and three sisters. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Columban Catholic Church, Littlefork. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Oakley Cemetery, Littlefork. Arrangements by Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc., International Falls.

Wilfred L. Yelle, 90, formerly of Coleraine, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, in the Lakeshore Lutheran Home, Duluth. He was born Feb. 10, 1907, in Negaunee, Mich., the son of Urys and Minnie (Laramie) Yelle, lived most of his life in Coleraine and was a 1927 graduate of Greenway High School. He was a clerk for the Oliver Mining Company and U.S. Steel retiring in 1972 after 44 years of service. He was a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1061 of Bovey and had been the projector operator for the show houses in Coleraine, Bovey and Grand Rapids. He is survived by a son, David Yelle, Middletown, Ohio; two daughters, Patricia Swenson, Racine, Wis., and Jean Yelle, Duluth; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, May, on April 6, 1997, two sisters, and two brothers. Funeral: Wednesday, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.


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