Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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Elsie M. Kirkes, Bovey, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born in Massillon, Ohio, and grew up in Midland, Penn., graduating from Midland High School. A registered nurse, she received her nursing education at Slippery Rock State University, Slippery Rock, Penn., Butler County Memorial Hospital, Butler, Penn., and the University of Pittsburgh. She was employed by Itasca Memorial Hospital for 32 years and was director of nursing for 28 years. She was active in the Minnesota Nurses Association, Itasca County Public Health Board, Arrowhead Library System Board, Arrowhead Community College Board, Business & Professional Women, General Federation of Women's Club, Nightingale Help Line, Camp Fire Girls, PTA, and the Presbyterian Church Board. She is survived by her husband, Richard; two daughters, Merrie Ann Hesselroth, Braham, and Marcia Lange, Deer Lake; two sons, David, Elk River, and Bryan, Edina; a sister, Audrey Trimble, Greeley, Colo., and four grandchildren. Memorial service: Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Church, Coleraine. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peterson's Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Harry Edward Over, 87, Squaw Lake, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born Feb. 11, 1910, in Ottawa, Ill. where he grew up and graduated from school. Following graduation, he moved to Squaw Lake where he owned and operated the Chippewa Resort. He married Miriam Pihlaja in Deer River in December of 1947. He worked at the liquor store in Squaw Lake for a few years and then as a butcher and co-manager of the Squaw Lake Co-op. He retired in April of 1985. He was mayor of Squaw Lake and a member of Centennial Lutheran Church for many years. He is survived by his wife, Miriam. Preceding him in death were his parents, and two sisters, Dorothy and Ethel. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at Centennial Lutheran Church, Squaw Lake, with the Rev. James Anthony officiating. Burial: Squaw Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Arthur Sucher, 71, Chisholm, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Chisholm. He was born Dec. 11, 1925, in Bigfork, the son of Clyde R. and Anna Belle Sucher. He was a senior construction supervisor at the Cinn. Gas &: Electric Company and a World War II Navy veteran. He is survived by four sons, Michael Sucher, Kentucky, Nicholas Sucher, Clifford Sucher, New Hampshire, and Kevin Sucher, Coleraine; a daughter, Joan Seel, Grand Rapids; a brother, Rev. Melvin Sucher, Perham; two sisters, Edith Hinkle, Antioch, Calif., and Olina Kolivosky, Max; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Rose Hardy. Funeral: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at noon at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Melvin Sucher officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the noon service. Burial: Wirt Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Edwin Martin Bembenek, 76, Gaylord, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997, at New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm. He was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Bismarck Township, Sibley County, the son of Adolph Bembenek and Louise Grunske. He farmed and had a registered dairy herd and raised beef cattle in the Nicollet and Sibley counties. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Gaylord and enjoyed his lake cabin near Grand Rapids on Bowstring. He is survived by a sister, Elfrieda Otting, Gaylord; and a brother, Paul Bembenek, rural Gaylord. Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers, William, Erich, Ernest and Adolph Bembenek, and a sister, Martha Otto. Funeral: Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gaylord, with the Rev. Louise Sbjorenson officiating. Burial: St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements by Egesdal Funeral Home, Gaylord.

Leo Howard Champlin, 89, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born March 10, 1908, in rural Dent and was raised in Grand Rapids, Bovey, Calumet and Marble. He attended Central School in Grand Rapids, Olcott School in Marble and high school in Coleraine. Following school, he worked in the iron mines and then served with the U.S. Navy C.B.s until discharge in 1945. He returned to the iron mines where he worked until 1959 when he attended forestry school. He began employment with the Minnesota State Forestry where he managed Temperance River State Park, then worked as a forestry core driller for a number of years and finally, as a survey crew member until his retirement in 1974. He was a member of NRA, the Grand Rapids Gun Club, Bovey Moose Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 Deer River. He is survived by his wife, Lenore; two sons, Theodore, Keewatin, and Richard, Deer River; a brother, Melvin, Grand Rapids; a sister, Ada Romaro, Colorado Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, George W. and Minnie E. (Riley) Champlin, three sisters, Marion Champlin, Loa Lind and Marguerite Brandt, and two brothers, George and Oliver. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Ron Suntken officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Ronald Wilbur Hannay, 64, Hill City, died Monday, Nov. 17, 1997, at his home. He is survived by his companion, Ruthe Donlon; two sons, William and Jim; two sisters, Darlene Johnston and Carol Scott; two brothers, Edward and Kenneth Hannay; and grandchildren, Ryan and Ben Hannay. Preceding him in death were his wife, Joanne, and his parents, Agnes and Wilbur Hannay. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. James Hauver officiating. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

William E. "Pappy" Pastorius, 71, Arden Hills, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 2023, recipient of Pilgrim Degree of Merit, a retired 27 year Moose Lodge administrator, a member of American Legion Post No. 0080 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1720. He was a World War II Navy veteran, Korean War Army veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Signe; three children, Roxanne Raymond, Randall and Denise; a brother, Jack; four sisters, Beatrice Quayle, Dolly LaMotte, Lorna Tschida, and Lorraine Schoeller; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Brighton. Burial: Fort Snelling. Arrangements by Miller-Brighton Funeral Home, New Brighton.

William "Bill" E. Ylitalo, 90, Floodwood, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born May 11, 1907, in Van Buren Township area near Floodwood where he grew up, attended schools and lived all of his life. He logged in the area and maintained the family farm for many years. He also worked as an insurance agent in the Floodwood area. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Floodwood. He is survived by his wife, Hilkka; a sister, Aune Lind, Sun City West, Ariz.; and a brother, Edward Ylitalo, Grand Rapids. Preceding him in death were his parents, Josephine and William Ylitalo Sr., two sisters, Hilda Ylitalo and Lempi Loberg, and a brother, Sulo Ylitalo. Funeral: Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Floodwood, with the Rev. Bruce Rimmereid officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Van Buren Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Floodwood.

Harry Magner Hanson, 86, Northome, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at Northome. He was born Feb. 22, 1911, in Popple Community (Kinghurst Township) to Severin and Karoline Hanson. He attended school in Grand Rapids. After graduation in 1930, he worked as a foreman in the Civilian Conservation Corps and as a bookkeeper for Gust Westvick Logging. He served as a township clerk, a fire warden for 35 years and spent some time working at the Pokegama Hotel. He lived on the homestead where he did some farming and logging and helped to maintain the Camp Rabideau Civilian Conservation Corps camp. He is survived by a son, Gary Wayne Hanson, Bemidji; three daughters, Estelle "Julie" Vanwert, Bemidji; Carmen Diane Hanson, Bemidji and Marcella Johnston, Grand Rapids; three brothers, Paul Hanson, Eden, and Otto and Sigurd Hanson, both of Dora Lake; two sisters, Ruth Waleski, Grand Rapids, and Martha Schramm, Brooklyn Center; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Adrienne, his parents, and an infant daughter, Christine. Funeral: Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Squaw Lake, with the Rev. Stephen Solors. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Popple Cemetery, Kinghurst Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Hope A. Meyer, 86, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born May 16, 1911, in Freeport, Ill., and grew up in Duluth where she graduated from Central High School in 1929. She married Frederic Meyer on Aug. 15, 1931, and had lived in Grand Rapids since 1938. She and her husband owned and operated Rapids Tire Service and Deep Rock Oil Service in Grand Rapids until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of the Pokegama Golf Association, the Grand Rapids Women's Bowling Association and did volunteer work with RSVP and Meals on Wheels. She donated many items to the Grand Rapids Mitten Tree. She is survived by four daughters, Jacqueline Dowell, Grand Rapids, Carol Meyer, New York, N.Y., Beverly Meyer Bendel, Roanoke, Va., and Wendy Meyer, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; three sisters, Aletha Birno, Shoreview, Thera Gustafson, White Bear Lake and Donna Johnson, Hoyt Lakes; a brother, Beuhler Bongey, Eveleth; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, Elmer and Magdalena (Beuhler) Bongey, her husband, Frederic, in 1975, a daughter, Judy, in 1941, a son, Donald, in 1992, two brothers, Dorian and Weldon Bongey, and two sisters, Alga Spaulding and Arlene Riker. Funeral: Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. Vicki Taylor officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Edith Ann Modich, 23, Keewatin, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, as a result of an autombile accident. She was born July 6, 1974, in Hibbing to Anton and Deborah (Gangl) Modich. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Keewatin. She graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School in 1992 and from Hibbing Community College with an associate of arts degree in 1992. She attended Bemidji State University and graduated cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor of science degree in social work. While at SCSU, she spent a year studying in Akita, Japan. She is survived by her parents, Anton (Tony) and Deborah, Keewatin; two sisters, Tammy Modich, Keewatin, and Jenny Modich, at home; a brother, John Modich, Warroad; and paternal grandmother, Marge Modich, Keewatin. Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Joe Modich, and Sylvester and Edith Gangl. Funeral: Saturday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Keewatin, with the Rev. Ronald Gagne officiating. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.

LaVerne M. Sande, 74, rural Bovey, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997, in Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Aug. 8, 1923, in Minneapolis, the daughter of Joseph and Hazel (Bergeron) Schwartz, and attended Minneapolis schools. She had lived in Minneapolis and Bismarck, N.D. prior to moving to the Balsam area 17 years ago. He married Harold Sande on Nov. 24, 1945, in Bismarck. She was a homemaker, attended Mary Immaculate Catholic Church in Coleraine and was a Navy Wave during World War II. She is survived by her husband, Harold; a daughter, Julie Griffin, Savage; a son, Mike Sande, Beaverton, Ore.; and a grandson, David Griffin Jr. Preceding her in death were her parents, Joseph and Hazel Schwartz. Memorial services: later date in Minneapolis. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Olga Vangen, 102, longtime resident of Pengilly, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at the Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Oct. 26, 1895, on a small farm in Norman County, near Twin Valley, the daughter of Thomas and Kristine (Klungland) Hellend. She married Ben Vangen in 1916. They farmed in the Red River Valley for several years and moved to Pengilly in 1924. She was a homemaker and cooked for the Pengilly elementary school for many years. She was a charter member of the auxiliary to the Pengilly Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8831 of Pengilly, the Nashwauk Lutheran Church and the Grand Rapids Sons of Norway. She is survived by three sons, Terry Vangen, Pengilly, Merlin Vangen, Whittier, Calif., and Orel Vangen, St. Cloud; a sister, Agnes Schreader, Grand Rapids; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband Ben in 1957 and a sister, Enga, in 1970. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Steve Trandem officiating. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

David Roman Zeroth, 47, died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was born Aug. 1, 1950, in Princeton, the son of Roman and Lorraine (Polivka) Zeroth. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Edward's Catholic Church and graduated from Princeton High School in 1968. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam where he was wounded twice and was a victim of Agent Orange. After his discharge, he returned to Princeton. He married Sherry Cook on March 4, 1995, at St. Edward's. They had lived in Cohasset since 1992 and he had worked as a telemarketer until his health failed. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his stepdaughter, Melinda; his father and stepmother, Roman and Bernadette, Princeton; two sisters, Marjorie, Zimmerman, and Patricia, Prior Lake; and two brothers, Randy and Mike, both of Princeton. Preceding him in death was his mother, Lorraine. Funeral: Friday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church, Princeton, with the Rev. Luke Steiner officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service at the church. Burial: St. Edward's Catholic Cemetery, Princeton, with military honors. Arrangements by Williams-Hanson-Kaun Funeral Home, Princeton. 

Jeannette S. Baldwin, 51, Naples, Fla., died Sept. 18, 1997. She had been a resident of Naples since 1980 coming from Miami, Fla. She was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, Scott Baldwin, Naples; a daughter, Tonya Baldwin, Deland, Fla.; a grandson, Shea Barbacci, Deland; her mother, Viola Nevala, Minnesota; two sisters, Patti Smith, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Alice Van Quekelberg, Grand Rapids; and two brothers, Roger Nevala, Richland, Wash., and Richard Nevala, Hollywood, Md. Preceding her in death were her father, John Samuel Nevala, in 1989, and a sister, Marian Nevala, in 1978. Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund, 4150 Goodlette Road, Naples, FL 34103, or the Transplant Foundation of South Florida, 1611 NW Tenth Ave., Miami, FL 33136. Memorial service: Sept. 24, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church with the Rev. Martin Lundi officiating. Arrangements by Muller-Thompson Funeral Chapel.

Joe Delich, 70, Goose Creek, S.C., died Sept. 6, 1997 at Goose Creek. He was born May 19, 1927, in Calumet. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force retiring after 20 years of service. He then lived in Grand Rapids and was employed at Blandin Paper Company until 1979. He is survived by his ex-wife, Ginny Turner, Panama City, Fla.; two daughters, Debbie Barker, Panama City, Fla., and Linda Boutwell, Slocum, Ala.; and two grandchildren, Tommy and Christine. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, and two infant brothers. Burial: Goose Creek with military honors.

Harold Edward Korpela, 85, Squaw Lake, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 1997, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. He was born July 4, 1912, in Troy, N.H., and attended school at Squaw Lake. After school he was employed at a sawmill in Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. After discharge, he moved to Greenland where he spent time in the construction industry with his brothers Ed and Wally. He then returned to Squaw Lake where he spent his time bullheading, trapping and logging until moving to Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 Deer River. He is survived by his wife, Dora Washington, Squaw Lake; a son, Wilfred Korpela, Squaw Lake; and three grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his brothers, Ed and Wally Korpela. Funeral: Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine's Church, Squaw Lake, with the Rev. Sam Muntean officiating. Burial: Squaw Lake Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Thelma Elizabeth Nason, 72, Bemidji, died Friday, Sept. 26, 1997. She was born April 23, 1925, in Franklin, N.H., the daughter of Arthur and Bessie Verrill, and grew up in Claremont, N.H. After school, she worked in a bakery in Claremont and then the naval shipyards in Portsmouth, N.H., during World War II. She married her first husband, Walter Brown in the 1940s. She worked for Boeing in Seattle, Wash., and then RCA in Indianapolis, Ind. They moved to Boy River and then to Grand Rapids. She married Charles Nason in February, 1968. They lived in Grand Rapids until 1975 when they moved to Bemidji. She was a member of her husband's band, Charlie Nason Trio and Charlie Nason Country, which played music over northern Minnesota. She is survived by her husband, Charlie Nason, Bemidji; a son, Dennis W. Brown, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Diane E. Anderson, Warroad; two brothers, Linwood Verrill, Corydon, Ind., and Wendell Verrill, Claremont, N.H.; two grandsons, Chris Brown, Big Lake, and Gary Anderson, Warroad; a granddaughter, Jennifer Lindell, Spring Lake Park; and two great-granddaughters, Saphire Brown, Big Lake, and Samantha Lindell, Grand Rapids. Preceding her in death were her sister, Margaret Huot, and a brother, Haven Verrill. Funeral: Private family services Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at Olson -Schwartz Mortuary, Bemidji, with the Rev. Mark Popke-Larson officiating. Cremation followed the service at Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Olson-Schwartz Mortuary. 

Oiva V. Ryhti, 79, Pengilly, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997, in Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids. He was born April 22, 1918, in Hibbing, the son of Victor and Mimmi (Sainio) Ryhti and attended schools in Hibbing and Goodland. He had lived in Hibbing, Goodland, Calumet and Pengilly. He married Arleen Will on Dec. 28, 1943, in Coleraine. He was a carpenter for the Hanna Mining Company, Butler Plant, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Calumet Presbyterian Church and an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Arleen; two sons, John Ryhti, Casper, Wyo., and Gary Ryhti, Menahga; a brother, Carl Ryhti, Minneapolis; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents. Memorials are preferred to Calumet Community Presbyterian Church. Memorial service: Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. at Calumet Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Knudson officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Eleanore O. Slater, 88, Grand Rapids, formerly of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Vineland, N.J., died Thursday, Sept. 25, 1997, in Itasca Nursing Home. She was born March 24, 1909, in Meadow Grove, Neb., and married Steven M. Slater in 1935. They moved to Vineland, N.J., in 1939 where they started the business of breeding and raising laboratory animals used for medical research in hospitals and universities. After selling their business, the couple retired to Port St. Lucie. In 1991, she moved to Grand Rapids and lived at Pleasant Seasons until just prior to her death. She was a member and past president of Soroptimist International. She is survived by a son, Gilbert Slater, Londonderry, N.H.; a daughter, Marilynn Hrouda, Grand Rapids; and six grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Steven, in 1988. Memorials are preferred to the Memorial Fund of Community Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids. Funeral: Private family services on Sept. 27. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Linter "Silver" Underwood, 63, White Bear Lake, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Home, St. Paul. He was born Oct. 26, 1933, in Grand Rapids, the son of Linter Sr. and May (Mclean) Underwood, and grew up and attended school in Grand Rapids. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1951 and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, being promoted to the rank of sergeant. Following his discharge, he returned to Grand Rapids and was united in marriage to LaVerne Thoennes. Following marriage, the couple moved to the Twin Cities. He worked as a truck driver for over 30 years and continued up until his illness. He was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 544 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of White Bear Lake. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne; two daughters, Kim Cincoski, Duluth, and Kara Underwood, Iowa City, Iowa; two sons, Jeffrey Underwood, White Bear Lake, and Joseph Underwood, Hugo; four sisters, Ethel Johnson, Jacobson, Hazel Olson, Grand Rapids, Betty Reid, St. Paul, and Wava Olson, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Cliff Underwood, Grand Rapids, and Robert Underwood, St. Cloud; and nine grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Alice Olson, and a brother, Donald Underwood. Memorials are preferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel Home, 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul MN 55104. Funeral: Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.


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