Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries
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Melvin Christensen, 80, chief warrant office U.S. Army Retired Criminal Investigator, died Aug. 15, 1997, at his home in Columbia, S.C. He was born April 29, 1917, in Grand Rapids, and graduated in 1936 from Little Falls High School. He was a veteran of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars, holder of two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantry Badge, and numerous other awards and commendations. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Masons and other law enforcement associations. He is survived by two sons, Geroge E. Christensen, and Robert L. Christensen; a sister, Iris Dauphin; two brothers, Norman Christenson and George Brock; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside services: Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10:30 a.m. at Randall, MInn., City Cemetery.
Jon Alfred Adair Scherven, 45, Casco Point, died Oct. 2, 1997, in Lake Minnetonka, as the result of an accident on Sept. 27 on Lake Minnetonka. He was born April 11, 1952, in Minneapolis and served in the National Guard. He was a realtor and businessman and former owner and founder of Westonka Sports. He sponsored and coached many local athletic teams and was past president of the Upper Tonka Little League and member of the Westonka Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by his wife, Julianne M. (Wallin) Sherven; a daughter, Joni Shervan; two sons, Patrick Sherven and Samuel Sherven; his mother, Beverly Sherven; and three sisters, Sally Bedell, Carole Williams and Suzi Lee. Preceding him in death was his father, Alfred W. Scherven Jr. Memorials are requested in lieu of flowers to the John A. Sherven Memorial Fund c/o Marquette Bank, Mound, MN. Memorial service: Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Church, 2385 Commerce Blvd., Mound. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church only. Private family burial: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Huber Funeral Homes, Mound Chapel, Mound, Minn.
Mabel C. Kaar, 89, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home, Grand Rapids. She was born Nov. 4, 1907, near Bemidji where she grew up and graduated from Cass Lake High School. She then attended business school in Minneapolis. She lived most of her life in St. Paul where she worked as a secretary for the Minnesota Highway Department for many years. She had lived in Grand Rapids since 1989. She is survived by a son, Gerald Kaar, Grand Rapids; three sisters, Evelyn Sather, Bend, Ore., Hazel Sherwood, Portland, Ore., and Betty Ann Gage, Bellevue, Wash.; and one granddaughter, Ann Mary Kaar. Preceding her in death were her husband, Henry, in 1987. Graveside services: Thursday, Oct. 9, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Edwin J. Levernier, 91, Grand Rapids, died Friday, Oct. 3. He and his wife have been residents of Pokegama Lake for 63 years. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alyce; four children, Aledwin Barnhart, Seattle, Wash., Mary Sipe, Minneapolis, Nadine Petersen, Minneapolis, and James Levernier, Rogers, Ark.; 16 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Home, Coleraine.
Della M. Meade, 85, Effie, formerly of Taconite, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth. She was born Feb. 4, 1912, in Lake Hubert, Minn., to Delbert and Ann (Berg) Curler. After living in Canada, the family moved to Taconite where she attended school and continued at Greenway High School. She married William Meade Feb. 2, 1930, in Bemidji and they lived in Taconite. In 1995, she moved to Effie and since August of 1997 had resided at the Bigfork nursing home. She was a member of the Catholic Council of Women and a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Taconite. She is survived by five sons, Bob, St. Cloud, Tom, Minnetonka, Jerry, Westminister, Calif., Bill, Brooklyn Park, and Mike, Prior Lake; a daughter, Marcie Lindgren, Effie; a sister, Mildred Apitz, Bovey; 40 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, William, in 1970; a son, Pat, in 1993, and a daughter Janet Johnston, on Sept. 6, 1997. Funeral: Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Taconite, with the Revs. Paul Larson and Larry Antus officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Home, Coleraine.
Ernest C. Peterson, 90, Grand Rapids, formerly of Brainerd, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1907, in Grand Rapids to John F. and Anna L. (Anderson) Peterson. He married Antoinette Gagne. He farmed and logged for many years and had worked as a miner for Oliver Mining Company near Bovey. He is survived by his son, Dean Peterson, Bovey; four grandchildren, Dennis, Douglas, Doreen and David Peterson, and many great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Antoinette, in 1981, and 12 brothers and sisters. Funeral: Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Brainerd, with the Rev. Roland Antus officiating. Burial: Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Brainerd. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home.
Doris Viola Siltberg, 86, Swatara, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at her home. She was born Nov. 15, 1910, at Pequot Lakes, to George and Drucilla (Ramey) Olds. As a small child, she lived at White Elk Township and later in British Columbia, Canada. She worked in Aitkin for a sewing firm and was on the Aitkin County Welfare Board for several years. She married Clinton Siltberg at Rome, Ga., Nov. 14, 1941. Following marriage, the couple moved to Swatara in 1941. She was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Swatara with the exception of some years spent in Carson Lake and Chisholm when her husband, worked in the mines. She wrote the Swatara news for the Aitkin Independent Age newspaper and was the financial secretary for the Swatara Methodist Church. She was past matron of the Quadna Chapter No. 249 Order of Eastern Star in Hill City and a member of the Jephthah No. 176 OES, Grand Rapids. She is survived by two sons, George Nichols, Crosby, and Gerald Knapp, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Nancy Lee Rassier, Oakdale; a sister, Vivian Horn, Sparks, Nev.; a brother, Duaine Olds, Reedsburg, Wis.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Clinton, in 1986, a son, Kenneth Knapp, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral: Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. at Hill City Methodist Church, Hill City, with the Rev. Lois Burkart officiating. Burial: Macville Cemetery, Macville Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
George A. Abel, 77, Thunder Lake Township near Remer, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Crosby. He was born March 8, 1920, in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved with his family to Libertyville, Ill., as a child. He worked for Illinois Bell Telephone for several years and then entered the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He married Mary Jean Gilmer on April 5, 1962, in Rapids City, Ill. He worked as a lineman and then as a master electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 145 in Rock Island, Ill. After retiring in 1981, he moved to Sebring, Fla., where he lived for 16 years before moving to Remer in 1994. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean. Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Alice Abel, and a sister, Mary Nelson. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Remer. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Remer. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Remer.
Truman C. "Waboose" Beaulieu, 65, Federal Dam, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Deer River Health Care Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1932, in Onigum. He is survived by his wife, Hilda; a son, Randy, a daughter, Debra Beaulieu Lightfeather; three brothers, Charles, John and James; and a sister, Wendy Beaulieu. Funeral: Friday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. at Bena Community Center. Burial: Waboose Cemetery, Bena. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Bernice Crosby, 91, Grand Rapids, formerly of Minneapolis, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 1997, at Itasca Nursing Home. She was born June 7, 1906, in Saint James. She is survived by a sister, Coral Merritt, Floodwood. Preceding her in death were her husband, Percy, in 1965, a brother and a sister. Graveside services: Monday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Ruth Spies MacRostie, 89, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Madison, S.D., and grew up in an Odd Fellows Home in South Dakota. She lived in Owatonna and Virginia before moving to Grand Rapids where she and her husband owned and operated MacRostie Jewelry Store. She served on the Grand Rapids City Council from 1968 to 1970. In 1991, she purchased and donated MacRostie Art Gallery to the Itasca Art Association. She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church. She was a charter member of the Grand Rapids Eagles Club, a member and past president in 1961 of Business and Professional Women, past matron of Jephthah Chapter 176 of the Order of the Eastern Star and member of the Past Matrons Club, chaplain of Arbutus Rebekah Lodge and a member of the Itasca County Historical Society, Grand Rapids Garden Club, Women of the Moose and Itasca Art Association. She is survived by close friends Guy and Pam Clairmont and Frank and Marie Ferraro. Preceding her in death were her husband, Maurice, in 1981, and a stepson, Donald, in 1996. Funeral: Monday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. with a 6 p.m. Eastern Star service on Sunday at Libbey Funeral Home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Stanley A. Mahon, 78, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born June 30, 1919, in Buhl to Stanley and Aileen (Hunter) Mahon. He was a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II and had spent his life in the mining industry for the Hanna Mining Company. His work included exploration in Labrador, Canada, superintendent of mines in Capreol, Ontario, Canada and Iron Mountain, Mich. He then moved to Grand Rapids in 1970 where he was superintendent of the Butler taconite plant and later manager of mines and leases in the Hibbing office. He retired in 1981. He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Dougherty Mahon; three daughters, M. Bridget Reynolds, Hastings, M. Patricia Hellings, Coon Rapids, and M. Josephine Regenscheid, Hastings; a son, Stanley A. "Casey" Mahon III, St. Cloud; two sisters, Phyllis Tyler, Baltimore, Md., and Margery Anderson, Captiva, Fla.; and eight grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a grandson, Joshua Kastl. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic School, Grand Rapids. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. Leo's Catholic Church, Hibbing, with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Hibbing.
Rev. John Ragnar Morken, 77, East Jordan, Mich., died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey. He and his twin sister, Susan, were born Feb. 16, 1920, in Coleraine, to Hans and Ragafrid (Hagelien) Morken. He graduated from Greenway High School, attended Itasca Junior College, and received a teaching certificate from the University of Minnesota and a divinity degree in theology from Olivet College, Kankakee, Ill. He worked as a papermaker, instructor in maintenance positions and in the pastorate. He was a member of Belltower Reformed Church, Ellsworth, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Morken; a daughter, Tobilyn Fameree, Saginaw, Minn.; a son, Brad Akre, Park Rapids; a sister, Alyce Blakely, Sarasota, Fla.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral: Ellsworth, Mich. Graveside services: Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. at Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Dennis Hier officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Carl W. Paul, 86, Bovey, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997, at his home. He was born Jan. 28, 1911, in Marble, the son of William and Ann (Malotte) Paul, grew up and attended schools in Marble and Bovey, and spent most of his life in the Bovey area. He married Ann Mattsen on July 10, 1948, in Brainerd. He was a maintenance mechanic for Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company for over 30 years. He was a master sergeant/line chief with the 8th Army Air Force during World War II serving in Europe. He was a member of the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720 of Grand Rapids and the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1061 of Bovey. He is survived by a son, Roger Paul, Milwaukee, Wis.; two stepsons, Jorgan Kjostad, Grand Rapids, and LeRoy Kjostad, Oregon; a stepdaughter, Nancy Imm, Vacaville, Calif.; a brother, George Paul, Grand Rapids; a sister, Leola Lavalier, Marble; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, in 1987, two brothers, Lloyd and Les, and two sisters, Lucille Kavanagh, and Margaret Paschke. Funeral: Sunday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Theresa Catherine "Tammy" Olson-Wideen, 39, Andover, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997, at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, of a brain aneurysm. She was born Oct. 15, 1957, in Chicago, Ill., to Ronald C. and Geraldine M. (Stapleton) Olson, and grew up in Blaine where she graduated from high school in 1976. She attended Anoka County Tech Secretarial Course and began work as a secretary at Control Data Corporation in 1977. She spent most of her nine years at CDC as a quality inspector. She was currently coordinating statistical process control at Mikcro Precision. She married Curtis J. Wideen July 7, 1990, at Lexington. She is survived by her husband, Curt, Andover; her parents, Ron and Jerri Olson, Hill City; a sister, Rene´ Kisrow, Anoka; two brothers, Vince Olson, Renton, Wash., and Martin Olson, New Hope; and grandmother, Ena Olson, New Hope. Funeral: Monday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at Epiphany Catholic Church, Coon Rapids, with the Rev. Bernard Reiser officiating. Burial: Epiphany Cemetery. Arrangements by Gearhart Funeral Home, Anoka Chapel.
Mary McMillan Claypool, 75, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at her home. She was born Nov. 27, 1921, in St. Paul, the daughter of Antoinette and James Thompson McMillan, and attended public schools in St. Paul and junior high school in Minneapolis. She graduated from Franklin Senior High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1939. She attended Milwaukee Downer College and graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1943. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Her first marriage took her to Omaha, Neb., San Bernardino, Calif., and Iowa City, Iowa. She worked for Meredith Publishing in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 1950s. She married David W. Claypool in 1963. They lived in Duluth, Danbury, Wis., and moved to Grand Rapids in 1983. She is survived by a son, Charles William Graham, Hurley, S.D.; a sister, Mrs. John W. Sivertsen, Fort Worth, Texas; four stepchildren, Sandra Erasmus, Tucson, Ariz., Will W. Claypool, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Jennifer Claypool, Luck, Wis., and Martha Kocisco, Flagstaff, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Itasca County Family YMCA Endowment Fund or Itasca Hospice. Memorial service: Monday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Dominique Simone Flowers, two months, 19 days, died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Friday, Oct. 10, 1997, in Denton, Texas. She was born July 21, 1997, in Denton, the daughter of Danielle Jeanne Schleppegrell and Juan Fitzgerald Flowers. She is survived by her parents; maternal grandparents, Jerry VanVickle, Bovey, and Bekky Verthein, Altura; maternal great-grandparents, Darwin and Cathy Markgraf, Grand Rapids, Norma and Bill Schleppegrell Sr., Beauty Lake, Hibbing, and Gladys VanVickle, Lawrence Lake area; maternal great-great-grandmother, Elsie Berg, Grand Rapids; great grandfather Richard Spaulding, Douglas, Wyo.; and paternal grandparents, Dorothy Jean Flowers and Theodius Flowers, both of Chicago, Ill. Funeral: Thursday, Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Chapel, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Charles Nelson officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Joyce M. Grangruth, 50, Bigfork, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997, at Northern Itasca Hospital, Bigfork. She was born Nov. 1, 1946, at Deer River to Edna and Robert Sanders. She was raised in Marcell and attended school in Deer River, graduating in 1964. She married Clyde Grangruth at the Bigfork Lutheran Church and they resided in Bigfork and Marcell. She was employed at the Effie Cafe, Kocianís Grocery, the Pizza Palace in Bigfork and most recently with Peopleís Telephone Co. in Bigfork. She was a member of the Bigfork Lutheran Church where she was active with its Ladies Aid and served on several church boards. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years. She is survived by her husband Clyde; daughter Mi Sun Grangruth, Eden Prairie; son Darren, Albert Lea; father Robert Sanders, Marcell; sister Elaine Gates, Eagan; brothers Ray Sanders, St. Paul; Clifford Sanders, Baxter; and Dennis Sanders, Talmoon; and grandchildren Nicole, Alec, Shelby and Nicholas. Preceding her in death were her mother, Edna; and sons Stacey and Corey. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in Bigfork Lutheran Church, Bigfork, with the Rev. John Sebentsfeldt officiating. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Carl Ted Johnson, 88, Grand Rapids, formerly of Washington, Iowa, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born in Exline, Iowa, and graduated from Exline High School in 1926. He started work for Iowa Southern Utility in 1929 and retired in 1975 as district manager at Washington, Iowa. He married Ann McConville in Centerville, Iowa, on Feb. 7, 1931. He served as president of Washington, Iowa Industrial Board for seven years and was awarded the Washington Iowa Community Services Award. He and his wife had been Grand Rapids residents since 1995. He is survived by his wife, Ann, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Anne Fulton, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Jeanette Liley, Beloit, Wis., and Virginia Smith, Bellevista, Ark.; six grandsons, a granddaughter, and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a grandson, Ted Fulton, in 1996. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Pearl Ann Johnson, 76, Floodwood, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997, as the result of a traffic accident near Floodwood. She was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Saskatchewan, Canada, and moved to Rock Valley, Iowa, at the age of three. She married Harold Johnson on Oct. 19, 1944, in Floodwood, and had since lived in the Floodwood area. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm near Floodwood and she also worked as a foster parent for 22 teen-agers from 1969 to 1975. Later, she worked for the St. Louis County Assessor's office for a short while. For many years, she worked in the real estate business as a property assessor and a real estate broker. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Floodwood. She is survived by three daughters, Joann Cox, Duluth, Merry Mattson, St. Paul, and Doreen Johnson, Minneapolis; two sons, Terry Johnson, Floodwood, and Ken Johnson, Lino Lakes; three sisters, Jeaneta Baker, Boise, Idaho, Johana TerWee, Inwood, Iowa, and June VanDerVeen, Sauk Centre; eight grandchildren, Tara, Brian, Adam, Troy, Ross, Roy and Sammy, and two great-grandchildren, Jared and Jacob. Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold, in 1975, a daughter, Gail Denise, in 1951, her parents, Joe and Annie VanWesterhuyzen, two brothers, Joe and Henry, and a sister, Elsie. Memorial service: Friday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, Floodwood, with the Rev. Bruce Rimmereid officiating. Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Floodwood. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Floodwood.
Rody Skorich, 77, rural Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Nov. 21, 1919, at Calumet, the son of Mike and Boja (Koruga) Skorich. He lived in "White City" attended Marble schools, and had been a resident of the Midway area of Grand Rapids for the past 44 years. He had worked for U.S. Steel for over 30 years. He was a member of St. Vasilije Serbian Orthodox Church, in Chisholm, was an Army veteran of World War II having served in the Normandy, northern France, Germany campaign and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Angeline (Njegovan) Skorich, Grand Rapids; three sons, Steven and Jeff Skorich, both of Minneapolis, and Mark Skorich, Sterling, Va.; a daughter, Suzane Skorich, Minneapolis; a brother, George Skorich, Calumet; a sister, Marie Carmichael, Upland, Pa.; one granddaughter, and three grandsons. Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters, Mary Mandich and Angeline Wohlsdorf, and three brothers, Joe, John and Milan Skorich. Funeral: Friday, Oct. 17, at 1 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Bogdan Zjalic officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Elden L. "Eldy" St. Peter, 50, Deer River, died Oct. 14, 1997, at Deer River Community Hospital. He was born Oct. 24, 1946, in Deer River, where he grew up and attended schools, graduating in 1964. Following graduation, he joined the U.S. Navy Seabees and played in the Drum and Bugle corps. He served two terms during the Vietnam War. He was a fishing and hunting guide on Lake Winnie and was affiliated with Bowen's Lodge for the past 15 years. He was a member of the American Legion and a member of several fishing and hunting organizations. He is survived by a special friend, Jo Ellen Engle, Moneta, Va.; his mother, Joyce Read, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a brother, Dale, Fort Gratiot, Mich. Preceding him in death was his father, Elden. Funeral: Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Ron Suntken officiating. Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Morse Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.