Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries
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Eugene M. Beaty, 80, Manhattan, Kan., died Dec. 30, 1997, at Meadowlark Hills Health Care Unit, Manhattan. He was born Aug. 12, 1917, in Clinton, Minn., the son of Karl and Florence (Force) Beaty. He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College, St. Cloud, where he taught for one year prior to joining the U.S. Army Air Force. He served in the armed services for four years during World War II. Following his military service, he attended the University of Kansas City School of Dentistry, where he received his doctor of dental surgery. In 1949, he moved to Manhattan and started his dental practice with Dr. Lowell Creighton and was later joined by Dr. Dennis Dlabal. He retired in 1982. During his years in Manhattan, he was past president of both the Riley County and Golden Belt Dental societies. He served on the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and received an award for outstanding community service. He was a member and past president of the Manhattan Country Club and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church. He married Frances N. Witten on June 17, 1944, in Springfield, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Frances; two daughters, Linda King, Roeland Park, Kan., and Carol McGaughey, Wichita, Kan.; two brothers, Warner Beaty, Grand Rapids, and Stuart Beaty, Hayward, Calif.; and two grandsons, Aaron and Adam King. Preceding him in death were an infant son, and two brothers, Wilbur and Gordon Beaty. Memorial service: Friday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Victor Force officiating. Burial: Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kan.
Mae L. Eells, 70, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at her home. She was born May 6, 1927, near Lawrence Lake (Bovey) and was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Greenway High School with the Class of 1945. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by a son, Duane, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Ruth Martin, Blaine, and Carolyn Buchanan, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Donald Huffer, Dousman, Wis., and John J. Huffer (Bud), Bovey; a sister, Tillie Shaughnessy, Bovey; and three grandchildren, Shana Eells, Adam Eells and Amber Buchanan. Preceding her in death was her husband, Howard, in 1985. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cohasset, with the Rev. William C. Zeige officiating. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Henry Lee Sharp, 77, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, at his winter home in Apache Junction, Ariz. He was born June 28, 1920, in Red Wing, the son of Charles and Alice (Saddler) Sharp, and grew up and attended school in Bay City, Wis. He married Verdeline Johnson on Jan. 7, 1942, in Bound Brook, N.J. He was a highly decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater, where he was wounded twice. Following his discharge, he moved to Federal Dam where he served as supervisor for the government dam from 1954 to 1958. He moved to Grand Rapids in 1959 and worked for the Corps of Engineers and was a dam tender at the Pokegama Dam until his retirement in 1972. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, American Legion Club and the D.A.V., all of Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Verdeline; four sons, Douglas Sharp, Chaska, Dean Sharp, Bloomington, Dennis Sharp, San Diego, Calif., and Larry Sharp, Bend, Ore.; and five grandsons. Memorials can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. David Cloeter officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Florence A. Remington, Grand Rapids, formerly of Coleraine, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, in Grand Rapids. She was born April 16, 1909, in Waseca County, the daughter of Arthur and Ida (Foels) Sandretzky. She grew up in Waterville and attended rural Waseca County schools. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1941, to Coleraine in 1964, and back to Grand Rapids in 1992. She was a member of the Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church of Bovey. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Westlake, Warba; two sons, Robert Remington, Mountain Home, Ark., and Richard Remington, St. Paul; 29 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Ary, in 1985, a son, John Remington, a daughter, Nancy Maness, a grandson, Michael Renollet, a brother, Leonard Sandretzky, and a sister, Malinda Tetzloff. Funeral: Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. at Bethel-Trinity Lutheran Church, Bovey, with the Rev. Judy Anderson-Bauer officiating. Visitation is Monday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
James Unger, 73, LaPrairie, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Trout Lake and served in World War II in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked at the Danube Mine in Bovey for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; a son, Larry; a daughter, Barbara Karjala; two brothers, John and Lyle; two sisters, Lee and Mary Jane; and four grandchildren, Ryan and Lori Unger and Darus and Justin Finke. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Mary Jane Unger, four brothers, Max, Tom, Bill and Glenn, and a sister, Rose. Funeral: Monday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Visitation is Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Word has been received of the death of Dr. David D. Webster, 79, retired chief of neurology at VA Hospital, Minneapolis, and a Parkinson's disease expert. He grew up in Coleraine where he developed a reputation as an electronics expert who was constantly tinkering with ham radios and other electronic gadgets. Dr. Webster graduated from Itasca Junior College with an associate of arts degree in 1938. He helped his physics professor conduct lightning research while he was attending the University of Minnesota. He then went on to MIT and Harvard where he studied a brand new field of electronics, radar. During World War II, as a lieutenant, he used his knowledge of radar to design and install radar facilities in North Africa and several islands in the Mediterranean, some of the installations clandestinely hidden behind enemy lines. He also used his research skills to benefit his country. In 1944, the Germans introduced a radio guided bomb and began using it to sink Allied ships at a devastating rate. When U.S. forces shot down a plane carrying the bombs over the island of Corsica, he excavated the wreckage, disassembled an unexploded bomb, and studied the electronics to learn its secrets. His discovery quickly led to the development of a radio jamming device which prevented the Germans from successfully using the bomb again. For his work on the bomb, he was promoted to captain and awarded the Legion of Merit. Following discharge from the service, he enrolled in the University of Minnesota medical school and began working in the neurology research laboratory at the Minneapolis Veterans Hospital and his work in the neurology laboratory continued for almost 50 years. After completing his medical education, he joined the staff at the VA Hospital and gradually rose to become professor and chief of neurology. During the 1950s, he designed and built a series of machines which could precisely measure the deficits caused by Parkinson's disease and related disorders and for the next 30 years, he used these machines to measure the effects of various Parkinson's disease treatments. He gradually built up a large Parkinson's disease clinic and became internationally known as a Parkinson's disease expert. Even after his retirement, he continued his Parkinson's research, completing a book on the subject just a few months before his death from an abdominal cancer. His mother, Harriett Webster, was an instructor at Greenway and Itasca Junior College from 1931 to 1951. He is survived by two sons, David and Donald; and two grandsons, Michael and Matthew. Memorials are requested to Parkinson Disease Foundation. Memorial service: Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at Gleason Mortuary, Richfield. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by Gleason Mortuary, Richfield.
Harley Cooper Higgins, 85, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1912, in Topeka, Kan., the son of Fredrick and Sadie Higgins. He married Stella Josephine Hanson in 1934. He worked in a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, was a logger and worked in construction. He married Lamilla Weisert Sandin in 1955. They lived in Aurora and moved to Hoyt Lakes in 1963. He worked for Erie Mines for 25 years. He moved to Leisure Hills Health Care Center in Grand Rapids in 1994. He is survived by a daughter, Patricia Ann Robillard, L'Anse, Mich.; two sons, Harley, Midway, Mass., and Floyd, Grand Rapids; two stepdaughters, Wilma Sandin Courtney, Malikoff, Texas, and Lois Sandin Pfluger, Sarona, Wis.; a stepson, Irwin Sandin, Arlington, Texas; 16 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Lamilla, in 1995, his parents, two brothers, Claude and Robert, and a sister, Latish. Funeral: Monday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Mary "Susan" Johnson, 41, Deer River, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Northern Itasca Nursing Home, Bigfork. She was born June 5, 1956, in the Midway area of St. Paul, where she grew up. She attended St. Columba Elementary School and St. Agnes High School and Brady High School in St. Paul, graduating in 1974. Following graduation, she attended Anoka VoTech in fashion merchandising. She was employed by County Seat stores for 13 years as a training manager. She opened her own clothing consignment stores in Mound and Watertown, Minn. After selling the clothing stores, she worked for Miesel Hardware Specialties as a custom sewer. In 1994, she moved to the Suomi area near Deer River and had been employed since by the Western Itasca Review in Deer River. She married Kent Johnson on Jan. 7, 1977, at the Fort Snelling Chapel, St. Paul. She is survived by her husband, Kent, Deer River; two daughters, Sarah and Megan, at home; her father, George "Gordy" Brom, St. Paul; and a sister, Barb Hurley, Hastings. Preceding her in death was her mother, Mary "Jean" Brom in 1997. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 pm. at Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Vicki Taylor officiating. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Floyd John Kirt, 82, Deer River, formerly of Bena, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 1998, at his home. He was born March 10, 1915, in Deer River, the son of Louis and Nellie Kirt, the youngest of 11 children. He grew up in Cohasset and Bena where his family operated a dairy farm. He was a World War II veteran of European Theater where he served as a medic. He was an active member of Cass Lake Post No. 284 American Legion. He married Corinne Shoemaker in 1946 and resided in Bena where he was employed by the railroad, as a bartender at Bena Hotel and by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service from which he retired in 1995. Following retirement, the couple moved to Deer River. He was a past member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bena, and a current member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River. He is survived by his wife, Corinne "Tiny", Deer River; a son, Mike, Grand Rapids; a sister, Lorraine Knoblauch, International Falls; and two grandsons, Mike and Todd. Preceding him in death were his parents, four brothers and five sisters. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River, with the Revs. Anselm Thevarkunnel, Athanase Fuchs and Paul Larson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Bena. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Flora H. Pugh, 93, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center. She was a longtime resident of Splithand and Pokegama Lake, moving to Grand Rapids in 1984. She is survived by two granddaughters, Donna Kimberly and Sharon Rash; three grandsons, Michael Pugh, Frederick Pugh and Richard Pugh; 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Lee, in 1983 and a son, Richard, in 1997. Memorial service: Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Libbey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Dorothea L. Ahlm, 83, Grand Rapids, formerly of Warba, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1914, in McKeesport, Pa., and moved as a child to Sandstone where she grew up and graduated from high school. She moved to Duluth and graduated from Duluth Business School. She married Bernard Ahlm in 1938. She and her husband moved to Warba in 1949 where she was a homemaker. They lived in Warba until 1994 when they moved to Pleasant Seasons in Grand Rapids. She was a member of the Warba Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Pioneer Grange and the McGuire Lake Mother's Club. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Ladies Auxiliary at Itasca Medical Center, active in 4-H, taught piano lessons and played the organ at her church for many years. She is survived by two daughters, Rev. EvaLyn Carlson, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Nancy Doolen, West Allenhurst, N.J.; a son, Rankin Ahlm, Grand Rapids; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her first husband, Lawrence Wahlberg, her second husband, Bernard Ahlm, in 1994, her parents, Peter and Esther (Nelson) Peterson, a son, Lawrence Wahlberg Jr.; a granddaughter, Kelly Jeanne Ahlm, a grandson, Malcom Eli Campbell, and a sister, Edythe Anderson. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. at Warba Presbyterian Church, Warba, with the Revs. David Gabriel and EvaLyn Carlson officiating. Burial: Spring Park Cemetery, Sandstone. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Betty Lou Bennett, 64, Cohasset, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at her home. She was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Wewoka, Okla., attended high school in El Segundo, Calif., and moved with her family to Grand Rapids in 1968. She graduated with honors from Itasca Junior College Licensed Practical Nurse Program and worked at Itasca Medical Center from 1970 to 1996 when she retired. She was a member of United Methodist Church where she was active in Prayer Circle meetings and a member of the Post 1720 Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Jephthah Chapter Order of Eastern Star and the Grand Rapids Garden Club where she was working toward her master gardener degree. She is survived by her husband, David, Cohasset; two daughters, Sherrie Haidos, Taconite, and Joannie Miller, Grand Rapids; three sons, Michael Wilson, Grand Rapids, Arthur Schoonmaker, Pengilly, and William Schoonmaker, Grand Rapids; her mother, Thelma Perry, Grand Rapids; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her father, William Terrell, and a sister, Patricia Joanne. Funeral: Friday, Jan. 23, at 10:30 a.m. at United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Dennis Hier officiating. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Myrna Lynn DeHart, 34, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Jan. 22, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born Dec. 19, 1963, in San Francisco, Calif., the daughter of Diane and George Falconieri and the late Emilio AyAy. She grew up and attended school in Wasilla, Alaska, where she graduated in June of 1982. She married Randy DeHart in July of 1982 in Palmer, Alaska. In 1986 they moved from Alaska to Remer where they lived until 1990 when they moved to Grand Rapids. She was an administrative support person at Full Circle Image in Grand Rapids. She is survived by her husband, Randy; three stepchildren, Randy Jr., Minneapolis, and Amanda and Patrick, both of Grand Rapids; her parents, Diane and George Falconieri, Alaska; three sisters, Yvonne Redmond, Washington, Audrey AyAy DeHart, Wasilla, Alaska, and Diannie Laphan, Willow, Alaska; and a brother, Emilio AyAy Jr., Wasilla. Preceding her in death were her father, Emilio, in July of 1987, and her sister, Emilya, in December of 1960. Funeral: Monday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. James Spaid officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the service at the church. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Marie Harrington Holsman, 80, formerly of Bigfork, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998, at El Sobrante, Calif. She was born July 22, 1917, in Bigfork, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Harrington, and was raised by foster parents, Ole and Ellen Malvig, in Bigfork, where she attended school. In 1938, she married Spencer Holsman. She moved to California in 1942 and also lived in Seattle, Wash., while her husband was in the Navy. She is survived by her husband, Spencer; two sons, Keith, Seattle, Wash., and Tom, Concord, Calif.; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her foster parents, and a daughter, Kathleen, in 1996. Memorials are requested to the Alzheimer's Association. There were no services and the body was cremated.
Margaret V. Irish, 82, Pengilly, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998, at the Golden Crest Nursing Home, Hibbing. She was born Aug. 17, 1915, in Royalton, the daughter of Fred and Gayetta (Lambert) Galley, and was a 1934 graduate of Blackduck High School. She had been a resident of Pengilly since 1934. She married Edward W. Irish on Feb. 28, 1936, in Pengilly. She was a homemaker and had worked for the Itasca County Human Services and had cooked for the Pengilly Senior Citizens. She was a former member of the Pengilly United Methodist Church where she had sung in the choir and was a member of the Pengilly Golden Agers. She is survived by her children, Dana Irish, Prescott, Mich., Donald Irish, Nashwauk, and Gayetta Irish, Pengilly; a brother, Donald Galley, Pengilly; a sister, Jeanette Galley-Fox, Pengilly; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Edward, in 1971. Funeral: Monday, Jan. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at Pengilly United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jan Redman officiating. Visitation is from 12:30 p.m. until the service at the church. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Ila E. (Saukko) Stevens, longtime resident of Grand Rapids, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, after a brief illness. She was born 1908 in Lead, S.D., the daughter of Hannah and William Saukko. She was the first member of her family to graduate from high school, working for her room and board at the home of a Lead doctor, who inspired her to consider a career in nursing. She was accepted to Agustana School of Nursing, Chicago, Ill., and worked her way through training as a ward cleaner and nursing aid to become a registered nurse in 1930. She and her mother moved to Grand Rapids in 1930 to join family members and she accepted a nursing position with Dr. J.L. McLeod, who had founded the Itasca Clinic. Her knowledge of Finnish was a big asset to the clinic. She married Bill Stevens in 1941 and continued her nursing career for 41 years traveling to Liberia, West Africa, Joliet, Ill., and Oberlin, Kan. She helped found the Grand Rapids chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club. She is survived by two sons, John, Las Vegas, Nev., and Tom, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and two grandsons, Michael and Daniel. Preceding her in death was her husband, Bill, on July 6, 1993.
Louise Ellen Swanson, 83, Aurora, and a longtime resident of Jacobson, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998, at her home. She was born in Swatara and grew up there, graduating as valedictorian of the Hill City High School Class of 1932. She married Carl J. Swanson on Aug. 5, 1935, at Crosby, and following their marriage, they lived in Jacobson. In 1982, they moved to Aurora to live with their daughter. She was an active member of Carmel Lutheran Church in Ball Bluff, served on the Jacobson Co-operative Board, was active with the Jacobson Senior Citizens and the Aitkin County DFL. She is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Meyer, Aurora; a son, Edwin H. Swanson, International Falls; an "adopted" daughter, Lillian Filius, Aurora; five brothers, William, E.V., and Glenn Griffith, all of Eureka, Calif., James Griffith, Carlotta, Calif., and Jon Griffith, Hardinsburg, Ky.; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Carl, in 1986, her parents, Olga and John Griffith, and a sister, Myrtle Grant, in 1992. Funeral: Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Ball Bluff Township, with the Rev. Bruce Swanson and Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
William Milton DeLine, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, of a heart attack. He was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Harvard, Ill., and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He lived in New Lenox, Ill., for many years while he worked as a purchasing agency for Materials Service in the Chicago, Ill., area. After 17 years in that position, he bought the Country Kitchen, an independent restaurant, which he operated for 10 years. After the death of his wife, Dorothy, he later married Julie, Dorothy's sister, sold the restaurant and moved to Mankato. Several years later, they moved to Marcell, on the Gunn Lake chain. He is survived by his wife, Julie; three sons, Bill, Jim, and Tim; three daughters, Jan, Julie, and Joyce; four stepsons, Tom, John, Frank, and Pete Perendy; a stepdaughter, Mandy Nesheim; three sisters, Joyce Martin, Loretta Hale and Karen Mazzola; three brothers, Robert, Eugene, and Rolland; and 20 grandchildren, Kristy, Melissa, Christopher, Zachary, Michael, Benjamin, Myra, Patrick, Jennifer, Kimberly, Brian, Amy, Andrea, Rodney, Derek, Ellie, Matthew, Kelly, Kelsey and Joshua. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Dorothy, his parents, Harriet and Edward Abraham, a brother, Edward, and a stepdaughter, Peggy Perendy. The body was cremated and his family had a two day celebration of his life. Memorials can be sent to KAXE Public Radio.
Robert E. Maher, 68, Mendota Heights, died Jan. 30, 1998. He was executive vice president, vice chairman of the board and secretary for Twin Cities Barge Inc. He is survived by his wife, Mary Turner; a son, Joseph, and his children, Elizabeth, Robert and William; a daughter Barbara; stepchildren, Patrick Turner and his children, Amanda, Christi and Phillip, Nancy Turner, Julie Fischer and her children, Michael, Matthew and John, Kathleen Amerongen and daughter Kelly, and a sister, Helen Maher. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Betty Lou, a granddaughter, Kelly Fischer, a brother, James, and a sister, Shirley Funkhauser. Memorials are preferred to St. Peter's Historical Church or the donor's choice. Funeral: Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's, Mendota Heights. Burial: Resurrection Cemetery. Arrangements by O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home.
Esther H. Nesso, 92, Floodwood, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at Villa Vista Nursing Home, Cromwell. She was born in Cromwell and lived in Floodwood and Grand Rapids. She is survived by two brothers, Henry Olson, Lady Lake, Fla., and Otto Olson, Elizabeth, Colo.; and two sisters, Ellen Olson, Minneapolis, and Ethel Smack, Chicago, Ill. Preceding her in death was her husband, Martin, in 1966. Memorial services are pending at a later date. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Peter Robert Rissanen, 88, Bigfork, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in Bigfork. He was born Oct. 12, 1909, in Orr, attending school in Orr and barber school. After school, he spent his time working at the Orr and Virginia Co-op until 1943. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Wasp. After discharge, he returned to the Virginia area. He married Daisy Friend in 1935. They couple moved to Brimson where they owned and operated a grocery store/tavern. They moved to Marcell in 1958 where he purchased the Marcell Mercantile, which he operated until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 264 A.F.A.M. Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Daisy Rissanen, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Sharon Snell, Marcell, and Kay Wagoner, Long Lake; a son, Bernard Rissanen, Hanover; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peter and Maria, and two brothers, Reino and Leo. Funeral: Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at Marcell Community Church with the Rev. Ron Grossman officiating. Burial: Orr Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Ben G. Swankier, 94, Remer, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the Woodrest Nursing Home, Walker. He was born in Iowa and moved to the Remer area as a young man. He married Juliet Esther Brennick on June 1, 1926, in Remer. He farmed and logged in the Remer area and worked many years for U.S. Steel, retiring in 1972. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Remer. He is survived by his wife, Juliet Esther Swankier; a son, Glenn Swankier, Remer; nine grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his son, David, in 1993, a sister, and four brothers. Funeral: Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Remer, with the Rev. Bruce Engen officiating. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Remer. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Remer.
Vernetta E. Taylor, 71, Dakota Dunes, S.D., died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at home following a long illness. She was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Eldorado, Ill., the daughter of Everett and Della (Fuller) Erkman. After graduating from Eldorado High School in 1943, she began working for Western Union in Illinois until her marriage to Orie Taylor in Corinth, Miss., on Nov. 1, 1952. They traveled extensively with his career until retiring to Dakota Dunes in 1992. She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Rebecca Staben, Sioux City, Iowa, Lisa Budnick, Isanti, and Tina Karges, Grand Rapids; a brother, James Erkman, Eldorado, Ill.; and nine grandchildren, Cassandra and Eric Staben, Danielle, Betsy, Jacob, Joshua and Michaela Budnick, and Adam and Matthew Karges. Preceding her in death were her parents, and a brother, J.W. Erkman. Memorials may be directed to the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Memorial services: Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 3:30 p.m. at Morningside Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Roger Graf officiating. Arrangements by Meyer Brothers Colonial Chapel, Sioux City, Iowa.
Eva A. Young, 94, Grand Rapids, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center C&NC. She was born Oct. 7, 1903, at Mora, the daughter of A. Jay and Sarah J. (Richardson) Blowers. She attended Mora schools and had been a resident of the Grand Rapids area for over 60 years. She married Arthur R. Young on Sept. 12, 1923, in Ogilvie. She was a homemaker, a member of the First United Church of Coleraine and Bovey where she had been a member and president of the Ladies Aid. She was an Avon representative for 28 years, a member of the Coleraine Eastern Star, the Coleraine Women's Club and had served as president, a member of the Coleraine, Bovey and Cohasset Senior Citizens, the Grand Rapids Senior Choir, had been a Gray Lady at the Itasca Medical Center and was a member of the Itasca County Volunteers. She is survived by a daughter, Joy Ann Smith, Hibbing; a son, LeVerne D. Young, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Leonard Blowers and Myron Blowers, both of Mora; two sisters, Mildred Hendershot, Mora, and Laura Goranson, Milwaukee, Wis.; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Arthur, in 1988, six sisters and two brothers. Funeral: Friday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. C. Arlin Talley officiating. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service. Burial: Harris Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.