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Alma Hazel Hansen, 81, Grand Rapids, formerly of Warba, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at her home at Riverview Villa. She grew up in northern Minnesota and lived in Minneapolis and Hopkins for many years. She lived in Stanchfield before moving to Warba where she lived for 12 and one-half years. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1996. She was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Hopkins. She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Lindahl, Warba; a son, Raymond Tuenge, New Hope; three sisters; a brother; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Graveside services: Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Crystal. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Herbert Beer, 84, Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, April 21, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Marcy 25, 1914, in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Joseph and Mary Beer. He moved with his family to Grand Rapids as a young child and attended Blackberry School. He married Lillian Bass Oct. 14, 1936, in Grand Rapids. He was a Army veteran. He dairy farmed in Blackberry Township for many years, worked in the mines, drove truck several years, drove school bus for School District 318 for 18 years and cut and sold firewood. He was caretaker for Hazelwood Cemetery in Blackberry for many years, served on the Blackberry Township Board and on the Soil and Water Conservation Board for many years. He is survived by his wife, Grace; a daughter, Marilyn Rasmussen, St. Paul; three sons, Donald, Douglasville, Ga., and Marvin and Edward, both of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral: Monday, April 27, at 2 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Brethren Church, Grand Rapids. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Libbey Funeral Home. Burial: Hazelwood Cemetery, Blackberry. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Willis J. "Bud" Karppi, 52, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. He was born Dec. 11, 1945, in Grand Rapids, the son of Arthur W. and Ella J. (Paul) Karppi. He was a lifelong resident of the Coleraine and Grand Rapids areas, a 1963 graduate of Greenway High School, a member of the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1720 of Grand Rapids, worked for the Blandin Paper Company for 28 years and was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his mother, Ella Karppi, Bovey; two stepchildren, Machelle R. Webb, Nashwauk, and Clinton E. Brown, Grand Rapids; a brother, Bill Karppi, Coleraine; a sister, Vicki Granby, Champlain; and five stepgrandchildren, Dean and Brett Webb, Clinton III and Matthew J. Brown, and Shanna Pistelli. Preceding him in death were his father, on April 6, 1989, and a stepson, Matthew Brown. Memorial services: Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Tim Prince officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Bennie Allen Hawkinson, 44, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born in Litchfield and grew up and attended schools in Grand Rapids graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1972. He worked many years for the Community Work and Development Corporation (CWDC) in Grand Rapids. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by two sisters, Carmille Schultz, Cosmos, and Pat Benham, Grand Rapids; two brothers, Richard Hawkinson, Cohasset, and Gale Hawkinson, St. Paul; and special friends, Walt and Lorine Ruff, Colorado Springs, Colo. Preceding him in death were his parents, Clarence and Florence Hawkinson, and a brother, James Hawkinson, in 1997. Funeral: Sunday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. James Spaid officiating. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

The Rev. Fr. Frank Melovasich, 72, associate pastor of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Lakeside, Duluth, died Saturday, April 4, 1998, in his home. He was born Aug. 14, 1925, in Ely, the son of Frank and Mary Pluth Melovasich Jr. He was a graduate of Ely High School and attended Nazareth Hall from 1939 until 1945 and St. Paul Seminary. He was ordained June 3, 1950, at the former Sacred Heart Cathedral in Duluth. He served at the St. John's and St. James' Orphanage from July of 1950 until October of 1957 and St. John's Catholic Church in Biwabik from October of 1957 until June of 1963. He was the first pastor at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Brainerd from June of 1963 until July of 1966 and was at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Duluth from July of 1966 until July of 1977. From September of 1977 until December of 1977, he was on sabbatical in Rome at North American College. From December of 1977 until June of 1990, when he retired from administration, he was at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. He became assistant pastor at St Michael's in Duluth and served until his death. He became chaplain of the Serra Club of Duluth in 1990. He was very active in the Diocese of Duluth, having served three times on the Priest Senate, on the Continuing Education Committee, two terms on the Personnel Board, director of Teams of Our Lady Group, and had directed the Priest's Choir. He had served the Duluth Diocese for 48 years. He is survived by an aunt and uncle, Ev and Stan Loushin of Two Harbors, and many cousins. Memorials are preferred to St. Michael's School, Duluth, St. Joseph's School, Grand Rapids, or the College of St. Scholastica. Funeral: Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a..m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth.

LeRoy Lauri Osterberg, 81, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998, at the Eastern Montana Veterans Home, Glendive, Mont., of natural causes. He was born on Feb. 5, 1917, in Crystal Falls, Mich., the son of Laurie Andreas and Hilja (Ronquist) Osterberg. He was raised and educated in Crystal Falls, graduating from Crystal Falls High School in 1935. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan and for the Federal Bureau of Engraving in Washington, D.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 where he was a gunnery instructor. He served in the European Theatre of World War II as a squad leader of an armored cavalry unit with the rank of sergeant. After his discharge he attended Northern Michigan College at Marquette where he earned a bachelor of science degree with honors in education. He then attended Colorado State College of Education at Greeley where he earned a master of arts degree. He returned to Michigan and taught at Newberry High School from 1951 to 1957. He married Wanda Robinson on July 5, 1952, in Engadine, Mich. In 1957 they moved to Coleraine where he taught at Itasca Junior College and Greenway High School until 1966. The family then moved to Havre, Mont., where Osterberg accepted the position of associate professor of drafting technology. He retired from teaching in June 1983. He is survived by his wife Wanda, of Havre; a daughter, Laura Lee Mrnak, Grand Rapids; a son Kevin LeRoy, Havre; four grandsons, Ryan Laverdure, Scott Froehlich, Jeremy Froehlich, and Derik Froehlich, and two great-grandchildren, Devon and Breanna Froehlich. Preceding him in death were his parents and one son, Erik Loren, in 1989. Memorials have been established. 

Gerald "Gary" B. Metzger, 91, Leisure Hills Health Care Center, Grand Rapids, and a former longtime resident of Wenona, Ill., died Wednesday, April 22, 1998, at Leisure Hills. He was born and raised in Wenona, Ill., where he owned and operated the Wenona Greenhouse until his retirement in 1954. He married Evadell Holstrom on June 22, 1929. He had been a resident of Leisure Hills for the past several years. He is survived by his wife, Evadell; and a brother Ed, Sweethome, Ore. Services will be held at a later date in Wenona, Ill. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Ethel E. Ranger, 86, rural Grand Rapids, died Thursday, April 23, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born Aug. 27, 1911, in South Haven, the daughter of Alvin and Nellie (Anderson) Wadman. She grew up and attended schools in Sand Lake and Dassel areas and had been a resident of the Midway area of Grand Rapids since 1952. She married Alda Ranger on Feb. 16, 1952, in Grand Rapids. She was a homemaker and had worked at the Blandin Paper Company for over 10 years. She was a member of the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church of Bovey and its circles, a volunteer at Leisure Hills Health Care Center and Itasca Nursing Home, volunteered for the Salvation Army and had been a member of the Extension Club and the Welfare Club. She is survived by her children, Duane Ranger, Midway, Harlan Girtz, Pearson, Wis., Rosemary King, St. Paul, Katherine Viereck, Miltona, Beverly Holm, Howard Lake, and Pat Klundt, Bismarck, N.D.; a sister, Florence Mattson, Inver Grove Heights; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Alda, a daughter, Frances, two grandchildren, Ronald Schmidt and Josephine Anderson, two brothers, Henry and Clarence Wadman and a sister, Mae Wadman. Funeral: Monday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Bovey, with the Rev. Tim Prince officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Bernard T. Retka, 89, Le Sueur, formerly of the St. Thomas area, died Saturday, April 11, 1998, at the Minnesota Valley Health Center, Le Sueur. He was born Aug. 20, 1908, in Derrynane Township, Le Sueur County, the son of Valentine and Katherine (Meger) Retka and graduated from New Prague High School in 1925. He was employed with Fischer Body Works in Flint, Mich., for several years prior to returning to farm in Derrynane Township. He married Florence Peterson in Flint on Sept. 8, 1928. She died in 1977. He married Irene Rasmussen in Nebraska in 1978. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in St. Thomas where he was a former trustee. He was a former clerk for Derrynane Township and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Farmers Union. For the past year and a half, he had been a resident of the Gardenview Nursing Home. He is survived by his wife, Irene; three daughters, Patricia Retka, St. Paul, Louise Retka, San Jose, Calif., and Susanne Schill, Langdon, N.D.; five sons, James Retka, Seattle, Wash., Jerome Retka and Orrin Retka, both of Le Sueur, Eugene Retka, Courtland, and Daniel Retka, Grand Rapids; a sister, Ann Rich, Oakland, Calif.; 28 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his first wife, two daughters, Mary Jane Schroeder and Rose Frances Retka, five brothers and three sisters. Funeral: Wednesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Roedel officiating. Burial: parish cemetery. Arrangements by Kolden Funeral Home, Le Sueur.

A. Lillian Ozbun, 86, of St. Cloud, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, April 23, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was born Nov. 21, 1911, in Meteor, Wis., the daughter of Patrick and Catherine (Drost) McGlade. She married J. Ward Ozbun on Feb. 28, 1938, in Remer and lived in the Grand Rapids area most of her married life. She had been a resident of St. Cloud for the past 12 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Third Order of Mt. Carmel, Grand Rapids Chapter and was a Eucharistic minister for St. Paul's Church and Benedict Village. She is survived by two sons, John, Blue Earth, and Thomas, St. Cloud; six daughters, Catherine Svec, Brookfield, Ill., Judy, Fargo, N.D., Mary Baker, Westminister, Colo., Treva Leupold, Brookfield, Wis., Patricia Botzek, Willmar, and Cynthia Nelson, Neenah, Wis.; and 14 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, in 1976, and a brother, Robert McGlade in 1987. Memorials are preferred to Woman House or Benedict Village in St. Cloud or to St. Joseph's School in Grand Rapids. Funeral: Monday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, St. Cloud, with her son the Rev. John Ozbun officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. with parish prayers at 7:30 at Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, on Monday at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements by Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

June M. Acheson, 74, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, March 28, 1998, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth. She was born July 19, 1923, at Duluth, the daughter of Roscoe and Livia Passard. She was raised in Duluth and attended Duluth schools. She moved to Grand Rapids for her senior year, graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1941. She attended Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis and then started work for Murphy law firm in Grand Rapids. She also worked for Howard W. Anderson law firm and the North Central Agriculture School in Grand Rapids. She married Robert G. Acheson in Grand Rapids in 1950. She worked as a volunteer for the local blood bank for 10 years. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, St. Jean’s Circle and the Grand Rapids Bowling Association. She is survived by her husband; sons Robert J., Spokane, Wash.; Jeffrey P., Tempe, Ariz.; John D., Grand Rapids; and William B., Edina; daughters Janet Gragg, Faribault; Jean Anderson, Grand Rapids; and Mary Beth Sayre, Bloomington; brother Andy Passard, Grand Rapids; sister Eileen Shustaich, Virginia; and five grandchildren. Funeral: Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Thomas Radaich officiating. Memorials are preferred to the American Lung Association and Alzheimer’s treatment and research. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids. Arrangements are by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Sigrid I. Behm, 72, Splithand Lake area south of Grand Rapids, died Sunday, March 29, 1998, at the Ramsey Nursing Home in Maplewood, Minn. She was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Thief River Falls, Minn., the daughter of Lars and Dorothea Lee, and grew up in Littlefork where she graduated from high school. She then attended the Minnesota School of Business for a year. She married Arthur Behm Feb. 19, 1946, and had since lived and farmed in the Splithand Lake area. She is survived by daughters Dorothy Carpenter, Virginia; Susan Swenson, Hayward, Wis.; Lori Vogelpohl, Mounds View; and Jennifer Behm, Buffalo Lake; sons Dennis, Fort Worth, Texas; and Steven, Minneapolis; sisters Marie Senti, Littlefork; and Lena Sjoberg, Edina; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; her parents; brother Ole Lee and sister Margaret Hogquist. Funeral: Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. James Spaid officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Harris Cemetery. Arrangements are by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Lynne Irish, 59, Pleasant Lake, died Friday, March 27, 1998, in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth. She was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Virginia, the daughter of A.M. “Mondo” and Elyn (Lind) DeYoannes. She was a 1956 graduate of Virginia High School and a lifelong resident of the Virginia-Eveleth area. She was employed as an insurance analyst for U.S. Steel Minntac, and a member of Christ Lutheran Church of Eveleth. She was also a member of the church’s Altar Guild. She is survived by her special companion, Jim Anderson; her mother, Virginia; daughters Barbara Irish, Ely Lake; and Carol Berens, Virginia; sons Bruce Irish, Arvada, Colo.; and Rex Irish, Lakeland; sister Cheryl Smith, Grand Rapids; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father in 1993. Memorial service: Wednesday, April 1, at 11 a.m. in Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church, Virginia, with the Rev. Nathan Sager officiating. Memorials will be used for cancer research. Arrangements are by Bauman Family of Funeral Homes, Bauman-Cron Chapel, Virginia.

Lola Mae Malcolm, 78, Ottertail, Minn., died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Perham Memorial Nursing Home, Perham, Minn. She was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Dead Lake Township, rural Dent, Minn., the daughter of Amos and Maud (Tucker) Grover. She grew up at Dead Lake where her family owned a resort. She worked for the Catholic Hospital at Perham for several years. She married Donald Malcolm on Oct. 12, 1938, at Sisseton, S.D. She later worked in a restaurant as a cook. She and her husband moved to Grand Rapids in 1944, where she contined working in a restaurant. She was baptized at the Church of Christ in Cohasset in 1957. The couple moved to the Richville area in 1962, where they farmed for two years. They then moved to Butler where they farmed until 1967. They purchased the Mills Cafe in New York Mills, Minn., in 1967. They owned and operated the cafe until 1984. They moved to the west end of Rush Lake where they lived for the past 14 years. Survivors include her husband; daughters Lennetta Yunk, Grand Rapids; Kathleen Berry, Ottertail; and Marlene Berry, Richville; sons Douglas and Curtis, both of Sanford, Fla.; and Warren, Bovey; sisters Viola Wagner, Richville; Loretta Bixby, Grand Rapids; Geneva Mostoller, Pensacola, Fla.; and Rose Dawn Madden, Lynn; brother Lawrence Grover, Grand Rapids; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Earl Grover; and granddaughter Valerie. Funeral: Monday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Richville United Methodist Church, Richville, Minn., with the Rev. Jacob Neufeld officating. Burial: Richville City Cemetery, Richville, Minn. Arrangements were by Karvonen and Son Funeral Home, New York Mills.

Victor P. Malmgren Sr., 81, Bowstring, died Saturday, March 28, 1998, in St. Mary’s Hospital, Duluth. He was born July 12, 1916, at Young America, Minn. He was an officer pilot in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He maried Edna Ratta Dec. 13, 1944. The couple met in Hawaii. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1968, and the couple moved to the Bowstring area at that time. He is survived by his wife; son Victor P. Jr., St. Louis, Mo.; daughters Kasi Larson, Minnetonka; and Lida Malmgren, Bayfield, Wis.; and four grandchildren. Funeral: Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Hanna J. (Niemi) Rahier, 91, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in Aurora, Minn. She was born in Swan River on Dec. 25, 1906. She taught elementary school in the 1930s and 1940s at the old Horton and Zaizer schools east of Effie in northern Itasca County. She also taught elementary school at Boyd, Minn., and retired as an elementary teacher from the school district in Aurora in the 1970s. She is survived by sister Pearl Niemi Bullock, in the Twin Cities; daughter Joan Sarich, Hoyt Lakes; son Boyd, Wellington, Nev.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ruby (Wright) Westlake, 86, died Tuesday, March 24, in McIntosh, Minn. She was born Jan. 21, 1912, at Carlyle, N.D. She married John Westlake Feb. 11, 1930. She is survived by children Annie Van Den Einde, Fertile; Orville “Ole, ” Warba; Nellie Galley, Dodge Center; John “Charlie, ” Manitowoc, Wis.; Roy, Plummer; Ruthella Austad, Nashwauk; Phyllis Rystad, Oklee; and Lewis, Moorhead; several grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, infant daughter “Little Nell, ”, son George in 1983; granddaughter Jane Van Den Einde; grandson Mike “Amos” Renollet; four brothers and four sisters. Funeral: Friday, March 27, in Plummer, Minn.

Arthur Duane Scherer, 83, Max, died Tuesday, March 31, 1998, in Grand Rapids. He was born July 12, 1914, at Elkton, S.D. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Fred A. Bentz, 75, Albuquerque, N.M., died Saturday, April 4, 1998. He married Mary Jukich on Nov. 10, 1947. He attended Itasca Junior College and in 1947, graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration. He received a master's degree in business administration from University of California, Los Angeles. He was a member of various professional and fraternal organizations. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and worked at Sandia National Laboratories for over 30 years, retiring in 1981. After retirement, he traveled extensively. He is survived by his wife, Mary Bentz; two sons, Karl Bentz, Mesa, Ariz., and Mark G. Bentz, Albuquerque, N.M.; two sisters, Irene Seaton, Boston, Mass., and Beulah Cady, San Antonia, Texas; a brother, Dr. Herman Bentz, Bella Vista, Ark.; and four grandchildren, Matthew A. Bentz and Ryan Joseph Bentz, both of Mesa, Ariz., Brian Zahler Bentz and Meghan Laurel Bentz, both of Albuquerque, N.M. Preceding him in death were his parents, Fred and Agnes Bentz, two brothers, Dr. Byron Bentz and Edmund R. Bentz, and a sister, Marguerite Gantar. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, the Salvation Army, 501 Broadway Se, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or the donor's choice. Memorial services: Community Presbyterian Church at a future time. Cremation will take place. Arrangements by French Mortuary, Albuquerque, N.M.

Howard L. "Pete" Brown, 87, Peoria, Ariz., died March 1, 1998, in Plaza del Rio Care Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1910, in Des Moines, Iowa, grew up in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota. During college he took a year to travel across the country to work in the Angeles National Forest in California. Returning to Minnesota, he finished his degree in forestry in 1935. Between 1933-1937, he was employed with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Elbow Lake, Sand Lake, Cut Foot Sioux, Mack Camp, Day Lake, Dora Lake and Walker camps. He married Florence M. Prouix of Grand Rapids July 9, 1938. They lived and worked at ranger stations at Dora Lake, Remer, and Cut Foot Sioux forest service districts in Minnesota. In 1952, the family moved to Doniphan, Mo., where he was a district ranger on the Clark National Forest. In 1957, he joined the land staff with the Ottawa National Forest in Ironwood, Mich. In 1961, he relocated to the regional office in Milwaukee, Wis., where he headed the Land Status Record Conversion Project. In 1974, after 43 years with the U.S. Forest Service, the couple retired to Sun City, Ariz. He is survived by a son, Thomas M. Brown, San Diego, Calif., and a daughter, Bonnie R. Brown, Palo Alto, Calif.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials should be sent to the Plaza del Rio Foundation, PO Box 7777, 13373 Plaza del Rio Blvd., Peoria, AZ 85381. Memorial service: Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at Sunland Lakeside Chapel, Sun City, Ariz. Arrangements by Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Gordon L. Campbell, 66, rural Bovey, died Monday, April 6, 1998, in the University Medical Center Mesabi, Hibbing. He was born June 25, 1931, in Bigfork, the son of Bernard and Mary (Kanz) Campbell. He grew up in the Bigfork area, was a 1949 graduate of Bigfork High School where he held the state mile record for several years and lived in Keewatin from 1953 to 1991 when he moved to the Lawrence Lake area. He married Mercedes E. Sundquist on March 26, 1950, in Grand Rapids. He has been a maintenance foreman for M.A. Hanna Mining for 11 years, worked in Peru for two years and from 1965 until his retirement in 1986, had worked at Eveleth Taconite. He was a member of the Lawron Presbyterian Church and had been active in Golden Gloves. He is survived by his wife, Mercedes; two daughters, Diana "Annie" Isaacson, Chisholm, and Mary Beth Moellering, Hibbing; three sons, Gordon Jr. "Bud", Virginia, Bruce, Chisholm, and William "Bill", Keewatin; four brothers, Darrell, Warba, Jim, Semi Valley, Calif., Russ, Shevlin, and Ron, Duluth; two sisters, Mary Arlene West, Fertile, and Barb Smith, Coon Rapids; and 12 grandchildren, Greg, Jennifer, Scott, Kelsey, Kyle, Christina, Tyler, Teal, Chris, Shelley, Angie and Austin. Preceding him in death were his parents, a brother, William, and two sisters, Jean Irving and Marjorie Yurrick. Funeral: Thursday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. at Lawron Presbyterian Church, rural Bovey, with the Rev. Steve Knudson officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Mathilda "Tillie" I. Gale, 80, Paynesville, died April 3, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Home, Paynesville, after a short battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Paynesville, the daughter of William F. and Louise (Donath) Albrecht. She married James Gale on March 4, 1939, at Zion Church near Roscoe. She lived near Rice Lake and had been a resident of Paynesville for over 50 years. She was employed by North American Creamery, Paynesville Produce and Animal Fair. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville. She is survived by three sons, Bill, Waite Park, Stan, Grand Rapids, and Randy, Hawick; three sisters, Ada Englebretson, and Alvina Scheierl, both of Paynesville, and Dora Bardson, Waite Park; seven grandchildren, Joe, Tony, Bill, Adam, Eric, Kristi, and Ryan, and two great-grandchildren, Mercedes and Anthony. Preceding her in death were her parents, four brothers, William, Fred, Herbert and Edward, and a grandson, James. Funeral: Tuesday, April 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, Paynesville, with the Rev. Ric Koehn officiating. Burial: Zion Cemetery. Arrangements by Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home, Paynesville.

Word has been received of the death of Marie Gorman, 70, Bloomington. She is survived by her husband, John; three sons, Gary, Jack and Brian; a daughter, Nancy; three sisters, Florence Pelletier, Jane Sloan and Karen Thompson; a brother, Gene O'Connell; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorials are preferred to Fairview Hospice. Funeral: Thursday, April 9, at 10 a.m. at Church of the Nativity of Mary, 9900 Lyndale Ave. S. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements by Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, Minneapolis.

Beverly Stanley Kelly died Friday, April 3, 1998, at a Midland, Texas, hospital. She was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Grand Rapids, the daughter of Ethelyn Pugh and Morris Stanley. She attended school in Grand Rapids. She married Pete Stroud in Glen Dive, Mont., in 1956 and then moved to Midland. The couple divorced in 1974 and on March 14, 1981, she married L.J. Kelly. She is survived by her husband, Midland; two sons, Wayne Stroud, The Woodlands, Texas, and Roger Stroud, Midland; a daughter, Theresa Walters, Canutillo, Texas; two brothers, Darwin Stanley, Grand Rapids, and Floyd Stanley, Talmoon; and 10 grandchildren, Mark Mitchell, Midland, Gregg Stroud, San Angelo, Patrick Walters, Canutillo, Texas, Melanie Stroud, The Woodlands, T.J. Walters and Kurt Walters, Canutillo, Texas, Billy Stroud and Christy Stroud, Midland, Rachel Stroud, The Woodlands, and Luke Stroud, Midland. The family requests memorials be directed to the National Cancer Research Foundation of Allison Cancer Center, 2200 W. Illinois, Midland, Texas 79701. Funeral: Tuesday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Porterfield of West Kentucky Street Baptist Church officiating. Burial: Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements by Ellis Funeral Home, Midland, Texas. 

Adeline Marie Kirt, 88, East Grand Forks, formerly of Bena, died Monday, April 6, 1998, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Clearbrook. She was born Sept. 15, 1909, in Akeley where she grew up and attended school. Following school, she moved to Bena where she worked until 1928. She married William Kirt and they resided in Bena for 63 years. She owned and operated Bena Grocery for 16 years and retired in 1978. She was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Bena and a member of its Ladies Aide and was a past member of Bena City Council. In 1993, she moved to East Grand Forks to reside with her daughter, Gerry. She is survived by her daughter, Gerry Ann Goss, East Grand Forks; two sons, Don Kirt, Anna, Ill., and Jack Kirt, London, Ohio; three sisters, Helen Brown and Dorthy Deyo, both of Tavares, Fla., and Geraldine Dountz, Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, T.J. Goss, Michael Goss, Daryl Kirt, Ricky Kirt, Randy Kirt, Dede Blake, Tim Kirt, and Scot Kirt and two great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, William, grandson, Billy, and her parents, Herman and Mary Hintgen Kramer. Funeral: Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bena, with the Rev. Athanase Fuchs officiating. Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Burial: Akeley Cemetery, Akeley. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. 

Dorothy T. Kozak, 80, Duluth, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, April 4, 1998, in Seattle, Wash. She was a professor emeritus, retired, of the School of Music, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a nationally and internationally known music educator. She received a bachelor of science degree in 1941 from Duluth State Teachers College and a master of arts degree in 1960 from University of Minnesota-Duluth. She was a member of Music Educators National Conference, Women in Music Education, National Society of Music in Early Childhood, International Society of Music Education, International Society of Music for the Handicapped, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Pi Kappa Lamba. She was a music consultant to the Nebraska State Department of Education, a teacher in Head Start and Follow-Through programs and a volunteer music therapist. Since retiring in 1985, she served as a Grand Rapids partnership facilitator, Blandin Foundation, a board member of the Itasca Orchestral Society and the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, chairman of the Celebration of the Arts, and an instructor in the Elderhostel program at Itasca Community College. She is survived by four sons, Andrew Kozak, Minneapolis, Joseph Kozak, Austin, Texas, John Kozak, Kearney, Neb., and Peter Kozak, Corvallis, Ore.; four daughters, Ann Kozak, Lincoln, Neb., Mary Coen, Downers Grover, Ill., Dorothy Goodman, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Harley Jane Aldisert, Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother, John Taraldsen, Duluth; two sisters, Ethel Wolff, Minneapolis, and Jeanne Karish, Coleraine; and 13 grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, attorney Joseph Kozak, her parents, Berger and Augusta Taraldsen, a brother, Stanley, and a sister, Myrtle. Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Taraldsen Kozak Music Scholarship Fund, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 315 Darland Administration Building, Duluth, MN 55812. Memorial services: Monday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6822 Grand Ave., Duluth, with the Rev. Paul Bosshardt officiating. Arrangements by Bell Bros. Funeral Home, Duluth. 

Harry Robbins, 84, Boy River, died Sunday, April 5, 1998, at his home. He was born on May 18, 1913, in Indianapolis, Ind., where he grew up and attended school. He worked as a lineman for the Rural Electrical Membership Corporation for 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 11 of Lafayette, Ind. He is survived by his son, Ruhl Robbins, Lafayette, Ind. Preceding him in death was his wife, Dortha Robbins in 1977. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial: Yoeman Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Ind. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.


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