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Hubert Lyle Evensen, 75, Bigfork, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork, of cancer. He was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Grand Rapids, the son of Peter and Florence (Lessard) Evensen. On Oct. 16, 1943, he married Ethel Nelson. He was a lifelong resident of Bigfork. From 1939 to 1942, he co-operated the Evensen Brothers Bakery. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. After the service he held a variety of jobs. In 1949, he went to work for the North Itasca Electric Co-op. He became line superintendent in 1952 and worked up to general manager of the co-op in 1956. He organized EZTV bringing quality television reception to the area in 1962. The Evensen sub-station of Alvwood was dedicated to him after his retirement in 1985. He attended the Bigfork First Presbyterian Church, was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Duluth, Chippewa Lodge No. 275 A.F. and A.M. of Deer River and AAD Temple Shrine. He was a member of the Hibbing Lodge of Perfection and a past member of the American Legion Post of Effie. He is survived by his wife, Ethel; three daughters, Sandy Randall, Grand Rapids, Pam McKenzie, Wausau, Wis., and Vicki Hagen, Cloquet; a sister, Clarice Gustafson, Bigfork; two brothers, Wayne, Yucaipa, Calif., and Tom, Effie; grandchildren, Kara Myhrer of Grand Rapids, Mandy Severson and Matthew McKenzie, both of Wausau, and Josh Hagen and Abby Hagen, both of Cloquet, and three great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Wendell. Funeral: Wednesday, April 29, at 1 p.m. at Bigfork Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Larry Yerger officiating. Burial: Bigfork Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork. 

Michael I. Butterfield, 49, rural Pengilly, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at his home. He was born March 12, 1949, in Grand Rapids, the son of William and Anna "Susie" (Cockman) Butterfield. He was a 1967 graduate of Greenway High School and attended Itasca Community College and Bemidji State University. He had lived in the Lawrence Lake area, Taconite, Blackberry, Grand Rapids and Pengilly. He married Shirley Hay on Jan. 15, 1994, in Hibbing. He was a self-employed antenna and sound installer and a musician. He was active in the Range Genealogical Society, the Sons of Norway, the Blandin Leadership Program, worked at the research center at Ironworld, was active in black powder shooting and had played in several local country bands. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his mother, "Susie", Bovey; a brother, Scott, Marble; and two sisters, Penny Butterfield, Deer River, and Sheila Hart, Bovey. Preceding him in death were his father, William, and a sister, Wendy Hageman. Memorial services: Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at Nashwauk Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gerald Eisele 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. 

Arthur Gilbert Wilson, 68, rural Bovey died Dec. 1, 1997, in the American Mexican hospital, Guadalajara, Mexico. Memorial services: Saturday, May 2, 1998, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Mary Maria Erickson, 87, Grand Rapids, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. She was born in Deer River and moved to Grand Rapids as a child, graduating from Grand Rapids High School in 1929. She married Albert Erickson in 1931. She then lived on a farm near Deer River for several years and then moved to a farm in West Cohasset until 1980. She received her teacher's training in Grand Rapids and taught for several years at Trout Lake School, Elmwood School and Clark School, all Grand Rapids area country schools. She also worked as a housekeeper in Grand Rapids. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 1720 and First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Erickson, Portland, Ore.; two sons, Raymond, Inver Grove Heights, and Elwood, Oxnard, Calif.; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Albert, in 1979, and a son, Ralph, in 1985. Funeral: Friday, May 1, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Edward V. Hanson, 79, Marble, died Monday, April 27, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born July 12, 1918, in Alborn, the son of William E. and Esther (Johnson) Hanson. He was a 1936 graduate of Greenway High School and lived most of his life in Taconite and Marble. He was an employee of Oliver Mining Company and United States Steel for over 40 years, starting as a trackman in 1936 and retiring as general foreman of the Arcturus mine in 1979. He was a member of the Marble United Methodist Church, the Masonic Lodge of Grand Rapids, the Lodge of Perfection of Hibbing, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Coleraine and the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, of 58 years, Thyrabelle May Hanson; a son, William, Taconite; five brothers, Richard, Minneapolis, Arthur, Eveleth, Clement, Nashwauk, Donald, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Dudley, Taconite; a grandson, Patrick David, Anchorage, Alaska; and a special friend, Michael Vogel, Bovey. Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Violet Dunstan. Funeral: Friday, May 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. David Bard officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Kenneth R. Santa, 55, Deer River, formerly of Grand Rapids, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at his home after a battle with cancer. He was born March 16, 1943, in Pengilly to Charles and Muriel Santa. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1961. He served three years in the Army Special Forces Security in Turkey. Upon discharge from the military, he lived several years in New Jersey and then moved to Norfolk, Va., where he worked for Mercedes Benz for 20 years. He moved to Grand Rapids in 1992 and worked for Arrowhead Transit. He moved to Deer River in 1997. He was a member of Northern Lakes Amateur Radio Club and a member of Operation Skywatch, a volunteer with Angling Horizons, and an active member of the Grand Rapids Snowmobile Club. He is survived by his fiancee, Sheila Schaar, Deer River; a daughter, Marie A. Santa, Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother, Muriel Santa, Grand Rapids; and two brothers, Clifford E., Duluth, and Richard A., Lake Winnebago, Mo. Preceding him in death was his father, Charles, in 1984. Memorial service: Thursday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Rick Stapleton officiating. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Alvin B. Soder, 75, rural Eveleth, died Friday, May 1, 1998, at his home. He was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Richville, the son of J.B. and Mabel (Wolleat) Soder, and grew up in Brainerd. He lived in Oregon, Washington, Ely, Virginia, Gilbert and Grand Rapids prior to moving to the Eveleth area in 1978. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps work project in northwestern Minnesota and joined the Navy one day after the strike on Pearl Harbor. He served during World War II as a Navy gunner on a Merchant Marine ship and received a Navy commendation award for service under ship attack. He received a DVA honorable discharge. He married Mabel E. Hogstrom on Feb. 16, 1946, in Crosby. He spent 35 years in the automotive parts business, eight years as the manager of the road and forestry vehicle equipment for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Grand Rapids and the 10 years prior to his retirement he was the owner and manager of Eveleth Auto Parts. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Virginia, a former Gideon and was active in youth ministries and the Range Area Youth For Christ. He is survived by his wife, Mabel; a daughter, Cheryl Yoder, Makinen; two grandsons, David Yoder, Bristol, Ind., and Steven Yoder, Buhl; and three great-granddaughters. Preceding him in death were his parents, and four brothers, William, George, James and Edward. Funeral: Tuesday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Virginia, with the Rev. John Anderson officiating. Burial: Makinen Cemetery. Arrangements by Bauman Family of Funeral Homes, Virginia.

Mary Garbow Spike, 85, Inger, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at Red Lake. She was born Oct. 25, 1912, in Inger and attended boarding school in Tomah, Wis. After school, she married Charles Spike in August of 1933 and the couple resided in Inger. She was a member of the Missionary Circle. She is survived by two daughters, Esther Wakonabo, Inger, and Theresa Lussier, Red Lake; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles, three sons, Charles, Kenneth and Simon, a great-grandson, Myron Wakonabo Jr., two brothers, William and Simon Garbow, and a sister, Mamie Humphrey. Funeral: Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Inger Community Center with the Rev. George Ross officiating. Burial: Inger Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Maxine S. "Mickey" Martin, 68, Bigfork, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at Bigfork. She was born May 14, 1929, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She married Edward Martin and they moved to the Dora Lake/Wirt area in 1967 where she resided until her death. She is survived by three sons, David, Lee's Summit, Mo., Don, St. Cloud, and Rodney, Wirt; and four grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Edward, in 1987. Funeral: Thursday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Missionary Alliance Church, Dora Lake, with the Rev. Sam Muntean officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Keith Everett Heinrich, 74, West Cohasset, died Sunday, May 3, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Grand Rapids and grew up and attended schools in the rural West Cohasset area. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater as part of the 12th Armored Division "Hellcats." He married Loretta M. Polries on May 21, 1944, at Cass Lake. They then moved back to the West Cohasset area in 1949. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Grand Rapids and the National Rifle Association. He is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Brink, Cohasset, and Patty Duvlea, Fairbanks, Alaska; a son, Gary Heinrich, Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, Thelma Harthan, Cohasset; a brother, William "Bill" Heinrich, Cohasset; special friends, Ed and Gloria Jewett, Grand Rapids; nine grandchildren, Becky, Bob and Wally Brink, Kim Brink Smith, Julie and Kyle Heinrich, and Mackenzie, Darcy and Brandon Duvlea; and three great-grandchildren, Hillary and Logan Brink and Tyler Smith. Preceding him in death were his wife, Loretta, in 1991, his parents, Fred and Gladys Heinrich and a brother, Jerry Heinrich. Funeral: Thursday, May 7, at 10:30 a.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cohasset, with the Rev. William Zeige officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset, with full military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Vivian Grace Bergman, 81, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born in Fargo, N.D., and grew up and attended schools in the Deer River area. She married Lloyd M. Bergman on Jan. 30, 1937, in Deer River. They moved to Grand Rapids in 1946 from the Minneapolis area. She worked for many years as a cook at various resorts in the Lake Winnie area and then worked many years at the Itascan Motel in Grand Rapids. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; a daughter, Gloria Swing, Marble; a son, Donald Bergman, Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister, Alice Burdick, Grand Rapids; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. Preceding her in death were her parents, Brede and Elizabeth Bredeson and a brother, Ray Bredeson. Funeral: Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Eckert officiating. Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Elizabeth Logie Bloomer died Friday, May 1, 1998, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was born June 19, 1913, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was a former resident of Wayzata, Scottsdale, Ariz., and for the past 15 years has lived in Cornucopia, Wis. She is survived by her children, Bonnie, Denver, Colo., Steve, Wayzata, and Jim, Boulder, Colo.; two brothers, Dr. James Logie and Charles Logie, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and nine grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, William S. Bloomer and a brother, William Logie. Memorials are requested to the charity of the donor's choice. A private family memorial service was held.

Donald M. Jacobson, 83, Grand Rapids, died Saturday, May 2, 1998, at Billings, Mont. He was born at Thompson, Iowa and moved to Boy River in 1927. He graduated from Boy River High School in 1934. He then worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 and 1936. He worked in construction in Minneapolis for two years and drove Greyhound bus for five years. He served in the U.S. Army and Navy during World War II serving in Saipan, Okinawa and Japan as a combat aircrewman. He married Dorothy A. Slininger on June 20, 1942, at Minot, N.D., and they lived in Madison, Minn., until moving to Minneapolis in 1952. From 1952 to 1955, he worked for the U.S. Post Office in Minneapolis. In 1955, they moved to Litchfield where they operated a grocery store until moving to Remer in 1960. In 1990 they moved to Grand Rapids. He also worked many years at the North Central Experiment Station in Grand Rapids retiring in 1978. He was a member of Itasca Lodge No. 208 of Grand Rapids. He is survived by a special friend, Lorraine Reynolds, Grand Rapids; two daughters, Kim Jacobson, Brainerd, and Diane Day, Cass Lake; two sons, Ray Sheeley, Golden Valley, and Larry Jacobson, Wisconsin; several grandchildren and several foster children. Preceding him in death were his wife, Dorothy, in 1993, and his parents, Andrew and Julia Jacobson. Funeral: Wednesday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Nelson officiating. Burial: Veteran's section of Itasca-Calvary Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Grant Ervin Pohl, 75, died Tuesday, March 17, 1998, at Hillcrest Health Care Center, Rush City. He was born April 17, 1922, in Glidden, Wis., the son of John and Cathryn Pohl. He attended schools in Glidden and Ashland and later worked on the ore boats of the Great Lakes, the steel mills of Chicago, Ill., and Duluth, the Munsingwear Plant, Montgomery Ward and Coast-To-Coast stores of Ashland, Wis., and Chun King plant and Goldfine's store of Duluth. He graduated from Ashland County Normal in 1952 and the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1956 and taught elementary schools in Marshfield and Phillips, Wis., Pepperall Air Force Base, Newfoundland and Minneapolis and Spring Lake where he also coached the basketball team. He retired in 1985 after 33 years of teaching. In 1989 he moved from his farm between Marcell and Talmoon since 1960 to St. Paul. He worked as a courtesy representative at the Kmart store in White Bear Lake. He is survived by his wife, Judy; their son, Ricky, St. Paul; daughter, Shelly, St. Paul and six grandchildren; sons, Robert, Montgomery, Ala., and James, Duluth; daughter, Mary, North Branch; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson from his marriage to the late Olga Barick of Chicago; and two brothers, John, Ashland, Wis., and Marvin, Duluth. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister, Dulcie, and a brother, Gordon. Funeral: Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden, Wis. Burial: Most Precious Blood Cemetery. 

John Ralph Hoopman, 65, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, April 29, 1998, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. He was born March 6, 1933, in Lime Springs, Iowa, and moved to Bowstring in 1949. He later moved to Grand Rapids. He served with the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1955. He married Carol Hubbard of Effie June 15, 1957. He worked at Erie Mining, J.L. Mining and worked construction on Taconite plants in Keewatin. He was a carpenter and also was employed by City Disposal of Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Carol; three daughters, Debbie Stockwell, Becky Peterson and Dottie Rondeau, and a son, Ron Hoopman, all of the Grand Rapids area; a brother, Lawrence, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Faye Pellersels, Cohasset, and Ruth Richardson, Bovey; 11 grandsons, Allen, Ryan, Mike, Kalab, Nathan, John, Lee, Jamie, Seth, Jamie and Steven; and four granddaughters, Lisa, Andrea, Mary and Elizabeth. Preceding him in death were his parents, Louis and Doris Hoopman, five brothers, Howard, Burton, Marvin, Vernon and Lewis, and a sister, Johanna Smith. Funeral: Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Solid Rock Church of God with the Rev. Dennis Whitter officiating. Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Cohasset. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Daniel Gregerson, 80, Bigfork, died Friday, May 1, 1998, at Northern Itasca Health Care Center, Bigfork. He was born Jan 29, 1918, on the Gregerson homestead in Stokes Township near Bigfork where he grew up. He attended Thydean Country School and then lived in the dormitory while attending Deer River High School graduating in 1935. Following school, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and then served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. After discharge, he worked as a self-employed logger, timber scaler, well driller and carpenter. He then began employment with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Effie where he remained until retirement in 1980. He is survived by his wife, Lorretta; three daughters, Danielle Larsen, Brooklyn Park, Terri Sternal, Bigfork, and Toni Gregerson, Wirt; five sons, Kenny, Grand Rapids, Lee, Minneapolis, Al, Grand Rapids, Danny, Seattle, Wash., and Donny, Bigfork; a brother, Edward, Grand Rapids; a sister, Irene McDonald, Whidbey Island, Wash.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Preceding him in death were his parents, Peters and Marie Benson Gregerson, three brothers, Harold, Folmer and Gordon, and three sisters, Alfhild Schaar, Bertha Land and Clara Nesseth. Funeral: Wednesday, May 6, at 1 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork, with Jim Patrow officiating. Burial: Inurnment with military honors at Bigfork Cemetery. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork.

Nick Fondurulia, 85, Bovey, died Tuesday, May 5, 1998, at the Manor House, Grand Rapids. He was born Nov. 14, 1912, in Chisholm, the son of Eli and Julia Fondurulia, and grew up in Kinny. He attended the Buhl High School. He married Dorothy Predovich Oct. 18, 1936, in the Serbian Church in Chisholm. The couple lived in Lawrence Lake and Bovey. He worked at the Danube Mine from 1937 until his retirement in 1970. He served in the U.S. Navy from May 1944 to January 1946. He was a member of St. Basil Serbian Church of Chisholm, Bovey Moose Lodge, Lawrence Lake Legion and S.N.F. Lodge No. 242 of Bovey. He is survived by a daughter, Helen Casper, Coleraine; a son, George Fondurulia, Chisholm; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Dorothy, four brothers, Sperio, Mike, Bude and George, and a sister, Mildred Mallaro. Funeral: Friday, May 8, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Bogdan Zjalic officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Florence B. Steinberg, 82, longtime Calumet resident died Monday, May 4, 1998, in Grand Rapids. She was born Feb. 1, 1916, in Callaway, the daughter of Fred and Matilda (Stahn) Helmer and attended school in Keewatin. She married Arthur Steinberg in Grand Rapids in 1934. She is survived by a son, LeRoy Steinberg, Bovey; two daughters, Janet Travica, Bremerton, Wash., and Jean Guyer, Calumet; a brother, Ambrose Helmer, Calumet; three sisters, Lema Corbett, Virginia, Evelyn Smith, Danbury, Wis., and Faye Love, Federal Way, Wash.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral: Thursday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.


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