Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries

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John Raymond Norberg, 73, a longtime Jacobson resident, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at the Itasca Nursing Home, Grand Rapids. He was born June 11, 1924, in Duluth, the son of Ida (Relander) and Warner Norberg and went to grade school in Jacobson. He married Marion Larson at Isanti on May 2, 1953. He farmed and worked at Lakeside Manufacturing in McGregor. He was a member of the Carmel Lutheran Church in Jacobson. He is survived by many cousins. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife. Funeral: Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Jacobson, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Visitation is from 12:30 p.m. until the service. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Lester L. "Les" Hink, 87, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at Leisure Hills Health Care Center. He was born to John and Mabel (Daggett) Hink in Dell, S.D., on Feb. 5, 1911. The family moved to Pipestone, Minn., where he grew up and attended school. He began working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division in Grand Rapids in 1930 where he continued working for 41 years, retiring as an equipment supervisor. In 1934, he married Virginia "Ginna" Berry of Hill City. He was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church for 53 years and a member of the Itasca Masonic Lodge No. 208, both of Grand Rapids. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, "Ginna"; a son, Larry Hink, Plymouth; two granddaughters, Ann Marie Hughes, Maple Grove, and Teresa Dubravec, Normal, Ill.; a grandson, John Hink, Plymouth; and two great-grandsons, Anthony and Nicholas Hughes. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers. Memorials are preferred to the Community Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund and the Alzheimer's Association. Funeral: Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Peter Nord officiating. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. 

Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Saarenpaa, 50, Deer River, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Community Memorial Hospital, Deer River. She was born Oct. 4, 1947, at Minneapolis and attended schools throughout the nation graduating from vocational high school in Minneapolis in 1965. Following school, she worked as a bookkeeper and accountant at Creative Lighting and Overland in the metro area. After further training, she was employed by Moor Data as a computer specialist. She spent time at home raising her sons and then became a self employed computer consultant. She then began employment with Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors as a computer consultant where she remained until the family moved to Little Bowstring Lake near Deer River. She was a past member of Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Andover and was currently a member at Bethany Lutheran Church in Deer River and Suomi Lutheran Church in Suomi Community. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; two sons, Jesse and Jeremy; a sister, Carol Russell; four brothers, Doyle Klein, and Leonard, Jim and Donald Holmes. Preceding her in death were her parents, Donald and Yola Shull Holmes. Funeral: Wednesday, May 27, at 1 p.m. at Family of Christ Lutheran Church, Andover, with the Revs. Vicki Taylor, Dwight Rudquist and Randy Rappe officiating. Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. with 7:30 p.m. services at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, and Wednesday from noon until the services at the church. Burial: Woodland Cemetery, New York Mills. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Donald Frank Wagoner, 77, Deer River, died Friday, May 22, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born July 26, 1920, in Deer River, where he grew up and attended schools. Following school, he worked in Civilian Conservation Corps Camps. He joined the U.S. Army and served in World War II where he earned the rank of sergeant. Following discharge, he returned to the Deer River area where he lived the balance of his life except when he worked construction in Alaska and Greenland. He worked as a logger for a time and then purchased Don's Standard Service in Deer River. He then purchased the Amoco Bulk Service in Deer River and drove school bus for Independent School District 317. He retired from school bus driving in 1986. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2720 and American Legion Post 122 of Deer River, the Grand Rapids Moose Club, past president of Deer River Sportsmens Club, and past member of Knights of Columbus and the Deer River Lions. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three sons, Donald, Litchfield, Jerry, Long Lake, and Allan, Crystal; two sisters, Blanche Perrington, Grand Rapids, and Orvetta Maki, Deer River; a brother, Howard Wagoner, Tower; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Howard and Barbara, his first wife, Laura, four sisters, Isabelle Lekander, Lavonne Jensen, Dorothy Jerry, Florence Ayotte, and a grandson, David Wagoner. Funeral: Monday, May 25, at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Deer River, with the Rev. Anselm Thevarkunnel officiating. Burial: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Howard E. Wagoner, 69, Tower, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, after a struggle against ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was known throughout northeastern Minnesota as an avid outdoorsman, forester, trapper, marksman, fisherman, guide in the BWCA Wilderness and Quetico Park, cross country skier, runner and snowshoer. He retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Jan. 1, 1985, after a career of 40 years, 33 of which were spent as the district forester in Tower. After his retirement, he continued to work as a timber appraiser, surveyor and volunteer for a variety of civic causes. He was the chairman of the city of Tower Forestry Board as well as the city forester for many years, a volunteer firefighter, a founding member of the Vermilion Outdoor Fitness Club and a member of the Virginia Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower, serving on the council and as treasurer a number of times. He was a participant and age class winner in numerous cross-country ski races, running races, canoe races and bike events. He was responsible for the development of several trail systems throughout northern Minnesota, including the Bear Head Lake State Park road and parts of the Taconite Trail between Tower and Ely. He planned, designed and developed the cross country ski trails south of Tower that now bear his name, as well as other hiking and biking trails in the area. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wilma; daughter, Linda Mattson Wagoner, Tower, and her children, Sherry Floria and Chris Mattson and daughter, Kaylyn; daughter Barb Soderberg, and her daughter Erin Kate; daughter, Karen Dahl, Embarrass, and her hildren, Lance and Angela; and son, Terry, Tower, and his children, HollyAnn, Jared and Elizabeth; and two sisters, Orvetta Maki, Deer River, and Blanche Perrington, Grand Rapids. Preceding him in death were four sisters, Lavonne Jensen, Dorothy Jerry, Isabel Lekander and Florence Ayotte and a brother, Donald on May 22, 1998. Memorials are preferred to the ALS Association, Minnesota Chapter, 528 Hennepin Avenue, Suite 610, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Services: Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at the Howard Wagoner Ski Trails one mile south of Tower on Highway 135. Family services provided by the Bauman Family of Funeral Home's Vermilion Chapel, Tower.

Darwin Wright Seely, 69, Deer River, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, at Deer River. He was born April 4, 1929, at home in Wadena-Lyons Township, the son of George and Alice Seely. He served in the U.S. Army as a cook in Lebanon for the M.P. and Germany Stugard. He married Doris Verbeck on June 14, 1971, in Cass Lake. Together they ran a farm and milk route in Sebeka. In 1975, they moved to the Grand Rapids area where he worked for the Marcell Sawmill until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Doris; a special daughter, Twilla Cooper, children, Lawrence and Tuesday Cooper, all at home; a son, William Rawlings, Staples; his mother, Alice, Grand Rapids; four sisters, Lauretta Braford, Pillager, and Waneta Hoopman, Jane Hoopman and Judy Peck, all of Grand Rapids; and three brothers, Larry Seeley, Bovey, Bruce Seeley, Deer River and Erlyn Seely, Cohasset. Preceding him in death were his father, George; three sisters, Naomi Braford, Florence Smith and Laura Adams, and six brothers, Perry, Jess, Phil, Paul, Harvey, and Melvin. Funeral: Wednesday, May 27, at 2 p.m. at Ball Club Assembly of God Church, Ball Club. Burial: Olivet Cemetery, Morse Township. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Dorothy P. Simat, 74, Bovey, died Saturday, May 23, 1998. She was born March 15, 1924, in Bovey. Following her graduation from Greenway High School in Coleraine, she attended the Duluth Business College in Duluth. She married John I. Simat on April 22, 1944, in Bovey, where they made their home. She was a member of the Assemblies of God Church in Grand Rapids and did volunteer work for the American Family Association. She is survived by her husband, John; two sons, Brian Simat, Duluth, and Bruce Simat, Little Canada; four sisters, Mildred Lenzo, Cohasset, Agnes Cappeto, Florida, Ann Perry, Wisconsin, and Sophie Kirkes, Coleraine; three brothers, George Pavlica, Bovey, Mike Pavlica, LaPrairie, and Robert Pavlica, Arizona; and three grandchildren, Ryan, Nicholas and Jenelle Simat, all of Little Canada. Funeral: Family services at Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, with the Rev. Jon Henry officiating. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Aldo E. Virginia, 83, Marble, died Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Nopeming Nursing Home. He was born March 26, 1915, the son of Ben and Lena Virginia. He married Ellen Mae Robbins in 1943 and lived in California for many years where he worked in the film industry. He is survived by a son, Richard, California; two brothers, Tony, Calumet, and Ben, Rock Island, Ill.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife, Ellen, in 1947. Memorial service: Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Andrew Albert Jondahl, 94, Federal Dam, died Thursday, May 21, 1998, at Deer River. He was born May 11, 1903, in Guthrie and moved to the Boy River area where he attended school. Following school, he logged, served with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Cass Lake and worked for a box factory in Cass Lake. He married Marie Schwenk on Jan. 13, 1933, at Batkinburg, Ark. The couple resided in Cass Lake and later Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked in a heat treatment plant until 1954 when he moved to Federal Dam. He purchased and operated a restaurant and grocery store until his retirement in 1973. Following retirement, he remained in Federal Dam where he served as mayor. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church and caretaker there for many years. He is survived by his wife, Marie; a daughter, Helen Campbell, Federal Dam; seven grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Andy and Veronica Jondahl, three brothers, James, John and Lewis, and a sister, Mary. Funeral: Tuesday, May 26, at 2 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Federal Dam, with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Federal Dam. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.

Isak A. Jenson, seven day old son of Jim and Melisa (Dietman) Jenson, died Sunday, May 24, 1998, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. He was born May 17, 1998, in Grand Rapids. He is survived by his parents, Jim and Melisa, Coleraine; two brothers, Lukas and Dominik, at home; grandparents, Harley and Madonna Jenson, Marble, Britt Dietman, Ashland, Wis., and Mike Dietman, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; and great-grandparents, Ernest and Boian Nasholm, Ashland, Wis., and Dorothy Dietman, Sturgeon, Bay, Wis. Funeral: Wednesday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Coleraine, with the Rev. Paul Larson officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. 

Verna R. Harbin, 75, Grand Rapids, formerly of Des Moines, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 6, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. She was born Jan. 3, 1923, in Malcom, Iowa, the daughter of Alfred and Pearl Wahner and attended schools in Grinnell, Iowa. She moved to Des Moines in the 1940s and to Grand Rapids in 1994. She is survived by two sons, Steve Harbin, Grinnell, Iowa, and Lloyd Harbin, Grand Rapids; a stepson, Ron Harbin, New Sharon, Iowa; a brother, Alfred Wahner Jr., Cedar Falls, Iowa; three sisters, Dorothy Fleener, Grinnell, Vera VanWynegarden, Malcom, Iowa and Shirley Harrelson, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services: Thursday, May 28, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, Grinnell, Iowa. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Mary A. Shustarich, 85, Virginia, formerly of Bovey, died Tuesday, May 26, 1998, in Arrowhead Health Care Center, Virginia. She was born Dec. 26, 1912, in Virginia, the daughter of John and Anna (Bankovich) Yelenich. She was a 1931 graduate of Mt. Iron High School, had been a Bovey resident for over 45 years and lived in Grand Rapids for four years prior to moving to Virginia in April of 1998. She was a member of Mary Immaculate Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Grand Rapids Eagles Auxiliary, the Bovey Women of the Moose and had tended bar at the Bovey Moose Club for many years. She is survived by a son, Lawrence J. "Shine" Shustarich, Virginia; a sister, Ann Satovich, Hibbing; a twin brother, John Yelenich, Edmonds, Wash.; brothers, Rudy Yelenich, Newton, Kan., and Paul Yelenich, Parkville; two grandsons, Tom Shustarich, Maple Grove, and Daniel Shustarich, Virginia; a granddaughter, Mary Lee Shustarich, Coon Rapids; and great-grandchildren, Meggan and Tyler Shustarich, Maple Grove. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Lawrence P. Shustarich in 1970, a brother, Peter Yelenich, and two sisters, Stephana Satovich and Katherine Bayhart. Funeral: Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Coleraine, with the Rev. Bernard Popesh officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Oscar O. Cleveland, 96, Grand Rapids, died Friday, May 29, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center. He was born Jan. 9, 1902, in Humboldt, Iowa, the son of Clang and Hannah Cleveland. He moved with his family to Plankinton, S.D., and to Jessie Lake in 1916. He married Jennie Johnson in 1924. They lived at Jessie Lake where he owned and operated a sawmill, farmed and was a carpenter and cabinetmaker. He was a fishing guide for Camp Idlewild for 23 years. He moved to Grand Rapids in 1966 and retired from cabinet making in 1989. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Brethren Church. He is survived by a daughter, Alice Olson, Park River, N.D.; a son, Bud Cleveland, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Hilda Lubbers, Sioux Center, Iowa, and Ruth Bowe, Plano, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife, Jennie, in 1976, a daughter, Marvel Evensen, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral: Monday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Brethren Church. Visitation is Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

Leo H. Henderson, 82, Nashwauk, died Friday, May 29, 1998, at his home. He was born June 16, 1915, in Copley Township, Clearwater County, the son of G. William and Maria (Maalismaa) Henderson. A 1933 graduate of Nashwauk High School, he lived most of his life in Nashwauk. He married Rosemary O. LaFreniere on Nov. 24, 1938, in Nashwauk. He was a clerk for the Butler Taconite Company, retiring in 1978 with 35 years of service. A World War II Army veteran, he served in an infantry anti-tank battalion at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 307 of Nashwauk and the Fridley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; three sons, John Henderson, Solon, Ohio, Albert, Saint Simons Island, Ga., and Martin Henderson, Cape Coral, Fla.; seven daughters, Marie Henderson, Daly City, Calif., Kathleen Olson, Roseville, Margaret Henderson, San Francisco, Calif., Victoria Gerges, Yarmouth, Maine, Christine Lukken, Oliver, Wis., Patricia Henderson, Duluth and Delores "Lori" Olson, Cumberland, Wis.; 25 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Funeral: Tuesday, June 2, at 10 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine. Burial: Itasca-Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.

Nina Arnold Cavins, 95, died Wednesday, May 20, 1998, at Riverside, Calif. She was born Aug. 24, 1902, in Preston, Minn., the daughter of Ezra Arnold and Ella Davis Arnold. She was a graduate of Winona State Teachers College and taught in one room schoolhouses in North Dakota and Minnesota and also served as a mentor teacher in the schools at Champaign, Ill. She married Theodore Cavins of Charleston, Ill., on Dec. 25, 1933, and moved to Lake Forest, Ill., where they lived for 52 years. Her summers were spent in Grand Rapids at Camp Mishawaka which she and her husband, "Cap" Cavins directed for many years. She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Cavins Leinbach, Riverside, Calif.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, and a son, David Allen Cavins. A memorial service was held in Riverside, Calif., with burial at Charleston, Ill. Memorials may be sent to Grace Methodist Church, 244 E Center, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 or to the Mishawaka Foundation, PO Box 3744, Bloomington, IL 61702-3744.

Leo G. Lattanzi, 73, Hibbing, died Wednesday, May 27, 1998, at the University Medical Center, Mesabi in its Hospice room. He was born July 8, 1924, in Virginia, the son of Guiseppe and Palma (Cappelli) Lattanzi. He was a graduate of Virginia High School, Virginia Junior College, and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. He was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theater. His first wife, Shirley, who he married on Jan. 25, 1947, in Trinity Lutheran Church in Virginia, preceded him in death in 1991. He married Eleanor Hummel on Nov. 20, 1993, in Grace Lutheran Church in Apple Valley. He was employed as a mechanical draftsman for Abe Matherws Engineering Company of Hibbing prior to his retirement. He was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Hibbing and sang in its choir. He was a member of the Sons of Norway Mid Nat Solen Lodge, No. 58, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8510 both of Hibbing, the Good Sam's Club Laurentian Divide Chapter, and was a ham radio operator. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Hummel; a daughter, Vicki LaFeve, Grand Rapids; a son, Larry Lattanzi, Libau, Manitoba, Canada; a sister, Nellie Pallazzari, Virginia; two stepdaughters, Gwen Ongaro, Hibbing, and Jean Peterson, Burnsville; four stepsons, Gill Hummel, Venezuela, Mark Hummel, Hastings, John Hummel, Burnsville, and Dan Hummel, Northfield; 23 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife, Shirley, in 1991, a son, Don, in 1976, a stepson, Paul Hummel, in 1978, and two brothers, Mose and Franklin Lattanzi. Memorial services: Monday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hibbing, with the Rev. Eric Holleque officiating. Arrangements by Bauman Family of Funeral Home's Bauman-Cron Chapel, Virginia.

Birney D. Bird, 84, Grand Rapids, died Sunday, May 31, 1998, at his daughter's home in Cohasset. He was born in Marshall and came to the Grand Rapids area in 1937. He married Betty Seiffert in 1952. He worked for U.S. Steel as a sample truck driver from 1951 until his retirement in 1975. He attended Community Bible Chapel in Cohasset. He is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters, Betty "Bee" Jeffers, Pengilly, and Joy Whitted, Cohasset; four sons, Lee, Grand Rapids, Jesse "Jay" Bird, Tempe, Ariz., Jerry Bird, Bemidji, and Brian, Grand Rapids; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Clyde and Carrie (Fuller) Bird, three brothers and a sister. Funeral: Wednesday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Community Bible Chapel, Cohasset, with the Rev. Ken Whitted officiating. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Remer. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.


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