Miscellaneous Itasca County, Minnesota Obituaries
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C. H. "Kleff" Kleffman, 68, Grand Rapids, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Lake Otukamamoan, Ontario, Canada. He was born on April 10, 1930 in Hibbing, where he grew up and attended school. Following graduation from Hibbing High School, he attended Hibbing Junior College, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., and Purdue University in Indiana. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as a journalist and photographer. He was married in 1957 at Hudson, Wis. to Shirley Temple. He worked for United Press News Service in Minneapolis and then the Mesabi Daily News in Ely. In 1959 he came to Grand Rapids from Ely and worked as an agent for State Farm Insurance until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of the Jaycees, the Driftskippers Snowmobile Club, Toastmasters, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and served as area president. He served on the Advisory Board of Itasca Community College and he was active with Carl Eller in "Athletes against Drugs". He was president of Northwestern Life Underwriters, a life member of State Farm President's Club, and he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Itasca Lodge No 208 both of Grand Rapids. He is survived by four daughters, Roxanne "Rocky" Blom and Janeen "Bobbie" Kleffman, both of Grand Rapids, Andra Vaughn, Bemidji, and Andee Kleffman, Denver, Colo.; two sons, Clayton James Kleffman and Samuel Stephen Kleffman, both of Grand Rapids; his former wife, Shirley Kleffman, Grand Rapids; one sister, Phoebe Meyer, Pennsylvania; five brothers, David, Hibbing, Roger, Chicago, Ill., Steven, Fresno, Calif., Joel of St. Cloud, and Robin of St. Paul; five grandchildren, Megan and Max Bauer, Jena and Brady Blom and Keelie Jo Kleffman; and one great-granddaughter, Angela Bauer. Memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association. Funeral: Monday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. James Hauver officiating. A sign language interpreter will be provided. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, with a wake prayer service at 6 p.m. at the Rowe Funeral Home. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Hjalmer K. "Kug" Holmes, 85, formerly of Bovey, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center C&NC. He was born Jan. 31, 1913, in Floodwood, the son of Matt and Sanna (Marttila) Holmes. He grew up and attended school in the Floodwood area and has been a Bovey resident for over 40 years. He married Hilma Oakes on Dec. 25, 1941, in Floodwood. He had been a service truck driver having worked in the Buckeye and Hunner mines, worked for National Steel and retired from Butler Taconite after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Itasca Finnish Club and an Army veteran of World War II. He is survived by his son, Roy Holmes, Grand Rapids; two granddaughters, Allison and Stephanie Holmes, both of Grand Rapids; and a sister, Martha Heiskari, Floodwood. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Hilma, in 1988, and several brothers and sisters. Funeral: Friday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Lynn Ronsberg officiating. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements were by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Stanley B. Craven, 74, Grand Rapids, died Thursday, June 4, 1998, in Itasca Medical Center. He was born April 10, 1924, in Platteville, Wis., the son of Burns and Cora (Oats) Craven. He was a 1944 graduate of Greenway High School and had lived most of his life in Grand Rapids. He married Geraldine L. Carno on Sept. 2, 1944, in Coleraine. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Grand Rapids for over 40 years and had been a heavy equipment operator for Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He is survived by a son, Randall H. Craven; a granddaughter, Breanna Craven, and a grandson, Nathan Craven, all of Cohasset; and a brother, Clifford Craven, Ft. Myers, Fla. Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, Geraldine, in 1993, and two brothers, William and Guerdon. Funeral: Monday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Dennis Hier officiating. Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial: Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Nick Dubovich, 85, Pengilly, died Thursday, June 4, 1998, at Itasca Medical Center C&NC. He was born Feb. 2, 1913, in White City, the son of George and Rose Dubovich. He attended school in Marble and had been a resident of Pengilly since 1940. He married Pearl Dukich on June 16, 1940, in Chisholm. He had been an automotive maintenance foreman for U.S. Steel retiring in 1975 with 40 years of service. He was a member of the St. Basil's Serbian Orthodox Church in Chisholm, a member of the Itasca Lodge No. 208 A.F. & A. M. of Grand Rapids, North Star Shrine Club of Grand Rapids, AAD Temple Shrine of Duluth, the Lodge of Perfection of Hibbing, a former member of the Canisteo Lodge A.F. & A.M. and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 1061 of Bovey. He is survived by his wife, Pearl, Pengilly; a son, Robert Dubovich, Pengilly; a daughter, Ellen Welk, Milwaukee, Wis.; six brothers, Sam, Steve and Paul Dubovich, all of Bovey, Mike Dubovich, Calumet, Dan Dubovich, Marble, and George Dubovich, Florida; four sisters, Dragie Shevich, Grand Rapids, Mayme Dimatteo, Renton, Wash., Mary Plecas, Chicago, Ill, , and Ann Georgiff, Bovey; and four grandchildren. Graveside services: Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, with the Rev. Bogdan Zjalic officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Catherine "Cathy" Ann Coleman, 56, Fridley, died May 31, 1998, at Linwood Health Care Center. She was born April 26, 1942, in Austin, the daughter of Willow McNally of Grand Rapids, and attended school in Deer River. She married Wayne Coleman and had lived and worked in the Twin Cities and Seattle, Wash., areas. She is survived by her mother, Willow; a son, Duane Coleman, Darrington, Wash.; two daughters, Robin Coleman, Seattle, Wash., and Sherrie Davis, Everett, Wash.; four brothers, Edwin, Francis, David and Faye McNally; two sisters, Mary Friend and Theresa Hamilton; and a granddaughter, Heather Davis, Everett, Wash. Preceding her in death were her father, Leo McNally, and a brother, Michael McNally. Memorials may be sent to Health Span Hospice, 2750 Arthur St., Roseville, MN 55113. Attn: Karen Harrison. Memorial service: Thursday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Christian Center, Spring Lake Park.
Benjamin F. Grussendorf, 92, Brainerd, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, Brainerd. He was born July 27, 1906, in Fairfax, the son of Dietrich and Eleanore (Fenske) Grussendorf. He grew up on an Itasca County farm, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Minnesota Law School. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Fern Phyllis Ross. He was elected Itasca County attorney, serving for 33 years. He was appointed Ninth Judicial District judge by Gov. Harold Lavander in 1968 and continued serving in the capacity of judge until 1982. He is survived by two sons, Ben F. Grussendorf, Sitka, Alaska, and Kurt Grussendorf, Pensacola, Fla.; two grandchildren and two great-grandsons. Preceding him in death were his wife, Fern, brothers and a sister. Memorials are preferred to Woodland Good Samaritan Village. Funeral: Friday, June 12, at 10 a.m. at Woodland Good Samaritan Village, 300 Building Chapel, Brainerd, with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post No. 255. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd, and one-half hour prior to the services at Woodland Chapel. Burial: Friday at 3 p.m. at the Harris Township Cemetery. Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.
Joseph Edward Heinlein, 47, Bowstring, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Deer River. He was born June 19, 1950, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended and graduated from Deer River High School. Following graduation, he attended Bemidji State University. He worked as a carpenter in the Bigfork-Marcell area. He married Carolyn Armstrong Oct. 31, 1986. He was known by friends as "Quetico Joe." He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Michael Gordon Heinlein, Grand Rapids, and Keith Wayne Heinlein, Detroit Lakes; three daughters, Sally Jo Heinlein, Grand Rapids, and Katie Rose and Megan Sarah Heinlein, both at home; two stepsons, Adam Ryan Daniel, Washington, D.C., and Jordan Varner Daniel, state of Virginia; and two sisters, Carol Veecher and Nancy Rainey, both of Michigan. Preceding him in death were a daughter Jennifer and his parents, Michael and Rosemary. Funeral: Thursday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Marcell Community Church with the Rev. Ron Grossman officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.
Willis Clifford "Bud" Lindsey, 69, Grand Rapids, died Monday, June 8, 1998, at his home. He was born May 24, 1929, in Durand, Mich., the son of Thomas Willis Lindsey and Lois Vivian (Matheny) Lindsey . He graduated from Grand Rapids High School with the Class of 1947 and joined the U.S. Air Force where he served until 1974. He retired to Grand Rapids in 1974 and started work for Brink Sand & Gravel, retiring in 1987. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his wife, Marty L. Lindsey, Grand Rapids; seven daughters, Cathy M., Grand Rapids, Carolee A., Fridley, Margie Langston, Manvel, Texas, Bobbie Ames, Dayton, Texas, Lucy Brownell, Round Rock, Texas, Carol Brink, Grand Rapids, and Katy Sampson, Stacy; two sons, Mark E., Houston, Texas, and Tom B., Norwich, N.D.; three sisters, Margaret Foster, Hartsville, Tenn., Eleanor Braberg, Deer River, and Barbara Mattison, Castle Rock, Wash.; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Dixie Lee Lindsey, in 1971, and two brothers, Cecil and Tony. Funeral: Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at Libbey Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5 p.m. until the services. Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Sophie E. Kimball, 87, Virginia, formerly of Hill City, died Friday, June 5, 1998, at Virginia Convalescent Center, Virginia. She was born Nov. 3, 1910, in Canada, the daughter of Wilfred and Emma Tietz. She married Frank Kimball on Aug. 9, 1927, in St. Paul. Following marriage, the couple lived in South St. Paul until 1953. They moved to the Shovel Lake Hill City area where she was involved in the evergreen wreath and roping and Christmas tree business. She is survived by three sons, Jack Kimball, Phoenix, Ariz., Richard Kimball, Makinen, and Robert Kimball, Anoka; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, her husband, Frank, in 1985, two brothers, three sisters, and a grandson, Scott. Funeral: Thursday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hill City, with the Rev. LeRoy Philaya officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids. Burial: Hill Lake Cemetery, Hill City. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Eino M. Nuorala, 87, Cambridge, and formerly of Jacobson and Grand Rapids, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at the Cambridge Medical Center. He was born Jan. 23, 1911, at Wawina where he grew up and attended schools. He married Selma L. Ranta on Jan. 17, 1931, in Cloquet and the couple lived in Jacobson where they operated a dairy farm for many years. He then worked for U.S. Steel at Coleraine for 20 years retiring in 1975. In 1977, they moved to Grand Rapids and in November of 1997, they moved to Cambridge. He served as treasurer of the Jacobson School District for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Selma; two sons, Marvin Nuorala, Cambridge, and Kenneth Nuorala, Inver Grove Heights; a brother, William Nuorala, Superior, Wis.; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. Preceding him in death were his parents, Mikko and Maria Nuorala and a son, Stanley Nuorala. Funeral: Tuesday, June 9, at 11 a.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Ball Bluff Township, with the Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Ball Bluff Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Steven J. Tagtgren, 22, Bovey, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born June 28, 1975, in Aurora and graduated from Nashwauk-Keewatin High School in 1993. He worked for Hibbing Fabricators. He is survived by his mother, Joyce Tagtgren, Bovey; paternal grandmother, Marion Tagtgren, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Sharon Ross, Nashwauk, and Stephanie Tagtgren, Chisholm. Funeral: Thursday, June 11, at 2 p.m. at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, with the Rev. Charles F. Louvau officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Balsam Cemetery, Balsam Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
The Rev. Dennis McEnery, 72, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, in Ireland. He was ordained a priest on June 18, 1950, at All Hallows College Chapel. He served parishes in Nashwauk, Virginia, Remer, Longville, Federal Dam, Tobique, Pine River, Pequot Lakes, Nisswa, Brainerd, Hoyt Lakes and Duluth. His final parish assignment before retiring in 1990, was at St. Francis Church, Carlton and Immaculate Conception Church, Cromwell-Wright. In addition to various parish assignments, he served as the Catholic chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital and Miller-Dwan Hospital in Duluth from 1983-1987. Funeral: Monday, June 8, at the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale, County Limerick. Burial: Priests' Cemetery.
Wallace Ralph Engebrit, 84, Bigfork, died Monday, June 8, 1998, at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. He was born April 24, 1914, in Fargo, N.D., and was a longtime Twin Cities resident. He was employed at Scott Atwater, Reuters Inc. and finally by Control Data Corporation as a quality control inspector until his retirement in 1978. Following retirement, he wintered in Hopkins and Franklin, Minn., and spent summers at the Marcell cabin. In the late 1980s, he moved to Bigfork. He was a member of Mesaba Button Box Band, Chippewa Lodge No. 275, Deer River, and the Bigfork Over 50 Club. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, Bigfork; three sons, Ward, Albuquerque, N.M., Wayne, Florida, and Ralph, Eden Prairie; a sister, Gladys Whalen, St. Louis Park; a brother, Ray, Arvada, Colo.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral: Friday, June 12, at 2 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork, with the Rev. John Sebentsfeldt officiating. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service. Burial: Fort Ridgely, Minn. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Bigfork.
Doris I. Ryan, 40, Brainerd, died Tuesday, June 9, 1998, at her home. She was born March 29, 1958, in Aitkin, the daughter of Bernard and Jessie (Schoonmaker) Ryan. She grew up in the Waukenabo area and attended school in Palisade and Aitkin, graduating from Aitkin High School in 1976. She had attended the Brainerd Vo. Tech. She married Ken Stolberg in November of 1980 and they traveled throughout the central states with his job before moving to Aitkin. She moved to Brainerd in 1994. She married Jim Nelson in June of 1994 and resided in Brainerd. She had worked for the Tropix Company for the past three years. She is survived by two sons, Mark Ryan, Brainerd, and Jessie Stolberg, Silver Bay; a stepdaughter, Tina Nelson, Brainerd; her mother and stepfather, Jessie and Bernard Latterell, McGregor; three brothers, Jerry Ryan, Grand Rapids, Richard Ryan, Brainerd, and James Ryan, Alamagordo, N.M.; three sisters, Betty Christian, Palisade, Christella Nelson, Aitkin, and Marcella Daun, Palisade. Preceding her in death was her father, Bernard Ryan. Funeral: Saturday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, Aitkin, with the Rev. John Fleischhacker officiating. Visitation is Friday from 4 to 8 with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin. Burial: Waukenabo Cemetery. Arrangements by Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home, Aitkin.
Susan M. Rupert, 36, Cohasset, died Monday, June 8, 1998, at the Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. She was born Dec. 30, 1961, in Grand Rapids where she grew up and attended school graduating with honors from Grand Rapids High School in 1979. She attended Itasca Community College and worked locally in the Grand Rapids area. She married Donald Rupert in Cohasset. She is survived by her husband, Donald Rupert; her parents, Bernard and Jacky Mattfield, Grand Rapids; four sisters, Bunny Laird, Grand Rapids, Donna Smetana, Monticello, and Patty Lundquist and Terry Lamora, both of Ellsworth, Wis.; a stepson, John Rupert, Cohasset; a stepdaughter, Brenda Eaton, Quincy, Mass.; her paternal grandmother, Elsie Mattfield, Grand Rapids; and five grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a brother, Delor, and a sister, Jacquelyn. Funeral: Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at Rowe Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Whitted officiating. Visitation is Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Harris Cemetery, Harris Township. Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Ann M. Stark, 64, Grand Rapids, died Monday, June 8, 1998, at her lake cabin on Star Island, Deer Lake. She was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Bemidji, and grew up at North Star Camp on Leech Lake, moving to Grand Rapids where she graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 1951. She worked for Hedman Resort Exchange for many years. After raising her family, she started working again and got a real estate license. She continued to work with her brother at Hedman Realty, now Prudential Hedman Realty. She was a member of the Deer Lake Association, the Itasca County Board of Realtors and Community Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her former husband, Walter Stark, Grand Rapids; a daughter, Nancy Schlader, Grand Rapids; a son, Ward Stark, Grand Rapids; two sisters, Faith McDevitt, Stratford, Conn., and Ella Warmington, Marine on St. Croix; and a brother, Len Hedman, Grand Rapids. Memorial services: Thursday, June 11, at 11 a.m. at Community Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Becky Sherwood officiating. Arrangments by Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.
Alden F. Strom, 85, Marcell, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, in Itasca Medical Center, Grand Rapids. He was born April 30, 1913, in Minneapolis, the son of Albin and Freda (Olson) Strom. He was a graduate of North High School in Minneapolis and married Mary Lou Whiton on Sept. 20, 1947, in Minneapolis. He had been a resident of the Minneapolis area prior to moving to the Marcell area in 1965. He had been a computer programmer for Texaco Oil for 25 years prior to moving to Marcell. He and his wife owned and operated the White Birch resort from 1965 until his retirement in 1980. He was a former member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Deep Haven, was a member of the Ponti-Peterson Veterans of Foreign Wars post of Grand Rapids and was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; a son, Robert Strom, Eagan; a daughter, Marilyn Anne Swatosh, Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Travis and Cody Strom, Eagan, Jody Hanson, Bloomington, and Timothy Swatosh, Minneapolis, and two great-grandchildren, Courtney and Cassandra Hanson, Bloomington. Preceding him in death were his parents, Albin and Freda Strom, two sisters, and a brother. The family prefers memorials to the donor's choice. Memorial services: Wednesday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine, with the Rev. Judy Anderson-Bauer officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Violet Tarbuck, 80, Calumet, died Friday, June 5, 1998, in Leisure Hills Health Center, Hibbing. She was born March 2, 1918, in Keewatin, the daughter of George and Milka (Stojanovich) Churchich. She was a homemaker, a lifelong resident of the Calumet area, a graduate of Keewatin High School, a member of St. Basil's Serbian Orthodox Church of Chisholm and the Serbian Circle. She married Joseph Tarbuck on May 28, 1939, in Chisholm. She is survived by her husband, Joseph, Calumet; children, Ed Tarbuck, Morton, Ill, John Tarbuck, Arden Hills, Barbara Hecomovich, Shoreview, Jane Miettunen, Hibbing, and David Tarbuck, Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters, Helen Rcevich and Sophie Bowman and two brothers, Steve and Peter Churchich. Memorial services: Monday, June 8, at 10 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Coleraine, with the Rev. Bogdan Zjalic officiating. Arrangements by Peterson Funeral Chapel, Coleraine.
Alice P. Will, 95, Menomonee Falls, Wis., died Wednesday, June 3, 1998, in Milwaukee, Wis. She was born April 27, 1903, in Melrose, Wis., and was a longtime resident of Calumet and Max. She is survived by a daughter, Carol Vocelka. Preceding her in death were her husband, Clarence, and infant son, Gerald, two brothers and three sisters. Funeral: Wednesday, June 10, at 1 p.m. at Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River, with the Rev. Ron Suntken officiating. Burial: Pine Grove Cemetery, Max. Arrangements by Carroll Funeral Home, Deer River.