Brooke Ann Simpson, infant daughter of Dawn and
Simpson of Cook, died Tuesday, September 18, 2001,
at the Fairview University Medical Center in Hibbing. Family
graveside services were held on Thursday at the Field Township
Cemetery near Cook. Rev. Marcus Hess was the officiant. In
addition to her parents, Brooke is survived by her brother Bo
and sister Brenna, both at home; maternal grandparents, Leslie
and Maryann Arvila ,; paternal grandparents, Robert and Hope
Simpson,; paternal great grandfather, Sam Keister, all of Cook,
in addition to numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Arrangements
were by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Wesley Johnson, 61, died Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at
the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
He was born on November 1, 1939, at Cook, where he grew up
and graduated from high school. He lived in the Twin Cities for
many years. He married Rozanne Larson and lived in Fridley. He
moved to Northfield in 1975. Wes had a full career employed with
Fairway Foods, and retired as an accounting executive. He had
enjoyed landscaping and gardening.
Wesley is survived by 1 son, Brad (Kim) of Fairbault, Mn.; 2
daughters, Wendy Johnson of Mpls., and Angela "Angie" Johnson
of Apple Valley, Mn.,; 1 brother, Ronald (Judy) Johnson of Duluth,
and 2 Grandchildren, Jadyen and Timothy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rozanne in 1993,; 3 sisters,
Janice Johnson in 1966, Shirley Schulze in 1995, and Donna
Isaacson in 1999,; 1 brother, James Johnson in 1999,; his mother
Irene Johnson in 1993, and his father Gust Johnson in 1967.
Funeral services for Wesley Johnson, 61, of Northfield, Minnesota,
formerly of Cook, will be at 11:00 a.m Friday, (September 14th) in
the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the
officiant. Interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Ronald Johnson is the only one left of this family. He is a
cousin of Senator Doug Johnson. Their home was the farm
north of the Enzmann farm which is now owned by Reino Lahti.
William “Bill’’ A. Nosie, 71, of Rauch, died Friday, Aug. 31,
2001, at the Cook Hospital Hospice
He was born on June 3, 1930, at Rauch, the son of Joseph and
Mary (Godec) Nosie. He was a lifelong resident of the Rauch
area. He is an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served
as an amphibious engineer. He logged for many years, had worked
in the Godfrey underground mine near Chisholm, and also drove
school bus. He was the canister attendant at Silverdale. He was
a past commander and adjutant of the Greaney American Legion
Post No. 605. He had enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Martha “Marty;’’ three daughters,
Chris (Terry) Novak of Greaney, Katie (Bryan Bartol) Nosie of
Chisholm and Billie Jean Nosie at home; two brothers, Joe (Hazel)
Nosie of Chisholm and Larry (Gail) Nosie of Balkan; one sister,
Bernadine “Bunny’’ Rent of Chisholm; three aunts, Rosie (Urban)
Rent of Cook, Rosemary Godec of Chisholm and Julia Novak of
Virginia; his mother-in-law, Syvilla Shermer of Orr; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Mary in 1977; his father,
Joseph in 1985; one brother, Bert in 1992; and his father-in-law,
Nick Shermer on March 5, 2001.
William “Bill’’ A. Nosie, 71, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial
will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bridget’s Catholic in Greaney. Fr.
Larry Antus, O.M.I. will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from
6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. The
casket bearers will be Ronnie Nosie, Chuck Nosie, Mark Nosie,
Brian Nosie, David Rent, Randy Nosie and Brad Nosie. Interment
will be in St. Bridget’s Cemetery in Greaney, with military honors
accorded by the Orr American Legion Post No. 480 Honor Guard,
Cook VFW Post No. 1757 Honor Guard and the Bois Forte
Theodore “Ted’’ Leonard Heikkinen, 89, of Sparta died Wed,
August 29, 2001, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 24, 1912, in the sauna on the family farmstead
in Field Township to Oscar and Matilda (Jokinen) Heikkinen. He
married Vienna Sillanpaa on July 18, 1934, on the shores of the
Rice River near Cook. He owned and operated Spartan Sauna
Heaters Inc.and brought the company into the computer age through
the Web and Internet sales.
He worked as a logger in his father-in-law’s logging camp near
Ely in his younger days. He moved to Sparta in 1934 and worked
as a bus driver for the Gilbert Schools until 1941, when he decided
to go to California for welding school. He worked in the shipyards
as a welder, leadman and foreman in California. In 1943, the family
moved to Duluth, where he worked in the shipyard and became a
welding instructor. With the end of the war in 1945, the shipyards
closed. The family moved back to Sparta, where he had lived in the
same house since then. He worked at the Kiewit Mine in Gilbert
and at Coons Company in Virginia. He started his own welding
shop in 1953, doing ornamental ironwork and general welding. He
developed his own design for sauna heaters, the same design still
built today by his son. The business was incorporated in 1965 and
became known as Spartan Sauna Heaters Inc.
He is survived by his son, Jack (LaVaun) Heikkinen, of Sparta;
daughters, Jeanne Ritacco of Estacada, Ore., Peggy (Jim) Schultz
of Champlin, Minn, and Patricia (John Jr.) Starr of Virginia; 14
grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years,
Vienna, in 1987; his four brothers and four sisters; his daughter,
Marjorie Wiirre, in 1972; and a son-in-law, James Ritacco Sr.
Theodore 'Ted' L. Heikkinen, 89, SERVICES: Funeral 11 a.m
Friday in the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth, with the
Rev. Daniel Johns officiating. Visitation 4-7 p.m. today at Ziemer-
Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert and will continue for
one hour prior to service at the church Friday. Burial will be in
Elsie I. Anderson, 89, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2001, in Inver
Grove Heights, Minn.
She was born in Wyoming and moved with her parents, Ina Antilla
and Andrew Williams, to Soudan as a child. While living in Soudan,
besides raising a large family, she was on the Soudan Community
Store Board and a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She
moved to the Twin Cities in 1987 and had lived at the Woodlyn
Heights Nursing Home in Inver Grove Heights since 1991.
She is survived by three sisters, Esther Congdon of San Diego,
Calif., Eline Branwall of Soudan and Estelle Harri of Ely; nine
children, June Silverthorn of Fairmont, Minn., Donald (Bernadette)
Hill of St. Paul, Halvor (Joanne) Hill of Mancos, Colo., George
(Carol) Anderson of Santa Monica, Calif., Wesley (Sharon)
Anderson of St. Paul, Rodney (Judy) Anderson of Cook,
Diane (Bob) Mega of Duluth, Richard (Kathy) Anderson of
Kennesaw, Ga., and Sally Niemi of Albany, Minn.; 21 grand-
children; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gunnard; son,
William Hill; sisters, Ellen Brown and Bernice Furlow; and
brother, Edwin Kollin.
Elsie I. Anderson, 89, SERVICES: Funeral at 11 a.m. Friday
at Mueller Lake Mortuary, 4738 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear
Lake, with visitation for one hour before service. Interment at
4 p.m. Friday in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower. In lieu of flowers,
memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Soudan.
Albert Strong, 84, of Nett Lake died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001,
at Leisure Hills of Hibbing.
He was born May 27, 1917, in Nett Lake to George and Rose
(Beargrease) Strong. He grew up in Nett Lake and attended
school there and in Vermilion. He worked for a time for the U.S.
Forest Service. He was an Army veteran of World War II and
received the Purple Heart with two Oak Clusters. He married
Ruth Ann Boshey on Oct. 6, 1948, in Orr. Following marriage
the couple made their home in Nett Lake. He worked as a logger,
hunting guide and on construction for Walker Jamar. He was
proud to be the grandson of John Beargrease.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two sons, Gaynard Strong of
Tower and Rodney (Lisa) Strong of International Falls; three
daughters, Phyllis (Robert) Boshey, Mary Strong and Sarah
(David) Kochie, all of Tower; numerous grandchildren, great-
grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Annie
(Alex) Pete, of Tower; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Albert Jr. and Kenneth
Sr.; a sister, Ruby; six brothers, Herbert, Jack, John, William,
Louis and Harry; and a granddaughter, Julie Arn.
Albert Strong, 84, SERVICES: Tribal rites will be held 10 a.m.
Thursday, with visitation starting at 4 p.m. today, all at the Strong
residence. Gilbert Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Nett Lake,
with military honors accorded by the Nett Lake Honor Guard.
George Todd Martin, 77, of Parkville, died Saturday, Aug. 25,
the Virginia Convalescent Care Center.
He was born Jan. 11, 1924, to Wallace and Dorothy Martin in Shaker
Heights, Ohio. He moved to Downers Grove, Ill., when he was 13, and
then moved to St. Paul in 1941. He graduated from Central High School
1942. He entered the V-12 program in 1942 at the University of
Minnesota, where he majored in engineering and business. A veteran
U.S. Navy, he was sent to Great Lakes, Ill., then to Corpus Christi,
and San Diego, Calif., where he served as a flight engineer aboard
Mariner Navy Patrol plane. In 1946, he returned to the university,
graduating in 1948. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
On May 31, 1946, he married Peggy Reisdorf. While in the Twin Cities,
entered the automotive field with International Harvester, Studebaker,
Dodge and Ford. In 1958, he moved to Virginia and purchased Martin
Chevrolet and later added Toyota and Chryslter-Dodge-Plymouth
franchises. In 1986, he sold the dealership to Bill Cavers, his longtime
friend and partner. He and his family lived at Sand Lake for 35 years
moved to Parkville in 1997.
He had been a member of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, charter
board member of Northern State Bank, Minnesota Auto Dealers, National
Auto Dealers, Rotary International (a Paul Harris Fellow), Citizens
Committee for the Taconite Amendment and a member of Hope
Community Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed skiing, snowmobiling, riding
trail bikes and traveling.
Survivors include, his wife, Peggy; a sister, Jeanne (Robert) Mullen;
Peter (Cathy) Martin; daughters, Kathy (Arlen) Sandnas and Carole
(Steve) Brossard; grandchildren, Aaron (Joanna) Sandnas, Beth (Patrick)
Zollar, Greta Sandnas and George Brossart.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
George Todd Martin, 77, SERVICES: A memorial service will be 2 p.m.
Tuesday in the Hope Community Presbyterian Church in Virginia, with
Rev. Dr. Frank Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers
memorials to Hope Community Presbyterian Church. Family services are
provided by Bauman-Cron, a Bauman Family Funeral Home, in Virginia.
To leave a personal remembrance online, see www.baumanfuneral.com.
Edward Rosnau, 83 of Winthrop, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001
at the Winthrop Good Samaritan Center
Edward is survived by son, Reuben Rosnau and his wife,
Shirley of Cook; daughter, Beverly "Bev" Nelson and her
husband, Ron of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; six grandchildren;
four great-grandchildren; brother, Howard and his wife, Lois of
Winthrop; sisters, Adeline Laabs of Winthrop and Clarrice
Rosnau of Winthrop; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other
relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Hazel and sister,
Edna Peterson. He was born June 5, 1918, in Bismarck Township,
Sibley County, to William and Ella (King) Rosnau. He attended
country school. He married Hazel N. Anderson on March 8, 1944,
at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Winthrop. The couple retired
in the mid '80s and continued living on their farm site until they
into Winthrop in the late '80s. They entered Burns Manor Nursing
Home in Hutchinson. She died Nov. 8, 2000. He entered the
Winthrop Good Samaritan Center on Jan. 23, 2001. He was a
member of the Evangelical Church in Winthrop where he served
on the deacon board and as financial secretary, trustee, and usher.
Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at the Evangelical Covenant Church
in Winthrop with burial in Winthrop Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8
p.m., Friday and 7:30-11 a.m., Saturday at Dalin-Hantge Funeral
Chapel in Winthrop; and Saturday at the church, one hour prior to
the time of services..
Elsie Leding, 83, a former Virginia resident, died Friday,
Aug. 17, 2001, at Lake Vue gardens Care Center in
She was born Dec. 23, 1917, in Duluth, Minn., and married
John O. Leding of Cook in 1942. They resided in Cook and
Virginia until 1978, when they moved to Kent, Wash. She was
a longtime employee of the White Cross Pharmacy in Virginia.
She was a member of the Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran
Church of Virginia and the First Lutheran Church of Kent, Wash.
She is survived by a daughter, Kaye (Michael) Lenci, of
Bellevue, Wash.; two granddaughters, Kristen Lenci of Kirkland,
Wash., and Katherine Lenci of Seattle, Wash.; and two sisters,
lorence Sartwell of Minnetonka, Minn., and Shirley Mabel
Carrick of Sparks, Nev.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1991. He
was a brother to Kenneth Leding of Cook who passed away
on the 31st of December 1995 at the age of 77
Elsie Leding, 83, SERVICES: A family memorial service will be
held at a later date. Burial will be in Cook
Frank T. Lehtinen, 70, died Monday, August 13, 2001,
at his Niles Bay Road summer residence.
He was born Frank Toivo Lehtinen on January 5, 1931, at
New York City, New York, the son of Toivo and Pauline
Frances (Moriarity) Lehtinen. He grew up in Mt. Iron, and
graduated Mt. Iron High School in 1950. Frank served in the
U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean
Conflict, serving as a trained medic.
He married Betty Jane Brunfelt on October 16, 1954, in
Virginia. Frank was employed by the Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific
Railway from 1950, until his retirement in 1988. While employed,
he also served as general chairman of the United Transportation
Union-Local 1067. He was a member of the D.W.&P. Railway
Retirement Club, the Lake Vermilion Sportsman Club, and the
Minnesota Clubs in Florida and Alabama while residing there
during the winter months. He was a past member of the West
Duluth American Legion, and current member of the Orlando
(Florida) American Legion. Through the years he has had the
opportunity to live at the following places: Mt. Iron, Virginia,
Britt, Pike Lake, Morgan Park, Mn., Englewood, Fl., Punta
Gorda Fl., Orange Beach, Al, and Lake Vermilion. Some of
Frank’s many hobbies have included: playing cards, fishing,
camping, deer & duck hunting, gardening, berry picking, &
working with machinery.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; 1 son, John (Jingzhu) Lehtinen
of Clear Lake, Mn.; 3 daughters, Sue (George) Rowley of
Minnetonka, Mn., Diane (James) Lagios of Esko, Mn., and
Tammy (Mark) Ferris of Plymouth, Mn.,; 8 Grandchildren:
Evan Lagios, Sarah Rowley, David Rowley, Matthew Rowley,
Brittany Lehtinen, Rita Lehtinen, Tyler Ferris, and Kyle Ferris.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Toivo Lehtinen, and
Frances (Lehtinen) Paul.
Memorial services for Frank T. Lehtinen, 70, of Lake Vermilion-
Cook, will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 20th, in the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Rev. Morris Johnson will be the officiant.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday
in the Mlaker Funeral Home.. Inurnment will be in the Greenwood
Cemetery in Virginia.
Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Paul David Degrugillier II 61 passed away on Tuesday
August 7th, 2001 at Boynton Beach, Florida.
Services are pending.
David is survived by his wife Darlene, a son Paul David
Degrugillier III and a daughter Suzette Crooks.
"Dave" was born and raised in the Cook area. He graduated
from the Cook High School in 1958.
Parents: Paul David Sr. 51, 1963 & Esther 59, 1965 Degrugillier.
One sister; Carole Ann 45, 1982 & Ray Pohto
Ray & Carol's children: Guy Pohto, Cindy & Don Aune,
Mark & Jean Pohto, Lisa & Jim Kirk, Grant & Shelia Pohto.
Darlene's address if you would like to send a card...
1896 71st Street South, Boynton Beach, Florida 33426
Emilie A. Pieper, 80, of Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cook,
died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, in Las Vegas.
She was born Emilie Aina Pearson on December 19, 1920, at
Cook, the daughter of Abel and Klara (Erickson) Pearson. She
grew up in Cook and graduated from the Cook High School in
1938. Emilie was a cook and began her cooking career at the age
of 18, when she cooked at her father’s logging camp in Lutsen.
She was a cook at several places throughout her career, including
at: the sorority house at Northwestern University in Evanston,
Illinois, at Pehrson’s Lodge on Lake Vermilion, Zup’s at Crooked
Lake in the wilderness, and at Union Institute on Lac Labelle at
She married Gilbert Pieper on September 21, 1952, at Ixonia,
Wisconsin. Together they owned and operated their own
restaurant in Ixonia, along with 2 duplex apartment buildings.
They then moved and lived in Cook for several years, then moved
back to Wisconsin in 1970. After her husband Gilbert’s death in
1982, she returned to Cook, where she lived until moving to Las
Vegas, Nevada in 1997. Emilie was an active member of the
First Baptist Church in Cook. She loved traveling (especially her
trips to Sweden and Israel), and writing poetry. Emilie was a
caring person, a great hostess, and was well known for always
having the coffee pot on for whoever stopped over.
She is survived by 1 son, Daniel (Cheryl) Pieper of Las Vegas,;
2 brothers, Willard (Helen) Pearson of Angora, and Roy (Ruth)
Pearson of Cook,; twin sisters, Alice and Violet Pearson, both
of Las Vegas,, 8 Grandchildren;, numerous nieces & nephews,
great nieces & nephews, and great great nieces & nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert on March 11,
1982, and one brother, Harold Pearson who died in childhood.
Funeral services for Emilie A. (Pearson) Pieper, 80, of Las
Vegas, Nevada, formerly of Cook, will be at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday in the First Baptist Church of Cook. Visitation will
be for one hour prior to the funeral. Rev. Dennis Sundeen will
be the officiant. Cheryl Pieper, daughter-in-law of Emilie will
sing, and Lorraine Walker will provide the accompaniment.
The casket bearers will be: Bart Anderson, Walter Walker,
Harold Olson, Gordon Anderson, Eugene Kantola, and Irving
Brodeen. Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook
Sophie K. Enzmann, 85, died Monday, August 6, 2001, at the
Cook Hospital. She was born on February 12, 1916, at Linden
Grove Township, the daughter of Louis and Anna (Smolensky)
Anthony. She grew up in Linden Grove Township and graduated
from the Cook High School in 1934. She was then a housekeeper
for a prominent International Falls family , then was employed at
the former H.C. Hill & Son Factory in Cook.
She married Walter P. Enzmann on June 19, 1937, in Chisholm.
Walter and Sophie farmed, and she was actively involved with
the Enzmann family dairy farm for over 50 years. She has been
making her residence at the Cook Nursing Home the past 3
years. Sophie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its
Rebecca Circle. She was in charge of the church kitchen for
many years, and served there for many funerals, wedding, and
She is survived by 1 son, James "Jim" of Cook, ; 1 daughter,
Carol Kleven of Cook,; 1 brother, Louis (Florence) Anthony of
Cook,; 2 sisters, Julia (Eldred) Burtness of Cook, and Irene
(Archie) Thurman of Shelby Township, Michigan; 2 Grandchildren:
Marnie (Jeff) Bigler of Rochester, Mn., and Tom (Sara) Kleven
of Moorhead, Mn.,; 3 Great Grandchildren: John, Mary, & Grace
Bigler, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter on August 14,
1998,; 6 brothers, Andrew Fesnick, Steve Anthony, John Anthony,
Bill Anthony, Peter Anthony, and Paul Anthony; 5 sisters, Mary
Jula, Eva Yoakum, Ellen Messenger, Ameila Wien, and Ann Boone;
and son-in-law, Laurence Kleven on March 19, 1998.
Funeral services for Sophie K. Enzmann, 85, of Cook, will be at
1:00 p.m. on Saturday (August 11th) at Trinity Lutheran Church
in Cook. Rev. Marcus Hess will be the officiant. Visitation will be
from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Interment will be in the Field Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to either the kitchen fund
at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, or the T.V. fund at the Cook
Dorothy R. Jackson, 64, of Lakeland died on Monday,
Aug. 6, 2001, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
She was born on Oct. 29, 1936, to Colburn and Josephine
(Lorbiecki) Christensen in Virginia. She grew up and attended
school in Gheen, graduating from the Orr High School, Class
of 1954. Following school, she went to work in Minneapolis.
On April 14, 1969, she was united in marriage to Larry Jackson
in Watertown, S.D. The couple made their home in Gilbert and
Arizona. She loved her family and was a wonderful caregiver.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Larry; two daughters,
Therese (Bob) Hutson of Chandler, Ariz., and Rene (James)
Moehlenbrock of Lakeland; two sons, Guy (Sherry) LeTourneau
of Biwabik and Charles (Sharin) Jackson of Lakeland; two step-
daughters, JoAnn (Dwane) May of Lakeland and Elaine Jackson
of Two Harbors; one stepson, Dennis Jackson, of Everett, Wash.;
seven grandchildren, Elle Sammartano, Jay (Jaime) Moehlenbrock,
Jennifer Sammartano, Guy and Joshua LeTourneau, and Tyler and
Lauren Jackson; three great-grandchildren, Jasmine Sinclair, Haley
Rose Bufka and Casey Moehlenbrock; two brothers,
Philip Christensen of Orr & Danny Christensen of Minneapolis;
& two sisters, Agnes Benko and Elaine Granholm, both of Cloquet.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Bernice
Christensen; and a stepson, Glen Jackson
Dorothy R. Jackson, 64, SERVICES: Funeral services will be
at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
The Rev. Frank F. Perkovich will be officiating. Visitation will be
one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be
in the Biwabik Township Memorial Cemetery.
Richard R. Persson, 67, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at his
summer home in Missoula, Montana. He was diagnosed with
Lung Cancer in March, 2001.
Rich was born on April, 6, 1934 in Carpenter Township,
Minnesota to Bertha Persson. He grew up in Togo at the home
of his grandparents, Emil & Elida Persson. In February 1956,
he married Tarsia Simpson of Bear River. They had five children,
Delwin, Audey, Janet, Jeanna & Dirk. They resided mostly in
Angora and moved to Montana in 1973. They divorced in 1976.
In December 1980, he married Marjorie Rider Resner in
Watertown, South Dakota. They made their home in Seeley
Rich had an active career as a mechanic and long haul trucker.
For many years, prior to his retirement he was self-employed
in the Montana logging business as a log hauler. He enjoyed his
retirement years as a snowbird traveling to Yuma, Arizona
during the winter months and returning to Missoula, Montana
during the summer. Rich always enjoyed the great outdoors,
fishing, gardening, touring on his Gold Wing Motorcycle and
prospecting for gold in the Arizona Desert. He sang in the
church choir and loved playing country music. He had a kind
and generous heart and a quiet, peaceful soul. He will be truly
missed by his family and friends.
Rich is survived by: His wife Marjorie. His stepfather, Warren
Grubb, Duluth, Minnesota His children, Delwin (Teri) Persson
of Sandpoint, Idaho, Janet (Curtis) Kile of Spokane,
Washington, and Jeanna Persson-Wallis of Bend, Oregon.
His stepchildren, Bonny (Wayne) Resner-Nelson, Steve
(Leta) Resner, and Linda (Jerry) Wemple all of Missoula,
His grandchildren, Erik Persson of Sandpoint, Idaho, Michael
Wallis of Bend, Oregon, Stephanie Wemple, A.J. Wemple,
David Resner, Denise (Mike) Raymond, Shaun (Kenani)
Resner, and Shannon (William) Egge all of Missoula,
Five great-grandchildren all of Missoula, Montana. Brother,
Rodney (Betty) Jensen of California. Sister, Gayle (Bill)
Hansen of Deerwood, Minnesota Numerous nieces and
Preceded in death by two children, Audey Persson (1958),
Dirk Persson (1966), Grandparents, Emil(1963) and Elida
(1976) Persson, and Mother, Bertha Grubb (1998)
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday,
July 28, 2001 at the Garden City Funeral Home in Missoula,
Montana. Funeral Services for Richard R. Persson will be held
at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2001 at the Garden City
Funeral Home in Missoula, Montana. Pastor Dan Dixson will
officiate. Cremation will follow.
Elsie M. Johnson, 73, died Tuesday, July 24, 2001 in the Cook
Elsie was born at Chassell, Michigan on February 14, 1928, the
daughter of Andrew and Anna (Sophia) Kemppainen. She grew
up in Chassell and married Uno Tossova in Michigan.. They lived
in Michigan until the copper mines closed, then moved to Buyck
in the 1950's. In the 1960's they moved to Orr. Elsie married
Gilbert Johnson on May 4, 1968, in Angora, and they moved to
the Johnson family homestead in Sturgeon Township. Elsie was
a homemaker, and was known for her large, abundant gardens,
and for her plentiful canning. She had lived in the Pioneer
Apartment Building in Cook for ten years, and has resided at the
Cook Nursing the past year.
She is survived by 1 son, James Tossova of Aurora,1 daughter,
Mary Ann Farrington of Virginia,; 1 brother, Eli Kemppainen; 3
sisters, Ruth, Ellen, and Sylvia; 3 Grandchildren, Rob, Leslie,
and Julie; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband Gilbert Johnson on
January 30, 1993,; her former husband, Uno Tossova on
December 7, 2000, and 7 brothers and sisters. Mary Ann's
husband Robert Farrington died on 3 Dec 1986 at 37 years.
Funeral services for Elsie M. Johnson, 73, of Cook, will be at
1:00 p.m. Friday in the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook. Rev.
Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant. Interment will be in the
Glenn J. Bystrom, 88, of Tower, died Sunday, July 22, 2001,
at the Arrowhead Senior Living Community in Virginia.
He was born March 30, 1913, in Tower, grew up in the East
Littlefork area of Cook, and had been a Tower-area resident for
He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper and trapped with
his brothers during the Depression. On Nov. 21, 1940, he married
Genevieve Wahlsten in Kugler Township. He was a part-time
constable for the City of Tower, former Tower assistant fire chief,
former Tower city councilman, volunteer for the Tower ambulance
crew, and was on the Tower Forestry Board. He also guided on
Lake Vermilion for the Birch Point Inn and Arrowhead Point
Resort, and was a caretaker for many cabins and homes on Lake
Vermilion. He was a contract miner for the Oliver Iron Mining Co.
at the Soudan Mine, and was a member of the Pioneer Mine in Ely,
and retired after many years of service. He was an Elder and a
member of St. James Presbyterian Church of Tower, and was a
member of the Tower and Virginia Masonic lodges.
He is survived by three daughters, Joan Laugen, and Carol
(James) Chiabotti, both of Virginia, and Sarah (Skip) Hendrickson
of Duluth; six grandchildren, Cynthia Laugen of Minneapolis,
Timothy Laugen of Eveleth, Amy (Cory) Santelli of Gilbert, Michael
(Jackie) Chiabotti of Andover, Minn., Melissa (Marc)
Breitsprecher of Grand Marias, and Erica (Rusty) FitzGerald of
Duluth; one great-granddaughter; five great-grandsons; one
sister, Helen Olson of Cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Genevieve in
1995; numerous brothers and sisters; a son-in-law, Richard
SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St.
James Presbyterian Church in Tower. The Rev. Ann Painter will
officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the
church. Inurnment will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
Arrangements are by the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Dean Walter Refsdal 42, of Edgefield S.C. died 16 Jul 2001.
Dean was born and raised at Cook. He was the son of Ansgar
72, 1978 & Mae (Fritz) Refsdal.
Dean is survived by his mother Mae Skindlov of Fargo ND.
Three brothers: Eric Refsdal of Long Valley NJ, Larry Refsdal
of Green River WY and Keith Refsdal of Sandy UT. Two
sisters; Melanie Anton of Columbia Heights MN and Cherly
Bushnell of Duham NC.
A memorial service will be held later.
Cousins of Dean that live in the area, Wally Refsdal, his
sisters Zoe (Bill) King and Lois (Allen) Larson. Pam and
her brother Gary Carlson.
Dean's mother was the daughter of Rev Charles 79, 1965
& Pauline 87, 1978 Fritz who was the pastor of Trinity
Lutheran Church from 1941 until 1947.
Dean was raised in the house that is now the home of
Dale & Jody Bixby.
Myrtle Porter Isham, 91, She was born on July 5, 1910, at
Bois Forte Indian Reservation, and grew up in Bois Forte and
Nett Lake. She raised her family in Nett Lake and was a
member of the former Nett Lake Methodist Church. She lived
for 45 years in Seattle WA where she was a registered nurse
She is survived by 3 sisters, Viola Villebrun, Josephine Chavers,
and Dorothy (Donald) Glende, all of Nett Lake,; 8 Grand-
children, and 4 Great Grandchildren
She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Isham Sr., ;
1 son, Edward Isham Jr., and 1 daughter, Brenda Rich.
Funeral arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
Funeral services for Myrtle Porter Isham, 91, of Seattle,
Washington, formerly of Nett Lake, will be held at 10:a.m. Friday
(July 20th) in the Nett Lake Community Center. Rev. Mark
Salmela will be the officiant. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m.
Thursday in the Community Center. Interment will be in the
Bois Forte Cemetery. . She died July 7, 2001, in Seattle.
Michael "Lloyd" J. Lenzen, 86 died Monday, July 16, 2001, at
the Golden Crest Health Care Center in Hibbing.
He was born on April 16, 1915, at St. Joseph, Minnesota; the
son of Michael and Margaret (Klinkner) Lenzen. He grew up in
St. Cloud, worked in several CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)
Camps in Northern Minnesota in the mid 1930's, and worked as
a polisher at Rex Granite Company in St. Cloud.
He married Genevieve M. Bachel in St. Cloud on May 28, 1935.
They lived in St. Cloud until 1951, when they moved to Cook.
"Lloyd" was employed by the Great Northern Railroad, then the
Oliver Mining Co. where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1980.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook, where
he had served as an usher and was a member of the USX
Steelworkers Union Local 1938. He enjoyed vegetable and flower
gardening, and picking berries- especially chokecherries,
blueberries, and plums.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Genevieve,; 4 sons,
Kenneth of Brainerd, Mn., Richard (Debra) of Cook, Michael
(Deloy) of Mpls., and Gene (Debra) of Iron, Mn.; 3 daughters,
Doris Mae (Robert) Johnson of Cook, Judith (William) Parsons
of St. Cloud, and Kelly (Ronald) Flack of Cook; 3 sisters, Ann
Caske of Mpls, Mn., Catherine Siegmund of Cook, and Dorothy
Mathias of Mpls., 25 Grandchildren, 51 Great Grandchildren,
and 1 Great Great Granddaughter.
He is preceded in death by 1 son, George on May 22, 1971,;
2 brothers, Herman and Matthew Lenzen, and 1 Grandson,
The Funeral Mass for Michael "Lloyd" J. Lenzen, 86, of Cook,
will be held at 11:a.m. Thursday (July 19th) at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church in Cook. A gathering of family and friends will
be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with wake service prayers at
7:00 p.m. in the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus
O.M.I. will be the celebrant. St. Mary’s Choir will sing and
Carol Blossom will provide the accompaniment. Inurnment will
be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home
in Cook 218-666-5298