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Laura F. Lisowski, 80, formerly of Elephant Lake-Orr, died Saturday, June
30, 2001, at her home in Embarrass.
She was born July 21, 1920, to Peter and Mary (Forsnapa) Hujanen in
Vermilion Lake Township. She grew up in the township and graduated
from Embarrass High School. She married Theodore Lisowski on April 20,
1944, in Virginia. Following marriage they made their home on Elephant
Lake, where they owned and operated the Black Duck Trail Resort. She
loved the outdoors and was an avid sportswoman.
Survivors include four brothers, Henry (Rose) Hujanen and Gilbert (Edith)
Hujanen, both of Virginia, Reino (Lempi) Hujanen of Tower and Glenn
(Ellen) Hujanen of Vermilion Lake Township; a sister, Alice Holkko, of
Britt; several nieces and nephews; and a caretaker and special friend, Vi
Hildebrandt, of Embarrass.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore on 31 Jan 1997
at the age of 77; six brothers, John, Ahti, Walter, Leslie, Arthur and
Charles; and four sisters, Lydia, Adele, Ina and Gertrude.

Laura F. Lisowski, 80, SERVICES: Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at Range
Funeral Home in Virginia, with the Rev. Brian Birk officiating. Visitation one
hour prior to service. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Virginia.
 

Neil “Skip” Hoffer, 69, of Orr died Monday, July 2, 2001, at his home.
He was born on July 5, 1931, at Superior, Wis., the son of Omar and
Ottilie “Lee” (Lindquist) Hoffer. He grew up in Orr and graduated from the
Orr High School in 1950. He served in the Marines in the Korean War. He
was united in marriage to Rosemary Zgaynor in St. Bridget’s Catholic
Church in Greaney on Oct. 23, 1954. Skip was a carpenter, millwright and
professional trapper. He was employed by Ulland Brothers for 14 years
and was a logging contractor until his retirement in 1993. He was a member
of the Holy Cross Catholic Church, the Orr American Legion, including
commander for two terms, and was instrumental in establishing the new
Legion Building in Orr. Some of his many interests and hobbies included
wine making, trapping, hunting, fishing, gardening, youth hockey and
spending time with his family, especially his beloved grandchildren. He was
a musician, playing both the guitar and banjo, and will be remembered for
playing with the Orr Hounds Band. Special thanks to Dr. Johnston and staff
of Cook Clinic and Hospital, S.M.D.C. Hospice staff, and his many friends
for their love and support.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; four sons, Patrick (Teresa McCue)
of Orr, Michael of Marco Island, Fla., William “Bill” (Donna) of Orr and
Thomas of Hugo, Minn.; two daughters, Kathryn (Jack) Christiansen of
Orr and Marilee “Eba” (John) Gulan of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two sisters,
Fran (Martin) Novak and Mary (Bob) Novak, both of Orr; six
grandchildren, Mary, Kate, Alyssa, Patrick, Madelyn and Victoria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Omar 49, 1945 & Lee*
Hoffer. His in-laws: Louis 72, 1977 & Mary 75, 1987 (Rent) Zgaynor.

SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the
Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. The Rev.Larry Antus, O.M.I., will
be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the
Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. Interment will be in the Leiding
Cemetery in Orr. Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook. Full military honors will be accorded by the Orr American
Legion Post No. 480. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to
the Orr Ambulance Service.
 

Donna Lynn (Bachel) Huffman, 51, died on Thursday, June 28, 2001, in
Linstrom, Minn., after a long illness.
She was born on May 31, 1950, in Cook to Donald and Angella
(Spychalla) Bachel. She graduated from Cook High School in 1968, and
the College of St. Scholastica in 1972, with a bachelor’s degree in medical
records librarianship. She married John R. Huffman in Cook on Oct. 13,
1973. They resided in Mahtomedi, Minn., until moving to Linstrom in 1998.
She was a former member of St. Mary’s Church in Cook and St. Jude’s
Church in Mahtomedi. She was a member of the Cook VFW Auxiliary
Post 1752. She will be dearly missed by family and friends.
Survivors include her husband, John; one son, Chuck (Lori); a daughter,
Chrissie; five grandchildren, Jonathan, Joshua, Angella, Donald John, and
Elizabeth; one sister, Mary Ann (Erick) Kanian of Britt; one brother,
Donald (Debra) Bachel of Kinney; one niece, Karla (Bachel) Kintner of
Parkville; nephews, Christopher, Timothy, and Gregory Kanian of Britt;
great-nephews, Casey and Riley Kintner of Parkville; and numerous other
nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Donald G. Bachel on 12 Dec
1973 at the age of 61, her mother, Angella (Spychalla) Bachel in 11 Oct
1985 68 years of age, and her brother Donald & Debbie (Marks)
Bachel's daughter Kelly Bachel died on 22 Feb 1999 at the age of 18.

Donna Lynn (Bachel) Huffman, 51, SERVICES: Funeral services will
be held on Monday at St. Bridget’s Church in Linstrom, Minn.
Arrangements are by Grant Strand Funeral Home of Linstrom.
 

Steve H. Gheen, 80, of Virginia and formerly of Ely, died Thursday, June
28, 2001, in the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 23, 1921, in Buhl to Stephen H. and Mary Ellen
(O’Neil) Gheen II. He was a 1940 graduate of Orr High School and was a
Marine veteran of World War II and the Korean War, where he was a
fighter pilot. He was employed by the U.S. Forest Service as a water
bomber pilot from 1962 to 1983.
Survivors include a special companion, Margaret “Pudgie” Reubish, of
Virginia; five daughters, Nancy (Jim) Weisinger of Ely, Mary (Richard)
Hutchins of Baltimore, Johnette (William) Cline of Lafayette, Ind., Kathleen
(Robert) Olson of Ely and Lollie Barich of Lakeland, Minn.; four sons,
Stephen of Red Wing, Patrick (Reone) of Hayward, Wis., Michael (Kim)
of Ely and Thomas (DeeDee) of Duluth; two stepdaughters, Judy (Paul)
Mackie of Ely and Barbara (Leonard) Vesel of Duluth; two sisters, Patricia
Atol of Las Vegas and Margaret (Ron) Bathrick of Cheyenne, Wyo.; 28
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Winifred Hall; his
second wife, Aune Ahola; granddaughter, Paige Barich; stepson, Richard
Ahola; stepdaughter, Paula Zupec; and stepgrandson, Rory Vesel.
Steve H. Gheen, 80, SERVICES: Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday in St.
Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely, with the Rev. James Scheuer as
celebrant. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Sunday, with rosary recitation at 7 p.m. in
Kerntz Funeral Home in Ely. Inurnment in Greaney Cemetery.
 

Ailie I. Pylka, 76, of Cook, died Friday, June 22, 2001, at
the Cook Nursing Home.

She was born on July 18, 1924, at Markham, the daughter of
Henry and Lydia (Kiviharju) Wesa. She grew up in Markham,
attending the St. Louis County school there. She was a lifelong
resident of Northern Minnesota. She had enjoyed fishing and
traveling with her sister Selma. Ailie has resided at the Cook
Nursing Home the past four years, and enjoyed the adult day
care activities there, and the special people who provided it.
She was especially proud of and cherished her granddaughter,
Stephanie.
She is survived by 1 son, Jon (Geraldine) Pylka of Angora,
Mn.; 1 brother, Frans Wesanen,; 1 Granddaughter, Stephanie
Pylka, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by 2
brothers, Walter and Arvo Wesa,; and 4 sisters, Sylvia, Ellen,
Josephine, and Selma.
Funeral services for Ailie I. Pylka, 76, of Cook, will be held at
1:00 p.m. Monday (June 25th) in the Evangelical Covenant
Church in Cook. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral .
Rev. Reuben Rosnau will be the officiant.. Interment will be in
the Alango Township Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
 

Eino John Sikkila, 84, of Mountain Iron died Friday, June 15, 2001,
at his home.
Eino was born on Oct. 29, 1916, in Ylistaro, Finland. He came to the
United States and arrived in Linden Grove on Feb. 28, 1923. He grew up
in Field Township and attended St. Louis County Schools. He was a U.S.
Army veteran serving in the Florida and Georgia motor pools. On April 17,
1943, he was united in marriage to Martha Brandt in Virginia. Following
marriage the couple made their home and farmed in Field Township. He
also held several part-time jobs to supplement his dairy farm. They sold the
farm in 1965, and lived for a time in Alango. He worked as a electrician.
They moved to Hibbing where he worked as a custodian and
groundskeeper at the courthouse. Martha died on Feb. 28, 1974. He was
united in marriage to Aini (Pulkkinen) Johnson on Sept. 6, 1975, in Alango.
In 1977, the couple made their home in Cherry and worked at the Cherry
Greenhouse. Aini died on Feb. 9, 1999.
He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; member of the
Iron Area Senior Citizens; served on the Northern Farmer’s Co-op Board,
the Cook Co-op Creamery Board and the USDA Farmers Home
Administration Board.
Survivors include a daughter, Arlene (Aimo) Tervakoski, of Silver Springs,
Md.; son, Ronald (Dianne) Sikkila, of Cherry-Iron; stepson, Everett
(Doris) Hietamaki, of Mountain Iron; grandchildren, Susan Sikkila of
Vadnais Heights, Minn., Jon Sikkila of Minneapolis, Erik (Angela)
Tervakoski of Frederick, Md., and Mark Tervakoski of Silver Springs,
Md.; great-grandson, Justin Weir, of Frederick, Md.; sister, Helen
(Willard) Pearson, of Angora; cousin, Tyne Neimi, of Duluth; nieces,
nephews and numerous relatives in Finland.
He also was preceded in death by two stepsisters and a stepbrother.
Eino John Sikkila, 84, SERVICES: Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia and will continue
Thursday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango from noon until the 1
p.m. funeral service. The Rev. Peter Satren will officiate. Burial will be in
Alango Cemetery.
 

Joyce Marie Day, 52, he died Saturday, June 16, 2001.
She was born on March 27, 1949, at Knife River, Mn
She was the daughter of Donald King Sr. and Vera Wakemup.
She grew up in Minneapolis, where she lived and worked for
many years. She has resided in Nett Lake the past 6 years to
be amongst family.

Joyce is survived by 3 sons, William Day of Red Wing, Mn.;
Clyde Day of Duluth, and Lawrence "Chick" Irving Jr. of
Nett Lake,; 2 daughters, Shawmarie Guelcher of Roseville, Mn.,
and Frances "Nikki" (Justin) Klakoski of Roseville, Mn.; her
mother Vera Belt of Nett Lake,; 7 brothers: Earl Hoagland of
Naytahwash, Mn., Richard "Dickie" Wakemup of Duluth,
Donald Hoagland of Mpls., Leland Mark Hoagland of Lino
Lakes, Mn., Donny King of Zim, Mn., Roger King of Virginia,
and Danny King of Tower, ; 11 sisters: Cheryl Jensen of Mpls.,
Frances "Dolly" May of Dallas, Texas, Betsy May of Nett Lake,
Wendy Hoagland of Mpls., Rhonda Hoagland of Nett Lake,;
Paulette King of Virginia, Trudy King of Nett Lake, Yvonne
King of Nett Lake, Annette Font-King of Nett Lake, Kim King
of Angora, and Jodi Kleinbrook of St. Paul, Mn.; 4 Grandchildren:
Karl Irving, Shondra Klakoski, Terrance Taylor, and Tyson
Taylor-Day.

She is preceded in death by her father, Donald "Porky" King,; her
step-father, Leland Hoagland, ; and 3 brothers, Theodore Hoagland,
and Dale and Wesley King.

Funeral services for Joyce Marie Day, 52, of Nett Lake will be
held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday (June 20th) in the Nett Lake
Community Center. Rev. LiAnna Buerke will be the officiant.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the Nett Lake
Community Center. Casket bearers will be: David May, Danny
Lambert, Wendell Hoagland, Keith May, Robert May Jr., and
Jeremy Hoagland. Honorary bearers will be: Rory Erler, Donald
Hoagland Jr., Joseph Hoagland, and Nathan Hoagland. Interment
will be in the Nett Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are by the
Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook
 

Marcus “Albin” Johnson, 64, of Virginia died Feb. 17, 2001, at the
Buchanan Nursing Home in Chisholm.
He was born July 14, 1936, to Evert and Helia (Arola) Johnson in Cook.
He grew up and attended school in Alango. He was a member of the
United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include three children, Lynn of Virginia, Darrell of Wisconsin
and Leah of England; five grandchildren; one brother, Ervin Johnson, of
Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Evert 86, 1989 & Helia 87, 1991
(Arola) Johnson.

SERVICES: Private family services were held. Burial was in Idington
Cemetery in Idington. Albin was raised on the Johnson Road which
is off the Heino Road in Angora.
 

Leon N. Turnham, 66, of Eveleth, died Friday, June 8, 2001, at the
Virginia Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Wayzata, Minn., to Leslie J. and Margaret
Turnham. He graduated from Orono High School in Long Lake, Minn., and
from a welding trade school. He retired from General Electric. He had
resided in Cook and Eveleth for the past 10 years. He was married to
Lorraine J. Hague on Nov. 15, 1991, in Virginia. He was a member of the
American All-Slav Club of Eveleth and Gilbert, the Christian Motorcycle
Association and the Virginia Assembly of God Church. He was a veteran,
having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a talented woodworker, a
motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and children, Maria (Doug) Demski of
Detroit Lakes, Minn., James Turnham of St. Louis Park, Minn., Marcia
(Steve) Bartolus of Eveleth, and Leslie (Jason) Davis of Kent, Minn.;
stepchildren, Sharon (Dennis) Brady, and Gail (Denny) Dennis, both of
Garden Grove, Calif., Mark (Nancy) Wilbur of Moorestown, N.J., JoAnne
(Mike) Hambly of Forbes, Minn., and David “Pete” Weddell of Virginia;
brothers, John (Doris) Turnham of Joelton, Tenn., Ted (Jeanne) Turnham
of Loretto, Minn., Al (Diane) Barnes of Sebastopol, Calif., Ron (Georgia)
Barnes of Buffalo, Minn., and Phillip “Sam” (Mary) Barnes of Saint
Michael, Minn.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces
and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph; his parents; sister, Laura
Grabil; and twin brother and sister, Raymond and Ramona.
Leon N. Turnham, 66, SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m.
Monday at the Virginia Assembly of God Church in Virginia. The Rev.
David Geary will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at
Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth, and will continue for one hour
before services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the Eveleth
Cemetery.
When Leon and his then wife Mary lived at Cook they resided west
of town two miles on highway #1 across from the present home of
Allan Brunner. Mary operated the Suzie Q Game room next to the
post office for a time. Their daughter Maria married Randy Kurtock
who was then the Cook police officer but his marriage only lasted
a few months. They left Cook over 15 years ago.
 
 

Doris Ruth Ransom, 75, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Wednesday,
June 6, 2001, at VNA Hospice House after a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in River Rouge, Mich., and moved
to Vero Beach 14 years ago from Neenah, Wis. She graduated
from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., as a
registered nurse. She was a deacon of the First Presbyterian
Church in Neenah, Wis., and the First Presbyterian Church of
Vero Beach. She was a past president of the Sea Cove Condo
Association of Vero Beach.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Wiliam R. Ransom Jr.;
three sons, William R. Ransom III of Houghton, Mich., David
Christopher Ransom of Madison, Wis., and Gregory Scott Ransom
of Duluth; a daughter, Page Alyce Ransom-Adgani, of Charleston,
S.C.; two brothers, David Dearing of Vero Beach and Jim Dearing
of Commerce, Mich.; two sisters, Dorothy Ridenour of Vero Beach
and Margaret Pittman of Cedarville, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

Doris Ruth Ransom, 75, SERVICES: Memorial service 10 a.m.
Friday, June 15, at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach, Fla.,
with the Rev. Timothy Womack officiating. Donations may be made
to VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1111 36th St., Vero Beach,
FL 32960 and the American Cancer Society, 1401 21st St., Vero
Beach, FL 32960, in Mrs. Ransom’s memory. Arrangements by
Lowther Cremation Service, Vero Beach

The Ransom Family have a summer home on Lake Vermilion
 

Rose Mancuso Pascuzzi Trombley, 86, HIBBING
Funeral services for Rose Trombley, 86, Hibbing,
will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Leo’’s Catholic
Church, Hibbing. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6, in the Dougherty Funeral Home.
Burial will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Mark Pascuzzi, Tony Pascuzzi,
Rodney Pelkey, Phil Pascuzzi, Chuck Findley,
Nicholas Pascuzzi-Larson, Brad Anderson
and Al Marino.

She died Monday, June 4, 2001 in the Golden
Crest Health Care Center, Hibbing. She was
born Nov. 7, 1904, in Pennsylvania to Domenic
(Carmella) Mancuso. She grew up in Kitzville
and was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose,
the V.F.W. Post 1221 Auxiliary, the Croatian
Fraternal Union, the Slovenian Women's Union
and St. Leo’’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Theresa
Montcalm of Hibbing; two sons: Philip
(Arlene) Pascuzzi of Hibbing and Russell
Pascuzzi of Cook; a sister, Margaret Neuser
of Milwaukee, Wis.; six grandchildren,
13 great-grandchildren and
10 great-great grandchildren.
 

Sulo V. Paavola, 86, formerly of Britt died Thursday, May 31,
2001, in the Itasca Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.
He was born June 1, 1914, to Charles and Kaisa (Pekkola)
Paavola in Angora. He grew up in Alango, where he attended
the Northstar School. On Oct. 27, 1934, he married Ann
Takala in Virginia. Following marriage, the couple made their
home in Angora. He had worked as a logger and farmer
before owning and operating Paavola's Corner. Following his
retirement, he worked part time for the National Forestry
Service. He had also served as a fire warden for more than 51
years.
He was a member of the Evergreen Fire Department and the
Loyal Order of Moose Virginia Lodge 1117.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann on July 25, 1999;
a daughter, Kathleen Luecken; a granddaughter, Tracey
Drexel; a brother, Bill; sisters Fannie Johnson and Jenny
Henrickson; and his parents.
Survivors include his daughter, Shirley (Jack) Frey of Oakley,
Kan.; sons Rocky (Jean Yelle) Paavola of Angora and Scott
(Kara) Paavola of Grand Rapids; 15 grandchildren; numerous
great-grandchildren; two nieces; and a nephew.

Visitation: 1 until the 2 p.m. service Tuesday in the Range
Funeral Home in Virginia, the Rev. Kenneth R. Tamte
officiating. Burial in Alango Cemetery in Angora
.

Anna “Selina” Silverdahl, 110, of Cook died Thursday,
May 24, 2001, at the Cook Community Convalescent Nursing Care Unit.
She was born April 30, 1891, to Martin and Brita (Nilsdottor) Martinson in
Sweden. She grew up and attended school in Sweden. She married John
Silverdahl on Feb. 10, 1918, in Sweden. In 1921 the couple immigrated to
the United States, settling in Silverdale. In 1949 they moved to Gheen,
making Cook their home in 1966. She was a member of the former
Northern Gospel Mission Church of Virginia, the Willow Valley Farmers
Club and the Willow Valley Hobby Club.
Survivors include a son, Larry (Joan) Silverdahl, of Mounds View, Minn.;
a daughter, Bertha Davis, of Sand Point, Idaho; 17 grandchildren, 36
great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren,
nieces and nephews. Grandchildren living in the Cook area are
Ruth Silverdahl (Sulo) Jacobson and Roger Metsa
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John, in 1982;
two daughters, Ruth Amy in 1929 and Karen Metsa in 1998; a son, Henry,
in 1998; and a grandson.

SERVICES: Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in
Angora. Visitation one hour prior to service. Burial in Silverdale Cemetery
in Silverdale, Minn. Arrangements by Range Funeral Home in Virginia.

A 110th birthday party was held for Selina at the Cook Nursing Home
with many attending, on the 28th of April this year. Granddaughter
Ruth Jacobson was her care giver for the past years.
 

Debra K. Albertson, 47, of Eveleth, died Thursday, May 17, 2001, under
hospice care at the Arrowhead Health Care Center in Eveleth.
She was born Feb. 15, 1954, in Virginia, to Orvall L. and Dolores E.
(Weber) Albertson. She worked as a nursing assistant and was a member
of United in Christ Lutheran Church. She enjoyed doing crafts, watching
baseball, fishing, enjoying the outdoors and time spent with family and
friends.
She is survived by her parents, Orvall and Dolores Albertson of Eveleth;
her son, Jonathan Reznick of Eden Prairie, Minn.; brothers and sisters,
Richard Albertson of Bemidji, Steven Albertson of Faribault, Minn.,
Scott (Linda) Albertson of Cook, Lisa Albertson of Eveleth, and Mark
(Carol Dinius) Albertson of Duluth; nieces and nephews, Rachael Albertson,
Rebekah Albertson, Aaron Albertson, Leanna Albertson, and Nicole
Albertson.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Andrea Lea; her grandparents.

Debra K. Albertson, 47, SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 11
a.m. Wednesday at United in Christ Lutheran Church in Eveleth. Visitation
will be one hour before the services at the church. Arrangements are by
Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth.
 

Mae V. (Flank) Wilenius, 84, of Bear River, Minn., died
Wednesday, May 16th, 2001, at her residence.

She was born on May 26, 1916, at Fertile, Minnesota,
the daughter of Peter and Anna (Olson) Flank. She grew
up in Bear River where she lived all of her life. She lost her
mother when she was only nine years old, so she helped
her family with household duties and became interested in
the PTA a the age of 15, and ladies aid at the age of 17.
She married John E. Wilenius on October 10, 1937, in
Cook. She was active in the Bear River Lutheran Church,
and continued in the ladies aid. Mae’s special interests
and hobbies were her family which she loved very much.
Over the years she made many picture albums to show
off the pride and joys of her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, John; 1 son,
Johnny Ray (Jennifer) Wilenius of Duluth,; 3 daughters,
Norene Krause of Cambridge, Mn., Bonieva (Russ
Swonger) Bartlett of Pierz, Mn., and JoAnn (Terry)
Treloar of Bear River,; 11 Grandchildren: Teresa Kegg,
Mike Krause, Keith & Kent Bartlett, Melanie, Dallas,
Carmen, Jenna Rae, & Spencer Wilenius, and Damon
& Tawnya Treloar,; 11 Great Grandchildren, along
with several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter in 1941,
and Anna in 1925; 1 brother, Arthur Flank in 1954,;
1 sister, Edith Persson in 1997,; 1 Grandson, Derek
Wilenius in 1998,; 1 son-in-law, Dean Krause in 1992,;
and 1 daughter-in-law, Julie Wilenius in 1976.

Funeral services for Mae V. Wilenius, 84, of Bear River,
will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday (May 20th), in Trinity Lutheran
Church of Cook. Rev. Peter Satren will be the officiant.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements
are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Interment will be
in the Morcom Cemetery in Bear River.
 

Emma C. Nelson, 90, of Orr, died Wednesday, May 16th,
at the University Medical Center in Hibbing
.
She was born on August 1, 1910, at Altamont, South Dakota,
the daughter of Fred and Anna (Christiansen) Christensen.
When she was a child, her family moved to Askov, Minnesota,
where she grew up. She moved to Orr in 1936, and was
united in marriage to William J. Nelson on August 12, 1938, at
Virginia. Emma was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church of
Orr, the Orr Senior Citizens, and the Order of Eastern Star #156
of Tower. She was employed as a cook and baker at Patten’s
Cafe in Orr for a number of years. He hobbies included
gardening and flowers and earlier in good health she had enjoyed
handwork, including crocheting and embroidery.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William on Nov 15,
1972;; 3 brothers, Svend, Albert, and Paul Christensen,; and 5
sisters, Irene Christensen, Camilla Jensen, Erna Eddy, Edith
Waletzko, and Helga Soger.

SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at
the Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. Rev. David Solberg will
be the officiant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral.
Interment will be in the Leiding Cemetery of Orr. Arrangements
are by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.
 

Senia S. Nelson, 88, of Orr, died on Thursday, May 10, at the Cook
Nursing Home.
She was born Senia Sylvia Autio on Jan. 14, 1913, at Angora Township,
the daughter of John and Helia (Peramaki) Autio. She grew up in Angora
Township and was united in marriage to Evert F. Nelson in Virginia on
Nov. 16, 1933. They moved to Leiding Township near Orr after marriage,
and she resided there for over 60 years. She had resided at the Cook
Nursing Home for the past three years. She was a member of the Calvary
Lutheran Church in Orr, the Orr American Legion Auxiliary, and the Orr
Senior Citizens. She and Evert were known for their abundant gardens,
which they shared with others. She cared for the deer and birds by feeding
them in the winter.
Survivors include a son, Jack (Jane) Nelson of Chisholm; four daughters,
Pat Seddon of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Peggy (Ron) Smith of West Palm
Beach, Fla., Sharlene Rapisardi of Hollywood, Fla., and Merrilee (Paul)
Town of Coon Rapids, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Evert on April 3, 1992; a son,
Ervin “Butch” on Feb. 15, 1991; three brothers, Emil, Matt, and Bill Autio;
and four sisters, Anna Korpi, Ilie Mallet, Helmi Maki, and Helia Nelson.
Senia S. Nelson, 88, SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on
Tuesday in the Calvary Lutheran Church in Orr. The Rev. David Solberg
will be the officiant. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Monday from the
Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the
funeral at the church. Burial will be in the Leiding Cemetery in Orr.
 

Roger Ernest Green, 79, of Bel Aire Avenue died Monday,
May 7, 2001, at home.
Roger was born in Buffalo, Minn., and had lived in Cloverland,
Wis., before moving to Duluth 36 years ago. He had worked
in farming, logging, trucking and mining in Alaska before
retiring.
Roger was an active member of Lakeview Covenant Church,
where he was always involved in church leadership and
missions and had served as a church elder. Roger loved music
and playing his accordion and was also known for his
woodworking and cabinet making. He was probably
best-known for his sense of humor, which will be sadly missed.
Roger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lois; sons Doug
(Margie) Green of Brainerd and Timothy (Connie) Green of
Fairbanks, Alaska and Cook Mn; daughters Lorraine Green of
Chad, Africa, and Renee Peterson of Duluth; sisters Muriel
Kubitz of Chicago and Pat Milton of Bridgeport, Wash.; and 10
grandchildren.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. today in Dougherty Funeral Home and
continues noon until the 1 p.m. service Thursday in Lakeview
Covenant Church. Interment in Cloverland Covenant
Cemetery. Memorials to Lakeview Covenant Church and the
Chinese Fellowship would be appreciated. Arrangements by
Dougherty Funeral Home, 600 E. Second St.

Tim & Connie Green live near Cook during the winters,
they built a new home in the Leander Community. He
was a gold miner in Alaska, now an earth mover near
Fairbanks.
 

Robert Taisto Ranta, age 82, of Rockledge, Florida and former
resident of Cook, Mn., passed away on March, 25, 2001.
Bob was born to Jack and Tynne Ranta on June 19, 1918 in
Cook, Mn. There is where his parents instilled in him the love
of the great outdoors, the importance of education and the
ability to show kindness and compassion towards others.
Bob graduated from Cook High School, where he excelled in
academics and sports, most notably basketball. He continued
to help his parents with their farm after graduating, and while
working in Cook he met and married his wife , Marjorie L. Dilley.
Soon after, he left to serve in World War II, in the
Army/Air Force, flying the hump, in the China, Burma, India-
CBI War. He met many wonderful and courageous men while
in the service , some of these same men continued to be close
friends with Bob through the years.
After the war Bob and Marge and son Mike, moved back to
Cook and soon bought the Red Owl grocery store in Cook.
There they worked hard and enjoyed all the people that came into
their store. After many years and three more children, a change
was needed, they sold the store , packed with tropical in mind,
and moved south, to Lake Worth, Florida. It was a big adjustment
for all, times were tough and after working a few more years in
the grocery business, Bob started a career with the United States
Postal Service, where he continued to work until retiring after
20 years.
During these same years, Bob yearned for his homeland and
family and Lake Vermilion and thus started an almost yearly jaunt
back to the lake where he purchased land from his brother-in-
law Ray Ronning, and proceeded to build his pride and joy, his
cabin. Bob built his cabin with the help of his Dad and brother
Toi. He savored each summer, enjoying every minute of every
day he was up there. Bob continued with his love for fishing on
Lake Vermilion and also in Canada, and then when back in
Florida he pursued his fishing in the salt waters with quite a
great success….always smiling and ready to tell a story , and
many he had to tell of his fishing adventures!
As a father, his children were always in awe of him, whether
from the life he led or to the strange, wonderful and goofy things
that he did to surprise and amuse us all. With a twinkle in his eye,
he always enjoyed going to the extreme to get a reaction , and
that reaction was usually a hearty laugh from all around.
As a grandfather… the grandkids referred to him as “Papa”.
He made each grandchild feel that they were so special to him,
and looked at each with such loving and proud eyes. He enjoyed
teaching things to each of them, showing them right from wrong,
he knew he had a job to do as their grandfather and he was
bound and determined to show them his way! Papa certainly left
his mark….right into his grandkids hearts.
Papa had just recently became a “Great Papa”… his first great
grandchild was born 20 months ago.. and he referred to her with
such sweetness as the “new one”.
With all his endearing qualities shining through, we can say with
great pride, there isn’t a person who crossed his path that didn’t
love him. There will never be another man as he, and he is deeply
missed and forever loved.
As a husband, Bob was a loving, caring and supportive man.
He stood firmly by his wife through thick and thin, with unending
love for almost 60 years.
Preceded in death by his loved parents, Jack and Tynne and
beloved brother Toivo.
Survived by his wife, Marge, sons Michael ( Debbie) Ranta and
grandchildren Brian and Sara, Jerome ( Renee) Ranta and
grandchildren Liisa and Leea, daughters Roberta (John) Boyce and
grandchildren Jason( Heather) and great-grandchild Kaylyn
McFarland , Gregory McFarland and Jack McFarland, Sally
( David) Brackney and grandchildren Nicole and Adam.
He will also be missed by his loving cousins Ray (Opal) Ranta,
Si Walo of Virginia, MN and niece Cathy Schoon. And also by
a host of other family members and dear friends.
A private memorial service was held in Rockledge , Florida.
Memorials preferred to Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation,
4676 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32935
My Dads life ended in a way that was unnecessary and not fair,
yet I can remember him as a man that feared nothing, who accepted
whatever came his way without complaining. Years ago he came
through a massive heart attack and then bypass heart surgery, all
with an upbeat attitude and still with his positive outlook and smiling
face. His last years, he was dealt a hand that wasn’t so easy to
overcome. He was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. It devastated
our whole family and we continue to try and make some sense of the
whole unfairness of it all. But through all of that.. he still never
complained or felt sorry for himself, he continued to keep his smile on
his face and walk the walk of a brave, proud man.
 

John E. Olson, 83, lifelong resident, will be held
at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, (May 5th), from the First Baptist Church in
Cook. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook. Rev. Ned Eerdmans will be the officiant. Al Vogt will
be the soloist, with Doreen Olson the pianist and Lorraine Walker the
organist. The casket bearers will be: Richard "Kit" Olson, Doug
Svedberg, Doyle Svedberg, John Marconett, Sam Campagna, Norman
Johnson, and Rodney Edblom. The interment will be in the Cook
Community Cemetery.
He was born on September 10, 1917, at Cook,; the son of Olof and
Helga (Edblom) Olson. John was a lifelong resident of the Cook area.
He married Marie Forsline on October 30, 1942, at the former Leander
Baptist Church. John dairy farmed for 40 years, and also worked out
as a carpenter in construction along with logging. He was an active
member of the First Baptist Church in Cook, and throughout the years
had served in many capacities, some of which were: Vice-Chairman,
deacon, trustee, along with being a Sunday School teacher. He had a
gift of song, and was the soloist at many weddings and funerals, along
with singing many duets with his late brother Clarence. John was also
an active member of the Cook Cancer Support Group, where he was
a source in inspiration. . He was known for his wit, humor, and his
positive influence on many people. He was community minded and was
known for his knowledge in current events, both locally and nationally.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
When he had the time, he had enjoyed hunting and fishing. He will be
sadly missed by the many who have come to know him. John died
Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Cook Hospital.
He is preceded in death by his father, Olof in 1973, his mother, Helga
in 1987,; and 1 brother, Clarence on April 17, 2001.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marie; 3 sons, Keith, Dale
(Adrianne), and Glen, all of Cook,; 2 daughters, Grace (William)
Garrick of Britt, and Nancy (Darrell) Field of Portland, Oregon,;
1 sister, Vera Svedberg of Parkville, Mn.; 4 foster children; 10
Grandchildren: Derek Olson, Erika (Brian) Kneen, Billy, Kelly, and
Katie Garrick, and Brian, John, and David Olson, and Rachel and
Eric Field, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many
friends. Arrangements are with the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.

Johnnie's brother Clarence W. Olson just passed away 11
days ago. (See his obituary below)
 

Clarence W. Olson, 86, of Cook died Tuesday, April 17, 2001
at his residence.

He was born Feb. 9, 1915, in Cook to Olaf and Helga (Edblom)
Olson. He grew up in the Cook area and graduated from the
Cook High School in 1935. He logged and trucked. He married
Martha C. (Trygg-Edblom) on June 6, 1937, in Cook. From 1941
to 1947 they lived in Detroit, Mich., where Clarence worked as a
maintenance mechanic at Garwood Industries. They then returned
to Cook, and he was employed in construction on the Iron Range.
He and his wife owned and operated Hillcrest Dairy from 1960 to
1977. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in
Cook, and had served as a deacon, trustee and was a choir member.
He was an Owens Township supervisor for more than 30 continuous
years. Clarence and Martha shared their home with 17 foster children
throughout the years. He had a gift of music, and along with playing
several instruments, sang many duets with his brother John. He also
sang solo in church, sang in male quartets and on the radio as a
young man. Some of his hobbies included gardening, flowers and
farming after his retirement. He was married to Anna Fogelberg
from 1990 to 1994.

He is survived by two sons, Donald (Phyllis) Edblom of Shoreview,
Minn., and Richard “Kit” (Charlotte) Olson of Cook; one daughter,
Kathryn (Daniel) Forsline of Cook; four foster daughters, Karen
Haliday of Minneapolis, Theresa Lempke of White Bear Lake,
Minn., Glenda Brekke of Zimmerman, Minn., and Fran Loushine
of Woodbury, Minn.; one brother, John (Marie) Olson of Cook;
one sister, Vera Svedberg of Parkville; 24 grandchildren; 19 great-
grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Olson, on July 3,
1989; one infant son, Buford, on Feb. 15, 1939; one grandson,
Chad Sterling Olson, on Aug. 14, 1990; father, Olaf, in 1973;
and his mother, Helga, in 1987.

SERVICES: Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday
at the First Baptist Church in Cook. The Rev. Ned Eerdmans will
officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook, and will continue for one hour prior to the
funeral at the church. Casketbearers will be Keith Olson, Dale
Olson, Glen Olson, Doug Svedberg, Doyle Svedberg, Steve
Fogelberg and Dan Seopa. Burial will be in the Cook Community
Cemetery. Story
 

Harry L. Maas, 88, of Springvale Road died Monday, April 16, 2001,
in St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born Sept. 20, 1912, in Fort Ranson, N.D., to Joseph and
Anna Marie (Paulson) Maas. His family moved to Maple Plain, Minn.,
when he was 13 and then to Brunswick, Minn., a small town near Mora.
He married Mickey Geraldine Nelson in Henriette, Minn., a town near
Braham. They moved to Duluth in 1942.
Harry worked at Barnes-Duluth Shipyard during World War II. He
worked as a mechanic for International Harvester and later for E.M.
Trucks, from which he retired in 1980. Harry was an outstanding
mechanic who loved his work. He could fix anything and enjoyed repairing
things for his family and friends.
Harry was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and its Sunshine Club
and the Teamster Retirees. He was a former member of Teamsters Local
346, the Good Sam Travel Club and the Holiday Ramblers. He and
Mickey spent many happy times traveling alone or with their friends in these
clubs. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Melvin Maas; and a
sister, Margaret Howard.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mickey; a son, Tom (Nancy)
Maas of Duluth; a daughter, Nora Fryklund of Chicago; brothers Vernon
(Hazel) Maas of Canby, Minn., Howard (Marge) Maas of Ogilvie, Minn.,
and Gerald (Elizabeth Forsline) Maas of Northfield, Minn.; a sister,
Ruby Felt of Watertown, Minn.; grandchildren Jill Fryklund, Bill Maas,
Randy Maas and Michael Maas; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home
and continues noon until the 1 p.m. service Friday in Bethany Lutheran
Church. Burial in Bethany Cemetery at a later date. Memorials preferred
to Bethany Lutheran Church
 

Ethel Y. Cooley, 96, of Cook died Wednesday, April 4, 2001,
at the Cook Nursing Home.

She was born May 10, 1904, in Kankakee, Ill., and grew up
and attended school at Superior, Neb. She moved to Casper,
Wyo., in 1921 and was united in marriage there to Vern G.
Cooley on Jan. 25, 1923. In 1940 they moved to California,
where she resided for nearly 50 years. She was a homemaker
and was active in the Norwalk, Calif., senior citizens club for
15 years before coming to Cook in 1989.

She is survived by eight grandchildren, Joyce Klabacka of Chico,
Calif., Margaret (George) Frazier of Oroville, Calif., Clarice
(Stanley) Caplan of Modesto, Calif., Linda (Howard) Lappi of
Cook, Steven (Jeri) Hutchinson of Huntington Beach, Calif.,
Carol DeShay of Marble, William (Paige) Hutchinson of
Huntington Beach and Sandra (David) Brewer of Livermore,
Calif.; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren;
and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, in 1974; two
daughters, Edith Lee, in 1980 and Margaret Hutchinson, in 1989;
and three sisters, Irene Metro, Josephine Francoeur and Rosella
Francoeur.

SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial at
11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cook. The
Rev. Larry Antus, O.M.I., will be celebrant. Visitation will be for
one hour before the funeral. Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral
Home in Cook. Interment in Cook Community Cemetery.
 

Impi Arvola 91 of Embarrass died on 3 Apr 2001 at the Hibbing
Hillcrest Nursing Home. She was a former Embarrass resident .
Impi's husband Mathew Arvola died previously. Matt & Impi were
the parents of: Betty Lambert, Duane, Archie & Phyliss, Patricia &
Rev. Dennis Sundeen, Kathleen. 37, 1980 & Arnold 43, 1980 Alto.
Services will be held at the Babbitt Assembly of God Church on
Friday at 2 p.m. Visitation at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia
on Thursday Evening from 6-8 p.m.
Pat & Dennis live at Cook where he is the Associate Pastor of
the First Baptist Church.
 

Dr. J. Melburn Soneson, age 79, of Covenant Manor, died Saturday,
31 March 2001. Melburn is survived by wife, Dagmar; sons, Jerry &
Dan; daughters, Karen Coss & Janet Brook; grandchildren, Per & Bjorn
Soneson, Sara, Megan & Ryan Brook; brother, Rev. John Soneson;
sister, Eldreth Sisel; also nieces, nephews and many friends. Memorial
service Wed 1:30 pm Bethlehem Covenant Church, 3141 43rd Ave S.,
Mpls, Mn. Interment Hillside. Peterson-Stohlberg 612-781-3391.
Melburn's father Nels was the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of
Cook from 1932 until 1935, he died in 1955.
 

Albert Veikko Harkonen, 86, of Baudette died Tuesday, March 27, 2001,
at the Lakewood Health Center after being admitted there the day before.
He was born April 27, 1914, in Willow Valley, Minn., to August and Ula
Mary (Luukonen) Harkonen. He grew up in the area and on May 25,
1940, married Lily Violet Manninen at Linden Grove, Minn. They moved
to nearby Cook, where he worked as an equipment operator for the
Minnesota Highway Department until retiring in 1976. They continued to
live in Cook until Lily’s death in 1997. He then moved to Baudette, where
he lived in the Lakewood Care Center.
He is survived by his son, Chester (Susan), of Northfield, Minn.; his
daughter, Judy Straw, of Baudette; six grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Lily, he was preceded in death by three brothers,
Uno, Eino and Sula; a sister, Toini; his parents; and a stepfather, William
Turija.

SERVICES: Funeral 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church in
Baudette, with the Rev. Nancy Jewell officiating. There will be no visitation
Honorary pallbearers will be Jay and Todd Fitzgerald, Tori Jirik, Nicholle
Stanaway, Brandi Dillon and Renee Straw. Burial will be in Willow Valley
Cemetery in Willow Valley Township. Funeral arrangements by Helgeson
Funeral Chapel in Baudette.
 

LaVerne Geraldine Lindgren 72 died Wednesday, March 28, 2001
at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born on February 3, 1929, at Cook, the daughter of
Sanford 73, 1977 and Carrie 81, 1989 (Setter) Johnson. She lived in Cook
most of her life. LaVerne was united in marriage to Willard J. Lindgren
on November 16, 1946, in Virginia. She retired in 1992, after 35 years
of employment at the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home. She was a
longtime nurses aid there, and later in her career was in charge of central
supply. She was an active member of the Cook V.F.W. Auxiliary Post
# 1757. She had enjoyed fishing, working crossword puzzles, loved her
grandchildren, and enjoyed life to the fullest. Many have fond memories
and stories about her, and she will be sadly missed by the many who knew
her. She died Wednesday, March 28th, 2001, at St. Mary's Medical
Center in Duluth.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Willard; one son,
Darrell & Betty (Whiteside) Lindgren, of Cook; three daughters; Karen
(Greg) Balke of Golden Valley MN, Trudy (Mark) Newton of Lander,
Wyoming and Lorie Skorseth of Cook; one brother, LeRoy (Myrtle)
Johnson of Cook; nine grandchildren: Daniel (Kim) Lindgren, Darin
Lindgren, Angela (Scott) Trygg, Katie Balke, Andrea Balk, Ian Balke,
Breyan Knutson, Brittney Knutson, and Ashley Skorseth; five great-
grandchildren: Courtney, Brianna, Hailey and Shelbey Lindgren and
Jasmine Trygg, and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Daniel in infancy in
1949; one grandson, Joey Knutson in 1982 ; and one brother, Stanley
"Sonny" Johnson in 1936
SERVICES: Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook, with the Rev. Dennis Morreim as officiant. Visitation 6-8 p.m.
Friday at the funeral home. Casket bearers will be Daniel Lindgren,
Darin Lindgren, Scott Trygg, Dennis Johnson, Donny Lindgren and
Sam Heglund. Honorary bearers will be Duane Johnson, Louis Anthony,
Dennis Duame, Dr. Harold Johnston, Raymond Anderson and Elmer
Hannine. Burial will be in Cook Community Cemetery.
 

Doris Mae Stromlund 74 of Cloquet died on 19 Mar 2001. She married
Clare "Stub" Stromlund in 1978. Stub was raised in the Cook area. His
parents were Ole 1946 & Ina 87, 1993 (Carlson) Stromlund Lien. His mother
married Rudy Lien 79, 1988 of Cook after Ole died. Stub has a son Kurt &
Jennifer Stromlund from a previous marriage in Cook. Clare's siblings are
Darlene Lind, Donna Feragen, David, Gary, Clare
 

Charles F. “Charlie’’ Snyder, 80, of Virginia died on Monday, March 26,
2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1920, in Riverton, Minn., to Joseph and Lucy
(Spolar) Snyder. He grew up and attended school in Gilbert, graduating
from Gilbert High School class of 1939. He had served in the Civilian
Conservation Corps prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps.
He served in the Fourth Regiment in Shanghai, China, 19 months prior to
the start of World War II. During the war Charles served on Bataan and
Corregidor in the Philippines. During the fall of Corregidor he was
wounded and became a prisoner of war for three years, four months and
nine days. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Following his discharge he attended Virginia Junior College and graduated
from the University of Minnesota Department of Mortuary Science in
Minneapolis. On Oct. 14, 1948, Charles was united in marriage to Joyce
Lundeen in Virginia. In 1950 Charles became affiliated with Range Funeral
Home. He had worked as funeral director, manager, adviser and
consultant. He was honored with an award for being with the company
more than 50 years.
He was a member and past commander of George and Mark Klobuchar
Post 4456, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gilbert; past Area 2 commander of
the Military Order of the Cootie; member of the Wake-Em-Up Pup Tent
No. 4 of Virginia and Hoyt Lakes; past Seam Squirrel Commander Belly
Pup Tent of Gilbert; the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor;
the American Ex-Prisoners of War, Arrowhead Chapter; Disabled
American Veterans, Kolstad Chapter 23 of Virginia;
Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post 239 of Virginia;
a charter member of the Gilbert Lions Club; Virginia Lodge 264, A.F. &
A.M.; Hibbing Lodge of Perfection; Scottish Rite Bodies of Duluth; Royal
Arch Masons, Virginia Chapter 77; Duluth Council Royal and Select
Masters No. 6; Eveleth Commandry No. 35, Knights Templar; Aad
Temple Shrine of Duluth; the Northern Club; Virginia Elks Lodge 1003;
Virginia Senior Citizens Club; life member of the Iron Range and Virginia
Area historical societies; the Sportsman’s Club of Lake Vermilion; and
current noble grand and past noble grand of Missabe Lodge 222,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He was also a several term member
and past chairman of the board of the Virginia Coop Credit Union. He had
been a first aid instructor for the American Red Cross and Civil Defense.
He was a past president of the American Red Cross First Aid Instructors
Club and had served on the Red Cross East Range Regional Board of the
Northland Chapter. He also had served on the board of directors for
Range Cooperatives Inc., as well as the board of the Mesabi Family
YMCA.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Susan Gleason of Yuma,
Ariz., and Patricia Snyder of Crystal, Minn.; four grandsons, Derek
Hallow, Marc Gleason, Michael Gleason and Dean Snyder; five
great-grandchildren, Brett, Brooke and Joel Hallow, Baelin Snyder
Kernodle and Trevor Gleason; a brother, Victor Snyder, of Roanoke, Va.;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Andrew and John Snyder; a
sister, Julia; and his parents.
Charles F. “Charlie’’ Snyder, 80, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial
at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gilbert. The Rev.
Frank F. Perkovich and the Rev. Kenneth R. Tamte will officiate. Visitation
will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia
and will resume Friday for one hour before the service at the church. Burial
will be in the Gilbert Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by George
and Mark Klobuchar VFW Post 4456 of Gilbert.
 

Donna Loretta Oberg 70 died Friday, 23 Mar 2001 at St. Mary's
Hospital in Duluth. Her husband Clayton died on 14 May 1997 from
a car/train accident in Cook. Clayton's family lived near Cook many
years ago. They had a cabin on Lake Vermilion.
 

Clayton A. Rent 48 of San Francisco, Calif., died Thursday, March 22,
2001, after a two-year struggle with a brain tumor.
He was born in Virginia on March 2, 1953. He was a 1971 graduate of
Aurora-Hoyt Lakes High School and attended the University of Minnesota,
receiving a bachelor of fine arts/graphics in 1975. He lived in Minneapolis,
Dallas, Texas, and for the last 11 years in San Francisco. He worked in
retail management and customer service. He had a special talent and love
for art. His family will enjoy his works for years to come.
He is survived by his father, Leonard Rent of Virginia; two sisters, Cynthia
(Brian) Forsman of Aurora and Sandra (Anthony) Addy of Virginia; a
brother, John Rent of Chicago; his grandmother, Abelona Carlson of
Virginia; three nephews, Arik Forsman and Nick and Jon Addy; three
aunts; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy on the 24th of Feb
this year at the age of 69; his grandfather, Clayton 29 Feb 1988; age
79, and uncle, Darrel on 23 Jan 1975 at 39 years.
His mother was raised in Cook.

Clayton A. Rent, , SERVICES: A private memorial service is pending.
 

Mary Jula, 100, a longtime resident of Chisholm, died Sunday, March 18,
2001, at the Virginia Convalescent Center.
She was born Dec. 25, 1900, in Sparta, Minn., to Harry and Anna
(Smolensky) Fesnick Anthony, who later homesteaded a farm near Cook.
She married Justin Jula on June 16, 1918, in Chisholm and was a member
of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. She was employed by the
Salisbury Bakery, the Atlas Tavern and was a homemaker.
She is survived by her children: Peter (Marianne) Jula of Mahtowa, Minn.,
Anna Mae (Gene) Tingstad of St. Paul, William “Bill’’ (Nola) Jula of
Virginia, Ellen Kosiak of Chisholm and James (Gloria) Jula of White Bear
Lake, Minn.; sisters, Irene (Archie) Thurman of Detroit, Mich., Sophia
(Walter) Enzmann of Cook and Julia (Eldred) Burtness of Cook;
a brother, Louis (Florence) Anthony, of Cook; grandchildren, Barbara
(Robert) Carlson and David (Dianne) Tingstad, both of White Bear Lake,
Jackie (Lee) Sengthao of Duluth, Michael (Brenda) Jula of Parker, Colo.,
Renee (Lee) Anderson of Mountain Iron, Peter (Martha) Kosiak of
Freemont, Calif., and Kenneth (Lyla) Aaland of Elk River; 14 great-
grandchildren, Todd (Michelle) Carlson of White Bear Lake, Scott
(Jennifer) Carlson of Oakdale, Michelle Carlson in the U.S. Navy,
Deborah (Timothy) Yepma of St. Paul, Dawn Tingstad of St. Paul,
Denise and Danielle Tingstad of White Bear Lake, Erin, Whitney and
Kellie Sengthao of Duluth, Jessica Anderson of Mountain Iron, Lindsey
Alexander Jula of Parker and Keith and Cory Aaland of Elk River;
great-great-grandchildren, Ali and Amber Carlson of White Bear Lake
and Chase Carlson of Oakdale; a very special cousin, Bill Smolensky,
of Virginia; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, great-
great-nieces and -nephews; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Justin, in 1944; her father,
Harry Fesnick, and her parents, Louis and Anna (Smolensky) Anthony;
sisters, Anna Anthony, Helen Anthony, Amelia Wein and Eva Yoakum;
and brothers, Andrew Fesnick, Steve, John, Bill, Peter and Paul Anthony.
Funeral 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox
Church in Chisholm. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bauman-Cron
Funeral Home in Virginia, and continues an hour prior to service at the
church in Chisholm. Burial at the Chisholm Cemetery. To leave a
personal remembrance online, see www.baumanfuneral.com.

 Brent D. Olson, 19, of Cook died Saturday, March 17, 2001, at the
Virginia Regional Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 25, 1981, in Cook to Randal and Debra (Jevne)
Olson. He moved with his family to Wadena in 1984, then to the Staples
and Motley area before returning to Cook in 1998. He graduated from
Cook High School in 1999. He was an accomplished artist and won
awards for his artwork. He was a skilled computer operator, programmer
and troubleshooter.
He is survived by his father, Randy Olson, of Cook; his mother, Debra
“Deb’’ (James) Nelson, of Motley, Minn.; two sisters, Jacelyn Olson of St.
Paul and Melissa Olson of Motley; and his paternal grandparents, the Rev.
Wally and Shirley Olson of Cook.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Calvin and Gloria
Jevne.
Brent D. Olson, 19, SERVICES: Memorial services 3 p.m. Tuesday at
the First Baptist Church in Cook, with the Rev. Ned Eerdmans as
officiant. Spring interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

Arnold A. Heglund 89 formerly of Orr and North Branch,
Minnesota. His wife Lillian (Hellman) Heglund died in 1992.
 

Raymond E. Arvila 75 died on 8 Feb 2001. He was formerly of
Cook and was living in New Mexico. His wife Arlys died in 1999.
Raymond is survived by his four sons; Lawrence, Donald, Paul and
Robert. His parents were: Axel 83,1978 & Hulda 93, 1995 (Lindgren)
Arvila. His siblings: Ray & Arlys, Eva & Richard Miller, Eileen &
Stuart Anderson, Leslie & Mary Ann (Peterson) of Cook, John
and Arvid.
 

Ann Krantz 87 of Cook died 10 Mar 2001. Mrs. Krantz died
at the Arrowhead Health Care Center in Virginia
She was born Anna Marie Martz on December 11, 1913, at Eveleth,
the daughter of Max and Anna (Buchar) Martz. She lived in Eveleth
until the age of 8, then moved with her family to Buhl, where she was
schooled. She moved to Cook in 1935, where she worked at Ardin’s
Restaurant. She was united in marriage to Sidney A. Krantz on June
27, 1936, at Virginia. In 1949, they moved to Seattle, Washington,
where she was employed as a clerk for Boeing Aircraft for 7 years.
They moved back to Cook in 1956, where Anne worked as a clerk
at the Cook Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1978. She was a
member of St. Mary’’s Catholic Church, the Catholic Council of
Women, Cook Senior Citizens, the SNPJ, and was a volunteer at
the AEOA Nutrition Site in Cook and the Cook Hospital Auxiliary.
He hobbies included fishing, hunting, and boating.
She is survived by 1 daughter, Marie (Joseph D.) Vaida of McKinley,
1 sister-in-law, Rose Martz of Virginia,; 2 Grandsons: John Vaida of
Detroit, Lakes, Mn., and Joseph C. Vaida of Hoyt Lakes,;, 3 Great
Grandchildren: Jade, Jeris, and Katelin Vaida, along with numerous
nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband
Sidney in 1959,; 2 brothers, Max and Adolph Martz,; 2 sisters, Mary
Bianchi and Angeline Merritt,; and 1 Great Grandchild who died in
infancy.
Mass of Christian Burial for Anna "Anne" M. Krantz, 87, Cook,
will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday (March 17th) at St. Mary’’s Catholic
Church in Cook. Fr. Larry Antus O.M.I. will be the celebrant.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. St. Mary’s
Choir will sing, and Patti Fisher will sing a solo. Carolyn Blossom will
provide the accompaniment. The casket bearers will be: John Bianchi,
John Vaida, Joseph D. Vaida, Max Martz, John Musech, and Joseph
C. Vaida. The honorary bearer will be: Richard "Dick" White. Spring
interment will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

Martha R. Metsa, 85, of Hermantown died March, 6, 2001, at
St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born in Alango on Nov. 18, 1915, to Matt and Maria Hannula.
She lived most of her life in Cook.
She is survived by her sons, Michael “Mick’’ (Laurie) of Hermantown and
Merwyn (Carolyn) of Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchildren, Tammy (Tom)
Shustarich of St. Michael, Minn., Tom (Lisa) Metsa of Waukesha, Wis.,
Maija and Ahna Metsa of Hermantown; and great-grandchildren, Meggan
and Tyler Shustarich and Zachary Metsa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William J., in
1971.

Martha R. Metsa, 85, SERVICES: A private memorial service will be
held. Arrangements by Hegstrom Family Funerals, Foley Chapel, 5405
Ramsey St., Duluth.

Lynne (Lee) Phillips of Cook and Roger Metsa of Angora are cousins
to Michael & Merwyn. Merwyn's wife Carolyn is the daughter of
Elmer 58, 1978 & Margorie (Bolster) Snell Storm, she is a sister to
Shirley Snell and Jack Snell of Cook.

Bill & Martha were the builders, owners and operators of Bill's Motor
Court in Cook. This was the first "modern" overnight cabins in Cook,
they had bathrooms. Roy & Marshall Johnson of Orr bought the
place and created Johnson's One Stop, a large marine business until
it burned on 10 May 1977. At this location now stands the Country
Store which is owned by Tom Musech and the Vermilion Motel owned
by John & Verdella Musech.
 

Clinton “Nick” Shermer, 81, of Orr died Monday, March 5, 2001, at his
residence.
He was born Feb. 2, 1920, in Josie, Neb. He served in the Navy in the
USS Indiana from 1942 to 1945 and was part of the Asiatic-Pacific
Theater of Operations during World War II. He married Syvilla Hall on
May 25, 1946, at Burwell, Neb. They had lived in Northeastern Minnesota
for the past 42 years. Nick drove school bus for the St. Louis County
School District and farmed for many years. He was a member of the Orr
American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Syvilla; five sons, Dennis (Sharon) of
Buhl, Clifford (Mary) of Gheen, Mark (Karen) of Angora, James
(Rebecca) of Gheen and Joseph (Paula) of Cook; four daughters, Irene
Semon of Orr, Martha “Marty” (William) Nosie of Gheen, Ruth (John)
Huismann of Gheen and Kay (Timothy) Cornelius of Orr; a sister, Lois
Bradshaw, of Salinas, Calif.; 25 grandchildren and seven
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Asa, Walter,
Vernon and Everett Shermer; a sister, Beryl Keith; and a special niece,
Carol Forbes.

Clinton “Nick” Shermer, 81, SERVICES: Memorial service 1 p.m.
Thursday from the Orr American Legion Hall, with the Rev. Dennis
Sundeen as officiant. Honorary bearers will be Dennis, Clifford, Mark,
James, Joseph and Keith Shermer. Burial in Willow Valley Township
Cemetery. Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
 

Paul J. Sokoloski, 66, of Myrtle Lake, near Orr, died unexpectedly on
Sunday, March 4, 2001, at his residence.
He was born Nov. 8, 1934, at Cook to Walter and Margret (Pnakovich)
Sokoloski. He grew up in Buyck and was a lifelong resident of the
Buyck-Orr area. He served in the Army and was a longtime contract logger
for Boise Cascade. He owned and operated Sokoloski Logging. He was a
member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr, the Orr American Legion
and the Lions Club. He had enjoyed fishing, hunting and cards. He liked
spending time tending to his lawn and garden at his new log home in Myrtle
Lake.
He is survived by three sons, Sheldon (Beth) Sokoloski of Buyck, Jeffrey
(Tina) Sokoloski of Crane Lake and Bradley (Koreen) Sokoloski of Orr; a
daughter, Geraldine (Jason) Crain, of Virginia; a sister, Judy (Robert)
Martinson, of Spring Lake Park, Minn.; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margret, on Feb. 26, 1986; his
father, Walter, on June 4, 1989; a brother, Victor, in 1996; and a sister,
Jenette Sokoloski, who died in infancy in 1940.

Paul J. Sokoloski, 66, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m.
Saturday from Holy Cross Catholic Church in Orr. The Rev. Larry Antus,
OMI, will be celebrant. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Military
honors accorded by the Orr American Legion Honor Guard. Burial in
Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck. Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home
in Cook.
 

Mary Owen Mlakar, 99, died Monday, March 5, 2001, in the
Ely-Bloomenson Community Nursing Home.
She was born on April 19, 1901, in Ely to Frank and Mary (Dormish)
Owen. The family moved to their homestead in Greaney, where she grew
up as the eldest of six brothers and two sisters. She married Frank Mlakar
in 1921, and had four children, Margaret, Helen, Dorothy and Frank. She
outlived her husband, all her children, and her entire family, except for two
sisters. For many years, she was employed as a baker at Vertin’s Cafe in
Ely. After her husband’s death in 1976, she maintained her own home,
avidly gardened and happily baked cinnamon rolls, apple and walnut
poticas, and made doughnuts for her friends and neighbors. In 1998, she
moved into assisted living and in 2000, into the Ely Nursing Home.

Mary's parents: Frank 77, 1946 & Mary 65, 1953
Her siblings: (1) Mary & Frank 1976 Mlakar, (2) Frank Jr.67, 1971
& Mary 58, 1965, (3) Joe & Mary, (4) Anna & Joe 93, 1998 Kovach,
(5) Anthony, (7) John 67, 1980, (8) Louis, (9) Albert 81, 1999,
(10) Margaret & Albert 76, 1998 Zupancich

SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on
Saturday from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely.
The Rev. James Scheuer will officiate. By request, no visitation will be held.
Burial will be in the Ely Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are by
Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
 

June (Wilson) Rankila 76 died Sunday 4 Mar 2001 at the Cook
Hospital. She was born on 26 Jun 1924 in Detroit Mi, the daughter
of Harold & Sanni (Laine) Wilson. She lived the first 12 years in
Cleveland, Ohio, then moved to Alango where she graduated from
the Alango High School in 1942. She was united in marriage to Paul
Rankila in Virginia on 28 Dec 1946. They settled on the Rankila
Homestead in Linden Grove west of Cook. June was a homemaker
and was employed for a time at the Christmas Tree Factory in Cook.
She was a nurses aid at the Cook Hospital and Nursing Home. June
enjoyed helping others and dedicated much time in volunteer work.
She was a member of the Cook VFW Auxiliary and the Cook
Hospital Auxiliary. Some of her other special hobbies were baking,
gardening, and sewing.

June is survived by one son David (Loretta Whiteside) Rankila. Four
granddaughters; DeeAnn (Daniel "DJ") McClain, Shanda (Rodney)
Anderson, Danielle (fiancé; Matt Drozdek) all of Duluth. And Kaylin
Rankila at home. Four great grandchildren; Cameron and Paige
McClain, and Emma and Ethan Anderson.

Her husband Paul Rankila died on 6 Nov 1992. One infant daughter
Junay and one infant son. One sister; Major Mae V. Wilson in 1980,
and one brother William who died in the Korean Conflict in 1952.

Memorial Services for June Rankila will be held at 1:00 p.m. on
Wednesday, 7 Mar 2001 at the Trinity Lutheran Church.

Arrangements by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook
 

Hilda (Makela) Stenbeck Fox 94 died on Saturday 3 Mar 2001 at
the Cook Hospital. She was the daughter of Eli 78, 1959 & Albertina
75, 1963 (Mettala) Makela. She grew up in Elmer Township near
Meadowlands Mn. Hilda was united in marriage to Wayne Stenbeck
in Hibbing on 26 Jun 1927. They moved to Cook in 1928. She was a
member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Cook, and its Martha Circle.
She also belonged to the Cook Senior Citizens, and the former Cook
American Legion Auxiliary. Hilda loved flowers, and enjoyed knitting,
crocheting, and fishing. She was a very generous person, hospitable,
and patient person. She cherished her children and grandchildren, and
made all their friends feel welcome. She always had "room for one more."

Hilda is survived by one son, Stanley (Mary Leah Larson) Stenbeck,
one daughter Shirley Reichel (Arnie) Ojanen of Cook. One son-in-law
Jack Whiteside in the Cook Nursing Home. One brother, Edwin
(Eileen) Makela of Meadowlands. One sister Esther (Edward
who died in 1987) Heglund. Five grandchildren: Kathryn (John)
O'Keeffe, Sandra Bialke (Ray) Pinkerton, Fredrick (Kirsten Coale)
Reichel, Loretta (David) Rankila, and Ann Katzenberger. One great
great granddaughter, Marley Bialke.

Hilda is preceded in death by her first husband Wayne Stenbeck on
11 March 1969; her second husband George Fox on 25 June 1980.
One daughter, Dorothy Whiteside on 19 Apr 1994, one grandson
Martin Reichel on 19 Jun 1974. Three brothers; Emil, Walter, and
Einar Makela. Two sisters, Bertha Barber and Sylvia Polla, One
son-in-law, Richard "Dick" Reichel on 27 Dec 1994.

Funeral Services for Hilda will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March
8th 2001 at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Cook.

Arrangements are by the Mlaker Funeral Home of Cook.

Eric O. Long, 87, of Cook died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the Cook
Nursing Home.
He was born May 23, 1913, in Sparta, the son of John and Henrika
(Vasiain) Long. He attended school in Makinen. He moved to Detroit,
Mich., in 1939 and worked for the GM assembly plant. He married Aune
Rankila in Detroit on May 3, 1941. Eric served in the European-African
-Middle Eastern Theaters of Operations in the Army during World War
II. After his honorable discharge, they moved to Linden Grove Township
near Cook, where they raised their three children. He was employed by
U.S. Steel for 28 years. The couple moved in 1994 to Cook,
where Aune is presently living. Eric served many years as a town supervisor
and fire warden for Linden Grove. He was a member of the Cook
Veterans of Foreign Wars and was an alumni of the Civilian Conservation
Corps. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He
will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Aune; one son, Leon (Katy) Long, of
Cook; one daughter, Paulette (Ron) Rosenlund, of Battle Ground, Wash.;
two sisters, Mary Toivari of Eveleth and Eva Williams of Albuquerque,
N.M.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Long,
in 1977; two brothers, John and Aldrick Long; and one sister, Martha
Mattson.

Funeral Services 2 p.m. Friday, March 9 2001 at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Officiants will be the Rev. Harold Homola and the
Rev. Reuben Rosnau. Visitation for one hour before service. Casketbearers
will be David Rankila, Randy Rankila, Ed Hendrickson, Donnie Long,
Steve Hill and Bill Gruska. Honorary bearers will be Al Musech and Matt
Long. Military honors by the Cook VFW Honor Guard. Spring interment in
the Cook Community Cemetery.

Harold Swanson 85 died 20 Feb 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada where he
had lived for past 55 years. He is survived by his wife Nellie, son Ronald,
four grandchildren, four great grandchildren and his brother "Ole" of Cook.
Harold was born on 18 Jan 1916 in Cusson, Minnesota and was raised in
the Linden Grove area west of Cook. He worked as a carpenter.
His parents were: Knute 85, 1971 & Anna 48, 1943 (Amundson) Swanson.
Siblings: John B. 76, 1991& Iva 86, 1996 (Franklin) Swanson, Harold & Nellie,
Beatrice 66, 1985 & Anthony 42, 1953 Riccio, Kenneth 62, 1984 Swanson,
Dolores 74, 1997 & Tom Haley and Irvin "Ole" & Paula (Olson) Swanson.
 

Dorothy A. Rent, 69, of Virginia and formerly of Aurora, died Sunday,
Feb. 25, 2001, in the Virginia Regional Medical Center. She was born
Nov. 22, 1931, in Enderlin, N.D., the daughter of Clayton and Abelona
(Wittliff) Carlson. She graduated from Cook High School and went on to
attend the Virginia Beauty School. She was married to Leonard Rent on
Nov. 17, 1951, in Cook.
She owned and operated Rent’s Beauty Salon in Aurora for many years.
She was an active member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Aurora,
teaching Sunday School and making banners for the church. After moving
to Virginia, she became a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church,
where she served on a church guild. She loved to cook and to spend time
with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard; two sons, Clayton Rent of San
Francisco and John Rent of Chicago; two daughters, Cynthia (Brian)
Forsman of Aurora and formerly of Side Lake, and Sandra (Anthony)
Addy of Virginia; her mother, Abelona Carlson of Virginia; three
grandsons, Arik Forsman and Nick and John Addy; three sisters, Ardis
(Darrel) Sandvig of Moorhead, Minn., Diane Maher of Santa Fe, N.M.,
and Karen Carlson of Virginia; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father Clayton 79, 1988 and her
brother, Darrel 39, 1975

Dorothy A. Rent, 69, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial 1 p.m.
Wednesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, with the Rev. John
O’Donnell the celebrant. Visitation Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary
prayers at 6:30 p.m. in the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia and
Wednesday from noon until the services at the church. Burial will be in the
Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. To leave an online remembrance see
www.baumanfuneral.com.
 

Hilda Eleanor FitzSimmons, 86, of Victoria, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb.
21, 2001. She was born on March 25, 1911, in Angora.
Survivors include her son, Gerald FitzSimmons of Victoria, and three
grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell "Duane" FitzSimmons;
her parents, Nicholas Aro 77, 1947 and Maria 70, 1939 (Maki) Aro. Siblings:
(1) Jennie McDonald, (2) John 68, 1967 & Selma, (3) Nestor 86, 1986,
(4) Emily 78, 1981 & Martin 90, 1989 Johnson, (5) Sophie Freeman
(5) Jack 75, 1983 & Edna 78, 1981 (Jacobson) Aro, (6) Hilda & Duane.

Duane's sisters: Jewel & Marvin 71, 1979 Chase, Maxine 72, 1987
& Marvin Nelson, Phyllis & Everett 56, 1972 Seinola

SERVICES: Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday at the
Hearthstone Chapel in Victoria, Texas, with Dave Rogers officiating.
Services are held by Colonial Funeral Home of Victoria. Memorials
may be directed to the American Heart Association
 

James A. Claus, 69, of Eveleth, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at his
home.
He was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Buyck, to Alois and Mary Ann (Povroznik)
Claus. He attended Eveleth schools and was married to Sadie M. Ziebarth
on July 21, 1956, in Seattle, Wash. He was a Navy veteran, retiring in
1971 as a chief petty officer. Following his service career, he returned to
Eveleth and worked as a foreman for Fayal Township, retiring in 1983. He
was a member of Resurrection Catholic Church, the Disabled American
Veterans, and Mesaba Range Post No. 1172 Veterans of Foreign War of
Eveleth.
He is survived by his wife, Sadie, and their children, Janice Murray of
Denver, Colo., Jeannine (Scott) Mallard of Huron, S.D., John (Susie)
Claus of Yucaipa, Calif., and Jeanne “DeeDee” (Kevin) Nelson of
Parkville; grandchildren, Matthew, Charlotte, and Brandie; sisters, Dorothy
(Bill) Cronkite of Salt Lake City, Utah, Lorraine (Joe) Mayasich of
Shoreview, Minn., Jeanette (Jack) Curphy of Brimson, Minn., Nancy (Ray)
Chiaverini of Duluth.
He was preceded in death by his son, James, in 1987; a sister, Joanne, in
1999; his parents.
James A. Claus, 69, SERVICES: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2
p.m. Saturday at Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth. The Rev.
Eamonn Boland will be celebrant. Visitation will be one hour before
services at the church. Inurnment will be in Eveleth Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth.
 

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Reynold "Ames" Gustason 69 of Cusseta, Georgia died at his
residence 16 Feb 2001. He was raised in Cook. Ames had three
children: Todd, David and Janice. His parents were Reynold "Ray"
82, 1988 & Anna 72, 1980 (Carlson) Gustason. His siblings were:
Donald & Fran (Agnew) Whiteside Gustason and Kenneth 38, 1973
& Barbara (Morgan) Gustason. Ames left Cook to join the Army
and made a career of the Service. Ames' father was in charge
of the City maintenance and was the Fire Chief for many years.
 

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Lydia W. Barker, 82, of Duluth died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001,
in St. Mary's Medical Center.
She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Duluth to Lawrence and
Nellie Whiteside. She was raised in Cook and graduated from
Cook High School. She was a member of Hillside United
Methodist and held many positions within the church. She was
a member of the Proctor Ladies Golf Association for more
than 20 years. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and
summers at the family cabin on Lake Vermilion. She was also
an avid sports fan.
Lydia was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Barker in
February 1996; her parents; and a brother, Tom in 1985.
She is survived by a son, Jim Barker of Duluth; a daughter,
Jane (David) Mavec of Hermantown; brothers John ``Jack''
Whiteside of Cook and Richard (Terri) Whiteside of Duluth;
sisters Dorothy (Clarence) Simensen of Duluth and Grace
(Amos) Martin of Marco Island, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Arlene
Schrader of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren Sara and Joe Mavec;
and many nieces nephews, relatives and friends.

Gathering of friends: 12:30 until the 1:30 p.m. memorial
service Wednesday in Hillside United Methodist Church.
Inurnment in Oneota Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St.
Mary's Hospice and Hillside United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home.

Lydia's parents were Albert 72, 1947 & Nellie 45, 1936
(Anderson) Whiteside. Her siblings: Lydia, Grace & Amos
Martin, Dorothea & Clarence Simensen,
Jack & Dorothy 65, 1994, Thomas whose wife Frances later
married Don Gustason and Richard & Janet 43, 1980 (Novak)
Whiteside.

Julia (Lucachick) Paulson 84 of International Falls died on 15 Feb 2001. She is
survived by daughters Carol Ann Werley and Kay Sharon Orvalla. Her parents
were: William & Julia Lucachick. Siblings: Steve, Mary & Onufy Diachok,
Ann & Pete Pozniak, Eva & Otis Gibson, Mike, Frank & Audrey, Julia Paulson,
Nick & Marian, Sophie Nelson and Andrew & Florence.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Green-Larsen Mortuary, International Falls.
Services: 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
 

Rueben Alvin Enzenauer 78 died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Rio Grande
Regional.
He was born Nov. 6, 1922, to Alvin and Elizabeth (Ziehl) Enzenauer in
Raymond, Minn. He married Alice Lorraine Johnson on Jan. 13, 1943.
During the summer he would live in Cook and in the winter Mission, Texas.

SERVICES: Memorial services were held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001,
at Hidden Valley Ranch Rec-Hall. Services were entrusted to Mission
Memorial Funeral Home of Mission, Texas.

Rueben was a retired well driller from the Virginia area. He enjoyed old
cars and rebuilt a number of them. Their summer home was on Lake
Vermilion near Peterson's Landing.
 

Richard Dean Street, 62, of Britt, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at the
Cook Community Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 24, 1938, to Charles and Laura (Livingston) Street in
Chatfield, Minn. He grew up in the Spring Valley area in southern
Minnesota. The family moved to Angora in 1953. He graduated from the
Alango High School. He was a U. S. Army Veteran. He lived in
Robbinsdale and worked for a time for Land O’ Lakes and then for
Superior Radiator for 10 years in St. Louis Park. He returned to the Iron
Range and worked for EvTac as a production truck driver for 23 years,
retiring in 1999. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Michael) Sweno of Hoyt Lakes
and Lisa (Daniel) Wiswell of Palo; four grandchildren, Marissa, Marina,
Anthony, and Nezia; mother, Laura Williams of Cook; brother, Charles
"Marvin" (Marjorie) Street, Jr., of Cook; several nieces and nephews;
ex-wife, Sandra Street of Virginia; and special companion, Jeanette
Johnson of Britt.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1982, a son, Charles in 1976,
and a sister, Shirley Roethler.

Richard Dean Street, 62, SERVICES: Visitation will be on Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, with a rosary at 9:30
a.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Virginia. The Rev. John Doyle
will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the Sand Lake Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Range Funeral Home of Virginia
 

Helga H. Sersha, 71, of Meadowlands, passed away Saturday, Feb. 10,
2001, at Miller Dwan Medical Center in Duluth.
She was born Oct. 26, 1929. She married Peter Sersha on April 4, 1949,
and had worked as a licensed practical nurse in Eveleth and Virginia. She
was a member of the Mesaba Range Auxiliary to Post 1172, Veterans of
Foreign Wars of Eveleth, the Eveleth Health Services Park Auxiliary and
the Meadowlands Seniors.
She is survived by her husband, Peter; daughter, Judy (Corey) Johnson, of
Meadowlands; sons, Robert (Judy) Sersha of Forbes and David (Debbie)
Sersha of Kelly Lake; two brothers; one sister; brothers-in-law, Patrick
(Akiko) Sersha of Syracuse, Utah, and William (Beryl) Sersha of Mission,
Texas; seven grandchildren, including three very special grandchildren
named Katie, Cody and Alys. There also are many special nieces and
nephews.

Helga was born and raised in the Alango area southwest of Cook.
Her parents were: Isak 82, 1971 & Lempi 60, 1955 Raiskio. Her brother
Everett died in 1966 at 36 years of age.

Helga H. Sersha, 71, SERVICES: Memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at
the Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth, with the Rev. John Doyle as
celebrant. There will be no visitation.
 

Jennie Zeleznikar 87 died Friday 9 Feb 2001 at the Cook Hospital. She lived her
entire life along the banks of the Little Fork River on highway 65 northwest of Cook
27 miles. Jennie was one of eight children of Frank & Johana Zeleznikar, none
ever married. Now there is only one, her brother Louis age 90 who still lives on the
farm in Silverdale.
 

Evelyn (Elias) Allen 72, formerly of Greaney died on 7 Feb 2001 at Burnsville Mn.
Her husband Roy C. Allen preceded her in death.
 

Elvi A. Maroste, 87, of Virginia died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at the Virginia
Convalescent Center.
She was born Feb. 16, 1913, in Virginia to John and Ericka (Mikkola)
Maki and had been an area resident for many years. She retired from the
University of Arizona, Flagstaff, in 1977 as a cook.
Survivors include a son, William (Beverly) Laine, of Mesa, Ariz.; two
daughters, Joyce Rude of Virginia and Susan (Phillip) Donnell of Prescott,
Ariz.; two sisters, Ellen Karvala of Soudan and Elna Hautala of Ely; nine
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren;
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Laine, in 1951;
her second husband, Edward Lokken, in 1973; her third husband, Wayne
Maroste, in 1987; and a son-in-law, Nels Rude, in 1999.
Elvi A. Maroste, 87, SERVICES: Memorial service 1 p.m. Saturday at
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Virginia, with the Rev. Donald Norr
officiating. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Alango
Cemetery. Arrangements by Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
 

Charles Goggleye Sr., 70, of Nett Lake died Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at his
home.
He was born Oct. 28, 1930, to Jess and Agnes (Charwood) Goggleye Sr.
in Inger, Minn. He was a logger and worked in northern Minnesota. He
was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He married Leona
Porter on March 13, 1959, in International Falls. He was a lifelong resident
of the Nett Lake area.
Survivors include son Charles D. Goggleye and Muriel of Duluth, daughter
Roxanne L. Goggleye and Charles of Nett Lake, daughter Diane R.
Goggleye and Loren of Nett Lake, daughter Jolene A. Goggleye and Leo
of Cook, son Joseph M. Goggleye of Nett Lake, daughter Shirley F.
McNey of Nett Lake, son Kelly B. Goggleye of Duluth, daughter Skye C.
Goggleye of Hibbing; 21 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one
sister, Mary Porter, of Nett Lake; one brother, Jess Goggleye Jr., of Nett
Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona, on March 16, 1982; a son,
Roger, on July 26, 1994; stepmother, Madeline Goggleye; and his parents,
Jess and Agnes Goggleye.
Charles Goggleye Sr., 70, Services: Tribal rites at 10 a.m. Wednesday at
Bois Forte Community Center in Nett Lake, with Rueben Goggleye as
medicine man. Visitation at 2 p.m. today at the center. Burial in the Bois
Forte Cemetery in Nett Lake. Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home in
Cook.
 

AnnaRae Leathers, 64, of Buhl, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001, at the
University Medical Center-Mesabi.
She was born to Raymond and Anne Christenson on Oct. 15, 1936. She
was an active member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, and a
member of the Eagles. She loved and admired children. Her hobbies
included knitting, boating and cooking.
She is survived by her son, John (Arlene) Hocking of Atlanta, Geo.;
brother, Rudolph (Elberta) Christenson of Hibbing; many nieces and
nephews. Florence (Louis) Anthony was a sister to AnnaRae's husband.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin; parents; two brothers,
Phillip and Jerry Christenson.

AnnaRae Leathers, 64, SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 11 a.m.
Saturday at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Buhl. The Rev. John
O’Donnell will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will be one
hour prior to the Mass. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be sent to The American Heart and Lung
Association. Arrangements are by the Dougherty Funeral Home.
 

Ailie A. Leppanen, 74, of Virginia, died Jan. 31, 2001, at the Virginia
Convalescent Center.
She was born April 23, 1926, in Leiding Township to John and Amelia
(Luomala) Autio. She attended school in Orr, graduating from Orr High
School. She became a member of the U.S. Nurses Cadet Corps in 1945,
training at the Hibbing General Hospital’s School of Nursing. Following her
graduation in 1948, she made her home in Virginia. On Aug. 6, 1950, she
married Richard Leppanen in Eveleth. She was employed by the Virginia
Municipal Hospital until her retirement in 1980. She enjoyed spending time
with her husband at their cabin on Lake Vermilion, spending time with
family and friends, and doing crossword puzzles, and was she was an avid
fan of the Orr Braves high school basketball team. She was a member of
the Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her sister, Signe Junnila of Milaca, Minn., and numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, on Oct. 23, 1992;
two brothers, John and Gust Autio 74, 1997; an infant sister; her parents.

Ailie A. Leppanen, 74, SERVICES: Funeral services will be at 2 p.m.
Saturday at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia. The Rev.
Nathan Sager will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services
at the church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.
Arrangements are by Range Funeral Home of Virginia.
 

Edward Henry Nelson 88 passed away Sunday January 28, 2001 at Sandstone Mn.
Ed was born on 29 Jun 1911 at Turtle Lake WI. His wife Frances (Irons) Nelson died
on 13 Jan 1994 at the age of 81. He was the father of Virginia "Ginny" (Byron)
Leander of Cook. Ed & Frances were the parents of seven children: Elwyn, Curtis,
Carl 17, 1958, Mildred, Ginny & Byron, Howard and Kathleen.
The family lived near Hinckley, Minnesota.
 

Viola R. Autio, 73, of Virginia died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at the Virginia
Regional Medical Center.
She was born on March 22, 1927, in Pike River to Gust and Hilda
(Lundstrom) Kivela. She grew up and attended school in Pike River. On
May 27, 1944, she married Matt Autio in Virginia. They lived in Virginia
before making their home in Idington. She returned to Virginia in 1991. She
was employed as a home health aide by St. Louis County. She was a
member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Alango.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Schultz of Virginia and Beverly
(Ralph) Palo of Cottage Grove, Minn.; four grandchildren, Scott (Karen)
Schultz, Kurt (Wendy) Schultz, Jana Palo and Derek Autio; three
great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Matt on 10 Sep 1991; one son,
Ross Autio on 11 Jul 1988; her parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

Matt & Vi lived on the hill south of the Idington Spring.

Memorial services at 1 p.m. Monday at Range Funeral Home in Virginia.
The Rev. Peter Satren will officiate. Burial in Idington Cemetery in Idington.
 

Helen Sorokie, 88, former longtime resident of the Rauch area, died
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001, at the Cook Nursing Home.
She was born April 15, 1912, at Johnstown, Pa., to John and Martha
(Kenjersky) Sopata. She grew up in Johnstown and moved with her family
to Chicago in the early 1920s, where she met and married John Sorokie
there on Aug. 7, 1928. They had lived in Phoenix, Ariz., for seven years,
then moved to Rauch in 1950. She was assisted in all aspects of the family
homestead and farm. She moved to the Rouchleau Apartment Building in
Virginia in 1994, and had resided at the Cook Nursing Home the past year.
She was a former member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church and was
affiliated with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alango. She was employed for
many years at Patten’s Cafe in Orr, along with several other area
restaurants and enjoyed the people she served. She was the hostess for the
Orr Tourism Center, and loved assisting people. Her family appreciated
and savored all the traditional ethnic family meals she cooked. She enjoyed
the outdoors; some of the activities were: ice and summer fishing, partridge
and deer hunting, berry and mushroom picking, canning and gardening.
She is survived by two daughters, Lillian (George R.) Miller of Sioux Falls,
S.D., and Marilyn (William R. Sr.) Nieters of Angora; five sisters, Mary
Stella VonRokowski of Victorsville, Calif., Elizabeth (Milton) Friedman of
Los Angeles, Calif., Martha Zielinski of San Jose, Calif., Louise Riberdy of
Cleveland, Ohio, and Pat Ammon of Watertown, Wis.; nine grandchildren,
George J. Miller, Andrew J. Miller, Christine (Douglas) Brown, Timothy
Miller, Celeste (DeVeryl) Buus, Jon Sorokie, Tina Sorokie, William
(Laura) Nieters Jr. and James Nieters; eight great-grandchildren; five
great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, on June 27, 1986; a son,
George Sorokie, on Oct. 26, 1992; a grandson, Jon Nieters, on Sept. 22,
1979; and two sisters, Rhonda Kycewicz and Anne Keller.
Helen Sorokie, 88, SERVICES: Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday from St. Paul’s
Lutheran Church in Alango, with the Rev. Peter Satren officiating. Visitation
6-8 p.m. Friday at the Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook. Spring burial in
Bramble Cemetery.
 

Anderson Ronald B., age 54, of Ramsey died on Feb 19, 2001. He was
a transmission technician at North Country Ford. Preceded in death by father,
Raymond and brother, Charles. Survived by wife, Judy; son, Kevin & friend
Laura; mother, Vida Anderson; 1 niece & 1 nephew; many other relatives
& friends. Ronald had a love for Harleys and enjoyed fishing. In respecting
Ronald's wishes, no services will be held.
Thurston-Lindberg Chapel 763-421-0220
Ronald's father Raymond "Shorty" Anderson died in 1979 at the age of 57.
Ronald's brother Charles drowned in 1983 at the age of 35.
 

Edward A. Starc, 78, of Virginia died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at the Virginia
Regional Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Eveleth to Frank and Mary (Kastalic) Starc.
He grew up and attended school in Eveleth. He was a World War II Army
veteran. He married Evelyn Kesanen on Jan. 3, 1948, in Cook. Following
marriage the couple made their home in Iron. He had been employed in the
maintenance department of the Coons-Pacific Iron Mining Company until
retiring in 1975. In 1985, he made his home in Virginia.
He is survived by two sons, Jerry (Donna) Starc of Buhl and Randy Starc
of Virginia; three daughters, Gloria (Jerry) Hendrickson of Eveleth,
Marilyn (Jack) Puska of Angora and Joy Gams of Aurora; 13 grandchildren
and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Niemi, of Parkville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, in 1975; two sisters, Mary
and Frances; three brothers, Frank, Joseph and Anton; and a
granddaughter, Tammy Joy.
Edward A. Starc, 78, SERVICES: Private services will be held today at
the Range Funeral Home in Virginia, with the Rev. Lance E. Isaacson
officiating. Burial in Cook Community Cemetery.
 

Virginia Ann (Janisch) Squillace, 77, of Eveleth, died Wednesday,
Jan. 10, 2001, at the Virginia Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Eveleth on Oct. 31, 1923, to Paul and Viola (Nyberg)
Janisch. After graduating from Eveleth High School, she attended Eveleth
Junior College and San Diego State, San Diego, Calif. She then worked as
an inspector at the Arrow Shirt Factory in Eveleth until her marriage to
James Squillace on July 17, 1948, in Eveleth. In 1949, Jim and Virginia
took over the operation of the Eveleth Floral Company, which was
established by Paul and Viola Janisch in 1920. In 1953, Jim and Virginia
opened Jim’s Floral Shop in Virginia. Virginia worked as bookkeeper,
designer and co-owner until her retirement in 1995. She was an avid
bowler and golfer and loved playing bingo. She and Jim enjoyed their
retirement years in Mesa, Ariz.
She is survived by five daughters, Linda (Glenn) Bergerson of Lake
Vermilion, Cook, Paula Squillace of Duluth, Bonnie (Randy) Bremer of
Red Wing, Minn., Jamie (Mark) Falkowski of Virginia and Gina (Dave)
Borgen of Red Wing, Minn., and eight grandchildren, Kristine (Andy)
Squillace-Stenlund of Minneapolis, Kelsey and Ben Bremer, Jim, Kyle and
Christopher Falkowski and DJ and Tanner Borgen.
She was preceded in death by her husband last Jan 25; brother, Robert;
and her parents.
Virginia Ann (Janisch) Squillace, 77, SERVICES: Funeral services will
be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Resurrection Catholic Church in Eveleth with
the Rev. Frank Perkovich officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until
the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Eveleth Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cron-Sheehy Funeral Home in Eveleth.
 

REGENHARDT, CASSANDRA ANN, 26, of St. Petersburg, died Friday
(Jan. 5, 2001) in St. Petersburg. She was a St. Petersburg native and lifelong
resident. She graduated from Grace Lutheran Elementary and from Mont Verde
Academy, where she earned Thespian honors. She received an associate of arts
degree from St. Petersburg Junior College. She was a member of Job's Daughters
in St. Petersburg. She was chosen Queen of Tampa's Young Egyptian Shriners
and was named a debutant of Gasparilla's Krewe of Venus. Survivors include her
parents, Carl and Janie Regenhardt, and a sister, Kathleen Regenhardt, all of Lutz;
two brothers, Carl Regenhardt Jr., Atlanta, and Kurt Regenhardt, Winter Haven;
and her paternal and maternal grandmothers, both of Lutz. Anderson-McQueen
Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center-Ninth Street Chapel, St. Petersburg.

Cassandra was the granddaughter of Jesse 61, 1973 & Barbara Joy Swanson
formerly of Cook. The family lived on what is now known as the Swanson
Estate on Lake Vermilion. Jesse & Barbara Joy had seven children: Jesse Jr,
John 33, 1972 Barbara & David 64, 2000 Rupar, Judy, Jane "Janie & Carl
Regenhardt, James and Jerome
 

Ralph R. Bakk, 84, of Cook died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, at the Cook
Hospital.
He was born July 6, 1916, at Chisholm to Jacob and Hannah (Barthel)
Bakk. He grew up in East Littlefork (east of Cook) and moved to Chicago
in the late 1930s. He was an Army World War II veteran, serving in the
European-African and Middle Eastern Theater of Operations. He served as
a medical technician and received the Purple Heart. After his military duty,
he returned to Chicago, where he was a painter. He married Juneth Ojard
on June 21, 1947, in Two Harbors. They then moved to Lombard, Ill.,
where he continued his career as a painter. They moved to East Littlefork in
1965, settling on the Bakk family homestead and where they since had
resided. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cook and the
Mountain Iron American Legion Post 220. He was a devoted husband,
father and grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cutting firewood.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Juneth; two sons, David of Seattle,
Wash., and Brian (Jeri) of Cook; two daughters, Elizabeth “Betty” (Bob
Pernat) Halik of Mountain Iron and Julianne “Julie” (Lee) Marconett of
Virginia; three brothers, Alarik (Willianetta “Willie”) Bakk and Melvin
(Audrey) Bakk, both of Cook, and Clarence (Anneli) Bakk of Anchorage,
Alaska; a sister, Myrtle (Rev. George) Davidson, of Bradenton, Fla.; eight
grandchildren, Bruce, Dale and Michael Halik, Caleb and Tricia Marconett
and Dylan, Taylor and Connor Bakk; a great-granddaughter, Ashley Halik;
and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers,
Arthur in 1988 and Gunnar in 1995; and a sister, Alice Midura, who died
Dec. 2, 2000
Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Cook, with the Rev.
Ned Eerdmans as officiant. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook, and continues an hour prior to the funeral Thursday
at the church. Spring burial will be in the Cook Community Cemetery.
 

Lafayette J. “Laf’’ Connor, 53, of Nett Lake died unexpectedly at the
Cook Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001.
He was born April 24, 1947, at Cook, the son of Lafayette Sr. and Ruth
(Day) Connor. He grew up on the Bois Forte Reservation and graduated
from Orr High School in 1965. He served as a master sergeant in the Air
Force during the Vietnam War. He earned his associate degree at Rainy
River College in International Falls, then transferred to Bemidji State
College, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in business
administration. Laf then worked at Indian Health Services in Bemidji for
two years, returning to Nett Lake in 1994. He was employed for the Bois
Forte Housing Authority and was the current assistant director of housing.
He was a member of the Nett Lake Baptist Church and had served as its
treasurer. He enjoyed playing the guitar and activities with his
grandchildren, family get-togethers and fellowship in Bible studies.
He is survived by one daughter, Merrilee (Mark) Littlewolf, of Nett Lake;
his mother, Ruth Connor, of Nett Lake; one brother, Frank (Charlotte)
Connor, of Indian Point, Minn.; one sister, Carol (Earl) Chico, of Bemidji;
two grandchildren, Preston and Isaiah; his special friend, Margaret Smith,
of Cass Lake, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lafayette Sr., in 1982 and two
brothers, Kenneth and Les Connor.
Lafayette J. “Laf’’ Connor, 53, SERVICES: Funeral at 1 p.m. Sunday
from the Nett Lake School. The Rev. Mark Salmela will be officiant.
Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Saturday at the Nett Lake Baptist Church.
Casketbearers will be Allan Connor, Michael Connor, Marty Connor,
Chester Graue, Loren Connor and Mark Littlewolf. Honorary bearers will
be Frank Connor, Burdell Laroque, Ray Fox, Jerry Lufkins, Ken Badboy
and Les Connor. Arrangements by Mlaker Funeral Home in Cook.
Interment will be in the Connor family cemetery in Nett Lake. Military
honors will be accorded by the Bois Forte Honor Guard.
 

Ben C. Parzyck, 76, of Virginia, formerly of Buyck, died Monday, Jan. 1,
2001, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth.
He was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Virginia, to Adam and Frances (Majeski)
Parzyck. He grew up in Buyck, and had served in the U.S. Army during
World War II. He made his career working for the Burlington Northern
Railroad, and retired as an engineer in 1985. He was a member of the Orr
American Legion. He spent several winters in Florida. When in good
health, he had enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He had been making
his residence in an assisted living complex in Virginia the past year.
He is survived by two brothers, Frank (Irma) Parzyck of Buyck, and
Stanley Parzyck of St. Louis Park, Minn., and numerous nieces and
nephews.

Frank (Donna) Parzyck is a nephew and Margaret (Dan) DuMarce
is a niece. Their parents were: Phil 59, 1965 & Mary 60, 1970 Parzyck who
lived where the McDonald's is now as Phil owned the Cook Motor Sales
garage there. They also have two sisters: Sharon and Theresa.
He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Theophil “Phil,”
Constantine “Cos,” Steven, Adam, and Raymond Parzyck, who died in
childhood; two sisters, Bernice Hathaway and Ann Stanchfield.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic
Church in Buyck. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Mlaker
Funeral Home in Cook. Military honors will be accorded by the Orr
American Legion Honor Guard. Graveside services will be in the spring at
the Forest Home Cemetery in Buyck.

Irene M. Cheney, 92, of Cook, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at the Cook
Hospital.
She was born May 6, 1908, at Richland Center, Wis. She was the
daughter of Oscar and Dora (Basye) Heckendorn. She moved to the state
of Washington in 1933, where she met and married Fay R. Cheney in the
city of Puyallup. They moved to the Cook area in the early-1960s, where
she has since resided. She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant
Church of Cook and past member of the Cook American Legion Auxiliary.
She enjoyed craft work and making crafts for family and friends. Her home
was always decorated with her talented craftwork.


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