Miscellaneous St. Louis County, Minnesota Obituaries


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Col. (ret.) Allen S. Churchill
Retired Col. Allen S. Churchill, 78, of South 69th Avenue West, died suddenly Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998, in St. Luke's Hospital.
He was born Nov. 29, 1919, to Alice and Samuel Churchill in Knife River. He had been a Duluth resident for most of his life and was a 1939 graduate of Central High School. He married Beverly J. Olson on March 4, 1944, in Casper, Wyo., and they celebrated 53 years of marriage together. In 1939, he joined the 125th Field Artillery Unit and then the 505th Paratroopers Unit. In 1944, he graduated from the Air Force Pilot Training School at Maxwell Field, Alabama, and was a B-24 bomber pilot in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he joined the Minnesota National Guard, where he served for 29 years. As a lieutenant colonel, he was battalion commander of the 194th Armored Division/47th (Viking) Infantry Division until his promotion to full colonel, where he served on the state staff of the National Guard. Among his many medals and ribbons awarded are the American Theatre Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, Distinguished Flying Cross, Commendation Ribbon with Pendant and Congressional Air Medal.
He attended many schools during his career in the service and was especially proud of his diploma from the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. After the war, he worked for William H. Ziegler Co., Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railway and Howard and Sell Co. as manager. He worked for Johnson Elevator Co. for many years and R&O Elevator Co. until his retirement. During his retirement, he enjoyed being part-time proprietor of Mr. D's Club.
He was a member of the West Duluth American Legion Post 71, Proctor Moose Lodge 1302, Duprey-Alexander VFW Post 137 and the International Union of Elevator Constructors.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Terry Churchill, in 1996.
Allen is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughters Allison Churchill of Duluth and Bobbi (Dean) Pirkola of Esko; a sister, Louella (Melvin) Markstone of Bethany, Okla.; brothers Harvey of Duluth and Bob (Liz) of Hermantown; grandsons Brian and Clay Pirkola of Esko; many nieces and nephews; and many friends who loved him dearly. He will be sadly missed.
Visitation: Tuesday, noon until the 2 p.m. service in Asbury United Methodist Church, Rev. Paul Bosshardt officiating. Interment in Oneota Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the Duluth VFW Combined Honor Guard.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Jan (John) Stefanski
Jan (John) Stefanski, 87, of Hitterdal, Minn., formerly of Duluth died Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, in Viking Manor Nursing Home in Ulen, Minn.
Survivors include his wife, Anna; daughters Regina (Larry) Jacobson of Hitterdal and Jan (Les) Cheever of Moorhead, Minn.; son John of Tucson, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 26 in Hawley.

Kathleen ``Kathy'' Ann Dille
Kathleen ``Kathy'' Ann Dille, 38, of 86th Avenue West died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, in St. Mary's Medical Center.
Kathy was born in Duluth and graduated from Morgan Park High School. For 15 years, she was circulation manager for Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
She was a member of United Protestant Church.
Two brothers, Michael and Scott, preceded her in death.
Surviving are her husband, Rick S. Hinnenkamp and a son, Erick Dille Hinnenkamp; her parents, Phillip N. (Alberta) Dille of Duluth and Annette ``Anne'' Cahill (Roy R.) Hudson of Pensacola, Fla.; her maternal grandmother, Trudy Bakke of Duluth; a brother, Craig P. (Reba) Dille of Rockingham, N.C.; and a sister, Liane M. Dille of Duluth.
Service: 10:30 a.m. Monday in Bell Brothers Chapel.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Thomas J. O'Connor
Thomas J. O'Connor, 91, formerly of Duluth died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1998, in Marietta, Ohio.
He was born in Minneapolis on June 18, 1907. In Duluth, Tom was a barrel maker and a laborer in the construction business. He also was a bus driver for Duluth public schools, was self-employed in the rental business and had been a partner in a soft-drink bottling company, as well as working for more than 20 years at Dunlap Tile Co., from which he retired.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nettie Schnorr O'Connor; and second wife, Elaine Wiberg O'Connor.
He is survived by his sons, Don Thomas (Vivian) O'Connor of Marietta, Ohio, and Lee James O'Connor of Duluth; and grandchildren Mark and Christine O'Connor.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Monday in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home and from noon until the 1 p.m. funeral service Tuesday in Bethany Lutheran Church. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery.

Vienna Korhonen
Vienna Korhonen, 76, of Church Place died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in Viewcrest Nursing Home.
She was born to Anna (Eklin) and John Kukko in Brimson, where she attended school. She had lived in Duluth most of her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Walter Rossi; and her ex-husband.
She is survived by a brother, Eino Kukko of Brimson.
Visitation: 10 until the 11 a.m. service Tuesday in Bell Brothers Chapel. Burial in Oneota Cemetery.
Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors-Bell Brothers Chapel, 601 N. 56th Ave. W.

Bror Lester Moberg
Bror Lester Moberg, 83, of St. Louis Avenue died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in Park Point Manor Nursing Home.
Bror was born in Cotton and had lived on Park Point for over 40 years. He was an army veteran of World War II and had worked at Washington Junior High School for many years before his retirement. He was an avid gardener and an all-round handyman.
His wife, Marion, died in July.
He is survived by sons Bruce (Ricky) Eadie of Mount Holly, N.J., and Robert (Marilyn) Eadie of Sandstone; daughters Nancy (Donald) Vivian of Shoreview, Minn., and Janice (Randy) Weil of Bradenton, Fla.; a sister, May Maki of Brimson; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation: 3 until the 4 p.m. service Tuesday in Dougherty Funeral Home. Memorials preferred.

Frances C. Watczak
Frances C. Watczak, 76, of Devonshire Street died Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in her home.
She was born April 15, 1922, in Minneapolis, to Walter and Minnie Kollski. She was a Duluth resident most of her life.
She married Walter F. Watczak June 14, 1941, in Duluth. Frances was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a wonderful cook and loved flowers and tending to her house plants. She was devoted to her family. Frances was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the former St. Clement's Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter on March 27, 1987.
Survivors include sons James of Sauk Rapids, Minn., Robert (Janice), David and Dennis, all of Duluth; a sister, Florence Mrozik of Duluth; grandchildren Terry (Mary Beth) Watczak, Barbara Watczak, Sharon (Kurt) Hanson, Donald (Selina) Watczak, Kevin Watczak, and Jennifer Watczak; eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a wake prayer service at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in Holy Family Catholic Church. Visitation will continue at the church from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday. Burial will be in Polish Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home.

Clifford ``Buschman'' Carl Ernest
Clifford ``Buschman'' Carl Ernest, 58, of Poplar Road died unexpectedly among family and friends Thursday, Sept. 24, 1998, in his home.
He was born Nov. 3, 1939, to Isabelle C. (Rein) and Otto J. Ernest Jr. in Shanagolden Township, Wis. He married Carolyn Kimball on Dec. 28, 1963, in Duluth. Cliff was a foreman with McCabe Forest Products, where he worked for 34 years. He was a member of the Minnesota Loggers Association. His second love was his hunting shack, where he enjoyed sharing time with his family and friends. Cliff was a very loving and accepting man. His generosity reached beyond his family. He was quick to help anyone who needed help and touched everyone he ever met. You'll always be remembered. Busch! Busch!
Cliff was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; his children, Brenda Lou (Joseph) Lagarde, Anthony Carl (Carolyn S.), Glen Matthew and fiancee, Rhonda, all of Duluth; his mother, Isabelle Ernest of Glidden, Wis.; brothers and sisters Kenneth of Glidden, Vernon of Chicago, Roger, Eilene, Arnold and Randy, all of Glidden, and Kathleen of Mellen, Wis.; grandchildren Kurt (Lacy) and Amber Lagarde, Kendra, Jacob, Austin, Christopher, Alexanderia, and Brianna Ernest; and special buddy Tubbs. He'll also be sorely missed by nieces, nephews and everyone who knew him.
Visitation: 1 until the 2 p.m. memorial service Monday in Lakeview Covenant Church.
Arrangements by Johnson Mortuary.

Mary Ellen (Saice) Valentine
Mary Ellen (Saice) Valentine, 50, of Duluth died Saturday Sept. 26, 1998, at St. Mary's Hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Cloquet on Nov. 10, 1947, to Edward and Gertrude Saice, Mary was raised in Duluth and was a graduate of the Duluth Area Vocational Technical Institute.
She had worked at the Beckley-Cardy Co. for more than 13 years. She was a member of the Jehovah's Witness Enger Park Congregation. Her parents and a sister Delores Hanson and brother Maynard Peterson preceded her in death.
She is survived by sons Jeff (Sally), Randy and Brent, all of Duluth; daughter Nikki (Eric) Werdier of International Falls; sister Lorraine (Bob) Dodd of Colorado Springs, Colo., brothers Edward Saice Jr. of Arizona, Albert Peterson of Colorado Springs, James Peterson and Ray Peterson, both of Duluth, Donald Paulson of Thief River Falls,Minn.; grandsons Joshua and Jacob Valentine; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Williams-Lobermeier Funeral Home and from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral Wednesday in the Funeral Home. Burial in Park Hill Cemetery.

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