Obituaries for Surnames Beginning With "BO" through "BU"
Aitkin County, Minnesota
Page B1, "BA" through "BL

Unless otherwise noted, these obituaries were contributed by
Karen Klennert
and are from the Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper


Mrs. William L. Brown died Friday, September 1, 1916 at St. Lukes Hospital, Duluth, following an operation for tumor. Mrs. Brown had been ailing for nearly a year and during parts of the time she was quite ill. She is survived by her husband and two children, Albert and Theresa.

Mrs. Brown, who was formerly Anna Lewis, was born in Coles Island, New Brunswick, on April 12, 1869, being at the time of her death, 47 years, 4 months and 19 days of age.

In 1892 she went from New Brunswick to Ashland, Wisconsin. Here she was married to Wm. L. Brown in April 1895. They lived in Ashland for some time and also in Port Wing. From there they moved to Duluth where they lived until the fall of 1910 when they came to Hill City. Mrs. Brown was well known to the Hill City people among who she had a host of friends who extend their sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Her body was brought back to Hill City Saturday and the funeral services were held in the M.E. Church Tuesday afternoon at tow o'clock, Rev. Suva officiating. Internment was made in Hill Lake cemetery under the care of Undertaker J. W. Fowler.

Contributed by Mrs. Dale Amann


Ellen L. Bullen, 83, McGrath, died December 28, 2002, at the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora as the result of an accident.

She was born February 12, 1919, in Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of Swan and Eltie Larson. At the age of 9, the family moved to McGrath. She graduated from McGrath High School as salutatorian in 1936. She went on to Teachers' Training in Mora. She married Herbert Bullen on August 14, 1938. She taught in Ford Township for one year and then was a substitute teacher in McGrath for many years. She was very active in the McGrath community all her life. She was a charter member of Calvary Presbyterian Church, ordained elder on January 31, 1988. She was a member of the ladies' aid for 64 years--holding all offices. She taught Sunday School from 1940-1964 and then again from 1978-1981. She was active and held offices in the McGrath Senior Citizens Organization since inception.

Services were held January 2 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in McGrath with Rev. Keith Davis officiating. Music was provided by David Waite and Elaine Elg. Pallbearers were Larry Bullen, Jerry Kohlgraf, Steve Person, Charles Werhan, Michael Werhan and Kevin Werhan. Burial was in the Pliny Cemetery in McGrath.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law; Lois and Chuck Werhan, Forest Lake, and Carol and Steve Person, Dayton; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Swan and Eltie Larson; husband, Herbert; brother, Kenneth Larson; and infant daughter, Betty.

Arrangements were with the Dresser-Methven Funeral Services of Mora and Ogilvie.


Ihleen Boyd, 81, Aitkin, and formerly of St. Paul, died January 18, 2003, at the Leisure Hills Care Center in Grand Rapids.

She was born April 8, 1921, in St. Paul, the daughter of Charles and Dorothea (Sarau) Preston. She grew up and attended schools in St. Paul. She married Edwin L. Boyd on March 20, 1943, at Norman, Oklahoma. The lived in St. Paul until 1976 when they moved to Aitkin. She had worked at the Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills during World War II. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the Aitkin VFW Auxiliary of which she is a past president, and American Legion Auxiliary. She also did volunteer work at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin. She enjoyed playing bingo.

Services will be held today, January 22, at 1 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Jason Talsness officiating. Edie Orazem will play the organ and piano and Wayne Boyd and Tambrey Kullhem will sing. Pallbearers will be Mike Walker, Kevin Boyd, Tim Zach, Charles Boyd Jr., Jeffrey Boyd, Charles Carlson II and Chris Wenisch. Honorary pallbearers will be Shannon Zach, Wendie Carlson, Cindy Wentsch, Angela Boyd, Holly Rutten, Jenni Walker, Lisa Boyd, Lindsey Kuehl, Eddie Boyd, Patrick Boyd and Mat Boyd. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Nordland Township, Aitkin County. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. services at the church.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin, Aitkin; sons and daughters-in-law; Wayne and Jean Boyd, Hastings, and Charles and Shelly Boyd, North St. Paul; daughters and son-in-law, Judy Walker, Ham Lake, and Vicki and Roger Gale, Aitkin; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers; Eugene Preston, Mora, Texas;; Wesley Preston, White Bear Lake; Robert Preston, Oakdale; William Preston, Siren, Wisconsin; John Preston, Texas; and Douglas Preston, Chicago, Illinois; and sister, Dorothea "Peaches" Blaha, St. Paul.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Charles Preston; and sisters, Mary Ann Walters and Margaret Skara.

Arrangements are with the Sorenson-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.


Olga Bullis, 95, Palisade, died Dec. 4, 2002, at the Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.

She was born Jan. 16, 1907, in Palisade, the daughter of Iver and Charlotte Hanson. She attended Palisade Schools and helped her mother in the operation of the maternity hospital in Palisade. She married Raymond "Tex" Bullis in Palisade on June 23, 1931. She was a lifetime resident of Palisade. She was a member of the Palisade Assembly of God Church, was pianist for many years and taught Sunday School and took care of the church flower gardens. Before her retirement she worked at the former Gables Nursing Home and the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.

Services were held Dec. 7 at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Pastor Charles Carlson and Rev. Donald Norman officiating. Cora Holzing played the organ and Robert Bartz was soloist. Pallbearers were Keith Bartz, Gus Carlstrom, Nunny Vukelich, Mike Howe, Dick Draper and Charles Carlson. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Wold, Richard Burman, Cleon Peterson, Robert Bartz and Earl Osberg. Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Palisade.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Boots and Debbie Maring, Perham; grandchildren, Kelly and (T.W.) Terrance; and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Palisade Assembly of God Church.

Arrangements were with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin.


Ervin Brand, Mr. And Mrs. Allen Brand and Roy Brand all of Milwaukee, Wis., Mr. And Mrs. Ralph Brand and Mr. And Mrs. John Monaski of Denver, Colorado, came to attend the funeral of their wife and mother, Mrs. Gladys Green Brand, who passed away Monday evening in Milwaukee. Services were on Friday afternoon at the Round Lake church with burial at Round Lake Cemetery.


Winnifred Green Booker, 91, Tamarack, passed away January 22, 1995, in Carlton Nursing Home.

She was born in Nicholson, North Dakota, and moved to Tamarack, where she attended schools. She taught school in the Palisade area. She became a governess in St. Paul and Muskogee, Oklahoma. She married Cecil Booker on May 11, 1935 in Brainerd and returned to Tamarack. They did philanthropic projects all their lives.

Services were held January 27 with interment in Round Lake Church Cemetery, Tamarack.

She is survived by daughters: Susan Olson of Milaca, Sarah Ames of Cloquet and Deborah Johnson of Two Harbors; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence and Emma Green; and her husband, Cecil in 1983.


Cecil Edmund Booker of Star Rt., Tamarack, died Wednesday, May 25, 1983, at Aitkin Community Hospital. He was 82. Funeral Services were held on Saturday, May 28, in Big Sandy Alliance Church, Rev. Todd Block officiating.

Pallbearers were Glenn Olson, Jim Ames, Sr., Jim Ames, Jr., Larry Johnson, Danny Johnson and Burton Anderson. Burial was at Round Lake.

Born Aug. 13, 1900, in Dayton, Ohio, Booker lived in the Tamarack area the past 48 years. He married Winnifred Green in 1935 in Brainerd. He was a public school teacher in both Aitkin and St. Louis counties before retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Winnifred; three daughters, Susan (Glenn) Olson of Milaca, Sarah (Jim) Ames of Cloquet, and Deborah (Larry) Johnson of Two Harbors; and eight grandchildren.


Funeral services for Mrs. Hazel Green Boyd were held last Tuesday afternoon at the Round Lake church. Reverend Peters officiated. Interment was in the Round Lake cemetery. She passed away at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after a long illness. Attending the funeral from Milwaukee were her daughter, Gail; sisters, Miss Irma Green and Mrs. Dora Elwell. From Duluth were Mr. And Mrs. Christy Tarro (Betty Hamel), Mrs. Doris (Hamel) Berglind and their sister, Gladys. Mrs. Susan (Booker) Olson from Milaca also attended the rites. Lunch was served by the Balsam Women's Club assisted by some of the Round Lake ladies. (Feb. 1959)

Aitkin, Mn

Funeral services were held at the Holy Family Catholic church at McGregor, Sept. 26, 1952 for Mrs. Fannie Buchholz, with Father Herman officiating. Pallbearers were Dick Wigins, Si Thompson, Maynard Raveill, Ole Laursen, Mark Jacobs and Val Widger. Burial was in the McGregor cemetery.

Mrs. Buchholz passed away suddenly Sept. 24, 1952 from a heart attack with which she was stricken while visiting at the home of Mrs. Al Maddy, McGregor, having arrived at the home of her friend only the previous day.

She was born May 22, 1874, in Austria, Europe.

She was married to Gus Buchholz in 1899, at Minneapolis, and the couple came to the Libby community in 1901, where they settled on a farm. Mr. Buchholz died several years ago.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Ben Thompson (Irene), at Gull Lake, near Brainerd; daughter-in-law, Eloise Buchholz, Duluth and sisters Mrs. J. B. Neil, Brainerd, Mrs. Mary Buchholz, Anoka and eight grandchildren. A son, Lawrence preceded her in death.

Out-of-town relatives and friends who were present at the rites were Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Neil, Brainerd; Mrs. Timothy Bender, Minneapolis; Mrs. Mary Buchholz, Anoka; Mr. and Mrs. Rarden, Brainerd; Mrs. Eloise Buchholz, Duluth; Eddie Orofert and Mrs. T. Reck, both of Anoka and Dennis and Henry Boudreau, Aitkin.

Contributed by Nancy Thompson
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper

Aitkin, Mn, 1944

Gustav Buchholz, a resident if Aitkin county since 1900, passed away last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ben Thompson, at Nisswa, after a protracted illness.

Mr. and Mrs. Buchholz had left their farm in Libby community, last fall, to spend the winter months with their daughter.

Mr. Buchholz was born in Germany, Dec. 6, 1867, immigrating to the United States 52 years ago. In 1899 her married Fanny Sprosty and the next year the couple settled on a homestead in Libby township. Two children, a son and daughter, were born to them.

The family lived in the village of Aitkin while the children were attending high school, and Mr. Buchholz managed the farming interests of Warren Potter.

Survivors besides Mrs. Buchholz are their son, Lawrence of Duluth and the daughter, Mrs. Ben Thompson (Irene) at Nisswa, a sister Mrs. Alvina Schmidt, at Chicago.

Services were conducted Monday, Feb. 7th, by Rev. Geo. Boyer, at Hartman Chapel at 2 p.m.. Mrs. Sidney Forester sang "Rock of Ages" and "In the Garden", with Miss Marjorie Sawyer at the piano.

Pallbearers were B. R. Hassman, R. A. Tiffany, Richard Wiggins, Tom Shirley, Louis Sheets, and Dennis Boudreau. Internment was in the cemetery at McGregor.

Contributed by Nancy Thompson
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper


Eli Bottila, 83, Moose Lake, died March 18, 2003 at Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.

He was born May 29, 1919 in Minneapolis to Matt and Hilda (Dixon) Bottila. He grew up and attended school in Rice River Township, and worked in the CC Camps near Blackduck. Eli was an Army Veteran of World War II. He married Anne Thompson of Aitkin on November 23, 1946. They lived in the Lawler area where Eli worked in construction and they later moved to the Iron Range where he worked as a millwright. He also worked as a bus driver and custodian for the McGregor and Hoyt Lakes Schools. In 1980 they moved to Cloquet where they managed Larson Commons until 1986 when they moved to Moose Lake and lived at Hillside Manor East. He was also the caretaker for the Boy Scout Camp in Hinckley. He was a member of the Carlton County VFW and DAV.

Memorial services were held March 23, at the Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home in Moose Lake with Reverend Frank Farrand officiating. A private family internment will be held in Salo Twp. Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; son and daughter-in-law, Duane and Judy, Brooklyn Park; three grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home in Moose Lake.


Funeral rites were conducted March 7, 1953 for Hilda Justina Bottila, Lawler, from the Rice Lake School by Rev. Erickson and Rev. Scott. The deceased was born November 23, 1884 in Isokyro, Vasa, Finland, and came to the United States in 1892. She was united in marriage in June, 1906, to Matt Bottila and they resided in Rice River township until they moved to Lawler.

Mrs. Bottila had been ill the past eight weeks. Survivors include her husband, Matt, Mrs. Wilho Elo, Eugene Bottila, Cloquet; Mrs. Roy Morton, Mrs. Leon Riley, Edward and Jack Bottila of Gary, Ind., Eino and Eli Bottila of Lawler, Mrs. Ralph Hietalati of St. Paul and Mrs. Noble Lovering of Duluth; 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At the services Mrs. Scott sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "No Disappointment in Heaven" with Mrs. W. Lake as accompanist. Pallbearers included Roy Morton, Leon Riley, Wilho Elo, Noble Lovering, Ralph Hietalati and Robert Huffman, and interment was made in the Salo Cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mrs. Louis Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Eino Field, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Field, Mr. and Mrs. O Rearson, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Maki, Mr. and Mrs. E. Maki, Wilho Maki, Mr. and Mrs. Leuma, Mrs. P. Tollers of Minneapolis, Mrs. C. E. Dixon, Mayme, Eino and Terry Dixon of Superior, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. J. Huhta and Leo of Aurora, Mrs. Julius Ahonen of Jacobson, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Huffman, Mr. And Mrs. George Bottila of Cloquet, Aileen and Shilrley Hietalati of St. Paul, Mr. and Mrs. J. Huhta of Cromwell, Mr. and Mrs. J. Thompson of Moose Lake and Mrs. E. Jarvi of Kettle River.

Contributed by Alanna Johnson
Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper


John 'Buck' Antone Bosteder Sr., 60, of Rogers, Arkansas, died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at St. Mary's Hospital in rogers, Arkansas. He was born August 21, 1942, in Brainerd, Minnesota to John Pilgrim and Carol Bacon.

He lived in and attended school in Hill City, Minnesota prior to enlisting in the army. He served and was a medic in the U.S.Army and was stationed in France. He was a master auto mechanic. He enjoyed woodworking, making lighthouses, fishing and boating.

He married Linda Lindman December 26, 1962. Following their marriage, they lived in Hill City and Rush City, Minnesota prior to moving to Rogers, Arkansas.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Linda Bosteder; one son; John Bosteder, Jr. of Rogers, Arkansas; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Lehr and Joe Lehr, Nancy Anderson and Jerry Anderson of Rogers, Arkansas; one step-son, Ross (Jam) Bosteder and Cheryl Bosteder, Rogers, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren, Jennifer Hatley of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Joey Lehr, Brittney Bosteder, Nicholas Bosteder, Francine Bosteder, Nathanial Bosteder, Thomas Anderson, and Jessica Anderson, all of Rogers, Arkansas and a great-granddaughter, Victoria Hatley of Bella Vista, Arkansas..

Buck and Linda also raised one of Linda's nieces, Rachel Lindman DeFrates (Joey DeFrates)(children, Dakota DeFrates and Seth DeFrates) of Rogers, Arkansas; and one of her nephews, Jeremy Lindman (Jenny Lindman)(children, Samantha Lindman and Elizabeth Lindman) of North Branch, Minnesota; Other survivors include several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Stockdale Funeral Services of Rogers, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Stockdale Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Tom Hatley officiating.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 14, at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 1653, Topeka, Kansas 66601-1653

Contributed by Karen Klennert
Source: Voyageuer Press, McGregor, MN

Contributed by Karen Klennert
Source: Voyageuer Press, McGregor, MN


Hazel Leota Bullen, 79, Plymouth, died Saturday, April 5, 2003 at the Sholom Home West in St. Louis Park.

Hazel was born May 20, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan to James and Grace (Metz) Dalton. She grew up and attended school near Lansing. She was married to Erle Bullen on July 7, 1943 at the Salinas Air Force Base in California. During her husband's military service she lived in Lansing and in Savannah, Georgia. Following his discharge, they returned to Lansing. They moved to Isantifor a time and then, in 1957, moved to Plymouth. Hazel worked at home caring for her friends and neighbors for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Erle, one daughter, Marilyn Caward, Oregon City, Oregon; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd and Mary Bullen, Maple Grove, and Carl and Patti Bullen, Pequot Lakes; one sister, Nina Wright, Holt; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Her parents, a son, Dennis, and brothers, Ted, Bud, Gerald, and Elmer preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be today, April 9, at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis with Reverend Bob Ross officiating.

Arrangements are with Brenny Funeral Chapel of Baxter.

Contributed by Karen Klennert
Source: Grand Rapids Herald Review

Last Rites Held for William Bain

Funeral rites were held Thursday, April 3, 1952 from the Colberts Funeral Home at St. Cloud and from the Seavey Funeral Home in Aitkin at two o'clock the same afternoon for William Bain, Aitkin pioneer who passed away at St. Cloud April 1, 1952, at the age of 91. Officiating at the Aitkin service was Rev. Russell Huffstead of St. Cloud, assisted by Rev. Allyn Hanson of Aitkin. Joe Steeg and Donald MacGregor sang Abide With Me and Rock of Ages with Mrs. Steeg at the organ. Active pallbearers were John Hillman, Cecil Holmquist, Harold Chute Gerald Ward, Henry Laundrus and Art Christman. Honorary pallbearers included John Packer, John Johnson, Charles Rhodes, B. R. Hassman, Jim Ryan, Carl Christenson, Dan Keath and Andrew Magnuson. Burial was at Waukenabo cemetery besides his wife.

William Bain was born near Quebec, Canada on Nov 29, 1861, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bain. When he was five years old they moved to Iowa where he lived until the year 1900 when he, with his family moved to Minnesota and settled in Aitkin county. He was married to Florence Parshall on Sept. 10, 1880. Nine children were born to this union, five of whom survive him. They are Jessie (Mrs. Eugene Chilcote, Oskaloosa Iowa); Etta, (Mrs. Earl Dickinson, Seattle, Wash); Mary, (Mrs. Wm. Megarry, St. Cloud); Gladys, (Mrs. L. J. Petron, Superior, WI); and one son Windell Bain of St. Paul; 20 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.

Mr. Bain and his family were early pioneers of northern Aitkin County and knew the hardships of having a home and a living out of the wilderness. Later they operated the hotel in the little town of Bain, that was named after him. Mrs. Bain passed away in May, 1927. Since then Mr. Bain has spent his later years with his daughter, Mary, Mrs. William Megarry. The past four years he has lived most of the time at the Slocumb Rest Home at Avon. Mr. Bain was extremely fond of horses, dogs and children. Until just recently he had kept his interest in his family and the world in general. His strength had failed noticeably however, since his ninetieth birthday which was celebrated last November.

About ten days ago he contracted influenza which proved to be the cause of his death.

Contributed by Florence Allen
Source: Aitkin Republican