Obituaries for Surnames Beginning With "LEN" through "LU"
Aitkin County, Minnesota
Page L1, "LA" through "LEM"

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

  • Virginia Lenihan
  • Alice Victoria Loberg Lentz
  • Bradley Lenzen
  • Dorris Lesh
  • Helmi A. Lien
  • Edwin Liljenquist
  • Alvin Lind
  • Crystal Lindman
  • Leonard M. Lindman Sr.
  • Minnie Amelia (Wallin) Lindman
  • Richard F. Lindman
  • Roxanne Lindman
  • Dorothy Lindquist
  • Madre Lindquist
  • Lillian Linn
  • Earl E. Lipscy
  • Oliver Lipscy
  • Ronald D. Loberg
  • Arnold F. Loftus
  • Florence Lossing
  • Minnie Lound
  • Robert Lowe
  • Audrey Lucachick
  • Ila Lueck
  • Albert Luker
  • David Lund
  • Julia Lund
  • Mabel V. Norman Lund
  • Donald Lundberg
  • Gerald Lundberg
  • Janie Lundeen
  • Richard Lundeen
  • Robert Lundin
  • Luella Lundquist
  • Olive (Ward) Lundquist
  • Raymond Lundquist
  • Clara Louise Lundin (See Clara Louise Roles)


    Crystal Anna Lindman, 71, Rush City, passed away Friday, August 6, 1993, at the Rush City Hospital.

    She was born December 14, 1921, at Jacobson, the daughter of Richard and Orlie (Ward) Thompson. She grew up in the northern area of Minnesota and attended the rural Cornish school. She was united in marriage to Leonard Lindman, Sr. on December 26, 1941 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They made their home in Jacobson, later living in Hill City before moving to Rush City in 1967. She worked at the Cambridge State Hospital and provided a home for foster boys along with her own family. She was a member of the Heath-Perkins American Legion Auxiliary Post 51 of Pine City.

    Services were held Tuesday, August 10 at Carmel Lutheran Church in Jacobson with Rev. Herb Groettum officiating. Music was provided by Crystal's granddaughter-in-law, Dominique Schumacker.

    Pallbearers were Randy Lindman, George Ward, Todd Thompson, Gary Thompson, Randy Boettcher and Bruce Relander. Honorary pallbearers were Larry and Norman Ward. Interrment was at Ball Bluff Cemetery near Jacobson.

    She is survived by her husband, Leonard; daughters and sons-in-law: Karen Pirila, Swatara; Carmen Loberg, Jacobson; Linda and John Bosteder, Rogers, Arkansas; Lynn Marlene and Melvin Schumacker, Rugby, North Dakota; Joanne and Cliff Ostenson, Rugby, North Dakota; Diane and Chuck Higgins, Rosemount; Carol and Steven Dordal, Grasston; Norma Schumacker, Chisago City; Cindy and Peter Larson, Grand Forks, North Dakota; sons and daughters-in-law: Leonard Jr. and Dolly, San Diego, California; Richard, Brook Park; Roger and Susan, Rush City;, Gene and Linda, Pine City; Darold and Stacy, Brook Park; 43 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; foster son; Rudolph (Butch) Grant, Van Wert, Ohio; sisters; Nyla Relander, Jacobson and Constance Simpson, Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers: Kenneth Thompson, Jacobson; Robert and George Thompson, both of Floodwood.

    She was preceded in death by her parents: Richard and Orlie Thompson; her daughters; Betty and Virginia; two granddaughters, a great-granddaughter; five brothers and a foster son, Gilbert Valli.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Leonard Melvin Lindman Sr., 76, Rush City, died Wednesday, December 3, 1997, at Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge, Minnesota.

    He was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Jacobson, the son of Fred and Minnie (Wallin) Lindman. He completed eighth grade and began working in logging camps in northern Minnesota. He married Crystal Thompson on Dec. 26. 1941. He enlisted in the U.S.Army in 1942. Following his discharge, the couple lived in Jacobson. He worked in the Butler iron ore mines in Hibbing, where he survived an ore truck accident. He also survived poliomyelitis spending time in an iron lung while hospitalized in Hibbing. He then worked as a road truck driver and in 1966, he was employed by the State of Minnesota and the couple moved to Rush City. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Pine City.

    He is survived by nine daughters: Karen Klennert, Swatara, Carmen Loberg, Jacobson, Linda Bosteder, Rogers, Ark., Lynn Marlene Schumacker, Rugby, N.D., Joanne Ostenson, Rugby, N.D., Diane Higgins, Rosemount, Carol Dordal, Grasston, Norma Brehm, North Branch, and Cindy Larson, Grand Forks, N.D.; five sons, Leonard Jr., Rush City, Richard F. Lindman, California, Roger Lindman, Rush City, Gene Lindman, Pine City, and Darold Lindman, Grantsburg, Wis.; a foster son, Rudolph (Butch) Grant, Van Wert, Ohio; two sisters, Mabel Thomason, Lisbon, N.D., and Luella Bordwell, Mountain Home, Ark.; a brother, Norman Lindman, Eagan; 44 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, his wife, daughters, Betty and Virginia, two granddaughters, one great-granddaughter, a sister, Bernice Paakkonen, a brother, Byron Lindman and a foster son, Gilbert Valli.

    Services: Sunday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. at Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City, and Monday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Jacobson, with the Revs. Clayton Rudolph and Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating.

    Burial: Ball Bluff Cemetery, Jacobson, with military honors by Warba American Legion Post.

    Arrangements by Olson Funeral Chapel, Rush City.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Richard Fred Lindman, 46, Henriette, died Nove. 23, 2000, in an automobile accident in rural Pine County.

    Richard "Twid" was born July 14, 1954, in Grand Rapids, the son of Leonard and Crystal (Thompson) Lindman. He attended schools in Jacobson through second grade and later attended school in Hill City through sixth grade. At that time he moved with his family to Rush City, attending school there and graduating from Rush City High School in 1972. After graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged from the service in 1975. In 1977, he traveled to Florida where he became certified in naval pipe fitting. When he returned to Rush City, he enrolled in classes in construction carpentry at Pine Technical College in Pine City. He was a gifted artist and had a special fondness for drawing animals, nature scenes and murals. He was also a talented musician, playing both the guitar and the harmonica. He was a free-spirited person and lived life on his own terms. He traveled thoughout the United States, meeting and making many friends along the way and touching the hearts of all he met.

    Services were held Nov. 28 at the Swanson Chapel in Pine City with Pastor Gary Johnson officiating. Honorary casket bearers were: Tom Erickson, Richard Mach, Larry Swanson, Scott Diers, Dylan Lindman and Casey Lindman. Burial was at First Lutheran Cemetery in Rush City.

    He is survived by his sons: Casey Lindman, Dylan Lindman and special friend, Kim Johnson, all of Rush City; brothers; Leonard Lindman Jr., Rush City, Roger Lindman, Rush City, Gene Lindman, Brainerd, and Darold Lindman, Fredrich, Wis., sisters: Karen Klennert, Swatara, Carmen Jensen, Blue Earth, Linda Bosteder, Rogers, Ark., Marlene Schumacker, Rugby, N.D., Joanne Ostensen, Rugby, N.D., Diane Higgins, Rosemount, Carol Dordal, Grasston, Norma Brehm, North Branch, and Cindy Larson, Grand Forks, N.D.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Melissa Aja Lindman, sisters, Betty Ann Lindman and Virginia Irene Lindman.

    Arrangements were with the Olson Chapel, Funeral and Cremation Service in Rush City.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Ronald D. Loberg, Sr., 53, Jacobson, passed away Thursday, December 24, 1992, at his home.

    He was born Saturday, November 4, 1939 at Grand Rapids and grew up in the Jacobson area where he lived most of his life. He atteded schools in Floodwood. He married Carmen C. Lindman on June 24, 1961 at Carmel Lutheran Church in Ball Bluff Township. He worked several years for the Woodrich Construction Company building roads throughout Minnesota and then worked 26 years for the Blandin Paper Company in Grand Rapids, retiring in 1992.

    He was a member of the Carmel Lutheran Church board and was instrumental in reopening the church in 1979. He served many years as a fire warden in Jacobson and was a charter member and current board member of the Jacobson Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the North Central Minnesota Farm and Antique Association and the Independent Order of Foresters.

    Services were held Monday, December 28, 1992 at 2:00 p.m. at Carmel Lutheran Church, Ball Bluff, Minnesota with Rev. Herbert Groettum officiating.

    Interrment was in Ball Bluff Cemetery.

    He is survived by his wife, Carmen; daughters; Sheryl Siikanen, Jacobson and Amy Sandstrom, Floodwood; sons; Ronald, Jr., Blackberry and Russell, Grand Rapids; sister, Darlene Dahline, Minneapolis; brother, Rodger Loberg, Anoka; four granddaughters and two grandsons; mother, Alice (Dan) Lentz of Grand Rapids.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Loberg in 1988 and a sister, Shirley.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Olive (Ward) Lundquist, 70, of Jacobson, passed away, Sunday, April 28, 1968 at Itasca Memorial Hospital, Grand Rapids, after being a patient there for about a month.

    She was born in Mower County, Minnesota, on April 3, 1898, and moved to Jacobson Community in 1915 with her parents. She married Clarence Cornish in 1918. He passed away in 1942. In 1946, she married Gust Lundquist.

    She was past president of the Dorcas Ladies Aid.

    She is survived by her husband, Gust; two step-daughters, Mrs. Willard (Lenora) Struble and Mrs. Alton (Violet) Thompson; one brother, Lawrence Ward; and seven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

    Services were held at the Carmel Lutheran Church at Ball Bluff on May 5 with Rev. Ralph Chamberlain, officiating. Mrs. Kathleen Duncan sang and was accompanied by Mrs. R. Chamberlain on the organ.

    Mrs. Lundquist was laid to rest in the Ball Bluff Cemetery.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Minnie Amelia (Wallin) Lindman, 74, of Braham, former Jacobson resident, passed away Sunday, July 2, 1972 at the Braham Community Hospital.

    She was born on September 20, 1897 at Sandstone, Pine County, Minnesota. She had been a pioneer in the Jacobson area, living there from 1919 to 1942. From there she moved to Duluth, where she resided for 29 years until moving to Braham.

    Funeral srvices were held on Thursday, July 6, at 2 p.m. from the Jacobson Presbyterian Church, Rev. George Asp officiating.

    Interment was in Ball Bluff Cemetery.

    Mrs. Lindman is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry (Bernice) Paakkonen of St. Paul, Mrs. Lawrence (Luella) Ward of McGregor, and Mrs. Elmer (Mabel) Thomason of Lisbon, North Dakota; two sons, Leonard Lindman of Rush City, and Norman Lindman of South St. Paul; three step-sisters, Mrs. Melvin Carlson of Sleepy Eye, Mrs. John Anderson adn Mrs. George Pipp of Minneapolis; one brother, William Wallin of Duluth; 42 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.

    Her husband, Fred and one son, Byron preceded her in death.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Family


    Alice Victoria Loberg Lentz, 86, Grand Rapids, and formerly of Jacobson, died October 11, 2002, at the Leisure Hills Health Care Center in Grand Rapids, Itasca County, Minnesota.

    She was born March 9, 1916, in Ball Bluff Township, the daughter of Erick and Ida (Lundquist) Relander. She grew up and attended school in the Jacobson area and attended high school in Grand Rapids. She married Elmer E. Loberg in Aitkin on September 8, 1932, and they lived in Jacobson. Elmer died in 1988 and on September 23, 1989, she married Daniel E. Lentz at Carmel Lutheran Church in Ball Bluff Township and they made their home in Grand Rapids. Daniel died in 1997. She was a life long member of Carmel Lutheran Church in Ball Bluff.

    Services were held October 14 at the Carmel Lutheran Church in Ball Bluff Township with Rev. Loren Anderson-Bauer officiating. Burial was in the Ball Bluff Cemetery in Ball Bluff Township.

    She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rodger and Charlotte Loberg, Andover; daughter, Darlene Dahline, Blaine; stepsons and daughters-in-law; Rodney and Sally Lentz, Burnsville; Dennis and Anne Lentz, Port Orchard, Washington; Les "Duffy" and Ramona Lentz and Neil and Rosalind Lentz, all of St. Louis, Missouri; stepdaughters and sons-in-law; Anita and Sheldon Saunders, San Diego, California; Judy and Manual Jasso, Bovey; and Sharron and Jim Lewis, Grand Rapids; daughter-in-law, Carmen Jenson, Blue Earth; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; 22 step-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Vernon Relander, Grand Rapids, and Roland Relander, San Francisco, California.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Elmer and Daniel; son, Ronald, in 1992; daughter, Shirley Loberg; son-in-law, Harry Dahline; sister, Violet Relander; brothers: Roy, Edwin, Clarence, Herman and Melvin Relander; step-grandson, Randy Lentz; step-great-grandsons, Johnathan and Jeremiah Lentz.

    Arrangements were with the Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper and Grand Rapids Herald Review


    Lillian Linn, 99 years and ll months and 29 days, died January 7, 2003, about one hour before her 100th birthday, at the Cuyuna Medical Center in Crosby.

    She was born January 8, 1903, in Fairmont, the daughter of Randolph Neuenschwander and Matilda Rossko. She married Lyle Linn on February 14, 1923, in Fairmont moving to Malmo in 1932. She lived in the Malmo community for many years and later was a resident of Maryhill Manor in Aitkin for over 30 years. She was a resident of Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin the past four years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She made many lap robes, crochet scarves for nursing homes and schools and gave 500 hours of community service every year while at Maryhill Manor.

    Services were held January 11 at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Jason Talsness and Dr. James Jacobson officiating. Edie Orazem played the organ and Penny Fannemel sang. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers. They are: Nancy Jacobson, Kenneth Tarr, Craig Tarr, Cheri Simpson, Valerie Skidmore, Suzanne Wind, Corie Metz and Mike Linn. Her 23 great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

    She is survived by her son, Larry Linn, Brooklyn Park; daughters: Mildred Linn, Seal Beach, California; Lucille Jacobson, Phoenix, Arizona; Cleo Ruschmeier, Norwalk, California;; and Betty Tarr, Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

    She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Lyle; infant son, Leo; and sons, Marlyn in 1991; and Donald, in 2001.

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


    Robert B. Lamson, 53, Palisade, died Nov. 24, 2002, at his home.

    He was born Jan. 23, 1949, in Aitkin, the son of Oliver and Ruby (Sanford) Lamson. He grew up and attended schools at Palisade and Aitkin graduating from Aitkin High School. He moved to Indiana and worked in the Steel Mills for a time. He then returned to Palisade and farmed. He moved to Wyoming and studied to be an Agriculture Specialist and worked for the Cenex Cooperative in that capacity. He moved to Detroit Lakes in 1977. He married Elizabeth T. Kohler on Oct. 19, 1979, in Detroit Lakes. He has worked as a professional truck driver since 1978. He worked for Gabor Trucking out of Detroit Lakes from 1978 to 1987, for Hammond Transport from 1987 to 1989 and for Halvor Lines from 1989 until present. He had received numerous citations and awards for safety in his years of driving. He and his wife had moved back to Palisade in 1985. He had served as a scoutmaster while in Detroit Lakes.

    Services were held on Fri., Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth officiating. Pallbearers: Virgil Kohler, Thomas Kohler, Mark Kohler, Joey Stenger, William Prendergast, Simon George and Vince Bachman. Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery near Palisade.

    He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, Palisade; son, Broderick J. Lamson, Palisade; and daughter, Krishna Lamson, Aurora, Col.; seven grandchildren; sisters: Becky Lamson, Mesa, Ariz; Lydia Berg, Palisade; Lori Matz, Zimmerman; brothers: Sheldon Lamson, Sparta, Wisc.; Larry W. Lamson, Lamoore, Calif.; four stepchildren: Jerome Jirava II, Palisade; Joleen Tvelt, Palisade, Jason Jirava, Audubon; Jennifer Jirava, Brainerd, and numerous nephew and nieces.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Henry; and daughters, Patty Anne and Bobby Sue.

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


    Arnold F. Loftus, 81, McGregor, died on Nov. 10, 2002, at the Leisure Hills Care Center, Grand Rapids.

    He was born July 20, 1921, in St. Paul, the son of Axel and Agnes Loftus. He grew up and attended schools in St. Paul, graduating from Central High School. He worked in a foundry for a time then went to work for U.S. Steel Company. He worked in various positions with the company and was a salesman for them when he retired in August 1987. He had served as a commissioner and then mayor for the city of Shoreview.

    He married Ruth Teare on Sept. 22, 1951, in St. Paul. Upon retirement, they moved to McGregor and lived there since. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, McGregor; the McGregor Lions Club and AARP.

    A memorial service will be held Sat., Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. from Grace Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dan Heath officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Needle Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.

    He is survived by his wife, Ruth, McGregor, son, John Loftus, Houlton, Wis.; and niece, Patricia Loftus Lee, California. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Mark, in 2002.


    Helmi A. Lien, 84, Duluth, and formerly of Lawler, died Nov. 5, 2002, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth.

    She was born May 10, 1918, in Lawler, the daughter of Emil and Hilma (Portaanpaa) Elo. She grew up and attended schools in Lawler. She then worked as a telephone operator at the Lawler Central Telephone Office. She then moved to the Sate of Washington and worked in a bakery there. She returned to Minnesota and worked in Minneapolis for a time and then moved to Duluth where shje worked in a bakery and then for Menards Market. She married Elmer B. Lien on Sept. 10, 1949, in Sunberg. They made their home in Duluth and then moved to Esko in 1961. The then had worked for Stearns Manufacturing Company. They moved back to Duluth in 1980 and have lived there since.

    Services were held Nov. 8 at the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor with Rev. Roger Grumdahl officiating. Jo Schneider played the organ. Pallbearers were Erick Lien, Brian Beckwith, Adam Beckwith, Kevin Robin, Gary Doup and Bill Doup. Burial was in the Salo Cemetery. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Patricia Lien, Esko; daughters and Son-in-law, Wanda and Peter Beckwith, Champlin, and Nancy Robin, Duluth; grandchildren: Erick Lien, Christy Lien, Briean Beckwith, Adam Beckwith, Kevin Robin; great-grandchild, Alexandra Sims; and brother, Don Elo, Moose Lake.

    She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer, in 1991; daughter, Marcella, in 1951; two sisters; and four brothers.

    Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor.


    Alizabeth K. Leathers, 13, Aitkin, died Dec. 15, 2002, at Elm Island Lake in Aitkin County.

    She was born June 29, 1989, in Aitkin, the daughter of William and Sandra (Geske) Leathers. She has lived her whole life in the Aitkin area and was currently an eighth grader at the Aitkin Middle School. She was a member of the eighth grade choir, was involved in Girl Scouts, attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church, enjoyed reading and loved to fish. She had spent summers in Arnolds Park, Iowa, helping her grandmother at her restaurant, "Smoke and Jakes." She had earned enough money to buy a deer rifle and go deer hunting with her father the past two years.

    Services were held Dec. 21, at the Bethlehem Lutheran church in Nordland Township near Aitkin with Rev. Jason Talsness officiating. Edie Orazen played the organ and Tom Nelson sang. Pallbearers were Chad Geske, Mike Leathers, Dylan Leathers, Dale Lindholm, Jacob Burckhardt and Steven Woodworth. Honorary pallbearers were Leah Kingsley, Andrea Driscoll, Vanessa Yarborough, Debbie Harmon and Jenny Burckhardt. Burial was in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery near Wahkon.

    She is survived by her parents, Bill and Sandra Leathers, Aitkin; brother, Craig Leathers, at home; sister, Katilee Leathers, at home; grandparents: Linda Geske and Sheldon Schultz, Tyler; Dale Geske and Louise Ferry, Benson; and Georgia Skoglund, Hopkins; great-grandparents: Asther and Cliff Presuhn, Marshall; Irene Geske, Marshall; Harold and Sophie Nelson, Pipestone; aunts and uncles: Chad Geske, Lori Leathers, Dan Simonson, Linda and L.B. Young, Kelly Hart; and numerous great-uncles, aunts and cousins.

    She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jerry Leathers.

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

    Oct. 8, 1908 ~ March 26, 2003

    Robert Lundin, 94, Jacobson, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 26, 2003.

    He was born Oct. 8, 1908, in Ball Bluff Township to Peter and Albertina (Norberg) Lundin, and attended Ball Bluff School. He married Evelyn Anderson on July 20, 1932.

    Most of his life he worked as a farmer, with beef or dairy cattle, and tree farming; but he also had worked as a blacksmith, logger, road construction foreman on Highway 65 and traveled in the Dakotas and western Minnesota with his threshing machine. He was the best cribbage player in northern Minnesota.

    He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 70 years; 11 children: Jeanne (Ray) Barrett, Bovey, Robert Leroy (Joanne) Lundin, Troy Mont., Marion (Alfred) Israelson, San Antonio, Texas, Fritz (Betty) Lundin, Orr, Deanne (John) Saarikoski, Gheen, Carl (Ruth) Lundin, Grand Rapids, Maria Scher, West Boylston, Mass., Keith (Linda) Lundin, Virginia, Steve (Connie) Lundin, Bovey, Larry Lundin, Jacobson, and Tammy (Jim) Moore, Grand Rapids; 36 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; three sisters: Emma Lindstrom, Stillwater, Dorothy (Leo) Kukkonen, Grand Rapids, and June Kailer, Coon Rapids.

    He was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Hildur Saari, Esther Hunter, Edith Carlson, Clara Roles, Jeannette Soulis, Walter Lundin, May Neary, Victor Lundin, and Eleanor Lundin.

    Services: Monday, March 31 at Jacobson Community Church, Jacobson. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service.

    Arrangements by Libbey Funeral Home, Grand Rapids.

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Sources: Grand Rapids Herald Review & Aitkin Independent Age Newspaper

    Oct. 8, 1908 ~ March 26, 2003

    Mary Lemire, 85, Aitkin, died June 23, 2003, in the Riverwood Healthcare Center in Aitkin.

    She was born March 11, 1918, in Bowlus to Vincent and Anna (Czech) Klisch. She grew up in the Bowlus area, attending Bowlus Elementary School. She graduated in 1937 from St. Francis High School in Little Falls. She worked as a clerk at Kreske's 5 and 10 Store in Minneapolis. During World War II she worked in defense at McKlintoks and Munsingwear. She married John Lemire on June 5, 1945 in Bowlus. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and St. James Council of Catholic Women. She resided at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin for the past 12 years.

    Funeral services were June 28 in St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin with Fr. Paul Fruth and Fr. Francis Paquette officiating.

    Burial was in St. Thomas Cemetery in Aitkin.

    Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Lori Lemire, Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Kimberly and Christopher Lemire, Colorado Springs, Colorado; great grandchildren, Nathaniel and Gabrielle Lemire; sister, Agnes Fischer, Little Falls and many other relatives and friends.

    She was preceded in death by her husband John in 1993; brothers, Michael, Roman, Louis, and Edward Klisch, Hattie Karpinski, and Marge Birschbach; and her parents.

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

    Oct. 8, 1908 ~ March 26, 2003

    William F. Lange, 88, Hill City, died October 6, 2003, at the Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital in Grand Rapids.

    He was born August 20, 1915, to Herman and Wilhemina (Meyer) Lange in Rockwell City, Iowa. He attended schools in Rabey and Hill City. He attended Diesel school in the late '30s. In 1935 and 1936, William worked at Wilton and Blackduck in the Civilian Conservation Corp Camps. He later worked as a kesel instructor at the Navy Pier in Chicago. On May 21, 1944 he married Esther Bergdahl in Chicago. In 1949 they moved to Hill City where he worked as a custodian for School District #2 from 1952 until 1972. He also owned and operated Lange's Nursery in Hill City which he started in 1964. He was a member of the Hill City Legion Post and Hill City Golden Age Club and a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids.

    Funeral services were held October 10 at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids with the Rev. Mark Falck officiating. Burial was in the Hill Lake Cemetery in Hill Lake Township. Memorials are preferred to the St. Luke's building fund.

    He is survived by his wife, Esther; daughters and sons-in-law, Katharine and Dean Holmquist, Mounds View, Martha and LeRoy Nyhus, Hutchinson, Elaine Lettermann, Virginia, and Ruth and Jay Trecker, Ackworth, Iowa; sons and daughters-in-law, William Jr. and Diane Lange, Layton, Utah, David and Bambi Lange, Hill City, Paul Lange, Grand Rapids, and Karl Lange, Mound; 19 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and siter, Edna Toven, Hill City.

    He was preceded in death by eight brothers, two sisters, his parents and three great-grandchildren.

    Arrangements were with the Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids, MN

    Contributed by Karen Klennert
    Source: Grand Rapids Herald Review

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


    Janie E. Lundeen, 83, McGregor, formerly of Milaca and Princeton, died March 12, 2003, at her home in McGregor.

    She was born on June 28, 1919, in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Joseph and Eva (Chesonis) Petrouski. They lived on the East Coast. She married Gerald E. Lundeen at Long Beach, California. They lived in California and she worked as a surgical nurse. They moved to Princeton in the early 1960s and to Milaca in 1973. She lived there until moving to live with her children in McGregor in 1998, and has lived there since.

    She was a life member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, former member of the Milaca American Legion Auxiliary and Onamia VFW Auxiliary.

    A mass of Christian burial was held March 17 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Milaca with Fr. Charlie Kunkel officiating. Burial was on March 18 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

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


    Mrs. Henrietta Lampert, 82, former McGregor resident, passed away Sunday at Spokane, Washington. (1970)

    Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday from Holy Family Catholic Church in McGregor with Fr. Van Zutphen officiating.

    Interment will be in the Lansford Cemetery.

    Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root Funeral Home.


    Tamarack – Mrs. Larson Passes Away
    Mrs. Anna Larson passed away last Tuesday morning at her home in Balsam. She was a patient sufferer for some months from cancer, and her death was not unexpected.

    Anna Bloom was born in Sweden in 1857 and came to America in 1882.

    In 1885 she was married to John Larson, and to their union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, who, with their father, are left to mourn the absence of a loving and faithful wife and mother.

    Mrs. Larson had lived in Balsam since 1906, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

    The funeral was held at the home and the remains were laid to rest in the Round Lake cemetery.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta

    Pioneer Balsam Resident Passes

    John Larson, a pioneer resident of Balsam, died Wednesday evening, April 3 after a short illness. Mr. Larson was born in Sweden 75 years ago and came to this country soon after the Civil War, settling first in Minneapolis. He came to Balsam 22 years ago, establishing a farm home in the wilderness.

    The funeral was held in the Round Lake church. The Rev. Martin Johnson officiated, services taking place Friday afternoon.

    Mr. Larson is survived by five children. The three sons are Henning and Edwin Larson of Balsam and Herbert Larson of Palisade. The daughters are Mildred and Myrtle of Balsam. Two grand-daughters also survive.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta



    Henning A. Larson of Tamarack passed away Feb. 29, 1967 at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. He was the son of the late John and Anne Larson.

    Funeral services were held Friday, Mar. 3, at 1:30 p.m. from the Round Lake Presbyterian church with the Rev. Herbert Peters of Grand Rapids officiating. Mrs. John Jackman played and Mrs. Eugene Peterson sang “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” and “In the Garden.” Johnsons Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers included Harvey Knutson, Reuben Thompson, Wesley Boyer, Gunnar Hartzberg, Delbert Brekke and Wm. Onstad.

    Internment was in the family lot at Round Lake Cemetery.

    Mr. Larson was born Nov. 6, 1887, in Minneapolis. He moved with his father, mother brothers and sisters to Tamarack in 1906 where they took a homestead in Balsam Twp. Henning later filed on his own homestead on Shumway Lake. He enjoyed his farming very much and to many of the old friends was known as “Farmer.” Poor health caused him to give up farming several years ago.

    He entered the armed service and served overseas with Co. D, 311 Eng. And returned home in the year 1919.

    He is survived by two brothers, Edwin of Aitkin, and Herbert of McGregor; two sisters, Misses Myrtle and Mildred of St. Paul, and a number of nieces and nephews; also cousins in Tamarack, Minneapolis and Forest Lake.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and three brothers.

    Relatives attending from a distance were from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Coon Rapids and Forest Lake. Dick Larson and Mrs. Ronald Smith (Judy Larson), Misses Myrtle and Mildred Larson all of Minneapolis, Ed Larson of Aitkin, Mrs. Walter Skovnack, (Phyllis Larson), Mr. And Mrs. Paul Sather of Sandy Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson and son Dick of Sandy Lake, Mrs. Minnie Anderson, Balsam. Funeral was on Saturday afternoon at the Round Lake Presbyterian church. Mr. Larson passed away the middle of the week at a Minneapolis hospital.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Hugo John Larson died Sunday, April 17, of tuberculosis at the home of his father in Balsam township at the age of 31 years. He was a former service man, having served two years with the 32nd Engineers. Besides his father he leaves three sisters and four brothers. The funeral was held Tuesday at Balsam.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    John Larson, Jr. 24 years old, of McGregor, died at his home February 18, from tuberculosis. Funeral services were held February 20.

    Source: Aitkin Independent Age - Front Page, February 23, 1924
    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Elmer Larson son of John Larson died Sunday Feb. 18th. Funeral services will be held at the house 1 pm Wed. Rev. Channer officiating. Interment in Round Lake Cemetery.

    Source: Aitkin Republican - Tamarack, February 21, 1924
    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Last rites were conducted from the Catholic Church in McGregor last Saturday morning for Mrs. Edwin Larson of Tamarack, who passed away Oct. 12, 1949, as the result of a stroke. Mrs. Larson had been in poor health for about a year.

    The Rev. Fr. Ryan officiated at the ten o’clock mass.

    Mrs. Larson was born Dec. 2, 1906 in Oshkosh, Wis. The family moved to Virginia, Minn., where she received her schooling and on January 7, 1925, she married Edwin Larson, at Deerwood. They made their home on a farm in Balsam township near Tamarack, where she lived until her death.

    Mrs. Larson was active in the work of young people, serving as a 4-H club leader for many years. She was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

    Survivors include her husband and son, Allen, her mother, Mrs. M. Boyer, all of Tamarack, daughters, Mrs. Nina Cole and Phyllis, Aitkin and her father, W. Boyer, Lewiston, Mont. Also surviving are several brothers and sisters; William, Charles and Florence Boyer of Tamarack, and other relatives, Mrs. James Boyer, Kenosha, Wis., Bernard Boyer, Waukegan, Ill., Wesley Boyer, Mrs. Mike Perpich and Cecelia Boyer, Tamarack.

    Coming from out-of-town for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Boyer, Waukegan, Ill., Mrs. James Boyer, Kenosha, Wis., Misses Mildred and Myrtle Larson of St. Paul, Florence Ferguson and Betty Larson of Aitkin.

    Serving as pallbearers were Ralph Green, Paul Knutson, Ted Knutson, Arthur Fisher, Richard Peterson and Harvey Health. Interment was at McGregor

    Contributed by Laura Soleta



    Mr. Ed Larson, a former Balsam resident, age 83 passed away Saturday, September 4, 1977. He had been a patient at the St. Cloud Veterans Hospital for some time.

    Funeral services were held in Minneapolis on Tuesday, September 6, at 10 a.m., with burial in Ft. Snelling Cemetery.

    He is survived by one son, Alan of Minneapolis; two daughters, Mrs. Nina Cole of St. Paul and Mrs. (Phyllis) Walter Skavnak of Minneapolis; one brother, Herb Larson of Balsam; two sisters, Misses Myrtle and Mildred Larson of Minneapolis; several cousins, among them Mrs. Minnie Anderson of Tamarack; nieces and nephews and grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Boyer; his parents; three brothers, Henning, Elmer and Hugo; and a sister, Nina. He was a veteran of World War II. Larson-Deenen Post in McGregor was named for Hugo Larson.

    Attending the funeral from this area were Mr. and Mrs. Herb Larson, Ronald Cole (a grandson), Mr. and Mrs. William Onstad and Janet, cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sather (Marilyn Larson), a niece and nephew.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Herbert W. Larson 83, Rt. 3, McGregor, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1982.

    He was born April 25, 1899, in Minneapolis. He came to the McGregor area in 1906. He was a retired logger and farmer, a member of the Round Lake Presbyterian Church and the Tamarack and Palisade sportsmen’s clubs.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at Round Lake Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Mann officiating. Burial will be in Round Lake Cemetery.

    Survivors include his wife, Ruth; one son, Richard of Minneapolis; three daughters, Betty Kuehne of Coon Rapids, Marilyn Sather of McGregor and Judith Smith of Maplewood; two sisters, Mildred and Myrtle Larson, both of St. Paul; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Ruth S. Larson, 98, McGregor, died March 2, 2001, at Riverwood Extended Care Center in Aitkin.

    She was born July 25, 1903, near Palisade, the daughter of Joseph W. and Emma (Goff) Sarff. She was the last surviving child of the pioneer Sarff family. She attended country schools near Palisade and then attended school in Duluth graduating from Morgan Park High School. She then attended Teacher Normal School in Duluth. She taught rural schools in Jacobson and Balsam Township. Ruth married Herbert W. Larson on June 21, 1928, in the Methodist Parsonage in Aitkin. They enjoyed 55 years of loving marriage before Herbert’s death in 1982. Ruth had been employed by the Klondike Lodge and Sathers Store for many years. Her expertise in baking was rewarded in the early 1950’s when she was a finalist in the Pillsbury Bake Off at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. She was a member of the Round Lake Presbyterian Church and was active in the church’s ladies’ groups, served on the Pioneer Villa Residents’ committee, had been active with Savanna State Park and was quite a local historian.

    Services were held March 6 at the Round Lake Presbyterian Church with Rev. Robert Munneke officiating. Thelma Jackson played the organ and Ruby Serfling sang. Pallbearers were grandchildren: Linda VanSlyke, Bob Sather, Don Sather, Lee Sather, Curt Sather, Susan Kuehne, Michael Kuehne, Mary Lyon, Elizabeth Larson, Joe Smith, Jon Smith and Trisa Lyn Anderson. Burial was in Round Lake Cemetery.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Myrtle K. Larson, 94, St. Paul, formerly of McGregor, Minn., died June 20, 1996, at Midway Hospital.

    She was born November 29, 1901 in Minneapolis, the daughter of John F. and Anna L. (Blom) Larson. She moved with her family at the age of four to Balsam Township in Aitkin County and homesteaded there. In 1929 she moved to St. Paul and worked as a housekeeper and also for the Maud Borup Candy company. She has resided in St. Paul since.

    Services held June 23 from the Round Lake Presbyterian Church near McGregor with Rev. Gregory Wightman and Rev. Lauren Macan-Wightman officiating. Margaret Hawkinson was organist.

    Pallbearers were Allen Larson, Michael Kuehne, Mark and Peter Cole, Robert, Donald and Curt Sather. Burial was in Round Lake Cemetery.

    She is survived by a sister, Mildred Larson of St. Paul; a sister-in-law, Ruth Larson of McGregor; two nephews, four nieces and numerous great-nephews and nieces.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers: Carl, Henning, Hugo, Elmer, Edwin and Herbert; and two sisters: Hilma and Nina.

    Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta


    Mildred T. Larson, 95, St. Paul, died February 2, 2002, at the Anoka Care Center in Anoka. Funeral arrangements are pending with the McGregor Funeral Home in McGregor.

    Contributed by Laura Soleta