Pat Smekofske, 55, Rutledge, died suddenly on Monday, October 7, 2002 in Pine Medical Center, Sandstone. She was born on January 20, 1947 in Moose Lake to Joseph and Effie (Colton) Kliniski. Pat grew up in Sturgeon Lake and attended Willow River High School graduating in 1964. On December 31, 1965, Pat married Jerry Smekofske in Sandstone. They lived in Willow River and Pat worked at General Andrews Nursery. In 1974, they moved to Rutledge where Pat and Jerry owned and operated Jerry's Service Station. Pat also worked at the Video Scene in Sandstone for several years. She truly loved spending time with her three grandsons, fishing, and being outdoors. Pat also liked to bowl and was on various teams at Sandstone Lanes and Gamper's and was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress.
Pat was preceded in death by a son, Michael; father: Joseph Kliniski; two sisters: Carol Sack and Phyllis Wolter; and a brother: Robert Kliniski. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Jerry; two sons: Rick of Stacy and Steve (Michele) of Sturgeon Lake; three very special grandsons: Andrew Michael, Tanner Joseph, and Aaron Michael; her mother: Effie Kliniski of Sturgeon Lake; two brothers: Victor (Helen) Kliniski of Sturgeon Lake and Dave (Judi) Kliniski of Willow River; three sisters: Lois (John) Zezulka of Moundsview, JoAnne (Steve) Larson of Sturgeon Lake and Pam (Neil) Larson of Sturgeon Lake; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 10 until Noon on Friday, October 11, 2002 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake, MN.
Rolland Andrew Hanson
Rolland Andrew Hanson, son of John and Mabel (Anderson) Hanson, was born on January 11, 1919 at Linton, North Dakota. He was raised, attended school and graduated from high school in Linton. He later served in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). On April 29, 1939, he married Melba Becker in North Dakota. They continued to reside and farm in the Linton area. They moved to Finlayson in 1948 where they continued to farm. In 1991, he retired from farming and moved to the Finlayson Manor. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Finlayson. Rolland passed away on Saturday, June 7, 2003 at the Pine Health Care Center in Sandstone at the age of 84 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba in 1999; two sons, Karl and Neal; his parents; a brother, Robert; a sister, Mabel Mildred and a daughter-in-law, Deborah. He is survived by three sons, David of Newberg, Oregon, Marvin (Gloria) of St. Paul and Terrance of Finlayson; three daughters, Darlene (Clarence) Heinz, Sr. of St. Paul, Carol (Gene) Robinson of St. Paul and Beverly (Robert) Oetterer of Boise, ID; 27 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; his special friend, Bonnie Olson and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Rolland A. Hanson will be held on Friday, June 13, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Finlayson with Rev. Jan Barker officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. Soloist is Cyndy Skaff, accompanied by Astrid Serfin. Casketbearers are Clarence Heinz, Jr., Douglas Robinson, John Robinson, Curtis Hanson, Vance Hanson and Carey Steeg. Honorary casketbearers are Tony Oetterer, Cliff Hanson, Casey Hanson and Robert Hanson. Interment at Spring Park Cemetery, Sandstone, MN. Arrangements by Methven Funeral Home, Sandstone, MN.
Mabel E. Davidson
Funeral Services for Mabel E. Davidson, 80, Kettle River, were held on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kettle River. Reverend Don Bisila and Reverend Carl Lamppa officiated. Edith Basila was the organist. Casket Bearers were Dan Davidson, Tim Davidson, Barry Davidson, Michael Heaser III, Dennis Heaser, and Benn Luther. Burial was held in Leonard Cemetery, Kalevala Twp., Carlton County.
Mabel E. Davidson was born on November 19, 1922, in Richwood, MN to August and Hilda (Ronkainen) Illikainen. On May 4, 1946, Mabel married Ralph Davidson in Sandstone. Mabel lived most of her life in the Kettle River area where she was a homemaker and farmed with her husband. She truly loved taking care of her grandchildren, of whom were very special to her. Mabel also loved gardening, canning, and serving many wonderful meals to guests throughout the years of Ralph's ministry. She was a very devoted member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Kettle River.
Mabel entered into eternal rest on Saturday, June 7, 2003 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.
Mabel was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 57 years, Rev. Ralph Davidson; two sons: Roger (Carol Agurkis) of Moose Lake and Paul (Lola) of Moose Lake; three daughters: Annie (Mickey) Heaser of Wright; Marie Luther of Moose Lake; and Grace (Joe) Olsen of Mahtowa; and brother, Walter Illikainen of Kettle River; three sisters: Edna Peterson of Moose Lake; Lydia (Henry) Davidson of Kettle River; and Alice (Reino) Laine of Two Harbors; 15 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Cara Lynn Kolosky
Cara Lynn Kolosky, 35, Cloquet, formerly of Moose Lake, died suddenly on Friday, June 6, 2003 in Cloquet.
She was born on October 23, 1967 to Robert F. and Carol (Meyers) Kolosky as the youngest of nine children. Cara Lynn grew up in Moose Lake, where she attended Moose Lake High School, graduating in 1986. She was active in both volleyball and basketball during high school. Cara Lynn was also active in Holy Family Catholic Church, Moose Lake. She later graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and then attained her Masters Degree from University of Wisconsin-Superior in Psychology. She lived in the Cloquet area and helped establish four assisted living homes in the Cloquet and Duluth areas. Cara Lynn also did consulting for Carlton County Human Services. She was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Cloquet. Cara Lynn also enjoyed her family and friends, and also her dog, Freedom.
Survivors include her father, Robert F. Kolosky, of Moose Lake; six brothers: Kevin (Linda) Kolosky of Minneapolis; Kerry Kolosky of Moose Lake; Nathan Kolosky of Eagle Lake, MN; Joeffre Kolosky of Brooklyn Park; Robert A. Kolosky of Reno, NV; John Kolosky of Moose Lake; two sisters: Mary Kolosky of Burnsville, MN, and Tamy Kolosky of Minneapolis; niece, Erin Kolosky of Minneapolis; and nephews: Travess Kolosky of Reno; Jeremy Kolosky of Cloquet; and Joshua Kolosky of Cloquet; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2003 with prayers and rosary at 7:30 p.m., in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake, and continue from one hour prior to the 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, June 14, 2003 in Holy Angels Catholic Church. Father Michael Hayes will be the celebrant. Cara Lynn's brothers will be the casket bearers. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Moose Lake. To sign the register book online, or share a memory of Cara Lynn, go to www.legacy.com. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Swante F. Saari
Swante "Swanie" Saari passed away April 11, 2003 in a nursing home. He resided in Butte, MT. Swante was born September 25, 1921 on a farm in Beaver Twp., Aitkin County, Minnesota to Emil and Hilja (Sirro) Saari. He attended grade school through the eighth grade in a one-room country schoolhouse and worked his way through high school. He then helped on the family farm, raising turkeys and logging.
Sergeant Saari served in the Far Pacific during World War II. After the war, he again helped on the family farm for a short period of time. While riding the troop trains during the war, Swante fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. After the war, he spent one summer logging in Idaho. Then, he and four friends spent several weeks picking apples in Oregon, almost at the foot of Mt. Hood. Swante really enjoyed that trip. The sunrise and sunsets were so beautiful shining on snow-capped Mt. Hood.
As Swante had some friends in Butte, MT, he moved here in the fall of 1947 working as a contract underground miner for thirty-five years. Proud of his Finnish heritage, he could speak the language and loved living in Finn Town on the east side for eleven years. Swanie also like carpenter work, so he took a challenge and built the family home on the flats.
Swante liked the mountains, hunting, fishing and having a garden. The family canned many vegetables and he canned deer, elk and rainbow trout. He gave many a jar of canned elk meat to others to enjoy.
In the 50's, Swanie enjoyed trapping mink on the rivers and streams close to Butte and used the extra money for Christmas.
Swante belonged to the U.S. Steelworkers Union, was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a long time member of the ARCO Retiree's Club, as well as Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. He loved to play cribbage at the ARCO Retiree's Club and had fond memories of playing cribbage with Army nurses on Okinawa shortly after World War II.
He is preceded in death by is parents; his brother, Marlin, and his baby sister, Nancy. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon; son, Gregory; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Wesley; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held April 17, 2003 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Phil Wold officiated. Organist was Donna George and the vocalist was John George. Pallbearers were: Chad Monroe, Shane Connolly, Dennis Marjamaa, Jon McCullar, Joe Hodge, Mike Hiltunen. Interment was at Mountain View Cemetery in Butte, MT.
Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Leslie A. Nelson
Leslie A. Nelson, formerly of Minnesota and Tucson, Arizona, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2003, at his daughter's home in Graham, WA.
Leslie was born March 1, 1921, to Lester and Amy (Switzer) Nelson.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; five sons: Leland (Karen), Napa, CA; William (Judy), Gresham, OR; Doug (Teri), Barnum, MN; Richard, CA; Terry (Karen), Estacada, OR. Four daughters: Marilyn (Leroy) Fultz, Graham, WA; Sandy, Bend, OR; Joyce, (Ken) Olsen, Barnum, MN; Debbie (Rod) Lynchard, Libby, MT. He also had 26 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Ballard, Duluth; brother, Cliff (Virginia), Duluth; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Merlyn.
A family gathering was held at Marilyn's home in Graham, WA, on June 2, 2003.
Doris M. Hultberg
Funeral services for Doris M. Hultberg, 89, Moose Lake, were held on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at 1:30 p.m. in Evangelical Covenant Church, Moose Lake. Reverend Todd Van Zee officiated. Pam Carlson and Heidi Carlson provided the music. Casket Bearers were Kelly Peters, David Zych, Palmer Hultberg, Curt Frohrip, Dennis Meyer, and Galen Kennedy. Burial was held in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Moose Lake.
She was born on May 24, 1914 in Moose Lake to Henry and Johanna (Johnson) Stone. At the age of 8, her father was killed in a lumber yard accident and Doris lived with relatives in the Moose Lake and later Rockford, IL. She graduated from high school in Rockford and worked there for a few years before returning to Moose Lake. On September 12, 1941, Doris married Carl Hultberg in Moose Lake. Doris worked at the Moose Lake State Hospital for over 25 years, retiring in 1976.
Doris died Thursday, June 5, 2003 in Unity Hospital, Fridley, after having suffered a heart attack one week prior.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, on January 7, 1988.
Doris will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Marie Heskowitz of Minneapolis; two brothers: Ivar Stone of Rockford and Archie (LaVerne) Anderson of Cloquet; granddaughter, Holly (Kelly) Peters of Minneapolis; and a grandson, David (Kathy) Zych of Crystal, MN.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Blanche Margie Kingsley
Funeral services for Blanche Margie Kingsley, 89, Cromwell, were held Wednesday, June 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church, Cromwell. Pastor Walter Berg officiated. Julie Ann Hansen and Sue Jobe provided the music. Casket Bearers were Walter Collman, Eric Collman, Roger Collman, Dean Hill, Gregg Huhta, Michael Huhta, Mark Huhta, and Jeremy Huhta. Burial was held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Cromwell.
Blanche Margie Kingsley was born in Crosby, MN, on October 31, 1913 to Jaster and Blanche (Phelps) Line. She attended and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1931. Blanche married Kenneth N. Kingsley on June 1, 1931, in Cromwell. They moved to Rogers Lake, north of Cromwell, where they farmed. In 1941, they moved west of Cromwell where they continued their farming operation. Blanche participated in girl's basketball in high school, and was the team captain. She was honored by the State of Minnesota in March 1999 as a pioneer in girl's basketball.
Blanche was a homemaker, and was well known in the area for her landscaping abilities and flower gardens. She loved to read and write poetry, and in 1994 completed a book "My East Window". She was a member of the Methodist Church where she served as Sunday School Superintendent and Church Treasurer. She attended the Evangelical Free Church in Wright, where she served as Church Treasurer. She was active in the Women's Society of Christian Service. Blanche loved to crochet and made afghans for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed her family and lived life to its fullest.
Blanche entered eternal rest on June 6, 2003, in Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet, Minnesota.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; a son, Kenneth, Jr.; a grandson, Kenneth III; and a great grandson, Ricky Larson; brothers: Rodney Line, James Line, Rufus Line, and Jack Line; and a sister, Amy Kingsley.
Blanche will be lovingly remembered by her children: Jean (George) Westerlund; June (Arnold) Collman; Carole (Art) Hill; and Kathleen (Kenneth) Entner, all of Cromwell; a daughter-in-law, June Kingsley; 13 grandchildren: Valerie (Mark) Dynneson of Cloquet; Holly (John) Larson of Deer River; Dawn (Brad) Grover of Carlton; Melanie Kingsley of Cromwell; Walter (Laura) Collman of Cromwell; Eric (Kathy) Collman of Floodwood; April Collman of Bemidji; Julie Collman of Cromwell; Roger (Paula) Collman of Cromwell; Dean Hill of Forsyth, Montana; Tamara (Philip) McManis of Sydney NSW, Australia; Lisa Hill of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Nicole (Myles) Rowe of Ironwood, Michigan; 19 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren; brothers: Hugh Line and Leon Line of Wrenshall; and sisters Dorothy Richards of Cromwell, and Jessie Houck of St. Paul. Blanche is expecting her 20th great-grandchild in July.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.