RENEE A. ARMSTRONG
Renee A. Armstrong, 71, Sturgeon Lake, died Sunday, October 3, 2004 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.
She was born on December 23, 1932 in Mankato to Fred Ray and Ila Fern (Smith) Macbeth. Renee grew up and attended school in the Mankato area graduating from Mankato High School. On November 22, 1950, Renee married Charles J. Armstrong in Mankato. Renee worked for the State of Minnesota. In 1972, they moved to Sturgeon Lake and purchased the Virginia Lodge on Sand Lake which they owned and operated for a short time. Renee also worked at the Moose Lake State Hospital until retiring in 1992. In 2001, Renee and Charles sold their lake home and moved to Sun Bay. She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Renee was a very loving and caring person whom always helped others in need.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Fern Macbeth.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 53 years, Charles J. Armstrong of Sturgeon Lake; three children: Deborah (Alan) Hahn of Ironton, Wisconsin; Charles R. Armstrong of Sturgeon Lake and Cheryl (Ralph) VanDenDries of Sturgeon Lake; a granddaughter, Angela (Sean) Connolly of New Brighton; a brother, W. Ray (Ree) Macbeth of Roseburg, Oregon; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Thursday, October 7, 2004 with a rosary service at 7:00 PM in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continue on Friday, October 8, 2004 from 9 until the 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Father Eamonn Boland will be the celebrant. Casket Bearers will be Randy Temple, Sean Connolly, Tim Armstrong, Harold Armstrong, Jeff Armstrong, and Mike Armstrong. Honorary Bearers will be Gary Olson and Alan Hahn. Burial will be in St. Isidore's Catholic Church, Sturgeon Lake. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
MILTON "SKI" GUSTAFSON
Milton "Ski" Gustafson, 79, of Askov died Monday, Oct. 4, 2004 in his home. He was born March 25,1925 to Charles and Ellen Gustafson in Sandstone, where he grew up and attended school. He was a World War II Army veteran and fought in the battles at Normandy and Rhineland in the European/African/Mideastern campaigns. On June 10, 1967, he married Rosetta Olds in Hinckley. He was a retired truck driver and worked for Jeno's Pizza and Best Line for almost 50 years. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; three sons: Dennis (Betty) of Las Vegas; Donald (Aurora) of St. Genevie, Mo. and Robert (Sarah) of Ridgeland, Wis.; six daughters: Kathy (Jim) Kessel of Nerstrand; Debbie (Lee) Larson of Cambridge; Donna (Russ) Wichner of Sandstone; Brenda (John) Eells of Dennison; Christina Flanders and Lela (David) Ciotti of Woodhaven, Mich.; 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He will also be missed by many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004 in the Evangelical Free Church in Hinckley with Pastors Dale Clifton and Lloyd Olds officiating. Visitation from 1-2 p.m. in the church. Special music by Mike Hanson. Honorary casketbearers were Milton Gustafson, Jason Monette, Steven Larson, Travis Wichner, Justin Larson, Curt Eells and Adam Flanders. Full military rites accorded by the Hinckley VFW and American Legion Honor Guard. Arrangements by Methven Funeral Home, Sandstone, Minn.
SOLOMON "SOL" GRAVELLE
Solomon "Sol" Gravelle, 95, of Carlton, died Monday, Oct 4, 2004 in the Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton.
He was born Oct. 7, 1908 in Cromwell to Joseph and Melvina (Richard) Gravelle. Sol attended country school through the 8th grade, and worked in area logging camps, and later at the Wrenshall brick yards. He was united in marriage to Dora Leno in Cloquet on April 30, 1932; and started work at the steel plant in 1943, retiring in 1973. Sol also sold insurance for Carlton County Farmers Mutual and drove school bus. He served the Wrenshall School board, was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Wrenshall.
Sol was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dora; 12 brothers and sisters; and one grandson.
He is survived by two sons: William (Barbara) Gravelle of Duluth and Michael (Denise) Gravelle of Wrenshall; two daughters: Lucille (Ernest) Rham of Rock Lake, N.D. and Shirley (Wesley) VanGuilder of Wrenshall; 10 grandchildren: Richard, Rodney and Robert Rham, Richelle Koistinen, Bruce Gravelle, Alison Tobias, Amy Davis, Megan Gravelle, Tobey and Corey VanGuilder; 16 great-grandchildren; one expected great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews
Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2004 in Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. The visitation will continue on Thursday, Oct 7, 2004 from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service also at Nelson Funeral Care with Rev. Loren Nelson officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be his 10 grandchildren. Family inurnment services will be at Silver Brook Cemetery in Wrenshall. A luncheon will follow at the First Presbyterian Church in Wrenshall. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet.
BETTINA A. BLAKELY
Bettina "Betty" A. Blakely, long time St. Paul resident, died on September 2, 2004. She was born on June 29, 1916, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Her father, Dr. Clement C. Blakely, was a physician in Barnum, MN for 30 years. Her brother, Professor Roger Blakely, was a retired English, Art History and Humanity Professor at Macalester College for 46 years.
At the time of Betty's retirement, she had worked as a secretary for the U of M (St. Paul Campus) and Lampert Yards.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Clement and Florence Blakely and her brother, Professor Roger Blakely.
A Memorial Service was held on September 8, 2004 at St. Anthony Park Home, 2237 Commonwealth Ave., St. Paul. She was buried in the family plot on September 28, 2004, with a private service by friends, in Barnum, MN. Arrangements were by Holcomb-Henry-Boom Funeral Home.
ROLPH NORMAN LATTU
Rolph Norman Lattu, 83, of Moose Lake, died Sunday, November 28, 2004 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. He was born February 13,1921, in Moose Lake to Einar and Mathilde (Jensen) Lattu. Rolph was united in marriage to Joyce Haberbusch on May 21,1950 in Minneapolis. Rolph is a WWII Veteran, serving in the United States Army. Rolph was on the Moose Lake Board of Water & Light Commission, the Moose Lake Co-op Board, the Carlton Board of Soil & Water and the Moose Lake Federal Credit Union Credit/Audit Committee and a member of The Carlton County Guernsey Breeders Association. Rolph was also a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake and was very active in the choir and church council. Rolph was also a volunteer for Meals On Wheels. Rolph especially enjoyed spending his time with family and friends.
Rolph is preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Ruth Lattu.
Rolph is survived by his loving wife, Joyce, of Moose Lake; 3 sons: Royce (Joanne) Lattu of Barnum, Randy (Kolette) Lattu of Lakeville and Philip (Anna) Lattu of Sturgeon Lake; 1 brother, Einar Jr. (Florence) Lattu of Moose Lake; 1 sister, Helen Lattu of Edina; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday, November 30, 2004 from 7-9 PM in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and Wednesday, December 1, from 10 until the 11 AM service in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake with Pastor Lyle Nielsen officiating. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Moose Lake. Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
JAMES S. WYNE
James S. Wyne, 68, Sturgeon Lake, formerly of White Bear Lake, entered eternal rest on Monday, November 29, 2004 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake after a heart-breaking battle with cancer. He was born on October 22, 1936 in St. Paul to Anthony and Ellen (Horwath) Wyne. Jim was a devoted husband and father at the age of 20. He began working as a heavy equipment operator and joined the Engineers Local #49 in 1957, working for Johnson Brothers Construction of Litchfield. During his career, he worked in the mountains of Colorado of which he greatly loved. In 1986, Jim was forced to retire due to an injury on the job. He enjoyed his retirement and was a man who was always on the move. Jim had a real hard work ethic built right in him and had the "Do it right the first time or not at all" attitude. He enjoyed hunting, especially in Montana for elk and mule deer, which did a few times with friends and was sad because he couldn't make this year's trip. He also enjoyed his friends in the area, and enjoyed coffee clutching at different places. Jim liked to play his Daily 3 lotto games and an occasional trip to the casino was fun for him. Jim was always there when anyone needed him.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Darlene; father, Anthony Wyne; mother, Ellen Wyne; and a brother, Andy Wyne, Jr.
Jim will be lovingly remembered by his son, Stephen L. (Connie) Wyne of Sturgeon Lake; two grandchildren: Kenneth L. (Carla) Wyne of Willow River and Eric J. Wyne of Sturgeon Lake; a great-grandson: Zachary L. Wyne of Willow River; and two brothers: Bobby (Judy) Wyne and Jerry Wyne.
Visitation will be from 6-8 PM Thursday, December 2, 2004 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continue from 10 until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 3, 2004 in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 4741 Bald Eagle Ave., White Bear Lake. Burial will be in St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Cemetery, White Bear Lake. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
ROSE GERTRUDE KNUDSON
Rose Gertrude Knudson, 80, of Kettle River, died Monday, February 7, 2005, in Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. She was born January 1, 1925 in Moose Lake to Jaako and Hilda (Wihela) Haapala. Rose attended both Kalevala School and Cromwell High School. She later attended Duluth Business University after saving enough money for tuition. After working for a short time, Rose went to Denver, where she met Merlyn Knudson. They were united in marriage on March 12, 1948 at Lake Elmo. They lived in Duluth for awhile before moving to Kettle River. Rose was employed at the Kettle River Coop Store as a part time bookkeeper and later worked at Coop Power in Kettle River. Rose was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church as well as Autumn Voices. She enjoyed quilting with her sister and church, tending to her rose garden, politics, reading, doing crossword puzzles, her dog Raisa, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.
Rose is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merlyn; 1 son, Tom; 1 sister, Edna Gross.
Rose is survived by 1 son, Dave (Denise) Knudson of Kettle River; sister, Ailie Kiheri of Kettle River; 2 grandchildren: Malinda Knudson and Jennifer Knudson; 2 great-grandchildren: Ty Knudson-Klar and Lauren Hartman; several nieces, nephews and special friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 9, from 6-8 PM in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home and Thursday, February 10, from 10 until the 11 AM service in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kettle River with Pastor Paul Reiff officiating. Spring Inurnment will be in West Branch Cemetery, Kalevala Township. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
JULIUS REINO BECK
Julius Reino Beck, 86 of Cromwell died Monday, January 31, 2005 in Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. He was born July 16, 1918 in Fairbanks, MN, to Andrew and Hannah (Paulson) Beck. Julius was raised by his uncle, Eino Paulson, after his mother died. Julius was an Army Veteran serving during WWII. After the war he lived in Chicago for a short time before returning to the Fairbanks area. He worked as a logger for about 10 years and in 1956 he went to live with his brother, Roy in Cromwell. Julius farmed with his brother until 1985.
Julius was preceded in death by two brothers, Arvo and Sulo; sister, Doris Kahara; step sisters, Hilja Paananen and Hulda Huhta; and nephew, Jeffrey Beck.
He is survived by his brothers: Roy (Joanne) and Robert (Lorraine) both of Cromwell; his sister, June (Norman) Hill of Cromwell; and the nieces and nephews whose family he was such a part of: Judy (Arne) Isaacson; Roylee (Brenda) Beck; Andrew Beck; Darla (Rod) Houck; Sherman (Hae Ja) Beck; Nina (Jon) Ford; Daniel Beck and Sonia Beck Johnson. He is also survived by many other nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 10 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service Friday, February 4, 2005 in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Military Honors were accorded by the Carlton VFW. Burial will be at a later date in Eagle Lake Cemetery in Eagle Township. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.
LORRAINE A.P. DORAU
Lorraine A.P. Dorau, 86, of Giese, MN, died on Tuesday Feb. 1, 2005 in the Moose Lake Nursing Home. Lorraine (Schoenrock) Dorau was born June 14, 1918 to William and Augusta Schoenrock in Giese, MN. She had a sister, four half-brothers, and three half-sisters. She attended Giese School and was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giese.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman.
She is survived by four sons: Oscar (Susan) Dorau of Giese; Kenneth (Hazel) Dorau of Giese; Roland (Bev) Dorau of Askov, and Gerald (Nancy) Dorau of Mora; one daughter, Kathleen (Rick) Fjosne of Willow River; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2005 in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Giese with Reverend Roy Lovaas officiating. Visitation was on Friday, Feb. 4, 2005 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the church and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Hansen-Mankie Funeral Home in Sandstone. Memorials preferred.