Irvin Donald Ackerson
Irvin Donald Ackerson was born on July 25, 1923 to Charles and Nellie (Everest) Ackerson in Motley, MN. Here he attended school and grew to manhood. Irvin was united in marriage to Martha Crichton on July 7, 1942. Irvin entered the United States Army on July 13, 1943 serving in World War II with the 101st Airborne in Europe. After the service they resided in Superior, WI where he farmed. They resided in the Minneapolis area for several years before moving to Pine City and the Moose Lake area. In 1993 he moved to Milaca where he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He also has enjoyed attending auction and garage sales. Irvin died on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at the Hennepin County Medical Center at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 28 days.
He is survived by 8 children, Sheri Strickland and husband, Charlie of Port Hueneme, CA; Janice Venhuizen of Milaca; Ted and wife Donna of St. Johnsville, NY; Bill and wife Karen of Moose Lake, MN; Merry Johnson of Milaca; Irvin "Marti" and wife, Sandra "Burnie" of San Diego, CA; Tina Porter and husband Dale of Princeton; and Kathy McDonald of Milaca; 22 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Sis Koepke of WI; 3 brothers, Shorty of Minneapolis, MN; Lucky and wife Audrey of Princeton, and Mike and wife Doris of Pillager, MN, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, 3 grandsons: Bill, Christopher and Joseph; 1 granddaughter, Elizabeth; and one brother, Paul.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 24, 2003 at the Peterson Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca with Rev. Don Matheson officiating. Interment was in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul. The Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post and Siemers-Hakes VFW Post of Milaca provided military honors.
Loretta Ann Anderson
Loretta A. Anderson, age 78, of Carlton, died Monday, January 20, 2003 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet. She was born July 23, 1924 in Excelsior, Minnesota to Carl and Alice (Benson) Wenberg. She lived in Hibbing until moving to Carlton where she graduated from the Carlton High School. She was united in marriage to Albert Anderson on January 10, 1976 in Bessemer, Michigan. Loretta worked for Carlton County for many years mostly with the Agricultural Extension Office. She also worked for the Carlton Post Office and was a 4-H Leader. Loretta was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton where she was active with the church choir and women's circle. For 22 years, she and Albert would spend their winters in the Mesa, Arizona area.
Loretta was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter in 1955. She is survived by her husband, Albert; one son, Stephen (Lynn) Habhegger of Carlton; two daughters, Jo (Bruce) Gilchrist and Chris (Randy) Latvala both of Cloquet; two step-sons, Gregg (Mary Lou) Anderson of Woodbury, MN and Ross (Holly) Anderson of Edmunds, WA; one step-daughter, Mary Joy (Curt) Walberg of Two Harbors, MN; one brother, Ted (Mary) Wenberg of Moose Lake, MN; two sisters, Gladys Vernon of Carlton and Frances "Snooky" (Lyle) Johnson of New Brighton, MN; two sisters-in-law, Ida Jones and Marguerite Anderson, both of Carlton, MN; 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 23, 2003 from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton with Rev. Michael Fossen officiating. Music will be provided by Nancy Finifrock as organist, and Joanne Schaible as piano soloist. Pallbearers will be David Wenberg, John Vernon, Mark Vernon, Paul Vernon, Tom Johnson, Sean Gilchrist, Shane Crandall, and Andrew Habhegger. Spring burial will be held at Hillside Cemetery. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet. Memorials are preferred to Bethesda Lutheran Church in Carlton.
Evelyn Margaret Hunter
Evelyn M. Hunter, age 84, of Cloquet, died Sunday, January 26, 2003 at the Cloquet Nursing Home. She was born August 17, 1918 in Duluth, MN, the daughter of Raymond and Gertrude (Kohn) Peacha. She attended Cloquet High School and was united in marriage to F. Keith Hunter on February 4, 1938 in Cloquet. She was a member of the Cloquet Presbyterian Church and enjoyed knitting, crocheting and crafts.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a grandson Kevin Rodd. She is survived by four sons, Larry of Anchorage, Alaska; Keith of Anchorage, Alaska; Mickey of Las Vegas, NV, and Kurt of Forest Lake, MN; two daughters, Renee (Fred) Kinnunen of Cloquet and Marilyn (Charles) Standridge of Anchorage, Alaska; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 8, 2003 from 12:00 noon until the 1:00 p.m. memorial service at the Cloquet Presbyterian Church. Inurnment services will be at Hillcrest Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet.
Edward Russell Osborne
Edward Russell Osborne, 74, of Moose Lake, died Sunday, January 26, 2003 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. He was born February 2, 1928 in Mahtowa to Edward A. and Hilma M. (Ronkainen) Osborne. Edward was an Army Veteran, serving from October 1946 to January 1948. Edward was united in marriage to Betty Warpula on March 7, 1953, in Moose Lake. Edward was employed with Capital Airlines (now United Airlines) from 1952 until he retired in 1984, working in Portland, OR, Denver and Minneapolis.
Edward is survived by his wife of 49 years, 11 months, Betty; son, Greg (Deborah) of Strasburg, CO; daughter, Jane M. (Douglas) Ceballos of Kansas City, KS; daughter Cathy A. (Mitchell) Nyland, Blaine; son, Anthony (Colleen) of Webster; sister, Eunice Olson of Moose Lake; brother, Ronald (Shirley) of Moose Lake; grandchildren, Nicholas and Stephen Osborne of Strasburg, CO; Rachel, Angela, Melissa, Christina, Pamela, Theresa, Manuel and Sean Ceballos of Olathe, KS; Barbara Jane of Taylorsville, UT, Florence Nyland of Blaine; Nathan and Ashlyn Osborne of Webster; 3 great grandchildren, Anthony and Benjamin Ryan and Kane Shaffer of Olathe, KS.
Edward is preceded in death by his parents; son, Bruce; sister, Betty Hoffman; brothers, John and Robert.
Visitation will be Wednesday, January 29th from 6-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 30 from 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. services in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake with Reverend Laurie Kantonen officiating. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Clifford Wallace Rontti
Clifford W. Rontti, age 77, of Cloquet, died Thursday, January 23, 2003 at his home. He was born November 25, 1925 in Cloquet to Henry and Alma (Korby) Rontti. He graduated from Cloquet High School and attended the University of Minnesota. He served in the US Army during WWII as an Air Cadet. Cliff worked for the Potlatch Corp. in Cloquet as the pulp mill supervisor until 1979 when he moved to Oregon to work as pulp mill supervisor for Willamette Industries. He retired in 1990 and returned to Cloquet. Cliff was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved flying his own plane.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Christine. He is survived by two sons, Kirk and Bruce Rontti both living in Sheboygan, WI.
Visitation was Monday, January 27, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Military flag presentation was provided by the Cloquet Honor Guard. Inurnment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were with Nelson Funeral Care of Cloquet.
Alvin Tollgaard, 69, Floodwood, died Friday, January 24, 2003 in St. Luke's Hospice, Duluth, after a long illness. He was born September 24, 1933 in Flandreau, SD, to Frank and Evelyn May (Johnston) Tollgaard. Alvin was a 1951 graduate of Floodwood High School. He married Elsie Mattila on July 20, 1954 in Carlton. Alvin was an Army veteran and served in Japan.
Alvin and his brother, Jim, were partners in a dairy farm for 43 years and they received the St. Louis County Farmer of the Year Award and the Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. He worked as a smoke chaser for the DNR for a number of years. After his retirement, he and Elsie were the custodians at the Floodwood Rest Area. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and served on the church council, served on the Floodwood School Board, the ASCS board for many years; was a longtime member of the Production Credit Association Board and a member of the Floodwood Senior Citizens. Alvin loved hunting, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Frances Moline and Helen Hutchinson and a brother, John Tollgaard.
Alvin is survived by his wife, Elsie, of Floodwood; three sons, Jerry (Rose) of Swan River, Mark (Tina) of Kettle River, and Tim of Floodwood; two brothers, Clifford (Dorothy) Tollgaard of Grand Rapids and James (Elvi) Tollgaard of Floodwood; 9 grandchildren, Nicole (Wade) Phillips, Ryan Tollgaard, Jamie and Kristi Johnson, Danielle, Tabi and Ross Tollgaard, Jake and Chad Katzenberger; one great granddaughter, Samantha Rose Katzenberger; special friends, Roy and Grace Autio of Floodwood; a special niece, Betty Juola of Hazen, AK, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Monday, January 27, 2003 from 11:30 until the 1:00 p.m. memorial service in Hope Lutheran Church, Floodwood. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet. To sign the guestbook or offer an online tribute, see northlandfuneralhome.com.
Marvin L. Johnson
Marvin L. Johnson, 71, of Atkinson, died Friday, March 21, 20003, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth from complications of a stroke with his family by his side. He was born May 19, 1931 in Arthyde, MN to John Alfred and Ellora (Speed) Johnson.
Marvin grew up in the Arthyde and Moose Lake areas. He married Lois Carlson on June 1, 1963 in Mahtowa.
Marv was an enthusiastic truck driver and an avid dairy farmer. He drove truck for Jeno's for 20 years and then was a self-employed truck driver for several other companies, most recently Koch Trucking in Superior until his retirement in February, 2001.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel and Ethel.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Lois, of Atkinson; his children, Keith (Tiffany) and Kim (Dane) Hedquist, both of Atkinson and Beth Ann (David) Theiste of Grand Rapids, Ml; grandchildren, Bryce and Tarin Hedquist, Eric (Darci) Anders, and Peder Theiste; a great granddaughter, Taylor Theiste; a sister, Evelyn (Franklin) McLevis of Barnum; two brothers, Harold of Savannah, TN and Ervin (Eileen) of Wright, MN; his hound dog, Shiloh and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Tuesday, March 25, 2003 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street Cloquet. The memorial service was Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in Salem Lutheran Church, Mahtowa. Interment will be in the spring in Atkinson Cemetery. To sign the guestbook or leave an online tribute, see: northland funeral home. com.
1913 - 2003
Arthur Gustafson, 89, of Cloquet, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Community Memorial Hospital-Convalescent Care, Cloquet.
He was born on August 28, 1913 in Chicago, IL to Adolph and Anna (Bogenholm) Gustafson. Arthur was employed by Potlatch for 30 years.
Arthur enjoyed fishing and hunting.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minnie, and one sister, Thelma Hartz.
Arthur is survived by his cousins and friends.
Visitation was Friday, March 21, 2003, from 1:00 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service at Nelson Funeral Care Chapel, with Rev. Paul Birkeland officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at Maple Grove Cemetery, Cloquet. Arrangements are with Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet.
1922 - 2003
Raymond Boyles, 80, of Carlton, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton.
Ray was born on July 10,1922 in Langley, WA to Raymond, Sr. and Grace (Shotwell) Boyles. He attended school in Washington. Ray entered the U.S. Navy on May 16,1942, serving in World War II where he earned the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged from the Navy on March 16,1948. Ray married Mabel Ives on March 21,1957. He owned and operated Boyles Highway Service for many years. Also, Ray and Mabel owned and operated Ray and Mabel's Bar, formerly Curtis Tavern. Ray was one of the first blackjack dealers employed with Black Bear Casino.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, cooking, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren and family.
Ray is a member of the Dalles Masonic Lodge #181 A.F. & A.M., Carl Anderson American Legion Post 262, Hebert Kennedy VFW Post 3979, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #1163.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mabel; a stepdaughter, Barb Bryant; stepdaughter-in-law, Barb Ives; a grandson, Richard Ives; and his other brothers and sisters.
Ray is survived by a stepson, Bruce Ives; 6 grandchildren, Kathie Rogers, Patricia Johnson, Debbie Erickson, W. Scott Bryant, Carolyn Burke, and Bruce Bryant; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; one brother, Richard (Marion) Boyles; and one sister, Donna Whitman.
Visitation was Saturday, March 22, 2003,10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. memorial service at Nelson Funeral Care Chapel, Cloquet, with Deacon Terry Twomey officiating. A luncheon was held following the service in the fellowship room at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place in the spring 2003 at Old Calvary Cemetery, Cloquet. Honorary pallbearers were Kathie Rogers, Patricia Johnson, Debbie Erickson, Scott Bryant, Carolyn Burke, and Bruce Bryant. Flag presentation was accorded by the Cloquet Honor Guard. Arrangements were with Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet.