PAUL M. SHUSTA
Paul M. Shusta, 41, died June 8, 2005 in a motorcycle accident caused by an oncoming car while on his way to work as a machinist in Chanhassen. Paul was born in Ely in 1964. He attended Ely High School, class of 1982. Paul served in the U. S. Army from 1983-1987. Paul loved snowmobiling, working on old trucks and cars, riding his motorcycle and giving rides to his nieces and nephews whom he loved so very much.
Paul is survived by his parents, Frank and Shirley Shusta of Ely; four brothers: Ronald of Duluth, Thomas (Bessie) of Ramsey, Gregory (Karen) of Otsego, Michael (Patricia) of Ely; two sisters: Jan (Lee Whiteneck) of Blaine, Valerie (Mark) Brandt of Rockford; grandma, Helen Shusta of Moose Lake; many nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
FUNERAL MASS was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2005 in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Ely. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Ely Cemetery at a later date. Family Services by Kerntz Brothers, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Ely. To share an online remembrance of Paul, please see http://www.baumanfuneralhome.com./
MARGARET KACHINSKE APPLEBY
Memorial Mass for Margaret Kachinske Appleby, 91, Duluth, will be held on Monday, June 20, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Hartman Drive, Moose Lake.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Lee) Stephenson of Naples, FL; son, Charles Appleby, Duluth; one sister, Eva Holappa, Detroit, MI; four brothers: Carl (Ilene) Kachinske, New Port Richey, FL; Louis (Phyllis) Kachinske, Moose Lake; Edward (Frances) Kachinske, Duluth and Clemence (Ethel) Kachinske, Moose Lake; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Arvid Huhta, age 80, of McGregor, died on Thursday, June 9, 2005, in the Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the McGregor Funeral Home.
RICHARD P. ASTRUM
Richard P. Astrum, beloved father, grandfather and brother, died on June 12, 2005, at the age of 67. He was from Sturgeon Lake, MN.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Carl John; sister, Alice Jean.
He was the father of Margaret (John) Wagner; Patricia Brill; Pauline (Pierre) Pons; Roger (Melissa); Richard; Penny (Jiles) Wanna. He was the brother of Ruth Dickey; Helen LaRow; Dale Astrum; Dorothy Laurel Forrest; Anna Marie Landstiner; Gladys Vredenburge; Karen Gruber. Grandfather of: Nicole, Brian, Jamie, Michael, Amanda Jean, Heather, Erin, Amanda Katherine, Amanda Ashley, Benjamin, Zachary, Jiles Roy, Jiles Ray. Great-grandfather of Ayla. Also survived by 44 nieces and nephews.
Funeral Service Thursday 11:00 a.m. at ENGLISH-MEEKER & KANDT FUNERAL HOME, 140 8th Avenue North, South St. Paul, MN. Visitation on Wednesday (TODAY) 4-8 p.m. and Thursday 1 hour before Service. Memorials preferred to United Children’s Hospital Oncology. 651-455-5352
Haakon “Hokie” Flattum
Haakon “Hokie” Flattum, 92, of Clitherall, MN died Sunday June 19, 2005 in his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family. Memorial services will be held Thursday June 23, 2005 at the Eagle Lake Lutheran Church ELCA with Pastor Donald Peterson officiating. The musicians are organist Vernal Lind, soloist Gloria Flaten singing “In the Garden”, and the Eagle Lake Buoys singing “Just a Little Talk With Jesus”.
Hokie was born March 15, 1913 in Cloquet, MN to Andrew and Oline (Johnson) Flattum.µ The family moved to a farm in Moose Lake, MN in 1918. He attended school in Barnum, MN.
Afterwards Hokie worked in farming, and was a woodsman.µ He traveled along the west coast during the depression from Oregon to California working various jobs and prospecting for gold. When he returned to the Midwest he owned and operateda gas station in Mendota, IL. Hokie served in the US Army from 1942-1945 during WWII. He was stationed to guard the Panama Canal for most of his service. Upon his return, he owned a sawmill with his friend Alvin Johnson in northern MN. Later he worked in Cloquet where he met his wife Betty Lee Brower. They were wed on May 16, 1952. He attended school at Dunwoody Institute and upon graduation worked as a deisel mechanic for Zieglers Inc. for 24 years.
Hokie andBettybuilt a home in Coon Rapids, MN, where they raised 5 children. They lived there until 1991.
Afterhis wife retired, they moved to Clitherall, MN where he resided until his death.
Hokie enjoyed many outdoor activities- deer hunting, fishing, birdwatching and gardening. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles and watching old westerns. He and Betty traveled oftento visit friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, and children Rose Ann Dols of Brooklyn Park, MN; Ken (Gail) Flattum of Shoreview; Steve Flattum of Fridley; Nancy (Andy) Barnd of Wells, MN; Sandy (Joel) Simmons of Knoxville, TN; grandchildren Dave, Deb, Brian, Jessica, Nick, and Emma; great-grandson Jordan; along with a niece Loretta (John) Raiha and nephew Ken (Nancy) Johnson.
He was preceded in death by brothers Clarence and John “Harry”, sister Gladys, and niece Lois and nephew Bobby.
EVELYN I. (YOUNG) KOECHER
Evelyn I.(Young) Koecher, 75, of Kerrick, died June 20, 2005 in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. She was born August 18, 1929 in Duluth to Clarence and Gertrude (Schommer) Young. Evelyn was a 1947 graduate of Morgan Park School in Duluth. Evelyn was united in marriage to Marvin H. Koecher on May 21, 1949 in Duluth. Evelyn was a piano teacher for over 40 years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Bruno as well as St. Paul's Stitch Club. Evelyn especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Evelyn is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marvin; and 1 son, Wayne.
Evelyn is survived by 4 sons, Dan (Sue) of Duquette, Bruce (Diane) of Tallahassee, FL, Gerald of Duquette and Kevin (Mary) of Ham Lake; 1 daughter, Karen Koecher of Duquette; 1 sister, Edith Little of Duluth; 5 grandchildren, John Chilman, Gregory Koecher, Bryan Koecher, Stephen Koecher and Jessica Koecher; 3 great grandchildren, Matthew Chilman, Micah Chilman and Nicole Elizabeth Lenart; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, from 5-7 PM in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bruno and Friday, June 24, from 12 until the 1 PM service at the church with Pastor Matthew Vrudny officiating. Interment will be in Nickerson Community Cemetery, Nickerson Township.. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Violet E. Olson
Violet E. Olson, 86, Barnum, died Saturday, June 18, 2005 in Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake.
She was born on July 2, 1918 in Barnum to George and Anna (Mattson) Carlson. Violet grew up and attended school in Barnum. On August 22, 1942, Violet married Severt E. Olson in Barnum. They moved to Rockford, Illinois returning back to the Barnum in 1985 and attended Elim Lutheran Church, Blackhoof Twp. In 1993, Violet moved to Duluth and recently moved back to the Barnum and Moose Lake area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Severt in 1990; an infant daughter in 1951; two sisters; and one brother.
Violet will be lovingly remembered by her three sons: Stanley (Rose) of Gurley, Alabama; Brad (Kathy) of Garden Prairie, Illinois; and David (Connie) of Buffalo, Missouri; two brothers: Ruben (Dottie) Carlson of Indiana and Everett (Anita) of Illinois; three grandchildren: Curt, Heather, and Janine; and four great grandchildren: Chase, Kylie, Brandon, and Christina.
Funeral services were held at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 in Elim Lutheran Church, Blackhoof Twp. Pastor John Sippola officiated. Judy Finifrock provided the music. Casket Bearers were Tim Grimm, Jacob Grimm, Larry Carlson, Russell Carlson, Ken Carlson, and Curt Olson. Burial was in Sandy Lake Cemetery, Blackhoof Twp.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
George Minkkinen, 77, Kettle River, died Monday, June 20, 2005 at his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents: George and Aina (Peterson) Minkkinen; an infant brother; and two sisters, Linda Lund and Sylvia Wierimaa.
George will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Marie; four sons: Terry “George” (Mary) Minkkinen of Perrysburg, OH; Philip (Molly) Minkkinen of Moose Lake; John (Caroline) Minkkinen of Kettle River, and Tim Minkkinen of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Karen (Dave) Wolterstorff of Woodbury; three brothers: Toivo (Delores) Minkkinen of Duluth; Sulo Minkkinen of Cloquet, and John (Sigrid) Minkkinen of Kettle River; five sisters: Ellen Grothe of Crystal, MN; Pearl Wilen of McGregor; Catherine Ukura of McGregor; LaVerna Field of McGregor, and Marilyn Anderson of Two Harbors; 11 grandchildren: Christine, Kara, Laura, Erin, Michael, Brent, Kylee, Marijah, Mia, Melissa, and Bobby; and numerous nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2005 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service Thursday, June 23, 2005 in the Apostolic Lutheran Church, Kettle River. Burial will be at Leonard Cemetery, Kalevala Twp. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home.
ARVID S. HUHTA
Arvid S. Huhta, age 80, of McGregor, died on Thursday, June 9, 2005 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. He was born in Rice River township on Sept. 27, 1924 to Jack and Elina (Bottila) Huhta. He attended schools in the McGregor area and married Marlys Hill on Sept. 4, 1954 in Rice River. He worked as a young boy at the East Lake Coop Store and later managed the store. He worked at various jobs around the country and Minnesota. After graduating from McGregor High School, he worked construction in Colorado and Alaska and at Model Stone in Minneapolis. He later moved to Aurora and worked at the school and driving bus. He also worked on building of the mining plants on the Iron Range. He was a past member of the Carpenter’s Union, a member of the Moose Lake Masonic Lodge, was a First Responder, a member of the McGregor Lions, Aurora Men’s Choir, The Beaver Church, and was custodian at the Rice River Senior Center for over 20 years and was a member of the Aitkin County Seniors. He enjoyed his family and had many good friends everywhere he went. His hobby was going driving.
He is survived by his wife, Marlys; daughters and son-in-laws: Vickie and Dallas Williamson of Hammond, MN and Annette and Dale Wilkie of Aitkin; sons and daughter-in-law: Sam and Linda Huhta of Kettle River and Dean of Sturgeon Lake; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and good friends.
Memorial services were held on Fri., June 17 at the Holy Family Church in McGregor with Mr. Donald Niemi officiating. Private interment was in Rice River Cemetery. Special music was provided by William Happoja. Grandchildren were Honorary Pallbearers. They were: Amanda Rosebrook, Sherie Hammer, Kristy Aho, Johanna, Huhta; also son-in-laws: Dale Wilkie and Dallas Williamson, and friends: Bill Bottila, Ernie Holmstrom, Wilho Pelto, Warren Marsyla and Arnie Johnson.
Arrangements were with the McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor, MN.
HENRY L. LANGHORST
Henry L. Langhorst 85, of Barnum, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Silver Bay. He was born on March 25, 1920 to Christopher and Anna (Huebner) Langhorst in Moose Lake. Henry was the youngest of ten children and lived in Barnum his whole life. Henry farmed on the family farm until 1963. Henry was a World War II Amy Veteran serving from 1942 to 1945 and was awarded the Purple Heart. Henry is a member of both the Peterson-Westerberg American Legion Post #415 of Barnum and the Nicholson-Sellgren V.F.W. Post #2962 of Carlton. He was also a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Barnum. Henry was united in marriage to Judith Iverson on June 15, 1963 in Duluth and to this union they were blessed with two children, a daughter, Anne, and a son Craig. Henry was a good husband and father. Henry was a rural mail carrier from 1960-1981. He also kept honey bees from 1981-1999. Henry loved to hunt, garden, and go on walks with his dogs.
Henry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Albert, Edwin, Arthur, and Martin; sisters: Amelia Westendorf, Lydia Koelling, and Alma Westendorf.
Henry is survived by his loving wife, Judith; 1 daughter, Amie Langhorst of Two Harbors; son, Craig Langhorst of Duluth; sister, Edna Bartz of Moose Lake; brother, Ferdinand Langhorst of Barnum; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends.
A gathering of family and friends was held Tuesday, June 28 from 12 until the 1:00 PM memorial service in Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Barnum with Pastor Larry LaDassor officiating. Interment was in Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Barnum. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.