HELEN F. SIMPSON
Helen F. Simpson, 95, of Barnum, died Tuesday, August 23, 2005, in Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. She was born February 17, 1910 in Toivola to Andrew and Maria (Ojuva) Anderson. Helen was united in marriage to Edward J. Simpson on July 19, 1928 in Waukesha, WI. Helen and Edward moved to Barnum where they farmed until retirement.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; sister, Eleanor Behnke; 2 brothers, Oiva and Arvid; half sister, Aileen Farhm; 2 half brothers, Albert and Arthur Anderson; great granddaughter, Megan Larson; nephew Marvin Farhm.
Helen is survived by 2 children, Robert M. (Louretta) Simpson of Bloomington and Joan J. (Roger) Thompson of Barnum; 6 grandchildren, Patricia (Robert) Larson of Holmen, WI, Bruce (Vicky) Thompson of Cambridge, James (Irina) Simpson of Mankato, Lanette (Gordon) McConnell of Apple Valley, Mark (Dawn) Simpson of Eagan and Daniel (Margarita) Simpson of St. Paul; 11 great grandchildren, Ryan Larson of San Diego, CA, Elizabeth Larson of Edina, Brian (Crystal) Thompson of Woodbury, Michelle (Eric) Nilsson of Plymouth, Kristen McConnell, Mike McConnell of Apple Valley, Amanda Simpson and Gary Simpson of Eagan, Dillon Simpson and Derek Simpson of St. Paul and Leonid Robert Simpson of Mankato; 7 step great grandchildren, Jonathan, Emily and Tricia Natzel of Cambridge, Jerome and Jasmine Pusing of St. Paul, Anna Deem of North Carolina and Kathrina Yakovleva of Minneapolis.
Private family graveside services will be held in Riverside Cemetery, Barnum at a later date. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
GRETA INGABORG DAHLBERG
Greta lngaborg Dahlberg, 85, of Moose Lake, entered eternal rest on Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.
She was preceded in death by her father, Erik Oberg; adoptive father, Gillis Berggren; mother:, Alfhild Berggren; brother, Birger Berggren; three nephews: Arvid, Darrell and Donald; and a brother-in-law, John Rusk.
Greta will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 58 years, Sigfred; four sons: Edwin (Donna) of Boise, ID; Rodney (Linda) of Truman, MN; Kenneth (Shanna) of Moose Lake; and Wayne (Susanne) of Sparta, NJ; a daughter, Donna (Ray) Arnold of Moose Lake; a brother, lngvar (Cecealia) Berggren of Melford, Saskatchewan, Canada; two sisters: Karin (Art) Strube of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, Canada and Majbrit Rusk of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada; a sister-in-law, Shirley Berggren of Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada; 13 grandchildren: Paula (Scott) Danelski; Tara (Tim) Barrett; Douglas (Laurie) Dahlberg; Mike Dahlberg; Katherine Dahlberg; Brad (Carrie) Dahlberg; Blake (Christina) Dahlberg; Teri (Ricky) Hodgett; Angela (Isaac) Gran; Tanya Dahlberg; Chad Dahlberg; Nicolas Dahlberg; Erik Dahlberg and Anders Dahlberg. Eleven great-grandchildren: Katelyn, Kade and Zachary Danelski; Courtney, MacKenzie and Riley Dahlberg; Carter and Ava Marie Gran; Ryan and Greta Barrett and Ronald Dahlberg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, 2005 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continued from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. services Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005 in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. Pastor Lyle Nielsen officiated. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Moose Lake. Memorials are preferred to the Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in Memory of Greta. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
GARY D. CARLSON
Gary D. Carlson, age 55, of Henderson, MN, passed away August 2, 2005, after a long illness. He was born in Hutchinson, MN, on March 7, 1950, the son of Herbert W. and Madeline M. Muth Carlson. Gary attended Holy Trinity Elementary School in Winsted and high school in Moose Lake.
He honorably served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. His first began as a 17 year old medic serving with the 82nd Airborne during the Tet Offensive of 1968. His second was with the 173rd Airborne, receiving numerous commendations for his service to our country. He was formerly employed by Bongard’s Creameries Temple Inland and engaged in soap manufacturing. Gary enjoyed fishing for walleyes and hunting. He was also a devoted father and loved his sons very much!
Gary is survived by a son, Ryan G. Carlson of Stillwater, MN; his mother, Madeline M. Carlson of Winsted, MN; a sister, Paulette (Randy Smith) Carlson of Nashville, TN; brothers: Bradley (Ann) Carlson of Plymouth and Joseph (Colleen) Carlson of Winsted; nieces and nephews: Cali; Nicholas and Noah and Hannah and Aaron; Gary’s loving companion, Shandra Wheeler; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kristofer, in 2002 and by his father, Herbert W. Carlson in 1982.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Gary Carlson was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2005, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, MN. Father Paul L. Wolf was the Celebrant and interment with military rites followed at Holy Trinity Cemetery.
Friends called on Friday, August 5, 2005, from 4-8:30 p.m. at the Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A prayer service was held at 7:30 p.m. Casket Bearers were Nicholas Carlson, Noah Carlson, Morris LePage, Ed Melzark, Ron Schrempp and Fred Waldoch.
The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, MN, served the family.
DELIA ANN STEPAN
Delia Ann Stepan, 78, of Willow River, died Thursday, August 11, 2005, in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. She was born April 22, 1927 in Vermillion, SD, to Oscar and Louise (Steinmetz) Larsen. In 1932, Delia and her family moved to Norman Township where she grew up and attended school in Willow River, graduating in 1945. Delia was employed with 3M during WWII. She was united in marriage to David Richard Stepan on May 31, 1947, in Willow River. Delia was a member of First United Presbyterian Church of Willow River. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Delia is preceded in death by her husband, David Stepan; daughter, Bonita “Bunny”; grandson, Steve Thomas; 3 brothers: Les, Ken and John Larsen; 1 sister, Bonnie.
Delia is survived by 2 daughters: Diane (Tom) Rohow of St. Paul and Patricia Thomas of Moose Lake; 3 brothers: Loren, Marvin and Jerry Larsen; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends.
A gathering of family and friends was Monday, August 15, from 12 until the 1 p.m. Memorial Service in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake, with Pastor David Nelson officiating. Inurnment was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Willow River. Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
FRANZ “ARVID” NIEMI
Franz “Arvid” Niemi, formerly of Cromwell, died in Aloha, OR, on Aug. 9, 2005, three months short of his 100th birthday. He was born to Arvid and Hannah (Hiltunen) Niemi, Nov. 9,1905 in Cromwell. He worked in Chicago for a while then joined the Merchant Marines in World War II. He returned to the family farm and cut pulp wood, raised Christmas trees, sold used merchandise and antiques with his brother, George. Arvid was an avid “organic” gardener and enjoyed giving away the produce.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, George; sisters: Pearl Blomgren and Vieno Leppioja.
He is survived and sadly missed by his sister, Ellen (Tom) London of Phoenix, AZ; and nine nieces.
INURNMENT: will be at a later date at The Eagle Lake Cemetery in Cromwell.
EVELYN H. AUTIO
Evelyn H. Autio, age 101, passed away July 27, 2005, in Lake Worth, FL.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Beaver Cemetery at 12 noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2005.
BERNARD FRANK MODER
Bernard Frank Moder was born to Frank and Pearl (Windhauser) Moder on November 22, 1922, in Ashland, Wisconsin. He attended school in Iron River and Superior, Wisconsin, prior to his graduation from Denfeld High School in 1941. He was in the United States Army during World War II from April 27, 1943, to January 28, 1946, serving in Hawaii. After the war, he received a certificate for auto mechanics from Dunwoody Institute. Berny and his brother Merwin owned and operated Moder Brothers Auto Parts in Superior, Wisconsin, from 1946 to 1953. He married Dona Borgenheimer in June 1947 in Duluth. In the 1950’s Berny raced stock cars and motorcycles in Superior and Proctor. In the mid-fifties he worked at the Steel Plant in Morgan Park. In August 1959, Berny began working at the Moose Lake State Hospital where he was employed as a mechanic. Berny was active in AFSCME Council 6, Local 1092 serving as president and grievance chairman. On May 26, 1970, Berny married his wife, Sonia and moved to Barnum. He and Sonia enjoyed going to dances in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. He retired from the Moose Lake State Hospital on February 9, 1985. Berny was a member of the Barnum Commercial Club including helping with Trout O Rama and Spring Fever Days. He and Sonia were Grand Marshals of the Spring Fever Parade in 1996. He enjoyed high school athletics and was an avid supporter of the Barnum High School Bombers. He and Sonia received the first Fan Appreciation Award in 1993. He was a member of the Salvation Army, Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians, Odanah, Wisconsin, and Disabled American Veterans.
As a young boy, Berny enjoyed picking blueberries with his family and often talked of picking beans for the cannery in Iron River. Berny loved to fish and hunt. He and his friends had the traditional fishing opener at Lake Winnebigosh for many years. Berny and his friends also went on many fishing trips to Canada and Lake Michigan. He had countless fish fries for friends, family, community and senior citizen groups. He also cleaned, smoked and canned thousands of pints of his “Barnum Trout.” He also enjoyed hunting at “Ross’s Shack” in Cotton. He especially enjoyed fishing with his brother, Les and hunting with his grandsons, Judd and Lance.
Berny passed away on Monday, August 22, 2005, at the St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Eveleth, Minnesota. Berny was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nellie Gemmill and brother, Leslie Moder.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sonia, Barnum, MN; daughters: Ruth (Dale) Nordstrom, Moose Lake, MN; Rae Ann Anderson, Lindstrom, MN; Beth (Ken) Berg, Chandler, AZ; Melody (David) Swenson, Cotton, MN; son, Randy (Dianna) Moder, Moose Lake; sisters: Frances Westlund, Superior, WI; Vora Lindberg, Superior, WI, Patricia Towle, Avon Park, FL; and brother, Merwin (Jean) Moder, Duluth, MN; grandchildren: Lisa (Ryan) LaPointe; Julie (Ron) Oswald; Judd and Lance Nordstrom; Matthew, Randal and Jared Anderson; Dawn (Dan) Kimball; Rob (Tina) Berg; Josh (Meredith) Berg, and Brittany Swenson; and great-grandchildren: Maxwell and Maris LaPointe; Alexis and Anakin Oswald; Kennedy, Bailie and Lily Kimball; as well as numerous relatives and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at St. Raphael’s Health and Rehabilitation Center for the loving and compassionate care they gave Berny the past three years. Also, special thanks to Judy Wahlberg, Jim Roth, and Jim Eckman for their time and companionship they gave to Berny the past three years and to Linda and Ed Langness for their friendship and support.
Visitation was 3:30 until the 5:30 p.m. Memorial Service, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet with dinner following in the Fireside Room of the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Activity Fund-St. Raphael’s Rehab Center or to the Barnum Citizen Scholarship Foundation.
Berny’s cremains were interred at Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Silver Township, Kettle River, MN, (in the Erickson family plot) on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.
KENNETH F. THILL
Kenneth F. Thill, 69, of Cloquet died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005, at his home. He was born Nov. 27, 1935, in Cloquet to Henry and Marjorie (Meisner) Thill and was a life long resident. Ken graduated from Cloquet High School in 1953 and served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. He was united in marriage to Glenda Peterson in Moose Lake in 1961. He worked for the Potlatch Corp. in the stockroom and as a millwright with 44 years of employment. Ken was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church where is served in the Eucharistic Chapel. He was a great athlete who excelled in Golden Gloves boxing, baseball, football and gymnastics, despite being 5’6" and 130 lbs. Ken was a member of the Cloquet Country Club, coached baseball for several years including four championship teams; and he was a huge supporter of all Cloquet sports. He was always known around Cloquet for his familiar and distinctive whistle.
Ken was preceded in death by his first wife, Glenda; his parents; one brother, Thomas Thill, and one sister, Kathleen Kriske.
He is survived by his wife, Georgiana; three sons: Parnell (Blythe) Thill; Von (Kelly) Thill and Lon (Nicole) Thill, all of Cloquet; one daughter, Margie (Dean) Young of Little Falls, MN; two sisters: Virginia “Ginger” Koski and Faye (Delbert) Paarni, both of Cloquet; 10 grandchildren: Tyler, Hannah, Jesse Young, Aubrey, Nicholas, Simon, Evan, Ella, Manny, and Leo Thill; two step-children: Christine Rubado of McMinville, OR, and Jeff Johnson of Bend, OR; and two step-grandchildren: Grant and Drew Rubado.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept 2, 2005 until the 11 a.m. funeral mass in Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet with flag presentation by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care to assist them with arrangements. See online guest book at www.legacy.com.
Rev. ROBERT E. HANSEN
Reverend Robert E. Hansen, 79, of Moose Lake, went to be with the lord Thursday, September 1, 2005 in Mercy Hospital Moose Lake. He was born August 8, 1926, in Minneapolis to Robert and Florence (Girard) Hansen, Sr.
Robert was united in marriage to Marjorie 'Marge' Wiggins on May 5, 1945 in Minneapolis. He is a WWII Navy Veteran. Robert served as pastor for the Presbyterian Church of Rutledge as well as other churches in the area. Robert loved hunting, fishing and has a good sense of humor. He touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents.
Robert is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marge; 3 daughters, Kathy (Rich) Schneider, Jeannie (Paul) Jubie and Julie (Gene) Boggs; 2 sons, Bryan (Debby) Hansen and Brad Hansen; 1 sister, Bernice (Bob) Weiss; 10 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be Tuesday, September 6, from 1 until the 2:00 PM Memorial Service in Family Worship Church Assemblies of God, Hwy 61, Moose Lake with Pastor Hal Kamppi officiating. Inurnment will be in Nickerson Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.