EDNA LOUISE ERICKSON THOMPSON
EDNA LOUISE ERICKSON THOMPSON, died Sunday, Sept. 19, 1999, surrounded by her loved ones in Hudson, Wis.
Edna was born Oct. 29, 1914, in Proctor to Edward and Katherine Erickson. Edna graduated from Denfeld High School in 1932. In 1928, she met the love of her life, Manton Thompson of Barnum. They were married Sept. 7, 1935, in Minneapolis, and they continued their love affair for 58 years. They made their homes in Lawler, Minn., and Park Point in Duluth before settling in Barnum in 1950, where they ran Thompson Motor Service. She worked at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake until her retirement in 1982.
Edna was an active woman, always on the go. She wintered at Trophy Gardens in Alamo, Texas, for the last 17 years. She was a member of Moose Lake Country Club, Cloquet Duplicate Bridge League and Barnum Methodist Church. Edna loved to travel and was fearless in facing life's challenges. She loved to laugh, had just learned to tat lace and was very independent. She was an excellent mother, and her earthly presence will be greatly missed by everyone.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sister, Lucille Isaacson.
She was mother to Judy (Ron) Weegman, John (Sharon) and Valerie (Terry) O'Rourke; grandmother to Randi, Ryan and Reid Weegman, Chad and Jay Thompson and Matthew and Elizabeth O'Rourke; great-grandmother to Travis and Manton Minnick, Ronni and Rachel Welhaven, and Alex, Zachary and Nicholas Thompson; and auntie to Barbara East.
Memorial service was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22 in Barnum Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to Barnum Methodist Church and J.M.U. Thompson Scholarship Fund for Barnum High School.
ARLINE G. MANS
ARLINE G. MANS, 68, died Thursday, March 30. Funeral services were held on Monday, April 3, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Hinckley. Reverend Doug Larson officiat-ing. Visitation was Sunday, April 2, 2000 from 6-8 pm at Tatting-Methven Funeral Home in Hinckley and one hour prior to services at the church. Music for the service was provided by organist Pat Anderson, soloist Diane Ausmus and the con-gregation. The 10 grandchildren served as pallbearers. Burial was at St. John’s Cemetery in Kroschel, Minnesota.
Arline Gertrude Koepp was born on July 16, 1931 to Martha and Henry Koepp in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The youngest of five children, and already a fighter, she weighed only three pounds at birth, small enough to fit in a shoebox.
Arline’s mother died when she was two years old. She had no real memories of her mother. Olga Rabe, a close and caring neighbor, helped raise her.
Arline was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kroschel, Minnesota. She graduated with high honors from Mora High School. She married Almer Mans on May 1, 1954 in a spring snowstorm. They moved to a farm west of Hinckley and finally to the Mans homestead farm where they raised their four children, Wayne, Renee, Janet and Jerry.
You’re ‘dog gone right’ Arline was a hard worker. She enjoyed gardening, old time music, polka, and embroidery, and though being a mother, a farm wife and a homemaker kept her busy, church came first on Sunday mornings.
Most of all Arline treasured her family. She loved family get togethers. Birthdays, anniver-saries and holidays were always filled with family, friends and laughter. Always willing to brag about her grandchildren, Arline clipped newspapers and dis-played photos proudly. She was very close to her sister Eleanor.
Arline suffered her first stroke in the fall of 1988. She worked hard to recover well enough to drive a car, care for her home, and keep up with correspondences - Arline was a notorious pen pal.
On March 19, 2000 Arline suffered another severe stroke, leaving her unable to swallow or communicate.
On March 23, 2000, after being transferred from Mora hospital to Abbott Northwestern, the family found her living will which stated she did not wish to be hooked up to any tubes or machines and Arline was brought home to her daughter Janet’s house in Pine City.
Arline worked very hard to get her living will in order, it was both a relief and a comfort to her children and grandchildren reading the words she wrote:
“I am not afraid of death, I want to meet my savior and meet my mother for the first time.”
The last week of her life she spent peacefully, surrounded by her family and friends, reading stories and looking through old photo albums. Polka music played softly in the background. Always the caring mother, she let us know that she loved us even though she could not speak. It was a special time, bringing the family together. Both she and the family would like to thank everyone who sent their prayers, well wishes, visits, flowers and food. Making this difficult time very special.
Arline was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Martha Koepp, her sister, LaVerna and her brother, Elmer.
She is survived by her husband, Almer. Her son, Wayne and wife Julie of Hinckley, their children: Jennifer, Jill, Jake, Ashley and Annie. Daughter, Renee, and fiance, Nicholas Wouri of Moose Lake, children: Abby, Nick and Eric. Daughter, Janet, and husband, Gary Hawkinson of Pine City, their children: Jared and Tyler. Son, Jerry Mans, of St. Paul. Also survived by her brother, Milton, and wife, Clara Koepp, and sister, Eleanor Koepp. And many nieces, nephews and cousins.
PAUL HENRY JOHNSON
Paul Henry Johnson, 62, of Wright, died Sunday, May 22, 2005, in Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. He was born on February 9, 1943, in St. Paul. Paul moved to Wright with his parents, Henry and Edna (Hagglund) Johnson and sister, Patricia on March 15, 1947. Paul grew up farming with his father and neighbors, Bill Albright and Herb Anderson. It was in High School where Paul discovered his passion for auto bodywork. Paul was employed with Cromwell Peat Plant as well as Wood Conversion of Cloquet before opening Paul’s Sales of Wright and Cromwell which he operated for 43 years. Paul was a volunteer for the Wright Fire Department for many years, as well as the Beseman Township Board, and was involved in “Wrong Days in Wright”. Paul especially enjoyed helping out friends and neighbors.
Paul is preceded in death by his parents.
Paul is survived by 1 sister, Patricia (Edwin) Lund of Kettle River; 2 nieces: Marie (George) Swanson and their 3 children, Ben, Elizabeth and Lauren; and Trina (Jon) Lower and their 2 children, Cole and Spencer; 1 nephew, Jon Lund; and his faithful German Shepherd, Bernie.
Visitation was Friday, May 27, from 6-8 PM in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and Saturday, May 28, from 10 until the 11 AM service in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Wright. lnterment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Wright. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Lawrence DeRungs, 81, of Willow River, died Tuesday, May 24, 2005, in St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth. He was born November 14, 1923 in Kettle River Township to Joseph and Rose (Zappl) DeRungs. Lawrence was united in marriage to Mary Ann Anderson on October 15, 1949 in Willow River. Lawrence is a Navy Veteran, serving in WWll. He enjoyed farming, cattle, hunting, carpentry and especially spending time with family and friends.
Lawrence is preceded in death by his parents; 2 sons: Danny and Chuckie; 2 granddaughters: Liza and Amie; 2 brothers: Clarence and John.
Lawrence is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ann DeRungs of Willow River; 3 daughters: Sharon Mikrot of Willow River, Mary Rose Mikrot of Willow River, and Sandy (Kevin) Mikrot of Sturgeon Lake; 5 sons: Bill DeRungs of Willow River, Larry DeRungs of Willow River, Nick DeRungs of Rutledge, Terry (Chris) DeRungs of Blaine and Tim DeRungs of Willow River; 2 sisters: Mary (Maurice) Bennett and Barla Rudabek; 2 brothers: Tony (Delores) DeRungs and Leo (Agie) DeRungs; 29 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was on Sunday, May 29, from 5-7 PM in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and Monday, May 30 from 12 until the 1 PM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Finlayson with Father Timothy Deutsch as the Celebrant. Inurnment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Rutledge. Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
JOYCE (HALVERSON) STAAB
A Memorial Mass will be held for Joyce (Halverson) Staab, 74, on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Graveside Services will follow at the Beaver Cemetery, Highway 27, Beaver Township.
Joyce resided with her husband, Paul, in Thornton, Colorado, where she passed away on March 14, 2005. They have spent the past several summers at their home on Highway 27 in Split Rock Township.
THOMAS JOSEPH PAULL
Thomas Joseph Paull, 60, of Duluth, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2005 in St. Luke’s Hospital after a long and courageous battle. A beloved father, brother, grandfather and friend, Tom was born in Eveleth, MN, on April 26, 1945 to Thomas P. and Josephine Paull. During his working years, Tom had many occupations, including noodle shoveler, relief postman, galley chef on the Cason J. Callaway, grocery clerk, sewage worker, sausage wiper, window grinder, teacher’s aide, Big & Tall Men’s fashion mogul, firearms dealer, “The Big Man in Small Cars” at Toyota of Duluth, and as a public adjuster for Gamst and Associates. His greatest venture was to begin his own business 20 years ago, founding Public Adjusting Services. His compassion in dealing with people in times of crisis was a true reflection of his integrity. Tom retired in the mid-1990s, turning the business over to his son, Thomas H. Paull. Although he was physically challenged for many years, Tom enjoyed cooking, the outdoors, nature, wildlife, antiques, and travel. Most of all, he cherished time with his family and friends. He had a unique knack of turning clients and acquaintances into close friends, and close friends into family.
Tom’s true love, Karen, preceded him in death in January of 2004.
He is survived by his children: Thomas H. (Amanda) Paull of Moose Lake ; Dawn Kephart of Duluth, and Jerrod Jackson of New York City; sisters: Bobbie Paull and Jo Ann Paull of Duluth; and grandchildren: Zachary and Jessica Paull, Caryn and Kyrie Kephart, and Jordan and Kennedy Davis.
Tom was one in a million. He touched many lives with his compassion, humor, strength and courage. His love and kindness extended to hundreds, and he will be sorely missed.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE was at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2005 in the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave., Duluth.
CW4 LOUREY, MATTHEW SCOTT
CW4 Matthew Scott Lourey died May 26, 2005 in Baqouba, Iraq in service to his country. Matt was serving his second combat tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was committed to serving his country as an Army aviator. From the time he was a boy, Matt wanted to serve in the military and fulfilled this dream with 21+ years of honorable service. He was a decorated Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot. He was assigned to C Troop, 1st 17th Cavalry in the 82nd Airborne. He was admired and beloved by those he flew with and the soldiers they supported.
Matt was born July 28, 1964 in Laurel, Maryland. He grew up in Kerrick, Minnesota and graduated from Askov High School in 1982.
Matt was preceded in death by his brothers, Jay and Fernando, and his grandparents, Forrest Lourey of Kerrick, and Everett and Alice Savage of Little Falls.Matt is survived by his beloved wife, CPT Lisa Sue Lourey, whom he married May 11, 2002 and recently built a home with in Lorton, Virginia.
Matt is also survived by his loving parents, Eugene D. Lourey and Senator Becky (Savage) Lourey of Kerrick. He is survived by nine siblings: Tim and his wife Lori Trifilette of Oliver, Wisconsin; Tony and his wife Marlana Benzie-Lourey of Kerrick; Leah Gerard and her husband Ken of Sturgeon Lake; Kristin Verville and her husband Scott of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Kim Bohnsack and her husband Dan of Burnsville; Ben of Oakland, California; Heidi of Kerrick; Maria Lourey-Bowen and her husband Joe of Kerrick; and Nick of Askov.
Matt will be lovingly remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as countless friends and colleagues. His wit, indomitable spirit, and selfless courage will serve as an inspiration to all who were blessed to know him.
A public memorial service will be held for Matt on Friday, June 3, 2005 at 1:30 p.m. at the new East Central High School in Askov, Minnesota, located one-quarter mile east of Highway 1-35 exit 195.
Matt will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.