HELEN RUTH JENSEN
Helen Ruth Jensen, 92, Askov, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 26, 2005. Helen was born in Norman Township, the youngest of six children to Bohemian immigrant parents John and Anna (Reichart) Walta. At the age of nine, following the house fire, Helen and her family moved to a new house across the road in Kettle River Township where Helen continued to live until her death. Helen attended Willow River High School. On February 27, 1932, Helen married Clarence Elbert Jensen in Askov. Immediately following their bridal dinner, the newlyweds returned to the farm to milk the cows beginning their many years as dairy farmers. In February of 1940, Helen was recruited to serve on a volunteer committee to bring electricity to the rural area. Subsequently she became the first woman in Minnesota to serve on a rural electric cooperative board and the only woman to serve on the local board during its fifty year history. Having never had a vacation since their marriage, in the summer of 1951, Helen and Clarence sold their entire dairy herd and took their three children on a two month vacation, touring entire western United States. Upon returning home, they purchased a new herd of cattle and resumed farming until the mid 1960’s. Helen was an active member of Family Worship Church in Moose Lake, a charter and lifetime member of the Pine County Historical Society and recipient of their Red Lantern award.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence; daughter, Elaine Antilla Lawson; and two grandsons: Doug Antilla and Hal Jensen.
She is survived by a daughter, Gladys (Bob) Erickson of Elgin, Illinois; son, Don (Kathy) Jensen of Askov; 13 Grandchildren; 23 Great-Grandchildren; and 2 Great-Great-Grandchildren.
Services were held on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in Family Worship Church, Moose Lake. Pastor John Venzke and Pastor Hal Kamppi officiated. Jean Kamppi was the organist. Randy, Laura, and Becky Erickson sang and Susan Suits was the pianist. Bob K. Erickson provided a eulogy. A Scripture reading was read by Jeff Suits. Casket Bearers were Dan Antilla, Tim Erickson, Jens Erickson, Shaun Brady, Jessie Lenarz, and Aaron Lenarz. Honorary Bearers were Gail Antilla, Sheri Antilla, Julie Henderson, and Bridget Matson. Burial was in Sunnyside Cemetery, Willow River. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
MARY ANN SALO
Mary Ann Salo was born July 9, 1940 in Moose Lake, MN, hospital, and passed away unexpectedly in San Bernadino, CA, May 9, 2005. She was the daughter of Fannie and Bill Ronkainen of Kettle River, MN. Mary Ann attended Kettle River grade school and started high school in Moose Lake, MN. Her mother died a premature, untimely death at only 53 years of age in 1957. Fannie was postmaster in Kettle River for many years. Mary Ann and dad, Bill Ronkainen, trying to cope with the death of our mother, moved to California to initially live with her brother, Norm Ronkainen, wife Elsie, and children Greg, Nancy and Lori in Monrovia, CA. Mary Ann finished high school in California. We all had a rough time coping with the sudden loss of our mother. Subsequently, Donnie Salo, from Kettle River (her first love) moved to California and married Mary Ann. They had two wonderful daughters, Cindy (Al) Garcia, living in Colorado Springs, CO, and Julie (Raul) Lopez, living in Duarte, CA.
Mary Ann was very successful in business in the field of finance. She was retired, but kept in contact with her many friends, always. Mary Ann’s untimely death was caused by choking on a piece of meat in a restaurant, and nobody offered to help her. Manager called paramedics, but she had been without oxygen far too long, went into cardiac arrest and died four days later in the hospital. One of Mary Ann’s friends is an attorney and was outraged that this could happen. She is working on introducing a bill to the legislature to make it mandatory for all restaurants to have someone trained on all shifts with the knowledge of C.P.R. and to help a choking person.
Mary Ann’s service was held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Monrovia, CA, on May 13, 2005. She attended this church for many years. She was buried next to her beloved husband, Donnie, at Live Oak Cemetery in Monrovia, CA.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; Fannie and Bill Ronkainen and her husband, Donnie Salo.
She is survived by her 2 daughters: Cindy (Al) Garcia; Julie (Raul) Lopez; and brother, Norman (Elsie) Ronakainen.
Responses from family and friends have touched us all very deeply, and we thank all of you so much.
PEGGY ANN SCHULTZ
Peggy Ann Schultz, 70 of Carlton died Saturday, April 16, 2005 in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth after a courageous three year battle with cancer. She was born September 29, 1934 in Cloquet to Floyd and Evelyn (Haller) Jones. Peggy grew up in Atkinson and graduated from Barnum High School in 1952. On May 9, 1953 she married Robert Schultz. Peggy was the Deputy Court Administrator for the Carlton County Court System for 30 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Atkinson since 1962 until its closing in 1995. There she was a Sunday School superintendent and also served on the church council. Since 1995, she was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Mahtowa where she was very active in the LCW and the church council.
Peggy is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert V.; daughter, Barbara (Thomas) Johnson of Milwaukee, WI; son, Michael (Mary) Schultz of Red Wing; five grandchildren: Rebecca, Anthony and Andrew Schultz, and Aaron and Sarah Johnson.
Visitation was from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2005 in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. Visitation continued from 10 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, April 20, 2005 in Salem Lutheran Church in Mahtowa. Burial was in Atkinson Cemetery. To sign the guest book and offer an online tribute, see www.northlandfuneralhome.com
DOROTHY E. NELSON
Dorothy E. Nelson, loving mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away at home in Moose Lake on April 15, 2005. She was born on July 18, 1913 in Milwaukee, Wl to Herman and Elsie (Klumb) Reiter. Dorothy was united in marriage to Otto Peterson in 1935 and to Robert Nelson in 1964. Dorothy worked at the Moose Lake State Hospital as a Nurse Technician for 10 years until retiring and moving to Moose Lake in 1978. She was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Otto Peterson and Robert Nelson; 1 sister, Bernice Rothlisberger; 1 brother, Dexter Reiter.
Dorothy is survived by 1 daughter, Barbara (Martin, Jr.) Nergaard, of Minnetonka; 1 granddaughter, Lauren Nergaard and fiancé Chad Olsen, of Robbinsdale.
A gathering of family and friends was Wednesday, April 20, from 10 until the 11 AM Memorial Service in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake with Pastor Jan Mehlhoff officiating. Inurnment will be in Mount Salem Lutheran Cemetery, Mahtowa. She will be dearly and forever missed by her little family, circle of friends, and Miss Katsy.
WALDO “ARNIE” HORTON
Waldo Arnold “Arnie” Horton, 82, of Sturgeon Lake, MN passed away May 5, 2005 at his home with his wife and daughter at his side. He was born on May 7, 1922 in Alwood, MN. Arnie served in the US Air Force during WWII as an Aerial Engineer. He worked for Delta Airlines as an airline mechanic until his retirement in 1981, at the age of 56. After retirement Arnie loved to work on his farm, and traveled for many years with his wife, Irene. Arnie was a member of the American Legion Denham-Sturgeon Lake Post 361.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Horton and sister, Alma Wilcox.
Arnie is survived by his loving wife, Irene; daughters, Pam Talarico of Moose Lake, MN, Sherri Buck of AZ and Sandi Springhower of AZ; step-sons, Tom and Dick Miller of Wash.; sister-in-law, Betty Horton of Willow River, MN; uncle, Darwin Anderson of Blackduck, MN; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, May 26, 2005 at 176 Lakeshore Drive, Moose Lake, MN 55767. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 361.
Services entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota, 218-624-5200.
ARNOLD V. ANDERSON
Arnold V. Anderson, 87, of Sturgeon Lake, died Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at his home. He was born on September 18, 1917, in Sturgeon Lake to Theodore and Marie (Jacobson) Anderson, where he grew up on their farm. He graduated from Willow River High School and married Ellen Schjeldahl on October 11, 1941. Arnold was united in marriage to Ellen Schjeldahl on October 11, 1941, in Sturgeon Lake.
His early work experience included farming, labor, and carpentry, and he was also asked regularly to sing at local weddings and funerals. Arnold used his experience and outgoing personality to build a lifelong career in construction and general contracting, supervising projects and labor crews. Arnold and Ellen first made their home in Minneapolis, but soon moved to Superior, Wisconsin, where Arnold was a job foreman at Fraser Shipyards. After two job deferments, he was drafted into the Navy during World War II and served in the Pacific theater. His company was preparing to land in Japan when Truman’s decision to bomb Hiroshima averted further infantry casualties. Upon receipt of the news, his ship returned to California, and Arnold always claimed that President Truman had saved his life. After the war, he became a job superintendent specializing in grain elevator construction with Fegeles Power Service, Minneapolis, a job that took him and his family around the country and Canada for the next 32 years until his retirement in 1983. Arnold then enjoyed a long retirement during which he cared for his Island Lake home and maintained another forty acres of adjacent wooded land. He deeply enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing, and attending church and Bible study at Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronald; son-in-law, Roger Layon; 2 sisters, Edna and Irene; 1 brother, Rudy.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen, of Sturgeon Lake; 3 daughters: Sharon (Neil Nelson, friend) Layon of Duluth; Donna (Ed) Dahlberg of Boise, ID; Julie (Paul) Nerothin of Marine on St. Croix; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; 1 brother, Clarence of Denver, CO; and 1 brother-in-law, Ralph (Grace) Schjeldahl of Sturgeon Lake.
Due to the construction at Hope Lutheran Church, visitation was Saturday, May 7, 2005, from 10 until the 11 AM service in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Interment was in Blomskog Cemetery, Windemere Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Hope Lutheran Church Building Fund. Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
JANET “JIGGS” CLARICE SCHLAFER
Janet “Jiggs” Clarice Schlafer, age 76 of Silver Bay, MN, passed away on May 7, 2005 in St. Luke’s Hospital from heart failure. She was born in Blackhoof Twp., MN, on December 30, 1928 to David and Winifred (Lemler) Rogers. Janet was a member of the Silver Bay VFW Auxiliary. She loved oil painting and was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Orville; daughter, Charlene; her parents; sisters: Marguerite, Wanda, Katherine, and a brother, Charles.
She is survived by her children: Sandy (Mark) Buckley of Silver Bay; Larry (Linda) of Moose Lake; Wendy (Jeff) Muermann of Two Harbors; a son-in-law, Paul Lundberg of Cloquet; grandsons: Shane, Scott, Chris, Sean, Jason, Nicholas, Ian and Andrew; great-grandchildren: Karli, Tyler, Gabriel, Quinton, Triston, Austin and Landon; sisters: Juanita Tuholski of Washougal, WA; Gladys Nelson of Duluth; Myrtle LaPine of Hoyt Lakes, and Phyllis Skoglund of Cotton; brother, Richard (Edna) Rogers of Silver Bay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. Thursday May 12, 2005 until the 11 noon Funeral Service in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 602 4th Avenue, Silver Bay, MN. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow the service in the church reception hall. A private family interment will be in Sandy Lake Cemetery, Blackhoof Twp. Arrangements with Handevidt Funeral and Cremation Service, Cloquet, 218-879-4636.
DAVID LAURITZ STREET
David Lauritz Street was born on November 29, 1937. He entered into rest on May 3, 2005. David is the son of Tracy and Melva Street and is survived by his sister Beverly, loving wife Barbara; and children Laurie, Lynn, Jane and Todd.
He grew up on the farm in Sturgeon Lake and his final resting spot is in Arizona, the golf state where he enjoyed many rounds of golf in the sunshine. David worked at Honeywell for over 30 years and then dabbled in real estate after retiring.
He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
The Memorial Service is Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 3:30 PM, Cathedral Christian Center, 16635 N. 51st Ave., Glendale, AZ 85306.
In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in his memory to: American Cancer Society, Arizona Division, Inc. 2929 E. Thomas Rd., PO Box 5377, Phoenix, AZ 85010-5377.