CLARENCE A. CARLSON
Clarence A. Carlson, 92, of Sturgeon Lake, died Thursday, December 29, 2005 in Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. He was born on January 25, 1913 in St. Paul to Albert and Elin (Carlson) Carlson. Clarence was an Army Veteran, serving in WWII. Clarence was united in marriage to Ethel M. Anderson on August 23, 1938, in Pine City. He owned and operated Moose Lake Carpet Center for 32 years as well as automotive sales, supplies and insurance. Clarence was involved in the 1st Minnesota Governor's Coordinating Council on Alcoholism and was instrumental in the Minnesota treatment model used today. He was a member of United Methodist Church of Moose Lake as well as V.F.W. Post #1173 of Moose Lake. Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, Paul, Melvin, Einar and Chester.
Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Ethel of Moose Lake; 2 sisters-in-law, Viola Carlson of St. Paul and Inez Anderson of Barnum; numerous nieces and nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday, June 24, 2006 from 10:30 A.M. until the 11:30 A.M. Memorial Service in United Methodist Church of Moose Lake with Pastor Pamela Barbour officiating. Inurnment will be in Blomskog Cemetery, Windemere Township. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Kent A. Anderson
Kent A. Anderson, 71, Moose Lake, died Monday, August 7, 2006 at his home with his family by his side. He was born on November 24, 1934 in Duluth to Arthur and Evelyn (Johnson) Anderson. Kent grew up in Duluth and attended both Lincoln and Denfeld Schools. He was a Veteran of the United States Army. Kent worked at Denfeld East End Cleaners for over 20 years and also owned Anderson Amusements for over 21 years in Duluth. On April 20, 1974, Kent married Elizabeth DeRosier in Duluth. They lived in Duluth before moving to Windemere Township in 1981 and later moved to Moose Lake Township. Kent worked at Moose Lake Federal Credit Union as maintenance. He was a member of Oak Lake Lutheran Church, Hansen-Anderson American Legion Post #361 of Sturgeon Lake/Denham, Moose Lodge #1302 of Proctor, Masonic Lodge of Moose Lake, and was a former member of the Scottish Rites and AAD Shrine Temple.
Kent was preceded in death by his parents.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 32 years, Betty; son: Donald K. Anderson of Brea, California; step-daughter: Barbara (Gary) Johnson of Ramsey; 3 Grandchildren: Nicole Anderson, Tara McDevitt, and Ryan (Amber) Johnson, and a soon to be expected Great Granddaughter: Emma Johnson.
Visitation was Thursday, August 10, 2006 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Funeral services were held on Friday, August 11, 2006 at 11 AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Pastor Nathan Anderson officiated. Music was provided by Regi Garvey and Mary Beth Telker. Casket Bearers were Ray Graftaas, Nathan Graftaas, Scott Cisar, Bill DeRosier, Ray Arnold, and Darel Morrisey. Military Honors were provided by the Hansen-Anderson American Legion Post #361 of Sturgeon Lake/Denham. Burial was held in Park Hill Cemetery, Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Oak Lake Lutheran Church in Kerrick Township.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Oral W. Fisher
Homer, NE: Oral Wilford Fisher, 85, passed away at his home in rural Homer, Nebraska Saturday, August 12, 2006 with his family by his side.
Services will be 1 P.M. Tuesday at Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City with the Rev. Charles Horkey officiating. Graveside services will be 2 P.M. Wednesday, August 16, 2006 in Riverview Cemetery, Chamberlain, South Dakota. Visitation at Becker - Hunt Funeral Home will be from 2 to 8 P.M. Monday with a prayer service at 7 P.M.
Oral was born March 1, 1921, in Gregory County, South Dakota the son of Charles S. "Charlie" and Eva Etta "Babe" Sinclair Fisher. He spent his youth on the Missouri River Bottoms at Ft. Randall and moved to rural Gann Valley in 1933. The family eventually settled in Chamberlain where he graduated from CHS in 1939.
He married Leone I. Hoffer February 26, 1944, at the Lutheran Parsonage in Reliance, S.D. For the next fifty years , they made their home in Chamberlain where in the later years they worked together as a team serving the children of St. Joseph's Indian School as House Parents. Oral is fondly remembered as "Papa Smurf" to the many children whose lives he touched.
He was a member of Chamberlain Zion Lutheran Church where he served many years a President and Treasurer. He was recently a member of the Hope Lutheran Church in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
He owned Fisher Brothers Construction and built residential, commercial and custom housing throughout the Chamberlain area for over 30 years. He was also a Construction Superintendent for the Lower Brule Housing Authority and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later formed a partnership with his brother-in-law Bob Hoffer.
In 1992, he built a country home near Homer, Nebraska where he spent winters living next to his daughter's family and summers in Moose Lake, Minnesota with his son's family.
He loved the outdoors, tracking the weather, bird watching, and fishing and sharing his many latch hooks with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Leone, daughter Joanne and her husband Inloe Jennings of Homer, and son, Gary Fisher and wife Karen McKenna of Moose Lake, Minnesota, five grandsons: Austin, Clay and Nate Fisher, Ray and Wade Jennings, three great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sister, three infant siblings, and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Austin, Clayton and Nate Fisher, Wade Jennings, Mervin Peterson and Jim Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrel Fisher, Ron Peters, Dennis Bloch, Jim Pierce and Emmett McGhee.
Memorial in his name may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland, 4300 Hamilton Blvd, Sioux City, IA 51101
Larry Purcell, 81, of Wright died Wednesday, August 9, 2006 in his home.
He was born Sept. 15, 1924 in Minneapolis to Stephen and Ruth (McCabe) Purcell.
He graduated from Washburn High School in 1943. He was a World War II Army veteran, receiving a purple heart for injuries sustained a the Battle of the Bulge. Larry married Mary Jean Rouse Noble on Dec. 27, 1947 in St. Cloud. Larry worked as a dispatcher for Oscar Roberts Concrete Products in Edina and Osseo and for Johnson Bigler Concrete Products in Shakopee. He moved to Wright where he was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the Wright Senior Citizens, and the Lakeside Club. Larry was the outstanding Senior Citizen of Carlton County in 1998. He enjoyed watching wild life and he loved his dogs.
Larry was preceded in death by two sisters; four brother; and one grand daughter, Caitlyn Walli-Purcell.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary jean; sons, Daniel (Dianne) of Helena, Montana and larry (Dolly) of Minneapolis; daughters, Susan Purcell of Hopkins, Margaret Purcell, Sally (Marvin) Dahl, and Shirly Kobold all of University Place, Washington, Mary Alive Purcell of Bloomington and Nancy Purcell of Cromwell; 14 grandchildren and another due in August; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 until 4 p.m. before a Memorial Service, Saturday, August 19, 2006 in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Military Honors will be accorded by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard. Inurnment will be at the Wright Public Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.
Catherine Marlene Stokke
Catherine Marlene Stokke, 56, of Moose Lake, passed away August 8, 2006.
She was born on July 27, 1950 to Ralph A. Williams and Marion Pearl Stegeman Williams in Moose Lake Hospital.
She was married to James Julian Stokke Sr., Sept. 1982 in South Dakota.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Ralph and Marion Williams; brother, Darcy Williams.
She is survived by her husband, James J. Stokke, Sr.; son, James J. Stokke, Jr.; daughter, Crystal Raquel Stokke; brother, Russell Williams of North Branch; sister-in-law, Faye Williams of Sandstone; Eliane Williams of Sandstone; sisters, Delores Behrman of Sturgeon Lake, Sally Behrman of Finlayson; grandchildren, Abigal Georgia Perry and Jason Lee Perry; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held on August 12, 2006 in Faith Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Lake.
Mary Jane "Janie"Wenberg
Mary Jane "Janie" Wenberg, 74, Moose Lake, entered eternal rest on Monday, August 7, 2006 in St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth. She was born on May 7, 1932 to Sixten and Mary Jane (Svoboda) Westerham in Cloquet where she grew up and attended school. On May 2, 1953, Mary married Ted Wenberg in Cloquet. They lived in Cloquet until 1969 when they moved to Moose Lake. She was a homemaker through the years and also worked at Moose Lake Regional Treatment Center for over 14 years. Mary was a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake. She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished her family, friends, and home. She was the heart of her family.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Ted in 2003; a daughter: Lisa Wenberg in 1965; and her parents: Sixten and Mary Jane Westerham.
She will be lovingly remembered by her 7 children: David and special friend Jill of Hermantown; Linda (Paul) Nye of Walker; Krista (Tom) Hoffman of Buffalo; Dawn (Greg) Ramberg of Baxter; Vickie (Parry) Prescott of Phoenix, AZ; Mary Beth (Terry) Langlie of Tulare, California; and Dan (Sheena) of North Beach, Maryland; 14 Grandchildren: Taylor, Jessica, Quinn, Logan, Thea, Alyssa, Madison, Tedi, Katie, Abbie, Jordan, McKenzie, Chandler, and Cal; three brothers: Donald (Joyce) Westerham of Cloquet; Eugene (Pat) Westerham of Tucson, AZ; and Marinus (Marge) Westerham of Woodbury.
A Memorial Service Was held on Friday, August 11, 2006 at 1:00 PM in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. Pastor Jan Foss officiated. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Malcolm "Mac" H. Kirk
Malcolm "Mac" H. Kirk passed away, peacefully, surrounded by his family, Friday, June 23, 2006 at Mercy Hospital and Health Care Center in Moose Lake. Mac was born to Arthur and Laura (Haggart) Kirk in St. Paul on January 1, 1924. He resided in Williston, ND until 1936, when he moved to Barnum, which was at the time of his father"s death. Mac attended school in Barnum and also a trade school in Duluth. On June 12, 1943, he was inducted into the newly formed Construction Battalion of the U.S. Navy and was discharged on March 3, 1946. He spent most of his time on Guadalcanal, living with three others in a tent. This formed a very true friendship with them. They would later have over 30 Sea Bee annual reunions. Mac hosted two, one in Duluth, and one in Mpls. He returned to Moose Lake and on February 15, 1947, was united in marriage to Marie Mohelski in Moose Lake. Mac worked at the State Hospital as well as a mechanic. He later owned a garage and also a construction company. He served as a sexton at the local cemetery for 20 years. He was fire chief of the Moose Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He also helped start the local ambulance service and relief association. Mac earned the state and federal certificate for Red Cross instructors, which he used in many classes. He and his wife spent 33 years wintering vacations in the south. In the summer, they camped and fished with their family as well as with four other couples.
Mac was preceded in death by his parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Isabel and Stanley Block, and one half sister, Cleo. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie; three children, John Kirk of Bemidji, Jacquelynn Kirk of Moose Lake, and Jeffrey Kirk of Moose Lake; nine grandchildren, Trudy Kirk, Trisha (Ryan) Saulsbury, and Terrence Kirk, Christopher Kirk, Jason (Sylina) Kirk, Matthew Kirk, Tiffany (Gregory) Ziemer, Camerin Kirk, Garret Kirk; six great-grandchildren, Kylee Kirk, Byron Kirk, Cobe Kirk, Zach Kirk, Zeke Ziemer, and Jack Saulsbury; three brothers, Arthur (Norma) Kirk of Moose Lake, David (Lorna) Kirk of Seattle, WA, and Paul (Norma) Kirk of Portland, OR; one brother-in-law, John Mohelski of Vadnais Heights, MN; numerous nieces and nephews, and his dog, Brandy.
Visitation was Tuesday, June 27, 2006 from 12:00 noon until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake. Interment services followed at Sunset Cemetery with full military honors. The family has selected Nelson Funeral Care to assist them with arrangements.