William "Bill" R. Masters
William "Bill" R. Masters, 53, of Moose Lake, died Thursday, July 20, 2006, at his home. He was born July 25, 1952, in Minneapolis to William and Eva "Minnie" (Stenman) Masters. Bill grew up in Minneapolis and moved to the Moose Lake area in 1978. Bill was united in marriage to Sheryl Gay on August 17, 1991, in Moose Lake. Bill was a master mechanic and a great problem solver who loved a challenge and was very generous with his time and talents which he used to help many people. Bill was warm and caring, always ready with a joke and loved to play cribbage.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents.
Bill is survived by his loving wife, Sheryl Masters; 1 daughter, Kiara Masters; 1 grandson, John William Masters; 1 brother, John (Karen) Masters; 1 sister, Peggy Armour and her family; honorary brother, David Budge and his family; and a host of other family and friends.
A gathering of family and friends was Monday, July 24, 2006 from 12 noon until the 1 PM memorial service in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake. Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Walter H. "Pepper" Martin
Walter H. "Pepper" Martin, 92, of Cromwell, formerly of Wrenshall, died Thursday, July 20, 2006 in Villa Vista Nursing Home in Cromwell.
He was born February 6, 1914 in Hudson, Wisconsin, to Gustav and Emma (Thomas) Martin.
He married Lavina Goodman on July 156, 1938 in Wrenshall. Walter was an Army Veteran, serving his country during World War II. He worked as a section hand for the Northern pacific and Burlington Northern Railroads for 37, years, retiring in July of 1973.
Walter was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Otto and Louis Martin; and one sister, Margaret Rand.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lavina; daughters, Shirley (Douglas) Johnson of Grand Rapids and Marilyn (Randy) Gibbs of Tucson, Ariz.; sons, Richard (Darcy) Martin of Kingsport, Tenn, Eric (Linda) Martin of Amado, Ariz, and Michael (Carmen) Martin of Cromwell; two brothers, Richard (Eva) Martin and Oscar (Esther) Martin, both of Gainesville, MO; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be Friday, July 28, 2006 in the Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Inurnment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home in Cloquet.
Matthew William Kalash
Matthew William Kalash was born on Halloween of 1972 (October 31, 1972) at the old Windom Hospital on the east hill to Gary and Kathleen Kalash. Matthew was the joy of his family. Matt had a smile and personality that lit up the lives of everyone around him. At the age of five, he won the Gordy's Big Wheel Championship in Windom. Matt's love of racing continued throughout his life. He attended St. Pius School and Lourdes High School in Rochester, Minnesota and then graduated from Windom High School in 1991. He was active in football, wrestling, and baseball. After high school, he earned his certificate as a nurse's aid and worked with special needs patients for a year. Matt then attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and then attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Matthew and his dad were proud owner/operators of two Peterbilt refrigerated semi-tractors until 2000 when they sold them. In 2000, Matt and his father started Kal-Bor Underground, a horizontal drilling company installing underground fiber optic cable for cities and towns throughout the United States. Matt took over the company in 2002 and it continues successfully to this day.
On May 1, 2004, Matt was united in marriage to Tara Louise Knuth. They are the parents of Keaton, Savannah, and Priscilla. Matt, Tara and the children had recently moved into their dream home in Willow River, Minnesota. Matt was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He valued his loyal employees and friends who insured Kal-Bor's success. Matt always felt blessed by the goodwill of the people and companies he worked with. Matt had many enjoyments in life which included spending time with his family and friends, racing snowmobiles, jet skiing, collecting cars and singing karaoke.
On July 15, 2006, Matt was on his ATV near his home in Willow River, Minnesota and was involved in an accident that took his life at the age of 33.
Matt is survived by his wife, Tara Kalash of Willow River; his three children, Keaton, Savannah, and Priscilla; mother and step-father, Kathleen Hodges and her husband, LeRoy of Welcome; father and step-mom, Gary Kalash and his wife, Beth of Windom; sister and niece, Jessica Kalash and her daughter, Ashley of Windom; two brothers and one sister, Nicholas Hodges of Fairmont; Mercedes Hodges of Welcome; Alexander Hodges of Welcome; grandparents, Nora Kalash of Windom; Bernadette Walker of Chicago, IL; Paul and Gerry Maras of Windom; aunts and uncles, Richard and Katherine Hoffman of Windom; Jerry and Jenny Samples of Atlanta, Georgia; Robert Pace, Jr. and his wife, Jean of Sartell; Susan Benson and her husband, Charlie of Rochester; Laura McGregor and her husband, Duncan of Kansas City, MO; many cousins who loved Matt very much; and Scott Cowan and Dave Pace who were life long friends and like brothers to Matt.
Matt is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert Pace, Sr.; Willie Kalash, and Dolores Pace; aunts and uncles, Tensie and Arson Germain and Frank and Marge Kalash; and many more aunts and uncles to numerous to mention.
Funeral services were held on July 21, 2006.
Eugene "Gene" Earl Hanson
Eugene "Gene" Earl Hanson, 78, of Moose Lake, died Saturday, July 22, 2006, in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.
He was born April 5, 1928, in Benton City to John and Doris (Dam) Hanson.
Gene graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. Gene was a Navy Veteran of World War II. He was united in marriage to Hildegard Parduhn on April 8, 1950, in Hill City. Gene was a Corrections Officer and Special Schools Counselor for the State of Minnesota form 1951-1971. Gene owned and operated Sears Catalog Merchant Store in Moose Lake from 1971-1983. Gene was a past President and Vice president of the Water & Light Commission and past President of the Moose Lake Country Club. Gene was a member of the Moose Lake Volunteer Fire Department, the Moose Horn Road & Gun Club, the Pederson-Maunula American Legion Post #379 of Moose Lake and St. Peter's Lutheran Church of Moose Lake as well as a member of the church council.
Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing bird watching, feeding the deer, country western music and was a firearms collector.
Gene is preceded in death by his parents; two brother, George and Donald "Jim"; one nephew, Ronald.
Gene is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hildegard; one son, John (Katherine) Hanson of Eden Prairie; daughter, Ramona Hanson of Hopkins; sister-in-law, Lorriane (Donald) Hanson of Moose Lake; two grandchildren, Christine (Matt) Kelash of Richfield and Nicholas Hanson of Mankato; many nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service was held in St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2006. Graveside service will be Saturday, July 29 at 12 p.m. at Benton County Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
James "Chopper" Anick
James "Chopper" Anick, 56, a resident of Pelican Rapids, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006, in his sleep after a lengthy battle with leukemia.
Jim was born in Duluth on Oct. 22, 1949 to the late Steve and Ruth Anick, who resided in Hermantown.
He graduated from Hermantown High School in 1968. Jim was a resident of Pelican Rapids for the last 23 years where he worked, up until his death for the Department of Agriculture. Prior to working for the Department of Agriculture he worked for the State of MN as a grain inspector at the Duluth Harbor.
He is survived by a sister, Sandra (Lee) Isaacson of Nevada; three brothers, Leonard (Arlen) Anick of Hermantown, Roger Anick of Wisconsin, and Ronald (Lauris) Anick of Moose Lake; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Saturday, July 29, 2006 at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery, Hermantown.
William Joseph Tasky
William Joseph Tasky, 82, formerly of North 59th Ave. West., died Friday, July 21, 2006, in the Veteran's Home in Silver Bay.
He was born on November 24, 1923 to William Vincent and Katrina Tasky in Duluth. He was a 1943 graduate of Denfeld High School. William was a World War II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Columbia (CL56), which was in the battle of Leyte in the Philippine Islands. He married Marilyn Olsen in California in 1945 and she died in 1999. William worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company for 30 years, retiring in 1983. He was baptized at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, where he served as an alter boy. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church, served two terms as Governor of the West Duluth Moose 1478,. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his wife; three brothers, Frank Tasky, Steve and Clem Tasky; three sisters, Ida Lundgren, Katherine Nordstrom and Monica Johnson.
He is survived by a son, William R. (Bonita) of Duluth; a brother, Bernard (Patricia) Tasky of Moose Lake; four grandchildren, William I. (Joni) and Michelle T. (Kent) Rengo, both of Duluth, Michelle (Mark) Kelm of Brainerd and Monica (Bob) Erickson of Superior; six great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at St. James Catholic Church, with funeral services following. Burial in Oneota Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard.
WOODROW WILSON KRUEGER
Woodrow Wilson Krueger, 93, formerly of Moose Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2006, in Anoka Care Center. He was born March 13, 1913, in Duluth to Otto and Mathilda (Duernberger) Krueger. In 1919, Woodrow moved with his parents to Barnum and attended Central School. Woodrow moved to Duluth and worked at the steel plant during WWII. In 1943 he returned to Barnum where he worked at the Barnum School as a custodian as well as caretaker for the Barnum Park and Fairgrounds. He was later employed with Conwed for over 23 years. Woodrow was united in marriage to Dora Erickson on August 10, 1962 in Barnum. They lived in Barnum until moving to Moose Lake in 1975. He was a volunteer for the Barnum Fire Department and a member of the United Methodist Church of Barnum. Woodrow greatly enjoyed traveling with the Senior Band, playing guitar and singing.
Woodrow is preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Dora; his parents; 8 brothers and sisters; 2 step brothers; 1 step sister.
Woodrow is survived by 3 daughters, Gerry (Rex) Lawton of Fullerton, CA; Janet Spears (friend, Roy Winkelman) of St. Francis and Kathy (Neil) Boucher of Arvada, CO; step-son, Ron (Lois) Olson of Aitkin; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 9 step great grandchildren.
Visitation was Saturday, July 22, until the 5:30 PM service in Barnum United Methodist Church, Barnum. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Barnum. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Geraldine V. Erickson
Geraldine V. Erickson, 88, Willow River, formerly of Scandia, entered eternal rest on Thursday, August 10, 2006 in Willow River. She was born on June 29, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan to Bert and Sophia (Zello) Nelson. Geraldine grew up in St. Paul where she attended Central High School and later attended Globe Business School. She worked for Dr. Powell in St. Paul, Remington Rand Univac, and also a law firm in St. Paul. Geraldine was united in marriage to Lawrence Erickson on September 13, 1972 at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia. She retired from API in St. Paul in 1976 and continued to live in Scandia where she was a member of Elim Lutheran Church and its Women's Groups and also a member of Rock Arts in Scandia. Geraldine was a porcelain artist and was the president and founder of Invisible China Repair.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Sophia Nelson.
She will be lovingly remembered by her loving husband, Lawrence; daughter: Sue (Jim) Sloper of Willow River; 3 Grandchildren: Sharon Sloper of Chisago City; Mark Sloper of Stacy; and Dan (Amy) Sloper of Maplewood; 3 Step-Children: Gary Erickson of Ham Lake; Larry (Kara) Erickson of Isanti; and Janice (Robert) Nelson of Mayfield, MA.
A Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, August 15, 2006 at 11 AM in Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia. Inurnment was held in Elim Lutheran Cemetery, Scandia.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.