Arthur William Laubach
1915 - 2003
Arthur William Laubach, 87, of Wrenshall, MN died Monday, March 17, 2003, at Community Memorial Hospital-Convalescent Care, Cloquet.
He was born June 23, 1915 in Thief River Falls, MN to Stephen and Rose (Winter) Laubach. Art attended school in the Cromwell School district. Arthur married Genevieve Rice on May 26,1947, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Carlton. He was active in raising dairy and beef cattle, and farming for many years. Art was employed part-time for Wrenshall School District as a janitor, and drove bus for special needs children of the Wrenshall School District for many years. Art also was employed by Northern Pacific Railroad, working at the roundhouse in Carlton, and he was a contractor for the Minnesota State Highway Department for 29 years.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Rose Laubach; a son, Raymond; a daughter, Shirley; a brother, Ervin; sister, Dorothy; one nephew, Alex Laveau, Jr., and one great nephew, Tyler Laveau.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Genevieve; a son, Stephen (Lynnda) of Oakdale, MN; a daughter, Sandra (Robert Heid) Laubach of Seabrook, TX; four grandchildren, Matthew, Stephenie, Krista (Martin), and Bradley; two sisters, Ramona Laveau, of Wrenshall, MN and Margaret Traverse, of La Belle, FL; and a brother, Edwin Laubach, of Wrenshall, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation was Thursday, March 20, 2003, 5 -7:30 p.m. at Nelson Funeral Care, Cloquet, with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continued Friday, March 21, 2003 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Francis Catholic Church, Carlton, MN, with Rev. Fr. David Forsman officiating. Music was provided by Cheryl Kramer. Pallbearers were Matthew Laubach, Stephenie Laubach, Krista Rodriguez, Bradley LeBlanc, Marjorie Browning, and Martin Rodriguez. Interment will take place in the spring, 2003, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Carlton. Arrangements were with Nelson Funeral Care.
Memorial services for Eli Bottila, 83, of Moose Lake were held on Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake. Reverend Frank Farrand officiated. A private family inurnment will be held in Salo Twp. Cemetery.
Eli Emil Bottila was born on May 29, 1919 in Minneapolis to Matt and Hilda (Dixon) Bottila. He grew up and attended school in Rice River Twp. Eli worked in the CC Camps near Blackduck. He later moved to East Gary, IN. Eli was an Army Veteran of WWII. On November 23, 1946, Eli married Anne Thompson in Aitkin. They lived in the Lawler area, where Eli worked as a bus driver and custodian for the McGregor and Hoyt Lakes Schools. In 1980, they moved to Cloquet, where they managed Larson Commons until 1986, when they moved to Moose Lake and lived at Hillside Manor East. Eli also was the caretaker for the Boy Scout Camp in Hinckley. He was life member of the Carlton County VFW and DAV. Eli died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Eino, Jack, Edward, and Eugene; and five sisters: Daisy Elo, Mae Morton, Jennie Riley, Lillian Lovering, and Dorothy Hietalati.
Eli will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Anne; a son, Duane (Judy) of Brooklyn Park; three grandchildren: Dawn (Tom) Gorche of Champlin; Matthew Bottila of Minneapolis; and Melissa Bottila of Anoka; and a great granddaughter, Kalie.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Martha Pouti, 87, of McGregor, died Monday, March 17, 2003 at Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. She was born June 12, 1915 in Rice River Township, Aitkin County to William and Heili (Mulumaki) Lounas. She attended Green Valley School in Rice River Township. On November 1, 1935, Martha was united in marriage to Charles B. Pouti in Golden Valley. She was a member of the McGregor VFW Auxiliary, Rice River Senior Citizens and enjoyed writing articles for the Arrowhead Leader and the Star Gazette newspapers.
Martha is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Jon (Beverly) and James (Shirley) all of McGregor. Seven grandchildren: Jon C. Gary, Eugene and Steven Pouti, Diane Nyberg, Carmen Bock, and Julie Dike. Nine great grandsons, 3 great granddaughters, and 1 great grandson. Three sisters: Julia Yetzer of McGregor, Vivian Swedberg of McGregor, Marlene Berglin of Fridley, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, on June 15, 1991; one brother, Alfred; two sisters: Hazel Isaacs and Ailie Lake, and her parents William and Heili (Mulumaki) Lounas.
Visitation was one hour prior to the 1:00 p.m. Saturday funeral service in Holy Family Catholic Church, McGregor. Reverend Frank Farrand officiated. Burial was in the Rice River Cemetery. Arrangements were by McGregor Funeral Home, McGregor.
What I Learned from Martha Pouti
By Patricia Norquist Alexander, Camarillo, CA
My dear sweet friend, Martha Pouti, died March 17th from complications of pneumonia. It was a blessing, of course, but not because she was 87 years old. She was just starting to battle a painful form of cancer, a fight the doctors said she would have been destined to lose.
And Martha didn't lose battles easily. This admirable lady had such a strong will to live that throughout her life she fought - and won - her own war against cancer six times. Although she was philosophical about the indignities of aging and illness, it would never even occur to her to give up. She was nothing short of amazing.
Ours was a unique friendship. We met in 1993 shortly after my family and I moved to a charming little house on a dirt road in McGregor, right around the corner from Martha. We became friends instantly. Although I called Martha my "Minnesota Mom," and she thought of me as a late life daughter, the truth is we were just two women who were friends, who happened to have, well, a bit of an age difference. What's 37 years between friends?
Oddly, we felt an instant ease with each other that made no particular sense at all. She was a Finnish widow from Minnesota with two grown sons and a parcel of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and I was an uprooted Southern California journalist with a husband and one teenage boy. What bridged all these barriers was the simple fact that we admired each other's spirits - and we made each other laugh.
We had wonderful adventures together. Martha, who didn't drive but kept a car for others to take her on necessary outings, was always mindful not to be a burden to her loving family. So about once a month, she would ask me to drive her car and take her to a medical appointment. Soon I learned these outings included a meal she insisted on paying for, a little stop at Ben Franklin's for "a this and a that" and a social call with the delightful and required "coffee and a little something."
As we would drive through the back roads of McGregor and Moose Lake, Martha would regale me with detailed stories of who lived in all the houses - and who lived there before them. I felt quite lucky, especially as a newcomer, to have my very own tour guide/historian. We also enjoyed comparing our childhoods, our schooling, and the challenges of marriage and family
One special memory I have is when I took her to Crosby for a new pair of glasses and she told me, rather wistfully, that she had lived in Crosby with her husband Charlie when she was just a young wife. She wondered if the house they'd lived in was still there. Knowing Martha, and beginning to understand about the Finlander's natural reticence to ask for favors, I was happy to suggest we drive around and look for the house.
Not only did we find it, we made so bold as to knock on the door. And a wonderful thing happened...the lady who lived there turned out to be an old friend of Martha's! Naturally, we were invited in for "coffee and a little something," and Martha got a nostalgic look-around, for old time's sake.
I don't know why I was surprised Martha knew this lady - she knew everyone. Teasingly, I used to call her "the Queen of Rice River," because her phone rang all the time, and she received constant visits from family and friends. And, of course, her police scanner kept her up on anything exciting worth talking about tomorrow.
Whenever Martha had a medical emergency, it saddened her to leave her little house. She liked to keep her independence, such as it was, even if it was dependent on an intricate network of people helping her. That was the strength of her convictions and spirit - to continue on, to get back to her life.
Remarkably, although she had trouble walking, seeing and hearing, she hand wrote her Rice River column for two Moose Lake newspapers through every hospitalization and right through her last convalescence. When I spoke to her a few weeks ago from California, where I've lived for the last five years, she asked if I was still getting the Star Gazette and reading her column. When I said I didn't get the paper, she said she'd get me a subscription - and the week before she died, she did just that.
My unusual friendship with Martha helped me understand a community, a culture and a generation that wasn't my own. And a woman named Martha Pouti. She was a blessing in my life and an inspiration. I hope to face the inevitability of increasing age with Martha's own special recipe: indomitable will, flavored with grace and peppered with humor.
I know I will not be alone in missing her sorely.
(Patricia Norquist Alexander is a journalist, who had a column in the Aitkin Age from 1994-1997.)
Lloyd J. Andree
Lloyd J. Andree, 84, of Duluth, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, in his residence.
He was born December 29, 1918, in Duluth to William and Julia (Kolodziej) Andree. He was a graduate of Central High School. From 1941 to 1945 he served in the Army, stationed in France and Germany. He worked at U.S. Steel in the engineering department for 33 years until the plant closed. From 1973 to 1984 he worked in the engineering section of the Duluth Water and Gas Department. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Fishing was his favorite hobby, and he also enjoyed tinkering on anything mechanical.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, John.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Richard (Cathy) of Duluth; daughter, Sandy (Tony) Wentkiewicz of Barnum; grandchildren, Lori Wentkiewicz of Minneapolis, Alan Wentkiewicz of Inver Grove Heights, and Heidi (Mark) Sims of Des Moines, IA; great granddaughter, Tatianna Sims of Des Moines; sister, Violet Warner of Duluth; brothers, Leo (DcLome) of Waseca, MN, and William (Sarah) of Mukiteo, WA.
Hetty Elizabeth Korpela
Hetty Elizabeth Korpela, 86, of Cromwell died Thursday, June 12, 2003 in St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was born December 26, 1916 in Kalevala Township to John and Heta (Walitalo) Aho. Hetty grew up in Mahtowa and attended elementary school at the Beehive School. In order for her to attend high school, she lived with her aunt in Kettle River. She graduated from Barnum High School in 1933 at the age of 16. Hetty married Arthur Korpela on October 23, 1935 in Kettle River. They lived in Duluth and in 1943 they moved to Cromwell where they farmed. Hetty was a member of the Eagle Lake Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Cromwell. She was an accomplished seamstress. Hetty enjoyed fishing, camping, reading, and traveling, making trips to Finland and Alaska.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur on March 4, 1997; brothers, Fred, Matt and Robert Aho; sisters, Elsie Carlson, Mildred Lundin and Dorothy Weaver; son-in-law, Donald Heikkila; great grandsons, Luke Calverley and Thomas Heino III.
She is survived by her daughters: Marlene Heikkila of Hoyt Lakes; Carol (James) Videen of Esko; Jean (Robert) Saari of Cromwell; Diane (Donald) Calverley of Barnum; Linda (Gary) Larson of Cromwell, and Faye (Dennis) Hurst of Barnum; one son, Larry (Jane) Korpela of Ramsey; brothers: Raymond (Eleanor) Aho of Cloquet; Walter (Susan) Aho of White Bear Lake; Archie (Iris) Aho of Summersville, Texas; Melvin Aho of Barnum; sisters, Helen Aho of Duluth, and Lillian Kaufman of Superior; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson.
Visitation was from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2003 in Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St. in Cloquet. Visitation and continued from 10 until the 11:00 a.m. service Monday, June 16, 2003 in Eagle Lake Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Burial was in Eagle Lake Cemetery. To sign the guestbook and offer an online tribute, see www. northland funeral home. c om.
Dale R. Schmidt
Funeral services for Dale R. Schmidt, 53, Moose Lake, were held on Monday, June 23, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. in Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake. Pastor Tim Homstad officiated. Mary Beth Telker provided the music. Casket Bearers were Greg Milczark, John Barnard, Gary Ostland, Bruce Ostland, Jim Larson, Gary Larson, Art Forse and Roger Forse. Honorary Casket Bearers were Allen Lees, Bob Kisler, Steve Bryant, Ralph Hagen, Jeff Anderson, Tim Anderson and Dan Anderson. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Cemetery, Moose Lake.
Dale R. Schmidt was born September 4, 1949 in Moose Lake to Eugene and Helen (Forse) Schmidt. Dale grew up and attended school in Moose Lake. He had attended Hope Lutheran Church, Moose Lake and the Evangelical Covenant Church, Moose Lake through the years. Dale was united in marriage to Denise Anderson on June 7, 1997 in Moose Lake. He drove truck for various businesses in the area. Dale was currently working at CarQuest Auto Parts in Moose Lake. He also did autobody work at his home. Dale enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, camping, playing piano, cards and watching movies.
Dale died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 19, 2003 at his home.
He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene.
Dale will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Denise, of Moose Lake; his mother, Helen, of Moose Lake; 5 sons: Chad Schmidt of Kettle River, Matt Schmidt of Kettle River, Adam Schmidt of St. Paul, Chris Stone of Moose Lake and Troy Stone of Moose Lake; 5 daughters: Danielle (Shaun) Wekseth of Moose Lake, Angie (Ben) Anderson of Moose Lake, Patty Stone of Moose Lake, Marsha Stone of St. Paul, and Sheila Stone of Moose Lake; brother, David (Kim) Schmidt of Stacy; sister, Susan (Judd) Starr of Tucson, AZ; grandchildren: Cody, Caleb and Cameron Schmidt, Wylie Schmidt, Michael Donahue, Daisy, Jo Ruby and baby Wekseth, Austin Stone and Nicole and baby Anderson; nieces and nephews: Erich, Kori and Andy Schmidt, Rob and Julie Skoglund.
Arrangements were with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Mable I. Rasmussen
Funeral services for Mable I. Rasmussen, 84, Forest Lake, formerly of Barnum, were held on Monday, June 23, 2003, at 11:00 a.m. in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Barnum. Pastor Daniel N. Jastrum officiated. Music was provided by Sonja Rowe, Clarice Rowe, and Alan Mains. Casket Bearers were Brad Rasmussen, Tim Rasmussen, Mark Ruhter, Randy Ruhter, Josh Ruhter, and Landon Luther. Burial was held in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Barnum.
Mable Ione Rasmussen was born on September 5, 1918 in Pembina Co., North Dakota to Conrad and Ethel (Stewart) Olson. She grew up and attended school in Drayton, ND. On July 10, 1937, Mable married Kenneth G. Rasmussen in Drayton, ND. They moved to Minnesota and lived Brownsdale until 1958 when they moved to Barnum. Mable was a homemaker through the years and also farmed with her husband and family until 1961. She had been a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Barnum and was very active in the Ladies Aid. Mable also belonged to Homemakers in Barnum. In February 2000, Mable moved Forest Lake where she was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, LCMS. Mable loved her grandchildren, cribbage, bingo, sewing and gardening.
Mable entered into rest on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 in Forest Lake, MN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, in 1990; daughter, Kathryn Porter; brothers: Willard Olson, Irvin Olson, Kenneth Olson, and Vernon Olson; and a daughter-in-law: Janet Rasmussen.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Betty (Harland) Hughes of Renton, WA; LaVonne (Harold) Moore of Forest Lake; and Bev (Earl) Porter of Mahtowa; four sons: Leslie of Renton, WA; Larry (Vicki) of Cle Elum, WA; Glenn (Meg) of Tacoma, WA; and Keith (Kate) of Barnum; a sister: Darlene Nelson of Warren, MN; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.