Fern C. Folkestad
Fern Christine (Peterson) Folkestad, 79, of Barnum, passed away August 24, 2006, at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Royalton Township in Pine County, Minnesota, on December 10, 1926, to Anna and Theodore peterson. She was the fourth of five children.
In 1944, Fern married Donald Folkestad, and they bought the Peterson farm by Braham from Fern's mother, Anna. Together they had six children. Fern was an industrious and generous mother and homemaker, also gardening, sewing, milking cows, driving truck and tractor, and doing other farm work. She was an excellent pastry chef and cake decorator, often bringing gifts of her creations to family and friends for anniversaries and other vents. She organized many parties, hayrides, picnics and a barn dance at the farm. Fern created the bridesmaid and flower girls dresses for three daughters' weddings.
In 1975, Fern moved to Barnum with Sharon and Roger and worked very hard at various jobs. Her most recent employment was at Cloquet Natural Foods until about three years ago, and as a cook for Moose Lake Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels for several years prior. Fern's battle with cancer began in 1981. She had a positive attitude and researched many methods of treatment to find the best course for herself. She looked forward to each day. She loved her family, friends, flowers, birds, cats, and a variety of music. She loved to travel and explore, often taking grandchildren on car or train trips.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Theodore Peterson; brother, Edgar Peterson; and son, Roger Folkestad.
She is survived by children: Diane (Jerry) Haller, Kathie (Kirby) Hansen, Pam (Len) Orn, Gary (Terrie) Folkestad, and Sharon (Larry) Vacek; grandchildren: Renae Orn, Mike (Anissa) Orn, Mark Orn, Tammy Hansen, Amanada Folkestad, Nathan Folkestad and Matthew Folkestad; three sisters: Ruth Linnell, Hazel Acton, and Helen Lee; many nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.
Memorial Services were held at Pine City Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses on August 28, 2006.
Zachary James Salmonson
Zachary James Slamonson, 23, of Duluth died unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006.
He was born April 10, 1983 in Duluth to James Waldhalm and Sandra Salmonson.
Zachary attended Denfeld high School. He enjoyed fishing, boating, watching snowmobile racing and was a computer whiz.
He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James H. Waldhalm; and maternal grandfather, Charles T. Salmonson.
Zachary is survived by his mother, Sandy (Del Soiney) Salmonson of Duluth; father, Jimmy Waldhalm of Sturgeon Lake; brother, Jacob of Duluth; paternal grandmother, Betty A. Waldhalm of Sturgeon Lake; maternal grandmother, Lillian Salmonson of Duluth; paternal great-grandmother, Anna c. Gautsch of Duluth; uncles, Dennis (Zina) Salmonson; Rick (Janell) Waldhalm; Greg (Gail) Waldhalm; and Jeff (Kelly) Waldhalm; aunt, Debbie (Bob) Watkins; special auntie, Therese (Frank) Bedard; queen kitty, Cleo; many cousins and special friends.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006 in First Memorial Funeral Chapel in Duluth. Burial was in Oneota Cemetery. Service entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Chapel.
Maxine J. Ribich
Maxine J. Ribich (Kuro), 83, died Wednesday, September 6, 2006, at Burns Manor Nursing Home, in Hutchinson, MN.
She was born in Hibbing, MN on June 24, 1923, to Russell and Alice Kuro. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Keewatin. As an artist, Maxine enjoyed working with watercolors and oils, and painted many pictures for family and friends.
Maxine was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Alice (Tanguary) Kuro, her husband, Henry "Hank" Ribich and brother Richard.
She is survived by children; Sandra (Gary) Hinds, John (Mareena) Ribich, Michael (Nancy) Ribich, grand children, Derrick Hinds, Kristine (Scott) MacLean, Elisabeth (Try) Jemtrud, Christopher (Laura) Ribich, Joel (Thora) Ribich, Nathan (Tessa) Ribich, Jonathan Ribich, Karissa Ribich, Laura Ribich, and great-grandchildren, Alexander and Evan MacLean, lewis Jemtrud, Anna, John, Anthony, Henry and Mackenzie Ribich; and brother, Russell Kuro.
Services were held on September 9, 2006 at St. Mary's Church in Keewatin. Interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hibbing.
Carol Marguerite Clark of Ponca City, Oklahoma, formerly of Moose Lake, Minnesota died on September 4, 2006. She was 71 years old.
Carol was born to Frederick and Helen (Lundin) Pals on September 27, 1934 in Meservey, Iowa. She moved to Rush City in 1945 and attended school there. She married Ronald John Clark in 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa. They lived in Kerrick, and Moose Lake, Minnesota. In 1981, Carol and Ronald moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma. Carol enjoyed flowers, gardening, cats and spending time with her family.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ronald. She is survived by two sons, Barry Clark of Rush City, Minnesota, and Brian Clark of Ponca City, Oklahoma; one daughter, Beverly Clark of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; four brothers, Robert (Lois) Pals of Clear Lake, Iowa, Jim (Marion) Pals of Clear Lake, Iowa, Gene (Janet) Pals of Beroun, Minnesota, and Fred (Martha) Pals of Stanchfield, Minnesota; one sister, Margie (Darwin) Nelson of Clear Lake, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services for Carol were held on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Hansen Mankie Funeral Home in Sandstone with Pastor Phillip Swensson officiating. A visitation took place on Friday, September 8, 2006 at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service that Saturday. Memorials preferred Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 1904 North Union, Ponca City, OK 74601.
Arrangements were made by Hansen Mankie Funeral Home in Sandstone.
Ralph E. Keller
Ralph E. Keller, 74, Sturgeon Lake, MN died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, September 10, 2006 in Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake. Ralph was born on May 17, 1932 in Hawthorne, Wisconsin to Orville and Ione Keller. He graduated in 1950 from Northwestern High School in Wisconsin. Ralph served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954 and was stationed in Korea. On June 8, 1957, Ralph married Delores Ketchmark in Sturgeon Lake where they made their home for 41 years. Ralph was employed by Otto Wiesner Inc. and McLean Construction in Wisconsin. He retired from Lakehead Blacktop as a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139. Ralph was a proud member of the Sturgeon Lake/Denham American Legion Post #361. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing cribbage and dice, and was a "devoted" Vikings fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Florence Larson.
Ralph is survived by his wife Delores of 49 years; daughters, Dody (Bob) Ockwig of Sturgeon Lake, Sheri (Myron) Lemke of Willow River and Darlene Woog of Sturgeon Lake; sister, Rhoda Nielson of Superior, WI; 7 grandchildren, Amanda (Bradee) Mlaskoch, Tarah (Mike) Ockwig, Carla (Ken) Wyne, Kristin Lemke, Cody Lemke, Brent Woog and Riley Woog; 4 great grandchildren, Taylor, Lyndee, Zach and Lauryn; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held at 11 AM on Thursday, September 14, 2006 at Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home. Father Eamonn Boland officiated. Honorary Bearers were Amanda Mlaskoch, Tarah Ockwig, Carla Wyne, Kristin Lemke, Cody Lemke, Brent Woog, and Riley Woog. Military Honors were provided by the Hansen-Anderson American Legion Post #361 of Sturgeon Lake/Denham. Inurnment was in St. Isidore's Catholic Cemetery, Sturgeon Lake. Arrangements are with Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Mary Lou Ketchmark
Mary Lou F. Ketchmark, 65, Willow River, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 in St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. She was born on June 4, 1941 in Quamba, MN to Oscar and Hazel (Erickson) Johnson. Mary Lou grew up in Moose Lake where she attended Moose Lake High School. On January 26, 1963, Mary Lou married Bob Ketchmark in Circle Pines. They lived in the Twin Cities until 1978 when they purchased the Corral Bar in Willow River and began living in Rutledge. Mary Lou was a member of the Willow River American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren whom she was very proud of. Mary Lou was a champion cribbage and smear player and also enjoyed painting pictures.
She was preceded in death by her parents: Oscar and Hazel Johnson; a brother: Curtis Johnson; and a sister: Allison Johnson.
Mary Lou will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 43 years, Bob; four children: Scott Ketchmark of Lakeville; Bryan (Julie) Ketchmark of Sturgeon Lake; Deonne (Allen) Lingle of Circle Pines; and Chris (Shelly) Ketchmark of Willow River; 10 Grandchildren: Kallysta, Tristan, Sara, Jenna, Jacob, Stefanie, Allie, Adam, Addy, and AJ; 4 Brothers: Lurton (Carole) Johnson of Maple Grove; Steven (Jeanne) Johnson of Bloomington; Michael (Gloria) Johnson of Fridley; and Ivan
(Carol) Johnson of Eden Prairie; 5 Sisters: Dolores Laugerman of Brooklyn Park; Irene (Ross) Rizner of Big Lake; Marlowe (Bruce) Turnbaugh of Lakeville; Nancy (Kermit) Jusczak of Richfield; and Janice (Kearney) Frank of Osakis; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at 11 AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Father Eamonn Boland was the celebrant. Music was provided by Keith Olson, Regi Garvey, and Mary Rose Varo. Casket Bearers were Lurton Johnson, Steven Johnson, Michael Johnson, Ivan Johnson, Dale Ketchmark, and Jake Ketchmark. Honorary Bearers were Ron Prachar, Chuck Smida, Ty Laugerman, Sally Turnbaugh, Tristan Ketchmark, and Adam Lingle. Cremation followed the Mass with private family inurnment at a later date in St. Isidore's Catholic Cemetery, Sturgeon Lake. Memorials are preferred to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Minnesota Chapter, 2626 E. 82nd St. Suite 225, Bloomington, MN 55425. Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.
Alma Aliina Maki
Alma Aliina Maki, 92, formerly of Esko, died Monday, September 11, 2006 in Inter-Faith Care Center, Carlton. She was born February 18, 1914 in New York Mills, MN, the daughter of Otto and Sanna (Koivuranta) Kankaala and as a young girl, she attended Kalevala schools.
Alma was employed as a cook at Nopeming for 23 years retiring in 1976. She was a member of Apostolic Lutheran Church in Esko and the Esko Senior Citizens. Alma enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, crossword puzzles, reading and handwork.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, in 1965; a son, Sam Maki in 1997; a daughter, Judy Heikkila in 2001; two grandsons, Stuart Hansen and David Heikkila; a brother, Arthur Kankaala and a sister, Elizabeth Mattson.
Alma is survived by her son, Pete (Eileen) Maki of Cloquet; two daughters, Jeanne (Lincoln) Hansen of Cromwell and Kathie (David) Sarkela of Esko; her brother, Oliver Kankaala of Bellevedere, IL; two sisters, Martha Lehti of Duluth and Helen Stone of Wright, MN; 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and many extended family members.
The family would like to extend their grateful appreciation to Dr. Vicki Anderson and the staff of Inter-Faith Care Center for their thoughtful and loving care of Alma.
Visitation was Saturday, September 16, 2006 in Apostolic Lutheran Church, Esko. Burial was in West Branch Cemetery, Kettle River. If preferred, memorials may be made to Inter-Faith Care Center or Apostolic Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted to Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th Street, Cloquet.
Louise Marie Jacques, formerly of Moose Lake, 95, passed away on Monday, September 11, 2006 at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born in Superior, WI on July 29, 1911 to Alfred and Marie (Claude) Hilpipre. She was married to Bernard Jacques who passed away in 1978. She worked at Louis Allis in Milwaukee for twenty five years retiring when she was fifty five. She also helped at the Celebrate Labor Day Dinner and Parade in Cloquet.
Survived by her daughter: Ione Keinanen, Brainerd; Her brother: Robert (Jean) Hilpipre, of Solon Springs, WI; Her sister: Roberta Papineau, of Superior, WI;
Two step grandchildren and four step great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and granddaughter in 1973 and brother, Charles Hilpipre and three sisters, Lena Hallman, Elsie Hilpipre and Nora Perkins.
Services wereheld on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Kristoffer McKusky officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in Crow Wing Township.
Arrangements are with Halvorson-Johnson Funeral Home.