John F. Swanson
John F. Swanson, Jr., 87, of Isanti, died July 17, 2000 at Cambridge Medical Center.
Services were held July 20 at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Francis with Rev. Jack Baumgarn officiating. Carrol Strandlund was the organist and Sandy Ondrey the soloist. Pallbearers were Rob Rieck, Greg, John, and Charlie Swanson, Jerry Crone, Travis Swanson, and Brad Greeninger. Burial was in St. Fridolin Cemetery, Champlin, with military honors by Coon Rapids VFW Post 9625 and Jim Rostberg.
He was born July 22, 1912 to John Sr. and Mathilda Swanson at St. Paul, MN. He was raised in St. Paul and before he finished the 8th grade he began working full time as a sign painter for Soo Line Railroad. John later worked as a salesman for Brown & Bigelow in St. Paul. In his younger years, John was a welterweight boxer and was known as the “Blond Bomber.”
On September 5, 1942 John he married Leona McCallum in a garden wedding at her parent’s farm in rural Anoka. Shortly after they were married, John served his country during WW II in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany and took part in the Battle of Normandy. Following military service, John returned home to the Anoka area and was employed by Skelly Oil. With his job came much travel for his family, including making their home in Bismarck, ND, Brooklyn Park, MN, Aberdeen, SD, East Bethel and Martin Lake. John and Leona have made their home in rural Isanti since 1993. John enjoyed sign painting, pheasant hunting and fishing. He also liked animals and at one time owned a horse. He especially enjoyed his family, playing with his grandchildren, and coloring and interacting with his great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gunnard.
John will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Leona of Isanti and their dog, Phil; sons, Jack (Lu) of Isanti, Tim (Pat) of Isanti; daughters, Leona (Paul) Rieck of Cincinnati, OH, Carol (Buddy) Allin of Boulder City, Nevada; brother, Lyder (Martha) of St. Paul; sister, Borghild (Burl) Place of Lake Okabojee, Iowa and Mesa, AZ; by many grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Mary Agnes Shelley
Mary Agnes Shelley, 84, of Newbern, died July 8, 2000 at Methodist Healthcare-Dyersburg Hospital.
Services were held July 11 in the chapel of Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Waymon Hogue officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Newbern. Pallbearers were James Sturgill, Joe Markham, Allen Cook, Larry Dunaway, Charles Hardin and James Hardin.
Mary was a homemaker and a member of Newbern First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris E. Shelley; and sons, Floyd Mac Shelley and Gene Shelley.
She leaves daughters, Jane Clark of Ocean Springs, MS and Ann Crutchfield of Dyersburg; son, Lonnie Shelley of Isanti and John Ed Shelley of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Gloria Pallo, 70, of Shoreview, died July 21, 2000 at her home.
Private family services were held July 25 at Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel with Rev. David Gerhardt officiating. Carol Dybvig served as organist. Pallbearers were Wade Hollister and her five sons, Bradley, Gregory, Loren, Murray and Raymond Pallo. Burial was in the North Isanti Baptist Cemetery.
Gloria DeMae Edwina Pallo was born June 28, 1930 at Stanley, MN to Edwin and Hazel Chelberg. She attended Pine Lake School and graduate from Cambridge High School. On September 3, 1949 she married Tom Pallo at St. Paul. Gloria was employed at Montgomery Wards in St. Paul. She enjoyed making cakes and she made beautifully-decorated tiered cakes for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and special events. She also put in hundreds of hours of volunteer work at Unity Hospital in Fridley.
Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; sons, Gregory (Marie) of Arden Hills, Bradley of Eden Prairie, Murray (Mary Beth) of Isanti, Loren of Blaine, Raymond (Laurie) of Brooklyn Center; grandchildren, Katie (Paul) Thomas, Steve, Michael, Emily, Barry, Wes, Laura, Paul, and Matthew; great-grandsons, Dylan and Ethan Thomas; sisters, Connie and Patricia Chelberg, both of Cambridge; sister-in-law Emma Palla of Edina; brother-in-law, Donald (Betty) Pallo of San Diego; niece, Vickie Hollister; aunts, Senora Chelberg, Bernice Stone, and Selma Twingstrom.
Kenneth George Nelson, 61, of Isanti, died July 19, 2000 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Funeral services were held on July 22 at Calvary Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. David Gerhardt officiating. Mary Falk, accompanied by Peggy Gerhardt, sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “If You Could See Me Now.” The pallbearers were Lyle Doebbeling, Pat Kemper, Dehl Lindstrom, Garvin Mindt, Sue Points, and Roger Ryding.
He was born September 4, 1938 in Minneapolis to George and Harriet Nelson. He was raised in the Minneapolis area and graduated from Columbia Heights High School. On September 24, 1960 he married Janice Anderson.
They made their home in Fridley for 12 years and then in 1972 they moved to Isanti where they have since made their home. Ken was a dedicated member of the Safety and Rescue Squad for 24 years. His other interests included CB radio, camping, model railroading, working on his computer and visiting with friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, George; brother, Dale; and father-in-law, Hjalmer Anderson.
He is survived by his wife, Jan of Isanti; daughter, Gail (Walt) Edel of Miami, FL; son, Curt (Colleen) Nelson of Stacy; grandchildren, Christine, Michael and Matthew Edel; his mother, Harriet Nelson of Ham Lake; brother, Larry (Karin) Nelson of White Bear Lake; sister, Lynn Suster of Waverly; mother-in-law, Ruby Anderson of Fridley.
Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Casper “Mitch” Mitchell
Casper “Mitch” Allen Mitchell, 86, of Cambridge, died July 19, 2000 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30 at Grandview with Rev. David Anderson and Chaplain Paul Reynolds officiating. There will be time for visiting one hour prior to the service at Grandview. Burial will be in Cambridge Union Cemetery.
Casper was born in Bethel, MN. July 27, 1913 to Elijah and Ethel Mitchell. In 1938 he married LouElla Anderson in Cambridge. He lived and worked around Cambridge most of his life. He also worked in Alaska building the Alcan Highway in the early 1940s. Locally he drove a milk truck and later worked at the Elk River Power Plant as a dispatcher. After LouElla’s death in June 1969 he moved to Tuscon, AZ to help out family members. Due to ill health he moved back to Cambridge and lived at Bridge Park Apartments and later at Grandview Christian Home.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LouElla in 1969, son Gary Mitchell in 1994, brothers John and Lloyd Mitchell and sister Lucille Wetzel.
He is survived by twin daughters, Marilyn Brown of Cambridge, Molly (Bob) Weiler of Belfair, WA and his special daughter-in-law Fern Mitchell of Isanti; grandchildren: Joni (Bob) Turnquist, Kelli (Rori) Ellingson, Lynn Steinhart, Jerry (Kathy) Mitchell, Cheryl (Steve)Shimek, Patti Lou (Lance) Wells, Sando Casto, and Joe Weiler, and 11 great-grandchildren.
“The family would like to thank Grandview for their care of our Dad during these last few years and through some difficult times.”
Arrangements are with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral home in Cambridge.
Lawrence G. Collins
Lawrence G. Collins, 68, of Isanti, died July 19, 2000 at Cambridge Medical Center of a sudden heart attack.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 26 from St. Pius X Catholic Church in Zimmerman with Father Antonio Marfori officiating. Music will be provided by the church choir. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Lawrence was born December 10, 1931 to Irving and Anna Collins. He attended school in St. Francis until eighth grade at which time he left to help his father farm. He was always a truck driver. His first job was driving a milk truck. He then drove for Collins Truck Lines, which was owned by his uncle Everrett Collins. In 1950 Lawrence enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany and Austria. After his discharge in 1955 he returned home and continued to drive semi. On June 15, 1957 he married Roberta Halford. They made their home in rural Isanti and were blessed with three children, Julie, Ronald and Randy. In 1970, upon the death of his uncle, Lawrence and Bill Svetin purchased Collins Truck Lines. He worked for himself until his retirement. Lawrence was a member of the Cambridge American Legion and was an active member of St. Pius X Catholic Church over the years. He loved to fish and travel, but most of all he loved to spend time with his beloved grandchildren, who could do nothing wrong in his eyes.
He was preceded in death by his son Randy, father Irving, brothers Peter, Paul and Joe Collins.
Lawrence will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Roberta “Bonnie” of Isanti, daughter, Julie Collins of Cambridge, son, Ronald (Jacque) Collins of Isanti; grandchildren, C.J., Jamie Amanda and Randi Collins of Elk River, Sam and Chelsea Collins of Isanti, Justin Thunstrom of Isanti; great-granddaughter Katelynn Collins of Elk River; mother, Anna Collins of Cedar; eight brothers and sisters, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends including his special cat, Puddin.
“We may have lost Lawrence in body, but he will always be with us in spirit.”
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
William Cantwell, Sr.
William “Slim” Cantwell, Sr., 71, of North Branch, died July 20, 2000 at his home.
Memorial services were held July 24 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel with Bradley Whipps officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Jason Lindstrom, Bruce Nelson, Nancy Nyberg, and Lori Shir. Interment was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch Township. Military honors were presented by American Legion Post 85 of North Branch.
William James Cantwell, Sr. was born May 22, 1929 at Fort Smith, Arkansas to Clifford and Virginia Cantwell. He was raised in Fort Smith and graduated from St. Anne’s Academy in 1947. After high school, William joined the U.S. Navy and served six years in the military including serving his country during the Korean Conflict. On June 22, 1963 he married Carol Lindstrom and they made their home in San Diego County, California. They later moved to Carol’s parents’ homestead in North Branch Township where they have lived ever since. Slim owned and operated a successful drywall company, “Cantwell Drywall,” until retiring 10 years ago. He was excellent in the drywall trade and often recognized for his skills. His hobbies included motorcycle racing, canoeing and traveling throughout each of the 50 states. Slim was a member of American Legion Post 85 of North Branch.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Dale.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Carol of North Branch; by his son, William Jr. (Karen) of North Branch; by sisters, Jeanne C. (William) Pleva of Pittsburgh, PA, Kim (Randy) Amon of Fort Smith, AK, Phyllis (Frankie) Falleur of Fort Smith, AK; grandchildren, Jodi Cantwell, Travis (Anita) Cantwell; great-granddaughter, Ashley Cantwell, all of North Branch.
Agnes “Georgia” Bell
Agnes “Georgia” Bell, 84, of Lenexa, KS, (formerly of Anoka), died July 15, 2000 at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, KS.
Memorial services were held July 22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka.
Georgia was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, J. Paul Bell, in 1984.
Survivors include one son, Jay (Julie) Bell, DeKalb, IL; daughter, Georgia (Roger) Peterson, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Dain Peterson, Brooklyn, NY, and Jana (Joe) Sullivan of Olathe, KS; great-granddaughter, Shea Sullivan, Olathe, KS; sister, May (John) Gustofson, of St. Croix Falls, WI; and five nieces.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Evelyn Anderson, 88, of Cambridge, formerly of Minneapolis, died July 20, 2000 at Grandview Christian Home.
Funeral services were held July 24 at Albin Chapel in Minneapolis with Rev. Gregg Bergman and Rev. Warran Coe officiating. Musicians were Gary and Carman Schimpp. Pallbearers were Luke and Samuel Anderson, Gregg Bergman, John Otterlei and Gary Schimpp. Interment was in Lakewood Cemetery.
Evelyn Marie Anderson was born July 3, 1912 in Minneapolis to Axel and Alvida Hugo. She was raised and attended school in Minneapolis. In June 1947 she married Wallace C.E. Anderson. They lived in Minneapolis where Evelyn was an active, long-time member of Central Free Church. In August 1999 she moved to Cambridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace; brother, Robert and sisters, Edith and Catherine.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Roger (Joyce) Anderson of Isanti; grandsons, Samuel and Luke; brother, Elmer (Bern) Hugo of Peoria, AZ; sisters, Margaret Bergman of Minnetonka and Susan Russel of Two Harbors.
Services were entrusted to the care of the Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Marguerite H. Hallet
Funeral services were held July 27, 2000 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge, for Marguerite Helen Hallet, 91, of Grandview, formerly of Braham.
Chaplain Paul Reynolds and Reverend Clyde Dalbey officiated. Charlotte Strelow and Charlene Anderson provided the music. Pallbearers were Don Danielson, Lyman Rodenberg, Wilbert Strelow, Boyd Forest, Sam VanderHelm and Elmer Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Seward Birthday Club; Averil Johnson, Marjorie Quiggle, Hazel Grundberg and Tillie Osterdyk. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Brunswick.
Marguerite was born in Thompson, IA, November 20, 1908 to LeRoy and Gertrude Hallet. When Marguerite was two years old the family moved to Forest City, IA and in 1912 they moved to the Braham area. She lived on the farm northwest of Braham for nearly 60 years. She graduated from Braham High School. Marguerite worked in a factory and on the farm. She loved the Shetland ponies they raised. She was a member of Brunswick Baptist Church until it closed in 1985 and then she became a member at Grasston Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother Gaylord.
She is survived by cousins Arvis Johnson of Granite Falls; Stanley (Francis) Hallet of Crystal Lake, IA; Nadine Price of Clear Lake, IA; Cleone Knudtson of Lake Mills, IA; Arlene Duel of Wichita, KA; Beverly (Leonard) Odemark of Paradise, CA; Caroyl Nelson of Salem, OR; Emma Bowman of Forest City, IA; Mildred Lynn of Owatonna; and devoted friends Sam and Shirley VanderHelm of Braham.
Arrangements were with Rock-Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.
Patrick M. Ryan, 49, of Isanti, died July 23, 2000 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
A memorial service was held July 27 from the Cremation Society of MN.
Ryan was a long-time employee of the Minneapolis Park Board.
He is survived by his daughter, Theresa; son, John; parents, Edward and Margaret Ryan; sister, Mary (Mark) Rishovd; niece, Kelly; nephew, Michael; significant other, Vicki Brandell, and her children, Ryan and Alyson.
James M. Anderson
James M. Anderson, 66, of Rush Point, died peacefully at his home July 29, 2000 with his family at his side.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 at Calvary Lutheran Church at Rush Point with Rev. Keith Kolzow officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Carlson-Labatte funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
The Abrahamson Sisters will sing “One Day At A Time” and “Sheltered In The Arms of God” accompanied by Darlene Fixell. The congregation will sing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” and “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.” Organist will be Shirley Olson. Active pallbearers will be Brian and Jacob Hesse, David Gillette, Keith Strehlo, Brian Moffet, Luke and Mat Meyer, Kenneth Gamble. Honorary pallbearers will be Marvin Hancock, Norman Swanson, Budd Peterson, Orville Anderson, Dean Ellingson, Loren Christenson, Emery Sumption, and Sidney Oslund.
Jim was born in Bethel April 11, 1934 to Merrill Andersen and Mildred Swanson. He attended school in St. Francis for two years, Bethel for four years, Pershing district 53 in Isanti for two years, and Cambridge High School. On March 8, 1952 he married Leone Swenson at South Isanti Baptist Church east of Isanti. Jim lived behind the church at the time and Leone lived across the road from it. They had gone to school together and been neighbors for years. Jim and Leone enjoyed more than 48 years together. As a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rush Point, Jim served for a time on the church council. He also served the community on the Fish Lake Township Board.
Jim’s life was filled with a variety of activities and work. As a young man, he owned two milk routes for eight years at the Isanti Creamery Company from 1952 to 1960. In 1961 Jim and Leone purchased a farm in the Rush Point area which became his favorite job throughout his life. Jim also owned and operated Anderson Produce, selling eggs to retail stores and restaurants in the Twin Cities area. Later, Jim began driving a school bus for District 911 and following that worked for the Fish Lake Township maintaining equipment and repairing and building roads using a road grader.
Among Jim’s many hobbies was his love for the outdoors. He enjoyed being in the woods, planting crops, fishing, hunting, collecting caps, going to auctions, and his collection of 1/16th scale toy tractors. His favorite tractors were a Farmall Super C and a Farmall 1066.
He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill.
Jim is survived by his wife Leone; daughters, Corrine Meyer (Dennis) of rural Harris, Connie Hesse (James) of Ogilvie, and Teresa Gillette (with special friend Kenneth Gamble) of Cambridge. He was also proud of his grandchildren, Jennifer Strehlo (Keith), Brian Hesse (Janelle), David Gillette (Angie), Carrie Moffet (Brian), Heidi Hesse and friend Mark Hadac, Jacob Hesse and fiance Becky Hitchcock, Heather Peterson and friend Jim Struve, Mat Meyer, and Luke Meyer. Adding to his joy were great-grandsons Joshua and Karl Strehlo and William Moffet. Jim also leaves behind his mother, Mildred Andersen of Braham; sisters Lorna Christianson (Loren) of Braham and Shirley Rydeen (Larry) of Escondido, California; brother Kenneth Anderson (Emogene) of Bigfork; also uncles, aunts, a niece and a nephew.
Interment will be in the Isanti Union Cemetery. Arrangements are with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Ella Emelia Calderwood, 93, of Cambridge, died July 27, 2000 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
Services were held Aug. 1 from Grandview Christian Home with Chaplain Paul Reynolds officiating. Ruth Kazar and Mary Zelin, accompanied by Nancy Peabody, sang “Nearing The Shore” and “Children Of The Heavenly Father.” The congregation sang “Amazing Grace” and the eulogy was read by Bruce Danielson. Burial was in Long Lake Community Cemetery in rural Isanti with Michael and Richard Kline, Richard Leach, Jesse Moralez and Christian and Joshua Zelin as pallbearers.
She was born in Minneapolis August 28, 1906 to Gust A. and Carrie Danielson. Born to Swedish immigrants in North Minneapolis she then moved to Belfield, N.D. and Wheaton, MN. before returning to Minneapolis. She had lived with her daughter in the Cambridge-Isanti area since 1984 and was cared for at Grandview Christian Home for the last 10 years. Ella served people throughout her life working at Steven’s Children’s Home, Hennepin County Home For the Aged and the Minneapolis Home For The Blind.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Theodore and Vernon Danielson.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter June (Richard) Leach of Superior, WI; sisters, Hazel Kundsen of Minneapolis and Lillie Peterson of Chicago; grandsons, Michael and Richard Kline of Superior, Wi.; granddaughter, Deborah Leach of Minneapolis and great-granddaughter, Maranda.
Arrangements were with Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel.
James Edward Holmes, 69, of Cambridge, died July 26, 2000 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
A private family graveside service was held Aug. 1 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Color Guard was provided by VFW Post 1112 of Little Falls. Visitation was held at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
He was born in Currie, MN. January 25, 1931 to John and Anne Holmes, He was raised in Currie and attended school in Currie and in Tracy. When he was 17 he joined the Army and he would serve in the Army for 20 years. On March 18, 1958 he married Elfriede Satzinger in Germany. Following his discharge from the Army in 1968 they lived in Fridley until moving to Cambridge in 1973. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier for 22 years. Jim enjoyed reading, the grandchildren and all of their activities.
He is survived by his wife, Elfriede of Cambridge; children, John (Sara) of Amery, WI; Sylvia Holmes of Ham Lake; Miki McConaughy of Cambridge; Mary (Brad) Harmon of Harris; David of Cambridge and Henry (Shannon) of Isanti; 13 grandchildren and by his brother, Michael of Mounds View.
Clifford R. Olson
Clifford R. Olson, 88, of Maple Plain, formerly of Cambridge, died at his residence July 23, 2000.
Services were held July 26 at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Independence, MN. with Rev. Lyndon Nygaard officiating. Bonnie Theis served as organist and Mark McCulley as soloist. Burial was in Delano Public Cemetery with Archie Olson Jr., Kermit Olson Jr., Wayne Olson, Clayton Olson, Allen Ramola, Roger Ramola, Craig Olson, Jack Daughty and Matt Mueller as pallbearers.
He was born in Springvale Township, Isanti County, Minnesota April 28, 1912 to Fred W. and Hulda (Lindquist) Olson. He was married to Jeanie Mae McCabe.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanie; daughter Judy (George) Ramola; grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer Ramola and brothers Kermit, Warren (Shirley); and Wallace (Joyce) Olson.
Arrangements were with Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Neal B. Oleson, 75, of Bella Vista, AR., formerly of Isanti, died July 24, 2000.
Services were held at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista July 28. Private burial was held July 31 at Isanti Union Cemetery with a fellowship lunch following at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti.
Memorials to Faith Lutheran in Isanti or United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista are preferred.
He was born in Minneapolis October 9, 1924 to Burton and Hazel Oleson and grew up in Isanti. Following graduation from Cambridge High School he entered the U.S. Navy serving in the Pacific during World War II. He married Joyce Ericson of Cambridge October 29, 1949. Neal was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years, first on the mail trains and later as a rural mail carrier for Isanti. He was also a school bus driver for Cambridge-Isanti school district for many years. He retired to Bella Vista in 1988 where he enjoyed golf and bowling and was active in the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Keith Oleson.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Mary Jo (David) Hiles of Stafford, VA; Deborah of Vadnais Heights; and Pamela (Stephen) Kremer of Minneapolis; grandchildren, John and Katie Hiles and Kristen and Leah Kremer.
Arthur Carl Maaske, 79, of North Branch, formerly of Isanti, died July 28, 2000 at Green Acres Country Care Center.
Services were held at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel July 31 with Rev. Wallace Nordquist officiating. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in North Branch Township with Dean, Wade and Wayne Boettcher, Roland Polzin, Lynn Purfeerst and Loren Stender as pallbearers.
He was born in Pine City September 30, 1920 to August and Ella Maaske and was raised in the North Branch area where he attended school. Following school he lived with his Dad and they farmed. On October 13, 1967 he married Karmel Norell and they lived in rural Isanti. Art farmed and also worked out at several places around Isanti. He was a hard worker and enjoyed farming and cutting wood.
He is survived by his sister, Ethel (Aaron) Boettcher.
Ruth Marie Gardner, 87, of Cedar, died August 6, 2000 at Crest View Lutheran Home in Columbia Heights.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 at West Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Ryherd and Rev. Myles Giese officiating. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Strike Funeral Home - Isanti Chapel. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Tim Dibble, Eric Fischer, Kevin Gardner, Dick Hewitt, Jason Langmade, Jeff Langmade, and Brian Mundle Jr. Interment will be in Oak Leaf Cemetery.
She was born March 26, 1913 at the family farm in Cedar to Leland and Amanda Cooper. Ruth’s great-grandfather, James Cooper, settled and established Coopers Corner in Cedar. She was raised and attended school in Cedar and in May 1931 Ruth married Ralph E. Gardner at Herman, MN. They farmed in Cedar for many years. After Ralph’s health started to fail, Ruth started working for Cream of Wheat in Minneapolis. She was employed there for 20 years retiring at the age of 62. After retirement, Ruth enjoyed traveling frequently with her sisters. She also was an active life-long member of West Bethel United Methodist Church. Ruth loved gardening, sewing, needlepoint, quilt making, and flowers. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and she made the best homemade jam, apple pies, popcorn balls, and hot cocoa. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, son, Dale Gardner, and brother, Guy Cooper.
She is survived by son, Ronald (Dianna) Gardner of Mounds View; daughter, Janette (Kenneth) Langmade of Blaine; daughter-in-law, Sandra (Len) Leikas of Fargo, ND; sisters, Irene Miller, Evy Peterson, Minnie Wyatt, Berma Farrell, and Margaret Wyatt; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson.
Margaret Gertrude Johnson, 80, of Stanchfield, died July 30, 2000 at the Elim Home in Princeton.
Funeral services were held at Rock Mankie Funeral Home of Braham. Intern Pastor Chuck Sabin officiated and provided the special music. Active pallbearers were Earl Greeniger, Rick Knudson, Gary Ostrom, Ron Fisher, Jim Palmer, and Bill Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Palmer, Molly Clark, Jesse Clark, Scott Ostrom, Lynne Knudson, and Ruth Clark. Interment was in the Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery.
Margaret was born March 1, 1920 at Curlew, Iowa, to James and Ellen Smith. She married Sam Clark March 1, 1938 and they farmed her parents’ farm. Later they moved to Estherville and the next year to Fargo, North Dakota. They moved to Minneapolis in 1942 and then to Elk River in 1950. Together they had two children, Cora and Tom.
She married Einar Johnson April 7, 1958. They bought a farm near Mora in 1969. They had one daughter, Ardis. Margaret and Einar retired in 1980 and moved to Rush Lake at Stanchfield. Einar passed away in September 1984. Margaret was an avid card player and a member of card clubs. She was also an avid gardener. She was a 4-H leader for 20 years in Anoka County and Kanabec County. Margaret was an excellent cook and worked at Danewood.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Sam, second husband Einar, sisters Marie Fisher and Eleanor Bowman, brother Bill Smith and grandson Robin Palmer.
She is survived by daughters, Cora Peterson of Isanti, Ardis (Jim) Palmer of Braham; son Tom (Ruth) Clark of Kenosha, WI; grandchildren, Phillip Peterson, Cherri Carpenter, Bonnie Hawn, Vikki Green, Wendi Palmer, Debbie Engblom, Dean Peterson, Jimmie Palmer, Molly Clark, Jesse Clark, 15 great-grandchildren, and two nephews.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.