Leona Ella Mae Schulz, 83, of Mesa, Arizona, died October 23, 2000 at Cambridge Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Cambridge Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She was born March 16, 1917 is Paris, MT to Frank and August (Elrude) McKinley. She was raised mainly in Montana and spent some time in North Dakota before moving to Vasa, MN. Her family farmed in the Cannon Falls area and Leona graduated from Cannon Falls High School. After high school she continued to live at home to help on the farm. Her family moved back to Montana. It was in Montana that she met Raymond Schulz who was working in the CCs on the Fort Peck Dam in Circle, MT. After only three weeks, the couple was married September 1936. They made their home in Montana for a few years and their first son, Gary was born. They moved to Ypsilanti, North Dakota where they continued to farm. It was there that their son, Norman, was born. Four years later they moved to Welch, MN and their son, Roger was born. They spent some time in Minnesota before moving back to North Dakota. In 1973 the couple retired and moved to Mesa, AZ and spent their remaining years there. Raymond died in 1991. Leona continued to live in Mesa and for the last two years was cared for by her son, Roger. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, visiting with people, and traveling back to Minnesota to be with family.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Susan; husband, Rayond; brothers, Bill, Francis, Glenn, and John McKinley; sister, Marian McKinley Whipstad; and granddaughter, Melanie Schulz.
She is survived by her sons, Gary (Diane) Schulz of Cambridge, Norman (Diane) Schulz of Chandler, AZ, Roger (Peg) Schulz of Mesa, AZ; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; and sister Gustie McKinley of Cottonwood, AZ.
Arrangements are with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Martha Helen Johnson
Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 21, 2000 for Martha Helen Johnson, age 57, of Mora, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brunswick. Pastor Al Hendrickson officiated. Special music was provided by Terry Nord and Dee Tanner.
Active pallbearers were Bill Johnson, John Johnson, Cory Trytten, Gene Carlson, Jerry Pearson and Gilbert Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Lutroe, Casey Trytten, James Johnson, Terra Trytten, Jake Trytten and Brittany Johnson.
Interment was at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Brunswick under the direction of Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham.
Martha was born in Grandy on August 7, 1943 to John and Geneva (Bobo) Lutroe. She grew up in Rush City. She attended Beauty School in Duluth.
During the 30 years she was a beautician she worked in Rush City, Braham and Mora. She always loved making the ladies look good.
Martha was married to Warren Johnson on November 24, 1962. They lived in Braham for a short time and then in Rush City before moving to their home in Brunswick, where they lived for 30 years. Next month they would have celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary.
Martha always loved singing and playing guitar. She touched many people with her voice through her involvement in the Isanti County Country Music Show, the Nord’s Country Music show and even singing at weddings and nursing homes.
She was an avid bowler for over 20 years and made many friends there who enjoyed her wonderful sense of humor and zest for life.
Martha passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at the Cambridge Medical Center.
Martha is survived by her husband Warren L. Johnson of Mora, MN; sons Bill and wife Dawn Johnson of Mora, John and wife Sharon Johnson of Braham; daughter Julie and husband Cory Trytten of Braham; brother Roger and wife Judy Lutroe of Rush City; sisters Dorothy and husband Bob Kliegle of Pine City, Violet and husband Jerry Pearson of Cambridge, Sally and husband Gene Carlson of Rush City, Lois Lutroe of Rush City, and Susan and Scott Synstegaard of Roseville, 5 grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
Martha Helen Johnson was preceded in death by her parents John and Geneva Lutroe.
John Arne Monson of Duluth died October 11, 2000 at home with his friends and family in his 21st year.
His life was cut short by a 22-month illness with brain cancer that he faced with great courage and dignity. His gentle spirit has passed into the arms of God.
He was born January 2, 1979 in Lansing, Michigan where he was baptized February 11, 1979 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He moved as an infant with his missionary parents to Zorzor, Liberia, West Africa in 1980 where he spent half his eventful life. He moved to Duluth in 1993 and was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where he was confirmed October 29, 1995. His elementary education was at the Cuttington College Campus School in Suakoko, Liberia, with the Calvert School at home, and at the Ivory Coast Academy in Bouaké, Ivory Coast. He attended Murray Junior High School in St. Paul, Ordean Junior High School in Duluth, and graduated from East High School in 1998. John was a student in his third year at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter at the time of his death. He will receive a posthumous Bachelor of Arts degree from Gustavus Adolphus College with his class in 2002. John loved music and always had a song in his heart. He sang with the East High School Acapella Choir and was a third generation member of the Gustavus Choir.
He is survived by his parents Grace and Mark Monson of Duluth; brother, Luther Monson of Duluth, grandfather A. Herbert (Betty) Monson of Bloomington, and grandfather G. Roy Philpot of Tacoma,WA; aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family (especially in Minnesota, Washington, and British Columbia), missionary family, church family, and many friends from Duluth, St. Peter, Africa, and the world.
He was buried Oct. 13 with his ancestors at the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church.
A memorial service will be held Oct. 28 at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 45th Ave. E. and Colorado St. in Duluth Music will begin at noon and the service will begin at 12:30 pm.
The family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support, kindness, and love. They request no flowers and suggest memorials to the John Monson Memorial Fund, in care of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (zip 55804), for Global Health Ministries and to the Gustavus Music Department.
Geraldine Louise Howard, 69, died October 19, 2000 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
A Celebration of Life service was held Oct. 22 at Elim Baptist Church in Isanti, with Dr. Roger Anderson and Chaplain Paul Reynolds officiating. Celebration music was provided by the Elim Baptist Church Praise Band, Linda Anderson and Don Thompson. Pallbearers were Dan Saande, and Tim, Terry, Jeff, Joel and Elmer Anderson.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 25 at United Methodist Church, with arrangements through Coker Funeral Home in Farwell, Mich. Pallbearers are Geri’s grandsons, Joe and Jerry Marhofer, Jarvis and Luke Anderson, Zachary, Matthew and Joshua Howard. Burial will be at Surrey Township Cemetery in Farwell.
Geri is now celebrating life in heaven, after succumbing to Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born May 26, 1931, in Pontiac, Mich. to Edward and Therese Marie Cook. She graduated from Pontiac High School in 1949, and from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, with minors in Bible and music. In 1956 she married Allen W. Howard of Farwell. It was there that the Howards raised their family. Geri was a school teacher in the Farwell Area School District, where she retired in 1986. In 1987 Allen began his celebration of life in heaven, after a battle with cancer. In 1988, Geri moved to Dayton, TN where she attended Bryan College and graduated in 1992 with a degree in Music Pedagogy. She was involved with the college choir and wind ensemble, playing trumpet. This was a time shared with her son, Kyle, a recent graduate of Bryan. In 1996, Geri moved to Minnesota to be near her daughter’s family. She lived with her daughter for four months, then at Shady Lane Elder Care in North Branch for two years. She moved to Grandview in December 1998. Her life is a testimony of giving. For 30 years she gave to her students as she not only taught the lessons of school, but also of life. She always made her second grade classroom most interesting by using hands-on experiences to teach students. She started the music theatre program at Farwell High School by directing operettas in the 1960s. She was always involved in her church. She was organist, choir director, and Sunday School teacher and member of Farwell Community Church for many years. While living in Tennessee, she was involved in student ministries. She opened and shared her home by housing students who could not afford to live on campus. She also gave piano lessons and taught Kindermusik.
Geri was preceded in death by parents, husband and by two brothers.
She is survived by her sons, Dale (Dawn) Howard of Farwell, MI, Kyle (Bambi) Howard of Chattanooga, TN; daughter Viva (Tim) Anderson of Princeton; foster-daughter, Bernice (Ken) Marhofer of Lake, MI; grandchildren Zachary and Kaela Howard, Jarvis, Luke, Megan Anderson, Matthew, Hope, Joshua, Grace, Timothy Howard, Joe (Shari) Marhofer, Gerald (Tresa) Marhofer; great-grandchildren, Jordyn and Jarrod Marhofer, Trenton and Megan Marhofer; sister, Janice of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Ethel Marie Lindquist, 60, of Isanti, died October 19, 2000, at her home.
A memorial service was held Oct. 24 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel with Rev. Jarry Cole officiating. Mary Falk, accompanied by Nancy Peabody, sang “Rock of Ages” and “Amazing Grace.” Burial was in Isanti Union Cemetery.
She was born February 29, 1940 at Wellman, Iowa, to Owen and Hilma Jaynes. She was raised at Coralville, Iowa and attended grade school there. She graduated from high school in Iowa City. Ethel was married to Loren Lindquist and they were the parents of two children. Ethel lived in Cambridge for several years before moving to Isanti three years ago. She was employed at the Cambridge Regional Center for over 20 years. Ethel especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and she also enjoyed fishing.
She was preceded in death by father, Owen and daughter, Debbie.
She is survived by son, Darrin of Cambridge; mother, Hilma Jaynes of Cambridge; brother, Leon (Kris) Jaynes of Blaine; sister, Barbara (Harlow) Olson of Randall, MN; grandchildren, Ryan and Nathaniel Robinson of Cambridge; special friend, Bruce Halverson of Stacy.
Adam Chmielewski, 83, of Cambridge, died October 25, 2000 at Cambridge Health Care Center.
A time for visiting with the family was held at Adam’s home on Paul’s Lake Oct. 30. His place of rest is in the Sacred Heart of Polish Catholic Cemetery in Minneapolis.
He was born November 11, 1916 in Gilman, MN to Frank and Margarot (Szyndrowski) Chmielewski. He grew up in Gilman and attended school there. In the early 1940s he entered the U.S. Army and was discharged after about one year. On January 3, 1942 he married Mildred Zak. They made their home in Platte Lake Township, MN and in the early 1950s moved to Minneapolis where they lived for over 10 years. In the late 1960s they moved to Cambridge where they lived out their lives. Mildred died in 1982. Adam worked as a machinist for many years and retired from the Onan Corporation. He was also an active member of the Moose Lodge in Braham.
He is survived by son, Dale Chmielewski of Isanti; daughters, Gail Chmielewski of Cambridge, Nancy (David) Judd of Cushing, MN, Diane Chmielewski living in China; grandchildren, Dean (Chris) McLaughlin, Kelly (Kirk) McIsaac, Karen (Gary) Putnam, Debby (Ron) Gohl; great-grandchildren, Dustin and Brandon McLaughlin, Noah Gottlieb, Jake and Luke Gohl.
Arrangements were with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge
Edith K. Johnson
Edith K. Johnson, 103, of Cambridge, formerly of Stanchfield, died October 25, 2000 at Cambridge Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Oct. 30 from Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home with Rev. Dale Cope officiating. Lawrence Olson, accompanied by Elaine Johnson, sang “Children of the Heavenly Father” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Interment was in the Stanchfield Baptist Cemetery.
She was born August 18, 1897 in Stanchfield Township to Carl and Betsy (Englund) Johnson. She grew up in this area and attended Elm Park School. After her schooling she helped her brother, Clarence, with the farming northeast of Cambridge. She and Clarence continued to farm there until 1976 when he passed away. Edith continued to live there until she moved into Cambridge. From there Edith moved to the Linwood Home near Grandy where she lived for four years. For the past six years she had been a resident of Cambridge Health Care Center. She especially enjoyed being a hostess, loved having doughnuts and coffee, enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends, loved gardening, and had a fondness for ice cream. She was also a member of the Grandy Guild.
Edith was preceded in death by her infant brother, Emmanuel, and brother Clarence.
She is survived by many cousins and other relatives.
Memorials are preferred to the Cambridge Health Care Center.
Hazel Margaret Miller, 92, of Cambridge, died November 2, 2000 at Cambridge Health Care Center.
Services were held Nov. 6 from Oxlip Evangelical Free Church with Rev. LeRoy Scheumann officiating. John Lundeen, accompanied by Nadette Waligora, sang “Children Of The Heavenly Father” and “In The Garden.” Burial was in Long Lake Community Cemetery with Jon, Steven, Neil, Thomas and Gregory Anderson, Harold and Billy House and Bruce and Dean Jernell as pallbearers.
She was born in Milaca December 29, 1907 to Andrew and Christine (Halverson) Anderson. She grew up on the family farm in Oxlip until, as a very young girl, she went to Minneapolis to do domestic work and became a nanny to a family with young children. On August 5, 1926 she married Oscar Miller and they lived in Minneapolis for many years until they retired and moved to Bordon Lake in northern Minnesota. They moved to Isanti in 1990 and Oscar preceded her in death February 21, 1991. Hazel worked for many years at Jones Press and other printing companies. She made many good friends wherever she lived, even at Cambridge Health Care Center where she had lived since 1997.
Hazel was a very sociable person who made friends easily and enjoyed flowers, entertaining and playing cards. She always had time to visit or “go out to eat.” She did not have children of her own but she was a special “Auntie” to her nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Ellsworth, Clyde and Burton Anderson and by sisters, Mildred Jernell and Ruby Mattson.
She is survived by her sisters Vivian House of Spencer Brook and Eunice McBee of Perham; brothers, Leon (Eyvonne) Anderson of Oxlip and Dean (Joyce) Anderson of Cambridge; sister-in-law, Lorraine Anderson of Cambridge and brother-in-law, Arnold Mattson of Bemidji.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Florence May Miller, 86, of Isanti, died at Innsbruck Healthcare Center in New Brighton October 30, 2000.
Services were held Nov. 4 from North Isanti Baptist Church with Rev. Jonathan Larson officiating. Soloists were Robert Eastlund and Tracy Johnson with Lois Larson as organist. Burial was in the church cemetery with Clayton and John Carlson, Rodney DeBernardeaux, Roy Miller and Bob and Ian Odell as pallbearers.
She was born in Minneapolis September 13, 1914 to William and Lottie Bliss. She was raised and attended school in Minneapolis. On April 29, 1934 she married Arthur Miller and they lived in Minneapolis. Following World War II, they moved to California, moving back to Minneapolis in 1950. In 1962 they moved to Lake Francis in rural Isanti. Art and Florence opened their home for a neighborhood Sunday School and were instrumental in purchasing land for a Sunday School building that was built in 1974. Her husband, Arthur, had never had a birthday cake and Florence made him his first birthday cake. He also had never slept in an actual bedroom until he and Florence were married. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making and decorating cakes. She was a member of North Isanti Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1999 and by two sisters and three brothers.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ann Bliss of Minneapolis; nieces, Marie Bliss of Minneapolis; Pat (Lee) Mosley of Tyler Texas; and by her nephew Robert (Pat) Bliss of Minneapolis.
Arrangements were with Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Ralph Willis Frounfelter, age 87, of Isanti, died November 4, 2000, at Lake Ridge Health Care Center in Roseville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti, with Rev. Curtis Peter and Rev. Clell Bone officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Mark Falk will serve as soloist and Delmyra Demings as organist. Pallbearers will be Renaldo Espinosa, Brad and Darold Lundberg, Randy McFarlane, Charles Swanson, and Rodney Young. Interment will be in Dalbo Baptist Cemetery.
Ralph was born March 3, 1913 at Temple, ND to Willis and Annah Frounfelter. He was baptized as an infant and raised on a farm near Temple. In 1937 the family moved to a farm in Wheaten, MN and then to a farm near Dalbo in 1942. On November 25, 1964, Ralph married Ada Erickson Lundberg and they lived on a farm near Dalbo until retiring and moving to Braham in 1973. They moved to Isanti in 1996 where they have lived ever since. Ralph’s hobbies included fishing and camping.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Harold and Irvin, and sister, Alice.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Ada, of Isanti; step-sons Harold (Wilma) Lundberg of Isanti, Gerald Lundberg of Dalbo; step-daughter, Ramona (Tom) Cameron of Cambridge; sisters, Helen Decker of Phoenix, AZ, Edna (Chester) Swanson of Dalbo.
Services were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel.
Claudia Ethel Blackwood, 77, died November 3, 2000 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 4-8 p.m. at Williams-Hanson-Kaun Funeral Home in Princeton. Visitation continues on Thursday one hour prior to the 2 p.m. funeral service in Spencer Brook United Methodist Church, Isanti County. The Rev. Diane Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Isanti County. Casket bearers will be Dean and Dale Barrett, Steve and Larry Peterson, Bruce Nelson, and Brad Hatlestad.
Claudia Ethel Blackwood was born April 2, 1923 in Spencer Brook Township, Isanti County, to Fred and Minnie (Erickson) Peterson. She lived in Spencer Brook until moving to the Minneapolis area where she worked for a number of years. She married Kenneth “Blackie” Blackwood January 31, 1946 in Minneapolis. The couple lived in Bloomington for 19 years prior to moving to their home on Blue Lake near Zimmerman. In 1984, Claudia moved to Richfield where she has resided since. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and she enjoyed collecting antiques.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Blackie, and her sister Gladys Thorne.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters: Andrew (Lillian) Peterson of Faribault, Robert Peterson of Kenyon, Dorothy Wohlford of Pacifica, CA, Esther Barrett of Zimmerman, Lillian “Dolly” Rollins of Richfield, Laura (Rollin) Nelson of Lindstrom.
Services were held November 4, 2000 at Annunciation Catholic Church, Mayhew Lake for Melvin C. Beack, 64, of Rice, who died Nov. 1 at his home. Rev. Francis Britz officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.
Melvin was born June 21, 1936 in Gilman Township (Benton County) to Emmerid and Sarah (DeLong) Beack. He married Lucille Philippi August 7, 1954 at St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville. They lived in Waite Park and then in Rice for the past 31 years. He worked for DeZurik's in Sartell for 13 years and was a route salesman for G & K Services for 30 years, retiring in October 1998. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, served in the Army National Reserves for 12 years, and was a member of the Teamsters Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille of Rice; sons and daughters-in-law, Wes and Jane Beack of Saginaw, Wayne and Kim Beack of Lakewood, CO; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Ken Lopez of Proctor; sister and brothers, Marilyn Beitz, Charles Beack and Leslie Beack all of Rice; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Memorials are preferred.
Warren E. Eastlund, 76, of Minnetonka, formerly of Isanti, died of cancer November 5, 2000 at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
Services were held Nov. 11 at Edgewater Baptist Church in Minneapolis with burial in North Isanti Baptist Cemetery.
He was born in Isanti and received a bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Minnesota. He later was a cofounder of the Eastlund, Solstad, Cade & Hutchinson Ltd. law firm in Minneapolis where he practiced estate planning, probate and commercial law. While a board member at Bethel College, where he was an emeritus trustee and legal counsel, he assisted with land acquisitions, expansions of residence halls and the development of new ones. He helped build a field house and the Community Life Center on the St. Paul campus an earlier home of the college. He also taught business at Bethel and the university.
He was actively involved in the American Swedish Institute, Baptist General Conference & MN BGC, and National Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs.
He was preceded in death by grandson, Jeff Koenigsberg; brothers, Maurice and Orley; and sisters, Doris Johnson, Almyra Anderson and Lenore Carlson.
He is survived by his wife, Valerie; daughters, Karin Blomquist of Chaska; Kathleen Bjork of Fergus Falls; Karna Haugen of Victoria; and Kristine Koenigsberg of Plano, TX; sisters, Verna Larson of Champlin; Phyllis Hanson of Cambridge; Beatrice Thunstrom of Cambridge and Joanne Gustafson of Turlock, CA. and by 10 grandchildren.