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Isanti County, Minnesota Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Isanti County, Minnesota Obituary Collection - 32

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Date: Monday, 20 June 2011, at 2:10 p.m.

Conrad Johnson

A Mass of Christian Burial was held September 6, 2001, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora for Conrad Johnson, age 2 months of Pokegama Lake.

Fr. William Vos officiated. Burial was in the Grasston Union Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jaime Kubat, Ken Dahlberg, Chad Dahlberg and Jeffrey Johnson.

Conrad Johnson, age 2 months, was born June 21, 2001 in Mora, MN, the son of Maggie Unger and Tim Johnson. Although Conrad’s time was brief he touched the hearts of so many. Conrad loved eating his bananas, which was evident by his smacking lips and his puffed out cheeks. He enjoyed going outside, swinging in his favorite swing, and listening to his favorite lullaby CD. He could never sleep in his bassinet; he always had to sleep between Mom and Dad. He loved his parents and was happy to be out in public and meeting people. Everyone that came in contact with him remarked, “What a beautiful little boy!”

He passed away surrounded by his mother, father, and family on Sunday, September 2, 2001 at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

He is survived by his mother and father Maggie Unger and Tim Johnson of Pokegama Lake; maternal grandparents Ron and Sherry Unger of Ogilvie; paternal grandparents Donny and Sandy Pearson of Pine City, and the late Russell Johnson and his wife Carla of Stanchfield; great grandmother Lydia Johnson of Grasston; great grandmother Lillian Unger of Milaca; great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Opheim of Mora; uncles Jeffrey Johnson and Shawn Johnson of Pine City.

Arrangements were by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Services of Braham.

Carolyn Marcy

Carolyn Julia Marcy, age 71, of Isanti, died September 6, 2001, at her home.

Memorial services were held Sept. 10 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel, with Father Michael Kennedy officiating.

She was born February 13, 1930, at Boston, Massachusetts to Phillip and Anna Freeman. She was also raised in the Boston area. Carolyn then served her country in the U.S. Marines during the Korean Conflict. On June 1, 1959, Carolyn married Douglas Marcy in Virginia. A few years later they moved to Coon Rapids, MN where they lived for 15 years. They then made their home in New Hampshire for 15 years before moving to Isanti. In her younger years, Carolyn enjoyed knitting and dancing with her husband. Carolyn also greatly enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Douglas.

Carolyn will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Brad (Cheryl) Ecklund of Lynden, VA, Brian (Alice) Marcy of Westfield, NJ, and Bruce (Jennifer) Marcy of Jacksonville Beach, FL; by her daughter, Leslie (Daniel) Pendergast of Blaine; by her sister, Ellin Alessandrini of Dedham, MA; by grandchildren, Zachary, Logan and Madeline Marcy, Devon and Axle Pendergast, Rosalind, Joshua and David Ecklund.

William Niemann

William Henry Niemann, 103, of Cambridge, died September 7, 2001, at Grandview Christian Home.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14, from Ogilvie United Methodist Church with Rev. Dennis Buckley officiating. Family intermenty will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Memorials are preferred to the church, Kanabec Historical Society, Society for the Blind, and the Ogilvie school.

Johan Wilhelm Heinrich Niemann was born March 30, 1898 to Henry and Mary (Fahrwald) Niemann at Lester Prairie, MN. The family lived in Raymond and then moved to Ogilvie in 1906. Bill attended Ogilvie School and in 1915 was one of three graduates of the first graduating class. He farmed and also worked in the iron mines in Marble, MN. He married Nettie Moe in 1926 and they were the parents of four children. Bill was active in the community serving on the boards of the early Ogilvie Methodist Episcopal Church, Kanabec County Oil Association, Ogilvie Cooperative Creamery, and served as clerk of the Ogilvie School Board for 38 years. In 1968 he was appointed as secretary of the Spring Vale Mutual Insurance Agency in Dalbo. He and his wife lived continuously on their farm in South Fork Township near Ogilvie until 1991 when they moved to Cambridge. He was a resident of Grandview Christian Home from June 2000 until his death. His life has spanned three centuries.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nettie, his wife of 71 years, nine brothers and sisters, one granddaughter, six nieces and four nephews.

He is survived by children, Juanita (Charles) Peterson of Cambridge, Ardis (James) Noonan of St. Paul, Wendell (Rosemary) Niemann of Tucson, AZ, Jerrold (Rae) Niemann of Burnsville; grandchildren: Karl, Chad and Jay Niemann, Mark Niemann, Susan Bolch, Tami Westberg; great-grandchildren: Kaaren and Jonathan Westberg, Charlotte and Caroline Bolch, Tate Niemann; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Clarence Koosman

Clarence H. Koosman, 70, of Howard Lake, MN., formerly of Cambridge, died while hospitalized at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis August 16, 2001.

Services were held Aug. 21 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake with Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Middleville Township.

He was born in Stevens County, MN. July 5, 1931. He married Phyllis Uecker in 1956 and they were parents of four children. In 1980 he married Mary Lou Smith. Following retirement, they moved to Howard Lake, MN.

He is survived by his wife, MaryLou of Howard Lake; children, Carla (Craig) Nelson of Braham; Charry (William) Marczewski of Roseville; Mark Koosman of Cambridge and Timothy (Mary) Koosman of Isanti; stepchildren, Kaylor Tieg of Duluth; Kellen Tieg of St. Croix Falls, WI; and Katherine (Anthony) Giuffre of Boston, Mass.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and five stepgrandchildren.

Gilbert Kable

Gilbert George Kable, age 80, of East Bethel, died September 13, 2001, at Green Acres Country Care Center in North Branch.

Funeral services were held Sept. 15 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel, with Rev. Rhodel Jacobson officiating. Nancy Peabody provided the music and pallbearers were Barry Anderson, Alan Beckman, Donnie Daudt, Douglas Michelson, Vern Strandlund, and Tom Sylvester. Interment was in Isanti Union Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Isanti County Humane Society.

He was born January 5, 1921 at Cedar, MN to Rolland and Flora Kable. He was raised in the Cedar area and on June 17, 1944 married Phyllis Jones. They have made their home at Dyers Corner in East Bethel for the past 54 years. Gilbert was employed as a millwright for J.L. Shiely Co. for 37 years. He was a great animal lover and adopted and cared for numerous stray animals through the years. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce with others, wildlife and the outdoors, and collecting John Deere tractors.

Gilbert will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis; by his son, Richard of East Bethel; by his sisters, Irene Stern of Cedar, Blanch Kable of Cedar, and Dorothy Holmquist of Cedar; by other relatives and friends, including his many special friends at Sylvester Brothers Lumber.

Reuben Bjorklund

A Memorial service was held September 14, 2001 for Reuben Kenneth Bjorklund of Mora, formerly of Grasston, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora with Rev. Seth Hinrichs officiating.

Music was provided by pianist Charlene Anderson and vocalists Craig Anderson and Roger Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Anderson, Richard Anderson, Lyman Rodenberg, Donald Danielson, Jim Sward and Floyd Nettleton. Burial was in Grasston Baptist Cemetery.

He was born September 7, 1926 in Minneapolis, MN to George and Lillian (Asperstrand) Bjorklund. At age nine, Reuben’s family moved to a farm in Henriette, MN. Reuben attended Henriette School through grade eight and then chose to attend Grasston High School, where he graduated in May 1944. He enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946. On June 28, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Marjorie Wyman. They lived in Grasston. Reuben’s first job was at Braham Monument Company. He worked there until 1956 when he became a rural mail carrier. He retired in 1987 after serving the US Post Office for 31 years. In addition to his mail carrier job, he drove bus for Braham schools for 20 years. He especially enjoyed driving the team bus for boys’ athletics. He also loved driving students with “special needs” to their school in Quamba. Many rides included singing with the children. The mentally challenged children were his love. A foster child, Rocky, lived with Reuben and Marge for 10 years.

Reuben’s favorite pastime was fishing. He especially enjoyed fishing with family and friends at his cabin on Kabekona Lake near Walker. One of the first songs he taught his grandsons was “God Loves to Talk to Little Boys While They’re Fishing”.

Reuben was active in the Grasston Community. He served many years as Sunday School teacher, AWANA leader, choir member, Trustee, Vice Chairman and Deacon at Grasston Baptist Church. He traveled many miles picking up children for Sunday School, AWANA and Tweeners. He was on the Grasston City Council, Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary Police.

Reuben died at his daughter’s home in Grasston at the age of 75 on September 10, 2001.

He is survived by: his wife Marjorie of Mora; daughters, Kathy (Greg) Ferrin of Grasston; Marla Bjorklund of Henderson, NV; Mary (Tim) Doyle of Mora; Debra (Donn) Hellwig and of Tempe, AZ; grandchildren Ryan and Reid Ferrin, Taylor Petlowany and Lindsay (Brian) Ashworth; and sister Leona Peterson of Mora.

Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham.

Evelyn Lindgren

Evelyn H. Lindgren, 83, a lifelong resident of the Cambridge area, died September 16, 2001, at Cambridge Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, from Karmel Covenant Church with Rev. Darren Olson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. The Abrahamson Sisters, accompanied by Darlene Fixell, will sing “Amazing Grace” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Pallbearers will be Ronald, Richard and Robert Godeen, Michael Wallin, Les Leaf, and Mark Lindgren. Interment will be in Karmel Covenant Cemetery. Arrangements are with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.

She was born June 6, 1918 in Cambridge, MN to Andrew and Anna (Lundin) Godeen. She grew up in the Dalbo area and attended country school District #33. After her schooling, she went on to help many area families with housekeeping and caring for the children. On May 30, 1942, she married Vernon Lindgren at the Cambridge Lutheran Church parsonage. Evelyn worked for many years at East Central Electric in the housekeeping department. She was a wonderful caregiver, helping many people over the years from the young children to her fellow residents at Bridge Park Apartments where she lived over 22 years. She also did much volunteer work helping and caring for others. She met and made many friends over the years at Bridge Park. Evelyn enjoyed baking, cooking, sewing and especially loved her animals while living at home. She treated all her dogs and cats as family.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Godeen, and sister, Elvera Leaf.

She is survived by her sons, Gary (Nancy) Godeen of Dalbo, Robert (Peggy) Lindgren of Elk River, daughter, Karen (Gene) Norling of Cambridge; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; brother, Vernon Godeen of Fridley; sister, Violet Wallin of Bradford.

Mamie Hartwig

Mamie Rose Martha Hartwig, 89, of Litchfield, died September 13, 2001.

Services were held Sept. 16 from St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Township of Meeker County with Rev. Donald Main officiating. Soloist was Kenneth Gabrielson and organist was Carol Holly. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born April 17, 1912 to Charles and Bertha (Elftman) Kruger in Ellsworth Township of Meeker County, Minnesota. Pastor Theodore Thurow who at this time was the pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Township, baptized Mamie. Pastor Martin Schuetze confirmed her at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Mamie attended Dist. 66 and Dist. 32 schools for her education. On September 25, 1935 she married Edward T. Hartwig in a double wedding with Don and Esther (Schumann) Smith. The Hartwigs were parents of two children, Jean and Jerald.

Mamie enjoyed her family, baking, sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening, traveling, and many community activities. She had been a member of the Ellsworth Kitchenettes U of M Home Study group since 1933. She was president of her Extension group from 2000-2001 and considering another term as president. She was a member of the Meeker County Hospital Auxiliary, St. Peter’s Ladies Aid, and was a group leader of the Ellsworth Lakers 4-H for 17 years. She was secretary of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church chapter of Aid Association for Lutherans. Mamie enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors and taking care of her breathtakingly beautiful garden. Mamie’s warmth, friendship and gift of putting people at ease were shared with many.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; six brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her daughter Jean (Roger) Anderson of Cambridge; son, Jerald (Sue) Hartwig of Ellsworth Township; grandchildren, Ingrid (Dennis) Meltzer, Bjorn Anderson, Brent (fiancee Darci Schauer) Anderson, Kristina (Tony) Holtz and Kelly Hartwig.)

Lloyd Larson

Lloyd Hybbert Lawrence Larson, 89, of Cambridge, formerly of Sherburn, died September 23, 2001 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.

Services were held at Grandview Christian Home Sept. 26 with Chaplain Paul Reynolds and Dr. Virgil Olson officiating, and at First Baptist Church of Jackson on Sept. 27 with Pastor Jon Campbell, Rev. Bill Robertson and Dr. Virgil Olson officiating. Special music was provided by the Larson Family with accompanists, Darlene Fixell and Betty Johnson. Pallbearers were Erik Larson, Anna Larson, Nathan Larson, Karna Larson, Reed Larson, Britta Larson, Gayle Anderson, Dennis Larson, Donavan Larson, and Gary Anderson. Interment was in Lake Fremont Cemetery in Dunnell, MN.

He was born August 14, 1912 in Jay Township, Marlin County, MN to Oscar L. and Hulda (Hybbert) Larson. The farmhouse where he was born, which was enlarged several times over the years, continued to be his residence until he was past 80. He attended school through eighth grade at District #49, and continued his education for more than two years at Sherburn High, until he left school to work on the farm. From the 1920s until the early 1980s, Lloyd worked the soil of Jay Township. During Lloyd’s years of farming, he experienced tremendous changes in technology and equipment. As a young man, he milked cows by hand, operated horse-drawn implements, and in the fall picked corn week after week, six days a week, also by hand. Later, he drove steel-wheeled tractors, then small, pneumatic-tired tractors, and finally, large enclosed cab models.

Lloyd was a life-long church-man, beginning with many years at Immanuel Lutheran in Dunnell. There he met a young school teacher named Pearl Nelson. They were married October 3, 1943 at Indian Lake Baptist Church, near Worthington, where her father had once pastored. Over the next decade, three sons were born: Jonathan, Bradley, and Kevan. Lloyd made his family a high priority. He supported Pearl in her various activities and affirmed his sons. He enjoyed humor, regularly leaving jokes in the kitchen for others to read, and he was a story-teller of great detail. In the early 1950s, Lloyd and his family became part of the new 1st Baptist Church of Jackson. For 40 years, Lloyd attended regularly and served faithfully in a variety of areas including many years as a deacon, in the choir, and in financial offices. He was also a life of integrity, where what he said in church was consistent with how he lived at home. A picture of Lloyd would not be complete without music. Although not formally trained as a singer, he had a pleasing baritone voice and sang in many settings throughout his whole life. He did not sing his first solo until he was about 30, but eventually he sang at weddings, community events and perhaps 150 funerals. For many years he was part of a men’s quartet and other ensembles. After enjoying hard work and good health for most of his life, Lloyd experienced a series of challenges to his health and well-being, especially in his last 10 years. He and pearl moved to Cambridge, MN in 1992, and after her death January 29, 1993, Lloyd lived alone in Mill Ridge Commons for over a year. He entered Grandview Christian Home in March 1994. Death came from a respiratory infection. He died in, what as a farmer, was his favorite month, and on the day of the first fall frost in Cambridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl; brothers, Lyle Larson and Edgar Larson, sister, Ethelyn Anderson.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law: Jonathan (Lois) Larson of Cambridge, Brad (Jan) larson of Ames, Iowa, Kevan (Shery) Larson of Youngstown, Ohio; grandchildren: Erik, Nathan, Reed, Anna, Jeffrey, Karna, and Britta Larson; sisters-in-law: Arlene Larson and Evelyn Larson; brother-in-law, John V. (Dorothy) Anderson; step-sisters, Mildred (Robert) Gemmill of Trimont, and Lana (Myrl) Dietz of Mapleton.

Lloyd was a man of integrity, a man of peace, and by God’s grace, a child of God.

Arrangements were with the Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Alton Steinbring

Alton Erwin Steinbring, 89, of Isanti, died September 28, 2001, at Cambridge Medical Center.

A visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel and also one hour prior to the funeral at church Friday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at St. John Lutheran Church in Weber with Rev. Lyle Kath officiating. Mary Falk and Albert Nolting will provide the music. Pallbearers will be Brian Diekman, Paul Diekman, Tom Diekman, V. Philip Reim, Peter Sorteberg, and Bradley Steinbring. Interment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery.

Alton, the youngest child of Julius and Emma (Funk) Steinbring, was born February 6, 1912 in Pine City, MN. He was baptized at Zion Lutheran Church of Pine City. At an early age he moved with his family to a farm in North Branch Township and attended Weber Country School #34. On September 5, 1926, he was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church and remained a faithful member attending services as long as his health permitted. For quite a few years he served as secretary of the church board, worked with the building committee, and enjoyed the men’s club. On August 25, 1934, he married Eva Boettcher. They were blessed with three children: Shirley, John, and Yvonne. In 1941, Alton bought a farm near Blomford and remained a full time farmer. He took pride in his Brown Swiss cattle, alfalfa, hogs and chickens. He fondly recalled how helpful the children had been. Each one knew how to drive the tractor for loading hay, feeding the calves, and helping with chores that farm children did. Alton was also interested in community affairs. He was clerk of the District #24 school board, member of the Isanti County Fair Board, Isanti Mill, Isanti Creamery, and the Blomford Rural Telephone Company. Some of his favorite hobbies were wood working, ice fishing, deer hunting, and making maple syrup. Perhaps his greatest challenge was to produce apples (without worms). About 45 years ago, Alton lost his hearing so he depended entirely on hearing aids. This greatly changed his life, especially his participation in public affairs and his personality.

After a lingering illness he quietly left us on Sept. 28 to be home with Jesus. We rejoice in his victory!

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert; sisters, Helen Olson, Dora Meland, and Mayme Pearson; and grandson, Matthew Steinbring.

Alton is survived by his wife, Eva of Isanti; children, Shirley (Dale) Diekman of Alexandria, John (Sandy) Steinbring of Anoka, and Yvonne Steinbring of Yreka, CA; by grandchildren, Paul, Brian (Michelle), and Tom Diekman, Rachel (Phil) Reim, Lisa (Peter) Sorteberg, and Bradley Steinbring; by great-grandchildren, Matt, Jacob and Emma Sorteberg and CJ, Victor and William Reim.

Raymond Putz

Raymond Allen Putz, 63, of Stark, formerly of Cambridge, died September 26, 2001, at his home.

Services were held Oct. 1 at Fish Lake Lutheran Church with Rev. Walter Leitze, Jr. officiating. Howard Doble was the soloist and LaDonna Olson served as organist. Pallbearers were Daniel, Matthew and Ronald Putz, Benjamin, Christopher and Michael Stewart.

He was born November 29, 1937 at Minnesota Lake, MN to Louis and Eugenia Putz. He lived his early years in southern Minnesota and then his family moved to Rush City where he finished school. On April 26, 1957, he married Marilyn Weis at Cambridge. They lived west of Cambridge until 1960 when they moved to Stark, rural Harris. Ray was employed as a mechanic at Gillespie Auto in Cambridge and at Central Chevrolet in North Branch. He also did mechanical work at his home and farmed. Ray was a member of Fish Lake Lutheran Church at Stark. He enjoyed many family activities, fishing and attending gospel music concerts.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Art and Rose Weis; brother-in-law, Dale Weis; nephews, Keith and Donald and great-nephews, Grady and Zaccary.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Daniel (Lori) Putz of Correll, MN, Cindy (Michael) Stewart of Dalgo, Ronald Putz and fiance, Shelley of Stark; brothers, Eugene (Rita) of Jacksonville, NC, Robert (Dolores) of Dalbo, Dale (Diane) of St. Francis, Dwayne (Judy) of Cambridge; sisters, Laurel (Wallace) Evenson of Cambridge, Darlene (Richard) Mclaughlin of Scotsdale, AZ, Karen Keller of Ogilvie, Linda Cartwright of Princeton; grandchildren, Melanie and Janae Putz, Christopher, Benjamin and Autumn Stewart, Matthew Putz; brothers-in-law, Maynard (Donna) Weis of Rose Creek, MN, Arlen (Marie) Weis of Cambridge; sisters-in-law, Marlys (James) Eells of Isanti; and Naomi Weis of Hallsville, TX.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Cambridge Funeral Home-Strike Chapel.

Lawrence Stoeckel

Lawrence Vernon Stoeckel, 84, of Crown, died September 28, 2001 in the same home in which he was born.

Funeral services were held Oct. 1 from Zion Lutheran Church of Crown with Reve. Steven Tischer officiating. Special music was provided by Julie Uhrich. Organist was Penny Hammer. Pallbearers were Chuck Stoeckel, Delton Whittlef, Larry Daudt, Jeff Stoeckel, Bernie Grams, Loren Stoeckel, Dean Krause, and Glen Roeder. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

He was born March 22, 1917 to Bernard and Bertha (Nehring) Stoeckel.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his first wife, Isabelle.

He is survived by wife, Laurel of Crown; sons, Joel (Linda) Stoeckel of Bloomigton, Leon Stoeckel of Isanti, Rick (Sue) Stoeckel of St. Francis; daughter, Susan (James) Rogers of Brainerd; step-daughters, Kathy (Randy) Kolb of Blaine, Marlette (Ken) Hoxmeier of Vadnais Heights, Carol Nelson of Andover; 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; five step-grandchildren; brother, Clarence Stoeckel of Maple Grove; sisters, Frieda Krueger of Cambridge and Theresa Whittlef of Crown.

Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.

Myrtle Bismark

Funeral services were held September 28, 2001 at Stanchfield Baptist Church for Myrtle L. Bismark, 96, of Cambridge with Rev. Dale Cope officiating. Music was provided by organist Ann Moline and soloist Lawrence Olson. Pallbearers were her great-grandchildren: Dan, Peter, and Bethani Bismark, Mary Gerrety, Stephanie Lyon, Jolene Gerrety, Michael Bismark, Timothy Emerick, Jennifer Gerrety, Kristina Emerick, Keri Doble, Zachary Bismark, Kaylynn Fiedler and Rachel Bismark. Honorary pallbearers were her great-great-grandchildren: Brandon Fiedler and Fiedler and Madyson Connolly. Burial was in the church cemetery.

She was born September 21, 1905, in Grandy, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Okerlund) Larson. She grew up in rural Grandy. On April 24, 1925 she wed Leonard Bismark and they lived in Elm Park for 23 years. In 1948 they moved to East Grandy where she lived until June 1998, when she moved to Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.

Myrtle farmed alongside her husband Leonard for many years. She took pride in her garden and flowers. Everyone was always welcome in her home and knew when the coffee would be ready. She was a member of the Grandy Good Cheer Guild and a friend of the Stanchfield Baptist Church.

She died at Cambridge Medical Center September 24, 2001.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard; brothers, Arvid, Alfred, Oscar, Floyd and Dallas; and sisters, Rosela, Blanche and Hilma.

She is survived by her son Wallace (Lois) Bismark of Cambridge; daughter Lorna Baker of East Bethel, MN; grandchildren Bradley (Luana) Bismark of Stanchfield; Deborah Gerrety of Fridley; Julie (Steve) Gustafson of Braham; Roxanne (Ronald) Emerick of Carlsbad, CA, and John “Dan” (Karla) Bismark of Big Lake, MN; 13 great grandchildren: Bethani, Michael and Peter Bismark, Jennifer, Mary and Jolene Gerrety, Stephanie (Jeremy) Lyon; Kaylynn (Brian) Fiedler; Keri (Mike) Doble; Timothy and Kristina Emerick and Zachary and Rachel Bismark; great- great grandchildren: Brandon and Michaela Fiedler and Madyson Connolly; and sister-in-law Helen Larson of Stanchfield.

Arrangements were by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham.

Margaret E. Nelson

Margaret Elizabeth Gravell Nelson, 89, formerly of Cambridge, died September 28, 2001 at Good Samaritan Center in Anoka, MN where she had resided since 1996.

Services were held Oct. 3, at Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Lundgren officiating. Special music was by Rev. Jonathan Larson with Lois Larson as accompanist. Pallbearers were James Nelson, Lennart Gravell, Lawrence Gravell, Scott Nelson, and Stacy Nelson. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Minneapolis.

She was born September 2, 1912 in Minneapolis, to Oscar and Hanna (Paulson) Gravell. She grew up in Minneapolis near Lake Harriet and graduated from Central High School in 1930. She completed a secretarial course at Minneapolis Business College and attended the University of Minnesota and New Jersey State Teachers College at Montclair, N.J. Her work history includes positions at General Mills and Elim Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Baptist General Conference Headquarters in Chicago, and Ministers' Life and Casualty Union in Minneapolis from which she retired in 1975.

In June 1971 Margaret married Lorimer Nelson of Cambridge and they lived in Cambridge. In 1988, they were among the first residents to move into Mill Ridge Commons. Margaret lived in Grandview Christian Home in 1994 and, following Lorimer's death in 1995, lived at Kensington Cottages in Buffalo, MN until she moved to Anoka Good Samaritan Center. She was a former member of Elim (Swedish) Baptist Church in Minneapolis and a member of First Baptist Church in Cambridge until her death. Wherever she lived, Margaret made friends and was committed to staying in touch through the years, sometimes assisting them through difficult circumstances. Her kindness to and "gifting" of others was well-known-she was concerned for the welfare of those who had few resources and did what she could to help both children and adults. She looked forward to gatherings that brought her loved ones together and tirelessly orchestrated the details to make celebrations of friendship and family happen.

Concern for and a curiosity about others prompted Margaret to love travel. Adventures included many miles in her car to attend church conferences, family gatherings, plus a memorable trip with her parents in 1953 via steamship to visit Swedish relatives. Though she couldn't travel to visit and work with her good missionary friend, Joyce Johnson, she did much to support Joyce's work at Africa Inland Church Njabini Conference Center in Kenya, East Africa

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorimer and brother Randolph Gravell.

She is survived by stepchildren Margaret Cleveland of Duluth, MN; James (Elaine) Nelson of Cedar, MN; step-grandchildren Scott and Stacey Nelson, Shelayne Zeidler, Elisabeth and Andrew Cleveland, eight step-great grandchildren; sister-in-law Nora Gravell of Sun City, AZ, nephew Larry (Susan) Gravell of Austin, TX; niece Carolyn (Ray) Diekmeier of Warrensburg, MO; three great-nephews, one great-niece; many cousins, including Lennart (Violette) Gravell and Millie Bloomer of Minneapolis, Delbert Larson, Leroy Johnson of Perham MN, Mary-Ann Johnson of Fergus Falls, MN, Jeannette (Paul) Servin of Darwin, MN, and Anders Gravell, Elsie Rydgard, Birger Siden, Kaj Braw, Sigrid Andersson, Anders Olsson in Sweden.

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