Leon A.J. Young
Leon Allen John Young, 82, died March 19, 2004. Young was a very popular and well-loved industrial arts teacher in the Braham Area High School from 1944 to 1980.
After his retirement in 1980, he lived in Itasca County, north of Grand Rapids, until his passing.
His Celebration of Life is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 12 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church in northwest Braham. Many friends, former students and relatives will be gathering to share memories and pay tribute to Mr. Young at this time.
Services will be conducted by Pastor Rich Chronis. Memorials are preferred to Braham Ev. Lutheran Church, Balsalm Bible Chapel, University of Wisconsin-Stout, the American Swedish Institute or the Cokato Historical Museum.
Braham Ev. Lutheran Church is located one mile west of Hwy. 107 on Co. Rd. 4 in Braham. It is also located two miles east of Hwy. 65 on Co. Rd. 4. Further questions can be directed to the church, 320-396-2755.
Betty Jane Fabio-Johnson, 78, of Cambridge, died June 6, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 10, 2004 at the Grandview Christian Home Chapel in Cambridge with Rev. Paul Reynolds and Rev. Dale Stiles officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at Grandview. Pastor Stiles and Anita Colbaugh will serve as musicians. Pallbearers will be Bruce, Douglas, John and Nick Fabio, James Hering and Duane Johnson. The interment service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, June 14 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, assembly area 6. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home - Cambridge Chapel.
Betty Jane Fabio-Johnson was born August 22, 1925 at St. Paul, MN to Thomas and Agnes Rice. At the age of three Betty's father died and their family moved to the Hegman farmstead in Maple Ridge Township. Their family later moved back to St. Paul where Betty attended Johnson High School. Betty married Robert Fabio and to this union five children were born, John, Sharon, Douglas, Bruce and Cynthia. Robert died in October 1992. On October 21, 1995 Betty married Orvel E. Johnson at Christ the King Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake. Betty and Orvel were childhood friends and were both confirmed at Arlington Hills Lutheran Church. They later dated until Orvel left to fight for his county in the USMC during WWII. They met again 53 years later, were married, and made their home in White Bear Lake until 2001 when they moved to Cambridge. Betty loved music, knitting and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Agnes Rice, by her first husband, Robert James Fabio, and by her sister, Dorothy Rice.
Betty is survived by her husband, Orvel Emil Johnson of Cambridge; children, John (Gale) Fabio of North St. Paul, Sharon (Duane "Ziggy") Johnson of White Bear Lake; Douglas (Londa) Fabio of Shoreview; Bruce (Sandi) Fabio of North St. Paul and Cynthia (James) Hering of White Bear Lake; sister, Lorraine (Gardner) Keeler; sister-in-law, Phyllis Stevens; by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Benjamin Fredrick Ausmus, 77 of Isanti, died June 3, 2004 at his home.
Services were held June 7 at Bethel Community Church with Rev. Michael Sullivan officiating. Kathryn Guest and Edward Anderson served as vocalists and Bonnie Swedeen as pianist. Ben's grandsons serving as pallbearers were Gary Adams, Robert Anderson, Ben R. and Pat Ausmus, Joseph Finger and Brandon Morris. Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
He was born August 27, 1926 at Beroun, MN to Fredrick and Alvina (Cerney) Ausmus. He was raised and attended school near Beroun as their family made their home just east of town. Benjamin was a WWII veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Army from 1944 – 1946. After his time of service he returned to Beroun and married Gertrude Pulkrabek May 10, 1947. They lived in Beroun for a short time before moving to Duluth where they remained until 1968. Since then they have made their home on a farm in Athens Township in southern Isanti County. Benjamin was employed as a machinist at Graco corporation in Minneapolis, retiring in 1988. He was a life member of Beroun American Legion. Benjamin enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling, farming and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Alvina.
Benjamin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Gertrude; sons, Randy (Melody) Ausmus of Isanti; Brian Ausmus of Oakdale; daughters, Diane (Edward) Anderson of Wyndmere, N. D, Gaile (David) Boudreau of Cedar, Yvonne (Al) Moen of Princeton; Karen (Vern) Morris of Winter Park, FL; brother, Gary (Janet) Ausmus of Hinckley; sisters, Goldie Felten of Annandale; Evelyn (Ed) Ellingson of Lomira, WI; by 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home - Isanti Chapel.
Herbert L. Baldowsky, 95, of Isanti died February 28, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 24 at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Valerie Brown-Greenly officiating. Interment was in the Rio Verde, Arizona Memorial Garden. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home - Isanti Chapel.
Herb was an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and more than thirty years at Leech Lake. In 1956 he was named the Isanti Community's Director on the Cambridge Memorial Hospital Board on which he served for many years. Please direct any memorials to the Hospital's Foundation.
Longtime resident of Isanti, Minnesota, he was preceded in death by his wife Helena, a career first grade teacher in the Cambridge schools.
He is survived by his stepdaughter Betty Anderson Reber (Bill) of Edina; granddaughter Mary (Greg) of Auburn, Maine; grandson Bill (Darcy) of Edina; five great-grandchildren - Ali and Anna Desjardin, Josh, Matt and Sami Reber.
Charles Gordon McCallum (Bud), 81, of Anoka, died June 5, 2004 at Guardian Angels Care Center in Elk River.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10 at Family of Christ Lutheran Church with Pastor Dennis Perryman officiating. Pallbearers will be Wayne Berkley, Jack Swanson, Tim Swanson, Ron Sundeen, Dean Heckenliable, and Rob Rieck. Interment will be at West Oak Grove Cemetery in Oak Grove.
Charles was born July 23, 1922 in Burns Township, MN to Charles Edward and Eva Lena (nee) McCallum. He was an agricultural farmer and also owned and operated a Polaris dealership for 35 years.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Michael (Marie) McCallum of Oak Grove; daughter, Susan McCallum of Anoka; grandchildren, Steve and Leona Wilson and Jean (Matheu) Hongel; great-granddaughter, Errin Hongel; sister, Leona Swanson of Forest Lake.
Arrangements are with Thurston-Lindberg Funeral Home, Anoka.
Byron Yerigan, 70, of McGregor, MN., formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at Cambridge Medical Center.
Services are pending. Call Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home at 763-689-2244 for more information.
Kendra Jean Puckett was born October 1, 1997 and went to her heavenly home July 4, 2004 at the age of 6 years, 9 months and 3 days.
She was born at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and lived with her family in the Isanti area for three years where she attended Dellwood Preschool in Cambridge. She then moved to the Becker area where she attended two years of ECFE in Becker. She just finished her kindergarten year and was looking forward to starting 1st grade in the fall.
Even with the challenges of Rett's Syndrome Kendra enjoyed swimming, horseback riding, music, dancing, and giggling with her friends, big brother, and anyone around her. In her short but beautiful life, Kendra's shining smile, expressive brown eyes, and joyful spirit blessed the hearts of everyone with whom she came in contact.
Kendra was preceded in death by her grandfather, Martin Fredrickson.
She is survived by her parents, Ken and Lorie Puckett, her brother, Kyle (8), and her sister, Danielle Wojciechowski; her grandparents, LeRoy and Janice Puckett of Foley and Marilyn Fredrickson of Isanti, 16 aunts and uncles, 23 cousins, and many more friends and loved ones.
Services were held July 7 at Becker Baptist Church, Becker, MN with Rev. Dallas Smith and Rev. Rob Olsen officiating. Pallbearers were April Fredrickson, Heidi Fredrickson, Shelby Fredrickson, Robin Klocek, Jamie Rea and Nela Smith. Interment was in Atna Cemetery in rural Isanti.
Memorials are suggested to Health Directed Riding, P.O. Box 335, Grandy, MN 55029.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home - Cambridge Chapel.
Charles L. Vining, 85, of Cambridge died June 27, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, 2004 from Cambridge Lutheran Church with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. John Lundeen, accompanied by Mary Kay O’Neill, will sing “This World Is Not My Home” and ‘Precious Lord Take My Hand.” Honorary pallbearers will be Stev and Jeff Schroeder, Cory and Matt Nelson, Ed and Troy Wilkinson, and Eric Norberg. Interment will be in South Maple Ridge Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Cambridge American Legion Post #290.
He was born February 1, 1919 in Mitchell, S.D. to Thomas and Gertrude Vining. He was raised and lived his early years on a farm near Ethan, S.D. He served in the peace time Army and later in World War II. In 1939 he married Lenora Elder, his wife of 65 years. Charles was a mechanic for many years before becoming employed by the Army Corps of Engineers. During his retirement years he was the mechanic for the John Deere Snowmobile Racing Team of Cambridge.
He was preceded in death by one sister, two brothers and a son-in-law.
Survivors include his wife Lee of Cambridge, daughters Judy Schroeder of Cambridge, Joanne Wilkinson of Minneapolis, Linda Nelson of Minneapolis, Laurie (Dennis) Norberg of Isanti, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, sister-in-law Martha Vining of Worthington.
Arrangements are with Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Scott Randall, 70, died unexpectedly July 3, 2004 at his home in Grasston.
Services were held July 7 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Dr. Roger Anderson officiating. The musician was Janice Anderson. His sons were pallbearers, Brad, Clay, Ethan, Jesse, Lance, Phil and Tim Randall. Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Charles Scott Randall was born September 13, 1933 at Swayzee, Indiana to Grant and Eva Randall. He was raised and attended school in Marion, Indiana. Scott served in the Air Force during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. After his military service he made his home in Coon Rapids and the Bethel area. Twenty-three years ago he moved to Grasston where he has since made his home. Scott was employed by International Harvester for several years and then at the Thunderbird Hotel where he worked until retiring in 1995. In earlier years when living in Coon Rapids he was an active member of a Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school. He later moved to Bethel and was baptized at St. Francis Baptist Church. Scott enjoyed tying fly fishing lures, listening to talk radio and writing poems. He was a “people person” and enjoyed talking to anyone. He was a daily customer at the Red Shed Restaurant in Pine City. Scott enjoyed his family and Nancy’s children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his sons, Phil of Isanti, Lance and his children Ashley and Tyas of Grasston, Brad (Kim) and daughter Bailey of Cambridge, Tim and fiancee Rebecca Palmer of Grasston, Clay, Jesse and Ethan all of Bethel; brother, Dean (Sandy) of Marion, Indiana; sister, Cheryl (Fred) Warner of Marion, Indiana; his special friend, Nancy Brady of Grasston; and former wife, Marlene Randall of Bethel.
Sharon Marie Nelson, 43, of rural Isanti, died July 1, 2004 at Fairview Northland Regional Hospital in Princeton.
Services were held July 6 at New Life Christian Center, Princeton, with Rev. Chuck Pruitt officiating. Burial was in Long Lake Community Cemetery in Isanti. Casket bearers were Jonathan and David Garcia, Robert Spannbauer, and Gary, Daniel, James, and Brian Dahedl.
She was born June 11, 1961 in St. Paul, MN to Louis and Phyllis (Huntsinger) Dahedl. She graduated from South St. Paul High School in 1979. Sharon moved to the Cambridge, Isanti area in 1987 and married Tom Nelson June 10, 2000, in Isanti. The couple presently lived near Long Lake. She had just recently started her career as a real estate agent. Sharon loved camping and taking care of the house. She was involved with the Cambridge Christian School and the Bond Slaves Ministry. She took great pride in her family and loved spending time with them.
She is survived by her husband, Tom; her children: Jessica Garcia of Minneapolis, Monica, Jonathan and David Garcia all of Isanti; her mother, Phyllis Brunelle of Rosemount, MN; and her brothers and sisters: Robert Spannbauer of South St. Paul, James Dahedl of Bemidji, and Debra Miller, Gary Dahedl, Daniel Dahedl, and Brian Dahedl, all of Apple Valley.
Alice May Springer, 90, of Spencer Brook, died June 23, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home in Cambridge.
Services were held June 26 from the Spencer Brook United Methodist Church with Rev. Diane Nelson officiating. Kathy Walz, accompanied by Gloria Wesloh sang, “On Eagles’ Wings” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Interment was in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
She was born September 5, 1913 in La Crosse, WI to Winfield and Amy (Millard) Redman. The family moved to Montana where Alice was raised. She attended school in Ismay, MT and graduated in 1931. In 1933 Alice went on to nurses training in Hot Springs, SD where she graduated in 1936. She moved to Minneapolis where she worked at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and Fairview Hospital. On November 7, 1941 she married Lewis Springer in St. Louis Park. The couple made their home in South Minneapolis where Lewis had a paint store. Alice quit nursing so she could help Lewis run the store. They eventually sold the store and retired to rural Princeton in about 1965 and Alice cared for her father until he passed away. Lewis passed away in June 1982. Alice continued to live at home until recently moving to River Hills in Cambridge. She was president of the Isanti County Senior Citizens for many years and was involved with the Seven County Seniors. She was very active at Spencer Brook United Methodist Church and was always willing to help at church with whatever needed to be done. She enjoyed knitting, walking and loved her cat Lucky.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband Lewis and brother Robert Redman.
She is survived by step children Lois (Earl) Roberts of Sarasota, FL, and Frank Springer of FL, half brother Charles Redman of Ismay, MT, and special friend and godson Ken and wife Bonnie Larson of Eagan, MN.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Charles L. Vining, 85, of Cambridge, died June 27, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10 at Cambridge Lutheran Church.
Arrangements with Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home (763)689-2244.
Russell Leroy Kafer, 51, of Portland, Oregon died unexpectedly June 22, 2004 in Gresham, Oregon.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Rev. Rhodel Jacobson officiating. A visitation will be held two hours prior to the service on Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Justin, Travis and Brent Kafer, Steve Lind, Daniel Anderson and Bill Larue. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes, MN.
He was born June 27, 2004 in Minneapolis, MN to Virgil and Marian Kafer. His family lived in Richfield until Russell was 10 years old. They then moved to New Brighton and Russell attended Mounds View High School, graduating in 1971. Russell married Sandy Benjamin and they made their home in Brooklyn Park. He later married Patty Robarge and they had three sons, Justin, Travis and Brent. They made their home near Elk River. After his second divorce, Russell met Lori Palmer and they had a daughter, Karlie. Karlie recently had a son, Brennan, and Russell was very proud to have a grandson. Russell has lived in the Portland, Oregon area for the past several years. He worked as a machinist and later as a cabinet maker. He was a very mechanical person and he enjoyed working on cars. Russell also enjoyed camping and boating.
Russell was preceded in death by his father, Virgil; and grandparents, Leonard and Iva Kafer and William and Florence Jarrett.
He is survived by his sons; Justin and his girlfriend Nina of Coon Rapids, Travis (girlfriend Nicki) of Isanti; Brent (girlfriend Tiffany) of Cambridge; daughter Karlie Palmer of Buffalo; mother, Marian of Isanti; brothers, Dan (Cynthia) of Douglas City, CA, Gary (Christine) of Cohutta, GA; Curtis (Jeanette) of Isanti; sister, Melanie (Daniel) Anderson of Cambridge; and by his grandson, Brennan.