Audrey Yvonne Nesbit, 63, of East Bethel and formerly of Blaine, died suddenly July 27, 2004.
Services were held Aug. 1 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in East Bethel with Rev. Steve Melander officiating. The musician was Delmyra Demings. Pallbearers were Daren and Nathan Kowalsky, Brent, Jeremy, Steve and Vance Mattison. Interment was in Fridsborg Cemetery.
She was born August 21, 1940 to Melvin and Eva Mattison of Baudette, MN. She was raised near Rainy River/Lake of the Woods and graduated from Baudette High School. She also attended Thief River Falls Vo-Tech. After graduation she moved to Minneapolis to work for Ernst & Ernst. On July 22, 1961 Audrey married Frank W. Nesbit and to this marriage they brought five children. After raising them they established Independent Locomotive Service of Bethel and Thief River Falls in 1982. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, traveling with her husband, and various collectibles.
She was preceded in death by her father, Melvin and infant brother, Ronald.
She is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Mark (Cindy), Mike (Nikki), Shaun (Teresa), Shane (Lynnae), and Tanya; grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Ryan, Jessica, Conner, Haley, Tyler, Alec, Noah, Alicia, Brittany and Shayla; mother, Eva; brother, William (Claudia), and sister, Karen (Roger).
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.
Philip Allan Hocker, 56, of Isanti, died July 29, 2004 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis as the result of cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 3 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with Father Jose Edayadiyil as Celebrant. Gail Genin served as Cantor, Mark Conty served as soloist and Dorine Schommer as organist. Interment was in Isanti Union Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Rum River VFW Post 2735 of Isanti. Pallbearers were Gary Adams, Pat Ausmus, Greg, Larry and Tom Brueshaber and Tony Carter. Honorary pallbearer was Melody Ausmus.
He was born April 18, 1948 at Springfield, Massachusetts to Robert and Muriel Hocker. They lived in Springfield until Philip was eight and then they homesteaded on Flat Top Mountain near Anchorage, Alaska. Philip graduated from East High School with the class of 1966. He then served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Surgeons Technician on the U.S.S. Hope. After the service, he made his home in Minnesota and worked at General Hospital in Minneapolis and also attended the University of St. Thomas. Philip then moved to Seattle where he worked as an Operating Room Technician at Group Health Hospital for 25 years. After his mother became ill six years ago he came back to Minnesota and lived with his parents in rural Isanti so he could care for his mother. He also worked as an Operating Room Technician at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. Philip enjoyed photography, biking, camping, traveling, gardening, reading and studying French.
There is an old tradition that God sends each person into the world with a special message to deliver, a special song to sing, and a special act of love to bestow. No one else can speak that message, or bestow that act of love. They are entrusted only to each person. According to the tradition, the message may be spoken, the song sung, and the act of love delivered only to a few. It depends on God’s unique plan for each person. When we are recalling the fact that God so loved the world that He send His Son into the world for us, we say this to you:
“Dear Phil, your message has been heard in our hearts, your song has warmed our world and your love has brightened our lives. Thank you for your message, your song, and your love. You will always be in our grateful hearts and prayers and you will never be forgotten.”
He was preceded in death by his mother, Murial, and by his sister, Mary.
Philip will be lovingly remembered by his father, Robert of Isanti; brothers, Bob of Barellan Point, Australia, John of Kenai, Alaska, Dave and his wife Sue of Wasilla, Alaska, Dan of Chaska; sisters, Karen Tommerdahl and her husband Skip of Oak Grove, Debbie Frazier of Anchorage, Alaska.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.
Leland (Lee) Stephen Johnson, 79 of Bethel, died August 1, 2004 at Cambridge Health Care Center.
Services were held Aug. 4 at Bethel Community Church with Rev. Michael Sullivan officiating. Soloist was Julie Sullivan and Bonnie Swedeen served as pianist. Pallbearers were Dan and Matt Johnson, Scott Jones, Rick McManners and Luke and Mick Olson. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.
He was born May 14, 1925 in Royalton Twp. of Pine County to Fred and Gertrude Johnson. As a young child he moved with his family to Ogilvie where he attended school. Lee joined the Navy at 17 years and served in World War II from 1942 – 1946. After the service he returned to Ogilvie. In 1946 he married Delores Peterson and they made their home at Ogilvie. On March 6, 1970 he married Joyce McManners. They made their home in Blaine for three years and then moved to Bethel where they have since made their home. He was a member of Bethel Community Church. Lee was employed by the Union Oil Company in St. Paul for 28 years. He was a member of the VFW Post in Mounds View. Lee enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all of the family gatherings. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening.
Lee is survived by his wife, Joyce of Bethel; children, Stephen (Sharon) Johnson of East Bethel, Timothy (Becky) Johnson of Ogilvie, Rick (Cheri) McManners of Shakopee, Elaine (Mick) Olson of Ogilvie, Carol (Randy) Rice of Winona, Mary (Scott) Jones of St. Francis; brother Pat (June) Johnson of Clearbrook, MN; sister, Alda (John) Desoto of Brooklyn Park; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.
Darlene Rose Becklin, 65, of Stanchfield, went to be with the Lord July 26, 2004 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital surrounded by her children.
Services were held Aug. 1 from Calvary Lutheran Church at Rush Point with Rev. Keith Kolzow officiating. Music was provided by vocalist Jon Ekstrom with Janice Johnson as organist. Pallbearers were William Jr., Dale, Johnny, Jimmy and Kenny Becklin and Jana Treichel. Burial was in the church cemetery.
She was born August 7, 1938 to Marvin and Rose Sandy in Stanchfield Township. She was baptized and confirmed at Stanchfield Baptist Church and attended Grandy Country School and Cambridge High School. She married William L. Becklin November 27, 1954 and gave birth to eight children whom she loved very much. Darlene enjoyed being a homemaker, working at the Brass Rail, as well as the 19 years she spent working at Cambridge State Hospital. She retired January 4, 1999. During retirement, Darlene and Bill enjoyed traveling, antique collecting, shows and spending time with their grandchildren.
Darlene’s joyful spirit, compassionate heart, strength and courage are the qualities that made her truly special. There was nothing more important to her than living each day to the fullest and it was this determination that gave her strength.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Rose Sandy and infant sons, Gary and Lonny.
Darlene is survived by her husband, Bill Sr. of Stanchfield; sons Bill Jr. (Larissa) of Stanchfield; Dale (Robin) of Grandy; Johnny of Stark; Jimmy (Cheryl) of Stanchfield; Kenny (Bonni) of Cambridge; daughter, Jana Treichel (Tyler) of Cambridge; grandchildren, Tiffany Schomel, Dustin Becklin, Danielle Becklin, Grisha Severyukhin, Alyssa Becklin, Forrest Becklin, Eric Becklin, Kelly Becklin, Savanna Treichel, Anthony Becklin, Clinton Treichel, Marina Becklin, Katerina Becklin and Paulina Becklin; brothers, Duane (Ann) Sandy of Lawton, OK and Robert (Mary) Sandy of Ogilvie and by aunts, J. Victoria Pearson of Stanchfield and Sylvia (Burton) Okerlund of Cambridge.
Arrangements were with Rock-Mankie Burial & Cremation Services of Braham.
Ronald R. Butcher, 39, of Shafer, MN. died as a result of an accident July 21, 2004.
Services were held July 26 from Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Forest Lake with burial in Girard Union Cemetery in Henning, MN.
Butcher was a sergeant with the Chisago County Sheriff’s Department.
He is survived by his wife, Lori; sons, Shane and Zach Butcher; daughter, Kasey Swenson; parents, Darol and Doris Butcher; sister, Dorothy (Roger) Heschke; and brothers, Allen (Barb), Terry (Pat) and Dave (Cindy).
Willard James “Willie” Lawrence, 76, of Cambridge died August 2, 2004 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
Services are at 11a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at South Isanti Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Venneman officiating. Visitation is from 4 – 8 p.m. on Friday at Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel and also 1 hour prior to the funeral Saturday at the church. The soloist will be Louisa Nelson and the organist will be William Spencer. Honorary pallbearers are Warren Elm, Robert Lawrence, Gene Murphy and William Spencer. Pallbearers are Darin Ekanger, Sr., Mickey Ekanger, Michael Gochenour, Mark Huettl, Aaron and Glenn Lawrence. Interment will be in Morningside Memorial Gardens in Coon Rapids.
He was born June 5, 1928 in Minneapolis to Edgar and Gladys Lawrence. He was raised and attended school in Minneapolis. Willie joined the Army during World War II and was stationed in Japan with the Military Police. After the service he returned to Minneapolis. On October 7, 1950 he married Mary Olson and they made their home in the Minneapolis area until 1994 when they moved to St. Francis. In 1999 they moved to Cambridge. During his working years he was employed as a metal worker. Willie’s hobbies and interests included fishing, tying jigs, hunting, camping and trap shooting. He also enjoyed working on cars and he took pride in his welding.
Willie is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Karen (David) Huettl, Richard (Sharon) Lawrence, Marilee (Mike) Gochenour; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Cathy) Lawrence; and sister, Marian (William) Spencer.
Wallace F. Whittlef, 83, of Andover, died July 18, 2004 at Anoka Care Center.
Services were held July 22 at Zion Lutheran Church of Crown, with Rev. Loel Wessel officiating. Tom Michel, accompanied by Penny Hammer sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “One Eagles’ Wings.” Pallbearers were Randy Johnson, Darwin, Delton, Denzel, Larry and Dean Whittlef. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
He was born to Henry and Emma (Grams) Whittlef on May 30, 1921, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific.
He was preceded in death by brothers Donald, Clarence, Ralph, Raymond, Vernon and Lester; great-granddaughter Madalyn; and son-in-law, Duane Gaslin.
Wally is survived by Gertrude (nee Hass), his wife of 61 years; daughter, Gerri (Dennis) Hilgers of Roseville; son, Douglas (Sharon) Whittlef of Maple Grove; son, Allen (Trudy) Whittlef of Ham Lake; grandchildren DeAnne, Kathi, Chad, Rhea and Cade, step-grandchildren Jason and Jessica; six great-grandchildren; brother, Wesley (Esther) Whittlef of Fridley; sister, Evelyn (Ralph) Lemke of Crown; sister, Beatrice (Myron) Johnson of Zimmerman; and sister-in-law, Theresia Whittlef of Crown.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Funeral services for Howard Franklin Christensen, 85, of Braham, were held July 24, 2004 at Rock Mankie Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating. Pallbearers were Laurel Lucht, Carl Larson, Randy Ford, Art Ford, Dick Clark and Kenneth Clark. Interment was in Danewood Cemetery.
He was born October 23, 1918 in Braham to Frank and Emma (Guetzkow) Christensen. Howard was employed at Dahlman Manufacturing for many years. He made his home in rural Braham until moving into the city of Braham in the fall of 1948, where he lived with family members until having a stroke in 2002. He was in Cambridge Health Care Center until February 22, 2002 and then moved to Assisted Country Care where he was very happy. Howard remained there until suffering a massive stroke in mid-July. After a short stay at Cambridge Medical Center he resided at Cambridge Health Care until his death July 21, 2004. He had many friends in the Braham area and surrounding towns and loved to mix with people.
He was preceded in death by his brothers Lester (Ann) Christensen of Rush City and Walter Christensen of Braham and sister-in-law Marlyce Christensen of Rush City.
He is survived by brothers Donald (Gladys) Christensen of Pine City and Roger Christensen of Rush City, and sister-in-law Eleanor Christensen of Cambridge.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham, MN.
Agnes “Tootie” Fetterley
Agnes Caroline Fetterley, “Tootie” of Isanti, was born at home in Chokio, MN July 9, 1931 to Leo and Edith Girard and on July 25, 2004 at age 73, after a determined battle with pancreatic cancer, the Lord called his daughter home.
Funeral services were held July 28 at Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel with Father James DeBruycker officiating. Interment was in Isanti Union Cemetery.
Tootie went ahead to make ready a place for those she leaves behind: Her loving and devoted husband, Wallace Gordon Fetterley, with whom she built a wonderful home and wonderful life, in Isanti, MN. Tootie is also survived by her daughters; Rebecca (Curt) Johnson, Karen (Bernie) Kunkel, Colleen (Jerome) Jirovec, Linda Ryan, Laura (Jerry) Widell and Sheila Mathews; by 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; by her sister, Maris Nickson of Auburn, WA, and by many relatives and friends who will miss her terribly.
She is now spending time with those who have gone before her: both parents, two sons, two babies and three sisters, where she will get ‘a daisy a day’ for eternity.
“Let us celebrate her life and feel the blessing of having the privilege of being part of her life’s journey.”
James Lyle Oliver, 58, of Zimmerman died unexpectedly July 19, 2004 in Baudette, MN.
Services were held July 24 from Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge with Rev. Harry Eklund officiating. Mary Falk sang “On Eagles’ Wings.” Pallbearers were Mike Olson, Mark Bohn, Brandon Oliver, Mike, Scott, and Pierre Mros. Interment was in Athens Lutheran Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Cambridge American Legion Post #290.
He was born October 11, 1945 in Stanchfield, MN to Lucian and Grace (Nelson) Oliver. The family moved to Isanti where he attended Isanti and Cambridge schools. Later they moved to the St. Francis area and Jim graduated from St. Francis High School in 1963. After school he joined the U.S. Army in March 1964. He was Honorably Discharged in February 1967 and remained in the Army Reserve until March 1970. Jim worked as an insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance and recently retired after 28 years of service. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Grace Oliver.
He is survived by daughters Kelly Oliver of Minneapolis; Colleen (Matthew) Warner of Farmington; grandchildren Alexander Ortiz, Grace and Sophia Warner; sister Sharon (Walt) Mros of St. Michael, and brother Jerry (Peg) Oliver of Plymouth.
Helen Viola Sylvester, 93, of Bay Lake, died July 23, 2004 at Cuyuna Regional Care Center in Crosby.
Funeral services were July 27 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood with Greg Meyer AiM officiating. Burial was in Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery in Braham.
She was born May 10, 1911 to Andrew and Mathilda (Larson) Erickson. She married Clyde Sylvester December 22, 1934 in Isanti. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Deerwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde and sisters, Sally Johnson and Esther Barber.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law: Donald (Marlene) Sylvester of Inver Grove Heights, James (Pearl) Sylvester of Anaheim, CA, Dean (Patricia) Sylvester of St. Cloud, Gary (Sonja) Sylvester of Corona, CA; sister, Evelyn Peterson of Deerwood; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Bradley John Zvanovec, 35, of Cambridge, died September 8, 2004, unexpectedly at his home.
Services were held Sept. 11 at Strike Funeral Home - Cambridge Chapel with Father James David Hahn officiating.
He was born May 27, 1969 in Minneapolis and was raised and attended school in Cambridge. Bradley was a sheet rocker and was self employed in the blacktop sealing business. He enjoyed fishing and playing his guitar.
Bradley is survived by his parents, Lillian and John J. Zvanovec of Cambridge; sister, Kimberly Zvanovec of Apple Valley; and daughter, Brittany Youngmark of Coon Rapids.