Gust Deloyd Calander, 86, of North Branch, MN, died October 6, 2004 at Green Acres Country Care Center in North Branch.
Services were held Oct. 11 at St. John Lutheran Church in Weber with Rev. Kevin Zellers officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Gust was born March 19, 1918 to Gust and Ella (Norberg) Calander in Isanti County, He served his country in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre during WWII. Following discharge, Gust married Arlene Pohl at the church parsonage of St. John’s Lutheran August 12, 1944. They celebrated their 50th anniversary before Arlene died in 1995. Gust worked for Peterson’s Mill in North Branch, driving truck, before his retirement. Retirement years were spent working the hobby farm, raising beef, pigs, and chickens, along with very large gardens.
Gust was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; sons Paul and Mark, and grandson, Frank Harvey, Jr.; brothers, Delmore, Delton, Dennis, and Denford Calander; sisters, Doris (Mrs. Tarnard Olson), Delma (Mrs. Reynold Olson), and Dorothy (Mrs. Clarence Johnson).
He is survived by sons, Calvin (Sunny) (Debbie), LeRoy (Kaye); daughters, Norma (John) Nelson, Becki (Steve) Kruse, Winnie Steenerson, Laurie Larson, Ginger Harvey, and Deb Calander (Mike Leist); brother, Donald; sisters-in-law, Loretta (Donald) Calander, Ethel, and Loyda Calander; 27 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren.
“Dad lived his entire life in the North Branch area. The most important part of his life was his love for his family and family heritage. In the last years, he enjoyed very much living at Green Acres. He knew many people from the community and the staff were very, very good to him.”
Marjorie Melissa McKinnon, 93, of Mora, died October 11, 2004 at Villa Health Care Center in Mora.
Services were held Oct. 15 at United Methodist Church of Mora with Rev. Dennis Buckley officiating. Organist was Deb Menze and soloist was Ruthann Linehan. Pallbearers were Beverly Ostrowski, Allison Clabel, Barbara Peterson, Bonnie, Bradley, Aimee and Brent McKinnon, Bryan and Bruce Burk, and Kimberly Bartz. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
She was born April 19, 1911 in Northfield, MN to Elbert and Edith Closson. She graduated from Northfield H.S. in 1930 and attended Normal School training in Faribault. She completed her Elementary Education degree at St. Cloud State and taught in many communities including Webster, Coin, Brunswick, McGrath, Ogilvie and Fish Lake, retiring in 1976. Marjorie married Raymond H. McKinnon March 17, 1933. They moved to the farm in Grass Lake Township in 1946 and she lived there until December 1997 when she moved to Village Apartments until July 1999. She had been a resident at the Villa since that time. She loved to sew, make quilts, garden, bird watch, camp, travel and fish. Marjorie enjoyed having her grandchildren spend time with her at the farm. She was also interested in the family genealogy. She had been a member of the United Methodist Church of Mora since 1946, belonged to the Seven County Senior Federation, Rebekahs, Farm Bureau, was a life member of Kanabec Historical Society and an active leader in 4-H.
She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond, brothers; grandson Bobby and great-grandson Dustin.
Marjorie is survived by her sons Dwaine (Laverne) McKinnon of Mora, Gene (Suzi) McKinnon of Carmichael, CA; daughter Mavis Burk of Mora; sister Carol Lembrich of St. Paul; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham, MN.
Wilbert Wiese was born August 8, 1915 to Leo and Martha (Fischer) Wiese in Cambridge, MN. At the age of three, the family moved to rural Isanti where he attended school and graduated eighth grade. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John Lutheran Church, Bradford. Wilbert married Lillian Krans February 8, 1941. The Lord blessed this marriage with much happiness as they made their home in rural Cambridge from 1946-1969 when they moved to rural Isanti where he lived until December 2003, at which time he moved to Cambridge Health Care Center where he lived until the time of his death. Wilbert worked for Krueger Bros. in rural North Branch until entering the Army in November 1942 and served until July 1945 where he received three battle stars, an honorable discharge, and received the Purple Heart after being wounded. Wilbert served in Italy, France, Germany, and England under Gen. George Patton. Wilbert was a lifetime member of the North Branch VFW Chapter 1624 and DAV Chapter 1. After returning from the service, Wilbert worked for Cambridge Rambler and Greenberg Implement, both in Cambridge. At the time of his death, Wilbert was a member in good standing of St. John Lutheran Church, rural North Branch, where he had held a number of offices and was a member of a number of boards and committees. Death came to Wilbert on October 4, 2004 at the age of 89.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; one daughter and one granddaughter.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Lorne) Kittelson of Isanti; grandchildren, Sherri of St. Paul, Steven and Scott of rural Isanti; sisters-in-law, Beatrice Peterson of Fridley, Gladys Challstrom of Winterhaven, FL.
Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at St. John Lutheran Church, North Branch, with Pastor Kevin Zellers officiating. Organist was Elena Piastro. Casket bearers were Mark, Bruce, and Lyle Splittstoser, David Barstow, Pat Carline, and Don Boll. Color guard were members of the North Branch VFW. Interment was at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural North Branch. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strike Funeral Home, Isanti Chapel.
Memorial services for Margaret Lela Gutzkow, 86, of Cambridge who died Oct. at Cambridge Health Care Center, were held October 9, 2004 at Calvary Ev. Lutheran Church in Rush Point with Rev. Keith Kolzow officiating. Music was provided by organist Janice Johnson and vocalist Jon Scheele. Interment was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
She was born January 19, 1918 in Cambridge, MN to William and Edna Klemz. She married Ernest Gutzkow April 11, 1938 at Minister of the Gospel Church in Hastings, MN. and they moved to Rock Creek, MN where they operated the Three Way Inn until 1941. In 1941, they moved to St. Paul, MN where Ernie worked at American Brake Shoe Foundry until 1948. In 1948, they made their home in Greeley, MN. In 1959, they opened and operated Ernie’s Bait Shop in Cambridge, MN and moved to Cambridge in 1961. Ernie and Margaret retired together in 1975 and continued to live in Cambridge.
She was preceded in death by sisters Ruth Gustafason, Lucille Dawson, Jean Steffenhagen and Hazel Rumpel and brothers Donald Klemz, Wilbur Klemz and James Klemz.
She is survived by her husband Ernie; daughters Kathy Pangerl of Cambridge, MN and Jean Gutzkow of St. Louis Park and son Gerry Gutzkow of Cambridge; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sister Alice Holmblad of Isanti; brother Dale (Pat) Klemz of Overland Park, Kansas; brothers-in-law John Steffenhagen and Harvey Rumpel; sister-in-law Lorraine Klemz; and special niece Donna Ganz of Rice, MN.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham, MN.
Betty L. Jacobson, 79, of Cambridge died October 8, 2004 at Grandview Christian Home.
Services are 11a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 from First Baptist Church in Cambridge with Rev. Earl Lassen officiating. Marilyn Starr and Mary Fall will sing “I Have A Friend” and “Complete in Thee.” Organist will be Claudia Hardy. Pallbearers will be Scott, Steve and Peter Nelson, Joshua, Andrew and Gary Jacobson, Tim Johnson and Mark Anderson. Burial in Cambridge Union Cemetery,
She was born April 8, 1925 in South Minneapolis, MN to Fred and Ellen (Sigfredson) Jacobson. She grew up in South Minneapolis, graduating from South High School. After graduation she worked at Sears on Lake Street and went on to graduate as an X-ray technician from Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. She was employed 30 years at Radiologist Associate Office at Southdale, and later at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. Before and after retirement she lived at her parent’s home on Lake Fannie until 2003 when she moved to River Hills. During childhood and adult years she attended Sunday school and church at Bethlehem Baptist Church in South Minneapolis. She accepted Jesus, was baptized and became a faithful member until moving to Cambridge where she became an active member of First Baptist Church. Childhood friends commented “Betty was the most faithful in attendance at Sunday school and youth gatherings.” Betty was known for her generous and gracious gift of hospitality. Many friends discovered her artful talent as a Swedish gourmet cook, baker and dessert designer, her table always elegantly set and decorated whether a big dinner feast or a cup of coffee. She often said “We will have coffee”. She never forgot friends’ birthdays with beautifully decorated cake and candles. Betty loved children, this was evident in the many years she had an Easter egg hunt for the neighbor children. She loved her niece and nephews. She would take a vacation day to take each, one at a time, to baseball games at the old Met Stadium and other such activities throughout the children’s early years. She loved mowing and keeping a nice lawn and enjoyed growing raspberries. Betty traveled with tour groups to Europe, England, Alaska and other trips in the states. She was never a complainer or one to have self pity even though in later years she didn’t feel the best. Betty loved her Lord; she had pride and love for Cambridge and the church, loved Lake Fanny, loved people and loved to laugh!
She is survived by her brother Hollis (Phyllis) Jacobson of Bradenton, FL, niece Barb (Bob) Chryst of Charlotte, NC; nephews Tom (Leigh) Jacobson of Denver, CO; Tim (Lyn) Jacobson of Maple Grove; Dave Jacobson of Brainerd; Dan (Kathleen) Jacobson of Stillwater, as well as many other friends young and old.
Arrangements are with Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Edward Henry Bechtold, 93 of Waseca, formerly of Isanti County, died October 7, 2004, at his home in Colony Court.
Services were Oct. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church-Wilton in Waseca County with Rev. Glenn L. Korb officiating and burial in Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.
Born in Marion, Kansas July 15, 1911 to Henry and Helena (Kanke) Bechtold he attended Georgeville District School in rural Stearns County and married Lula Smith September 28, 1930 in Belgrade, MN. They farmed in Belgrade, Sauk Rapids and Waseca County before moving to Hopkins in 1959 where he worked as custodian at Zion Lutheran Church. Following retirement, they moved to Isanti County and operated a hobby farm before moving back to Waseca in 2003. He enjoyed darts, bowling, dominoes, pitching horse shoes, showing horses at the fair and raising Percheron horses. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church-Wilton, Zion Lutheran Men’s Club, Percheron Association, and Northern Draft Club.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lois, one granddaughter, one sister, two brothers, one son-in-law.
He is survived by his wife, Lula of Waseca; sons, Garlend (Elvina) Bechtold of Buffalo; David (Sandra) Bechtold of White Bear Lake; Lowell Bechtold of Isanti; Roger (Joan) Bechtold of Monticello; and Paul Bechtold of Phoenix, AZ; daughters, Mavis Kratz of Waseca; Ruth (Bob) Jellum of Waseca; and Ardis (Bob) Hilleren of Albertville; son-in-law, Hank Braith of Bovey; 33 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Joyce Elizabeth Holt, 64, of Cambridge, died November 29, 2004 at her home.
A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1 from Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home in Cambridge with Rev. Erling Tungseth officiating. Music will be provided by Val Peterson, Chuck Sabin, Denise Bacon and Barb Larson. Honorary pallbearers will be Joyce’s grandchildren.
She was born June 1, 1940 in Cambridge, MN to Walter and Elizabeth (Lindberg) Olson and baptized and confirmed at Cambridge Lutheran Church. She grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1958. After high school she worked as a telephone operator. On October 3, 1959 she married Peter Holt at Cambridge Lutheran Church. The couple lived in rural Cambridge where they raised their four children. Joyce spent much of her time raising her children and also worked at the hospital, Conrad’s Flooring, Control Data and the Cenex Station. Joyce was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church, she enjoyed the birthday club, entertaining her family during the holidays. She especially loved her grandchildren and spending family time at “Kenny’s Lake”.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant siblings.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 45 years Peter; children Deb (Chuck) Sabin of Binford, N.D; Todd (Donna) Holt of Sturgeon Lake; Carla (John) Bergloff of Cambridge; Annissa (Dominic) Mains of Mora; grandchildren, Aaron, Luke, Ben, Jake and Mitch Sabin, Pierce Holt, Christopher, Paul, Cory and Grant Bergloff, Shalee and James Fredrick and Johnathon Johnson; brothers Kenny Olson of Cambridge; Dick (Karen) Olson of Cambridge, step-mother Violet Olson of Cambridge; step-sister Ramona “Tootie” Naggy of Princeton.
Lee Allen Nordby, 62, of Braham, died November 14, 2004 at his home.
A Memorial Service was held Nov. 19 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Richard Chronis officiating. Music was provided by soloist Susan Severson and organist Ruth Grundyson. Honorary pallbearers were Eric, Tony and Alex White, James Nordby and Brandon Harapat. Interment was in Rice Lake Lutheran Cemetery.
He was born July 21, 1942 in Flagstaff, AZ to Jim and Margaret Nordby. He lived in Bremington, WA while a child and then grew up in Braham, where he graduated from high school. He attended Minnesota School of Business and later served in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Japan and Germany. While in Germany he married Traute Stehrenberg. They have two children, Heike and Brian. They returned to Minnesota and lived in Braham for the last 30 years. Lee was an accountant and accounting supervisor for United Power and was part of UPA’s transition to Great River Energy, being employed there for 32 years. Lee enjoyed fishing from his boat and going for long car rides. Mille Lacs Lake was his favorite relaxing spot.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jim and Margaret Nordby and grandparents Marco and Minnie Nordby.
Lee is survived by his wife Traute of Braham; daughter Heike (Chuck) White of Stanchfield; son Brian (Debbie) Nordby of Braham; grandsons: Eric, Tony and Alex White, James Nordby and Brandon Harapat; brother Jerry (MaryAnn) Nordby of Braham; sister Sharon (Dennis) Linders of Aitkin.
Arrangements by Rock Mankie Burial and Cremation Service of Braham, MN.
He will be greatly missed.
Services were held December 14, 2001 at Annunciation Catholic Church for Margie A. Rajkowski, 73, of Mayhew Lake, who died Dec. 10 at St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Francis Britz officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.
She was born October 28, 1928 in Mayhew Lake Township to Gerhard and Margaret (Walz) Bemboom. She married Anthony G. Rajkowski November 8, 1948 at Annunciation Catholic Church, Mayhew Lake. She was a homemaker and lived in Mayhew Lake all her life. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and the choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Anthony on April 15, 1997; grandson, Jared Rajkowski; brother, Lawrence Bemboom; and sister, Marian Zimmer.
Survivors include her sons, daughter, and their spouses: Edward Rajkowski and Carol Sinotte of Mayhew Lake; Robert and Sandy Rajkowski of Rice; Joseph and Teresa Rajkowski of Stanchfield; Jeffrey and Deborah Rajkowski of Coram, MT, Michael and Sue Rajkowski of Mayhew Lake; Timothy Rajkowski of Sauk Rapids; JoAnn and Greg Marshall of Mayhew Lake; sisters and brothers: Rosalyn Evans and Mark Bemboom both of St. Cloud, Marcella Zimmer of Gilman, Ray, Tom, and Joe Bemboom all of Mayhew Lake; and 26 grandchildren.
Doris Caroline Ledin, 90, of Cambridge, formerly of Isanti, died December 3, 2001 at Grandview Christian Home.
Funeral services were held Dec. 6 from Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Curtis Peter and Rev. Howard Skulstad officiating. Mary Falk, accompanied by Mary Kay O’Neill, sang “On Eagles’ Wings” and “How Great Thou Art.” The congregation sang “I Will Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and “Thine Be the Glory.” Pallbearers were Michael Ledin, Steven Galle, Jeffrey Lillemoen, Jonathan Lillemoen, Robert Hanson, Peter Shugren, Thomas Boser, and Tom Shannon Jr. Interment was in the Cambridge Lutheran Cemetery.
She was born May 25, 1911 in Cambridge, MN to John F. and Johanna Christine (Eklund) Lund. Doris lived in Cambridge attending school there until seventh grade, then moved to Isanti where she attended school for two years and then on to Cambridge High School, graduating in 1929. After high school, she attended nursing school in St. Peter. She later worked as an operator at the telephone office in Isanti and as a waitress at Eklund’s Cafe in Cambridge. On July 11, 1936 she married Alden Ledin at the Cambridge Lutheran Parsonage. The couple made their home in Minneapolis for a few years, at which time their first two children were born, John and Carol. The family then moved to Isanti and the third child, Madge, was born. They remained in Isanti and raised their family. Alden worked at Glidden Paint in Minneapolis and Doris worked in nursing at Cambridge State Hospital for 16 years. They retired and continued to live in Isanti. Alden died in 1980. Doris remained in Isanti until May 1994 when she moved to Riverwood Village and in June 1998, she moved to Happy Tracks Home near North Branch. More recently, she became a resident of Grandview Christian Home. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and in her younger days, watching Alden play baseball.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden; son, John; daughter-in-law, Millie Ledin; sisters, Mae Holmberg and Iva Treichel; and brother, Dennis Lund.
Doris is survived by daughters, Carol Ledin of Grand Rapids, MI, Madge (Harlan) Lillemoen of Isanti; grandchildren, Mike (Joyce) Ledin of St. Paul, Teri Ledin, Marcia Ledin, Cris (Robert) Hanson, all of Cambridge, Steven Galle of Kentwood, MI, Jeff (Kelly) Lillemoen of Isanti, Jen (Pete) Shugren of Cambridge, Jon (Bonnie) Lillemoen of Waconia, Joy (Tom) Boser of Buffalo, Kristen (Tom) Shannon of Grand Rapids, MI, Jodi (Mike) Lillemoen of St. Joseph; great-grandchildren, Bobby, Danielle, Joanne, Crystal, Kara, Cole, Kalli, Grant, Gavin, Claire, and Alexandra.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
John George Frank Kranz, 90, of Cambridge, formerly of Day, died December 12, 2001 at Grandview Christian Home.
Funeral services were held Dec. 15 from Joy Lutheran Church With Rev. David Franzmeier and Rev. C.H. Pauling officiating. Howard Doble, accompanied by Judy Lundeen, provided the music. Pallbearers were Brant Johnson, Brian Lindgren, Tim Faulkner, John Walbruch, Julie Faulkner, and Tami Johnson. Interment was in Cambridge Union Cemetery.
He was born July 24, 1911 in Winona, MN to John William and Margaret (Bittner) Kranz. He was baptized September 3, 1911 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Winona and confirmed there April 5, 1925. On September 5, 1940, he married Lorraine Sharar at her parents’ home in Mantorville, MN. John and Lorraine farmed in the St. Charles area for five years before moving to the St. Paul Park area where John worked for Glendenning, milking 100 cows every morning and evening. They later moved to Foley where they had a 56-acre farm. John also worked for the John Deere dealer selling machinery. In 1948, the couple moved to Day, MN where they owned and operated the Day Store for 27 years. The couple built a home on Lory Lake and upon retiring they built another home on Lory Lake. The lived there 12 years, moved to Cambridge in 1984, and wintered in Texas for many years. During their retirement years they did much traveling, visiting all 50 states. Lorraine died February 22, 1997. John was an active member of Joy Lutheran Church. He helped with Shalom Furniture, Meals on Wheels, Healthy Seniors. John enjoyed woodworking, crafting many items for his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lorraine; and sister, Margaret Alleman.
John is survived by his loving children, Dona (Tom) Laumann of Arden Hills, Joyce (Jim) Lindgren of New Brighton, Clyde Kranz of VA; grandchildren, Tami (Brant) Johnson, Brian Lindgren, Julie (Tim) Faulkner, Amy Lindgren; great-grandchildren, Colton and McKenna Johnson; sister, Alice Rainwater of California; brother, Fred (Helen) Kranz of St. Charles; sisters-in-law, Mabel Walbruch of Rochester and Marlis Sharar of Byron.
Arrangements were with Carlson-Labatte Funeral Home in Cambridge.
Virginia Hartland, 93, of Coon Rapids, formerly of the Isanti area, died December 15, 2001 at Park River Estates Care Center in Coon Rapids. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Strike Funeral Home-Isanti Chapel with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the funeral home.
Arnold G. “Mac” McLean, 85, of Maple Grove, precious husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, surrounded by his loving family died January 4, 2002.
Preceded in death by son Bob Wood Sr.; mother Thea; brother Neil; sisters Bonnie and Dencie; brothers-in-law Don Resch, Jim Becker, Mike Abrams; and several other loving family members. Survived by wife Mary; sons Dale Hedtke, Rick Wood Sr. (Lynn), Don Wood Sr. (Vicki), Fritz McLean Sr. (Penny); daughters Gwenny Shipley, Patsy Wood, Peggy Tacheny; grandchildren Ricky Wood Jr. (Michele), Donny Wood Jr., Robert Wood Jr., Tina Shipley de Rios (Jorge), Jennifer Steffen (Mark), Brandon Wood (Brooke), Matt Wood, Fritzy McLean Jr., Zack Wood, Kelsie Tacheny, Bobbijo McLean, Tyler Wood; great-grandchildren Jake and Jordan Wood, Madison Rios; also dear brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Services were Jan. 9 at Edinbrook Church, 4300 Edinbrook Pkwy., Brooklyn Park. Interment Sunset Memorial Park, St. Anthony. Memorials preferred to the family.