Jim Hanratty, 83, of Sturgeon Lake, died Wednesday, January 13, 2021 in Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Jim was born July 24, 1937 at home, near Cloquet, the son of Jim and Jennie (Olive) Hanratty. 

Vivian Ruth Ilene Larson, 90, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Lake, was called to her heavenly home due to natural causes on Saturday, January 16, 2021 to be reunited with her husband, Albert. She was born to Rudolph and Ruth (Dahl) Larson in Birch Creek Township on November 21, 1930.

Dr. Lynn Kathleen Kelley was a caring and beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, cousin, and friend. She left this world at 6:35 p.m. on January 10, 2021 at the age of 66. She was born in Moose Lake, Minn. to Bill and Joanne Jungers on Sept 18, 1954.

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Lucy Margaret (Watson) Suronen, 64, died on Jan. 2, 2021. She was born June 23, 1956 in St. Paul, Minn. to John and Mary (Todd) Watson, Lucy was the sixth of 10 children.

Delores Marion Behrman, 79, resident of Sturgeon Lake, died on January 1, 2021 in New Perspectives Senior Living of Barnum. She was born in Arthyde to Ralph and Marion (Stegman) Williams on June 15, 1941.

Janice Isabelle (Schneider) Summers of Moose Lake, formerly from Duluth, passed away Saturday, January 2nd, 2021. She was born in Duluth, the daughter of Ernie and Isabelle Schneider. 

Michael Olesen, 48, of Anoka formerly of Moose Lake passed away Sunday, December 27 from complications after contracting COVID-19. 

Roger Lee Switzer, 87, resident of Sturgeon Lake, died peacefully on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Augustana Care Center, Moose Lake. He was born in Holyoke on May 24, 1933 to Orval and Sena (Sipple) Switzer.

Doris Arlene Moffett, longtime resident of Moose Lake, entered eternal rest on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2020 in Essentia Health – Moose Lake. She was born on August 22, 1940 in Pelican Rapids, Minn. to Ole and Anna (Haugen) Arntson.

Gordon “Gordy” Charles Schwoch, 84, Barnum, died on December 24, 2020 while working on the farm in Blackhoof Township where he was born and spent nearly his entire life. Gordy was born at home on April 2, 1936 to Otto Carl and Hazel Irene (Collins) Schwoch.

Alice Irene Hurd, 86, of Maple Plain, Minn., passed away on December 21, 2020, at Haven Homes Skilled Nursing Facility. Born on April 1, 1934, in Rossburg, Minn., she was the daughter of John and Minnie (Mattson) Preston. She grew up in the Kimberly, Minn., area and attended school in Kimber…

Susan Evelyn Sobczak, 79, resident of Carlton, passed away in her home on Thursday, December 24, 2020. She was born in Moose Lake on August 1, 1941 to Ellis and Evelyn (Olson) Whiting.

Sheri Renee Swenson, 55, Bruno, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Sunday, December 20, 2020.  She was born on February 4, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia to Ronald and Joan Wilson.  Sheri grew up in the Norfolk area graduating from Norfolk High School.  On March 24, 1987, Sheri married Zane S…

Louretta Mae (Bunger)  Simpson age 87, of Bloomington, on December 16, 2020. Preceded in death by husband, Robert. Survived by children, James (Irina), Lanette (Gordon) McConnell, Mark (Dawn) and Daniel (Margarita); 7 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; 4 step-grandchildren and 6 step great-g…

Richard Harry Silampa, 83, Kettle River, died Wednesday, December 16, 2020 in Essentia Health, Moose Lake.  He was born on December 31, 1936 in Detroit, Mich. to Harry and Wilma Silampa.  At the age of 9, he moved to Split Rock Township with his grandparents: Josephine and Herman Lammi whom …

 Harley A. Sylvester, 82, Moose Lake, died peacefully on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  They knew their favorite Cowboy was at peace as he rejoined his beloved dog, Max.  Harley was born on March 6, 1938 in Superior, Wisconsin to Ray Sylvester and Ol…

Frieda Leona Evgen “Tootsie”, 82 of Sturgeon Lake, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 13, 2020 at her home with family. Frieda was born in North Dakota on September 25, 1938, the daughter of Henry and Frieda (Horning) Boeshans.

Alvin Lavon Oachs “Skeeter,” 85, passed December 13, 2020 in his home surrounded by family after battling cancer and kidney failure.  

On November 15, 2020 Bruce Holtan was pronounced deceased of natural causes related to a heart condition at the age of 56. Bruce was born on January 6, 1964. A Monday on a leap year.

Kelly James Hagen passed away at home on December, 9, 2020 due to heart complications. He was 56 years old. 

Joanne Darlene Tasler, 82, of Willow River, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at Bendictine Living Community of Duluth. Born May, 19, 1938 in St. Paul the daughter of Izetta and Emmett Pickles, she married Don Tasler on January 3, 1957 in North Woods, Iowa. 

Ardella H. Pingeon, 90, resident of Moose Lake, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 5, 2020 in Augustana Mercy Health Care Center. She was born on November 16, 1930 on a farm near Lewisville, Minn. to Carl and Minna (Klatt) Arndt.

Duane Rodney Lund, 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in the Augustana Health Care Center, Moose Lake. He was born on February 3, 1938 in Moose Lake, Minn. to Alf and Signe Lund. He grew up on his family’s farm in Duquette and helped run the tavern after his father’s passing. Duri…

Harold Maurice Johnson, 81, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, November 14, 2020 surrounded by his family. Harold was born on June 10, 1939 in Sturgeon Lake, Minn. to Myrtle and Hugo Johnson.

Richard Lawrence Johnson, 90, passed away peacefully at Essentia Health Duluth on November 8, 2020, due to pneumonia and cardiac complications.

Elaine Rose Huhta, 86, longtime resident of Cromwell, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2020. She was born on January 12, 1934 in Lac qui Parle, Minn. to Alfred and Stella (Stokke) Hamre.

Louis K. Heyn, age 81 of Emily died on November 6, 2020 at Aitkin Health Services in Aitkin. He was born on November 20, 1938 in Moose Lake to Fred and Amelia (Hintz) Heyn.

Donna Mae Rengo was born April 20, 1936 in Duluth, Minnesota.  She was the daughter of  Martha (Finell) and Evert Anderson.  Donna graduated from Cromwell High School 1954.

Willie J. Pressley, 81, formerly of Wichita Falls, Texas, passed away October 12, 2020 in Jacksonville, Arkansas.  He was born February 4, 1939 to the late Clarence and Julia (Burroughs) Pressley in Nesmith, South Carolina.  Willie proudly served his country in the United States Air Force fo…

Gladys “Gladie” Mae DeVriendt (Peterson), 82 passed away at Inter-Faith Care Center in Carlton on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 with family by her side.  She was born October 28, 1937 in Saginaw, MN and raised on the family farmstead.  She was a 1956 graduate of Brookston High School and later Car…

Anna Belle Hume, age 69, of Askov, MN passed away at Augustana Health Care Center on October 23, 2020.

Donald (Don) Tracy, 86, of Kettle River, Minnesota, passed away on October 18, 2020 in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Don was born on December 16, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Basil and Mary Tracy.

Kae Kieth Goodwin, 74, resident of Barnum, passed away on Saturday, October 10th, 2020 in St. Luke’s Hospice, Duluth. He was born on June 23rd, 1946 to T.L. and Genevieve Goodwin in Stewartville, MN.

Gerald Nelson, 86, Wrenshall, died unexpectedly at his home on Friday, October 16, 2020. He was born in St. Paul to Verner and Ethel Nelson on February 14, 1934. At the age of 14, Jerry moved to Park Rapids where he attended high school and graduated in 1952. After high school, he joined the…

Vincent Sanges passed away on October 15, 2020 after a courageous battle with numerous health conditions.

George “The Barnum Bear Man” Hagen, 81, Barnum, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at his home. He was born on December 2, 1938, to Harold and Esther Hagen. George grew up in Barnum graduating from Barnum High School in 1956. He entered into the Air Force where he proudly served his c…

Barbara Ann Carlson, 87, lifelong resident of Moose Lake, was called to her Heavenly home on Monday, October 12th, 2020. She was born on October 29th, 1932 in Moose Lake to Carl and Helga (Lampi) Peterson.

Eugene (Gene) Donald Whipple, age 69, passed onto greener pastures on May 3rd, 2020 at his home in Malmo, MN.  

Sharon of St. Joseph, Minn. formerly of Milaca/Ogilvie, Minn. was a devoted child of God born April 30th, 1944 and passed away peacefully October 4th, 2020 at the age of 76 at Arlington Assisted Living Facility. Daughter of John Franklin Fleek and Nathlie Ion (Roy) Fleek.

Marilyn R. Sparks, 69, longtime resident of Mahtowa, MN, died peacefully, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 surrounded by her loving children, at Augustana Care Health and Rehabilitation in Moose Lake, MN.

Dorothy Vernita Mickelson, 93, passed away peacefully with her family present on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 in Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. She was born in Sac City, IA on December 21st, 1926 to Irvin and Olga (Anderson) Larson.

Bette Eknes, 87, Moose Lake, MN, died on Friday, October 2nd, 2020 in St. Cloud, MN surrounded by her family. She was born in Superior, WI to Ernest and Beth Kreitlow on June 9th, 1933.  As a child she moved to Moose Lake where she attended Moose Lake High School.  Bette was very proud to ha…

Mamie Irene McTaggart, 96, resident of Moose Lake, died peacefully on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at the Augustana Care Center in Moose Lake. She was born on October 5, 1923, in Watertown, South Dakota to Lorenzo and Mamie Struckman.

Paul Charles Staab, age 91, died on Saturday, September 19, 2020, surrounded by his loving family in Firestone, Colorado.

James Russell Newman, 84, of Barnum, died peacefully on September 25, 2020. 

Marie M. Paulson, 83, Willow River, entered eternal rest on Friday, September 25, 2020, in Augustana Mercy Health Care Center, Moose Lake. She was born on August 15, 1937, in Adrian, MN to Frederick and Helen Heitman. Marie grew up and attended school in Minneapolis and later worked at Twin …

Martin Robert Burch, 73 of Cromwell passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 in his home with his family by his side.  He was born July 4, 1947 in Moose Lake to Elvin and Petronella (Pionk) Burch.  Martin graduated from Moose Lake High School in 1966.  After high school, he was drafted in t…

Phyllis Marjorie (Korhonen) Johnson passed away September 20, 2020 at Augustana Care Center, Moose Lake, Minnesota.  She was born October 28, 1925 in Moose Lake to Charles and Lempi (Henrikson) Korhonen. She attended school in Kettle River and Moose Lake and graduated in 1943.  After graduat…

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Georgieann Faye Lind (80) of Barnum, MN passed away on September 11, 2020 from a stroke.  Jo, as she was called by her family and friends, was born on August 6, 1940 to Theodore & Henrietta (LaFrenz) Sarvela in Silver Township, MN at her grandmother’s home. She graduated from Moose Lake …

Derrick Charles Skog, 42, of Minneappolis, Minn. passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, September 12. Derrick, son of Tom and Julie (Peterson) Skog, was born on November 24, 1977 in Moose Lake, Minn. 

Allen E. Peterson, 85 of Grand Rapids, WI who died on August 21,2020 was a lifelong learner. When asked recently what he liked to do he replied, “I like to read.  I am curious about our world” and the life he led showed that to be true.