Albert Anthony Wippler
Rebecca (Richard) Johnson of Proctor and Patrick (Diane) Wippler of Saginaw are mourning the death of their father, Albert Anthony Wippler. He died Mon., Dec. 20, 2004 at his Darling Township home. He was 83.
Albert Wippler was born January 6, 1921 on the family farm in Morrison County. He served in the Minnesota National Guard in the 34th (Red Bull) Division, Headquarters Co. in Ireland, North Africa, England and Italy during WW II. He married Josephine “JoAnn” Schmidt in Randall on February 13, 1946. They moved to their farm in Darling Township, where they have made their home since 1948. Albert logged and owned and operated a sawmill for many years. A true outdoorsman, he was still operating his sawmill last summer. He enjoyed his farm, trees, birds and agates.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and infant sister.
Albert is also survived by his wife of 58 years JoAnn, his other daughters Evelyn (Dale) Seals of Mo., Jean Bukosky of Minnetonka, Donna (Bud) Wolch of Clear Lake and Mary (Brad) Neururer of Federal Damn, another son Steven (Vivian) Wippler of Minneapolis, siblings Verna Witt, Helen Kempenich, Margaret Klinker, Robert Wippler, Betty Dugas, Louise Stavish and Thomas Wippler; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Interment will be at St. James Catholic Cemetery. Military honors provided by the Randall VFW.
Floyd Henry Kotlarek
Floyd Henry Kotlarek, who worked for the DM&IR railway for 33 years, retiring in 1982 as a foreman in the car shop, died unexpectedly on Sun., Jan. 2, 2005. He was 79.
The Second Street, Proctor resident was born in Duluth. Floyd was a Navy veteran of World War II serving with the SeaBees. He married Marion Barbara Vanneste. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, West Duluth American Legion Post 71 and the Proctor Moose 1302.
He is survived by his wife Marion, son Peter (Joni) of Onalaska, Wis., daughter Anne (Tim) Mann of Duluth, grandchildren Zachary, Alexandra and Benjamin Kotlarek, sister Irene Brazerol of Duluth and “the boys” Bandit, Cody and Copper.
Services were held last week in Immanuel Lutheran Church in Proctor. Burial in Oneota Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Theresa “Terri” (Thibideau) Ernst
Services were held last week for Theresa “Terri” (Thibideau) Ernst. The Saginaw resident died, Wed., Dec. 29, 2004, after suffering from a long illness with multiple sclerosis. She was 56.
She was born in Duluth and attended Duluth schools, graduating from Morgan Park High School in 1965, and attended Business School for computer training. She was active in the Multiple Sclerosis Organization and a member of the Duluth Fond du Lac Community Church.
Terri was preceded in death by her father, Jim; brother, Duane C. Milner and great nephew, Christopher Moyer.
She is survived by her devoted husband Len Ernst, Jr. of Saginaw, her faithful parents-in-law Len Ernst, Sr. and Ethel of Hermantown, her loving mother Evelyn at the Benedictine Health Center (who passed away on Jan. 4, 2005), sister Dianne (Cliff) Milner Peet of Elk River, brother Loren (Karrie) Milner of N.C., brother-in-law Terry (Becky) Ernst of Colo., special nephews Kevin and Stephen Walli, devoted niece RaeAnne Walli Pavlovich, six additional nieces and nephews and 16 great-nephews and nieces.
Lucille A. Ostman
Bev (Bill) Matuszak of Saginaw and Esther Barber of Proctor, daughter and sister-in-law respectively, are mourning the death of Lucille A. Ostman of Duluth. Lucille, who formerly was a resident of Alborn, passed away Thurs., Jan. 6, 2005 in Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 83.
Lucille was born in Grayling, Minn. She worked as a rural route mail carrier out of the Alborn Post Office and at the Anderson Boarding Home in Brookston. She married Verner Ostman in 1949.
Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, husband Verner, infant brother Robert Anderson and grandson Joel Ostman.
She is also survived by four other children, 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two sisters, one other sister-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and her cat Alma.
Entombment was at Sunrise Memorial Park.
Phyllis E. Score
Services were held for Phyllis E. Score who died Sat., Dec. 25, 2004 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was 83.
She was born in Moose Lake to Robert and Eunice (Skelton) Peterson. Phyllis married Joseph Score Dec. 28, 1940 in Duluth. She enjoyed cooking and getting together with her family at their cabin. Phyllis’ first love was her family.
She was preceded in death by her daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Wayne High, daughter Cheryl Lynn Townley, grandchildren Rusty Nelson and Ricky Usack, brother Robert Peterson, sisters Darlene Friddle and ShirleyWinklesky and son-in-law Johnny Carbough.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Joseph (they would have been married 64 years on Dec. 28), daughters Penny (William) Usack of Proctor, Bonnie (Dwayne) Crandall of Alborn and JoAnn Carbough of Duluth, son Mark Score of Duluth, 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and brothers John D. (Pat) Peterson of McGregor and Farrell (Jeanine) Peterson of Duluth.
Pastor Jeffrey Holter officiated a memorial service on Dec. 30.
Mary “Jane” Shaw
Mary “Jane” Shaw of Hermantown passed away Sat., Dec. 18, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospice. She was 85.
Jane was born on April 29, 1919 to Joseph and Olga (Gustafson) Arbic.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard Sr., two children, grandson Joshua, brother Jack and son-in-law Hamilton.
Jane is survived by two daughters, a son, 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her brother Glen Arbic, sisters Betty LeDoux and Joyce Peterson and special friend Lorraine Shaw.
Joan Frost, Mrs. Joan Frost was buried in Elm Grove, Wis. on Fri., Dec. 31, 2004. Her husband Robert Frost, Sr. is the oldest surviving grandson of the late Joe Torba of Proctor.
Robert and Joan were occasional visitors to Proctor.
Evelyn Fern (Blaisdell Milner) Thibideau
Evelyn Fern (Blaisdell Milner) Thibideau, died Tues., Jan. 4, 2005, on her 94th birthday while she was residing at the Benedictine Health Center, Duluth.
She was born Jan. 4, 1911 in Two Harbors to Erwin H. and Louise Anna (Tracy) Blaisdell. Evelyn attended Two Harbors Schools, lived in Minneapolis from 1929 to 1937, when she moved to Duluth with her three young children. Evelyn was a talented ceramist and owned the Mission Valley Studio in Fond du Lac, Duluth. She earned ribbons for her work at various fairs. She enjoyed knitting, and jewelry making and other crafts. She was a member of the Fond du Lac Community Church, 1953 to 1973, the years she lived in Fond du Lac. Evelyn was the manager of The Cottage, a uniform and yarn shop in the Miller Hill Mall, until her retirement. She was an avid reader and enjoyed discussing the books she read.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Everett Blaisdell, husbands Orville K. Milner and James P. Thibideau, her eldest son Duane Chadwick Milner, a daughter Terri Ernest, who died on Dec. 29, 2004 and a great-grandson Christopher Moyer.
She is survived by a son, a daughter, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law Len Ernst, Jr. of Saginaw, nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held last week in the Fond du Lac Community Church.
Thomas P. “Moose” O’Neil, Jr.
A memorial service will be held Fri., Jan. 14, 2005, for Thomas P. “Moose” O’Neil, Jr. of Proctor. He died Tues., Jan. 11, 2005, in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was 80. The service will be at 2 p.m. in the Cremation Society of Minnesota Chapel, 4100 Grand Ave. Family will greet friends on Thurs., Jan. 13, 2005 from 5-7 p.m.
Thomas was born Nov. 8, 1924 in Philadelphia, MS to Thomas and Lessie O’Neil. He served his country in the Coast Guard, Army Air Corps and Air Force, where he served in WW II. He later retired from the Air Force. In his younger years, Thomas worked as a baker. Later, he was a real estate agent, insurance agent and an independent business owner. He also took part in organizations such as the Shriners, Grand Lodge of Miss. and the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Frances, children Michelle O’Neil of Duluth, James (Renee) of Hermantown, Sandra (Terry) Schumann of Sturgeon Lake, Michael O’Neil of Proctor, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild, a sister and a brother.
Inurnment will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Spring.
Raymond M. Jaski
Kathy (Bob) Nelson of Proctor is mourning the death of her father, Raymond M. Jaski. The Duluth resident died, Sunday Jan. 9, 2005 in his Toledo Street home. He was 66.
He was born in Duluth, to Stephen and Patricia Jazdzweski. Ray was employed at Northern Drug for many years until retiring in 1995. He was a member of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church and the Teamster Union Local 346.
His parents, his first wife Patricia; and a grandson preceded him in death.
Survivors also include his wife, Carole of Duluth; his daughters, Teresa (Richard White) Jaski of Duluth, Sandra Jaski of Superior, Patricia Oviatt of Seattle, Wash., Virginia Jaski of Superior, step-daughters, Shelly (Oscar) Lopez of Duluth, Tammi (Todd) Edberg of Las Vegas, Nev.; a step-son, Michael (Nancy) Naddy of Rosemont, Minn.; sisters, Virginia (Fred) Salo of Culver, Minn., Margaret (Dan) Walkowiak of Duluth; brothers, Donald (Linda) Jazdzewski of Alexandria, Minn., Stephen (Carla) Jazdzewski of Placerville, Calif., Tom (Phyllis) Jazdzewski of Oak Grove, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Burial in Calvary Cemetery in the spring.
Evelyn Marion (Witte) Jacobson
Valeria Witte of Solway Township is mourning the death of her sister-in-law Evelyn Marion (Witte) Jacobson. Evelyn, who had been a resident of the Benedictine Health Center since Oct. 1, 2004, died Wed., Jan. 5, 2005. She was 87.
She was born in Hermantown in 1917. During her youth, the family lived in the Adolph area of Hermantown as well as Solway Township on Maple Grove Road. She and her husband of 69 years Helmer B. Jacobson, who currently resides at the Benedictine Health Center, had lived in the home that they and her father-in-law built on Rose Road in Hermantown since 1938. During WW II she contributed to the war effort through her employment on the DM&IR Railroad in Proctor. She worked at other various times and places to assist the family budget. Evelyn was the pitcher on a winning baseball team composed of DM&IR railroad employees and/or their families. She was a devoted fan of the Duluth Dukes and the Minnesota Twins. She attended the Adolph Mission Church and was confirmed there. Later, she attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and Gethsemane Covenant Church in Hermantown.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents Thelma (Archambeau) and Carl H. Witte and brothers James and Charles Witte.
She is also survived by a daughter, son-in law, two other sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private graveside service was held at the Town of Solway Cemetery.