Violet Elizabeth “Vi” Stierns
Violet Elizabeth “Vi” Stierns, formerly of Bergstrom Junction Road, Saginaw, died Fri., July 15, 2005, in Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center, with her family by her side. She was 75.
She was born on July 22, 1929 in Superior, Wisc. to Frank C. and Cora A. (Schultz) Schmidt. Vi was a longtime Twig resident. She was a homemaker and had worked for seven years as a seamstress for North Shore Manufacturing Co. She married Lawrence Stierns on Nov. 6, 1954 in Superior. Vi was a 48-year member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Twig, its women’s organizations, sang in it’s choir and taught Sunday School and Bible School. She was also a room mother at Caribou Lake School and was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout group craft instructor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Lawrence in 1979, brother Robert Schmidt and sister Adeline Schmidt.
Survivors include daughters Cory (Rick) Kay and Elizabeth (Jerry) Russell, both of Duluth, son Daniel (Sharon) Stierns of Cloquet, brother Don (Claudia) Schmidt of Arkansas, grandchildren Melinda Stierns, Sarah (Dennis) Muellner, Tabitha (Nick) Voltzke, Laura Kay, Michael (Kim) Russell and Jon Russell, and great-grandchildren Caleb and Elizabeth Muellner and Aiden Voltzke.
Services were Monday in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Twig, Rev. Marshall Moen officiating. Burial in Oneota Cemetery.
Allen Edward Erickson
Allen Edward Erickson, formerly of Saginaw, died Sun., July 10, 2005, in St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospice. He was 67.
He was born near Wrenshall to Helmer and Lorene (Bishop) Erickson on Jan. 20, 1938. Allen lived in Brook Park until the age of 9, and then lived in the Fairbault, Cambridge and Moose Lake State Hospitals. In the 1970’s, he moved to Whistling Pine boarding home near Saginaw and lived there for over 20 years. He spent his final years at the DRCC Triplex assisted living facility in Gary-New Duluth.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister Kathleen.
Allen is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law June and Lowell Rudd of Proctor and Jacqueline and Bill Beamish of Tonka Bay, Minn., nephews Craig (Kristin) Rudd of Proctor, Chris (Leslie) Rudd of Auburn, Maine, and Martin Beamish of Tonka Bay, five grand-nieces and nephews his uncle and aunt Verner and Mabel Erickson of Brook Park, numerous cousins, his friends at UDAC and the caring staff and residents at the DRCC Triplex in Duluth.
Services were held last week. Burial is in Spring Park Cemetery, Sandstone.
Dorothy Ruth Peterson
Dorothy Ruth Peterson of Proctor and Duluth, died Fri., July 15, 2005, in Viewcrest Health Center. She was 84.
Dorothy was born in Proctor on May 1, 1921 to Henry and Minnie (Koprek) Voltzke. She was the first secretary at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Proctor. She worked at Target for 16 years. She was a member of the Pennel Park Residents Club, Senior Coalition and the Proctor Sewing Club. Dorothy loved crocheting afghans for her family and others.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leslie W. in 1984, a son Terrance V. in 1982, and a brother Henry and sister Edith.
Surviving are sons Roger (Cheryl) of Phoenix, Ariz., Bruce A. (Kristina) of Duluth and Gerald H. (Marianne) of Spring Water, N.Y., daughters Marie A. (Greg) Jannetta of Greeley, Colo. and Janet K. (Bernard) Venier of Glencoe, Minn., 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Inurnment will be in Oneota Cemetery.
Mary (Schlender) Lane
Services will be held today for Mary (Schlender) Lane of Duluth, who graduated from Proctor High School in 1941. She died Sun., July 17, 2005 after a long illness. She was 82.
Mary was born Aug. 20, 1922 in Duluth to Frank and Nora (Tobin) Schlender.
She grew up in Proctor. Following graduation from Proctor High School, she attended the St. Scholastica School of Nursing.
She married James “Jim” W. Lane at St. Rose Catholic Church on July 20, 1943. Jim and Mary lived on the East Coast, where Jim was stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard. When Jim was sent overseas, Mary moved back to Proctor and worked as a nurse for Dr. Dickson until Jim returned from his tour of duty in 1946. She served St. Michael’s Catholic Church as a member of the Ladies Circle. She volunteered her time at various charities and served the greater community as an election judge for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Nora Schlender, and her brother-in-law and his wife George and Margaret Lane.
She is survived by her husband James Sr., children James (Kathy) Lane, Jr. of Perham, Minn., Nora (Ronayne) Packingham of Duluth, Katie (Robert) Loch of St. Cloud, Richard (Sharon) Lane of Fargo, N.D. and Amy (Peter) Myers of Grand Rapids, her sister Janice (Jack) Ward of Proctor, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be held today, (Thurs.) at 11 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church with visitation one hour prior to service. Memorials preferred to the Salvation Army. Burial at Calvary Cemetery.
Nancy Ann Shannon
Services were held yesterday for a 1972 Proctor High School graduate. Nancy Ann Shannon of Esko died peacefully in her home Mon., July 18, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 51.
She was born Nov. 13, 1953 to Harold and Elizabeth (Gibout) Aldridge in Duluth.
She married Steven Shannon in 1980. She worked in the Duluth area as a hairdresser and home health care assistant. She enjoyed working with the elderly, caring for children, camping and fishing. Her sense of humor and positive outlook on life during trying times proved to be an inspiration to all the lives she touched.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother Janet, her brother, Dean, and brother-in-law William Basilici.
She is survived by her husband, daughters Christy (Mark) Bruemmer of St. Cloud and Katie of Esko, her sister Patricia (Richard) Newton, brothers Barry (Alana) Aldridge, Timothy (Colleen) Aldridge, Matthew (Celeste) Aldridge and many nieces and nephews.
Lynette Rae “Lynne” Chandler-Larsen
Christian (Alyssa) West of Proctor is mourning the death of his mother Lynette Rae “Lynne” Chandler-Larsen. The Esko resident died Mon., July 18, 2005 in St. Mary’s Medical Center. She was 52.
She was born March 23, 1953 in Chisholm. Lynne was a 1971 graduate of Chisholm High School and a 1974 graduate of Eveleth Area Vocational Technical School as a licensed practical nurse. Her nursing career included Chisholm Memorial Hospital, Cass Lake Hospital, Paynesville Community Hospital and North Kansas City Nursing Home. She moved to the Cloquet area in 1993, where she was a homemaker and lovingly doted on her 12 grandchildren. Lynne married Dave Larsen on May 18, 1999 in Las Vegas. She was a member of Apostolic Lutheran Church in Esko and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe-White Earth Reservation.
Lynne is also survived by her husband David of Esko, four other children Christopher Chandler and his fiancee Stacey Swaney of Independence, Mo., Jacob Kuntz of Corpus Christi, Texas, Kelly (Jodi) Larsen of Duluth and Erik (Jenny) Larsen of Cloquet, her mother Betty Burlingham of Cloquet, her father Arnold Quaal of Chisholm, siblings Judith (Dave) Anderson of Kansas City, Kan., and Ronald Quaal and Brenda Quaal, both of Cloquet, grandchildren Brandon, Joshua, Andrew, Max, Marcus, Jacob, Ethan, Emily, Kelsey, Kayla, Katelin and Isaiah, her mother-in-law Ellen Larsen of Esko, and many nieces, nephews and family members.
Visitation will continue today, Thurs., July 21, 2005 from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service in Apostolic Lutheran Church, Esko.
Loraine Lillian Alrick
Loraine Lillian Alrick, who graduated from Proctor High School, died peacefully Sat., July 16, 2005 at Edgewood Vista. She was 89.
She was born Sept. 22, 1915 to Ernest and Olivia Lanthier in Duluth. She graduated from Proctor High School. Loraine was a homemaker and worked at Fanny Farmer until her retirement.
She was preceded in death by husbands Fred Lawrence and Arnold Alrick, sisters Pearl and Ellen, and brothers Paul, James and Robert.
Loraine is survived by her daughters Susan Alrick (Mark Anderson) of Duluth and Barbara (Paul) Blegen of Laporte, grandchildren Kurt (Patty) Blegen and Corrie (Bill) Hackbarth, both of Duluth, great-grandchildren Benjamin Blegen and Isaak Hackbarth of Duluth, sisters Jean (John) Swensen of Gilbert, Evonne (Bill) Kangas of Makinen, Fay Johnson of Minneapolis and Pat Hanson of Amery, Wis., brother Swede of Moorcraft, Wyo., sisters-in-law Vicky Olson of Long Beach, Calif. and Louise Stenstrom of Tacoma, Wash., and several nieces and nephews.
Service at 1 p.m. Thurs., July 21, 2005 in Family of God Lutheran Church, 4097 Martin Rd. with Rev. Gary Guptill officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Internment will be at Park Hill Cemetery.
Services were held at Hermantown Community Church on Wednesday for young Alex Anderson, who was born October 6, 1994, was taken home to be with his heavenly Father on Sunday, July 17, 2005.
He will be greatly missed by his loving parents, Danial and Stephanie Anderson; his loving foster parents, Dean and Cindy Turnquist; his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Carol Kalm; his paternal grandfather, Clarence Anderson; his foster siblings, Erica, Daniel, Ivy and Kiki; his special friend, Kaleb Johnson and many aunts, uncles, cousins and loved ones.
Alex was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Winifred Anderson.
Alex was a great son, a good student at Laura McArthur School and a great playmate. He loved biking, playing with legos, playing playstation and had a passion for wrestling.
Alex attended Sunday School at Hermantown Community Church and loved going to Vacation Bible School each year. We know Alex is now playing in his new heavenly home with the angels and resting in the arms of Jesus, his Savior.
Joseph W. Marino
Joseph W. Marino who was a lifelong Proctorite, died Friday, July 22, 2005 at his home with his family by his side singing hymns. He was 78.
He was born in Proctor, Minn. on July 23, 1926 to Andrew and Delia Marino. Joseph was a graduate of Proctor High School and a World War II Navy veteran, serving in the South Pacific. Married Jean Sota in Proctor on Aug. 2, 1947. He had worked for the city of Proctor and later retired as an Engineer with DM&IR. He enjoyed playing cards, carpentry, gardening, hunting, fishing and camping. Joseph was a lifelong member of St. Rose Catholic Church.
His parents and sister Marguerite Young preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, whom he adored for 58 years; children, Stephen, Mark (Sandra), Jeff (Carolyn), Becky (Cal) Christensen, Tony, Sara (Jeff) Wienke, Judy (Butch) Komatz, Paul (Karolyn); 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, sisters, Kathleen Blackburn, Jean (Herb) Royer and Jane Carlson. Always one to finish what he started, Joseph died on the last day of his 78th year.
Services were held at St. Rose Catholic Church earlier in the week. Burial at Oneota Cemetery.
Donald LeRoy Sundquist
Donald LeRoy Sundquist passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was 68.
He was born June 5, 1937 to parents, John and Magda Sundquist in Windsor Township in Clearwater, Colo. He retired from Local 1091 from construction labor in 1999. He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Proctor Moose Lodge and worked part-time at Thompson Hill Rest Area.
He was preceded in death by six brothers: Edward, Fred, Felix, Herbert, Robert and Carl; three sisters, Selma, Alice and Evelyn.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Proctor; sons, Kirby of Fargo, N. D., Shane (Melissa), Gonvick, Minn., Jonathan, Duluth; one daughter Vali, Duluth; two sisters, Betty and Florence, Gonvick, Minn.; six grandchildren and many, many nieces & nephews; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Sundquist, Cutbank, Mont., Eleanor Sundquist, Gonvick, Minn. Don will be remembered by his strong handshake, good sense of humor and a willingness to help anyone in need.
Services were held last week.