Hilma Gustava Mudek
Edward (Roberta) Mudek is mourning the death of his mother, Hilma Gustava Mudek. The former resident of Ramsey Manor, passed away on Fri., Sept. 28, 2007 in The Lodge on Natchez, Elko, Minn. She was 98.
She was born on April 30, 1909 to Michael and Ida (Sarppo) Ohlgren in Superior. She married William Mudek on Nov. 26, 1930 and they lived in Brimson from 1930 until his death in 1984. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and a former member of Bassett Congregational Church in Brimson. Hilma was a sweet, gentle, hard working woman who loved Jesus, singing, and little kids brightened her day.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband William, twin sons William Lewis and LeRoy William, brothers Arthur, Leonard and Edward Ohlgren, sisters Jennie, Ann and Selma, and son-in-law Steve Johnson.
Hilma is also survived by her other children William Jr. (Martha), Robert (Rose), Leo (Beverly), Marlene (Gary) Hoover, Karen Johnson and Joyce (Paul) Marlenga, 23 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, and many other family members and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 a.m. celebration of Hilma’s life today, Thurs., Oct. 4, 2007 in Williams- Lobermeier Funeral Home, 3208 West 3rd St. Duluth. Burial at Sunrise Memorial Park.
Joseph B. Anderson
Joseph B. Anderson, who was born in Proctor and was a 1933 Proctor High School graduate, died Mon., Oct. 15, 2007, at his residence. He was 92.
He was born to Thomas and Jensine Anderson. Joe married Ruby V. Pearson in Duluth on Nov. 4, 1939. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. Joe had worked as a firefighter with the Duluth Fire Dept. for 30 years, retiring as a Captain in 1973. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church, the IFA Retirees and former member of the International Firefighters Association.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruby in 1997, and daughter-in-law Cheryl Anderson.
He is survived by sons Jeffrey L. (Susan Remus) of St. Cloud and Terry (Connie Sue Young) of Duluth, daughter Denise (Robert) Pulford of Richfield, grandchildren Peter (Leah McLeod) Anderson, Michelle (Peter) Carlson, Jensine Pulford and Kristian Pulford, sister Adleide Gunhus of Fergus Falls, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A service was held last Thursday in Bethany Lutheran Church. Burial at Bethany Cemetery.
Nicki Larson of Saginaw went to be with the Lord Tues., Oct. 16, 2007. She was 42.
Nicki was born in Duluth to Eugene and Jane Russell. Currently employed at United Healthcare, she had previously worked at Park Point Manor, Cellular One, and the Proctor School District, where she made and retained many friends. Nicki was generous, caring, with a wonderful sense of humor, and was always willing to help others.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Nicki is survived by her loving husband of 23 years Curt, sons Curtis, Jr. and Dillon, father Eugene, Sr., siblings Vicki, Eugene, Jr. (Dawn), Leslie (Chap) Korman, Kelly, and Scott (Jean), mother-in-law Lavonne Larson, father-in-law Curt Larson, several nieces and nephews, and best friends Jamie and Tiny.
A memorial service was held Fri., Oct. 19, 2007 in Cremation Society of Minnesota.
Bonnie J. Finkbeiner
Bonnie J. Finkbeiner of Grand Lake went home to be with the Lord Tues., Oct. 16, 2007. She was 70.
She was born in 1937 in Minot, N.D. to Adolph and Hazel Schmidt. Bonnie was a devoted wife, loving mother, and shared her gift of hospitality. She was a woman of great faith, who died with an abiding hope in Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Norman, and brother Ardel.
Bonnie is survived by children Keith (Joan) Finkbeiner, Noreen Otten and Paul (Cheri) Finkbeiner, grandchildren Rachel, Janelle, Johnathan, Sam and Megan, sister Judy (Ordean) Huus, brother Rodnie (Billie) Schmidt, and many nieces and nephews.
A service was held Oct. 20 in the New Life Covenant Church, Saginaw. Pastor Brad Shannon officiated. Burial was Mon., Oct. 22, 2007 in Max, N.D.
Carol Ann Bakke
Carol Ann Bakke, Zenith Terrace, died Fri., Oct. 19, 2007 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was 64.
She was born in Duluth on Jan. 25, 1943 to Ernest and Eileen Swanson and was a graduate of Duluth Central High School. Carol had worked in the Physical Therapy Dept. at St. Luke’s Hospital for 19 years and later spent 4 years with the Breast Cancer Awareness Program at the Duluth YWCA. She was a member of the Proctor Moose Lodge and enjoyed playing bingo, vacationing in Florida and watching classic movies.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents and brother Roger.
She is survived by her children Gene (Roberta) Bakke of Crystal, Sherri (John) Bonawitz of Duluth, Sandy (Donald) Brown of Fla., Jon (Terry) Bakke of Duluth and Mark Bakke and his son Rory of St. Paul, sisters Dianne Stone, Kay (Gene) Adamski, Peggy Swanson and Debbie (Steve) Sandstrom, all of Duluth, brother Randy (Janet) Swanson of Ramsey, grandchildren Justin, Lauren, Joshua, Allyson, Kelsey, John, Jason, Byron, Tara, Brenna and Rory, great-grandchildren Christopher, Kaitlyn, Damian, Serenity and Dylan, and many nieces, nephews and special friends.
A service was held Tuesday at Peace In Christ Lutheran Church. Burial at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Daniel Dale Shovein
Daniel Dale Shovein, who grew up in Proctor and graduated from Proctor High School in 1970, died unexpectedly on Mon., Nov. 12, 2007. He was 55.
The Brooklyn Center resident worked for Country Inn & Suites in Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents John and Lois Shovein.
He is survived by brothers Michael (Mary) of Eagan and Jack of North Oaks, and sisters Gayle (Mike) Walkowiak of Coon Rapids and Sandra (Tim) Oliver of Plymouth.
A service was held Sat., Nov. 17, 2007. Burial in Oneota Cemetery.
Florence Josephine Baker
Sally (“Jim” Kent) Lunda is mourning the death of her mother, Florence Josephine Baker. The Duluth resident died Fri., Nov. 16, 2007, in the Solvay Hospice House. She was 80.
Florence was born in Wrenshall on Jan. 1, 1927 to Daniel and Anna (Latcher) Duffy. She graduated from Wrenshall High School and earned a certificate of accomplishment from the College of St. Scholastica. She retired as a long time employee at Nopeming Nursing Home. Florence was an active member of the community being president of the West End Senior Center and the Golden Westenders, founder and M.C. of the original Grandma and Grandpas Senior Band, member of the 2001 City Renovation Committee, and the RSVP Volunteer Program. Florence was creative and multi-talented leaving her mark as a musician, writer, director and actress. Florence’s children and grandchildren were her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Floyd R. in 1974, two sisters and four brothers.
Florence is survived by her son George of Duluth, other daughters Beverly (David) Sonnenburg of Zimmerman, Sandra (Bob) Fossum of Anoka and Peggy (Bob) Smutka of West St. Paul, grandchildren Kim (Lloyd) Bodle, Jim Baker, Floyd (Jessica) Baker, Eric Sonnenburg, Anders (Dianna) Sonnenburg, Keith Sonnenburg, Tamara Fossum, Chad (Melissa) Fossum, Robyn Lunda and Ryan Lunda, and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday in Bell Brothers Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Carlton.
Warren Walter Johnson
Warren Walter Johnson, who was born in Proctor on September 28, 1924, died Mon., Nov. 19, 2007, in the Viewcrest Health Center. He was 83.
Warren was born to Walter and Helen Johnson. He was their only child. He grew up in Virginia, Minn. and graduated from Virginia High School in 1943. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served as a Pharmacist Mate aboard the USS Samaritan, transporting and caring for soldiers wounded in the South Pacific during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Duluth, where he enrolled at UMD. He played hockey on the first UMD hockey team from 1946 to 1949. He was a member of the American Legion Post #71. Warren worked for the DW&P Railway for 43 years as a conductor, retiring in 1986. Upon retirement he found he had a talent for carving and has left many woodcarvings of wild birds and animals to his children and grandchildren. Warren married the former Ruth Pagenkopf on May 26, 1951. They were married for 56 years and enjoyed traveling throughout 46 states, Canada and Mexico in their motor home. They spent their winters in Mesa, Ariz. Warren was an avid hunter and fisherman, but his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren and their achievements, great and small. He attended all their school and sporting events.
Warren is survived by his wife Ruth, daughters and their spouses Sheri and Keith Mesedahl of Saginaw, Debi and Rick Francisco of Duluth, and Pam and Jim Kwak of Maple Grove, grandchildren Missy (Jason) Carlson, Dan (Christa) Mesedahl, John (Bridget) Francisco, Bob and Tami Mesedahl and Jamey and Kris Kwak, great-grandchildren Halle, Wyatt, Caleb and Natalie, and one great-grandson due in January. The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of Viewcrest for the exceptional loving care they provided for Warren during his stay.
Services were held Fri., Nov. 23, 2007, at Gethsemane Covenant Church. Entombment will be in Sunrise Memorial Park. Military honors will be accorded by the Duluth Combined Honor Guard.
Lester H. “Shorty” Ward
Lester H. “Shorty” Ward passed away on Sat., Nov. 17, 2007. He was 84.
He was born to Stewart and Dorothy Ward in Laurel, MT. Shorty served in the Marines from 1941-1945, was shipped to the South Pacific following Pearl Harbor, and saw heavy combat in Guadalcanal. He retired from Burlington Northern Railroad in 1983.
Shorty was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine and his brother Tony.
He is survived by his children Ron (Judy) Ward of Flower Mound, TX and Toni Paulson of Proctor, grandchildren Ryan, Jeremy, Jonathon, Jamie, and Jessica; great-grandson Landon, sister Gayle Gunter of Laurel, MT, sister-in-law Eileen Elfving of Eveleth, and his many friends at the Pit Stop.
No services will be held at Shorty’s request.
CMSgt. Mark A. Whitely
CMSgt. Mark A. Whitely died at his Orchard St. home in Bayview Thurs., Nov. 29, 2007, in Duluth. He was 67.
Mark married Judy Ann Shaw in Feb. 1962, and together they raised three children in Duluth. He was a proud member of the MN Air National Guard 148th Fighter Wing. Mark served 36 years and 11 months from Feb. 1958 to Dec. 1994, earning many distinguished awards and much recognition. In his retirement, Mark worked for the Duluth News Tribune for a number of years and enjoyed his work and colleagues at the Hermantown distribution center. He loved nature, gardening, and hiking up the shore. Mark was a devoted father and husband, and loved spending time with his family. He will be missed deeply by his immediate family, his Guard family, and all who knew him.
Mark was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Wesley Whitely.
He is survived by his wife Judy Ann, daughter Kelly (Mike) Palmer, sons Rick and Darin, sisters Barbara and Arden, brother Bill, extended family, and many military friends.
A memorial service was held Tues., Dec. 4, 2007.
Linda L. Dincau
Linda L. Dincau, of Proctor, went to be with her Lord Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007, while at St. Mary’s Medical Center Hospice. She was 64.
She was born May 22, 1943 in Minneapolis, to Donald and Lorriane Mingo. Linda graduated from St. Jean’s High School, Duluth, in 1961. On Feb. 2, 1963 she married Raymond Dincau. Linda was a very talented person. She was a musical and artistic person who played several instruments and enjoyed painting and drawing. Linda enjoyed singing at weddings and at nursing homes. She had a strong spiritual side to her nature and was a strong advocate for Christian values. Linda belonged to prayer groups and participated in prayer chains. She was co-director of St. Elizabeth’s Youth Choir and Vice President of St. Elizabeth’s Women’s Club. Linda volunteered for home hospice and the prison ministry. She was a member of KSKJ, the French Club, and the Linda Club and enjoyed singing with the ‘Singing Slovenes.’ Although she worked at several different businesses in Duluth throughout her life, her main career was her husband, sons, grandchildren, and family and friends in general. But especially Linda was a kind, compassionate, caring, loving and forgiving person. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Don, Chuck and infant brother, Ross.
She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Ray; three sons, Tony (Snez) of Lafayette, La., Jeff (Chris), of Esko and Mitch (Kelly Terry), of Monticello, Minn.; six grandchildren, Alex, Amanda, Nicole, Drew, Mandi, and Chloe; four sisters, Rita (David) Prizio, Karen Egan, Laurie (Bob) Zaffke, and Kathy (Phil) Gatto; brother-in-law, Rocky (Barbara) Dincau and sister-in-law, Bonnie McKean; many other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the wonderful people of St. Mary’s Hospice for the kind and gracious care they gave Linda.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, Thurs., Dec. 6, in St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Superior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Hospice and Palliative Care, 407 E. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN 55805 or the Lake Superior Life Care Center 101 West 2nd Street, Room 109, Duluth, MN 55802.
Lorraine G. Angell-Carlson
Joyce (Floyd) Balsness of Proctor is mourning the death of her sister, Lorraine G. Angell-Carlson, of Finlayson. She died Mon., Nov. 19, 2007, at home, surrounded by family, after a battle with cancer. She was 83.
She was born Aug. 11, 1924, to Anthony and Florence McLevis in Sturgeon Lake. She grew up in central Minnesota and also lived in Duluth, Two Harbors, and Hoyt Lakes during her lifetime. In 1948 she married Delbert Angell and had three children. She was widowed in 1986. She married Palmer Carlson in 1993, and lived in Finlayson. Most of her life, she was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and all types of needlework, cooking, reading, gardening, dancing, travel, and crossword puzzles. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed being a grandmother. She loved animals in nature, especially birds and had a special fondness for hummingbirds.
She is survived by her husband Palmer, daughters Debra (Brian) Bartholmey of Rochester and Doreen (Lance) Dawson of Cottage Grove, a son Ross (Becky) of Plainfield, Ill., grandchildren Kristen (Lou), Erin, Nicole, Amanda, Alex, Nathan, Kyle, and Leah, great-grandsons Adam and Brian; three other sisters Clara Habdas of Finlayson, Elaine (Ray) Lance of California, Viola (Bob) Campbell of Texas, brother Ernie McLevis of California, and stepdaughters Paulette (Don) Lafferty of Perham and Deb (Al) Brigan of Finlayson, stepsons Mark (Diane) Carlson of Finlayson and Bill (Dana) of International Falls and their families.
A memorial service was held Mon., Nov. 26, 2007, in Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson.