George Howard Haar
Services will be held today, Thurs., for lifelong Proctor resident George Howard Haar. The former Fifth Street resident died, Sun., Dec. 17, in Carlton Nursing Home. He was 81.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1919 in Proctor to George and Katherine (McFadden) Haar. George was a graduate of Proctor High School and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1937 - 1941. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific from 1941 - 1945. Haar had served four years in the Navy before enlisting in the Marine Corps. He was wounded at Tarawa and was the sole survivor of his landing party that stormed the beachhead. More than 1,000 Marines were killed in the landing. He was hospitalized for five months.
He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was employed as a clerk for the U. S. Postal System for over 30 years, until retirement. He was a member of St. Rose Church, Proctor Moose Lodge, American Postal Workers Union and was a life member of both the Proctor V.F.W. Post and the Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed fishing and playing cards, especially cribbage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Diane Habert on Feb. 18, 2000; and sisters, Kathryn Gorham, Elaine Haar, Bunny Mapes and Clarice Weiler.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary “Eileen” (Theodore “Ted”) Beaupre of Esko; grandchildren, Lori (Chris) Anderson of Cloquet, Lisa Renshaw of Moose Lake, Brian Bailey of Boston and Michael “Mike” (Emma) Higby of Moose Lake; and great-grandchildren, Trevor Bailey, Jett Anderson and Ian Higby.
Mass of Christian burial 10:00 a.m. today, Thurs. in St. Rose Catholic Church, Proctor, Rev. Father James Bissonette officiating. Burial will be in Oneota Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Duluth V.F.W. Combined Honor Guard. Memorials to the American Diabetes Assn. or Disabled American Veterans would be appreciated.
Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Helen M. Schlegel
Helen M. Schlegel, who graduated from Proctor High School and married Alvin Schlegel here in 1949, died Wed., Dec. 13, 2000 in Brainerd. She was 73.
Mrs. Schlegel was born in Pottstown, Penn. The family later moved from New Jersey to the area.
She worked at the First National Bank in Brainerd, the Security State Bank in Pillager and Brainerd National Bank. She later worked for Crow Wing County Social Services prior to retirement.
She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd and Women’s Guild, as well as the St. Francis Church Choir. She was a former member of the Elkettes. While living in Proctor, she was a member of the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters.
She appeared in community college productions including Bye Bye Birdie, Mame, and Ernest in Love. She was a member of the Geritol Frolics.
Survivors include her husband Alvin, son Craig (Sharon) Schlegel of Plant City, Fla. daughters Maryellen Ancheta of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Cheri (Mike) Quist of Alexandria, Minn., and Jean (John) Heiden of Watertown, Wis., her sister Beatrice (Arnold) Wiita of Savage, Minn., three grandsons and six granddaughters.
Father Seamus Walsh and Father Dennis Hoffman officiated at the Mass of Christian Burial. Burial was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley.
Carl Wilhelm “Pete” Peterson
Carl Wilhelm “Pete” Peterson, who celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 9 and 10 with his wife Evelyn at a family gathering, died suddenly Sat., Dec. 16, 2000 in his Stark Junction Rd. home. He was 86.
He was born March 1, 1914 in Proctor to Alfred and Mary (Jeffery) Peterson, the sixth of eleven children. He attended Proctor schools, graduating from Proctor High School in 1932. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich., and then settled on his grandparents’ homestead in Midway Township in 1934. Carl and Evelyn K. Frolen were married on Dec. 7, 1940.
Carl farmed for many years at the Century Farm Dairy and later worked for Minnesota Power and the Duluth Steam Corporation, retiring in 1974. He played trumpet in many area bands, including the West Duluth Moose Band, Shrine Band, Court Jesters, Proctor Community Band and he recently retired from the Two Harbors City Band, where he had been a member for 36 years. Carl was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Proctor, Immanuel Brass and International Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 49. He enjoyed farming, playing trumpet and loved fishing in Canada.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Alma (infant), Helen Peterson, Alphie Peterson, Anna Finn and Dorothy Rabideau and brothers Alfred, Jr. and Roy.
Carl is survived and lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Evie, daughters Mary (Edward) Eblom of Duluth, Kenne Jean Peterson of Minnetonka, Kristine (Michael) Graves of Hermantown and Carlye (Dennis) Peterson Bristor of Chanhassen, sons Daniel (Joan Sivanich) of Minneapolis, Jonathan (Jon) of Midway and Nikanor (Nik) of Farmington, sisters Ruth (Gerald) Seeling of Grand Rapids and Mary Ellen Johnson of Niles, Ill., brother Dr. Richard (Carmen) Peterson of Little Falls, grandchildren Darin, Kate and Christopher Eblom, Jeremiah (Brenda), Joshua, Sarah and Zachary Graves, Adam and Emily Bristor and Luke, Loren and Britta Peterson, great-granddaughter Jessica Graves, acquired son Dennis Van Steenkiste of Proctor, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Sat., Dec. 30, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 614 Second St., Proctor, The Reverend Mark A. Osthus officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the Two Harbors City Band or the Proctor Community Band. Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Alice Clarissa Erickson
Alice Clarissa Erickson, who moved to Proctor in 1926, died Tues., Dec. 12, 2000 in Nopeming Care Center. She was 94.
She was born in Montevideo, Minn. The Lee family moved to Fosston, Minn., in 1909, where she grew up and graduated from Fosston High School. She married Alfred R. Erickson on Feb. 2, 1929.
Alice was a homemaker who loved sewing, flowers and her grandchildren. She was a member of Duluth Gospel Tabernacle and enjoyed her church family very much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters, three brothers, and her husband Alfred on Feb. 17, 1985.
Alice is survived by sons Warren (Elma) of Proctor, Gerald (Avis) of Bellevue, Wash., Wesley (Gertrude) of Esko and Dennis (Karen) of Springfield, Mo., a sister Bertha Ongstad of Portland, Ore., a brother Homer (Connie) of Portland, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Burial was in Oneota Cemetery.
Barbara Jean (Mack) Miller
Cindy Kopic of Proctor is mourning the death of her mother, Barbara Jean (Mack) Miller. She died Fri., Dec. 15, 2000 in a Duluth hospital. She was 66.
Barb was born in River Falls, Wis., and had lived with her husband Kenneth Miller, Sr. in the Canyon area.
Barb is also survived by her husband, three sons, two other daughters, a stepdaughter, a stepson, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers, six sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Gloria M. Hebert
Services were held for Gloria M. Hebert of Proctor. She died Sun., Dec. 17, 2000 at the age of 74.
She was born in Duluth on Oct. 24, 1926 and lived in the area all of her life. She had worked as an operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Co., as an X-ray technician for St. Mary’s Medical Center, and had owned and operated Norsota Trailer Sales with her late husband, where they sold snowmobiles and travel trailers until they retired.
Gloria was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, West Duluth American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and Women of the Moose in Proctor.
Gloria is survived by her daughters Nancy (Mark) Verhel of Duluth and Mary (Greg) White of Hermantown, grandchildren Chris (Jodi Ogston) Verhel, Chelsea Verhel, and Chris, Rodney, Jesse and Maxwell White, a great-grandson Easton Andrew Verhel, a niece Sandy Elliot of Oklahoma, and a dear friend Joan Carlson.
Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery.
Lester R. “Joe” Lofdahl
Robin Oliver of Proctor is mourning the death of her father Lester R. “Joe” Lofdahl, Jr. He died Sat., Dec. 16, 2000 in his Gilbert, Ariz. home. He was 60.
Lofdahl, who loved auto racing as a spectator and driver at the Proctor speedway, was born in Duluth. He graduated from Duluth Central High School and later owned and operated various bars in Duluth, including the Paul Bunyan Bar and the Buena Vista. He was a member of the Beachcombers Car Club.
He is also survived by his wife Susan, four other children, seven grandchildren, two brothers, two step-children and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
Charles Joseph DuLong
Charles Joseph DuLong, who moved to Proctor 39 years ago, died Sun., Dec. 31, 2000 at Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was 81.
He was born in Ewen, Mich., on July 21, 1919 to John and Malane (Sylvester) DuLong. He was an Army veteran of WW II and had been a Hibbing resident prior to moving to Proctor in 1962. He had worked for the DM&IR Railway for 32 years, retiring in 1979. He was a former member of St. Rose Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, and the VFW Post 137.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Sally in 1991, and his son Allen Dale DuLong in 1999.
Survivors include his daughters Marion (Gary) Cotten, Cedar, Minn., Dorma (Terry) Schulz, Montgomery, Minn., his brother Milton J. (Martha), Naples, Fla., his sister Rose Nelson, Chicago, Ill., a daughter-in-law Diane DuLong in Wisc., grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a special friend Isabel Carlson, Duluth.
There will be no services. Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
John W. Yount
John W. Yount, who thrilled Rail basketball fans as he helped take Proctor to its first state basketball tournament, died Wed., Dec. 27, 2000 in a Duluth hospital. He was 54.
The Duluth resident was a 1964 graduate of Proctor High School. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1970. He was affiliated with Swenson Anderson Associates, Inc. for 30 years. In 1983, he created the financial service firm, The Yount Group, Ltd., which specialized in corporate and estate planning for family-owned and closely held corporations in Duluth and surrounding areas.
John was a member of the Local, State and National Association of Life Underwriters, and Arrowhead Estate Planning Council. He was a past president of the Local Association of Life Underwriters and Arrowhead Estate Planning Council, as well as a past board member of the Minnesota Association of Life Underwriters. He was a 30-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table, including Top of the Table in 1999. He was a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club, Northland Country Club, Duluth Syndicate and Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wayne and Marjorie Yount.
John is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Lisa (Dennis) Thielke of Grand Rapids, Andrea (Wade) Brua of Savage, Minn. and Brittany Leisinger of Roseville, Minn., sons Blake Leisinger and Aaron Yount, both at home, sisters Candace Yount and Patti (Eddy) Myre, both of Proctor, a brother Bruce (Jan) Yount of Tulsa, Okla., grandchildren Alyvia and Abigail Thielke and Ethan and Greta Brua, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.
Darlene A. Holman
Proctorites are mourning the death of Darlene A. Holman. She died Fri., Dec. 29, 2000 in the Benedictine Health Center. She was 62.
A lifelong Duluth resident who lived on 61st Ave W., was a cook for Jim’s Hamburgers for 13 years and for Ray’s Grill.
Surviving are children Roxanne (Jon) Besser of Burnsville, MN, Russell (Margie) Holman of Proctor, Ron (Jacki) Holman, Duluth, Rochelle (Brian) Dickenson of Champlin, MN, brothers Buddy (Donna) Nelson and Billy (Judy) Nelson, all of Duluth; sisters Sue Christensen of Duluth, Sandee (Dick) Carroll of Proctor, Barb (Tom) Quick of Proctor and Beverly (Allen) Mansfield of Las Vegas; and nine grandchildren.
Burial is in Oneota Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors.