Billie June Nelson, 85, of Scanlon, passed away October 13, 2018 at Diamond Willow in Cloquet.
June was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Ryan. She is survived by her loving husband, Glenn; daughter Brenda (Larry) Schmid; sons, Randy (Joann) and Jim (Patti) Nelson; 5 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cloquet.    

Elmer Birdeland , age 95 of Maplewood passed away October 6, 2018.
Survived by loving wife of over 71 years, Margaret "Peg"; children Barbara Huss, Laurie (Mark) Kazimer; grandsons Jon (Kim) and Eric (Andrea); great-grandchildren Andrew, Landry, Leddi; many other relatives and friends. Elmer served his country as a Naval Aviator in WWII, he went on to work for Northwestern Bell for 38 years and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He was a life-long golfer and a proud member of the Keller Golf Course. Elmer was a loving husband and father, a genuinely warm and humble man, friend to everyone, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Memorial Mass 11AM Thur. (10/11), CHURCH OF ST. PETER, 2600 Margaret St. N., North St. Paul, with visitation one hour prior. Private interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, North St. Paul

John F. Hogan, age 82, of Coon Rapids, MN went to be with His Lord and Savior, September 25, 2018.
John retired from U S WEST's marketing department and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. John also was in the naval reserve, retiring after 30 years from both. Preceded in death by parents, John & Gata, and brother Gary. Survived by his loving wife of 28 yrs, Renee, daughters Jaki, Colleen, Tricia, step-son, Travis, 8 grandchildren, 1 great- grandchild, and best friends and canine companions, Libby, Milly and Pumpkin. Memorial Mass at 10am Friday, October 5 at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Anoka MN. Visitation 1 hour before mass with lunch at the church following the mass. Burial at Ft. Snelling following lunch. Special thanks to Our Lady of Peace Hospice Home for their superb care of John in his final days.   10/1/18

Lyle Marvin Holm, age 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 15, 2018.
He was a long-time resident of Shakopee, MN.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 19, from 4-7 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 833 S. Marschall Rd, Shakopee and one hour prior to the Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, September 20, at 10 am, at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, 924 21st St, Minneapolis, MN. Pastor Tim Peterson will preside. Lyle will be laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery,
On November 10, 1927, Lyle was born in Minneapolis, MN to parents, Harry and Signa (Haugen Eide) Holm. He was a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis. For many years, Lyle worked as a telephone technician for Northwestern Bell, US West and Qwest and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Lyle enlisted in the United States Navy on January 28, 1946 and proudly served during WWII and throughout the South China Sea and Panama. During his time, Lyle was aboard the USS Seacat 399 Submarine. Later, he became a member of the Submarine Veterans of WWII and Submarine Veterans Inc.
Lyle married Dorothy Healow, in Minneapolis, MN. He lived a very active life being a husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa. Lyle loved traveling to Norway to connect with relatives—he was extremely proud of his heritage and member of Nordfjordlaget. In his free time, Lyle loved duck hunting, fishing and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.
Lyle will remain in the hearts of his children, Gail Holm, Tom (Vicki) Holm, Jane (Mark) Thomas; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his other relatives and friends in the U.S. and Norway.
As the Norwegians say, Takk for alt! Thank you for everything!    

Thomas E. Broman, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in Duluth.
He was born November 8, 1934 in Duluth, graduating from Central High School in 1952. After graduation he had a summer job for the Martin Udesen family at the Curling Club Roller Rink.
He joined the Navy before his 18th birthday, with most of his three years of active duty on the U.S.S. Stichell DDR-888. He started working at Northwestern Bell Telephone in 1956, mostly in Pine City, retiring after 30 years. He loved spending time at his cabin on Island Lake.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 71, VFW Post 4258, Telephone Pioneers, USS Stickell Reunion, U.S. Navy Memorial, Richard Bong Veterans Heritage Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Agnes; sister, Lorraine; brothers, Orval and Jack; and sister-in-law, Marian.
Tom is survived by his sister, Rachel Prudhomme; brother, Marvin (Lorraine); sister-in-law, Georgeann; and many nieces and nephews.
Services and Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 10, 2018 at Forest Hill Cemetery, 2516 Woodland Ave. Military Honors by the Duluth Honor Guard.


James E. Sasse, 87, of Duluth, died Saturday, September 8, 2018 at North Shore Estates.
Jim was born on March 9, 1931 in Winona, MN to Arthur and Francis Sasse. Jim was an installer for Western Electric, retiring in 1984 after 34 years of service. Following his retirement, Jim worked for the Duluth Clinic as a courier, retiring in 1993. Jim was a former member of Forbes United Methodist Church, the Proctor Moose and the Telephone Pioneers.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Howard; two sisters, Dorothy Walters and Marjorie Stevens; an infant son, James; a stepdaughter, Yvonne Whitebird-Quintero; and his first wife, LaVonne (Kingsley) Sasse.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carol; a son, Arthur (Elaine) of Duluth; five daughters, Debra (Tom) Fontaine of Proctor, RoxAnne Helland of Munger, MN, Sandy (John) Drennan of Deerwood, MN, Cindy Matheson of Proctor and Karen (John) McKagan of Detroit Lakes, MN; a sister, Esther (Larry) Kieffer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; a brother, John (Irene) of Bloomington, MN; four stepchildren, Juanita Whitebird of Chisholm, MN, John Whitebird of Chisholm, MN, Renee Whitebird of Duluth and Murray Whitebird of Duluth; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 12 step great-grandchildren, one step great-great-granddaughter; many other relatives and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff at North Shore Estates for the wonderful care they provided to Jim over the last three years.
Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 and will continue Thursday from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service in Williams Lobermeier Boettcher Funeral Home. Burial at Oneota Cemetery. Memorials to donor’s choice are preferred.    

Douglas W. Brown, Age 53 of St. Cloud, formerly of Blaine, passed away suddenly on September 1, 2018.
Doug was a current employee of CenturyLink. He stared his career in I&M and 4-Wire; then he transferred to Detroit Lakes as a CO Tech. In 2013 he came back to the cities (Ramsey) as a CDT. Doug was just shy of his 29th service anniversary and was a Metro Council Pioneer.
He is survived by his wife, Christine; daughter, Michele (Nate) Muonio; grandchildren, Callidora, Asher & Reed; parents, Bruce & Rose Brown; siblings, David (Susan) Brown & Susie Shape; nieces & nephew, Alissa, Claire & Samuel; other relatives & dear friends.
A Celebration of Doug’s life will be held at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH BLAINE CHAPEL (107th Ave. NE & Hwy. 65) Friday, September 7th, 2018 from 4-7 PM with a Time of Remembrance at 6 PM. Memorials preferred to the Gajogo Foundation, Safari Club International Foundation or the Minnesota Vikings Foundation.


Irene Luella Faber, 87, of Shell Lake died Monday, August 27, 2018 at Cumberland Healthcare.
She was born July 22, 1931 in Lampson, WI to Harold and Grace (Jones) Hills. Irene graduated from Shell High School and then Rice Lake Teachers' College. She taught country school in the area for several years. She was married in Lampson, WI on February 9, 1951 to Norman Faber, and they moved to St. Paul, where she worked for Northwestern Bell until her retirement in the 1980's. Irene was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. After retirement they returned to the Shell Lake area.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norman on September 15, 2006. She was also preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Faber; sisters Barb Johnson and Carol Hills. Survivors include her daughter, Roxanne Faber of Woodbury, MN and her son, Keith Faber of Shell Lake; 3 brothers: Harold (Betty) Hills, Leroy (Jean) Hills and Darwin (Nancy) Hills, all of St. Paul, MN; her sister, Darlene Hackman of New Richmond; 1 sister-in-law, Evelyn Waggoner of Minong; many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spooner with Pastor Dan Hermanson officiating and burial to follow at Shell Lake Cemetery. A visitation will be held for an hour prior to the service at the church.   

Donna L. Wickland, age 71 of Andover.
Preceded in death by parents, Leonard & Evelyn Berglund; sister, Jan Brown and brother, Roger Berglund. Survived by husband, Gary; son, Matt (Megan) Wickland; granddaughters, Genevieve & Jocelyn; siblings, Sue Rikala, Duane (Barb) Berglund, Art (Gina) Berglund; nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. Lovingly known as "DeeDee" by her husband of nearly 50 years, Donna adored her family and loved spending time with her beloved granddaughters.  She retired after a long career with Northwestern Bell-USW-Qwest and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.  After she left the phone company she worked for 10 years for AAA. Donna enjoyed crafting in many forms, shopping, cooking and spending time with those she loved. A Celebration of Donna's life will be held at KOZLAK-RADULOVICH BLAINE CHAPEL (107th Ave. NE & Hwy. 65) Saturday Sept 8, 2018 from 10AM to1PM. Private interment Roselawn Cemetery 763-783-1100      9/3/18

Death of the Wife of Central Council Life Member Pioneer Art Sletten
Avis O. Sletten, 86, of Bemidji, MN died Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, ND.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Interment will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Bemidji, MN under the direction of the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.
She was born on June 25, 1932, in Bagley, MN the daughter of Victor and Thea (Ysen) Anderson.
She was raised and educated in Bagley, graduating from Bagley High School. She attended Bemidji Business School after graduation. She married Arthur Sletten on August 11, 1967, in Bemidji, MN. She worked for the Department of Indian Education, and also worked with the Bemidji and St. Cloud School Districts as an Administrative Secretary. She retired from the Area Learning Center in St. Cloud, MN in 1986. After retiring Avis and Art enjoyed traveling. They visited every state except Rhode Island, and also enjoyed a trip to Australia and New Zealand. Avis loved her family most of all. She beamed at the sight of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She was described by a Great-Granddaughter as “caring, loving, happy, and funny-who could make the BEST apple pie. In addition she enjoyed golf, fishing, Minnesota sports, reading, embroidery, and playing cards.
She is survived by her husband Art Sletten of 49505 229th Ave Bemidji, MN 56601
Children, Sue (Charles) Lund of Bemidji, Terri (Tom) Tepley of Brainerd, MN, Sid (Deanna) Sletten of Bemidji,
Grandchildren, Brian (Kate) Lund, Lynnea (Andy) Oman, Jennifer (Ryan) Lamberg, Michael Tepley, Matthew (Nikki) Tepley, Michael (Pam) Sletten, and Deborah (Tyler) Bradseth.
Great-Grandchildren, Anna, Nicole, Megan, Thea, Claire, Lyla, Evan, Ella, Koral, Cameron, and a new great-grandson due in a couple of weeks.
Sister, Violet Baumann.  And numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Margaret Thompson, brother-in-law Amos Thompson, and brother-in-law Archie Baumann.   

Janeth M. Satre, 75, of Brainerd passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 22, 2018
at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland in Brainerd. Memorial services for Janeth will be on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 2p.m., at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, with Pastor Leslie Hobson officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m.
Janeth was born on December 14, 1942 in St. Paul, MN to Edward and Althea (King) Schornstein. She moved with her family to Brainerd in 1944 and had been a lifelong resident of the Brainerd Lakes Area. Janeth married Allan Paul Satre on February 19, 1966 in Brainerd. She worked for Northwestern Bell before beginning her 20-year career as the church secretary for Park United Methodist Church. Janeth enjoyed arts and crafts. She loved volunteering and was honored as Outstanding Lay Person of the Year for the Brainerd School District.
Janeth is survived by her children: Bill (Shelly), of Brainerd and Jim (Penny) of West Linn, Oregon; her grandchildren: Alex, Chris, Abbie and Jack; and a brother, Richard Schornstein. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, Edward and Althea; and a brother, Ed Schornstein.
Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service  800-824-5051     

Robert A. ‘Bob’ Shaw, 77 passed away July 22nd, after being diagnosed with AML.
He is survived by his wife Sandy, daughters Kara (Fox) & Kelley. 3 grandchildren, Kenny, Logan & Samantha Fox, brother Michael and many nieces and nephews.
After retiring from "The Phone Company" he lived out his dream of Warm Winters and Beautiful Summers, laying claim to both MN & MS as home. Bob retired from NWB-USW-Qwest where he worked in OCS (Official Communications Services) and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. "Bob was the guy that kept the phone company phones and computer systems running."
Services were held in Picayune, MS. A private Life Celebration will take place in St Paul. For those that wish to offer memorials please consider donating to your local blood bank (financial or blood). Donated Blood, Platelets & Prayers gave Bob 7 hopeful months.   

Andrea Susan (Groves) Augustyn, 73, of Hermantown, MN, joined Jesus in Heaven on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Duluth.
She was a lifelong member of Gethsemane Covenant Church and their Tuesday Ladies Bible Study group. She loved history and animals and was an avid quilting enthusiast.
Andrea was born in Duluth September 21, 1944. She was a 1962 graduate of Hermantown High School. She received secretarial training at DBU and attended Rhema Bible Training Center in OK. She worked at AT&T, Qwest, and was a church secretary.
Andrea married Walter F. Augustyn November 27, 1965 during the biggest blizzard of the season.
Andrea was preceded in death by her parents, A.G. "Sam" and Doris (Gilberg) Groves of Hermantown.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Walt; daughter, Catherine of Hermantown; sister, Carolyn (Larry) Lockett of Superior, WI; cousin, Claudia (Bob) Ek of Duluth; sisters- and brothers-in-law; many nieces and nephews; and three loving cats.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 25th at Gethsemane Covenant Church, 4479 Ugstad Rd, Hermantown, with visitation beginning at 1 pm. Burial will follow at a later date at Sunrise Memorial Park.
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Marlene B. Hogenson, 83, of Naples, Florida, passed away on July 25, 2018.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, she had resided in Naples since 1992.
Marlene was preceded in death by her son Scott, brother Robert, parents Josephine and Norman Bjerke and special friend Harvey Sullivan.
She is survived by her 4 sons, Michael of Maple Plain, MN, Kurt and his wife Lori Manthe of Spring Park, MN, Christopher and his life companion
Derenda Sipes of Bonita Springs, FL and Kal of Mpls., MN and Wallace Hogenson, father of the children.
She worked for US West for 26 years and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. She enjoyed nature, art, music and decorating. She will be missed by all! There will be a graveside service in Minneapolis at a later date.   

Helen Granrud of Montevideo died on Monday, July 30, 2018 at Home Front First in Montevideo
at the age of 94.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2:00PM at Our Saviors Lutheran Church with Pastor Donald S. McKee officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be held from 12:30 to 2:00 PM at the church on the day of the service.    

Charles H. Erbstoesser, 88 year-old resident of Little Falls, MN, passed ON Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Home in Little Falls.
Charles was born on March 12, 1930, in Isanti County to Elizabeth and Gunther Erbstoesser. He attended elementary and high school in Braham, MN. He graduated from Braham High School in 1949— (he was always very proud of the Braham Bombers!). Charles was enlisted in the Army from 1950-53. He attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis from 1954-1955. He married Janet LaVonne Peterson on May 7th, 1955 at Siloa Lutheran Church in Braham. Charles worked at Braham’s West Man Silo, McFarlene’s Sheet Metal, and REA. He was employed at Swift Company in Saint Paul and Lite Rite in Melrose. In 1956, Charles began working at Northwestern Bell until his retirement in 1985. While working for Northwestern Bell he held the positions of Lineman, Cable Splicer, EQ Man, Combination Man, Cable Foreman, Service Supervisor and Regional Manager. Charles served as President of the Little Fallis Kiwanis Club in 1979 and Kiwanian Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota and North and South Dakota in 1987-88. He served as Board Chair of Bethel Lutheran Church in 1976 and President of the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1979. Charles was also the first President of the Little Falls Hockey Association –1973-1975. He volunteered at Saint Gabriel’s Hospital as a courier and delivered meals on wheels. In his spare time Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching sports and Fox News as well as spending time with his family. He was a proud member of Faith Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his four children, Terri Erbstoesser, Little Falls; Toni Backes (Bryan), Sauk Rapids; Ron Erbstoesser (Susan), Houston, Texas; and Brian Erbstoesser, Omaha, Nebraska. Four grandchildren, Allison, Kelsey, Christopher and Rachel; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Janet; his parents; 3 sisters; 2 brothers; 3 nephews and 4 nieces.    

Delmar J. “Del” Griffin, dearly loved husband and father, Del, age 93, of Richfield, MN, passed away quietly at home July 5, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary Griffin (nee Adamson) of Rochester, MN, and siblings Lawrence, Bernadine "Bunny" Nessler, and Carol Breckle. Del graduated from Rochester High School, Iowa State University (Civil Engineering) and the Illinois Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering). During WWII he served as a US Navy Seaman, 1st class, and radioman.
After working for Northern States Power in the 1950s and supervising construction of Bloomington Lincoln High School in 1957, Del spent thirty years at Northwestern Bell Telephone, where he worked with Bell Labs to develop more efficient networks of telephone switching stations. Del was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Devoted to his family, Del coached his sons' youth baseball and basketball teams, designed and built his own camping tent trailer to take his family on memorable summer vacation trips, and eventually built his own cedar lake cottage, creating a family lakeshore home where he pursued never ending projects in his retirement, and together with his wife Joan spent many happy summers.
Survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan; his children Michael (Martha), Diane, Mark (Wendy), Barbara (Bill) Pace, Paul (Mary), Jack (Amy), and Mary Jo (Paul) Gregersen; nineteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; and his siblings Walter, Marilyn Day, James, and Sharon Wilson. Visitation at 9 am and funeral mass at 10 am, Wednesday, July 11 at Church of the Assumption, 305 East 77th St., Richfield MN 55423, followed by a light meal, and burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.    

Raymond Gerald Martinson July 22, 1926 - June 25, 2018. Age 91 of Hudson, formerly of Shoreview.
Survived by his loving wife, Marian. Their married life together began and ended on their 69th wedding anniversary June 25, 2018. Also survived by children, Mary (Wayne) Groth, Sheila Salonek, Jeff (Annette) and Barb (Greg) Gerlach; John’s significant other, Vicki Wallace; grandchildren, Matthew (Kim) Grapengieser, Julie (Dean) Dunnigan, Michelle (Trevor) Brummer, Brian (Stephanie) Salonek, Paul (Lindsey) Estby, Kristin (Zach), Nicole (Steve) Reeves, John, David and Steven Martinson, Amy, Laura and Mike Gerlach; and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by sons, James and John; brother, Richard.
Proud WWII Army Air Corps Veteran. Post Commander of 487 American Legion for 17 years. Retired 40 years from Northwestern Bell/Qwest and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Visitation 4-8PM Thursday, July 5 at HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM-PURCELL, 515 Hwy 96 W., Shoreview. Mass of Christian Burial 11AM Friday, July 6 (visitation begins at 10AM) at ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3495 N. Victoria, Shoreview. Private family interment Fort Snelling.