Minnesota Obituary

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.   
8/8/18


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.    
7/31/18

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.    
7/19/18

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.    
7/15/18

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.     
7/2/18
 

James Frederick Holland, age 93, of Edina, passed away peacefully on Mar. 13, 2018. Jim was born at home in Red Lodge, MT on October 23, 1924 to George and Marian Holland and grew up in Drummond, MT. Jim proudly served in the United States Navy as a flight mechanic and gunner on PBYs during WWII, located in the South Pacific primarily the Solomon Islands.
After military service, Jim worked for the Bell System (NWB-US WEST-Qwest), starting as a lineman in North Dakota and working through the ranks to corporate offices in North Dakota, New York and Minneapolis where he was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Jim enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, shooting skeet and sporting clays and fly fishing but his biggest joy was spending time with his family and friends, celebrating birthdays, holidays and other family gatherings always with a loving heart, warm hugs and a big smile.
Survived by his wife of almost 69 years, Constance "Dorothy"; sons Dale (Linda) of Chanhassen, Paul (Denise) of Tempe, AZ and Scott (Sandra Johnson) of Minneapolis; granddaughter Alexandra; grandson Seth (Marnelli), great-grandchildren Christian, Alexander and Bella Holland; sisters / brother-in- law, many nieces, nephews and family friends. A celebration of Jim's life will be held Friday June 29 at Washburn- McReavy Edina Chapel with visitation beginning at 10:00, service at 11:00 and inurnment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military honors.
Washburn-McReavy.com Edina Chapel 952-920-3996    
6/25/18

Cynthia "Cindy" Bruno, age 75, of St. Paul Died on May 2, 2018.
Cindy retired from US WEST/Qwest and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. Cindy is preceded by parents, Charles and Lorraine (Ott) Bruno. She is survived by sister, Carol (Kenneth) Kidder; nephew, Steven (Robin) Kidder; niece, Jennifer Kidder; and dear friend Donna Golden. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tues. (6/5) at Union Cemetery in Maplewood. 651-738-2198      6/25/18
 

Leonard Merle Goodell, 91, of Grand Marais died Sunday, May 6, 2018 in the comforts of his home.
Leonard was born March 25, 1927 in Mankato, Minn. to Harvey Goodell and Helen Brown. He graduated from Cloquet High School and then served as an electrician's mate in the Navy SeaBees for two years. He married Margaret Louise Merfeld on May 10, 1947.
He worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone in Cloquet. He transferred to Grand Marais in 1957 and continued with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and Qwest for 30 years until his health forced him to retire. He was the 33rd Northwestern Bell Telephone employee to receive the Bell System Bronze Vail Award for saving the lives of two hunters whose truck had slipped into the Cascade River.
Leonard spent his time in the outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapping, golfing, curling, snowmobiling, enjoying his boat (the "Maynard") on Lake Superior and the cabin at Greenwood Lake, and winters in Texas and Hawaii. He served on the local park board, and was a union steward and member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren, friends in the community and solving the world's problems with his buddies at their favorite hangouts.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lou, son Rick (Polly) Goodell, Clintonville, Wisconsin, daughters Karen (William) Tormondsen, Duluth, Minnesota, Susan Goodell, Grand Marais, grandsons Erik, Marc, Zeb and Lewis, and 5 great grandchildren, and brother Harlan (Shirley), Fort Pierce, Florida and several nieces and nephews.
Leonard was preceded in death by parents Harvey and Helen Goodell.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to be sent to the Senior Center, VFW Post 413, and North Shore Home Care.    
6/10/18
 

George Frank Mousky, 85, of Duluth, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospice.
George was born in Sauk Rapids, MN to William & Francis Mousky. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School, then joined the Army. He served for four years, mostly in Korea. He married Norma Mann in 1956, and they moved to California where he worked for General Tel. They moved back to Minnesota and he worked at Northwestern Bell for many years, before retiring from Qwest. He co-owned Bear Brand Firewood. After retiring he worked for Mark Products, then he started and co-owned Air One. He was a long time member of the Lions Club and Telephone Pioneers. He was a member of Mt Olive Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and most of all, splitting wood.
George was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl and William Jr; sister, Elyrine Keller; and infant twin sisters.
George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Norma; children, Jean (Michael) Van Kessel and Laurie (Don) King; grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) King, Gina King, Robert King, Harry (Jill) Van Kessel, and Luke Van Kessel; great-grandchildren, Megan, Alex, Preston, Sydney and Hailey; siblings, Lorraine Bentfield and Marlys (Dale) McCowen; sister-in-law, Marlene Mousky; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
VISITATION: 1pm on Wednesday, June 6th at Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 2012 East Superior St, Duluth, with a memorial service to follow at 2pm. Please share online condolences and photos at www.SunriseFuneralHomeandCemetery.com      
6/4/18

Patricia Sue Karich passed away on May 7, 2018 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth at seventy-three years of age. Patty was born at the Soudan Hospital on June 14, 1944 to Roy and Cerie Peterson of Lake Vermilion, Tower. She grew up at Pike Bay Resort on Lake Vermilion with her younger sister, Cathy, and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1962. She attended Virginia Junior College. Pat was an accounting manager and client services manager with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company/US West in the Twin Cities until her retirement in 1987 and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.
Patty married Gary M. Karich from Aurora, the love of her life, in August of 1969 and spent most of their life together in Minnetonka and their cabin on the Pike Bay Resort homestead. In 1999 she returned to Lake Vermilion and built a home on the resort property. She loved all the wildlife that she greeted from her lake home every day where eagles, loons, ravens, ducks, seagulls, deer, fox and critters found solace in the woods and lakeshore around her. Cats became her life-long companions and children through her life-time. She was never without a kitty in her home. She also enjoyed bridge, Las Vegas, the theatre, concerts, Red Hats, Women's Club of Tower, Vermilion Lake Association, cousins' birthday lunches, class reunions and being active in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Tower.
Surviving are her only sister, Cathy Carlson, and her husband Jim of Lake Vermilion, Tower, four nephews, four cousins and many close friends. Preceding her in death were her parents, Roy and Cerie Peterson; her beloved husband, Gary M. Karich , who passed away in 1994. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. There will be a luncheon and family burial at the Lakeview Cemetery following the luncheon.

 

Pioneer Family Member, Grandson of past Arrowhead Council President Barb Kallberg
Justin E. Vargason, age 17 of Cloquet, passed away Friday May 25, 2018.

He was born on January 18, 2001 and was just finishing his junior year at Cloquet High School. Justin was a talented young musician who enjoyed playing with the Duluth Superior Youth Symphony and was honored to be a part of the 2018 Minnesota Music Ambassadors. There are no words to express how much we will miss Justin's quick wit, and no words to express how much we will miss watching his love and talent for music. There are no words to express the unmeasurable way that Justin was loved by everyone and took his humor and passion to an exasperating level.
Justin was preceded in death by his grandfather, Howard Vargason. He is survived by his parents, Cory and Tracy of Cloquet; brother, Jacob of Brainerd; half-brother, David Dix of California; paternal grandmother, Elaine Vargason of Cloquet; maternal grandparents, Barb and Larry Kallberg of Cloquet; uncle, Mike (Angie) Kallberg of Pine City; aunt, Nicole (Rick) Kielty of Barnum; 8 cousins, Dylan, Cole and Katie Marvel, Eli Kallberg, Cole, Miranda, and Melissa Kielty, and Jarren Bennett. Justin is also survived by a large extended family, classmates and friends, and his favorite puppy Charlie.
A visitation will be held on Thursday May 31, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nelson Funeral Care Chapel. The visitation will resume on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 12th Street and Doddridge Ave. in Cloquet. A luncheon provided by Sammy's Pizza, Justin's favorite place, will follow in the church social hall. See the family online guest book at www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.  
5/30/18

John D. Munsinger, age 90, of St. Cloud who passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:30PM on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Rev.LeRoy Scheierl will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 4-7PM on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, St. Cloud and one hour prior to the services at church on Wednesdsay. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
John was born April 15, 1928 in St. Cloud to Joseph and Angeline (Nierengarten) Munsinger. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy during World War II and the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was also involved in Signal Corps from 1951 - 1953, training service personnel in communications. John married Jean Tenvoorde on June 9, 1956 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, St. Cloud. He was employed with Northwest Bell from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. John was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church where he served as an usher and a collections counter for 40 years. John was also a member of St. Cloud VFW #4847 and Fraternal Order of Eagles #622. He enjoyed hunting, fishing with his sons, trips to the casino, Wednesday morning coffee with friends, flower gardening and working on his home. John was caring, sentimental, and hardworking and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Patty (John) Scott of St. Cloud, Mike (Teri Recht) of Harris, Kym (Wayne) Daffer of Leawood, KS, Tom of Zumbrota; sister, Mary Mollica of Manawa, WI; six grandchildren and one great grandson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Peter; siblings, Lucretia Galvan, Margaret Hollenorst, Gordon Munsinger, Elaine Hernandez, and Evelyn Bombardier.
John’s family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff of CentraCare Hospice, VA Medical Center, and Senior Linkage.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the above organizations that gently cared for John and his family.   
5/25/18

Gary E. Score, age 67 ~ Of Oakdale, MN passed away on May 21, 2018.
Preceded in death by parents Eugene & Elda & sister Sandra. Survived by loving wife Teri; daughters Aimee (Chris) Peterson, & Julie (Jason) Deans; brother Dan (Judy); 4 grandchildren; his two loving pups; & many family & friends. Gary began his career with Northwestern Bell in 1973 and retired from CenturyLink in 2012. He was a Metro Life Member Pioneer.      5/25/18

Marjorie Elaine Minarik, age 89 of St. Anthony, MN Born 2-9-1929, went home to Jesus 5-15-18.
Marjorie was God's perfect child, and she lived a life of Love, Grace, Dignity, Compassion, Strength & Service to her Lord and others. She will be deeply missed by her loving family and anyone who was ever fortunate to meet her. There will never be another Margie. Margie was a retiree of NWB/U S WEST and a Metro Life Member Pioneer.  She is survived by daughter Jean (James "Rod") Butler, grandchildren Danielle & Taylor (Ellie) Cates, Brian Kotyk and Megan (Pete) Aldrich, great-grandson Roen, Sister Charlotte Church & Brother John Dorsett, Beloved Jack Ingersoll, the Ingersoll Family and many cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. Services at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Wednesday May 23rd at 11 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Lunch following the service. Interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. In Honor of her life, please Love each other and help those less fortunate. Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828     5/20/18

GARY NOLAN WILLIAMS - September 23, 1948 - May 13, 2018
Gary Nolan Williams, 69, Carlton, died unexpectedly while working in his shop enjoying one of his many hobbies on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
He worked construction out of Cloquet
At his request, there will be no formal services and private family services were held on Monday, May 14, 2018.   
5/16/18

Dale Richard Frank, August 27, 1941-April 9, 2018, aAge 76 of Ham Lake, passed on 4/9/2018 in Mebane, North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie & Gordon Frank. Dale is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Judy; sons, Jonathan (Jill) Frank and Daniel (Laarni) Frank; grandchildren, Joshua, Lindsey & Lucy; brother, Terry (Sharon) Frank; and by many loving relatives & friends.
He was a graduate of Spring Lake Park High School. Dale was a longtime employee of Northwestern Bell/US WEST and was a Metro Life Member Pioneer. He loved golfing, reading, and the beach; but most of all, Dale enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be held in our hearts with love forever.
Memorial Gathering 1-4PM, Saturday, 6/16/18 with Remembrances at 3PM at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids. Private inurnment Morningside Memorial Gardens.       
5/10/18

JON ANDERSON - February 20, 1944 ~ May 7, 2018 (age 74)-Two Harbors, Minnesota
Jon Anderson passed away peacefully at his home in the arms of his family. Jon was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota on February 20, 1944 and died on May 7, 2018.
Jon graduated from Two Harbors High School in 1962. He then started work for a contractor with the DM&IR T&T Department (telephone & telegraph). Jon served in the US Army for 6 years. He served active duty from 1964 to 1967 and Army Reserves 1967 until he was discharged in 1970. Jon was a member of the American Legion Post 109, was always very proud of his service to his country and always patriotic.
Jon married Deborah Robb on December 16, 1972 in Luck, Wisconsin. Within the first week of marriage they added a puppy to their family and from that time always had a dog. Jon and Debbie have a son and a daughter whom Jon has always been very proud of. During his life Jon worked as an engineer for the telephone company. He retired in 1993 from Verizon Communications.
Jon was honored to receive Two Harbors Citizen of the Year award and key to the city in 2002. He also served on numerous committees and commissions with the City of Two Harbors and Lake County over the years.
Jon loved the time he spent with his family, having coffee with his buddies at Judy's Cafe, watching the kids enjoy the family cabins affectionately named Camp Jon and of course just hang'n on the porch with his wife and dog, Horace.
Jon is preceded in death by his parents Alvin (Andy) and Milla Anderson, brother Dan, brother in-law Roger Boben, sister-in-law Lois Anderson and father-in-law Mike Robb.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Debbie, son Shane (Jen), daughter Erin (Dan) Carlson all of Two Harbors, brother Jack (Joan) Anderson of Woodbury, MN, sisters Gerry (Don) Graden of Two Harbors, Sandra "Punky" Boben of Proctor, sister-in-law Barb Anderson of Castle Danger; and many nieces and nephews and of course his 4-legged companion, Horace.
Visitation will be from 1PM until the 2PM Memorial Service Friday, May 11, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Two Harbors. Burial will be a private family service.      
5/9/18

Lovise C. Lorenz June 25, 1923 - May 4, 2018, age 94, of St. Paul, passed away peacefully on May 4, 2018.
Preceded in death by husbands, Henry Lanoux, Jr, and Edward "Mike" Lorenz; and siblings, John Achartz and Betty Achartz. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Niles; nieces and nephews. Lifelong employee of Northwestern Bell and a member of the Metro Life Member Pioneers. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 AM Tuesday, May 15 at MATERNITY OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1414 N. Dale St., St. Paul. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation at the church from 9:30 - 10:30 AM Tuesday.    5/7/18

Barbara A. Kvam, age 82, of Minneapolis.
Preceded in death by husband, Donald. Survived by sons, Robert (Paula), Jeffrey (Nancy) & Donald Jr.; 5 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Sue Sirotiak; other relatives and friends. Barb graduated from South High in 1953. She retired after 31 years as a telephone operator and was a member of the CWA and Pioneers. Memorial service 10:30 AM Wednesday at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 W. Broadway with visitation 1 hour prior to service. Interment Ft. Snelling. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Hospice. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511     5/7/18

Jerome Edward “Jerry” Miller, 62, of Duluth, passed away peacefully surrounded by love ones, due to early onset Alzheimer’s, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at St. Luke’s Hospice.
He was born July 1, 1955 in Duluth to Gordon B and Grace (Deck) Miller. Jerry graduated from Duluth Cathedral High School in 1973. He married Diana Mahlberg on July 16, 1977. Jerry played electric bass in several local bands. He also played at several Sunday services at local Catholic churches. Jerry retired from Qwest Communications in 2009 after 30+ years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry is survived by his wife of nearly 41 years, Diana; his sons, Matthew (Colleen) of Forest Lake, Minn., and Luke of Duluth; his daughter Toni (Chad) Vernon of Carlton; his sister Diane (Patrick) Lowry of Mahtowa; eight grandchildren; his brothers/sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.
Jerry’s family extends a special thank you to St. Luke’s Hospice and Diamond Willow, Misty Ivy, for helping them through the end of Jerry’s Alzheimer journey.
VISITATION: Monday, April 30, 2018 from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. John’s Catholic Church, 4230 St. John’s Ave. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are preferred, and may be directed to: Alzheimer’s Association, 525 S. Lake Ave, Suite 214, Duluth, MN 55802.
Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 218-727-3555    
4/27/18