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5-11-18

Funeral arrangements for Patricia S. Karich of Lake Vermilion, Tower, are pending with Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home of Tower. Pat passed away on Monday, May 7, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth.

Arthur Glen "Tapper" Smith of Soudan passed away on Sunday, May 6, at Essentia Health in Virginia. He was sixty years of age, having been born in Virginia on June 21, 1957, the son of Arthur J. and Carol M. (Faltinoski) Smith. He spent his boyhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School with the Class of 1976.
Arthur was a longtime dedicated employee of the Coca Cola Bottling Company in Virginia.
He was a proud resident of Soudan, had a great sense of humor, loved music of all kinds and enjoyed watching Minnesota sports. Most of all, he was a good neighbor and friend.
Survivors include his sister, Coleen (Connie) Smith of Virginia and a number of nieces and nephews, including his "little angel," Logan DeLeon. He also left behind his beloved dog, Sallie.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Arthur and Carol Smith; two sisters, Carol Jean Nelson and Patricia Burris, and three brothers, William "Butch" Smith, Allan Smith and Rodney Smith.
Funeral services will be held at the Range Funeral Home in Virginia on Friday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral
homes.com

Carol Jean LaTour of Duluth, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth. She was sixty-nine years of age, having been born in Soudan on August 28, 1948, the daughter of Albert J. and Irene (Helen) Anderson. She spent her childhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated as an honor student from Tower-Soudan High School in 1966. She went on to earn a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing from the Virginia Hospital Nursing Program. Carol was employed as a nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth for many years.
She is survived by two sons, Bradley LaTour (Angie Sham-bour) of Hermantown and Craig LaTour and his wife, Diane, of Cloquet; her grandchildren, Gabriel, Alicia, Preston, Caro-lena and Jack; three sisters, Susan Kotzian and her husband, Keith, Dawn Nilsen and her husband, Fred, and Janis Swanson and her husband, Doug; five brothers, Robert Anderson and his wife, Shirley, Jack Anderson, Peter Anderson, Alan Anderson and his wife, Stacie, and Dana Anderson and his wife, Michelle, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding Carol in death were her husband and lifelong companion, Dean LaTour, who passed away in 2002; her father, Albert Anderson. who passed away in 1974, and her mother, Irene Anderson, who passed away in 2007.
A Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Sunrise Funeral Home, 4798 Miller Trunk Highway in Hermantown.
Carol enjoyed collecting cookie jars and dolls and really loved her dogs. She was well known for not hesitating to express her opinion. Carol will be sadly missed and remembered with affection. She left many memories for family and friends to cherish.

5-4-18

Marian Louise Zaudtke of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away on Friday, April 6, in Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers. She was eighty-two years of age, having been born in Soudan on May 27, 1935, the daughter of Matt and Jenny (Johnson) Avikainen. Marian spent her childhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School with the Class of 1953. She received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) training at Gillette Hospital in Minneapolis.
Marian married Marvin Zaudtke on September 4, 1965 at nuptial rites held in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. She was employed as an LPN. In 1970, the couple moved to Tower, where they purchased and operated the Arrowhead Garage. Marian accepted a position as an LPN at Pineview Rest Home in Soudan. In 1979, Marian and Marvin purchased the rest home and renamed it Parkside Homes. Marvin passed away in 1985, and Marian continued to operate Parkside Homes until 2004, when she retired.
Since her retirement, Marian had continued to enjoy her home on Birch Point, Lake Vermilion, and her winter home in Fort Myers Beach.
She was a faithful, dedicated, active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Soudan and had served on St. Paul's Church Council. She also was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Fort Myers Beach, the Tower Women's Civic Improvement Club, the Bayside Estates Socialites Club in Fort Myers Beach and the Vermilion Range Old Settlers Association.
Surviving are one son, Steve Zaudtke and his wife, Lelu, of Lake Vermilion, Tower; two daughters, Becky Zaudtke of Sun City, Arizona and Sara Zaudtke of Lake Vermilion, Tower; four grandchildren, Jessica (Judd Sampson) Lehman, Rachel Gordon and her husband, Mike, Matt Zaudtke and his wife, Rachel, and Sara Mayo and her husband, John; six great-grandchildren, Emily Sampson, Chloe Lehman, Quinn Sampson. Hazel Gordon, Oscar Gordon and Nora Zaudtke; one sister, Ann Leclaire of Flower Mound, Texas, and a number of nieces and nephews and extended family.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Matt and Jenny Avikainen; her husband, Marvin Zaudtke, who passed away on July 7, 1985, and three brothers, Russell Avikainen, Donald Avi-kainen and Edmund Avikainen.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, May 11, at twelve o'clock noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Soudan, with a gathering time for family and friends set to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A luncheon and the burial service will follow the Memorial Service.
Assistance to the family is being provided by Bauman's Vermilion Funeral Home in Tower. To share condolences online, please see: www.bauman funeral home.com
Marian was a friendly, sincere, compassionate, gracious person. She loved to fish, go boating on Lake Vermilion, play bocce ball and was an avid Vikings fan. She cherished spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed and forever held dear in the hearts of all who knew her.

IN MEMORIAM Marjorie (Margie) Antilla Glennon was born March 24, 1923 and passed away December 29, 2016. She was raised by her parents, Sylvia and John Antilla, in Soudan and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Business Administration and her jobs included working in the personnel departments of the Louis F. Dow Company and the University of Minnesota. Marge volunteered in schools and at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis.
She was a member of the League of Women Voters and an election judge. Marge is survived by her three children, Sue, Betsy, Tom (Joan), and grandchildren, Maddy (Mike), Andy (Sarah), Lauren, Alex and Jamie. Other survivors include her cousins, Chris Halverson Roen (Randy) and Justin Halverson (Nancy), their families and other cousins.
Marge loved decorating for holidays and creating a cheerful setting. She loved being a Grandma and going to her grandchildren's school and sporting events. She often would reminisce about growing up in Soudan, her mother's wonderful gardens and cooking, bringing her father his lunch at the mine, learning to drive before she was twelve, and her school days. She enjoyed keeping up by reading the Tower News.
She was a wonderful mother and friend and lives on in our hearts.

Sue, Betsy, Tom and Joan Glennon

4-20-18

Frank S. Stepan of Superior, Wisconsin passed away on Sunday, April 15. He was eighty-nine years of age, having been born in Soudan, Minnesota on November 16, 1928, the son of Martin and Katherine Stepan. Frank spent his childhood years in Soudan, attended the local schools and graduated from Tower-Soudan High School in 1946. He served his country in the United States Army as a medic from 1946-1949. Following his military career, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and his Master's Degree from Texas A&M. He was an instructor at Superior Central High School and Central Junior High School.
Frank was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King Parish in Superior and the Polish Club.
He is survived by his children, Terri Cranmer and her husband, Bill, of Tempe, Arizona and Allan (Wendy Johnson) Stepan of Superior; one brother, John Stepan of Seattle, Washington and one sister, Mary Greving and her husband, Len, of Crystal, Minnesota.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, Martin and Katherine Stepan, were his wife, Dolores (nee Chudecke); one son, Gary Stepan; five brothers, Martin Stepan, Joseph Stepan, Paul Stepan, Jacob Stepan and Aloys Stepan, and one sister, Katherine.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 20, from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Cathedral of Christ the King Church, with The Rev. Father Andrew P. Ricci as the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Williams Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a gift may be sent to Essentia Hospice.
Downs Funeral Home of Superior, Wisconsin is assisting the family with arrangements. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.downsfh.com
Frank enjoyed gardening and fishing and loved polka music. He will be sadly missed, but he left countless beautiful memories for family and friends to cherish.

Jane M. Shoden of Virginia passed away on Friday, April 13, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was ninety-four years of age, having been born in Soudan on July 9, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Mabel (Lee) Hendrickson. She spent her girlhood years in Kugler Township and graduated from Embarrass High School.
Jane was a longtime resident of Virginia. She was head of the Jewelry Department at Woolworths and later worked for Fashion Crossroads.
She was a member of Gethsemane Evangelical Luthe-ran Church and its Angel Committee.
Survivors include her children, Diane Carlson and her husband, Dan, Pat Sleeman, Cheryl Aluni and her husband, Craig, Debbie Carpenter and her husband, Terry, Ron Shoden and his wife, Sandi, Steve Shoden and Darrell Shoden, all of Virginia; grandchildren, Kathy (Rusty Olson) Carlson, Beth Spelts and her husband, Willie, Jr., Troy Sleeman, Heather (Gene Flaim) Gulbranson, Brad Sleeman and his wife, Diane, Lisa Shoden McNamee, Stacy Shoden Russell, Holly Semerad and her husband, Jason, Derek Shoden, Lindsey (Brent Turner) Shoden, Casey (Courtney) Aluni, Danielle Seppi and her husband, Matt, Michael Shoden, Brittany DelCaro and her husband, Dominic, and Jenna Sandnas; great-grandchildren, Meghan, Samantha, Joey, Syd-ney, Branden, Ellie, Paul, Abi-gail, Anna, Cody, Jordyn, Cait-lin, Mila, Jocelyn, Estelle, Mattelyn, Haidyn, Aubri, Emmi, Isabelle, Amelia, Gabriella, Carter, Adaylia, Matteo and Rome; two sisters, Dorothy Aronen of Lake Vermilion, Tower, and Ruth Jeanette and her husband, Joe, of Arizona, and a number of nieces and nephews and extended family.
In addition to her parents, Arthur and Mabel Hendrickson, Jane was preceded in death by two sisters, Peggy Palmersheim and Carol Schmid; two sons, Richard Shoden and John Shoden, a son-in-law, Paul Sleeman, and a greatgrandson, Nicco DelCaro.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church in Virginia, with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Spring inurnment will take place in Greenwood Cemetery in Virginia.
Assistance to the family was entrusted to the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome
.com
Jane enjoyed cooking, baking, watching cooking shows, needlework, flower gardening, taking walks and loved traveling with family and enjoyed spending time at Lake 14.
She will be remembered with affection by all who knew her and who cherish the countless memories she created.

3-23-18

Lorraine Johnson passed away peacefully at the J. A. Wedum Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on Friday, March 16, under the wonderful care of the staff and her family. She was born in Embarrass, Minnesota, the daughter of Sven and Hilja (Paalanen) Raida. She graduated from Embarrass High School and continued her education at the Minnesota School of Business in Duluth, and later, in Minneapolis. She accepted a job at Johnson Printing in Minneapolis, where she worked until her retirement.
Lorraine met Merlyn John-son, a close friend of her brother-in-law, Richard "Red" Rehberg, and they were married on July 22, 1966, celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2016. Lorraine and Merlyn retired full time to their Lake Vermilion home near Tower in 2000. They enjoyed spending their time fishing, watching the wild life in their yard and providing a welcoming place for family and friends. Lorraine had a kind heart and loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She also loved animals, especially dogs.
She is survived by her sister, Loretta Rehberg and her husband, Richard, of Balsam Lake, Wisconsin; brother, William Raida of Pike Township; children, Aubrey (Eny) Johnson of Anoka, Merleen Knott and husband, Mike, of Red Lake Falls and Lowell Johnson and wife, Nuvia, of Bruno; grandchildren, Kevin, Christopher, Jona-than, April, Grant, Brett, Chelsey, Armani and Gianni; great-grandchildren, Avory, Autumn, Wilder, Hailey, Summer, Jett and Oklei, and a number of nieces and nephews, as well as many friends, including Lois and Rodger.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merlyn; one brother, Arvo Raido, and one sister, Laura Pennanen.
Visitation will be at the Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia from 10:00 a.m. until the twelve o'clock noon Memorial Service on Saturday, March 24. Pastor Nathan Sager will be the officiant. Interment will be at West Pike Cemetery later in the spring.
Family services are being entrusted to Bauman's Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see www.baumanfuneralhome.com
Lorraine was a friendly, kind person who enjoyed and appreciated the outdoors. She will be keenly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.

Shirley Mae Johnson of North Oaks, Minnesota, formerly of Virginia and Lake Vermilion, Tower, passed away on Thursday, March 15, at Waverly Gardens in North Oaks. She was ninety years of age.
Shirley Mae was born in Duluth on March 20, 1927, the daughter of Walter and Violet (Lollis) Swanson. She grew up in the Hermantown area, where she attended school. She graduated from Hermantown High School. While living at home, Shirley enjoyed her pets - dogs, cats, bunnies and chickens.
She continued her education at Duluth Business College and received a secretarial degree. She began her career with Oliver Iron Mining Division's United States Steel Corporation in Duluth and worked there for nine years.
She was united in marriage to Lorimer E. Johnson at nuptial rites held in Duluth on June 28, 1952. In 1964, the family was transferred to Chicago, Illinois and in 1973, they moved to Virginia, Minnesota, where Shirley worked part-time in the school district and also for the State of Minnesota.
Shirley was an active member of her church, Hope Presbyterian Church in Virginia, and Faith Presbyterian Church in Sun City, Arizona. She sang in the choir and served as a deacon.
In her youth, Shirley enjoyed bowling, golfing and playing bridge. She was a spectacular cook, and loved preparing and serving special meals for her family and friends. She also loved spending time with her children, granddaughters and granddogs, especially at Lake Vermilion.
She is survived by her three children, David Johnson of Proctor, Minnesota, Jan Mc-Daniels and her husband, Steve, of Shoreview, Minnesota and Lori Cease and her husband, Kent, of Park Rapids, Minnesota; three adoring granddaughters, Lindsay McDaniels (fiancé, Jim Fitzgerald), Katie McDaniels and Jasmine Cease; her sister-in-law, Donna Johnson and her husband, Arnold, of St. Cloud and her nieces and nephews, Ron, Julie, Cindy, Brian, Barbara, Bruce, Dean and Dale.
She was preceded in death by Lorimer Johnson, her husband of sixty-one years, and her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, at the Waverly Gardens Presbyterian Home Chapel in North Oaks, Minnesota. Pastor/Chaplain Bruce Nelson will officiate at the service, which will be followed by a reception. Visitation will be held at the Waverly Gardens Chapel from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. A private interment will be held at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth. In lieu of flowers, the following organizations were close to Shirley's heart: The Arthritis Foundation and The Humane Society of Minnesota.
Shirley will be sadly missed. She will be remembered for her integrity, honesty and grace. She was dearly loved by her family and will be forever remembered with affection.

3-16-18

Sally Jean Baglien of Fergus Falls, Minnesota passed away peacefully at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, March 12. She was seventythree years of age.
Sally was born in Duluth, Minnesota on September 23, 1944, the daughter of Eino J. and Jean A. Holappa. She graduated from Virginia High School in 1962 and continued her education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in journalism.
In November, 1963, Sally was united in marriage to Lawrence J. Arkulary. On April 22, 1986, she married Milton "Milt" Baglien at ceremonies held in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.
Sally was a licensed realtor and was employed by the Otter Tail County Health Department as an Administrative Secretary. She also served on the Viking Library System Board of Directors, as well as assisting to manage the Fergus Falls American Legion with her husband, Milt. Sally and Milt also had owned and operated the Pebble Lake Take Five in Fergus Falls.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband, Milton K. Baglien, and her father, Eino Holappa.
Survivors include her children, Robert Arkulary and his wife, Lisa, Deanne Arkulary Stertz and Peter Arkulary; her mother, Jean Holappa, one sister, Peggy R. Brula and her husband, Thomas; grandchildren, Cassandra Stertz, Jesse Stertz and his wife, Danielle, Sarah Stertz, Jacob Stertz, Joshua Arkulary and his wife, Carolyn, and Jared Arkulary, and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation was scheduled for Thursday, March 15, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, with a 7:00 p.m. public prayer service, and resumes one hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at the funeral home chapel on Friday, March 16. Deacon Chuck Kampa will officiate at the service and interment will be in Knollwood Memorial Gardens in Fergus Falls.
Online condolences may be sent to www,OlsonFuneral-Home.com
Sally was a loving wife and mother, who delighted in spending time with her family. She also enjoyed reading, traveling and playing Bingo with her special friends. She will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew her.

3-2-18

Helen Mae Folstad of Soudan passed away on Thursday, February 22, at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. She was eighty-six years of age, having been born on March 20, 1931 in Crosby, Minnesota, the sixth of ten children of Arthur and Ruth (Harrington) Wills. She was forced to drop out of school during her ninth grade to help raise her younger brothers and sister.
Helen was working as a waitress at Hulls Hotel in Moose Lake, Minnesota in 1946 when she met her beloved husband, Clarence Folstad. They were united in marriage on February 23, 1947 at nuptial ceremonies held in Moose Lake. They raised their family in Moose Lake for ten years and then moved to Tower.
Helen was a mother and homemaker. She planted trees for the State of Minnesota and in 1970 began working as a Nurse's Aide at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital, where she was very active in the union and held an officer position. Following retirement, Helen worked at Parkside Homes in Soudan and did home health care.
She was an active member of St. Paul's and Immanuel Lutheran Churches, teaching Sunday School and being involved in quilting.
Helen's family was very important to her. She was happiest when caring for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cheering them on at their school programs and sporting events.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth "Shorty" Folstad and Lawrence "Peanuts" Folstad and his wife, Linda, both of Soudan; two daughters, Kathryn Fuson and her husband, Harold, of Soudan and Lynell Yancey and her husband, Michael, of Tower; thirteen grandchildren, Kenny, Keith, Larry, Jeremy, Tony, Lisa, Lori, LeeAnn, Tammie, Lorrie, Julie, Joseph and Melissa; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Harvey Wills of Babbitt; two sisters, Alta Rogers of Moose Lake and Eleanor Fralich of Silver Bay; one brother-in-law, Robert Folstad and his wife, Maxine, of Brooklyn Center, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding Helen in death were her parents, Arthur and Ruth Wills; her beloved husband, Clarence Folstad; siblings, Leslie, Elsie, Dorothy, Law-rence, Robert and Arthur; a great-granddaughter, Kendra Folstad, and a sister-in-law, Pearl Northrup.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Tower at a later date this Spring.
Helen was a sincere, friendly, compassionate person whose life centered around her family. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, sewing, crocheting, reading, painting and baking her famous Christmas cut-out cookies. She will be sadly missed, not only by her family, but also by a wide circle of friends. Helen left many cherished memories for all who knew her to treasure.

Carol Ann Kolstad passed away gracefully on February 22, just a month shy of her 80th birthday anniversary. Carol will be remembered as a kind and gentle person, who quietly lived an extraordinary life.
Carol was born in Duluth, the daughter of Kenilworth Hilmer "Butch" Garden and Florence (Marciniak) Garden. She spent her girlhood years in Virginia's Finntown and Williams Addition. She graduated from Virginia High School in 1956 and married Jerome Lee "Jerry" Kolstad in 1959.
Over the course of their fifty-nine-year marriage, she and Jerry raised four children, built and remodeled seven homes in the Tower and Virginia areas and fed millions of wild birds from their backyard feeders. She inspired a deep sense of wonder and curiosity, a great appreciation for nature and a strong work ethic in all of her children. She was always there for her family and never asked for anything in return.
Carol worked hard throughout her life, both as a homemaker and as a successful real estate broker, a career that she began in mid-life. Carol was not afraid to tackle any household job and she taught herself to do virtually anything. She could shingle the roof, train golden retrievers, knit Norwegian sweaters, clean fresh-caught walleyes and even teach parakeets to speak. She had a hot meal on the table for her family at the end of every day, even when she was juggling all the demands of her real estate business. She was a wonderful cook, making sure that no guest left her home without a full meal and then agreeing to take a package of leftovers or her homemade cardamom toast home with them.
Carol was known for her green thumb, and she had beautiful flower gardens and hearty vegetable gardens. She grew massive ferns and lush African violets that adorned their home and resurrected the many sickly plants that her children and neighbors brought to her.
A gifted craftsperson, Carol could knit, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider, sew and paint. She could expertly recreate virtually any hat or sweater or ornament that she came across in a store or in a magazine. She loved to share her exquisite handwork as gifts to others.
Carol will be deeply missed by her beloved husband, Jerry; children, Jeanne Prittinen and her husband, Jim, of Virginia, James Kolstad and his partner, Louise Lincoln, of Duluth, Jon Kolstad and his wife, Joy, of Merrifield and Laura Johnson and her husband, Todd, of St. Paul; twelve grandchildren, Haley, Natalie, Tom, Joe, Kelsey, Anders, Greta, Jona, Gunnar, Lilli, Per and Ingrid; Siblings, Mary Miladin, Kathy Kelly and Butch Garden.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 5, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Virginia, with The Rev. Father Peter Lambert as celebrant. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the Mass. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine.
Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.
Carol will be deeply missed and forever remembered with admiration and affection by all who knew her.

2-16-18

Adeline Rita Bollig of McKinley passed away on Thursday, February 8, at her home, with her family by her side. Adeline was eighty-eight years of age, having been born on September 24, 1929 on the family farm in Sobieski, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Michael and Mary (Lashinski) Kedrowski and was the seventh of seventeen children.
Adeline completed sixth grade at the St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Sobieski.
Adeline was united in marriage to Matthew Bollig on January 23, 1957. The couple moved to the Iron Range and purchased a home in McKinley in 1962. Adeline was a homemaker, enjoyed gardening, spending time with her family and playing cards.
Survivors include three children, Julie Achman and her husband, Jeff, of Gilbert, Marie Salo and her husband, Rodney, of Tower and Diane Hildreth and her husband, Scott, of Embarrass; grandchildren, Brian Achman and wife, Kate, Nathan Achman, Amy Achman, Bonnie Salo, Jessica (Leander) Salo, Matthew Hildreth and wife, Taylor, and Michael Hildreth; great-granddaughter, Desarea Mattson; brother, Daniel Kedrowski of Mc-Kinley; sister, Katherine Bollig and husband, Ivan, of Cushing, Minnesota, and a number of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Matthew; a son, Edwin Bollig; her parents, Michael and Mary Kedrowski; fourteen siblings and a number of extended family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Gilbert, with The Rev. Father Frank Per-kovich as the celebrant. Visitation will be one hour prior to the Mass.
The Range Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral homes.com
Adeline will be sadly missed and forever remembered by all who knew her.

2-9-18

Richard John "Dick" Fossum of Virginia passed away on Monday, January 29, at St. Raphael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Eveleth. He was seventy-seven years of age, having been born in Virginia on May 23, 1940, the son of Theodore and Leona (Richnofsky) Fossum.
Richard attended the Virginia schools and graduated from Virginia High School, where he was an outstanding athlete, playing hockey and football. He served in the United States Army. On May 8, 1971 he was united in marriage to Pearl Imberg at nuptial rites held in Virginia. Richard lived and worked in Virginia his entire life. For the past fourteen years, he has struggled with health issues.
Richard loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Virginia Servicemen's Club and a former member of the Chisholm Drum and Bugle Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Pearl; children, Ted Fossum and his wife, Caren, of Lake Vermilion, Tower, Steve Fossum and his wife, Julie, of Buhl, Kay (Kelly) of Virginia, June (Bruce) of International Falls and Paula (Eric) of Blaine; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several cousins.
His parents, Theodore and Leona Fossum, and one brother, James Fossum, preceded Richard in death.
A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Virginia, with Pastor Nathan Sager officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Military honors were accorded by the Virginia Honor Guard.
Arrangements were in charge of the Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit www.rangefuneral homes.com
Richard will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by all who knew him.

2-2-18

Mary Ann Hill of Eveleth, a Tower-Soudan resident for most of her life, passed away on Monday, January 29, at St. Michael's Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia. She was ninety-two years of age, having been born in Soudan on August 4, 1925 to Victor and Helen (Verbon) Chiabotti. She attended the local schools.
Mary Ann and Stanley Hill were united in marriage on September 13, 1941, at ceremonies held in Tower. They established a home in Tower. Mary Ann was primarily a homemaker and a devoted mother, who loved to cook for family and friends. She worked for some time at the Tower Dress Shop and also at a group home. Her grandchildren remember her for her "Grandma Burgers."
Survivors include three daughters, Danielle Stevens and her husband, Robert, of Cloquet, Karen (Claire) Hill of Virginia and Peggy Goodwin and her husband, Kurt, of Aurora; one son, Jeff Hill of Tower; eight grandchildren, Brad Stevens, Barb Krzenski, Stephen Bell, Jason Bell, Sean Goodwin, Lisa Toller, Amy Hill and Alan Hill; ten great-grandchildren and one sister, Agnes Mesojedec of Virginia.
Preceding Mary Ann in death were her parents, Victor and Helen Chiabotti; her husband, Stanley, who passed away in 2016; a great-grandson, Jordan Tucker, and a brother, Paul Chiabotti.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, at St. Martin's Catholic Church, with The Rev. Father Nick Nelson as the celebrant. Organist and vocal soloist will be MaryBeth Reller, who will sing "Be Not Afraid," "On Eagles Wings," "Ave Maria" and "How Great Thou Art." Other music will be by Cowboy Angel Blue, Bill Maxwell and Jamie Paavala. Serving as casket bearers will be Robert Stevens, Cody Stevens, Mitchell Mesojedec, Brad Stevens, Mike Krzenski and Chad Mesojedec. Honorary casket bearers will be Paul Mesojedec, Sean Goodwin, Jason Bell, Jordan Tucker, Kurt Goodwin, Alan Hill and Stephen Bell. A Spring burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Tower.
The Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Ann was a friendly, quiet person who was happiest when she was with family. Her family was very dear to her and she was keenly interested in their lives. She will be deeply missed and remembered with affection.

Kristian Charles Alarcon of Vermilion Lake Township was delivered into the arms of Jesus Christ, his Savior, on Wednesday, January 24. He was twentyone years of age, having been born in Virginia on April 30, 1996, the son of Ronald and Laura (Rzewnicki) Alarcon. He grew up in Tower. Kristian was home educated and attended Lake Superior College, earning his Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. He was planning on pursuing an engineering degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and designing performance automotive parts. Kristian had a driving passion for cars, trucks, motorcycles, four-wheelers and anything else motorized that could go fast.
Kristian was active in Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout in Troop #128 of Cook, Minnesota. He also was a Den Chief for Cub Scout Pack #165 of Tower for many years. His hobbies included music (he played bass guitar), mountain biking, German Shepherds, cooking, welding, custom fabrication and helping anyone whenever he was given the opportunity. He especially enjoyed being with his family and friends.
Kristian was employed as an automotive technician for Miller Hill Subaru in Duluth, Minnesota and was renowned in the automotive community for his custom automotive builds, as well as his willing, helping hands.
He is survived by his parents, Ron and Laura Alarcon; one brother, Matthew Alarcon, and his wife, Miranda; nephews, Collin, Logan and one on the way; maternal grandparents, Eleanore and Raymond Rzewnicki; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and Grendel, his beloved German Shepherd.
Kristian was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Elinore and Edward Alarcon; uncle, Steve Alarcon; aunt, Sandy Arras; cousins, Casey and Ronnie Ray, and his first German Shepherd, Gambit.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, at the North Star Church in Virginia, with Pastor Terry Sonnentag officiating. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Landmark Funeral Home in Virginia.

Joyce "Jodie" J. Ferguson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ninety-four years of age, passed away on January 27. She was the wife of Robert O. Ferguson, who preceded her in death in 2008. Jodie dedicated her life to her family, friends, Pi Phi sisters, church and community.
Since her marriage in 1945, Jodie spent most summers at the family cabin on Pine Island, Lake Vermilion, where the Ferguson family had purchased a lot in 1917. Following Bob's death, she was able to return to Lake Vermilion only once, in 2010. She greatly missed the screened front porch and her favorite views from the front yard at Lake Vermilion. 
Jodie is survived by her children, Barbara Parsons and her husband, Greg, of Georgia, Julie Milligan and her husband, Mike, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Carol Ferguson of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kelly Mayhew and husband, Mark, of Des Moines, Liz Briscoe and husband, Jason, of Georgia, Carol Self and husband, Ty, of Georgia and Kevin Milligan and wife, Beth, of Monticello, Minnesota; great-grandchildren, Kirah Mayhew, Ethan Mayhew, Bryson Briscoe, Kayli Self, Kaden Milligan and Hattie Milligan; niece, Marian Guzallis and husband, John, of Nebraska, and nephews, R. Dennis and wife, Betty, of Oklahoma, Ed Averill and wife, Deb, of Oregon, Mark Young and wife, Susan, of South Carolina and Paul Moessner and wife, Sharen, of Maine.
Among those preceding Joyce in death were her parents, her husband, Robert O. Ferguson, and two nieces, Diane Moessner and Joyce Young (Tom Hagan).
Jodie will be sadly missed and remembered with affection by her family, countless friends, her church family, her Pi Phi sisters, her Methwick community and her many, many friends on Lake Vermilion.
A Memorial Service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Monday, February 5.

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Mark E. Wakefield of Wuori Township passed away on Sunday, January 14, in Essentia Health - Virginia.
Mark was seventy-eight years of age, having been born in Tamarack Village, Minnesota on September 24, 1939, the son of Harold and Clara (Schemehl) Wakefield. He grew up in Duluth and on Island Lake prior to moving to Wuori Township in the early 1960s. He served in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in 1961.
Mark held a position as a St. Louis County Deputy Sheriff and later served as a maintenance man for Wuori Township. He also was self-employed as a carpenter.
He was a member of the Pratt-Volden-Mickelson-Anderson American Legion Post #239 in Virginia.
Survivors include his mother, Clara Wakefield of Island Lake; his wife, June Hagen of Pike-Sandy Township; two sons, David Wakefield of Virginia and Scott Wakefield; a stepson, Keith Hagen of Tower; siblings, Bob, Joe and his wife, Sue, Clifford and his wife, Nan, Don and his wife, Linda, Edie Gelineau and Judy Ferrell and her husband, Tom, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father, Harold Wakefield, and his sister, Mary.
At Mark's request, no formal services will be held. A private inurnment will take place in the spring. Family services have been entrusted to the BaumanCron Funeral Home in Virginia.
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Mark enjoyed woodworking, restoring antiques, working crossword puzzles and taking his dogs for a walk. He will be sadly missed and remembered with affection.

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Darryl Glen Horsman of Bonita Springs, Florida and St. Paul, Minnesota passed away unexpectedly on January 10 as a result of complications following a serious fall.
Darryl was born on December 4, 1948 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to Keith and Alice (Keerbs) Horsman. After growing up on the Horsman family farm near Mallard, Darryl attended and graduated from Iowa State University, where he met the love of his life, Carol. They were married on November 28, 1970 at ceremonies held in Ames, Iowa.
Darryl started his career working for the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul, while also earning an accounting degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He loved his law practice and enjoyed using his legal expertise in all varieties of applications and circumstances. As he progressed in his career from practicing law to managing financial services, Darryl earned a reputation for being a smart, savvy and motivational leader. His impressive career included a variety of roles at the Internal Revenue Service, Space Center Companies and American Express Financial Services.
Darryl treasured the days he spent at Lake Vermilion, catching up with his family and friends, reading, playing games, boating and "tinkering" around the cabin.
As much as he loved summer at the lake, he also enjoyed escaping the Minnesota winters in favor of warmth and sunsets on the beach with Carol in Florida. Darryl also found great joy and satisfaction in supporting his communities through coaching, mentoring and philanthropy. His generosity, wit and wisdom will be missed by many.
Darryl is survived by Carol (Kurtz) Horsman, his loving wife of forty-seven years; two sons, Brian Horsman and his wife, Sara, and David Horsman and his wife, Andrea; one daughter, Jennifer Criqui and her husband, Scott; eight adoring grandchildren, Connor (18), Zachary (16), Sydney (13), Natalie (11), Thomas (10), Isabel (8), Maya (7) and Callahan (5); two sisters, JoAnn Christen and her husband, Glen, and Shari Horsman, and a number of in-laws, nieces and other family members whom Darryl held dear to his heart.
Darryl was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Alice Horsman, and his brother, Steven Horsman.
Services for Darryl will be held on Friday, January 19, at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Paul, with visitation at 9:00 a.m. and Mass following at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Mitchell Hamline School of Law Scholarships or to the Greenwood Township Volunteer Fire Department.
Cremation services were provided by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
Darryl will be sadly missed and remembered with affection and admiration by all who knew him. He left many wonderful memories for friends and family to cherish.