Olof Halvardsson/Stina Jonsdotter

Olof Halvardsson

My 2x great-grandfather
28 November 1788-11 Mar 1832
Father?: Halvard Olofsson
Mother?: Marit Nilsdotter

Enström Lennart tree

Stina Jonsdotter

19 MAR 1789-?


Marlys Ann Johnson Miller

Miller - Marlys J., age 74 of St. Paul, died on January 25, 2002. R.N. at St. Paul Children's Hospital for 25 years, long-term member of MNA, 4th District. Preceded in death by parents, C.O. and Anna Johnson. Survived by husband of 53 years, Bob Miller; children, Craig Miller (Darlene), Mira Karen Kehoe (Tom), Mark Miller (Julie) and Sue Francis (Gerry); grandchildren, Nicholas & Kristine Miller, Sarah, Laura, Charlotte and Paul Miller, Ted, Doug and Renee Snaza; brother, Bud Johnson (Myrna) of Bainbridge Is., WA. Visitation 4-8 PM Monday at WILLWERSCHEID & PETERS MORTUARY, 1167 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Memorial Service 11 AM Tuesday at North Como Presbyterian Church, 965 W. Larpenteur, Roseville, followed by reception. Private burial Acacia Park Cemetery. Memorials to North Como Presbyterian Church.

Sue Ellen Hueckman (Meiners Valk)

Sue Ellen Valk, age 76, of Star Tannery, VA, passed away on November 16, 2023. She was born on March 23, 1947, in Milwaukee, WI, to her parents, Irene and Eugene Hueckman. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, sister Sherry Coulston, a baby sister, and a baby grandson.

Sue will be lovingly remembered by her children, Dawn Meiners Green (Mike) of Winchester, VA, Michael Meiners (Ashley) of Burke, VA, and David Meiners (Anna) of Sachse, TX. She was a cherished grandmother to her grandchildren, Allyson, Joseph, Lizzie, Amber, and Jacob and bonus grandchildren Christina and Cheyenne. Sue is also survived by her sisters, Lori Gawlik and Cindy Baldwin.

Sue had a successful career as a Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) and retired from Winchester Medical Center in 2012. She studied nursing at Milwaukee Hospital and Anesthesia at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Additionally, Sue pursued her passion for Anthropology and studied at The American University in Cairo, AUC.

Outside of her professional life, Sue had a wide variety of interests and hobbies. She had a deep love for the outdoors and spent much of her time beautifying her 13 acres of land. Sue was also an avid reader and enjoyed writing poetry. She maintained a blog titled "WhollyHolyHuman" where she shared her thoughts and experiences. Sue's adventurous spirit led her to travel to many places, including living in Cairo, Egypt, for 3 years. She also volunteered for the Peace Corps and spent time in American Samoa.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date to honor Sue's memory. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Sue's compassionate and giving nature.

Sue will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched with her generous, kind, loving, and independent spirit. Her legacy as a devoted mother, grandmother, and successful healthcare professional will forever be cherished.

Ruth Larson Carlson

MEDFORD – Services for Mrs. David Carlson, 76, town of Grover, who died Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past six weeks, are to be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hemer Funeral Home. The Rev. Warren Behling, pastor of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church will officiate and burial will be made in Medford Evergreen Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 until 9 p.m. Sunday and until the time of services on Monday.

The former Ruth Larson was born Dec. 18, 1896, at Prentice; attended school there and was a graduate of the Superior Normal School. She taught schools at Jump River, the Wayside School, west of Medford, and later at Perkinstown until her retirement in 1945. For a number of years she resided in the town of Holway and since 1932 has lived in the town of Grover.

She was married Jan. 1, 1918 at Medford to David Carlson, who died Jan. 8, 1972.

She is survived by three sons, Marlin, New Richmond; Lester, Unity, and Roy, Overland Park, Kan.; four daughters, Mrs. Angel (Mable) Notagocomo, Los Angeles; Mrs. William (Gladys) Pawelko, Medford; Mrs. Edward (Florence) Tytor, Withee, and Mrs. Carl (Ethel) Miller, Racine; 28 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and five sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Ann) Schmeiser, Chippewa Falls; Mrs. Claus (Hilda) Johnson, Cambridge, Minn.; Mrs. Frank (Ella) Bixby, Prentice; Myrtle Johnson, Eugene, Ore.; and Mrs Henry Johnson, Prentice.

A daughter Lois died in 1921 and a son, Jerry, died in 1958.

Source: Marshfield News-Herald, Marshfield, Wisconsin Friday, July 27, 1973 Page 5

Ann Larson Schmeiser

Ann L. Schmeiser, 85, formerly of 320 Portland Ave., Chippewa Falls, died Saturday, Dec. 10 at her daughter's home in Deerfield, Ill.

She was born Feb. 27, 1898 in Melrue, Price County, the daughter of Mary (Kilgren) and John Larson, was raised in the Prentice area.

Ann was united in marriage to Arnold J. Schmeiser in 1917 in Medford, where they lived until moving to Chippewa Falls in 1936. She lived in Chippewa Falls until 1981, when she moved to Highland Park, Ill., to live with her daughter. Ann was a member of Royal Neighbors.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan (Mrs. Edward) Tead of Deerfield, Ill., and Norma (Mrs. George) Coleman of Highland Park, Ill.; two sisters, Myrtle Johnson of Portland, Ore., and Hilda Johnson of Cambridge, Minn.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Arlene Frank in 1946, one brother and three sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson-Volker Funeral Chapel. The Rev John Ericksen of Central Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.

Friends may call at 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Source: Chippewa Herald-Telegram, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Monday, December 12, 1983 Page 4

Sheryl Coulston

Duane Baldwin

Duane D. Baldwin, 75, Marshfield, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home in the Town of Rock, Wood County.

Duane was born on June 2, 1942 in Milwaukee the son of Donald and Isabel (Kujawa) Baldwin. He married Cynthia L. Hueckman on March 22, 1980. He had been employed as a machinist.

Duane is survived by his wife, Cindy and children, Grace (Doug) Trimborn, Dennis Baldwin, Darin (Brenda) Baldwin, Tina (Craig) Holmquist and Tammy Baldwin. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son David, a daughter, Jenny and a brother.

Ronald Delano Johnson

Ronald D. Jonson, a prominent member of the International Falls, MN business community, died on February 2, 2006. He was 68-years-old. Ron was born in Littlefork, MN on 26 February 1937. He was raised by his parents Enar and Corinne Jonson in Reedy Township along the Bigfork River, and graduated from Indus High School in 1955. He subsequently married Rose Marie Aronson of Lindford, MN, moved to Minneapolis, MN, graduated from Dunwoody Institute, and worked as a mechanic and salesman for Supreme Motors. While in Minneapolis, he also served in the U. S. Army (Reserve Component) 652ND Engineers. In 1961, he moved to International Falls, where he owned and operated two successful businesses, including: Falls Marine Service and Rainy Lake Marina. Ron was a recreational enthusiast who loved the rustic beauty of Rainy Lake, MN and his hunting land on the Lindford Road. An active member of the community, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding achievements as President of the International Falls JCs. He also served on the First Lutheran Church Council and as Stewardship Chairman. Additionally, he was a member of the International Falls Chamber of Commerce and several other community service-oriented organizations. His spirit continues to live through his wife, Rose Marie; sister, Marilyn Dahl of Loman, MN; brother Dennis Jonson of International Falls; and several nieces and nephews. Ron and Rose Marie's loving family include their daughter, Sherilyn Johnson, her husband Grant, and their children Andrew and Claire of Almont, ND; their son Scott Jonson, his wife Rosemary, and their daughter Heidi of Grayslake, IL; and their son Jeffrey Jonson, his wife Deb, and their sons Jaden and Jonas of Bismarck, ND. A visitation will be conducted at Green-Larsen Funeral Home on Monday, February 6, 2006 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2006 at 1:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in International Falls, with a visitation period one-hour prior to the service. A lunch will follow the services at First Lutheran Church. Interment will then be conducted at Riverview Cemetery in Reedy Township. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Condolences can be left with www.greenlarsen.com and arrangements are with the Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc., International Falls, Mn.

Mildred Aronson

A history of rural Koochiching County could be written through the life story of Mildred Aronson who died on Sept. 26th at age 92. Her father, Lars Heiberg, left Sel, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, to establish a homestead in Meadowbrook Township in 1905, a year before Koochiching was organized as an independent county. After he married Dagne Jorgenson, also from Norway, they built a log house that was grand for the time -- two rooms upstairs, two downstairs and a screened porch. Mildred was the first-born of their seven children. It was an era when draft horses worked the fields, and self-reliant homesteaders honed a range of survival skills. From butter to clothing, Dagne made everything from scratch. Lars lent his healing touch to help neighbors with sick cattle. Despite primitive roads, the county's rural townships were vibrant social centers that helped shape Mildred's gregarious nature. She swam with friends in the Bear River, walked for miles to visit neighbors and learned to melt into a rich ethnic stew. Speaking Norwegian, she took a desk at school alongside students who were fluent in German, Swedish and other languages. She graduated from Littlefork High School in 1933. Shortly before graduation, she had gone to a country dance where she met Axel Aronson who was playing accordion and violin in the band. They married four years later and moved to Minneapolis where daughters Rose Marie and Sharon were born. But Koochiching County was home and they returned in 1947 to a farm they bought in Lindford Township, west of Littlefork.They worked the dairy barn and fields together while Axel carried on the logging tradition his family had brought from Sweden. Another daughter, Marcia, was born there. Mildred thrived on the hard work of farming and looked for more to do -- relentlessly scouting for everything edible that grew on wild bushes. Pity the bear who tried to compete in a blueberry patch! Still, there was time for card games with neighbors, fishing in the Bigfork River, church and civic activities including Sons of Norway, Lindford Go-Getters, 4-H Club and garden clubs. Like many modern-day rural residents, she eventually moved on, spending winters in Texas and summers with daughters in International Falls, Minneapolis and Idaho. She died at Kootenai County Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where she was being treated for pneumonia. She was preceded in death by her parents,husband, Sister Evelyn Richardson, Brother Arthur Heiberg and son-in-law Ronald Jonson.She is survived by daughters Rose Marie Jonson of Bismarck, North Dakota, Sharon Schmickle (Patrick Doyle) of Minneapolis, and Marcia Wall (Mike Wall) of Coeur d'Alene as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Her brother, George Heiberg, lives in International Falls as do her sisters: Myrtle Constantine, Signe Hardwig and Esther Ludwig. A memorial service is set for Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. in Littlefork Lutheran Church with interment following at Oakley Cemetery. Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com and Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., 517 Fourth Street, International Falls.

Madge Aronson

Madge L Aronson, 84, passed away Wed. July 25, 2012 in Buhl, MN.

She was born in Littlefork Jan. 20, 1928 to John (Jack) and Essie Osborn /Odegard (nee Gaff). She grew up in Littlefork and attended Littlefork School, the same school her three children and two of her grandchildren attended.

Madge was a strong and faithful woman who overcame many hardships. She was widowed twice before she was thirty and raised three children on her own. She earned her GED and attended college classes when she was in her 40’s—including a swimming class even though she didn’t know how to swim.

Madge worked for many years at the Littlefork-Big Falls High School library where many a student will remember her saying, “put your chair down on all four legs” and “push your chairs in”. Madge loved spending time with family and friends, both in-person and through e-mail and Facebook. She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, attending concerts and theatre, square dancing, and tending to her flowers. Madge was a member of Littlefork Lutheran Church, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, RSVP, and volunteer at the Littlefork Care Center.

Madge is survived by her son, Terry (Pam) Aronson of Atlanta GA, daughters Sandy (Al) Lord of Bottineau ND, and Barb (Bob) Murray of Mt. Iron MN, her grandchildren Tim (Tammy) Aronson, Teresa (John) Tesar, Steve Aronson, Darcy (Dan) Tolbert, LeAnn (Paul) Siebert, Scott Vigested, Kevin (Carla) Vigested, Ross (Richard) Murray, and Kara (Paul) Ronning; as well as 12 great grandchildren: Tracy, Tucker, Talia, Nicholas, Michael, Jennifer, JoAtta, Alex, Dylan, Parker, Brady, Naomi, and Evan. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Millie Olson and Gundla Berklund and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Arthur Aronson, brother Vernon (Alice) Osborn, brothers and sisters-in-law Bertha (Ray) Fry, Axel (Millie) Aronson, Helen (Ernie) Nordlund, and Conrad (Evior) Aronson.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 11 at 2:00 pm at Littlefork Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Littlefork Lutheran Church Building.

  • Bauman Funeral Home, Virginia, MN
  • Raymond O. Berglund

    Age 73 , of Little Canada Passed away on October 10, 2015 Preceded in death by wife, Gundla; survived by step-daughters, Geri Running and Joanne Doree; brother, John; sister, Dorothy Spanneburg. Funeral service 1:30 PM Friday, October 16 at MUELLER-BIES FUNERAL HOME-ROSEVILLE, 2130 N. Dale St. @ Co. Rd B. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation from 12:30-1:30 PM Friday. MUELLER-BIES 651-487-2550

    Mildred Aronson Oloson

    Mildred ‘Millie’ Ann Olson, 90, of Greeley, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. She was the last of her family of seven siblings to pass away.

    Millie was born June 9, 1924, to Johan Albin and Anna (Johansson) Aronson in Chicago, Ill. When she was only months old, the family of eight moved to Minnesota. She attended Littlefork High School and graduated in 1942. After graduation, Mildred worked in the Twin Cities piping fighter plane oxygen systems during the war.

    Millie married the late Einer Olson on Dec. 3, 1949, and eventually had two sons, Jon and Gary. Because of Einer’s job, the family moved often and lived in Adams and Milwaukee, Wis., South Saint Paul, Minn., Madison, Wis. and Rockford, Ill. Millie, along with her husband, also owned and operated a dry cleaning business, and in later years worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for a door company. In April of 2006, Millie moved to Greeley to be near her sons and grandchildren.

    Millie’s passion and desire was to bring the saving grace of Jesus Christ into the life of others beginning with her family. She was an active member of her church, taught many years of Sunday school and held countless weekly Bible studies. “I thank my God every time I remember you…and being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion, until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1:3, 6) Millie also loved photography and spent hundreds of hours putting together photo albums that told the story of the lives of her loved ones from beginning to end.

    Millie was preceded in death by her mother, Anna; her father, Johan Albin; her brothers, Axel, Conrad and Art; her sisters, Bertha, Gundla and Helen; and her grandson, Lester Oliver II.

    She was a beloved mother to Jon (Sharon Harken) Olson of Greeley, and Gary (Ann Showers) Olson of Colorado Springs and a beloved grandmother to Rebecca, Bethany, Ryan, Rachel, Joshua, Justin, and Jacob; and a beloved great-grandmother to 17 and counting.

    A memorial service celebrating Millie’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Windsor. A viewing will precede the service beginning at 11 a.m., and internment will follow at the Eaton cemetery.

    Lester E. Carlson

    Lester E. Carlson, 91, currently of Marshfield, formerly of Medford, passed away Friday June 24, 2016 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Lester was born February 9, 1925 in the Township of Holway, Wisconsin to David and Ruth (Larson) Carlson. He married Laura H. Lang on August 5, 1949 in Iowa City, IA. Laura preceded Lester in death December 19, 2009.

    Lester is also survived by his daughters; Amy Ike of Marshfield, Audrey (John) Aviles of Stanley, NC, Betty Nickerson of Salem, OR, Bonnie (Jay) Still of Independence, MO, Carol (Ken) Schulz of Marshfield, Coralee (Jeffry) Schultz of Unity, Danette (Don) Irvin of Arlington, TX, and Deanne (Cleve) Madlock of Bolingbrook, IL, 21 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his He is preceded in death by his siblings; Mabel Notagiacomo, Florence Tytor, Jerry Carlson, Marlin Carlson, Roy Carlson, Ethel Miller, Gladys Pawelko, Infant sister, Lois Carlson; his Granddaughter, Tracy Collins; Son In Law Jim Nickerson. Lester joined the US Army in March of 1943, and served a 3 year enlistment. He was stationed in Italy, and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, and was a Ski Instructor, and also a gun serviceman. In 1947, upon his return from the war he joined the Carpenters Union in Illinois and Wisconsin and was a member for over 65 years. In 1955, they built a house for the family in Arlington Heights, and Elgin. In 1972, the family returned to Central Wisconsin. Through the carpenters union he worked for many different contractors as a residential carpenter. He also owned a dairy farm in Unity. Lester enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Cubs, Brewers, and Packers fan. He was very proud of his family, especially his eight daughters. He was a Lifelong Member of the Medford VFW Post 5729, a Colby VFW Post 2227, where he served as Post Commander for both, Chequamegon Bird Club, Taylor County Historical Society, The United Church of Christ, Medford.

    Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday June 28, 2016 at The United Church of Christ in Medford. Pastor Mary Jo Laabs will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until the time of service at 11 AM. Burial and military honors will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.

    The family would like to thank Stoney River Assisted Living in Marshfield and St. Joseph Palliative Care, especially Sara and Jessica, for their loving care and compassion they showed their Father. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Lester E. Carlson may be given to The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI, 54456 or www.thehighground.org -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

    Gladys Merle Carlson Pawelko

    Gladys Pawelko

    Born: June 24, 1922; in Medford, WI

    Died: May 8, 2015; in McHenry, IL

    Gladys Pawelko, died May 8, 2015, at her daughter's home in McHenry, IL, just weeks shy of her 93rd birthday.

    Gladys Merle Carlson was born June 24, 1922, in Medford, WI, to Dave and Ruth (Larson) Carlson. Along with her many siblings, she was raised in a log cabin on the family farm during the depression. On January 11, 1941, she married William Pawelko, son of the late Michael and Mary (Mishturek) Pawelko of Lublin, WI. Together for 67 years, they raised two children and enjoyed homes in Des Plaines and Norridge, IL; Withee, WI; Spring Hill, FL; Racine, WI; and finally with their daughter in McHenry.

    Gladys is survived by her son, Robert (Sandy) Pawelko of Dallas, TX; her daughter, Beverly Aweve of McHenry, IL; granddaughters, Onna (Nicholas) Jones of Chicago and Natasha (Christopher) Cavallero of Ft. Collins, CO; plus seven great grandchildren, Sean, Maura and Will Pawelko of Oak Park, IL, Bridey, Molly and Henry Jones; and Jacob Cavallaro. She is also survived by one brother, Lester Carlson of Medford; one sister, Ethel Miller of Racine; sisters in law, Alyce (Peter) Pawelko of Florissant, MO and Sandy (Roy) Carlson of Reedsburg, Wi; along with almost four dozen nieces and nephews and many lifelong friends.

    She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, William in 2008; and grandson, Troy Robert Pawelko in 2011; three brothers, Marlin, Roy, and Jerry; and three sisters, Mabel Notogiacomo, Florence Tytor, and infant Lois Carlson.

    Gladys was both fiesty and "Swedishly Stubborn." As a teenager, she spent summers as a nanny for children in Highland Park, IL. She worked as a telephone operator and later for A.B. Dick, a duplicating company in Niles, IL. Once retired, she and her husband moved back to Wisconsin, reconnecting with both family and friends in the Medford/Withee/Gilman/Lublin areas. They enjoyed polka dancing, traveling, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Gladys especially thrived with her flower and vegetable gardens, canning and many crafts. She was an avid reader and worked at keeping in touched with their extended family and many friends.

    A memorial service will he held in the chapel at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, WI, on Wednesday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m.

    Donations towards a memorial marker in memory of Gladys can be made to the Southern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove, WI 53182

    Janet Coleman Mulholland

    Janet Mulholland, 73, died February 27, 2020 in Danville, Kentucky. Born November 10, 1946 in Thorton, Illinois to the late Vernon and Ida Colman. Janet was the owner at Maddy’s bookstore for 15 years. She was a member of First Christian Church and loved to eat and laugh with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Michael Mulholland; two sons, Mike (Michelle) Mulholland of Springfield and Kevin (Randee) Mulholland of Lake City, Arkansas; and four grandchildren, Catherine, Carter, Conner, and Lindee. Visitation will be 1p.m. to 3p.m. Monday at Stith Funeral Home with Funeral Service at 3p.m. on Monday at Stith Funeral Home. Memorial donations are suggested to the Danville-Boyle County Human Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

    June Swanson Remec

    June B. Remec (nee Swanson) Thornton, IL June B. Remec (nee Swanson), late of Thornton. Beloved Wife of the late Bernard. Loving Mother of Judith (Michael Croak) Holland, Linda (James) Cara, Bernard, Jr. (Joan), Jo-Ann Lowe, Michael (Denise), Timothy (Debra) and Robert (Sam Baker). Dear Grandmother of Lisa (Glenn) Harvath, Matthew Cara, Bernard Remec III, Nicholas Cara, Douglas Remec, Megan Remec, Caryn Lowe, T.J. Remec, Christine Lowe and Bailey Remec. Great-grandmother of Erin, Emma and Eric Harvath. Fond sister of Roy (Norma) Swanson and the late Harold, George, Ralph, Eunice Marra and Ida Coleman. Funeral Monday, 12:00 Noon at Drumm Funeral Home, 1200 E. 162nd St. (one block W. of the Calumet X-Way on US Hwy 6/159th St.), South Holland, IL. Interment, Assumption Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. For further info: 708-333-0011

    Published by The Times from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2003.

    Harold Swanson

    HAROLD SWANSON A 40-year resident of Thornton, Harold Swanson died Thursday, February 12, [1987] in Ingalls Memorial hospital.

    The Rev. Joseph Ledwell, pastor of First Presbyterian church of Homewood, will conduct 11 a.m. services tomorrow at Tews funeral home in Homewood. Burial will be in Homewood Memorial Gardens cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the chapel. Mr. Swanson was born January 2, 1919, in Racine, Wis. He was a stationary engineer for Cargill Grain Elevators and a member of Thornton American Legion Post 1070. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; two daughters, Gail of Thornton and Patricia Noell of Midlothian; one son, Gustav of Chicago Heights; two sisters, Ida Coleman and June Remec, both of Thornton; three brothers, Roy of Homewood, Ralph of Lansing and George of Posen, and four grandchildren.

    Viola Adela Nelson

    MRS. MELVIN NELSON Viola Adela Nelson, 55, Littleton, died July 5, 1969 in the Porters Hospital at Littleton following a massive stroke. Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Johnson, she was born on a farm near Frankfort, Kansas April 10, 1914. She was graduated from Axtell High School in 1932 and also on Feb. 18, 1939 she was married to Melvin Nelson and they moved to Denver, Colo. In 1947 the Nelsons bought their present home at 451 E. Caley Ave, Littleton, Colo. Survivors include her husband of the home; three daughters, Lana, Mrs. Evan Williams, Englewood, Judith and JoAnn of the home; one son, Richard of Littleton; and three grandchildren; also three sisters, (Mrs. M. C. (Edith) Axelton, Minneola, Mrs. Otto (Minnie) Poison, Centralia; Mrs. Howard (Gladys) Eberline, Ed-mond, and two brothers, Elmer Johnson, Axtell; Ralph Johnson, Peru, Indiana.

    The Rev. Charles W. Hoeing officiated at the memorial services at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Tuesday afternoon, July 8, with Joyce Hoeing, soloist, and Louise McFadden, organist. Pallbearers were Howard Lober, Elton Nelson, John Miller, Leon Miller, John Realph and Stanton Johnson. Burial was in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Littleton.

    Donald Ernest Nordlund

    DONALD ERNEST NORDLUND Donald Ernest Nordlund, 74, of Shevlin, Minnesota passed away March 3, 2023, after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by family and friends. Don was born on May 27, 1948 in Littlefork, Minnesota to Carl "Ernie" and Helen Nordlund. He was one of 4 children, the beloved brother of Linda, Mary and Jodi. He lived in the heart of Northern Minnesota, playing and working in the woods with his dad. Being in the forest shaped his love of nature and lead to some of his favorite pastimes, like hunting, camping and woodworking. He attended Littlefork-Big Falls High School and loved science, math and history. He participated in many sports, but playing football with his cousins was his favorite. Don joined the photo club which would prove to profoundly shape his life. After graduation in 1966, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force base in Texas for 3 years. In 1969 he was deployed to Vietnam as a photographer. Don was honorably discharged in 1970. He obtained the rank of Sergeant. In 1970, Don enrolled in Rainy River Community College where he worked as a photographer for the school newspaper. On assignment for an artist demonstration, he took photos of the student artist, Ruth Ann Larsen, who later became his wife on April 29, 1972. They attended Bemidji State University together and graduated with teaching degrees in 1974. Don began his teaching career in Oklee, MN as a Social Studies teacher. Later, they moved to Bagley, where Don taught history, geography, social studies and worked in Special Education. Throughout his teaching career, Don also worked as a photographer taking wedding photos, family and senior portraits. In 1998 Don earned his administrative degree and worked as the Mahnomen High school Principal for one year. He returned to Bagley Schools as the Elementary Principal, a job he loved. He officially retired in 2006, but continued to work as a Guardian ad Litem for the 9th Judicial District, Co-Director of the Naytahwaush Community Charter School, Behavior Interventionist at the Red Lake School and Special Education Coordinator at the Chief Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School in Bena. Don and Ruth Ann had two children Michelle and Daniel. Don was a wonderful husband, father and grandpa. He taught his family and friends many life lessons: to be compassionate towards others; change is a part of life; hard work pays off and have faith things will work out and be okay. He was the calm in every situation; he was the one we called for advice, he was the one we trusted. Don loved family traditions: Memorial weekend gatherings with family and friends, fishing with his kids and grandkids, hunting, and maple syruping. The door to their home and lake cabin were always open. Friends and family were invited to have a meal, sit by the campfire or take a ride on the pontoon boat. Don was active throughout the community. He valued the many relationships made through the church, photography club, and Veteran's group. As soon as you met Don, you were a friend. We loved his sense of humor, supportive nature and kind heart. We will miss him. A visitation service will be held at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley, Minnesota, beginning at 5pm with a prayer service at 6:30 on Thursday, March 9th, 2023. Funeral services will be at 2pm March 10, 2023, at Clearwater Lutheran Church in Shevlin, Minnesota with visitation 1 hour prior. Don would say to wear whatever you want to his service, but feel free to wear your favorite flannel shirt in remembrance of Don. He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Nordlund, daughter Michelle Nordlund, son Daniel (Sarah) Nordlund. Sisters Linda Nordlund Langeness, Mary Belanger & Jodi Nordlund. Brother-in-law Robert (Premjit) Larsen. Grandchildren Aiden Hanevold, Carleigh Hanevold, Lauren Hanevold, Ryker Hanevold, Grayson Nordlund, Aubrey Nordlund and Everett Nordlund. Nieces & Nephews, Marci and Patrick Boes, Kelly and Alan Fagerstrom, Jennifer and Harsha Veeramachaneni, and Jeffrey Langeness, numerous great nieces and nephews. He is proceeded in death by a special great nephew Abe Fagerstrom, his mother Helen Nordlund and father, Ernest Nordlund. Military Rites will be accorded by the Irvin Blix American Legion Post #16 of Bagley, MN. Don requested that any memorials be given to the Clearwater County Food Shelf, Clearwater Lutheran Church or the Clearwater County Historical Society.

    Published by Rainy Lake Gazette from Mar. 18 to Mar. 24, 2023.