The Mille Lacs County Times » Announcements The Mille Lacs County Times cover community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Milaca, Minnesota and it's surrounding areas. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:18:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Martha Norrgard Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:18:35 +0000 Martha   Norrgard

Funeral services for Martha Norrgard, age 94, of Milaca will be Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday. Interment will follow at Wendell Hill Cemetery near Milaca. Arrangements by Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Martha Elizabeth (Calberg) Norrgard was born March 21, 1921 in Vrigstad, Sweden while her parents Oscar and Ingrid Calberg were visiting their families. Martha was six months old when they returned to Minnesota. The Calberg family had a farm in Bogus Brook Township and all of the children, Leroy, Robert, Martha and Bernice attended the Bogus Brook District 28 School. Martha later attended Milaca High School.
In 1941, Martha married Clinton Norrgard at the Evangelical Free Church in Bock, MN. The couple moved to Detroit, Michigan where they lived until Clinton was called to military service in WWII. Martha returned to Milaca to live until Clinton returned in 1945. The couple built a home in South Minneapolis where they raised their six children: Elizabeth, Sandra, James, Phillip, Paul and David. Martha was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Minnehaha Falls, where she taught Sunday School and participated in Christian Homemakers. Martha was active in a number of PTA's and loved to sew clothes for her children.
In 1965, the family moved to Shoreview, MN and were charter members of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. In 1972, the family returned to the Milaca area and became active members of Zion Lutheran Church. Martha sang in the church choir, served as circle chair, was WELCA district chairperson of the NW synod, social co-chair, and helped serve at many funerals. In 1993, she helped edit the Zion Centennial Book and translated Swedish records to English. While at Zion, Martha organized the "Swedish Singers" and was proud of the audio recordings that they produced. She was also active with the Santa Lucia Christmas celebrations at Zion, volunteered at the Elim Home, was chair of the Bock Park Club for many years and helped to organize the Milaca Senior Center in 1998.
Martha completed coursework at Cambridge College in Swedish language and used her skills to tutor and teach Swedish through community education. In 2001, Martha moved to Minneapolis where she volunteered at the American Swedish Institute. She became one of their Swedish translators and continued to translate from Swedish when she returned to Milaca in 2006. She was a charter member of the Dala Heritage Society of Mora, MN. Martha has traveled to Sweden several times to visit family and friends.
Martha is survived by her sister, Bernice Hedin of Mesa, Arizona; children, Elizabeth Woods of Eagan, Sandra Warmanen of Milaca, James (Judy) Norrgard of Isle, Phillip (Lorraine) Norrgard of Cloquet, Paul (Joni) Norrgard of Milaca and David (Cori) Norrgard of Andover; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton; father, Oscar; mother, Ingrid and brothers, Leroy and Robert.

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Melvin Droogsma Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:16:59 +0000 Melvin   Droogsma

Melvin E. Droogsma, age 85 of Milaca, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Milaca Elim Home after a 3 1/2 year battle with a brain tumor that had reoccurred.
Funeral services will be Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease with Rev. Michael Ten Haken officiating. Interment will follow at Pease Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post #178 and Siemers-Hakes VFW Post #10794. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pmm. Wednesday at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease and 1 hour prior to the service at church on Thursday. Casketbearers will be grandsons Nick Droogsma, Nate Droogsma, Rob Droogsma, Aaron Droogsma, Mitchell Droogsma, Sam Droogsma, John Gerritsen, Ryan Droogsma, and Adam Droogsma.
Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Melvin Eugene was born October 18, 1929 in Bock to John and Minnie (Van De Riet) Droogsma. He attended District 14 School in Bock through eighth grade. The family moved to a farm near Pease where Melvin worked until he entered the US Army in 1951 and served in Korea for 15 months. He was transferred to the Reserves in June, 1953.
On July 17, 1953, Melvin married Betty Ann Hanenburg in Pease, MN. He started farming with Fred and Mary Van De Riet and later purchased the farm. In 1992, he sold his cows to his son Duane and stayed active on the farm until 2003.
He was a life time member of the Christian Reformed Church of Pease where he served numerous terms on the church council. He was a faithful supporter of the Community Christian School of Pease and served on the school board. He lived a life of service to church, school, and community.
Melvin loved being outdoors hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and looked forward to the week at the lake with family.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Betty Ann; children Dale (Lois) Droogsma of Elk River, Duane Droogsma of Milaca, Darryl (Sue) Droogsma of Elk River, Kathy (James) Gerritsen of New Brighton, "George" (Shirley) Droogsma of Milaca; 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also survived by sisters Violet Rens of Milaca and Lavonne Hubers of Cincinnati, OH; brother Stanley (Eleanor) of Maple Grove; sisters-in-law, Carol and Garda Droogsma.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Minnie Droogsma; brothers Donald, Del, Lyle and sister Arlene Droogsma.
A special thank-you to the wonderful staff of the Elim Home, Fairview Hospice, Country Meadows and the Visiting Angels.

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Swenson / Oslin Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:20:46 +0000 Swenson / Oslin

Danielle Swenson and Brent Oslin were married on January 24, 2015, at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease. Parents of the couple are Chad and Peggy Swenson of Milaca and Craig and Beth Oslin of Mora.
Danielle is a 2007 graduate of Milaca High School and a 2011 graduate of Trinity Christian College with a degree in social work. She is employed by Lakeside Medical Center.
Brent is a 2007 graduate of Mora High School and a 2011 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in construction management. He is employed by Oslin Lumber.
The couple resides in Mora.

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Kuperus Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:20:22 +0000 Kuperus

Olivia Grace Kuperus was born on May 16, 2015 in Duluth, MN to Matt & Joanna Kuperus. She was welcomed home by big sister, Maja. Grandparents are Larry & Elaine Kuperus of Milaca and Teresa Matusik of Hamburg, Germany. Great Grandfather is Frank Kuperus of Milaca.

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Agnes Neumann Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:19:29 +0000 passed away on June 15, 2015 at the Elim Home in Princeton.
Agnes is survived by husband Richard; son Steven and daughter Bobbi Jo; Sister Rhonda; 2 grandchildren; many nephews and nieces.

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Loren Elmer Johnson Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:18:14 +0000 Loren   Elmer  Johnson

Funeral service for Loren Johnson, age 74, of Zimmerman, formerly of Onamia, will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 5 p.m. at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Arrangements Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca,
Loren Elmer Johnson was born February 10, 1941, to Ralph Otto and Laura (Morley) Johnson, in Royal, NE. In 1948 he moved with his family to Onamia, MN where he lived and attended school until his high school graduation. After graduation, Loren moved to the Twin Cities and began working at Honeywell International, primarily as a tool and die maker. Around this time Loren also became one of the founding members of "The Country Drifters" country western band. Though he met his future bride, Debara Kay (Salgren) Johnson, at a playing job, he eventually gave up his place with the band when marriage, family and work responsibilities consumed his discretionary time.
Though he never performed again professionally, Loren and Debbie provided a music-filled home for the children and grandchildren who survive them: Jennifer (John) (and Ethan, Loren, Alissa, Callie) Olinger of Ozark, MO, David Johnson of Zimmerman, Tamara (Ron) (and Sequoia, Quillan, Seneca) Radke of St. Cloud and Trevor (Kacie Woodis) Johnson of Blaine. Loren was also survived by brothers Marvin (Esther) Johnson of Anoka, Gordon (Susie) Johnson of Onamia and Gail Johnson of Florida and sisters Joan (Elhart) Mickelson and Charlene Johnson, both of Wisconsin.
Loren and Debbie started their married life in New Brighton, MN, but ended up raising their children in Zimmerman and Onamia, MN before eventually moving to their current lake home in Zimmerman, MN, in 1986. In 2000, Loren took an early retirement from Honeywell after 40 years and 6 months of employment. He lost his beloved Debbie on February 28, 2009 and passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital. In death, Loren was also reunited with both parents and two brothers, Ralph (Prudence) Johnson and Burton (Helen) Johnson.

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A. Viola Larson Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:17:59 +0000 A.   Viola  Larson

Funeral services for A. Viola Larson will be held Friday, June 12, 2015 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca with Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Interment follows at Borgholm Cemetery near Bock. Arrangements by Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca,
Astrid Viola Larson of Milaca passed away peacefully on her 101st birthday, June 10, 2015. She was born June 10, 1914 to Victor and Anna Johnson in Norway/Scandia, Kansas where she was baptized at the Lutheran church. In 1920 when she was six years old, her family boarded a train to begin a new life in Bock, Minnesota on their new 80-acre farm. Viola attended District 50 School and Emanuel Lutheran church, where she was confirmed, taught Sunday School, participated in Luther League, and sang in the choir.
Viola left her farm home for a few years to work as a housekeeper and nanny in Minneapolis, but continued to maintain close ties to her family and friends back home. She met Manford Larson and the two were married on June 8, 1940 at Bock Lutheran Church. They began their home on a dairy farm in Bogus Brook Township and lived there fifty-four years. Their children, Gerald and Cheryl, enjoyed a cozy home in close proximity to loving grandparents, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Viola and Manford became active members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca, MN. Viola was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Women and the Priscilla Circle. Viola loved to entertain, do fancy needle work, bake and decorate cakes, tend her flower garden, and listen to familiar Scandinavian folk tunes. Viola was very thoughtful in her correspondence. Friends and family could always expect a lovely card for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. Viola kept meticulous journals. Her photo albums are a thorough documentary of the family history spanning four generations. In 1974, Manford and Viola embarked on an adventurous trip to their ancestral homesteads in Norway and Sweden. They saw where their parents had lived and also made the acquaintance of many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Following Manford's death in 1994, Viola moved to an apartment in Milaca. In 2009, when her health appeared more frail, she relocated to the Elim Home where she received loving and attentive nursing care. She enjoyed an active social life and cherished her special relationship with the Elim Chaplains and their ministry with her.
She is survived by son Gerald (Kristine) of Louisville, Kentucky and daughter Cheryl (Dennis) Buckley of Fifty Lakes, MN; grandchildren, Chris Buckley, Erik (Larissa) Buckley, Ingrid (Mark) Davis, Carl Larson and Paul (Nol) Larson; great-grandchildren, Darius, Jack, Annika and Vivian Larson, Finn and Eli Buckley, and Erik and Paul Davis; as well as sister Clarice (Bob) Nord and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Manford; parents Anna and Victor Johnson; brother Carl during WWII, and brothers Leslie, Laverne, and Warren and sister Alice and their spouses.
Viola departed her earthly life on her 101st birthday, but resumed celebrating this day in heaven with her precious Lord and in the company of all her loved ones waiting in the great cloud of witnesses. Praise be to God!

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Michael G. Brand Thu, 11 Jun 2015 22:17:03 +0000 Michael   G.  Brand

Michael Gordon Brand, age 73, of Princeton passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 10, 2015. He was born on March 17, 1942, in Princeton, the son of Russell Gordon and Hilda Alyda (Tofte) Brand.
Michael was baptized at home in Princeton and was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Princeton. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1960. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1960-1965. He married Patricia Kaiser and they were later divorced. He married Judy Vesely in 1980 and she died in 1991. He owned and operated Brand Manufacturing/North American Transit for over forty years. He volunteered as a fireman and was a city council member in Princeton form many years.
Survivors include his daughters, Sandy (Jim) Forster of Becker, Diane (Chuck) LaVigne of Foley; six grandchildren, Sheena (Ben) Meillier, Michael (Samantha) Rittenour, Katelyn Rittenour, Tabitha (Brent) Steinmetz, Zackary LaVigne, and Trisha (Chris) Bemboom; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Bryson, Alexis, Jackson, Kensley, Kolton, and an additional baby girl in August. He is also survived by his brother, Dennis (Shari Christensen) Brand of Mesa, AZ; soul mate, Marge Winkelman of Princeton and her children, Jennifer (Darrin) Fleury, Melissa (Scott) Cullen; Marge's grandchildren, Samantha, Kelsey, Shane, Kyle, Emma, and Reese; step-children, Kari Vesely of Idaho and Joshua Vesely of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert in 1966, son Michael in 1971, and wife Judy in 1991.
A visitation will be held from 1-6 p.m. with a service at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15 at the Williams Dingmann Funeral home in Princeton. Interment will be at Baldwin Cemetery in Baldwin Township.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Silas Bauer Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:12:02 +0000 Silas Mark Bauer was born April 26th 2015 to Shaun and Stephanie Bauer of Little Rock. Silas was born at 4:06pm. He weighed 6 pounds 1 oz, and was 17.5 inches long.
Grandparents of Silas are Butch and Mary Jane Bauer of Little Rock and Wayne and Christine Wakeman of Clear Lake. Silas was welcomed home by big brother Spencer and big sister Scarlett.

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Roger T. Johnson Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:10:43 +0000 Roger   T.  Johnson

Roger T. Johnson, four score and seven years old, of Prescott, WI and St. Paul, MN. Born August 1927 to Joseph and Pearl Johnson in Milaca, MN passed away on June 1, 2015.
Survived by wife, Margaret "Peggy"; children, Mary (Paul) Zadach, Peter (Betsy) Johnson, Timothy (Dawn) Johnson and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Cliff) Skagen; step-son, Lloyd (Jodie) Weisert; grandchildren, Uriah (Chelsie) Blatherwick, Sally Johnson, Alice Johnson, Katherine Weisert, Jack Skagen, Paige Weisert, Isabelle Skagen and great-grandson Graham Blatherwick.
Pre-deceased by parents, sister Barbara Schnelle and brother Curtis Johnson.
Graduate of Milaca High School and the University of Minnesota (BA of Architecture 1950). Roger founded and guided his architecture firm for 42 years. Recipient of numerous regional and national awards. Designed restorations for 17 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Before launching his own firm, Roger was an architect in the office of Eero Saarinen.

"Great family, great friends. And a good life."

Service Monday, June 8, 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. at Wayzata Community Church, 125 E Wayzata Blvd (enter from east side parking lot), Wayzata. Memorials to Wayzata Community Church; United Methodist Church, Milaca; or Twin Cities Civil War Roundtable. Private interment at Borgholm Cemetery, Bock, MN.

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