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. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:02:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Louis Smith Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:30:29 +0000 Louis   Smith

Funeral services for Louis Smith, age 82, of Milaca, formerly of New Brighton, will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 at Milaca United Methodist Church with Pastor Joyce Slostad officiating. Interment follows at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Louis Robert Smith was born November 25, 1932 in St. Paul, MN and as a child he moved with his family to Foreston, MN. He bravely served in the U.S. Army for three years. After his discharge from the service, he married Mary Polson. The couple made their home in New Brighton for 45 years. Louis worked as an over-the-road truck driver until he retired at the age of 50 years old. After his retirement, they moved to Milaca, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved his lake home where he spent many summer weekends with his grandchildren. He passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 24, 2015.
He is survived by wife of 57 years, Mary; children, Patti (Jim) Bohnen, Mary Lou (Randy) Cowan, Cheryl (Mike) Ziegler; seven grandchildren, Jeff Cowan, Melissa (Blake) Bockwoldt, Christy (Matt) Collins, Rick Bohnen, Stacey Cowan (Jason Pantlin), Brian Cowan and Joe Bohnen; four great-grandchildren, Madison and Morgan Collins, Olivia Pantlin and Reed Bockwoldt; step-sister, Mildred (Ron) Van Sickle; cousin, Vernon (Delores) Quam; also by sisters and brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Nellie (McLean) Smith; step-fathers, August Koch and Frank Striker; also by sisters and brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

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Ruth Ann Carlson Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:30:22 +0000 Ruth   Ann  Carlson

Funeral services for Ruth Carlson, age 89, of Milaca, will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Milaca Evangelical Free Church with Rev. Dan Clausen officiating. Interment follows at Wendell Hill Cemetery near Milaca. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Ruth passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Milaca Elim Home.
Ruth Ann Carlson was born March 16, 1925 to Oscar (O.E.) and Inga (Grudt) Carlson in Bock, Minnesota.
Ruth attended grade school in Bock and graduated from Milaca High School in 1943. She attended the Princeton Teacher Training School in 1944, and later graduated from Saint Cloud College. She taught for ten years in rural Mille Lacs County schools and for thirty-three years as a first grade teacher in Ogilvie.
Ruth was a member of the Bock Free Church and later a member of the Milaca Evangelical Free Church. She was active in teaching Sunday school and Women’s Missionary Society.
Ruth enjoyed taking trips and her travels took her to all states except Hawaii. She also enjoyed a European tour including a heritage visit to Scandinavia.
She is survived by her brother, Donald (Norma) Carlson of Spring Park; ten nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, John (Edith) and Oscar (Lois); and sister and brother-in-law, Margaret (Laverne) Johnson.

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Duane Dehn Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:10:05 +0000 Duane    Dehn

Duane Dehn, age 79, of Princeton, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2014. He was born on February 25, 1935 in Princeton, MN the son of Ernest and Gladys (Sundeen) Dehn.
Duane grew up and attended school in Princeton. He later married Barb Hess, who passed away in 2008. Duane was employed by Graco Inc. for over 30 years as a press operator. He loved his cat, reading newspapers to stay up on current events, cutting and burning wood, and shopping with coupons. He was an extremely hard worker. He will be dearly missed.
Duane is survived by his sons, John Dehn of Princeton, David (Connie) Dehn of Eagle Bend, Daniel (Kathy) Dehn of Cambridge; step-children, Scot Weisberg of Elk River, Marc Weisberg of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Travis Dehn, Bridgit (Jarvis) Anderson, KayCee (Isaiah) Richie, Nicole Dehn, Sandy (Cody) Wolf, Stacy (Aaron) Suing, Lance Dehn, Leann Dehn, Megan Dehn, Michael Dehn; step-grandchildren; and a herd of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barb; son, Steve Dehn; step-daughter, Tammy Knapp and brother, Donald Dehn.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will be at Karmel Covenant Cemetery in Wyanett Township, Princeton.
Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton.

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Thank You Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:04:53 +0000 I would like to thank everyone who reached out to me during my recent health issue. I could not believe how many people sent out well wishes, such as card, flowers, phone calls, food, and prayers. I know the power of prayer and how blessed I am. God is good! I also want to thank the staff at Fairview Princeton ER, North Flight crew, and everyone at Fairview Southdale ICU. My wonderful out come is all because of everyone’s fast response. Thank you Brian, Linda, Diane and my good friend Traci. Thank you all! Mary Kiel

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Frank Joseph Peach Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:04:17 +0000 Frank   Joseph  Peach

Frank Joseph Peach, Sr., age 77, of Oakland Township, Burnett County, WI, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, February 21, 2015.
Frank was born in Milaca, Minnesota, on September 18, 1937, a son of the late Frank and Signe (Bergsto) Peach. He was a 1955 graduate of Milaca High School, and then attended Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.
Frank married Darlene D. Sommerfeld in Rochester, MN, on December 31, 1971. He was employed by General Motors Corp. for 38 years, retiring in 1996. He was a very good auto mechanic, operating his own auto service garage for many years.
He greatly enjoyed fishing on area lakes all year round, including ice fishing, especially with his children and grandchildren. Frank looked forward to the annual fishing trips to Canada with his coworkers. He also liked hunting whitetail deer.
Frank was a hard working, amiable, and soft spoken man with a unique sense of humor. He was very well liked by coworkers and acquaintances, and made friends easily, many of which are friends for life. He had a forgiving spirit and a strong commitment to family, friends, and his job. Frank loved his children and grandchildren very, very much.
Surviving are his dear friend, companion, and wife, Darlene; four children, Jeffery Scott (Laurie) Peach, Kay Lynette Peach, Stacy Lynn Daniels, and Frank Joseph Peach, Jr. (twin); four grandchildren, Daniel Lee Peach, Anthony John Peach, Anna Lynn Peach, and Alex John Peach; and a great-grandchild, Keara Lynnette Peach. Frank is also survived by siblings, Mary Ann Hutchins, Susan (Tom) Bloomquist, David Peach, Laura (Dan) Erickson, and Gretchen Marquard; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Frank was preceded in death by a son, John Howard Peach (twin).
In keeping with Frank’s wishes, there will not be a formal service. A celebration of life is planned for later this year. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Webster, WI. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Marvel Reinhofer Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:03:51 +0000 Marvel   Reinhofer

Marvel Reinhofer, age 91, of Royalton, formerly of Milaca, passed away on Monday, February 23, 2015.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Marvel Anne Reinhofer was born March 15, 1923 to Henry and Myrtle (Bailey) Fuchs in Becker, MN. She grew up in Becker and graduated from Becker High School. She was united in marriage to Norbert Reinhofer and together they raised four children. Marvel loved spending time with her family, gardening, sewing, going to the casino and the Dairy Queen.
She is survived by her children, Sharon (Jim) Volkers of St. Joseph, Dee (Tom) Schrader of Medicine Lake, Gail (Roger) Popp of Holdingford and Chuck Reinhofer of Milaca; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; sister, Arvilla Stumvoll; also by many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert and a brother and two sisters.

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Ruth Ann Carlson Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:03:52 +0000 Funeral services for Ruth Ann Carlson, age 89, of Milaca, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at Milaca Ev. Free Church. Interment will follow at Wendell Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca

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Johnson Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:03:07 +0000 A girl, Milana Christine was born December 26th 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Mn. to Andrew and Amy (Kotsmith) Johnson. Milana weighed 2 lbs 14 oz and was 16 Vi inches long.
Grandparents are Chris and Barb Kotsmith of Foreston, Mn. and David and Cathy Johnson of Stillwater, Mn. Great grandparents are Alvin and Lorraine Novak and William and Joan Kotsmith both of Foley, Mn.

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Kotsmith Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:02:59 +0000 A girl Estelle Rae, was born December 17th 2014 at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Mn. to Craig and Laura Kotsmith of Esko, Mn. She weighed 7lbs, 8oz and was 20 inches long.
Grandparents are Chris and Barb Kotsmith of Foreston, Mn. and Greg and Linda Anderson of Milaca, Mn. Great grandparents are Alvin and Lorraine Novak and William and Joan Kotsmith both of Foley, Mn.
Estelle was welcomed home by siblings, Ana, Claira and Eli.

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Duane Maxam Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:23:32 +0000 Duane Maxam, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Princeton Elim Home. No services will be held for Duane at this time. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Duane Chester Maxam was born August 22, 1925 in Silverwood, MI to Chester and Charlotte (Ball) Maxam. He grew up in Michigan and graduated from Kingston High School. Duane moved to Indiana and worked as a manager for Pure Seal Dairy for twenty-three years. He later moved back to Michigan and drove truck for a lumber company for a few years. In 1975, he moved to Milaca, MN and was united in marriage to Joy Hammill. Duane worked at the Princeton Coop and Chevrolet Garage in Princeton until his retirement. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially ice fishing at Lake of the Woods.
He is survived by daughters, Sandra (Carl) Vessels and Karol Peacock both of Hodgenville, KY; ten grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Powers of Columbia, SC and Janice (Carlton) Litzke of Chucky, TN; four step-children; daughter-in-law, Monica Olson of New Richland, MN; ex-wife, Irene Roller; also by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Hazel; ex-wife, Joy; two brothers and a sister.

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