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. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rev. Allen T. Peterson Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:33:39 +0000 Image-19541Allen, age 89, a Lutheran Pastor and World War II Veteran, died surrounded by family in Alexandria, MN on August 28, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his parents Alvin and Dorothy, his firstborn son David, his brother Charles, his sister Ruth and son-in-law Chuck Perkins.
He is survived by his wife Mary, his children, Susie (Steve) Bodurtha, Sally (Ron) Lacey, Sara Perkins and Paul (Dionne) Peterson, 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Allen was pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church 1973-1979. He also served churches in Hancock, Grand Meadow, Crystal, and McGrath, Minnesota. Pastor Peterson retired from active ministry in 1988. He and his wife Mary have lived in Alexandria, MN, since 2001.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 6, at 2 p.m. at Living Word Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN, with visitation one hour prior at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials sent to donor’s choice or to Mt Morris Lutheran Church, N3388 State Road 152, Wautoma, WI 54982, where Mary and Allen were married. ]]> 0
Sharon Lou Sjaaheim Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:31:34 +0000 Sharon Lou Sjaaheim (nee Rood), of Milaca, MN passed into the light after a brief illness on Sunday, August 30, 2015 surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Sharon Lou Rood met the love of her live, and husband of 56 years, Orville Herbert Sjaaheim in 1958 while he was cruising in his ‘57 Chevy convertible. From that auspicious beginning, they built a family of four beautiful children: Jeffrey Sjaaheim, Brian Sjaaheim (Cheryl), Kellie Sjaaheim (Russell), and Julie Butzow (Bryan). In 1974, Orville took his city girl to the country where they began the rest of their life. Selflessly, Sharon ran the farm with their children, while Orville travelled for work. She went on to become a dedicated grandmother to her seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, all of whom gave her great joy. Whether she was gardening, scouring garage sales, scrapbooking or caring for her family, Sharon was the happiest when she was enjoying the simple things in life.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents Leona and Fred Rood, as well as her siblings Tom, John, Rick, Nancy and Dennis.
In addition to her immediate family, Sharon is survived by her sister Joanne Luchinbill (Ed) and her brother Les Rood (Becky). She is mourned by Gordon Sjaaheim (Sharon), Wally Sjaaheim (Mary), as well as countless other family and friends whose life Sharon has touched.
A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held in Milaca, MN. Arrangements are being made.
Memorials in Sharon’s honor may be made to the Pearl Crisis Center in Milaca, MN or a local charity of your choice. ]]> 0
Alyce M. Sanderson Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:29:24 +0000 Alyce M. Sanderson, age 61, of Milaca, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2015 at her home near Milaca.  A complete notice will run at a later date. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca, ]]> 0 Elmer “Al” Patrick Fox, Jr. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:27:59 +0000 Image-19538Funeral services for Elmer “Al” Patrick Fox, Jr., age 78, of Milaca, will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca with Fr. Jim Remmerswaal, OSC officiating. Interment will follow at Chase Brook Cemetery north of Foreston. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Al died Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud with his children by his bedside. Al grew up in Minneapolis and entered the Army on his 17th birthday. He served as a heavy equipment operator in Alaska and Korea. He married Carol Halgren on January 18, 1957. Al worked for the City of Minneapolis and the Great Northern Railroad during the 1960’s. He moved his family to Milaca in 1970 and began a new career in sales. Al was a member of the Hansen-Hayes American Legion Post #178 in Milaca. He enjoyed fishing with his son-in-law, Gary and daughter, Terry and spent many weekends with them at their cabin.
Al is survived by his children, Steve (Vicki) Fox of Milaca, Jim Fox of Milaca and Terry (Gary) Van Donsel of Foreston; ex-wife, Carol Fox of Milaca; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Verna Eastman of Washington; brother, Earl “Bud” Fox of Fridley; also by many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and oldest son, Roy in 1994.

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Linda Diane Deglmann, age 63, of Princeton, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
Linda was born August 12, 1952 to Chester and Lenore McBroom (Peterson) in Princeton, MN. She graduated from Princeton High School and attended the University of Minnesota Morris. On October 27, 1979, Linda was married to Steven Deglmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Princeton. Linda worked for the Princeton Union Eagle newspaper for 35 years until her retirement in 2013.
Linda's life was spent in service to her Lord, family and friends. She was a devoted member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and enjoyed helping with church activities and singing in the choir. She was a cub scout leader for many years and enjoyed camping, exploring nature, gardening and spending time with her family and friends.
She was a gentle and giving person, full of kindness, and a caregiver to all. She will be deeply missed.
Linda is survived by her husband Steve; children Jefferson (Gina) Hunt and Adam (Michelle) Deglmann; grandchild Claire Deglmann; mother Lenore McBroom; six siblings and their spouses; many nieces and nephews, plus many other loving relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father Chester McBroom; mother-in-law Bernice Deglmann and father-in-law Walter Deglmann.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, August 28 and from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, August 29, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m. Visitation and memorial service to be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Princeton.

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Nellie Palmquist Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:24:26 +0000 Nellie   Palmquist

Graveside services for Nellie Palmquist, age 82, of Foreston, will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca with Rev. Joyce Slostad officiating. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca,
Nellie was born on March 14, 1933 at home by Oak Park, Minnesota to Oley and Tillie Freese. She was the youngest of five children. Nellie attended school in Milaca. She was united in marriage to Louie Palmquist on March 18, 1950. Nellie was a homemaker for all of her life. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and did lots of canning over the years. She loved to cook and bake and always had the coffee pot on and treats to eat if someone stopped by for a visit. She made the best buns! Nellie liked to play cards and games, she was quite competitive. She also loved to crochet and made numerous scarves and hats in the last few years. She and Louie also liked to travel and visited many states on their adventures and would have liked to visit Alaska for a second time. Nellie enjoyed spending time with family and friends and will be deeply missed. One of the last things she said was "I lived a good life."
Nellie passed away August 24, 2015 at the St. Cloud Hospital at the age of 82. She is survived by her children, David (Lu) of Foreston, Kathy (Roxanne O'Brien) of Zimmerman, Linda VanHeel of Zimmerman, Nancy Millam of Foreston, Shirley (John) Watson of Pine River, Richard (Kaye) of Big Lake; grandchildren, Erica, Nick, Molly, Jason, Nathan, Christopher, Tina, Dustin, Sara, Jennifer, Shanna and Justin; 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Ardelle Palmquist, Marilyn Palmquist, Margaret Freese, Nancy Freese, Grace Mark, and brother-in-law, Edwin (Delores) Palmquist and by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Nellie was preceded in death by husband, Louie; grandson, Joshua Pearson; great- grandson, Tony Clinton; sister, Martha Schaefer and husband Clem; brothers, Melvin, Jim and wife Adeline, and Harvey Freese; brothers-in-law, Gene and Nels Palmquist and Dave Mark.

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John “Jack” W. Smith Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:24:17 +0000 John

John William "Jack" Smith was born August 4, 1925, at Presho, SD, to Perry William and Amanda (Sattler) Smith. He moved with his parents to the Hereford, SD, community in 1929 attending the Lodge and Doyle schools and the Hereford High School. He started farming on his own in 1949 and worked at the Homestake Mine in Lead that winter. In March of 1951, he entered the US Army, serving until March 1953, mostly in the state of Washington.
On June 1, 1957, he married Edna Haley. He continued farming and ranching but also
worked for Strong Construction, Hills Gas and Appliance, and Farmers Union Oil Co. of Union Center. In May 1962, he rented the Gardner farm in Kennebec where they lived until he began managing the Farmers Union Oil Co. of Union Center in October of 1963. In February 1973, he bought a herd of cattle and purchased a farm near Foreston, MN. Besides doing his own farming and ranching, he did lots of custom work and rented farm land until they sold the farm and moved into Milaca in October of 1993. From September of 1994 until April 2000, he worked in a factory at Princeton, MN, rebuilding starters.
He enjoyed farming for Diamond Ring Farms, Midland, SD, and for Gary Cammack of Cammack Ranch Supply after moving back to Union Center in May of 2000.
Jack loved the soil, animals (especially dogs, horses and cattle), his family, and the Lord Jesus Christ. He
accepted Jesus as his savior in 1967. He was best known for his friendliness, sense of humor, hard work, willingness to help anyone, and for being a wonderful husband and father. He was a church usher and greeter for many years and was known by many of the children as "Candy Man Jack" because he gave them candy after church.
Jack, 90, Sturgis, died Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Sturgis Regional Hospital.
Jack is survived by his wife, Edna, Sturgis; son, Marvin, Sturgis; daughters, Tammy (Dale) Langner, Holdingford, MN, and DeAnn (James) Brady, Pacific Grove, CA;
grandchildren, Brianna (Tommy) Thomalla and Jake Langner, MN, Trinity McCullers and Joshua Smith, NV, and Gypsy (Luke) Hauptman, AZ; great-grandchildren, NaShawn
McCullers, NV, and Nevaiah and Isaiah Geurts, AZ; great-great-grandson, Jayden;
brothers, Keith (Deloris) Smith, New Underwood, Perry (Carol) Smith, Faith, Robert Smith, Union Center, and Tom (Linda) Smith, New Underwood; sisters, Shirley (Wesley) Schuettpelz, Salem, OR, and Nylia (Harold) Severson, Rapid City; brothers-in-law, Richard Haley, Bud Evans, Lester Main, and Harold Delbridge. He leaves behind many many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Delbridge; several brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws; and several aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the air conditioning
fund at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Cleo “Faye” Maalis Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:27:40 +0000 Cleo

Visitation services for Cleo Maalis, age 86 of Milaca, formerly of Crosby, will be held Thursday, August 27th at the Milaca Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Private interment to follow the next day, August 28th in Crosby, Minnesota. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home – Milaca
Cleo Maalis was born July 17, 1929 in North Bend, Wisconsin to Carroll and Eunice Sims. She went to school in Melrose, Wisconsin where she was in band and various sports. She was working as a telephone operator near Fort McCoy when she met the love of her life, James Maalis. They were married shortly afterward and moved to Crosby, Minnesota where she had five sons. Cleo loved to travel, read and cook, and enjoyed her kids and grandkids. Her favorite pastime was watching her birds at the feeder. She was a very giving person, always willing to lend a hand. Cleo passed away Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her home in Milaca.
She is survived by her five sons Bruce, Brian, David (Denise), Lynn (Carrie) and Craig (Caryn) Maalis. She had eight grandchildren, Terryll Beniek, Justin Maalis, Chad Maalis, Michelle Maalis, Jacob Maalis, Kendra Maalis, Nicole Maalis and Erika Maalis. She also had nine great-grandchildren and most recently, her first great-great grandchild. She is also survived by her two brothers, Larry and Dale Sims and one sister, Joyce Sawyer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim; sisters, Doris Byom, Jean Pace and Nancy Stearns.

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Sharon Murphy Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:24:41 +0000 Sharon   Murphy

Sharon Louise Murphy, age 76, of Milaca, MN passed away Friday, August 14, 2015.
Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Thursday, August 20, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Milaca. Interment to follow at St. Lawrence Cemetery in Duelm. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca and 1 hour prior to service at church on Thursday.
Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home in Milaca
Sharon was born June 24, 1939 in St. Cloud, MN to Gotfred and Gladys (Halvorson) Stromberg. She graduated from Milaca High School in 1957. Sharon married Barton Swanson on September 24, 1959. To this union two children were born, Brenda and Laurie. She married Leo Murphy on February 12, 1989.
Sharon worked for the East Central Electric Association for 30 years, retiring in 1995. Upon retiring, Sharon and Leo enjoyed many years of spending winters in Arizona.
Sharon enjoyed baking, traveling, reading and playing dominoes. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, never missing her great-grandson's Monday night softball game. Sharon will forever be remembered for her generosity and commitment to caring for others.
Sharon is survived by daughters, Brenda (Jim) Olness of Apache Junction, AZ and Laurie (Jim) Corrigan of Foley, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jesse) Corrigan of Foley, MN; Ryan Olness of Apache Junction, AZ; Megan Olness of Apache Junction, AZ; Becky Corrigan of Foley, MN and Kelsey Corrigan of Foley, MN; great-grandchildren, Nathan Corrigan of Foley, MN and Brielle Corrigan of Foley, MN; longtime friends, Gail VanderPlaats of Milaca, MN and Cheryl Knapp of Milaca, MN and the family of Leo Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gotfred and Gladys; brother, Arden; infant great-granddaughter, Madison and her husband, Leo.

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Michael Shea Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:30:26 +0000 Michael   Shea

Michael Jon Shea, 61, was born May 26, 1954 to Joseph and Margaret (Egeland) Shea in Hibbing, Minnesota. He passed away peacefully at his home in Princeton on August 11, 2015, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with liver cancer.
Mike was the fifth child of fourteen. He attended school in Hibbing and Princeton, MN. In 1972 he entered the Army. Specializing in communications, he served in Germany, Korea and Army bases in the U.S. until he completed his tour in 1977. He married Audrey George and they had two sons, Tom and Neil. On February 4, 1984 he was united in marriage to his soul mate, Jody Anderson and he welcomed her son, Jeremy, into his life. During their 31 years together they enjoyed metal detecting, gardening, canning, scuba diving, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and much more.
Mike worked several years for the Bricklayers Union but was mainly self employed. As a master craftsman, stone mason and woodworker, his talent is evident from here to Washington state.
With a gift of wit and humor, Mike was quick to tell a story, a joke, or zing in one of his famous one liners. He always lived life on his own terms, but his gentle spirit and willingness to help others gave him the opportunity to talk about his strong faith, passionately sharing the word of God and promise of salvation.
Mike dearly loved his family and friends but the light of his life were his five grandchildren, Isaac, Ruby, Russell, Caden and Trevor.
Mike is survived by his wife Jody; sons, Tom (Trina), Neil (Amy) and Jeremy Anderson; his mother Margaret Shea; siblings, Peggy Sanborn, Pat (Rosanne), Monica (Mike) Clark, Kerry (Kevin) Homstad, Coco Bradley, Laurie (Mike) Danger, Tammy (Terry) Uhrich, Sally, Kelly (John) Schneider, Tom and Chris (Camille); and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Joseph Shea; and brothers, Kevin and Tony.
A memorial service will be held at New Life Church, Princeton, Saturday, August 22nd, at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will be held at Blue Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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