Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2002
Irene Petersen, 70, of Hackensack, Minn., died Tuesday, December 31, 2002, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd. She was born Aug. 4, 1932, in Hankinson, N.D., to Albert and Olga Marie Bellin.
She is survived by her husband Jerre; one son, Jerre Jr. of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Heidi of Long Beach, Calif.; two brothers, Donald of Minneapolis and Kenneth of Arizona; three sisters, Mae Hendricks of Lidgerwood, N.D., Esther Warner of Wahpeton, N.D., and Edith Pankow of Hankinson, N.D.; and one granddaughter, Cherie Elizabeth Petersen. She was preceded in death by her parents and one granddaughter, Audrey Brianne Petersen.
A family friend, Mark Putney, said that Irene was "a dear friend and neighbor. Her enthusiasm, zest for life, and love of her family and friends inspired everyone who was privileged to know her." Memorials may be sent to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in memory of Irene and her granddaughter Audrey.
Services were held January 4, 2003 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hackensack, with Pastor Thea Munson officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
(From the Walker Pilot-Independent, January 9, 2003.)
Archer Crandall passed away on November 3, 2002 at the Episcopal Church Home in St. Paul, at the age of 96. The Crandall family has been coming to Boone Point on the Northeast Shore of Ten Mile Lake since 1954. Prior to that Arch and his family would vacation at Rasmussen's North Shore Beach Resort.
Ten Mile Lake would surely be at the top of the list of the places Arch treasured. He was a regular on the front yard swing up until this past summer. He loved to tell stories of the good old days: visiting Albert Thomas; boating across the Lake to Mrs. Horn's for corn; trips to the Ten Mile Lake Store for ice cream; stopping at Cap Clines for a block of ice on Friday night; movies at the drive-in theater (does anyone remember the "blaster system" drive-in at Hackensack?); walks in the woods with his wife Carolyn to pick berries for jam and pies.
Arch is survived by his son Edward, daughters Carolyn Bremner (Russell) and Sara Wenda (Ronald) as well as seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His love and respect for Ten Mile Lake will carry on for many generations to come. A small portion of his ashes will be scattered at the family property this coming summer season.
(Information provided by Ed Crandall.)
Lewis Shelton, 88, of Springfield, IL died October 21, 2002. He was born April 25, 1914 in Chariton, Iowa, the son of Corwin R. and Mary E. Lewis Shelton. In 1940 he married Lucile Dillman in Chariton.
Mr. Shelton was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He graduated from Northwestern University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He worked at the Iowa state Liquor Commission and later owned Shelton Distributing Company. He retired in 1971. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Springfield Consistory, Capitol City Shrine Club and Blue Lodge 63 AF&AM in Chariton, Iowa. He was a life member of Elks Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile; three sons: Robert (Mariann) of Effingham, Iowa, L. Steven (Diane) of Minneapolis, and Philip D. (Diane) of Yardley, PA; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Fred (Hildur) of Minneapolis.
Lewis first came to Ten Mile Lake in 1930.In 1931, Lewis' father, C.R. Shelton built a cabin on property originally purchased by William Eikenberry, also of Chariton, Iowa. That area is now known as Chariton Beach. Except for the World War II years, Lewis spent part of every summer at Ten Mile for the next 70 years. He enjoyed sailing, Bridge and the Men's Coffee. Lewis and Lucile attended Walker Community Church. He was known for his wonderful story-telling and his cheerful, friendly personality. The original cabin is now owned by Lewis's nephew, Blake Shelton; Ten Mile Lake has been the scene of many Shelton family reunions and gatherings.
(Information provided by Cheris Garrison.)
George C. Brandt, long-time owner of Brandt's Island, died on Wednesday, September 4, 2002 at his home in Minneapolis. George was born October 19, 1919 in Rochester, MN, to George and Gertrude Brandt and lived for many years in the St. Anthony Park area of St. Paul, MN. He was a graduate of Central High School in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota, where he was captain of the swim team, a member of Beta Theta Pi, and later, president of the M Club. In World War II, he was a naval aviator and flight instructor.
For forty years, he worked with his family company, George C. Brandt, Inc., a supplier to manufacturers of paints and related materials. He was a former president of the St. Paul Rotary Club and a long-time member of the Town and Country Club. An enthusiastic skier of some of the world's great slopes, George skied well into his 70's. He was devoted to conservation and ecology and to his Norwegian heritage.
George first came to Ten Mile Lake with his parents in 1926 as guests of the Siqveland family. George remembered, at age seven, sleeping in a pup tent with his aunt, when a dog that had just come from an encounter with a skunk joined them in the tent. Before the end of 1926 the family purchased a cabin on Shady Shores where the five Brandt children spent their summers until they graduated from high school. One day in 1932 when drilling for a well, the family discovered clay, whereupon Edna Moore, George's aunt and owner of the neighboring cabin, said, "Now we can build a tennis court." With help from Al Woock, the family built the first tennis court on TML.
The children all spent a lot of time in and around the water and the three older boys, including George, were all competitive swimmers in high school and college. In 1935 George Sr. bought an X-Boat, remembered by George as one of the few new items acquired by his family. Later, in 1938, his family bought one of the first C-Boats on TML.
George graduated from high school in 1937 and then worked summers at the Minnesota State fairgrounds to earn money for college. In 1940, while on summer break from college, he, like some of his brothers, sister, son, and nephews, was a counselor at Hillaway Girl's Camp at TML. He graduated from the U of M in 1942 with a degree in chemical engineering. After briefly working at a defense-related chemical plant in Detroit, he joined the Navy Air Corps where he became a pilot and instructor in naval combat flying in Pensacola, FL.
In 1945 he married Joan Collins, whom he had met earlier at the plant in Detroit. They soon returned to Ten Mile Lake where they rented a cabin. In 1950-51, George purchased the island. The Brandts built their cabin that winter, again with the help of Al Woock. George and Joan's five children grew up summering on the island and this summer, George celebrated his 50th year in his beloved lake home.
George cared deeply for the island and the lake. Shortly before his death he wrote a history of the island. (Click here.) He worked for many years to limit over-development of CSAH #71, and recently, to get attention paid to the water level in the lake. He was actively involved in the development of Deep Portage Conservation Preserve.
George is survived by children Rick (Pam), Marty (Diane), Christie (Norm), Jon and Rebecca (Annie), brother Dave (Evie) and sister Molly; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given to Ten Mile Lake Association, Inc. or Deep Portage Conservation Reserve, 2197 Nature Center Drive NW, Hackensack, MN 56452.
James J. "Jimmy" Kuehl, age 63, of Lamberton, MN, died Sunday, October 13, 2002, at Springfield Medical Center in Springfield, MN. He was formerly a resident of the South Shore of Ten Mile Lake.
Jim was born March 10, 1939, the son of Theodore (T.E.) And Gertrude (Anthonisen) Kuehl. He graduated from Lamberton High School in 1957 and attended the Minnesota School of Business. He worked at the Farmers and Merchants State Bank in Lamberton from 1958 to 1973, with time out to serve in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1954 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He owned and operated Kuehl's Clothing and Dry Cleaning for 15 years; then he became an over-the-road truck driver until December 2001, when he was diagnosed with cancer.
Jim married Judith Luttman on April 26, 1959 at Sharon Lutheran Church in Lamberton. Jim was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lamberton and the Andrew Peterson American Legion Post #41. He was a former 20-year member of the Lamberton Fire Department, the Masons, and the Shrine.
He enjoyed visiting with everyone he met, fishing, hunting, and driving his semi. He especially enjoyed his four grandchildren.
Jim is survived by his wife, Judith, of Lamberton; two sons, Jeff (Nichole) of Lady Smith, WI, and Johathan, of Owatonna; four grandchildren; brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
(Information was provided by Ann Lee Zalk.)
Richard W. Carson, age 63, son-in-law of Josephine Major, passed away suddenly October 8, 2002 in Kettering, OH. He was preceded in death by his mother, Beth Lacy Carson. He is survived by his father, Gordon; his wife, Pat; his daughter, Mary Beth Schell; and two sons, Douglass (Katrina) and Joseph (Kandice) Carson. He is also survived by five grandchildren, and by three sisters, Emily Duggus, Alice Allman, and Jeanne Gable.
Richard was an active member of St. Francis and St. George Episcopal Churches, and was an Ombudsman Specialist for the Joint Office of Citizen Complaint.
A memorial service was held October 13, 2003 at St. George Episcopal Church in Dayton, Ohio, the Rev. Carol Hull officiating.
(Information provided by Katrina Carson.)
Frieda R. Zobel, age 85, of Ida Grove, Iowa, died Friday, August 9, 2002, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Frieda Rosa Zobel was born on October 9, 1916 in Lindsay, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Fredrich August and Caroline (Wagner) Reuscher. She was baptized on December 10, 1916, and confirmed in her Christian faith in April, 1931 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hooper, NE. She graduated from Hooper High School.
In the spring of 1917, Frieda moved with her family to Earhart, in Otter Tail County, MN where her father farmed. In January of 1920, she suffered the loss of her mother at the Perham, MN hospital during the birth of Frieda=s younger sister. Following this tragedy, the family returned to Hooper, NE for care in the Wagner home, as August Reuscher, from Germany, was the sole member of his family in the United States.
Frieda worked as a hired helper in various homes until she was able to enroll in the Lincoln School of Commerce to study bookkeeping and stenography. She then worked successfully for a number of companies and for 45 years in the family business, United Builders, Inc. in Ida Grove, acting as board member, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Frieda married Milton M. Zobel on May 20, 1947 in Ponca, NE; she had one daughter, Carol. She was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove, acted as secretary for the original hospital reorganization, was a member of the Horn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and also served as a member of the Horn Hospital Board of Directors for six years. She had enjoyed coming to the TML area for more than 45 years, and had a home on the lake since 1963.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and a "sister-cousin" with whom she was raised, Evelyn Stover. Her survivors include her husband, Milton; her daughter. Carol Hanson of Cedar Falls and Carol's ex-husband, Philip Hanson, of Waverly; six grandchildren; three sisters: Irma Peters (William) of Lincoln, NE, Elsie Johnson of Salen, OR, and Emma Nelson (Calvin) of Omaha, NE; a "sister-cousin" with whom she was raised, Irene Goree of Fremont, NE; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
(Information provided by Joanna Hanson, granddaughter, and Milton Zobel.)
Harold James Sandvig, known as Hank (after his father, Henry, known as "Big Hank"), died Thursday, August 1, 2002 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids, MN. at the age of 75. He was born June 6, 1927 in Bismark, ND to Henry and Ruth Sandvig - the only son of the only son of a Norwegian immigrant farmhand who came to North Dakota through Ellis Island late in the 19th century. He grew up in Albert Lea, where he attended high school. In 1945 he went to sea for two years with the Merchant Marine; after his hitch he returned to Minnesota and his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Pickell, whom he later married. He attended college at North Dakota State University and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in chemical engineering.
He spent his next 41 years employed by Cargill, Inc., for whom he built a number of bean processing plants on three continents. The family spent a total of eight years overseas, in Spain, Holland, France, and Brazil.
His son said of him, "He was a member of what Tom Brokaw called the Greatest Generation: men and women whose hard work, dedication and faith saved the world from tyranny and created the incredible prosperity our great country continues to enjoy."
Hank's family remembers him as a great teller of stories, an unself-conscious entertainer, a total participant in whatever game was being played. He gave his girlfriend seventeen roses on her seventeenth birthday, and also on her seventieth birthday - saying he couldn't afford seventy roses! The family picture gallery shows Hank repeatedly and happily playing the clown in whatever costume was appropriate for the scene. To look at these pictures is to wish one had had the opportunity to know him better.
His son also said, "My dad was known by many names, his friends called him Hank, his parent's friends called him Little Hank. He was Harold to his mother, and to Betty Lu, he was Hanky Panky. His pals nicknamed him Heebs, for he had evidently contracted the heeby-jeebies at some early age. He was the Jefe in Spain, and The Superintendent in the plant. Most importantly, though, he was beloved husband, dad, grampa, and friend."
The Sandvigs first came to the Hackensack area in 1987, when they stayed at a resort on Leech Lake. They were friends of Fred Brosius, and soon bought a place on Ten Mile Lake. Hank served for ten years on the TMLA Board of Directors, and helped with the secchi disk testing for water clarity. He played golf, fished, and, says his wife, loved to putter.
Hank was diagnosed with lymphoma two years before he died; he underwent chemotherapy, and maintained his zest for life. His great sorrow was to miss the wedding of his first granddaughter earlier this summer, but the wedding party came to see him instead, visiting him at the hospital in Park Rapids. Cargill sent a busload of employees to attend his funeral service at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack, on August 7, 2002.
Hank is survived by his wife Betty; two sons, Mark (Lori) of Edina, and Todd of Toledo, Ohio; one daughter, Jane (Greg) Goven of Eden Prairie, MN; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota, 5217 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55416.
Clyde S. Thomas, a long-time Ten Miler, died on Monday, June 17th, 2002. He and his wife, Louise Luce Thomas, honeymooned on the lake in the 1920's at a cottage owned by Louise's cousin, Emily Johnston.
They visited the lake regularly, and eventually inherited the cottage in 1968. The Thomas family enjoyed Ten Mile Lake for 25 years before selling to Randy and Patty Olson.
Clyde owned and operated the Our Own Hardware store in Sauk Center, MN. He and Louise moved to Friendship Village of Bloomington in 1980. Louise died in 1985. Clyde is survived by his son, Arthur Thomas of Kansas; his daughter, Margaret Human of Maryland; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He is remembered for his quick wit, his sunny disposition, his inquisitive mind, and his beautiful woodcarvings, and will be missed by his many Ten Mile Lake friends, including Ann-Lee (Anderson) Zalk and Helen Anderson.
(Information provided by Ann-Lee Zalk.)
Glenn Robert Aagaard, 76, of Audubon, Iowa and formerly of Hackensack, MN, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Friendship Home in Audubon. He was born August 20, 1925 in Hamlin, Iowa to Hans and Enger Mortensen Aagaard. He was baptized and confirmed at the Hamlin Lutheran Church, attended school in Atlantic and Hamlin, Iowa, then graduated from Audubon High School in 1943. He enlisted in U.S. Air Force and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and returned to Audubon, where he went into the construction business with his father.
He married Dolores Potter on August 29, 1947 at the Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs. They lived in Audubon where he owned and operated Aagaard Construction. He built homes and businesses in Audubon, Atlantic, Ames, and Lincoln, NE until he retired in 1985. They lived in Audubon until 1990, when they moved to TML, where they had vacationed since 1958. He loved to fish and play golf, and enjoyed the outdoors. In January 1999 they returned to Audubon, and Glenn, suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, moved to the Friendship Home in February.
Glenn was an active member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon, and also was a member of the Jaycees, Dale Christensen VFW Post 4119, Audubon American Legion Post 120, and Lions' Club. He is survived by his wife, Dee, of Audubon; three sons, Jeff (Cathy) of West Des Moines, John (Faith) of Wheaton, IL, and Jim (Pam) of Edina, MN; one daughter, Julie (Jim) Holte of Coralville, IA; one brother, Robert (Ardyce) of Tavares, FL; two sisters, Bertha Bradbury of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, and Mary Ann Nelson of St. Cloud; special cousin Maxine (Richard) Nelson of Audubon, 15 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and other relatives.
Funeral services were held June 10 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon with Pastor Walter J. Kukkonen officiating. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon.
(Information from the Walker Pilot Independent, June 13,
Marnie Fahr Steyer, 78, died May 21, 2002 in her home in New York City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray. She is survived by her sons, Hume, Jim, and Tom, her brother Sam, and nine grandchildren. Marnie graduated from Wells College, and worked for a time as assistant to the editor of Harper's Magazine and in television. After her marriage to Ray Steyer and the raising of her three sons, she attended the Bank Street School of Education in NY and taught remedial reading at Herron High School in Harlem for 15 years.
In memoriam, her brother Sam Fahr writes:
"In New York City, after her marriage to Ray Steyer, Marnie for a time devoted her love and boundless energy to Ray and her three sons. Later she was able to concentrate her efforts on the poor and dispossessed of Harlem, and on choral music. For a long time she taught remedial reading in Harlem at Herron High, which she called 'Heroin High.' Later she was a Prison Visitor at Riker's Island. She explained this added burden by saying that in that way she could keep in touch with her former pupils. Tirelessly active, she sponsored and raised funds to support theatrical, dance and musical groups among the young people of Harlem.
"Loving all kinds of music, she was especially active in choral music, singing at home and abroad in the New York Choral Society and the Canterbury Choral Society. At her funeral these two ensembles sang a glorious 'In Paradisum' from Fauré's Requiem.
"But through all these demanding years, a part of her heart was always at Ten Mile Lake. In 1931, when she was seven, she and her family first saw TML; in a sense, she never left it. Seventy years ago, things here were comparatively primitive. There was no electricity, nor running water. Kerosene lamps furnished uncertain light; wood first served for cooking and heating. People who wanted to travel on the lake often had to row or paddle. Outboard motors were scarce, small, and cranky. Families rowed to picnics on the Hillaway Sand Beach. Many families came en masse (except for fathers) in June and left just before school began in September. Consequently children got to know each other very well all up and down the south and lower southern shores. Young people made up their own games mostly in or near the lake. Card games filled evenings and rainy days. In this period, Marnie formed enduring friendships with, among others, Molly Brandt Bliska, Beth Carlson, Jean Stange, Katy Benbrook, and Judy Bryngelson.
"Though she lived in New York after the War, Marnie resisted the charms of Nantucket (preferred by her husband, where they usually rented for a period each summer) and came as usual to Ten Mile Lake. Eventually, she bought her place at Hillaway. Though she was not happy at all the changes in the Ten Mile Lake area, her love for the lake never faltered. She kept her small boat (once, Beth Carlson's) and swam every day. She regretted the coming of indoor bathrooms. Last year, though ill and frail, she continued to walk, swim, and fish. Only days before her death, in her New York home, she heard some complaints about our getting to the Lake later than usual. 'Lucky you,' she said. We knew what she meant."
Her friend Molly Bliska remembers Marnie as a young girl: " Marnie and I were summer playmates on the south shore of Ten mile in the late 1930's. I was 10 years old and and Marnie 13 when we were old enough to have exciting and wonderful adventures on our own. One, that Marnie loved to tell about, involved an overnight on my family's X-boat, the Molly B. Frequently we would sleep on the boat overnight, tied to a buoy in front of the cabin. However, one night we decided to be very brave and move the boat a short distance and drop anchor for the night. Imagine our fright and surprise when we awoke to find ourselves clear across the lake by the island! There was no wind, and it was a long paddle home! Marnie loved Ten Mile, and I will miss her company in the coming years, though I know her spirit is all around."
Marnie's funeral service, attended by hundreds of people whose lives she had touched, was held Wednesday, May 29th at Saint Bartholomew's Church, NYC. Memorials may be addressed to the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, N.Y., NY 10030.
(Information provided by Sam Fahr and Molly Bliska.)
Dick Fryer, 72, of Shorewood, Minnesota died February 22, 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri from the sudden onset of viral encephalitis. Dick and his wife were on their way to Florida, where they spent the winter months, when Dick became ill. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn; 2 daughters, Cindy Feldmeier(Steve Schmirler)and Sue Wanous (Michael); and 5 grandchildren, Meghan and William Feldmeier, and Kristina, Kimberly and Steven Wanous. Also, by his special pal, the little white bishon dog, "Mitzi".
Born February 8, 1930 in Rochester, MN Dick spent childhood vacations in the Hackensack area, visiting TML resorts. As a young father, he returned here to vacation with his family. When he and Marilyn decided to build a family cabin, TML was Dick's first choice. He spent many happy hours at the Lake, building the cabin with his brother Bob Fryer, fishing, boating, watching his grandchildren play in the water and watching the wildlife and birds.
Dick spent 4 years in the Navy during the Korean conflict as a electronic technician. After obtaining his Electrical Engineering degree from University of Illinois in 1957 he went to work for Honeywell for 34 years. Dick received 4 patents for his work at Honeywell and participated in the development of a special memory cabable of fulfilling the computer memory needs of the first vehicle to land on Mars (the Viking Lander). Known as "Opa" to his grandchildren, Dick was also an accomplished woodworker and made each of his grandchildren a hope chest. Dick had just completed a history of the Fryer/Snow families from 1500-present which he distributed prior to Christmas 2001.
Funeral Mass was held at The Church of St Therese in Deephaven, Minnesota where Dick and Marilyn had been members for over 40 yrs. Dick built the benches in the cry room of this church. "Opa" is loved and missed by his family. He would have loved to watch the bald eagles which are flying directly over the cabin this year!
(Information provided by Cindy Fryer Feldmeier.)