Ten Mile Lake Association
Obituaries 2004

Remembering our Ten Mile Lake Friends...2004

Earl Holle

Earl Holle, 85, of Hackensack, MN died Monday, December 27, 2004 in a residential hospice after a long illness with pulmonary fibrosis. He was surrounded by his family with whom he had shared a wonderful Christmas two days earlier.

Earl was born in Baldwin, WI on February 10, 1919. He grew up there on a farm, and graduated from Baldwin High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War !! From 1941 to 1945, in Australia and New Guinea in the 135th Medical Regiment. He married Natalie Newmann of Oakland, NE on June 20, 1948, after graduating from the University of Minnesota where he earned a degree in business administration. He retired with his wife to their remodeled cabin on the North Shore of Ten Mile Lake after 32 years as auditor for Aetna Life and Casualty in Minneapolis and Des Moines, IA.

His love of people served him well during his tenure as the manager of the all-volunteer Hackensack Countryside Coop where the coffeepot was always on, and the membership grew from 200 to more than 1,200. He was a member Union Congregational Church in Hackensack, and the New Brighton UCC Church, and was active in church programs and Bible studies all his life, He was well loved, and it is said the he never regarded anyone as a stranger. He loved life and people. One of his mottoes was "Life is short, so eat your dessert first." He enjoyed bird watching, cribbage, fishing, harvesting wild rice, collecting maple syrup, and cross-country skiing.

His informal title as the "Earl of Cribbage" was forever cemented when he was dealt the elusive "29 hand" during a game with his oldest son David, on September 17, 2004, at the Ten Mile Lake cabin.

Earl is survived by his wife Natalie; two sons, David (Karen) and Mark (Gayle); two daughters, Mary (Bruce) and Jane (Bob); and six grandchildren. A grave-side service was held on December 29 at the Baldwin Cemetery in Baldwin, WI. A memorial service was held on December 31 at 2 p.m. at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack. Memorials may be directed to Union Congregational Church Scholarship Fund or to Minnesota Hospice.

Information taken from the Walker Pilot-Independent, December 29, 2004.

Cecil Bair

Cecil Bair, 90, of Savoy, Iowa, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at home.

He was born July 29, 1914, in Shelby County, Iowa, to Fred W. and Anna Eversole Bair. He married Elizabeth Scott April 22, 1939, in Decatur, Iowa. He worked for Beatrice Foods (Meadow Gold Dairy) for 43 years in Decatur, Danville, Iowa, and Champaign, Ill. He was manager of the milk plant in Champaign until he retired in 1977. He was a member and an elder of First Presbyterian Church, Champaign; Kiwanis Club; several dairy associations; the Masonic Lodge and Shrine.

After he retired, his hobbies included woodworking, gardening, fishing and hunting. The Bairs spent six months of the year at Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, Minn.

He is survived by his wife; one son, David of Birmingham, Ala.; two daughters Nancy B. Wilson of LaCrosse, Wis., and Kathy Sparr of Arlington Heights, Ill.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers.

Graveside services were held Oct. 26 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Mt. Zion, Ill. Memorial services were held Oct. 27, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church, Champaign with the Rev. Diane Hatch officiating. Memorial contributions may be given to Union Congregational Church, Hackensack, or the Carle Hospice, 206 A. West Anthony Dr., Champaign, IL 61822.

Information taken from the Walker, MN Pilot-Independent, October 26, 2004.

Norma Catherine Mullendore

Norma Catherine Mullendore, age 87, formerly of Springfield, IL and Richland Center, WI, died Thursday, October 21, 2004, at her son's residence in Northville, MI. She was born October 12, 1917 in Richland County, the daughter of George B. "Tad" and Nellie May (McCauley) Spangler. She married Daniel Wertz Mullendore Sr. in 1942. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1985.

Norma lived on the south shore of Ten Mile Lake, and was an active member of Union Church in Hackensack, participating in the choir and hand bell choir. She was a supporter of Deep Portage and other volunteer services. After the death of her husband, Dan, she converted the small barn he built into a nest for her quilting and rug-making interests. She set up two looms for weaving rugs, and a quilting frame area for winter use. Her sons from time to time had to bully her to leave for short visits to Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois. Once, they even persuaded her to leave long enough to see China. She achieved her goal to live independently as long as possible until October of 2003. She was then assisted by her sons while attempting to regain her health to return to Ten Mile. She did return for July of 2004 to a fabulous reception by friends and neighbors. She returned to Michigan invigorated and pieced together 50 quilting squares, each consisting of 25 little squares, for a quilting project before her 87th birthday celebration. Norma never let any moss grow under her feet. Her funeral instructions: "Keep it short and snappy. It is to be a celebration."

Survivors include three sons: Daniel (Jill) Mullendore of Northville, MI, Michael (Suzan) Mullendore of Ellicott, MD, and Dr. Mark Mullendore of Springfield, IL; five grandchildren, and 5 siblings: Sylvena (Moise) Mitri of Deerborn Heights, MI, Arthur Spangler of Richland Center; Francis "Fuzz" (Lyla Mae) Spangler of Richland Center, John (Marilyn) Spangler of Milwaukee, and Rosemary (Dick) Bodin of Washburn, WI.

Funeral Services were held Monday, October 25, 2004 in Richland Center, with Pastor Michael Small of Hackensack officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Richland County. The Wednesday following the funeral in Wisconsin the family came to a Memorial Service at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Hackensack.

Information provided by Daniel Mullendore.

William Hugo Ripken

William Hugo Ripken died peacefully on October 16, 2004 at the age of 93. Bill was visitor to Ten Mile Lake since 1934 when he helped build the Benesh cabin on Plainview Beach. He and his wife Frances Benesh Ripken spent their honeymoon on Ten Mile and weeks every summer with their boys, Jim, Dick, and Steve, at the cabin.

Bill grew up in Northeast Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He worked for Fairmont Railway Motors from 1936 until retirement. He traveled to over 59 countries but often said his favorite place was up at Ten Mile.

In 1966, son Jim and his wife Pat built a cabin near Pinewood, and every year thorugh July 2004 Bill spent time there. He liked to fish but mostly just enjoyed being out on the lake. His love of the lake has been passed on to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Frances, and by his parents. He is survived by his sons Jim (Pat), Dick, Steve (Roxy); and grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Information provided by Jim and Pat Ripken.

S. Douglas Campbell

S. Douglas Campbell, age 85, of Omaha NE died on September 10, 2004. He was a summer resident of Ten Mile Lake for over 50 years. He grew to love the area at a young age, when he spent his summers in the Cass Lake area with his family.

Doug was born December 3, 1918, the son of Dr. Stuart A. and Glendoris Campbell. He graduated from Norfolk High School in Nebraska. After college he attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. When he finished his tour of duty with the army at the end of World War II, he returned to the States and completed an internship in general medicine at Boston City Hospital. It was here that he and his wife, Mary Virginia, met Dick and Marge Garbisch, who would introduce them to Ten Mile Lake. They first came to Ten Mile and rented at Woock's cottages, and after several years they purchased Cabin #4. They and their eight children enjoyed everything about lake living: fishing, sailing, and boating. The resided in Scottsbluff, NE where Doug practiced as a family physician for 40 years. After his retirement in June, 1988 Doug and Mary Virginia were able to spend 4 to 5 months each year at Ten Mile, the place he loved so much.

Dr. Campbell was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, his daughter Julie Ringle, and three granddaughters, Maggie, Molly, and Allison Ringle. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Virginia of Omaha, NE and children: Kathy and Paul Edelbrock, of Scottsfluff, NE; Anne and John Jones of Petaluma, CA; Susan and Steve Wilson of Austin, TX; Joan Campbell of Lincoln, NE; Dr. Douglas, Jr. and Laurie Campbell of Sonoma, CA; Dr Allan and Pam Campbell of Omaha, NE; and Ginny Herod of Farragot, TN. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

His children and their families continue to visit TML every summer and carry on Doug's love of lake living.

Information provided by Pam Campbell.

Karl N. Reuland

Karl N. Reuland passed away August 30, 2004, at the age of 81, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his long-time companion, Mary Ann Schmidt, by his wife of 40 years, Mary Margaret, and by his 50-year-old son, Benjamin. He is survived by a son, John Reuland, of Spokane, WA; daughter Karla Matweychek of Westland, MI and Martha Price of Fullerton, CA. He also had ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

During the last decade of his life, Karl was a summer resident of Ten Mile Lake. He was a huge fan of fishing, and even made his own fishing lures. He was an avid bridge player. He also enjoyed golfing, and lived on a golf course at his winter residence in Florida. He and Mary Ann enjoyed entertaining their Ten Mile Lake neighbors on their pontoon boat, and all the progressive potluck dinners and cocktail parties.

Karl will long be remembered for his great sens of humor, and for truly being a strong family patriarch.

Information provided by John Reuland and Jim Becher.

Samuel M. Fahr

Samuel Mehard Fahr, aged 85, of Iowa City, IA and Hackensack, MN, died on Saturday, August 28, 2004. He was born September 17, 1918 in San Antonio, TX, the son of George E. and Alice Pearson Fahr. He graduated from The Blake School in Minneapolis, Harvard College, and the Harvard School of Law. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific for four years as a sub-mariner. In October, 1941 he married Elizabeth "Betsy" Sheldon. They moved to Iowa City and the University of Iowa in 1948. He was Professor of Law at the University of Iowa until his retirement in 1988. He also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota, along with teaching in Peru, France, and England.

Sam first came to Ten Mile Lake in 1931 and had an abiding love for the Lake. For 73 years (although he was unable to be here during the War) he enjoyed telling stories; playing tennis; swimming, boating, and fishing on TML; and "maids night out" (eating out on Thursday evenings) with his sister and brother-in-law, Marnie and Roy Steyer, and Betsy's sister and brother-in-law, Eee and Norm Stone.

Sam's routine was morning tennis and talk (especially talk) at the Garbisch court, then afternoons teaching his four children to swim, row, fish, catch minnows, sail, run a five-horse power motor, paddle a canoe, and tip over a boat and live to see another day. Most of all, he taught respect for the clear water and beauty of Ten Mile Lake. His and Betsy's cabin on the South Shore became the meeting place of choice for his children and grandchildren, and every summer large groups would descend to celebrate summer and being together as a family. Ten Mile was a place of joy for Sam. He had numerous valued friends along the shore, friends who stood the test of time through Sam's death this summer. Despite health problems, Sam succeeded in spending three weeks in July at the cabin this summer, enjoying looking at the lake and spending time with old friends, children and grandchildren. His and Betsy's gift of the cabin to their children will enable the family to continue the tradition of good times and much joy on TML.

His family includes Betsy, his much-beloved wife of sixty-three years; his children, Sam, Nancy, Bebe, and Polly; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

(Information provided by Bebe Fahr Davis.)

Helen Kolderie

Helen Kolderie died of old age in her home in Charter House, Rochester MN, on August 10, 2004, five weeks short of her 101st birthday. Her husband, Ted, died there in 1997.

Helen grew up in Jackson MN, graduated from Carleton College in 1926, taught in Timber Lake, SD and in Hutchinson, MN; married in 1929 and settled in Omaha, NE where Ted was for years the representative of Josten's. She was active in AAUW and in YWCA, serving as president of the Omaha chapter. The Kolderies moved to Rochester in 1990.

Al Woock built the Kolderies a summer cabin on Batcheller's Bay on the northwest shore of the lake in the winter of 1939-40, and they spent three months there regularly until 1992, enjoying that close-knit group of families that had begun settling on the bay in the dry years of the 1930s.

Her children and grandchildren were at the lake with Helen and Ted almost every year. Her son, Ted, works in public affairs in Saint Paul. He and his wife, Midge, have a son, Alan, in Saint Paul and a son, Paul, in the Boston area. Helen's daughter, Kay White, lives in Portland ME. She has a daughter, Melinda, in Portland and a daughter, Alyssa, in Doylestown PA. Memorials may be sent to the Ten Mile Lake Association.

(Information provided by Ted Kolderie.)

Kathleen M. Bellman

Kathleen M. Bellman passed away peacefully on August 9, 2004, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. She was born March 11, 1924 in Ames, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1946.

Kay married Will Bellman in 1949 - they celebrated their 55th anniversary Aug. 22, 2004. She is survived by her husband Will, sister Charlotte Stafford, daughter Debbie, son Chris, grandchildren Ryan and Hana, nieces and nephews Bob & Cathy Iverson, Susan, Pam, Anne, Lisa, and Rick.

Kay enjoyed many summers at Ten Mile Lake with her parents Harriet & Vern Hein and her sister and brother-in-law Hetty Lou and Bob Iverson, first at Camp Iowa, and then at the Hein-Iverson cabin near Park Point.

Kay will always be remembered for her sweetness, kindness, patience, tenacity, humor, creativity, wit, warmth & generosity. She will be greatly missed by all.

Contributions may be made to Nation Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494 (800-327-4545, www.parkinson,org.

Patricia Larson

Patricia "Nani" Larson, 81, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004 at her home on Ten Mile Lake. She was born December 10, 1922 in Lincoln, NE to C. Petrus and Vera Peterson. She grew up in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Chicago. In January 1946 she married Robert J. "Deacon" Larson. They spent 26 years in Brazil, Peru, and Chile where they raised their family of four. They also lived in Dallas, TX before retiring to the shores of Ten Mile Lake.

Patricia was a teacher as well as a wonderful mother, hostess, and cook. She taught grade school and high school English and math, English as a Second Language, and Spanish to English speakers. But her most important lessons were taught outside the classroom. She instilled in her children an enduring love of learning and the arts. She was a valued mentor to colleagues and the many young people she welcomed into her home. Her example taught all who knew her to live life with joy, to be accepting of others, and to treat all people with respect and kindness.

Ten Mile Lake was a constant throughout her life. She was a summer resident there as a schoolgirl and college student. She spent her honeymoon at the Lake. There were return visits and family reunions during the many years she lived abroad. As a permanent resident in retirement, she loved the cycle of the seasons and the different activities the seasons bring. Gardening, wild rice harvesting, whitefish netting, skating and skiing, and maple syrup making were among her avocations. She was also active in numerous local organizations.

She is survived by three sons, Andrew, David, and Juan; one daughter, Barbara; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and by a multitude of friends or all ages.

A private ceremony was held by the family. Memorials may be made to the Walker Public Library or to Minnesota Public Radio.

(Information obtained from the Walker Pilot-Independent, Thursday, August 5, 2004.)

Judith L. Mason

Judith L. Mason was a bright and caring lawyer with a great sense of humor and a strong commitment to her family. She was born Judith Flahaven, on November 18, 1944 in Parkston. SD, the old of six children. A math major at South Dakota State University, she was a member of the debate team and graduated in three years. She worked for nine years as a computer programmer at Control Data, where she met her husband, Don Mason.

The couple had three children: Tom, Mike, and Katie. Judy was an outstanding wife and mother who put her family first. "She always had her priorities in the right place," says her husband, Don. Judy taught Great Books for three years as a volunteer in the Osseo school district, and faithfully attended her kids' school activities and sports meets.

While her children were still young, she attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating in 1982. Despite the rigors of law school, she always had time for her family. She was sole practitioner throughout most of her legal career in Brooklyn Center and Rogers. Judy practiced family law, criminal defense, and mediation. She shared an office with Bette Nelson and Charlotte Jensen, who remember her fondly.

Judy was quick to spot legal issues and enjoyed legal research. She worked hard on behalf of her clients and was tenacious when she thought something wasn't right. She frequently took on pro bono and reduced-rate work for clients. After Judy's funeral, Don received letters from former clients who recalled how much difference Judy had made in their lives. Both as an attorney and in her personal life, Judy was courteous and promoted civility and respect. Family Law practice can be contentious, but she was always respectful and never promoted a fight,

Judy passionately believed in mediation as a way to resolve conflicts. She was a volunteer mediator, board member, and president of the North Hennepin Mediation Program. She was chosen as Mediator of the Year in 2002. She also mediated family law cases in her family law practice. The words in the Bible, "Blessed are the peacemakers," apply to Judy.

Judy loved to exchange recipes with friends and to try the newest restaurants. She loved all things Irish, including her trips to the Emerald Isle. A voracious reader, she would finish three to five books a week. For the last 20 years, she enjoyed spending time with her family at their cabin on Ten Mile Lake.

Judy is survived by her husband, Don; children Tom, Mike (Deanna), and Katie; granddaughter Michaela; grandson Aidan, sisters Jean Loso and Patty Wilsey; brothers Jerry, Thomas, and Michael Flahaven; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

(This material was put together by Phil Carruthers, former Speaker of the Minnesota House Representatives, for a memorial hosted by the Minnesota State Bar Association for nineteen attorneys. It was provided to the Newsletter by Don Mason.)

Starla Margarita Medina Tonning

Starla Margarita Medina Tonning died in April, 2004, in an automobile accident. Her family sent the following letter describing their daughter, along with a generous contribution to the Ten Mile Lake Association.

   July 30, 2007
   Enclosed, please find a contribution from us to the Association, given in fond memory of our daughter, Starla Margarita Medina Tonning. Starla was a regular summertime visitor to Ten Mile -  in fact, we were notified that she would coming to live with us while we we visiting the lake back in July of 1980, shortly after her birth. Over the next 23 years, we visited almost every year for a week or two, making the 18 hour drive with her and her two brothers, Derick and Shane, as often as we could.
   Starla loved Ten Mile Lake. One of our favorite pictures of her was taken up under a boat lift cover at the Bechers' (her aunt and uncle) on the North Shore. She's grinning from ear to ear, showing the photographer a nest of swallows she found hidden in the corner of the boat lift framing. There are also pictures of her swimming in Ten Mile Lake, mugging for the camera at the Ten Mile Inn, posing on the dock, and hamming it up at picnics at the Schmidts'.
   All of these are treasured memories now. Starla was killed in an automobile accident in April of 2004, not far from our home in Mount Sterling, KY. She was only 23 years old, a nursing student at Lexington Community College, member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and an incredibly gifted artist. Her weeks at Ten Mile were among the happiest times of her life. The lake itself, and its exceptional and unique setting in the North Woods, were always equally matched during our visits by the warmth, hospitality, and friendliness of the Ten Mile Community. She knew she belonged there.
   So it is with our warmest regards that we offer this contribution, for use at the TMLA Board sees fit. Sending this gift provides us with some sense that the joy she found in the North Woods might be preserved and shared further with those of us who will remain here a little while longer, as well as with those who are yet to come.
Thank you for your consideration, and your work on behalf of the lake and its many, many friends.
   Barry and Kim Tonning

Kathryn Mary "Kay" Pauly

Kathryn Mary "Kay" Pauly, age 90, died in April, 2004. Kay was a longtime resident of Chanhassen and lifetime summer resident of Ten Mile Lake in Hackensack, MN. She had been a longtime active member of St. Hubert's Catholic Church in Chanhassen, and a lifetime member and past president of the Chanhassen American Legion Auxiliary. Kay had a great love for the piano, animals & birds, gardening, and fishing, and was a great cook.

Kay is survived by husband, Willard H. "Dutch" Pauly; children, Connie (David) Goetze of Baxter, Steven (Dorothy "Dolly") Pauly of Hackensack, Tom (Lynn) Pauly of Chanhassen, Mary (Duane) Goetze of Carver; 12 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, April 16, 2004 at St. Hubert Catholic Church, Chanhassen, with interment at St. Hubert Catholic Cemetery, Chanhassen. Memorials may be made to St. Hubert Catholic Church or Auburn Manor Care Center of Chaska.

Kay had been a summer resident of Ten Mile Lake since her parents, William and Chris Ivers, purchased the property jointly with William and Clara Lothimer in 1919. William Ivers was an employee of the M & St. L Railroad and Kay and her brother Tom, along with their mother, rode the train to Hackensack most summers. It has been told that they rowed a boat across Ten Mile to Lundstrom's Bay, where their cabin was located. Having no transportation of their own, they relied on the residents of the lake to assist them in getting groceries, ice, etc. They walked through the woods to get milk from cows raised by the Deer family. They also raised chickens and took care of a huge garden. Kay and Tom became avid swimmers and often swam across to the point we call Red Sand Point, with their mother following them in her row boat. At one point two cabins were built which they rented out for the season. This was a short term venture and the cabins have since been destroyed. Kay and Tom also became successful fishermen. A lot of their time was spent catching every kind of fish imaginable. Their mother knew the whereabouts of every fishing hole in Ten Mile, including the location of the sunken island.

Over the years these secrets were passed on to what is now the fifth generation.

Kay's father passed away in 1932 when Kay was 18 and after that time the property was not often used. In 1940 Kay married Willard (Dutch) Pauly. In the 40's Chris listed her portion of the property for sale but was unsuccessful in finding a buyer. During this period of time Kay, Dutch, and children spent some time at the cabin during the summers. Kay and Dutch made an offer to Grandma Ivers and became owners of the property. After long years of use the old cabin no longer met the needs of the growing family and multitude of friends that spent time there in the summer. In 1958 a new cabin was built with running water, a bathroom, and all the conveniences; it continues in use today. Five generations of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have all learned to swim, fish, and enjoy Ten Mile Lake. While Kay was in the nursing home during her last years she always had a smile on her face when looking at the picture of Ten Mile Lake, site of her most special memories. She has left a legacy of memories and experiences for which friends and family offer grateful thanks.

(Information was provided by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and by Kay's daughter, Connie Goetze.)

John Hillis Anderson

John Hillis Anderson, 74, of Hackensack, MN died Friday, March 19, 2004 at Woodrest Nursing Home in Walker, MN. John was born April 21, 1928 in Wenatchae, WA to Hillis and Mary (Battey) Anderson. Before he was one year old, his family relocated to Wells. MN where he graduated from high school. He worked with his father in the dairy business for several years, then went into flying, and attended flight school in Albert Lea, MN, Ardmore, OK, and Phoenix, AZ.

John married Lois Woock on September 18, 1955, in Hackensack. The couple made their home in Wells for several years before moving to Hackensack, where he was employed with his father-in-law in the family construction business. His greatest enjoyment in life was flying, and he started his own flying service, Anderson Aviation, out of the Longville Airport. Later he became a self-taught gunsmith and operated a fun sales and repair business until retirement. He also loved the outdoors and all types of hunting and fishing.

John is survived by his wife, Lois, of Hackensack; three children, Craig (Maxine) and Lynnette (Bill) Cook, both of Milford, IA, and Michael (Melissa) of Hackensack; six grandchildren; five great-grand-children; one brother, David (Shirley) of Sedona, AZ; one sister, Mary Lou Howland of Mayer, AZ; a brother-in-law, Burton Woock and aunt, Margery Woock, both of Hackensack; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson, and two nephews. A funeral service was held March 23 at Union Congregational Church in Hackensack, the Rev. Michael Small officiating. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association or the Union Congretation Church College Scholarship Fund.

(Information taken from the Walker Pilot-Independent, March 25, 2004.)

Frederick Norman Shrimpton

Frederick Norman Shrimpton, 80, of Hackensack, MN died Wednesday, March 17, 2004. He was born in Minneapolis on April 28, 1923 to Charles and Elizabeth Shrimpton. He served during World War II as a U.S. Navy meteorologist, from 1942 to 1946. He graduated from Brown Institute for radio and then from the University of Minnesota in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in speech and theater. He married Priscilla Indall on August 12, 1950 at Breckenridge Lutheran Church.

Fred started his radio career with station KROX in Crookston, MN. In 1956 he changed careers, splitting his time between being an assistant hospital administrator and legislative lobbyist for the University of Minnesota, Crookston. In 1960, the family moved to Benson, where he was the hospital administrator. He held the same position in Glencoe, Keokuk IA, and Park Rapids. He was a member and former president of the Minnesota Association of Hospital Administrators and the American College of Hospital Administrators.

In 1994, the couple retired to their cabin on Ten Mile Lake. A staunch supporter of the community, he was active in numerous service organizations. For many years, he belonged to Rotary, Toastmasters, National Exchange Club, Lions, and Kiwanis, often serving as an officer.

His faith in god was prevalent in all activities. At Hope Lutheran Church in Walker he served regularly as a lector and usher. A true harmonizer, he loved to sing and was a devoted member of his church choir and barbershoppers. He was involved in the community through volunteer work and supported multiple charities and the arts.

Fred was known as a true gentleman who cared for everyone around him, bringing a smile to all with his distinctive wit, humor, and story-telling.

Fred is survived by his wife, Priscilla; two daughters, Pamela Littlefield of Muskogee, OK and Suzanne (Randy) Skaare of Issaquah, WA; a son, Scott, of Grand Rapids, MN; seven grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins. The family expects to have a memorial service during the summer.

(Information from the Walker Pilot-Independent, April 1, 2004.)

Gerald G. Horn

Gerald G. Horn passed away from a sudden heart attack on February 24, 2004. "Jer" was born in Minneapolis, Mn. on August 15, 1940. He graduated from South High School in Minneapolis and went to work for Sears and Roebuck for almost 30 years before retiring in the fall of 1992.

He married Kim (Elraye) Anderson in 1960 and they spent 44 wonderful years together. They especially enjoyed their annual vacations together in Hawaii.

Jer started coming to Ten Mile when his grand-parents built their retirement home on Ten Mile in 1945. He loved the time he spent at Ten Mile with his family. He was an avid walleye fisherman and could regale you about how big that one was that got away. He also loved that "cow pasture" game called golf. He, his brothers, nephews and family friends had a lot of good times on the golf course. One of Jer's greatest joys was bringing his grandsons to Ten Mile to fish and camp out. Jer is survived by his wife Kim; a son, David (Sherry); two daughters Heidi and Sherri; and four grandsons, Zach, Blake, Logan, and Justin. He is also survived by three brothers, Dick, Bob and Art, Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ragnhild. Service was held at Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Minneapolis, Mn. on March 2, 2004. Internment was also at Lakewood Cemetery.

Jer was a giving person, who will be remembered for his love of humor and his big heart. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.

(Information provided by Gerald's brother, Robert Horn.)

Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson passed away on February 12, 2004, at the age of 93. Her daughter, Ann Lee Zalk, says of her, "Her laugh would dance across the waves and to the ears of sleeping children. The merry voice is silenced, but memories of Helen Anderson remain."

Helen, the wife of Dr. David Anderson, lived for over 50 summers in the pine grove on the southeast shore of Ten Mile Lake. Johnson, Lane, Crabb, Garbisch, Richardson, and Anderson children all learned to water ski thanks to Helen's efforts. She provided an endless supply of watermelon on warm days and popcorn on rainy ones. Loons, woodpeckers, and bald eagles were a source of joy to her in her later years.

Her children, Ann-Lee (Bob) Zalk and Jane Greco will continue to marvel at the sunrises and sunsets and will share their beauty with Helen's grandchildren: Jessica Greco and Jordan, Amy (Matthew) Larson and Nathan, Dmika (Billy) Park, and Jenna (Peter) Berendzen.

The family thanks the families of Blueberry Beach as well as assorted Brandts and Siqvelands for over a half-century of joy on these shores.

(Information from Ann-Lee Zalk.)

Bonnie Mae Thorson

Bonnie Mae (Brown) Thorson, longtime resident of Blaine, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, January 5, 2004 while on vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Bonnie Mae was born in Ellsworth, WI; she wll be rememered as Bonnie Mae of Ten Mile Lake, MN.

She was a member of St. Timothy's Church, where she taught religion classes for years, was active in Boy and Girl Scouting, and was a charter member of Spring Lake Park Lioness Club. She loved to garden, cook, and write poetry.

Bonnie Mae was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan; parents Sidney and Sadie Brown; and siblings Beulah (Boots) Haugen, Phyllis Becker, and Bernard (Bud) Brown. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Howard Thorson; her children Jeffery (Denise) Thorson of Coon Rapids, Jay (Deb) Thorson of Ham Lake, Ted (Beth) Thorson of Dayton, MN, Holly (William) Anderson of Wichita, KS, Amy (Mark) Olson of Wyoming, MN, Toni (Louis) Lahr of East Bethel; 17 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

(Information provided by Howard Thorson.)

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