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Gary Lawson

Jun 30, 1949 - Oct 15, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

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Dale H. Kessler

Jan 10, 1934 - Jan 16, 2024

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Coleraine, MN

Dale H. Kessler, 90, of Grand Rapids, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in Home and Comfort in Coleraine. Born on January 10, 1934 in Evergreen Township, MN he was the son of August and Mary (Mattfield) Kessler. He was united in marriage to Ardes Tessman on June 17, 1953, and they then made their home in the Grand Rapids area after Dale got a job in the mines. He worked as a mechanic in various mines throughout the range, retiring from National Steel in Keewatin with over 40 years in the mining industry. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Bovey where he was a Elder and on different church boards. He loved working on cars and lawn mowers, he was the family mechanic. He also enjoyed cutting wood, plowing gardens with his farmall tractor, and tinkering in the garage. Survivors include his wife Ardes, his children; Susan (Bart) Murphy Wulff, Carla Aimonetti, David (Denise) Kessler and daughter-in-law, Sue Kessler. 9 Grandchildren; Angie (Bryce) Beckel, Aaron (Lenae) Aimonetti, Rhea (Aaron) Mikulich, Andrew Murphy, Katie (Andy) Sertich, Ryan (Laura) Murphy, Dan (Leah) Kessler, Leo Kessler and Emily (Tyler) Peterson and 12 Great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dan Kessler, and a son-in-law; John Murphy, and siblings; Archie Kessler, Emil Kessler, Esther Mueller, George Kessler, Dorothy Erickson and Alice Anderson. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until the 1:00 PM Funeral Service on Saturday, January 20, 2024 in the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Bovey. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery in Coleraine. To to the family, please

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Faith Ann

Mar 30, 1980 - Jan 08, 2024

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Coleraine, MN

Our beloved Faith Ann transitioned to the spirit world peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024. She was born on March 30,1980 in Grand Rapids, MN to Kayls Lawson and Michael (Nibs) Bellefy. Her battle with cancer over the past 2 1/2 years showed her tremendous courage and fighting spirit. Her love for others, her beautiful smile and optimism got her family and friends through the most difficult of days. As a child, Faith saw beauty and purpose in everything. She was a true artist and collector. She not only collected tangible colorful items, but also a kaleidoscope of friends. She was a radiant light that drew people to her. Accepting, humble, non-judgmental, fun, loving, wild, energetic, radiant, unique, eclectic, empathetic, creative, and beautiful are all words her friends use to describe her. Faith’s creativity continued during her career life in Fargo, ND at Macy’s and Herberger’s as a make-up artist. She attended Josef’s School of Hair and Design, where she received her license as a cosmetologist. She shared her talents of hair and beauty at the Ulta Salon and in her home. Bartending came later at the Empire in downtown Fargo, where her love of others shined brightly. Faith was preceded in death by her father, Michael (Nibs) Bellefy; uncle, Ron Bellefy; grandmother, Mary Jane Lawson - Spooner; and grandfathers, Wally Bellefy, Robert (Beefy) Lawson, and William Spooner. Survived by the loves of her life, Marty Juarez; daughters, Millie and Chloe; son, Jayden; her mother, Kayls; dad, Jim; brothers, Baird, and his children, Veda and Rowan, Jacob and Nicole, and their children, Mila, Ezekiah, and Elio; grandmothers, Steph Juarez and Nora Bellefy; her puppy, Mr. Bellefy; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. A celebration of Faith’s Life will be held in the Barn in the Woods, 26251 Co. Rd. 478 Bovey, MN on Saturday January 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon. To to the family, please

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Rex M. Kastner

Apr 16, 1956 - Dec 23, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Rex M. Kastner, 67, formerly of rural Bovey, died Saturday, December 23, 2023, in Northwood Villa Assisted Living, Coleraine, surrounded by his family. Born April 16, 1956, in St. Paul, MN, he was the son of Robert and Carolyn (Hawkes) Kastner. Rex was a 1974 graduate of Grand Rapids High School, attended Itasca Community College, and graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in 1988. Rex and Melanie Orhn were married on September 19, 1998, at the Joyce Estate in rural Bovey. His parents, Robert and Carolyn Kastner preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Melanie; children, Ashley (Alan Kemmer) Kastner and Zach (Sarah) Still; grandsons, Colton Kastner, Oslo, and Aero Still; and a sister, Kristine (Ed) Hedstrom. Visitation will be 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Thursday, December 28, 2023, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine, and will continue from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service on Friday, December 29, 2023, in the Deer River Bible Church, 34471 Highway 6, Deer River. Interment will be in the Trout Lake Lakeside Cemetery. To to the family, please

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Nita Rollins

May 04, 1940 - Nov 27, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Nita M. Rollins, 83, longtime Marble resident, died Monday, November 27, 2023, in Garden Court Chateau, Grand Rapids. Born May 4, 1940, in Wheaton, MN, she was the daughter of Traverse W. and Algy K. (Larson) Finke. A resident of Itasca County since the age of four, Nita was a 1958 graduate of Greenway High School and had lived most of her life in Marble following her marriage to Duane "Dude" Rollins on September 27, 1958. She had been a ward secretary for the Itasca Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1994 with 27 years of service. Nita was very active in the Bovey Women of the Moose having served as secretary, deputy grand regent, was in the college of regents, and was instrumental in starting the Minnesota State Women of the Moose bowling tournament. Her parents, Traverse and Algy Finke; her Husband, Duane "Dude;" Rollins; and a brother, Robert Finke preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Todd (Julie) Rollins, Dale (Sally) Rollins, David (Janet) Rollins, Dawn Berg, and Darwin (Lisa) Rollins; grandchildren, Chris, Jeannine, Mitch, Andraya, Duane, Dustin, Kayla, Joshua, Tyler, Nick, Rob, Katie, Racine, Justin, Jack, and Brittany; 17 great grandchildren; siblings, Diane (Jack) Aimonetti, Lee Finke, Sandra (Jeff) Tabaka, Larry Finke, Deborah Erven, Karen (Herm) Newton, Darus (Karen) Finke, Mark (Kris) Finke, and Wade Finke. Visitation will be 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service on Saturday, December 2, 2023, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. To to the family, please

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Donald Roberts

Feb 08, 1960 - Nov 17, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Donald P. Roberts, 63, Coleraine, died Friday, November 17, 2023, in his home. Born February 8, 1960 in Grand Rapids, he was the son of Donald D. and Jeanne (Anderson) Roberts. Don attended Greenway schools and with the exception of 15 years in Salt Lake City, UT, he lived most of his life in Itasca County. He had been a construction laborer and a member of the Laborers Union #1097. Don and Bobby Rudnick were married on July 4, 2022, in Itasca County. Donnie loved spending as much time as possible at the Little Winnie Resort. Survivors include his wife, Bobby; children, Neal (Sarah) Roberts, Donald J. (Anna) Roberts, Christopher (Kelly) Rychart, Kendra Predovich, Dustin Witkofsky, Angel Roberts, and Garbriel (Amy) Olson; 18 grandchildren; his mother, Jeanne; his father, Donald "Butta"; and siblings, Mickey Roberts, Ginner Roberts, and Dida (Pat) Foster; and his dog, Winnie Maybelle. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 25, 2023, in the Peterson Funeral Chapel of Coleraine. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To to the family, please

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Geraldine Sutherland

Nov 19, 1924 - Oct 29, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Geraldine "Jerry" M. Sutherland, 98, formerly of rural Bovey, died Sunday, October 29, 2023, in Home and Comfort in Coleraine. Born November 19, 1924, in Hoven, SD, she was the daughter of Joseph and Philomena (Gross) Minnerath. Jerry was a resident of South Dakota until moving to Minnesota in 1956. Jerry and Mearl Sutherland were married on February 3, 1943, in Hoven, SD. She had been a Seamstress for many years and worked at Walmart for over 20 years until retiring at the age of 88. Jerry was a member of the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine and it's C. C. W. Her parents, Joseph and Philomena Minnerath; her husband, Mearl; a grandson, Chad Parks; one brother, and four sisters preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Chuck (Barbara) Sutherland, Ronald (Betty) Sutherland, Peggy (Lester) Parks, Daniel (Gail) Sutherland, Larry (Lisa) Sutherland, Betty (Aron Smestad) Moran, Teri (Mike) Dubovich, and Joe Sutherland; 49 grandchildren; and 122 great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Visitation will be 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 3, 2023 in the Mary Immaculate Catholic Church of Coleraine. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To to the family, please

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Wendla Shevich

Sep 03, 1946 - Oct 23, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Wendla "Wendy" J. Shevich, 77, Calumet, died Monday, October 23, 2023, in the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud. Born September 3, 1946, in Grand Rapids, she was the daughter of Chester and Mae (Ruska) Mackey. A lifelong resident of Itasca County, she was a 1964 graduate of Greenway High School. Wendy and Sam Shevich were married on July 2, 1966, in Pengilly. Wendy had been a bank teller, had served as the Calumet City Treasurer for many years, and volunteered at the Calumet Library with her therapy dog Abby. Her parents, Chester and Mae Mackey; her husband, Sam; and her brothers, Jerald and Timothy Mackey preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons, David (Carrie) Shevich and Darin (Cindy) Shevich; grandsons, Brandon (Josie) Shevich, Brett (Maggie) Shevich, Cody Shevich, and Kyle Shevich; great grandchildren, James and Neveah; siblings, Jeanette Stish and Billy (Dalyce) Mackey; sisters-in-law, Rosalie and Paula; her partner of 16 years, Tom Anzelc; Tom's daughters, Meghan, Erin, and Tracy, and Tom's six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM funeral service on Saturday, October 28, 2023, in the Bethany Lutheran Church, Deer River. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine. To to the family, please

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Gary Lawson

Jun 30, 1949 - Oct 15, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

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Kenneth Smith

Nov 04, 1950 - Oct 06, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Kenneth "Ken" Duane Smith, 72, passed away peacefully in his home on October 6, 2023, following a courageous and unwavering seven-year battle with cancer Ken was born November 4, 1950, to Eugene and Ethel (Harris) Smith in Grand Rapids, MN A lifelong resident of Coleraine, "Smitty" attended Greenway schools and was proud to be a member of the illustrious Greenway High School Class of 1969 After graduating from Hibbing Technical School in 1971, he worked at Blandin Paper Company for 25 years, where he also served as a UPMW steward and as a member of the Wood Fibers Council Ken married his best friend and the love of his life Trika Guyer in 1981 He was an amazing father who raised his children to value integrity, kindness, and compassion, just as he exemplified these traits in his own life To his children he passed on his love of music, sports, current events, and community involvement As a proud grandpa, Ken would dance and sing Frankie Valli songs with his grandchildren like no one was watching His greatest joy in life was his family Ken was a public servant for over 50 years He was a member of the Coleraine Fire Department for 24 years and continued to enjoy fundraising for the department after his retirement, earning the honor of "Most Active Retiree" several times First elected at the age of 21, Ken served on the Coleraine City Council for 26 years, including ten years as mayor During his tenure, a dream became reality as the City initiated the construction of the Eagle Ridge Golf Course He also served on the RAMS board and co-chaired both the Coleraine Diamond Jubilee and Coleraine Centennial Committees Most recently, he was an active member of the Coleraine City Planning and Zoning Commission In all these positions, he always sought what was best for his beloved City of Coleraine When delivering Meals on Wheels, a half-hour commitment would often take Ken three hours, as he would sometimes return to visit, shovel snow, or help a resident lace his "new-fangled" boots He also enjoyed sharing his pontoon with children at Vandyke Elementary School on Trout Lake Day Although the fish usually remained elusive, the gummy worms and goldfish crackers were plentiful Though he loved to be home, Ken also enjoyed road trips and traveling with Trika Together they were able to visit 21 of 30 Major League Baseball stadiums He was a founder of the Penguins, a group of friends who went to restaurants, concerts, and theater performances together During deer season he enjoyed time with friends and family at Butch's Hunting Lodge Unfortunately, the stories are unclear because "what happens at deer camp stays at deer camp " Ken was known for his "impeccable timing" and late arrivals, which became affectionately known as "Smith Time" He embodied a deep love of friends, neighbors, and community Ken was a people person with a unique ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, using his quick wit to make them laugh He will long be remembered for his generosity, selflessness, and humility Ken is now reunited with his parents; mother-in-law, Elma (Jokinen) Guyer; father-in-law, Dale "Doc" Guyer; a sister-in-law, Jean (Niemi) Smith; brothers-in-law, Jim "Peanut" and Joe "Smuzzy" Guyer; and a niece, Jennie Guyer Ken's legacy will continue through Trika, his wife of 42 years; daughter, Kendra (Dustin) Arthur; son, Corey (Amber) Smith; grandchildren, Aurelia, Warren, Abram, and Kendrick Arthur, Ethan Metzer, Carson, Kensley, and Andrik Smith; honorary granddaughter, Alisha Johnson; brother, Rich Smith; sister, Deb (Bill) Munter; sisters-in-law, Holly Guyer and Cricket Guyer; and several cherished nieces and nephews The Smith family would like to thank the staff at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital and Pharmacy, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minnesota Oncology, and St Croix Hospice We feel very blessed to have had such wonderful care throughout Ken's journey A Celebration of Life will be held at the Trout Lake Community Center on Saturday, October 21 It will begin at 11:00 am with a prayer service and will be followed by a visitation and luncheon from 12:00 to 2:00 pm In honor of Ken's love of Minnesota sports, friends and family in attendance are encouraged to wear Twins, Vikings, Greenway, or any Minnesota team attire Private interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date To to the family, please

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Michael Domish

Feb 14, 1964 - Sep 09, 2023

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Coleraine, MN

Michael Lee Domish, 'Mikey' grew up in Coleraine Minnesota with his sisters and his parents in a culture that fostered his love of nature and family The outdoors became a core part of who he was He shared this part of himself with everyone He taught his daughters how to fish, camp, and cultivate their own love of nature He spent a lot of his early fatherhood bringing his two daughters on adventures in Northern Minnesota, across the Black Hills, the Badlands, out eastward toward Maine, and across the border to the family's most beloved place: Rainy Lake in Ontario Canada Each year the family would gather to create meaningful memories and share times together that will be cherished forever Mike shared his joy of life through jamming to rock and roll, going to the zoo with his daughters, washing down his sunflower seeds with a cold Pepsi, and spending his best days on a fishing boat in the middle of a lake His greatest joy was goofing off and being absolutely silly with his daughters He has left them with cherished and joyful memories of their childhood Mike marched to the beat of his own drum and bent the rules just enough to amuse himself and the rest of his loved ones Mike was an extraordinary breath of fresh air and was carefree and playful down to his core He was an incredible and special man, no one was quite like Mike Mike was loved by many through his years of teaching He spent the majority of his adult life educating elementary students in the Lakeville and Bemidji areas His love for his students and the relationships that he built with them came naturally to Mike and was one of his greatest strengths Mikey's kind and giving heart continues to live on through the positive impacts he made on those around him, and his memory will never fade

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