The Isanti County News » Announcements The Isanti County News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for the cities of Cambridge, Isanti, and Braham, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:29:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Richard (Dick) J. Kokesh Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Richard  (Dick)   J.  Kokesh

Richard Kokesh of Isanti passed away at home on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the age of 81.
Richard Dick Kokesh was born August 23, 1933 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to George and Sylvia (Cecka) Kokesh. He graduated from De La Salle High School of Minneapolis in 1951, was drafted into the Army in 1953 and was stationed in Linz, Austria for the end of the Korean War. He then worked at Turnquist Paper Company for 45 years.
Richard married Marguerite Mick Boye on July 7, 1956 and had one son. They were founding members of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Isanti. Mick and Dick enjoyed many years after retirement wintering in the warm states of Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
Richard enjoyed warm weather, planting dahlias, raising Newfoundland dogs and watching the wildlife outside his window at home. He will be remembered as a gentle, quiet man who always had a wink and a smile for his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marguerite. He is survived by his son, William (Kathy) Kokesh of Cambridge; grandchildren, Bridget (Dave) Olson of Cambridge, Kyle Kokesh of Winter Garden, FL, Heather Kokesh of Cambridge; great-grandson, Orion Olson; and by many other relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Thursday, December 18th at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Isanti with Fr. Don Wagner as Celebrant. Visitation one hour prior at church. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements with Strike Funeral Homes, online condolences can be made at

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Myra Elizabeth Norholm Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Myra Elizabeth Norholm died on December 10, 2014 at Lakeside Nursing Home in Pine City. She was 97 years old.
Myra was born on February 4, 1917 in Manly, Iowa to Jullian and Inez (Davis) Oleson. She graduated from Manly High School in 1935. At the age of 22 she married William Richmond and had two children, Michael William and Marlene Elizabeth. In 1948, she married a second time to Kristian Norholm /Jorgensen. They had four children, Kristian, Randi, Jack Lee and Rochelle Marie.
Some of Myras occupations over the years included office cleaning, food catering, chief cook for a boys sorority, chief cook for a childrens daycare, head baker at a popular restaurant on Nicollet Mall and head cook at the Finlayson High School. Myra was a member of the birthday club in Cambridge for many years and a member of the Senior Citizens for the Blind in Isanti county. Myra loved sewing (especially for her kids and grandchildren), knitting winter slippers, making furniture for dolls and accessories for the home out of plastic canvas, and last, but not least, raising a bounteous garden every summer.
Myra is preceded in death by her husband, Kris; her eldest son Michael and her eldest daughter Marlene as well as all of her sisters and brothers.
Myra is survived by her children Kristian (wife Mary), Randi (husband Edward Brammer), Jack Lee Norholm, and Rochelle Shelley Marie (husband Jerry Babb); 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Tatting-Methven Funeral Home in Hinckley with Pastor Donald Salmonson officiating. Music was provided by Katie Williams. Casketbearers were Michael Richmond, Scott Richmond, Charles Richmond, Kurt Brammer, John Brammer, Dan Shelby and Joe Henk. Burial was at Morningside Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements by Tatting-Methven Funeral Home.

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John Martin Laase Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:57:46 +0000 John   Martin  Laase

John Huns M. Laase, 93, of Cambridge, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at home.
John was born December 26, 1920 in Waseca, Minnesota to Louis and Minnie Laase. He was baptized, confirmed and attended school in Mankato. He was united in marriage to Myrtle Thorn on March 14, 1942 in Inglewood, California.
While in California he served his country in the U.S. Navy. In 1946, John and Myrt moved to Cambridge where they owned and operated a farm and raised five children. John also worked in construction in the Twin Cities. He was a member of Cambridge Lutheran Church and Legion Post 290. He was active in Farmers Union, a 4-H leader and Director of Rum River Farmers Co-op.
After retiring in 1986, he volunteered for the Senior Center, church, Meals on Wheels and Relay for Life. He enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling across the U.S., Canada, and Alaska. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and attending his grandchildrens football and hockey games. He played cards and danced at the Senior Center. He regularly joined the men for coffee at the bakery and celebrated birthday club.
In November 2006, John and Myrt moved from the farm to East Terrace Co-op in Cambridge.
John was preceded in death by sons-in-law Jim Stiegel and Dr. Gary DeLoia; sisters Delores Horell and Lathea Brinkman; and brother Dean Laase.
He will be dearly missed by his wife Myrt of 72 years; sons David (Jean) Laase, Jerry (Marlene) Laase, Dale (Marcia) Laase; daughters Linda DeLoia and Brenda Stiegel; 12 grandchildren, Casey (Machelle) Laase, Rendy (Greg) Miller, Corey (Nicky) Laase, Allison (Tim) Johanson, Kimber DeLoia, Matthew (Jenn) DeLoia, Kristin (Dean) Holm, Dan Laase, Jason White, Jeff (Ashley) White, Tricia Anderson, Trig (Katherine) Laase and 20 great-grandchildren.
Services held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Cambridge Lutheran Church. A visitation will be one hour prior to services. Arrangements are in the care of Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge.

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Sandra Annette Danger Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:58:18 +0000 Sandra Annette Danger, of Braham, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She was 67 years old.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18th at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 17th from 5-7 p.m. at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home.

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Richard (Dick) Kokesh Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:56 +0000 Richard (Dick) Kokesh, age 81, of Isanti, passed away Dec. 14, 2014. Arrangements by Strike Funeral Home – Isanti, (763)444-5212.

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Todd L. Morgan Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:51 +0000 Todd L. Morgan, age 47, of Anoka, formerly of Isanti and Oakdale, passed away Dec. 13, 2014. Arrangements by Strike Funeral Home – Isanti, (763)444-5212.

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Ruth Ann Granlund Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:57:46 +0000 Ruth Ann Granlund, age 67, of Cambridge, passed away December 11, 2014. Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cambridge, (763)689-2244.

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Donna J. Sundberg Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:12:43 +0000 Donna   J.  Sundberg

June 29, 1932 – Dec. 10, 2014

Donna J. Sundberg, age 82, of Willmar, entered into the gates of heaven on Wednesday morning, December 10, at Bethesda Pleasant View Nursing Home in Willmar.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16, at the First Baptist Church in Willmar. Interment will be at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery in Willmar at a later date. Visitation will begin at 12 noon until the time of service on Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First Baptist Church Missions Program are preferred. Arrangements are with the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar (
Donna June Sundberg was born in Isanti County, Minnesota, the eighth child of Andrew and Emma (Hamren) Rask. She grew up and attended schools in Isanti County and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1950. Donna worked as a grocery clerk, postal clerk and telephone operator in Isanti during her teens. She and all members of her family loved music and could be found singing at various functions and churches throughout the Isanti community. On August 22, 1952, at the Elim Baptist Church in Isanti, Donna was married to Burton L. Sundberg. They made their home in Isanti until 1957, when they moved to Willmar. Donna worked part time as a substitute bookmobile and van driver for the local Pioneerland Library and also drove for the Kandiyohi County Family Services bringing people to various hospitals in the Metro area. Many of those patients became dear friends because of her sweet disposition and kindness. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and served with Girls Missionary Guild, choir, Sunday School and youth activities, missions committees and various service committees. Donna received Jesus Christ as her Savior at a young age and was baptized shortly there after. She was a strong witness to the Lord and taught her four children about the Savior and salvation with love and passion. Donna had a passion for music. She especially enjoyed concerts, music in Rice Park, sing-a-longs at Jazz and Java and hymn sings (large or small).
She is survived by her loving husband, Burton of Willmar; one son, Craig Sundberg of Cambridge; three daughters, Greta (and Glen) Pridgen of Athens, GA, Karen Brower of Willmar and Karol (and Gordy) Jacobson of Franklin, OH; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Bette Sundberg and Ruth Larson, both of Cambridge, besides other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alton and Norman; three sisters, Martha, Elvera and Anna; and one daughter-in-law, Glori.
The family would like to thank Pastor Lutz, members of First Baptist Church and their neighbors for their prayers and concerns; the staff at Bethesda Homes for their love and care over the past two years; and their extended family for all their prayers and visits.

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Donald R. Nystrom Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:03:58 +0000 Donald   R.  Nystrom

Donald Robert Nystrom, 71, of rural Cambridge, peacefully joined his Lord and Savior in heaven while surrounded by family at home on December 9, 2014, after a lengthy illness.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, Hilmer and Adeline Nystrom.
He is survived by his best friend of 50 years, Mary and their children Lisa (Tim) Lynch, Jon and Eric (Jennifer); grandchildren Madisen, Jack and Grace Lynch and Joshua, Jenaya and Justin Nystrom, and his sisters Virginia Thompson and Josephine Berres.
Don was born in Minneapolis in 1943. He spent nearly his whole life living on family land near Oxlip. He graduated from Cambridge High School and attended the University of Minnesota. He worked in management at Northwestern Bell and Arvig Communications. After retiring, Don went back to school and began a second career in golf course management; he was last employed at Purple Hawk Country Club in Cambridge.
His hobbies included sports and traveling. And while Don loved the outdoors and wildlife, people were his true passion. His selfless and genuine nature made friends out of strangers. He endeared himself to others with his positive outlook and infectious optimism, which was grounded in his faith in Jesus Christ. Friends and family turned to him for an encouraging word, a listening ear or a good-natured laugh. Don had a genuine love for others, and he will be remembered as a loving husband, faithful father, great friend and humble servant.
A celebration of Dons life will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Cambridge with visitation one hour prior. Arrangements with Strike Funeral Homes, online condolences can be made at

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Jimmy Allen Fluguear Wed, 10 Dec 2014 23:04:03 +0000 Jimmy   Allen  Fluguear

Jim Fluguear, age 70, of Cambridge, passed away December 6, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Jim was born October 19, 1944 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Mathew and Jennie Fluguear. When he was 12 years old, he moved with his family to a farm near Isanti, Minnesota. He enjoyed playing basketball in school and graduated from Cambridge High School.
On October 26, 1963 Jim married his high school sweetheart Eileen Smith. This union was blessed with two wonderful sons, Jeff and Jason.
Jim worked at various jobs before starting work at Motek Engineering in Cambridge. He worked there for 32 years and retired in April 2004 as plant manager.
Jim enjoyed fishing, woodworking and doing yard work, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with them. They were his pride and joy.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Eileen; sons Jeff of Duluth and Jason (Jennifer) of Elk River; and two grandsons, Tate and Beck, who were his little rays of sunshine. He is also survived by his brothers, Dick and Bob; sister Joyce; sister-in-law Carol; many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jerry and Bill; and nephew Brian Aamold.
A private family service will be held at a later date.

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