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  • Tue, 12 Jul 2016 21:23:03 +0000: Austin Lockrem - Obituaries

    Austin Lockrem, age 90 of Northfield, passed away with his wife and family by his side on Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016, at the care center of the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Austin Carroll Lockrem was born February 3, 1926, on the family farm near Dennison, Minnesota, to Austin and Malvina (Estrem) Lockrem. He was baptized and confirmed at Vang Lutheran Church and attended District #53 county school. On September 30, 1948, Austin married Louise Ruff at Vang Lutheran Church. After marriage they made their home in Northfield and Austin worked for area farmers. In 1952, he began working at Lampert’s Lumber Yard and remained there until retiring in 1992. In retirement he spent many years making and repairing windows and screens.

    Austin was a longtime member of Northfield United Methodist Church and a former member of Sons of Norway. He was always willing to help when asked, had the ability to fix almost anything, was a skilled wood worker, and enjoyed fishing, travel and Lutefisk dinners. He was quiet, honest, caring, well liked, and he will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Louise; 4 children, Harry (Linda) of Roseville, Ann Albert of Iowa, Richard (Donna) of Woodbury, Lori (Todd) Smith of Colorado; 4 grandchildren, Jon Albert, Chris Albert, Justin Lockrem, Jordan (Chelsea) Lockrem; 2 great-grandchildren, Catherine and Austin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Gladys King and Beatrice Lockrem, and his brothers Marvin and Lawrence.

    Funeral services will be 10:30AM, Friday, July 15, 2016, at Northfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Rachel McIver Morey. Music will be provided by Cathy Rodland and Wendy Smith. Interment will be Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Greg Gruber, Gary Hanson, Rick Hanson, Allen King, Bob King, David King and Marvin Lockrem. Visitation will be the church on Friday one hour prior to the funeral.

    Memorials are preferred to the Northfield United Methodist Church.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  • Mon, 20 Jun 2016 20:06:08 +0000: John L. Carlson - Obituaries

    John L. Carlson, age 94 of Northfield, formerly of Duluth, passed away Monday morning, June 20, 2016, at his home in Millstream Commons.

    John Lawrence Carlson was born March 30, 1922, in Dawson, Minnesota, to Svante and Lydia (Gerdin) Carlson, and was raised in Dawson, Braham and Monticello. He graduated Monticello High School in 1940 and attended the University of Minnesota. While at the university John was a member of ROTC which led to him attending officer training school in Annapolis, Maryland. During WWII he served along the East Coast and in the Caribbean as Lieutenant JG aboard a destroyer escort. Following his honorable discharge he returned to the University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

    John married Joan Beutner on December 20, 1946 at Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church in Minneapolis. After marriage they made their home in Sioux Falls where John worked for the John Morrell Company. Over the years they lived in various communities and John worked for various companies. They include the John Morrell Company in Ottumwa, Iowa, Green Giant in Le Sueur, Chun King in Duluth, Robb-Ross Foods in Sioux City, Iowa, Pawnee Corporation in Pipestone where he later served as a board member, Jeno’s Inc. in Duluth, Tony Down’s Foods in St. James, and Joanna’s Inc. in Duluth. After semi-retirement in the 1980’s, John stayed active in the industry as a consultant.

    John was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Duluth. He was a proud veteran and a member of the Kitchi Gammi Club and Northland Country Club in Duluth. He enjoyed golf, investing, reading and keeping up on current events. He was extraordinarily friendly and kind and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

    Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Joan; his daughter and son-in-law, Sue and John W. Anderson of Northfield; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott Carlson and Susan Engebretson of Hayden, Idaho; 3 grandsons: Jim (Kerry) Anderson of Richfield, Karl Anderson of St. Paul, Paul Anderson of Minneapolis; 3 great-grandsons, Bernie, Theo and Finn; 3 sisters, Helen Peterson of Minneapolis, Gladys (Bob) Finn of California, Betty Trout of Eden Prairie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Oliver.

    A memorial service will be held at 2:00PM, Monday, June 27, 2016, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  • Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:28:39 +0000: Daniel M. Malecha - Obituaries

    Daniel M. Malecha, age 46 of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his home, following an extended illness.

    Daniel Mark Malecha was born April 21, 1970, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Delbert and Darlene (Moravec) Malecha. He was raised on the family farm near Millersburg, baptized and confirmed at St. Dominic, and graduated from Northfield High School in 1988. Following his education he joined the US Navy and the Naval Reserve. After serving active duty he moved to Eden Prairie and attended Hennepin County Technical College. In 1992, Daniel began working for Northwest Airlines (Delta) and moved to Burnsville. He remained with Delta until 2011, when he change careers and began working for MDOT.

    Though out his life Daniel was very athletic. He loved going to the gym, playing racquetball, biking on a daily basis, hiking, walking around the lakes and being outdoors. He was outgoing, kind, caring, helpful to all, and a wonderful son, brother and uncle. He will be greatly missed.

    Survivors include his parents, Delbert and Darlene of Dundas; his brothers, Darrin of Dundas, David (Vicki) of Savage; his niece, Madison; his nephew, Elliot; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be 10AM, Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Interment with Military Honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lonsdale. Visitation will be 4-7PM Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the funeral.

    Memorials are preferred to the Daniel M. Malecha Memorial Fund.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  • Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:07:06 +0000: Patricia Hulick - Obituaries

    Patricia Hulick, age 84, of Northfield, passed away Wednesday afternoon, June 15, 2016, at the Northfield Retirement Community.

    Patricia Jean Roney Hulick was born September 30, 1931, in San Jose, California, to Frank J. and Frances (Welch) Roney. Patricia grew up and was educated in her beloved San Francisco, where she attended Saint Cecilia’s School (1945), graduated from Saint Brigid High School (1949), Saint Mary’s College of Nursing (registered nurse, RN, 1952), and earned her bachelor of arts degree in 1957 from San Francisco State College.

    She was married in 1958 to Leo Paul Hulick (2005). They lived in California and Wisconsin, and were divorced in 1983.

    Patricia loved her family, her children, flowers, gardening, and the outdoors. She enjoyed many close friendships. She was a decorator and stylist and appreciator of beauty and color in all its forms. Patricia was an avid reader, especially of history, and the wars of the 20th Century.

    She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Ann Hulick (Mark Handley) of Portland, Oregon, Carolyn Mary Hartwell of Northfield; her grandchildren: Frances Louise, Charles Bradley, Lucas Patrick, Theron Ellsworth, Nicholas Xavier, Franklin Whiteside, Louise Merriweather; her sister Joanne Marie Roney (Charles Finney) of Palo Alto, California; her brother Gerard Francis (Candace) of San Jose, California; nieces Jennifer and Alexandra; and son-in-law Dean Carlson. She was preceded in death by her daughter Elaine Patricia Hulick Carlson (2014) and her son Paul Francis (2005), her son-in-law Carroll T. Hartwell (2007), and her parents.

    A mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00AM, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at the Church of Saint Dominic in Northfield. Internment will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis afterward (about noon). Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday one hour prior to the funeral.

    Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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