Caring Announcements


December 26,1941-October 18, 2016

Memorial Service

Monday, October 24, 2016

4:00 PM

St John's Catholic Church

Grand Marais, MN

Followed by lunch & social time at Grandma Rays (Old Legion)



Patricia Ann Hvidston

Patricia Ann Hvidston, 72, of Hovland, MN, passed away Tuesday, October 11, at her home on the north shore of Lake Superior.

Born in Grand Forks, ND, the daughter of Colburn Hvidston Jr. and Marguerite (Lyons) Hvidston, she was raised in Grand Forks and attended St. Michaels Grade School and St. James High School.  She
went on to attend the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, where she graduated in 1967 with a degree in elementary education.  After a brief teaching career she migrated into the banking world, ultimately becoming president of Firstar Trust of MN.  She then returned to the College St.
Catherine as Vice President of Development followed by her affiliation with Catholic Charities of America in Washington DC as Vice President for Development.  Her post career years were spent at her beloved Swedish farmstead styled home on Lake Superior and traveling.

Patricia was preceded in death by parents, Colburn and Marguerite. She is survived by husband, Roger A. Opp; brothers, Colburn III (wife, Jackie), James (wife, Mary) and Robin Hvidston; numerous nephews and a niece.

Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. October 21, in St. Paul, MN, at Our Lady of Victory Chapel on the campus of St. Catherine University, preceded by one hour visitation.   A memorial service will be held 11 AM Monday October 24, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland, MN. 
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Catherine University, Trinity Lutheran Church, or North House Folk School.  

Carol Marie Eckel

Carol Marie Eckel, 88, formerly of Grand Marais, died September 30, 2016 in Plano, Texas.

She was born January 5, 1928 in Duluth, MN to Alfred and Edith Frances (Hedstrom) Fenstad. She grew up in Grand Marais, graduating from the high school in 1946. Carol began work at age 16 as a Northwestern Bell telephone operator. She then attended the University of MN/Duluth, until she married Thomas (Tommy) Eckel on July 18, 1947. Their first years of married life were spent living and fishing on Isle Royale from spring to fall. She continued to assist and support Tommy in his commercial fishing business for many years. She was employed for 29 years at the Cook County Clerk of Court Office, fifteen of those years (1981-1996) serving as Court Administrator. She performed many weddings in that position and continued officiating at weddings after her retirement; from beaches to docks to overlooks to canoes and even on the seat of a snowmobile.

Carol was a member of the Evangelical Free Church of Grand Marais. She enjoyed traveling and gardening and spending time with family: her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She took several significant trips with them all in her final years. She moved to Texas in July, 2013 to be cared for by her daughter.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Elizabeth Johnson; Thomas Eckel; and their infant daughter Joan Marie.

She is survived by a daughter, MaryBeth (Don) Gilmer of Little Elm, TX; and sons, Scott (Joyce) Eckel of Bemidji, and David Eckel of Grand Marais; grandchildren, Erik (Summer) Gilmer, Jenna (Trent) Dunham, Malia (Peter) Camerino, Rebekka (Eric) Ford, Michaela (Ted) Osborn; ten great-grandchildren and another due in November; and a brother, Marshall (Jean) Fenstad of North Oaks, MN.

Bill Gamble

William “Bill” Gamble M.D.  A Memorial Service for Bill will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland (4957 E. Highway 61) on Saturday, October 8 at11:00 a.m.

Bill died peacefully in his Plymouth, Minnesota home on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 with his loving family at his side.  His greatest pleasures were his faith, his family and his profession as a physician. In his profession, he most enjoyed his patients, building his clinical practice and surgery group and teaching. After retiring from surgical practice, he taught residents from the University of Minnesota surgical residency for over 30 years finding great pleasure in sharing his experience and his love for the work. He was thankful for the years he did international medical missionary work where his family was able to join him.

This summer, he and his wife, Cassie, celebrated 60 years of marriage.

He was preceded in death by his son, David.

He is survived by his loving wife Cassie; his children Tom, Kay, Anne; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A previous Memorial Service was held at Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

Betty Larsen

Betty Arlene (Burge) Larsen passed away on the evening of her 81st birthday, September 27, 2016, at the North Shore Hospital in Grand Marais, MN. She had visited with many loved ones that day, celebrating with ice cream cake, flowers, Facebook messages and cards.

Born to parents Freda (Stelter) and William Burge in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, Betty was the fifth child in a family of seven. In the mid 1940’s the Burge family moved from Wisconsin to a farm in Warba, MN. Betty considered Warba her home town until moving to Grand Marais in 1959. There she met the love of her life, Lloyd C. Larsen and they were married on May 7th, 1960. Fifty-six years later, on her 81st birthday, she confided that “I wish I had met Lloyd sooner.” Their love story lives on, and continues to inspire everyone who knew them.

Besides her love of family, Betty enjoyed gardening, baking, playing the piano, celebrating holidays and hosting family cookouts. She also enjoyed camping and fishing at one of the family’s favorite inland lakes. Betty served as a Bluebird troop leader and baked many birthday cakes for residents at the Care Center. She volunteered for the Violence Prevention Center, and for the Senior Center. For many years she worked as an executive secretary/payroll clerk at the North Shore Hospital.

Throughout her life, Betty was very active in the Congregational Church. Her faith in God was her source of strength, along with her love of people. Betty was the mother of three children, as well as a second mother to countless others. Said her niece Sandy Burge, “I think it's important for kids to have an adult other than their parents who tells you that you matter, and spends time with you, and just loves you for who you are. Betty was that for me, my siblings, my cousins, and all their kids and grandkids. She had an infinite capacity to love.”


Evelyn Toftey Sjoberg, 98, passed away Aug. 26, in Lake Havasu City.

She was born to Joseph and Christina (Englund) Murphy May 6, 1918, in Duluth, Minn.

Evelyn lived in Grand Marais as a baby, actually across the street from her future husband. She grew up in Washington, attending Central Washington University in Ellensburg. She moved back to Minnesota where she met and married Norman Toftey in 1941 and they shared 32 years together before Norman passed away in 1973. During that time they raised a family, owned and operated the family grocery store, Ed Toftey Co. In addition, Evelyn attended UMD to attain a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and taught many years in Grand Marais.

Evelyn found love again with John Sjoberg. They were married in 1989 and enjoyed 16 years together until John’s death.

Her life was active, enjoying bridge, card games, word games, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She was a voracious reader and loved watching her Minnesota Twins. She golfed, curled, cross-country and downhill skied, bowled and always wanted to be better at whatever she did.

Traveling was a passion of Evelyn’s. She took many trips with family and friends including the Olympics in Montreal. When she turned 80, mother-daughter trips became an annual tradition. She experienced balloon rides, river rafting and whale watching.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters Janice Toftey, Diane (Jerry) Loh, Cheri (James Johnson) Toftey and Deborah (Dave) Melhado, and son Robert (Gail) Toftey, her step-children Ann Curtis, Alan (Amy) Sjoberg, Bill Sjoberg, Kate (Jim) Wicklund, Jean (Dean) Guldin, Muggs (Kurt) Helin, Carline (Pete) Gresczyk, Becky (Kelly) Bouman, Tom (Kecci) Sjoberg, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Oct. 4, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, Minn.



BMC Henry F. Stevens, US Navy Retired, 81, of Grand Portage, MN, died Saturday, September 3, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, MN.

He was born October 4, 1934 to Robert and Rita (Callan) Stevens in Loretto, Pennsylvania and moved to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of six, where he attended school.  Enlisting in the U. S. Navy at the age of 17, he served for 30 years until retiring in 1981. On September 27, 1966 he married Cora “Corky” Robertson in Carson City, Nevada.  They moved to Grand Portage in 1989, where Henry “Steve” worked as an immigration inspector for the Department of Justice for 9 years until retiring to become a caregiver for his wife.

Henry “Steve” was an EMT for the Grand Portage Ambulance Service, and was a member of the DAV, American Legion, VFW, Fleet Reserve, and enjoyed traveling and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Regina Ridgeway.

Henry is survived by his wife, Cora “Corky”; sisters, Roseann, Eileen, Helen, Michelle, Rita, and Lucy; a brother, Charles, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 AM until the 11 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Grand Portage Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Grand Portage.   A Luncheon will be provided at the Grand Portage Community Center following the service and Burial (approximately 12:30). To sign the online guestbook please visit



M. Iola Wojtysiak, aka Grammy, foodie, avid traveler, voracious reader, gambler, art collector and music lover passed away at home with Donna and Orvis and her kitties by her side on Aug. 1, 2016.

Iola was born on Jan. 22, 1921 in Eagle Grove, Iowa to Hazel Kenton and Raymond Jeffers.

The family moved to Minnesota and she graduated from Barnum High School. It was there that she met a handsome school bus driver, Walter A Wojtysiak and they married in 1940. Together they owned and operated W. A. Wojtysiak Forest Products and W. A. Wojtysiak Excavating from 1944 until retirement in 1980. After Walt passed in 1990, she began traveling with her lady friends to Canada, the United States and many European countries, Australia with grandson Paul, and Norway, Sweden and Denmark with daughter Donna. Her favorite was being " Grandma" to the Cook County High School Theater Club on a London excursion.

She was an organic gardener long before it became a fad, growing beautiful flowers and preserving or pickling everything from moose to cucumbers. Iola was named Cook County Citizen of the Year in 2011, being recognized for her many community contributions. In her 90's she raised thousands of dollars for the hot breakfast program at Birch Grove School, sewing hundreds of pairs of potholders, including those naughty ones, wearing out one sewing machine in the process.

She was a member of St John's for 74 years, greeting on Sunday mornings and striving to keep those ushers in line.


Harry Nathan Lamson was called home by his Lord on July 24, 2016 at the Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center in Duluth.

Harry was born July 9, 1930 to Harry and Leona Lamson in Brainerd, Minnesota. He attended elementary school in Effie, Minnesota and high school in Bigfork.

Harry served in the U.S. Navy (Naval Air Patrol) from 1950 – 1954.  He returned to Effie where he owned and operated the Corner Café for three years.

He entered the Minnesota State Patrol and was stationed in Grand Marais from 1957 to 1959. While in Grand Marais, he met his future wife, Rosemary Smith. They were married May 11, 1961 in Decatur, Illinois.

Harry moved to Minneapolis in 1959 and worked as regional manager for ReTrac Manufacturing and then owned Camper Coach Company in Springfield and Riverton, Illinois from 1961 to 1969.

The family moved back to Grand Marais in 1969 and Harry worked as head mechanic at Massie Motors, as a policeman for the City of Grand Marais and as an ambulance driver for North Shore Hospital.

From 1973 to 1978, Harry owned and operated the local Taystee Bread franchise. He later worked as director of wood procurement at Hedstrom Lumber Company in 1978, retiring in 1995.

He was a 50-year member of Lions International and was Past President in both the Springfield, Illinois and Grand Marais chapters.  Harry was also a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Harry enjoyed and loved being with his family.  Harry was active in community and church activities.  He loved the outdoors, going fishing, hunting, and hiking in the woods. 

Harry is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Pauline and Sylvia and granddaughter Audra.


Iola (Grammy) passed away at the glorious age of 95 at her home with Donna and Orvis and her kitties by her side.  Come join us on the 20th to celebrate a life well lived!   


Join us for a Memorial Picnic for John Woerheide, in memory of  life filled with creativity and love.

Will be held at Lutsen, at the home of John and Debbie Woerheide  5171 HWY 61

Saturday July 23rd 4:00 pm

Train room tours , Campfire, Grill with Picnic food.

Bring a dish to share if you'd like.

Memorial Donations Accepted for:

Chicken Coop Model Railroad Upkeep

Lutsen Lutheran Church

Lutsen Fire Dept. / First Responders




Funeral and Celebration of Resurrection Life for Helen Ford will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hovland on Tuesday, July 12 at 3 p.m.   Gather with the family following the service for conversation coffe, bars and cookies. 


Lou Terrizzi - Memorial - Saturday, July 16

Friends are invited to join his family for light refreshments at the Cook County Senior Center from 1 - 4 PM in remembrance of Lou's life.


Lou Terrizzi - Memorial - Saturday, July 16

Friends are invited to join his family for light refreshments at the Cook County Senior Center from 1 - 4 PM in remembrance of Lou's life.

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Victor D. Roderick  81, father of Cathy Terry passed away on June 11, 2016 at North Shore Health.  A complete obituary will be in the Cook County News Herald.  A Memorial Service is planned for  Saturday July 9 2016 , 1 pm at St. Johns Catholic Church Grand Marais MN.   Internment will be at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetary in Internation Falls, MN.  Date to be determined.    


Service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, June 12th, 2016 at the Schroeder Town Hall. Following the service, please stay and join us for a luncheon and a time to gather.

Cynthia Smith, 62, of Grand Marais, Minnesota, surrounded by her loving family and friends went to be with her Heavenly Father, to celebrate her new life, at 9:38 p.m on Saturday, June 4th at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth MN.

 Cindy was born February 13, 1954 to Kermit and Marie (Winter) Gilbertson in Two Harbors, MN. She graduated from Cook County High School in 1972. Throughout her life, her career was spent cooking at many establishments and she was well known for her talent in the kitchen. Her career in cooking wasn’t just to cook, it was a passion she had to feed all those that she loved. The last 7 years of her life, she was a Registered Nursing Assistant at Cook County North Shore Hospital and Care Center where her desire to love on and nurture people continued and touched the lives of all she cared for.

 Cindy loved her family dearly and found so much joy in spending time with her grandchildren.  She will always be remembered as a loving, compassionate person, who made many laugh with her sassy humor. Cindy was a friend to many and loved deeply. Friends and family found her to be a consistent confidant, a never ending encourager and someone who always saw the best in everybody. When in need, Cindy was always there & her love for the people in her life will live on in their hearts forever.

 She is preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Kim and Trisha Gilbertson.


A memorial service for Dennis Hovde will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 11:00 AM at Lutsen Lutheran Church.


A memorial service for Annemarie Meissner (aka Mutti) will be held this Friday the 3rd of June at the Cornerstone Community Church at 100 in the afternoon.  Following the service, lunch will be served along with Annemarie's birthday cake in celebration of what would have been her 90th birthday on the 1st of June.  Please join us as we celebrate her life and share our favorite memories of her.


Memorial service for Jim Heinz is on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 10:00a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church.

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Dorothy Celia Mattson of Thunder Bay went to meet her Savior on March 2, 2016. She resided at Pinewood Court after suffering a stroke in 2011. Dorothy was born on November 27th, 1929, in Duluth, MN to Adolph and Cecelia Everson. She was raised on Maple Hill in Grand Marais, MN and was the third of ten children. Dorothy married Jerome Donek and together they had three children. She was an excellent homemaker and loved raising her family and watching them grow.

While living in Grand Marais, Dorothy was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and taught Thursday School for many years. She enjoyed volunteering at shot clinics with Dr. Smith. She was also a member of Royal Neighbors and a member of Operation Sky Watch in the 1950’s. Dorothy was passionate about leading the Cancer Crusade in Cook County and working with the Cancer Detection Clinics.

In 1971, Dorothy married Royden Mattson and moved to Thunder Bay, where she was a dedicated member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, writing letters to loved ones, and reading her Bible and devotions daily. She was an avid gardener and grew wonderful vegetable and flower gardens. Dorothy enjoyed visiting the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes. She was happiest when volunteering and serving others. She was a devoted wife, mom, grandma, and great-grandma.