Caring Announcements

There will be a graveside blessing for Rose Goble on Saturday, October 1st at 2:30 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery.


A funeral service for Jean Riley will be at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday, October 1st at 11:00 a.m. Reception following Mass.


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.


Richard (Dick) Everett Parker, 74, of Grand Marais, MN died on February 27, 2016, at Season's Hospice in Rochester, MN of cancer.

Dick was born April 27, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois to Russell and Myra Parker.  He graduated from Maine Township High School in Park Ridge, Illinois in 1959. In 1963, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in botany and bacteriology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Michigan in 1966. 

On April 19, 1969 Dick married Phyllis Hebel of Twin Lakes, Minnesota.  During their married life they moved 11 times finally retiring to Grand Marais, MN in 2001 after Dick retired from Color Spot Nurseries as Chief Executive Officer.



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George POKORNY  Sr Obituary
Sr. Age 89, of Lindstrom passed away suddenly on Jan. 29, 2016. Preceded in death by previous wife, Elizabeth; parents Joseph and Stella; sister, Josephine; brother, Robert; and son-in-law Arnie. Survived by wife, Joan Grossmann; children, Dorothy (Bob) Aubin, George Jr. (Vicky), Sheila, Monica (Steve) Grapevine and Michael (Angel); Grossmann children and their families; brother Ralph; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Bob Doty and other family and friends. George was a loving father and grandfather. His kind heart was shown by his many hours of volunteering. Memorial service will be Friday, February 5th at 1:00PM with visitation one hour prior at Chisago Lake Ev. Lutheran Church, 1 Summit Ave., Center City, MN 55012. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Chisago Lake Ev. Lutheran Church or Parmly LifePoint. Davies Chapel 612-377-2203


A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our Cook County friends for 

their support during our loss of our husband, father, and grandfather, 

Jeff Brett. He meant the world to us and we are so thankful for the time

we had with him. This community has helped us all through a very 

difficult time. Whether it be through kind words, prayers, cards of condolence,

memorials, visits, or a shoulder to cry on, please know you have made

all the difference. In addition, the professional, prompt medical services

provided on December 9th by the Lutsen First Responders and Cook County EMS 

were indispensable...we are so very grateful.   ~Gayle Brett & family