Caring Announcements

There will be a funeral service for Lucas Coe, son of Bryan and Erica Coe; Grandson of Paul and Barb Coe on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

10:00 am Visitation

11:00 am Funeral

Heritage Assesblies of God, Baxter, MN 


Gertrude A. Erickson, 83, Grand Marais, Minnesota, died Sunday February 8, 2014 in Cook County North Shore Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1931 to Arthur and Alta (Miles) Allen in Duluth, Minnesota.  She grew up and attended school in Grand Marais and graduated from Cook County High School in 1949.  Gertrude was a homemaker through the years and her family farmed on Maple Hill.  She moved to Silver Bay in l986, and also lived in Brainerd and Two Harbors, returning to Grand Marais in 1998.                           

Gertrude was preceded in death by her husband, Warren “Bill” Erickson in 2013, and a grandson, Brandon.

She is survived by a son Brent (Marja) Erickson of Grand Marais, and grandchildren Shane, Brandi and Kaj Erickson.

Services will be held at 3 o’clock on Saturday February 14th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.  To sign the online register book please visit

 Michael George Zender, 62, of Fergus Falls died peacefully on Friday, February 6, 2015, at his home, as a result of his long term medical condition.
Michael was the 2nd of 8 children, born to George and Phyllis (Strand) Zender on the 30th of December 1952 in Tracy, MN.   The Zender family moved to Fergus Falls in 1962, where he graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1971.  He attended Fergus Falls Community College and attended Varnet bike school in Colorado Springs, CO.  
In 1990 he and his family moved to Grand Marais, MN where he bought Wilderness Waters Outfitters.  Wilderness Waters was  a canoe outfitters and he guided people into the BWCA.  Mike and his family owned and operated WW for a year before expanding with x-country skis and Trek mountain bikes, when he opened a second store, On the Edge Sports.  Mike and his family ran the store for 10 yrs before returning to Fergus Falls.  Upon his return he went back to work in the family business, Coca-Cola 7-up Bottling Co. Fergus Falls, inc.  He worked until semi retirement, then going into his life long love of woodworking.  He then went to work installing beautiful, antique wood flooring.  Mike enjoyed his work and did everything to perfection.  

Jane Backstrom, 93, passed away Thursday, February 5, at the North Shore Care Center.

Survivors include daughter Nancy (Russell) Smith, sons, Larry (Judy) Backstrom and Scott Backstrom.

A family gathering will be held in the spring.


John Joseph Foster

Topsham, VT - John Joseph Foster died January 16th after a short illness.  He was with his family during his illness and at his death.  John was born in Marion IN, February 24, 1933.  He was predeceased by his parents John Morrill Foster and Eleanora Lutz Foster.  He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years Sue Miller Foster; a brother and sister-in-law Robert Lutz Foster and Faye Gorman Foster, Austin NV and Sea Island GA; four children, John Miller Foster and his wife, Virgina Hansen Foster; Jane Foster, Hopkinton, MA; David Robert Foster, Providence RI, Christopher James Foster, Parsonfield, ME and three grandchildren, David Edward Mahoney and wife Mikaela Bitner Mahoney, Richmond TX; Abigail Marie Foster and Jeffrey Hansen Foster, Hopkinton MA. 

John attended schools in Marion and Wabash College, Crawfordsville IN.  He worked for Foster-Forbes Glass Company at the glass factory in Marion, as Plant Manager of their glass factory in Burlington, WI, and as Regional Sales Manager in their office, Newton Lower Falls MA.  After retiring from the family business, founded in 1846 in Stoddard NH by John's great-great grandfather Joseph Foster, John and Sue moved to East Topsham, where they raised Scotch Highland Cattle for almost twenty years at Twinflower Farm. 

John served in the Army during the Korean conflict and was in the Military Police while stationed on Okinawa. 


On July 30, 2014, Barrett Lloyd Chenevert was born to Jessica and Nolan Chenevert of Lutsen.

Barrett Lloyd Chenevert was born July 30, 2014 at 2:49am at 8lbs 3.1oz at St. Lukes Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. After a very long labor and fetal distress, the decision was made to do an emergency C-section. The entire day, Barrett was what seemed to be a healthy newborn baby with lots of visitors. It wasn’t until 10:00 PM that we decided that we were going to try and get some sleep and Barrett could hang out in the nursery until he was hungry. At 10:30 PM, the nurses came in and told us Barrett developed cyanosis (skin turned blue) and his little pulse was down into the 30s. He was intubated an transferred to the neonatal unit of Essentia and was being prepped to be lifeflighted down to Minneapolis Children's Hospital where he would be diagnosed with transposition of his great arteries- Which is a reversal in the position of the two main arteries carrying blood out of the heart. This means during his hearts development, the two main arteries (the aorta and the pulmonary) were swapped- which changes the way his blood circulates through the body, leaving a shortage of oxygen rich blood flowing from the heart to the rest of his body. It was impossible to watch him struggle, impossible to say goodbye not knowing if we would ever see him alive again, it was impossible to sit there and be unable to do anything to help him, impossible to wait to hear any news.

To read more about Barretts fight visit his caringbridge at:

Mass of Christian Burial for Maybelle Skou (103 yrs of age) is Saturday, January 17th with visitation at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church. Luncheon to follow in the social hall.


Ronald Stone, age 74, died peacefully on November 19 at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation Center in Duluth, MN where he had been living for the last year. He is survived by: son Robert Stone of South Saint Paul, Grandkids Thomas Stone USN, Michael Stone and Lynda Stone of South Saint Paul, as well as many cousins in Grand Marais area. He was preceded in death by his wife: Patty Howard, parents: Halvdan and Laura Stone and sister Linda Stone,  A gathering for remembering his life is to be held at the American Legion in Grand Marais on Wednesday November 26 at 3:00.

Mike  Kettleson's funeral will be held at the Bethleham Lutheran church on Saturday November 1st at 1 pm. Emily has an acount at the Northshore Federal Credit Union in Grand Marais.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated for her and the children.


Jean D. Husby, a much-loved member of the Grand Marais community, died on October 5, 2014, at Hillhaven, surrounded by her family. She was 89. Born and raised in McIntosh, Minnesota, Jean Vaatveit was the youngest of four girls. She married Harold Husby in 1944, and the two moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1950. Jean received a B.A. in Music from the University of Missouri in 1974. In 1979 she and Harold moved to Grand Marais, and built a lovely home on Maple Hill, with a two-floor greenhouse that she filled with flowers. She was a fine gardener and for years supplied "Jean's greens" to restaurants in the area. She was also one of the Grand Marais "wildflower ladies," contributing to the two-volume Wildflowers of Cook County, Minnesota.

            Jean had wide-ranging interests and a broad circle of friends of all ages. She was an avid reader and an accomplished musician, fiber artist, and author. Her needlepoint tapestry was displayed at the Johnson Heritage Post (1998) and in the atrium of the hospital (2000). Her essays appeared in many magazines, but she was most proud of her two short-story collections, illustrated by her son Scott: Willow Water (2003) and A Return to Willow Water (2011). In the later years of her life, Jean was working on a biography of Fanny Mendelssohn.

             She is survived by her husband, Harold, as well as her four children: Scott (Tracey Cullen) of Grand Marais, Timothy (Barbara) of Broomfield, Colorado, Carolyn Godfrey of Lee's Summit, Missouri, and Peter (Martha) of Alameda, California. She also leaves seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Hillhaven in Grand Marais.

Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene Pearson will be held at St. John's Catholic Church on Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon.

A Celebration of Life for Vikki Elberling will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Grille (formerly Lakeview Castle), 5135 North Shore Drive, Duluth.

A special Victoria Elberling Memorial Fund has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union, 122 E. Hwy 61, P.O. Box 460, Grand Marais, MN, 55604.

Stanton "Stan" Avery Skrien, 54, of Duluth, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in St. Luke's Hospital.

He was born in Grand Marais, Minn., on June 3, 1960 to Rolf and Gail (Hunter) Skrien.

He graduated from Central High School in 1981. Stan spent his 30 year working career at Goodwill and UDAC. He was active and enjoyed competing in the Special Olympics. He also enjoyed bowling, traveling with his family to the Gunflint Trail, Alaska, Arizona and Florida and most of all dancing. Stan spent all of his adult life in group homes and enjoyed the time and relationships he built there. "Stan the Man" had a great sense of humor and a unique ability to connect with people which usually included multiple handshakes. He was a wonderful uncle and brought joy to everyone he met.

He is preceded in death by his mother.

Stan is survived by father Rolf; sister Sandy (Wayne St. John) Skrien; twin brother Stuart (Cindy); sisters Susan (Somsak Chumklang) Skrien and Sally (Doug) Derginer; nieces and nephews, Danny St. John, Ella, Ruby, Juel and Ole Skrien, Monroe Chumklang, Tyler and Jennifer Derginer, as well as his group home family, Greg, Steve, Geno, and Rick, and many other extended family members and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring staff at REM and St. Luke's ICU.

GATHERING OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS: 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 417 1st Ave. W., Grand Marais, Minn.

A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in the Waters of Life Church, 6221 Rice Lake Rd., Duluth. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Special Olympics or UDAC of Duluth. Cremation Society of Minnesota 218-624-5200.

Saturday - October 11th

11:00 am

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

417 - 1st Avenue West

Grand Marais, MN

Katherine Pourraid, 24,from Argentina, passed away unexpectantly on Friday, October 3, 2014.

There will be a Memorial Gathering at Naniboujou Lodge on Monday, October 13th from 2:30 - 4:30.  All are welcome as we come together to celebrate her life with us.


Cards and letters to the family can be sent to Naniboujou Lodge and will be given to her family.

Please email: with any questions or if you need additional informaiton.


Victoria (Vikki) Lynn Elberling

Victoria (Vikki) Lynn Elberling (58) of Hovland, Minn. died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 in Duluth after a short struggle with cancer. She was born May 1, 1956 in International Falls, Minn. For the past 25 years she has lived on the North Shore in Hovland.

She is survived by her mate of 32 years, Shawn Perich of Hovland; her mother, Doris Kay of Ham Lake, Minn.; a daughter, Cynthia Hamsmith of Cloquet, Minn.; a son, James (Chris) Elberling of Duluth; two sisters, Christy (Kevin) Gullickson of Blaine, Minn. and Cathy (Dan) Horst of Ham Lake, Minn.; a brother, Richard (Terri) Harris of Yorktown, Ind. and four grandchildren, Joseph Hamsmith of Two Harbors, Minn., and Jenna, Annika and Preston Elberling of Duluth. She is also survived by Shawn’s mother, Terese Perich of Duluth.

Vikki was employed for many years as a sales clerk at Joynes Ben Franklin in Grand Marais, where she came to know many people who lived on or visited the North Shore.  She served for many years as a medical first responder for the Hovland Area Volunteer Fire Dept. Vikki loved her dogs, especially Abby, her companion for nearly 17 years. She was happy spending time in her garden, traveling on road trips and roaming the backroads of the North Shore to look for moose. She was happiest when she was with her family and her friends, especially when her grandson, Joe Hamsmith, came for visits.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Clearwater Grille (formerly Lakeview Castle), 5135 North Shore Drive, Duluth. A special Victoria Elberling Memorial Fund has been set up at the North Shore Federal Credit Union, 122 E. Hwy 61, P.O. Box 460, Grand Marais, MN, 55604.

A caringbridge site has been set up under the name Elliot Imdieke who has been diagnosed with LCH (Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis) and is currently undergoing treatment. 

Funeral services for Erma M. Kirk, 94, of Grand Marais will be held on Thursday October 2 at 3 p.m. at Cavallin Funeral Home in Grand Marais.  She was born on May 11, 1920 and died on September 29, 2014 in Grand Marais.   She is preceeded in death by her husband, Archie, her grandson, Ivan, and 3 brothers and 2 sisters.   She and her husband Archie moved to Grand Marais in the 1940's, operating Kirk's Landing Resort at Seagull River for many years.   Erma is survived by her son, Archie, Jr. (Natalia), grandsons Jordy (Heidi) and Daniil (Jurgita); 6 great-grandchildren; her sister Glenna, and many nieces and nephews.  She is already greatly missed, and will always be loved.

A CaringBridge site has been set up for Vikki Elberling at


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Ken Wisneski, 56, died suddenly from a seizure disorder Sunday, September 14, 2014 at a family care home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Born October 22, 1957 in Grand Marais, MN, Ken was a 1976 graduate of Cook County High School.

In 1981 Ken was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in LaCrosse, WI.

He moved to Tijeras, New Mexico for a number of years, then returned to Grand Marais where he was employed at Buck’s Hardware. He returned to Albuquerque in 2004 and resided there until his death.

Ken had a strong bond with dogs that began with our poodle, Mitzy and continued to every dog he ever passed on his many ventures. He learned the name of every dog he met and carried dog treats for them in his pocket.

Ken was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Joan Wisneski and his older brother Jim. He is survived by his sister Carol(Roger) McCleary of Red Wing, brother Don (Sun) of Cottage Grove, sister Leona (Randy) Easley of Albuquerque, brother Larry (Karrie) of Duluth,sister Diane (Butch) Dailey of Wadena, MN, nieces Sandi McQuatters, of Grand Marais, Alex Sorenson, Casey Benner, Dani Easley & Jacki (Stefan) Tomlinson, grandniece Trace McQuatters and grandnephew Breyer McQuatters of Grand Marais.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The Grand Marais Senior Center from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Anyone who would like to speak, please contact either Sandi McQuatters @ (218) 387-1919 or 387-2424 OR Carol McCleary @ (651) 267-0604 and leave a message