Obits and Death Notices

Laura Mick passed away peacefully on January 28, 2023, at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Brainerd, at the age of 102 and a half. Laura was born on July 27, 1920, to Frank and Frieda Stern at home with her grandma, Mary Keske, there to escort her into a new world near Watertown, MN. Laura was later baptized and confirmed in the Fair Haven Lutheran church.
Thomas Ray Tulenchik, age 70, of Pequot Lakes, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. Known affectionately as “Tommy T” to all that knew and loved him, he was born on October 21, 1952, to Raymond and Doris Tulenchik.
On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Richard Benedict Murray, devoted Catholic and Navy veteran, passed away at the age of 87.
Ronald John Kokko, age 87, of Pine River, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the Lakewood Care Center in Staples, MN. He was born to John and Hulda Kokko on April 7, 1935, in L’Anse, Michigan.
MaryLou passed away on January 19th, 2023, at the age of 78, surrounded by her loving husband and two sons. She is survived by her husband Darryl Skallet of 29 years; sons, Shane (Denise) Zupko, Craig (Kerry) Zupko; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and extended family.
A kind and loving woman, Marjorie Ann Borgerding, 84, of Kendall, WI, and formerly Backus, MN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on January 21, 2023. She was born on March 11, 1938, to Harold and Roma (Benbo) Nutting in Minneapolis, MN. She spent her final years devoting her time and love caring for her aunt, Carol Downing. Carol’s family will forever love her for that and will greatly miss her.
Jerry “Woody” Dwain Wood, age 83, of Emily, passed away peacefully at home on January 15, 2023 after a long illness.
You were our favorite hello and our hardest goodbye.
Molly May Fiksdal, 74, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2023.
Nov. 6, 1936 - Jan. 12, 2023
Ralph Jankovich, age 81, of Hackensack, and formerly Woodbury, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. He was born to Nels and Lillian Jankovich on June 9, 1941, in South St. Paul, MN.
Michael Floyd Smith passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on January 14, 2023 at the St. Cloud Hospital after a short battle with cancer. Mike was born on August 1, 1946, in Brainerd, the first of 10 children to Floyd and Violet “Vi” (Shamp) Smith. Mike was raised in the Pine River-Backus area, graduating from Pine River High School in 1964. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Dupont December 20, 1968. During this marriage they had two children, Wendy and Sherry. They later divorced. On December 31, 1990, Mike married Ruth Utsler.
Naree Priscilla (Farber) Weaver was born September 5, 1938, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Winfred and Alpha (Lyon) Farber. She passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023.
5-14-58 to 12-8-22
Drew Forlines Hines was born September 24, 1957, to the very proud parents Ann and Wilmer Hines in Ronceverte, WV. He was the first grandchild ever for one set of grandparents and the first grandson for the other set, so he was very welcomed into the world and was always glad to be a West Virginian. The first few years were spent in different areas of West Virginia. The family moved to Easton, Maryland where he began his education. He was on the track team at Easton High School. It was there that he continued his love of music while playing trumpet in the band and in the marching band when he went to University of Maryland. As a baby, his “Papa” would sing to him each night when he put him to bed. He spent two years at the university then began his employment selling automotive parts. He was married twice and both marriages ended in divorce. He and his second wife, Barb Beck, lived in southern Maryland. They moved to Pine River, Minnesota in 2001. In her final years of life, he returned to her and was her caregiver for the rest of her life. He lived in Pine River longer than any other place. He had a love of ALL music. He taught himself to play the guitar and played for events and often with another music lover and a dear friend, John Puleo. He gave guitar lessons to several students.
Ronald Lemm, age 54, of Brainerd, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at his home.
Jean Kline, age 90, of Pine River, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2022, at her home. She was born to Reginald “Rex” and Sarah “Sally” Finney on December 25, 1932, in Chicago, IL. Jean’s family meant the world to her, and she was very proud of all of them.
March 14, 1935 - Nov. 18, 2022
Heather Rianna Butcher, age 43, of Backus, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at her home. She was born to Deborah Guilliam Williams and David Bestgen on January 11, 1979, in St. Cloud, MN.
Robert Niles Phillips Messerschmidt was born on November 2, 1937, to Vernon Messerschmidt and Norma Phillips Messerschmidt in Duluth, MN. He passed on to join God on December 18, 2022, while at Golden Horizons nursing home in Aitkin MN.