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Obituaries

June 13, 1936 - Jan. 17, 2022
Blanche Almira Bitzer, age 99, passed away in Pillager on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Blanche was born in Wisconsin to John & Esther (Foss) Forbes. She attended Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson and graduated in 1941. She worked in the lab at the creamery in Hutchinson, where she met Fred Bitzer, they married in May of 1945.
Never one to leave a party early, Beanie passed away at Edgewood Senior Living in Baxter on January 17, two days after her 99th birthday. She was the heart of her family, a sweet lady known for her cinnamon rolls, fried chicken, and ever-present smile. Many friends and family have welcomed her into Heaven including her loving husband of almost 62 years, Victor; and great grandson Caden Herr. Those remaining here on earth to celebrate her very special life are: Daughter Vicki (Tim) Carvelli; Son Richard Eyman; Granddaughter Timitra (Joe) Kelly; Grandson Christopher Carvelli (Kasandra Toivonen); and Granddaughter Julianne Carvelli. Beanie was also blessed with Great-Grandchildren Amelia and Collin Kelly; Jasmine, Nicholas, Jayna, Anthony and Gino Carvelli; and Tessa, Crosby, Clara and Weston Herr.
Margaret Louise Duebner, 100, of Red Wing, died Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Deer Crest Senior Living in Red Wing. She was born October 17, 1921 in Cass County to Otto and Anna Puttin. She graduated from Pine River High School and Dr. Martin Luther College (DMLC) in New Ulm. She studied to become an elementary school teacher. She taught in Lutheran schools for 24 years, 16 of which were at Jerusalem Lutheran School in Milwaukee. While in Milwaukee, she worked with a WELS publishing committee, creating the activity sheets for a new Sunday School series for Northwestern Publishing House. Later, for five years, she did aide work in the Resource Center in the Senior High in Brainerd, Minn. and Pequot Lakes Elementary, while she cared for her parents.

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Karen Patricia Enberg (Krantz), 74, died at her Brainerd home Saturday, January 15th, 2022. Karen was born in Minneapolis on November 26th, 1947. She graduated from Brainerd High School, then went on to attend Staples Vo-Tech specializing in the culinary arts. Karen had a love for cooking, all things gardening, animal rescue and interestingly enough, classic heavy metal rock ‘n roll. Her heart was big enough to accommodate all of those pursuits. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Albert R. Krantz Jr. and Patricia E. Krantz (Olson). Karen was much loved by her family and friends. She is survived by her former husband, Allen Enberg of Brainerd and brothers Steven Krantz (Che Suk) of St. Cloud and Bryan Krantz (Nancy), also of Brainerd. There will be no public service, although those who knew and loved her can leave remembrances of her at nelson-doran.com. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to Heartland Animal Rescue Team (HART) at https://hartpets.org/donations/in-kind/. Nelson – Doran Funeral Home www.nelson-doran.com 218.829.4755
Carrie Marie Thesing was a loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She passed away unexpectedly at home in her sleep on January 17, 2022, at age 35.
Lois Juntunen, 83, passed away Saturday evening, January 15, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer just a week before. She spent her final days in hospice, surrounded by all her children, grand and great-grandchildren, who played and sang her favorite songs, held her hand, prayed for her and surrounded her with love. Lois was born September 16, 1938 to Helen and Stephen Tougas, the oldest of 6 siblings. She spoke fondly of her early days on the farm, eating fresh healthy farm-raised foods, attending country school and spending alot of time with immediate and extended family. After attending business school, at 20, she married Rodney Gordon and gave birth to five children. The family’s early days were in Minneapolis where Rodney finished his engineering degree while Lois and her three girls (Jill, Kelly and Cindy) hung out in the University Quonset Huts. They moved to South Dakota for Rodney’s first job where both Dan and Jennifer were born. The family later moved to Brainerd, where Lois worked hard to raise her five children. She always said that family was most important to her. We all learned so much from her about hard work and the importance of family, among many other things. Lois married Leonard Juntunen in 1979. They spent much of their time at their lake home on North Long Lake where Lois loved to plant flowers, walk and rollerblade the Paul Bunyan Trail (she could rollerblade 7 miles, all the way to Nisswa and back), bowl and play bridge with friends and entertain children and grandchildren who loved playing at the lake. Lois was an avid knitter, quilter, reader and card player. She attended and was an active volunteer at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Brainerd. She knitted small afghans and played rummy 500 to her final days. In her last few years, she moved to Duluth to spend more time with family where she loved watching the waves and dipping her toes in the big lake (“I understand why they call it Superior”), sipping a cold beer in Jennifer’s backyard and hanging out with all her family. We love and will miss her very much!
Michael Craig Lepel (63) of Gillette, WY passed away peacefully January 14th, 2022. Son of Alton and Catherine (Vickers) Lepel of Minneapolis, MN, he was the second of three boys.

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Sept. 16, 1938 - Jan. 15, 2022
Michael Craig Lepel (63) of Gillette, WY passed away peacefully January 14th, 2022. Son of Alton and Catherine (Vickers) Lepel of Minneapolis, MN, he was the second of three boys.
Erik Duus, 94, of Brainerd, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, at Whispering Pines Good Samaritan Village in Pine River.
July 25, 1985 - Jan. 15, 2022
April 15, 1986 - Jan. 11, 2022
Edward Keith Heikkenen, 85, life-long Brainerd resident, passed away Friday, January 14, 2022, at Good Samaritan Village – Woodland.
Carolyn Ruth (Davis) Campbell, age 76, passed away on January 11, 2022, at her home in Brainerd. Carolyn was born in Plato Center, Il to A.B. & Olive Ellen (Moore) Davis. She graduated from Auburn Senior High School in Rockford, IL. Carolyn attended North Central Bible College where she met the love of her life, Larry Joseph Campbell. They served the Lord together for 55 years. For the last many years they were missionaries to people with disabilities. She hoped to be remembered for her love for people with disabilities. She loved volunteering at both her church and MN Adult & Teen Challenge.
Richard R. Monson, 68, formerly of Brainerd, MN, unexpectedly went home to be with his Heavenly Father, Monday, January 4th, 2022, on the Grand Mesa of Colorado. He was a beloved son, brother, father, and grandfather. Richard is preceded in death by his father and mother, Reuben B. and Roberta Mae (Davis) and brother, Harlen. Richard is survived by his former wife of 48 years, Donna (Walters), his sister Karen (Dale) Mahlow of Spicer, MN; daughters: Noelle Solinsky of Plymouth, MN; Mindi (Matt) Smith of Dayton, MN; and Charity (John) Langer of Rochester, MN; and seven grandchildren: Jacob Solinsky (24), Isabelle Solinsky (22), Daphne Langer (21), Gabriel Langer (20), Emelia Smith (18) Cosette Solinsky (17), and Leila Langer (16).

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