Thomas W. Brayden

Thomas W. Brayden, 89, born in Proctor, Minnesota to Esther and Walter Brayden died Monday, March 11, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital.

Tom moved to Two Harbors at an early age and was a student in the Two Harbors school system.  Sports became very important to him in his high school years.  Tom attended Gustavus Adolphus College and received his B.S. degree in education from UMD.  He taught and coached basketball in Becker, Minnesota for 4 years.

At that time he married the love of his life, Lorraine. Their marriage lasted over 63 years. They both taught in Pine Island, Minnesota and Duluth.  He was a counselor and assistant basketball coach at Duluth Central High School until his retirement in 1987.

Tom spent time at the family cabin on the south shore of Devil Track Lake.

Tom is survived by his wife Lorraine, their children, Paul (Debbie) and Lisa (Tom) Harloff and grandchildren Nicole, Allison and Abby.

Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 Memorial Service, Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Concordia Lutheran Church.

Memorials are preferred to Concordia Lutheran Church.  Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, 218-727-3555.

Ida Marie (Sundquist) Lindemann

Ida Marie (Sundquist) Lindemann passed away at her home on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Marie was born May 8, 1927 at Hovland, to Oscar W. Sundquist and Anne W. (Oberg) Sundquist.

She grew up in Hovland attending grade school at the Flutereed School and the Chicago Bay School and attended high school at Grand Marais High School (Cook County).

She moved to California in 1942 and graduated salutatorian from Montebello High School in 1945. She returned to Minnesota to attend Swedish Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1948.

She married Reverend Gordon O. Lindemann in 1949 and went to Liberia, West Africa as missionaries with the Lutheran Church.

After their return to the states, they served in three parishes: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; Faith Lutheran and First Lutheran Churches in Chisholm-Buhl, Minn.; and Bethlehem Lutheran in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She also served as a “Navy-wife” for three tours of duty with the United States Navy and as a chaplain’s wife at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion, Indiana.

In 1976, they retired to their summer cabin (Holy Hovel) at Hollow Rock near Grand Portage.

In 2003, Gordon and Marie moved to Reallife Cooperative of Phalen Village in St. Paul. After Gordon’s death, Marie moved to Duluth to live with her daughter Marjorie in 2011.

Marie is survived by her sister Marjorie Faye of Cedarburg, Wisconsin; her sons Noah (Gena Poovey) Lindemann of Gaffney, South Carolina; Joel (Mary Peterson) Lindemann of Milton, Florida; Daniel (Diane) Lindemann of Pensacola, Florida; daughter Marjorie Lindemann of Duluth; eight grandchildren, Benjamin and Ann Lindemann, Andrew Lindemann, Ashley Lindemann, Zachary (Kari) Lindemann, Caroline (Jarret) Brelsford, Joseph Lindemann, Madeliene (Stanley) Gonsoir; and nine great grandchildren Luke and Levi Lindemann; Cooper, Harvey and Rose Lindemann; Hudson, Jack and Eli Lindemann; and Dayton Gonsoir.

A memorial service will be held at the temporary location of Gloria Dei Lutheran at the corner of 51st Avenue East and Glenwood Street in Duluth at 11:00 a.m. on the 15th of March 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran in Duluth. Burial arrangements have been made by Cavallin Funeral Home in Two Harbors.

Jordan Joseph Ciampi

Jordan Joseph Ciampi, 20, passed away March 8, 2019, with his family by his side at Regions Hospital.

Jordan was hit by a car while crossing in the crosswalk of an intersection a few days prior.  He sustained injuries too severe to overcome.

Jordan is survived by parents Shelley and Mark Mathis and Uncle Mike Ciampi of the Twin Cities and Grand Marais.

Although Jordan’s time with us was brief, his presence will be within our hearts forever.  Please keep the family in your thoughts.

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Lorraine Wipson

Lorraine D. (Caribou) Wipson, 87, Grand Portage, died Thursday, February 14, 2019 at North Shore Health in Grand Marais.
She was b orn March 18, 1931 to Peter (Caribou) Stevens and Elizabeth (Flatte) in Grand Portage, where she was born and raised.

Lorraine also lived in St. Louis, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lorraine was a member of many organizations in Cook County and attended hundreds of meetings over the years in and around Minnesota. To name a few, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Moose Lodge, VFW the School Board, Housing and numerous advisory committees.

She held two elected seats on the Grand Portage Tribal Council in a 40-year span. Lorraine was also director of the Senior Nutrition Program in St Louis  and Elder Nutrition Program director in Grand Portage.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and loved dancing. Lorraine was a fun-loving peaceful person with extreme intelligence who enjoyed flower gardening, feeding her chickadees, loved jewelry, beautiful clothes and the finer things life had to offer.
Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, James and a daughter, June.
She is survived by children, Stuart, Rita, Mary; 10 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson, Carter Pehrson.

She will be missed by her community, friends, and family. Her extended family is too large to mention but each meant a great deal to her.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Grand Portage. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery.

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Norman Wayne Deschampe

Norman Wayne Deschampe February 26, 1953-February 9, 2019

Norman Deschampe, also fondly known as Babeboy, was born and raised on the Grand Portage Reservation. Norman loved his home and was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and leader.

After attending Bemidji State University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Norman returned back home to Grand Portage.

He was elected to the Grand Portage Tribal Council when he was 23 and continued in Tribal Leadership for the rest of his life serving as Tribal Chairman for a majority of his career. In total, he served on the Grand Portage Tribal Council for 45 years, 27 years of those years served as Tribal Chairman.

He also served as the President of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. He served on numerous boards, including many years on the board of the Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center.

Norman was a devoted family man. He had an immense knowledge of the outdoors and was extremely generous in passing along his knowledge. He loved to take his grandchildren fishing. He took great pride in teaching his children and grandchildren how to hunt, fish, trap, and anything else that could be done outdoors.

He loved to share stories of Grand Portage and his family. Rarely would you talk to Norman without hearing a joke or a story that would make you laugh. He was a leader, mentor, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents Norman Sr. and Irene (Hendrickson), and two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife Debbie; four daughters Carrie (Rodney) Wilson, Anna, Tina, and Sarah Deschampe (Erik Redix); grandchildren Emilee, Owen, Jaden, Biidaash, Paxton, Grayson, and Aanakwad; siblings Mary Ann Gagnon, Larry “Fish” Deschampe (Janis), Rosie (Rick) Novitsky, Allen (Diane) Deschampe, Sally Deschampe, and Marlene Deschampe; many nieces and nephews and all those who shared in his life.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Grand Portage Community Center

Dora “Dottie” Griffith

Dora Myla Oberg Griffith, “Dottie,” died January 27, 2019 at Ecumen Scenic Shores in Two Harbors, Minnesota.

Dottie was born on January 22, 1942 to Roy and Hazel (Evans) Oberg. She attended school and graduated from Cook County High School.

After graduating, she traveled to Washington, D.C. to work as a nanny and an aide for Minnesota Senator Clark MacGregor.

She met David Griffith,”Grif,” the father of her three children, in Duluth, where Grif was stationed with the Coast Guard along with Dottie’s cousin.  They were married in Falls Church, Virginia and traveled around the country, wherever Grif was assigned by the U.S. Coast Guard.

After moving back to Minnesota, they divorced and Dottie stayed in her Hovland home, not far from where she grew up. She lived there until shortly before going into hospice care.

She helped Mac West in the operations of his logging and construction business.

Dottie was an avid reader and watcher of old movies. She loved the many dogs and cats she had over the years. She enjoyed lunches and adventures with her friends at the Grand Portage Elder Nutrition Program.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Patricia and brother, Bradley.

She is survived by her three children, Darcy, Darrin and Doreen (Nick); longtime companion Mac West; four sisters and two brothers and many nieces and nephews and their children.

A celebration of life will be held in late summer.

Nancy Tull

Nancy Tull, mother of Stan Tull III, died in her Anoka home on January 17 after a battle with bladder cancer.

Nancy’s love of Grand Marais and the North Shore began in the early ‘60s when her family was one of the first to buy a lot on east end of Deeryard Lake.  Building the family cabin was a challenge, from punching in the road to getting building materials to the site, but once done the family spent summers at the cabin for more than 40 years before selling it to Stan III in the late ‘90s.

Stan and Nancy also enticed friends and relatives to the area as well, with four members of their family buying land nearby.

Nancy enjoyed fishing and hiking and became very adept at identifying the indigenous trees and wild flowers.

One of Stan III’s standout memories was when three of the families decided to come into the cabin for Christmas, a three-mile hike from Babineau Corner, loaded down with a week’s supplies, including water. There was talk that some might not make it, but they all did.

Her last request was to visit the shore again before she died and the family made that happen with a grand week spent in a beautiful home on Lake Superior in Hovland in early November. In typical Nancy fashion, she and her walker made the hike to Pigeon Falls.

Nancy’s final request was to donate as many of her possessions as possible to benefit the area. She donated all of her adaptive appliances to the Cook County Senior Center for loan to other seniors in the area and her household goods to the First and Second Thrift Store.



Shirley Jean Seidel

Shirley Jean Seidel, 90, of Schroeder, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, January 21 while wintering near Florence, Arizona.

She was born on June 26, 1928 to Elfred and Anna (Swanson) Johnson in Chicago, Illinois.  Shirley spent her first five years in Chicago and, after her father passed away, the family moved to Minneapolis in 1933.  She graduated from South High in 1946.

Shirley married Bob Seidel on March 10, 1951 in Minneapolis.  Together she and Bob made their home in Richfield where they raised their four children.

Shirley was a homemaker and served in many different capacities at Bethany Covenant Church – Youth Group Leader, Camp Counselor, Church Choir, Vacation Bible School Leader, Sunday School Teacher and was a mentor to many young people.

Most of all, Shirley was known for her giving heart and strong faith – to both family and friends alike.  She always made everyone else feel extra special and looked for opportunities to bless others.  Sometimes this was a timely note with just the right words, a welcoming hug and smile, a word of encouragement or knitting prayer shawls for people she didn’t even know.  She modeled to everyone how to think of others first – how to bring them joy and be there when they were in need.  She loved unconditionally.

After Bob passed away in 2008, Shirley continued to live on the North Shore in the home they built together on Lake Superior.  She loved living along the lake and especially marveled at the power of the waves during big storms.

She loved her family, her friends, her church community – and was loved greatly in return.  She also enjoyed attending UMD Women’s Hockey games.

Shirley passed away at her son’s home in Arizona.  She was in her favorite rocking chair – her spot to spend the day doing her daily devotions, praying for others, having alone time with God and completing her needlework projects.  True to her nature, she had just completed a cross-stitch of bible verses for one of her great-grandchildren…down to the last stitch.  At her side was her open bible.  No doubt she had asked God that very day to be there for others.  Now she was with HIM.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; son, Dave; sister, Harriet; mother Anna; and father Elfred.  She is survived by her brother, Allen Johnson of Edina; daughter, Sue (Dennis “Tiger”) McLuen of Lindstrom; and sons Wayne (Karen) Seidel of Two Harbors, and Mark (Katja) Seidel of Florence, Arizona; and daughter-in-law Yvonne Seidel of Hudson, Wisconsin.  Shirley was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held on Saturday, February 2 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Tofte beginning with visitation with family at 2 p.m. followed by the service at 3 p.m.

Memorials preferred to Schroeder Area Historical Society or Zoar Lutheran Church.

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Gerald Raymond Osowski

Gerald Raymond Osowski, also known as “Jerry” or “Papa,” 80, of Lutsen, formerly of Brooklyn Park, Minn. passed away at his home, Friday, January 18, 2019.

Jerry was born in Little Falls, Minn. on April 10, 1938, to Raymond and Mary Osowski. Jerry was raised in Little Falls, graduating from Little Falls High School in 1956.

Following high school, Jerry served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a Guardsman based at USCGG Castle Rock serving on the Nova Scotia for 2 years.  Jerry first worked for the railroad and then for 30 years as a truck driver for the Local Teamsters 120.

Unfortunately, Jerry’s mother and father passed away in his early adult years. Family was very important to him and he stayed close to his aunts, uncles and cousins, visiting them often. When Jerry married his beloved wife Susie on July 29, 1961, he embraced her family entirely. Her Mother and Father became his and her sisters and brother all loved Jerry. Jerry always was there for his mother and father-in-law and they adored him. Jerry stayed by his father in law’s bedside the last six days of his life. He was a very loving son and brother to his wife’s Susie’s family.

Jerry and Susie had their three children, each one a year apart—Raymond “Ray” Alfred, Michael “Mike” John, and Edie Marie.  Jerry put his wife and family first.

In 1991, he and his wife Susie renewed their wedding vows, sold their home where they raised their children in Brooklyn Park and moved into their dream retirement home on the shores of Lake Superior in Lutsen.

Jerry retired at the young age of 57 and looked forward to retiring with his loving wife of 30 years. His retirement dreams were shattered, and life was forever changed when his wife Susie and mother of his children unexpectedly passed away on January 21, 1995 while they were snowshoeing near their home in Lutsen.

Jerry stayed with his children in Minneapolis often during the years he grieved. During these years, his beloved grandchildren, two at the time, Zack & Jake, brought Jerry great joy and purpose! In 2008, Jerry was blessed again with his daughter’s “miracle baby,” Blake. Jerry loved babies and adored all his grandchildren.

After eleven years had passed, in 2006, Jerry placed an ad in the Companion Column of the Duluth Reader searching for “sweetness & charm.” His quest was quickly answered when Karen answered his ad. They met and were soon married on July 1, 2006.

Jerry and Karen were married for almost 13 years. They enjoyed the great outdoors together—- hiking, biking, gardening and more. Jerry and Karen traveled often visiting family and friends. They were very similar in many ways—they shared many of the same thoughts and interests. Jerry’s children will be forever grateful to Karen for taking such good care of their Dad in his last years.

Jerry loved the water. And he was especially intrigued by the beauty and history of Lake Superior—the ships, the weather, its vastness and power. He loved to walk shorelines searching for driftwood that he would later creatively use in his artistic masterpieces. He also really enjoyed building and tending campfires on the beach.

Jerry enjoyed hiking, was a downhill skier, and loved adventure and a good challenge. He climbed to the top of the Grand Teton in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while he took his family on vacation there. Jerry loved motorcycles and he and his wife Susie would take long motorcycle vacations to the west coast (California & Washington) and they would visit their relatives. Jerry also loved taking his fishing boat out on Lake Superior.

Jerry loved to read books (including the dictionary). He read his bible and loved the Lord. Jerry was a movie enthusiast—he loved to watch documentaries and many different movie genres.  Jerry loved history and he was the guy you wanted on your team if you were playing Trivia.

Jerry was very nostalgic, he was a poet and gifted writer.  He framed his favorite poems he wrote and displayed them in his home and garage (the “man cave”). He was an artist and painted beautiful pictures and built many cool pieces over his 80 years. Jerry was very creative, he was an innovator, a deep thinker and he loved his hats!

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Susan “Susie” Monica (Baldeschwiler) Osowski, his brother Lawrence Osowski, his father Raymond Henry Osowski, his mother Mary Josephine (Saulter) Osowski, his father-in-law Alfred Leo Baldeschwiler, his mother-in-law Grace Martha Baldeschwiler, his brother-in-Law Nick Baldeschwiler and his sister-in-law Alfy Danielewicz.

He is survived by his caring wife Karen Kay Osowski; his children Raymond (Brenda), Michael (Cindy) and Edie (Tom) Harer, Denise (David) Samuel,  Scott (Dawn) Bierma,  his grandchildren  Zachary (Katie) Osowski, Jason Osowski (Ariana), Blake Berglund, Zachary, Christopher, Ashley, Gavin, Breckin, Finley, Ryland and Fowler, his Godchildren Todd (Sherri) Osowski and Mary (David) Herren, his sisters-in-law Lila McEwen and Ellen Zaborowski, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private Visitation will be held for immediate family. Home Going Prayer and Interment Service with Military Honors will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at St Vincent DePaul Cemetery (9100 93rd Avenue North – Brooklyn Park, Minn.). All are welcome to join Jerry’s family at the cemetery and a Celebration of Life gathering, including food, immediately following the ceremony hosted by Jerry’s family at his daughter’s home (Tom & Edie Harer 15830 Andrie Street NW, Ramsey, MN 55303).

May God bring peace, love, comfort and grace to all that grieve, and may God help each of Jerry’s loved ones recall, remember and cherish all the great years of Jerry’s life. We love you Dad.

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Marion Ann McKeever

Marion Ann McKeever, 75, of Schroeder, died on January 18, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.

She was born on May 23, 1943 to Walter and Mary “Iola” Wojtysiak in Duluth. Marion grew up in Hovland and graduated from Cook County High School and Duluth Business School.

On the day after her graduation, May 3, 1962 she married Roger “Bill” McKeever.

Bill and Marion started McKeever Well Drilling in 1962 with Marion serving as Bill’s business partner, and financial and office manager right up until her passing.

In 1980, they purchased property next to their home and opened Satellite’s Country Inn that they operated for 30-plus years.

Marion’s delicious recipes, especially her fish cakes, fresh breads, Swedish meatballs, and an array of different pies became North Shore favorites. Marion’s cooking was featured in Minnesota newspapers several times and a stop at Satellite’s Country Inn was a tradition for travelers returning regularly to enjoy her “down home cooking” that was “made from scratch.” Visitor reviews highlighted her “good quality food” in a “clean, quaint and unpretentious” cafe.

Bill and Marion were at each other sides every day of their 56 years together — running their businesses, raising their family, and welcoming friends and neighbors into their comfortable restaurant and cabins.

In her free time, Marion enjoyed her grandchildren, playing cribbage, knitting, and crocheting. She also supported Birch Grove Community School, where she sponsored fishcake suppers, donating all proceeds to the school. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Silver Bay.

She is survived by her husband, Roger “Bill”McKeever; sons, Kenneth and Donald (Tina); grandchildren, Marcus, Christopher, Austin, Madysen, Mason, Laura, and Amy; great-grandchildren Sawyer Rose, Jackson, and another grandson who is due soon; siblings, Joanne Lieske, Leonard Wojtysiak, Carolyn Holmes-Leneway, and Donna Lunke; and many nieces and nephews.

Marion was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Walter Wojtysiak; and infant daughter, Kathleen.

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at St. Mary’s Church in Silver Bay. Lunch will follow the mass at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the McKeever family would like donations to be made to Birch Grove Community School, Tofte or St. Mary’s Church, Silver Bay.

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