By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
By Jennie K. Hanson
Marcella Dahl, 92, died on July 20, 2009, in Cloquet. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cromwell. “Mrs. Dahl,” as most of her students called her, even many years after she had retired, was an active member of the Cromwell-Wright community. Her teaching career spanned over three decades and her influence was great. So, her life touched so many others it would be hard to count them. Marcella leaves behind a loving husband, Arnold, son Jim (Karen) and daughters Mary Jo Stenson (Bub), Judy Kahara (Bruce), and Jeanne Smith (Gary), along with 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Gary Hakamaki, Jr., age 43, died unexpectedly on Friday July 17, 2009, at his business in Cromwell. His funeral was held on July 21, 2009, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Gary will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary, and only son, Evans, along with his parents, Gary and Beverly “Jane” Hakamaki, brothers, and their wives, and his nieces and nephews.
The community offers sympathy to the family of Shelby Rae Holm, 73, of Cromwell, who died on July 23, 2009, after a brief illness. Her funeral was held at Bethany Lutheran on Saturday, July 26, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Russ Kangas, granddaughter, MacKenzie Kangas, and three step- grandchildren, Sheila, Russell and Brad.
The family of Walfred Koskinen gathered at the Sno-Gophers building on Saturday, July 25, to celebrate their dad’s 90th birthday. Walfred, Sr. was surrounded with family, friends and neighbors to help him celebrate. His children are Lillian, Walfred, Jr., Roger, Gail, Cynthia, and Calvin. It was great to see the wonderful turnout of people.
Are you wondering about an All-School Reunion? Well, it will be the summer of 2011. The last All-School Reunion was in 2001 so this will be a great time to gather together. A committee is being formed and will meet soon. I will let you know and let’s get the planning started. Please call me if you are interested in helping out.
Are you moving, cleaning out your house or just plain tired of all the stuff you have collected over the years and want to get rid of some of it? Then, call me and we will help you by hauling your good used clothing, household items, etc. to the Area Clothing Depot in Wright. All donations are tax deductible and really help out the Depot. So, just call 218-357-2385 and we will pick up or you can bring your stuff to the Depot yourself. It is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but special arrangements can be made to drop off bigger loads at other times if you call us.
The Area Clothing Depot had an election of officers at their July meeting. Marlene Almquist was elected president and Janet Sworski was elected secretary. New three-year term board member is Marie Cieluch. Ailie Costello was given a plaque of appreciation for her 17 years of dedication to the Clothing Depot along with a gift certificate. Ailie has been involved since the beginning and we thank her so much for all her hours and hours of service to the depot and the community. Anyone can attend the meetings, which are held on the third Monday of the month at 3 p.m.
The Clothing Depot will also be running a one week “Back to School” special on August 17, 19 and 22 for kids clothing and shoes. Everything you can get in a bag goes for $2 for school clothes. Any person who has school-aged children is eligible for the special rate.
Are you interested in hosting an international exchange student this year? We are looking for volunteer host families for the upcoming school year. AYUSA is a student exchange program and they are looking for families who will host an AYUSA student for a year or semester. If you or anyone you know is interested in joining us in another adventurous year of international exchange please let us know as soon as possible. There are students from Finland, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Taiwan, and Thailand. Just contact Christine Schilling, M.S., Regional Director, AYUSA-Global Youth Exchange, 1401 West Taylor Ave., Cloquet, MN 55720, Office: (218) 341-5250, South St. Louis, Carlton, Pine, & Aitkin Counties.
Vacation Bible School at Bethany in Cromwell scheduled for August 3-7 has been cancelled due to the lack of volunteers.
I think that’s all the news from Lake Havegreatgettogethers and Hello to all the Koskinens that were in town to celebrate their dad’s 90th birthday. If I missed something, please let me know and have a great week!