By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Vera Eugenia Suhonen, 87, of Wright who died March 22, 2012, in Cardinal Courts in Cromwell. Vera grew up in Wright and graduated from Cromwell High School in 1943. The funeral service will be Sunday, April 1, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Lutheran Church in Cromwell. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Wright.
How times change! Almost 42 years ago, May 30, 1970, Bob and I got married and I moved to our home on Center Road. There were lots of family farms along this road and even more kids being picked up by the bus for school. Now, with the death of our neighbor, Vera Suhonen, there is only one person left from our original neighbors and that lady is my mother-in-law, Elizabeth Hanson, and she is no longer living on Center Road, but in Villa Vista in Cromwell. So, now we are the old timers on the road and there aren’t very many kids along the road either. I haven’t seen the school bus go along this road for a couple of years either. There are some school-aged kids, but they seem to drive themselves to school now. Also, families are much smaller than the families with five to 10 kids we used to find commonly in the area. Now if a family has more than three kids it’s considered a “big” family. I grew up in a family of five and Bob of six, and I’m sure most of my readers were in bigger families, too.
Congratulations to Lily Kemi and Daniel Denton who both received an “Excellent” rating at the State Vocal competition. Also, congratulations go out to Kaylan Risacher, Lenore Collman and Josh Eliason who all received a “Superior” rating (the highest honor) at the State Instrumental Competition.
Bethlehem Lutheran in Wright will hold a 100th Anniversary Fundraiser Breakfast Brunch and Bazaar on Saturday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be egg bake and all the trimmings, new and gently used items and a bake sale. Come for the shopping and stay for the food and fellowship. Donations are also welcome; just bring them to the church on Friday, March 30, for set up.
The next Carlton County Triad meeting will be held Wednesday, April 4, at 11 a.m. at the Wright Senior Center. The Wright Seniors will serve lunch at noon (note the time difference). Carlton County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Brian Belich will be the speaker. He was recently assigned as the Carlton County emergency management director. He will speak about emergency management/emergency preparedness. Call Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake at 218-384-3236 to sign up if you are going to attend. Triad, a national program, is a community-based partnership between local law enforcement, older adults and agencies to help reduce criminal victimization of the elderly. Triads recognize that the crime-related needs of older adults could be best met by a cooperative effort. For more information, call Lake at the number above or Volunteer Services of Carlton County at 218-879-9238.
Firearm Safety Classes will begin Tuesday, April 10. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. Students must be 12 years old (this is a change from previous years). Parents must attend the first meeting. Sign up in the school office. Contact Pat Messer with questions at 644-3216 or 218-380-0710.
That’s all the news from Lake Farewelllongtimefriend and Hello to all the family and friends of Vera Suhonen.