John Brewers

Birth Date: 1936-06-17
Deceased Date: 2018-06-13
John Joseph Brewers age 81 of Ghent passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
John was born on June 17, 1936 the son of Edward and Lucy (DeSutter) Brewers. He attended grade school in Ghent and graduated from Minneota High School. John loved to compete in sports; while in high school he participated in football, basketball, baseball and track. After high school he attended Mankato State University, and then enlisted in the United States Army. John was honorably discharged in 1960, he then returned to Ghent and started farming. On December 28, 1965, John married the love of his life Elaine Solseth at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. This union was blessed with five children, Rich, Pat, Collin, Kathy and Tim.
John truly believed in the value of hard work and he instilled that value into his children. He worked for thirty-three years for the United States Postal Service. He loved all sports and was an avid Minnesota Twins and Vikings fan. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing and reading. After his retirement, he looked forward to helping his nephew every fall with harvest. John loved his family and particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. John was a kind man, whose faith and values were very important to him
John is survived by his wife, Elaine; children, Rich (Julie) Brewers, Pat (Kristi) Brewers, Collin Brewers, Kathy Brewers, and Tim (Paula) Brewers; his seven grandchildren, Mathias, Gaby, Ellie, Emily, Noah, Amelia and Luke Brewers; siblings, Vernon (Donna), sister-in-law Laurie, Marie (Harold) Solseth, Jane (Leonard) Drietz, and Tom (Beth); many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Ben; nieces, Diane Drietz and Sherri Miller.
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Olia Solseth (Christenson)

Birth Date: 1833-10-11
Deceased Date: 1915-11-02

Olia Solseth’s obituary, November 11th, 1915, in the Milroy Echo



    Mrs. Amund Solseth passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Peter Lebek, at Milroy, Redwood County, on November 2nd, 1915, at the advanced age of 82 years and 21 days.Deceased was born in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway, Oct. 11th, 1833, and was married in that country in 1855. Coming to America in 1885 she located in Blue Earth County, where she took a homestead and lived until 1912. Since then she has made her home with her daughter at Milroy. The remains were taken to Madelia Wednesday, November 3rd accompanied by P H Lebek, Mrs. Mary Solseth and Mrs. Martha Solseth. The funeral was held Friday Nov 5th at 2 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Chris Johnson, her daughter and at 2:30 at the United Lutheran Church. Her husband, four daughters and two sons are left to mourn the loss of a faithful and devoted wife and mother.
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Margaret Ellen (Helen) Solseth (Edwards)

Birth Date: 1909-06-24
Deceased Date: 1981-08-08
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Sylvan Ellingson

Birth Date: 1929-04-21
Deceased Date: 2006-10-27
Marshall Independent, Nov. 8, 2006:  Sylvan Ellingson April 21, 1929-Oct. 27, 2006 NORTH BEND, Ore. Services for Sylvan E. Ellingson, 77, of North Bend, Ore., have taken place. He died Oct. 27, 2006, in North Bend. Sylvan was born April 21, 1929, in Clarkfield to James E. and Ada J. (Johnson) Ellingson. He was raised and educated in Marshall and joined the U.S. Army after graduating from high school, serving during the Korean War. After a tour in the Army, he settled in Long Beach, Calif., where he made his home for 20 years. He and Patricia E. “Pat” Solseth were married in 1953 in Milroy. In the mid-1960s, they moved to Sacramento, where Sylvan was the production manager at a Formica plant. After retiring, they moved to Brookings, Ore., and then to North Bend, where he had lived for the last 15 years. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and woodworking. Survivors include his brothers, Clayton Ellingson of Atlantic, Iowa, Clifton Ellingson of Marshall and Byron Ellingson of Excelsior. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat, in 1987.
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Ellen Skramstad (Molle)

Birth Date: 1951-03-18
Deceased Date: 2010-08-19
Ellen Marie Molle was born March 18, 1951 in Marshall to John and Chloris (Solseth) Molle. She grew up in Marshall, graduating from Marshall High School in 1969. She attended Southwest State University through 1972 with a major in art.
On November 25, 1972, Ellen was united in marriage with Phil Skramstad. On April 1, 1974, their first son, Michael, was born followed by their second son, Ryan, on June 8, 1976. For over 25 years, Ellen and Phil owned and operated Olson & Lowe Clothing in Marshall, but during that time, Ellen’s main passion was focused on her family.
Ellen was an accomplished artist whose modesty with her art always took precedence over her obvious talent. She was also a talented and passionate Genealogist who uncovered centuries of mysteries for her family, her husband’s family and the families of many friends. She was also a dedicated and detailed Historian who recently wrote a detailed and documented history of one period of time in Marshall that essentially changes and enhances some of the history of Marshall. The essay will be published by Southwest State University.
Besides her passion for art, genealogy and history, Ellen was a very accomplished gardener whose friends marveled at her flowers and vegetables every year. Ellen learned to enjoy playing golf, but very typically, only as a sacrifice for her husband.
Ellen was a completely selfless lady, becoming the main caregiver for over 20 years for numerous family, relatives and friends. Even after her diagnosis and later on, the reoccurrence of her cancer, she was more concerned about her husband and boys than she was herself. She always found good in every person she met, and everyone she met enjoyed Ellen’s humor, intelligence and passion for life.
Ellen was an active volunteer and a year’s long member of the board at the Marshall Area Fine Art Center and Council. She was also very active in Senior College over the years as an instructor for art classes. She was a dedicated member of PEO, and loved her PEO sisters. Ellen was also an active volunteer over the years in many community boards and projects. When Ellen was asked to volunteer for a new board or new project, she always said “yes.” She will be deeply missed forever by her family and friends.
Ellen passed away Thursday, August 19, 2010 after a 2 year courageous battle with cancer. She died peacefully at home.
She is survived by her husband Phil of Marshall, son Michael (and Jen) Skramstad of St. Louis Park, son Ryan (and Lisha King) Skramstad of Sedalia, MO, granddaughter Gabrielle, grandson Ethan, sister Valerie (and Dave) Doner of Jacksonville, FL, brothers Phillip (and Sandy) Molle of Woodbridge, VA and John (and Jane) Molle of Delmar, MD, numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins and her amazingly dear and dedicated friends.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Chloris (Solseth) Molle.
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Peter Schumacher

Birth Date: 1932-03-21
Deceased Date: 2018-02-24
Age 85 of Forest Lake. Loving Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Brother, passed away surrounded by family on February 24, 2018. 

Preceded in death by wife, Jeanine; son, Paul, 4 brothers & 4 sisters. Survived by children, Steve (Chris), Theresa (Mark) Johnson, Jim (Lori), Mary (Richard) Towner, Francis, Leona (Gary) Flynn; daughter-in-law, Cindy; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth Marquart; step-sister, Rose; many nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends. He was an employee of 3M for over 30 years and was an active member of the Church of St. Peter. Peter also enjoyed watching sports, especially the Twins.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Saturday March 3rd with visitation beginning one hour prior at Church of St. Peter, 1250 S. Shore Dr., Forest Lake. Interment at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Sartell. Memorials preferred to Church of St. Peter.
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Paul Schumacher

Birth Date: 1961-08-26
Deceased Date: 2011-08-31
August 26, 1961 - August 31, 2011
age 50 of Lakeland, formerly of Cottage Grove. Worked over 25 years in the Tool Making Industry. Survived by wife, Cindy; sons, Andrew & Adam; father, Peter Schumacher of Forest Lake; siblings, Steve (Chris) of Scandia, Theresa (Mark) Johnson of Scandia, Jim (Lori) of Eagan, Mary (Richard) Towner of White Bear Lake, Francis of Maplewood, and Leona (Gary) Flynn of Canyon, CO; father & mother-in-law, Carl & Marlene Koonst of Woodbury; brothers-in-law Jim (Mary Ann) Koonst of Belle Plaine and Doug (Stephanie) of Beebe, AR. Preceded in death by mother Jeanine Schumacher. Visitation Sunday 5-8 pm at Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home (2195 Woodlane Dr.) and Monday 10-11 am at the church. Mass of Christian Burial Monday 11 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (16770 – 13th St. S., Lakeland, MN). Interment will be at Glenwood City Cemetery in Glenwood City, WI.  

Arrangements under the direction of Wulff Woodbury Funeral Home, Woodbury, MN
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Amund Solseth

Birth Date: 1826-01-06
Deceased Date: 1916-01-02
Amund Solseth’s obituary from the Milroy Ecko, 1916



    The following account of the death of Amund Solseth was taken from the Times-Messenger of Madelia, where the funeral was held.

    Mr. Amund Solseth, another of the old settlers of this community, and a man universally admired and respected, has gone to join the silent majority. He passed away on January 2d, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peter Lebek, at Milroy, MN., after an illness of about one week. Death resulted from an attack of pneumonia, following the grippe.

    Deceased was born in Gudbranddalen, Norway, January 6th, 1826. He was married there in 1855 to Miss Olia Christenson, and to this union eight children were born, two of whom, Anton Lund of Madeila, and Ole Solseth of Milroy have passed away. Those who survive, to mourn the loss of a fond and loving father are Mrs. Christ Johnson of Madeila; Mr. Amund Solseth of Milroy; Mr. Olson of Aberdeen, SD; and Mrs. PH Lebek of Milroy. 

    In 1885 the family emigrated to America, and located in Blue Earth County, Minn, where they took a homestead and lived until 1912. Since that time, Mr. and Mrs. Solseth have made their home with their daughter Mrs. Lebek, at Milroy. Mrs. Solseth passed away about two months ago. 

    The remains were brought to Madelia Monday night, and the funeral was held at the West Lutheran Church at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The remains were laid to rest beside those of Mrs. Solseth, in the West Lutheran cemetery. 

    Those from out of town who also attended the funeral are: Mr. and Mrs. Mona Olson, of Aberdeen, SD, Mr. P H Lebek of Milroy; Mr. Wm Blake; Mr. Ed Solseth and Miss ANnoe Solseth of Milroy.
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Douglas Edward Solseth

Birth Date: 1938-01-12
Deceased Date: 1989-07-07
Newspaper obituary, undated:  Douglas Solseth Services were held July 11 at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Pelican Rapids for a former Milroy resident, Douglas Solseth, 51, who died of cancer Friday, July 7, 1989 at the Pelican Valley Health Center in Pelican Rapids.  Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Solseth was born Jan. 12, 1938 in Milroy, a son of Harold and Helen Edwards Solseth.  He graduated from Milroy High School in 1956 and Mankato State University in 1960.  He married Connie Jones of Lucan and they lived at Burlington, Wyo., where he taught social studies one year.  They then moved to Marshall and in 1963 moved to Sundance, Wyo., where he also taught school.  They returned to Marshall where he taught until 1971 when he became a field representative for Minnesota Educational Association.  In 1975, they moved to Littleton, Colo., where he was field representative for Colorado Education Association until 1978 when they moved to Cloquet where he was again MEA representative.  They moved to Pelican Rapids in 1984.  He was a member of St. Leonard’s Church, Pelican Rapids Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, PSA and MEA. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Mrs. Terry (Lauri) Groth of Esko, Lisa of Hopkins, Leslie of Cloquet, Lynette of Sheboygan, Wis.; sons, Bryan of Long Prairie and Jonathan of Pelican Rapids; four grandchildren; his father at Marshall; brothers, Harold Jr. of Colorado Springs, and Richard of St. Louis Park; and sisters, Mrs. John (Chloris) Molle of Marshall, Mrs. Peter (Jeanine) Schumacher of Cottage Grove, Leona Jean McClain of DeKalb, Ill., and Mrs. John (Elaine) Brewers of Ghent.  He was preceded in death by his mother and a sister.
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Helen Jeanine Schumacher (Solseth)

Birth Date: 1932-01-16
Deceased Date: 2001-09-01
St. Paul Pioneer Press, Sept. 2, 2001


Helen Jeanine, 69, Sartell and formerly of Cottage Grove.  Services will be 11 am. Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Friends may all from 5-9 p.m. Monday at the Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and 1 hour prior to services Tuesday at the church in Sartell.  There will be a family rosary prayer at 6 p.m. followed by St. Francis Xavier Parish Prayers at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.  She is survived by her husband Peter of Sartell; children and their spouses, Steve 7 Chris of Scandia; Theresa 7 Mark Johnson of Taylors Falls; James & Lori of Eagan; Paul & Cindy of Lakeland; Mary & Richard Towner of White Bear Lake; Francis of Maplewood; Leona of St. Paul; sisters and brothers, Chloris m. Molle of Marshall; Harold Jr. of Colorado Springs, CO; Richard of Savage; Elaine Brewers of Ghent; Leona McLain of Sycamore, IL: and 16 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold & Helen (Edwards) Solseth, sister Patricia Ellingson, brother Doug.
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