Services for Marguerite M. Bechtold, 76, of Rockford Township were
Thursday, Aug. 23, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. Pastor Paul
R. Settergren officiated and interment followed at St. Paul's Lutheran
Cemetery. Friends called at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville
Funeral Home Wednesday, Aug. 22. A Prayer Service was held on Wednesday
evening at 8 p.m. Colleen Johnson was the organist for the funeral service.
Tim Duerr was the vocalist. "On Eagles' Wings" and "Amazing Grace How Sweet
the Sound" were sung as congregational hymns. Brian Wagner, Walt Bechtold,
Tim Bechtold, Paul Schutte, Todd Schleif and Ed Sjolin served as the casket
bearers. Mrs. Bechtold died early Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at The North
Ridge Care Center in New Hope. She was born in Rockford Township Sept.
15, 1924, the daughter of August and Anna Hafner Wagner. She was baptized
on Sept. 19, 1924. She was instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed
in the Christian faith as an adult on Oct. 25, 1946. She graduated from
Buffalo High School in 1943. On July 27, 1946, Marguerite Wagner and Vernon
Bechtold were joined in holy marriage at the Parsonage of St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Hanover. God blessed their marriage with a son, Rodney. Mr. and
Mrs. Bechtold engaged in farming for many years. Marguerite was a faithful
member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. She is survived by a son,
Rodney (Lucy) Bechtold of Hanover; grandchildren, Daniel (Malissa) Bechtold,
David (Tracy) Bechtold, Daryl (Janelle) Bechtold, Dawn Bechtold and fiancee
Matt Strehler, Duane Bechtold, Deanne Bechtold, Dennis Bechtold and Denise
Bechtold; a great grandson, Dawson Bechtold; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law,
Margaret Schutte, Bernice Bechtold, and Willmar (Caroline) Bechtold; many
other relatives and friends. Mrs. Bechtold was preceded in death by her
husband Vernon W. Bechtold on July 21, 1998; her parents; brothers, Raymond
Wagner and Clarence Wagner; a sister, Evelyn Wagner; and by brothers-in-law
Bernard Bechtold and Harold Schutte.
David Allen Gjerdingen
Services for David Allen Gjerdingen, 36, of Champlin, were Saturday,
Sept. 1, 2001, at United Methodist Church of Anoka. Burial is at Forest
Hill Cemetery in Anoka. He was killed Wednesday, Aug. 29, after being thrown
from his motorcycle while driving in Spring Lake Park. He was an ideal
dad, husband, son and brother and always a friend. He is survived by his
wife of 10 years Rosemary; children Rachael, Nathan and Alex; parents David
and Jane; brothers Craig (Jaime), Eric; sister Christina; father-in-law
Tony (Karen) Marqueti; brother-in-law Marco Marqueti; sister-in-law Elizabeth
(Todd) Schmaltz; many good friends and relatives.
Nels P. Jessen
Services for Nels P. Jessen, 82, formerly of St. Michael were conducted
Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Greenfield. Rev. Dennis K. Strong officiated and interment followed at
Salem Lutheran Cemetery. David Farstad was the organist. "I'm But a Stranger
Here", "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" and "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me" were
sung as congregational hymns. Mr. Jessen died Tuesday Aug. 21, at the Ebenezer
Covenant Home. He was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Minneapolis, the son of Nels
and Alma Orum Jessen. Mr. Jessen honorably served in the United States
Army during WWII. He was awarded a Bronze Star. On Sept. 24, 1949, Mr.
Jessen was joined in holy marriage to Adeline Holland at St. John's Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with three children.
Mr. and Mrs. Jessen engaged in dairy farming in Greenfield for many years.
He was a faithful member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenfield.
Nels was also a former member of the Greenfield Planning Commission. Mr.
Jessen is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Adeline Jessen; children,
Jennifer (Lyle) Nelson of Maple Grove, Nels Jessen III of Buffalo and Laurie
Jessen of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Tristin (Dale) Host of Crosslake,
Mark Nelson of Mankato, Adam Jessen and Drew Jessen both of Buffalo; great-grandchildren,
Tarissa, Brandon, and Jordan Host and Hunter Jessen; sisters, Betty Pouliot
of Maple Grove and June (Harold) Jessen of Blaine; many other relatives
and friends. Mr. Nels Jessen was preceded in death by his parents, two
brothers and two sisters.
Services for Agnes "Scuss" Kaunzner, 65, of Hanover were Monday, Aug.
27, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville
Funeral Home. Rev. Homer Dobson officiated and interment followed at The
Hanover Village Cemetery. Jack Bennett, John Bennett, Arnold Kral, Bill
Finke, Dennis Kaunzner, Lane Johnson and Harry Lippert served as casket
bearers. Mrs. Kaunzner died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at her residence.
She was born in Minneapolis Feb. 13, 1936, the daughter of Gilbert and
Pauline Peshina Melchior. She graduated from North High School. On Feb.
25, 1956, Agnes Melchior was joined in holy marriage to Darrell L. Kaunzner
at The First Christian Church in Minneapolis. Mr. Kaunzner preceded his
wife in death Aug. 22, 1995. She was employed for 20 years at Byerly's
Gift Foods. She is survived by children, Wendy (Steve) Froistad of Maple
Grove, Robert Kaunzner of Minneapolis, Scott (Teresa) Kaunzner of Elk River
and Tony Kaunzner of Hanover; grandchildren, Kristen, Heidi and Heather
Froistad, Corey and Shelby Kaunzner and Vanessa Ogren; sisters, Barbara
(Dan) Harkins of Florida, Joan (George) Graen of Louisiana and Jane Bennett
of Plymouth; an aunt Beatrice Peshina; other relatives and friends.
Services for Gloria C. Papenfuss, 78, of Osseo were Friday, Aug. 31,
2001 at Gerty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel. Burial was in Glen Haven. Mrs.
Papenfuss was preceded in death by son John and great-grandson, Zach. Survivors
include her husband Walter; sons, Tony and Robert Papenfuss; daughters,
Kathy Potvin, Peggy Walters, Patty Peterson, Jeanette Dickinson and Becky
Papenfuss; 12 grandchildren and one expected; seven great grandchildren;
sisters, Gerry, Gren, Jenny, Gladys and Garnett.
Services for Daryl R. Schendel, 43, were Thursday, Aug. 30, at Buffalo
Presbyterian Church. Mr. Schendel died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, in Lexington,
Ky. He is survived by father Leonard and stepmother Lela; fiancé
Cami Ivers; step-children Kevin, Brandi and Tyler and his dog Saydi; sisters
Bonita (Larry) Henley, and Patricia (Donald) Miller; brothers Gaylord Schendel,
Keith (Debbie) Schendel and Craig (Rebecca) Schendel; and many nieces and
nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Colleen Schendel.
Services for Norman Thomas, 63 of Hamel, were Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001,
at 10:30 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto, with Rev.
Brain Fier, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers
were Norman's nephews: Jacob Thomas, Jr., David Thomas, Chris Thomas, Michael
Chandler, Steve Bouley and Kurt Bouley. Mr. Thomas died Tuesday, Aug. 21,
2001, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He was born the
son of Jacob C. and Anna (Schuler) Thomas on Nov. 16, 1937, in Wayzata.
He was a graduate of Orono High School. He farmed in the Medina area most
of his life, but he also worked as a plumber. He was a lifelong member
of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church of Loretto. He was a avid hunter,
fisherman and trapper and he enjoyed trapshooting. He was a member of the
Delano Sportsman's Club. He liked dogs, especially his beloved Tigger,
who died two weeks ago. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents,
Jacob and Anna Thomas; and sister-in-law, Lorraine Thomas. He is survived
by three brothers, Jacob and Kenneth of Delano; Carl and Del of Loretto;
sister, Mary Ann and Russel Bouley of Hamel; and many nieces and nephews.
Delores I. Vergin
Services for Delores I. Vergin, 80, of Buffalo, were Thursday, Aug.
30, 2001, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. Pastor
James Disney officiated and interment was in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford.
Mrs. Vergin died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at the Ebenezer Covenant Home.
She was born Feb. 27, 1921, in Rockford Township, the daughter of Henry
J. and Marie H. (Wandersee) Ramthun. She was baptized March 27, 1921, at
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crawford Lake. She was also instructed
in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Trinity
Evangelical Lutheran Church June 17, 1934. Her confirmation memory verse
was Isaiah 43:1, "Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee
by thy name; thou art mine." She married Otto Vergin March 19, 1938, at
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The couple loved to dance. Mr. Vergin
preceded his wife in death Oct. 3, 1990. Mrs. Vergin was a faithful member
of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Buffalo. She enjoyed traveling,
baking and cooking. She is survived by sons, Gary (Sandie) Vergin and Todd
Vergin; granddaughter, Heidi (Brian) Vergin-Dahlin; great-grandchild, Brenna
Dahlin; sister, Ferne Bruhn, all of Buffalo; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law,
Bernice Ramthun, Laura Ramthun, Erna Ramthun-Steenerson, Lois (Aaron) Dixon
and Joyce (Thore) Meyer, all of Buffalo, Virgil (Lois) Vergin of Eden Prairie,
Mabel (Joe) Hermerding of Cross Lake and Jim (Dorothy) Vergin of Buffalo;
other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Vergin was
preceded in death by parents, five brothers and two sisters.
Marah Beth Blom, 12, of Maple Grove died suddenly Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001.
She was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece. Mar will be
deeply missed by her parents, Dave and Kathy; siblings, Kelly, Ashlie and
Alex; grandparents, Ron and Janet Blom, Tom and Pam Hjermstad and Marilyn
Hjermstad; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Marah touched more
people's lives in 12 years than most can hope in a lifetime. Special thank
you to the Courage Center and Weaver Lake Elementary School. "We love you
very much, Marah Beth."
Services for Daryl Bovy, 43, of Maple Grove were Wednesday, Aug. 29,
at Osseo United Methodist Church. Burial was in Niggler Cemetery. Mr. Bovy
was born April 17, 1958 in Minneapolis and died Saturday, Aug. 25, in Maple
Grove. He was a member of Osseo United Methodist Church. Mr. Bovy was preceded
in death by his son Matthew. Survivors include his wife of 22 years Brenda;
daughters, Kristy, Melissa and Mirands; son, Ryan; parents, Al and Bernie
Bovy; parents-in-law, Bob and Ardith Seeman, Cheryl (Buzz) Jensen, Gail
(Ken) Mostoller, Lynn (Terry) Ostlund and brother-in-law, Steve (Denise)
Seeman. Memorials preferred.
Marilyn J. Carlson
Services for Marilyn J. Carlson, 66, of Delano, were Tuesday, Aug.
14, 2001, at Delano Evangelical Free Church. Mrs. Carlson is survived by
husband, Daniel; daughter, Jody (Scott) Drexler; five grandchildren; three
great-grandchildren and sister, Liela (Mike) Hermanson. She was preceded
in death by father, Frank Jaeger and brother, Roger Jaeger.
Services for James L. Daniels, 73, of Maple Grove were Tuesday, Aug.
28, 2001, with a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. at the Church of St.
Thomas the Apostle, 20000 County Rd 10, Corcoran. Private interment was
at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Mr. Daniels was preceded in death by
parents and wife, Jean. Survivors include his wife, Frances Hoover Daniels;
sons, Michael (Darlene), Steven (Laura) and Christopher Daniels; daughter,
Lynn (Stephen) Sandquist; step-son, Michael Hoover and friend Debra Veith;
eight grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Daniels; many nieces, nephews, other
relatives and friends, and special friend, his dog Dolly. He was a former
employee of Liemandt's, and a graduate of William Mitchell College of Law.
He was a former Hennepin County Public Defender and attorney in private
practice. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of A.O.H. Memorials
preferred to Opportunity Partners.
Margaret Spence Larsen
Margaret Spence Larsen, a life-long Osseo resident, died Monday Aug.
20, 2001, at Colonial Acres Golden Valley. She was born April 20, 1910.
in Osseo. Services were Friday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. at Osseo United Methodist
Church. Burial was in Niggler Cemetery, Osseo. She graduated from Osseo
High School in 1927 and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1931.
She was a lifetime member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She worked for the
Dayton Company and Strut wear. She married Robert Larsen on May 27, 1937,
in her parents' garden in Osseo. After World War II Mr. Larsen went into
the Ford dealership business in Osseo, and Mrs. Larsen raised their family.
Mrs. Larsen was active in the Girl Scouts, Osseo United Methodist Church,
Winslow Lewis Lodge of the Eastern Star. She was a founding force behind
the Osseo Book Club, started in 1954 and still active today. She was a
25-year member of the Minneapolis Women's club. Mrs. Larsen loved her gardens,
entertaining, traveling, and most of all her family. The Larsens wintered
in Palm Springs, Calif., for more than 30 years, and loved the Cross Lake
area, where they have a summer home. She was preceded in death by her brother
John, and parents H.B. and Louise Spence. Survivors include her loving
husband of 64 years Robert Charles Larsen; Twins Susan (David) Brown of
Brooklyn Park and Spence of Edina; sister Jane Spence of Osseo; many nieces
and nephews and special friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers,
memorials preferred to Margaret Spence Larsen Memorial Fund.
Services for Leander J. Majeski, 53, of Maple Grove, were Thursday,
Aug. 30, 2001 with a Mass of Christian Burial at The Church of St. Columbkille,
Wendell. Burial was at St. Columbkille Cemetery. Survivors include sons,
Jason (Christine) and Dustin; grandchildren, Alexis, Bria and Cassandra;
sisters, Delphine King, Josephine Creech, Delores Prokott, Sophia Howard,
Lucille Kelly, Mary Acker, brother, Eugene; significant other, Ellie Wheller;
nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Lorraine B. Palmer
Services for Lorraine B. Palmer, 84, of Buffalo and formerly of Minneapolis,
were Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor
Edward A. Blair officiated and interment was in Crystal Lake Cemetery in
North Minneapolis. Casket bearers were Robert Purrier, Robbie Purrier,
Ralph Harding, Jr., Shaun Harding, Walter Preisler and Lyle Krueger. Mrs.
Palmer died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at the Ebenezer Covenant Home. She was
born July 7, 1917 in Minneapolis, the daughter of William H. and Vivian
H. (Turnbull) Dollinger. She was a former long-time secretary of The Boat,
Sports and Travel Show. She is survived by daughter, Sandra (Robert) Purrier
of Buffalo; son, Ralph (Judith) Harding, Jr. of Maple Grove; step-children,
Lois (Walter) Preisler of Centerville, Beverly (Lyle) Krueger of Forest
Lake and Richard (Sandy) Palmer of Calif.; many grandchildren and many
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, William H. and
Vivian Dollinger and husband, Ralph D. Palmer.
Folbert L. Pasenow
Services for Folbert L. Pasenow, 80, of Greenfield, were Saturday,
Aug. 25, 2001, at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Paul R. Settergren
officiated and interment was in the Greenwood Methodist Cemetery in Burschville.
Casket bearers were Gordie Thomas, Francis Roehl, Jesse Zitzloff, Larry
Zitzloff, Fred Pagenkopf and John Wipprecht. Honorary casket bearers were
Harvey Biegert, Jerry Zitzloff, John Zitzloff and John Kettenacker. Mr.
Pasenow died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001, at North Memorial Medical Center
in Robbinsdale. He was born May 27, 1921 in Greenwood Township, the son
of William and Adeline Jeske Pasenow. Mr. Pasenow and his brother, Leonard,
owned their family dairy farm for their entire lives. His great loves were
hunting and fishing. There were many deer hunting trips to the Iron Range.
He served on the planning commission for Greenfield for seven years. He
is survived by sisters, Lila (Helmut) Wipprecht of Cobalt, Ontario and
Luverne Hanson of Glen Carbon, Ill.; brother-in-law, Fred Pagenkopf of
Maple Plain; nephews, Fred (Jane) Pagenkopf of Minnetonka and John (Sylvie)
Wipprecht of North Bay, Ontario; nieces, Susan (Dieter) Scheunemann of
Naughton, Ontario and Mary (Terry) Andrews of Lively, Ontario; many great
nieces; great nephews; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in
death by brother, Leonard Pasenow; sister, Eleanor Pagenkopf and brother-in-law,
Services for Lawrence (Larry), 47, of Corcoran, were Monday, Aug. 27,
2001 at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel. Private interment. Mr. Semelsberger
died Thursday, Aug. 23. He was preceded by father, Wilfred. Survivors include
his wife, Virginia (Ginny); son, Michael of Sauk Centre; stepchildren,
Royce (Jackie) Woller, Melanie, Matt and Andrea Woller; mother, Welda Semelsberger
of Pa.; brothers and sisters, Robert, Daniel, and Kenneth Semelsberger,
Sandy McConnell, Judy Harris, Virginia Cann, Lynn Tomlin, Babette Mikitko,
Belinda Semelsberger, Michael's mother, Grace Martagon, in-laws, nieces,
nephews and other relatives and friends.
Services for Donald L. Watson, 76, of Maple Grove are today (Wednesday),
Aug. 29, 2001, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery. Mr. Watson was born Sept. 8, 1924.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Corene; children, Rondald (Cheri)
Watson, Michael (Judy) Watson, Lynnette (Pat) Maher, Gary Watson, and Sheryl
Watson; grandchildren, Tricia (Jeff) Olson, Shelly Watson, Kelly and Sarah
Maher, and Bryan and Kevin Watson; and great grandson, Tyler Joseph Olson;
sister, Dorothy (Reinny) Rath; and other relatives and friends.
Services for James H. Gordon, 62, formerly of Osseo, were Sunday, Aug.
19, 2001, at Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, Osseo. Private family interment
was Monday, Aug. 20, at Hillside Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's
Association for research. Mr. Gordon died Friday, Aug. 10, at his home
in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hedin;
father, Clarence; nephew, Bruce; and great-nephew, John Paul Wissler. Survivors
include brothers, Jerald (Geraldine) and Richard; step-brothers, Kevin
(Michelle) and Bradley; step-mother, Marilyn; uncle, Alfred (Jean); nieces,
Sue (John) Wissler and family, Kim (Tom) Smith and family; and nephew,
Tom (Lori) and family.
Victor Carl Koch
Services for Victor Carl Koch, 82, of Waconia were Monday, Aug. 20,
2001, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Rev. Dean Mahlum and Rev.
Peter Peitsch officiated in interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery
in Waconia. Casket bearers were grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Koch,
Brenda and Mark Wittrock, Bradley Koch, Melissa and Larry Wickenhauser,
Angela and Jeremy Solomon and K.C. Koch. Mr. Koch died Friday, Aug. 17,
2001, at his home in Waconia. He was born March 12, 1919, in Benton Township
to Albert and Anna (Panning) Koch in Benton Township. He was baptized May
12, 1919, by Rev. August Rehwaldt and confirmed April 9, 1933, by Rev.
Herman Ament at Zion Lutheran Church in Benton Township. He married Dorothy
Wisneski Nov. 28, 1940, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia. Rev. William
Schneider officiated. Mr. Koch developed many skills in his lifetime, beginning
with his education and his graduation from Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
He had several jobs including plowing snow, harvesting ice, repairing farm
equipment, driving a milk truck, working at and eventually owning Koch
Implement and Koch Bus Service, Inc. and most recently helping out his
family and friends with their "projects." He served on the board of trustees
and the building committee at Trinity Lutheran Church. He was also an EMV
contact person for many years. He also served as the civil defense director
in Waconia and was happy to help his friends and family with anything they
needed help with. He volunteered to drive the Trinity church bus for 30
years. Mr. Koch dearly loved his grandchildren and in their younger years
enjoyed teaching them to drive on the country roads, stopping at the Dairy
Queen and Sunday dinners out. In his later years he was happy to belong
to his card clubs. Mr. Koch was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy; son,
Curt; parents, Albert and Anna Koch; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph
and Katherine Wisneski; four brothers; three sisters and other relatives.
He is survived by son, Ken and daughter-in-law, Ruth Koch of Waconia; daughter-in-law,
Judy Koch of Waconia; grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Koch of Waconia,
Brenda and Mark Wittrock of Marshall, Bradley Koch of Chaska, Melissa and
Larry Wickenhauser of Cologne, Angela and Jeremy Solomon of New Hope and
Kenneth (K.C.) Koch of Waconia; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jalen Wittrock,
Samuel, Klara and Lucy Koch and Jacob Wickenhauser; sisters and brother-in-law,
Vera Schaefer of Osseo, Esther and Lloyd Butterfass of Waverly, sisters-in-law,
Sidora Koch of Winsted, Marietta Koch of Winsted, Loretta Koch of Emily;
nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Services for Thelma L. Rose, 96, formerly of Rockford, were Tuesday,
Aug. 21, 2001, at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church, Buffalo. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Erving J. Rose in 1985. Survivors include
daughters, Shirley Beier of Osseo, Audrey (Earl) Rux of Rockford and Joanne
Faue of Hamel; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great
grandchild; a sister-in-law; and many other relatives and friends.
Gene A. Bouley
Services for Gene A. Bouley, 72, of Champlin, were Thursday, Aug. 9,
2001, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church in Anoka. Interment is at Calvary
Cemetery in Anoka. Mr. Bouley is survived by his wife of 46 years, Phyllis;
sons, Randy (Linda) and Mike; daughters, Janelle (Tom) Guminga, Michelle,
Karla (Don) Pavek; grandchildren, Matt, Art, Kim, Heather, Cody, Sarah,
Tessa and Amanda; mother, Irene Bouley; brothers, Duane, Marcel, David,
Tom, Don and Douglas; sisters, Bernadette Snyder, Loretta Morrisette, Dorothy
Flor, Mary McNeil and Rita Peterson.
Services for Margaret Diem, 84 of Delano, were Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001,
at the United Methodist Church in Delano, with Rev. Rebecca Sechrist officiating.
Music was by Karen Otto, organist, and congregational singing. Pallbearers
were Mrs. Diem's grandchildren: Brian and Pam Diem, Kris and Thom Howden,
Tim and Toni Diem, and Natalie Diem. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Mrs.
died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia. She
was born in Delano Dec. 9, 1916, the daughter of William and Blanche (Packer)
Heinen. She was married to Leonard F. Diem. Mrs. Diem was a partner and
worked in Heinen Hardware in Delano, for more than 50 years. She was a
lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Delano. Mrs. Diem was
preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her parents William and Blanche
Heinen and her brother, Harlan Heinen. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law,
William and Sylvia Diem of Delano; grandsons, Brian and Pam Diem, and Tim
and Toni Diem; granddaughters: Kris and Thom Howden, and Natalie Diem;
great grandchildren, Britta Diem, and Ian and Jenna Howden; sisters-in-law,
Sister Oliver Diem, Magdalen Dehmer and Olivia Chervenak.
Services for Ted R. Jefferson, 81, of Rogers, formerly of Sparta and
La Crosse, Wis., were Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Congregational
United Church of Christ, Sparta, Wis., with Rev. Dale Kuck and Rev. Curtis
Miller officiating. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Sparta. Mr. Jefferson
died Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Wellstead of Rogers. He is survived by wife of
53 years, Lillian (nee Hickey); daughter, Candace Jefferson, Detroit, Mich.;
son and daughter-in-law, Barry and Nancy Jefferson, Edina; grandchildren,
Jennifer, Buffalo; Joshua, Detroit; and Robert Jefferson, Edina; and Kelly
St. Jacque, Griffin, Calif.; and great-grandson, Jacob Jefferson, Buffalo.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Bill Jefferson.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Catherine Peggy Koziol, 93, of Delano,
formerly of Watertown, was Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate
Conception Catholic Church, Watertown, with Rev. Frank Wampach officiating.
Music was by Rose Ann Motzko, organist, with the church choir and Alice
Nowak, soloist. Pallbearers were John Koziol, Eddie Chmielewski, Joe Chmielewski,
Susie Chmielewski, Harold Nowak and Bob Hanson. Burial was in the church
cemetery. Mrs. Koziol died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at the Delano Heathcare
Center. She was born Aug. 6, 1907, in Silver Lake the daughter of Joseph
and Mary (Pawalk) Chmielewski. She was married to Theodore Koziol. Mrs.
Koziol was preceded in death by her husband, Ted; brothers, John, Thomas
and Frank Chmielewski; sisters, Sister Pauline (Frances), Stella Chmielewski,
Barbara Mallak and Elizabeth Nowak. Survivors include sons, Leonard and
Carol of California, and Richard and Donna of Blaine; six grandchildren;
seven great grandchildren; sisters, Ann Nolan of Minneapolis and Agnes
Dolezal of Silver Lake.
Margaret G. Kress, 75, of St. Michael died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001.
She is preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. She is survived
by husband, Edward; children, Millan, Dan and Colleen Zarich; grandson,
Alexander; three step-children; sister, Alice Palmateer; many other relatives
and friends. Procession left 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, from Klecatsky and
Sons Funeral Home, 1580 Century Pt., Eagan, for 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian
Burial at Historic Church of St. Peter, Mendota.
Services for Mary M. Martinson, 56, of Maple Grove, were Friday, Aug.
10, 2001, at 1 p.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St.
Joseph "The Little Church", 13015 Rockford Rd., Plymouth. Burial was in
Gethsemane Cemetery. Mrs. Martinson died Monday, Aug. 6, She is survived
by loving husband of 33 years, Wayne; children, Meredith (Todd) Gray, Kara
and Matthew; grandchildren, Danielle and McKay Gray; sisters, Dianne Doll,
Carolyn (David) Carlson, Patricia (Bob) McElhaney and Fran Bohn; brother,
Gerald (Darlene) McDonald; also survived by many other relatives and friends.
Services for Elizabeth Proehl, 85, formerly of Hamel and Lutsen, were
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale. Interment
was in Mt. Olive of Plymouth Church Cemetery. Mrs. Proehl died Thursday,
Aug. 16, 2001. She was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth. She is survived
by sister, Edith Sandhoff; nieces, nephews and their families, Karen and
Jerome Jensen, Shirley and Bob Nygaard, Donald and Linda Proehl, Jim Proehl,
and Jean and Bruce Neumann; and family in Denmark. Memorials may be made
to the Animal Humane Society or your favorite charity.
Services for Anthony Herman Polingo, 94, of Annandale, formerly of
Montrose, were Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001, at St. Mary's of Czestochowa Catholic
Church in Franklin Township. Rev. James Livingston, officiated. Music was
by Karen Otto and the church choir. Pallbearers were Edward Polingo, Robert
Polingo, Ronald Nalewaya, Jim Otto, Peter Gallus and Alfred Salonek. Interment
was in the church cemetery. Mr. Polingo died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, at
the Annandale Health Care Center. He was born May 1, 1907, in Woodland
Township the son of Frank and Florence (Schmidt) Polingo. He lived with
his parents, south of Montrose; went to country school and Montrose High
School; played saxophone in a Waverly band; worked in New Brighton for
a time, but came home again after his dad passed away. He later became
ill and had to be taken care of, which was when he made his home at Country
Meadow near Annandale, where he resided until he was moved to Annandale
Health Care Center for additional nursing care. Mr. Polingo was preceded
in death by his parents, Frank and Florence (Schmidt) Polingo; step-sister,
Mamie and John Gabrelcik; brothers, John (Elizabeth) Secora, Peter, Frank
(Mattilda) Mallock, and George (Irene) Ramola; sisters, Catherine (John)
Salonek, Mattilda (John) Gallus, Margaret (Joe) Malewaya, and Claude Hutter.
Survivors include his sister, Florence and (John 'Jack') Otto and many
nephews, nieces and special friends at Country Meadow near Annandale.
Services for James (Jim) L. Sis, 54, of Champlin were Monday. Aug.
13, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 525 Jackson St.,
Anoka. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery. Survivors include his wife,
Mary; sons, Jeff (Jesse), Eric (Katie); parents, Lee and Etta; father-in-law,
Clarence; two brothers, seven sisters-in-law; nine brothers-in-law; many
living relatives and friends.
Services for Helen Rentz, 88, of Buffalo were Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2001,
at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Rev. Paul R. Settergren officiated.
Mrs. Rentz died Friday, Aug. 3, at the Park View Care Center. She was born
in Rockford Aug. 7, 1912, the daughter of Emil and Minnie Kelm Loeffler.
She was baptized Aug. 25, 1912, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Greenwood Township. She was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and
confirmed in the Christian faith Aug. 15, 1926, at Cross Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Rockford. On Nov. 11, 1931, Helen E. Loeffler and Raymond A.
Rentz were joined in holy marriage in Rockford Township. God blessed their
marriage with two children. Mrs. Rentz and her husband engaged in farming
in Rockford Township for many years. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran
Church in Hanover. She is survived by children, Elwood (Carol) Rentz and
Dee (Dean) Hanson, all of Buffalo; grandchildren, Mike (Mary) Rentz, Mark
(Pam) Rentz, Marcy (Bob) Folks, Cindy (Rod) Johnson and Kathy (Dan) Jaramillo;
six great grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Loeffler; sisters-in-law, Regina
Marschel and Mabel Hoh, all of Buffalo; other relatives and friends. She
was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond A. Rentz, April 1, 1999,
and by her parents.
Pauline Grace Roehl
Memorial service for Pauline Grace Roehl, 83, formerly of Maple Grove,
will be Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at 2 p.m. at American Martyrs Church,
624 15th St., Manhattan Beach, Calif. Mrs. Roehl died peacefully in her
home, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, Aug. 1. A Manhattan Beach resident
for 55 years, Pauline was born Feb. 22, 1918, to Otto and Pauline Krienke
in Minneapolis. She was raised on the family farm in Maple Grove. She was
devoted to her parents, who died when she was very young, and to her five
siblings who helped each other survive their loss. Her older sister Victoria
and her husband Albert Joyner moved to the family farm to care for the
younger children. Pauline and her sister's children, Albert Jr., Lyn, and
Gwen, became as close as siblings. Pauline graduated at age 16 from Osseo
High School in 1934. In 1936 she graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College;
at the age of 18 she began seven years of teaching in rural one-room schools.
Some of the eighth grade boys were almost her age and a lot taller too.
To be near the school, Pauline boarded with a local family. When they took
her to a family gathering, she met John Roehl, whom she married on June
14, 1941. Together they raised four children and then became the ever willing
child care center for their 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren,
sharing in the joys of all their accomplishments. Mrs. Roehl's patience,
skills, games, songs and prayers created fond memories. Besides serving
her own family, she volunteered in scouting, Christian education, Altar
Society, 55+ Club, Beach Pixies Auxiliary of the Children's Home Society,
and the local election board. She was a 51-year attendee at the Beach Cities
Symphony Orchestra concerts. Mrs. Roehl touched many lives and will always
be remembered for her quiet example of Christ's love. She was preceded
in death by her parents, Pauline (Kottke) and Otto Krienke, her sister
and brother-in-law, Albert Joyner and Victoria Krienke Joyner; brothers
Victor, Charles, Clinton and Oliver Krienke, and nephew Al Joyner. Her
loving husband, John, with whom she shared a 60th wedding anniversary on
June 14, 2001, survives her. She is also survived by her children, Grace
Van Dusen and her husband Gary, Marci Nobriga Dollinter and husband Mike,
Gary Roehl and wife Deb, and Marie Craig and husband Paul; grandchildren
Geoffrey Van Dusen, Gail Van Dusen Campos and husband Dave, Gloria Van
Dusen and husband Steve Kleine, Gretchen Van Dusen and husband Grant, Christa
Nobriga Porter and husband Clem, Keith Nobriga and wife Cindi, Cyndi Nobriga,
Jen Nobriga Kakoschke and husband Regan, Jason Nobriga, Jake Roehl and
wife Holly, Becci Roehl Twombley and husband Dennis, Lisa Roehl, John Craig,
Matthew Craig and Kevin Craig; great-grandchildren Anthony Campos, Rosa
Campos, Elise Kleine, Janelle Axton, Jeanna Axton, Jackie Porter, Katie
Nobriga, Kelsie Nobriga, Kimberly Nobriga and Piper Twombley, nephew Lyn
Joyner of Champlin, and niece Gwen Joyner Christensen. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to a favorite charity.
Services for Donald E. Toomey, 82, of Corcoran were Friday, Aug. 17,
2001, at Gearty-Delmore Chapel of Plymouth. Burial was in Fort Snelling
National Cemetery. A former POW, Mr. Toomey served as a navigator with
the 465th Bomb Group H of the 781st Bomber Squadron of the U.S. Army Air
Corps during WWII where he attained the rank of First Lieutenant. He was
a member of American Ex-POW Association, and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Loretta Toomey; sister, Margaret
Hartkopf and Anna James; brothers, Joseph and John Toomey. Survivors include
his loving wife of 53 years, Fay; children and spouses, Marlene Toomey,
April (Lonnie) Kraatz, and Randall (Laurie) Toomey; grandchildren, Jesse,
Chad, Tasha and Justin Toomey, and Andrea, Nicolette and Jason Kraatz;
great-grandchildren, Malik and Jamal; sisters, Mary Roitenberg, Agnes Thielges,
Pat McGovern, Dorothy Scoville, Frances Hickley and Donna Godknecht; brothers,
Richard and Paul Toomey; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Curtis V. Torfin, 79, of
Clinton, Wash., formerly of Delano, will be Saturday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m.
at Light of Christ Lutheran Church in Delano. Interment will be at Wannaska,
Minn. Mr. Torfin died July 31, 2001. He was born Dec. 17, 1921, in Wannaska,
Minn., to Clarence and Mabel (Dahl) Torfin. He married Clarian Roragen
of Fertile, Minn., in 1946, and they had 10 children. He was preceded in
death by his parents, his first wife, Clarian; sons Ronald, Roger, and
Mark; and brothers Ivan and Vincent. He is survived by wife Verna of Clinton,
Wash., whom he married in 1982; brother Duane (Jean) Torfin; children,
Gary (Cindy), Dan (Sally), David (Denise), Cheryl (Mike) Warzeha, Sandy
(Jon) Hartin, Cindy (Barry) Lemmage, and Susan (Darryl) Kettenacker; stepchildren,
Gloria Craig, Shirley (John) Huffine, Joan Rutherford, Clark Goldthorp,
and Mike (Jaymie) Shenaman; 26 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. Torfin entered the service in 1942, and served the Army Air Corps as
a gunner on a B-24. He flew 50 missions over Italy and other European countries
while with the 376 Bomb Group. He worked as construction electrician with
IBEW Local 292 prior to moving to Washington. He was a 40-year member of
the AA family and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign
Wars. At the time of his death, he was Commander and Past Commander of
the VFW Post 7482 in Clinton, and the president of the 376 Bomb Group Veterans
Services for Merlin Dean Blair, 42, of Elk River were Monday, Aug.
3, 2001, at Osseo United Methodist Church, 16 Second Ave. S.E., Osseo.
Burial was in Rush Creek Cemetery. Mr. Blair was born Nov. 29, 1958 in
Golden Valley. He died Monday, Aug. 6, in a work related accident in Monticello.
Mr. Blair grew up in Osseo. He was preceded in death by mother Adell. Survivors
include wife, Penny of Elk River; daughters, Heather and Heidi Blair; father,
Woody Blair of Maple Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Janet
Blair of Rockford, Curt and Wyonne Blair of Onalaska, Wis., Randy and Sue
Blair of Monticello; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Dave Heifort
of Albertville, Merilyn Blair of Brooklyn Park and Cheryle and Mike Johnson
of Andover. Memorials may be given to the Merlin Dean Blair Memorial Fund,
6000 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Center, Minn. 55429.
Services for Jarvis Harff, 62, of Rockford were Monday, July 30, 2001,
at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Rev. Delburn
Kurtz officiated and interment followed at Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford
with military rites. Leroy Peterson, Gilbert Peterson, Jack Russek, Lawrence
Pettit Loren Harff, Duane Beise and David Johnson served as the casket
bearers. Mr. Harff died Thursday, July 26, 2001 at his residence. He was
born in Minneapolis Oct. 14, 1938, the son of John "Jack" and Vivian Peterson
Harff. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and was formerly
employed in the manufacturing of windows. He is survived by a sister Shirley
(William) Kostka of Grand Rapids; a niece, Cecelia (Gene) Hubbard; nephews,
Michael Johnson and David Johnson; two aunts, cousins, other relatives
and friends. Jarvis was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother,
Jerome Harff in 1953.
A memorial service for Ronald Kahring, 57, of Maple Grove, formerly
of St. Charles, was Sunday, Aug. 5, 2001 at 1:30 p.m. at Gearty-Delmore
Chapel of Plymouth. Private interment. Mr. Kahring died Aug. 1, after a
valiant battle with cancer. He was born May 21, 1944 in St. Charles, to
the late Kermit and Esther (Melvin) Kahring. He is survived by his loving
wife, Janet (Sharp) of Maple Grove; children, Christopher of Colorado Springs,
Colo., Michelle of Inver Grove Heights, and Michael of Maple Grove; sisters,
Marilyn Dahl of Rochester, and Cindy Kasel of Brooklyn Park; nephew, Jeremy
of New Hope; sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, many nephews and nieces. Ron
graduated from St. Charles High School in 1962 and worked as a design engineer
in New Hope. Memorials preferred to FUMC Hospice Program, 2450 26th Ave.
South, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (651-632-6855).
Services for Henry Lanars, 62, of Rockford were Thursday, Aug. 2, at
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto with Rev. Brian Fier officiating.
Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Lanars died on Friday, July 27,
2001, at St. Louis Park Plaza. Henry, son of Louis and Edna (Exner) Lanars,
was born on April 30, 1939 in Hassan Township. He was a member of the Knights
of Columbus, Our Lady of Loretto Council 9601 and a faithful member of
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. He is survived by two sisters;
Bernice and George Geyer, and Lena Hashiemer; two brothers; Ivan and Lila,
Joseph and Bonnie and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Henrietta F. Lohrke
Services for Henrietta F. Lohrke, 91, of Delano, were Thursday, Aug.
2, 2001, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Watertown. Rev. Jay Klein officiated
and interment was in the church cemetery. Casket bearers were Jim Psyck,
Steven Rieland, Jerry Rohlfsen, Ron Novak, David Lange and Dennis Lange.
Mrs. Lohrke died Monday, July 30, 2001, at her residence in Franklin Township.
She was born Oct. 3, 1909 in Marcus Township, Iowa, the daughter of Henry
and Marie (Boldenow) Rohlfsen. She was baptized Oct. 24, 1909 at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Germantown, Iowa and confirmed June 8, 1924 at St. John's
Lutheran Church in Buffalo. She married Royal A. Lohrke Sept. 5, 1935 at
St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Watertown. The couple lived in Watertown
and Medford in their early married life and later purchased a farm on the
north shore of Whaletail Lake. Upon their retirement, they moved to Nisswa
for a short period of time and then moved to south of Delano. Her teaching
career began in 1928 south of Delano, followed by teaching positions at
Swede Lake, Oak Lake, St. Bonifacius and Waconia. She enjoyed gardening,
the outdoors, fishing, crocheting, sewing and visiting her children in
her later years. She was also committed to her church activities which
included LWML where she served as president and secretary several times,
circuit treasurer, recording secretary for the Minnesota District LWML
and a delegate at two national conventions. She was preceded in death by
husband, Royal; parents, Henry and Marie Rohlfsen; sister, Joyce Shepard
and brothers, Oliver and Ronald Rohlfsen. She is survived by children and
spouses, Rev. Merlyn and Loetta Lohrke of Guthrie, Okla., Janice and Donley
Kubasch of Moscow, Idaho and Richard Lohrke of Cameron, Mont.; grandchildren,
Amy and John Gregg, Martin and Angela Lohrke, Marla and Frederick Guenther
and Michael Lohrke; great-grandson, Joshua Gregg; sister and brother-in-law,
Viola Coyle of Oxnard, Calif., Ellen Nelson of Mound and Betty and Donald
Heidorn of Cape Coral, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Harold Rohlfsen
of Faribault, Leonard and Carolyn Rohlfsen of Sun City, Ariz. and Wilbert
and Evelyn Rohlfsen of Fairmont; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Eileen
Rohlfsen of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Ken Shepard of Helena, Mont., Wilma Lohrke
of Spring Park, Irma Psyck of Spring Park and Virginia and Wilfred Rieland
of St. Bonifacius; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Services for Jean Oeffling, 58, of Loretto were Friday, Aug. 3, at
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Loretto with Rev. Brian Fier officiating.
Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Lyrek, Kirs
Georges, Jason Vieau, Joel Arens, Robert Oeffling, and Kurt Klapprich.
Honorary pallbearers were Shari Coons, Susan Johnson, Karen Beaupre, Nancy
Pedersen, Carol Tabery, Phil Tabery, Dean Voss, John Branson, Mike Kvasnicka,
and Terry Tomann. Mrs. Oeffling died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Ridgeview
Medical Center in Waconia, after a courageous battle with cancer for 6
and 1/2 years. Mrs. Oeffling and her husband, Jim shared over 36 years
of marriage. Thirty one of those years they resided on Lake Sarah. She
has a deep religious faith and was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic
Church in Loretto where she was a faithful choir member. She was employed
as a secretary at Wright-Hennepin Electric for 26 years. She was a caring
and loving person to friends and family and had a real gift for helping
others. She thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren, sports and she loved
flowers and birds. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and
Margaret Vieau, parents-in-law, Henry and Angela Oeffling, brothers-in-law
and sister-in-law, Wayne and Carmen Goodmand and Eddie Ghostley. She is
survived by her husband, James; sons: Scott and Jill of Delano, Corey and
Jennifer of Hanover, Kary and Molly of Delano; grandchildren: Rachel, Sam
and Turner Oeffling, and a fourth grandchild to arrive in September; sisters:
Marilyn and Harold Winterhalter of Plymouth, twin sister, Jane and Jerry
Lyrek of Maple Plain, Lil and Roger Georges of Delano; brothers: Leon and
Rosetta Vieau of Delano, Loren and Cec Vieau of Loretto; brothers and sisters-in-law:
Bette and Howard Carstedt of Maple Lake, Jeanne and Melvin Weber of Robbinsdale,
Joe and Mary Lou Goodman of Columbia Heights, Carol and Andy Pettit of
Loretto, Eleanor Ghostley of Anoka, Nick and Katie Oeffling of Loretto,
Helen and Paul Klapprich of Wayzata, Catherine and Frank Meister of Corcoran,
and Judy and Tom Arens of Loretto; many nieces, nephews, other relatives
and her many friends.
Elwood M. "Rod" Rademacher
Services for Elwood M. "Rod" Rademacher, 64, were Wednesday, Aug. 1,
2001, at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Independence. Pastor Lyndon Nygaard
officiated and interment was in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Pallbearers
were Andy, Michael and Jake Rademacher, Eddie Malecek, Andrew Smith, Bruce
Brasseur, Mitchel Pierson and Jim Kartak. Honorary casketbearers were Larry
Person, Fred Kettenacker, Harold Larson, Bob McCoy, Donny Bangle and John
Staskivige. Mr. Rademacher died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Ridgeview Medical
Center in Waconia. He was born June 14, 1937 in Willmar, the son of Ernest
and Caroline (Ellefson) Rademacher. He met Patricia Mae Malecek in October
of 1985 and they were wed Feb. 16, 1994 in Las Vegas. Mr. Rademacher restored
old buggies and he enjoyed old Western movies as well as traveling and
camping. He was a past president of the Rockford Lions Club. He was the
owner of JR Installation. He completed his carpentry apprenticeship in
1964. Originally, he started and owned Hip Construction and Rademacher
Sales and Installation in Rockford. At one time he worked as building inspector
for the city of Greenfield. He was preceded in death by parents, Ernest
and Caroline and daughter, Beth Zahler. He is survived by wife, Patricia
of Rockford; sons, Joel and JoAnn and sons, Andy and Jake of Buffalo and
John and Sandy and daughter, Megan of Albertville; daughter, Mary Rademacher
and Joseph Field and children, Amber, Desiree, Ashley, Hailey and Clayton
of Maple Lake; brother, Michael and Judy Rademacher of Mesa, Ariz.; sisters,
Susan Narum of Anoka, Jane and Larry Persons of Coon Rapids and Sally Pierson
of Blaine; mother and father-in-law, Edward and Louise Malecek of Delano;
brothers and sisters-in-law, Edward L. "Butch" and Martha Malecek of Delano,
Theodore "Ted" and Debbie of Santa Claus, Ind., David Malecek of Sioux
Falls, S.D., Michael Malecek of Delano, Steven Malecek of Petaluma, Calif.,
Jon and Patty Malecek of Maple Plain, Jacquelyn and Larry Smith of Hutchinson,
Mary and Alan Spears of Tulsa, Okla., Jean and Don Hayes of Montrose and
Terry and Daryl Foss of Elk River; many other relatives and friends.
Darrell L. Taylor
Services will be at a later date for Darrell L. Taylor, 66, of Eden
Valley. He died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Paynesville Area Hospital. He
was born May 31, 1935 in Hawkins, Wis., the son of Everett and Ruby (Harvey)
Taylor. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He also worked as a printer for Phoenix Packaging Co. in Maple Grove, retiring
in 1997. He was a member of the Delano American Legion. Mr. Taylor is survived
by son, Wade of Baron, Wis.; step-daughter, Deborah Koltis of Thorp, Wis.;
grandson, Christopher Taylor of Sauk Centre; great-grandchildren, Spencer
Freud and Raven Taylor of Sauk Centre; sisters and brothers, Edna Morgan
of Elk River, Violet Harless of Rush City, Bonnie Granberg of Prentice,
Wis., Betty Halvorson of Bayfield, Wis., Ed Taylor, Sr. of Sheldon, Wis.
and Jim Taylor of Eden Valley. He was preceded in death by parents; brother,
Bud Taylor and sister, Dot Severen.
Services for Anna K. Willems 100, of Buffalo were Monday, July 30,
2001, at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial at The Church of St. Francis
in Buffalo. Rev. Kenneth F. Ludescher was the celebrant. Corrie Silverberg,
LeRoy Welter, Joe Eull, Louis Goeb, John Zachman and Darwin Kuehn served
as casket bearers. Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery. Mrs. Willems died
Wednesday, July 25, at the Good Samaritan Center in Howard Lake. She was
born in St. Michael Sept. 29, 1900, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Kemmetmueller
Goeb. Anna and her husband, Peter P. (Pete) Willems, farmed near Hanover
many years and moved into the city of Buffalo in 1958. She was a member
of St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo and a former member of St. Michael
Church in St. Michael. She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct.
16, 1983; her parents; a sister, Josephine D. Willems and by a brother,
Ed Goeb. Survivor include her half sisters, Clara Kuehn of Corcoran and
Joan Herman of Anoka, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
James R. Graen
Services for James R. Graen, 42, of Dayton, were Wednesday, Aug. 1,
2001, at Washburn-McReavy Robbinsdale Chapel. Interment is at Gethsemane
Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Sue; daughter Mackenzie; son Gavin;
parents James and Patricia; brothers Jeff (Julie) and Tom; sisters Patricia
(Wayne) Carlson and Kelly Zwack; also many nieces and nephews. He was employed
by S & W Plastics.
Viola Marie Haven
Services for Viola Marie Haven, 64, of Montrose, were Saturday, July
28, 2001. Rev. James Livingston officiated and interment was at the Church
of St. Mary of Czestochowa in Delano. Casket bearers were her brothers,
Donald Leuthardt, Edward Leuthardt, Marvin Leuthardt, James Leuthardt,
Robert Leuthardt and Thomas Leuthardt. Mrs. Haven died peacefully at her
home surrounded by her husband and family Tuesday, July 24, following a
valiant battle against cancer. She was born July 14, 1937, in rural Chokio,
the daughter of Peter and Agnes (Barlage) Leuthardt. She was the second
of 13 children and was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic faith at
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. Mrs. Haven received all schooling
at Chokio Public School and graduated valedictorian and homecoming queen
in 1955. After graduation, she was employed at Northwestern National Bank
in Minneapolis from 1955 to 1960. She was joined in marriage to Dennis
L. Haven June 11, 1960, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. The couple
had five children. They made their home in St. Louis Park for eight years
before moving to their present home in Montrose in 1973. Mrs. Haven was
a faithful member of the Church of St. Mary of Czestochowa in Delano. She
was always active in church, giving of her time and talents whenever possible.
Along with singing in the church choir, she shared her deep faith with
the young people as a CCD instructor in every parish she was a member.
She centered her entire life around her husband with whom she enjoyed more
than 41 years of marriage, her children, her 15 grandchildren, her home
and most importantly, her faith. She will be missed deeply, but her faith,
strength, wisdom and everyday presence will remain in our hearts forever.
She is survived by husband, Dennis Haven; daughters, Kimberly (Brian) Jans
of Buffalo, Tracy (Michael) Hinkemeyer of Monticello, Cynthia (James) Marston
of Buffalo and Denise (Mark) Holthaus of Monticello; son, Anthony Haven
and fiancée Angie Robeck of Montrose; grandchildren, Joshua, Miranda,
Lukas, Zachary and Marissa Jans, Brienne and Jenna Hinkemeyer, Emily, William
and Haley Marston, Ashley, Aaron, Alexandra, Abbie and Allie Holthaus and
a 16th grandchild to arrive in September; sisters and brothers, Donald
(Sheila) Leuthardt of Morris, Patricia (Stanley) Bohn of Fremont, Neb.,
Edward (Connie) Leuthardt of Minneapolis, Marvin Leuthardt of St. Paul,
James (Joanne) Leuthardt of St. Joseph, Robert Leuthardt of Burnsville,
Beverly Leuthardt of Chokio, Sandra (Phillip) Moser of Rochester and Thomas
(Vicki) Leuthardt of Chokio; sister-in-law, Audrey Leuthardt of Ortonville;
brother-in-law, Loren Moser of Anaheim, Calif.; many nieces; nephews; other
relatives and friends, in particular, Judy and Dave Bodin and Maxine and
Leon Kaczmarek. She was preceded in death by parents, Peter and Agnes (Barlage)
Leuthardt; sisters, Marlys Leuthardt and Doris Moser; and brother, Ralph
Services for Don R. Hesse, 53, of Maple Grove were Monday, July 23,
2001 at 11 a.m. at Enga-White-Gleason Funeral Chapel, 5500 Stevens Ave.
Burial was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Mr. Hesse died suddenly Wednesday,
July 18. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie and brother, Ron.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Pat; father, Ronald A.; brother,
Tim (Karen); mother and father-in-law, Carol and Ron Widlund and beloved
pets, Gremlin and Gizmo. He was employed with the Bulk Mail Center in Eagan.
He was an avid outdoorsman and appreciated all forms of nature. He will
be missed by family and friends. Memorials preferred.
Services for Howard J. Kurtzweil, 47, of Maple Grove will be Wednesday,
July 25, 2001, at 2 p.m. at the DuSchane Chapel, 4239 West Broadway, Robbinsdale.
A gathering for friends and family will be one hour prior to service. Burial
will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery. He was born Aug. 25, 1953 in Wausau,
Wis. He graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School and attended the University
of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. He began a career in the commercial printing
industry while in high school. He moved to Minneapolis and worked for several
printing companies in the Twin Cities area. He was married to Peg Skelly
for 15 years and was a dedicated father to his children, Colin 12, and
Alex 11. He enjoyed playing his guitar and listening to blues and rock
and roll music. Besides his wife and sons, survivors include his parents,
Norbert and Betty Kurtzweil of Horseshoe Bend, Ariz.; sister, Dyan Lopez
of Stevens Point, Wis.; brothers Rick (Barb) of Horseshoe Bend, Ariz.;
Steve (Kathy) of Chaska; Terry (Mary) of Stevens Point, Wis., Tim of Regensburg,
Germany, Greg (Karen) of Stevens Point, Wis., Larry (Mary) Kurtzweil of
Hartford, Wis., brother, Jerry (Michelle) of Schaumberg, Ill; sister, Sarah
Marie (Ken) Koput of Tucson, Ariz.; 15 nieces and nephews and a myriad
of friends and business acquaintances in the Twin Cities and Stevens Point.
Grace L. Kormylo
Services for Grace L. Kormylo, 77, of Dayton, were Friday, July 20,
2001, at the Crystal Lake Funeral Home. Interment was at Crystal Lake Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, and son, Dennis. She
is survived by her children, James (Sue), Gayle (Ray) Thurber, and Bob
(Brenda); 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger Norrdin;
and significant other, Daniel Rittel. Memorials are preferred.
John "Jack" Johnson
Services for John Joseph "Jack" Johnson, 5, of St. Michael were Saturday,
July 21, 2001 at 9 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church in St. Michael.
Rev. Leonard F. Siebenaler was the celebrant and interment followed at
St. Michael Cemetery. Mike Johnson, Matt Johnson, Mike McDonald and Tom
McDonald served as casket bearers. Jack died Wednesday, July 18, at North
Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. He was born Aug. 22, 1995, in Robbinsdale,
the son of Randall and Mary McDonald Johnson. Jack attended Pinewood Elementary
School in Monticello and Bright Beginnings in St. Michael. He is survived
by his loving parents, Randall and Mary Johnson; a brother, Charlie Johnson
at home; grandparents, Rita McDonald of Maple Grove, and Russ and June
Johnson of Robbinsdale; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ethel B. Jones
Services for Ethel B. Jones, 89, of St. Michael and formerly of Lake
Charlotte were conducted Wednesday evening, July 25, 2001, at 7:30 p.m.
at The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Mrs. Jones
died Sunday, July 22, at the Buffalo Hospital. She was born in Minneapolis
July 13, 1912, the daughter of Gust and Dora Kruger Beyer. She married
Andrew S. Jones April 15, 1961, in Columbia Heights. Mr. Jones preceded
his wife in death July 4, 1968. She was formerly employed at Lyon Food
Products for many years. She also enjoyed playing the organ and piano.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her sons, Glenn H. (Jackie) Swanson and Gary
D. (Donna) Swanson, all of Buffalo; a daughter, Gail (Greg Knutsen) Kozlak
of Plymouth; a daughter-in-law, Mary Swanson of Buffalo; 10 grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine (Roy) Westberg of Maple
Grove; a brother, Elmer (Lorraine) Beyer of Elk River; many other relatives
and friends. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death
by a son, Gene W. Swanson in 1996, parents; a granddaughter, Jennifer Swanson;
a great-grandson, Morgan Greninger; and seven brothers and sisters.
Services for James Joseph Scidmore, 44, of St. Michael were conducted
Monday, July 23, 2001, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. Rev. Paul
R. Settergren officiated at the funeral service. Michael W. Smith, Wayne
Mayer, Forrest Borreson, Steven Mike, Kevin Blaeser and Fred Steen served
as casket bearers. Mr. Scidmore died Thursday, July 19, at Fairview-University
Hospital. He was born Dec. 31, 1956, in Waseca, Minn. His family subsequently
moved to White Bear Lake in 1957. He attended Bellaire and Parkview elementary
schools and later Sunrise Park Middle School. He attended White Bear Lake
Senior High and then Mariner Senior High. He graduated from Mariner (later
renamed White Bear Lake Senior High School-South Campus) in 1974. For six
years he worked for United Parcel Service before moving to Colorado in
1980. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for an apartment complex while
attending the Colorado Institute of Art. He graduated in 1984 and moved
back to Minnesota in 1985, where he worked as a creative director and photographer
for Image Design and Exe Advertising. In 1988, he formed his own firm of
Scidmore, Hersom and Others, Inc. with partner Linda Hersom. The agency
has accounts worldwide in the hospitality, medical, and industrial markets.
Mr. Scidmore was a member of ACM SIGGRAPH and served as International Co-Chair
with Linda Hersom in 1988 and 1999 as well as International Resources Co-Manager
from 1991 to 2000. He will be remembered by friends and family as someone
who enjoyed life and was unafraid of a challenge. At various times he enjoyed
fly fishing, piloting small planes, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, rock
climbing, photography, boating, gourmet cooking, playing the bagpipes and
traveling the world. He is survived by his parents, Warren and Stella Scidmore;
a brother Stephen; and by a loving friend and partner, Linda Hersom.
Services for Gerald Schleif, 83, of Osseo, formerly of Greenfield and
St. Michael, were Thursday, July 19, at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church
in Greenfield. Pastor Dennis K. Strong officiated and interment followed
at the Salem Lutheran Cemetery. Steren Schleif, Daryl Schleif, Kenneth
Schleif, Chad Schleif, Terry Schleif and Jason Leaf served as casket bearers.
Mr. Schleif died Tuesday, July 17, 2001. He was born June 16, 1918 in Greenwood
Township, Hennepin County the son of Richard and Katherin Stassen Schleif.
He was born again to be God's own child by the "washing of water in the
word" when he was baptized July 7, 1918. He was also instructed in the
Lutheran Catechism and confirmed in the Christian faith at Salem Evangelical
Lutheran Church in Greenwood March 20, 1932. He was given Revelation 2:10
as his confirmation memory verse. On October 6, 1940 Gerald Schleif and
Elda Tessmer were joined in holy marriage at the Salem Evangelical Lutheran
Church, the Rev. W.P. Haar officiated. Elda preceded her husband in death
on June 17, 1994. On October 21,1995 Gerald Schleif and Verdell Faue were
joined in holy marriage. Mr. Schleif engaged in dairy farming for many
years in Greenfield and was a faithful member of Salem Evangelical Lutheran
Church. He is survived by his wife Verdell A.; children, Kathleen (Lauren)
Hafften of Loretto, Dorothy Leaf of Champlin, Gloria (Howard) Marschel
of Plymouth and Paul (Sue) Schleif of Maple Lake; grandchildren, Amanda
Schleif, Chad (Susie) Schleif, Michael (Gretchen) Hafflen, Jason and Tammy
Leaf, Tonya (Scott) Johnson; great-grandchildren Heather and Ryan Hafften,
Sean and Benjamin Schleif, Jared Carlson, Cayla and Madeline Johnson; step-children
Gary (Bonnie) Faue of Osseo, Cynthia (Dale) Pomerleau of Champlin; step-grandchildren
Adam and Melanie Pomerleau, Gretchen Faue, Trisha and Erin Loth; three
step-great-grandchildren; Brother: Howard (Marlys) Schleif of Rogers; other
relatives and many friends. In addition to his first wife, Gerald was preceded
in death by his parents and brothers Donald and Delmar Schleif.
A Mass of Christian Burial for June L. Selgeby, 74, of Maple Grove,
formerly of Rogers were Thursday, July 19, 2001 at Church of St. Andrews,
Elk River. Burial was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Mrs. Selgeby died
Tuesday, July 17, in Robbinsdale. She was born Oct. 5, 1926 in Minneapolis.
She was preceded in death by husband, Vernon (Bill). Survivors include
daughters, Leslie (Charles) Swenson, Prior Lake, Julie (Todd) Bourgeois,
Elk River, Lee (John) Grimmer, Elk River, Libby (Mark) Hansen, Otsego;
grandchildren, Matthew (Angela) Swenson, Michelle (Donald) Damberger, Bobby
and Rachel Grimmer, Jackie and Olivia Hansen; stepgrandchildren, Greg,
I Chad and David (Nicole) Bourgeois. Memorials preferred to American Cancer
Society Research, or North Memorial Medical Center Hospice.
Services for Allen H. Vetsch, 48, of rural Monticello were Friday,
July 27, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Albert Catholic Church in Albertville.
Rev. Timothy Rudolphi was the celebrant and interment followed at St. Albert
Cemetery. Alexis Roden was the organist for the Mass. Dan Brabec, Randy
Horsch, Jeff Lenz, Andy Vetsch, Scott Brabec and Dale Vogl served as the
casket bearers. Mr. Vetsch died Tuesday July 24, at the Monticello-Big
Lake Hospital. He was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Princeton the son of Cletus
A. and Delphine C. Kasper Vetsch. He graduated from St. Michael-Albertville
High School in 1972. Mr. Vetsch engaged in farming for many years and later
worked at J & B Wholesale Dist. Inc. He was a faithful, lifelong member
of St. Albert Catholic Church in Albertville. He also belonged to Catholic
Aid Association and to the Knights of Columbus Council #4174. Mr. Vetsch
is survived by his parents, Cletus and Delphine Vetsch of Monticello; brothers
and sisters, Ron Vetsch of Maple Grove, Dorothy (Ed) Brabec of Howard Lake,
Betty (Phil) Horsch of Monticello, Patty (Gary) Lenz of Albertville, Loren
(Kristin) Vetsch of Browerville, Mark Vetsch of Monticello, Marvin (Brenda)
Vetsch of Winsted and Keith Vetsch of Monticello; a host of nieces, nephews,
aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister, Annette,
and also by his grandparents.
Services for Charles Harold Weber, 59, of Glyndon, were Wednesday,
July 25, 2001, at 11 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Dilworth.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Glyndon. Mr. Weber was born Dec. 5, 1941,
in Rogers, to Walter and Gertrude (Keske) Weber. He graduated from high
school in St. Michael. Mr. Weber married Judy Fehn Nov. 19, 1960. They
moved to Glyndon in 1965, where they have since resided. He died Sunday,
July 22, 2001, at Innovis Health, Fargo, N.D. He was employed with Honeywell,
New Brighton. In Glyndon, he worked at Highway Host as well as Green Masonry.
He also did various catering work, crafts and pre-casting. Everyone would
always find a smile on Chuck's face when his grandkids were near. He enjoyed
fishing and afternoon card games. He made the most of each and every day.
Mr. Weber is survived by his wife of 40 years, Judy; daughters, Patty Rudnicki,
Moorhead; and Pam Burnside, Fargo; son-in-law, Corey Burnside; grandchildren,
Scott, Bryan, Allie and Jarod; and three brothers and two sisters. He was
preceded in death by two children, Ron and Kathy; sister, Beverly; brother,
Harlan; and his parents.
Services for Margaret Lavina Moore Adair were Monday, July 2, 2001,
in Addison, Texas. The Rev. William Loveless officiated. Margaret M. Adair
died peacefully on Thursday, June 28, at North Memorial Hospice in Robbinsdale.
Mrs. Adair was 86 years old and eternally young. Change did not daunt her.
She was born in a farmhouse in Dallas County, Texas, into a "horse and
buggy society" and lived to see a world driven by technology. Margaret
attended Dallas area schools: Armstrong Elementary from 1920 to1927, Highland
Park High School from 1927 to 1931, Southern Methodist University from
1931 to 1936 and attended graduate school at the University of Texas-Austin
from 1936 to1938. After several years of raising a family and teaching
school she returned to college and earned a Masters degree of Education.
She traveled and moved about the world with her Navy husband, making friends
and finding the best in every situation. Margaret and Lallance raised seven
children in their 56 years of marriage. If she couldn't find joy, she created
it. Margaret was a loving daughter, beloved sister, sweetheart, devoted
wife, cherished mother, adored grandmother, dear friend, champion of the
needy, and person beyond compare. Margaret touched everyone she met and
added sunshine, joy, laughter and love to their lives. She used her heart
and her mind for the best of purposes. Her dear heart has stopped beating
but the value of her life will continue for eternity. We loved her dearly
and will never, ever stop missing her. She will live in our hearts forever.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lallance Acheson Adair and her
son James Lallance Adair. Mrs. Adair is survived by her sister Mary Wren
of Daytona Beach, Fla.; daughters Susan A. Donovan of Rochester, N.Y.,
B. Anne Adair of Rockford, Mary A. Verbick of Medina, Masako M. Trevino
of Euless, Texas and Jane A. Grady of Londonderry, N.H.; son, John F. Adair
of Jacksonville, Texas; 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services for Savern (Sal) Dmohoski, 86, of Brooklyn Park were Monday,
July 16, 2001, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Burial was in Gethsemane
Cemetery, New Hope. Mr. Dmohoski died Thursday, July 12, in Brooklyn Park.
He was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Billings, Mont. He was a member of the Crystal
Knights of Columbus; St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church; pipefitters Union
and a long time employee of Minneapolis Gas Co. Survivors include his wife
Charlotte M.; sons, Leonard Krause of Maple Grove, David of Brooklyn Park,
Thomas of Plymouth and Steven of Plymouth; daughter and son-in-law, Diane
and Thomas Egan of Maple Grove; Ellen and Alan Paulson of Florida; 15 grandchildren
and six great grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Savern Dmohoski
Services for Donald J. Fairchild 46, of Bemidji, were Saturday, July
7, 2001, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Bemidji. Burial was in Greenwood
Cemetery. Mr. Fairchild died Tuesday, July 3, 2001. He was a 1974 graduate
of Coon Rapids High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education
and master of science degree in special education from Bemidji State University.
He had worked for Northwest Minnesota Juvenile Center in Bemidji since
1980 and was a lead teacher. He was an outdoorsman, teaching life's values
to his sons through hunting and fishing, and had founded a fishing tournament
for the youngsters at the juvenile center that continues today. He had
coached middle school and ninth grade football. Mr. Fairchild was preceded
in death by daughter, Brooke Marie. Survivors include his wife of 22 years,
Mary (Weispfenning) of Bemidji; sons, Kenneth of St. Cloud and Daniel of
Bemidji; father, David (Linda) Fairchild of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother, Lucille
Fairchild of Corcoran; brothers, Mark (Lori) Fairchild of Coleraine, and
Kevin (Dori) Fairchild of Maple Grove; sister, Lisa (Dan) Kolander of Corcoran,
and step brother, John (Charlene) Ptacek of Seminole, Fla. Memorials preferred
to American Cancer Society "Relay for Life."
Edward B. Kittok
Services for Edward B. Kittok, 71, of Maple Plain were Thursday, July
12, 2001, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Delano. Rev. Michael Miller
officiated and interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Delano. Pallbearers
were Richard Kittok, John Kittok, Kathleen (Kittok) Dammann, Mary (Kittok)
Roden, Dan Kittok, Pete Kittok and Mary Jo Kittok. Mr. Kittok died of a
heart attack Sunday, July 8, 2001, at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Minneapolis.
He was born Oct. 19, 1929, in Minneapolis, the son of Michael J. and Mary
Elizabeth (Schyna) Kittok. He was a member of the U.S. Army and after he
was discharged, he farmed for many years in the Maple Plain area. He is
survived by brothers, Michael of New Orleans, Vincent of Annandale, Eric
(Joan) of New Orleans and Jerome (Joan) of Maple Plain. He is also survived
by 18 nieces and nephews, 40 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-nephew.
Services for Joseph W. Held, 18, of Anoka were Friday, July 13, 2001,
at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Anoka. Private interment. He was a
member of the Anoka High School Concert Band, Marching Band, commended
National Merit Scholar, and a Scholastic Achiever. He was preceded in death
by grandparents, Peter and Viola Held. Survivors include his mother, Christine
Kilbey Held of Anoka; father, Paul Held of Maple Grove; brother, Nicholas
Held, and sister, Victoria Held, both of Anoka; grandparents, Warner and
Patricia Kilbey of Wisconsin; uncles, Michael (Chris) Kilbey of California,
Thomas Kilbey of Nevada; aunt, Sue (Dave) Ziegler of Wisconsin; uncles,
Michael (Ann) Held of Pennington; Steve (Sharon) Held of Sartell, Peter
(Dee) Held of Washington; aunts, Janet (Michael) Schrantz of Maple Grove,
Diana (Bob) Rogers of Rice, Renee (Durwood) Bettenberg of Burnsville, Taryn
(Jerry) Lane of Sauk Rapids, Jeane (Brad) Phillippi of Little Falls; and
numerous cousins. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Zion Lutheran
Church or Anoka High School Band Program.
Services for Kenneth J. LaRoche, 53, of Grand Rapids and formerly of
Champlin were Saturday, July 14, 2001, at Washburn-McReavy DuSchane Chapel
in Robbinsdale. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Agatha
LaRoche; and sister, Ernestine LaRoche. He is survived by his son, Brandon;
daughter, Heather; granddaughters, Jasmine, Jenna and Monique; brother,
Richard; sisters, Marie and Teresa (Barry); nieces, nephews, other relatives
Memorial services for Joseph Glen LaBounty, 22, of Brooklyn Park were
Saturday, July 14, 2001, at Osseo United Methodist Church, 16 Second Ave
S.E., Osseo. Mr. LaBounty died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 10. He was a
1997 graduate of Park Center High School. He attended Moorhead State, where
he played basketball for the Dragons. He was known as an excellent singer
and did so enthusiastically whenever he could. He was preceded in death
by his grandma, Carole Strom and grandpa, Joe LaBounty. Survivors include
mother, Peggy Rezack and her husband Frank; grandpa, Glen Strom and wife
Dianne; aunts and uncles Pat and Byron Smith, Bob and Kay Strom, and Alice
and Roger Tanghe; and cousins Ron, Kelly and Tiffany. He is further survived
by father, Don LaBounty and his fiancee Diane Meyer; grandma, Norma Brinkhaus
and husband Art; aunts and uncles Paul and Debbie LaBounty, Richard and
Sharon LaBounty, and Andrea Perkins; cousins Chris, Tommy, Jennifer, Paul,
Candy, Amy, Justin, Scott, Luke and Reed; and many other loving family
members and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
Services for James Thomas Prince, 80, a resident of Osseo from 1959
to 2000, were Monday, July 16, 2001, at Evans Nordby Funeral Home, 34 Second
St. N.E., Osseo. Mr. Prince died in Bradenton, Fla., June 15, 2001. He
was born June 29, 1920, in Winchester, Tenn., to Clofton Otis Prince Sr.
and Ethel Anderton Prince. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a World War
II veteran. Upon completion of his military service, he attended the University
of Minnesota and received his master's degree in microbiology. He served
on the teaching staff of the University of Minnesota Medical School his
entire career and retired in the late 1980s. He enjoyed sharing time between
his Osseo home and his lake home in Hackensack, until he purchased his
home in Palmetto, Fla., in 2000. He was preceded in death by his wife,
Dorothy Kohl Prince. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Mike and
wife Diana of Oak Ridge, Mo., daughter and son-in-law Marcia and husband
Gerald Schmidt of Jansen, Neb.; grandchildren, Amy Prince of St. Paul,
Ryan Prince of Woodbury, Justin Prince of Oak Ridge, Mo., Erin Hente and
husband Andy of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; great granddaughter, Selena Hente,
special friend, Nanette Eklund of Palmetto, Fla.; and Jake and Holly, his
treasured dogs. Memorials preferred to the James T. Prince Memorial Fund,
c/o TCF Bank, 801 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55402.
Services for Robert Martin Schirber, 60, of Maple Grove were Monday,
July 16, 2001, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 9100 93rd Ave. N.,
Brooklyn Park. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Maple Grove. Mr.
Schirber died Friday, July 13, at North Memorial Medical Center after a
six-month battle with a brain tumor. He was born April 1, 1941, in St.
Cloud to Harriet and Al Schirber. He moved with his family to Jamestown,
N.D., in 1947. He was active in Boy Scouts as a boy and also later as a
leader. He served two years in the U.S. Army. He attended St. John's University
in Collegeville, Minn. He married Jean Abbott, formerly of Dawson, N.D.
Mr. Schirber began working for White Drug in 1968 in Jamestown. He moved
to Maple Grove in 1986 and was employed with Thrifty White Drug until his
retirement due to his illness. He was an active man, who enjoyed playing
volleyball, walleyball, biking and was a great cook. He enjoyed gardening
with his wife. He was preceded in death by his father, Al. Survivors include
his wife, Jean; son, Richard of Thermopolis, Wy.; daughter and son-in-law,
Nancy and Dan Winter of Oak Park, Ill.; granddaughter, Jessica Schirber
of Elk Point, S.D.; mother, Harriet of Jamestown, N.D.; and brother, Greg
of Atlanta, Ga.
Services for Howard G. Sipe, 101, of Presbyterian Homes and formerly
of St. Michael were Monday, July 16, 2001, at the Church of St. Michael
in St. Michael. The Concelebrants were Father Leonard F. Siebenaler and
Father Burton Bloms, OSB. Interment was at Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.
The casket bearers were Mr. Sipe's great grandchildren. Mr. Sipe died Wednesday,
July 11, 2001. He was born on Oct. 20, 1899, in Loretto the son of Eiphriam
and Margaret Huster Sipe. On April 15, 1920, Howard Sipe and Esther Dick
were joined in holy marriage in Minneapolis. God blessed their marriage
with 80 years of married life and with a daughter, Dorothy. Through the
years, Howard and Esther operated their family's beverage company. Esther
Sipe preceded her husband in death on June 5, 2000. Mr. Sipe is survived
by a daughter, Dorothy Stannard of Hopkins; grandchildren, Kathleen (Greg)
Suddendorf of Excelsior, and Michael Stannard of Chanhassen; great grandchildren,
Patricia (Michael) Babler of Chanhassen, and Mary Suddendorf and Anne Suddendorf,
both of Excelsior, and Ashley Stannard of Chanhassen; and nieces, nephews,
other relatives and many friends. In addition to his wife, Mr. Sipe was
preceded in death by parents, Eiphriam and Margaret Sipe, 10 brothers and
sisters and by a son-in-law, Paul D. Stannard.
Services for Larry Thomas, 58, of Loretto were Thursday, July 12, 2001,
at United Presbyterian Church in Rockford. Mr. Thomas was owner of the
Big Woods Saloon in Loretto and a long-time member of Sundance Golf Course.
He was preceded in death by his father, George. He is survived by Jaime
Falde; mother Florence Feyo; five daughters, Lori (Gary) Roubinek, Lisa
(Gordon) Hendrickson, Tami (Joe) Sheehan, Traci (Dan) Farniok and Tiffani
(Robb) Francis; six grandchildren; one sister, Diane Feyo; four brothers,
Chris (Liz) Feyo, David (Judy) Thomas, Kent (Annette) Thomas and Ronald
(June) Thomas; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Carol Ann Weidenbach
Services for Carol Ann Weidenbach, 59, of rural Monticello were Tuesday,
July l0, 2001, at the Church of St. Albert in Albertville. Father Leonard
Siebenaler was the Celebrant and interment followed at the St. Albert Cemetery.
Friends called from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Peterson Chapel
St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. A Prayer Service was held Monday
evening at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Weidenbach's Godchildren, Sue Anderson, Jean
Knudsen, Lisa Plante, Brenda Lindenfelser, Lisa Hurt and Karlette Barthel
served as honorary casket bearers. Michael Kasper, Troy Barthel, Nick Barthel,
Kurt Roden, Ron Bistodeau, Jim Bistodeau, Mike Weidenbach and Steve Weidenbach
served as casket bearers. Mrs. Weidenbach died Saturday, July 7, 2001,
at her residence. She was born April 29, 1942, in St. Michael the daughter
of Carl and Bernadette Roden Barthel. She graduated from St. Michael High
School in 1960. On Oct. 5, 1963, Carol Ann Barthel and Donald Weidenbach
were joined in holy marriage at the Church of St. Michael in St. Michael.
Mr. and Mrs. Weidenbach engaged in dairy farming north of Albertville for
many years. She was a faithful member of the Church of St. Albert in Albertville
and was a former member of the Christian Mothers. She also belonged to
the Albertville Royalty Committee and to the Catholic Order of Foresters.
Mrs. Weidenbach is survived by husband, Donald; children, Betty (Jeff)
Schoen of Monticello, Kathy (Dan) Barthel of St. Michael, Tom Weidenbach
and and Paul (Rochelle) Weidenbach all of Monticello, and Diane (Donnie)
Soderlund of Aberdeen, S.D.; six granddaughters, Ashley Barthel, Courtney
Schoen, Danielle Barthel, Miranda Schoen, Samantha Weidenbach, Savannah
Barthel and an unborn grandchild (baby Schoen) expected in two weeks; mother,
Bernadette Barthel of Buffalo; sisters, Janice (Ralph) Kasper of St. Michael,
and Barb Barthel of St. Michael and friend Ken; brothers, Dennis (Jan)
Barthel of Becker, and Gary (Mary) Barthel of Sauk Centre; sisters-in-law
and brothers-in-law, LaVern Bistodeau of Albertville, Vernon (Helen) Weidenbach
of Monticello, and Eileen (Frank) McCoy of Elk River; many other relatives
and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Weidenbach, her
father, Carl Barthel; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Adeline
Weidenbach; and a brother-in-law, Robert Bistodeau.
Raymond Edward Diem
Services for Raymond Edward Diem, 86, of Delano, were Tuesday, July
3, 2001, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Delano. Rev. James Livingston
officiated and interment was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Pallbearers were Len Schreder, Jerry Borrell, Dick Traen, Rich Ditty, Leroy
Moonen and Jerry Blauert. Mr. Diem died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at the
Delano Healthcare Center. He was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Franklin Township,
the son of John P. and Lena (Zierman) Diem. He was married to Loretta Czech.
He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was also
a member of the Delano American Legion Post 377. Mr. Diem was preceded
in death by his wife, Loretta. He is survived by niece, Bonnie (Gary) Gabrelcik
and their children, Debbie (Brian) Peterson, Wendy (Jeff) Klehr, Dean,
Terry and Diana Gabrelcik; great-great-nieces and nephews, Jacob, Katie,
Tyler, Brooke, Samantha and Brandon; other nieces; nephews; brother-in-law;
sister-in-law and many friends.
Henry M. Holmberg
Services for Henry M. Holmberg, 83, of Watertown are Monday, July 9,
2001, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Watertown. Rev. Paul
Kling and Rev. John Mulvihill will officiate and interment will be at the
Ft. Snelling National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Ft.
Snelling Honor Guard. Casket bearers will be Philip Olson, David Bennyhoff,
Nathan Bennyhoff, Lloyd Holmberg, Ken Holmberg and Rodger Hansen. Mr. Holmberg
died Thursday, June 28, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis.
He was born Feb. 5, 1918, in Superior, Wis., the son of David and Christina
(Lycander) Holmberg. He was a veteran of World War II, having proudly served
his country as a sergeant with the 337th Infantry in North Africa, Italy
and Germany. He married Ruth M. Blomquist Nov. 8, 1946, at the Evangelical
Free Church in Watertown. Mr. Holmberg began his married life in Watertown
assisting in the Blomquist Funeral Home and Department Store and he also
worked for the Green Giant canning factory. From 1957 to 1969 he owned
and operated an A&W drive-in in Delano and until retirement in 1980,
was employed as a postal clerk in Watertown and Minneapolis. He was preceded
in death by wife, Ruth; parents, David and Christina Holmberg; 14 brothers
and sisters; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Berner and Hanna Blomquist
and brother-in-law, Gordon Bennyhoff. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law,
Raymond and Mary Lou Holmberg of Waconia; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy
and Michael Galassi of Hurst, Texas, and Barbara and Gerald Olson of Bloomington;
grandchildren, Philip Olson and Christina Olson; sister-in-law, Jeanette
Bennyhoff of Mound; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Services for Elvin LeRoy, (Al) Joslin of Ramsey were Saturday, June
30, 2001 at noon at Dare's Funeral Home in Elk River. Pastor Jerry Smith
officiated. Mr. Joslin was born May 31, 1933, to William and Pansy (Maness)
Joslin. He married Paula Joslin Dec. 12, 1953, in Remer. He died Tuesday,
June 26, 2001. Mr. Joslin was employed at Iten Chevrolet, Brooklyn GMC,
Harold Chevrolet and Suburban Chevrolet. He was self employed in Joslin
Auto Sales. He spent years enjoying snowmobiling and traveling with his
wife and family. He spent many hours encouraging his sons in all their
sporting activities. Mr. Joslin spent his life in the automotive industry
and devoted the rest of his life to his wife, children and grandchildren.
Grandpa will be remembered for is sense of humor, his love of his family
being together, and of his fondness of a good bonfire. He was preceded
in death by parents, William and Pansy Joslin. Survivors include wife,
Paula Marie Joslin; sons, Michael, Dean (Sheila), Alan (Cheryl), Rick (Jeri)
and Lynn (Amy); grandchildren, Michelle, Carrie, Steven, Jackie, Vicki,
Andrew, Kelly, Taylor and Kacey, plus two yet unborn grandchildren; sister,
Jean Joslin; and brother, Edwin (Betty) Joslin. Memorials preferred.
Services for Jason P. Krantz, 29, of Maple Grove were Monday, July
2, 2001, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at The Holy Name of
Jesus Catholic Church, Medina. Mr. Krantz died Thursday, June 28, 2001,
having fought a courageous 16-month battle with cancer. He died peacefully
surrounded by his family and special friends. The journey's end came with
a fight from the bravest, most loving, generous son, brother, and friend
who leaves us with heartfelt memories. He was a 1990 graduate of Wayzata
High School and also graduated from the University of Minnesota. He was
preceded in death by grandparents, Alex Krantz and Gladys (Leeta) Mullally.
Survivors include his parents, Jim and Kay Krantz; sisters, Lori (Tom)
Broze, Lisa (Lee) Wagner, and Kelli (Tom) Adolph; brother, Jim (Andee)
Krantz; grandmother, Hildur Krantz; nieces and nephews, Tate and Mandi
Broze, Austin, Erik and Mason Adolph, and Emma Jane Wagner; aunts, uncles
and cousins; best friend and soulmate Lori Eidem and canine buddy, Kalli.
Memorials preferred to UCSF Foundation c/o Jason Krantz Memorial Fund.
Services for Ivar L. Lemmage, 68, of Mission, Texas, and formerly of
Rockford and Arlington, are Monday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at the United Presbyterian
Church in Rockford. Interment with military rites follow at the Elmwood
Cemetery. Mr. Lemmage died Tuesday, July 3. He was preceded in death by
parents Sam and Mamie; brothers Omar and Jerry; and by a sister Goldie.
He is survived by wife Roberta; a son Steven of Morro Bay, Calif.; a daughter
Bambi (Dan) Singer and a granddaughter Kacie, all of Somerset, Wis.; brothers
Kenneth, Darvis and Jack; and a sister June. Ivar was the best friend you
could have. He could do anything because he "knew stuff".
Services for Hildegarde K. "Hilde" Schumacher, 81, of St. Michael were
Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. Rev.
Leonard Siebenaler was the celebrant and interment followed at the St.
Michael Cemetery. Rita Stahlmann was the reader for the Mass. Gift bearers
were Mary Saunders and Ann Kitt. Greg Schumacher, Steve Schumacher, Dan
Schumacher, Deb Schumacher, Ben Kitt and Matt Kitt served as the casket
bearers. Mrs. Schumacher died Sunday, July 1, at Guardian Angels Nursing
Home in Elk River. She was born July 18, 1919, in Farming, Minn., the daughter
of Joseph B. and Anna Silvers Korte. Following high school, she attended
Normal School. She began teaching in Scott County and taught at the Helena
School in 1940, 1941 and 1942. She later taught at West Pelican Lake, St.
Albert's Parish School and 17 years at the St. Michael Parish School. On
June 13, 1942, Hildegarde Korte and Oliver "Ollie" Schumacher were joined
in holy marriage in St. Benedict. God blessed their marriage with seven
children. Mrs. Schumacher was an active member of St. Michael Catholic
Church and sang in its choir. She also served as the Eucharistic Ministry
Coordinator of St. Michael Parish's home bound. She is survived by husband,
Oliver "Ollie" Schumacher; children, Don (Kitty) of Elk River, Ken (Kathy)
of St. Michael, Jerry (Pat Melcher) of Minnetonka, Mary (Michael Rovner)
Saunders of Oakland, Calif., Roy (Judy) of Phoenix, Ariz., Phil (Gail Pearson)
of Edina and Ann (John) Kitt of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Greg (Stacy),
Steve (Sheila), Deb and Dan (Sarah) Schumacher, Jon Saunders, Ben and Matt
Kitt; great-grandchildren, Josie and Grant Schumacher; a sister, Eleanor
Miller of Sun City, Ariz.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Bernadine
Korte, Ruth Korte, Lloyd Dick, Ermin (Muriel) Schumacher and Armella Schumacher;
other relatives and friends. Mrs. Schumacher was preceded in death by parents,
Joseph B. and Anna Silvers Korte; sisters, Vi York, Gen Korte, Vickie Krieger,
Rita Dick and Anna Mae Korte; and brothers, Dick and Vic Korte.
Services for Herman Karl Droneck, 86, of Buffalo were conducted Saturday,
June 23, 2001 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover with
interment at the Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford. Pastor Paul R. Settergren
officiated at the service. Colleen Johnson was the organist and Tim Duerr
was the vocalist. Hymns were also played on the piano by several of Droneck's
great grandchildren. Casket bearers were Lon Droneck, Sheila Droneck, Brenda
Bashor, Daryl Bashor, Jennifer Fink, Steve Fink, Scott Droneck, Sarah Droneck,
Mandy Sanchez and Scott Sanchez. Mr. Droneck died Tuesday, June 19, at
the Park View Care Center. He was born in Greenwood Township, Hennepin
County, Feb. 28, 1915 the son of Herman and Lydia Bartel Droneck. He was
baptized at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Greenwood Township Sept.
19, 1915. He was also instructed in the Lutheran Catechism and confirmed
in the Christian faith at Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rockford
Aug. 26, 1928. On June 19, 1943 Herman Droneck was joined holy marriage
to Olga E. Schmidt at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. God blessed
their marriage with three sons: Allen, Stanley and Melvin. Mr. and Mrs.
Droneck operated a dairy farm between Buffalo and Rockford for many years.
Olga Droneck preceded her husband in death on January 9, 1996. Mr. Droneck
was a faithful member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. He enjoyed
hunting and fishing. Droneck was preceded in death by his wife; son Allen
in 1970; grandson Duncan Droneck in 1992, sister, Dorothea Droneck and
by brothers, Clifford, Theodore and Roland Droneck. Survivors include his
sons, Stanley (Edie) Droneck of Buffalo and Melvin (Karmen) Droneck of
Fountain Valley, Calif.; grandchildren, Lon and Sheila Droneck, Brenda
and Daryl Bashor, Jennifer and Steve Fink, Scott and Sarah Droneck and
Mandy and Scott Sanchez; great grandchildren: Aaron, Lindsy, Stacia and
Jacob; Jonathon and Benjamin; Samuel and Isabel and Savannah; sisters,
Georgia Bursch of Burschville, Verdell Darvis (Harpo) Lemmage of Eau Claire
and Myrtle (Alex) Weidenbach of Osseo; sisters-in-laws, Florence Schlief
of Buffalo, Edith Kettenacker of Rockford and Sophie Droneck of Waverly
and many other relatives and friends.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial for Walburga M. Goeb, 99,
formerly of Hamel, was conducted Saturday, June 23, 2001 at 11 a.m. at
The Church of St. Anne in Hamel. Father Robert A. Patterson and Father
Maynard C. Kegler, OMI were the concelebrants. Burial was at St. Francis
Cemetery in Buffalo. Mrs. Goeb died Tuesday, June 19, at the Park View
Care Center. She was born Sept. 18, 1901 in Plymouth, the daughter of Michael
and Josephine Hutter Adams. On Nov. 26, 1924, Walburga Adams and Harry
F. Goeb were joined in marriage at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in
Medina. They engaged in farming for many years. Harry Goeb preceded his
wife in death on February 8, 1966. Mrs. Goeb was a faithful member of Holy
Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Medina and belonged to the Hamel Senior
Citizens. She also loved children very much. In addition to her husband,
Mrs. Goeb was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Josephine Adams,
and by 10 brothers and sisters. Survivors include a sister-in-law Louise
Adams of New Hope; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews,
great grand nieces and great grand nephews.
Services for Arvo Juhani Keranen, 23, of Carbondale, Colo., formerly
of Dayton, were conducted Saturday, June 23, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis
Laestadian Lutheran Church, 13030 47th Ave. N. in Plymouth. Rev. John Lehtola
officiated at the funeral service, with interment following at St. Fridolin
Cemetery in Champlin. Karen Johnson was the organist for the funeral service.
Roland Keranen, John Keranen, Risto Keranen, Jason Wikman, John Wikman
and Steve Parks served as casket bearers. Mr. Keranen died accidentally
near Basalt, Colorado on Tuesday, June 19, 2001. He was born on Feb. 9,
1978, in Edina, the son of Harold and Aila Markkanen Keranen. He graduated
from Champlin Park High School in 1997. He was most recently employed as
a carpenter with Jensen Homes Incorporated.. He was preceded in death by
paternal grandfather, Henry Keranen of Wolf Lake, and by maternal grandparents,
Unno and Martta Markkanen of Finland. Survivors include his parents, Harold
and Aila Keranen of Dayton; brothers and sisters, Roland Keranen of Rogers,
Ann (Aaron) Parks of Osseo, Mia (Eric) Skoog of Elk River, Riitta (Hannu)
Huhdanpaa of Plymouth, John Keranen of Carbondale, Colo., Saara (Leo) Loukusa
of Marysville, Wash., Risto Keranen and Marita Keranen, all of Osseo; nieces
and nephews, Emily Parks, David, Ingrid and Loren Skoog, Sonja Huhdanpaa
and Ellie Loukusa; paternal grandmother, Hilda Keranen of Wolf Lake; a
host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rev. Michael McGlauchlin
Services for Rev. Michael McGlachlin, 49, of Edina, pastor of St. Timothy's
Church, Maple Lake, and former pastor of St. Walburga of Fletcher and St.
Martin's of Rogers, were Friday, June 29, 2001, at 10 a.m. at the Church
of Our Lady of Grace, Edina. Burial was at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery,
White Bear Lake. Rev. McGlauchlin also served at St. Wenceslaus, New Prague
and the Cathedral of St. Paul. He was preceded in death by his father,
Donald. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy McGlauchlin; sister, Susan
McGlauchlin; also survived by Amy Carter; three nieces and three nephews;
Therese Beaulieu; aunt, Lois (Bernard) Hanson; cousins, Dr. Gregory Hanson
and Stephen Hanson; many other loving relatives and friends. Memorials
preferred to Our Lady of Good Counsel, 2076 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul.
Services for Joanne Marie Sawatzke, 66, of Rockford were Thursday,
June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle, 20000 County
Road 10, in Corcoran. Father George R. Kinney was the celebrant and interment
was at St. Thomas Cemetery. Her nine sons served as casket bearers. Mrs.
Sawatzke died early Sunday, June 24, at her residence. She was born Feb.
13, 1935 in Virginia, the daughter of Melvin C. and Virginia Olsen Harwood.
On Nov. 17, 1951, Joanne Harwood and George E. Sawatzke were joined in
holy marriage in Mason City, Iowa. God blessed their marriage with 11 children.
They owned and operated Rockford Cabinet & Woodwork. She was a faithful
member of The Church of St. Thomas The Apostle in Corcoran and formerly
belonged to the Rockford Garden Club. She was preceded in death by parents,
Melvin C. and Virginia Harwood and a sister, Gerri Harris. Survivors include
her husband George (Smokey) Sawatzke; children, Richard (Roberta) Sawatzke
of Loretto, Ronald Sawatzke of Rockford, Randall Sawatzke of Northfield,
Rodney (Kathy) Sawatzke of Monticello, Roger Sawatzke of Rockford and fiancee
Shari, Rocklyn (Joyce) Sawatzke of Emily, Robert (Dawn) Sawatzke of Albertville,
Russell Sawatzke of Rockford, Renee (Ronnie) Bianchi of Big Lake, Rhonda
Peterson of Albertville and Fiancee Bob and Ralph Sawatzke of Rockford
and fiancee Susan; 22 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brothers
and a sister, John (Cheryl) Harwood of Watertown, James (Connie) Harwood
of Maple Grove and Judy Harwood of Chatsworth, Calif.; brothers-in-law
and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews.
Carol Jane Theisen
Services for Carol Jane Theisen, 63, of Delano, were Tuesday, June
26, 2001, at St. Mary's of Czestochowa in Delano. Rev. James Livingston
officiated and interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason
Theisen, Randy Theisen, David Socher, David Theisen, Gary Janicula and
Michael Mense. Mrs. Theisen died peacefully Friday, June 22, 2001, at her
residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 29, 1938
in Franklin Township, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Motzko) Janicula.
She was married to Harold Theisen. Mrs. Theisen was a lifelong member,
receiving all sacraments at St. Mary's of Czestochowa. She was also a co-owner
and secretary/treasurer of Gridor Construction, Inc. for 21 years. She
was a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She was preceded in
death by parents, Frank and Clara Motzko Janicula; sister, Lorraine Meehan;
sister-in-law, Lorraine Janicula and brother-in-law, Arnold Mense. Mrs.
Theisen is survived by husband, Harold; sons, Greg (Connie), Brad and Brent
(Amy); grandchildren, Jason, David, Patrick, Kate, Ben and Tom; brothers,
James (Joyce) Janicula and Marvin Janicula; sisters, Patricia Janicula
and Elaine Mense; many relatives and friends.
Kurt O. Topel
Services for Kurt O. Topel, 98, of Watertown, formerly of Delano, were
Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Pastor
Paul Marggraf officiated and interment was in Watertown Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Timothy Topel, Darin Goulet, Alden Lange, Ronald Ketcher,
Wayne Block and Burton Ramthun. Mr. Topel died Saturday, June 23, 2001
at the Elim Nursing Home in Watertown. He was born March 29, 1903 to Ruldolph
and Johannah (Schirr) Topel in Franklin Township. He was married to Esther
Emma Barfknecht. The couple farmed outside of Delano until sometime in
the 1930s. From 1940 until 1958, they owned a farm by Watertown. Mr. Topel
worked in the Watertown Canning Factory, National Tea in Hopkins and the
Powell Candy Company in Hopkins. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran
Church in Delano for most of his life and enjoyed being part of the choir
for many years. He, along with his wife, were honored to be the king and
queen of the seniors in Wright County in the 1970s. He was preceded in
death by parents; wife, Esther and 11 brothers and sisters. Mr. Topel is
survived by son, Stanley (Mae) Topel of Michigan; daughter, Vivian Goulet
of St. Louis Park; grandchildren, Mark, Timothy, Deborah, Lisa and Darin;
five great-grandchildren; sisters, Lydia Wandersee of Delano and Ethel
Block of Montrose and sisters-in-law, Valeria Topel of Delano, Virginia
Barfknecht of Buffalo, Lillian Barfknecht of Watertown, Emma Brandenburg,
Cora Lange of Mound and Hilda Ketcher of Mound.
Services for Mike Tuchtenhagen, 53, of Montrose, were Wednesday, June
27, 2001, at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. Mr. Tuchtenhagen died Sunday,
June 24, 2001, at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He was
born Nov. 25, 1947, in Brainerd, the son of Edwin and Lorraine (Ganz) Tuchtenhagen.
He was married to Sandra Meuleners. He is survived by wife, Sandy; daughter,
Lori Smith; sons, Michael (Karen) O'Connell, Patrick O'Connell and Christopher
(Lisa) O'Connell; grandchildren, Briana, Hayley, Kent, Kelly, Georgette,
Michael, Jr. and Lauren; mother, Lorraine Betzol and brother, Pat (Diane)
Roger Van Winkle
Services for Roger Wayne (Rip) Van Winkle, 63, of Rockford were conducted
Tuesday, June 26, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover. Pastor
Therese Brownson officiated. Burial was at Long Lake Cemetery in rural
Appleton, Minn. Colleen Johnson was the organist for the service. Mr. Van
Winkle died Friday, June 22, at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
He was born Feb. 22, 1938 in Appleton, the son of Cecil and Esther Melin
Van Winkle. Roger Van Winkle and Eunice Hanson were joined in holy marriage
Aug. 7, 1956 in Appleton. God blessed their marriage with three sons. Eunice
Van Winkle preceded her husband accidentally on Feb. 19, 1980. Mr. Van
Winkle was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover and formerly
belonged to the Hanover Lions Club. He was employed at North Tech, Inc.,
in Maple Grove as a tool maker. In addition to his wife, Mr. Van Winkle
was preceded in death by his parents, and sister Marcella. Survivors include
sons, Rodney Van Winkle of Minneapolis, Ricky (Kim) Van Winkle of Littleton,
Colo. and Robbie (Mielsa) Van Winkle of Universal City, Texas; a granddaughter,
Shannon (Richard) Bryon; grandsons Riley and Roger Van Winkle; great grandson
Gage Bryon; sister, Aljean (Mark) Loving of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; nieces,
nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services for Marilla F. Wulkow, 91, of Corcoran were conducted Friday
June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Corcoran.
Rev. Marvin E. Repinski officiated at the funeral service and interment
followed at the church cemetery. Casket bearers were Scott Lecy, Randall
Lecy, Jerold Lecy, Darrell Esterly, Duane Esterly and Gary Carlson. Mrs.
Wulkow died Monday, June 18, 2001 at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.
She was born Jan. 7, 1910 in Hanover, the daughter of Gottlieb and Emma
Schuler Esterly. On April 18, 1936 Marilla Esterly and Carl Wulkow were
joined in holy marriage at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Corcoran.
God blessed their marriage with a daughter Diane. Mr. and Mrs. Wulkow engaged
in farming in Corcoran for many years. Carl Wulkow preceded his wife in
death in October of 1978. Mrs. Wulkow was a faithful member of Immanuel
United Methodist Church in Corcoran. She also belonged to the Golden Maple
Leafs Group and a birthday club. She was preceded in death by her husband
Carl W. Wulkow; daughter Diane B. Lecy in June of 1986; Parents Gottlieb
and Emma Esterly, and Brothers Alvah, Clarence, Gilbert, Vernon (her twin
), Paul and Myron Esterly. Survivors include her son-in-law: Jerold R.
(Sherry) Lecy of Rochester; grandchildren: Scott J. Lecy of Stacy and Fiancee
Cheryl, Randall A. (Patricia Donnelly) Lecy of Seattle, and Kristin (Eric
Hinrichs) Lecy of Anchorage, Alaska; great grandson, Ari Hinrichs; sister-in-law,
Delila Esterly of Coon Rapids; 11 nieces and nephews including Janet Tolifson
who has cared for Marilla the last 16 months and other relatives and friends.
Services for Terri Lynn Seiwert, 40, of Albertville were Wednesday,
June 13, 2001, at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home.
Rev. Paul R. Settergren officiated and interment followed at Gethsemane
Lutheran Cemetery in New Hope. Honorary casket bearers were Kevin Aalderks,
Kenneth Aalderks, James Seiwert, Ashley Seiwert, Cameron Seiwert and Sidney
Seiwert. Gary Aalderks, Keith Aalderks, Kent Aalderks, Brian Seiwert, David
Seiwert and John Seiwert served as casket bearers. Marlene Mohwinkel was
the organist for the funeral service and Rolf Mohwinkel sang "Amazing Grace-How
Sweet the Sound." Mrs. Seiwert died Friday, June 8, at North Memorial Medical
Center in Robbinsdale following a courageous five-year battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 28, 1961, in Minneapolis the daughter of John and Wilma
Howell Aalderks. She graduated from Osseo High School in 1979. Terri Lynn
was married to Bradley J. Seiwert Nov. 17, 1979, at the United Methodist
Church in Osseo. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters, Kara and
Kasi. She was formerly employed by J & B Wholesale of St. Michael and
currently worked at Safco Products of New Hope. She was also active in
the Albertville Lioness Club. Mrs. Seiwert was an inspiration and devoted
friend to all who knew her, from her bingo/casino friends, to her co-workers
and to all she touched at the Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center. Her strength
and determination were unmatched and she will be greatly missed by all
who knew her. Through them her spirit lives on. She is survived by husband,
Brad Seiwert; two daughters, Kara, 21, and Kasi, 18; parents, John and
Wilma Aalderks of Osakis; brothers, Gary (Nick) Aalderks of New Hope and
Keith Aalderks of Albertville and his fiancee, Sarah Bennett; grandmother,
Inez Hassell of Renville; other relatives and many friends. She is preceded
in death by her mother-in-law Joleen Ketterl and grandparents Edgar and
Graveside service and interment for Joseph Stoltz, 70, of Rockford
were Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Mr.
Stoltz died unexpectedly June 12. He was a loving father, dear friend and
avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Vera.
He is survived by daughter, Linda (Steve) Christianson; sons, Joseph (Sher
Coonradt), Douglas and Evan (Marybeth) & their mother, Eva; five grandchildren,
Heather, Melissa, Steffany, Travis and Gunnar; and many friends, especially
Von, Jim and Shirley. There will be a memorial gathering in Big Lake Saturday,