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EVELYN KORTAN-DEPREE
Services for Evelyn R. Kortan-DePree, age 80, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre, who died Sunday, July 1 at Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home, were Tuesday, July 3 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. James Statz officiating. Evelyn Kortan-DePree was born on Feb. 22, 1921 in Sauk Centre Township, to Charles and Mary (Novak) Kortan. She was raised and worked on the Kortan farm in Sauk Centre. She was employed by Jennie-O in Melrose for many years. She married Donald DePree on Oct. 2, 1971 in Park Rapids. Evelyn has lived in nursing homes for the past 12 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and the American Legion Post 67 Auxiliary. Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Mathilda Dusek and her husband, Jerome, Helen Norgarden, George Kortan and his wife, Rose and Richard Kortan and his wife, Joan, all of Sauk Centre. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald DePree on April 25, 1977 and brothers, Bill, Steve, Frank, Charlie and Jim Kortan. Casket bearers were Dennis, Mike, Louis and Mark Kortan, Jerome Dusek and Ernest Uhlenkamp. Honorary bearers were Christian Mothers and Cross bearer was Arletta Kortan. Memorials are preferred.

OTTILLIA ROERICK
Services for Ottillia M. Roerick, age 93, of Melrose, who died Monday, July 2 at Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose were celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 5 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Ken Thielmann officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Ottillia Roerick was born in St. Anna, Wis., to Anton and Catherine (Bertram) Mohr. She married Hubert V. Roerick on Oct, 13, 1938 in St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Francis. They farmed near Grey Eagle until moving to Melrose in 1962. She has resided in Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose since 1987. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Survivors include her children, Anthony Roerick of Rapid City, SD, Linus Roerick and his wife, JoAnne of Grey Eagle, Arnold Roerick and his wife, Arlene of Minnetonka, Engelbert Roerick and his wife, Shari of Sauk Centre, Sylvester Roerick and his wife, Mary of Chanhassen, Theresa Michels of St. Cloud, Celestina Muellner and her husband, Alquin of St. Joseph; 23 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert V. Roerick on Jan. 4, 1980; brothers, Edmund, Engelbert, Joseph, Sylvester, and John Mohr. Serving as casket bearers were Dean, Chad, Jeff, and Mike Roerick, Gary and Wally Michels. Cross bearer was Amy Roerick; scripture bearer was Jessica Toenyan; honorary bearers were Scott and Thomas Roerick, Jason and John Muellner, and Rodney Michels.

JAMES EDWARDS
Services were Tuesday, July 3 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina, for James Edwards, New Munich and formerly of Plymouth, who died Thursday, June 28, 2001. He was a graduate of the University of Colorado. For the past 20 years he was a self-employed accountant/consultant. He enjoyed a life-long interest in photography, traveling and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Barbara, children: Tim of Eagan, Pam (Tom) Mikkelson of Prior Lake, John (Tammy) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren: Ben, Lauren, Annie, Kaylee, Cody, Casey, Leia, Elise; brothers: Robert (Nancy), Charlotte, N.C., Richard (Lorraine), Sandwich, Ill; and many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clincs and Hospitals.

DORIS PIECHOWSKI
Services were Monday, July 2 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Browns Valley for Doris F. Piechowski, 52, formerly of Melrose, who died Friday, June 29 at her home from a lengthy illness. Burial was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Browns Valley. Doris Piechowski was born April 4, 1949, in Melrose to Martin and Kathyrn (Schmitz) Tschida. She married Neil Piechowski Dec. 18, 1971 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose. They lived on a family farm near Browns Valley where they farmed for 27 years. Survivors include her husband, daughters and son-in-law: Glenda, Brookings, S.D., Kim and Tom Kreber, Brandon, S.D.; mother, Kathryn, Melrose; sisters: JoAnn, St. Cloud, Bob and Mary Douvier, Sauk Centre; brothers Don and Becky, Brooklyn Park, Rich and Sharon, Albany. She was preceded in death by her father. Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society or the Stevens Community Medical Center Homecare and Hospice of Morris.

HILDA CZECH
Services for Hilda A. Czech, age 95 of Grey Eagle, who died Wednesday, June 27 at Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes will be officiating with burial following in the parish cemetery. Hilda Anna Czech was born June 27, 1906 in Saint Anthony to John and Mary (Ziegler) Tschida. She married Leo Czech on February 15, 1927 in Saint Anthony. The couple farmed three miles east of Upsala. They moved to Blackduck, where they farmed until moving to Minneapolis in 1958. They moved to Birch Lake in 1968. They moved to Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle until 1997, when they moved to Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Leo died on May 8, 1998. She was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, and the Saint Joseph's Christian Mothers. Survivors include her children, Arthur Czech and his wife, Nadine of Blackduck, Delores Parron of Cottage Grove; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters and brother, Rose Gangl, Caroline Keiefler, Mayme Schmitz, and Ed Tschida; grandson, Gary Parron. Serving as casket bearers will be Aadam Czech, Dale Czech, Gene Czech, Rich Czech, Mike Dwire, and Lewie Hildebrand. Cross bearer will be Renee Hildebrand, scripture bearer will be Lynn Dwire.

HAROLD OTTE
Harold J. Otte, age 77, of Sauk Centre died Monday, June 18, 2001 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, June 21 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Theodore Niehaus officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. Harold J. Otte was born on February 18, 1924 in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Bernard and Catherine G. (Jenniges) Otte. He married Alberta Ella Gamradt on Nov. 28, 1944 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He lived and farmed in Sauk Centre all his life. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Bishop F. Busch Council #4863 Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife, Alberta Otte of Sauk Centre; children, Donald Otte and his wife, Edna of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Harris and her husband, Chuck of Sauk Centre, Laura Moscho of St. Cloud, Karen Scott and her husband, Donald of Sauk Centre, and Sonja Miller and her husband, Brian of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Agnes Schwieters of Glenwood, Theresa Ward and her husband, David of Anoka, Walter Otte and his wife, Maxine of Chula Vista, CA, Lorraine Geer and her husband, Bill of Sparta, Tenn., Katherine Otte of Lemon Grove, CA; ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Richard Otte, Bernard Otte, Rose Schwieters, Hilda Lentz and Monica Farrow. Casket bearers were grandchildren, Steve Balamut, Aaron Moscho, Nathan Moscho, Jeff Otte, Jane Bontje and Jennifer Moscho. Cross bearer was Pam Durbin with Katelyn and Brandon Durbin. Honorary bearers were Leo and Toni Wiener, Lawrence Marthaler, Virgil Niehaus, Kenny Gamradt, LeRoy Sukke, Andy and Dora Wiegers, Lewis and Leora Calkins, Vern Karasch, Al Schmitz, Gene and Linda Miller, Ervin Schmiesing, David and Sharon Gamradt and Howard and Janice Majerus. Gift bearers will be Genna Ironi, Andrea Miller and Sara Balamut.

MELVIN ROERING
Melvin E. Roering, age 63 of Sauk Centre died Sunday, June 10 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 13, 2001 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Melvin Roering was born on May 19, 1932 in Greenwald, Minnesota to Albert and Elizabeth (Beckerman) Roering. He married Loretta C. Ludwig on June 10, 1967 at Roscoe, Minnesota. They lived in Freeport where he was employed by the Freeport Co-op Creamery. They moved to Grove City where he was employed by Kronis Mills and then Mills Farms. They moved to Melrose where he worked for Melrose Turkey Farm. They moved to Sauk Centre where he hog farmed until his retirement in 1999. Melvin enjoyed fishing and going to auctions. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Roering of Sauk Centre; children, Diane Roering and her fiancée, Michael Holes of St. Paul, Kathy Rust and her husband, Robert of Villard and Frank Roering of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Viola Kleve of Freeport, Virgil Roering and his wife, Jenny of Richmond, Leander Roering and his wife, Betty of St. Joseph, Andy Roering and his wife, Marge of Glenwood and Mary Jane Bohnen and her husband, Jack of Blaine, and 2 grandchildren, Isaac and Zachary Rust. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edmund, Ted, Abe, Wilfred, Bernard and Tony Roering. Casket bearers will be David, Dennis and Mike Roering, Jeremy and Ronald Ludwig and Wayne Larson. Honorary bearers will be Hugo and Billy Massmann and Buddy Jones.

JULETTA KUNSTLEBEN-WOLBECK
Services for Juletta A. Kunstleben-Wolbeck, age 77, of Freeport, who died Tuesday, May 8, at her home in Freeport, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with one hour visitation prior to service. Deacon Julius Beckermann will officiate, with burial in the parish cemetery. Juletta Kunstleben-Wolbeck was born January 25, 1924 in Melrose to John and Agnes (Dickhaus) Hiltner. She married Henry William Kunstleben on Feb. 17, 1947 in Saint Cloud. The couple farmed near Holdingford. Henry passed away June 20, 1985. She married John Wolbeck on October 10, 1992 in St. Anthony. John passed away on May 7, 1993. She resided in Freeport. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Melrose VFW Auxillary and the Freeport Christian Mothers. Survivors include sons and daughters, Vera Lou Klaphake and her husband, John of Albany, Lorinda Bogatzki and her husband, Richard of Albany, Duane Kunstleben and his wife, Mary Kay of Avon, Dennis Kunstleben and his wife, Marilyn of Avon, Carol Ann Klemmer and her husband, Nick of Albany, Eugene Kunstleben and his wife, Agnes of Avon; step-children, Rita Trisko and her husband, Clarence of Sauk Centre, Leroy Wolbeck and his wife, Irene of Sauk Centre, Donald Wolbeck and his wife, Jeanine of Sauk Centre, Irene Uhlenkamp and her husband, Vernon of Sauk Centre, Irma Bromenshenkel and her husband David of Sauk Centre, Irvin Wolbeck and his wife, Donna Mae of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Bromenshenkel and her husband, Daniel of Sauk Centre, Doris Hamilton and her husband, Dallas of Sauk Centre, Joyce Primus and her husband, Michael of Sauk Centre, Arlene McKigney and her husband, Leo of Villard, Arlis Pesta and her husband, David of Long Prairie; brothers and sisters, Martha Butkowski and her husband, Florian of New Munich, Raymond Hiltner and his wife, Alice of Waite Park, Melvin Hiltner and his wife, Irene of Burtrum, Lidwina Wolbeck and her husband, Lawrence of Grey Eagle, Alphonse Hiltner of Melrose, Leander Hiltner and his wife, Linda of Scandia, MN, Clarissa Barthel and her husband, Eldred of Grey Eagle, Anna Mae Speldrich and her husband, Donald of Belgrade, Cyril Hiltner and his wife, Carolyn of Belgrade; 20 grandchildren; 51 step grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 46 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Henry Kunstleben and John Wolbeck; daughter, Diane Kunstleben; brothers, Edward Hiltner, Edwin Hiltner; sisters Leona Wolbeck and Alvina Hiltner; 1 step great-grandchild. Grandchildren will serve as casket bearers and cross bearer.

TONY MERTEN
Services for Anthony "Tony" R. Merten, 81, of Sauk Centre who died Tuesday, May 8, at St. Michael's Hospital, were Friday, May 11, 2001 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel and Rev. Andrew Marthaler officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Anthony Rudolph Merten was born on April 16, 1920 in Sauk Centre to John and Mary (Dusek) Merten. He married Rose Katherine Weiss on Sept. 28, 1943 at St. Alexius Catholic Church, West Union. He was employed by Farmer's Co-op Elevator and Modern Farm Equipment in Sauk Centre until retiring in 1985. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre Seniors and St. Paul's Catholic Aid. He enjoyed gardening, card playing, traveling and visiting with friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Merten, and his seven children, Marilyn (Harold) Fiedler of Sauk Centre; Rosemary (Jaime) Cabanilla of Ellicott City, MD; Mike (Dorene) Merten of Sauk Centre; Carol (Elbert) Williams of Arlington, VA; David (Rose) Merten of Manitowoc, WI; Dale (Linda) Merten of Onalaska, WI; Patty (Pat) Mehrer of Glyndon, MN; 21 grandchildren; sister, Margaret Rutten of Osakis and family friend, Raymond Kozitka of North Little Rock, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Merten and brother-in-law, Bernard Rutten. Casket bearers and cross bearer were his children.

MICHELE FISCHER
Services were Saturday, May 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church St Cloud for Michele (Shelley) Fischer, age 34, who died Wednesday, May 2 at St. Cloud Hospital. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery. Michele was born Nov. 18, 1966 in Faribault to Dennis and Patricia (Armstrong) Genette She moved to Sauk Rapids with her family in 1976. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1985 and then St. Cloud State University with a degree in social work. She married Paul J. Fischer on May 26, 1990 in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She worked as a social worker for Stearns County Social Services from l990 until 1996 when she and her mother started Home Sweet Home of St. Cloud Inc.., an in-home management service for vulnerable adults. She and her husband moved to Sartell in 1995. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and she was a 1eader of "I Can Cope", a cancer support group from the St. Cloud Hospital Michele is survived by her husband, Sartell; children, Kelsey and Cole, at home; parents, Waite Park; sister, Deanna Genette; and brother and sister-in-law, Gregory and Julie Genette of St. Cloud. She is also survived by maternal grandmother, Arlene Armstrong, St. Cloud.

LAUREN PETERSON
Services for Lauren K. Peterson, 28, Melrose, who died Friday, April 27, at the St. Cloud Hospital, were Wednesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery, Farmington. Lauren K. Peterson was born Feb. 14, 1973 in Farmington to Edward and Fern Peterson. She married Seth Peterson on June 29, 1996 at Faith United Methodist Church, Farmington. Lauren enjoyed doing photography, cooking, hunting and fishing. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Baxter and was attending Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud. Survivors include her husband, Seth Peterson, Melrose; son: Phillip Thomas Peterson, Melrose; mother and father: Edward and Fern Peterson, Farmington; brothers and sister: Darren Peterson, Danbury, Conn.; Ryan Peterson, Burnsville; and Sharon King, Farmington.

WILLIAM BLENKER
Services were Tuesday, May 1 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church for William Blenker, 84, who died Saturday, April 28 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home. Burial was in the parish cemetery with full military honors provided by Albany American Legion Post 482. Arrangements were made by Williams Funeral Home, Avon. William Blenker was born Sept. 22, 1916 in Albany to Henry and Mathilda (Thielman) Blenker. He married Valeria Cremers on Oct. 13, 1942, in Seven Dolors Catholic Church. He attended St. John's University, Collegeville, and the University of Minnesota, and graduated with a degree in mortuary science in 1937. He played baseball in the Great Soo League and was drafted by the New York Yankees and played in their farm system for several years. He returned to Albany and started Blenker Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, Blenker Hardware and Furniture and Blenker Propane with his father. He was stationed in the South Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He lived in Avon from 1973 to 1998, when he entered the nursing home. He was a member of Albany American Legion Post 482, Melrose VFW Post 7050, Catholic Aid Association, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Albany Council 3628, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Father Pierz General Assembly, and was a charter member and former president of Albany Lions Club. He was one of the original founders of the Albany Golf Course, where he was president and a board member for many years. Survivors include his wife; children, David, Jean Pundsack and Carol Andvik of Albany, and Diane Schiffler of Avon; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Callahan of Albany and Mary Catherine Hagen of Edina. He was preceded in death by his brothers, infant twin Wilfred and Frederick "Fritz." Memorials are preferred.

CLARENCE WUEBKERS
Services were Monday, April 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Clarence Wuebkers, 63, Upsala, who died Friday, April 27 from cancer. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Freeport. Clarence Wuebkers was born April 4, 1938 in St. Francis to Herman and Teckla Wuebkers. He graduated from Upsala High School in 1954. After graduation, he joined the National Guard and farmed with his father. He married Christine Gerads on June 2, 1964, in Upsala. He farmed until 1989 and then retired to Upsala, but continued to help on his sons' farms. His interests were farming, reading, putting puzzles together, watching westerns, playing cards, smoking his pipe and playing with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife Christine of Upsala; sons, Dale and Diane Wuebkers of St. Francis; Robert and Gail Wuebkers of St. Francis; Herman and Brenda Wuebkers of Holdingford, daughters Karen and Scott Rudolph of Opole, and Karla and Sheldon Tschida of Freeport; brother and sister, Jerome Wuebkers of Upsala and Viola Wuebkers of Little Falls; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ronald, and an infant son. Casket bearers were Tim Gerads, Joyce Albertson, Randy Brickweg, Tina Goebel, Melissa Servatius, Kevin Wuebkers, Jerry Pohlmann and Donny Pohlmann. Cross bearer was Ben Wuebkers.

LAWRENCE M. SCHRIVER
Services for Lawrence M. Schriver, age 75, of Big Birch Lake, who died Saturday, April 21 at his home on Big Birch Lake were celebrated on Wednesday, April 25 at Church of St. Joseph, Grey Eagle. Presiding at the funeral liturgy was Msgr. James Habiger, Rev. Bernard Gruenes, Rev. Kenneth Popp, and Rev. Donald LeMay, O.S.B. Interment was at St. Andrew's Cemetery in Greenwald. Mr. Schriver was born Dec. 23, 1925 in Avon to John and Anna (Jacobs) Schriver and spent his formative years in St Joseph. He was a graduate of St Cloud Technical High School (1943), attended St. Mary's College of Winona, and served in the Navy V-5 program in World War II. He retired as a Honeywell executive at the end of 1989 after 37 years of service. His career was primarily focused in the Aerospace and Underseas Systems Divisions. Mr. Schriver was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, the Plymouth Lions, American Legion Post #101 of Melrose, Long-time Director of the Big Birch Lake Association; Vice President of the Sandy Beach Associated Property Owners; and Chairman of the Grey Eagle Township Planning Commission. He was a generous contributor to many charitable causes and environmental groups. Mr. Schriver is survived by his wife, the former Corinne Wurst of Big Birch Lake, one sister, Mrs. Ervin (Clara) Bohlig of Melrose and many nephew and nieces. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aloysius, Walter, Louis and Nick, and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Alvina) Borgmann and Mrs. Paul (Alma) Pierson. Serving as casket bearers were: Bruce Jacobs, Gregg Jacobs, J. R. Jacobs, David Kelly, James Schriver, John Schriver, Paul Wurst, and Thomas Wurst; honorary casket bearers were: Norman Bohlig, Dr. Paul Damrow, Patrick Gallagher, Dewayne Gerding, Dr. James Hammarsten, Hollis Hinnenkamp, James Johnson, Marvin Kollodge, Donald Manske, Robert Meyer, Roger Poganski, Donald Stalboerger, Roger Plombon, George Tiemann, Eugene Waldorf, and Glenn Weiher. Lectors were David Kelly and Catherine Kelly Olson. Memorials are preferred to St. John's University or the donor's choice.

FRANCES TIEMANN
Frances M. Tiemann, age 93 of Melrose, died Wednesday, April 18 at Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Frances Tiemann was born August 3, 1907 in Melrose to George and Mary (Hinnenkamp) Tiemann. She worked at Nathe & Koopmeiner Grocery in St. Cloud for 15 years, returning to Melrose in 1944. She was employed by Meyer Electric in Melrose for 25 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, St. Elizabeth Society, Melrose Senior Citizens, Melrose Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered 63 years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, 50 year member of the church choir. Survivors include her sister, Hattie Pulrang of Enumclaw, Washington; many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Norbert Tiemann; sisters, Josephine Pung and Alvina Hokemeier. Serving as casket bearers were Walter Hinnenkamp, Herman Hinnenkamp, James Meyer, LeRoy Tiemann, Roman Sundermann, and Phillip Swanson Cross bearer will be Ann Tiemann, scripture bearer will be Irene Pohlmann, honorary bearers will be St. Elizabeth's Society.

MARIE EUTENEUER
Services for Marie Euteneuer, age 82, of Melrose, who died Wednesday, April 4, at Pine Haven/Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Marie Euteneuer was born Aug. 11, 1918 in Albany Township, Stearns County to Frank and Gertrude (Thull) Eickhoff. She worked several years at the St. Cloud Hospital. She married Elmer Euteneuer on Feb. 26, 1946. The couple farmed near Bowlus for several years, then farmed near St. Martin until their retirement in 1980. She moved to Melrose in 1980, and has resided at Parkview Manor in Melrose for the last two years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and the St. Ann's Christian Mothers of St. Martin. Mrs. Euteneuer is survived by her children: Norman Euteneuer and his wife, Cyrilla of Albany; Marvin Euteneuer of Lexington, Ky.; Duane Euteneuer of Albany; and Florian Euteneuer and his wife, Jo Ann of Paynesville; sisters and brothers: Lorraine Hoppe and her husband, Ben of New Munich; Julitta Frericks of Sauk Centre; Raymond Eickhoff and his wife, Tillie of Albany; Dorothy Buerman and her husband, Robert of Paynesville; Norbert Eickhoff of Albany; Melvin Eickhoff and his wife, Norma of New Munich; Alois Eickhoff and his wife, Marian of Anoka; Regina Meemken and her husband, Archie of Melrose; eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Euteneuer on July 27, 1995; sister and brother, Evelyn Eickhoff and Valerian Eickhoff. Serving as casket bearers will be Norman, Marvin, Duane, Florian, Jody, and Amy Euteneuer. Cross bearer will be Zachary Euteneuer, scripture bearer will be Heidi Euteneuer, honorary bearer will be Stacy Euteneuer.

MARIE HEIDGERKEN
Marie Heidgerken, age 93 of Freeport, died Thursday, March 29, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated with burial following in parish cemetery. Marie Heidgerken was born on Feb. 17, 1908 in Melrose to Henry and Anna (Westendorf) Middendorf. She married George Heidgerken on May 3, 1934 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. They farmed in Freeport all their lives until retirement in 1968. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport and the Christian Mothers. Survivors include children: James Heidgerken and his wife, Doreen of St. Martin; John Heidgerken and his wife, Louise of Minnetonka; Dennis Heidgerken and his wife, Rita of Freeport; Charles Heidgerken and his wife, Shirley of Freeport; Paul Heidgerken and his wife, MaryAnn of Albany; Peter Heidgerken and his wife, Marilyn of Freeport; Irene Obermiller and her husband, James of Freeport; Bernard Heidgerken and his wife, Ann of Freeport; Mary Hinnenkamp and her husband, Ted of Albert Lea; Carol Setterholm and her husband, Glen of New Ulm; 34 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Herman Middendorf and his wife, Helen of Freeport, August "Happy" Middendorf of Freeport, Clara Michaels and her husband, Henry of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Middendorf; husband, George Heidgerken on March 6, 1985; son, George Heidgerken Jr. in1970; grandson, Steven Heidgerken; brothers and sisters, Fred Middendorf, Joe Middendorf, Henry Middendorf, Elizabeth Brickweg, Aurelia Gaebel, Josepha Hiltner, Annie Klaphake. Serving as casketbearers were grandchildren. Serving as cross bearer was Sue Rieland and scripture bearer was Kathy Middendorf. Serving as honorary bearers were the great-grandchildren.

ROMAINE DINKEL
Services for Romaine "R.C." Dinkel, age 74 of Long Prairie residence, who died Wednesday, March 28, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center were Monday, April 2, 2001, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie. Fr. Bernie Gruenes and Deacon Mark Zenner officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Long Prairie. Military Honors were conducted by Long Prairie VFW and the American Legion Posts. Mr. Dinkel was born May 5, 1926 in Long Prairie to Louis and Alvina (Motzko) Dinkel He married Veronica "Ronnie" Raudzis on June 30, 1949, Browerville, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He grew up on a farm in rural Long Prairie, graduating from Long Prairie High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving in Italy. He graduated from the Minnesota School of Business, in Accounting , Minneapolis. He worked at the Greenwald State Bank for seven years. He then settled at Reynolds Township, rural Long Prairie, where he was a dairy farmer for 50 years. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed bowling, and softball. He was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Parish, where he taught CCD; St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus Council 1636; parish council member; MCCL; Farmers Union - Todd County Chapter; Long Prairie V.F.W. Post; 4-H Leader for 25 years; N.R.A; Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc; Holstein Fresion Assoc; Todd County DFL. His lifelong focus was his respect for human life, exemplified in all that he did, especially his family, church, MCCL, and other pro life organizations. He is survived by his wife "Ronnie", Long Prairie; 11 children and spouses: Rep. Mary Ellen Otremba, Long Prairie; Michael (Karen) Dinkel, Soldotna, Alaska; Charles (Linda) Dinkel, Long Prairie; Ann Marie (Brad) Peterson, Swanville; Joan Dinkel, Faribault; Jacqueline (Doug) Cobb, Soldotna, Alaska; James Dinkel, Soldotna, Alaska; Katerie (Steve) Broz, St. Louis Park; William "Billy", Maple Grove, and his fiancee Nancy Haas, St. Paul; Joseph Dinkel, Long Prairie; Thomas (Amy) Dinkel, St. Cloud: one sister Velma Minke, Long Prairie; 24 grandchildren, Andrew, Timothy, Kateri, Elizabeth Otremba; Sam, Josh Dinkel; Emily, Rebecca, John, Jacob, Carolyn Dinkel; Victoria, Theresa, Anthony Peterson; Jovin Dinkel; Amandra, Ila Cobb; Christopher, Jonathan, Julia, Monica, Lucas, Sophia Broz; Teresa Huckriede; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bernadette; his parents, Louis and Alvina Dinkel; two brothers Louis and Ervin; and three sisters: Viola Schultz, Devona Newman, Bernice Johnson Casket bearers were Michael Dinkel, Charles Dinkel, James Dinkel, Billy Dinkel, Joe Dinkel, Thomas Dinkel, Andy Otremba and Tim Otremba.

PHYLLIS GREELY HOEFT
Services for Phyllis Greely Hoeft, 87 of Kimball, who died Tuesday, April 3 in Kimball, were Friday, April 6 at Kimball Church of Christ. Burial was in the Kimball cemetery. Mrs. Hoeft was born Jan. 1, 1914 in Hartland to Floyd and Sadie (Marvin) Cook. She graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, in 1935 she taught English and was the speech coach at Kimball High School until 1951. She married married Clayton Greely on June 12, 1939 in St. Paul. The couple operated the Tri-County News before his death on Dec. 15, 1970. She continued as publisher and editor until retiring in 1994. She married Harry Hoeft on April 15, 1972 in Anoka. He died on April 23, 1976. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Vesta Chapter 67 and Pearl Chapter 105 Order of the Eastern Star and was the first woman president of the Kimball Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include her children, Ronald Greely of Aurora, Carol Griepentrog of Willmar, Jane Griepentrog of Eden Prairie; stepsons, Jim Hoeft of Minnestrista, Kenneth Hoeft of St. Cloud and Gerald Hoeft of Kimball; sister Donna Jean Bassett of Douglasville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother, Eileen Flohr and Clair.

DONALD FUNK
Donald "Peter" W. Funk, age 52 of New Munich, died Friday, March 23 unexpectedly at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Donald "Peter" Funk was born May 10, 1948 in Melrose to Anton and Katherine (Moscho) Funk. He worked as a machinist in Minneapolis for five years, until moving back to the family farm southwest of Freeport for the last 23 years. He has worked part-time at Jennie-O Foods in Melrose for the last year. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Survivors include his; fiancee Sue Berry, St. Cloud; parents, Anton and Katherine Funk of Freeport; brothers and sisters: Eldred Funk of Brooklyn Park; Ardell Loehr and her husband, Don of Prior Lake; Jerry Funk and his wife, Sue of Long Prairie; Joyce Schoenberg and her husband, Roger of Greenwald; Joni Funk of Saint Joseph; Rick Funk and his wife, Bonita of Sauk Rapids; Butch Funk of Cold Spring; Mary Lee Passek and her husband, Rick of Prior Lake; Cindy Stephanson and her husband, Roger of Mound; Daryl Funk and his wife, Cecelia of Medina. Serving as casket bearers were Kirk and Craig Loehr, Jason, Josh, and Ryan Funk, Brooke Schoenberg. Cross bearer was Joy Funk. Honorary bearers were Jimmy Martin, Roger Wiemann, Chris Punksack, Dick Thull, Don Zierbes, Bob Pflipson, Craig Viere, and David Ehlert.

CATHERINE KLASSEN
Catherine R. Klassen, age 80, of Melrose, died Monday, March 26, 2001 at her home in Melrose. Mass of Christian burial was Thursday, March 29 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Revs. LeRoy Scheierl and Roger Klassen, OSB concelebrated with burial following in the parish cemetery. Catherine Klassen was born August 8, 1920 in Saint Rosa, to Bernard and Anna (Herkenhoff) Wiechmann. She was united in marriage to Paul Klassen on April 24, 1946 at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Saint Rosa. The couple lived in St. Martin for a year before moving to Elrosa. They farmed there until retiring in 1989, and Catherine had been a resident of Roseview Manor in Melrose since January of 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, the Christian Mothers and the Mission Group. Catherine is survived by her children, Abbott John Klassen, OSB, of Collegeville, Kenneth Klassen, of Minneapolis, Rita Eveslage and her husband, Dan, of Greenwald, Vernon Klassen and his wife, Heather, of Lynnwood, Allen Klassen and his wife, Linda, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Grace Lambert and her husband, Larry, of Vandalia, IL; brothers and sisters, Elsie Mohr, of Freeport, Marie Koll and her husband, Tony, of Chaska, Alois Wiechmann and his wife, Rose, of St. Rosa, Alphonse Wiechmann and his wife, Hildegard, of Belgrade and Wilfred Wiechmann, of Belgrade and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, who died Feb.14, 1994, sons, Dennis and Jerome and brothers, Walter, Frank and Anton. Casket bearers were Andrew, Mark and Michael Wiechmann, JoAnn Burandt, Sandra Roelike and Michael Mohr. Cross bearer will be Yvette Tehaar with prayer book bearer, Lois Frerichs.

PATRICK RODEN
Services were Saturday, March 31 at Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home for Patrick J. Roden, 52, who died Tuesday, March 27 at his home in Albany. Burial was private. Arrangements were made by Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home, Albany. Patrick Roden was born March 22, 1949 in St. Cloud to Walter and Leona (Primus) Roden. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School. He worked on the assembly line at Franklin Manufacturing for more than 20 years. He had been a press operator with Stearns County Publishing, Albany, for the past seven years. He was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He was a member of several dart, softball and bowling leagues and St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622. Survivors include his parents; and sisters, Joan Zimmer of New Prague, and Joyce Podtburg of Bowlus.

LAVERN FUECHTMANN
Services for LaVern P. Fuechtmann, age 72 of Freeport, who died of cancer on Friday, March 16 at Albany Area Hospital, Albany were Monday, March 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. LaVern Fuechtmann was born on March 10, 1929 in Melrose to Aloys Sr. and Margaret (Olmscheid) Fuechtmann. He was united in marriage to Alice Loesch September 29, 1953 in Lake Henry. After they married, the couple resided in Freeport. LaVern was employed by Freeport Implement for over 35 years. At the age of 62 he retired and continued doing small handyman jobs out of his garage for his family and community. As a lifetime resident of Freeport, LaVern was a member and usher of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. His favorite past times were attending auctions and playing cards. Survivors include his wife, Alice Fuechtmann of Freeport; four children, Diane Hellermann and her husband, Mark of Melrose, Judy Beuning and her husband, Mike of Melrose, Darlene McCorvey and her husband, Patrick of Pearland, Texas, Gene Fuechtmann and his wife, Cheryl of New Munich; nine grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre, Al Fuechtmann and his wife, Janet of New Munich, Irma Borgerding and her husband, Dave of Belgrade, Bernice Pilger and her husband, Jim of Farmington, Robert Fuechtmann and his wife, Lucy of Webster. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Margaret Fuechtmann; sisters, Hildegard Sand and Gertrude Fuechtmann; brother, Harold Fuechtmann. Serving as Casket Bearers were Amy Hellermann, Matt Hellermann, Patrick McCorvey Jr., Ryan McCorvey, Kari Beuning and Eric Beuning. Serving as Cross Bearer was Emily Beuning. Serving as Honorary Casket Bearers were LaVern's Godchildren, Earl Fuechtmann, Charles Sand, Roxanne Krych, Michelle Fuechtmann, Dan Hellermann, Tom Fuechtmann and Jan Finazzo. Serving as Gift Bearers were Al Fuechtmann and Robert Fuechtmann.

Edmund J. Olberding
The graveside service for Edmund Joseph Olberding were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Eagle Point National Cemetery. The Rev. Jim Clifford of Shepherd of the Valley officiated. Mr. Olberding, 76, of Central Point, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) at his home. Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 96010, Washington, D.C. 20090 6010. He was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Spring Hill Twp., a son of Frank and Mary Olberding. On Aug. 16, 1952, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Beatrice Hunt, who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 from Redding, Calif. Mr. Olberding was a pipe insulator for asbestos, heat and frost insulation. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Olberding was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Shepherd-of the Valley Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, listening to classical music and his dog. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Debbie Olberding, Medford, Jackie Flink, Murray, Utah, and Serene Nehls, Cottonwood, Calif.; two brothers, Fritz, Kansas City, Kan, and George, Minneapolis; two sisters, Angie Meyer, Sauk Centre, Minn., and Lillian Essler, Winthrop; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Arthur.

Minnie Pagel
Minnie C. Pagel, 91, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre died Sunday, March 11 at Long Prairie Memorial Hospital. Services were Wednesday, March 14 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre with Rev. R.E. Bloemker officiating. Burial was follow in GreenwoodCemetery, Sauk Centre. Minnie Pagel was born on August 16, 1909 in Millwood Township to Emil and Anna (Lodigas) Tabatt. She married Emil W. Pagel on May 14, 1929 in Melrose. They farmed in the Long Prairie and Sauk Centre area until retiring and moving to Sauk Centre in 1964. She resided at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home since December of 1998. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre. Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Pagel of Little Falls, Roger Pagel and his wife, JoAnn of Orr and Allen Pagel and his wife, Martha of Sauk Centre; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil W. Pagel on Feb. 9, 1978; son, Donald D. Pagel on Aug. 27, 1970; infant daughter, Sylvia Pagel in 1933; brothers and sisters, Arnold, Leo and Adolph Tabatt, Rose Genrich and Olga Lunser. Casket bearers will be grandchildren, Jeffrey, Emil, Johann and Glenn Pagel, Tom Reiter and Tirone Jefferson.

NORBERT HELLERMANN
Norbert E. Hellermann, age 75 of Sauk Centre, died of cancer on Saturday, March 3 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 7 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev Timothy Wenzel officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Norbert Hellermann was born on June 3, 1925 in Melrose to Henry and Rosina (Wessel) Hellermann. He was united in marriage to Rita Fuechtmann on Sept. 20, 1949 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County. They retired in 1996 and moved to Sauk Centre. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus and St. Paul's Catholic Aid. He is survived by his wife, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre; six children, Doris Nathe and her husband, David of Greenwald, Kenneth Hellermann of Sauk Centre, Daniel Hellermann and his wife, Connie of Sauk Centre, Ruth Bertram and her husband, Gerald of Sauk Centre, Sharon Sobania and her husband, Maynard of Holdingford and Robert Hellermann of Sauk Centre; 11 grandchildren; one great grandson; brothers and sisters, Henry Hellermann and his wife, Lorraine of Vadnais Heights, Elmer Hellermann and his wife, Anna, Roman Hellermann and his wife, Bernice, Simon Hellermann and his wife, Mary, Marcella Frericks and her husband, Elmer, Mary Ann Primus and Dorothy Schneider and her husband, Alvin of Melrose, Rosalyn Lehner and her husband, Pete of Shakopee. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Hellermann; half-brother, Paul Hellermann; half-sister, Loretta Hinnenkamp; grandson, Kurt Nathe and an infant grandson. Serving as casket bearers were Jamie and Ricky Bertram, Joshua Sobania, Michelle and Jennifer Nathe, Eric Kristy and Kayla Hellermann. Serving as cross bearer was Jessica Bertram and gift bearers were Jodi Nathe, Jayden and Randy Muellner. Honorary bearers were Ray Frericks, Howard Flowers, Allie Hoeschen, Rudy Vait, Bob Blank, Wayne Hansmann, Jerry Schurman, Leo Asfeld, Bud Minette, Bernard Meyer, Jerome Messer, Joe Zehrer, Mike Froseth, Richard Wolbeck, Kim Olson, Jim Proell and Paul Kortan. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Michael's Hospice.

ELMER SCHMITT
Elmer J. "Bud" Schmitt, age 75 of Sauk Centre, died on Saturday, March 3 at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 6 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard. Elmer Schmitt was born on February 19, 1926 in Jacobs Prairie to Leo and Margaret (Doubeck) Schmitt. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was united in marriage to Arlene Friedrichs on November 28, 1953 at Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. He had resided in Sauk Centre since 1955. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853, American Legion Post 417 of Little Sauk and Sinclair Lewis Aerie #3847 Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by five daughters, Cathy Franko and her husband, Mark of St. Louis, Missouri; Cindy Morris and her husband, David of Aberdeen, Maryland; Connie Novitzki and her husband, Roger of Bloomington; Carrie Krick and her husband, Ron of Waite Park; Carla Posch and her husband, Dave of Royalton; 17 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Irene Rennie and her husband, Norb, Mary Brinker and her husband, Dick, Dennis Schmitt and his wife, Alice and Emma Dullinger and her husband, Tony of St. Cloud, Robert Schmitt and his wife, Mary of Waite Park, Carol Rodekuhr and her husband, Terry of Plymouth and Margie Heimerl and her husband, Dennis of Lester Prairie. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene on Nov. 29, 1991; brothers and sisters, Alvin, Rich and Hank Schmitt, Esther Kochevar, Martha Lodemeier Volkmuth and infant twin sisters. Serving as casket bearers were Mark Franko, Roger Novitzki, Ron, Michael, Adam and David Krick, Dave and Nathan Posch. Serving as cross bearer was Nathan Posch and as scripture bearer was Joseph Posch.

ANNA BUDNER
Services for Anna Adeline Budner, 91 of Minneota, who died Monday, March 5 at Minneota Manor, Minneota, were Thursday, March 8 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Marshall. Interment was at Cavalry Cemetery, Marshall. Rev. Eugene Brown officiated. Mrs. Budner was born Aug. 21, 1909 to Ferdinand and Eva (Lietz) Danzl at St. Joseph. She graduated from Melrose High School and then worked at home. She married Peter Budner on Sept. 11, 1944 in Melrose. They lived in Albany and Melrose before moving to Marshall in 1976. She liked watching sports and participating in activities at the Minneota Manor. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her son: Peter (Mary) of Golden Valley; daughters Mary (Max) Lord of Marshall, and Sharon (Denny) Boncquet of Hutchinson; sister: Hilda Volz of Michigan; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Paul; three brothers and two sisters.

MARLENE PETERNELL
Services were Monday, Feb.19 for Marlene Peternell, 51 of St. Stephen who died Thursday, Feb 15, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Marlene Peternell was born in St. Cloud to George and Leona (Beam) Feld. She married Benedict Peternell on Sept. 7, 1971, in St. Columbkille Catholic Church, St. Wendell. The couple lived in St. Stephen for more than 30 years. She was a lens inspector at Vista Optical in Sauk Rapids for more than two years. She was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband; brother and sisters, Duane Feld of Avon, JoAnne Zipp of St. Joseph, Carol Cropper of St. Stephen, Marlys Diederich of St. Cloud, and Marian J. Psyck and Janice Ferche of Sartell.

JOHN BERNS
John N. Berns, age 87 of Sauk Centre passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 12 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. John Norbert Berns was born on Nov. 21, 1913 in Getty Township to Herman and Wilhemina (Wehlage) Berns. After his schooling and training in accounting, John went to work as an accountant in Cambridge for several years. On Nov. 28, 1959 John was united in marriage to Eleanor Bauer at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. John then began a public accounting and tax service out of his home in Sauk Centre known as J.N. Berns Accounting. He continued his accounting career for over fifty years, having just retired last year. One of John's favorite hobbies was caring for his garden each season. He tended it carefully and always managed to grow a bountiful harvest each year that he would generously share with his neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed traveling, going bowling or just having friends over for a game of cards. John was a member of St. Paul's parish and his faith was an important part of his life. He was dedicated to helping those less fortunate and had a special concern for the missions. He read many types of magazines, but the mission magazines were his favorite. John is survived by his wife, Eleanor Berns of Sauk Centre and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Henry and Joseph Berns, sisters, Anna Marthaler, Rose Beckerman, Beata Berns and Lewina Welle. A Mass of Resurrection was held for John on Friday, Feb. 16 at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Wenzel officiating, assisted by Deacon Julius Beckermann, who also was the lector. Crossbearer was Dale Berns and the giftbearers were the Doris and Michael Anderson family. Carol Trisko was the organist. Interment was at St. Paul's Cemetery in Sauk Centre and the honorary pallbearers were Marlin Ness, Robert Kane, Raymond Wenker, Gerald Schurman, David Bauer and Richard Van Beck. Active pallbearers were Donald Marthaler, Joseph Beckermann, Ken Welle, Dennis, David and Duane Berns. Visitation hours were held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at St. Paul's church with a Christian Mothers, Holy Rosary Society and Poor Souls Society rosary at 7:30 p.m. with the parish prayers being offered at 8 p.m.

JULIAN L. BERSCHEID
Julian L. Berscheid, 70, of Grey Eagle died Thursday, Feb. 8 at Long Prairie Memorial Hospital in Long Prairie. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 12th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Julian Lawrence Berscheid was born on Sept. 30, 1930 in Birchdale Township, Todd County, to the late Nicholas & Mae (Pluth) Berscheit. He grew up on the family farm in Birchdale Township. At the age of 21, he entered the U.S. Army and served in Korea. Following his discharge, he returned to the family farm. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Rieger on Sept. 8, 1962 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. The couple made their home on the family farm where they farmed until Julian's retirement eight years ago. Julian was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, Melrose V.F.W. Post #7050, Knights of Columbus in Long Prairie, and was a former member of the Grey Eagle Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling on leagues in Melrose and Long Prairie in his younger years and most recently babysitting for his grandchildren and other neighbor children. Julian L. Berscheid is survived by his wife, Patricia of Grey Eagle; children, Julie Blommel and husband, Lloyd, of Freeport, MN, Alan Berscheid of Los Alamos, NM, Angela Pohlmann and husband, Richard, of Grey Eagle, and Daniel Berscheid of Grey Eagle; brothers, Clarence Berscheid and wife, Viola of Melrose, and Edward Berscheid and wife, Rosie of Sauk Centre; sisters, Dorothy Jacobs of Grey Eagle, and Lorraine Bitz of Grey Eagle; and 10 grandchildren, Mae, Diane, Cari Alissa, Beth, and Katrina Blommel and Nicole, Derek, Christopher, and Megan Pohlmann. Julian L. Berscheid was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arnold and Donald Berscheid. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

DOROTHY B. STROEING
Dorothy B. Stroeing, age 73, of Waite Park, formerly of New Munich, died Feb.10 at Sterling Park Commons in Waite Park. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated; Brother Julius Boeckermann had committal rites. Dorothy Stroeing was born in St. Martin Township, to Frank and Anna (Buettner) Stroeing. She attended country school, and lived on the family farm. In 1957, she moved to St. Cloud, working for a drycleaning business. She worked at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in the laundry department for 23 years, retiring in 1989. Since 1998 she has resided in Waite Park. She was a member of Saint Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Dorothy is survived by her brothers and sisters, Leora Honer and her husband, Peter of St. Joseph, Sylvester Stroeing of Freeport, Mary Ellen Rosen and her husband, Jerome of Freeport, Evelyn Voller of Holdingford, Wilfred Stroeing of Waite Park, Vernon Stroeing and his wife, Marjorie of Freeport, Celestine Stroeing of St. Joseph, Marvin Stroeing and his wife, Marlene of New Munich, Rita Stang and her husband, Fred of Minneapolis. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Robert Voller and Lambert Cherne; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae (Wensman) Stroeing, and Shirley (Buersken) Stroeing. Serving as casket bearers were Kevin Stroeing, Scott Stroeing, LeRoy Cherne, Steve Stang, Tom Voller, and Glenn Stroeing. Cross bearer was Richard Rosen. Memorials are preferred to Saint Cloud Hospice.

EDWARD KOECHELER
Edward O. Koecheler, age 80, of W. St. Paul, died Thursday, Feb. 1 in St. Paul. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Weber and was the beloved husband for 58 years to Monica. Edward was the loving father to Gary (Maureen), Gene (Gaile), Mary Jo Heine and Judith (Jim) Schneider, and the devoted grandfather to John and Paul Koecheler, Katie and Michael Koecheler, Neil, Allison and Kelly Schneider. He is survived by a brother, Charles (& Judy) Koecheler; a sister Marion (Bud) Wiener; and brother-in-law, Joe Weber. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 12 at the Church of St. Joseph, Seminole at Buttler, WSP. Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

MARY WESTERHAUS
Mary Westerhaus, age 104, of Melrose, died Saturday, Feb. 3, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Mary Westerhaus was born January 9, 1897 in St. Cloud Township, Stearns County to Anton and Katherine (Bruns) Fischer. Mary worked as a RN in Brainerd and Duluth for approximately 10 years. She married Henry T. Westerhaus on June 21, 1933 at St. Cloud Cathedral Church. After the couple married they resided in Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose. Survivors include children, Hank Westerhaus and his wife, Jeanette of Melrose, Andrew Westerhaus and his wife, Joanne of Burnsville, Al Westerhaus and his wife, Ardath of Circle Pines; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one sister, Victoria Schmidt of St. Augusta. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry T. Westerhaus on June 7, 1981; son, Joseph Westerhaus; brothers, William Fischer, Henry Fischer, Rudolph Fischer, Meinrad Fischer; sisters, Martha Kaste and Justine Holt. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: ARC. Casketbearers were Beth Julik, Gregg Westerhaus, Dean Westerhaus, Dan Westerhaus, David Westerhaus, Jonathon Westerhaus. Crossbearer was LeeAnn Westerhaus and Scripturebearer was Lynn Jurrens. Honorary Casketbearers were Julia Westendorf, Rita Enneking, Stella Schiffler, Mary Jacobs, Agnes Klassen and the care givers and residents of Pine Villa Care Center.

JESUS GUADALUPE AVILA
Jesus Guadalupe Avila of Melrose, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001 at St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Jesus Avila was born Feb. 2, 2001in St. Cloud to Gabriela Orozco and Hector Avila. Survivors include parents, Gabriela Orozco of Melrose and Hector Avila; brothers, Michael Avila and Christopher Avila of Melrose; maternal grandmother, Maria Guzman of Melrose; maternal grandfather Wenseslao Orozco of California; paternal grandmother Beatriz Fernandez of Mexico. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Hector Avila.

RAY VANHAVERMAET
Ray VanHavermaet, 70, of Sauk Centre died Thursday, Feb.1, 2001 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Sauk Centre Honor Guard. Ray VanHavermaet was born on February 2, 1930 in Sauk Centre, to Henry and Elizabeth (Huhne) VanHavermaet. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Betty E. Beilke on Nov. 7, 1956 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He was employed by Unger Furniture as a delivery person, carpet layer and salesperson for many years. He enjoyed going to auctions, fishing, playing cards and shaking dice. He is survived by his wife, Betty VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre; 5 children, Susan VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre, Jerry VanHavermaet and his wife, Bev of Sauk Centre, Roger VanHavermaet and his wife, Brenda of Sauk Centre, Bill VanHavermaet of Sauk Centre and Karen Weber and her husband, Dan of Melrose; brothers and sisters, Henry VanHavermaet and his wife, Lucille of Ward Springs, John VanHavermaet and his wife, Ginny of White Bear Lake, Frances "Red" Terwey and her husband, Roman of Grey Eagle, Ann Bruggentheis and her husband, Bob of Grey Eagle, Mary Ann Kiffmeyer of Wells, MN, Betty Schimmel of Grey Eagle and Margaret Rassmusen of Ward Springs and nine grandchildren, Brandon, Kate, Michelle and Jordan VanHavermaet, Andy, Jessica and Crystal VanHavermaet and Jennifer and Lisa Weber. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers and sister, Norb, Louie and Loretta VanHavermaet. Casket bearers were Dan Ceminski, Ralph Bruggentheis, Dale VanHavermaet, Gary Dierkhising, Scott Beilke, LeRoy Jacobs. Cross bearer was Janelle Dierkhising and Scripture bearer was Jordan VanHavermaet. Honorary bearers were Bill Unger, Arnie Roering, Allan Bromenshenkel, Raphael Trisko, Sidney Hill, Erwin Massmann, Pat Deters, Andy Volkmann, George Middendorf, Art VanHavermaet and Hub Sunderman.

SYLVESTER SAND
Sylvester L. Sand, Sr., age 67, died Saturday at the Assumption Nursing Home, Richmond, of cancer. Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Richmond with burial in the parish cemetery. Sylvester was born in New Munich on January 21, 1934 to Herman and Elizabeth (Humbert) Sand. He married Theresia Schmitz on May 16, 1956 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He farmed in the Richmond area until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Independent Order of Foresters. Survivors include his wife; children: Mary T. Gill, Cold Spring; Pat M. Westlund, Sauk Centre; Syl Jr., Paynesville; Mark, Richmond; Pete, Cold Spring; Lisa Lichte, South Haven; brothers and sisters: Paul, Alexandria; Marie Thull, Greenwald; Rose Poepping, New Munich; Walter, New Munich; Edwin, Melrose; and Eileen Frieler, Annandale; 7 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother.

ELIZABETH G. WEBER
Elizabeth G. Weber, age 89, of Melrose, died Thursday, January 25, 2001 at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Elizabeth Gertrude Weber was born in Melrose to Joe and Anna (Herzog) Thieschafer. She worked as a nanny in Sauk Centre for several years. She married Anthony Weber on April 26, 1938 at Saint Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple lived in Freeport for several years, moving to Melrose in 1940. She retired in 1971. She moved to Roseview Manor in Melrose in 1987. She has resided at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Paynesville since 1997. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Saint Elizabeth's Society, Melrose Hospital Auxilliary, Central Minnesota Senior Federation, various card clubs; former member of Women's Catholic Order of Foresters. Elizabeth is survived by eight children, Mary Ann Geyen and her husband, Maynard of St. Bonifacius, Joe Weber and his wife, Vivian of Sauk Centre, Art Weber and his wife, Ann of Melrose, Karen Thielen and her husband, Leander of Eden Valley, Glen Weber and his wife, Lynne of Prior Lake, Kenneth Weber and his wife, Janice of Mound, Betty Schlangen and her husband, Sy of Richmond, Barb Harshbarger and her husband, Beryl of Pine, Colorado; 24 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Weber on June 1, 1983; parents; brothers, Norb and Lawrence Thieschafer; great grand daughters, Hannah Weber and Alyssa Lee. Serving as casket bearers were grandchildren: Roger Weber, Jerry Weber, Missy Weber, Kyle Weber, Sean Schlangen, Chad Schlangen, Marge Kron, and Karina Asher. Cross bearer was Wanda Lee. Scripture bearer was Jodi Weber. Honorary bearers were Christian Mothers.

EDMUND BOECKERMANN
Services for Edmund Boeckermann, age 76 of St. Rosa, were Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Edmund N. Boeckermann died Monday, Jan. 22 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Mr. Boeckermann was born Dec. 6, 1924 to Bernard and Amanda (Toenyan) Boeckermann in Millwood Twp. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and was in the Pacific Theater. He married Leona Klaphake on May 11, 1948 in Meire Grove. The couple farmed in the Freeport area until he retired in 1985. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and St. Rosa Men's Society. Survivors include his wife, Leona; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Gilbert Gerads, son and daughter-in-law Gary and Peg, Freeport; daughter and son-in-law Irene and Glen Breth of Albany; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Ruth of Lakeville; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Laura of Sauk Rapids; brothers and sisters: Lawrence of Hancock, Anthony of Upsala, Roger of Melrose, Helen Hallermann of Sartell, Caroline Ahrens of Grey Eagle, Monica Rieland and Marie Kampsen of New Munich, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin (Oct. 25, 1970), sister and brothers, Rose, Eleanor Wiechmann, Bernadette Hallermann, Stella Ostendorf, Wilfred and Francis. The casketbearers were: Danny Gerads, Joe Breth, Kevin Gerads,Dennis Gerads, Russell Gerads, Sandra Woodrum, Shirley Goerger and Crystle Boeckermann. The crossbearer was Thomas Boeckermann.

GENEVIEVE LOEHR
Genevieve Loehr, 80, of Elrosa died on Monday, January 22, 2001 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 25, at Saint's Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Rev. LeRoy Scheierl officiated with interment following in parish cemetery. Genevieve Loehr was born on March 31, 1920 in St. Martin to Joseph and Elizabeth (Schaefer) Doll. She married Melvin Loehr on September 20, 1949 in St. Martin. The couple farmed for 25 years near Elrosa in Lake George Township until 1974 when they retired and moved to Elrosa. She was a member of the Christian Mothers, Saint James Society of Catholic Aid and Miraculous Medal Association. She enjoyed sewing, playing cards and BINGO. Survivors include her husband, Melvin Loehr of Elrosa; two children, Leander Loehr and his wife, Donna of Elrosa, Betty Rademacher and her husband, Gene of Melrose; seven grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Sylvester Doll and his wife, Lydia of St. Martin, Marie Faber and her husband, Herman of Paynesville, Martin Doll of Waite Park, Virgil Doll and his wife, Florine of Cold Spring, Walberga "Wally" Lieser of Lake Henry, Rita Feldewerd and her husband, Alfred of Melrose, Joseph Doll and his wife, Theresa of St. Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sisters, Henry Doll, Marcella Laumeyer, Anthony "Tony" Doll, Urban Doll and Mary Ann Fuchs. Casketbearers were Darrin Loehr, Cindy Hoffman, Amy DeCrans, Ross Rademacher, Jill Rademacher and Nancy Rademacher. Crossbearer was Anita Rademacher. Honorary Casketbearers were the Christian Mothers. Memorials are preferred.

PAULINE MEYER
Pauline M. Meyer, age 91 of Melrose, died on Monday, Jan. 22 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Rev. Tim Baltes, Rev. Ken Opat and Rev. Kenneth Thielman concelebrated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Pauline Meyer was born on Dec. 27, 1909 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County to Hubert and Anna (Sand) Welle. She was united in marriage to Joseph W. Meyer on June 21, 1932 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed south of Meire Grove in Grove Township, Stearns County for 60 years. She moved to Park View Center in Melrose in February of 1992 and for the past one and one-half years had resided at Pine Villa Care Center. She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, St. Mary's Society, Poor Soul's Society, Holy Rosary Society, Daughters of Isabella and Persistent Pals Homemakers Group. She is survived by five children, Dolores Macey and her husband, Marvin of West Union, LuVerne Meyer of Sauk Centre, Orville Meyer and his wife, Marge of Staples, Janice Eiden and her husband, Neil of Braham, Marie Meyer of Braham; 17 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Moening and Alvina Klaphake and her husband, Frank of Melrose. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph on July 25, 1991; daughter, Viola Meyer; great-grandson, Christopher Miller; sister, Annie Thull; brothers, Christopher, Michael, Henry, Alphonse, Peter, William and Hubert Welle. Serving as casket bearers were Paula Bensen, Eric Eiden, Paul and Joe Meyer, Ken Macey, Nancy Haggenmiller, Ruth Meier and Amy Winkels. Cross bearer was Karen Rose and scripture bearer was Greg Eiden. Honorary bearers were Loretta Nathe, Marie Marthaler, Marcie Lensing, Marcella Meyer, Bertha Vornbrock, Alvina Brang, Helen Metzger and Pauline Imdieke. Pauline touched the hearts of all who came in contact with her. Special thanks to all the staff at Pine Villa Care Center and to the hospice nurses and volunteers who offered their care to her.

JULITTA GOEBEL
Julitta Riley Goebel, age 91 of Freeport, died Friday, Jan. 19, 2001 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated. Julitta Riley Goebel was born Aug. 31, 1909 in Freeport to Leonard and Maria (Loch) Rosen. She married Joe Riley on October 29, 1929 in Freeport. He died on February 2, 1945. She then married Bill Goebel on Oct. 4, 1958 in St. Cloud. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport and the Christian Mothers. She also enjoyed quilting. Survivors include her children, Angie Olberding of St. Cloud, Val Riley and his wife, Joan of Eden Valley, Gladys Metzger of New Munich, Virg Riley and his wife, Doris of St. Cloud, Geraldine Elfering and her husband, Ervin of Melrose; step children, Alvinia Blommel of Clarissa, Valeria Sebek of Long Prairie, Jerome Goebel of Toms River, New Jersey, Victor Goebel of Freeport, Alcuin Goebel of Freeport, Bertha Braegelman of Richmond, Richard Goebel of Albany, Joan Freyman of Avon; brothers Jerome Rosen and his wife, Mary Ellen of Freeport, Ted Rosen of Rosemount; 17 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; 54 step grandchildren; 101 step great grandchildren; 3 step great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husbands, Joe Riley on February 2, 1945, Bill Goebel on February 16, 1972; brothers and sisters, Margaret Goebel, Theresa Goebel, Sybilla Krupa, Ben Rosen, Frank Rosen, infants Albin and Dorothy Rosen; grandchildren, Scott Metzger, Greg Riley, Sharon Olberding; one great grandchild, Robin Borgerding. Casketbearers were Jeff Olberding, Patrick Olberding, Keith Elfering, Kyle Elfering, Jill Riley, Michael Riley, Tom Metzger. Crossbearer was Gail Borgerding and Scripturebearer was Jean Lonien. Honorary pallbearers were Christian Mothers.

MARK EGERMAN
Mark Jacob Egerman passed away January 21, 2001 at home in Roseville, California. Mark was born in Jessie, North Dakota September 22, 1923 and was raised in Melrose, Minnesota. Mark joined the Navy at the beginning of World War Two and worked as an electrician's mate on the U.S.S. Saint Louis in the South Pacific. Mark continued his work in the electrical field settling in the San Francisco Bay Area and working for Westinghouse and H.K. Porter building transformers. He retired after 17 years with the City of Alameda, Bureau of Electricity as Superintendent of Meters. He was preceded in death by his father Jacob, his mother Jean and sister Vilette. He is survived by his wife Janice of Roseville; siblings Lyle of Bancroft, Neb. and Carol Tillman of Jorda.; sons James of Linden, Calif. and Richard of Long Beach, Calif., along with numerous granddaughters and grandsons. A memorial service was held Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint John's Episcopal Church in Roseville.

NORBERT TOENYAN
Services for Norbert Toenyan, Sr., 90 of Long Prairie, were Wednesday, Jan. 24 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie with Fr. Mark Stang officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Mr. Toenyan died Monday, Jan. 22, at Long Praire Memorial Nursing Home. He was born July 30, 1910 in Millwood Twp. to George and Bernadine (Albers) Toenyan. He married Rose M. Kruse on Oct. 10, 1932 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Melrose. He grew up in rural St. Rose. After his marriage they farmed at St. Rose and in 1952 moved to a farm in Little Sauk Township, rural Long Prairie. He enjoyed farm work all his life and he enjoyed watching Twins Baseball. He was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, and the Catholic Aid Association of Long Prairie. He is survived by seven children: Norbert, Jr.,"Bert" (Verna), Long Prairie; Caroline (Harold), Schmidt, Long Prairie; Julius, Grey Eagle; Kenneth (Shirley), Long Praire; Hattie (Long Prairie); Marie (Douglas) Repp, Long Prairie; and Vincent (Colleen), Long Prairie; one sister, Loretta Gieske, Melrose; 28 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents; his wife (July 4, 1997); two sons, Francis and Linus; and one grandson, George Repp. The casketbearers were Roman Primus, Claude and Richard Toenyan, Arthur Middendorf, Melvin Wielenberg and Larry Duevel. The grandchildren served as honorary casketbearers.

EDMUND BOECKERMANN
Services for Edmund Boeckermann, age 76 of St. Rosa, were Thursday, Jan. 25 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Edmund N. Boeckermann died Monday, Jan. 22 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Mr. Boeckermann was born Dec. 6, 1924 to Bernard and Amanda (Toenyan) Boeckermann in Millwood Twp. He entered the U.S. Navy during World War II and was in the Pacific Theater. He married Leona Klaphake on May 11, 1948 in Meire Grove. The couple farmed in the Freeport area until he retired in 1985. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and St. Rosa Men's Society. Survivors include his wife, Leona; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Gilbert Gerads, son and daughter-in-law Gary and Peg, Freeport; daughter and son-in-law Irene and Glen Breth of Albany; son and daughter-in-law Thomas and Ruth of Lakeville; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Laura of Sauk Rapids; brothers and sisters: Lawrence of Hancock, Anthony of Upsala, Roger of Melrose, Helen Hallermann of Sartell, Caroline Ahrens of Grey Eagle, Monica Rieland and Marie Kampsen of New Munich, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Melvin (Oct. 25, 1970), sister and brothers, Rose, Eleanor Wiechmann, Bernadette Hallermann, Stella Ostendorf, Wilfred and Francis. The casketbearers were: Danny Gerads, Joe Breth, Kevin Gerads,Dennis Gerads, Russell Gerads, Sandra Woodrum, Shirley Goerger and Crystle Boeckermann. The crossbearer was Thomas Boeckermann.

VERONICA ADAMS
Services for Veronica Mary Adams, 91 of Melrose, will be Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Pine Villa Nursing Home Chapel. Burial will be Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. in the New Munich Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Mrs. Adams died Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Pine Villa Nursing Home, Melrose. She was born Dec. 6, 1909 in Bisbee, N.D. to Frank and Barbara (Moscho) Briol. She married Theodore Paul Adams. She was employed by Litchfield Produce of Melrose for 17 years, Chick's Riverside Tavern of Melrose for 11 years and Funky's Home Plate for four years. Survivors include daughters and sons: Shirley Adams of Sartell, Lorraine Young of Lakeland, Fla.; Linda Cook of Newhall, Calif., Doris Adams of New Munich, Howard Adams of New Munich, Harvey Adams of New Munich; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Theodore (July 2, 1958), son Floyd and sister Emma Nasseff.

ALOYS MEYER
Aloys "Al" H. Meyer, age 78, of Melrose, formerly of Freeport, died Saturday, January 13, 2001 at Pine Haven/Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Aloys Henry Meyer was born Aug. 30, 1922 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, 3 miles northwest of Freeport, where he lived and farmed all of his life, until 1995 when he entered the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Catholic Order of Foresters, and Catholic Aid. Al is survived by sisters, Loretta Kollmann and her husband, John of Lake Henry, Sister Mary Jude Meyer, OSB of Saint Joseph, Marie Moscho and her husband, Wilfred of Saint Martin, Bernadette Lauer of Waverly. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sisters, Joseph Meyer, Evelyn Rademacher, and Margaret Lauer. Serving as casket bearers were LeRoy Moscho, James Moscho, Walter Kollmann, Robert Rademacher, Randy Lauer, and Mark Lauer. Cross bearer was Lloyd Meyer.

LETA HAMILTON
Leta A. Hamilton, age 72 of Sauk Centre, died Wednesday, January 10, 2001 at Saint Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2001, at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Melrose. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County. Rev. Reed Stockman will officiate. Leta Hamilton was born in Raymond Township to Roy and Alice (Cumming) Hamilton. She lived in Minneapolis after graduating from high school. She worked for Sharp Manufacturing, and then for Walter R. Hammond Company as head of the billing department for over 30 years, retiring in 1988 and moving to Melrose. She has been a resident of Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre since May, 2000. Leta is survived by her son, Robert Faue and his wife, Margaret of Osseo; brother, Glen Hamilton and his wife, Mary of Sauk Centre; sister, Clytia Allshouse and her husband, Merl of Sun City, Arizona; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by brother, Laurel "Jake" Hamilton; sister, Janette Essler; and very special friend and companion, James R. Johnson. Serving as casket bearers were Michael and Jacob Faue, Chad and Jeremy Hamilton, Joseph and Jeffrey Nathe.

LUELLA RIELAND
Luella "Lu" A. Rieland, age 64, of Melrose died Tuesday, Jan. 09, 2001 at Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Lu Rieland was born April 9, 1936 in Melrose to Norbert and Agnes (Herzog) Hiltner. She married Marvin J. Rieland on July 21, 1956, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. She worked several years at the Melrose Area Hospital, and several years at Fingerhut in Sauk Centre. She worked at the same grocery store in Melrose under several owners for over 20 years, until her retirement in 1997. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and the Christian Mothers. Lu is survived by her mother, Agnes Hiltner of Melrose; five children, Dan Rieland of Melrose, Randy Rieland and his wife, Nadine of Melrose, Rick Rieland and his wife, Amy of Melrose, Paul Rieland and his wife, Lisa of Melrose, Tom Rieland and his wife, Eryca of St. Cloud; sisters and brothers, Jen Toenies and her husband, Harold of Melrose, Tom Hiltner and his wife, Shirle of Melrose, Ruben Hiltner of Alexandria, Gene Hiltner and his wife, Laura of Limon, Colo., Mary Decker and her husband, Dave of Melrose, Chuck Hiltner and his wife, Ruth of Baxter, Ann Thielen and her husband, Erv of New Munich, Mike Hiltner and his wife, Ann of Cold Spring, Bridget Westbrock and her husband, Vern of Rochester, Jim Hiltner and his wife, Jan of Limon, Colorado; seven grandchildren, Nikki, Stacy, Hanna, Kyle, Dallas, Skyler, and Carter Rieland. Lu is preceded in death by her husband, Marvin J. Rieland on November 12, 1996; her father; brother, Jerry Hiltner and an infant sister. Serving as casker bearers were her brothers, Tom, Ruben, Gene, Chuck, Mike and Jim Hiltner. Crosss bearer was Hanna Rieland. Scripture bearer was Kim Hiltner. Piano Soloist was Stacy Rieland. Gift bearers were Nikki, Kyle, Dallas, Skyler, and Carter Rieland. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

JERRY HILTNER
Jerry F. Hiltner, age 62, of Melrose, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001 at Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Burial services were private. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Jerry F. Hiltner was born March 26, 1938 in Melrose, to Norbert and Agnes (Herzog) Hiltner. He married Iris Schreifels on May 12, 1962 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple resided for several years in Minneapolis. They returned to Melrose in 1965. He worked for 2 years at Earl's Bar in Melrose. He worked for Stearns Electric for 33 years, until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, and past president of Steelworkers Union Local 8392. Jerry is survived by his wife, Iris Hiltner of Melrose; mother, Agnes Hiltner of Melrose; three children, Jill Shepherd and her husband, Brian of Bloomington, Bruce Hiltner and his wife, Carol of Ramsey, Kristie Dickson of Plymouth; brothers and sisters, Lu Rieland of Melrose, Jen Toenies and her husband, Harold of Melrose, Tom Hiltner and his wife, Shirle of Melrose, Ruben Hiltner of Alexandria, Gene Hiltner and his wife, Laura of Limon, Colo., Mary Decker and her husband, Dave of Melrose, Chuck Hiltner and his wife, Ruth of Baxter, Ann Thielen and her husband, Erv of New Munich, Mike Hiltner and his wife, Ann of Cold Spring, Bridget Westbrock and her husband, Vern of Rochester, Jim Hiltner and his wife, Jan of Limon, Colo.; 5 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Norbert M. Hiltner, and an infant sister. Serving as casket bearers were Rusty Gieske, Roger Primus, Dan Moening, Craig Hiltner, Paul Toenies, and Paul Rieland. Cross bearer was Kelly Carver. Scripture bearer was Carol Thelen.

ELEANOR MAUS
Eleanor A. Maus, age 75, of Melrose, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Inurnment was Friday at 2:00 P.M. in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Eleanor Maus was born October 15, 1925 in Lake Henry to Joseph and Angela (Weidner) Gottwald. She married Wilfred Maus February 21, 1955. The couple then worked together as hired help on various farms. Eleanor worked at many other businesses before retiring from the laundry department at the Melrose Hospital. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Survivors include her children, John Maus of Melrose, Cecelia Denk and her husband, Vincent of Sauk Centre, Rose Maus of Phoenix, Ariz., James Maus of Melrose, Lori Primus and her husband, Dominic of Long Prairie; seven grandchildren; siblings, Vincent Gottwald and his wife, Donna of St. Cloud, Ursala Schramel and her husband, John of Miller, SD, Elizabeth Clement and her husband, Hubert of Miller, SD, Marcella Irby and her husband, Paul of Gulf Port, Mississippi, Phillip Gottwald and his wife, Margaret of Paynesville and Leo Gottwald of Missoula, Mont. She was preceded in death by husband, Wilfred Maus on Jan. 10, 1995; brothers, Gregory, Herbert, Albert and Joseph Gottwald; sister, Marie Gottwald. Casketbearers were Pete Gottwald, Steven Gottwald, Bob Wander, Eddie Gottwald, Stanley Gottwald and John Klein. Crossbearer was Tonia Norton and scripturebearer was Ralph Fischbach.

RONNIE LEE BARNES
Funeral services were on Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Ronnie Lee Barnes, age 40, of Melrose, who died on Thursday, Jan. 4 at the St. Cloud Hospital as a result of an automobile accident, west of St Joseph on County Road 75. The Rev. Brendon Hughes officiated. Burial was in the Albany Cemetery. Ronnie was born September 5, 1960 in Long Beach, Calif. to Ellsworth and Bertha (McCombs) Barnes. He married Loretta Julich on Jan. 23, 1993 in Albany. He has been a resident of Central Minnesota for the past 15 years where he was employed as a machine operator for Fingerhut in St. Cloud. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Survivors are his wife; children, Richard Lee, Elizabeth Ann, Vincent Michael, Helen Anne, and Ashley Jon, all at home; his parents, Albany; sisters Cathy Sue Rodriguez of Paramount, Cal., Connie Darlene Roach of Bakersfield, Cal.; a brother Lonnie "Bam" Bert Barnes of Albany.

FRANCES TRISCO
Frances A. Trisco, age 94, of Melrose, formerly of Sauk Centre died Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Jan.5 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre, with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Frances Trisco was born on Aug. 28, 1906 in Melrose, Minnesota to Joseph and Catherine (Kemper) Barhorst. She married Joseph A. Trisco on Feb. 10, 1931 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Melrose. They farmed in Melrose for 10 years moving to Sauk Centre Township in 1941. They moved to Sauk Centre in 1976. She has resided at the Pine Villa Care Center since August of 1996. Frances enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and cooking. Survivors include her three children, Leona Hallgren and her husband, Gilbert of Minneapolis, Bernice Hellermann and her husband, Roman of Melrose and Herbert Trisco and his wife, Cindi of Sauk Centre; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph A. Trisco on Feb. 23, 1981; son, Norbert; brothers and sisters, Rose Hoeschen, Mary Hoeschen,Ben, Alois, Leo, Joe, George and Henry Barhorst and one grandson, Darrell Hellermann. Casket bearers were Tom Hellermann, Darlene Schlangen, Sharon Dudero, Laura McCarthy, Andrew Trisco, Adam Trisco and Aaron Trisco. Cross bearer was Barb Zierden; and scripture bearer was Lynn Trisco.

EVELYNE HEMKER
Evelyne E. Hemker, age 87, of Albany, died Friday, Dec. 29 at Albany Area Hospital. Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated. Evelyne Elizabeth Hemker was born November 16, 1913 in Sauk Centre to William and Elizabeth (Ahrens) Hemker. She lived in Freeport most of her life. She worked as a postal clerk for 20 years. She was very active in the community. She has lived in the Mother of Mercy Retirement Center in Albany since September of 1995. She was a parish charter member of Holy Rosary Court #532, member of National Catholic Order of Foresters, charter member of Freeport Goldenaires Seniors, 50 years as a choir member, belongs to local book club, member of Oblate of St. Benedict organization. Evelyne is survived by her sister, Erma Craig of Osakis, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Edwin Hemker and Virgil Hemker, and sister Alma Ohmann. Serving as casket bearers were Steve and Mark Hemker, Jerry and John Crever, Herb Johnson, and Michael Butkowski. Cross bearer was Pat Hirabayashi.

FRED UNGER
Fred J. Unger, 94, of Sauk Centre died on Monday, December 25, 2000 at St Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, December 29, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiated with interment following in Calvary Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Fred Unger was born on July 5, 1906 in Melrose, Minnesota to William F. and Winifred (Moarnan) Unger. He attended the University of Minnesota. In 1927 Fred moved to Sauk Centre as the manager of two newly acquired furniture stores, which were combined in their present location. Fred married Louise M. Borgmann on January 6, 1931 in Sauk Centre. Fred continued to own and operate Unger Furniture until his retirement. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Bishop Busch Council 4863, Knights of Columbus, Queen of Peace General Assembly of 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the last charter member of the Sauk Centre Rotary Club #2848 with membership dating to March 1928. He has served on the board of directors on several occasions and was the club president in 1963. Fred had been active in the Minnesota Furniture Association, was chosen as a Congressman in the National Home Furnishings Industry, and enjoyed a membership in Retail Stores Buying Organization. He established a local scholarship fund at Sauk Centre High School and was active in all civic organizations until his retirement from Unger Furniture Co. He is survived by his children, Bill Unger and his wife, Dixie of Sauk Centre, Karen Destache of Evansville, Indiana, Geri Hird of San Diego, Calif., 17 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise on February 24, 1994; daughter, Janet Kuhlmann in September of 1998; brothers and sisters, James Unger, Raymond Unger, Bernadette Macurda and Antoinette Fultz. Memorials are preferred.

JUDY LEYK
Judy L. Leyk, age 56 of Grey Eagle, died on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 30 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Ronald Tibbetts officiated with interment following in Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle. Judy Leyk was born on January 18, 1944 in Waseca, Minnesota to Alfred and Luella (Tesch) Schlaak. She was a graduate of Concordia College in St. Paul with a degree in elementary education. She then taught at Trinity Lutheran School in Sauk Rapids. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Leyk on Aug. 6, 1966 in New Richland, Minnesota. The couple resided in Sauk Rapids and moved to Grey Eagle in 1976. She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ladies' Guild and church choir, Grey Eagle Community Choir and a committee member for Swanville School's Dollars for Scholars chapter. Judy enjoyed making Christmas cookies and looking after her children and grandchildren, especially watching them participate in athletic events. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Leyk of Grey Eagle; five children, Curtis Leyk and his wife, Patricia of Albany, Jeffrey Leyk and his wife, Beverly of Burtrum, Lori Leyk of Grey Eagle, Kevin Leyk of Bloomington and Lisa Leyk of Waite Park; five grandchildren, Taylor, Mitchell, Torri, McKenna and Colton; two brothers, Harlan Schlaak and his wife, Carol and Lyle Schlaak and his wife, Diane of New Richland. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Schlaak; infant sister, LuAnn. Serving as casket bearers will be Romie Gessel, Sr., Tom Tschida, Ron Grove, Gary, Neil and Keith Schlaak.

ROSEMARY BORGERT
The retired former director of the Communications Office of the Diocese of St. Cloud, Rosemary Borgert, passed away New Year's Day evening at St. Cloud Hospital. Borgert directed the Office of Communications for 36 years, and retired in 1997. She was 73. Borgert fell on ice Saturday evening, Dec. 30, while playing broom hockey with her family at a family gathering. She suffered a severe trauma to her head, and was rushed to St. Cloud Hospital where she underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from the front left portion of her brain. However, the damage was too severe, and she did not regain consciousness. Family members gathered for prayers at Borgert's bedside before she passed away Monday evening. The Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Jan. 4, with Bishop John Kinney presiding, and burial immediately following. Rosemary Borgert was a great woman who leaves to our local church and communities a legacy of loving and devoted service. During her tenure as director of the diocese's Office of Communications, Borgert was perhaps best known for directing the diocese's weekly live TV Mass which is broadcast on KCCO/KCCW TV out of Alexandria and carried on numerous cable TV systems. The diocese has broadcast the TV Mass each Sunday since 1959 as a ministry to the homebound, nursing home residents and hospital patients throughout the region. Borgert produced a weekly radio interview program called "Conversation" which still airs each weekend on several radio stations throughout central Minnesota. She also wrote the weekly "Interview" column for the St. Cloud Visitor newpaper. Borgert was very active in many other church ministries, and recently chaired the diocese's Millennium Jubilee Committee which was responsible for planning several major events for the Jubilee Year 2000.

ROSE F. BECKERMANN
Rose F. Beckermann, age 92 of Melrose, died on Monday, Dec. 25 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Dec. 28 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Revs. Vince Lieser and Kenneth Thielmann concelebrated, with interment following in the parish cemetery. Rose Beckermann was born on Aug. 13, 1908 in Getty Township to Herman and Wilhelmina (Wehlage) Berns. She was united in marriage to Edmund Beckermann on Oct. 30, 1934 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. She had resided in Melrose since her marriage. In 1989 she moved to Park View Center and since earlier this year she had resided at Pine Villa Care Center. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Christian Mothers and a former member of Centre Squares Square Dancing Club. She is survived by ten sons, Vern Beckermann and his wife, Sue of Sauk Centre, John Beckermann of Detroit Lakes, Joe Beckermann and his wife, Joyce of Melrose, Harvey Beckermann and his wife, Vicki of Spicer, Bros. Julius Beckermann, OSB of Collegeville, Jim Beckermann and his wife, Vera of Juneau, Alaska, Hank Beckermann and his wife, Lois of Coon Rapids, Fran Beckermann and his wife, Linda of Brooklyn Park, Pete Beckermann of Bricelyn and Pat Beckermann and his wife, Carleen of Centerville, Ohio; 25 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; brother, John Berns of Sauk Centre. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund on January 26, 1990; sisters, Anna Marthaler, Ledvina Welle and Beata Berns; brothers, Henry and Joe Berns. Serving as casket bearers will be Jason, Jessie, Mike, Dan, Sarah, Anne, Chris and Steve Beckermann. Cross bearer will be Joyce Beckermann and Scripture bearer will be Patty Lawinger. Memorials are preferred.

JOSEPH J. DIEDRICH
Joseph J. Diedrich, age 88 of Melrose, formerly of Elrosa, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Dec. 23 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Sauk Centre with the Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiating. Burial followed at Calvary Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Joseph Diedrich was born in Albany to George and Anna (Ostendorf) Diedrich. He was baptized at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany. He lived and farmed near Elrosa most of his life. In 1981. He moved to Sauk Centre and later to Park View Apartments in Melrose. For the past 2 years he has resided at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Sauk Centre. Survivors include his sister, Mildred Hoppe of Olivia, MN; 2 very close nieces, Lorraine Imdieke of Sauk Centre and Florentine Hens of Belgrade and many other nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, Anne Koska, Margaret Michels, Catherine Johnson, Mary Thyen, Elizabeth and Angeline Diedrich, Bernard "Barney" and Theodore "Ted" Diedrich, and George and Jake in infancy. Casket bearers were Eugene Imdieke, Robert Hens, Leon Imdieke, Rueben Gerding, Ronald Altendahl and Bradley Nix. Cross bearer was Dale Hens.

LAWRENCE B. HOESCHEN
Lawrence B. Hoeschen, age 71, of Freeport, died Sunday, Dec. 24 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Art Hoppe officiated. Lawrence Benedict Hoeschen was born April 23, 1929 in Krain Township to Joseph and Augusta (Ostendorf) Hoeschen. He played guitar and sang in Hoeschen Brothers Band. He married Lorraine Koopmeiners on September 21, 1950 in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Saint Francis. They farmed near Upsala for several years, and he also drove school bus in Upsala for several years. After the death of his brother, in 1953, they moved to the family farm near Freeport, where they currently reside. He never retired. He continued working in sales until present. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Saint Rosa Lions Club, Knights of Columbus in Holdingford, Saint Josephs Society in Freeport. He passed away at the age of 71 years, 8 months, and 1 day. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Hoeschen of Freeport; eight children, Renee Blenker and her husband, Ivan of Melrose, Richard Hoeschen of Melrose, Ted Hoeschen and his wife, Mary of Freeport, Joan Rollison and her husband, Pat of Saint Augusta, Jeff Hoeschen and his wife, Cheryl of Freeport, Tom Hoeschen and his wife, Clara of Freeport, Paul Hoeschen and his wife, Sara of Cold Spring, Larry Hoeschen and his wife, Elaine of Freeport; sister, Mary Ann Maus of Melrose; 18 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Howard Hoeschen; brother Walter Hoeschen; grandchild, Daryl Blenker. Serving as casket bearers were Richard, Ted, Jeff, Tom, Paul and Larry Hoeschen. Cross bearer was Renee Blenker. Scripture bearer was Joan Rollison. Honorary bearers were the grandchildren. Arrangements were made by Patton Schad Funeral Service of Melrose.

D. ADELINE MOLKENTHIN
D. Adeline Molkenthin, age 82, of Melrose, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose. Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Faith Baptist Church in Sauk Centre. Burial was in Moses Dane Cemetery, Burnhamville Township, Todd County. Pastor Ron Hemsworth officiated. Dorothy Adeline Molkenthin was born Feb. 19, 1918 in Chokio, MN to Ernest and Mable (Johnson) Golden. She graduated from Burtrum High School, then attended Northwestern College for 2 years. She married Fred Molkenthin on June 6, 1940 at the Congregational Church in Burtrum. They lived in Denver, Colo., for a short time, then moved to Abilene, Texas for several years. They moved to Aitkin then Horton, Iowa, then Sioux Center, Iowa. From 1957-1964 they lived at Northwestern College in Roseville, then moved to Cohasset, Minnesota. From 1970-1982, she was the assistant camp director near Peoria, Ill., until her retirement in 1982. In 1983, they moved to Saint Cloud. In 1998 they moved to Melrose. Fred died on Oct. 11, 1998, and she has since resided in Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose. Adeline is survived by her sons, James Molkenthin of Burtrum, Jerry Molkenthin and his wife, Georgia of Ellendale, Steve Molkenthin and his wife, Sandra of Maple Grove; sister, Eileene Samsvick and her husband, John of Waterbury, Connecticut; 4 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. Arrangements were made by Patton-Schad Funeral Service of Melrose.

KENNETH GEBHARDT
Kenneth A. Gebhardt, age 65 of Sauk Centre, died on Friday, Dec. 15 at his home. Funeral services were Monday, Dec. 18 at First United Church of Christ in Sauk Centre. Rev. Suzanne Dornsmith officiated with interment following in Greenwood Cemetery. Kenneth Gebhardt was born on Feb, 13, 1935 in Gaylord to Erhardt and Anna (Monkemeier) Gebhardt. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Katherine Fowler on March 26, 1961 in Fairmont. He was employed at Mankato Immanuel Hospital in Mankato before moving to Sauk Centre in 1963. He was a medical technologist at the Melrose Hospital for 21 years and then worked part-time for several hospitals until retiring in 1990. He was a member of First United Church of Christ and had served as chairman of the church board, as well as on the board of deacons and board of trustees. He was a member of American Legion Post 67. His favorite pastimes were growing roses and all sports, but especially the Vikings and the Twins. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Gebhardt of Sauk Centre; sister-in-law, Florence Dyste and her husband, Wallace of Midland, Mich.; cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Kraig Gebhardt on March 27, 1981. Serving as casket bearers were Harry Hanson, Gerald Vandesteeg, Fred Korte, Dale Emmel, Paul Skorheim and Donald John. Memorials are preferred to First United Church of Christ or donor's choice.

Arnold Berscheid
Arnold C. Berscheid Sr., age 79, of Grey Eagle, died Tuesday,Dec. 5 at his home in Grey Eagle. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes will be officiating with burial following in parish cemetery. Arnold Berscheid Sr. was born Feb. 20, 1921 in Birchdale Township, Todd County to Nick and Mae (Pluth) Berscheit. He married Marie Ahrens on June 22, 1943 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. After they were married the couple farmed near St. Rosa. Later they moved and farmed in Birchdale Township until his retirement in 1981. He resided in his home on Little Birch Lake for the past 20 years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, Little Birch Lake Association and a former member of Grey Eagle Creamery Board. Survivors include his children, Margaret Collins and her husband, Ken of Maplewood, Arnold Berscheid Jr. and his wife, Clara of Grey Eagle, Kay Johnson and her husband, Adrian of Woodland, Jan Middendorf and her husband, Dave of Melrose, Barbara Buck and her husband, David of Cedar, Robert Berscheid and his wife, Judy of Grey Eagle, Dennis Berscheid and his wife, Vonnie of Melrose, Pat Buchholz and her husband, Leland of Grey Eagle, Pam Klaphake and her husband, Steve of Freeport, Dr. Thomas Berscheid of Orono, Minn., Jack Berscheid and his wife, Andrea of Monticello; 29 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Dorothy Jacobs of Grey Eagle, Lorraine Bitz of Grey Eagle, Clarence Berscheid and his wife, Viola of Melrose, Edward Berscheid and his wife, Rosie of Sauk Centre and Julian Berscheid and his wife, Pat of Grey Eagle. He is preceded in death by brother, Donald Berscheid; his wife Marie Nov. 23, 1996. Serving as casketbearers are Robert Berscheid, Dennis Berscheid, Arnold Berscheid Jr., Thomas Berscheid, Jack Berscheid, Mark Collins. Serving as crossbearer will be Scott Berscheid and scripturebearer will be Nicholas Berscheid.

Genevieve Fink
Genevieve A. Fink, age 90, of Melrose, died Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Pine Villa Care Center Chapel in Melrose. Rev. Art Hoppe will officiate, with burial following in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, St. Rosa. Genevieve Anna Marie Fink was born Feb. 28, 1910 in Sugar Creek, Iowa, to Joseph and Anna (Pluth) Messerich. She married Ambrose Stuntebeck on April 21, 1932 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. The couple lived on a farm near Grey Eagle, then moved to a farm near Burtrum for six years. They moved to Los Angeles, California for 10 years, then moved back to Minnesota, to a cabin on Big Birch Lake for nine years. Ambrose passed away on July 24, 1964. Genevieve married Matthew Fink on Aug. 27, 1966 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in St. Rosa. The couple lived in Melrose. Matthew passed away on January 9, 1984. For the last year, she has resided at Parkview Center in Melrose. Survivors include her step children, Nettie Goihl of Melrose, Gerald Fink and his wife, Betty of St. Paul, Lois Goldsworthy and her husband, Jack of Goleta, Calif.; 14 step grandchildren; 17 step great grandchildren; 1 step great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ambrose Stuntebeck and Matthew Fink; step daughter Marlene Duerr; brothers and sisters, Raymond, Edmund, Joseph, and Victor Messerich, Marjorie Bischoff, Viola Harrison, and Henrietta Schrieber. Serving as casket bearers are Dan Goihl, Dave Goihl, Ken Duerr, Jerry Fink, Jim Messerich, and Don Messerich.

Howard Lawin
Services for Howard Delbert Lawin, age 66 of Long Prairie, who died Thursday, Nov. 30 at Long Prairie Memorial Hospital, were Monday, Dec. 4 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home, Melrose. Rev. Reed Stockman officiated with burial following in Oak Hill Cemetery, Melrose Township, Melrose. Mr. Lawin was born July 30, 1934 in Melrose to Ben and Hilda (Tabatt) Lawin. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-59. He worked at the Grey Eagle Creamery and farmed near Grey Eagle. He resided on Hennessy Lake then Long Lake near Burtrum. Since 1997 he has resided at the Long Prairie Nursing Home. He is survived by his brother Nelbert of Burtrum. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Harold Lawin. Memorials are preferred.

MELVIN SAUERER
Services were Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany, for Melvin Sauerer who died Friday, Nov. 17 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Melvin Sauerer was born in Albany to Carl and Kathryn (Gresser) Sauerer. He married Frances Gasperlin on Dec. 2, 1944 in Camp Wheeler, Ga. He served in the Army from November 1941 to October 1945. He served in the South Pacific and received the Purple Heart in Guadalcanal. He owned and operated Mel's Repair in Albany. He was an engineer at Albany Area Hospital for 10 years and a rural mail carrier for 34 years. He was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany, and St. Joseph's Catholic Aid Society. He was a life-time member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Holdingford VFW and the Albany Pioneer Club. He was a member of the Albany American Legion Post 482 for 54 years, AMVETS of Albany for 13 years and the Moose Club in Waite Park for 17 years. Survivors include his wife Frances of Albany; children Michael Sauerer and his wife Pat of Avon, Tim Sauerer, and his wife Mary, of Albany; Mark Sauerer, and his wife Kathi of Sartell; and Lori Krebs, and her husband Tom, of Melrose; 11 grandchildren; brother Elmer Sauerer of Albany; step-brothers Jerome Sauerer of Winona; Roger Sauerer of Inver Grove Heights; step-sister Kathleen Ostendorf of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Tom Sauerer; brothers Charles, Leo and Roman; and step-sister Celine Norman. Casket bearers were: Ryan, Tom, Kim, Katie and Lindsey Sauerer and Justin Krebs. Honorary casket bearers were Joe Wimmer, Aaron Birr, Cyril Menth, Gene Fuchs, Jim Thelen, Bob Hanauer, Gene Koglin and Tony Hondl. Cross bearer was Paul Sauerer and gift bearers were Krista, Holli and Kelsey Sauerer. 

HELEN F. HOFFMAN
Helen F. Hoffman, age 86 of Sauk Centre, formerly of New Munich, died on Monday, Nov. 20 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Helen Hoffman was born on July 31, 1914 in Melrose to Theodore and Theresa (Mayers) Schulte. She was united in marriage to Harry Hoffman on July 31, 1936 in Farmington. She resided on a farm in Oak Township, Stearns County for most of her life. In 1997 she moved to Das Goldene Wohnheim in New Munich and for the past year had resided at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Anne's Christian Mothers and Immaculate Conception Catholic Aid. She is survived by two sons, Roger Hoffman and his wife, Teresa of Sauk Centre and Ted Hoffman and his wife, Joie of Lakeville; brother, Jerome Schulte of New Munich; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harry; brother, Alex Schulte; sisters, Louise Poepping and Alfrieda "Bede" Gaebel. Serving as casket bearers were her grandchildren, Patty Meyer, David, Doug, Jeff, Debbie and Kirstie Hoffman with Pam Petermeier serving as crossbearer. Honorary bearers were Jeanne Hoppe, Marie Kampsen, Lorella Pundsack, Georgine Nathe, Dorine VonWahlde, Clara Thull, Wanda Gaebel and Char Mayer.

MONICA RITTER
Monica M. Ritter, age 78 of Sauk Centre, died on Friday, November 10th at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14th at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre Rev. Timothy Wenzel will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. Monday and 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Sauk Centre Seniors will pray at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Sauk Centre followed by Christian Mothers and St. Theresa's Mission Group at 4:30 p.m. and parish prayers at 8 p.m. Monica Ritter was born on May 11, 1922 in Lake George Township, Stearns County to Joseph and Pauline (Brus) Uphus. She was united in marriage to Glen H. Ritter on June 25, 1946 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. The couple moved to Minneapolis and then in 1950 moved to a farm in Getty Township, Stearns County. They retired in 1986 and moved to Sauk Centre. Monica was a volunteer at Holy Family School in Sauk Centre for the past 14 years. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and jigsaw puzzles. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, St. Theresa's Mission Group and Sauk Centre Seniors. She is survived by three children, Paulette Ritter of Sauk Centre, Susan Bredeck and her husband, Jerome Bremmer of Albany and Joseph Ritter and his wife, Theresa of Sauk Centre; five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen on August 6, 1998; her parents; step-mother, Emma Uphus; brother, Raymond Uphus; sister, Florence Courneya. Serving as casket bearers will be Diane and Jim Bromen, William, Bruce, Roxanne and Liz Peglow, Bonnie and Joe Lentner with Daniel Bredeck serving as cross bearer. Honorary bearers will be Helen Wiener, Verona Vogt, Leah Becker, Marlene and Claudette Jennissen, Mary Jane Kane and Marcella Kollman.

HOWARD A. SCHREIFELS
Services for Howard A. "Howie" Schreifels, age 63 of Coon Rapids, who passed away Nov. 3, at Coon Rapids, were Monday, Nov. 6 at the Church of the Epiphany in Coon Rapids. Mr. Schreifels was born on June 27, 1937, at Richmond. Howard Schreifels was a furniture repairman. Survivors are his wife, Pat; sons, Brad and Todd; brothers, and sisters, Celesta Denne, Cyril Schreifels and wife Valeria, Ellen Primus, Esther Steinemann and husband Henry, Delphine Gieske and husband Robert, Alice Moening and husband Jack, Iris Hiltner and husband Jerry; sisters-in-law, Fran and Lorraine Schreifels; many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were Greg Koetter, Soren Koetter, Dale Schreifels, Roger Primus, Bruce Hiltner, Danny Moening, Rusty Gieske and Deborah Olmschenk. Interment was at Epiphany Cemetery.

KURT SIEBEN
Services for Kurt Sieben, 54, of Reno, Nev., formerly of Melrose, who died Wednesday, Oct. 18 at his home, were held Sunday, Oct. 22 at O'Brien, Rogers & Crosby Funeral Chapel, Reno. Pastor Bill Chrystal officiated. Kurt Wayne Sieben was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Hinsdale, Ill. to Donald and Charlotte (Carlson) Sieben. He was a 1964 graduate of Downers Grove North (Illinois) High School where he was an All Star varsity basketball player. He played basketball for St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and the founder of the Kooksters Golf Club of Reno, Nev. A large circle of family and friends mourns his death. Survivors include his son, David "Dave the Rave" William Sieben Weeks of Reno; brothers: Marc Sieben of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Erik Sieben of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Rolf Sieben Powers of Antioch, Calif. ; Karl Sieben Powers of New Haven, Conn.; sisters: Charlotte Burton of Delhi, Calif.; Noreen Hansen of Downers Grove, Ill.; special aunt, Blanche Olaska of Westmont, Ill.; and numerous nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

WALTER F. RIELAND
Services for Walter F. Rieland, age 82, of Melrose, who died Tuesday, Oct, 31 at Melrose Area Hospital. will be Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000 at 10 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Walter Francis Rieland was born March 28, 1918 in Oak Township, to John and Rose (Denne) Rieland. He was raised in the New Munich area. He married Lucille "Lolly" Pogatchnik on July 10, 1943 in Camp Rucker, Ala. He was drafted by the U.S. Army during World War II, serving from 1943-1945. He was captured by the enemy in Germany, and was held as a Prisoner of War. After he was discharged, he worked at several creameries in Southern Minnesota, until his retirement in 1984, when the couple moved to Melrose. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, the American Legion, Catholic Order of Foresters, and was very involved with St. Michael's Hospice program. He is survived by his son, Rick Rieland and his wife, Karen of Denton, Texas; two grandchildren, Amy Maxwell and Todd Rieland. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille "Lolly" Rieland on April 1, 1996; brothers and sisters, Raymond, Helen, Clarence, Sylvester, Norbert, Walter, Albert, Lawrence, Elmer and Mildred Rieland.

ALVERNA ENNEKING
Services for Alverna M. Enneking, 72, who died Monday, Oct. 30 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre were, Thursday, Nov. 2, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre with her sons, Rev. Marvin Enneking and Rev. Tom Enneking, OSC concelebrating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Alverna Enneking was born on May 3, 1928 in St. Martin Twp., Stearns County, Minnesota to John and Frances (Hemmesch) Olmscheid. She married Alfred C. Enneking on May 25, 1948 at St. Martin. They farmed at Spring Hill until 1987. They retired and moved to Sauk Centre. She enjoyed gardening, sewing quilts, music and cards. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church where she served as an Eucharistic minister, a member of Christian Mothers, Sauk Centre Seniors, St. Theresa's Mission Group, Daughters of Isabella and St. Paul's Catholic Aid. Survivors include her husband, Alfred Enneking of Sauk Centre; children: Bob Enneking and his wife, Donna of Glenco, Lenore Jenc of Sauk Centre, Rev. Marvin Enneking of Becker, Rev. Tom Enneking, OSC of Chicago, Ill., Renee VanDrehle and her husband, Bob of Spring Hill, and Gene Enneking and his wife, Cheryl of Cambridge; sisters, Elizabeth Schlangen of Cold Spring, Theresa Schaefer of St. Cloud, Marie Schoenberg of Melrose, Catherine Primus and her husband, Joseph of Melrose, Ann Backus and her husband, Herbert of Farming; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Gilbert and Nick Olmscheid. Casket bearers were Jim, David, Ken and Gary Enneking, Michael and Jeron VanDrehle. Cross bearer was Pamela Jenc. Scripture bearer was Kristi VanDrehle. Pallbearer was Kari VanDrehle. Honorary bearers were the Christian Mothers. Petitions were read by David Enneking and Gift bearers were Cindy and Pam Jenc.

LAVERNE M. ROERING
Services for LaVerne M. Roering, 64, who died Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the St. Thomas Hospital, Tijuana, Mexico, were Monday, Oct. 30 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle with Rev. Robert Rolfes and Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiating. Burial was at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Ward Springs. LaVerne Roering was born on Jan. 29, 1936 in Melrose to Henry and Wilemina (Schulte) Rolfes. She married Donald C. Roering on Aug. 18, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. They farmed near Freeport from 1956 to 1964. They moved to Sauk Centre where they farmed in Birchdale Township, Todd County. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle and the Christian Mothers. Survivors include her husband, Donald Roering of Sauk Centre; five children, Gary Roering of Sauk Centre, Mike Roering and his fiancé, Melanie of Sauk Centre, Cathy Dunmire of Alexandria, Diane Muellner and her husband, Dale of Sauk Centre, and Jerry Roering and his wife, Sheila of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Amandus Rolfes and his wife, Elizabeth of Freeport, Alice Silbernick of Richmond, Harvey Rolfes and his wife, Sally of Minneapolis, Anthony Rolfes and his wife, Rosie of Brainerd and Alcuin Rolfes of Annandale; 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Randy on Sept. 9, 1986; sisters and brothers, Delores Schwartz, Marcella Westbrock, Gerald Rolfes, Marie Rolfes and Allen Rolfes. Casket bearers were Shaun Roering, Adam Roering, Nicole Muellner, Aaron Dundmire, Darrel Roering, T.J. Schmiesing. Cross bearer was Amber Roering and scripture bearers were Chris Dunmire and Cori Muellner. Honorary bearer was Aloise Schmiesing.

JEFFERY HILTNER
Services for Jeffery "Pedro" Hiltner, age 25, of Melrose, who died Saturday, Oct. 28 in a motor vehicle accident near Melrose were Thursday, Nov. 2 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Jeffery Raymond Hiltner was born April 14, 1975 in Melrose, to Alphonse G. and Donna Mae W. (Olmscheid) Hiltner. He graduated from Melrose High School and attended Rasmussen Business College for two years. He was employed by his brothers construction company, WJH Construction in Anoka for two years. He was currently employed by DKD Construction in Melrose. He was currently serving in the Army National Guard, Sauk Centre. He enjoyed hunting and loved sports. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Leo's Court Catholic Order of Foresters, New Munich Baseball Team and New Munich J.C.'s. He is survived by his father, Alphonse Hiltner of Melrose; brothers and sisters, William Hiltner and his wife, Tammy of Anoka, Ann Uphoff and her husband, Victor of Melrose, Amy Oleson and her husband, Bruce of Little Falls, Angela Hiltner of Melrose, and Jason Hiltner of Melrose. He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna Mae Hiltner on March 12, 1996. Serving as casket bearers were Kenny Hinnenkamp, Broc Haskamp, Jason Voight, D.J. Rajdl, Shawn Duevel, and Dave Moscho. Cross bearer was Jason Hiltner, Scripture bearer was Angela Hiltner, and serving as honorary bearers were the New Munich baseball team and the New Munich J.C.'s.

JIM ILLIES
Services for Jim Illies, age 71., of Spicer, who died Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, were Monday, Oct. 30, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Spicer with Fr. Fred Fink officiating. Interment was at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville. Mr. Illies was born on April 9, 1929, in Elrosa the son of John and Hilda (Nathe) Illies. He grew up and attended school in Elrosa, graduated from Belgrade High School and became employed at J.C. Penny's in Glenwood. He received x-ray training at the St. Cloud Hospital and was employed at the Willmar Regional Treatment Center for over 35 years. On October 13, 1958, in Greenwald, he married Colette Lensing. Jim later received E.E.G. training in Minncapolis and traveled throughout central Minnesota working at various medical centers. He was active in his church, was former a member of the Knights of Columbus and a former parish board member. He was also a member of the Minnesota Radiologists Association. Jim and Colette spent the last three winters in Mission, Texas, where they attended the Our Lady of Guadelupe Catholic Church. He enjoyed his yardwork, sweepstakes, his pet bird (Birdie) and being a caretaker for several of his neighbors properties. He is survived by his wife, Colette of Spicer; five children, Jeff (and Beth) Illies of Spicer, Gary (and. Renae) Illies of Seymour, Wis.,.Michelle (and Randy) Norris of Spicer, Joy (and Bill) Illies Woefel of New London and Jan (and David) Ellis of Blaine; and 12 grandchildren. Also surviving is one brother, Fr. Wilfred Illies of St. Cloud; two sisters, Margie (and Al) Beste of Freeport and Lois (and Phil) Williams of Bloomington; two step-brothers, Roman (and Millie) Rieland and Orville (and Bernie) Rieland; and two stepsisters, Margie (and Bob) Spanjes and Lilah (and Jim) Simmer, besides other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Lillian, one brother Donald, his stepmother, Hilda, and several stepbrothers.

LUVERN HIESERICH
Services for Luverne G. Hieserich Sr.,age 75, of Grey Eagle, who died Saturday, Oct. 21 at Melrose Area Hospital, were Thursday, Oct. 26 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiated, with burial following in St. Mary's Cemetery in Melrose. Luverne George Hieserich was born in Grove Township, Stearns County to John and Magdelena (Schneider) Hieserich. He farmed near Melrose. He served in the US Army from 1944-1946, in the African-Middle Eastern Theatre during WWII. After his discharge, he married Betty Hoffmann on Feb. 10, 1947 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed east of Long Prairie until 1975. They lived in Round Prairie for 13 years. In 1988, they moved to Grey Eagle and retired. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, and the American Legion Post #12 in Long Prairie. He is survived by 10 children, David Hieserich and his wife Ardie of Cottage Grove, Duane Hieserich of Maple Grove, Ronald Hieserich of Alexandria, Luverne Hieserich Jr. and his wife Gay of St. Cloud, Tim Hieserich and his wife Cili of St. Paul Park, Tom Hieserich of Browerville, John Hieserich and his wife Karen of Cambridge, Debbie Hieserich of Grey Eagle, Patty Arbogast and her husband Chuck of Cottage Grove, Terry Hieserich of Maple Grove; sisters, Viola Halley of Minneapolis, Leona Ebeling of Bemidji, Marie Narkie of Minneapolis, Verena Novak of New Hope, Madeline Green of Eveleth; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Betty Hieserich on Feb. 9, 1999; infant son; brothers Arnold Hieserich and Richard Hieserich. Serving as casket bearers were Keith, Michael, Craig, Jeff, Chris, and Tim Hieserich Jr. Serving as cross bearer was Cili Hieserich, and scripture bearer was Tim Hieserich Sr. Honorary bearers were Joshua, Jacob, Joel, and Eric Hieserich.

LUELLA HUMBERT
Services for Luella E. Humbert, age 68 of New Munich, who died on Thursday, Oct. 5 at her home, were Monday, Oct. 9 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Lue Humbert was born on March 8, 1932 in St. Martin Township, Stearns County to Herman and Anna (Moser) Mayers. She was united in marriage to Norbert A. Humbert on Sept. 18, 1950 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed four miles southwest of New Munich and Lue owned and operated All Occasions Gifts in Melrose for several years. She has been employed at Midwest Screenprint, then Midwest Sportswear in Melrose for the past several years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, St. Anne's Christian Mothers, St. Appolonia Mission Group and Immaculate Conception Catholic Aid. She enjoyed ceramics, gardening, fishing and card playing. She is survived by her husband, Norbert Humbert of New Munich; six children, Audrey Roering and her husband, LeRoy of Sauk Centre, Dieter Humbert and his wife, Laurie of Ranier, Jerry Humbert and his wife, Cyndi of Paynesville, Sheila Sheets and her husband, Shawn of New Munich, Karen Beier and her husband, Tom of St. Martin, Lori Tjaden and her husband, Jeff of Sunburg; 15 grandchildren; one great grandchild; four brothers, Erwin Mayers and his wife, Monica and Donald Mayers and his wife, Jeanette of Melrose, Raymon Mayers and his wife, AldaMae of New Munich, Sylvester Mayers of St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Viola Scholz. Serving as casket bearers will be Shawn and Ryan Sheets, Tom Beier, Scott and Shannon Roering, and Jeff Tjaden, with Shelley Roering serving as cross bearer. Honorary bearers will be Mary Ann Zierden, Marilyn Schaefer, Lois Rieland, Ethel Middendorf, Lucy Meyer, Lucille Bertram, Doris Stalboerger, Mary Hopfer, Delores Frieler and Monica Rieland.

RAY JONAS
Services for Ray Jonas, 59 of Albany, who died Sept. 29 of cancer, were Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany. Mr. Jonas was born August 21, 1941 in Farming Township to Raymond and Katherine (Kunstleben) Jonas Sr. He married Kathleen Koopmeiners on May 22, 1971 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed south of Albany until January 1999. Ray was a rural mail carrier out of Avon since June 1993 He was a member of Seven Dolors Parish, an usher, vice president of the Rural Mail Union and a member of the St. Joseph Society. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, son Randy and his wife Cari and grandchildren Cody, Kaitlyn and Karlee of Clarissa, daughter Barb Jonas and granchdaughter Hailea of Avon, brother Bud Jonas of St. Martin, and sisters Mary Wehseler and her husband Robert of Cold Spring, Evie Hoeschen and her husband Jim of Buffalo, Carie Kulzer and her husband Don of Richmond and Chris Hoeschen and her husband Bob of Cold Spring. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Viola and granddaughter Britney. Crossbearer was Cody Jonas. A bible was presented by Kaitlyn Jonas. Casketbearers were Mike Wehseler, Chuck Wehseler, Brenda Goerke, Jason Hoeschen, Brad Thelen, Brian Thelen, Mark Kulzer and Ron Janke. Lectors were Gail Rose and Bev Pietz. Communion ministers were Steve Fischer and Carol Braun and servers were Sarah Kalthoff, Emily Kunstleben and Paul Kunstleben.

SYLVESTER SCHURMAN
Sylvester "Tubby" Schurman passed away Sept. 20 at his daughter's home in Chandler, Arizona. Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church of Scottsdale. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughter Ruth, sons Robert, Ronald, Richard and Randy; brother, Melvin of St. Cloud, sisters, Helen Harth of Watkins, Loretta Benson of Hatton, N.D. and Jeanette Kleinschmidt of Sauk Centre. He was preceded in death by daughter Rebecca and sister, Viola.

ALOYS DIERKHISING
Services for Aloys E. Dierkhising, 78 of New Brighton, who passed away Oct. 4, were held Friday, Oct 6 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, New Brighton. He was preceded in death by two daughters, his parents, four sisters and one brother. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years Jeanette; children Patricia (Allen) Lennox, Robert (Janet) Dierkhising, Donna Dierkhising, Katherine (Timothy) Nagan, Stephen (Debra) Dierkhising; grandchildren Tammy (David) Kathman, Bruce Lennox (Tanya Boldenow), Justin Lennox (Crystal Martin), Jodi (Larry) Landers, Jefrey Dierkhising, Nicholas and Kelly Nagan; great-grandchildren Kayla Lennox and Totiana Landers; other relatives and friends.

AL WESTENDORF
Services for Al J. Westendorf, age 83, of Melrose, who died Thursday, Sept. 14 at Melrose Area Hospital were Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated. Al J. Westendorf was born June 21, 1917 in Melrose, to Henry and Elizabeth (Hinnenkamp) Westendorf. He graduated from Melrose High School and went on to business school in St. Cloud. For 15 years he was employed by Melrose State Bank. For the next 30 years he worked as Melrose City Clerk/Treasurer retiring in 1984. He served on Melrose Area School Board for a number of years. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Aid, the Knights of Columbus, Council #1633 and the Melrose Lion's Club. Mr. Westendorf is survived by his sister, Julia Westendorf of Melrose; brother, Erwin Westendorf and his wife Arlene, of Rochester, Minnesota; niece, Karen Westendorf of Rochester. Serving as casket bearers were Paul Hinnenkamp, Dave Primus, Walter Hinnenkamp, Herman Hinnenkamp, Herman Westendorf, Craig Schiffler. Cross bearer was Bob Ritter. Scripture bearer was Vern Enneking. Serving as honorary bearers were Rose Ann Inderrieden, Jane Brown, Karen Thostenson, Patricia Kraemer, Diane Gruber, Rose Athmann, Bernie Sieben, Martha Meyer, Henry Loxtercamp, John Middendorf, Urb Schulzetenberg, Hank Westerhaus, Joe Woebkenberg, Ray Brickweg, Norm Bohlig and Vern Jacobs. Memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Capital Needs Fund.

DUANE MELTON
Services for Duane F. Melton, age 81 of Albany, who died Thursday, Sept. 14 at the St. Cloud Hospital, were Monday, Sept. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farming. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The Rev. Peter Holm officiated. Duane Melton was born March 31, 1919 in Valentine, Neb. to Forrest A. and Margaret (Kinkaid) Melton. He lived and worked in Valentine until 1940 moving to Rawlins, Wyo., where he worked as a fireman on the Union Pacific Railroad. He was united in marriage to Helen M. Lenser on Aug. 27, 1942 at Valentine, Neb. They returned to Wyoming to work until 1946. They moved to Kepa Poha, S.D. where they farmed. In 1957 they bought a restaurant at Valentine, Neb. They moved to Melrose in 1960 where they worked and farmed. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Duane is survived by his wife, Helen Melton of Albany; son, Larry Melton and his wife, Roxanna of Avon; daughter, Karen Rohde of Maple Grove; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Eugene and Harrison Melton. Serving as casket bearers were Forrest Melton, Jay Rohde, Eddie Zylstra, Kenny Zylstra, Troy Taylor, Dean Miller and Doug Larson.

HAROLD LIND
Services for Harold E. Lind, age 63 of Grey Eagle, who died Wednesday, Sept. 13 at St. Cloud Hospital, were Saturday, Sept. 16 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Harold Edward Lind was born Nov. 23, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., to Wallace and Melvina (Skurdanis) Lind. He worked as a mechanic for several years until serving in the US Air Force, where he worked as a flight mechanic. After leaving the Air Force, he worked as a mechanic and welder. He married Josephine Krause on October 22, 1960 in Chicago, Ill.. He moved to Grey Eagle in 1971, and worked a variety of mechanic jobs. In 1975 he opened Lind's Garage on Big Birch Lake, near Grey Eagle, until 1998. From 1998 to the present, he has worked part time at DHIA in Sauk Centre. Harold is survived by his son, Gary Lind and his wife Marychris, of St. Paul; brother James Lind and his wife Maryellen, of Topeka, Kansas; and ex-wife, Josephine Lind of Orland Park, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents. Serving as casket bearers were Mark Heidgerken, Andy and Aron Berg, Bill Savage, Jim Salwasser and Ron Kuhne. Cross bearer was Juliann Lind. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle.

CONRAD ROERICK
Services for Conrad "Rocky" H. Roerick, age 82 of Melrose, who died Saturday, Sept. 16 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, were Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. Rev. William Vouk III officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Conrad "Rocky" Roerick was born in Grey Eagle Township, Todd County, to Herman and Agnes (Tobroxen) Roerick. He married Anna Thell on Oct. 8, 1946 at St. Anthony. He was employed by REA for one year and then farmed on the family farm in Krain Township, Stearns County for many years. He has resided at Pine Villa Care Center for two years. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he was an usher and a member of St. Francis Men's Society. He is survived by his wife, Anna, of Melrose; children, Eugene Roerick and Sue of Champlin, and JoAnn Gomer and Norb of Chaska.; brothers and sisters, Edmund Roerick and Delores of Burtrum, Gilbert Roerick and Juanita of Freeport, Louise Thell of Upsala, and Alvina Beuning and Anthony of Avon; 4 grandchildren, Angela LaFrance, Jeff Roerick, Rebecca Gomer, and Matt Gomer; 2 great grandchildren, Steve LaFrance and Colin LaFrance. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Hubert Roerick and Henry Roerick; grandson, Jason Roerick. Serving as casket bearers were Matt Gomer, Rebecca Gomer, Angela LaFrance, Jeff Roerick, Janet Elfering, Sylvester Roerick, Herman Roerick, and Richard Roerick. Cross bearer was Steve LaFrance, Scripture bearer was Cathy Jesok.

ROSEMARY G. JANKE
Services for Rosemary G. Janke, age 64 of Melrose, who died Monday, Sept. 18 at Melrose Area Hospital were Thursday, Sept. 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Rosemary Gertrude Janke was born April 21, 1936 in St. Cloud to Mathew and Mary (Wehsler) Zierden. She worked for several years at the Albany Nursing Home. She married Anthony Janke on February 20, 1970 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple lived on Big Birch Lake, near Grey Eagle, until moving into Melrose in 1983. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Janke of Melrose; children, Brenda VanBeck and her husband, Chad of Melrose, Anthony Janke Jr. and his wife, Sandy of Minnetonka, Steven Janke of Coon Rapids, Ronald Janke and his wife, Diane of Lakeville; Mary Lou Gerads and her husband, Dale of Grey Eagle; sisters, Theresa Rademacher and her husband, Virgil of Melrose, Delores Dierkhising and her husband, Herb of New Munich, Margaret Borgerding and her husband, Al of Freeport, Sr. Geraldine Zierden of Saint Joseph; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers and sister, Hubert Zierden, Jerome Zierden, Art Zierden, Edmund Zierden, Mathew Zierden, Lucille Fischbach, and Larry Zierden; grand child, Emilia Loriann Janke. Serving as casket bearers were Chuck Kraker, Mark Zierden, Ryan Zierden, Brian Borgerding, Dennis Fischbach, Alvin Dierkhising. Cross bearer was Cindy Bertram.

PATRICK D. MCLANAHAN
Services for Patrick D. McLanahan, age 36, of Melrose, who died Saturday, Aug. 26 at Melrose Area Hospital, were Wednesday, Aug. 30 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Melrose. Patrick Dale McLanahan was born Nov. 30, 1963, in Minneapolis, to Julian "Mick" and Alverna (Walz) McLanahan. He graduated in 1980 from Hermiston High School, in Hermiston, Ore. He worked as a lab technician at Lamb-Weston in Ore., until joining the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and training program through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 160 in Minneapolis. He worked as a journeyman lineman for Northern States Power doing power line construction. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Catholic Aid, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, local 160 in Minneapolis. He is survived by his mother, Alverna McLanahan, of Melrose; son, Mathew Weber-McLanahan of Savage; half brother, Tim Hatfield and his wife, Rose of Sault Ste Marie, Ont.,Canada; half sister, Bonnie Gugin and her husband, Dave of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; special friend, Pam Hayes of Plymouth; uncle, Mike McLanahan and his wife, Shirley of Mount Blanc, Michigan; aunts, Murial Jerdan and her husband, Ed of Norristown, Pennsylvania, Ann Olmscheid and her husband, Gene of Melrose, Bea Sieben of Aberdeen, South Dakota. He was preceded in death by his father, Julian "Mick" McLanahan; grandparents, Beverly and Alma McLanahan, and Alphonse and Louise Walz; brother, Robert James McLanahan. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

CECELIA E. KOCZUR
Services were Monday, Aug. 21 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Sauk Centre for Cecelia E. Koczur, age 90-years, nine months and seven days, who died Friday, Aug.18 at St. Michael's Nursing Home, Sauk Centre. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Holdingford. Cecelia Koczur was born on Nov. 11, 1909 in Brockway Township to Roy Sr. and Stanislawa (Rudnicki) Hylla. She married Joseph M. Koczur on Oct. 16, 1934 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel.. They farmed in Elmdale Township, Morrison County for 40 years. They moved to Little Falls and she resided there for 19 years. She lived in Upsala for three years and then moved to Sauk Centre in 1996. She has resided at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre since March of 1998. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Sauk Centre, Christian Mothers and the Legion Auxiliary in Upsala. Survivors include her six children, Eugene Koczur and his wife, Helen of Homosassa, Fla.; Elaine Clark and her husband, Dennis of Anoka; Renee Beddow and her husband, Jerome of Sauk Centre; Allan Koczur and his wife, Nancy of Cambridge; Jim Koczur and his wife, Mary of Upsala; and Constance Tufte of Grant's Pass, Ore.; brothers and sister, Frank Hylla and his wife, Florence of Cold Spring; Sylvester Hylla of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Roy Hylla of Holdingford; and Eileen Resseman and her husband, Vern of Waite Park; daughter-in-law, Bernice Koczur of Avon; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph on March 15, 1973; son, Roman on Sept. 20, 1985 and brothers, John and Alex Hylla; sister, Lucy Zierden, and son-in-law, Gary Tufte in 1989. Casket bearers were Daniel, David and Jolaine Beddow, Steve Clark and Brian and Joseph Koczur. Cross bearer was Kara Koczur with Scripture bearer, Matthew Koczur. Lectors were Julie Beddow Schubert, Janelle VanErp, Katheryn Stangeland and Jessica Tufte. Memorials are preferred to St. Michael's Nursing Home and EWTN.

JOSEPH G. LOXTERCAMP
Services for Joseph G. Loxtercamp, 87 of Greenwald, who died Sunday, Aug. 20 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose were Wednesday, Aug. 23 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Greenwald with Frs. Ken Popp and Daniel Ohmann officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Joseph Loxtercamp was born on May 26, 1913 in Meire Grove to George and Mary (Kampsen) Loxtercamp. He married Alberta M. Schleper on May 19, 1960 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Greenwald. They farmed near Greenwald until retiring in 1990. Joseph has lived in Pine Haven at PineVilla Care Center since December of 1999. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, St. Michael's Men's Society and Lake Henry American Legion Post 612. Survivors include his wife, Alberta Loxtercamp of Greenwald; children, Nicholas Backes and his wife, Mary of Sauk Centre; Margaret Theilman and her husband, Robert of Avon; Gary Backes and his wife, Lila of St. Cloud; David Backes of Greenwald; Dennis Backes and his wife, Rebecca of Dayton and Paul Loxtercamp and his wife, Julie of Bemidji; sisters and brothers, Sister Georgetta Loxtercamp of St. Paul Priory, St. Paul; Henry Loxtercamp and his wife, Rita of Melrose; Leo Loxtercamp and Beata Frieler of Melrose; Fred Loxteramp of St. Paul; Rose Uphoff of Greenwald; Tony Loxtercamp and his wife, Louise of Swanville and Ray Loxtercamp and his wife, Ermenia of Lake Henry; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Al, Ben, Herman and Otto Loxtercamp. Casket bearers were his children: Nicholas Backes, Margaret Theilman, Gary Backes, David Backes, Dennis Backes, and Paul Loxtercamp. Cross bearer was Katherine Loxtercamp. Scripture bearer was Kristina Backes. Memorials are preferred.

HELEN PLUTH
Services for Helen Pluth, age 98 of Grey Eagle, who died Thursday, Aug. 17 at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, were Tuesday, Aug. 22 with Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Helen Pluth was born January 29, 1902 in Sleepy Eye to Wenzel and Catherine Schneider (Merth), She was united in marriage to Edward M. Pluth on June 23, 1936 in Sleepy Eye. The couple lived on a farm near Grey Eagle and Helen taught English at Grey Eagle High School. She was the church organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and of the Grey Eagle Christian Mothers. After she retired from teaching, she was active in the Todd County Council on Aging and the Grey Eagle Senior Center. She is survived by her children Ed Pluth and Kathie of Delano, Virginia Egan and Joseph of Cedar; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband who died Jan. 18, 1961, her son, Tom, two sister and five brothers. Casket bearers were Edward, David, Thomas and Tim Pluth, and Michael, Jack and Jim Egan. Serving as honorary bearers were Tanya Pluth, Cindy Potvin, Cara Nagel and Molly Egan.

DAVID SCHMIESING
Services for David G. Schmiesing, age 43, of Tampa, Florida, who died suddenly on Sunday, Aug. 20, will be held at Tampa. He is survived by his parents, Al and Hilda Schmiesing of Meire Grove; sister Jan Wingate of Melrose, twin sister Diane Johnson of Smyrna, Tennessee, and brother Mark Schmiesing of Meire Grove. He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews. 

LILLIE BUMGARDNER
Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Lincoln, Memorial Park Cemetery, Lincoln, Neb., for Lillie O. Bumgardner, 84 who died Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Pine Villa Care Center Melrose. Lillie O. Bumgardner was born February 12, 1916 in Fillmore County, Neb., near Sutton, Neb., to Walter and Anna (Johnson) Kreachbaum She went to country school there until the 10th grade. She was united in marriage to William Henry Bumgardner on Feb. 12, 1936 at York, Neb. She was employed by Western Electric in Lincoln, Neb. and later at Millard, Neb. Her husband died March 4, 1964. She moved to Omaha and was employed as a baker in an Omaha school. In July 1974 she moved to Minneapolis and was employed at Tonka Toys until the close of the plant in Minnesota. From 1978 to 1980 she lived with her daugher Arlene in Missouri In 1980 she moved back to Litchfield and worked at the school there until 1983. She lived with her daughter in Ohio from 1983 where she cared for her great-grandson until moving back to Minnesota in 1985. She stayed with a daughter until March 4, 1986 when she moved into Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle. She has resided at Pine Villa Center in Melrose for 11 years. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Shimko of Cleveland, Ohio; Arlene LeMar, St. Louis, Mo.; Kathlene Ahlbrecht and her husband Roger of Grey Eagle; brother Leonard of Geneva, Neb.; sisters: Beulah Mau, Alexandria, Neb; Pearl Traut of Lincoln, Neb.; Delores Shoemaker, and her husband Glen of Courtland, Neb.; 12 grandchildrend, and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Lester Kreachbaum.

JAMES SCHREIFELS
James M. Schreifels, age 50, of Melrose, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Melrose Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery. James Marcellus Schreifels was born August 22, 1950 in Melrose to Victor and Lorraine (Barthel) Schreifels. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1968. He worked at Bohlig Cleaners in Melrose while attending school. He worked at Kraft Foods in Melrose for 22 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. He loved fishing, gardening and music. He is survived by his mother, Lorraine Schreifels of Melrose. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor N. Schreifels on February 1, 2000. Serving as casket bearers are Dean and Scott Gieske, Bruce Hiltner, Russel Middendorf, Gary Schreifels, and Randy Moening. Cross bearer will be Deborah Olmschenk.

ANN MICHELS
Services for Ann J. Michels, 89 of Grand Rapids, who died Wednesday, Aug. 30 at her daughter's home in Blaine, were Saturday, Sept 2 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids. Fr. Thomas Radaich officiated with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Sauk Centre. Ann J. Michels was born Nov. 19, 1919 to Michael and Ellen (Andersen) Hanauer. She graduated from Osakis High School in 1928 and was united in marriage to Louis M. Michels in 1941. She had lived in Grand Rapids since 1941 working many years as a clerk at J.C. Penney Company and as a clerk at Dairyland Electric Cooperative. She was an active member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she was involved in their mission projects. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis (1988), daughter Judy (1945) and six brothers. She is survived by: a daughter, Barbara (Jack) Weingartner of Blaine; sons: James (Darlene) Michels of Camarillo, Calif.; Michael Michels of Posen, Mich.; John (Joni) Michels of Grand Rapids; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

JEROME BROMEN
Services for Jerome Lambert Bromen, age 72 of Elk River who died Thursday, Aug. 31, were Monday, Sept. 4 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Elk River. Fr. Jeff Ethen, Fr. Frank Ebner and Deacon Fred St. Jean officiated. Interment was at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Elk River. Mr. Bromen died peacefully at his home with his family by his side after courageously battling leukemia. He was born Nov. 10, 1927 in Sauk Centre. He was preceded in death by his parents Nick and Rose Bromenshenkel; sister Marcella Pastor; brothers: Clarence Bromen, Ray Bromen, Al Bromen, and Francis (Bud) Bromen; brothers-in-law: Pete Pastor and Ray Berscheit. He is survivied by his loving wife of 49 years Delores (Sunderman); children, Nancy and John (Sue); grandchildren: Teresea and Brian Miller (Nancy), Samuel, Rachel and Jenna Bromen (John); sisters: Margaret Berscheit and Marian (Robert) Pappenfus; brothers: Oscar (Louise) Broman; sisters-in-law: Lillian Bromen, Rose Bromen, Alice Bromen and Doris Bromen; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

MARION WIEHOFF
Graveside memorial services for Marion Wiehoff of Palo Alto, Calif., and formerly of Melrose, will be Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, Melrose. Friends and family are welcome. Marion Wiehoff was born Nov. 23, 1917 in Minot, N.D. to John and Amelia Gensburg. She was united in marriage to Jerome Wiehoff on Sept. 19, 1937 in Jamestown, N.D. She was a member and past-president of the Melrose VFW Auxiliary, the Retail Clerks Union and the "Little House" Retirement Center where she taught sewing and embroidery to residents. She passed away Oct. 15, 1999 in Palo Alto, Calif. She is survived by her husband, a daughter Kathy Gaul-Montgomery of California; sisters: Millie Sicard of California, Betty Apple of Tennessee, Tillie Anderson of North Dakota and Dorothy Schubert of Washington; grandchildren Theresa Johnson and Kenneth Farrell and great-grandchildren, Kimberly Johnson and Wendy Farrell. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, John, Bart and Eddie Gensburg; and sisters Kate Bergstrom, Virginia Saatzer and Pat Schrankel.

LUCILLE KUEHNE
Services for Lucille Huldina Kuehne, 82 of the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home and formerly of Burtrum, were held Sunday, March 26 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Grey Eagle with Rev. Ron Tibbitts officiating. Mrs. Kuehne died Thursday, March 23 at Long Prairie. She was born on Dec. 9, 1917 in Round Prairie Township, Todd County, to John and Sena (Strassburg) Pagel. Mrs. Kuehne grew up in Todd County and attended Pople Grove Country School. After schooling she help on the family farm until she married. She married Hugo Adolph William Kuehne at Emanuel Lutheran Church Oct. 25, 1938. The couple farmed seven years in Todd County then moved several times before settling down on the north end of Long Lake where they spend the last 32 years. She enjoyed bowling, collecting rocks, dolls and antiques as well as painting and drawing. She belonged to St. John's Lutheran Church of Grey Eagle. Mrs. Kuehne is survived by her husband, Hugo Kuehne of Burtrum; Children: Robert (Faye) Kuehne of Mesa, Ariz.; Janet (Tony) Schinske of Burtrum; Ron (Midge) Kuehne of Grey Eagle; Linda (Roger) Gates of Burtrum; brothers and sisters: Eileen Patten of Keizer, Ore.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Sena; sisters: Sena Fortmann and Laura Neuman; brothers: Frederick and John Pagel in infancy; and grandson: Chad Kuehne. Casket bearers were: Tom Kuehne, Herman Kuehne, Richard Notch, Larry Shutter, Marion Menge and Mark Buchholz.

MARY ANN KENT (WORMS)
Services for Mary Ann Kent (Worms), age 67 of Plymouth, who died at her residence Thursday, March 23, were celebrated Monday, March 27 at the Church of St. Anne, Hamel. Burial was at Gethsemane Cemetery, New Hope,. Mary Ann Kent was born May 6, 1933 in Melrose to Fred and Theresia (Hiltner) Middendorf. She was married to Leonard Worms who preceded her in death, and then John Kent, who also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Church of St. Anne in Hamel. Survivors include daughters: Kathy Schaefer, San Francisco, Calif.; Mary Kent of Connecticut, Cheryl Krieger of Minnetonka, Joan Boreen of Plymouth, Martha Salzman of Minneapolis, Carolyn Serrano of St. Paul; sons: Len Worms of Owatonna, Paul Worms of Inver Grove Heights, Patrick Worms of Clear Lake and James Kent of Richfield; sisters Selestine Korte Power of Sauk Centre, Bernadette Korte of Sauk Centre, Helen Jacobs of Melrose and Donna Tieman of St. Paul; brothers John Middendorf of Melrose and Eugene Middendorf of Melrose; and 11 grandchildren.

LAURA A. STALBERGER
Services for Laura A. Stalberger, age 88 of Melrose, who died Friday, March 17 at Melrose Area Hospital, were held Monday, March 19 at Sts. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Elrosa. Rev LeRoy Scheirel officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Laura Stalberger was born in Elrosa to Joseph and Elizabeth (Pogatchnick) Scholtz. She married Edwin Stalberger on Nov. 24, 1928, in Minneapolis. She has lived in the Elrosa area all of her life. For the last seven years, she has resided at Parkview Center in Melrose. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa, the Christian Mothers and the Legion of Mary. She loved sewing, quilting, and fancy-work. Mrs. Stalberger is survived by her two sons, Roger Stalberger and his wife Kathy of Lindstrom, and Charles Stalberger and his wife Gerri of Plymouth; sisters Alma Stalberger of Chaska, and Rita Pound of Van Nuys, Calif; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 4, 1990; sisters and brothers, Eleanore Gludt, Loretta Braun, Helen Williams, Bernice Moede, Virginia Gailbraith, Julius (Jule), Edwin (Bud), and Virgil Scholtz. Casket bearers were Tom Seifermann, Math Breitbach Jr., Sylvester Seifermann, Jeff D. Stalberger, Jr., Jeff A. Stalberger, and Mark Breitbach. Cross bearer was Janine Stalberger. Honorary pall bearers were Luella Seifermann, Marie Korf, Clara Kochmann, Cecelia Loxtercamp, Bernice Schmidt, Alice Breitbach, and Beata Frieler.

ROSE O'CONNER
Services for Rose Ann O'Connor, RN., nee Luetmer, of Normal, Ill and formerly of Meire Grove, who passed away on Friday March 24, in Normal, at the age of 83, were held Tuesday, March 28 at Queen of All Saints Basilica, Chicago. Burial was in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Chicago, Ill. Mrs. O'Conner was the mother of Eileen (John) Kaser, Mary Joan (Steve) Fechner, Patty (Tony) Garrison, and the late Donald Jr.; Grandmother of Glenn and Leah Weraarchakul, Carrie and Erin Kaser, sister to Lidwina (the late Milton) Stacy, Henry (Val) Luetmer, Colette (the late John) Gates, Marie Luetmer, Al (Maureen) Luetmer, Mary Lou (Robert) Harris, Valerian (Joann) Luetmer, and the late Sister Nora Luetmer, O.S.B.; Mother-in-law to Witoon Weraarchakul. She graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud, in 1935 and received nurses' training at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. She settled in Chicago and took a medical post with American Airlines. She later moved to Passavant Hospital before marrying and starting a family. After raising her family, Rose returned to work briefly, but found she wanted to spend more time with her disabled granddaughter, Leah, now 19. In order to do so, she needed to travel to Bloomington, Ill., which she did every time the chance arose. Rose Ann O'Connor was a very caring person who specialized in doing things for other people. Her family and friends will sadly miss her.

KATHERINE FULLER
Services for Katherine E. Fuller, age 91, of Melrose, formerly of Grey Eagle, who died Monday, March 27 at the Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, were Friday, March 31 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Mrs. Fuller was born Nov. 13, 1908 in St. Rosa, to Andrew and Anna (Schmidt) Schreier. She was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Fuller on Aug. 1, 1952 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. The couple owned and operated the National Brand Grocery Store in Grey Eagle until retiring in 1990. Katherine moved to Woeste's Foster Home in Foley in 1997 and had been a resident of Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose since May of 1998. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. She is survived by her step-daughters, Betty Rosenow and her husband, Marland, of Edina and Charlotte Turner and her husband, Irving, of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Mary Ann Schreier, of Minneapolis; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth, who died Aug. 21, 1990, sisters, Julia Loehlein, Frances Lehner and Rose Herzog; and one granddaughter.

MARY ELFERING
Services for Mary K. Elfering, age 64, of Melrose, who died Tuesday, March 28 at the St. Cloud Hospital were Friday, March 31 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Mary Kay Elfering was born Aug. 15, 1935 in Gifu City, Japan, to Takao and Tsune Wada. She was united in marriage to Harry J. Elfering on Oct. 31, 1957 in Nagoya, Japan. The couple moved to the United States in 1958 where they were stationed in different areas until moving to St. Rosa in 1963. They moved to Melrose in 1967 and Mary was employed by the Melrose Public School District, the Melrose Hospital and for 14 years by Jennie-O Foods of Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Melrose Christian Mothers. She is survived by her husband, Harry, of Melrose; son Greg Elfering, of Bloomington; daughter, Sheila Elfering and her fiancé, Kevin Kampa, of Melrose; brothers, Miyao and Takeshi Wada, of Japan; sisters, Hisako Hirose, Hiroko Egami, Fumiko Wada, Miyoko Nakajima and Taeko Goto, of Japan; and grandchildren, Mitchell Elfering, Nevik and Ethan Kampa, of Melrose. She was preceded in death by her parents. Casket bearers were Scott and Jason Kerfeld, Jeff and Dan Borgerding, Stephanie Bussman and Shauna Elfering. Cross bearer was Mitchell Elfering, scripture bearer was Amber Kerfeld and serving as honorary bearers were Harry and Marys neighbors.

Raymond Althaus
Services for Raymond M. Althaus, age 81 of Melrose, who died Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Melrose Area Hospital , were Friday, Feb. 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Ken Thielmann officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Raymond Michael Althaus was born March 7, 1918 in Melrose, to Henry and Mary (Zitur) Althaus. He was a lifetime resident of Melrose. He was united in marriage in Celina Braegelmann on April 30, 1946 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. The couple farmed for many years, and Ray worked for Meyer Brothers Lumber from 1948 to 1966. He was employed as a supervisor for the Melrose Street Department until retiring in 1983. He loved boxing, card playing, baseball (especially the Minnesota Twins), and hunting with his sons and grandsons. He was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. He is survived by his wife, Celina, of Melrose; children, Dave and Diane Althaus, of Melrose, Ron and Mary Althaus, of Melrose and Mary Kaye and Tim Garvey, of White Bear Lake; sisters, Frances Moening and Thresa Nathe, of Melrose; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Ken and sister, Kate Gieske. Casket bearers were his grandchildren, Chad, Scott, Jason and Kurt Althaus and Katie and Christopher Garvey. Serving as cross bearer was JoAnn Jasicki; lectors were Russ Braegelmann and Christopher Garvey.

Henry Theisen
Services for Henry M. Theisen, age 85 of Burtrum, who died on Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home, Long Prairie, were held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Henry Theisen was born on Sept. 21, 1914 in Meire Grove to Michael and Katie (Heidgertken) Theisen. He was employed at General Electric in Cleveland, Ohio. He was united in marriage to Bertha Wessel on July 3, 1944 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. In 1945 he moved to a farm near Burtrum, which he farmed until retiring in 1976. For the past three years he had resided at Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home in Long Prairie. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and St. Joseph's Society. Survivors include his wife, Bertha Theisen of Burtrum; five children, Leroy Theisen and his wife, Mary Lou of Burtrum, Eugene Theisen and his wife, Marilyn of Burtrum, Rita Erickson and her husband, Jesse of Ottertail, Edward Theisen of Burtrum, Karen Sauer and her husband, David of Walcott, North Dakota; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sister, Esther Rademacher and her husband, Leo of St. Paul; brother, Alphonse Theisen and his wife, Nettie of Pine City. He was preceded in death by daughter, Marcella Schloegl; three grandchildren; sisters, Lydia Lyons, Alice Klassen and Rosemary Stout; brothers, George, Hubert, Alvin and Julius Theisen. Serving as casket bearers were Jason, David, Michael, Jeremy and Matthew Theisen and Doug Friese with Julie Sauer as cross bearer.

Alfred Luebke
Services Alfred W. Luebke, age 89 of Grey Eagle, who died on Friday, Feb. 18 at his home, were Monday, Feb. 21 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Ron Tibbetts officiated with interment following in Lakeview Cemetery, Grey Eagle. Alfred Luebke was born on Oct. 13, 1910 in Grey Eagle to Albert and Ida (Goebel) Luebke. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Nunn on Jan. 21, 1936 in Grey Eagle and was a life long resident of Grey Eagle. He farmed for a few years and then was a carpenter in the Grey Eagle area. He was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and Grey Eagle Senior Citizens. Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Burg and her husband, Lewis of Alexandria; four grandchildren, John Sell, Cindy Norwood and her husband, Greg, Bridget Hvezda and her husband, Howard, Brad Burg and his wife, Renae; three great grandchildren, Christina Sell, Ashley and Brandon Hvezda. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Mabel Luebke; and his wife, Lorraine on June 23, 1993. Serving as casket bearers were Ron Grove, Gene Lahr, Joe Arnzen, Bill Pohlmann, Harland Bruns and John Stuckel.

EDWIN HILTNER
Services for Edwin G. Hiltner, age 80 of Hawick who died Tuesday, Feb. 22 at his home, were Friday, Feb. 25 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Regal with Fr. Fred Fink officiating. Burial will be in the St. Anthony Parish Cemetery, Regal. Edwin Hiltner was born Sept. 24, 1919 in Melrose to John and Agnes (Dickhaus) Hiltner. He married Clara Wolbeck on April 24, 1946 in New Munich. They farmed in the St. Rose and Albany areas before moving to a turkey farm at Georgeville where he was a farm manager until 1979. They moved to Hawick where he was employed by E.B.O. Farms until his retirement in 1984. He worked part-time at E.B.O. farms until present. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Regal. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and being with his family. Mr. Hiltner is survived by his sons Jim (Jeannie), Eden Valley; Jerome (Anna), Wadena; Sylvester (Linda), Belgrade; David (Alice) Hawick; and Gary (Sara), Eden Valley; daughters: Marlene (Ken) Burg, New York Mills; and Bernice (Marten), VanDorsten, Hawick; daughter-in-law Helen Hiltner, Paynesville; 25 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; siblings: Martha Butkowski, New Munich; Juletta Kunstleben-Wolbeck, Freeport; Raymond (Alice), Waite Park; Melvin (Irene), Burtrum; Lidwina (Lawrence), Wolbeck, Grey Eagle; Alphonse, Melrose; Leander (Linda) Scandia; Clarrissa (Eldred), Barthel, Grey Eagle; Anna Mae (Donald) Speldrich, Belgrade; and Cyril (Carolyn), Belgrade. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Clara (Nov. 10, 1998), son Linus (Nov. 30, 1985), three grandchildren, brother Edward, sisters Leona Wolbeck, and Alvina Hiltner; brothers-in-laws: John Wolbeck, Florian "Bud" Butkowski, Henry Kunstleben and sister-in-law Donna Hiltner.

LUCILLE SCHAEFER
Services for Lucille Schaefer, 83 of Belgrade who died Thursday, Feb 10 at the Belgrade Nursing Home, will be held Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Belgrade, with Fr. LeRoy Scheierl officiating. There will be a visitation period from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Belgrade. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Lucille (Gysberg) was born Dec. 7, 1916 in Belgrade to August and Mary (Stern) Gysberg. She graduated from Belgrade High School in 1934. Immediately following she worked as a waitress in The Ideal Cafe. In 1940 she started working at Maher's Department Store in Belgrade. On Nov. 6, 1945 she was married to John Schaefer. They farmed in Colfax Township until 1956 when they bought a farm west of Spring Hill. In 1965 they bought a farm east of Belgrade. At that time John Schafer took over the Belgrade Livestock Auction Market and Lucille worked as a full-time secretary and bookkeeper for the business for many years. John Schaefer died April 5, 1977. In April 1998 she made her home at Belgrade Nursing Home until the time of her death. She was a member St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Lucille Schaefer had a great sense of humor and she enjoyed being a storyteller. She will be remembered by her grandchildren for her donuts, her homemade soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and dunking her licorice in coffee. Her children will remember her chicken chow mein at Christmas time, her pecan pie, and fresh baked caramel rolls. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and family. The coffee pot was always on at her home. She was a wonderful, loving and caring mother, grandmother and friend to everyone. She will be greatly missed. Mrs. Schaefer is survived by her sons: John (and Ruby) of Las Vegas, Nev., Tom of Willmar, and Mark (and Mary Lou) of Cambridge; daughters: Patty (and Steve) Weiner of Milbank, S.D., Sue (and Don) Leukam of Belgrade and Mary (and Dave) Schmitz of Belgrade; grandchildren: Sara (and Nathan) Hess, Jaclyn, Jina and Jessica Schaefer, Elizabeth (and Jason) Grabow, Rebecca and Jonathon Wiener, Tracy and Robbie Leukam, Emily and Mathew Schaefer, and Ryan and Melanie Schmitz; brother: Bill Gysberg of Belgrade; sister-in-law Irene Schaefer of St. Cloud and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Ardella, Laura and Rose Gysberg and Josephine Klemmer; sister-in-law Dorothy Gysberg; and brother-in-law Joseph Klemmer.

DONALD KASKI
Services were held Monday, Feb. 7 at the Freeport Community Center for Donald R. Kaski, 69, of Freeport who died Thursday, Feb. 3 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Giles Echola officiated. Donald Kaski was born in Iron River, Mich., to Eino and Edith (Lind) Kaski. He graduated from high school at Crystal Falls High School and attended Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in dairy science. He served in the U.S. Army for two years. He married Sandra Traver on June 10, 1956 in East Lansing, Mich. They farmed throughout the Midwest until moving to Freeport in 1982. He operated Kaski's cow baby-sitting service from 1982 to 1992. He owned and operated Kaski's Kones from 1992 to the present along with a lawn care business, Freeport Bargains and Consignments and the Lucky Rose Limousine Service. He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany. He was also a member and past president of the Freeport Lion's Club. Mr. Kaski is survived by his children: Eino and Linda Kaski of Lewiston, Minn., Victor and Chelli Kaski of Princeton, Minn., and Annette and Brian Miller of Wassau, Wis., brother and sister: Marvin and Barbara Kaski of Escanaba, Mich. and Geraldine Jansen of Ogallala, Neb.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Sandra (Sept. 3, 1993). Serving as honorary bearers were his grandchildren: Eric, Matt, Marc, Tanner, Tyler, Toni and Jaeme Kaski, and Stewart and Elita Miller.

Helen Eichers
Services for Helen Eichers, age 79, of Melrose, who passed away on Thursday, Feb. 3 at the Melrose Area Hospital, were Monday, Feb. 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Helen Rose Eichers was born March 6, 1920 in Freeport, to Herman and Theresia (Benolken) Rose. She married Lawrence Budde on May 10, 1938 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. The couple lived in Melrose and Lawrence died on Dec.30, 1957. She married Ervin Eichers on Nov. 23, 1968 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Ward Springs. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Melrose Christian Mothers and Senior Citizens, the National Society of Catholic Foresters, the Melrose Hospital Auxiliary and the Melrose VFW Post Auxiliary. She is survived by her three children, Sheldon Budde and Joan, of Grey Eagle, Pat Carstens and Richard, of Tempe, Ariz.; and Mark Budde, of New York City; brother, Jack Rose and Christine, of Freeport; sister, Rita Hiltner and Ed, of Freeport; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Budde on Dec. 30, 1957; her second husband, Ervin Eichers on Oct. 11, 1997; brothers Frank and Sylvester Rose; and sisters, Hilda Rose, Elsie Schmidt and Amanda Zirbes. Casket bearers were Tim and Eric Lieser, Tom, Kathy and Jodi Budde and Kristen Erkkila. Cross bearer was Teresa Fernandez, scripture bearer was Judy Lieser and serving as honorary bearers were June Hinnenkamp, Agnes Maus, Sophia Loehr, Lydia Schulzetenberg, Julia Westendorf, Monica Schmidt, Marie Frie, Lorraine Bierschbach, Harriet Salzmann, Eleanor Schwieters, Flo Roelike and Dorothy Welle. 

Wilfred J. Welle
Services for Wilfred J. Welle, age 84, of Meire Grove, who passed away Saturday, Feb. 5 at his home, were Wednesday, Feb. 9 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Rev. Ken Popp officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Wilfred Joseph Welle was born Feb. 9, 1915 in Grove Township, Stearns County, to Joseph and Anna (Schoenberg) Welle. He was united in marriage to Ledvina Berns on Oct. 25, 1938 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed in Getty Township, Stearns County until retiring in 1978 and moving to Meire Grove. Wilfred was a member of St. Johns Catholic Church, the Holy Rosary Society, the St. Joseph's Sodality and the Poor Souls Society. He loved woodworking, crafts, gardening and ice fishing. He is survived by his eight children, Ken Welle and Terry of Meire Grove, Allan Welle of Avon, Tom Welle and Marge of Sauk Centre, Diane Moritz and Robert of Waite Park, Roger Welle and Joyce of Greenwald, Grace Carlson and Richard of Albany, David Welle and Jan of Rockville, and Mark Welle and Lola of Sauk Centre; sister, Anna Marie Imdieke and Elmer of Meire Grove; 35 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ledvina, who died April 3, 1999; son, Mark; brothers, Joseph, Adelbert, Martin, Leo, Henry, Anthony and Ervin Welle; and sisters, Elizabeth Ellering, Mary Rieland, Loretta Welle and Catherine Singsank. Casket bearers were Abe, Scott, John, Jamie, Todd and Eric Welle, Peter and Paul Carlson. Cross bearer was Luke Welle and scripture bearer was Laurel Welle. 

HELEN M. EIDEN-BURCKHARD
Services for Helen M. Eiden-Burckhard, age 95, of Melrose, who died Thursday, Jan. 27 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose were celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Helen Mildred Eiden-Burckhard was born Oct. 17, 1904 in Donaldson to Owen and Katherine (Darcy) Mulvey. As a teenager, she taught school in North Dakota. She moved to Little Falls and worked there as a telephone operator. She was united in marriage to Albert Eiden on October 15, 1929 in Warren, Minnesota. The couple lived in St. Peter and then in Holdingford from 1930 to 1938 when they moved to Sauk Centre. They moved to Melrose in 1939. Albert died in 1958 and Helen worked as a bookkeeper for Arvig Telephone Company in Melrose for over 20 years. She married Anton Burckhard on May 7, 1977 in St. Anthony, North Dakota. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. She is survived by nine children: Gene Eiden and Fran of Rochester, Donna Fink of Ely, Les Eiden and Arlene of Osseo, Darrell Eiden and Irene of Coon Rapids, Arliss Liebel and Robert of Grand Rapids, Neil Eiden and Janice of Braham, Merle John of Muncie, Ind., Thomas Eiden and Teresa of Bellingham, Wash., and Gerald Eiden and Irene of Roseville; 37 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Albert Eiden in 1958 and Anton Burckhard in 1990, son David, son-in-law, Victor Fink, four sisters, two brothers and grandson, Daniel Fink. Casket bearers were Michelle Deutsch, Mary Bergley, Susan and Debbie Eiden, Paula Benson, Carol Stortz, Ruth Leoni and Anne Boeckman. Cross bearer was Kay Kangas.

HENRY DICKHAUS
Services for Henry J. Dickhaus, age 74, of Melrose, who died Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Melrose Area Hospital were Tuesday, Feb. 1 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Vince Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Henry Joseph Dickhaus was born April 10, 1925 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, to Fred and Bertha (Herzog) Dickhaus. He was united in marriage to Rosie Klaphake on August 26, 1953 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. He worked as an independent truck hauler for 20 years. He was elected Stearns County Commissioner in 1974 and served until 1999. He worked part-time as a postal carrier until July of 1999. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Melrose Lions and various other local and county organizations. His passions were baseball, fishing and playing cards. Mr. Dickhaus is survived by his wife, Rosie of Melrose; five children, Stephen Dickhaus of Vadnais Heights, Randy Dickhaus and Kris of Rosemount, Brenda Dickhaus of Shoreview, Melissa Churlonis and Ray of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Mary Beth Kemper and Shannon of Melrose; brothers and sisters, Helen Blommel and Al of Melrose, Marie Hinnenkamp and Herbie of Melrose, Irene Poepping of St. Rosa, Monica Ahrens and Ralph of Sauk Centre, Al Dickhaus and LouAnn of Melrose, Vernon Dickhaus and Betty of Melrose, Karen Callahan and John of Anoka, Corrine Shay and James of Grand Rapids and Alma Frieler and Bernard of Upsala; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter Barbara Dickhaus. Casket bearers were Al and Vernon Dickhaus, Ron Jeske, John Middendorf, Ron Hinnenkamp and Dale Melin. Cross bearer was Wesley Kemper and Scripture bearer was Bob Ritter. Serving as honorary bearers were Rose Arnold, Roger VanHeel, Lee Lenzmeier, Bob Gambrino, Mark Sakry, Clarence Kremer and Henry Kohorst.

EVELYN EICKHOFF
Services for Evelyn M. Eickhoff, age 80 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Melrose, who died Monday, Jan. 31 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial were held Thursday, Feb. 3 at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Evelyn Marie Eickhoff was born Dec. 24, 1919 in Albany, to Frand and Gertrude (Thull) Eickhoff. She grew up in the New Munich area. She moved to Melrose in 1952. She has been a resident of St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre for the last six years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Survivors include sisters and brothers, Marie Euteneuer and Regina Meemken and her husband Archie of Melrose, Norbert and Ray Eickhoff and his wife Clotilda of Albany, Lorraine Hoppe and her husband Ben,and Melvin Eickhoff and his wife Norma of New Munich, Dorothy Buermann and her husband Robert of Paynesville, Juletta Frericks of Sauk Centre, and Al Eickhoff and his wife Marian of Anoka. She was preceded in death by her parents; sibling Valerian Eickhoff. Casketbearers were David, Ralph, Rich, Roger and Kenny Eickhoff, Rich Meemken, Joe Frerichs, Rich Buermann, and Norman Euteneuer. Cross bearer was Diane Tamm. Mass servers were Kevin and Tiffany Gruber. Reader was Karen Neis.

LAWRENCE NOTCH
Services for Lawrence A. Notch, age 90, of New Munich, formerly of Freeport, who died Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Golden Home in New Munich were held Feb. 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiating. Burial followed in the parish cemetery. Mr. Notch was born Aug. 12, 1909 in Millwood Township, to John and Elizabeth (Korte) Notch. He was united in marriage to Hilda Kerfeld on Oct. 8, 1935 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Saint Rosa. The couple farmed in Millwood Township until 1963 when they moved to Freeport. Lawrence worked for Hennen Lumber in Freeport from 1963 to 1968. He then worked independently as a carpenter until retiring in 1982. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, the Freeport Senior Citizens, the Catholic Aid Society and served on the board of directors of the Freeport Coop Creamery. He is survived by his sons, Alcuin and Dolores of Freeport, and Jim and Arliss of Albany; sisters, Agnes Van Heel and Monica Kerfeld of Sauk Centre, Della Thell of Albany and Sister Ann Notch, OSB, of Lacey, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three step-greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, brothers and sisters, Katherine VanHeel, Mary McKenney, Dorothy Frevel, Elizabeth Warneke, Sr. Mary Neil, Herman, Joseph, Alphonse, Edwin, Maurice, John and Theodore. Casket bearers were Steve, Joe, David, Tom, and Paul Notch, Mike Gill. Cross bearer was Christopher Notch.

VICTOR SCHREIFELS
Services for Victor N. "Vic" Schreifels, age 77, of Melrose, who died Tuesday, Feb. 1 at the Melrose Area Hospital. were Friday, Feb. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery. Victor Schreifels was born Oct. 26, 1922 in Richmond to John and Frances (Kron) Schreifels. He was united in marriage to Lorraine Barthel on November 23, 1948 at the Church of Seven Dolors in Albany. The couple lived in Melrose where Vic was employed as a maintenance engineer with Kraft Foods in Melrose until retiring in 1985. He enjoyed woodworking and fishing and also made baskets and played the guitar and accordian. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Mr. Schreifels is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Melrose; son James of Melrose; and brothers and sisters, Celesta "Les" Denne of Bismark, N.D., Cyril and Val Schreifels, of Melrose Ellen Primus of Hawley, Esther and Henry Steinemann of Freeport, Delpine "Del" and Bob Gieske of Paynesville, Alice and Jack Moening of Melrose, Howie and Pat Schreifels of Coon Rapids and Iris and Jerry Hiltner of Melrose. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Marcellus and sister, Julia. Casket bearers were Randy Barthel, Russel Gieske, Russel Middendorf, Rick Moening, Roger Primus and Dale Schreifels; and serving as cross bearer was Victors Godson, Gary Schreifels.

MRS. JOHN VANGEN
Mrs. John Vangen, nee Josephine Beck, died on 31 October,1947 at Grand Rapids, Minn. (Itasca County). She is survived by her husband, five daughters; Berniell Ranheim, Thelma, Alverna, Dorothea Felton and Helen, 16 grandchildren and two sisters; Mollie Beck Fuglem and Tillie Beck Peterson. The deceased was born 12 March 1885 at Heron Lake, Jackson County, MN to parents, Tollef
O. and Georgine Olson Beck. "Jo" was married in 1906 to John Vangen and they lived at Heron Lake untill 1917 when they moved to Inguadona, MN.  There Mr. and Mrs. Vangen were active in organizing the Salem Church.

For Douglas County, Osakis, Minnesota:
The Osakis Review
Mary A. Curtis
Mary A. Hunt was born at Akron, Ohio, August 15, 1840 and passed away at Osakis, Minn., July 4, 1919 at the age of 78 years, 10 months and 20 days. When but a small child she came with the parents to Porter county, Indiana, where her girlhood days were passed, May 14, 1857 she was married to Allen W. Curtis at Valparaiso, Ind. With her husband she came to Minnesota in the spring of 1867, settling near Osakis where she passed the rest of her life. Her husband and two sons preceded her to the great beyond, one son dying in infancy, and Seth A. Curtis, who died at Pine River, Minn., nine years ago. One son, G. E. Curtis of Leslie, Todd county, and three daughters, Mrs. Jane Irwin of Long Prairie and Mrs. Effie Fearing of Osakis are left to mourn her loss of a kind and loving mother who was known and loved by all the old pioneers in her locality. The funeral was held at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fearing, where she had been cared for during the last weeks of her illness. Services were conducted by Rev. Geo. C. Fenscke, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of Osakis. Burial was in the family lot by the side of her husband who passed away eleven years ago. The pallbearers were all old neighbors from Leslie, as follows: J. E. Sursley, J. J. Sursley, C. W. Morrow, C. C. Moore, Frank Schults and Wm. Hagen. Mrs. Curtis' only brother was killed during the civil war, but she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Wm. Hollister, living at Valparaiso, Ind.


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