Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2000

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ANNAMAE STROEING
Services for AnnaMae Stroeing, age 67 of Freeport, who died Thursday, April 5 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., were held Monday, April 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport.
Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
AnnaMae Stroeing was born in St. Martin to John and Rose (Kohorst) Wensmann. She worked for several years at St. Benedicts College in St. Joseph. She married Sylvester Stroeing on May 14, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. The couple resided in St. Paul for 10 years, moving to Freeport in 1960. She retired in 1985. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, the Christian Mothers, Sacred Heart Catholic Aid, Young at Hearts Club, and the church choir.
Survivors include her husband, Sylvester Stroeing of Freeport; six children, Glenn Stroeing and his wife, Bev of Alexandria, John Stroeing and his wife, Sharon of New Ulm, Kathleen Luethmers and her husband, Ken of Albany, Lori Ann Pohlmann and her husband, Mike of Melrose, Lisa Orton and her husband, Garron of Foley, Amy Stroeing of St. Paul; brothers and sisters, Herbert Wensmann and his wife, Elaine of Lakeville, Richard Wensmann and his wife, Barbara of Deer Creek, Alcuin Wensmann and his wife, Luann of Moundsview, Patricia Wegleitner and her husband, Leander of Sun Lakes, Arizona, Urban Wensmann and his wife, Shirley of Leavenworth, Kansas, Josephine Hoffman and her husband, Theodore of Lakeville, Clarice Schleppenbach and her husband, Albert of Albany; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Stroeing.
Serving as casket bearers were her grandchildren, Eric, Brad, and Daniel Luethmers, Cari Altmann, Craig and Tim Stroeing. Serving as cross bearer will be Adam Stroeing. Honorary bearers will be members of Christian Mothers, Wednesday Night 500 Club, and Jackies Girls Bowling Team.

FLORIAN A. SPRENGER
Services for Florian A. Sprenger, age 79 of Sauk Centre, formerly of Grey Eagle who died on Monday, April 10 at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre, were held on Thursday, April 13 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle.
Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated with interment following in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Ward Springs.
Florian Sprenger was born on May 28, 1920 in Cottonwood Township, Brown County, Minnesota to Hugo and Emilia (Grossmann) Sprenger. He was united in marriage to Alyce Riederer on April 28, 1943 at Japanese Martyrs Church in Leavenworth, Minnesota. The couple farmed at Garvin and Leavenworth. They then farmed northwest of Grey Eagle for 40 years. They retired and moved to Little Birch Lake near Ward Springs until moving to Sauk Centre in June of 1996. He was a supervisor on the Birchdale Township and served as a trustee of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Ward Springs. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and Catholic Aid Association.
He is survived by his wife, Alyce Sprenger of Sauk Centre; 14 children, Pat Sprenger and his wife, Dee of Brainerd; Ron Sprenger and his wife, Eileen of Arvada, Colo.; Dennis Sprenger and his wife, Lavonne of Alexandria; Florian Sprenger, Jr. and his wife, Connie of St. Rosa; Lavern Sprenger and his wife, Danni of Anchorage, Alaska; Bernard Sprenger and his wife, Rosie of Sleepy Eye; Dorthy Boeckermann and her husband, Marv of Roseville; Judy Meyer and her husband, Marty of St. Cloud; Leon of Eden Prairie; Jeanie Allen and Mary Webb and her husband, Brett of Anchorage, Alaska; Chuck Sprenger and his wife, Brenda of Grey Eagle; Mike Sprenger and his wife, Toni of Federal Heights, Colo.; Tim Sprenger and his wife, Lori of Melrose; sisters and brothers, Eleanora Reinhart and Henrietta Boesch and her husband, Reubin of New Ulm; Eldor Sprenger and his wife, Juliette of Winthrop; Emral Haala and her husband, Jerry of Gibbon; Patsy Grall and her husband, Chuck of Madisonville, Texas; 34 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Orville. Casket bearers will be John, Dan, Scott and Matt Sprenger, Jesse Boeckermann and Brad Meyer. Cross bearer will be Lisa Moening. Gift bearers will be Krista Meyer, Breeanna Webb and Haley Sprenger.

LUCILLE LOECKEN
Lucille "Lu" Loecken, age 80, of Melrose, died Tuesday, April 18 at the Melrose Area Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 24 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Lucille Johanna Loecken was born Jan. 31, 1920 in Melrose Township, Stearns County, to Herman and Margaret (Buschmann) Hinnenkamp. She was united in marriage to Alphonse Loecken on June 28, 1937 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple lived in Greenwald for 12 years, and then in Elrosa until 1949 when they moved to Melrose. Lu was employed by Melrose Produce for four years and then by the Melrose Area Hospital for seven years. She started working at Kraft Foods in Melrose in 1967, retiring in 1982. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, the St. Elizabeth's Society, the Christian Mothers, the Melrose VFW Auxiliary, the Melrose Area Historical Society and the Melrose Chapter of Al-Anon. Lu was also involved in many area charities.
She is survived by her children, Chuck Loecken and Angie, of St. Joseph; Jerry Loecken and JoAnn, of Delano; Ron Loecken and Nancy, of Forest Lake; Jim Loecken and Mary, of Melrose; Shirley Adrian and John, of Freeport; Nettie Spaeth and Paul, of Melrose; Rosie Breth, of Rogers and Susie Isaacson and Jerry, of Anoka; brothers and sisters, Sally Wieber, of St. Cloud; Walter Hinnenkamp, of Melrose; Hiltz Knops, of Chino Valley, Arizona; Luella Williams, of Prescot Valley, Arizona; Arthur Hinnenkamp and Luella, of Brooklyn Center; Herman Hinnenkamp, of Melrose; Margie Eiynck and Shorty, of Chino Valley, Ariz.; Virginia Caspers and Ray, of Chula Vista, Calif.; Bill Hinnenkamp and Donna, of Meire Grove; and Harold Hinnenkamp and Carol, of Annandale; 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Al, who died December 12, 1992; and brother, Erwin Hinnenkamp.
Casket bearers will be Lisa, Ross and Bryan Loecken, Rick Spaeth, Robin Breth-Dallman and Nate Johnson. Cross bearer will be Fe Buschmann and scripture bearer will be Raechel Loecken. Members of the Melrose Chapter of Al-Anon will serve as honorary bearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to the St. Michael's Hospice of Sauk Centre. 

RAYMOND ESSLER
Services for Raymond A. Essler, age 79 of Melrose, who died on Saturday, April 29 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre, were Wednesday, May 3 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiated with interment following in Calvary Cemetery.
Raymond Essler was born on Dec. 23, 1920 in Padua to Joseph and Theresia (Dirschel) Essler. He was united in marriage to Janette Hamilton on June 18, 1946 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Padua. They farmed in Raymond Township, Stearns County until 1971. They moved to Sauk Centre where they lived for eight years before moving to Melrose in 1979. He was employed by Jennie-O Foods for 15 years, retiring in 1987. He was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church.
Survivors include two children, Eugene Essler and his wife, Debra of Melrose and Barbara Nathe and her husband, Charles of New Munich; four grandchildren, Chrystal Essler, Jolene, Joseph and Jeff Nathe; two great grandchildren, Tyler Kadlec and Shelby Engebretsen; three sisters, Alvina Bayer of Miltona, Celestine "Sally" Mildenberger and her husband, Jim of Hackensack, and Delores Schmidt of Sauk Centre.
He was preceded in death by his wife Janette on Jan. 8, 2000.
Serving as casket bearers were Allen and Bob Bayer, Joe Mildenberger, Collin Jackson, John Klein and Dick Hamilton. Cross bearer will be Carol Zenzen and scripture bearer will be Sue Stracek. Honorary bearers will be Tony Moening, Elmer Hellermann, Howard Flowers, Lawrence and Dick Rousslang, Clyde Tise and Merle Gritzmacher.

ALYCE TIEMANN
Services for Alyce J. Tiemann, age 80 of Melrose, who passed away on Wednesday, April 26 at the St. Cloud Hospital were Saturday, April 29 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Alyce Tiemann was born June 27, 1919 in Albert Lea, to Arthur and Anna (Bergstad) Tusen. She married Lawrence Scholl on November 21, 1940 in Northwood, Iowa. The couple lived in Albert Lea for 15 years before moving to California for two years where she worked at the shipyards. They moved back to Albert Lea, then moved to Bowstring where they owned and operated Scholl's Resort, and also a vegetable farm. They moved to Melrose in 1976. Lawrence passed away Dec. 23, 1976. She married Andrew Fiala on March 13, 1980 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Andrew died on July 7, 1984. She married Anthony Tiemann on September 17, 1985 in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, the Christian Mothers, the Talmoon VFW Auxiliary, the Bowstring Womens Club, and was Historian of the Melrose VFW Auxiliary.
Mrs. Tieman is survived by her husband, Tony, of Melrose; her children, Janet Hane, of Hopkins; Joyce Duerr and Robert, of Melrose; Dolly Eich and John, of Melrose and Kenneth Scholl and Sandy, of Plymouth; stepchildren, Barbara Salzl and Vernon, of Cold Spring; Diane Rodenwald and Sonny, of Albany; Cathy Koopmeiners, of Melrose and Tony Tiemann and Adeline, of Egan; sister, Mabel Lewis, of Albert Lea; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren and 19 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by former husbands, Lawrence Scholl on Dec. 23, 1976 and Andrew Fiala on July 7, 1984; brothers, Art, Carl, Clarence and Selmer Tusen, sisters, Cora Tusen and Betty Schnarr, two infant grandchildren and one infant step-grandchild.
Casket bearers were Joe and Rod Eich, Jeff Koopmeiners, Dean and Kurt Salzl, Scot Servatius, John Hane and Ross Rodenwald. Cross bearer was Jane Scholl and scripture bearer was Lisa Salzl. 

LAWRENCE SCHMIDT
Services for Lawrence J. Schmidt, age 73, of Albany, formerly of Freeport, who died Wednesday, May 10 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing home in Albany will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. Rev. William Vouk, III will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Lawrence J. Schmidt was born Oct. 21, 1926 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, to Bernard and Agnes (Rueter) Schmidt. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman during the Korean Conflict. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Stangler on July 7, 1954 at the Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. The couple lived and farmed near Albany for 2 years, then moved to a farm north of Freeport, where they resided for 40 years. In addition to farming, he worked as a cattle breeder for 28 years, retiring in 1991 and moving to Melrose in 1996. He was a member of St. Francis of Asissi Catholic Church in St. Francis, the St. Francis Mens Society, the Freeport Senior Citizens, and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 in Melrose.
Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Rosemary, of Melrose; children, Karen Linn and Wayne, of Grand Rapids; Michael Schmidt and Denise, of Melrose; and Mary Gruenes and Jim, of Holdingford; grandchildren, Tanya, Jim and Sherry Linn, Adam and Matt Schmidt and Tim, Stephanie, Beth and Nick Gruenes. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, brothers, Bernard, Fritz, Aloys and Henry Schmidt and sisters, Marie Westbrock, Theresa Urbaschich, Helen Duevel and Margaret Schmidt.
Casket bearers will be Kurt and Mark Stangler, Steve Rueter, Ron, Bernie and Donald Schmidt, David Mareck and Edmund Duevel. Cross bearer will be Tim Gruenes and members of the St. Francis Mens Society served as honorary bearers.
In lieu of flowers the Schmidt family requests memorials to the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home or the Albany Hospice.

HILDA DWYER
Services for Hilda Dwyer age 94, of Sauk Centre who died Tuesday, May 9 at her home in Sauk Centre were Friday, May 12 at St. Paul's Catholic Church with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Hilda Dwyer was born on July 1, 1905 in New Munich to Bernard and Christine (Struck) Feldewerd. She was united in marriage to John M. "Jack" Dwyer on June 7, 1932 in New Munich. They farmed near Greenwald and moved to Sauk Centre in 1938. She was employed by St. Michael's Hospital as a dietitian from 1950 to 1968. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.
Survivors include her five children, Bernard Dwyer and his wife, Mary of Deer Park, Wisconsin, John Dwyer and his wife, Rosie of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Christine, Janet and Richard Dwyer of Sauk Centre, Minnesota; nine grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack on Oct. 25, 1978; daughter, Marina Vickerman; brothers and sisters, Kate Geltel, Ann Brickzen, Marie VanDrehle, Christine Zerden, Rose Schmiesing, Carolyn Brake, Ben, Henry, Nick, John and Catherine Feldewerd and granddaughter, Kim Dwyer.
Casket bearers were Bradley, Jimmy and Rick Dwyer, Steven, Rodney and Garrett Vickermann. Cross bearer were Andrea Dwyer.

EDWARD TSCHIDA
Services for Edward T. Tschida, age 85, of Sauk Centre, formerly of Grey Eagle, who died Monday, May 8 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre were Saturday, May 13 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle.
Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Edward Tschida was born Sept. 8, 1914 in Krain Township to John and Mary (Ziegler) Tschida. He attended Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and was employed as a plumber for Villwock Hardware in Grey Eagle for many years. He worked as a janitor and bus driver for the Grey Eagle School for 19 years and lived in Burtrum after he retired. He had been a resident of St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre for the last five years. Edward was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Grey Eagle.
He is survived by his sister, Hilda Czech, of Sauk Centre, his sisters-in-law and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Joe, Ben, John, Martin, Mike, Paul and Herman Tschida and Rose Gangl, Caroline Keufler and Mayme Schmitz.
Casket bearers were Richard, Tim, Ron, Roger and Eugene Tschida and Gilbert Schmitz. Cross bearer was Allen Tschida and scripture bearer was Dwight Tschida.

BERNADINE M. ANDERSON
Services for Bernadine M. Anderson, age 74, St. Cloud, who died Monday, May 8 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud were Thursday, May 11 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in St Cloud.
Rev. Timothy Baltes officiated. Burial will take place in North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Bernadine was born Aug. 4, 1925 in Melrose to William and Mary (Helsper) Gieske. She married Wallace L. Anderson on Nov. 2, 1946 in Minneapolis. She lived in St Cloud most of her life where she sewed drapes for Herberger's Department Store. She also worked as a bartender and waitress at the St, Cloud Eagle's Club for over 30 years.
She was currently an employee of the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud where she had worked since 1973. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622 Auxiliary, VFW Post 4847 Auxiliary, St. Paul's Catholic Church and Christian Women.
Mrs. Anderson is survived by: her children Lynn Robertson, Alaska; Keith, Olympia, Wash.; Steve, Olympia, Wash.; Duane, St. Cloud; Kurt, Becker; Nadine "Deana" Zachgo, Alaska; Kristie Anderson, California; Jeff, Nebraska; and Kari Holt, Alaska; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Gieske, Paynesville; and John "Jack" Gieske, Minneapolis and sister Rita Peterson - Texas.
Preceding her in death are her parents, husband (1985), brother William Bollinger and granddaughter Stacie Anderson.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the donor's choice. 

GILBERT WEISSER
Gilbert P. "Gib" Weisser, 86, of Sauk Centre died Wednesday, May 24, 2000 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre.
A memorial mass was held on Friday, 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Gilbert Weisser was born on June 21, 1913 in Spring Hill, Minnesota to Frank and Mary (Braun) Weisser. He was united in marriage to Lorraine M. Kulzer at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Greenwald. They resided in Greenwald where he was employed by the Greenwald Elevator from 1936 to 1956. They moved to Sauk Centre and he owned and operated Gibs Farm Service and the West Union Elevator until 1962. He was employed by Pierson Ford and John Wiese Ford as a salesman until his retirement in 1972. He was a former member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church Greenwald, member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre; Knights of Columbus, and served as Executive Director of HRA Riverview Manor for 23 years. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, golf, fishing and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Weisser of Sauk Centre; eight children, Toby of New Munich, Mike of Escondido, Calif.; Bonnie of San Diego, Calif., Sam of San Marcos, Calif., Linda of Sauk Centre, Jenny of Detroit Lakes, Jeff and Chris of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Elanor De Wenter of St. Cloud, Lee Lengas of St. Cloud, Sister Marie, O.S.B., of St. Joseph, Rose Savonen of Seymour, Indiana, Bridget Worms of New Munich, Albert Weisser of Clearwater and Eulal Zimmer of Tuscon, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rodney Weisser, sisters, Clara Ampe and Marcella Hiemenz.

HUGO KUEHNE
Services for Hugo Kuehne, age 85, of Burtrum, who died Sunday, May 21 at the St. Cloud Hospital were Wednesday, May 24 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Grey Eagle.
Rev. Ronald Tibbetts officiated. Burial was in the Moses Dane Cemetery, Burtrum.
Mr. Kuehne was born Sept. 12, 1914 on the family farm in Bruce Twsp. Todd Co. to Hugo and Martha (Dekn) Kuehne, Sr. He married Lucille H. Pagel on Oct. 25. 1938 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Long Prairie Twsp., Todd Co.
Mr. Kuehne farmed for seven years in Todd County, but he moved many times and
owned various businesses, and for the last 32 years, he, has lived on the north end of Long Lake. He was a livestock dealer for the majority of his life and he enjoyed dealing in antiques during the later part of his life, he also enjoyed going to auctions.
Mr. Kuehne was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Grey Eagle, and a board member of the Village View in Grey Eagle.
Survivors include: Children: Janet (Tony) Schinske of Burtrum; Robert (Fae) Kuehne of Mesa, Ariz.; Ron(Midge) Kuehne of Grey Eagle; and Linda (Roger) Gates of Burtrum; Brothers and sisters: Regina Hanneman, Little Falls; Walter Kuehne, Redding, Calif; Marcus Kuehne, Detroit Lakes; John Kuehne, St. Cloud; Martha Lambrecht, Burtrum; and Lenora Ciaccio, Rockford, Ill; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugo, Sr, and Martha; his wife Lucille; brothers and sisters Kurt, Rudolph, Werner, Ed, Esther, Gustie, Ruth, Henry, William and grandson, Chad.
Casketbearers were Robert Bense, Ray Bense, Ken Rahn, Joel Pansch, Glen Rohde and Gene Bliese.

RICHARD CARSTENS
Services for Richard Carstens, age 59, Tempe, Ariz and formerly of Melrose, who passed away on Tuesday, May 16 at the Desert Samaritan Hospital, in Mesa Ariz, were Monday, May 22 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Dick Carstens was born Aug. 21, 1940 in Belgrade, to Herman and Katherine (Mohs) Carstens. He attended Dunwoody Institute for printing, graduating in 1960. He served in the US Navy from 1961-1966. He married Patricia Budde on July 25, 1964 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Ward Springs. They lived in Melrose, where he worked at the Melrose Beacon from 1966-1968. They moved to Willmar, where he worked for Color Press and the Willmar Tribune. They moved back to Melrose, where he owned and operated RC Feed and Uphulstery. He worked at Carstens Industries in Melrose from 1975-1980. In 1980 the couple moved to McAllen Texas, where he owned and operated Sir Speedy Printing. In 1982, they moved to Tempe, Ariz., where he owned and operated Business Cards Tomorrow. He is a lifetime member of Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 in Melrose, and the Printers Institute of America.
Mr. Carstens is survived by his wife, Patricia Carstens, of Tempe, Ariz.; sons and daughter, Tim Lieser of Savage, Jon Lieser and his wife, Uyen of Tempe, Ariz., Philip Carstens and his wife Deana, of Tempe, Ariz., and Teresa Fernandez and her husband, Jim of Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers and sisters, Howard Carstens and his wife, Dorothy of Melrose, Allen Carstens, and his wife, Mary of Albert Lea, Julius Carstens and his wife, Darlene of Clearwater, Tom Carstens and his wife, Beth of Grey Eagle, Betty Lou Miller and her husband, Richard of New London, Shirley Hanson and her husband, Gene of New London, Jean Edstrom and her husband, Randy of Eagan, and Mary Lunke and her husband, Ed of Hermantown; eight grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Stalberger.
Casket bearers were Eric Lieser, Wayne Carstens, Mike Carstens, Dana Miller, Jon Hanson, and Jim Carstens. Cross bearer was Jimmy Fernandez; Scripture bearer was Judy Lieser.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

CLAUDE ELFERING
Services for Claude C. Elfering, 81 of Casper, Wyo. were Wednesday, May 17 at Bustard's Funeral Home, Casper.
Fr. Michael Carr of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, officiated.
Mr. Elfering died Friday, May 12 at his home in Casper. He was born Sept. 9, 1919 in Freeport the son of Ben and Anna (Altman) Elfering. He attended school in Freeport.
He moved to Casper in 1941. He was employed by Pittman Transportation and owned and operated CC Elfering Trucking for 30 years. He also owned and operated Quick Cash Pawn Shop for several years.
He married Dorothy Pundsack Nov. 25, 1941. They were later divorced. He married Francis Easter in 1983.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and remodeling. A "jack-of-all-trades" he could do anything. He loved to work and loved his dogs Toco and Muffin.
Survivors include his wife; three daughters: Jan Fetty of Gillette, Wyo., and Susan Parke and Sherry Brown, both of Casper,Wyo.; a sister Mary Moening of Melrose; three stepchildren: James Richards, Jr., of Casper; Jessie Warbornd of Denver; and Aaron Warbornd of Gillette; nineteen grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Thomas Elfering; six brothers, five sisters and one grandson.
Memorials to the Central Wyoming Hospice would be appreciated and may be mailed to 319 South Wilson, Casper, Wyo, 82601.

AMBROSE FRERICKS
Services for Ambrose W. Frericks, age 78 of Burtrum, who died Sunday, May 21 at the Long Prairie Memorial Hospital, Long Prairie, were Wednesday, May 24 at the Stephan-Stein Funeral Home chapel, Long Prairie with Fr. Mark Stang officiating.
Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Freeport.
Mr. Frericks was born March 24, 1922 in Freeport to Herman and Walburga (Beste) Frericks. He married Juletta Eickhoff on Oct. 29, 1946. They were later divorced.
He grew up in Freeport and farmed the Melrose area in Grove Township and retired in 1982. He wintered in Arizona and resided in Burtrum. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, fixing things and dancing. He served on the school board for many years.
He is survived by a long-time companion Helen Weick; three children and their spouses: Arlene (Clay) Bowman, Sauk Centre; LeRoy (Helen) Frericks, Sauk Centre; and Joseph (Joyce) Frericks, Sauk Centre; four brothers and four sisters: Elmer (Marcella) Frericks, Melrose; Raymond, Frericks, Sauk Centre; Roman (Annette) Frericks, Mt. Iron; Ervin Frericks, Fridley; Florence Austing, Willmar; Esther (Alvin) Hinnenkamp, Sauk Centre; Alma (Justin) Schulte, Freeport; and Louise (Donald) Haskamp, Blaine; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Anthony, and infant daughter; sister Marie Zwilling, and a brother Jerome. 

NORBERT BRICKWEG
Services for Norbert H. Brickweg, age 85, of Melrose, who died Tuesday, June 6 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids, will be a 10 a.m. On Saturday, June 10 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Norbert Brickweg was born July 11, 1914 in New Munich to Frank and Mary (Altendahl) Brickweg. He married Rose E. Sonnen on October 9, 1945 at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Melrose. They farmed in Melrose Township, Stearns County, Minnesota moving to town in 1998. He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church, Melrose and the St. Bernards Society Catholic Aid.
He is survived by his wife, Rose, of Melrose; brothers, Raymond and Clarence Brickweg, both of Melrose; sisters, Alma Herges and her husband Gene of Melrose, Martha Toenies and her husband Al of Royalton. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Frank Brickweg, Jr.; sister, Ann Woeste.
Casket bearers will be Gerald Sonnen, Tom Thorne, Jim Thorne, Richard Herges, Joseph Herges, and Roger Brickweg.
Cross bearer was Lorraine Schmitz, scripture bearer was Wayne Engstrand and serving as honorary bearers were members of the St. Bernard's Society.

GERALD DYRSETH
Services for Gerald "Jerry" A. Dyrseth, age 59 of Greenwald, who died Sunday, June 4 at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester were Friday, June 9, 2000 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Rebecca Thomas officiating.
Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Gerald Dyrseth was born on April 10, 1941 in Valley Township, Marshall County. He was raised by his parents, Carl and Dorothy (Clausen) Dyrseth. Gerald was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Gerald was united in marriage to Dorothy J. Haugen on August 28, 1965 at Telemarken Lutheran Church in rural Goodridge. They lived in Minneapolis where he was a production foreman at Control Data Corporation. In 1973 they moved to Greenwald where he owned and operated Jerry's Grocery until 1998; and Jerry's Office Furniture and Equipment until his death.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, First Lutheran Men's Club, charter member of the Greenwald Lions, Othmar Braun American Legion Post 612 of Lake Henry, where he was a past commander and Greenwald Merchant's Association.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Dyrseth of Greenwald; children, Sonja Kruger and her husband, Bill of North Mankato, Sarah Kluempke and her husband, Paul of St. Cloud; father, Carl Dyrseth of Grygla; sisters and brother, Virginia Kettleson and her husband, Charles of St. Paul, John Dyrseth and his wife, Karen of Modesto, California and Linda Ulrich and her husband, David of Red Lake Falls. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Dyrseth.
Casket bearers will be Harold Norman, Roger Wenker, Jim Schulzetenberg, Clarence Schaefer, Milton and Gene Haugen. Honorary bearers will be Greenwald Lions Club, Don Russell, Tom Christensen, Charles Kettleson and David Ulrich. Memorials are preferred.

DALE J. VANBECK
Services for Dale VanBeck, age 41, of Melrose,who died Saturday, June 3 at the Melrose Area Hospital were Wednesday, June 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Revs Vince Lieser, Ken Thielmann, and Art Hoppe officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Dale Joseph VanBeck was born September 1, 1958 in Melrose, to Richard and Rose M. (Rolfzen) Van Beck. He was a lifetime resident of the Melrose area. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1976, and then attended Alexandria Vacation College for Business Management and also for Small Engine Repair. He worked all of his life with his father at Melrose TV and Marine, buying the business in 1995. In March, 1999, he opened Melrose Marine and Sports. He was a member of Saint Marys Catholic Church in Melrose, the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary's Church Ushers, Little Birch Lake Association, International Watercross Association, and various snowmobile clubs.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Rosie Van Beck of Melrose; sister, Karen Rechsteiner of Spooner, Wisconsin; niece and nephew, Hannah and Jake Rechsteiner of Spooner, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Hildegarde Rolfzen, and Anton and Louise Van Beck; niece Katherine Rechsteiner.
Casket bearers were Paul Hinnenkamp, Joe Hellermann, Ralph Hellermann, Steve Tobroxen, Eric Peterson, Ralph Revermann, Dennis Poepping, and Maynard Monroe. Cross bearer was Jake Rechsteiner. Scripture bearer was Hannah Rechsteiner. Honorary bearers were Rick Mayers, Jim Ricklick, Ken Hommerding, Nick Waldvogel, Pete Rothfork, Jay Petermeier, Roger King, Jack Wenker, Tom Maleska, Lyle Klasen, Rick Spaeth, Jim Carstens, Dave Kiefler, Doug Carlson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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.


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