Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2001

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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.


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