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
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.
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 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 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 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
A memorial service was held Thursday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint
John's Episcopal Church in Roseville.
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.
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.
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 "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
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;
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 "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
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 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 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
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 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
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,
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 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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,
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 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.