Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2002


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Services for Katherine F. Baumgartner, age 90 of Rosemount, who died Feb. 13 at Fairview Southdale Hospital, were Saturday, Feb. 16 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Rosemount.
Mrs. Baumgartner was born Jan. 19, 1912 in Hudson, Wis. to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Katherine (Karras) Casanova. She was a 1933 graduate of the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph. She taught stenography and typing in Melrose High School in the late 1930s. She met her future husband, Lambert Baumgartner at Melrose. He was a science teacher and a coach.
On July 22, 1940 she was married to Lambert G. Baumgartner in Hudson, Wis. She worked as an administrative assistant to her husband who was superintendent of schools at Rosemount Dist. #196 from 1940-1958.
After her husband Lambert passed away in 1958, she taught in Rosemount from 1959 until she retired in 1975. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church where she sang on church choir.
She was a lobbyist for MCCL for many years.
She is survived by her children Mary Ann Baumgartner and Jerome (Susan) Baumgartner; two grandchildren, Tracy and Krista; and many other loving relatives and friends.

The Rev. Godfrey Diekmann,OSB, 93, a member of St. John's Abbey, Collegeville, died Friday, Feb. 22, in the Abbey's retirement center at Collegeville.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Abbey Church. Burial was in the Abbey cemetery.
The Rev. Diekmann was born in Roscoe, Minn., on April 7, 1908, the sixth of eight children of John and Rosalie (Loxtercamp) Diekmann. He completed his high school and college education at St. John's Preparatory School and University and made his initial commitment to the Benedictine way of monastic life in 1926. He pursued theological studies at the International Benedictine College of St. Anselm in Rome, was ordained to the priesthood there in 1931 and received the doctorate in sacred theology in 1933.
Returning to Collegeville, Diekmann began almost six decades of teaching liturgy and the early Christian writers at St. John's and other universities from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., to the University of San Francisco.
In the decades preceding the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), Diekmann was involved in the liturgical renewal of the Catholic Church through his association with the Benedictine Rev. Virgil Michel, a pioneer of liturgical reform in the United States. At the death of Michel in 1938, Diekmann became the editor of the premiere journal of liturgical studies, Orate Fratres, later renamed Worship.
In great demand as a lecturer and director of retreats for priests and religious, Diekmann was instrumental in promoting active participation in the Church's public worship. He was a persistent advocate of the use of the vernacular language and the revision of sacramental rites.
One of Diekmann's most significant contributions was his leadership in drafting the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the document of the Second Vatican Council that has had the most impact on contemporary Catholic worship. He served as a peritus or expert consultant during the Council and played a central role in the approval and implementation of liturgical changes. He was the founder and member of the International Committee on English in the Liturgy, a member of the Consilium for Implementing the Liturgical Reforms of Vatican II, and a consultor to the American Bishops Committee on Liturgy.
Diekmann's interest in the unity of Christian Churches led to his membership in the National Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. He was a founding fellow and resident professor at the Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies at Tantur, Israel, and a founder and member of the Interdenominational International Consultation on English Texts of the Liturgy.
He was co-founder with the Quaker leader, Douglas Steere, of the Ecumenical Institute of Spirituality.
Bearing witness to the profound bond between worship and social regeneration, Diekmann was present when Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed to all Americans, "I have a dream ...." In his teaching he stressed the centrality of the liturgy as the source and summit of the true Christian spirit that must overflow into the work for justice and peace. He took part in the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala., where he carried a banner that read, "Selma is in Minnesota, too."
Diekmann received honorary degrees from10 colleges and universities. In 1963 he was awarded the Cardinal Spellman Medal of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He was the 1972 recipient of the Gerald Ellard Award from the New England Liturgical Commission for singular contribution to the liturgical life of America. In 1977 the North American Academy of Liturgy presented him with its prestigious Berakah Award. In 1997 the St. John's School of Theology Seminary honored him by establishing The Godfrey Diekmann, OSB Center for Patristics and Liturgical Studies. Memorials to the Diekmann Center are welcome and should be sent to the St. John's School of Theology Seminary.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Feb. 27 at St. Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Vernon F. Stroeing, age 75, of St. Cloud who died on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Entombment was in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum.
Mr. Stroering was born on Sept. 18, 1926 in Lastrup, to Henry and Anna (Nathe) Stroeing. He served in the US Navy during WW II. He married Donna Mae Ebnet on June 10, 1954 in St. Paul's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He lived in St. Cloud all of his married life where he was employed as a meat cutter at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in St. Cloud for 37 years.
He retired in August of 1980. He was a member of St. Peter's parish where he was a member of the Ushers Club, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, Waite Park American Legion Post 428 and a life member of VFW Post 428. He was a longtime patron of O'Hara Bros Pub where he was considered "Chairman of the Board".
Survivors include his wife Donna Mae, daughter Linda of St. Paul, brother Alcuin of Melrose, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Del, Lambert and Lee.
Pallbearers were his nephews: Gary, Gregg, Quincy and Lyle Stroeing, John O., David, and Michael Ebnet.

Robert G. Hoppe, 79, a resident of Lansdale, Penn., since 1963 died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 23 in Central Montgomery Medical Center Hatfield Twp., Penn.
He was the husband of the late Rena A. (Mosciatti) Hoppe who died in 1995. He was born in Melrose, the son of the late Anton J. and Theresia M. (Fichtinger) Hoppe.
Mr. Hoppe had a 20-year career with the U.S. Navy as a military photographer, which included three trips to Antarctica, retiring in 1963 as senior chief photographer's mate. He was then employed by E.I. duPont Research Laboratories in Wilmington, Del., as a lab technician in the research and development field.
He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church.
Mr. Hoppe worked the polls at Knapp School for a number of years, was an avid gardener and enjoyed jogging.
He is survived by two sons, Anthony R. Hoppe and his wife Sue of York, Penn.; and Paul M. Hoppe and his wife Dale of Lansdale, Penn.; six grandchildren, Ginene, Rebecca, Robert, Erich, Elizabeth and Jessica; a brother, Rev. Arthur H. Hoppe of Freeport; and a sister, Rose Marie Schwarzmeier and her husband Harold of Waukesha, Wis.
The funeral mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at St. Stanislaus Church, Lansdale. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Gertrude Welle
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002 at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond for Gertrude S. Welle age 86, who died Monday, Feb. 18 at her home.
Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Gertrude was born June 23, 1915 in St. Martin, to Peter and Anna (Stroeing) Doll. She married Edwin H. Welle on June 10, 1941 in the St. Martin Catholic Church. She was a cook for the Richmond Public School and assisted her husband with custodial duties for the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish. She loved quilting, sewing, and gardening. She was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, Christian Women, St. Jude Mission Circle and Catholic Aid.
Survivors include her husband; daughters and sons, Doris (Tom) Heying fo Fort Ripley, Elaine (Jerry) Schaefer of Dassel, Stanley (Elaine) of Watkins; Mary (Elmer) Geise of Sobieski, Diane (James) Volk of Rice, Linda (Richard) Hauschild of Waite Park, Alice Fink of Little Falls, and Marvin (Jan) of Grand Junction, CO; brothers Arthur and Peter Doll; sisters, Bernadine Meyer and Anna Schulte; 36 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Herbert, Eugene and Alcuin; and sisters Hildegard Doll and Viola Buermann.

Flora E. Zenzen, age 81 of Sartell, died Feb. 17 at Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Country Manor Nursing Home Chapel in Sartell. Deacon Ken Bates officiated. Burial was in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Elrosa.
Flora Elizabeth Zenzen was born June 30, 1920 in Melrose to Hubert and Anna (Weisser) Zenzen. She lived in Cold Spring, then Country Manor Apartments in Sartell for the last 18 years. She spent most of her life in music, teaching accordion until she suffered a stroke in 1978.
Survivors include her brother, Ev Zenzen and his wife, Bev of Rice; nieces and nephews, Gene, Troy and Jodi Zenzen of Virginia, Dawn Muscala of Monticello, Lynn Gohman of Becker, and Mark Zenzen of Sartell.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ronald "Ron" Brinkman, age 63 of Grey Eagle, died on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the St. Cloud Hospital from a long battle with lung disease. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, February 18th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernard Gruenes officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Ronald Brinkman was born July 28, 1938 in Swanville to William and Ludwina (Pundsack) Brinkman. He was united in marriage to Lou Ann Moening on June 17, 1961 in Melrose. The couple owned and operated the Junction Convenience Store in Grey Eagle. They were the founders of the new housing development in Grey Eagle. Ron was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and of the Grey Eagle/Burtrum Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife, Lou Ann Brinkman of Grey Eagle; children, Cindy Athmann and her husband, Jeff of Plymouth, Thomas Brinkman and his wife, Mary Jo of Grey Eagle, Beth Gessell and her husband, Romie Jr. of Grey Eagle, Tina Schwieters and her husband, Pete of Ramsey; seven grandchildren, Andy, Emily, Alex, Weston, Evan, Lauren and Erik; brothers and sisters, Loretta Peifer of Melrose, Eugene Brinkman and his wife, Mary Lou of Grey Eagle, Anna Mae Layton and her husband, Joe of Silverton, Ore., Glorian Linn and her husband, Jim of Sauk Centre, Eileen Sprenger and her husband, Ronald of Arvada, Colo., Stan Brinkman and his wife, Arlene of Grey Eagle.
He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Brinkman on January 14, 1994.
Serving as casket bearers were Joe Benolken, Marvin Brinkman, Gerald Woida, Aaron Brinkman, Dick Peifer, Alan Sunderman, Sarah Burg and Mike Matchinsky.
Serving as cross bearer was Andy Brinkman and scripture bearers were Weston Brinkman and Emily Gessell.

Marcella Nelson
Funeral services for Marcella Nelson, 81 of Denver City, Texas, who passed away Thursday, Feb. 14 were held Monday, Feb. 18 at the First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Ronnie Lunsford officiating.
Burial followed in the Denver City Memorial Park .
Mrs. Nelson was born on Jan. 19, 1921 in Spring Hill. She was a resident of Hopkins for many years and resided in Denver City since 1988. She had been a Senior Companion for the Senior Citizens and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by three daughters: Marie Spence, Patsy Toenjes and Janet Toenjes; and one son, Bobby Toenjes.
Survivors include: three sons, Tom Toenjes and wife Terri of Carlos, Kenny Toenjes of Hopkins, Gary Toenjes of St. Cloud; four daughters: JoAnn Hagen of Cokato, Pat and husband John Notch of St. Cloud, Elaine and husband Dean Norcross of Burnsville, and Mary Lou Adelesgruber of Mankato; four brothers, two sisters, 20 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Shauna Middendorf
Shauna Maylinn Middendorf, infant daughter of Tim Middendorf and Jennifer Krugerud of Freeport, was born and died on Feb. 5 at Melrose Area Hospital.
Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with burial following in the parish cemetery.
She is survived by her parents; grandparents, Tom and Rita Middendorf of Freeport, Linn and Shaun Roberts of Annandale, Mark Krugerud and Terri Greenwell of Wyoming, Minn.; great-grandparents, Herman and Helen Middendorf of Freeport, Philomena Blenker of New Munich, Marlys and Frank Sularz of Phoenix, Ariz., Austin and Mary Anderson of Mora; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her great grandparents, Joseph Blenker, Charlotte and Orville Krugerud; uncle, Karl Middendorf.

Service for Irene M. Fiedler, 83 who died Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, were Saturday, Feb. 9 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany.
Mrs. Fiedler was born Jan. 6, 1919 in Foley to Joseph and Helen (Bardonski) Walkowiak. She married Casper Fiedler, Sr. on Nov. 17, 1936 in Mayhew Lake. She farmed with her husband in Sauk Centre and was a homemaker all her life. She was a member of the Auxiliary, Daughters of Isabella, Pioneer Club, and Seven Dolors Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children: Arlene (Don) Messerich, Melrose; Mickey (Norb) Wessel of Sauk Centre, Janice (Bob) Derichs of Melrose, Casper, Jr (Dorinda) of Waite Park, Connie Fiedler of St. Cloud, Melvin (Tillie) of Albany, Bernice Akervick of St Wendel, Buster (Cindy) of Albany, Bill of Albany, Allen (Jackie) of Albany, and Helen (Leroy) Frericks of Melrose; 37 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren; and sisters Josephine Rubenik and Dorothy Simonet.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Casper, Sr. (1987), son (Marvin), daughter (Virginia), grandson (Marvin) and sister (Annie Dray).

Irene E. Kramer, age 85 of Melrose, died Monday, Feb. 11 at Melrose Area Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 15 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vince Lieser officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Irene Elizabeth Kramer was born May 24, 1916 in Melrose to John and Bernadine (Ahrens) Kramer. She graduated from Melrose High School in 1934. She worked for the Swift plant in Sauk Centre for seven years. She worked for Kociemba Foods in Melrose for 30 years. She worked part-time for Kuhlmann drug in Melrose for 12 years. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, quilting, gardening and canning. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Catholic Aid, a mission society, St. Elizabeth's Society, and Helping Hands Society.
Survivors include her brother, George Kramer of Melrose; nieces, Patricia (Tim) Flanigan of New York Mills, Joan (Wayne) Stich of Albany, Donna (Dave) Goebel of Freeport, Ruth Kramer of Sartell, Kathy (John) Kramer Wirtz of Detroit Lakes, Mary (Terry) Volkmann of Saint Michael, Geri (Kim) Jensen of Dixon, Ill., Karen (Keith) Toenies of Sauk Centre, Judy Peterson of Plymouth; nephews, Joseph Kramer of Van Nuys, CA, Mark (Nancee) Kramer of Anoka, Robert (Edna) Kramer of Melrose, Daniel (Lesa) Kramer of Sartell; also survived by Kathy Kramer of Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marie Marthaler; sister-in-law, Loretta Kramer; brother-in-law, Ervin Marthaler; nephew, William Kramer.
Serving as casket bearers were Dan Kramer, Robert Kramer, Mark Kramer, Mary Volkmann, Kim Jensen, and Karen Toenies. Cross bearer was Joan Stich; scripture bearer was Geri Jensen.

Leo C. Nathe, age 85 of Sauk Centre died Thursday, Jan. 31, at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 4, 2002 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Leo Nathe was born in Rutland, N.D. to Gerhard and Anna (Unger) Nathe. He was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Younkin on April 14, 1942 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre. They lived and farmed in the Sauk Centre area from 1942 to 1973. He was employed by Home School for Girls in Sauk Centre from 1944 to 1954. They moved to town in 1973 and he was employed by Jennie-O Foods in Melrose until 1983. Leo enjoyed gardening, fishing, blowing snow and making wood. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre, and St. Paul's Catholic Aid.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Nathe of Sauk Centre; children, Helen Fritzlar (Harold) of Belgrade, Ruth Rieland (Robert) of Sauk Centre, Donna Illies (Eugene) of Elrosa, James Nathe (Anne) of Osakis, Frank Nathe (Eileen) of Waite Park, Alfred Nathe (Clara) of Melrose, William Nathe (Georgine) of Freeport and Charles Nathe (Barb) of New Munich; 29 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant sons; brother, Arnold Nathe; and two grandchildren.
Casket bearers were Jeff Nathe, Roger Fritzlar, Patrick Nathe, Tim Nathe, Joseph Nathe, and William Nathe, Jr. Cross bearer was David Rieland. Scripture bearer was Linda Hieserich. Readers were Lori Uphoff and Georgine Nathe with petitions by Tom Nathe.
Honorary bearers were George Peters, David Rieland, Don Fritzlar, Charlie Hegg, Joe Ebben, Ken Reuter, Julian Haskamp, Dave Messer, Jim Fish, Louie Schley, John Felling, Tom Nathe, Leo Determan, Matt Woida and Ray Tuttle.

Ralph L. Trisko, 84, son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Maas) Trisko of Melrose, died Feb. 4 at Collington Episcopal Life Care Center in Mitchellville, Md., where he had resided since 1999. He had experienced several strokes in the past few years.
Mass of Christian burial was Friday, Feb. 8 at Our Lady of the Fields' Catholic Church in Millersville, Md. Mr. Trisko was born in Melrose in 1917, and graduated from Melrose High School. He moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1934 and began his career with the U.S. Government Printing Office and the Department of Commerce. He later served in the Pacific with the U.S. Naval Reserve as Lieutenant JG during World War II. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
Mr. Trisko was active as a foreign service official in the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II. He served as Coal Advisor with the U.S. Delegation to the Economic Commission in Geneva in 1948-50, and later as Chief of the Coal Section in the Economic Cooperation Administration in Paris. He helped to negotiate the European Coal, Iron and Steel Accords, a predecessor to the formation of the European Common Market. He also served as special consultant to the Secretary General, Organization for European Economic Cooperation in Paris.
Mr. Trisko held a series of senior government positions after his return to Washington in 1952, including assignments as Chief of the Central Europe Branch, Mutual Security Agency, Foreign Operations Administration, and Deputy Director, Office of Industrial Resources, Foreign Operations Administration. In 1958-60, he was Assistant Director of the U.S. Technical Cooperation Mission in New Delhi, India. He returned to Washington in 1960 to serve as Chief of the South Asia Branch of the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State.
From 1962 to 1972, Mr. Trisko was a senior associate with Robert R. Nathan Associates, an economic consulting firm in Washington. At Nathan Associates, he directed studies for U.S. government and private clients, including an assessment of U.S. deepwater port potential, and an economic feasibility study of western coal resources for the U.S. Bureau of Mines. The latter study paved the way for large-scale commercial extraction of western coal, a major domestic energy source.
Mr. Trisko returned to federal service in 1972 as a senior economist with the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He retired from that position in 1975 and became active in civic affairs in Crofton, Maryland, where he and his family had resided since 1968.
He was preceded in death in 1993 by his wife of 54 years, Mildred E. Trisko. He is survived by two sons, Lt. Col. Ralph F. Trisko (USA, Ret.) of Bowie, Md., and Eugene M. Trisko of Glenwood, Md., and a step-daughter, Barbara Lampe of Bethesda, Md. Other survivors include a sister, Lorraine Gerding of Belgrade, , brothers Clarence of Lexington, Ky., Richard of St. Paul, and Joseph of Luverne, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren.
His sister, Evelyn Enright of Grey Eagle, and brother Edward of Melrose, preceded him in death.

Lawrence V. Revermann, age 83 of Sartell, formerly of New Munich, passed away early Tuesday Feb. 5, at the Country Manor Care Center of Sartell.
Private memorial services are pending.
Mr. Revermann was born on April 5, 1918 in New Munich to Bernard and Agnes (Kettler) Revermann. He worked most of his life as a stainless steel welder.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn; daughters, Audrey Thull and Karla Thompson; granddaughters, Korina Rolfzen and Stephanie Butler; five great grandchildren, Ariel, Ashley, Abraham, Noah, and Emma; and a sister, Mary LeClaire.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Ben, Joe and Al.

Richard J. Winning, age 90, of Greenwald died Thursday, Jan. 24 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Greenwald with Rev. Ken Popp and Ken Thielman officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church in Greenwald.
Richard Winning was born on Jan. 20, 1912 in Council Bluff, Iowa to Charles and Susanna (Zirbes) Winning. He was united in marriage to Marie Uphus on October 24, 1939 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Greenwald. They farmed near Greenwald until 1963. They moved to Minneapolis and retired in 1977. He moved to Park View Center at Melrose in September of 2000. Richard was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Greenwald, St. Michael's Men's Society and Knights of Columbus, Council #1633.
He is survived by his 2 children, Donna Sand and her husband, Jerome of Melrose, Roger Winning and his wife, Marie of Shakopee, 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Winning on March 5, 1999; sisters and brothers, Margaret Winter, Helen Ohmann, Albert Winning and Leo Winning; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Casket bearers will be Tim, Dan, Mike and Henry Sand, Bob Winning and Kent Halvorson. Cross bearer will be Jill Lubelley.

Eleanore "Ella" C. Metzger, age 96 of Melrose formerly of New Munich, died Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officated with Deacon Julius assisting. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Ella Metzger was born October 12, 1905 in Spring Hill Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Michael and Mary (Sand) Kulzer. She was united in marriage to Raymond J. Metzger on May 31, 1927 in Greenwald. The couple lived on a farm in the New Munich area. Ella's favorite pastimes were crocheting, sewing, quilting and gardening. She enjoyed cooking and baking and loved many flowers. She lived in Melrose at Park View Center for 12 years and then for a short time at Pine Villa Care Center. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Saint Anne's Christian Mothers, Legion of Mary, Little Flower Mission Group and a Crosier Apostolate member.
Survivors include her children, Charlene Dols and her husband, Jerry of Richmond, Sr. Mary Gabriel of Sauk Rapids, Linda Metzger and her partner, Kim Lane of Arden Hills, Anthony Metzger of Sauk Rapids, James Metzger of Fosston; 19 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Metzger on April 16, 1993; son, Alcuin Metzger; sisters, Christine Vornbrock, Susan Caspers, Pauline George and Rose Welle Vornbrock; brothers, John, Ben, Anton, William, Roman, Jacob, Leo, Alois and Michael Kulzer; grandsons, Greg Dols and Scott Metzger; great-granddaughter, Robin Borgerding.
Serving as casket bearers were Mike Dols, Dave Dols, Peter Metzger, Mike Metzger, Tim Metzger and Ronald Borgerding.
Serving as cross bearer will be Emma Metzger-Lane and scripture bearer will be Maria Metzger-Lane.
Serving as honorary bearers will be Eleanore Niehoff, Lorraine Hoppe, Clara Thull, Ann Rademacher, Lucille Meyer, Marie Viere, Margaret Niehoff, Pauline Janson, Mary Thielen and Eleanore Rieland.

Delbert J."Del" Terwey, 61 of Grand Rapids, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002 at the Itasca Medical Center in Grand Rapids.
He was born and raised in the Freeport - St Rosa area and graduated from Melrose High School in 1959. He was united in marriage to Donna Schaaf on Oct. 16, 1965 in Murdock. He lived for several years in St. Louis Park and Circle Pines, and was employed by the Twin Town Box Corporation until moving to Grand Rapids in 1980 where he worked for Arrowhead Promotion and Fulfillment. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and also was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Grand Rapids. Del was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eleanor (Herkenhoff) Terwey
He is survived by his wife: Donna; one daughter: Dawn Terwey of Virginia; and one granddaughter: Breanna Terwey of Virginia
Three sisters: Donna (Vincent) Haider of Elrosa, and Phyllis (Jerry) Blenker of Melrose, Mary Ann (Ray) Fuchs of Albany; four brothers: Lawrence (Delores) of Sauk Center, LaVerne (Shirley) of Apple Valley, James (Joyce) of Melrose, and Arthur (Rita) of Melrose.
Mass Of Christian burial was Tuesday, Jan. 22 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grand Rapids. Rev. Fr. Thomas Radaich officiated.
Burial was in the Itasca - Calvary Cemetery in Grand Rapids.

Donald Anderson, age 80, of rural Holdingford, passed away Monday, Jan. 14, after a brief stay at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, due to complications from a stroke on Dec. 29, 2001. Services were Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home Chapel in Holdingford. Internment was at Gethsemane Cemetery in Upsala.
Donald was born in Holding Township to Nels and Anna (Lofroth) Anderson. He married Florence Peka on Oct. 26, 1940 in Little Falls. He farmed northwest of Holdingford all his life and leaves behind a loving family and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Florence; daughters, Donna (Rich) Baker of Kingsport, Ten., Phyllis (Bruce) Anderson of Litchfield; and son, Harley (Carol) of rural Buffalo; three grandchildren, Allen Kroska, Janet Martin and Pam Kroska; seven great-granddaughters; two sisters, Bernice Soltis and June Salo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorena Anderson, Dulcet McNally, Erma Wright and Verna Triden; and brothers, Richard, Lester, Leslie and Russel.

Services were Saturday, Jan. 19, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany for Geraldine "Tootie" Elfering, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Albany area hospital. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Tootie was born April 17, 1916, in Foxhome Township to John and Mary (Laing) Ehlert. She married Donatus Elfering on October 8, 1935, in New Munich. In 1943, they moved to their farm in Albany, where they farmed together for 35 years, retiring in 1975. She was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and the Seven Dolors Christian Mothers.
She is survived by her children, Donald and wife Ellie of Holdingford, Gerald and wife Annette of Apple Valley, Roger and wife Nancy of Albany, Tim and wife Joan of Rice, Joyce and husband Pete Hoppe of Paynesville, Diane Machtmes and friend Bert of Paynesville, Shirley and husband Joe Burg of Avon, Dorothy and husband Ronald Dufner of Albany, and Debbie and husband Dennis Koopmeiners of Albany; 44 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers, Jim Ehlert of Fridley and Melvin Ehlert of Sauk Centre.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 8, 1990; son, Kenneth in 1987; brothers and sisters, Walter, Larry, Cyril and Juletta; and 4 grandchildren.

Services for Amanda M. Welle, age 98 of Melrose who died Sunday, Jan. 13 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose were Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Pine Villa Chapel, Melrose with Rev. Kenneth Thielman officiating.
Burial followed at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, New Munich.
Amanda Welle was born April 1, 1903 in New Munich to Bernard and Elizabeth (Schwieters) Humbert. She married Christ Welle on October 26, 1924 in Spring Hill. She worked with her husband as bookkeeper for The New Munich Hatchery and Feed Store. They sold the store in 1956 and moved to Melrose. She has resided at Pine Villa Care Center since February 1996. She loved to play cards and was very active in the Catholic Aid Association.
Amanda was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose, Christian Mothers, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary and Catholic Aid Association.
Survivors include her children, Marion Rehkamp of St. Cloud; Gladys Kleber and her husband, Ray of Hammond, Wisconsin; Robert Welle and his wife, Phyllis of Lewiston, Idaho; Daniel Welle and his wife, Peggy of Pelican Rapids; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Christ Welle in May of 1965; daughter, Donna Mae Welle in April of 1955; brothers and sisters, Herman, Ben and Leo Humbert, Elizabeth Sand, Alvina Winter and Olivia Thielen and three grandchildren.
Casket bearers were David, Dale, Daniel and John Rehkamp, Chad and Jay Welle.
Cross bearer was Ruth Rehkamp. Honorary bearers were grandchildren. Readers were Gretchen Jennissen and Sarah Martin. Memorials are preferred to Pine Haven and Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.

Bradley Middendorf, newborn infant son of Robert & Nancy Middendorf of Sauk Centre, was born and died on Monday, Jan. 14, at St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, Jan. 16 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Todd Schneider officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
He is survived by his parents; brothers and sister, Reed, Cole and Beth; grandparents, Edward & Agnes Job of Freeport, Ralph Middendorf of Sauk Centre; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Edna Middendorf.

Services were Monday, Jan. 14. at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin for Patricia A. "Pat" Schelper age 52 of St. Martin, who died Thursday, Jan. 10 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
The Revs. Roger Klassen, OSB, Michael Kwatera, OSB and Arthur Hoppe officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Mrs. Schleper was born on May 6, 1949 in Melrose to Aloys and Dorien (Olmscheid) Revermann. She grew up in New Munich. She married Virgil E. Schleper on January 8, 1972 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. They lived and farmed in St. Martin for most of her married life. She was also employed as assistant manager of Subway in Albany. She was a member of St. Martin parish, St. Ann Christian Women, St. Elizabeth Mission Group, and Catholic Aid.
Survivors include her husband, Virgil of St. Martin; children, Dale and his wife Ann of Melrose, Lori of Cold Spring, Vicki Klaphake and her husband Michael of Spring Hill, Robert and his wife Christy of Melrose, and Brenda, Albert, and Amy, all at home, three grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, and McKayla; her mother, Dorien Revermann of Meire Grove; brothers, Ken, Gerald, Jim, and Mike all of New Munich, Steve of St. Martin, Chuck of Melrose, and Paul of St. Cloud; sisters, Mary Stang of Waite Park, Ruth Moscho of Spring Hill, Alice Doll of St Martin, Lois Stang of RIchmond, and Shelly Wenker of Bowlus.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 19 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Las Vegas, Nev. for Gloria Clark, age 60 of Las Vegas, who died of pancreatic cancer at her home in Las Vegas, Nev.
Mrs. Clark was born on March 29, 1941 in Hawaii. She grew up in Hawaii then settled in California. She married Larry Clark on Feb. 16, 1991 in a Catholic ceremony in Emeryville, Calif. They lived in Castro Valley, Calif. before retiring to Las Vegas, Nev. in 1996.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Clark of Las Vegas; children, Shana Maier and her husband Bill of San Diego, Calif., Wray Gaub of Indianapolis, Ind., and her husband Mike, Renee Cron and her husband Kurt of St. Cloud, Rhondelle Hoggarth and her husband Stacy of St. Cloud, and grandchildren, Shaila, Zach, Alli, and Caitlin; brothers, Tom Soriano of Hawaii, and Vic Soriano of Sacramento, Calif.; sisters, Patricia Calizo of Los Angeles, Calif., Amelia Acgaioli of Los Angeles, Calif., Barbara Namocot of Las Vegas, Nev. She was preceded in death by both parents.
Donations to the American Cancer Society are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Herman Klimmek
Herman R. Klimmek, age 80 of New Munich, died Sunday, January 6, 2002 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. Memorial services were held Wednesday, Jan. 9 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Melrose, with Rev. Fred Kutter officiating.
Herman Robert Klimmek was born Jan. 11, 1921 in Krain Township, Stearns County to Henry and Ida (Sabrowsky) Klimmek. He married Lorraine R. Moonen on Jan. 27, 1944 in Saint Anthony. The couple lived in the Albany area for five years; then moved to the New Munich area. Herman worked as a truck driver all of his life. He retired in 1979, but continued doing some part-time work. He enjoyed ice fishing and cars.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine Klimmek of New Munich; children, Joyce Carpenter and her husband, David of Golden Valley, Karen Brusacoram and her husband, Gary of Minnetonka, Glenn Klimmek and his wife, Sandy of Swanville, Elaine Ecker and her husband, Bill of Perham, Audrey Jueveland and her husband, Dale of Detroit Lakes; brothers, Edwin Klimmek and his wife, Adelaide of Minneapolis, Herb Klimmek and his wife, Margaret of Minneapolis; sister-in-law Clara Klimmek of Holdingford; 13 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger Klimmek; brothers, Rueben and Otto Klimmek; sister, Alice Braun.

Lucille Eiynck Hinnenkamp
Services were Saturday Jan. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Freeport for Lucille Eiynck Hinnenkamp, 83, who died Wednesday, Jan. 3 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home, Albany, from complications of diabetes and heart failure.
Burial will be in Prescott, Wis.
Lucille Eiynck Hinnenkamp was born on June 6, 1919 in Ossian, Iowa, to Edward and Barbara (Kleve) Bonfig. She was united in marriage to Leo Eiynck on June 7, 1939 in Freeport. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children, Agnes Palm of Albany, Rosemary Graf of Minneapolis, Patricia Helgedalen of St. Cloud, and Greg (Debbie) Eiynck of Prescott, Wis., 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, sisters and brothers, Victor (Marian) Bonfig of Inver Grove Heights, Linus Bonfig of Freeport, Eleanor (Joe) Wimmer of Albany, Delores Gerdes of Hemet, Calif., and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Leo Eiynck on Jan. 2, 1975, second husband, Dillo Hinnenkamp, son, Kenneth Eiynck, grandson, Brian Graf and infant sister, Marie.

A memorial service for Geraldine Ryan will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose.
Fr. Vince Lieser will officiate. There will be visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Geraldine (Trusty) Ryan, age 65, of Melrose passed away on Dec. 22 in the loving arms of her family, husband and best friend of 49 years Dennis, sons Kevin and Scott (Sue), daughters Robin and Lisa. She is also survived by five grandchildren, one great grandson, many nieces and nephews, and an infinite number of friends all of whom will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her mother Luella, brother Gordon, and sister Mavis.
Her family will miss her famous pancake breakfasts and family gatherings at the lake, where we played cards from morning till night. She was always strong and always there to offer her unconditional love and support throughout our lives. She will be always loved and forever missed.

Julitta M. Blommel
Julitta M. Blommel, age 83 of Freeport, died on Thursday, Dec. 20 at North Ridge Care Center in New Hope.
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, Dec. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Julitta Blommel was born on Nov. 9, 1918 in New Munich to Henry and Cecelia (Wehseler) Pundsack. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Blommel on June 19, 1939 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Since 1970 she had resided in the Twin Cities during the winter and spent the summers at Big Birch Lake. For the past two years she had been a resident of North Ridge Care Center in New Hope. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, St. Helena's Catholic Church in Minneapolis, Young at Heart Quilters, Rosary Makers, 500 Club, Council of Catholic Women and St. Helena's Senior Citizens.
She is survived by six children, Rita (Dennis) Heidgerken of Freeport, Roger (Althea) Blommel of Plymouth, Audrey Grose of Brooklyn Park, David Blommel of Maple Grove, Delores Brunsen and her fiancé, Paul Linkert of Eagan, Arthur (Cathy) Blommel of Bloomington; nine grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Sr. Marie Wimmer, OSB of Seattle, Wash., Olivia (Cyril) Schwieters and Jerome (Clara) Pundsack, both of Melrose, Jeanette (Gene) Toenies of Cold Spring, Eileen (Ulrich) Lauer of St. Cloud. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence on Jan. 2, 1992; sisters and brothers, Caroline Mayers, Rose Schwieters, Margie Kenstad, Olivia, Theresa, Bernard, Elmer, Donald and Joseph Pundsack.
Serving as casket bearers were Craig, Todd and Lee Heidgerken, Christopher Blommel, Jeff and Brian Grose with Aryn Brunsen serving as cross bearer.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Lake Henry, for Sarah Elizabeth Fuchs, 90 of Lake Henry, who died, from cancer, Tuesday, Jan. 1 at her home.
Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. at the Church in Lake Henry.
Sarah (Winter) Fuchs was born in Spring Hill Township Aug. 4, 1911 to Frank and Mary (Schoenborn) Winter. She married Alphonse "Al" Fuchs on Oct. 15. 1929 in St. Michael's Catholic Church Spring Hill. They farmed near Spring Hill and later Lake Henry retiring in 1965. They moved to Lake Henry. Their house was the first built on Second Street. She also enjoyed bartending and ran the bar (Al's Place) in Lake Henry from 1954 to 1959. She also worked as a bartender for Marvin and Mary Kunstleben and later for Bill and Joanne Braun.
Survivors include her four daughters: Dorothy Hess, Lake Henry, twin sisters Bernie Roeser and Gerry Dahl of Paynesville; and Irene (James) Jaeger of Lake Henry; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; brother Ervin (Ledvina) Winter of Spring Hill, sisters Otillia Jonas, Pine Villa Nursing Home, Melrose; and Leona Meemken of Bemidji, and Johanna Schefers of St. Cloud.
Preceding her in death were her parents, husband (March 1, 1968), brothers Henry, Lawrence, Edward, Alfred, Art and Richard; sisters Sophia, Theckla Jonas, Erma Kunstleben; and sons-in-law: Elmer Dahl, Gerald Roeser , Ray Hess and five grandchildren.

Lorcey Heinen
Lorcey S. Heinen, age 82 of Sauk Centre died Tuesday, Jan. 1 at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Jan. 4 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. James Statz officiated with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Lorcey Heinen was born May 28, 1919 in Elrosa to Peter and Anna (Michels) Heinen. Lorcey took pictures at ballrooms and bartended at various bars. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853 Auxiliary and the Christian Mothers.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Anna Heinen; sisters, Lillian Wiener, Edwina Thull-Laumeyer, Isabelle Welle, Dora Heinen; brothers, Leo Heinen and Elmer Heinen.
Casket bearers were Jim Zirbes, Jeff Welle, Reg Welle, Brian Schneider, Merle Laumeyer and Doug Heinen. Cross bearer was Diane Haskamp. Honorary bearers was the Christian Mothers.

Lawrence Marthaler
Lawrence B. Marthaler, age 94 of Sauk Centre, died on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Timothy Wenzel will officiate with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Lawrence Marthaler was born on Sept. 10, 1907 in Meire Grove, Minnesota to Simon and Rose (Schwegmann) Marthaler. He was united in marriage to Loretta Tiemann on May 28, 1941 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose.
The couple farmed near Melrose for five years, before moving to a farm in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County. He retired in 1965 and had resided in Sauk Centre since 1983. Although he lived in town, he went to the farm nearly every day. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, where he served many years as a funeral usher, St. Paul's Catholic Aid and Sauk Centre Seniors.
He is survived by eight children, Robert (Bernice) Marthaler of Pipestone, Virgil (Rosie) Marthaler, Larry Marthaler, Rose Ann (Roger) Schaefer, David (Tammy) Marthaler, Mary (Dan) Borgerding, all of Sauk Centre, Richard (Vickie) Marthaler of Clarkfield, Nancy Marthaler of Anoka; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Edwina Meyer of Albany, Mayme (Ray) Imdieke of Greenwald; Lydia (Roman) Schulzetenberg of Melrose. He was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta on Nov. 15, 1999; brothers, John, Al, Albert, Erwin and Gilbert Marthaler.
Serving as casket bearers will be Robert, Virgil, Larry, David and Richard Marthaler and Rose Ann Schaefer with Mary Borgerding serving as cross bearer.

Marie F. Seifert 
Marie F. Seifert, 59 , died Monday, Dec. 24 at St. Michael's Nursing Home, Sauk Centre after losing her fight with cancer.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 29 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Marie F. Seifert was born May 28, 1942 in Graceville to Francis J. and MaryAnne R. (Blasey) Seifert. She was a life long member and active on many fronts in the St. Joseph's Community. She ran her own cleaning service, grew a variety of indoor and outdoor flowers (particularly roses), maintained both a vegetable garden and apple trees. She also did a lot of sewing, creating many beautiful patchwork quilts. The last quilt she made, while fighting cancer in the nursing home, was a gift for a baby girl.
Survivors include her siblings, twin sister, Mary Anne Schroeder (Bernie) of Lancaster, Pa, their children, Cindy, Tim Tom and Craig; sister, Trudy McCornack (Jirah) of Albert Lea, their children, Albert, Melissa and Aaron; brother, Chuck Seifert (Diane) of New Hope, their children, Heather and Jason; brother, Jim Seifert (Margie) of Valencia, Calif., their children, Kristen and Katherine; brother, Tony Seifert (Maddie) of Cerritos, Calif.; sister, Agnes Jensen (Jim) of Villard, their children, Sheila, Shawn and Samantha; sister, Loretta Winter of Kerkhoven, and her children, Nancy, Rodney, Lyle and Steven; brother John Seifert of Bertrum, and his children, Andrew and Nicole; brother, Richard Seifert (Cheryl) of Grey Eagle, their children, Jessica and Joe; sister, Pat Seifert of Maple Grove.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and MaryAnne (Blasey) Seifert and both maternal and paternal grandparents.
Casket bearers were Albert McCornack, Aaron McCornack, Steve Winter, Jason Seifert, Don Peschel, Lyle Winter and Andrew Seifert. Cross bearer was Joe Seifert. Honorary bearers were her nieces and nephews.

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