Anthony "Tony" Dierkhising, age 85 of Sauk Centre, died on Thursday,
Dec. 13 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Paul's Catholic
Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Todd Schneider officiated with interment following
in the parish cemetery.
Tony Dierkhising was born on June 10, 1916 in Grove Twp. to Frank and
Catherine (Mohr) Dierkhising. He was united in marriage to Alvina Primus
on June 23, 1941 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. He had been
employed as a hired man at various farms in the Meire Grove area and then
worked for the railroad in Greenwald. He farmed for 20 years and also was
a carpenter and painter for 26 years. He painted and did some repair work
at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and St. Bernard's Catholic
Church in Ward Springs. He twice painted the inside of St. Paul's Catholic
Church in Sauk Centre and the very tip of the steeple. He had resided at
Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose since March, 2000. He was a member of
St. Paul's Catholic Church, St. Paul's Catholic Aid and Bishop Busch Council
4863 Knights of Columbus.
Tony was a very generous, fun-loving, hard-working man. He was a wonderful
father. He and his wife were very avid old-time music dancers and occasionally,
square danced. They won awards for their dancing and were members of Polka
Lovers of America (POLK of A).
He is survived by his wife, Alvina of Melrose; five children, Kathleen
(Vern) Botz and LeRoy (Carol) Dierkhising, both of Sauk Centre, Raymond
Dierkhising of Becker, Virgil (Sharon) Dierkhising of Hugo, Mark (Deanne)
Dierkhising of Melrose; 15 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister
and brother, Sr. Fabian Dierkhising of St. Cloud, Martin (Margie) Dierkhising
of Cold Spring.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Elaine Agnes;
sisters and brothers, Sr. Rosalia and Sr. Niceta, twin sisters, Mildred
Roering and infant, Dorothea, infant sister, Agnes, Herbert, Joseph and
Serving as casket bearers were Vince and Steven Botz, Jayson, Gary,
Adam and Casey Dierkhising, with John Dierkhising serving as cross bearer.
Mathilda "Tillie" Poepping, age 79 of Melrose, died on Monday, Dec.
17, at the Pine Villa Care Center.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Melrose with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating.
Interment followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Melrose.
Tillie Poepping was born June 5, 1922 in Melrose to John and Mary (Goihl)
Thelen. She married Frank Poepping on February 12, 1946 at St. Boniface
Catholic Church in Melrose. She lived in Melrose all her life and was employed
by the Melrose Hospital and Pine Villa Care Center. She retired in 1987.
Tillie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Melrose Senior
Citizens, Christian Mothers and Schanhaar - Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary.
She enjoyed playing Bingo and the Minnesota Twins. She loved spending time
with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Carol Poepping of Melrose, Pat Weisser
and her husband, Dan of St. Joseph, Marilyn Rademacher and her husband,
Chuck of Big Lake, Kathy Poepping of Melrose, Shirley Knisley and her husband,
Jim of Grove City, Jan Haskamp and her husband, Ron of Melrose; brothers,
Al Thelen and his wife, Jean of Melrose, Clarence Thelen of Melrose, Melvin
Thelen of Melrose, Sylvester Thelen of Melrose, Herb Thelen and his wife,
Della of Melrose; 15 grandchildren, Brett, Erik, Jed, Broc, Alyson, Jay,
Josh, Erin, Adam, Chad, Jeremy, Travis, Blake, Janna, and Katie; six great-grandchildren,
Jacob, Abigail, Alexis, Andrew, Jacob, and Baelyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Thelen; husband,
Frank on Oct. 20, 1953; brother, Ed Thelen; great-grandson, Connor Dirkes.
Serving as casket bearers were her grandchildren, Brett Weisser, Erik
Weisser, Jed Weisser, Broc Haskamp, Josh Rademacher, Adam Rademacher, Chad
Knisley and Jeremy Knisley. Cross bearer was Alyson Dirkes, scripture bearer
was Erin Rademacher, picture bearer was Janna Knisley and rose bearer were
Katie Knisley. Mass servers were Jay Haskamp, Travis Knisley, and Blake
Knisley. Honorary bearers were the Melrose Senior Citizens, Christian Mothers
and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary.
Services were Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey
Eagle for Jerome M. "Jerry" Jerry Wolf, 58, who died at his home Monday,
Dec. 18 after a courageous battle with ALS.
Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Cemetery, Freeport
Mr. Wolf was born Feb. 28, 1943 in St. Cloud to Theodore and Barbara
(Lenarz) Wolf. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He married Delores
"Lori" (Finken) Stoermann on Aug. 14, 1974. He worked at Kraft Foods-Melrose
for 30 years. He retired in 1999. He then worked at Crafts Direct in St.
Cloud for two years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey
Eagle, the Catholic Order of Foresters and Melrose VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Lori, and children: Mark Stoermann, Wheatfield,
Ind.; Judy Dirkes of Avon, Mary Briggs of Brockport, N.Y. Fay Stoermann,
Gail Sack and Gerald Wolf, all of Grey Eagle; 12 grandchildren, sister
Fran Carlson of St. Paul; and niece Dawn Young of Klamath Falls, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Janet Wolf, Peggy
Freeman and nephew Bruce Scott.
Bernard "Ben" Bierschbach, age 88 of Melrose, died on Sunday, Dec.
9, at his home in Melrose.
Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated with inurnment following in
Ben Bierschbach was born on Jan. 22, 1913 in Webster, S.D. to Chris
and Anna (Czmowski) Bierschbach. He married Velna "Val" Schwagerl on June
5, 1941 in Browns Valley. The couple lived in Browns Valley and then in
Webster, Belle Fourche and Rapid City, S.D., and returned to Browns Valley.
They lived in Melrose since 1965.
He was employed as a manager for Kraemer Lumber from 1965-1978. He
was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Schanhaar-Otte VFW
Post 7050, American Legion Post 101, Catholic Order of Foresters and a
former member of the Melrose planning and zoning board for many years.
Survivors include his son, Bruce Bierschbach and his wife, Nancy of
St. Cloud and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velna on April 1, 1999; son,
James Bierschbach; sister, Catherine Johnson.
Military rites provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Elmer B. Imdieke, age 82 of Meire Grove, died Thursday, Dec. 6 at Pine
Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 10, at St.
John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Rev. Ken Popp and Rev. Ken Thielman
officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Elmer Bernard Imdieke was born Oct. 5, 1920 in Meire Grove to Frank
and Margaret (Worms) Imdieke. He married Ann Marie Welle on Sept. 5, 1944
at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed in Grove
Township, Stearns County, until their retirement in 1981. He was a member
of St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove, St. Joseph's Society, Holy
Rosary Society, Poor Souls Society and the Melrose Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie Imdieke of Melrose; children,
Patricia Kroeger and her husband, Earl of Minnetonka, Elaine Wenning and
her husband, Lloyd of Plymouth, Frank Imdieke and his wife, Jan of Melrose,
Mary Bertram of Paynesville, Margaret Silbernick and her husband, Mark
of Greenwald; sisters, Evelyn Vangstad of Washington, Olivia Dabrowski
and her husband, Bill of California, Helen Cahill of Alaska; nine grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister,
Lenore Nolan; grandson, Michael LeClaire.
Serving as casket bearers were Stacy Imdieke-Fofana, Patrick Imdieke,
Jason Silbernick, Joseph Bertram, Leah Bertram, Carrie Silbernick, Paul
LeClaire, and Katie Bertram. Cross bearer was Scott Kroeger. Honorary bearers
were the members of the St. Joseph's Society.
Marchell "Ma" Lieser, age 44 of Spring Hill, died on Wednesday, Dec.
5, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Dec. 10 at St. Michael's Catholic
Church in Spring Hill. Rev. Leo Leisen officiated with interment following
in the parish cemetery. Marchell Lieser was born Aug. 13, 1957 in Melrose
to Wilfred and Lucille (Nathe) Athmann. She lived in Shoreview and worked
for her uncle, Ralph Nathe at Club 49 until moving to Spring Hill in 1988
and purchasing Ma's Place. She was united in marriage to Danny Lieser on
Dec. 28, 1995 in St. Cloud. She sold her business in 1999 and began working
for Pan-O-Gold Baking Company in St. Cloud. "Ma" was a member of St. Michael's
Catholic Church in Spring Hill. She enjoyed her family and friends, gardening
and her pets.
Survivors include her husband, Danny of Spring Hill; her mother, Lucille
Athmann of Spring Hill; step-children, Joy Lieser and her fiancé,
Jason of Paynesville, Sara Lieser of Paynesville, Kayla Lieser of Paynesville,
Scott Lieser and his fiancé, Kelly of Hawick, Rick Lieser of Hawick
and Kristi Lieser of Minneapolis; step-grandson, Brady Lieser; brothers
and sisters, Patrick Athmann and his wife, Bev of Hanover, James Athmann
and his wife, Mona of Richfield, Brenda Athmann of Mounds View and Sandy
Hellickson and her husband, Dave of Brooten.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wilfred Athmann on Aug. 8,
1999 and grandparents, Joseph and Susan Athmann.
Serving as casket bearers were Scott Lieser, Rick Lieser, Jason Hellickson,
Steven Hellickson, Rob Hopfer and Tim Hopfer.
Serving as cross bearer was Amy Hellickson and scripture bearer was
Sara Lieser. Christian Women of Spring Hill served as honorary bearers.
Vivian J. Friedrichs, age 77 of Sauk Centre, died on Monday, Dec. 10
at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Mass of Christian
Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk
Centre. Rev. Todd Schneider officiated with interment following in the
Vivian was born on June 10, 1924 in Birchdale Township, Todd County,
to Joseph and Mary (Wengert) Wallin. She was united in marriage to Jerome
J. Friedrichs on May 20, 1947 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Since 1950 the couple had lived and farmed in Birchdale Township, Todd
County, retiring in 1974. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church,
Christian Mothers, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853 Auxiliary and Little Sauk
American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by four children, David (Terryl) Friedrichs and Suzanne
(Kevin) Tschida, both of Sauk Centre, John (Lynn) Friedrichs of Osakis,
Diane (Scott) Hinnenkamp of Melrose;10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;
sister, Violet "Missy" (Bud) Friedrichs of Sauk Centre. She was preceded
in death by her parents; husband, Jerome on Nov. 10, 1979; one granddaughter,
Stacy Kowski; sisters and brothers, Viola Sorensen, Gladys Proell, Sylvia
(Tooty) Schleicher, Wallace and Russell Wallin.
Serving as casket bearers were Greg, Steve, B.J., and Michael Friedrichs,
Scott Kowski and Jessica Hinnenkamp. Cross bearer was Jake Friedrichs,
scripture bearer was Khristina Hinnenkamp, lectors and gift bearers were
Amy Friedrichs and Cassandra Hinnenkamp.
Honorary bearers were members of the Little Sauk American Legion Auxiliary.
Services for Emma C. Paul, age 101 of Sauk Centre, who died Tuesday,
Dec. 4, at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre will be 11 a.m. Saturday,
Dec. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with visitation one hour
prior to service.
Rev. R.E. Bloemker will officiate with burial at 3 p.m. in Wildwood
Emma C. Paul was born on May 13, 1900 in Taylor Township, Trevors County,
to Henry and Anna (Wahfeld) Butt. She married Walter G. Paul on June 16,
1926 in Wheaton.
The first seven years of marriage, the couple resided and farmed inWheaton.
They left farming and moved to Morris when Mr. Paul became a highway patrol
officer. In 1941 they moved to Sauk Centre. She published a book of poetry.
Emma was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, the Gradatim
Club, the Ladies Aid and the Rebecca Circle.
Survivors include her children, Betty Sporleder of St. Joseph, Walter
Paul Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren;
many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Butt; husband,
Walter Paul in November of 1960 and 10 siblings.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic
Church in Filmore, Calif., for Don Braun, 75, who died suddenly Saturday,
Dec. 1 at his home at Lake Piru, Calif.
Fr. Joseph Hernandez was the celebrant.
Don Braun was born Oct. 1, 1926 in Melrose to the late Peter and Rose
Braun. He graduated from the Melrose Area High School and served in the
U.S. Navy on the USS Biscayne during World War II. Returning home he attended
St. John's University to help his teaching career. He taught one year at
Her married Viola Rolfzen in 1946. She preceded him in death March
Don moved his family to Reseda, Calif., in 1951 where he taught school
at Nortre Dame High School. He taught Spanish and economics and later served
a dean of men until his retirement in 1975.
He then moved to Lake Piru was a park ranger until his death. He was
a member of the Melrose VFW and Past Commander of the Melrose Legion Post
He is survived by his daughter Pat and two sons, David and Daniel,
and five grandchildren. Also surviving are: two sisters, Irene Richter
of Isle and Lorraine Rolfzen of Melrose; brothers Ray, of Chisago City;
Bill, Fleesburg, Fla.; James, Perham and Allan of Frazee.
He was preceded in death by his wife, sons: Donald, Jr. and Dean; sister
Dorothy Gregor; brothers Anthony and Gerald, Ves (MIA in Korean Conflict),
Leander and Butch Braun.
Don met with his brothers in Minnesota for deer and squirrel hunting
and fishing, and his love of playing smear.
Ray, Bill, Jim, Allan and friend Charles (Binki) Schlicht, P.J. from
Port Orchard, Wash., Nelson of Cottage Grove, sons of the late Butch and
Jan (Braun) Secord, attended the funeral.
Funeral services were conducted for Hildegard Guse Uecker on Thursday,
Dec. 6, 2001 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Grey Eagle with Rev. Ron Tibbetts officiating.
Interment was beside her husband, Otto at Lakeview Cemetery near Grey
Eagle. Hildegard died of congestive heart failure at Lutheran Care Center
in Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 30 after a series of strokes starting in
Hildegard Anna Amelia Guse Uecker was born on May 8, 1911 in Prairieville
Township, Brown County to Herman and Emma (Dorn) Guse. She was christened
on June 4, 1911 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. The family
moved to the Grey Eagle area in August of 1916. Hildegard was confirmed
in the Lutheran faith on April 4, 1925 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Grey Eagle.
Hildegard went to Popple Grove School for two years and then attended
the Lady Lake School the remaining years. She worked for two years at the
Reichert Hotel in Long Prairie, until Otto came into her life. Hildegard
and Otto Herman Walter Uecker were united in Holy Matrimony on June 7,
1931 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church by Rev. R. G. Troeger. Their
attendants were Lydia Uecker Johnson and Arthur Uecker. The couple resided
in Grey Eagle most all of their married life with Otto doing automotive
and small engine repairs. Hildegard was very active in church activities,
cooking for the school and the Senior Citizens Center. On Dec. 31, 1994
the Lord took her husband, Otto away from her.
She is survived by her four children, Marvin (Ann) Uecker, Otto (Christine)
Uecker, Ruth (Steve) Rosenberg, all of Riverton, Wyo., and Delmer (Karen)
Uecker of Grey Eagle; nine grandchildren, Nancy Uecker (Dan) Petermeier,
Michael (Karmen) Uecker, Tim (Michelle) Uecker, Daniel (Debra) Uecker,
Cheryl Uecker (David) Smith, Lynn (Julie) Rosenberg, Lori Rosenberg (Gordon)
Chessey, Nathan Uecker and Jason Uecker; brother, Herman Guse, Jr of Long
Prairie. She is leaving a large number of relatives and friends to mourn.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Viola Eckel;
brothers, Leonard and Elmer Guse; an infant brother; grandson, Jeffrey
Uecker; and great grandson, Mitchell Uecker.
Casket bearers were Lynn, Nick and Tony Rosenberg, Michael, Nathan
and Jason Uecker. Dan and Tim Uecker were honorary bearers.
Marie E. Worms, age 91, of New Munich, entered into eternal happiness
Friday, Nov. 30, at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Immaculate Conception
Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB will be officiating.
Concelebrating will be Rev. Ken Thielman, Rev. Roger Thoennes, and Rev.
Ray Steffes, OSC.
Marie Worms was born August 20, 1910 in St. Martin, to John and Mary
(Welle) Mehr. She was united in marriage to Leander Worms on June 10, 1936
in St. Martin. For a few years she worked at the New Munich Post Office.
She lived in New Munich for 61 years as a homemaker until 1997 when
she became a resident of Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. She was a member
of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Daughters of Isabella
of Melrose, Saint Anne's Christian Mothers, Saint Valeria's Mission Group,
a Crosier Apostolate member and a member of TEC (Together Encountering
Christ) in Little Falls. She loved her family, friends, singing, playing
cards and gardening.
Survivors include her daughter, Renee Nathe and her husband, Howard
of Big Birch Lake; sisters-in-law, Aurelia Mehr of St. Cloud, Martha Mehr
of St. Martin and Lucille Mehr of Mankato; four grandchildren, Michael
Nathe and his wife, Karen of Bismark, North Dakota, Mark Nathe and his
wife, Ann of Apple Valley, Patrick Nathe of New Munich and Julie Nathe
of Sacramento, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Anne Marie and Jack Nathe
and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Mehr; husband,
Leander Worms in 1981; brothers, Hubert, Joseph, Jack, Fr. Henry, Fr. Al,
Fr. Chris, George and Isidore Mehr; sisters, Elizabeth Doll and infant
Serving as casket bearers were Michael Nathe, Karen Nathe, Mark Nathe,
Ann Nathe, Patrick Nathe, and Julie Nathe.
Serving as cross bearer was Anne Marie Nathe and scripture bearer was
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mehr Memorial Educational
Fund at Crosier Seminary in Onamia.
Carl "Carlie" E. Welz St. Cloud Aug. 19, 1913 - Dec. 1, 2001
Carl died peacefully at home with his family.
Funeral services were Wednesday, December 5, at St. John Cantius Church
in St. Cloud for Carl "Carlie" Welz, age 88, who died Saturday at home.
Entombment will be in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum.
Carl was born August 19, 1913, in Holdingford, to the late Peter and
Theresa (Brandtner) Welz. He graduated from Melrose High School. He married
Margaret "Duck" Graham on June 15, 1938, at St. Mark's Church in St. Paul,
MN; she preceded him in death on January 3, 1997. Carl was a salesman and
assistant manager at the Gamble Robinson Company from 1953 until retiring
in 1979. Carl was a Stearns County Court Baliff from 1980 until 1994. Carl
was a member and Past-President of the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, and
a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #961.
Carl is survived by four daughters, Kathy (Jim) Murphy of Chanhassen,
MN, Suzie (Denny) Cota of New Hope, Joey (Barry) Miller of Maple Grove,and
Peggy Swanson of Cambridge,; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are five brothers and sisters, Marie Frie, Justina "Toots"
Tieman, and Mona (Butch) Williams, all of Melrose, John (Ida) Welz of St.
Maries, Idahoe, Edna (Duane) Hedine of Walla Walla, Wash; and sister-in-law,
Marie (Ted) Welz of Melrose.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Duck" of 59 years and
also by brothers, Robert and Ted; one sister, Evelyn Hoeschen; and one
granddaughter, Carrie Ann Cota.
Carl's love of life and humor touched many lives. He will be sadly
missed by his family and his many Eagle friends and fishing buddies.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Services for Ervin Trisko, 81 of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and formerly
of Melrose, were Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Church of the Ascension, Fountain
Mr. Trisko, who was born Aug. 12, 1920 in Melrose, died Sunday, Dec.
2, 2001 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. He is survived by his wife, Mae,
Fountain Hills, Ariz. Son Stephen Trisko, Palatine, Ill.; daughters: Karen
(Robert) Trisko, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Lynn Spence (Frank) Tempe, Ariz;
brothers: Ralph, Maryland; Clarence, Lexington, Ky.; Joseph, LuVerne; Richard
(Mary) Arden Hills; sister Lorraine Gerding (Gene), Belgrade; grandchildren:
Mindy, New York, N.Y. and Heather, Palatine, Ill.
In his early years he was a professional musician who played from many
years for several well-known swing era troupes, such as Frankie Masters,
Buddy Moreno and Johnny Marlow
In lieu of flower contributions can be made to the Church of the Ascension
Building Fund. 12615 North Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hils, Ariz. 85268.
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)
She graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, in 1935 she taught
was the speech coach at Kimball High School until 1951. She married
Clayton Greely on June 12, 1939 in St. Paul. The couple operated the
News before his death on Dec. 15, 1970. She continued as publisher
until retiring in 1994. She married Harry Hoeft on April 15, 1972 in
died on April 23, 1976.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, Vesta Chapter 67 and Pearl
Order of the Eastern Star and was the first woman president of the
Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her children, Ronald Greely of Aurora, Carol Griepentrog
Willmar, Jane Griepentrog of Eden Prairie; stepsons, Jim Hoeft of Minnestrista,
Kenneth Hoeft of St. Cloud and Gerald Hoeft of Kimball; sister Donna
Bassett of Douglasville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren,
stepgrandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister and brother, Eileen Flohr and
Donald "Peter" W. Funk, age 52 of New Munich, died Friday, March 23
at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic
in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated, with burial following
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,
moving back to the family farm southwest of Freeport for the last 23
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
Katherine Funk of Freeport; brothers and sisters: Eldred Funk of Brooklyn
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
and her husband, Roger of Mound; Daryl Funk and his wife, Cecelia of
Serving as casket bearers were Kirk and Craig Loehr, Jason, Josh, and
Brooke Schoenberg. Cross bearer was Joy Funk. Honorary bearers were
Martin, Roger Wiemann, Chris Punksack, Dick Thull, Don Zierbes, Bob
Craig Viere, and David Ehlert.
Catherine R. Klassen, age 80, of Melrose, died Monday, March 26, 2001
home in Melrose. Mass of Christian burial was Thursday, March 29 at
and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Revs. LeRoy Scheierl and Roger
concelebrated with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Catherine Klassen was born August 8, 1920 in Saint Rosa, to Bernard
(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
St. Martin for a year before moving to Elrosa. They farmed there until
in 1989, and Catherine had been a resident of Roseview Manor in Melrose
January of 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Daughters
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
Dan, of Greenwald, Vernon Klassen and his wife, Heather, of Lynnwood,
Klassen and his wife, Linda, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Grace Lambert
husband, Larry, of Vandalia, IL; brothers and sisters, Elsie Mohr,
Marie Koll and her husband, Tony, of Chaska, Alois Wiechmann and his
of St. Rosa, Alphonse Wiechmann and his wife, Hildegard, of Belgrade
Wiechmann, of Belgrade and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death
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,
Roelike and Michael Mohr. Cross bearer will be Yvette Tehaar with prayer
bearer, Lois Frerichs.
Services were Saturday, March 31 at Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home
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
He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School. He worked on the
line at Franklin Manufacturing for more than 20 years. He had been
operator with Stearns County Publishing, Albany, for the past seven
was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He was a member of several dart,
and bowling leagues and St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622.
Survivors include his parents; and sisters, Joan Zimmer of New Prague,
Podtburg of Bowlus.
Services for LaVern P. Fuechtmann, age 72 of Freeport, who died of
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
LaVern Fuechtmann was born on March 10, 1929 in Melrose to Aloys Sr.
Margaret (Olmscheid) Fuechtmann. He was united in marriage to Alice
September 29, 1953 in Lake Henry. After they married, the couple resided
Freeport. LaVern was employed by Freeport Implement for over 35 years.
age of 62 he retired and continued doing small handyman jobs out of
for his family and community. As a lifetime resident of Freeport, LaVern
member and usher of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. His favorite
times were attending auctions and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Fuechtmann of Freeport; four children,
Hellermann and her husband, Mark of Melrose, Judy Beuning and her husband,
of Melrose, Darlene McCorvey and her husband, Patrick of Pearland,
Fuechtmann and his wife, Cheryl of New Munich; nine grandchildren;
sisters, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre, Al Fuechtmann and his wife,
New Munich, Irma Borgerding and her husband, Dave of Belgrade, Bernice
and her husband, Jim of Farmington, Robert Fuechtmann and his wife,
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Margaret Fuechtmann;
Hildegard Sand and Gertrude Fuechtmann; brother, Harold Fuechtmann.
Serving as Casket Bearers were Amy Hellermann, Matt Hellermann, Patrick
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,
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,
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,
96010, Washington, D.C. 20090 6010.
He was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Spring Hill Twp., a son of Frank and
Olberding. On Aug. 16, 1952, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Beatrice
who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 from Redding,
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
He enjoyed gardening, listening to classical music and his dog.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Debbie
Medford, Jackie Flink, Murray, Utah, and Serene Nehls, Cottonwood,
brothers, Fritz, Kansas City, Kan, and George, Minneapolis; two sisters,
Meyer, Sauk Centre, Minn., and Lillian Essler, Winthrop; six grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. He was preceded
in death by
two brothers, Leonard and Arthur.
Minnie C. Pagel, 91, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre died
11 at Long Prairie Memorial Hospital.
Services were Wednesday, March 14 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre
R.E. Bloemker officiating. Burial was follow in GreenwoodCemetery,
Minnie Pagel was born on August 16, 1909 in Millwood Township to Emil
(Lodigas) Tabatt. She married Emil W. Pagel on May 14, 1929 in Melrose.
farmed in the Long Prairie and Sauk Centre area until retiring and
Sauk Centre in 1964. She resided at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing
December of 1998. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Pagel of Little Falls, Roger Pagel
wife, JoAnn of Orr and Allen Pagel and his wife, Martha of Sauk Centre;
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil W. Pagel on Feb. 9,
Donald D. Pagel on Aug. 27, 1970; infant daughter, Sylvia Pagel in
brothers and sisters, Arnold, Leo and Adolph Tabatt, Rose Genrich and
Casket bearers will be grandchildren, Jeffrey, Emil, Johann and Glenn
Reiter and Tirone Jefferson.
Norbert E. Hellermann, age 75 of Sauk Centre, died of cancer on Saturday,
3 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 7
Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev Timothy Wenzel officiated
interment following in the parish cemetery.
Norbert Hellermann was born on June 3, 1925 in Melrose to Henry and
(Wessel) Hellermann. He was united in marriage to Rita Fuechtmann on
1949 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple
in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County. They retired in 1996 and moved
Centre. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bishop Busch
Knights of Columbus and St. Paul's Catholic Aid.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre; six children,
Nathe and her husband, David of Greenwald, Kenneth Hellermann of Sauk
Daniel Hellermann and his wife, Connie of Sauk Centre, Ruth Bertram
husband, Gerald of Sauk Centre, Sharon Sobania and her husband, Maynard
Holdingford and Robert Hellermann of Sauk Centre; 11 grandchildren;
grandson; brothers and sisters, Henry Hellermann and his wife, Lorraine
Vadnais Heights, Elmer Hellermann and his wife, Anna, Roman Hellermann
wife, Bernice, Simon Hellermann and his wife, Mary, Marcella Frericks
husband, Elmer, Mary Ann Primus and Dorothy Schneider and her husband,
Melrose, Rosalyn Lehner and her husband, Pete of Shakopee. He was preceded
death by his parents; brother, Richard Hellermann; half-brother, Paul
Hellermann; half-sister, Loretta Hinnenkamp; grandson, Kurt Nathe and
Serving as casket bearers were Jamie and Ricky Bertram, Joshua Sobania,
and Jennifer Nathe, Eric Kristy and Kayla Hellermann.
Serving as cross bearer was Jessica Bertram and gift bearers were Jodi
Jayden and Randy Muellner. Honorary bearers were Ray Frericks, Howard
Allie Hoeschen, Rudy Vait, Bob Blank, Wayne Hansmann, Jerry Schurman,
Asfeld, Bud Minette, Bernard Meyer, Jerome Messer, Joe Zehrer, Mike
Richard Wolbeck, Kim Olson, Jim Proell and Paul Kortan.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Michael's Hospice.
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
in Sauk Centre with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery with military honors provided
Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.
Elmer Schmitt was born on February 19, 1926 in Jacobs Prairie to Leo
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
1955. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Paul F. Donart
2853, American Legion Post 417 of Little Sauk and Sinclair Lewis Aerie
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He is survived by five daughters, Cathy Franko and her husband, Mark
Louis, Missouri; Cindy Morris and her husband, David of Aberdeen, Maryland;
Connie Novitzki and her husband, Roger of Bloomington; Carrie Krick
husband, Ron of Waite Park; Carla Posch and her husband, Dave of Royalton;
grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Irene
her husband, Norb, Mary Brinker and her husband, Dick, Dennis Schmitt
wife, Alice and Emma Dullinger and her husband, Tony of St. Cloud,
Schmitt and his wife, Mary of Waite Park, Carol Rodekuhr and her husband,
of Plymouth and Margie Heimerl and her husband, Dennis of Lester Prairie.
preceded in death by his wife, Arlene on Nov. 29, 1991; brothers and
Alvin, Rich and Hank Schmitt, Esther Kochevar, Martha Lodemeier Volkmuth
infant twin sisters.
Serving as casket bearers were Mark Franko, Roger Novitzki, Ron, Michael,
and David Krick, Dave and Nathan Posch. Serving as cross bearer was
and as scripture bearer was Joseph Posch.
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
Interment was at Cavalry Cemetery, Marshall. Rev. Eugene Brown officiated.
Mrs. Budner was born Aug. 21, 1909 to Ferdinand and Eva (Lietz) Danzl
Joseph. She graduated from Melrose High School and then worked at home.
married Peter Budner on Sept. 11, 1944 in Melrose. They lived in Albany
Melrose before moving to Marshall in 1976. She liked watching sports
participating in activities at the Minneota Manor. She enjoyed being
children and grandchildren. She is survived by her son: Peter (Mary)
Valley; daughters Mary (Max) Lord of Marshall, and Sharon (Denny) Boncquet
Hutchinson; sister: Hilda Volz of Michigan; six grandchildren and two
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Paul;
brothers and two sisters.
Services were Monday, Feb.19 for Marlene Peternell, 51 of St. Stephen
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)
married Benedict Peternell on Sept. 7, 1971, in St. Columbkille Catholic
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.
a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband;
and sisters, Duane Feld of Avon, JoAnne Zipp of St. Joseph, Carol Cropper
Stephen, Marlys Diederich of St. Cloud, and Marian J. Psyck and Janice
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
Wilhemina (Wehlage) Berns. After his schooling and training in accounting,
went to work as an accountant in Cambridge for several years. On Nov.
John was united in marriage to Eleanor Bauer at St. Paul's Catholic
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.
it carefully and always managed to grow a bountiful harvest each year
would generously share with his neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed
traveling, going bowling or just having friends over for a game of
was a member of St. Paul's parish and his faith was an important part
life. He was dedicated to helping those less fortunate and had a special
for the missions. He read many types of magazines, but the mission
were his favorite.
John is survived by his wife, Eleanor Berns of Sauk Centre and many
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Henry and Joseph
sisters, Anna Marthaler, Rose Beckerman, Beata Berns and Lewina Welle.
A Mass of Resurrection was held for John on Friday, Feb. 16 at St.
Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Wenzel officiating, assisted by Deacon
Beckermann, who also was the lector. Crossbearer was Dale Berns and
giftbearers were the Doris and Michael Anderson family. Carol Trisko
Interment was at St. Paul's Cemetery in Sauk Centre and the honorary
were Marlin Ness, Robert Kane, Raymond Wenker, Gerald Schurman, David
Richard Van Beck.
Active pallbearers were Donald Marthaler, Joseph Beckermann, Ken Welle,
David and Duane Berns.
Visitation hours were held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at St.
church with a Christian Mothers, Holy Rosary Society and Poor Souls
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
Memorial Hospital in Long Prairie.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 12th at St. Joseph's Catholic
in Grey Eagle with Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiating. Interment was in
Julian Lawrence Berscheid was born on Sept. 30, 1930 in Birchdale Township,
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
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
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
Knights of Columbus in Long Prairie, and was a former member of the
Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling on leagues in Melrose and Long Prairie
younger years and most recently babysitting for his grandchildren and
Julian L. Berscheid is survived by his wife, Patricia of Grey Eagle;
Julie Blommel and husband, Lloyd, of Freeport, MN, Alan Berscheid of
NM, Angela Pohlmann and husband, Richard, of Grey Eagle, and Daniel
Grey Eagle; brothers, Clarence Berscheid and wife, Viola of Melrose,
Berscheid and wife, Rosie of Sauk Centre; sisters, Dorothy Jacobs of
and Lorraine Bitz of Grey Eagle; and 10 grandchildren, Mae, Diane,
Beth, and Katrina Blommel and Nicole, Derek, Christopher, and Megan
Julian L. Berscheid was preceded in death by his parents and brothers,
and Donald Berscheid.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.
DOROTHY B. STROEING
Dorothy B. Stroeing, age 73, of Waite Park, formerly of New Munich,
at Sterling Park Commons in Waite Park. Mass of Christian Burial was
Feb. 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Burial
the parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated; Brother Julius
had committal rites.
Dorothy Stroeing was born in St. Martin Township, to Frank and Anna
Stroeing. She attended country school, and lived on the family farm.
she moved to St. Cloud, working for a drycleaning business. She worked
Veterans Administration Medical Center in the laundry department for
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
Peter of St. Joseph, Sylvester Stroeing of Freeport, Mary Ellen Rosen
husband, Jerome of Freeport, Evelyn Voller of Holdingford, Wilfred
Waite Park, Vernon Stroeing and his wife, Marjorie of Freeport, Celestine
Stroeing of St. Joseph, Marvin Stroeing and his wife, Marlene of New
Rita Stang and her husband, Fred of Minneapolis.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Robert Voller
Lambert Cherne; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae (Wensman) Stroeing, and Shirley
Serving as casket bearers were Kevin Stroeing, Scott Stroeing, LeRoy
Steve Stang, Tom Voller, and Glenn Stroeing. Cross bearer was Richard
Memorials are preferred to Saint Cloud Hospice.
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
for 58 years to Monica. Edward was the loving father to Gary (Maureen),
(Gaile), Mary Jo Heine and Judith (Jim) Schneider, and the devoted
to John and Paul Koecheler, Katie and Michael Koecheler, Neil, Allison
Schneider. He is survived by a brother, Charles (& Judy) Koecheler;
Marion (Bud) Wiener; and brother-in-law, Joe Weber. Mass of Christian
Monday, Feb. 12 at the Church of St. Joseph, Seminole at Buttler, WSP.
Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Mary Westerhaus, age 104, of Melrose, died Saturday, Feb. 3, at Pine
Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic
in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiated, with burial following
Mary Westerhaus was born January 9, 1897 in St. Cloud Township, Stearns
to Anton and Katherine (Bruns) Fischer. Mary worked as a RN in Brainerd
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
Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose.
Survivors include children, Hank Westerhaus and his wife, Jeanette
Andrew Westerhaus and his wife, Joanne of Burnsville, Al Westerhaus
wife, Ardath of Circle Pines; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren;
sister, Victoria Schmidt of St. Augusta.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry T. Westerhaus
7, 1981; son, Joseph Westerhaus; brothers, William Fischer, Henry Fischer,
Rudolph Fischer, Meinrad Fischer; sisters, Martha Kaste and Justine
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
Mary Jacobs, Agnes Klassen and the care givers and residents of Pine