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Edward J. Wright, 51, Monticello 
Edward J. Wright, 51, Monticello, died at his residence on Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997. Funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., at St. Henry's Catholic Church, Monticello, with Fr. Marc Maus officiating. Interment was in St. Henry's Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello. 
He was born May 30, 1946, in Minneapolis to Leslie and Mathilda (Deutsch) Wright. Throughout his life, Edward lived in various Minnesota communities. He was employed as a courier driver for Emery Worldwide for 23 years. He retired because of health reasons about one year ago. Most recently, he made his home in Monticello to be near his family. 
He is survived by four sons, Edward, Jr. (Kari), of Monticello, Daniel (Sonya) of Coon Rapids, Craig (fiancee, Melissa) of Blaine, and Terry (friend, Carrie) of Monticello; six grandchildren; and three brothers, Melvin Wright of Chaska, Phillip Wright of St. Cloud, and Joe Wright also of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Serving as casketbearers were Steven Wright, Paul Wright, Dominic Wright, David Brandt, Earl Manley and Kenny Elwood. 

Jerry Woods, 59, Monticello 
Jerry Lee Woods, 59, Monticello, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 7, at his residence. Funeral services were Wednesday Dec. 10, 1997, at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, with Rev. Bruce Miller officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
He was born April 14, 1938, in Columbus, Ohio, to Kenneth and Vivian Woods. Following graduation from high school, he entered the U.S. Army where he served for many years and retired in 1981 as a captain. He was a supply officer while in the Army and following his retirement he continued to work as a civilian employee. He and his wife of nineteen years, Chu Sun, have made their home in Monticello for the past year. 
He is survived by his wife, Chu Sun; step-daughter, Jinna Martie-Hellman, Monticello; son, William Brady, Maryland; daughter, Donna Lee Woods Harris, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren; and one brother, Ronald Woods, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Ken. 

Derek Allen, 21, St. Bonifacius
Derek Jon Allen, 21, St. Bonifacius, died at his residence on Monday, Dec. 1, 1997. He was formerly of the Big Lake area. Funeral service was held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Riverside Alliance Church, Monticello, with Pastors Richard Schut and Ken Hanson officiating. Interment was at Midway Cemetery, Beardsley, on Saturday. Visitation was Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson-Grsimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
He was born April 6, 1976, in Graceville, to Jon and Zinda (Drewelow) Allen. He grew up in the Big Lake area and attended Zion Christian School of Big Lake for his entire education, graduating in 1994. He then attended Crown College of St. Bonifacius where he was active in football and baseball.
He is survived by his parents, Jon and Zinda Allen of Ashby; brother, Darren of Ashby; sister, Danae of Ashby; grandparents, Gordon and Marilyn Allen of Morris and Warren Drewelow of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marion Drewelow.
Serving as casketbearers were Andrew Lundquist, Patrick Flaherty, Richard Giebenhain, Pete Nelson, Del Aleckson and Kurt Drewelow.

Clara Wikel, 83, Buffalo
Former Sunny Fresh Foods secretary Clara Wikel died early Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at the age of 83.
Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the mass at the church.
Among her survivors is a sister, Bette Grossnickle, of Monticello. Handling the arrangements is the Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. 

Ralph Perrault, 70, Monrovia, Calif.
Funeral services were Tuesday for Ralph Eugene Perrault, a native of Wright County, who died Friday, Dec. 19, 1997, in his home community of Monrovia, Calif.
He was born Oct. 9, 1927, to Fletcher Alfred and Matilda B. Perrault. He grew up in the Otsego area and graduated from Elk River High School. He moved to Monrovia in 1950, where he worked as an electrical engineer.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Malcolm of Monrovia, Marc of Long Beach, Calif., and Michael of Fremont, Calif.; a brother, Howard of South Carolina; a sister, Florence, of Minneapolis; and one grandchild.
Arrangements were made by Douglass & Zook Mortuary Chapel, Monrovia. The family requested memorials go to the City of Hope Medical Center, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, Calif. 91010.

Richard (Rick) Groustra, 62, Big Lake 
Richard "Rick" Groustra, 62, Big Lake, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of St. Cloud. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello with Rev. William Larson officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral service. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in Big Lake Township.
Richard was born on Sept. 23, 1935, in Princeton to Libbe and Regina (Molenaar) Groustra. At a young age, he moved with his family to Becker where he began attending school. Later his family moved to Big Lake where he attended high school. While in Big Lake, he met LaVonne (Lolly) Swanson. They were married on July 13, 1955 in Wichita Falls, Texas. During the mid-1950s, Richard served in the U.S. Air Force. He also received a degree from the Minnesota School of Business. Richard was employed in supervisory and management positions for the West Bend Company, Twin Cities Arsenal and Buhler-Miag, all located in the Twin Cities area.
He is survived by his wife, LaVonne; daughter, Lauren Steffenson and her husband, Rob, of Zimmerman; son, Jeffrey and his wife, Robin, of Big Lake; two grandchildren; brothers, Donald of Washington state and Harold of Big Lake; and sister, Dianne Ulshafer, of Missouri.
Serving as casketbearers were Gray Groustra, Robbie Swanson, Jimmy Swanson, Russell Swanson, Mikan DeMars and Doug DeMars.

Harold F. Ullman, 84, Cokato
Harold F. Ullman, 84, Cokato and formerly of rural Monticello, died early Sunday, Dec. 28, 1997, at the Cokato Manor of Cokato where he had been a resident for several years. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 2, 1998 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Cokato Manor. Pastor John Peterson will officiate. Visitation will be held on hour prior to the funeral at the chapel only. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello. Arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
He was born in Monticello on Aug. 3, 1913 to Phillip and Minnie (Welk) Ullman. He spent most of his life in rural Monticello where he farmed on the family farm, until entering the Cokato Manor Nursing Home in the 1970s.
He is survived by two sisters, Rose Westphal of Monticello and Ruth Kuhlmann of Sleepy Eye; sister-in-law Minna Ulmann of Maple Lake; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three brothers, Bernard, Clarence, and Lawrence.
Serving as casketbearers will be Mark Kuhlman, Steve Westphal, Matthew Westphal, Eric Westphal, Tim McCoy, and Stan Girourd.

Pat Murphy, 81, Monticello
Pat Murphy, 81, rural Monticello (Locke Lake), died Monday, Dec. 29, 1997, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Minneapolis. Funeral service was Saturday at Bethany Evangelical Free Church, Big Lake. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello. Visitation was Friday at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
He was born Aug. 31, 1916, in Marlon, Ohio, to Harley C. and Lavina Murphy. He spent most of his early years in Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and following that he attended Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, graduating in 1948. During his lifetime, he served various pastorates primarily in evangelical non-denominational congregations. He served churches in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park. For the past six years, he and his wife have made their home on Locke Lake west of Monticello.
He is survived by his wife, Claire; two sons, Michael of Monticello, and Jonathan Scott (Cathy) of Lakeland, Fla.; four daughters, Sharon (Stan) Cox of Paris, Ontario, Canada, Carol (Bill) Nickila of Long Beach, Wash., Coleen (Frank) Clark of Carmichael, Calif., and Kathy (Richard) Meehan of Champlin; two brothers, Robert of Florida and Edward of Marion, Ohio; one sister, Mary Shoupe of Springfield, Ohio; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma and Elvira.
Serving as casketbearers were Tom Jackson, Bill Reeves, Rob Mimosa, Lester Anderson, Larry Gantner and Denny Weiberg.
Officiating were Pastors Tim Adams and Mark Sorensen.

Viola T. Schoepf, 95, Waconia 
Funeral services for Viola T. Schoepf, 95, Waconia, formerly of Monticello, were held Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello. Pastor Bruce Miller officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery.
She died on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1997, at the Waconia Good Samaritan Care Center.
Viola Bjorgan Schoepf was born in Madison, Minn., on Dec. 30, 1901, to Ole Bjorgan and Bertha Oren. She was the oldest child of six in her family and lived in Madison, Willmar and Appleton. She was introduced to nature and community service through the Girl Scout movement and was one of Minnesota's first scouts.
She was a graduate of Winona State Teachers College and the University of Southern California. She taught high school math and penmanship at Renville, Montevideo, and Ortonville in western Minnesota.
She married Dr. Warden H. Schoepf, a dentist, in Appleton on June 24, 1929. Together, they set up his first dental practice in Madison and soon moved to Bellingham to establish a practice. Their only son, Warden B., was born at Bellingham.
Later, when his dental practice was set up at Monticello, she owned and operated a millinery and dress shop for women. She was always interested in business, fashion and her community, helping at times on heart, cancer, blood and community chest drives. During WWII, she helped on the rationing board of Buffalo and later helped Caroline Ellison of Monticello with the handicapped children in a St. Cloud hospital.
Viola was a past president of the Monticello Study Club, active in the LCW of Trinity Lutheran Church and taught Sunday school.
She was runner-up for Wright County's Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 1974. Another civic contribution was the implementation of the widowed persons club of Monticello in the mid-1970s.
In January 1991, Mrs. Schoepf relocated to West View Acres Retirement Community at Waconia where she resided until October 1995 when she moved to the Waconia Good Samaritan Care Center.
"In her years at Waconia, she continued a deep appreciation for nature," a granddaughter, Renee Frederickson, said, "in particular for the beauty and importance of trees and also for the beauty in our skies. She loved to watch cloud formations and often remarked on the majestic beauty of the sunsets she watched each evening."
Survivors include four granddaughters–Renee and husband, John Fredericksen, International Falls; Dianne and husband, Tom Moores, Monticello; Sherry and husband, Marty Klein, Minnetonka; Vicki and husband, Todd Domke, Albert Lea; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, LuVerne Dove, Appleton; and daughter-in-law, Lois, and husband Jim Miller, Big Lake. She was preceded in death by her son in 1956 and her husband in 1964.

Harold J. Elliot, 85, Green Valley, Ariz. 
Harold J. Elliot, 85, of Green Valley, Ariz., and formerly of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at the Minnesota Masonic Home, Bloomington. Funeral service was Saturday, Dec. 27, at Hope Lutheran Church of south Minneapolis. The Rev. David Beety officiated. Visitation was Friday at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery of Monticello.
He was born to Andrew and Emiline (Eaton) Elliot in Monticello on Aug. 1, 1912. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1929. He later graduated from the University of Minnesota. He was married to Alyce Skjod in Chicago in 1935. Harold served several years in the United States Navy. He was the director of laboratory services at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Minneapolis for many years, retiring in 1969. He then held that same position for the Hennepin County Department of Health. Harold lived in Minneapolis for most of his life, but had made his home in Green Valley for the past 12 years. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alyce; four brothers, Elmer, Gordon, Frank, and Melvin; and two sisters, Gladys Nelson and Florence Lannon. He is survived by three sons, William (Cynthia) of Boise, Idaho; Gary (Mary Jo) of Wayzata; and John (Deborah) of Eden Prairie; one daughter, Amy (Marty) Vadis of Hibbing; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Gerald, Mahtomedi; and sister, Mary Mahoney, Monticello.
Serving as casketbearers were William Elliot, Gary Elliot, John Elliot, Gregory Elliot, Marty Vadis, and Nicholas Vadis.

Alan C. Myers, 51, Becker 
Alan C. Myers, 51, Becker, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997 at the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m. at the Becker Baptist Church of Becker, with Rev. Rob Olsen officiating. Interment was at Becker Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at the church, and also one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
He was born in Owatonna on March 16, 1946, to Chester and Lydia (Metzger) Myers. His family resided in West Concord and alter moved to White Bear Lake where Alan graduated from high school in 1964. He served in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1969. He then attended the Globe College of Business in Minneapolis completing a program in accounting. He married Sharon Jane Olson in Maple Grove on May 29, 1970. The couple made its home in Becker. Myers had two daughters, Denise and Deanna. Alan was currently employed at Larson's Ace Hardware of Monticello. He was also the Secretary-Treasurer of the Becker Fire Board, Treasurer of Becker Township, and Chairman of the Minnesota Association of Townships.
He is survived by wife, Sharon; daughters, Denise of Bloomington, and Deanna of Brooklyn Park; father-in-law Ervin Olson. He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law, Eunice Olson.
Serving as casketbearers were Chuck Bergstrom, Steve Olson, Martin Olson, Jerry Schane, Kevin Olson, and Rick Olson.

Bernard R. Trembley, 92, Monticello
Bernard P. Trembley, 92, Monticello, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, at his home. Visitation was Monday at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 6, at St. Henry’s Catho-lic Church, Monticello, with Fr. Marc Maus officiating. Entombment was in the Assumption Mausoleum, St. Cloud.
Bernard was born May 18, 1905, in Blue Earth to Charles and Armenia (Bassett) Trembley. He married Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Nolan on Aug. 3, 1950, in Rochester. He was employed as a salesman by Shell Oil, Smith Distributing, and later by Capital Investors which he also served as vice-president. He retired in 1990. 
He lived in St. Cloud from 1957-85 when he moved to Monticello where he was a member of St. Henry’s parish and active in the Monticello Senior Citizens Center. He spent the last 25 years wintering in Mesa, Ariz.
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Lynne Schroeder, and husband, David, of Big Lake; four grandchildren; sisters, Blance Tesmer of Fresno, Calif., Helen Kaeding of Chicago, and Maecel Hau of Fond Du Lac, Wis.
He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Edward, Myron, Clarissa, Gladys, Veronica and infant sister, Dora.

Cole Campbell, 12, Santiago Township
Cole Campbell, 12, died in a accident at his home in Santiago Township, rural Becker, on Friday afternoon, Jan. 2, 1998.
Cole was born Dec. 6, 1985, at the St. Cloud Hospital, the son of Daniel J. and Vicky J. (Wipper) Campbell. He was currently in the sixth grade at the Becker Middle School. Other survivors include his three brothers, Ross, Jacob and Blake Campbell, all at home; maternal grandparents, Leonard and Alvina Wipper, Clearwater; paternal grandparents, Donald and Carol Campbell, Becker; great-grandmothers, Ella Gohman, Big Lake, and Leona Schwintek, Eldon, Mo.
Visitation was at the South Santiago Lutheran Church in Santiago Township on Monday and one hour prior to the funeral. Funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 6, also at the church. Pastor Randy Skow-Anderson officiated. Interment was at South Santiago Lutheran Cemetery. Casket bearers were Dwayne and Dereck Pozorski, Chad Fischer, Chris Stang, Mike Stroschein and Jeanna Berthiaume. Honorary pallbearers were David Kisner and MaLynda Stang. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello.

Rosemary Abfalter, 64, Monticello
Rosemary Abfalter, 64, Monticello, died at her residence on Thursday, Jan. 1, 1998. Mass of Christian burial was Monday at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Monticello, with Fr. Marc Maus officiating. Interment was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was Sunday at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel and one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1933, in Sacramento, Calif., to Albert and Mary Rose Stoneberg. She lived in California until age 12 when she moved with her family to the Foley-Duelm area. She married Floyd Abfalter on Nov. 29, 1950, in Foley. The couple lived in the Foley area until moving to Monticello in 1969.
She is survived by six sons, Walter (Betty) of Montrose, Gilbert (Cherrie) of Becker, Peter of Coon Rapids, Gerald (Dagmar) of Clear Lake, Thomas (Jennifer) of Clear Lake, and Kevin (Holly) of Monticello; four daughters, Mary Schultz of St. Cloud, Margie Harris of Montrose, Jeanette Harris of Great Falls, Mont., and Jill (Thomas) Peterson of Big Lake; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Pollard of Foley and Roberta Robinson of Freemont, Calif.
Serving as casketbearers were her six sons.

Robert D. Hannigan, 74, Monticello
Robert D. Hannigan, 74, Monticello, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 30, 1997, at the Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital. Visitation was Thursday evening. Funeral service was Friday at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel with Rev. Bob Rusert officiating. There was a private interment..
He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Houlton, Me., to John and Margaret (Simpson) Hannigan. He grew up and attended school in Maine. Following service in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII in the Asian theater, he attended and graduated from the University of Maine. On Aug. 30, 1950, he married Kathleen Kimball in Maine. For some time he was employed by the federal government in the Interstate Commerce Commission. Following this, he was employed as a safety director for private truck lines in the United States. He and his wife have made their home in Monticello since May 1997. 
He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Lynne (Ken) Knack of Monticello; five sons, Albert of Urbana, Mo., Daniel (Sally) of Silver Valley, Ohio, Thomas of St. Joseph, Mo., David (Dawn) of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Robert of St. Joseph, Mo.; and one brother, Jack (Eileen) of Levermore, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Diane Bugbee, 49, St. Cloud
Funeral services for Pinewood Elementary Teacher Diane Bugbee will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud with Rev. Don Kirsch officiating. Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of St. Cloud with an 8 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will also take place one hour prior to the funeral.
She had been a teacher at Pinewood Elementary School for the past 22 years. She died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 1998, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 49.
Diane was born July 21, 1948, in Alexandria to Albert and Marlyn (Holm) Lubben. She graduated from Barrett High School in 1966 and attended Concordia College in St. Paul. She received bachelor and master’s degrees from St. Cloud State University.
She married Larry Bugbee on Oct. 2, 1971, in Hoffman. Along with her teaching career in Monti-cello, she was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, on the church’s board of education and as an officer in the Women’s Guild. She spent a lot of time at her son’s school activities and also enjoyed reading and traveling.
Diane is survived by her husband, Larry; sons, Matt and Sam; parents, Albert and Marlyn Lubben, Barrett; and sisters, Judy (Mrs. Rick) Fabian, St. Cloud, Brenda (Mrs. Ron) Snartland, Haverill, Mass., and Renae (Mrs. Mel) Morse, Alexandria.
Serving as pallbearers will be Dana Berg; Erin and Sara Fabian; Andrew and Tracy Morse; Breck, Lindsey and Kyle Johnson.

Dorothea Reed, 92, Monticello
Dorothea L. Reed, 92, Monticello and formerly a longtime resident of South Minneapolis, died Monday, Jan. 19, 1998, at the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home. Funeral services will be Friday, 10 a.m. at Riverside Alliance Church of Monticello with Pastors Harold Amstutz and Alan Swanson officiating. Interment will be at Glen Haven Cemetery of Crystal. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the Peterson Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello. Further visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Friday.
She was born June 19, 1905, in Cass Lake to Carl and Betty Bergerson. She lived in the Cass Lake area until moving to Minneapolis at the age of 8. In 1929 she married Vernon Reed in Minneapolis and the couple lived in South Minneapolis for over 62 years. He preceded her in death in 1992. Following his death, Dorothea moved to Monticello and lived in the Cedar Crest Apartments until entering the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home approximately one year ago. Recently, she enjoyed summers on Eagle Lake, north of Big Lake.
She is survived by one son, Robert (Mary) Reed, Edina; two daughters, Sharon (Lee) Robideau, Monticello and Rita (Joe) DeAntoni, Savage; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and a sister, Alice Robertson.

Daniel Murphy, 42, Big Lake
Daniel J. Murphy, 42, Big Lake, died at his residence on Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998. Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, 7 p.m. at St. Hen-ry’s Catholic Church, Monticello. Fr. Marc Maus officiated. Visitation was prior to the service at the church. Private interment was at St. Henry’s Parish Cemetery. Arrangements were with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
He was born July 20, 1955, in Minneapolis to Dale and Mercedia (Law) Murphy. He grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Wayzata High School in 1974. He attended St. Cloud State University.
On Aug. 31, 1979, he married Lisa Corens in Plymouth. The couple made its home in St. Cloud for five years, Elk River for eight years and most recently in the Big Lake-Monticello area for the past five years. He was employed at Hoffman Engineering of Anoka for 13 years. He was also a member of the Monticello Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sara and Becky; one son, Joe; parents, Dale and Mercedia Murphy, Clear Lake; two brothers, Patrick, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mike (Sandee), Becker; Memorials can be made to the Murphy children’s college fund.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Peterson, Kenny Jondahl, Ed Usset, Mike Seiter, Steve Stangohr and Todd Gause.

Elfrieda Blomker, 76, Elk River
Elfrieda (Mrs. Christopher) Blomker, 76, Elk River, died Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Twin Rivers Health Care Center in Anoka.
Funeral service is Saturday, 11 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello, with Rev. Bruce Miller officiating. Visitation is Friday, Jan. 30, 5-8 p.m., at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, and one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello.
She was born March 1, 1921, in Sebeka, Minn. to Gustaf and Louise (Rohn) Gerlach. She grew up near Brooten. On Nov. 28, 1940, she married Christoph Blomker in Belgrade. The couple lived in California for three years and then returned to the Belgrade area where they farmed for five years. They then returned to California for another 17 years. They made their home in Elk River since 1974. She had been a resident of the Twin Rivers Care Center for the past two years.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Howard (Arlene) Blom-ker, Elk River, and Roy (Lauretta) Blomker, Thief River Falls; one daughter, Diane (Rusty) Content, Tempe, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Gerlach, Waseca, and Herman Gerlach, Ham Lake; three sisters, Alyce Jensen, Belgrade, Juliana Nystrom, Rush City, and Dorathea Reed, Brooten. She was perceeded in death by three sisters, Erna Maye Pieske, Anna Blomker and Odelia Holtberg; and one brother, Norman Gerlach.

Wayne H. Rouson, 50, Big Lake Twnshp.
Wayne H. Rouson, 50, Big Lake Township died at his residence on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 1998. Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, 11 a.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello with Pastor John Farina officiating. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery of Minneapolis. 
He was born Dec. 20, 1947, in Oak Park, Ill. to Henry and Clara (Wegner) Rouson. He grew up in Illinois graduating from Lincoln Way Community High School of New Lenox. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War from 1967-72. He served as a helicopter pilot and was decorated for his military service with two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor. 
Following his military service, Wayne worked as a flight mechanic for Eastern Airlines and Midway Airlines for several years. Most recently, he worked in the construction of log homes.
He is survived by a brother, Warren (Gerry) Rouson, Tinley Park, Ill.; and a sister, Sandra (Dan) Walraven, Monticello. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Katherine M. Pufahl, 78, Big Lake 
Katherine M. Pufahl, 78, Big Lake, died Thursday evening, Jan. 22, 1998, at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 26, 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Big Lake, with Fr. Nic Dressen officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 4-8 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Arrangements were made with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
She was born April 13, 1919, in Cleveland, Minn. to Steven F. and Magdalene Horvat. She grew up in the Mankato area. On May 1, 1943, she married Harley Pufahl in Mankato. The couple made their home in Minneapolis, Eden Prairie and for the past eleven years in Big Lake. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council, #9140 Auxiliary and the Big Lake American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, James (Diana), Shakopee, John (Ginger), Otsego, and Charles (Joanne), Waverly; one daughter, Sharon (Todd) Kise, Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three brothers, John Horvat, Austin, Martin Horvat, Mankato, and Steven Horvat, Lowry; and two sisters, Sr. Veronica Horvat, St. Paul and Ann Anderson, St. Paul. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Thomas; sister, Mary; and two brothers, Joe and George.
Her grandchildren served as casketbearers.

Ida M. Vandergon, 95, Monticello
Ida M. Vandergon, 95, Monticello, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 24, 1998, at the Delano Health Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m., at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Monticello, with Fr. Charles Froehle officiating. Interment was at St. Timothy’s Cemetery, Maple Lake. Visitation was Monday at the church. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello.
She was born Feb. 22, 1902, in Minneapolis to John and Julia (Blume) Clark. She moved with her family to Monticello at an early age and later graduated from Monticello High School. She then attended and graduated from Buffalo Normal School and taught school in Silver Creek for two years. On June 4, 1924, she married William Outly. He preceded her in death in January 1952. 
In July 1962, she married Hugh Vandergon in Maple Lake and he also preceded her in death in 1977. Ida made her home north of Maple Lake from 1924-1984. From 1984 until late 1997, she lived in Monticello. She had been a resident of the Delano Health Care Center for the past six months.
Survivors include a son, Jim (Doris) Outly, Delano; a daughter, Mary (Roy) Johnson, Yankton, S.D.; sister, Julia Vitak, Monticello; eight grandchildren; 16 greatgrandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. She was preceded in death by two husbands; son, William; grandson, Joseph Outly; three brothers and seven sisters.
Casketbearers were Jack Veches, Charles and Pete Merz, Dan and Rick Vandergon and Ben Outly.

Donald J. Garland, 62, Becker
Donald J. Garland, 62, Becker, died at his residence on Thursday, Jan. 22, 1998. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Jan. 26, 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Becker, with Fr. Ralph Zimmerman officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday from 4-9 p.m. at the church in Becker with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
Donald was born Oct. 18, 1935 in Mahnomen to Edward S. and Magdalene (Carsten) Garland. He grew up in Mahnonmen and also graduated from high school there. On Jan. 23, 1954, he married Elerine Perra in Minneapolis. Together, the two owned County Corner Antiques in Big Lake and Milky Way Antiques in Hasty. For most of his life, he was employed as an over-the-road truck driver. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Becker Lions Club. For the past eight years he has been president of the Dollars for Scholars program of Becker, providing scholarship money for students going to college. 
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Richard (Rhonda), Becker and Michael (Peggy), Becker; three daughters, Debra (Larry) Stay, Becker, Sandra (Terry) Hansen, Royalton, and Lynn (Randy) Hamacher, Becker; mother, Magdalene Garland, New Braunfels, Tex.; three brothers, Kenneth, San Bernadino, Calif., Edward, Mountain Home, Idaho, Gerald, St. Paul; two sisters, Elaine Swiers, Bejou, and Iris Hovelson, New Braunfels, Tex.; 21 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. 
Six of his grandsons served as casketbearers­ Danny Angell, Chad Hansen, Troy Hansen, Travis Garland, Jesse Hamacher, and Shawn Hansen.

Helen Swanson, 88, Big Lake
Helen Swanson, 88, Big Lake, died early Friday morning Jan. 23, 1998, at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital. Funeral service was Monday, Jan. 26, 1998, at Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake, with Pastors William Larson and Doug Duin officiating. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery, Big Lake Township. Visitation was Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello. Further visitation was one half hour prior to the funeral.
She was born on July 12, 1909, in Monticello to Nels J. And Lula May (Benjamin) Hansen. On Nov. 26, 1925, she married Clarence Swanson in Big Lake. The couple moved to a farm in Big Lake Township, where she lived her entire life. Clarence preceded her in death in December 1989.
Helen is survived by eight children, Laverne Govednik, Ft. Worth, Tex., Shirley (Duane) Anderson, Pelican Rapids, Kenneth Swanson, Big Lake, Dennis (Vera) Swanson, Big Lake, Marvin (Sheryl) Swanson, Big Lake, Orville (Ann) Swanson, Zimmerman, Dianne (Ron) Berg, Pelican Rapids, and Barb (Jack) Leeman, Monticello; 25 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and brother, Art Hansen, Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her husband; great-granddaughter, Noelle Anderson and three sisters, Eleanor Swanson, Edna Bickford, and Marie Cantin.
Her granddaughters served as casketbearers, Cindy Anderson, Stephanie Anderson, Denise Anderson, Tammy Matti, Brenda Smith, Charity Swanson, Danielle Swanson, Carol Gifford, Joann Dahlheimer, Julie Leeman, Katie Swanson, and Sara Swanson.

Elizabeth G. LaBree, 76, Monticello
Elizabeth G. LaBree, 76, Monticello, died at her home on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. 
Visitation was Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, and at the church one hour prior to the service. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Zion Christian Church, Big Lake, with Pastor Floyd Dahl officiating. Interment is at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello.
She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Monticello to Fred E. Gee and Ella E. (Shultz) Gee. She lived her entire life in Monticello. On Sept. 20, 1947, she married Lawrence (Stub) LaBree in Buffalo. 
Survivors include one son, Wayne, and wife, Amy, Monticello; daughters, Loretta, and husband, Joseph DeChene, Big Lake, Luella LaBree and Carla Erlandson, both of Monticello; 16 grandchildren; one sister, Laurene Ingerson, St. Louis, Mo.; and step-daughter, Elaine Hamre, Crystal.
Preceding her in death was her husband in 1980; one infant daughter; daughter, Rebecca Mattei, in 1990; and three brothers.
Casketbearers will be Colin Kiefer, Jonas Dahlke, Joseph DeChene, Andrew LaBree, Allen Haberman and Jacob Hamlet.

Carl E. Johnson, 85, Becker
Carl E. Johnson, 85, Becker, died early Monday morning, Feb. 2, 1998, at the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home. Mass of Christian will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Becker. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday from 4-9 p.m. at the church. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
He was born Sept. 16, 1912 in Becker to Edward and Gertrude (Hamacher) Johnson, on the family farm which he eventually operated. In addition to farming, Carl was also in the livestock hauling industry. He married Irene Stodola on May 8, 1933, in Becker. He retired at age 63 and moved into the city of Becker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling around the U.S. and Canada.
He is survived by his wife; 13 children, Julian (Jo Ann) Johnson, Coon Rapids, Floyd (Judy) Johnson, Clear Lake, Gerald (Carol) Johnson, Becker, Donald (Patricia) Johnson, Becker, Betty (Bruce) Nyberg, Zimmerman, Lora (Larry) Angell, Becker, Lorence (Renee) Johnson, Zimmerman, Edward (Jackie) Johnson, Becker, Linda (Gary) Bouma, Milaca, Howard (JoAnn) Johnson, Becker, John (Susan) Johnson, Big Lake, Carl (Deb) Johnson, Becker, Fred (Patricia) Johnson, Becker; 70 grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Oscar; and three sisters, Frances Hoeck, Lillian Lundberg and Laura Berger.
Carl’s sons will serve as casketbearers.

Eva Gladys Leigh, 103, Stillwater
Eva (Mammy) Gladys Leigh, 103, died Friday, Jan. 30, 1998, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Stillwater, where she has lived for the past few years.
She was born in southern Wright County near Winsted, the daughter of the late George Gulson and Nancy (Eggert) Gulson. She graduated from high school and later the Normal Teachers School, and for some years taught at Wirt. On Aug. 4, 1992, she married Frank (Pappy) Leigh at Grand Rapids. They lived at Dora Lake and then in Ackly, where her husband learned to be a barber. They later lived in Wadena for a time before moving to Monticello, where Frank had a barber shop next to Gould Bros. Chev-Olds on West Broadway for the years 1931 to 1961, when they moved to Litchfield. They were charter members of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Monticello. In 1987 they moved to St. Paul.
She is survived by daughters and their husbands, Jewell and Glen Burkholder of Port Charlotte, Fla., Vada and Ted Leigh of Oakdale, and daughter-in-law, Nathalie (Mrs. Dale Leigh) of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Preceeding her in death was her husband in March 1989; one son, Dale Leigh; a grandson, David; and two sisters and four brothers.
Friends may call at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel from 1-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial following at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello. Pastor Alan Swanson will officiate.

Angus McCormick, 85, Monticello
Angus McCormick, 85, Monticello, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Cloud. A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home chapel with Rev. Bruce Miller officiating. There will be a private interment. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
Angus was born April 2, 1912, in Monticello to Dan and Laura (Herbet) McCormack. He lived most of his life in the Monticello area where he worked as a horshoer, farmer and carpenter. He served in the armed forces during World War II for four years. He also lived for shorter periods of time in Alaska and Grand Rapids. He married Dora Planer on Nov. 23, 1957.
He is survived by his wife; step-daughter, Fay (Mrs. Jim) Klein, New Castle, Ind.; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Vera, Anoka. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clayton, Francis and Bill; and three sisters, Winnie, Violet and Mildred.

Emma Peterson, 85, Buffalo
Emma Peterson, (Mrs. Ben), 85, Buffalo and formerly of Silver Creek, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, at the Park View Care Center, Buffalo.
Funeral service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, Silver Creek Township. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the funeral at the church only.
Arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.

Olga Platten, 92, formerly Big Lake
Olga Platten, 92, formerly of Puyallup, Wash. and Big Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1998, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, Sauk Rapids.
She was born March 15, 1905 in St. Paul Park to the late Christian and Olena (Dyrskog) Terland. She grew up in St. Paul Park and later on Dec. 31, 1923 married Roger W. Platten in Stillwater. He preceeded her in death on April 26, 1988, in Tacoma, Wash. They made their home in St. Paul until 1946 when they moved to Park Rapids, where they owned and operated Platten’s Two Inlets Resort for 20 years. They retired and moved to Puyallup, Wash. until November 1988, when she moved to Big Lake after her husband’s death.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Marvin Platten, and his wife, Marion, Lubbock, Tex., and a daughter Beverly, and her husband, Leo Gramsey, Titisville, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceeding her in death beside her parents and husband were two granddaughters, three brothers and two sisters.
A memorial service will be held in June at the Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake. Interment is at Trenton Cemetery in Hager City, Wis.
Arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.

Grant Oliver Farness, 92, Clearwater
Grant Oliver Farness, 92, Clearwater, most recently a resident of the Annandale Care Center, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
He was born May 24, 1905, in Appleton to the late John T. and Carrie (Iverson) Farness. When he was a young lad, his parents moved and homesteaded in Keene, N.D., where Grant went to the Dodge School and the family first lived in a sod house. On Oct. 14, 1940, he married Martha Ekstrand in Duluth and they lived in Duluth until after World War II. During that time Grant worked and wired on ships used in the war. When they moved to Minneapolis in the late 1940s he joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and prior to retirement worked for Gopher Electric on many buildings in the Twin City area. They moved to Clearwater in 1975 there they are members of Rejoice Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Martha, Annandale Care Center; son, Joel, and wife, Patty Farness, Clearwater; daughter, Laura, and husband, Robert Carlson, Aurora, Colo.; five grandchildren; brother and sisters, Lawrence Farness, Lillian Carlson and Helen Farness, all of Duluth, and Florence Johnson, of Fertile. He was preceeded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral service was Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Rejoice Lutheran Church with Pastor David Nelson officiating. Friends called Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at the church in Clearwater. Interment was at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Clearwater. Arrangements were by Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Service, Monticello.

Angela M. Erb
Angela M. Erb, 88, Monticello, died Friday, Nov. 20, 1998, at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Monticello, with Fr. Marc Maus officiating. Interment was at St. Henry’s Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Arrangements were with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
She was born April 9, 1910, in Pierz to Andrew and Martha (Gross) Pertler. She worked for many years as a machinist, and had made her home in Monticello for the past 15 years. 
She is survived by three sons, Gerald Loose of Maple Grove, William Loose of Alexandria, and Robert Loose of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; a daughter, Marlene Stoesz, of Vasalia, Calif.; ten grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Dahlheimer, Albertville.
Serving as casketbearers were Dick Loose, Robert Loose, Jerry Loose and Rick Pahlia. 

Phinas Bishop
Phinas Edwin Bishop, 58, South Minneapolis (formerly of Monticello), died at his residence on Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998.
He was born March 14, 1940, in Stephens, Okla., the son of the late Lee and Nannie (Moran) Bishop. He graduated from high school in Oklahoma, and later attended school for Geo-Technical Studies. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, receiving his honorable discharge in 1962.
For many years he was employed as a geo-technician in soil analysis and concrete study relating to building dams and bridges in various parts of the country. Later he owned and operated Club 22 in Northeast Minneapolis, and a bar and grill in Gary. He had lived in Monticello for several years, prior to moving to Minneapolis.
Survivors include a daughter and son, Heather and James Bishop, Texas; two grandchildren; four brothers, Charlos and James Bishop, both of Oklahoma, Lee Bishop of Missouri and Oscar Bishop of Texas; two sisters; Betty McIntosh of Monticello, and Helen Lucchi of Oklahoma Preceding him in death were two sisters, Ann and Dorothy, and one brother, Douglas.
Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, with Pastor Bruce Miller officiating. Friends called at the funeral home Monday beginning at 5 p.m. Interment was 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Jeff and Sue McIntosh, Derek McIntosh, Cyndee Burke and Kevin Matteson. 

Harley D. Swarm
Harley D. Swarm, 62, Big Lake, died at the Monticello-Big Lake Hospital on Friday, Nov. 20, 1998. Funeral service was Monday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m., at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, Elk River, with pastor Monte Meyer officiating. Interment will be private. Visitation was Sunday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, Monticello.
He was born in Lake Wilson to Ralph and Vivian (Wornson) Swarm on May 3, 1936. He moved with his family to the Big Lake area at a young age and graduated from Big Lake High School in 1954. He entered the United States Marine Corps and served from October 1954 until October 1957. In October 1958, he married Rose Lange in Monticello. The couple lived in North Branch for four years, in Foreston for twenty years and have made its home in Big Lake since 1992.
Harley was employed by Culligan for 35 years, retiring in May 1998. He was a member of the Big Lake American Legion and Lord of Glory Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Rose; two sons, Harley Jr. (Carla) of Coon Rapids, Ralph (Charlotte) of Andover; four daughters, Kathy (Bill) VandenBerg of Chisago City, Vivian (Todd) Sether of Becker, Lisa Swarm of Champ- lain, and Shari (Howard) Bixby of Elk River; 10 grandchildren; his mother, Vivian Swarm, Grand Rapids; three sisters, June (Jim) Johnson of Grand Rapids, Charlotte (Alvin) Thaler of Backus, and Nina (Arnold) Hronec of Folson, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father.
Serving as casketbearers were Cleston Lange, Glen Negus, Steve Thaler, Rocky Jordan, Glen Jude, Jeremy Lange, Jimmy Palmquist and Jimmy Kent. 

Jim Figenshau, community leader, dies at age 77
by Thor Carlson
Working in his downtown Figs-It-Shop, Jim Figenshau got his hands into a little bit of everything.
Living in Monticello for much of his life, he left his fingerprints, often behind the scenes, on a lot of community groups and organizations.
Family and friends said good-bye to James K. Figenshau, 77, at funeral services Monday at Community United Methodist Church of Monticello. He passed away Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at his Big Lake Township home due to cancer.
From 1970 to retirement in 1985, he ran the Figs-It-Shop, a general repair store in downtown Monticello. His son Charles, worked there with him for all but one year. 
“He said that it’s a job where you’ll never get bored. You never know what’s going to come through the door next,” Charles said. Repairs ranged from broken furniture and small appliances to chainsaws.
“We weren’t always the fastest, but we got the job done,” Charles chuckled.
That downtown shop was at the end of his professional career path. It began when he graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1942. He went to work for DuPont Kankakee Ordinance Division and was then transferred to the University of Chicago’s Manhattan project.
In 1944, he was employed by General Electric in the engineering department of Hanford Project in Richland, Wash. There, he as principal engineer for a portion of a project that is still classified.
It was in 1953 that he received the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce for his service and contributions to civic and youth programs in Richland.
In 1955, he joined the mechanical division of General Mills in Minneapolis. He worked on the development of remote control equipment for handling nuclear, radiological and biological materials.
His activities and honors extended beyond the professional realm, however. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 1937 and was actively involved in Scouting through the rest of his life.
Jim received the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award­the highest honor that Scouting bestows, in 1955. He was named Crow River District Scouter of the Decade for the 1980s. In April 1996, he received a veteran certificate marking 60 years of service, from the national office of Boy Scouts.
“No matter what was needed, Jim was always there for Scouting,” said Gene Garman, who was a long-time local Scout leader with Figenshau.
“He was always there whether it was a local meeting, a board of review for an Eagle Scout, Jim could be counted on to be there,” Garman said.
He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge since the age of 26. There, he attained offices and honors as well. At age 44, he was the youngest Worshipful Master ever to hold office in Richland. In 1997, he received the outstanding service award for 50 years with the organization.
He also served two three-year terms on the Monticello School Board in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an active member at Community United Methodist Church, serving in church council office positions, a 23-year Sunday School teacher and superintendent and as a youth fellowship advisor for several years.
His hobbies included raising English setter dogs, serving as a square dance caller for the Belles and Beaux club for many years, and fixing things around the house.
“He always loved to be home,” said his son, Jim, Jr. “Before he had the Figs-It-Shop, when he had his vacation time, he loved to spend it at home and on his farm.”
James Kenn Figenshau was born on March 28, 1920, in Miles City, Montana. He married Winifred A. Gibbs on Oct. 3, 1942, at the Methodist Church in Monticello.
He is survived by his wife; children James (Mrs. Marianne) Figenshau, Merry (Mr. Bruce) Thole, Kathleen Figenshau, Charles (Mrs. Kathryn) Figenshau and Robert (Mrs. Sue) Figenshau; eight grandchildren; and sister Mirth Ninde.
Rev. Arthur Hill officiated at the funeral. Serving as casketbearers were Masons Bill Sparrow, Dar Flatten and Dan Blomgren along with Boy Scout representatives Charlie Nelson, Daryl Tindle and Chris Haugen. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation was Monday evening at the at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Chapel of Monticello.
The family requests that memorials go to the Monticello-Big Lake Home Health and Hospice or the Community United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Irene Clark, 70, Monticello 
Irene Clark, 70, Monticello, died Sunday Nov. 29, 1998, at Buffalo Hospital. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello with Rev. Douglas Foreman officiating. There will be a private interment. Visitation wwas to be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
She began her life in the village of Nay Tah Waush on the White Earth Reservation. Irene is survived by her children; Marie, (Al) Engelson, Clifford (Robin) Overby, Janine (Gordon) Hogland, Michael (Beverly) Overby, David (Arlene) Bradley, Carol (Mick) Johnson, Brad (Diane) Atwood; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; brother and sisters; Norman (Jane) Pember-ton, Pam (Burley) Quoetone, John (Alice) Pemberton, Roberta Hudson, Carol (Jim) Coombes and Nancy (Richard) Schramm. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Clark; parents Louise Degan Pemberton and John L. Pemberton and 10 brothers and sisters.
Visitation was to be Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 6-8 p.m. and memorial service Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Funeral Home, Monticello. 

Theresa M. Haugen, 88, Clearwater 
Theresa M. Haugen, 88, Clearwater, died Nov. 25, 1998. 
She was born Feb. 24, 1910, on the family farm on Sullivan Lake near Maple Lake to Joseph and Leah (LaFave) Rasset. She was a 1927 graduate of Buffalo High School. She married Arthur J. Haugen on July 14, 1930. She co-owned and operated a bar and restaurant on Chicago Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis for a few years. The couple farmed near Enfield for 20 years. They returned to Minneapolis in 1949 and she was employed as a seamstress by the Kickernick Company and later as a dietary aide at General Hospital. She was also employed as a sales person by Dayton’s. She retired in 1964 and moved to Limestone Lake in Silver Creek Township where she enjoyed fishing. She was a member of St. Luke’s Parish and Christian Women in Clearwater.
Survivors included two daughters, Lillian (John) Keefe of Hutchinson and Eleanor Rademacher of Maple Lake; one sister, Viola LaTour, Annandale; one brother, Marvin Rasset, Annandale; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on May 13, 1990; brothers Joseph, Will-ard, Ben, Leo, Howard, and Lloyd Rasset; sisters Loretta Copeland and Esther Varner and one granddaughter.
Services were Saturday at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Clear-water with Rev. Ramon Buckley officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Monti-cello. Visitation was Friday evening at the Daniel Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were grandchildren.

Hazel V. Trigg, 101, Roswell, New Mexico 
Hazel V. Trigg, 101, Roswell, N.M. and formerly of Big Lake, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998 at NorthEast Regional Hospital of Las Vegas. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zion Christian Church of Big Lake with Pastor Richard Schut officiating. Interment will be at Big Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church only. Arrangements are with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.
She was born in Doon, Iowa, on Feb. 22, 1897, to George and Winnie (Mann) Fleming. She grew up in Iowa and married Grover Trigg on Nov. 20, 1920, in Iowa. The couple moved to the Pipestone area and lived there until 1946, when it moved to a farm northwest of Big Lake. Grover preceded her in death in mid-1975. She continued to live in Big Lake until moving to Roswell in 1996 to be near her family.
She is survived by a daughter, Florence (Marvin) Reese of Roswell; sister, Carrie Wilson, LaGrande, Ore.; seven grandsons; five granddaughters; 33 great-grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Pat, daughter, Viola Stromberg, six brothers, one sister and two great-grandsons.
Serving as casketbearers will be Dave and Gary Reese, Leon, Larry and Lon Trigg and Don Wills. 

Isabel Zimmer, 83, Monticello 
Isabel Zimmer, 83, Monticello, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 at Monticello-Big Lake Community Nursing Home. 
Services were Saturday at the Church of St. Albertville. Inter-ment was in the church cemetery.
She was born in Little Falls on Sept. 24, 1915. She married Wilfred Zimmer on Sept. 18, 1934, at St. John’s Church, Collegeville. They farmed near Albertville for many years. She was a member of the Church of St. Albert and Christian Mothers.
Survivors include sons; Melvin, of Anoka, Norman and LeRoy of Elk River, Harold, Allen and Kenneth of Albertville, Dennis of Niceville, Fla.; daughters; Marian Haas of Unity, Wisc., Madeline Dombrovski and Dorothy Lenneman of St. Cloud, Catherine Merges of Monticello, Bernadine Betzler of Anoka, and Margaret Weirauch of Ramsey; 28 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Feb. 16, 1998; sons, Donald, 1967, and Richard, 1998; and one grandson.

Donald F. Nagel
Donald F. Nagel, 82, Monticello, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 7, 1999, at the Ebenezer Care Center, Buffalo. Funeral service was Friday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello, with Rev. Bruce Miller officiating. Visitation was on Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church. 
Don was born on Feb. 14, 1917, in Timber Lake, S.D., to Henry and Wuanita (Dreveskraft) Nagel. He spent his early years in that area, then attended and graduated from Minneapolis Boys Vocational High School. From 1942 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On March 17, 1943, he married Lorraine Bensler at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. The couple made its home in Litchfield, Alpha and Breckenridge where Don was employed as a grain elevator manager for Cargill for 25 years. While living in Alpha, he served as mayor during the early to mid-1950s. They moved to Monticello in 1963. Don was also employed in management positions by United Van Bus Delivery and Raymond Motor Freight, both of Minneapolis. He retired in 1980.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he held various church positions. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts of Monticello. In his free time, Don was a gardener, hunter and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Candace, in 1961; son-in-law, Mark Haney; wife Lorraine, in 1995; and two brothers, Carson and Wallace. He is survived by his daughter, Marcia Haney, of Monticello; grandchildren, Matthew and Melanie Haney; and sister, Phyllis Anderson, Alexandria.
Serving as honorary casketbearers were: Gene Putnam and Leo Nelson; casketbearers were Steve Johnson, John Meier, George Larson, Russell Nelson, Duane Gates and Mark Kruse.
Arrangements were with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.

Leon Peter Dehen
Leon Peter Dehen, 72, died at his home in Maple Lake on Saturday, Sept. 4, 1999. He had moved there last April from Big Lake and was a former resident of the Anoka area.
Leon was born April 4, 1927, and raised as the ninth child of 10 by David and Catherine (Endres) Dehen in Albertville. He attended Nazareth Hall Catholic Seminary, served in the U.S. Army and graduated from St. Thomas University. Leon raised a family of six in Anoka, where he served as city commissioner for two terms, and grand knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was a religious education teacher and involved in numerous church committees at St. Stephen’s Church, Anoka, and at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Big Lake, where he was currently a member.
Leon was involved with the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Department where he also worked as a deputy and counselor to chemically dependent inmates. He was a hunter, fisherman, golfer, card and pool player and lover of classical music. He was also an active member of the Monticello Senior Citizens Center.
He is survived by children, Victoria and Brad Wendberg of Dalbo, Marty and Carrie Dehen of Plymouth, Anna Lastine of Eagan, Julia and Darwin Johnson of Maple Grove, Tim and Julie Dehen of Coral Springs, Fla., Susan Dehen of Rodondo Beach, Calif.; 43 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe Dehen, of Anoka; four sisters, Rosella Turnquist of Anoka, Cel Fisette of Seal Beach, Calif., Marie Corbin of Otsego, and Millie Johnson of Lindstrom; sister-in-law, Gladys Dehen, Elk River; Marge McClanahan, common wife, companion and caregiver; and extended family, John, Rob, Lee, Leo Jr. and Joe McClanahan, Dawn Reinking, Liz Johnson, Laura Manthie and Rose Moriarity.
Visitation was scheduled at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monti-cello, Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. at Church of Our Lady of the Lake, Big Lake, with Fr. Ralph G. Zimmerman officiating. Visitation is also at the church one hour prior to the mass. Interment is private.

Arthur Serflaten
Arthur Edmund Serflaten, 73, formerly of Big Lake, died in Milwaukee, Wisc., his current residence, on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1999. 
A memorial service for Arthur is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Saron Lutheran Church, Big Lake. A private interment is at Greenwood Cemetery in Big Lake Township.

Donald F. Nagel
Donald F. Nagel, 82, Monticello, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 1999 at the Ebenezer Care Center in Buffalo.
The funeral service for Donald is 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Monticello, with Pastor Bruce Miller officiating. Reviewal is at the church Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and one hour before the funeral. Interment is at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello. 
Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

Harley Pufahl
Harley Pufahl, 80, Big Lake, died at his son’s residence in Otsego on Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 1999. Funeral service was Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake, Big Lake. Fr. Ralph G. Zimmerman officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was on Tuesday evening from 5-8 p.m. at the church with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.
Harley was born on Sept. 22, 1918, in Truman to Paul and Bertha (Riehs) Pufahl. He grew up in the Truman and Madelia areas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1940-1943. On May 1, 1943, he married Katherine Horvat in Mankato. The couple lived in Minneapolis and Eden Prairie, and in Big Lake for the past twelve years.
Harley worked for Harvey Vogl Metal Stamping of Minneapolis for 28 years, retiring in the late 1980s. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #9140 of Big Lake, American Legion Post #147 of Big Lake, and the Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by three sons, James (Diana) of Shakopee, John (Ginger) of Otsego, and Charles (Jo Anne) of Waverly; daughter, Sharon (Todd) Kise of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Cowing of Grenada and Virgil Cowing of California; and two sisters, Marge Jorgenson of St. Louis, and Irene Dunn of Prescott, Ariz. He was preceded in death by his wife in January 1998; a son, Thomas; a sister, Viola Kruse; and a great-granddaughter, Jena Theis.
Grandchildren served as casket bearers. Arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.

E.G. (Bud) Strand
E.G. (Bud) Strand was born in Otisco, Minn., on July 6, 1930, to Carl and Dorothy (Robran) Strand. After attending Waseca High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Germany and Korea. On July 27, 1956, he married Dorothy Ulrich. Bud was employed in the lumber business in Oakes, N.D., and later became manager of the Fullerton Lumberyards in LuVerne, Iowa, and Monticello. After the couple moved to Alexandria, he became an estimator at Western Lumber and co-owner of the Miltona Lumber Company.
Bud, 69, died on Saturday, Aug. 28, 1999, in Alexandria. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Darlene Christensen.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, Alexandria; son, Brad (Christine) Strand, Alexandria; daughters, Lori (Larry) Perreault of Wales, Wisc., Lisa (David) Hanson of Barrett, and Heidi (David) Schultz of Bay City, Mich.; brothers, Donald, Clifton and Merlin Strand of Waseca, Melvin Strand of Faribault; sisters, Phyllis Johnson of Faribault and Diane Fredricks of Prior Lake.
Funeral service was Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Alexandria, with Rev. Wade Meyer officiating. Interment was at the Lake Geneva Cemetery with David Schultz, David Hanson, Larry Perreault, Jerome Pietsch, Christine Strand and Jerry Raap serving as pallbearers. Military Honors were provided by the American Legion Post #87 and the VFW Post #936. Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria.

Thomas S. Kojetin, Sr.
Thomas S. Kojetin, Sr., 64, Monticello, died Aug. 24, 1999.
There was a private funeral service Friday at 10 a.m. at Hillside Memorium. Memorial service for the public was Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Odilia Catholic Church.
He was born in Minneapolis in 1935.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley.
He is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Larry Corson, James (Teresita), Thomas, Jr.; daughters, Debra (Donald) Nutzman, Renee, Katherine (Ken) Krupala; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; mother, Giselle; brother, Richard (Helen); sister, Verna (Harry) Tovsen.
Memorials are preferred to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.

Arthur Serflaten
Arthur Edmund Serflaten, 73, formerly of Big Lake, died in Milwaukee, Wisc., his current residence, on Wenesday, Aug. 18, 1999. Date and time of memorial service will be set at a later date. Arrangements are with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.

Russell Johnson
Russell B. Johnson, 77, Monti-cello, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 31, 1999, at Americare Nursing Home in Waite Park. Arrangements are pending with Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello.

Fern E. Robinson
Fern Elaine Robinson, 82, Buffalo (formerly of Minneapolis), died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999, at the Buffalo Hospital.
She was born in Northeast Minneapolis on Feb. 2, 1917, the daughter of G.C. and Louise “Tootsie” (Heinecke) Shanahan. Fern graduated from West High School in 1935. On Jan. 5, 1963, she married John Robinson in Stillwater. The Robinsons have resided in Buffalo for the past ten years.
Survivors include her husband, John J. Robinson; one son, Willard S. (Barb) Jensen, Jr., Monticello; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Rev. Kenneth Smith, First Baptist Church, Monticello, officiated.

Sheryl A. LeGro
Sheryl A. LeGro, 35, Monticello, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 1999, at North Memorial Medical Center of Robbinsdale.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Monticello, with Rev. Bob Rusert officiating. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Monticello. Visitation will be on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, with further visitation one hour prior to the funeral at the church Saturday.
Sheryl was born on July 10, 1964, to Jack and Pat Albright. She married Mike LeGro on March 24, 1989. She had made her home in Monticello for the past twelve years. She was currently employed at MTS of Eden Prairie, and also
at Kalloway Construction of Eden Prairie.
She is survived by her husband; three sons, Levi, age 18, Nathan, 10, and Jacob, age 7; her mother, Pat Albright, Minneapolis; brother, Floyd Albright, Iowa; and two sisters, Barb Haugen and Denise Boulet, both of Minneapolis. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack.

John Hohman
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10, at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery for John E. Hohman, 68, of Monticello, who died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1999 at his home.
John Hohman was born Sept. 23, 1930, in St. Cloud to Louis and Laura (Wink) Hohman. He married Mary Katherine “Kaye” Bruning at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud and later they were divorced. He lived in St. Cloud until moving to Monticello in 1994. He worked as a painter until his retirement in 1981.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict.
Survivors include a son and daughters, Michael of Richfield, Eileen Kron of St. Cloud, Lisa Molitor of Clearwater and Mary Schroeder of Duluth; brother and sisters, Jim of Crookston, Mary Lou Hitchcock of Minnetonka, Janet McCarter of Arkansas and Doris Martin of Edina; eight grandchildren; and long-time companion, Joyce Moe of Monticello.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Albert; and sister, Bernice.
Arrangements were by the Dingmann-Arnold Funeral Home, Clear Lake.

Ralph B. Larson
Ralph Byron Larson, son of Gunner and Christine (Erdahl) Larson, was born Nov. 9, 1915, in Monticello. He attended country school and graduated from Monticello High School in 1933.
Ralph died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999 at the Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center, Iowa.
Funeral service was Saturday, Aug. 7, at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, Iowa. Dr. Jennifer Edinger officiated and interment was at East Cemetery in Rake. Casketbearers were Vaughn, Mike, Fred and Roger Larson, and Dennis and Kevin Murray.
On Nov. 9, 1938, he was married to Josephine Hodson. Ralph was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Rake for 57 years. Ralph was sexton for the cemeteries of Rake for 30 years. He served on the Rake City Council for four years before becoming mayor for 10 years. He also served as a board member on the Iowa Council of Government for six years. Ralph was a farmer and also spent much time volunteering for various activities. In 1990 he was nominated Outstanding Senior Citizen of Winnebago County.
He is survived by his wife of Rake, Iowa; two sons, Gordon (Jeanne) Larson of Sturgeon Lake, Minn., Paul Larson of Rake, Iowa; two daughters, Beverly (Loran) Mathison of Fairmont, Minn., Dorothy (Peter) Linn of Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; five grandsons; five great-grandchildren; sister Ardys Hubred; three sisters-in-law, Hazel, Bernadine and Adelaide Larson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, five sisters, and a son-in-law, John Murray.

Elizabeth K. Poirier
Elizabeth K. Poirier, 57, Big Lake, died on Monday evening, Aug. 9, 1999, at Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park. Funeral services will be Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Monticello. Fr. Marc Maus will officiate. Interment will be in St. Henry’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Thursday (Aug. 12) from 5-8 p.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, Monticello, with further visitation one hour prior to the funeral at the church Friday. The American Legion Auxiliary will have a prayer service Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Liz was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Duluth to Kenneth and Marian (Rogers) Flannery. She moved with her family to the Twin Cities area, grew up in Golden Valley and Minneapolis, and graduated from Holy Angels High School of Minneapolis. She attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a B.A. in political science. While at the UofM, she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
On Aug. 1, 1964, she married John Poirier in Edina. The couple lived in the Twin Cities before moving to the Monticello area in the fall of 1971, when they acquired a drug store on West Broadway. She was employed at Honeywell in Minneapolis for 15 years, usually during the school year. She was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church of Monticello. She was also active in the MYHA (Monticello Youth Hockey Association) and the Women’s Golf League at the Monticello Country Club. She loved the outdoors and most outdoor activities including fishing, boating and camping.
The Poiriers celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary Aug. 1, at the Monticello-Big Lake Nursing Home where she had resided the past five years.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Anne Poirier, Edina; two sons, Stephen Poirier, San Diego, Calif., and Greg Poirier (and fiancee Tonia Gisi), Big Lake; and cousin Roger Brennan, Sioux City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Marian Flannery.
Memorials can be sent to the American Parkinson’s Foundation or the American Parkinson’s Association.

J. Stanley Seeley
J. Stanley Seeley, 67, Becker, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. Funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. at Snake River Church, Becker Township. Pastor Gerald Arnold officiated. Interment was at Snake River Cemetery.
Visitation was Saturday from 4-9 p.m. at the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
Stanley was born on April 22, 1932, in Becker to Sherman and Orpha Dot (Crampton) Seeley. He grew up in the Becker area and graduated from Becker High School. On May 25, 1952, he married Lucille Norlund in Elk River. The couple lived in St. Paul for many years where Stanley worked as a truck driver for Swift Packing and Minneapolis Hide and Tallow.
From 1975-1982, they owned Seeley’s Pine Corner, a campground in Orrock. He moved back to the Becker area in 1989. He then drove truck for Python’s Recycling in St. Cloud before retiring in 1995. Stanley was an active member, and current board member, of Snake River Church.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Sandra (Curtis) Marks of Waite Park, and LaDonna Tice (Roger Nyberg) of Becker; six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, G. Laurence and Forrest.
Casketbearers were Lonny Seeley, Frank White, Justin and Richard Acker and Dave and LaVern Norlund.

Marvin R. Olson
Marvin Olson, 81, of Becker and formerly of Coon Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1999, at his home. Memorial services were Saturday, Aug. 7, at 10 a.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello with Pastor Grant Tanner officiating. Private interment was at Fort Snelling.
National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements were by Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel.
Marvin was born in Becker to Olaf and Mary (Ellefson) Olson on March 1, 1918. He grew up and attended school in Becker. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945. In 1948, he married Mavis Anderson. The couple spent much of their lives in Coon Rapids, and upon retirement returned to Becker in 1981.
Marvin is survived by two sons, Randy (Barb) Olson of Coon Rapids, Marty (Elaine) Olson of Andover; two daughters, Sheryl (Dexter) Andrews of Wayzata, and Bonnie Skjod (Michael Quirk) of Minneapolis; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nine brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife in 1993.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or St. Cloud Hospice.