Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2002


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Services for Roland Froh, 81 of Melrose who died Tuesday July 9 in Melrose, will be Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie, with Rev. Rudolph Bloemker officiating.
Burial will be in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Long Prairie.
Mr. Froh was born Jan. 10, 1921 in Lester Prairie to John and Christian (Wolfram) Froh. He married Hilda Wiegers Aug. 23, 1953 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie. He lived in Long Prairie for many years and worked for the Joe Taubert Construction, Co. In 1973 he moved to Melrose where he worked 27 years at Jennie-O Foods. He retired in 1995. He enjoyed his granddaughter Amanda and great-grandson Grant. He enjoyed old guns and fishing. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie.
He is survived by his son Kevin Froh and his fiancee, Diane Hens, of Melrose; granddaughter Amanda and great-grandson grant.
He was preceded in death by his wife (July 14, 1998), son Bruce (1974), two brothers: Ervin and Randy, and an infant sister.
Casket bearers were: Eugene Tabatt, Jerome Tabatt, Dean Lunser, David Lunser, Duane Kaelberes and Clyde Kaelberes.

Margaret Nietfeld, age 87 of Minneapolis, recently of Sauk Centre, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2002 at St. Michael's Home in Sauk Centre.
Margaret Catherine Nietfeld was born on January 18, 1915 in Spring Hill Township to John T. and Rose (Macke) Nietfeld. She attended School Dist. 161. Margaret moved to the Twin Cities area as a young adult. She was hired by the Dayton Corporation and lived and worked in Minneapolis. She retired in 1978 after 35 years working in sales for the Dayton&rsquos company. She was a member of the St. Stephen Catholic Church and continued to do volunteer work for the church and various hospitals and charities. She also belonged to the Minneapolis YWCA. Because of failing health, Margaret returned to live in Sauk Centre in June of this year.
Some of Margaret's interests and hobbies included working in her flower garden, traveling abroad, reading, doing needlework and getting regular exercise. She especially enjoyed taking long walks and doing water aerobics. Attending the theatre and various concerts with family and friends was another favorite activity. Margaret enjoyed being with people and taking in the rich variety of social events the city had to offer.
Margaret is survived by her four brothers and two sisters, Roman (Bess) Nietfeld of Houston, Texas, William Nietfeld of Darwin, Sylvester (Ann) Nietfeld of Meier Grove, Milton Nietfeld of Melrose, Gladys (Mike) Braun of Regal, and Pat Meyer of Sauk Centre; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding her in death are her parents, five brothers, Henry, Dr. Aloys, Arnold Elmer, John and Joseph Nietfeld; two sisters, Clare Ellis and Catherine Meyer.
A Mass of Resurrection was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Meire Grove with Fr. Ron Dockendorf officiating. Music was provided by the church choir.
Crossbearer was Katie Meyer, lectors are Mary Meyer and Mary Pittelko and giftbearers were Gladys Braun, Milton and Sylvester Nietfeld. Interment was at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Meire Grove.
Pallbearers were Ray, James and Richard Nietfeld, Michael H. Meyer, Michael E. Braun, Mark Meyer.

Services for Gerald "Jerry" Henry Meyer, 53 of Felton and formerly of Melrose, were Wednesday, June 19 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Moorhead with Fr. Vincent Miller officiating.
Interment was in the Felton Cemetery, Felton.
He died Sunday, June 16 in his home after a short battle with cancer.
Mr. Meyer was born Oct. 31, 1948 to Clarence and Evelyn (Tieman) of Melrose. His father died in 1948. When Gerald was nine his mother married Larry Messer and the family moved to West Union. He grew up in West Union and graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1966. From 1966 to 1968 he was in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. After his discharge he returned to West Union and later moved to Melrose. On June 4, 1979 he married Laura Larson in Sisseton, S.D. The couple made their home in Melrose where Meyer owned and operated Meyer Transfer, an over-the-road truck. In 1993 they moved to Felton where he owned and operated Jerry's Den.
Mr. Meyer enjoyed golf, pool, bowling, gambling and yard work. He was a life-long member of the VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Laura, Felton; three daughters: Karla (James) Salmon, New Richmond, Wis.; Jayne Knutson, Felton, and Mary (Tony) Cox, Hawley; one grandchild, Liam Salmon; one brother, John (June) Messer, West Union; and one sister, Janice (Al) Rivard, White Bear Lake.
Casket bearers were Doug Belkengren, Dan Bromenshenkel, Robert Dols, Larry Marthaler, John Sauer, Tony Zehner;
Military Honors were provided by Ulen VFW. Music was provided by the Resurrection Choir, Judy Buscher, organist.

Anthony R. Hoppe, age 51, of York, Penn., formerly of Melrose, died on Saturday, June 29 as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident on Route 30 in Hellam Township, York.
Born Nov. 2, 1950 in Philadelphia , a son of the late Robert G. and Rena A (Mosciatti ) Hoppe, he was employed as a construction superintendent for Kinsley Construction, Inc. Mr Hoppe is survived by his wife Sue E. (Brenner) Hoppe of York, Penn.; a son, Robert A. Hoppe of York, Penn.; two daughters, Ginene R. Aughe of Pennsburg, Penn,, and Rebecca M. Hoppe of Greenville, Del.; two grand daughters; one brother, Paul M. Hoppe of Lansdale, Penn., and his former wife, Ruth M. (Lipp) Hoppe of Bedford, Penn.
Funeral services were Wednesday, July 3 at Baumeister, Orcutt & Small Mortuaries, Inc., York, Penn. with Rev. Thomas Bellis, Pastor of Paradise (Holtzschwamm) United Church of Christ, Thomasville, Penn., officiating.
Private burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery. York, Penn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kayla M. and Alexa R. Aughe Education Fund, 2 School Lane. Dover, Penn. 17315.

Herman J. Brickweg, age 79 of New Munich, died on Sunday, June 30 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July 3 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with burial at St. Benedict's Cemetery in Avon.
Herman Brickweg was born June 19, 1923 in St. Martin Township, Stearns County to Joseph and Elizabeth (Middendorf) Brickweg. He was united in marriage to Adeline Kortenbusch on Oct. 26, 1944 in Melrose.
He was employed as a mechanic at Purity Milk Company in St. Cloud, retiring in 1981. Herman enjoyed fishing and card playing, and was an avid fan of amateur baseball. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.
Herman is survived by his children, Dave Brickweg and his wife, Rosie of Richmond, Jack Brickweg of Avon, Carol Euerle and her husband, Merle of Richmond, Mike Brickweg and his wife, Susan of Montevideo and Dan Brickweg and his wife, Kim of Melrose; brother and sisters, Joseph Brickweg and his wife, Mary of Blaine, Marie Christen of Melrose, Rita Loxtercamp of Meire Grove and Florence Schurman of Sauk Centre; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Brickweg; wife, Adeline Brickweg who died in 1982; brother, Tom Brickweg and one granddaughter.
Serving as casket bearers were Chad Brickweg, Shawn Brickweg, Scott Brickweg, Eric Kohorst, Shannon Kohorst and Jerimiah Brickweg.
Serving as cross bearer was Dillon Brickweg with David Keho as scripture bearer.
Serving as honorary bearers were Nicole Keho, Jennifer Kohorst, Jessica Brickweg, Michelle Christopherson and Addy Brickweg.

Services for Erma M. Welle, 92 of Sauk Centre, who died Thursday, May 30, at Das Goldene Wohnheim in New Munich were Monday, June 3, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church.
Rev. Dick McGuire officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Erma Welle was born on Nov. 8, 1909 in Meire Grove to Joseph and Elizabeth (Deters) Meyer. She married Henry N. Welle on Oct. 29, 1929 at Meire Grove. They farmed near Spring Hill until 1960 when they retired and moved to Sauk Centre. She enjoyed gardening, baking and crocheting. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Angels Christian Mothers, Spring Hill Christian Mothers and Our Lady of the Angles Catholic Aid.
She is survived by her nine children, Alvin Welle and his wife, Lil of Sauk Centre, Vernon Welle and his wife, Jenny of Spring Hill, James Welle and his wife, Bernice of Spring Hill, Marlene Lieser and her husband,Gerald of Spring Hill, Carol Pelkey and her husband, Jerome of Sauk Centre, Alice Peters and her husband, Herb of Sauk Centre, JoAnn Middendorf and her husband, Art of Sauk Centre, Henry Welle Jr. and his wife, Ann of Winona, David Welle and his wife, Marilyn of Greenwald; brothers and sisters, Regine Illies of New Munich, Evelyn Illies of Elrosa, Pauline Imdieke of Meire Grove, Olivia Schmiesing of Sauk Centre, Francis Meyer and his wife, Loretta of Meire Grove; 44 grandchildren and 95 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry on Sept. 17, 1989; parents; son, Charles Welle; brothers and sisters, Katie Korf, Adella Welle, Hilda Meyer, Henry Meyer and Bernard Meyer.
Pallbearers were David, Bob, Tom, and Doug Welle; Brian Peters; Kevin Pelkey; Donnie Lieser and Donnie Middendorf. Cross Bearer was Debbie Christianson and the Scripture bearer was Cindy Anderson. Honorary bearers were Mary Lawinger; Mildred Bromenshenkel; Cindy Sunderman; Sandy Friedrichs; Louise Bromen; Betty Ann Voller; Our Lady of Angels Christian Mothers and the Spring Hill Christian Mothers.

Services for Elaine (Eveslage) Hinnenkamp, age 71 of Melrose, who died Monday, June 3 due to complications of ALS, were Friday, June 7 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose with Fr. Vincent Lieser officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery.
Elaine Hinnenkamp was born on Nov. 3, 1930 in St. Augusta, to Ferdinand and Loretta Eveslage. She was united in marriage to Andrew Hinnenkamp on Aug. 28, 1951 at Sacred Heart Church in Freeport. She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, St. Elizabeth's Society and Holy Spirit Mission. Elaine loved quilting, crocheting, gardening, cooking, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband Andrew Hinnenkamp of Melrose; five children, Michael (Nancy) Hinnenkamp of Wayzata; Chuck Hinnenkamp of Shakopee; Cheri Hinnenkamp of Melrose; Joan Hinnenkamp of Woodbury and Kelly Hinnenkamp of Waite Park; brothers, Leo Eveslage of Mission, TX; Melvin "Bud" Eveslage of Melrose; John (Joyce) Eveslage of Freeport; sisters, Bernie Koetter of Bemidji; Mary Eveslage of Oakdale; Carol (Tony) Niehaus of Melrose; and Kathy Eveslage of Marshall, and three grandchildren, Michelle, Stephanie and Chris Hinnenkamp; two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Brianna Hinnenkamp.
Her parents and two children, Michelle and Mary Beth, preceded her in death.
Serving as casket bearers were Andrew, Michael, Chuck, Cheri, Joan, Kelly Hinnenkamp, Melvin "Bud" and John Eveslage.
Cross-bearer was Stephanie Hinnenkamp with Michelle Hinnenkamp serving as scripture bearer.
Honorary bearers were Darlene Bussman, Denise Duevel, Louise Gieske, Aggie Hinnenkamp, Claudette Hinnenkamp, Donna Janssen-Hinnenkamp, Mary Niehaus, Bernie Pohlmann, Carol Pohlmann, Irene Pohlmann, Darlene Stevens, Bonnie Theiler, and Betty Thieschafer.

Services for Ann B. Uhlenkamp, age 86 of Melrose, who died on Sunday, June 2 at Pine Villa Care Center, Melrose, were Thursday, June 6 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Ken Thielman officiated with interment Friday, June 7, in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Ann Uhlenkamp was born on October 28, 1915 in Melrose to Bernard and Mary (Klein) Kramer. She married Alois Uhlenkamp on March 2, 1946 in Minneapolis. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryle Tyrpa of Buffalo; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Stacy Tyrpa;brothers and sisters, Bud Kramer, Ted Kramer, Louise Spehn, Alvina Spaeth and Veronica Wolf all of Melrose;
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Mary Kramer; husband, Alois on December 29, 1978; son, Dale Uhlenkamp on Feb. 11, 1966; brothers and sisters, Marie Parish, Rose Illies, Alma, Helen, Leo, Henry and Ray Kramer.
Serving as casket bearers were Michael Kramer, James Kramer, Henry Illies, Robert Klassen, Larry VanHavermaet and Donald Spehn.
Serving as cross bearer was Stacy Tyrpa and scripture bearer was Rebecca Tyrpa.

James D. Morrison, 87, of Port Ludlow, Wash., died May 26,2002, at Northwoods Lodge in Silverdale, Wash.
He was born Jan. 8, 1915, in Vancouver, B.C., to William and Jamesina (Dean) Morrison. He attended West Seattle High School.
He married Anna Bussman on Jan. 8, 1967, in Port Ludlow.
Mr. Morrison was retired and had been self-employed most of his life as an automobile machinist, working in Seattle, Port Ludlow and on Bainbridge Island. He had owned
Morrison Motor Service of Beacon Hill and Morrison's Richfield Service of Bainbridge Island.
He was a member of the Machinists Union, the Port Ludlow Elks and the Queen City Yacht Club.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Dean J. Morrison of University Place; a daughter Darla J. Brown of Edmonds; a brother, Jack Morrison of Seattle; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at ll a.m.June ll at The Stone Chapel at Cherry Grove in Poulsbo, Wash.
Memorial donations maybe made to the American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. N. Seattle, Wash., 98103-7499, to the American Diabetes Association, 557 Roy St., Lower Level, Seattle, Wash., 98109-4219 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Services for Evelyn R. Kortan-DePree, age 80, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk 
Centre, who died Sunday, July 1 at Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home, were 
Tuesday, July 3 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with 
the Rev. James Statz officiating.
Evelyn Kortan-DePree was born on Feb. 22, 1921 in Sauk Centre Township, to 
Charles and Mary (Novak) Kortan. She was raised and worked on the Kortan farm in 
Sauk Centre. She was employed by Jennie-O in Melrose for many years. She married 
Donald DePree on Oct. 2, 1971 in Park Rapids. Evelyn has lived in nursing homes 
for the past 12 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic 
Church, Christian Mothers and the American Legion Post 67 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Mathilda Dusek and her husband, 
Jerome, Helen Norgarden, George Kortan and his wife, Rose and Richard Kortan and 
his wife, Joan, all of Sauk Centre.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Donald DePree on April 25, 
1977 and brothers, Bill, Steve, Frank, Charlie and Jim Kortan. Casket bearers 
were Dennis, Mike, Louis and Mark Kortan, Jerome Dusek and Ernest Uhlenkamp. 
Honorary bearers were Christian Mothers and Cross bearer was Arletta Kortan. 
Memorials are preferred.

Services for Ottillia M. Roerick, age 93, of Melrose, who died Monday, July 2 at 
Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose were celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, 
July 5 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Ken Thielmann officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Ottillia Roerick was born in St. Anna, Wis., to Anton and Catherine (Bertram) 
Mohr. She married Hubert V. Roerick on Oct, 13, 1938 in St. Francis Catholic 
Church, St. Francis. They farmed near Grey Eagle until moving to Melrose in 
1962. She has resided in Pine Haven Care Center in Melrose since 1987. She was a 
member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her children, Anthony Roerick of Rapid City, SD, Linus Roerick 
and his wife, JoAnne of Grey Eagle, Arnold Roerick and his wife, Arlene of 
Minnetonka, Engelbert Roerick and his wife, Shari of Sauk Centre, Sylvester 
Roerick and his wife, Mary of Chanhassen, Theresa Michels of St. Cloud, 
Celestina Muellner and her husband, Alquin of St. Joseph; 23 grandchildren; 27 
great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert V. Roerick on Jan. 4, 
1980; brothers, Edmund, Engelbert, Joseph, Sylvester, and John Mohr.
Serving as casket bearers were Dean, Chad, Jeff, and Mike Roerick, Gary and 
Wally Michels. Cross bearer was Amy Roerick; scripture bearer was Jessica 
Toenyan; honorary bearers were Scott and Thomas Roerick, Jason and John 
Muellner, and Rodney Michels.

Services were Tuesday, July 3 at the Cremation Society of Minnesota, Edina, for 
James Edwards, New Munich and formerly of Plymouth, who died Thursday, June 28, 
He was a graduate of the University of Colorado. For the past 20 years he was a 
self-employed accountant/consultant. He enjoyed a life-long interest in 
photography, traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Barbara, children: Tim of Eagan, Pam (Tom) Mikkelson 
of Prior Lake, John (Tammy) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren: Ben, Lauren, 
Annie, Kaylee, Cody, Casey, Leia, Elise; brothers: Robert (Nancy), Charlotte, 
N.C., Richard (Lorraine), Sandwich, Ill; and many nieces and nephews, relatives 
and friends.
Memorials are preferred to the Mayo Clincs and Hospitals.

Services were Monday, July 2 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Browns Valley for 
Doris F. Piechowski, 52, formerly of Melrose, who died Friday, June 29 at her 
home from a lengthy illness.
Burial was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Browns Valley.
Doris Piechowski was born April 4, 1949, in Melrose to Martin and Kathyrn 
(Schmitz) Tschida. She married Neil Piechowski Dec. 18, 1971 at St. Mary's 
Catholic Church, Melrose. They lived on a family farm near Browns Valley where 
they farmed for 27 years.
Survivors include her husband, daughters and son-in-law: Glenda, Brookings, 
S.D., Kim and Tom Kreber, Brandon, S.D.; mother, Kathryn, Melrose; sisters: 
JoAnn, St. Cloud, Bob and Mary Douvier, Sauk Centre; brothers Don and Becky, 
Brooklyn Park, Rich and Sharon, Albany.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Memorials are preferred to American Cancer Society or the Stevens Community 
Medical Center Homecare and Hospice of Morris. 
Services for Hilda A. Czech, age 95 of Grey Eagle, who died Wednesday, June 27 
at Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, 
June 30 at Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. Rev. Bernie Gruenes 
will be officiating with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Hilda Anna Czech was born June 27, 1906 in Saint Anthony to John and Mary 
(Ziegler) Tschida. She married Leo Czech on February 15, 1927 in Saint Anthony. 
The couple farmed three miles east of Upsala. They moved to Blackduck, where 
they farmed until moving to Minneapolis in 1958. They moved to Birch Lake in 
1968. They moved to Village View Apartments in Grey Eagle until 1997, when they 
moved to Saint Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre. Leo died on May 8, 1998. 
She was a member of Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, and the Saint 
Joseph's Christian Mothers.
Survivors include her children, Arthur Czech and his wife, Nadine of Blackduck, 
Delores Parron of Cottage Grove; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. 
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters and brother, Rose 
Gangl, Caroline Keiefler, Mayme Schmitz, and Ed Tschida; grandson, Gary Parron.
Serving as casket bearers will be Aadam Czech, Dale Czech, Gene Czech, Rich 
Czech, Mike Dwire, and Lewie Hildebrand. Cross bearer will be Renee Hildebrand, 
scripture bearer will be Lynn Dwire.

Harold J. Otte, age 77, of Sauk Centre died Monday, June 18, 2001 at St. 
Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, June 21 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in 
Sauk Centre with Rev. Theodore Niehaus officiating. Burial will follow in 
Oakland Cemetery.
Harold J. Otte was born on February 18, 1924 in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns 
County, Minnesota to Bernard and Catherine G. (Jenniges) Otte. He married 
Alberta Ella Gamradt on Nov. 28, 1944 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk 
Centre. He lived and farmed in Sauk Centre all his life. He was a member of St. 
Paul's Catholic Church and Bishop F. Busch Council #4863 Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta Otte of Sauk Centre; children, Donald Otte 
and his wife, Edna of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Harris and her husband, Chuck of Sauk 
Centre, Laura Moscho of St. Cloud, Karen Scott and her husband, Donald of Sauk 
Centre, and Sonja Miller and her husband, Brian of Sauk Centre; brothers and 
sisters, Agnes Schwieters of Glenwood, Theresa Ward and her husband, David of 
Anoka, Walter Otte and his wife, Maxine of Chula Vista, CA, Lorraine Geer and 
her husband, Bill of Sparta, Tenn., Katherine Otte of Lemon Grove, CA; ten 
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters, Richard Otte, 
Bernard Otte, Rose Schwieters, Hilda Lentz and Monica Farrow.
Casket bearers were grandchildren, Steve Balamut, Aaron Moscho, Nathan Moscho, 
Jeff Otte, Jane Bontje and Jennifer Moscho. Cross bearer was Pam Durbin with 
Katelyn and Brandon Durbin. Honorary bearers were Leo and Toni Wiener, Lawrence 
Marthaler, Virgil Niehaus, Kenny Gamradt, LeRoy Sukke, Andy and Dora Wiegers, 
Lewis and Leora Calkins, Vern Karasch, Al Schmitz, Gene and Linda Miller, Ervin 
Schmiesing, David and Sharon Gamradt and Howard and Janice Majerus. Gift bearers 
will be Genna Ironi, Andrea Miller and Sara Balamut.

Melvin E. Roering, age 63 of Sauk Centre died Sunday, June 10 at St. Michael's 
Hospital in Sauk Centre. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, June 13, 
2001 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with 
Rev. Bernard Kahlhamer officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sauk 
Centre. Melvin Roering was born on May 19, 1932 in Greenwald, Minnesota to 
Albert and Elizabeth (Beckerman) Roering. He married Loretta C. Ludwig on June 
10, 1967 at Roscoe, Minnesota. They lived in Freeport where he was employed by 
the Freeport Co-op Creamery. They moved to Grove City where he was employed by 
Kronis Mills and then Mills Farms. They moved to Melrose where he worked for 
Melrose Turkey Farm. They moved to Sauk Centre where he hog farmed until his 
retirement in 1999. Melvin enjoyed fishing and going to auctions. He was a 
member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta Roering of Sauk Centre; children, Diane 
Roering and her fiancée, Michael Holes of St. Paul, Kathy Rust and her husband, 
Robert of Villard and Frank Roering of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters, Viola 
Kleve of Freeport, Virgil Roering and his wife, Jenny of Richmond, Leander 
Roering and his wife, Betty of St. Joseph, Andy Roering and his wife, Marge of 
Glenwood and Mary Jane Bohnen and her husband, Jack of Blaine, and 2 
grandchildren, Isaac and Zachary Rust.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Edmund, Ted, Abe, Wilfred, Bernard and 
Tony Roering.
Casket bearers will be David, Dennis and Mike Roering, Jeremy and Ronald Ludwig 
and Wayne Larson. Honorary bearers will be Hugo and Billy Massmann and Buddy 
Services for Juletta A. Kunstleben-Wolbeck, age 77, of Freeport, who died 
May 8, at her home in Freeport, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Sacred 
Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with one hour visitation prior to service.
Deacon Julius Beckermann will officiate, with burial in the parish cemetery.
Juletta Kunstleben-Wolbeck was born January 25, 1924 in Melrose to John and 
Agnes (Dickhaus) Hiltner. She married Henry William Kunstleben on Feb. 17, 1947 
in Saint Cloud. The couple farmed near Holdingford. Henry passed away June 20, 
1985. She married John Wolbeck on October 10, 1992 in St. Anthony. John passed 
away on May 7, 1993. She resided in Freeport. She was a member of Sacred Heart 
Catholic Church in Freeport, Melrose VFW Auxillary and the Freeport Christian 
Survivors include sons and daughters, Vera Lou Klaphake and her husband, John of 
Albany, Lorinda Bogatzki and her husband, Richard of Albany, Duane Kunstleben 
and his wife, Mary Kay of Avon, Dennis Kunstleben and his wife, Marilyn of Avon, 
Carol Ann Klemmer and her husband, Nick of Albany, Eugene Kunstleben and his 
wife, Agnes of Avon; step-children, Rita Trisko and her husband, Clarence of 
Sauk Centre, Leroy Wolbeck and his wife, Irene of Sauk Centre, Donald Wolbeck 
and his wife, Jeanine of Sauk Centre, Irene Uhlenkamp and her husband, Vernon of 
Sauk Centre, Irma Bromenshenkel and her husband David of Sauk Centre, Irvin 
Wolbeck and his wife, Donna Mae of Sauk Centre, Marilyn Bromenshenkel and her 
husband, Daniel of Sauk Centre, Doris Hamilton and her husband, Dallas of Sauk 
Centre, Joyce Primus and her husband, Michael of Sauk Centre, Arlene McKigney 
and her husband, Leo of Villard, Arlis Pesta and her husband, David of Long 
Prairie; brothers and sisters, Martha Butkowski and her husband, Florian of New 
Munich, Raymond Hiltner and his wife, Alice of Waite Park, Melvin Hiltner and 
his wife, Irene of Burtrum, Lidwina Wolbeck and her husband, Lawrence of Grey 
Eagle, Alphonse Hiltner of Melrose, Leander Hiltner and his wife, Linda of 
Scandia, MN, Clarissa Barthel and her husband, Eldred of Grey Eagle, Anna Mae 
Speldrich and her husband, Donald of Belgrade, Cyril Hiltner and his wife, 
Carolyn of Belgrade; 20 grandchildren; 51 step grandchildren; 21 
great-grandchildren; 46 step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 
her parents; husbands, Henry Kunstleben and John Wolbeck; daughter, Diane 
Kunstleben; brothers, Edward Hiltner, Edwin Hiltner; sisters Leona Wolbeck and 
Alvina Hiltner; 1 step great-grandchild.
Grandchildren will serve as casket bearers and cross bearer.

Services for Anthony "Tony" R. Merten, 81, of Sauk Centre who died Tuesday, May 
8, at St. Michael's Hospital, were Friday, May 11, 2001 at St. Paul's Catholic 
Church in Sauk Centre with the Rev. Timothy Wenzel and Rev. Andrew Marthaler 
Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Anthony Rudolph Merten was born on April 16, 1920 in Sauk Centre to John and 
Mary (Dusek) Merten. He married Rose Katherine Weiss on Sept. 28, 1943 at St. 
Alexius Catholic Church, West Union. He was employed by Farmer's Co-op Elevator 
and Modern Farm Equipment in Sauk Centre until retiring in 1985. He was a member 
of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Sauk Centre Seniors and St. Paul's Catholic Aid. 
He enjoyed gardening, card playing, traveling and visiting with friends and 
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Rose Merten, and his seven children, 
Marilyn (Harold) Fiedler of Sauk Centre; Rosemary (Jaime) Cabanilla of Ellicott 
City, MD; Mike (Dorene) Merten of Sauk Centre; Carol (Elbert) Williams of 
Arlington, VA; David (Rose) Merten of Manitowoc, WI; Dale (Linda) Merten of 
Onalaska, WI; Patty (Pat) Mehrer of Glyndon, MN; 21 grandchildren; sister, 
Margaret Rutten of Osakis and family friend, Raymond Kozitka of North Little 
Rock, AR.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Merten and 
brother-in-law, Bernard Rutten. Casket bearers and cross bearer were his 

Services were Saturday, May 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church St Cloud for Michele 
(Shelley) Fischer, age 34, who died Wednesday, May 2 at St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial was in Assumption Cemetery.
Michele was born Nov. 18, 1966 in Faribault to Dennis and Patricia (Armstrong) 
Genette She moved to Sauk Rapids with her family in 1976. She graduated from 
Sauk Rapids High School in 1985 and then St. Cloud State University with a 
degree in social work. She married Paul J. Fischer on May 26, 1990 in Bethlehem 
Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She worked as a social worker for Stearns County 
Social Services from l990 until 1996 when she and her mother started Home Sweet 
Home of St. Cloud Inc.., an in-home management service for vulnerable adults. 
She and her husband moved to Sartell in 1995. She was a member of Bethlehem 
Lutheran Church and she was a 1eader of "I Can Cope", a cancer support group 
from the St. Cloud Hospital
Michele is survived by her husband, Sartell; children, Kelsey and Cole, at home; 
parents, Waite Park; sister, Deanna Genette; and brother and sister-in-law, 
Gregory and Julie Genette of St. Cloud. She is also survived by maternal 
grandmother, Arlene Armstrong, St. Cloud.
Services for Lauren K. Peterson, 28, Melrose, who died Friday, April 27, at the 
St. Cloud Hospital, were Wednesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Granite City Baptist 
Church, St. Cloud. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery, Farmington.
Lauren K. Peterson was born Feb. 14, 1973 in Farmington to Edward and Fern 
Peterson. She married Seth Peterson on June 29, 1996 at Faith United Methodist 
Church, Farmington. Lauren enjoyed doing photography, cooking, hunting and 
fishing. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Baxter and was attending 
Granite City Baptist Church, St. Cloud.
Survivors include her husband, Seth Peterson, Melrose; son: Phillip Thomas 
Peterson, Melrose; mother and father: Edward and Fern Peterson, Farmington; 
brothers and sister: Darren Peterson, Danbury, Conn.; Ryan Peterson, Burnsville; 
and Sharon King, Farmington.

Services were Tuesday, May 1 at Seven Dolors Catholic Church for William 
Blenker, 84, who died Saturday, April 28 at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home.
Burial was in the parish cemetery with full military honors provided by Albany 
American Legion Post 482.
Arrangements were made by Williams Funeral Home, Avon.
William Blenker was born Sept. 22, 1916 in Albany to Henry and Mathilda 
(Thielman) Blenker. He married Valeria Cremers on Oct. 13, 1942, in Seven Dolors 
Catholic Church. He attended St. John's University, Collegeville, and the 
University of Minnesota, and graduated with a degree in mortuary science in 
1937. He played baseball in the Great Soo League and was drafted by the New York 
Yankees and played in their farm system for several years. He returned to Albany 
and started Blenker Funeral Home and Ambulance Service, Blenker Hardware and 
Furniture and Blenker Propane with his father. He was stationed in the South 
Pacific with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He lived in Avon from 1973 to 
1998, when he entered the nursing home. He was a member of Albany American 
Legion Post 482, Melrose VFW Post 7050, Catholic Aid Association, Third Degree 
Knights of Columbus Albany Council 3628, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus 
Father Pierz General Assembly, and was a charter member and former president of 
Albany Lions Club. He was one of the original founders of the Albany Golf 
Course, where he was president and a board member for many years.
Survivors include his wife; children, David, Jean Pundsack and Carol Andvik of 
Albany, and Diane Schiffler of Avon; nine grandchildren; three 
great-grandchildren; and sisters, Margaret Callahan of Albany and Mary Catherine 
Hagen of Edina.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, infant twin Wilfred and Frederick 
Memorials are preferred.

Services were Monday, April 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church for Clarence 
Wuebkers, 63, Upsala, who died Friday, April 27 from cancer.
Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Freeport.
Clarence Wuebkers was born April 4, 1938 in St. Francis to Herman and Teckla 
He graduated from Upsala High School in 1954. After graduation, he joined the 
National Guard and farmed with his father. He married Christine Gerads on June 
2, 1964, in Upsala. He farmed until 1989 and then retired to Upsala, but 
continued to help on his sons' farms. His interests were farming, reading, 
putting puzzles together, watching westerns, playing cards, smoking his pipe and 
playing with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Christine of Upsala; sons, Dale and Diane Wuebkers of 
St. Francis; Robert and Gail Wuebkers of St. Francis; Herman and Brenda Wuebkers 
of Holdingford, daughters Karen and Scott Rudolph of Opole, and Karla and 
Sheldon Tschida of Freeport; brother and sister, Jerome Wuebkers of Upsala and 
Viola Wuebkers of Little Falls; and 16 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ronald, and an infant son.
Casket bearers were Tim Gerads, Joyce Albertson, Randy Brickweg, Tina Goebel, 
Melissa Servatius, Kevin Wuebkers, Jerry Pohlmann and Donny Pohlmann. Cross 
bearer was Ben Wuebkers.

Services for Lawrence M. Schriver, age 75, of Big Birch Lake, who died Saturday, 
April 21 at his home on Big Birch Lake were celebrated on Wednesday, April 25 at 
Church of St. Joseph, Grey Eagle.
Presiding at the funeral liturgy was Msgr. James Habiger, Rev. Bernard Gruenes, 
Rev. Kenneth Popp, and Rev. Donald LeMay, O.S.B. Interment was at St. Andrew's 
Cemetery in Greenwald.
Mr. Schriver was born Dec. 23, 1925 in Avon to John and Anna (Jacobs) Schriver 
and spent his formative years in St Joseph. He was a graduate of St Cloud 
Technical High School (1943), attended St. Mary's College of Winona, and served 
in the Navy V-5 program in World War II. He retired as a Honeywell executive at 
the end of 1989 after 37 years of service. His career was primarily focused in 
the Aerospace and Underseas Systems Divisions.
Mr. Schriver was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, the 
Plymouth Lions, American Legion Post #101 of Melrose, Long-time Director of the 
Big Birch Lake Association; Vice President of the Sandy Beach Associated 
Property Owners; and Chairman of the Grey Eagle Township Planning Commission. He 
was a generous contributor to many charitable causes and environmental groups.
Mr. Schriver is survived by his wife, the former Corinne Wurst of Big Birch 
Lake, one sister, Mrs. Ervin (Clara) Bohlig of Melrose and many nephew and 
nieces. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Aloysius, Walter, Louis and 
Nick, and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Alvina) Borgmann and Mrs. Paul (Alma) 
Serving as casket bearers were: Bruce Jacobs, Gregg Jacobs, J. R. Jacobs, David 
Kelly, James Schriver, John Schriver, Paul Wurst, and Thomas Wurst; honorary 
casket bearers were: Norman Bohlig, Dr. Paul Damrow, Patrick Gallagher, Dewayne 
Gerding, Dr. James Hammarsten, Hollis Hinnenkamp, James Johnson, Marvin 
Kollodge, Donald Manske, Robert Meyer, Roger Poganski, Donald Stalboerger, Roger 
Plombon, George Tiemann, Eugene Waldorf, and Glenn Weiher. Lectors were David 
Kelly and Catherine Kelly Olson.
Memorials are preferred to St. John's University or the donor's choice.

Frances M. Tiemann, age 93 of Melrose, died Wednesday, April 18 at Melrose Area 
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, 
2000 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish 
Frances Tiemann was born August 3, 1907 in Melrose to George and Mary 
(Hinnenkamp) Tiemann. She worked at Nathe & Koopmeiner Grocery in St. Cloud for 
15 years, returning to Melrose in 1944. She was employed by Meyer Electric in 
Melrose for 25 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic 
Church in Melrose, St. Elizabeth Society, Melrose Senior Citizens, Melrose 
Hospital Auxiliary, volunteered 63 years at St. Mary's Catholic Church in 
Melrose, 50 year member of the church choir.
Survivors include her sister, Hattie Pulrang of Enumclaw, Washington; many 
cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Norbert 
Tiemann; sisters, Josephine Pung and Alvina Hokemeier.
Serving as casket bearers were Walter Hinnenkamp, Herman Hinnenkamp, James 
Meyer, LeRoy Tiemann, Roman Sundermann, and Phillip Swanson
Cross bearer will be Ann Tiemann, scripture bearer will be Irene Pohlmann, 
honorary bearers will be St. Elizabeth's Society.
Services for Marie Euteneuer, age 82, of Melrose, who died Wednesday, April 4,
at Pine Haven/Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. 
on Saturday, April 7, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose.
Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiate, with burial following in the parish 
Marie Euteneuer was born Aug. 11, 1918 in Albany Township, Stearns County to 
Frank and Gertrude (Thull) Eickhoff. She worked several years at the St. Cloud 
Hospital. She married Elmer Euteneuer on Feb. 26, 1946. The couple farmed near 
Bowlus for several years, then farmed near St. Martin until their retirement in 
1980. She moved to Melrose in 1980, and has resided at Parkview Manor in Melrose 
for the last two years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in 
Melrose, and the St. Ann's Christian Mothers of St. Martin.
Mrs. Euteneuer is survived by her children: Norman Euteneuer and his wife, 
Cyrilla of Albany; Marvin Euteneuer of Lexington, Ky.; Duane Euteneuer of 
Albany; and Florian Euteneuer and his wife, Jo Ann of Paynesville; sisters and 
brothers: Lorraine Hoppe and her husband, Ben of New Munich; Julitta Frericks of 
Sauk Centre; Raymond Eickhoff and his wife, Tillie of Albany; Dorothy Buerman 
and her husband, Robert of Paynesville; Norbert Eickhoff of Albany; Melvin 
Eickhoff and his wife, Norma of New Munich; Alois Eickhoff and his wife, Marian 
of Anoka; Regina Meemken and her husband, Archie of Melrose; eight 
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Euteneuer on July 
27, 1995; sister and brother, Evelyn Eickhoff and Valerian Eickhoff.
Serving as casket bearers will be Norman, Marvin, Duane, Florian, Jody, and Amy 
Euteneuer. Cross bearer will be Zachary Euteneuer, scripture bearer will be 
Heidi Euteneuer, honorary bearer will be Stacy Euteneuer.

Marie Heidgerken, age 93 of Freeport, died Thursday, March 29, at Mother of 
Mercy Nursing Home in Albany.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 2, at Sacred Heart 
Catholic Church in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated with burial following 
in parish cemetery.
Marie Heidgerken was born on Feb. 17, 1908 in Melrose to Henry and Anna 
(Westendorf) Middendorf. She married George Heidgerken on May 3, 1934 at Sacred 
Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. They farmed in Freeport all their lives until 
retirement in 1968. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport 
and the Christian Mothers.
Survivors include children: James Heidgerken and his wife, Doreen of St. Martin; 
John Heidgerken and his wife, Louise of Minnetonka; Dennis Heidgerken and his 
wife, Rita of Freeport; Charles Heidgerken and his wife, Shirley of Freeport; 
Paul Heidgerken and his wife, MaryAnn of Albany; Peter Heidgerken and his wife, 
Marilyn of Freeport; Irene Obermiller and her husband, James of Freeport; 
Bernard Heidgerken and his wife, Ann of Freeport; Mary Hinnenkamp and her 
husband, Ted of Albert Lea; Carol Setterholm and her husband, Glen of New Ulm; 
34 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Herman Middendorf 
and his wife, Helen of Freeport, August "Happy" Middendorf of Freeport, Clara 
Michaels and her husband, Henry of Freeport.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Middendorf; husband, 
George Heidgerken on March 6, 1985; son, George Heidgerken Jr. in1970; grandson, 
Steven Heidgerken; brothers and sisters, Fred Middendorf, Joe Middendorf, Henry 
Middendorf, Elizabeth Brickweg, Aurelia Gaebel, Josepha Hiltner, Annie Klaphake.
Serving as casketbearers were grandchildren. Serving as cross bearer was Sue 
Rieland and scripture bearer was Kathy Middendorf. Serving as honorary bearers 
were the great-grandchildren.

Services for Romaine "R.C." Dinkel, age 74 of Long Prairie residence, who died 
Wednesday, March 28, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center were Monday, 
April 2, 2001, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Long Prairie.
Fr. Bernie Gruenes and Deacon Mark Zenner officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's 
Cemetery, Long Prairie. Military Honors were conducted by Long Prairie VFW and 
the American Legion Posts.
Mr. Dinkel was born May 5, 1926 in Long Prairie to Louis and Alvina (Motzko) 
He married Veronica "Ronnie" Raudzis on June 30, 1949, Browerville, at St. 
Joseph's Catholic Church.
He grew up on a farm in rural Long Prairie, graduating from Long Prairie High 
School. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving in Italy. He graduated from the 
Minnesota School of Business, in Accounting , Minneapolis. He worked at the 
Greenwald State Bank for seven years. He then settled at Reynolds Township, 
rural Long Prairie, where he was a dairy farmer for 50 years. He was an avid 
hunter, enjoyed bowling, and softball.
He was a member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Parish, where he taught CCD; 
St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus Council 1636; parish council member; MCCL; 
Farmers Union - Todd County Chapter; Long Prairie V.F.W. Post; 4-H Leader for 25 
years; N.R.A; Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc; Holstein Fresion Assoc; Todd County 
His lifelong focus was his respect for human life, exemplified in all that he 
did, especially his family, church, MCCL, and other pro life organizations.
He is survived by his wife "Ronnie", Long Prairie; 11 children and spouses: Rep. 
Mary Ellen Otremba, Long Prairie; Michael (Karen) Dinkel, Soldotna, Alaska; 
Charles (Linda) Dinkel, Long Prairie; Ann Marie (Brad) Peterson, Swanville; Joan 
Dinkel, Faribault; Jacqueline (Doug) Cobb, Soldotna, Alaska; James Dinkel, 
Soldotna, Alaska; Katerie (Steve) Broz, St. Louis Park; William "Billy", Maple 
Grove, and his fiancee Nancy Haas, St. Paul; Joseph Dinkel, Long Prairie; Thomas 
(Amy) Dinkel, St. Cloud: one sister Velma Minke, Long Prairie; 24 grandchildren, 
Andrew, Timothy, Kateri, Elizabeth Otremba; Sam, Josh Dinkel; Emily, Rebecca, 
John, Jacob, Carolyn Dinkel; Victoria, Theresa, Anthony Peterson; Jovin Dinkel; 
Amandra, Ila Cobb; Christopher, Jonathan, Julia, Monica, Lucas, Sophia Broz; 
Teresa Huckriede; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bernadette; his parents, Louis and 
Alvina Dinkel; two brothers Louis and Ervin; and three sisters: Viola Schultz, 
Devona Newman, Bernice Johnson
Casket bearers were Michael Dinkel, Charles Dinkel, James Dinkel, Billy Dinkel, 
Joe Dinkel, Thomas Dinkel, Andy Otremba and Tim Otremba.

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