Miscellaneous Stearns County, Minnesota Obituaries - 2001


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Anthony Dierkhising
Anthony "Tony" Dierkhising, age 85 of Sauk Centre, died on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was on Saturday, Dec. 15 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Todd Schneider officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Tony Dierkhising was born on June 10, 1916 in Grove Twp. to Frank and Catherine (Mohr) Dierkhising. He was united in marriage to Alvina Primus on June 23, 1941 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. He had been employed as a hired man at various farms in the Meire Grove area and then worked for the railroad in Greenwald. He farmed for 20 years and also was a carpenter and painter for 26 years. He painted and did some repair work at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle and St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Ward Springs. He twice painted the inside of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre and the very tip of the steeple. He had resided at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose since March, 2000. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, St. Paul's Catholic Aid and Bishop Busch Council 4863 Knights of Columbus.
Tony was a very generous, fun-loving, hard-working man. He was a wonderful father. He and his wife were very avid old-time music dancers and occasionally, square danced. They won awards for their dancing and were members of Polka Lovers of America (POLK of A).
He is survived by his wife, Alvina of Melrose; five children, Kathleen (Vern) Botz and LeRoy (Carol) Dierkhising, both of Sauk Centre, Raymond Dierkhising of Becker, Virgil (Sharon) Dierkhising of Hugo, Mark (Deanne) Dierkhising of Melrose; 15 grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister and brother, Sr. Fabian Dierkhising of St. Cloud, Martin (Margie) Dierkhising of Cold Spring.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Elaine Agnes; sisters and brothers, Sr. Rosalia and Sr. Niceta, twin sisters, Mildred Roering and infant, Dorothea, infant sister, Agnes, Herbert, Joseph and Aloysius Dierkhising.
Serving as casket bearers were Vince and Steven Botz, Jayson, Gary, Adam and Casey Dierkhising, with John Dierkhising serving as cross bearer.

Mathilda Poepping
Mathilda "Tillie" Poepping, age 79 of Melrose, died on Monday, Dec. 17, at the Pine Villa Care Center.
Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Vincent Lieser officiating.
Interment followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Melrose.
Tillie Poepping was born June 5, 1922 in Melrose to John and Mary (Goihl) Thelen. She married Frank Poepping on February 12, 1946 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. She lived in Melrose all her life and was employed by the Melrose Hospital and Pine Villa Care Center. She retired in 1987. Tillie was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Melrose Senior Citizens, Christian Mothers and Schanhaar - Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo and the Minnesota Twins. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Carol Poepping of Melrose, Pat Weisser and her husband, Dan of St. Joseph, Marilyn Rademacher and her husband, Chuck of Big Lake, Kathy Poepping of Melrose, Shirley Knisley and her husband, Jim of Grove City, Jan Haskamp and her husband, Ron of Melrose; brothers, Al Thelen and his wife, Jean of Melrose, Clarence Thelen of Melrose, Melvin Thelen of Melrose, Sylvester Thelen of Melrose, Herb Thelen and his wife, Della of Melrose; 15 grandchildren, Brett, Erik, Jed, Broc, Alyson, Jay, Josh, Erin, Adam, Chad, Jeremy, Travis, Blake, Janna, and Katie; six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Abigail, Alexis, Andrew, Jacob, and Baelyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Thelen; husband, Frank on Oct. 20, 1953; brother, Ed Thelen; great-grandson, Connor Dirkes.
Serving as casket bearers were her grandchildren, Brett Weisser, Erik Weisser, Jed Weisser, Broc Haskamp, Josh Rademacher, Adam Rademacher, Chad Knisley and Jeremy Knisley. Cross bearer was Alyson Dirkes, scripture bearer was Erin Rademacher, picture bearer was Janna Knisley and rose bearer were Katie Knisley. Mass servers were Jay Haskamp, Travis Knisley, and Blake Knisley. Honorary bearers were the Melrose Senior Citizens, Christian Mothers and the Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050 Auxiliary.

Services were Friday, Dec. 21 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle for Jerome M. "Jerry" Jerry Wolf, 58, who died at his home Monday, Dec. 18 after a courageous battle with ALS.
Burial was in Sacred Heart Catholic Parish Cemetery, Freeport
Mr. Wolf was born Feb. 28, 1943 in St. Cloud to Theodore and Barbara (Lenarz) Wolf. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He married Delores "Lori" (Finken) Stoermann on Aug. 14, 1974. He worked at Kraft Foods-Melrose for 30 years. He retired in 1999. He then worked at Crafts Direct in St. Cloud for two years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Grey Eagle, the Catholic Order of Foresters and Melrose VFW.
He is survived by his wife, Lori, and children: Mark Stoermann, Wheatfield, Ind.; Judy Dirkes of Avon, Mary Briggs of Brockport, N.Y. Fay Stoermann, Gail Sack and Gerald Wolf, all of Grey Eagle; 12 grandchildren, sister Fran Carlson of St. Paul; and niece Dawn Young of Klamath Falls, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Janet Wolf, Peggy Freeman and nephew Bruce Scott.

Bernard "Ben" Bierschbach, age 88 of Melrose, died on Sunday, Dec. 9, at his home in Melrose.
Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser officiated with inurnment following in parish cemetery.
Ben Bierschbach was born on Jan. 22, 1913 in Webster, S.D. to Chris and Anna (Czmowski) Bierschbach. He married Velna "Val" Schwagerl on June 5, 1941 in Browns Valley. The couple lived in Browns Valley and then in Webster, Belle Fourche and Rapid City, S.D., and returned to Browns Valley. They lived in Melrose since 1965.
He was employed as a manager for Kraemer Lumber from 1965-1978. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Melrose, Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050, American Legion Post 101, Catholic Order of Foresters and a former member of the Melrose planning and zoning board for many years.
Survivors include his son, Bruce Bierschbach and his wife, Nancy of St. Cloud and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velna on April 1, 1999; son, James Bierschbach; sister, Catherine Johnson.
Military rites provided by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.

Elmer B. Imdieke, age 82 of Meire Grove, died Thursday, Dec. 6 at Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, Dec. 10, at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. Rev. Ken Popp and Rev. Ken Thielman officiated, with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Elmer Bernard Imdieke was born Oct. 5, 1920 in Meire Grove to Frank and Margaret (Worms) Imdieke. He married Ann Marie Welle on Sept. 5, 1944 at St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove. The couple farmed in Grove Township, Stearns County, until their retirement in 1981. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Meire Grove, St. Joseph's Society, Holy Rosary Society, Poor Souls Society and the Melrose Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Marie Imdieke of Melrose; children, Patricia Kroeger and her husband, Earl of Minnetonka, Elaine Wenning and her husband, Lloyd of Plymouth, Frank Imdieke and his wife, Jan of Melrose, Mary Bertram of Paynesville, Margaret Silbernick and her husband, Mark of Greenwald; sisters, Evelyn Vangstad of Washington, Olivia Dabrowski and her husband, Bill of California, Helen Cahill of Alaska; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lenore Nolan; grandson, Michael LeClaire.
Serving as casket bearers were Stacy Imdieke-Fofana, Patrick Imdieke, Jason Silbernick, Joseph Bertram, Leah Bertram, Carrie Silbernick, Paul LeClaire, and Katie Bertram. Cross bearer was Scott Kroeger. Honorary bearers were the members of the St. Joseph's Society.

Marchell "Ma" Lieser, age 44 of Spring Hill, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Dec. 10 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Rev. Leo Leisen officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery. Marchell Lieser was born Aug. 13, 1957 in Melrose to Wilfred and Lucille (Nathe) Athmann. She lived in Shoreview and worked for her uncle, Ralph Nathe at Club 49 until moving to Spring Hill in 1988 and purchasing Ma's Place. She was united in marriage to Danny Lieser on Dec. 28, 1995 in St. Cloud. She sold her business in 1999 and began working for Pan-O-Gold Baking Company in St. Cloud. "Ma" was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Spring Hill. She enjoyed her family and friends, gardening and her pets.
Survivors include her husband, Danny of Spring Hill; her mother, Lucille Athmann of Spring Hill; step-children, Joy Lieser and her fiancé, Jason of Paynesville, Sara Lieser of Paynesville, Kayla Lieser of Paynesville, Scott Lieser and his fiancé, Kelly of Hawick, Rick Lieser of Hawick and Kristi Lieser of Minneapolis; step-grandson, Brady Lieser; brothers and sisters, Patrick Athmann and his wife, Bev of Hanover, James Athmann and his wife, Mona of Richfield, Brenda Athmann of Mounds View and Sandy Hellickson and her husband, Dave of Brooten.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wilfred Athmann on Aug. 8, 1999 and grandparents, Joseph and Susan Athmann.
Serving as casket bearers were Scott Lieser, Rick Lieser, Jason Hellickson, Steven Hellickson, Rob Hopfer and Tim Hopfer.
Serving as cross bearer was Amy Hellickson and scripture bearer was Sara Lieser. Christian Women of Spring Hill served as honorary bearers.

Vivian J. Friedrichs, age 77 of Sauk Centre, died on Monday, Dec. 10 at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria. Mass of Christian
Burial was Wednesday, Dec. 12 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Todd Schneider officiated with interment following in the parish cemetery.
Vivian was born on June 10, 1924 in Birchdale Township, Todd County, to Joseph and Mary (Wengert) Wallin. She was united in marriage to Jerome J. Friedrichs on May 20, 1947 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Since 1950 the couple had lived and farmed in Birchdale Township, Todd County, retiring in 1974. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853 Auxiliary and Little Sauk American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by four children, David (Terryl) Friedrichs and Suzanne (Kevin) Tschida, both of Sauk Centre, John (Lynn) Friedrichs of Osakis, Diane (Scott) Hinnenkamp of Melrose;10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Violet "Missy" (Bud) Friedrichs of Sauk Centre. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome on Nov. 10, 1979; one granddaughter, Stacy Kowski; sisters and brothers, Viola Sorensen, Gladys Proell, Sylvia (Tooty) Schleicher, Wallace and Russell Wallin.
Serving as casket bearers were Greg, Steve, B.J., and Michael Friedrichs, Scott Kowski and Jessica Hinnenkamp. Cross bearer was Jake Friedrichs, scripture bearer was Khristina Hinnenkamp, lectors and gift bearers were Amy Friedrichs and Cassandra Hinnenkamp.
Honorary bearers were members of the Little Sauk American Legion Auxiliary.

Services for Emma C. Paul, age 101 of Sauk Centre, who died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at St. Michael's Nursing Home in Sauk Centre will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with visitation one hour prior to service.
Rev. R.E. Bloemker will officiate with burial at 3 p.m. in Wildwood Cemetery in
Emma C. Paul was born on May 13, 1900 in Taylor Township, Trevors County, to Henry and Anna (Wahfeld) Butt. She married Walter G. Paul on June 16, 1926 in Wheaton.
The first seven years of marriage, the couple resided and farmed inWheaton. They left farming and moved to Morris when Mr. Paul became a highway patrol officer. In 1941 they moved to Sauk Centre. She published a book of poetry. Emma was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, the Gradatim Club, the Ladies Aid and the Rebecca Circle.
Survivors include her children, Betty Sporleder of St. Joseph, Walter Paul Jr. of Los Angeles, Calif; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Anna Butt; husband, Walter Paul in November of 1960 and 10 siblings.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 7 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Filmore, Calif., for Don Braun, 75, who died suddenly Saturday, Dec. 1 at his home at Lake Piru, Calif.
Fr. Joseph Hernandez was the celebrant.
Don Braun was born Oct. 1, 1926 in Melrose to the late Peter and Rose Braun. He graduated from the Melrose Area High School and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Biscayne during World War II. Returning home he attended St. John's University to help his teaching career. He taught one year at Spring Hill.
Her married Viola Rolfzen in 1946. She preceded him in death March 15, 1991.
Don moved his family to Reseda, Calif., in 1951 where he taught school at Nortre Dame High School. He taught Spanish and economics and later served a dean of men until his retirement in 1975.
He then moved to Lake Piru was a park ranger until his death. He was a member of the Melrose VFW and Past Commander of the Melrose Legion Post 101.
He is survived by his daughter Pat and two sons, David and Daniel, and five grandchildren. Also surviving are: two sisters, Irene Richter of Isle and Lorraine Rolfzen of Melrose; brothers Ray, of Chisago City; Bill, Fleesburg, Fla.; James, Perham and Allan of Frazee.
He was preceded in death by his wife, sons: Donald, Jr. and Dean; sister Dorothy Gregor; brothers Anthony and Gerald, Ves (MIA in Korean Conflict), Leander and Butch Braun.
Don met with his brothers in Minnesota for deer and squirrel hunting and fishing, and his love of playing smear.
Ray, Bill, Jim, Allan and friend Charles (Binki) Schlicht, P.J. from Port Orchard, Wash., Nelson of Cottage Grove, sons of the late Butch and Jan (Braun) Secord, attended the funeral.

Funeral services were conducted for Hildegard Guse Uecker on Thursday,
Dec. 6, 2001 at 1 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle with Rev. Ron Tibbetts officiating.
Interment was beside her husband, Otto at Lakeview Cemetery near Grey Eagle. Hildegard died of congestive heart failure at Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls on Friday, Nov. 30 after a series of strokes starting in 1989.
Hildegard Anna Amelia Guse Uecker was born on May 8, 1911 in Prairieville Township, Brown County to Herman and Emma (Dorn) Guse. She was christened on June 4, 1911 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. The family moved to the Grey Eagle area in August of 1916. Hildegard was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 4, 1925 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grey Eagle.
Hildegard went to Popple Grove School for two years and then attended the Lady Lake School the remaining years. She worked for two years at the Reichert Hotel in Long Prairie, until Otto came into her life. Hildegard and Otto Herman Walter Uecker were united in Holy Matrimony on June 7, 1931 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church by Rev. R. G. Troeger. Their attendants were Lydia Uecker Johnson and Arthur Uecker. The couple resided in Grey Eagle most all of their married life with Otto doing automotive and small engine repairs. Hildegard was very active in church activities, cooking for the school and the Senior Citizens Center. On Dec. 31, 1994 the Lord took her husband, Otto away from her.
She is survived by her four children, Marvin (Ann) Uecker, Otto (Christine) Uecker, Ruth (Steve) Rosenberg, all of Riverton, Wyo., and Delmer (Karen) Uecker of Grey Eagle; nine grandchildren, Nancy Uecker (Dan) Petermeier, Michael (Karmen) Uecker, Tim (Michelle) Uecker, Daniel (Debra) Uecker, Cheryl Uecker (David) Smith, Lynn (Julie) Rosenberg, Lori Rosenberg (Gordon) Chessey, Nathan Uecker and Jason Uecker; brother, Herman Guse, Jr of Long Prairie. She is leaving a large number of relatives and friends to mourn.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Viola Eckel; brothers, Leonard and Elmer Guse; an infant brother; grandson, Jeffrey Uecker; and great grandson, Mitchell Uecker.
Casket bearers were Lynn, Nick and Tony Rosenberg, Michael, Nathan and Jason Uecker. Dan and Tim Uecker were honorary bearers.

Marie E. Worms, age 91, of New Munich, entered into eternal happiness Friday, Nov. 30, at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB will be officiating. Concelebrating will be Rev. Ken Thielman, Rev. Roger Thoennes, and Rev. Ray Steffes, OSC.
Marie Worms was born August 20, 1910 in St. Martin, to John and Mary (Welle) Mehr. She was united in marriage to Leander Worms on June 10, 1936 in St. Martin. For a few years she worked at the New Munich Post Office.
She lived in New Munich for 61 years as a homemaker until 1997 when she became a resident of Pine Villa Care Center in Melrose. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich, Daughters of Isabella of Melrose, Saint Anne's Christian Mothers, Saint Valeria's Mission Group, a Crosier Apostolate member and a member of TEC (Together Encountering Christ) in Little Falls. She loved her family, friends, singing, playing cards and gardening.
Survivors include her daughter, Renee Nathe and her husband, Howard of Big Birch Lake; sisters-in-law, Aurelia Mehr of St. Cloud, Martha Mehr of St. Martin and Lucille Mehr of Mankato; four grandchildren, Michael Nathe and his wife, Karen of Bismark, North Dakota, Mark Nathe and his wife, Ann of Apple Valley, Patrick Nathe of New Munich and Julie Nathe of Sacramento, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Anne Marie and Jack Nathe and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Mehr; husband, Leander Worms in 1981; brothers, Hubert, Joseph, Jack, Fr. Henry, Fr. Al, Fr. Chris, George and Isidore Mehr; sisters, Elizabeth Doll and infant sister, Mary.
Serving as casket bearers were Michael Nathe, Karen Nathe, Mark Nathe, Ann Nathe, Patrick Nathe, and Julie Nathe.
Serving as cross bearer was Anne Marie Nathe and scripture bearer was Jack Nathe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mehr Memorial Educational Fund at Crosier Seminary in Onamia.

Carl "Carlie" E. Welz St. Cloud Aug. 19, 1913 - Dec. 1, 2001
Carl died peacefully at home with his family.
Funeral services were Wednesday, December 5, at St. John Cantius Church in St. Cloud for Carl "Carlie" Welz, age 88, who died Saturday at home. Entombment will be in the Assumption Cemetery Mausoleum.
Carl was born August 19, 1913, in Holdingford, to the late Peter and Theresa (Brandtner) Welz. He graduated from Melrose High School. He married Margaret "Duck" Graham on June 15, 1938, at St. Mark's Church in St. Paul, MN; she preceded him in death on January 3, 1997. Carl was a salesman and assistant manager at the Gamble Robinson Company from 1953 until retiring in 1979. Carl was a Stearns County Court Baliff from 1980 until 1994. Carl was a member and Past-President of the St. Cloud Eagles Aerie #622, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #961.
Carl is survived by four daughters, Kathy (Jim) Murphy of Chanhassen, MN, Suzie (Denny) Cota of New Hope, Joey (Barry) Miller of Maple Grove,and Peggy Swanson of Cambridge,; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are five brothers and sisters, Marie Frie, Justina "Toots" Tieman, and Mona (Butch) Williams, all of Melrose, John (Ida) Welz of St. Maries, Idahoe, Edna (Duane) Hedine of Walla Walla, Wash; and sister-in-law, Marie (Ted) Welz of Melrose.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret "Duck" of 59 years and also by brothers, Robert and Ted; one sister, Evelyn Hoeschen; and one granddaughter, Carrie Ann Cota.
Carl's love of life and humor touched many lives. He will be sadly missed by his family and his many Eagle friends and fishing buddies.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Services for Ervin Trisko, 81 of Fountain Hills, Ariz. and formerly of Melrose, were Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Church of the Ascension, Fountain Hill, Ariz.
Mr. Trisko, who was born Aug. 12, 1920 in Melrose, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea. He is survived by his wife, Mae, Fountain Hills, Ariz. Son Stephen Trisko, Palatine, Ill.; daughters: Karen (Robert) Trisko, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; Lynn Spence (Frank) Tempe, Ariz; brothers: Ralph, Maryland; Clarence, Lexington, Ky.; Joseph, LuVerne; Richard (Mary) Arden Hills; sister Lorraine Gerding (Gene), Belgrade; grandchildren: Mindy, New York, N.Y. and Heather, Palatine, Ill.
In his early years he was a professional musician who played from many years for several well-known swing era troupes, such as Frankie Masters, Buddy Moreno and Johnny Marlow
In lieu of flower contributions can be made to the Church of the Ascension Building Fund. 12615 North Fountain Hills Blvd, Fountain Hils, Ariz. 85268.

Services for Phyllis Greely Hoeft, 87 of Kimball, who died Tuesday, April 3 in 
Kimball, were Friday, April 6 at Kimball Church of Christ.
Burial was in the Kimball cemetery.
Mrs. Hoeft was born Jan. 1, 1914 in Hartland to Floyd and Sadie (Marvin) Cook. 
She graduated from Hamline University, St. Paul, in 1935 she taught English and 
was the speech coach at Kimball High School until 1951. She married married 
Clayton Greely on June 12, 1939 in St. Paul. The couple operated the Tri-County 
News before his death on Dec. 15, 1970. She continued as publisher and editor 
until retiring in 1994. She married Harry Hoeft on April 15, 1972 in Anoka. He 
died on April 23, 1976.
She was a member of the Church of Christ, Vesta Chapter 67 and Pearl Chapter 105 
Order of the Eastern Star and was the first woman president of the Kimball 
Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her children, Ronald Greely of Aurora, Carol Griepentrog of 
Willmar, Jane Griepentrog of Eden Prairie; stepsons, Jim Hoeft of Minnestrista, 
Kenneth Hoeft of St. Cloud and Gerald Hoeft of Kimball; sister Donna Jean 
Bassett of Douglasville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, eight 
stepgrandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sister and brother, Eileen Flohr and Clair.

Donald "Peter" W. Funk, age 52 of New Munich, died Friday, March 23 unexpectedly 
at his home.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, March 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 
in Freeport. Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB, officiated, with burial following in the 
parish cemetery.
Donald "Peter" Funk was born May 10, 1948 in Melrose to Anton and Katherine 
(Moscho) Funk. He worked as a machinist in Minneapolis for five years, until 
moving back to the family farm southwest of Freeport for the last 23 years. He 
has worked part-time at Jennie-O Foods in Melrose for the last year. He was a 
member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich.
Survivors include his; fiancee Sue Berry, St. Cloud; parents, Anton and 
Katherine Funk of Freeport; brothers and sisters: Eldred Funk of Brooklyn Park; 
Ardell Loehr and her husband, Don of Prior Lake; Jerry Funk and his wife, Sue of 
Long Prairie; Joyce Schoenberg and her husband, Roger of Greenwald; Joni Funk of 
Saint Joseph; Rick Funk and his wife, Bonita of Sauk Rapids; Butch Funk of Cold 
Spring; Mary Lee Passek and her husband, Rick of Prior Lake; Cindy Stephanson 
and her husband, Roger of Mound; Daryl Funk and his wife, Cecelia of Medina.
Serving as casket bearers were Kirk and Craig Loehr, Jason, Josh, and Ryan Funk, 
Brooke Schoenberg. Cross bearer was Joy Funk. Honorary bearers were Jimmy 
Martin, Roger Wiemann, Chris Punksack, Dick Thull, Don Zierbes, Bob Pflipson, 
Craig Viere, and David Ehlert.

Catherine R. Klassen, age 80, of Melrose, died Monday, March 26, 2001 at her 
home in Melrose. Mass of Christian burial was Thursday, March 29 at Saints Peter 
and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa. Revs. LeRoy Scheierl and Roger Klassen, OSB 
concelebrated with burial following in the parish cemetery.
Catherine Klassen was born August 8, 1920 in Saint Rosa, to Bernard and Anna 
(Herkenhoff) Wiechmann. She was united in marriage to Paul Klassen on April 24, 
1946 at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Saint Rosa. The couple lived in 
St. Martin for a year before moving to Elrosa. They farmed there until retiring 
in 1989, and Catherine had been a resident of Roseview Manor in Melrose since 
January of 1996. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Daughters of 
Isabella, the Christian Mothers and the Mission Group.
Catherine is survived by her children, Abbott John Klassen, OSB, of 
Collegeville, Kenneth Klassen, of Minneapolis, Rita Eveslage and her husband, 
Dan, of Greenwald, Vernon Klassen and his wife, Heather, of Lynnwood, Allen 
Klassen and his wife, Linda, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Grace Lambert and her 
husband, Larry, of Vandalia, IL; brothers and sisters, Elsie Mohr, of Freeport, 
Marie Koll and her husband, Tony, of Chaska, Alois Wiechmann and his wife, Rose, 
of St. Rosa, Alphonse Wiechmann and his wife, Hildegard, of Belgrade and Wilfred 
Wiechmann, of Belgrade and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her 
husband, Paul, who died Feb.14, 1994, sons, Dennis and Jerome and brothers, 
Walter, Frank and Anton.
Casket bearers were Andrew, Mark and Michael Wiechmann, JoAnn Burandt, Sandra 
Roelike and Michael Mohr. Cross bearer will be Yvette Tehaar with prayer book 
bearer, Lois Frerichs.

Services were Saturday, March 31 at Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home for 
Patrick J. Roden, 52, who died Tuesday, March 27 at his home in Albany.
Burial was private.
Arrangements were made by Miller-Carlin-Brenny Funeral Home, Albany.
Patrick Roden was born March 22, 1949 in St. Cloud to Walter and Leona (Primus) 
He graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School. He worked on the assembly 
line at Franklin Manufacturing for more than 20 years. He had been a press 
operator with Stearns County Publishing, Albany, for the past seven years. He 
was an avid hunter and outdoors man. He was a member of several dart, softball 
and bowling leagues and St. Cloud Eagles Aerie 622.
Survivors include his parents; and sisters, Joan Zimmer of New Prague, and Joyce 
Podtburg of Bowlus.
Services for LaVern P. Fuechtmann, age 72 of Freeport, who died of cancer on 
Friday, March 16 at Albany Area Hospital, Albany were Monday, March 19 at Sacred 
Heart Catholic Church in Freeport.
Rev. Roger Klassen, OSB officiated with interment following in the parish 
LaVern Fuechtmann was born on March 10, 1929 in Melrose to Aloys Sr. and 
Margaret (Olmscheid) Fuechtmann. He was united in marriage to Alice Loesch 
September 29, 1953 in Lake Henry. After they married, the couple resided in 
Freeport. LaVern was employed by Freeport Implement for over 35 years. At the 
age of 62 he retired and continued doing small handyman jobs out of his garage 
for his family and community. As a lifetime resident of Freeport, LaVern was a 
member and usher of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. His favorite past 
times were attending auctions and playing cards.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Fuechtmann of Freeport; four children, Diane 
Hellermann and her husband, Mark of Melrose, Judy Beuning and her husband, Mike 
of Melrose, Darlene McCorvey and her husband, Patrick of Pearland, Texas, Gene 
Fuechtmann and his wife, Cheryl of New Munich; nine grandchildren; brothers and 
sisters, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre, Al Fuechtmann and his wife, Janet of 
New Munich, Irma Borgerding and her husband, Dave of Belgrade, Bernice Pilger 
and her husband, Jim of Farmington, Robert Fuechtmann and his wife, Lucy of 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloys and Margaret Fuechtmann; sisters, 
Hildegard Sand and Gertrude Fuechtmann; brother, Harold Fuechtmann.
Serving as Casket Bearers were Amy Hellermann, Matt Hellermann, Patrick McCorvey 
Jr., Ryan McCorvey, Kari Beuning and Eric Beuning.
Serving as Cross Bearer was Emily Beuning.
Serving as Honorary Casket Bearers were LaVern's Godchildren,
Earl Fuechtmann, Charles Sand, Roxanne Krych, Michelle Fuechtmann, Dan
Hellermann, Tom Fuechtmann and Jan Finazzo.
Serving as Gift Bearers were Al Fuechtmann and Robert Fuechtmann.
Edmund J. Olberding
The graveside service for Edmund Joseph Olberding were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 
27 at Eagle Point National Cemetery.
The Rev. Jim Clifford of Shepherd of the Valley officiated.
Mr. Olberding, 76, of Central Point, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) at his home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 
96010, Washington, D.C. 20090 6010.
He was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Spring Hill Twp., a son of Frank and Mary 
Olberding. On Aug. 16, 1952, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Beatrice Hunt, 
who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1998 from Redding, Calif.
Mr. Olberding was a pipe insulator for asbestos, heat and frost insulation.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Mr. Olberding was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Shepherd-of the Valley 
Catholic Church.
He enjoyed gardening, listening to classical music and his dog.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Debbie Olberding, 
Medford, Jackie Flink, Murray, Utah, and Serene Nehls, Cottonwood, Calif.; two 
brothers, Fritz, Kansas City, Kan, and George, Minneapolis; two sisters, Angie 
Meyer, Sauk Centre, Minn., and Lillian Essler, Winthrop; six grandchildren; six 
great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. He was preceded in death by 
two brothers, Leonard and Arthur.

Minnie Pagel
Minnie C. Pagel, 91, of Long Prairie, formerly of Sauk Centre died Sunday, March 
11 at Long Prairie Memorial Hospital.
Services were Wednesday, March 14 at Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre with Rev. 
R.E. Bloemker officiating. Burial was follow in GreenwoodCemetery, Sauk Centre.
Minnie Pagel was born on August 16, 1909 in Millwood Township to Emil and Anna 
(Lodigas) Tabatt. She married Emil W. Pagel on May 14, 1929 in Melrose. They 
farmed in the Long Prairie and Sauk Centre area until retiring and moving to 
Sauk Centre in 1964. She resided at the Long Prairie Memorial Nursing Home since 
December of 1998. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sauk Centre.
Survivors include her sons, Kenneth Pagel of Little Falls, Roger Pagel and his 
wife, JoAnn of Orr and Allen Pagel and his wife, Martha of Sauk Centre; 10 
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil W. Pagel on Feb. 9, 1978; son, 
Donald D. Pagel on Aug. 27, 1970; infant daughter, Sylvia Pagel in 1933; 
brothers and sisters, Arnold, Leo and Adolph Tabatt, Rose Genrich and Olga 
Casket bearers will be grandchildren, Jeffrey, Emil, Johann and Glenn Pagel, Tom 
Reiter and Tirone Jefferson.

Norbert E. Hellermann, age 75 of Sauk Centre, died of cancer on Saturday, March 
3 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 7 at St. 
Paul's Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev Timothy Wenzel officiated with 
interment following in the parish cemetery.
Norbert Hellermann was born on June 3, 1925 in Melrose to Henry and Rosina 
(Wessel) Hellermann. He was united in marriage to Rita Fuechtmann on Sept. 20, 
1949 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. The couple farmed 
in Sauk Centre Township, Stearns County. They retired in 1996 and moved to Sauk 
Centre. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bishop Busch Council 4863 
Knights of Columbus and St. Paul's Catholic Aid.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Hellermann of Sauk Centre; six children, Doris 
Nathe and her husband, David of Greenwald, Kenneth Hellermann of Sauk Centre, 
Daniel Hellermann and his wife, Connie of Sauk Centre, Ruth Bertram and her 
husband, Gerald of Sauk Centre, Sharon Sobania and her husband, Maynard of 
Holdingford and Robert Hellermann of Sauk Centre; 11 grandchildren; one great 
grandson; brothers and sisters, Henry Hellermann and his wife, Lorraine of 
Vadnais Heights, Elmer Hellermann and his wife, Anna, Roman Hellermann and his 
wife, Bernice, Simon Hellermann and his wife, Mary, Marcella Frericks and her 
husband, Elmer, Mary Ann Primus and Dorothy Schneider and her husband, Alvin of 
Melrose, Rosalyn Lehner and her husband, Pete of Shakopee. He was preceded in 
death by his parents; brother, Richard Hellermann; half-brother, Paul 
Hellermann; half-sister, Loretta Hinnenkamp; grandson, Kurt Nathe and an infant 
Serving as casket bearers were Jamie and Ricky Bertram, Joshua Sobania, Michelle 
and Jennifer Nathe, Eric Kristy and Kayla Hellermann.
Serving as cross bearer was Jessica Bertram and gift bearers were Jodi Nathe, 
Jayden and Randy Muellner. Honorary bearers were Ray Frericks, Howard Flowers, 
Allie Hoeschen, Rudy Vait, Bob Blank, Wayne Hansmann, Jerry Schurman, Leo 
Asfeld, Bud Minette, Bernard Meyer, Jerome Messer, Joe Zehrer, Mike Froseth, 
Richard Wolbeck, Kim Olson, Jim Proell and Paul Kortan.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to St. Michael's Hospice.

Elmer J. "Bud" Schmitt, age 75 of Sauk Centre, died on Saturday, March 3 at the 
Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, March 6 at St. Paul's Catholic Church 
in Sauk Centre with Rev. Timothy Wenzel officiating.
Interment followed in the parish cemetery with military honors provided by the 
Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.
Elmer Schmitt was born on February 19, 1926 in Jacobs Prairie to Leo and 
Margaret (Doubeck) Schmitt. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He 
was united in marriage to Arlene Friedrichs on November 28, 1953 at Mary of Mt. 
Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie. He had resided in Sauk Centre since 
1955. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Paul F. Donart VFW Post 
2853, American Legion Post 417 of Little Sauk and Sinclair Lewis Aerie #3847 
Fraternal Order of Eagles.
He is survived by five daughters, Cathy Franko and her husband, Mark of St. 
Louis, Missouri; Cindy Morris and her husband, David of Aberdeen, Maryland; 
Connie Novitzki and her husband, Roger of Bloomington; Carrie Krick and her 
husband, Ron of Waite Park; Carla Posch and her husband, Dave of Royalton; 17 
grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Irene Rennie and 
her husband, Norb, Mary Brinker and her husband, Dick, Dennis Schmitt and his 
wife, Alice and Emma Dullinger and her husband, Tony of St. Cloud, Robert 
Schmitt and his wife, Mary of Waite Park, Carol Rodekuhr and her husband, Terry 
of Plymouth and Margie Heimerl and her husband, Dennis of Lester Prairie. He was 
preceded in death by his wife, Arlene on Nov. 29, 1991; brothers and sisters, 
Alvin, Rich and Hank Schmitt, Esther Kochevar, Martha Lodemeier Volkmuth and 
infant twin sisters.
Serving as casket bearers were Mark Franko, Roger Novitzki, Ron, Michael, Adam 
and David Krick, Dave and Nathan Posch. Serving as cross bearer was Nathan Posch 
and as scripture bearer was Joseph Posch.

Services for Anna Adeline Budner, 91 of Minneota, who died Monday, March 5 at 
Minneota Manor, Minneota, were Thursday, March 8 at Holy Redeemer Catholic 
Church, Marshall.
Interment was at Cavalry Cemetery, Marshall. Rev. Eugene Brown officiated.
Mrs. Budner was born Aug. 21, 1909 to Ferdinand and Eva (Lietz) Danzl at St. 
Joseph. She graduated from Melrose High School and then worked at home. She 
married Peter Budner on Sept. 11, 1944 in Melrose. They lived in Albany and 
Melrose before moving to Marshall in 1976. She liked watching sports and 
participating in activities at the Minneota Manor. She enjoyed being with her 
children and grandchildren. She is survived by her son: Peter (Mary) of Golden 
Valley; daughters Mary (Max) Lord of Marshall, and Sharon (Denny) Boncquet of 
Hutchinson; sister: Hilda Volz of Michigan; six grandchildren and two 
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one grandson, Paul; three 
brothers and two sisters.

Services were Monday, Feb.19 for Marlene Peternell, 51 of St. Stephen who died 
Thursday, Feb 15, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Marlene Peternell was born in St. Cloud to George and Leona (Beam) Feld. She 
married Benedict Peternell on Sept. 7, 1971, in St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 
St. Wendell. The couple lived in St. Stephen for more than 30 years. She was a 
lens inspector at Vista Optical in Sauk Rapids for more than two years. She was 
a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband; brother 
and sisters, Duane Feld of Avon, JoAnne Zipp of St. Joseph, Carol Cropper of St. 
Stephen, Marlys Diederich of St. Cloud, and Marian J. Psyck and Janice Ferche of 
John N. Berns, age 87 of Sauk Centre passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 12 at 
St. Michael's Hospital in Sauk Centre.
John Norbert Berns was born on Nov. 21, 1913 in Getty Township to Herman and 
Wilhemina (Wehlage) Berns. After his schooling and training in accounting, John 
went to work as an accountant in Cambridge for several years. On Nov. 28, 1959 
John was united in marriage to Eleanor Bauer at St. Paul's Catholic Church in 
Sauk Centre. John then began a public accounting and tax service out of his home 
in Sauk Centre known as J.N. Berns Accounting. He continued his accounting 
career for over fifty years, having just retired last year.
One of John's favorite hobbies was caring for his garden each season. He tended 
it carefully and always managed to grow a bountiful harvest each year that he 
would generously share with his neighbors and friends. He also enjoyed 
traveling, going bowling or just having friends over for a game of cards. John 
was a member of St. Paul's parish and his faith was an important part of his 
life. He was dedicated to helping those less fortunate and had a special concern 
for the missions. He read many types of magazines, but the mission magazines 
were his favorite.
John is survived by his wife, Eleanor Berns of Sauk Centre and many nieces and 
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Henry and Joseph Berns, 
sisters, Anna Marthaler, Rose Beckerman, Beata Berns and Lewina Welle.
A Mass of Resurrection was held for John on Friday, Feb. 16 at St. Paul's 
Catholic Church with Fr. Tim Wenzel officiating, assisted by Deacon Julius 
Beckermann, who also was the lector. Crossbearer was Dale Berns and the 
giftbearers were the Doris and Michael Anderson family. Carol Trisko was the 
Interment was at St. Paul's Cemetery in Sauk Centre and the honorary pallbearers 
were Marlin Ness, Robert Kane, Raymond Wenker, Gerald Schurman, David Bauer and 
Richard Van Beck.
Active pallbearers were Donald Marthaler, Joseph Beckermann, Ken Welle, Dennis, 
David and Duane Berns.
Visitation hours were held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at St. Paul's 
church with a Christian Mothers, Holy Rosary Society and Poor Souls Society 
rosary at 7:30 p.m. with the parish prayers being offered at 8 p.m.

Julian L. Berscheid, 70, of Grey Eagle died Thursday, Feb. 8 at Long Prairie 
Memorial Hospital in Long Prairie.
Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, Feb. 12th at St. Joseph's Catholic Church 
in Grey Eagle with Rev. Bernie Gruenes officiating. Interment was in the parish 
Julian Lawrence Berscheid was born on Sept. 30, 1930 in Birchdale Township, Todd 
County, to the late Nicholas & Mae (Pluth) Berscheit. He grew up on the family 
farm in Birchdale Township. At the age of 21, he entered the U.S. Army and 
served in Korea. Following his discharge, he returned to the family farm. He was 
united in marriage to Patricia Ann Rieger on Sept. 8, 1962 at St. Joseph's 
Catholic Church in Grey Eagle. The couple made their home on the family farm 
where they farmed until Julian's retirement eight years ago. Julian was a member 
of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Grey Eagle, Melrose V.F.W. Post #7050, 
Knights of Columbus in Long Prairie, and was a former member of the Grey Eagle 
Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling on leagues in Melrose and Long Prairie in his 
younger years and most recently babysitting for his grandchildren and other 
neighbor children.
Julian L. Berscheid is survived by his wife, Patricia of Grey Eagle; children, 
Julie Blommel and husband, Lloyd, of Freeport, MN, Alan Berscheid of Los Alamos, 
NM, Angela Pohlmann and husband, Richard, of Grey Eagle, and Daniel Berscheid of 
Grey Eagle; brothers, Clarence Berscheid and wife, Viola of Melrose, and Edward 
Berscheid and wife, Rosie of Sauk Centre; sisters, Dorothy Jacobs of Grey Eagle, 
and Lorraine Bitz of Grey Eagle; and 10 grandchildren, Mae, Diane, Cari Alissa, 
Beth, and Katrina Blommel and Nicole, Derek, Christopher, and Megan Pohlmann.
Julian L. Berscheid was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Arnold 
and Donald Berscheid.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Dorothy B. Stroeing, age 73, of Waite Park, formerly of New Munich, died Feb.10 
at Sterling Park Commons in Waite Park. Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, 
Feb. 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Munich. Burial was in 
the parish cemetery. Rev. Roger Klassen officiated; Brother Julius Boeckermann 
had committal rites.
Dorothy Stroeing was born in St. Martin Township, to Frank and Anna (Buettner) 
Stroeing. She attended country school, and lived on the family farm. In 1957, 
she moved to St. Cloud, working for a drycleaning business. She worked at the 
Veterans Administration Medical Center in the laundry department for 23 years, 
retiring in 1989. Since 1998 she has resided in Waite Park. She was a member of 
Saint Peter's Catholic Church in St. Cloud.
Dorothy is survived by her brothers and sisters, Leora Honer and her husband, 
Peter of St. Joseph, Sylvester Stroeing of Freeport, Mary Ellen Rosen and her 
husband, Jerome of Freeport, Evelyn Voller of Holdingford, Wilfred Stroeing of 
Waite Park, Vernon Stroeing and his wife, Marjorie of Freeport, Celestine 
Stroeing of St. Joseph, Marvin Stroeing and his wife, Marlene of New Munich, 
Rita Stang and her husband, Fred of Minneapolis.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Robert Voller and 
Lambert Cherne; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae (Wensman) Stroeing, and Shirley 
(Buersken) Stroeing.
Serving as casket bearers were Kevin Stroeing, Scott Stroeing, LeRoy Cherne, 
Steve Stang, Tom Voller, and Glenn Stroeing. Cross bearer was Richard Rosen.
Memorials are preferred to Saint Cloud Hospice.

Edward O. Koecheler, age 80, of W. St. Paul, died Thursday, Feb. 1 in St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Weber and was the beloved husband 
for 58 years to Monica. Edward was the loving father to Gary (Maureen), Gene 
(Gaile), Mary Jo Heine and Judith (Jim) Schneider, and the devoted grandfather 
to John and Paul Koecheler, Katie and Michael Koecheler, Neil, Allison and Kelly 
Schneider. He is survived by a brother, Charles (& Judy) Koecheler; a sister 
Marion (Bud) Wiener; and brother-in-law, Joe Weber. Mass of Christian Burial was 
Monday, Feb. 12 at the Church of St. Joseph, Seminole at Buttler, WSP.
Interment was in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Mary Westerhaus, age 104, of Melrose, died Saturday, Feb. 3, at Pine Villa Care 
Center in Melrose.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001 at St. Mary's Catholic Church 
in Melrose. Rev. Vincent Lieser will officiated, with burial following in the 
parish cemetery.
Mary Westerhaus was born January 9, 1897 in St. Cloud Township, Stearns County 
to Anton and Katherine (Bruns) Fischer. Mary worked as a RN in Brainerd and 
Duluth for approximately 10 years. She married Henry T. Westerhaus on June 21, 
1933 at St. Cloud Cathedral Church. After the couple married they resided in 
Melrose. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melrose.
Survivors include children, Hank Westerhaus and his wife, Jeanette of Melrose, 
Andrew Westerhaus and his wife, Joanne of Burnsville, Al Westerhaus and his 
wife, Ardath of Circle Pines; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one 
sister, Victoria Schmidt of St. Augusta.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry T. Westerhaus on June 
7, 1981; son, Joseph Westerhaus; brothers, William Fischer, Henry Fischer, 
Rudolph Fischer, Meinrad Fischer; sisters, Martha Kaste and Justine Holt.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: ARC.
Casketbearers were Beth Julik, Gregg Westerhaus, Dean Westerhaus, Dan 
Westerhaus, David Westerhaus, Jonathon Westerhaus.
Crossbearer was LeeAnn Westerhaus and Scripturebearer was Lynn Jurrens.
Honorary Casketbearers were Julia Westendorf, Rita Enneking, Stella Schiffler, 
Mary Jacobs, Agnes Klassen and the care givers and residents of Pine Villa Care 

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