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Obituaries 2014

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April 2014

David K. Acheson

David K. Acheson, age 76
Cold Spring
April 14, 1938 – April 16, 2014

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Monday April 21, 2014 at First United Methodist Church on Pinecone Road in Sartell, MN for David Acheson, age 76, who died Wednesday, at St. Cloud Hospital. 

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 20, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Wenner Funeral home in Richmond, and 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

David Kent Acheson was born on April 14, 1938, in Chester, SD, the son of Claude and Ruth (Ponto) Acheson.  He grew up on a farm in Moody County South Dakota and attended grade school in Rutland, SD.  In 1956 he graduated from Flandreau High School where he participated in track, basketball, football, and FFA.   He attended South Dakota State University, playing four years with the Jackrabbit football team and graduating with a BS degree in the summer of 1960 and an M. Ed degree in 1965 in agricultural education. 

David married Donna Frager at First Methodist Church in Madison, SD, on July 2, 1960.  He started a 40-year career in public education as the high school vocational agriculture teacher in Burke, SD, with his new bride, who for 53 years was also known as “my secretary.”  In 1962 he returned to Flandreau where he was the high school vocational ag teacher and FFA advisor for 12 years.  His department served as a teacher training center for agriculture education majors from SDSU for nine years.  He spent part of ten summers as an inspector of certified seed fields for the SD Crop Improvement Association.  David served as an officer in the South Dakota Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association, one term as president of the Flandreau Education Association, and ten years as a member of the Flandreau Jaycees.  He was also a registered certified official with the South Dakota State High School League in football and basketball until his move to Minnesota.
   
In 1974 he accepted the position of Adult Farm Management Instructor at Rocori High School in Cold Spring, MN, and found that working with area farm families at their kitchen table could be as much fun as teaching high school students in the classroom.   David held memberships in the National and Minnesota Vocational Agriculture Teachers Associations, and the Rocori Education Association.  He had served on the advisory board for the Farm Business Management Department at St. Cloud Technical College and on the executive board of the MN State Forage and Grasslands Council.  In 1995 he was recognized as teacher of the year by the MN Vocational Association and the MN Agricultural Education Association.  After his retirement from School District 750 and Ridgewater College in 2000, he worked several summers for the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District and as a seed salesman for Wensman.  

He was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church and served as a communion steward for many years and on the Building and Grounds Committee.  He was a member of the Rocori Booster Club and a former member of the Cold Spring Lions.  Dave was a strong supporter of the Future Farmers of America organization and was recognized by them with honorary State Farmer Degrees in SD and MN, and with the honorary American Farmer Degree, which he received at the national FFA convention in Kansas City in 1991.

One of the highlights of his life was starting a summer fishing and camping trip to Lake of the Woods with two other fathers and their sons.  Each summer the group grew and provided nine years of treasured memories for the “lads and dads” involved.  He liked hunting but thought the best part was the commune with nature and the woods.  Dave enjoyed playing slow-pitch softball until he was 55, then took up pitching horseshoes in the Eden Valley league.  His children and grandchildren will miss his ever-present support and advice, but especially his sense of humor.    

He is survived by his wife, Donna; three daughters, Margaret Acheson (Brett Bruvold),   Rhoda (Duane) Paurus, Claudia Jean (Joel) Winter, and a son, Jon (Michelle); eight grandchildren, Mariah (Jason) Fischer, Mason and Myles Johannes, Matthew Paurus, Ian and Jasper Winter, Grace and Evan Acheson; and his brother, Gerald (Lynne), a niece and two nephews.    

David faced his six-year journey with T-cell lymphocytic leukemia with a positive attitude mixed with more than a little humor.  It was an adventure that was made as pleasant as possible by Dr. Lemma and the oncology staff at CentraCare Health Plaza and by all of the kind and concerned people working in the Emergency Department and Fifth Floor North at St. Cloud Hospital.  His family is so grateful to all of you for your compassionate care.   

Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN. 

Dwayne Hensel

Dwayne Hensel, age 76
Cold Spring
November 26, 1937 – April 14, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Dwayne Hensel, age 76, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 11:00 – 1:15 p.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Dwayne was born in Timber Lake, SD to Herman and Frances (Carls) Hensel.  He married Kathleen (Kay) Orth on July 22, 1961 in St. Paul’s Catholic Church, St. Cloud, MN.  Dwayne worked as a manufacturing engineer for Pako Corp., A.D.C Telecommunications and Varitronics.  He enjoyed golf, fishing with his grandchildren, playing cards, vacationing in Arizona and spending time with family and friends.  Dwayne was a member of the Cold Spring American Legion and Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kay; children, Gregg (Carol), Brent (Joan), Corey (Julia); son-in-law, Bradley Bartholomew; siblings, Robert (Joyce), Theresa (Jerry) Carpenter, Darald (MaryAnn); grandchildren, Zachary, Nathan, Scott, Sarah, Jacob, Patrick, William and Noelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sheryl Bartholomew; and sister, Francine Martin.   

Leo J. Lucken

Leo J. Lucken, age 84
Richmond
August 10, 1929 – April 13, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Leo Joseph Lucken, age 84, who died Sunday at the Albany Hospital. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home.

Leo was born in St. Martin to Joseph and Bertha (Willenbring) Lucken. He married Bertha VanHeel on October 7, 1955 at St. Francis of Assissi in St. Francis, Minnesota. Leo worked as a Farmer. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, and St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha; siblings, John (Virginia) Lucken, Clare Knettle, Lloyd (Fran) Lucken, Al (Florence) Lucken, Louise (Joe) Schwinghammer, Bertha (Mike) Stodola, Jane Nesbit, Valerie Taylor; in-laws, Rita Ritter, Arnold Kleve, and Arnold Bauer.

He was proceeded in death by sister, Joann Bauer.

Memorials are preferred to Richmond Fire Department or organization of your choice.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, Minnesota.

Helen M. Zabinski

Helen M. Zabinski, age 76
Rockville
August 28, 1937 – April 7, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Helen M. Zabinski, age 76, who died Monday at Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Mary of Immaculate Conception Christian Women will pray a Rosary at 4:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.
  
Helen was born in St. Cloud to Max and Catherine (Thyen) Nuernberg. She married Larry Zabinski on September 30, 1961 in Waite Park.  Helen loved entertaining her friends and family. She enjoyed Texas, oil painting, gardening, camping, dancing, traveling, and being with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; children, Paula (Bruce) Polhamus, Charles (Carol), Craig (Lisa), Chris (Diane), Pam (Donnie) DelCastillo; siblings, Carol (Chuck) Guggenberger, Donald (Kathe) Nuernberg, MaryAnn (Tom) McFarland, Theresa Lund; in-laws, Debbie Nuernberg, and Richard George: 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren
 
She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Kenneth “Butch” Nuernberg, Laura George; grandchildren Mary Theresa, and Ashley Marie.

Patricia Ellen Bjorklund

Patricia Ellen Bjorklund, age 71
Cold Spring
January 6, 1943 ~ April 1, 2014

Patricia Ellen Bjorklund, 71, died peacefully at her home in Cold Spring on April 1, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Pat was born in St. Paul on January 6, 1943 to Malte and Lillian (Schulz) Bjorklund. In 1965, Pat met and married Erhard Lemke. They had three children and made their home in Albany. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968 and spent most of her career as a teacher in the Albany Area School District. In 1982 she married Gary Burton, and together they ran the Pizza Shoppe of Albany. She later married Herb Counter and spent many happy years together before his death in 1997. Pat went on to earn a Master's Degree in Special Education from St. Cloud State University in 2001. In her free time she enjoyed cross country skiing, kayaking, painting, writing poetry, ice skating with friends, watching Doc Martin and observing the beauty of nature on the lake and land that was her home.

She is survived by her children, son Joel Lemke (Kathy) of Minneapolis, daughter Jami Markle (Lee) of Eden Prairie, and daughter Jody Boisen (Matt) of Owatonna, her siblings Gretchen Boggie (Ray) of Two Harbors, Gordon Bjorklund of Riverside, CA and Ken Bjorklund of Monona, WI, her grandchildren, Thomas and Ellen Boisen and Evan, Kenna and Megan Markle, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Counter, parents, Malte and Lillian Bjorklund, and brother Floyd Bjorklund.

Visitation will be on Saturday, April 5th from 1:00-2:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm. In lieu of gifts, memorials are preferred to Peach Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, 1000 Red River Avenue North, Cold Spring, MN 56320.

Joyce C. Waszak, age 72
Richmond
December 17, 1941 – April 1, 2014

Funeral Services will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Joyce C. Waszak, age 72, who died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Relatives and friends may gather from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Arrangement with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Survivors include her husband, John; children, Lillian (Scot) Koester, Lenore Waszak, Lynn (Matt) Burg, Kathleen Waszak; 4 grandchildren; parents, Walford and Raietta Frable and 7 siblings.

March 2014

Grace Ann Muggli

Grace Ann Muggli, age 73
Cold Spring
July 18, 1940 – March 31, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Grace Ann Muggli, age 73, who died Monday, March 31, 2014 in Sun City West, Arizona.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday morning in the Church Narthex one hour prior to mass.  Arrangement with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Grace Ann Muggli was born in Prairie du Chien, WI to Merle and Agnes (Vogel) Sargeant. She married Jon Lawrence Muggli on July 23, 1966 in Hammond, WI. Grace worked as a Medical Technician and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, computers, and liked taking pictures. Grace taught religious classes, volunteered with church groups, organized adoration schedules for the church, helped with funeral dinners, and cleaning the church.  She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Christian Women and Mary’s Cenacle.  Grace truly lived up to her name. She was "God's Favour" and a "Blessing" to everyone in her life. She was a loving and supportive spouse, a gentle and nurturing mother, a true and welcoming friend. She was strong yet kind, quiet and steadfast in her faith, joyful and always hopeful. She lived for those she loved, and those she loved will never forget her.

Survivors include her husband, Jon; children, Michael, James, David, Lynn (Patrick)  Batson, Thomas (Stacie), Teresa (Daniel) Beranek, Daniel; sister-in-law, Gail Sargeant; grandchildren, Jasper Muggli, Coralee Muggli, Owen Beranek, Jude Beranek; step-grandchildren, Julia Batson, and Samantha Batson.

She was preceded in death by parents and her brother, James Sargeant.

Clarence Dingmann, age 77Clarence Dingmann
Jacobs Prairie
February 11, 1937 – March 31, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Clarence Dingmann, age 77, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.  Catholic United Financial will pray a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Church.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Clarence was born in Cold Spring, MN to Herman and Theresa (Holthaus) Dingmann.  He married Joanne Witzmann on October 15, 1959 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring, MN.  Clarence was the Superintendent of Grounds and Buildings at Rocori High School until retiring in 2000.  He volunteered and was on the Board of Directors at Assumption Nursing Home.  Clarence was the Custodian for St. James Parish for 10½ years and a Parish Trustee for 6 years.  He enjoyed having coffee with his friends and was an official member of the Red River Round Table.  Clarence loved fishing, family, country drives, and time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 Survivors include his wife, Joanne; children, Deb (Terry) Utsch, Dave (Lynn), Keith, Brian (Melissa); grandchildren, Shannon (Jarrod) Woodard, Jonathan Utsch (Nicole Corrigan), Brandon (Jenn), Brianne, Ben, Matthew, Madelyn, Meredith, Gunther, Merran, Elsa; 8 great-grandchildren; sister, Laura (Pete) Hengel; sisters-in-law, Audrey Dingmann, Juletta Dingmann and Janette Dingmann.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marcus, Tillie Guggenberger, Ralph, Linus, Wally, Evelyn and grandson, Michael Utsch.

Lucille R. Tilbury, age 78
Richmond
March 10, 1936 – March 31, 2014 

Visitation with relatives and friends for Lucille “Lucy” Tilbury who died Monday at the Foley Nursing Center, Foley, will be from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home, 151 Oakwood Ave SE, Richmond.  Lucy worked at Waytek Inc. for many years and since 1988 she enjoyed retirement in Richmond.  Survivors include children, Ken, Jr., Craig (Kathy), LuAnn Woitalla; 1 sister Anna Mae Cooper; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, Sr. (2010) and her brother, Clifford.  Lucy touched many lives and will be deeply missed. Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Linda Beckrich

Linda Beckrich, age 56
Cold Spring
June 02, 1957 – March 30, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Linda Beckrich, age 56, who died Sunday at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 pm.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service in the church.

Linda was born in Richmond, MN to Ray and Maddie (Terres) Kleve.  She married Greg Beckrich on June 11, 1977 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.  Linda was self- employed as a hair stylist at Fashion Flair.  Linda found joy in being a loving mother to Mike and wife to Greg.  She enjoyed gardening, fishing, sunbathing, playing pool, photography, walking, playing cards, and bird watching.  Linda was a very giving person, of her love, time, and talents; her bars will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her parents; husband, Greg; son, Michael; siblings, Brenda Minge, Lou Ann (Jim) O’Connor, Randy (Cindy) Kleve, Lisa (Dave) Rarick, Peggy (Craig) Frederick, Pam (Curt) Karls; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Ken) Schweihs, Chuck (Debbie) Beckrich, Judy (Tim) Higgins, Mary (Gary) Dockendorf, Joan (Brian Layer) Beckrich, Carol (fiancé Todd Leegard) Johannes; mother-in-law, Rose Beckrich, and 27 nieces and nephews.
 
She was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Gilbert Beckrich; brother-in-law, Chuck Minge, and good friend, Rhonda Phillips.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral in Cold Spring, MN.

Angeline “Nee Pintok” Nentl

Angeline “Nee Pintok” Nentl, 83
Holdingford
August 31, 1930 – March 22, 2014

Angeline “Angie” Nentl,  age 83, Holdingford died peacefully at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Church of All Saints- St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Holdingford.  The Reverend Gregory Mastey will officiate and Reverend John Paul Knopik will concelebrate.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Holdingford.

Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.  at the Church of All Saints-St. Mary’s Tuesday March 25, 2014 and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.  All Saints St. Mary’s Christian Mothers will pray a rosary at 5:30 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 6 p.m.  Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, Holdingford.

Angie Nentl was born August 31, 1930 in Brockway Township, Stearns County in Opole, MN to Joseph and Constance (Warzecha) Pintok.  Angie graduated from Holdingford High School in 1948.  She moved to Minneapolis and worked at Investors Diversified a number of years.  She was united in marriage October 1, 1956 to Joseph Nentl, Jr., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Opole.  The couple lived in Holdingford all their married life.  Angie was a member of All Saints St. Mary’s Parish in Holdingford.  Active in the Christian Mothers, Mary’s Mission Group, a sacristan, Eucharist Minister and taught religious education for many years.  

Angie loved baking and giving care packages, embroidering, knitting, gardening, bird watching, acknowledging birthdays, anniversaries, illnesses or just writing a friendly note and writing in her diary daily since she was a young adult.  Her most cherished time was spent with her children, grand children, great-grandchildren and family members.  Expressing her faith was a priority every day. 

Angie will be deeply missed by her children Joan (Ronald) Frie, Charles “Charlie” (Tabatha), Holdingford, Laura (Robert) Schroden, Cold Spring.  Her grandchildren Stacy (Michael) Kortenbusch, Timothy Frie, Stephanie (Curtis) Derichs, Cassandra and Isaac Nentl, Jordon and Nickolai Rathbun, Hannah and Paul Schroden.  Great Grand-Children Alexis and Brielle Derichs and Collin Kortenbusch.  Siblings Appolonia Wentland, Rita Krych, Raymond (Bernadette) Pintok, Holdingford, Emil (Marcella) Pintok, Valeria Harlander, St. Cloud and Marcella (Charles) Cichon, Little Falls.  Sister-in-laws MaDonna Nentl, Holdingford and RoseAnn Nentl, Aitkin.

Angie was preceded in death by her husband Joseph, April 18, 1992, parents Joseph & Constance Pintok, sister Annette Marsolek, Godchild Frankie Harlander and many other family members. 

The Nentl family would like to thank all the family and friends that help care for Angie and/or brought care packages during her cancer treatments and hospice care time.  Special thanks to everyone on the St. Cloud Hospital Hospice staff and Dr. Hani S. Al-Khatib and the nursing staff at the Coborn Cancer Center, St. Cloud.

Monica “Minnie” Buerman

Monica “Minnie” Buerman, age 80
Richmond
July 5, 1933 – March 18, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Monica “Minnie” Buerman, age 80, who died peacefully Tuesday surrounded by her loving family.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Monica was born in Richmond, MN to Henry G. Torborg and Frances Braegelmann.  She married Ralph Buerman on January 2, 1958 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Richmond, MN.  The couple farmed near Farming, MN for 40 years.  Monica was a homemaker who loved quilting, gardening, playing cards, cooking, dancing, and most of all spending quality time with family and friends.  She was an amazing woman who believed that all things could be accomplished through determination and hard work.  Monica’s value of family is the legacy that will be carried on through her children.  Monica relied on her strong faith and trust in God to carry her through a courageous four year battle with cancer.  She will be eternally missed.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ralph; children, Linda (Dave) Braegelmann of Albany, Karen (Roger) Stommes of Cold Spring, Diane (John) Kremer of St. Cloud, Mary (Erv) Mueller of Cold Spring, Eileen (Rob) Litchy of Avon, Nancy (Warren) Acker of Oronoco, Patti (Keith) Schaefer of Paynesville, Ron (Doris) Buerman of Albany, and Lisa (Luke) Mitchell of Sartell; 28 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Alice Lauer, Bernice Evens, Alfred (Delores) Torborg, Jerome (Virginia) Torborg, Sr. Mary Josephine Torborg, Vi (Ben) Kalthoff, Herb (Emmy) Torborg, Urban Torborg, sister-in-law, Mary Helen Torborg, and many nieces and nephews.

Monica was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Norb, sister, Trudy; brothers-in-law, Al Lauer and Ralph Evens, and sister-in-law, Kathy Torborg.   

Gail M. SpanierGail M. Spanier, age 53
Rockville
August 11, 1960 ~ March 16, 2014

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 10:30 AM, at Mary of The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rockville for Gail M. Spanier, 53, of Cold Spring, who died March 16, at her home on Grand Lake. The Reverend Mark Ostendorf will officiate. Private burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 -8:00 PM on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rockville, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Gail was born on August 11, 1960 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Adelbert and Marion (Schoenberg) Spanier.  She lived in St. Cloud until she was three then the family moved to Foreston, MN.  In the third grade they moved to Roscoe, MN.  She graduated from Paynesville High School in 1978 and married Donald Lang and later divorced.  They had three wonderful children, Jason, Joshua and Jessica.  She was a cancer survivor while married to Mark Schneider.  The couple then later divorced.  Gail was presently engaged and living with Bob Eder in Cold Spring.  Gail was employed by Golden Plump, Coldspring, Knife River, Cold Spring Bakery and most recently New Flyer.

Gail loved baking, gardening, reading, canning and spending time with family and friends.  She loved to spend time on the lake pontooning and relaxing.  Gail enjoyed hosting and had a rare talent to make loved ones truly happy.  She enjoyed giving and doing for others.  Those of us who knew Gail are truly blessed to be touched by the gifts of her love and talent in life.

Gail is survived by: fiancé Bob Eder; her children: Jason (Becky) Lang, Josh (Kayla) Lang, Jessica (Charles) Odden; 8 grandchildren: Riley, Colton and Tyler Lang, Noah, Alex and Emily Lang, Sophie and Zachary Odden; her sisters and brothers: Cheryl (Dave) Lieberman, Audrey (Chuck) Reiter, Greg (Margaret) Spanier, Amy (Gregg) Johnson and Scott (Pam) Spanier; 7 nieces and nephews; and countless loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents and parents. Memorials are preferred.

Mary Ann Leen

Mary Ann Leen, age 82
Deer River, MN
19320 ~ March 10, 2014

MARY ANN LEEN, age 82 of Deer River, MN, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at her home.

Mary Ann was born in 1932 to Frank and Ann Jochum in Cold Spring, MN. Mary Ann grew up and graduated from high school in Cold Spring. She was united in marriage to Gerald Leen in June 1956. Mary Ann was employed at Leisure Hills Nursing Home as a Certified Nurses Aide for 17 years. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and embroidery.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Gerald; and brother, Donald.

Mary Ann is survived by three daughters, Debbie Custer of Eveleth, MN, Zelda Kurth of Park Rapids, MN, and Cherry Hellwig of Maple Grove, MN; four sons, David Leen of Deer River, MN, Mark Leen of Minneapolis, MN, John Leen of Sauk Center, MN and Marvin Leen of Wirt, MN; six sisters, Jeanette Liestman, Virginia Johannas, Margie Forsman, Theresa Eells, Pattie Klang, Irene White; two brothers, Franklin Jochum, and Victor Jochum;20 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, March 14th from 12 Noon until the 1:00 PM Funeral Service at Grand Rapids Assembly of God Church. Pastor Art Wood will officiate.

Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Deer River, MN.Rhonda Irene Grotkin

Rhonda Irene Grotkin, age 52
Apple Valley
March 7, 2014

Rhonda Irene Grotkin, age 52, of Apple Valley, Minnesota, passed away peacefully at home on March 7, 2014. Cherished wife of Jack Grotkin and devoted mother of John, Lauren, and Christopher Grotkin.

First of her family to earn her college degree and worked in the legal profession, but proud mother to her beautiful children was her most valued life’s work. Talented quilter, devoted volunteer for community charities, and happy cabin goer. Laughed profusely, loved wholeheartedly. Truly dedicated to her family, and a loyal friend to all. She will forever be remembered for her contagious smile, and with a diet coke in her hand.

Also survived and greatly missed by her loving parents, Alan and Doris Schaefer; Brother Clayt (Lori) Schaefer and their children Corey and Dustin Schaefer; Mother-in-Law Dorothy Grotkin; Sister-in-Law Terry (Gary) Schroeder and their children Aaron and Colin Schroeder; Sister-in-Law Patricia (Ron) Fleck; Sister-in-Law Diane (Jack) Callahan and their children Mary and John Callahan; Sister-in-Law Ginny (Tony) Udelhoven and their children Rachel Udelhoven, Emily (Tim) Ehlinger, and Adam Udelhoven; and Daughter-in-Law Sophia Borth, as well as many other family members and friends.

Visitation Service Wednesday, March 12, 2014 5-8PM at Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, 14850 Garrett Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124. Funeral service Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11AM with visitation 1 hour prior at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122.                 

Marcella Mueller

Marcella Mueller, age 85
Cold Spring
May 9, 1928 – March 4, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Marcella Mueller, age 85, who died Tuesday at Assumption Nursing Home.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 7 in the St. Boniface Narthex in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m., followed by a rosary with the St. Boniface Christian Women and Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Saturday morning in the St. Boniface Narthex.  Arrangement with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Marcella was born in Richmond to Peter and Ida (Braegelman) Drontle.  She married Ervin W. Mueller on June 2, 1948 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring.  Marcella was a homemaker who loved gardening, quilting, watching the Twins and playing cards.  She was the matriarch of her family and will be eternally missed.  She was an amazing woman who managed to continue farming while raising all of her children after she was widowed.  Marcella never complained about the cards she was dealt and relied on her strong Catholic faith to get her through each day.  She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Catholic United Financial and St Boniface Christian Women.

Survivors include Robert (Lila), Al (Sandy), Ruth, Ron (Betty), Mary (Bill) Mund, Ken, Jerome (Arlene), Lori, Erv (Mary), Brian (Angela), Randy, Joe; daughter-in-law, Mary (Conrad) Lauer; siblings, Bernice (Ted) Kraemer, Marie (Lawrence) Hansen, Martha (Bob) Salzer, Peter Drontle, Jenny (Jerry) Buerman, Terri Brunner, Ray Drontle, Liz (Jim) Loechen, Ralph (Sue) Drontle, Margie (Fred) Imdieke; 28 grandchildren and 14-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin of 30 years (1978); son, Vernon (1996); brothers, Clarence and Tony.

Linus Dingmann

Linus Dingmann, age 82
Cold Spring
March 26, 1931 – March 3, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 7, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Linus Dingmann, age 82, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Inurnment will be at a later date.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 6 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday morning from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Linus was born in Jacobs Prairie, MN to Herman and Theresa (Holthaus) Dingmann.  He married Janette Schreifels on October 19, 1954 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring, MN.  Linus served in the Army during the Korean War.  The Lions was his life; he enjoyed Community Service with the Cold Spring Lions and also was a Pack Leader in the Boy Scouts.  He and Janette were honored with the 2011 Hometown Pride Award in appreciation for their dedicated service to the Cold Spring Community.  Linus worked for the Cold Spring Granite Company in Research and Development for 43 years.  He was a member of the Cold Spring Lions, St. Boniface Parish, Cold Spring American Legion, and Catholic United Financial.
 
Survivors include his loving wife, Janette; children, Michael, Thomas (Raissa), Susan, John (Lynda), Lisa (Craig) Hirman, James (Brenda), Michelle (Craig) Johnson; siblings, Clarence (Joanne), Laura (Pete) Hengel; sister-in-law, Juletta Dingmann; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Marcus, Tillie Guggenberger, Ralph, Wally, Evelyn.

Feburary 2014 Edward “Ed” Salokar

Edward “Ed” Salokar, age 67
Cold Spring
April 6, 1946 – February 27, 2014

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Edward “Ed” Salokar, age 67, who died Thursday at the St. Cloud Veterans Administration Hospital. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.
 
Edward was born in St. Paul, MN.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Ed was a Caregiver at the Arizona State Hospital for many years.  He loved gardening, especially flowers.  He also enjoyed fishing, horses, and any sport and activity.  Ed was a member of the American Legion and VFW in Arizona.

Survivors include his former wife, Carol Papermaster; children, Christine (Patrick) Salokar, Laura Gonzales; grandchildren, Nathanial, Ambre, and Llogan Salokar, Samantha Gonzales; great-grandson, Sean Patrick; brothers and sisters, Francine Yoder of Mesa, AZ, Sherry Nguyen of Shrewberry, MA, Dolly Woodcock of North Branch, Larry Pratt of Duluth, Erbon Salokar of Stacy, Lewis Salokar of Fort Smith, AR; uncle, Delbert Fish of Silver Bay, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine (Salokar) Pratt; sister, Nancy Zivanovich; aunts and uncles, Frank and Glady Salokar, France Salokar, Freda (Salokar) Rolgala, Jean Micklya, and Agnes Wiskoff. 

Brianna Julia Altenburg

Brianna Julia Altenburg, age 4
Watkins
February 8, 2010 ~ February 26, 2014

Brianna Julia Altenburg, age 4 of Watkins, died accidentally on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at her home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Burial was in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Fr. Jerome Naduvathaniyil officiated. Music was by Mary Streit and the St. Anthony Church Choir. Casket bearers were Tami Altenburg, Erich Peasley, Susan VanNevel and Carrie Atkins. Arrangements were with the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.

Brianna Julia Altenburg was born on February 8, 2010 at Paynesville, MN. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anca (Ceangiru) Altenburg. Brianna loved Mermaids and would often dress up as a Princess. Her favorite colors were pink and purple.

Brianna is survived by her parents; Tom and Anca Altenburg of Watkins; brother, Brandon Altenburg of Watkins; sister, Lea Chidiac of Lebanon; grandmothers, Bev Sonnabend of New London, Iulia Andrei of Romania; great grandmother, Niculina Odagiu of Romania; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Gerald Altenburg and Dan Ionel Ceangiru.

Ruth M. (Schouviller) Backlund

Ruth M. (Schouviller) Backlund, age 89
Cold Spring (formerly of Grand Marais)
May 21, 1924 – February 25, 2014

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Ruth M. (Schouviller) Backlund, age 89, who died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Ruth was born in Richmond, MN to Bernard and Mary (Zumwalde) Schouviller.  She married Wesley Backlund on November 21, 1947 in Grand Marais, MN.  Ruth worked as a teller for many years at the Grand Marais State Bank.  She enjoyed bowling, walking, playing cards and beating her daughters at cribbage.

Survivors include her daughters, Katherine “Kaye” Backlund (friend, Ron Lick), Maralee (Clinton) Park, Peggy Backlund (friend, Juan Carlos Ortega), Lori (Mark) Sundman; grandchildren, Brianna (Mitch) Collins, Jamie (Dan) Hedburg; step-grandchildren, Olivia (Jay) Sundman-Rogers, Becky (Andy) Strand, Janice (Travis) Brown, Ryan Park, Travis Park; great-grandchildren, Henry Collins, Baby Collins, Baby Hedberg; step-great-grandchildren, Sadie and Colin Sundman-Rogers, Peyton Strand, Baby Strand, Kainoa Taylor Quia-Park, Logan K. Oliver Park; siblings, Lillian Sichak and Eleanor Jordahl.

Preceded in death by her husband, Wesley; siblings, Roy, Ray, Bernie, Anna Marie, Viola Brinkman, Theresa Katherine and 1 infant sibling.

Kathryn Donna Heiskari

Kay Heiskari
August 25, 1944 ~ February 22, 2014
Faribault, MN - Formerly Cold Spring

Kay Heiskari of Faribault, MN and previously of Cold Spring, MN died February 22, 2014. Born August 25, 1944 in  Faribault, MN to Melvin and Edna Schreyer , Kay was the youngest of three children.

Kay grew up in Faribault, raised a family in Cold Spring, MN, and retired from St. John’s University bookstore; she enjoyed volunteer work with the Retired Eagles, the Clothes Closet, and Divine Mercy Catholic Church. Kay knitted over fifty prayer shawls, baptismal blankets, and also knitted for the Iris program. She loved to spend the winters in Florida with palm trees, warm sun, and the ocean.

Kay is survived by husband Ken, daughter Jennifer Goodman (John), and daughter in law Mona Puch (Craig). Three grandchildren were the light of her life; Brenna Heiskari, and Abbey and Frank Goodman. Kay is also survived by brother Don Schreyer (Geri), and sister Marlene Turner (Larry). Preceded in death by her parents and son, Todd.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26th from 4-7 pm at the Parker Kohl funeral home; funeral services are Thursday, Feb. 27th  10:30 am at Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault.

Celestine “Sally” Ramler

Celestine “Sally” Ramler, age 91
Richmond
May 23, 1922 – February 18, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 24, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Celestine “Sally” Ramler, age 91, who died Tuesday at Assumption Nursing Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Monday morning at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church’s Gathering Space.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Sally was a bartender who made decoys and was an avid artist, who loved animals especially dogs and cats.  He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews.  He was the last of his siblings.

The family would like to thank the Assumption Home Staff for the wonderful care given to Sally.

Mathias H. Hondl

Mathias H. Hondl, age 86
Jacobs Prairie (formerly of Albany)
September 22, 1927 – February 18, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Mathias H. Hondl, age 86, who died Tuesday at Assumption Home.  Burial with full Military Honors will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m., followed by a rosary with Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home. 

Math was born in Albany, MN to Anton and Agnes (Knapp) Hondl.  He married Delrose Hennen Becker on January 25, 1980 in Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Albany, MN.  Math served in the U.S. Army from 1952 – 1960.  After 39 years of employment he retired in 1993 from Franklin/Electrolux.  Math enjoyed gardening, woodworking, playing cards, traveling and spending time with his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

 Survivors include his wife, Delrose; children, Peter Becker, Rick (Kellie) Becker, Diane (Craig) Suter, Deb (Marty) Neu, Ken (Mary) Becker, Wally (Noy) Becker, Barb (Jeff) Tidd, Alan Becker, Jerry (Barb) Becker, Rod (Nancy) Becker; siblings, Anthony Hondl, John (Mary Jo) Hondl, Carl (Lorraine) Hondl, Anselm (Shirley) Hondl, Ralph Hondl, Roman (Connie) Hondl; brother-in-law, Tom Dattilo; sister-in-law, Lucille Hondl; 24 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Agnes Dattilo, Ann Maslow, Mary Hondl, Matthew Hondl and George Hondl.

Arnold "Arnie" Wehseler

Arnold “Arnie” Wehseler, age 84
St. Martin
April 14, 1929 – February 16, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Arnold “Arnie” Wehseler, age 84, who died Sunday at the Paynesville Hospital.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the St Martin Parish Hall in St. Martin.   Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by a rosary with Albany Knights of Columbus and St. Joseph Society.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the St. Martin Parish Hall.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Arnie was born in Albany, Minnesota to John and Elizabeth (Doll) Wehseler.  He married Madalyn Thelen on December 29, 1962 in St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin.  Arnie was a contractor and driver for the U.S. Postal Service from 1972 until present.  He was an ambitious man constantly tinkering with something; lawnmowers, tillers, watches, coffee pots, vacuum cleaners and all sorts of things.  Arnie loved family gatherings, playing solo and was an avid Stearns County League Baseball Fan, especially the Farming Flames.  Arnie raised and sold thousands of pumpkins every year with his grandchildren and he raised and processed his own chicken, beef, pork and horseradish.

Survivors include his wife, Madalyn; children, Mary Beth (Randy) Orbeck, Christopher (Cheryl) Wehseler; grandchildren, Adam, Aaron, Grace, Ben, Maria, John, Clarence, Mark, Clara; siblings, Marion Thelen, Virginia Salzl and Robert (Mary) Wehseler. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Catherine “Katie” Zirbes

Catherine “Katie” Zirbes, age 86
Cold Spring, formerly of Rockville
March 14, 1927 – February 14, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Catherine “Katie” Zirbes, age 86, who died Friday at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.

Relatives and friends may call after 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., Sunday, February 16th at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m., Monday morning at the funeral home.
 
Katie was born in Union Grove Township to Blasius and Anna (Meyer) Scheierl.  She married Elmer Zirbes on May 1, 1951 in St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, MN.  Katie worked at the Persian Supper Club for over 20 years before retiring.  She loved spending summers at the flea markets, and winters crafting.  Katie enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning, and crafting.  Spending time with her grandkids was a highlight.  She taught them how to survive a card game and enjoy apple pies.

Survivors include her children, Judith (Zirbes) Leatherwood, Linda Zirbes (James Novak), and Larry (Luann) Zirbes; sister, Carol (Matt) Lahr; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer (July, 2012); sister, Marie Lahr; brothers, George, Sylvester, Joseph, Henry, Anton, William, John, and infant William.

The family would like to thank Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond for the care Katie received.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Loretta “Luxy” Zierden

Loretta “Luxy” Zierden, age 83
Cold Spring
February 27, 1930 – February 7, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Loretta “Luxy” Zierden, age 83, who died Friday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Gathering of relatives and friends will be one hour prior to the service Wednesday morning in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Loretta was born in Cold Spring to Joseph and Idella (Neutgens) Walz.  She married Delroy Zierden in 1949 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.  Loretta ran her own beauty shop in Richmond.  She enjoyed watching football and gardening.  Loretta was a member of St. Boniface Parish.
 
Survivors include her husband, Delroy; son, Mike (Renee) and two grandchildren; brothers, Irvin and Elmer Walz and sister, Carol Doll.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lee Grives.

Mary Alice Breidenbach

Mary Alice Breidenbach, age 89
Spokane, WA
December 11, 1924 - February 5, 2014

Mary Alice Breidenbach passed away on February 5, 2014, surrounded by her children in Spokane, WA. She was born in Cold Spring, Minnesota on December 11, 1924 and was raised in a close knit family that included her sister, three brothers, and parents Peter and Olivia. Mary is survived by her nine children: Dianne, David, Stephen, Mark, Robert, Michael, Richard, Julie and Laurie as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mary's two younger brothers Bill and Ray Thull reside in Minnesota. Arlo Breidenbach, Mary's husband of 49 years preceded her in death on September 18, 1998. Mary's everlasting vigor allowed her to travel to Africa, Europe, Hawaii and New York while in her 80's. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Mary's faith and personal strength resonated daily; she always said to be thankful of our daily blessings. She will be lovingly remembered at a 2pm mass on March 29th at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Memorial donations can be made to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane, WA.

Reginald “Bill” Fraley

Reginald “Bill” Fraley, age 88
Cold Spring
September 15, 1925 – February 1, 2014

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, MN for Reginald “Bill” Fraley, age 88, who died Saturday morning at Assumption Nursing Home.  Burial will be in the MN State Veterans Cemetery.

Visitation with family and friends will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Visitation will continue from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the funeral home.

Bill was born in Breninger, KY to Cecil and Hazel (Webb) Fraley.  He married Florence Donna Mildred Jensen on March 7, 1948 in Church of God in Crandon, WI.  He served in the U.S. Navy from August 3, 1943 – April 10, 1946 as Plane Captain of a Torpedo Bomber on the U.S.S. Hancock.  Bill retired after 40+ years from Miller Electric in Appleton, WI as a Product Planning Coordinator.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and teaching Bible studies on the End Times.  He was a member of River of Life Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; children Nadine (Tim) Rust, Cheryl (Denny) Curran, and Reggie (Patty) Fraley; brother, David (Sheila); grandchildren, Tiffany, Tyrell, Chantal, Desiree, Jeremy, Kyle, Michaela, Rashell, Kayla, Reginald, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 5 sisters. 

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

January 2014

Walter C. Schneider

Walter C. Schneider, age 91
Marty (Pearl Lake)
April 24, 1922 – January 30, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pearl Lake (Marty), MN for Walter C. Schneider, age 91, who died Thursday at Assumption Nursing Home surrounded by his family.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at the funeral home.

Walter was born in Marty, MN to Henry and Susan (Garding) Schneider.  He married Evelyn Loesch on May 29, 1947 in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Marty.  Walter had a dairy farm south of Pearl Lake.  He enjoyed raising draft horses, participating in parades, playing cards, dancing, baseball and traveling.  Walter especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was a member of Catholic United Financial, Pearl Lake Men’s Society and Holy Cross Church Trustees.
 
Survivors include his children, Larry (Julie) Schneider, Margaret Chopp, Kathryn Stang; brothers and sisters, Rose Loesch, Al (Olga) Schneider, Martha Schneider; brother-in-law, Don Isaacson; grandchildren, Mike (Sara), Dan (Stacie), Dave (Katie), Nic (Chrissy), Nate (Stephanie), Bill, Maddee; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Hailey, Landan, Camran, Sophie, Savannah, and Chloe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; brothers and sisters, Mark Schneider (twin brother), Clara (George) Erpelding, Alma Schneider; sister-in-law, Caroline Isaacson; brothers-in-law, Leo Loesch and Claude (Alice) Loesch.

Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice, Holy Cross School, and Assumption Nursing Home.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Yvonne P. Merten

Yvonne P. Merten, age 83
Richmond
March 19, 1930 – January 30, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Yvonne P. Merten, age 83, who died Thursday at the Paynesville Hospital.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Yvonne was born in Cold Spring, MN to Tom and Nellie (Berday) Bohnen.  She married Michael Merten on June 18, 1955 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring, MN.  Yvonne worked various places including Peters Market, Deckers Duds, Cold Spring Granite and Mother Lucille Home.  She enjoyed traveling to Duluth, fishing, dancing, playing cards, visits with friends and family and she loved her grandchildren.  Yvonne had a very quick wit and loved anything with Elvis.

Survivors include her children, Chuck (Debbie), Shelly Meyer, Cindy (Tim) Peters, Tina Kohnen, Cheri (Mike) Pitschka, Tim (Emily); grandchildren, Aaron, Jenny, Mandy, Shane, Ashley, Blake, Austin, Sarena, Sierra, Spencer, plus 5 more;  siblings, Joyce Kunkel, Bernice Decker, Shirley Manuel, Marlene Macias and Tommy Bohnen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael.   

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

Thecla S. Gertken

Thecla S. Gertken, age 90
Richmond
February 10, 1923 – January 24, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Thecla S. Gertken, age 90, who died Friday at Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning at the funeral home.

Thecla Gertken was born to Mathias and Eva (Hoppe) Buettner on February 10, 1923 at New Munich, MN.   Her first 8 years of school were spent at New Munich Parochial School and she graduated from Paynesville High School.  Thecla married Wendelin Gertken at St. Margaret Church in Lake Henry.  She spent her married life on a farm at Avon and moved to Farming in 1946 where they farmed until retirement in 1987 when they moved to Richmond.  She was a simple person just as a “Daisy” is a simple flower; she hoped her simple actions were pleasing to God.  Thecla loved to cook for other people, garden, raise flowers, quilt, crochet, collecting cups, saucers, spoons, stamps and receipes.  She loved little children.  Thecla was a member of St. Catherine and Sts. Peter and Paul Christian Women and the Mission Circles of Farming and Richmond.

Survivors include children, Gerald (Greta) Gertken, Dorothy Groom, Allan (Grace) Gertken, Marlene Parkhurst, Arthur (Lori) Gertken, Joanne (Steven) Danzeisen, Charles (Karen) Gertken, Elaine (John) Meyering; grandchildren, Geoffery, Tiffany, Jennifer, Alexis, Roger, Jessica, Jason, Chris, Josh, Jessi, Nick, Samantha, Tanner, Denise, Paul, Gretchen, Andy, Adam, Andrea, Johnnie, Miranda; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Naomi, Emma, Mason, Tayler, Layne, Kailey, Damian, Braden, Ethan, Sadie, Roman, Vincent, Emmerson, Riley, Heidi, David; brothers, Leo Buettner and Sylvester Buettner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendelin in 1988; great-grandson, Jaron;  sons-in-law, Alan Groom, Rick Parkhurst; siblings, Norbert, Alphonse, Rita Weniger, Agatha Urlaub and Lidwina Herbert.

Austin “Doc” Harren

Austin “Doc” Harren, age 83
Cold Spring
November 3, 1930 – January 20, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Austin “Doc” Harren, age 83, who died Monday at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.  

Relatives and friends may gather with the family following the services in the St. Boniface Parish Center for a celebration of Doc’s life.  Military honors will be rendered by the Cold Spring American Legion Post #455.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Doc was born in Albany to Henry and Mary “Krier” Harren.  He married Mary Overman at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport on September 6, 1952.  Doc graduated from Albany High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War from 1951-1954.  Growing up he worked with his family at the family owned newspaper, the Albany Enterprise.  Doc was with Sentinal Printing for 29 years.  He enjoyed playing cards; especially cribbage, singing, fishing, bowling, and hunting.
 
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Mary; children, Sheryl (Frank) Stewart, Tom “Blue” (Deb) Harren, Mary (Dave) Neisen, Jean (Mike) Birk, Greg (Sue) Harren, Joe (Ann) Harren, Karla Odell; sister, Bernie Kuefler; sister-in-law, Kay (Henry) Harren; 20 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Art, George, Theresa, Vicki, Al, Luke, Estelle, Henry, Nick, David; son-in-law, John Odell on November 3, 2013.

A special thank you to St. Cloud Hospital Hospice Program and the VA Hospice Program for the wonderful care given to Doc.

Memorials preferred to St. Boniface Grade School or Cold Spring Veterans Park.

Darrell C. Telschow

Darrell C. Telschow, age 78
Cold Spring
November 17, 1935 – January 17, 2014

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2014 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN for Darrell C. Telschow, age 78, who died Friday at his home.   Friends and relatives may gather at the church after the services.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Darrell was born in Cincinnati, OH to Alvin and Erma (Theide) Telschow.  He moved to St. Cloud, MN where he graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and joined the U.S. Navy.  Later, Darrell moved back to Cold Spring and married Sherry in 1973.  Darrell was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his vegetables with his neighbors out on Oster Point.  When he wasn’t outside he loved stamp collecting and putting together jigsaw puzzles.  Darrell spent years bowling and playing horseshoes.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry Telschow; children, Derek of Cold Spring and Dominie of Maplewood; children from a previous marriage, Darrell, Peggy, and Tammy; sister, Shirley (Irvin) Reme; brother-in-law, Roger Hendrickson and many grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Hendrickson; nephews, Dan Reme and Brad Peterson.

Duane Imsande

Duane Imsande, age 74
Richmond
July 17, 1939 – January 12, 2014

Funeral Services will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN for Duane Imsande, age 74, who died Sunday at St. Benedict’s Care Center.  Burial will be in the Gloria Dei Cemetery.  

Gathering of Friends and Relatives will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (TODAY) at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until services at the church.

Duane was born in Blowers Township, MN to Carl and Ruth (Primasing) Imsande.  He married Diane Eckert on February 14, 1959 in Grace Lutheran Church in Sebeka, MN.  Duane was an avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, making spearing decoys, and reconditioning rods and reels.  Duane was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; daughter, Renee (Cary) Swenson; grandchildren, Krystal, Holly, and Ashley Grisé; mother, Ruth; siblings, Leroy (Bernice) Imsande, and Lavonne Eckert.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandy; father, Carl; Father and Mother-in-law, Hugo and Lucille Eckert. 

Memorials preferred.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Frances (Waltzing) Hellmann

Frances (Waltzing) Hellmann, age 91
Luxemburg
September 8, 1922 – January 11, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Luxemburg for Frances (Waltzing) Hellmann who died Saturday at Sterling Park Health Care in Waite Park.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s Hall in Luxemburg.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Frances (Waltzing) Hellmann was born September 8, 1922 in Clearwater, MN to Edward and Anna (Paul) Waltzing.  She married Paul Hellmann May 31, 1950 in St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud, and they lived in Paynesville, and then Northwest of Cold Spring until moving to Luxemburg in 1960.  Before marriage Frances worked for Dr. Claude Lewis MD as a housekeeper and cook in 1947, at Happ’s Café as a dishwasher in 1948 and at St. Cloud Hospital as an Aid in 1949 – 1950 when she married and became a homemaker.  Frances had a deep faith that carried her through her life’s journey.  She loved spending time with family and friends, and loved flowers.  She enjoyed working in the garden, doing crafts, reading and quilting.

She is survived by her son, Edward of Luxemburg; her daughter, Dorothy (Robert) Wagner of Clearwater; granddaughter, Paula (Jim) Jones of Rogers; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Bethany Jones; step-great-grandchildren, Nick and Brittney Jones and sisters, Mildred Jones, and Veronica Smith, as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul in 1993; her parents; sisters, Clara Jansen and Irene Waltzing, and several in-laws.

Thank you to her friends and caregivers at Sterling Park Health Care and Heartland Hospice.  The support, care and concern given to Frances and our family throughout her stay was appreciated and will always be remembered.

Rosella Ann “Sally” Ressemann

Rosella Ann “Sally” Ressemann, age 87
Richmond
September 6, 1926 – January 9, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Rosella Ann “Sally” Ressemann, age 87, who died Thursday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Entombment will be in the parish mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by a rosary with Catholic United Financial, St. Jude Mission Group, and the Richmond Seniors.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home.

Sally was born in Luxemburg to John and Lena (Kaiser) Zieglmeier.  She married Ralph Ressemann on November 16, 1948 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.  Sally loved baking, quilting, gardening, canning, and caring for her home and anyone who entered.  She was a member of St. Jude Mission Group, Catholic United Financial, and Richmond Legion Auxillary.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph; son, Bruce, son-in-law, Mike Reinert; grandchildren, Arisa, Kelton, Kolton, Mikena, great-granddaughter, Vierna and brother, Leonard Zieglmeier.
 
She was preceded in death by her son, Steve (2005); daughter, Suzanne (2012); siblings, Nick, John, Mary, Aloys, Leo, Math, Alfred, Albert, Ann, Betty, Clara, Joe, and George.   

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

David Joseph Griffin

David Joseph Griffin, 67
Cold Spring
February 14, 1946 - January 4, 2014

David Joseph Griffin passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on January 4 at his home in Cold Spring, MN. Born to Richard and Florence Griffin at San Diego Naval Hospital on Valentine’s Day 1946, he was the eldest of eleven children. Dave graduated from Benson High School. He studied biology at St. John’s University, where he was an All-American football player, having played on the 1965 national championship team. From 1970 to 1976 he worked at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as a counselor, after which he became a self-taught cabinetmaker, gardener, winemaker, and fruit tree farmer. With endless curiosity, he explored the world of Minnesota peach and apricot propagation, and worked passionately toward developing cold hardy fruit varieties. Dave loved nature and was a devoted steward of the earth. He was a builder and fixer, an independent thinker; he was wise, kind, humble, jolly, influential, and he had the courage to live the life he wanted.

Dave was preceded in death by his father, and nephews Kevin Jensen and Will Griffin. He is survived by his mother; best friend Carmen Converse; children Dan (Amanda), Ben (Jen), and Maggie of former spouse Mary Roos; siblings Kathy (Paul) Smaagaard, Tim (Holly Munson), Irene Jensen, Loretta, Jack (Trish Murphy), Karen (Eric) Haynes, Tom (Jude), Martha (Keith Thompson), Sarah (Greg) Pflaster, and Jim (Josie); and beloved grandchildren Liam, Ewen, Laney, Aubrey, and Jace; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.

To be contacted with memorial service information or to share memories, please email davegriffinmemories@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, send memorials to “Dave’s Garden Fund” at State Bank of Cold Spring, which will help ensure the legacy of Dave’s work.

Thomas J. Statz

Thomas J. Statz, age 91
Richmond
April 8, 1922 – January 5, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 10, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Thomas J. Statz, age 91, who died peacefully Sunday at Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish prayers will be at 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Tom was born on a farm near Richmond, MN to Leonard and Anna (Vossen) Statz.  He married Leona Anna Rausch on September 24, 1946 in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming, MN.  With the skills he’d learned at home, Tom became a successful dairy farmer with about 350 acres of land near Foley.  His family also raised pigs and had a poultry barn for Jack Frost.  He was on the local school boards where his children attended school, and was an active Knights of Columbus member and a lay leader of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.

After selling the farm to their sons, Tom and Leona retired to Richmond, where they spent more than 30 years enjoying time with family and friends – participating in church activities (including mission group), bowling, fishing, and playing cards.  While in Richmond, Tom continued to work part-time, driving school bus and working at a rest stop on I-94.  Those experiences and his many years on the farm provided lots of material for his love of storytelling.

Survivors include his children, Joyce (David Hogan), Robert (Mary Lynn), Gilbert (Vicki), Eldred (Sue), Marlene (Dan) Hovland, Bernice (Gary) Beehler, Howard (Susan), James (Connie), Vinard (Sandy), Laura (Brett) Johnson, Brian (Heather), and Charlotte (Craig) Karolus; brother, Arnold; sisters, Anna Catherine Schmitt and Agatha Kunstleben; 29 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona (2013); brother, Gregor and his sister Leona Funk.   

The family wishes to thank the staff of Assumption Home for their kind, gentle care, as well as the staff of St. Croix Hospice.

Sandra Kay Elizabeth Notch

Sandra Kay Elizabeth Notch, age 65
Avon
March 18, 1948 – January 3, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 10, 2014 at St. John’s Abbey/University Church in Collegeville for Sandra Kay Elizabeth Notch, age 65 who died Friday at her home.  Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014 at St. John the Baptist Parish Center on Fruit Farm Road in Collegeville.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday morning one hour prior to the service in the Baptistery of the Abbey Church.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Sandy was born in St. Cloud to Herman and Isabel Schloemer.  She married Lawrence A. Notch on July 21, 1965 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MN.  Sandy was a homemaker who enjoyed walking, gardening, canning, bingo and church activities.  She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Collegeville, MN.
 
Survivors include her husband, Larry; children, Larry (Tina Milhausen Notch) Notch Jr. and their children Nathan and Wyatt, Jodie (Mark Felling) Felling and their children Darren, Benjamin and Grace, Jessie (Paul LeBlanc) Notch-LeBlanc and their children Sammy and Ceci, Jackie (Tim O’Reilly) Notch, Jeannie (Rik Dryfoos) Dryfoos and their children Eela and Rainier, Janelle Notch; siblings, Diane (Tom) Mulvany, Mike Schloemer, Art (Barb) Schloemer, Kevin (Pam Schwartz) Schloemer.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 

Eldred J. “Eldy” Schreifels

Eldred J. “Eldy” Schreifels, age 66
Richmond
June 3, 1947 – January 1, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 6, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Eldred J. “Eldy” Schreifels, age 66, who died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. 

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in the church gathering space.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.

Eldred was born in Richmond to Frank and Carola (Bellmont) Schreifels.  He worked as a construction worker, landscaper and truck driver.  Eldred was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include his daughters, Amy Schreifels of Marshall, Jamie Reeve of Annandale; 4 grandchildren; siblings, Carol Ann (Ray) Theis of St. Cloud, Yvonne (Ervin) Schreifels of Cold Spring, David (Linda Schramel) Schreifels of Rockville, and La Donna (Ed) Butenhoff of Holdingford.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Carola, and son, Jason Schreifels (1998).

Memorials are preferred.