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Obituaries 2014

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August 2014

Gary Hansen

Gary Hansen, age 58
St. Augusta
November 21, 1955 – August 27, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Mary Help of Christians Church in St. Augusta, MN for Gary Hansen, age 58, who died Wednesday at his home from natural causes.  Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veteran Cemetery, in Little Falls with Full Military Honors by the St. Augusta Legion.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Help of Christian Parish Center, and one hour prior to the services Thursday morning.

Gary was born in St. Cloud, MN to Sylvester and Edith (Bartz) Hansen.  Gary and Kris Reiter had a 21 year relationship together.  They enjoyed gardening, being with family especially with grandchildren, boating, fishing, camping, and being members of the St. Augusta Legion.  Gary served in the Navy from 1974-1976.  He worked for Our Home Window Inc. for 28 years, Luxemburg Feed Service and most recently for Gold’n Plump.  He was a member of St. Augusta American Legion where he was the Color Guard Sergeant of Arms.

Survivors include his fiancé, Kris Reiter; mother, Edith; children, Brian (Heather), Tammy, Julie, Dan, Dane (Trish) Rajkowski, Danielle (Ann), and Damian Rajkowski; siblings, Leroy (Sue), Don, John (Franky), Steve (Lisa), Scott (Youlanda), Nancy (Butch) Euerle; 8 grandchildren ; 1 great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his Father; Sylvester. 

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Jerod R. Jakel

Jerod R. Jakel, age 22
Sauk Rapids, formerly of Cold Spring
May 16, 1992 – August 24, 2014

Jerod Roger Jakel, age 22, died Sunday, August 24th, 2014 in St. Cloud.  He will be deeply missed by his parents Larry & Tonya Jakel; his brothers Joe & wife Leah Henke, and Justin Jakel; his grandparents Donnie & Sandy (Jakel) Kemnitz;  his great-grandfather Herb Amundson; his niece Erika Henke and his nephew Matthew Henke; and his special friend Nina Clifton, plus several uncles and aunts and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Roger Jakel and William & Patricia Henke.
Jerod grew up in Cold Spring, MN and attended Rocori High School until 10th grade.  In 2008 his family moved to the St. Cloud area and he graduated from Apollo High School in 2010.

Jerod enjoyed fishing and video games and listening to music.  He was very good at working with computers and had a real talent in this area.  Jerod worked with his parents in various capacities to build the family business and serve the St. Cloud community.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN.  Burial will be in the Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar, MN.
Visitations will be from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring and one hour prior to the services at the Peace Lutheran Church on Thursday. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Adele K. Butorac

Adele K. Butorac, age 83
Jacobs Prairie, formerly of Crystal
October 13, 1930 – August 15, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Adele K. Butorac, age 83, who died Friday at her home.  

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the church.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN. 

Adele was born in Staples, MN to Timothy and Edith (Thorne) Rollins.  She married Frank Butorac on September 17, 1949 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crosby, MN.  Frank and Adele, were 55 year residents of Crystal and St. Raphael’s parish.  Adele (also known as the cake lady) enjoyed baking, knitting, and shopping.  She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and attending their many sporting events and activities.  Adele was a member of St. James Parish and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Frank; children, Kaye, Tim (Jan), Teri (Matt) Butorac-Lee, Sue (Mike) Nistler, Joe, Tricia (Brian) Gutknecht, Francie (Gary) Jossart, and sister, Corinne (Lee) Lauer; 16 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and son-in-law, Tim O’Rourke.

Gerald “Jerry” Honer

Gerald “Jerry” Honer, age 75
Jacobs Prairie
November 27, 1938 – August 15, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Gerald “Jerry” Honer, age 75, who died Friday at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.  

Relatives and Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home. 

Gerald (Jerry) William Honer was born November 27, 1938 in Cold Spring, MN to Donald and Ann (Arnold) Honer.  He joined the Marines in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1959.  He was married to Marjorie Ann Hanscom on Novermber 28, 1958 and later divorced.  He met the love of his life Mary Kay Donabaur in 1994 and they currently reside in Jacobs Prairie, MN. 

He was a man of many talents.  One of his first jobs was working for his Uncle Paul at the Cold Spring Record, helping set type and learning the art of lino-type.  He moved his family to Red Lodge, MT to pursue the print industry.  Being so far from his family proved to be too much and the family quickly returned to Minnesota.  He then took a job as a lino-type operator at The Hart Press (Banta Publications) in Long Prairie, MN where he worked for a number of years.  The family moved to a hobby farm near Grey Eagle, MN.  He then decided to try his hand as an entrepreneur and opened his own feed store in Little Sauk, MN and later purchased the Little Sauk Cafe.  Shortly after being divorced he moved to Surprise, AZ, where he took over his Uncle Paul’s printing business.  He remained in Arizona until 1992 before returning to St. Cloud, MN where he opened Graphic Enterprise and worked until his retirement in 2000.

Jerry was an avid outdoors man, enjoying golfing, fishing, hunting and trapping.  He also enjoyed bowling, playing cards and spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his loving companion of twenty years, Mary Kay Donabaur; sisters, Joan (Bob) Lewis, Maureen (Arthur) Milner, and brother, Donald (Carol) Honer; children; Patric (Rita) Honer, Sonja (Mike) Estwick, Theresa (Tom) Petermeier, Jerel Honer, and also Tara (Keith) Bierschbach, Holly (Luke) Kramer, Shawn (fiancée, Karen), Donabauer, and Dana Donabauer along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren and his two prized labs, Maggie and Meeka.  

Jerry is proceeded in death by his parents, Donald & Ann Honer; brothers, Peter and Patrick; daughter, Brenda Loken, and grandson, Dennis Honer.

In lieu of flowers donations are welcome to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. The family would like to thank the VA Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Jerry. Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Lorraine M. Fischer

Lorraine M. Fischer, age 92
Richmond
January 9, 1922 – August 15, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Lorraine M. Fischer, age 92, who died Friday at Cherrywood Advanced Living in Richmond.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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 Christian Women and Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home.

Lorraine was born in Richmond, MN to John and Veronica (Hemmesch) Ressemann.  She married Henry Fischer on April 26, 1939 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Lorraine worked as a custodian for District 750 for many years.  She loved bargain shopping and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Christian Women, and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Brown, Janel (Mark) Roettger; daughter-in-law, Terri Fischer; siblings, Ruth Worm, Dolores (Ken) Brunner, Wilfred (Helen) Ressemann; grandchildren, Steve (Lisa) Brown, Stacey (Brent) Bengtson, Sarah Brown (fiancé, Darrin), Brad (Melissa) Fischer, Ryan Fischer (significant other, Nikki), Kelsey Fischer (fiancé, Eli), Jennifer (Gerard) Crosby, Mike Roettger (significant other, Shelly), and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry; children, Jane, David, and Randall; son-in-law, Gary Brown, and brother-in-law, Math Worm.

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

Lydia E. Doll

Lydia E. Doll, age 84
St. Martin
November 30, 1929 – August 8, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Lydia E. Doll, age 84, who died Friday at St. Cloud Hospital due to complications with Alzheimer’s.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Martin Parish Hall.   Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. followed by a rosary with the Christian Women, St. Anne’s Society, and Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. at the parish hall. 

Lydia was born in Farming Township to Joseph and Mary (Derichs) Janssen.  She married Sylvester Doll on May 18, 1953 in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming.  Lydia enjoyed being with her family, baking, canning, quilting, embroidery, and always had an open freezer with plenty of ice cream for everyone.  She was a member of St. Martin Parish, the St. Martin Christian Women, St. Anne’s Society, and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include her children, David (Lori) Doll, Mary Ann (Mark) Primus, Elizabeth (Harvey) Middendorf, Rose Ann (Jack) Rademacher, Karen (Larry) Fleischhacker, Richard (Deb) Doll, Gary (Leenay) Doll, and Thomas Doll; 30 grandchildern; 26 great-grandchildren with 3 on the way; in-laws, Veronica Janssen, Marie Janssen, Virgil (Florine) Doll, Rita (Al) Feldewerd, and Therese Doll.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester (2002); brothers, John, Ben, Arnold, and Valerian.

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

July 2014

Loretta Schreifels

Loretta Schreifels, age 96
Cold Spring
February 21, 1918 – July 25, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Loretta M. Schreifels, age 96 will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 28, 2014 at the Church of St. Boniface, Cold Spring, MN.   Visitation will be at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Assumption Nursing Home Chapel.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Monday morning in the St. Boniface Narthex.  Her final resting place will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Cold Spring, MN.
 
Loretta M. (Theisen) Schreifels, was born February 21, 1918, in Luxemburg Township to John R. and Anna (Dockendorf) Theisen.  She married Bernard (Ben) Schreifels, June 21, 1938, in St. Nicholas, and farmed in Luxemburg Township until they moved to Cold Spring, in 1967.  Until she retired, she was employed by Stearns Manufacturing of St. Cloud, MN.  She passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at Assumption Nursing Home surrounded by family.  Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her great joy.  She was a member of St. Boniface Parish, Christian Mothers, VFW and enjoyed many friends. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, gardening and cooking for friends and family.  She spent many hours making rosaries for the missions, and embroidering dish towels to pass the time.  She was an avid gardener and shared generously the fruit of her labor.  She had an amazing ability to remember to send birthday cards to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Every day she set aside time for prayer and Mass, and devotion to the Rosary.  Loretta will be remembered with great love and affection for her humor, her generosity, and her indomitable spirit.

She is survived by her four children and their spouses; Ella (Denis) Torborg, Richmond; Robert (Alice) Cold Spring; Ervin (Yvonne) Cold Spring; and Donald (Karen) Rockville; siblings, Alvin Theisen ,and Sally Maile; 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her husband Bernard (Ben); an infant daughter, Rose Ann; grandsons, Warren and Wayne Schreifels; her parents; sisters and brothers, Irene Lingofelt Kiess, Leander Theisen, Sylvester Theisen, and Mark Theisen; sister-in-laws, Eileen Theisen, June Theisen and Vera Theisen; and brother-in-law, Lesley Lingofelt.

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Marvin B. Reiter

Marvin B. Reiter, age 77
North Branch
February 14, 1937 - July 15, 2014

Marvin B. Reiter died on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center in Wyoming.

Marvin was born in Rockville, Minnesota to parents, Henry and Theresa (Schreifle) Reiter.  A radar operator in the U.S. Air Force, Marvin later settled in Cold Spring where he ran a TV and tower business.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children, Steven (Leslie) Reiter of LaQuinta, CA; Mary Reiter of North Branch; Lisa Reiter (Joel Van Valin) of St. Paul and Ann (Andrew) Graham of Roseville; brothers, Roger (Mady) Reiter of Shoreview; Vern (Rose) Reiter of Wisconsin and Wally (Sharon) Reiter of St. Michael; sisters, Rena Weber of Cold Spring and Dori Reiter of New Ulm.  He is also survived by his six grandchildren.  Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, sister, Joan and brother, Ron.

The burial will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at 9 am on Monday, August 11, 2014  followed by a memorial service at 1 pm at the Grandstrand Funeral Home (6580 Main Street) in North Branch.

Arrangements are under the direction of Grandstrand Funeral Home in North Branch.  Condolences maybe left at www.grandstrandfh.com

Timothy “Tim” Russell

Timothy “Tim” Russell, age 70
St. Cloud formerly of Cold Spring
October 16, 1943 – July 22, 2014

A memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Timothy “Tim” Russell, age 70, who died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital after a short battle with cancer.  Relatives and friends may gather at the Funeral Home from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Tim graduated from St. Boniface High School in 1961 and later attended St. Cloud State University.  He was very artistic and enjoyed writing.  Tim recently retired from Walmart in Sartell where he worked in the Lawn and Garden Department.

Survivors include Tom, Molly, and Eileen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Francis Russell, and his niece Linda. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Eileen C. Fleischhacker

Eileen C. Fleischhacker, age 74
St. Martin
February 23, 1940 – July 17, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Eileen C. Fleischhacker, age 74, who died Thursday surrounded by her family at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the St Martin Parish Hall in St. Martin.   Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the St. Martin Parish Hall. 

Eileen was born in St. Cloud, MN to William and Olive (Okesson) Haggerty.  She was married to Tom Vannurden for 18 years.  On August 17, 1979 she married Richard Fleischhacker.  Eileen was a wonderful wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.  She was a cook for many years at Benet Place at St. Benedict Senior Community.  She loved cooking, camping, traveling, fishing, quilting, embroidery, flower gardening, playing cards and was a member of many card clubs.   Eileen was a presenter with Stearns Electric Safety Awareness Program.  She graduated from the College of St. Benedict in 1992 with a degree in Religious Education.  Eileen was very active in the St. Martin Parish as a Religious Education Coordinator, Choir Member, Eucharistic Minister, the Christian Women and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; children, Thomas (Veronica) Vannurden, William (Ann) Vannurden, Joanne Hatten; stepchildren, Ruth (James) Hormann, Dennis (Charlene) Fleischhacker, Karen (Joseph) Becker, Donna (John) Porter, John Fleischhacker; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; siblings, Sister Colleen Haggerty OSB, William (Ginny) Haggerty, James (Donna) Haggerty.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepson, Joseph Fleischhacker; son-in-law, Brian Hatten; parent-in-laws, Joseph and Anna Fleischhacker.

The family extends a thank you to the Assumption Home for their tremendous care of Eileen.

Memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Nicholas “Nick” Rothstein

Nicholas “Nick” Rothstein, age 76
Richmond
January 22, 1938 – July 16, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Nicholas “Nick” Rothstein, age 76, who died Wednesday at his home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue on Monday morning 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Nick was born in Richmond to Nicholas and Theresia (Braegelmann) Rothstein.  He married Margie Gertken on August 31, 1968 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Nick worked at the Cold Spring Granite Company for 34 years, retiring in 2000.  He loved his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, and traveling.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include his loving wife of 46 years, Margie; daughter, Margie Ann (Randy) Lahr; grandchildren, Kyle and Megan; brother, Clarence (Pauline); in-laws, Ralph Gertken, Evelyn Rothstein, MaryAnn (Robert) Schmitz, Alvin (Linda) Gertken, Nettie (Nick) Hemmesch, and Lucy Gertken.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Edmund, Leo, Gregor, Leander, Richard, Norbert, Paul, Alfred, Ralph, Marcellus, Agedia Hemmesch, Agnes Rausch, Leona Hemmesch, and Lucille Rothstein.  

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Hermina “Minnie” Leither

Hermina “Minnie”  Leither, age 95
Cold Spring
April 13, 1919 – July 16, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 21, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Hermina H. Leither, age 95, who died Wednesday at the Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Cemetery, Cold Spring, MN.

Relatives and friends may call after 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.

 Minnie was born in St. Martin to Edward and Catherine (Schleper) Kollmann.  She married Roman Leither on September 25, 1941 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN. He passed March 10, 1977.  Minnie worked as a housekeeper at Assumption Home for over ten years.  She loved crocheting, baking, spending time with grand kids, playing cards, and Little Debbie snacks.  Minnie was a member of St. Boniface Parish & Christian Women, and St. Julian Mission Group.

Survivors include her children, Mary (Clarence) Schaefer, David (Elaine), Don (Jeanine); sisters, Sister Quidella Kollmann OSB, and Dora Mueller; sister-in-law, Josephine Kollmann; grandchildren, Jeff (Ranae) Schaefer, Doris Weber, Kim (Josh) Wabaunsee, Kelly (Andy) Lagnese, Eric (Tanya) Leither, Tony (Julie) Leither, Annie Leither, and Chris Leither; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roman; sisters, Lorraine, and Mary Ann; brothers, Art, and Jerome.

A special “Thank You” to the Assumption Home Staff for the great care they gave Minnie!

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

Clarence ‘Sputzie’ Spoden

Clarence ‘Sputzie’ Spoden
Cold Spring, MN
March 30, 1932 – July 15, 2014

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM Saturday, July 19, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Clarence ‘Sputzie’ Spoden, age 82, who died Tuesday, July 15 at his home surrounded by family.

There will be a gathering of friends and relatives from 9:00 – 10:30 AM in the Church Narthex. Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Clarence was born in Rockville, MN to Joseph and Winifred (Fink) Spoden. He married Joan Fiereck on May 21, 1960. Clarence served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He worked at Universal Engineering in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for 43 years before retiring to Big Fish Lake in 1998. He was a member of the American Legion, Korean Last Man’s Club and Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Joan; children Jeffrey (Marty), Daniel (Shirley), Ronald (Nancy), Lynne (Jeff) Twedt, Sharon (Tony) Ugulini, Karin (Pierre) Kisting; grandchildren Jessica, Danele, Zachary, Jared, Kelsey, Kamron, Benjamin, Ajay, Makenna, Reese and Rylie; brothers Mark, Harry and Joe; sister Rosie Pfannenstein.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Ray, Art and Allie.

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

Ron Stommes

Ron Stommes, age 63
Fridley, formerly of St. Nicholas
April 9, 1951 – July 12, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas, MN for Ron Stommes, age 63, who died Saturday.  Inurnment will be in the St. Nicholas Parish Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may gather in the church after 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

Ron was born in St. Cloud, MN to Ervin and Amanda (Gertken) Stommes.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 until 1970 and then the Army National Guard until 1975.  Ron retired as a warehouse manager for JJ Taylor where he worked for 33 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Kristin (Seth) Mitchell; father, Ervin; siblings, Shirley (Mike) Kuechle, Allen (Sue) Stommes, Donna (Elmer) Skaj, Roger (Karen) Stommes, Mary (Dave) Schwartz, Deb (Steve) Meyer, Bonnie (Kurt) Hemmesch, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Amanda.

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

June 2014

Virginia “Susie” Smith

Virginia “Susie” Smith, age 88
Cold Spring, MN formerly of Duluth, MN
September 11, 1925 – June 30, 2014

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Virginia Lucille “Susie” Smith, age 88, who died Monday, June 30, 2014 at Cherrywood Advanced Living.  There will be a gathering of friends and relatives one hour prior to the service.  Inurnment will be in the Sunrise Cemetery, Duluth, MN. 

Virginia was born September 11, 1925 in Duluth to Charles A., and Anna M. (Larson) Anderson.  She graduated from Denfeld High School in 1943.  She worked as a secretary for Hemmingson Co. in Duluth.  She married Gilbert H. Smith Sr. on March 16, 1945 at Hillside Community Church.  Virginia enjoyed reading, gardening, and playing cards.  She loved her dogs.  Virginia had a good sense of humor, and loved being with family.

Survivors include her children, Susanne Gail “Deed” (John) Fitzgibbons, Gilbert Jr. “Joe” (Linda); sister, Shirley Bystedt; grandchildren, David Garrison, Richard Olson; step grandchildren, Tim, Jeff, Mark (Erin) Fitzgibbons, and Christy (Rocky) Vine; 4 step great-grandchildren; nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Sr.; parents; brothers, Charles, Russell, Lloyd, and Roland; brother-in-laws, Roy Bystedt, Jack Reid; sister-in-law, Mildred Reid.

We would like to thank the caring staff at Cherrywood, and St. Croix Hospice group. 
A special thanks to Lori Kapsner at Stearns County Department of Human Services.

Death is a heartache no one can heal. 
Love is the memories no one can steal.

Arrangement are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Marcellus “Sally” Rothstein

Marcellus “Sally” Rothstein, age 86
Richmond
January 17, 1928 – June 28, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Marcellus “Sally” Rothstein, age 86, who died Saturday at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  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 Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary with Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue Tuesday morning 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Sally was born in Richmond to Nicholas and Theresa (Braegelmann) Rothstein.  He married Rita Kerst on September 19, 1963 in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.  Sally was a farmer all his life and farmed west of Richmond on the Rothstein Century Farm.  He was a member of Catholic United Financial and Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.

Survivors include his daughter, Barb (Rick) Wait; siblings, Clarence (Pauline), and Nicholas (Margie); sister-in-law, Evelyn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita; son, Louis, and an infant daughter; siblings, Edmund, Leo, Gregor, Leander, Richard, Norbert, Paul, Alfred, Ralph, Agedia Hemmesch, Agnes Rausch, Leona Hemmesch, and Lucille Rothstein.   

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Edward H. Weismann

Edward H. Weismann, age 90
Cold Spring
June 25, 1924 – June 25, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas, MN for Edward “Ed” Weismann, age 90, who died Wednesday at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Burial with full military honors will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m. followed by a rosary with the Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph Men’s Society.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
 
Ed was born in Cold Spring to Henry I. and Mary E. (Schmitt) Weismann.  Ed was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater. He worked as a purchasing agent at the Cold Spring Granite Company for 26 years.  Ed was a pigeon fancier and enjoyed fishing.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Men’s Society, Cold Spring VFW and American Legion.  He was also a Charter Member of Cold Spring Area Maennerchor.

Survivors include his siblings, Herbert, Ralph (Ann Louise), James (Mary Jane), Donald (Karen), and Ronald; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leander; sisters, Rosina, Genevieve, Marcella, and Monica.

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

Nicholas “Nick” DeMorrett

Nicholas “Nick” DeMorrett, age 53
St. Cloud formerly of Coon Rapids
December 27, 1960 – June 16, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Nicholas “Nick” DeMorrett, age 53, who died Monday.  Inurnment will be private.

A gathering of family, friends, and relatives will be from 9:30 a.m. until services in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.

Nick was born in Minneapolis to Nicholas and Mary (Binsfeld) DeMorrett.  He loved deer hunting, fishing, and playing softball.

Survivors include his son, Nicholas; parents; siblings, Cindy (Mike) Miller-DeMorrett, JoAnn (Tim) Almen, Julie (Scott) Johnson, Lynne (Tim) Lero; many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Alcuin M. Scherer

Alcuin M. Scherer, age 83
Cold Spring
November 6, 1930 – June 13, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 19, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Alcuin Michael Scherer, age 83, who died Friday at the St. Cloud Veteran Administration Hospital.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 18th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Thursday morning at the funeral home.

Alcuin was born in St. Joseph, MN to Mathias and Elizabeth (Lahr) Scherer.  He married Vera Ann Backes on December 28, 1954 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1970 as a pilot on multi-engine airplanes; retiring at the rank of Major.  Alcuin then worked at Sears for 20 years.  He loved the outdoors, especially snowmobiling and camping.  In retirement he helped out at Kandiyohi County Park #7 (Games Lake).  He was active in numerous organizations, especially Cold Spring Lions Club and Reserve Officers Assoc.  Alcuin was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cold Spring American Legion.
 
Survivors include his children, Valery (Gary) Hansen of Cold Spring, Kathy (Steve) Lambrecht of Richmond, and Andrew (Fotini Kondyli) of Providence, RI; siblings, Marcelline Rueter, Elmer Scherer, Francis Scherer, Jenrose (Linus) Kalthoff, Veronica Adelman, Helen (Kenneth) Heinen; in-laws, Margaret Scherer, Vivian Backes, Wally (Mary) Backes, Willard (Bernie) Backes, Allen (Marcy) Backes, Jean (John) Becker, Mary (Edward) Cotter; grandchildren, Jeremiah (Holly) Scherer, Beth (Steven) Dedic, Kyle and Leigh Jaeger, Beau (Jackie) Hansen, Allison (Chad) Schilplin, Ashley (Jake) Oravetz, Amanda Hansen, Garret Scherer, and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera (December 2005); son, Don (May 2002); siblings, Dolores Trettel, Cyril Scherer, Bernelda (Rodney) Lenzmeier; in-laws, Julius Rueter, Jim Trettel, Marlys Scherer, Genny Scherer, Irvin Adelman, Daniel Backes, and Timothy Backes.

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

Linda M. Thompson

Linda M. Thompson, age 65
Cold Spring
September 29, 1948 – June 13, 2014

Linda Marie (Decker) Thompson was born on September 29, 1948.  She passed on June 13, 2014.  Memorial Services will be private.  Linda was from Cold Spring, MN.  Linda graduated from Technical High School in 1966.  She moved to Washington state after high school.  She returned to MN in 1999 following the death of her husband.  Linda was a loving and caring person that enjoyed spending time with her animals and family members.  She also enjoyed baking for her friends and family.

Survivors include her siblings, David (Jeanette), Steve, Chuck, Ken (Pamela), Dennis, Kevin, Pam, and Shawn.

She is proceeded in death by parents, Jerome and Monica Decker; husband, Jim Thompson; siblings, Patty, Wallace, and Gary Decker.

Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Alfred J. Theis

Alfred J. Theis, age 88
St. Nicholas
April 6, 1926 – June 4, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas, MN for Alfred J. Theis, age 88, who died Wednesday at his home in Cold Spring.  Burial with full military honors will be in the St. Nicholas Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Monday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Alfred was born in St. Nicholas to William and Theresia (Schreiner) Theis.  He married Lidwina Neu on June 5, 1951 in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas.   Alfred served in the U.S. Army from November 1945 to July 1947.  He worked at Cold Spring Granite Co. for 42 years and was the caretaker of St. Nicholas Catholic Church and Cemetery.  Alfred was a member of the St. Nicholas Men’s Society.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lidwina; children, Roger (Betty), Diane (Pete) Tourand, Elaine (Ron) Ramler, Carol (Mike) Theis, Helen (Len) Theis, Irene (Clem) Ruhland, Ray (Bonnie), Loraine (Dave) Ashfeld, Mike (Nancy), Kathy (Harold) Vanscoy, Mark (Pam), Sharon (Doug) Hennen, Ken (Shelly), and Jim (Kristin); siblings, twin brother, Alphonse (Alice), Roman, Monica (Lawrence) Huschle, Marie (Ralph) Nistler, Rufina (Sylvester) Jagielski; 42 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant brothers; siblings, Stephen, Joseph, Edwin, and Veronica Kaeter; in-laws, Barbara Theis, Eldred Neu, Philomena Theis, Adeline Theis, and Donald Kaeter.

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

Marcella “Sally” T. Linn

Marcella “Sally” T. Linn, age 92
Richmond
July 22, 1921 – June 3, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Marcella T. Linn, age 92, who died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  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 4:00 p.m., followed by a rosary with the Christian Women and Catholic United Financial. Visitation will continue from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.

Marcella was born in Farming, MN to Eugene “Jim” and Elizabeth (Rolfes) Hagemeier.  She married Frederick “Fred” Linn on September 12, 1944 in St. Catherine Catholic Church, Farming, MN.  Marcella was a homemaker and along with her husband farmed on the family farm.  She was a very frugal women who prayed every day.  Marcella loved dancing, gardening flowers, fishing, spearing, traveling, riding motorcycles and tractors.  She took great pride in her children and grandchildren.  Marcella was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish.

Survivors include her children, Elaine (Jerry) Kowitz, Gene (Shirley) Linn, Michael (Kathy) Linn, Larry (Shelly) Linn, Pat (Nancy) Linn, Wayne Linn (Karen Linn) (special friend, Sharon Yost), Gretchen (Mark) Schleper, John (Brenna) Linn; brother, Gilbert Hagemeier; 24 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchldren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick “Fred” (2000); brother, Bert, Leander and Urban Hagemeier.

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Clare Ann Krueger

Clare Ann Krueger, age 82
Richmond
July 4, 1931 – June 2, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 6, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Clare Ann Krueger, age 82, who died peacefully on Monday at Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring.  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 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Clare Ann was born in Richmond, MN to Alex and Barb (Engelhart) Pallansch.  She married Melvin “Jiggs” Krueger on December 26, 1953 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Richmond, MN.  Clare Ann loved to garden, cook, bake, classical and Christmas music.  Grandma made the best Christmas cookies, pancakes and french toast.  She truly loved her grandchildren and being with her family.  Clare Ann was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish.

Survivors include her children, Ronald, Marilyn (Tracy) Bee, Ralph (Ana/Yoneko), Mark and Janet (Mike) Robertson; grandchildren, Marlene (Sasna) Saldana, Cassandra, Jordan, Carlos, Eric, Sean and Brayden; great-grandchildren, Jaden and MiKaela Saldana; and her granddoggers, Gizmo, Magwai, Buddy, Nellie and Quassie; siblings, Mary (Gene) Weber, John (Rita) Pallansch and Ann Kaufmann.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin “Jiggs” (2004); daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Rodriguez Krueger; siblings, Kathleen Botz, Alex Jr. Pallansch, Irene Miller and Ellen Ameden.

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

May 2014

Ellen E. Hommerding

Ellen E. Hommerding, age 83
St. Nicholas
May 24, 1931 – May 30, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas for Ellen E. Hommerding, age 83, who died Friday at the Saint Cloud Hospital surrounded by family.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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

Ellen was born in St. Martin to Edward and Theckla (Winter) Jonas.  She married Alfred H. Hommerding on September 24, 1952 in St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin.  Ellen was a homemaker all her life and also was the bookkeeper for Hommerding Repair.  She loved baking, cooking, canning, dancing, and playing cards.  She made wonderful pickles and loved to be with her family and friends.  She was a member of St. Nicholas Parish.

Survivors include her children, Ronald (Pauline), Dennis, Donald (Diane), DonnaMae (Rocky) Lehmeier, and Gerald (Michele); grandchildren, Sheila (Thomas) Amborn, Tricia (Steven) Wheat, Ryan Hommerding, Angie Hommerding, Amy Lehmeier (Kyle Jochman), Vicky (Peter) Lansing, Nicholas (Trisha) Lehmeier, and Jesse Lehmeier; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Arnold Jonas, Clem Jonas, and Edmund (Marge) Jonas; sisters, Arlene Winkels, Darlene Hommerding, and Sally Douvier; sisters-in-law, Catherine Hommerding, and MaryJane Theisen.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Alfred (2005); sister, Mary Jonas; sisters-in-law, Rose Jonas and Eileen Jonas; brothers-in-laws, George Winkels, Harold Hommerding, Richard Douvier, Arthur Hommerding, and Alfred (Fritz) Theisen.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Joan T. Reiter

Joan T. Reiter, Age 65
Franklin, formerly of Cold Spring
June 30, 1948 – May 25, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 2 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Joan T. Reiter, age 65, who died Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.

Joan was born in St. Cloud, MN to Henry and Theresia (Schreifels) Reiter.  She graduated from St. Boniface High School, Cold Spring, MN, in 1966.  Joan went on to become a beautician and was a co-owner of Fashion Flair Beauty Salon in Cold Spring and later owner of Lakeside Beauty Salon in Cold Spring.  At a young age, she suffered a major stroke, and despite her limitations she continued to maintain a sharp witted attitude through life’s journey.  She had many favored interests including making people laugh with her humorous joke telling, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her siblings; Marvin (Lorraine) of North Branch, Vernon (Rose) of Luck WI, Roger (Mady) of Shoreview, Wally (Sharon) of St. Michael, Rena Weber of Cold Spring, Dorie Reiter of New Ulm and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Stanley, Ferdinand, and Ronald.

Thank you to all the caregivers and staff at Golden Living Center in Franklin for the wonderful care given to Joan.

Arrangements were made with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Mary Kaye Martinson

Mary Kaye Martinson, age 80
Cold Spring
July 7, 1933 – May 23, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Mary Martinson, age 80, who died Friday at her home.  Burial will be at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at The Calvary Cemetery, in Morris, MN.

Relatives and friends may gather 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the St. Boniface Church Narthex, Cold Spring, MN.

Mary was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Robert and Catherine (Ziegler) Schneider.  She married Robert “Bob” Martinson on August 18, 1953.  Mary was a teacher and dedicated mother to her nine children.  She served as a substitute teacher at various local schools, and was a devoted member of St. Boniface Parish.  She loved to garden, bowl and golf.

Survived by her daughter, Nancy DesMarais; sons, Steven (Patricia), Thomas (LeaAnn), Tim (Susan), James (Linda), William, Robert Jr. (Aileen), and Isaac; nineteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Pat Hintze, Robert (Chloe) Schneider, Kathy (Dean) Fitzler, Bill (Patty) Schneider, and Colleen (Bill) Holiday.

Preceded in death by her husband, Bob (2009); daughter, Susan; granddaughter, Megan; brother, Jim Schneider. 

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Patricia Anne SchugPatricia Anne Schug, age 74
St. Cloud (formerly of Cold Spring)
February 2, 1940 – May 21, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Patricia Anne Schug, age 74, who died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. 

Relatives and friends may call from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Narthex.

Patricia was born in St. Cloud to Leo and Helen (Bachel) Lipinski.  She married Aloysius Anton Schug on July 28, 1959 in Mary of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Rockville. Patricia worked at Cold Spring Brewery, Fingerhut and St. Cloud Technical College.  She was an avid collector who enjoyed gaming, being active and spending time with friends and family.  Patricia was a member of the Cold Spring American Legion Auxiliary and St. Boniface Catholic Church.
 
Survivors include her children, Lynda (Allan) Meyer, Brian (Sandy), John (Nancy); siblings, Rita Menke, Robert, Leon, Daniel, Kathy Kelley, Michael, Lori Posterick; 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aloysius (1981).

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Delores A. Mueller

Delores A. Mueller, age 89
Jacobs Prairie
August 18, 1924 – May 13, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Delores A. Mueller, age 89, who died Tuesday at her home in John Paul Apartments, Cold Spring.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Monday morning at the Church in Jacobs Prairie. 

Delores was born in St. Nicholas, MN to Michael and Margaret (Keil) Hommerding.  She married Norbert Mueller on September 24, 1946 in St. Nicholas Catholic Church, St. Nicholas, MN.  Delores and Norbert farmed together in Jacobs Prairie.  She loved to bake, garden, play bingo and cards.  At age 86 she started to quilt for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a member of St. James Parish, St. Ann’s Women’s Society and Catholic United Financial.

 Survivors include her children, Diane (Denny) Kron, Denny (Lori) Mueller; siblings, Irene (t Ray) Schlangen, Sylvester (Marion) Hommerding; sister-in-law, Lonnie (t Ervin) Hommerding; grandchildren, Dean (Stacie) Kron, Dan (Melissa) Kron, Debra (Jason) Gruber, DeAnna Kron (Shawn Pundsack), Chad (Beth) Mueller, Melissa (Mark) Gaalswyk; great-grandchildren, Simon and Louis Gruber, DJ, Andrew, Autumn and Isabell Kron, Jackson, Benaiah and Lincoln Gaalswyk and Owen Baumgartner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert (10-25-04); son, Arthur (4-29-10); siblings, Ervin Hommerding, Louise (Ervin) Linn, Isabelle (Paul) Schlangen, Evelyn (Ray) Schmitz and Viola Hommerding.

The family of Delores would like to thank St. Cloud Hospital Hospice, Andrea (SCSS) and Assumption Campus Staff for the care and kindness shown to Delores during her years at John Paul Apartments.  Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Edna M. Hieserich

Edna M. Hieserich, age 97
Cold Spring (formerly of Melrose)
November 9, 1916 – May 6, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014 at Assumption Home Chapel in Cold Spring, MN for Edna M. Hieserich, age 97 who died Tuesday at the Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Melrose, MN. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until services in the chapel.  

Edna was born in Perham to Edward and Mary (Fellerer) Boedigheimer.  She married Arnold Hieserich Sr. on June 1, 1937.  She worked as a homemaker and also worked at Kraft in Melrose.  She loved to play cards and be with her friends. She moved to St. Cloud and later to Assumption Court in Cold Spring.  She enjoyed to be with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Carol Hilger, Arlene (Melvin) Walz, Donald Hieserich; sister, Agnes Eisenberg; brother Phillip Boedigheimer; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by husband Arnold Sr.; daughters, Donna Mae Mlodzik, Mara Hieserich; son, Arnold Jr.; son-in-law, Andy Hilger; brothers, Joseph, James, and John.

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

Bernard J. Balder

Bernard J. Balder, age 85
Cold Spring
November 14, 1928 – May 5, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 8, 2014 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Bernard J. Balder, age 85, who died Monday at Little Falls Lutheran Care Center.  Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Parish Cemetery, Minden Township, Benton County.

Visitation for relative and friends will be from 9 – 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning in the Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Bernard was born in St. Cloud, MN to Ellsworth and Alvina (Rau) Balder.  He married Charlene Grow on June 17, 1953 in St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley, MN.  Bernard was an owner/operator in the trucking industry until his retirement in 1994.  He loved farming, fishing, golfing, playing the concertina, polka dancing with Charlene and being with his grandchildren.  Bernard was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church.
 
Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Charlene; children, Julie (Mike) Montour, Linda Balder, Donna (Kurt) Baumgartner, Bernard (Kim) Balder; siblings, Teresa (Leo) Moore, Carol (Ernie) Jurek, Doris (Leonard) Powell, Jim (Bertie) Balder; grandchildren, Adam (Caitlin) Baumgartner, Aaron Baumgartner, Andrew Baumgartner, Brian Montour, Joshua Balder and Emily Balder.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Mary Farley, Lucietta Stang and David Balder.

April 2014

Karla Rae Topinka

Karla Rae Topinka, age 50
Richmond
November 22, 1963 – April 30, 2014

Funeral Services will be 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Apollo High School, 1000 N 44th Ave. St. Cloud, MN for Karla Rae Topinka, age 50, who died Wednesday at her home.  Burial will be in the Cemetery in Richmond, MN.

Relatives and friends may gather from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Apollo High School for the visitation on Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Karla Rae Topinka was born in Detroit Lakes, MN to Keith and Ellora ( Sperry) Kleven. She married Ronald Lee Topinka on August 6, 1988 in Hutchinson, MN.  Karla graduated from Dassel – Cokato High School in 1982.  She earned her B.S. degree in Home Economics (FACS) from Mankato State University in 1986.  She began her career at Browns Valley High School.  She taught there until 1987 when she moved to teach at Buffalo Lake - Hector High School.  For the past 13 years she has been an educator for the St. Cloud School District at both Tech and Apollo High Schools.

When she wasn’t working outdoors perfecting her gardens and lake home, she was traveling around the U.S. with her family hitting all 50 states.  People will remember her generosity, always remembering everyone’s birthday and anniversaries, and often sharing the fruits of her labor.  Karla had a deep trust in the Lord, which was evident to all who knew her because of her kind heart and soft spirit.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Lee Topinka; children, Taylor (21), Tristin (18), Tanisha (15); parents, Keith and Ellora Kleven; siblings, Kristal ( Elmer) Job, Karmin ( Sterling) Schraw, Kari ( Kelly) Bergh; in-laws, Harvey ( Nancy) Topinka, Louis ( Marilyn) Topinka, Debbie ( Randy) Swonger, Ruthie Topinka, Duane Topinka, Diane Topinka

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Philip and Alvina Kleven, Harold Sperry, Anetta (Sperry) Wegter; sister-in-law Elaine Topinka. 

Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home Cold Spring, MN.

 

Ingeburg “Herta” Seelen

Ingeburg “Herta” Seelen, 85
Rockville, MN
November 18 1928 – April 27, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Ingeburg H. Seelen, age 85, who died Sunday at the Sterling Park Healthcare Center in Waite Park. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.

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 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.

Inge was born in Silberbach, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia) to Karl & Gabriella (Rödig) Lausmann.  After WW II she and her family were forced to leave their home, fleeing the Russian occupation, they became refugees in West Germany. There she worked as a secretary and interpreter for the American Military.

She married John J. Seelen on July 29, 1953 in Boeblingen, Germany. They came to the US in Nov of 1953 and settled in St. Cloud, MN.  They moved to Rockville in January of 1955.  She was a wife, mother, grandmother (Omi), great grandmother and business owner.  Together with John they ran several businesses including Big John’s Excavating, the Café Haus Vienna, the Rockville General Store, IHS Antiques and they owned rental properties.  In later years she worked at Sears and delivered the Shopping News for almost 25 years.  She loved beautiful things natural and manmade. She was an avid treasure hunter, collecting antiques, and enjoyed finding a good deal.   In her youth, she was an alpine skier and hiked in search of wild mushrooms and berries in her beloved Bohemian forest. She had a special devotion to the Infant of Prague. Her love of life, laughter and smile will be missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, James Lausmann (Helga), Bisingen, Germany, Rita (Ken) Seelen-Hora, Garland, TX, Chuck (Peg), Motley, MN, Renate (Bill) Schaefer, Cold Spring, MN, and Greg (Tami) Seelen, Rockville, MN.  Grandchildren, Erica Hemmesch (Duran Gamble), Joe (Tina) Hemmesch, Priya Hora, Jon, Emily & Chris Seelen.  Great-grandsons, Nolan Hemmesch and Keenan Seelen.  Her brother Berthold (Gunda) Lausmann of Mittenwald, Germany.

Preceded in death by her son John E. Seelen in 1983 and her husband John J. Seelen in 2008. Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.

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

Albert “Al” Wessels

Albert “Al” Wessels, age 78
Richmond
September 18, 1935 – April 22, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Albert “Al” Wessels, age 78, who died Tuesday at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud after a short battle with cancer.  Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday 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. Monday morning at the funeral home.  The Catholic Order of Foresters will pray a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. in the Church. 

Al was born in Farming, MN to Bernard and Angela (Lucken) Wessels.  He married Helen (Berger) Kalthoff on February 3, 1989 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Joseph, MN.  They enjoyed 25 years of marriage together.  He served in the United States Army from 1958-1960.  Al farmed his whole life and did trucking jobs for local companies.  He worked as a Funeral Director’s Assistant at the Wenner Funeral Homes from 1999 – 2011.  Al and Helen also were the caretakers for both Funeral Homes in Richmond and Cold Spring.  Al and Helen enjoyed many casino trips together. 

Survivors include his loving wife, Helen; step-children, Kevin (Shirley) Kalthoff, Jan (Gary) Schramel, Lori (Jim) Melin; grandchildren, Krista, Lance, Jenna and Megan Kalthoff, Colten and Cheyann Schramel, Kyle, Kendra and Keaton Kalthoff; siblings, Frances Kron and Hubert Wessels.

He was preceded in death by parents; siblings, Martha Roering, Isabel Gertken, Herbert Wessels and granddaughter, Carley Schramel.   

The family would like to thank CentraCare and the staff at the VA Medical Center for the wonderful care given to Al in his final days.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Lucille Marlene Fuchs

Lucille Marlene Fuchs, age 76
Cold Spring
July 31, 1937 – April 20, 2014

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Lucille M. Fuchs, age 76, who died peacefully at Saint Benedict Senior Center, St. Cloud, MN, surrounded by her loving family. 

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Lucille was born in Rockville, MN to Nicholas and Gertrude (Loesch) Schneider.  Lucille married Richard Fuchs on May 24, 1956 in Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rockville.  Lucille was a member and past president of the Rockville Christian Women, a Girl Scout troop leader, cook at Holy Cross School, Assumption Nursing Home and Brighter Beginnings Day Care and operated the Curb Stop Café in Rockville with her sister Alice and brother Alvin.

Lucille will always be remembered as a loving compassionate soft hearted person, she enjoyed her family, children, the elderly, cooking, gardening, canning, taking care of her flowers, playing bingo with an occasional trip to the casino and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Survivors include her husband, Richard; children, Bruce (Linda) Fuchs of St. Cloud, Connie (John) Bonacci, Mary (Daniel) Streit of St. Joseph, Jean (Ralph) Walz, Kevin (Cheri) Fuchs, Pam (Harold) Walz, Kenny (Nicole) Fuchs, Victoria (Karl) Holthaus of Cold Spring, and Steve (Wendy) Fuchs of Twin Falls, ID; 32 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.  Surviving siblings are Ervin Schneider, Joan Schneider, Alcuin (Doris) Schneider, Dorothy Porwoll, Jeanette Schepers, Alice Schneider, Ronald (Barb) Schneider, and Alvin (Kim) Schneider. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Jennifer Bonacci; siblings, Richard Schneider, Lorraine and Allie Neiters, sisters-in-law, Ione Schneider, Theresa Fuchs; brothers-in-law, Thomas Schepers, Herbert Porwoll, Ralph, Donald, and Kenneth Fuchs.

The family would especially like to thank the CentraCare doctors and the St. Benedict Senior Center staff for the exceptional care Lucille received as a resident.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.