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July 2016

Bernadine Meyer

Bernadine Meyer, age 99
Richmond
May 13, 1917 – July 19, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Bernadine Meyer, age 99, who died Tuesday at 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., Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday morning at the funeral home.

Bernie was born in St. Martin, MN to Peter Sr, and Anna (Stroeing) Doll.  She worked as a cook for Tony Nierenhausen, Leo Steinhagen and Jerry Dols.  Bernie then worked as a seamstress for Fingerhut and Wonderall Companies until her retirement in 1979.  She enjoyed cards, gardening, quilting, sewing, bingo and going to the casino.  Bernie was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Christian Women and St. Theresa Mission Group.
 
Survivors include her children, Irma (Dennis) Korte, Charles “Chas” (Vicki) Meyer, Donna (Joe) Salzer, Marilyn (Lee) Thomes, Michael “Mitch” (Beth) Meyer, Jean Novak; siblings, Peter (Jenny) Doll, Anna Schulte; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Meyer; infant son, John and son-in-law, Don Novak.

Esther Lucy Brinker

Esther Lucy Brinker, age 82
Cold Spring
August 11, 1933 – July 17, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Esther Lucy Brinker, age 82, who died Sunday at 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., Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Wednesday morning at the funeral home.

Esther was born August 11, 1933 in Cold Spring, MN to Walter and Catherine (Ruegemer) Jungels.   She grew up on a farm near St. Nicholas, MN and had many fun stories of growing up there.  We heard stories about walking two miles to school each day – walking uphill both ways! In her earlier days she waitressed at the Jungels Café.  Esther married Gilbert Brinker on May 10, 1955.  Raising her family and gardening were her true passions.  Anyone knowing Esther would remember her huge, beautiful gardens – seemed like an acre to us kids when we were sent out to weed it!  She called her garden her “therapy”.  She was a Master Gardener before they had a name for it.  Dad was in charge of tilling the soil and mom did the rest!  Esther loved playing cards, going to the casino, bingo and garage sales.  She was a 40 year member of the Cold Spring American Legion Auxiliary, a member of St. Boniface Parish and Christian Women.
 
Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Brinker; children, Linda (Don) Jacquemart, Lola (Dave) Vogel, Terry (Kim), Jesse (Patty), Jim, Bill (Gloria), Betty (Greg) Gruenes, Mary (Joe) Dvorak, Mark (Lisa), and Amy Bertram (John Veeder); siblings, Rita Schwartz, Harold (Lorraine), Walter Jr (Joyce). Stanley (Alice), Marvin (Linda) Jungels; 30 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Timmer; son-in-law, Steve Morey; siblings, Mildred, Cletus, Patsy brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerome Schwartz, Norbert Hemmesch and Shirley Jungels.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Duane Guggisberg

Duane Guggisberg, age 60
Rockville
October 5, 1955 – July 2, 2016

A memorial service will be 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Duane Guggisberg, age 60, who died Saturday, July 2, 2016.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends from 2 – 4 pm at the Wenner Funeral Home prior to the memorial service.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Duane was born in Litchfield, MN to Louis and Gertie (Ellingson) Guggisberg. He was a professional trucker for 40 years. For the past six years, he worked as a dump truck driver for Rock On Trucks, Inc. He loved a well-maintained vehicle and believed the only tools to have in one’s garage, are Craftsman.

Survivors include his wife Pam; children, Jodie (Tim) Crotteau and Christene (Wade) Sell; siblings, Bruce Guggisberg and Bev Reich; grandchildren, Kory, Ashley, Samantha and Travis; great-granddaughter, Kinsley and family friend, Pat Untiedt.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

June 2016

Isabel KunkelIsabel Kunkel, age 91
Cold Spring
May 29, 1925 – June 25, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN.   Burial will be in the Pinewood Cemetery in Crosslake.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Isabel (Weismann) Kunkel was born May 29, 1925 in Rockville, MN to Nicholas and Rose (Nieters) Weismann.  She married Norbert Kunkel June 23, 1947 at Mary of Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville. They lived in St. Cloud until 1981 when they moved to Crosslake.  In 2003 they moved to Cold Spring.  She was active in Citizens for Educational Freedom and Council of Catholic Women.  She was employed as a parish secretary at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud and at the College of St. Benedict.  

Survivors include her children, Katherine, Bernard (Karen) Kunkel, Susan (Richard) Klein, Mark (Linda) Kunkel, Dennis (Susan) Kunkel, Richard (Pamela) Kunkel, Mary (Mark) Moraczewski, and Julie (Tom Hall); 14 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents: husband, Norbert; and brother, Aloysius Weismann.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Cathedral High School in St. Cloud or Assumption Home in Cold Spring.

Barbara BelkaBarbara Belka, age 73
Rockville, formerly of St. Paul
March 5, 1943 – June 20, 2016

Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Rockville, MN for Barbara Belka, age 73, who died Monday at Hennepin Country Medical Center.  Burial will be in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the church vestibule.

Barbara Belka was born March 5, 1943 in St. Paul, MN to James and Lucy (Weatherstone) Belka.  She was graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1961.  She worked as a clerk/typist for the St. Paul Health Department and the Veteran’s Medical Hospital where she worked until 1993.  At that time she began volunteering at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Rockville, MN where she taught the youngsters of the parish.  Barb played piano and ukulele and loved to play for sing-alongs.  She enjoyed reading, watching old TV shows and playing scrabble.  Barb was a good bowler and went to many national tournaments during her bowling years.  During the last twelve years Barb was a Personal Care Attendant for her nephew Tom Belka, who has Down syndrome.  She is survived by her brother Jim Belka and his wife Nancy Schamber along with their children, Tom and Jenny Belka and many cousins.  Not to be forgotten is Barb’s beloved cat, Angel.  Memorials are preferred to the Down Syndrome Association of MN or donor’s choice.

Mary Ann (Ludwig) Fasbender

Mary Ann (Ludwig) Fasbender, age 78
Paynesville
July 24, 1937 - June 11, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry for Mary Ann (Ludwig) Fasbender, age 78, of Paynesville, who went to her eternal rest on June 11, 2016. Fr. Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Entombment will be in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Paynesville.

Family and friends may called from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 and after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, all at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry.

Mary Ann was born on July 24, 1937 to Peter Herbert and Barbara (Mergen) Ludwig near Lake Henry. She married James P. Fasbender on June 30, 1956 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry. Mary Ann was a 1955 graduate of Paynesville High School and St. Cloud State College.  She taught elementary school in White, South Dakota for two years.  After moving to their farm in the Paynesville area in 1963, she taught in Farming, Roscoe, Paynesville, and ROCORI schools.  Her teaching career spanned 34 years.

​As an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church, Mary Ann served as representative for the Diocesan Centennial, as an Adoration Coordinator, catechism teacher and library volunteer. She also volunteered at the Koronis Manor. She was a member of the St. Louis Christian Women, St. Catherine Mission Group, and was a charter member and first president of the Koronis Nite Owls square dance club. Mary Ann enjoyed teaching, dancing, reading and playing cards, but mostly she loved spending time with her family, friends, and beloved grandchildren.  She was proud of her ten Godchildren too.

Mary Ann is survived by her children, Patricia Fasbender, Des Moines, IA, Linda (Scott) Liebl, Richmond, MN and Joe (Christina) Fasbender, Wyoming, MN; seven grandchildren, Leeza, Patric and Petir Thompson, Mack and Ben Liebl, and Lillian and Ruby Fasbender; siblings, Loretta Wuertz of Waite Park, Mike Ludwig of Melrose, Herb Ludwig (Michelle) of Buffalo, Florentine (LeRoy) Zipko of Maplewood, and Anita (John) Giulianni of Maplewood; sister-in-law Leona (Art) Wuertz of Lake Henry and brother-in-law Lee Salzl of Watkins.
 
She is  preceded in death by her parents, husband James, infant daughter Amy, an infant brother, an infant sister; brothers, Celestine Ludwig, Peter A. Ludwig, Br. Robert Ludwig; sisters, Sr. Catherine Ludwig, Olivia Salzl and Florence Graham; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Ludwig, Lorraine Ludwig, Theresa Ludwig, Vonnie Ludwig and brother-in-law Othmar Wuertz.

 ​Masses and memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Norbert F. Spaeth

Norbert F. Spaeth, age 84
Aitkin
October 30, 1931 - June 13, 2016

Norbert F. Spaeth died Monday, June 13, 2016 at Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.  He was born October 30, 1931 in Padua to Edward and Catherine (Deters) Spaeth.  Norbert’s mother Catherine passed away in 1936 and Edward married Carolyn Deters in 1937.  The Spaeth family moved to Richmond, MN. where Norbert spent his childhood.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 1955.  Norbert was united in marriage to Theresa A. (Schoenecker) on June 21, 1958 at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley.  The couple moved to the Blaine/Ham Lake area where they raised their family.  He worked for the telephone company for over 30 years and retired to Wilkins Lake in the Aitkin area in 1994 where they enjoyed the outdoor life with family and friends.  Norbert enjoyed fishing with his wife Theresa and his best friend, son Dean.  In 2014 they moved from their lake home to Aitkin. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Theresa on January 1, 2016, parents Edward and Catherine, step-mother Carolyn, brothers Roman (Imelda) and Lavern (Joyce).

Norbert is survived by his children: Dean Spaeth of East Bethel, Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover with grandson Cody, and Sandy Spaeth of Duluth.  Brothers Alvin (Bonnie) of Sun Lake, AZ. James (Mary) of Spring Hill, FL. and sister Shirley (Tom) Jungels of Edina.

Memorial Mass will be 10:30A.M. – Monday, June 20, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Aitkin.  Father David Forsman will officiate.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial with military honors will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Little Falls.  Arrangements are with Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com

Renee Catherine Walz, age 91
Rockville
December 12, 1924 – June 12, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Renee Catherine Walz.  Interment will immediately follow in the Church of St. Joseph Cemetery, St. Joseph, MN.  Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Wednesday morning from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Renee Catherine Walz passed peacefully in the arms of the Lord on June 12, 2016 at the age of 91 years 6 months, after suffering a recent fall, a stroke and related complications.  Her life was one well lived.  Renee was never one to complain, always putting the concerns of others before her own.  She reveled in her devotion to Christ, her love of family and friends, and selflessly doing and caring for others.

She was born Renee Catherine Hennen on December 12, 1924, the daughter of Al and Elizabeth (Jacoby) Hennen of Rockville, MN.  She grew up on the family farm near Rockville and often talked of a childhood spent in a loving home doing the daily chores, playing with her sisters and brothers, and on occasion taking a horse driven sleigh to church in the winter months.

She was united to marriage to the love her life, Leo Edwin Walz, on February 13th, 1947.  In December of 1960, Leo and Renee adopted a son, Robert and in March of 1962, they adopted a daughter, Judith.  Renee was the consummate farm wife and homemaker, helping Leo on the farm, tending to the garden and, most lovingly, being a wonderful Mom to Bob and Judy.  Her home was always a welcome place for her children’s friends.  Renee became “Mom” to them all, and loved them like they were her own.  She was famous for serving homemade cookies, cake, pies or pizza, whether the gathering of kids requested them or not.

She enjoyed listening to music, dancing, playing cards; especially 500 and Canasta, jigsaw puzzles, word find puzzles, reading, cooking, baking and walking barefoot in the grass.  She always seemed to be singing as she did her daily chores or while preparing meals for her family or those gathered for a celebration or holiday.  Although Renee was unable to have flowers in her home due to allergies, she always loved having them in her yard and garden.  Peonies, Petunias and Marigolds were favorites.  Leo and Renee moved to Assumption Court Apartments in Cold Spring, MN in 1999.

She relished her role as Grandmother to granddaughters, Karlee Olson, Ellie Walz, Morgan and Leah Welker, and as Great-grandmother to Henry Olson, born in November of 2015. 

Several months after Leo’s passing in 2003, Renee was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She went on to defeat that dread disease, only to be diagnosed with lymphoma a year later.  The strong woman of good German stock that she was, she also defeated that nefarious foe.

In the years to follow, Renee found new life in serving the Assumption Court and Assumption Home residents by taking meals or mail to friends and neighbors, or just paying a pleasant visit to friends old and new.  Renee was a devout Catholic throughout her life and joyfully volunteered at the Assumption Chapel; opening the doors for daily mass, attending to the Blessed Sacrament and participating in the daily Rosary services.  She was well known around the Assumption Community for giving big hugs to all she encountered and was so very delighted to get them in return.  Her love of music was a constant companion, with the radio tuned to KASM for her beloved Polkas and Waltzes.  She also loved to listen to the wonderful musicians who played Sunday afternoons at the Assumption Home, especially Max & Deb and Al Brisse.  We can’t thank you enough for the joy you brought to her life.

Renee always saw, and honestly believed in, the good in everyone and would greet all with a bright smile and a loving embrace.  But she wasn’t one to suffer fools and would voice her consternation by crossing her legs, pulling her sweater closed quickly and tightly with both arms and sternly declaring; “Piffle”!  We never knew the meaning of the word, but the intent was more than clear.

Renee is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Melanie Walz, daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Kurt Welker; granddaughters, Karlee (Ryan) Olson, Ellie Walz, Morgan Welker, Leah Welker and great-grandson, Henry Olson.  Sisters and brothers, Delrose Hondl, Marilyn (Othmar) Schmitz, Oliver Hennen and Louis Hennen; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Ernie Stumpf, and Ervin and Rosie Schwalich, as well as a legion of beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo on September 18, 2003; sister, Sister Mary Pius; sisters-in-law, Marie Stumpf, Florine Young and Verena Hennen; brothers-in-law, Peter Becker, Elmer Walz, Matt Hondl and Harold Young; nephews, Tommy Schwalich, Lee Ferrell, Vernon Schmitz, Lloyd Abfalter and Daryl Schmitz; special niece Doris Ethan and many other relatives and friends.

Renee’s family would like to thank everyone who visited or sent cards to Renee during her time in the nursing home.  We also recognize the wonderful residents at the Assumption Community for their friendship and kindness.  We also commend the dedicated staffs at Assumption Court and Assumption Home for the gentle loving care they provided Renee throughout the years.  A special “Thank You” to Father Julius for his spiritual care in Renee’s last days.  Renee truly loved you all.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home.

Mary E. “Molly” VanHove

Mary E. “Molly” VanHove, age 77
Cold Spring
September 15, 1938 – June 10, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Mary E. “Molly” VanHove, age 77, who died Friday at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  A private family inurnment will be in the Emden Cemetery in Renville at a later date.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., on Friday, June 17, 2016 in the St. Boniface Church Narthex in Cold Spring.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Mary was adopted by Francis and Mary Russell at 7 months old.  She married Yogi Fuchs and they had three girls; Debbie, Cindy and Mary.  Molly worked at Fingerhut and in 1971 she was a teacher’s aide in Cold Spring.  In 1976 she moved to Willmar where she worked in Bethesda Nursing Home.  In 1979 Molly married Ervin VanHove in Cara City.  In 1986 Ervin and Molly went to Texas with Ervin’s company.  They spent 5 years down there.  Ervin went back working with heavy equipment and Molly went to work at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo.  She worked at the nursing home for 15 years.  In 2002 Ervin passed away and in 2010 Molly came back to Cold Spring to be closer to her children.  Molly volunteered at Assumption Nursing Home and helped at church once in a while.

Survivors include her daughters, Debbie (Brett) Cox, Cindy (Jim) Tamble, Mary (Rick) Olson; siblings, Eileen (Chuck) McKinnon, Tom Russell; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ervin; infant daughter, Linda; brother, Tim Russell and a sister-in-law, Betsy Russell.

May 2016

Richard “Dick” William Kampa

Richard “Dick” William Kampa, age 80
Cold Spring
May 19, 1936 – May 30, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Richard “Dick” William Kampa , age 80, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Private family inurnment will be at St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Friday afternoon in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.

Dick was born May 19, 1936 in Duelm, MN to Gene and Mabel (Dziuk) Kampa.  He married Anna “Mae” Schneider on October 17, 1959 in St. Mary’s Church, St. Cloud, MN.  Dick enlisted in the United States Navy from 1954-1958 as an Aviation Electrician.  He was an owner, operator and auctioneer of Granite City Livestock; a family owned business in St. Cloud, MN.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Anna “Mae” (Schneider) Kampa; mother; Mabel Kampa McMahon; children, LeeAnn (Gary) Backes, Lynette (Dan) Brannan, Randy (Veronica) Kampa; grandchildren, Chad, Amanda, Nicole, Evan, Kyle, Grant, Garrett and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Kampa; brother, James “Tuffy” Kampa and granddaughter, Erika Brannan.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Raymond T. Rolfes

Raymond T. Rolfes, age 88
Farming
June 30, 1927 – May 30, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2016 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming, MN for Raymond T. Rolfes, age 88, who died Monday at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.  Burial will be in the St. Catherine’s Church Cemetery.

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

Raymond was born in Farming, MN to Rudolph and Bertha (Behnen) Rolfes.  He married Dolores Burg on October 1, 1953 in St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming.  Raymond served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 as an MP in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War.  He farmed most of his life on the family farm Southeast of Farming and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing the family Bullament card game monthly, or as needed.  He was a member of Cold Spring VFW and American Legion, Richmond Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and Farming Sportsman Club.

Survivors include his children, Gerald, Donna Mae (Theodore) Bruemmer, Dorine (Lloyd) Rausch, Ronald (Sherry), Charlene (Jeffery) Wanek, Joseph (Jennifer), Mary (James) Kulzer; siblings, Martha (Art) Fasen, Therese Backes, Andrew Rolfes, Leora (Jackie) Burg, Irene Schmidt.; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolores (2002); sister, Alma and his great-granddaughter, Isabelle Rausch.

Lucille M. Geislinger

Lucille M. Geislinger, age 92
Cold Spring
March 21, 1924 – May 24, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Lucille M. Geislinger, age 92, who died Tuesday at Lilydale Senior Living in Lilydale, MN.  Burial will be in the St. Anthony’s Parish Cemetery in Watkins, MN.

Relatives and friends may call after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016 at the St. Boniface Catholic Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Lucille was born in Kimball, MN to Theodore and Rose (Mohs) Steman.  She married Clement Geislinger on May 22, 1944 in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.  Lucille worked retail sales at Powers in St. Paul, she moved to Cold Spring, MN in 1975.  She enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, storytelling and birds.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Lenora Steman and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clement Geislinger; sister, Alma Gross; brothers, Neil, Edward, Michael, Theodore, Richard and Joseph Steman.

Bernard Wesbur

Bernard Wesbur, age 76
Cold Spring
July 9, 1939 – May 16, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Bernard “Ben” Wesbur, age 76, who died Monday at the Paynesville Hospital.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call after 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 20, 2016 in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Ben was born in Belgrade, MN to Frank and Anna Wesbur.  He married Barbara Tieman in 1962 and they had 3 children.  He later married Tanya Voronina in 2001 at the couple’s home on the farm.  Ben served in the United States National Guard for 6 years.  He farmed all of his life and was a talented gem cutter and welder.  Ben was an extremely creative person who was always willing to help out his neighbors.

Survivors include his wife, Tanya Wesbur; children, Michael (Mary) Wesbur, David (Brenda) Wesbur, William (Rachael) Wesbur, Nadia Wesbur; siblings, Monica Heinen, Walter Wesbur, Wilfred Wesbur and Mary Kraemer; 9 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Leona Wenning.

Jean Ruth Olmscheid

Jean Ruth Olmscheid, age 83
Cold Spring
November 6, 1932 – May 13, 2016

Jean Ruth (Hansgen) Olmscheid, age 83, a wife, mother, sister, daughter, godmother and friend but especially a grandmother, took her journey home to be with her husband Donald, parents Ruth and Everette Hansgen, sisters Jackie Wenner and Joan Goebel, and step-mother Hildegard Hansgen on May 13, 2016.  Funeral Services will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring and the visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 AM.  Fr. Matthew Luft, OSB will officiate and interment will immediately follow in the parish cemetery.  Arrangements are being entrusted to Miller-Carlin Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Jean’s last months were spent living with family due to a decline in health.  Her constant love for her grandchildren’s lives filled her with BMX & Dirt bike Racing, Soccer, Horse Barrel Racing, Marching Band, Civil Air Patrol, Dance, Show Choir, Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball.  There was also babysitting cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, horses, hamster, fish, and other miscellaneous critters. 

During her care, Jean found that a 4-legged nurse (Joy) would become her companion both day and night with Dr. Christopher Wenner of Cold Spring, Nurse Sean from St. Croix Hospice, and April & Katie of Home Instead who all made life and movements so much easier for her.  In her last days, Jean made the move to Quiet Oakes where she, her children, and grandchildren found another loving and caring family that helped complete her life’s journey.  A very special thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Quiet Oakes Hospice House.

Jean was born November 6, 1932 in Richmond, MN.  She spent her early years as a cosmetologist.  She married Donald Olmscheid on September 5, 1952 in Richmond, MN.

She is survived by her 3 children Douglas (Linda) Olmscheid, Janice (Glen) Thomes, Jill (Randy) Svihel, and 7 grandchildren: Zach & Courtney Olmscheid , Cory, Drew & Jamie Thomes, and Stacy & Ashlan Svihel.  She is also survived by her 2 younger brothers Everette “JR” Hansgen and Nick Hansgen, sisters-in-law Diane Hansgen and Irene Schwinghammer, brother-in-law Arnie Olmscheid, and her half siblings Diane Hansgen, Debra Hansgen, David Hansgen, Dan Hansgen, and Denise Kurowski. 

Jean will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Quiet Oakes Hospice House in memory of Jean.

Robert John “Huntz” Hansen

Robert John “Huntz” Hansen, age 67
Cold Spring
December 4, 1949 – May 12, 2016

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Robert John “Huntz” Hansen, age 67, who died Thursday at the VA. Inurnment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.  Arrangements were entrusted with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Huntz was born in St. Cloud to Wilfred and Margaret (Korn) Hansen.  He served in the Army from 1971 to 1977.  Huntz was a kind hearted and generous man who would do anything for anyone.  He loved all sports, staying up to date on current events and taking trips to the casino.

Survivors include his children, Cindy, Kurt and Christy; siblings, Elizabeth (Mark) Phillippi, Mary Lou (John) Klares, Rosie McClanahan (Bob Hegstrom), Alen (Patty) Hansen, Mike Hansen, Lorraine (Gabe) Schmitt and Bernice (Kurt) Kunkel.

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Mildred Dingmann

Mildred Dingmann, age 95
Richmond
November 3, 1920 – May 6, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Mildred Dingmann, age 95, who died Friday, May 6, 2016 at Assumption Nursing Home surrounded by her family.  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.  Christian Women will pray a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Parish prayers will be at 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will be at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Monday morning.  Arrangements were entrusted with Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.

Mildred was born in St. Martin, Minnesota to Peter and Mary (Klehr) Schmitt.  She married William Dingmann on May 27, 1941 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, Minnesota.  Mildred and William owned a farm in St. Nicholas for 42 years.  She loved cooking, baking, gardening, quilting and sewing.  Mildred especially enjoyed socializing, playing cards and spending time with her family.  She was a member of Christian Women, Catholic Order of Forresters and Catholic Aid.

She is survived by children, Kathleen (James) Utecht, Gene (Ann) Dingmann, Dennis (Sondra) Dingmann, Harvey (Teri) Dingmann, Larry (Donna) Dingmann and Ron (Scot Smith) Dingmann; siblings, Sister Claire OSB, Sister Miriam OSB, Father Silverius, Joe Schmitt, Louise Heurung and Ellie Otremba; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Dingmann; siblings, Father Urban, Bernice Schmitt, Arnelda Winczewski, Melvin Schmitt and Wilfred Schmitt.

Lynda Weis

Lynda Weis, age 61
St. Cloud
October 14, 1954 – May 5, 2016

Lynda Weis, age 61, died peacefully at home Thursday, May 5, 2016 surrounded by family.

A memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.  Visitation will be two hours prior to the memorial service beginning at 5:00 pm.  Arrangements are entrusted with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Lynda was born in Appleton, MN to Clarence and Doris (Darr) Blahosky.  She married Daniel Weis on October 19, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids, MN.  Lynda loved camping, spending time outdoors, collecting and reading old books.  Her biggest love of all was her family and spending time with her grandkids.

Survivors include her loving husband, Daniel Weis; children, Kelly Weis and Tracie Weis; parents, Clarence and Doris Blahosky; sister, Sandy (Roy) Willard; in-laws, Tom Weis, Darlene Weis, Donna Weis, Marilyn Christianson, Tim Weis, Wendy Theis and Mark Weis; grandchildren, Henry and Maggie; and nephews, Justin, Benjamin and Nicholas Willard.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; brother, Brian Blahosky; and in-laws, Loren Weis and Wanda Weis.

Adam J. Schlangen

Adam J. Schlangen, age 37
Rush City, formerly of Watkins
February 21, 1979 - May 2, 2016

Adam J. Schlangen passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, MN following a courageous battle with cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins. Fr. Bob Rolfes will officiate.  Music will be by Kathy Pauls and Julie Koenig.  Honorary casket bearers are Luke Watercott, Chad McKay, Steve Ludwig, Larry Ludwig, Mike Esselman and Josh Pikula.  Casket bearers are Justin Wendroth, Rob Haag, Mike Pufahl, Justin Schneider, Shaun Haag, Eric Plantenberg, Adam Teicher and Kelly Lipinski.  Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and will continue from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.

Adam Schlangen was born on February 21, 1979 at St. Cloud, the son of Leon and Karen (Schneider) Schlangen.  He grew up in the Watkins area and graduated from the Eden Valley-Watkins High School in 1997.  He attended St. Cloud State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

On September 8, 2001, Adam was united in marriage to Cindy Ludwig at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  He was an amazing husband and father who will be greatly missed for his innovations, wisdom, huge heart and integrity.  For the last 13 years, Adam worked at his dream job at Polaris Industries.  He created many novel, innovative designs and holds many patents. 

Adam’s hobbies included camping, four wheeling, off roading and snowmobiling.  He was a “gear head” and enjoyed working in his shop, and built his hot rod from the ground up.  He was a member of the Minnesota Street Rod Assn.

 Survivors include his wife, Cindy Schlangen of Rush City; Children, Hunter, Austin, Josephine and Isabel; parents, Leon and Karen Schlangen of Watkins; mother-in-law, Joyce Miller of Lakefield; grandmother, Irene Schneider of Waite Park; sisters, Lisa (Josh) Pikula of Rockville, Amy (Mike) Esselman of Austin, TX;  many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Adam was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond Schneider, Geraldine and Cyril Massmann, Edmund and Delores Schlangen; father-in-law, Joseph Ludwig.

Memorials are preferred. 

Arthur “Art” Fischer

Arthur “Art” Fischer, age 80
Jacobs Prairie
August 27, 1935 – May 2, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Arthur “Art” Fischer, age 80, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and Friends may call from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  

Art was born in Avon, MN to Peter and Eleanor (Schmitt) Fischer.  He married Kathleen Schlangen on September 11, 1956 in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Marty, MN.  Art loved farming, tractors, and animals; especially raising black angus cows and polka dancing down the barn aisle.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his loyal dog, Duke.  Art was a member of St. James Parish.

 Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; daughter, Joyce (Don) Salzer and their children, Jeremy Salzer, Luke (Brenda) Salzer and Katie (Jason) Okerstrom; daughter, Sue (Randy) Reischl and their children, Amanda (Scott) Caird, Nicole Reischl (Ryan Fischer), Adam Reischl (Ali Schwinghammer); great-grandchildren, Zack and Garrett Okerstrom, Madison and McKenzie Loch, Gavin Salzer, Rodney and Jacob Salzer, and Britta Caird.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Jacob Salzer.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

 

April 2016

Marie Wesbur

Marie Wesbur, age 93
Cold Spring
May 4, 1922 – April 29, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Marie Wesbur, age 93, who died Friday at the Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by a rosary with the Christian Women.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to service on Wednesday afternoon in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.

Marie was born in Lake Henry, MN to Lawrence and Anna (Gruber) Haider.  She married Paul Wesbur on August 13, 1983 in Cold Spring.  Marie worked briefly at Assumption Home in Cold Spring, but her passion in life was taking care of her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, farming and traveling.  Marie was a member of St. Boniface Christian Women and St. Julians Mission Group, Sts. Peter & Paul Christian Women in Elrosa and Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; children, Melvin (Carol) Hagemeier, Alvin (Donna) Hagemeier, Rose (Charlie) Leyendecker, Audrey Schwagel, Joseph (Chris) Hagemeier; siblings, Lawrence Haider Jr., Bernie Massmann, Margaret Meyer, Helen Haider; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Leander Hagemeier and Wally Steil; siblings, Rudy Haider, Joseph Haider; in-laws, Eugene Meyer, Eddie Massmann; 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Eugene F. Lehmeier, age 90
Cold Spring
February 15, 1926 – April 24, 2016

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016 at River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring, MN for Eugene F. Lehmeier, age 90, who died surrounded by his family on Sunday evening at the Assumption Nursing Home, Cold Spring. Inurnment will be in the MN State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.

Visitation with family and friends will be one hour prior to service at the church.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Gene was born in St. Cloud, MN to Roman and Martha (Baron) Lehmeier.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII in the Pacific Theater. Gene married Doris Carris on August 13, 1949 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Cloud.  He was an avid outdoorsman and passed his love of nature onto those who knew him.

Survivors include his children, Phyllis (Dwight) Petty, Linda (Mark) Spohn, Janet (Bob) Petro, Ron (Terri) Lehmeier; sisters, Mildred Senezek, Rosemary Wagner, Dorothy Kalla; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris in 2007; brothers, George and Roman Lehmeier.

Kenneth Floyd Suckut

Kenneth Floyd Suckut, age 83
Richmond
December 4, 1932 – April 15, 2016

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN, for Kenneth Floyd Suckut, age 83, who died Friday after a courageous battle with ALS.  A private Inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2016, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Kenneth was born in Bowdon, ND, to Fred and Lydia (Schaubert) Suckut.  He married LaVon Tallman on August 2, 1956, at the Church of God in Bowdon, ND.  Ken proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He was a farmer, electrician and carpenter.  Ken enjoyed camping, photography, geocaching, gardening, going to thrashing shows, fishing and spending time with friends and family.  He was a very skilled woodworker, making many things – furniture, games, knickknacks, jewelry and even a teardrop camper.

Survived by his wife, LaVon; daughter, Sheila Motzko (Kevin Hudak); son, Monte Suckut; grandsons, Kyle Reischl and Spencer Suckut; great-grandchildren, Brody and Layla Reischl; and sister, Garnet Schander.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lydia; brothers, Lorance, Jake, Bob, Roy and Donald.

Memorials preferred to the ALS Association.

Jake Foehrenbacher

Jake Foehrenbacher, age 16
St. Nicholas

Jake  Foehrenbacher, 16 of St. Nicholas, passed away at the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital as a result of a ruptured brain aneurysm, surrounded by all of his family and many of his close friends.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at the Eden Valley – Watkins High School in Eden Valley.  Fr. Thomas Olson will officiate.   A private interment will be held at the St. Nicholas Catholic Cemetery.  A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the St. Nicholas Catholic Church.  A gathering and time of fellowship for family, friends and students will be held after the funeral mass at the Eden Valley – Watkins High School. Arrangements are with the Ertl Funeral Home, Watkins.

Jake was a sophomore at Eden Valley – Watkins High School.  He was a life-loving athlete; an excellent student; a son, brother, teammate, and friend of many. He was never without a smile or a smart comment.

Survivors include his parents, Don and Kelly; brother, Alex; paternal grandmother, Lucy Foehrenbacher; maternal grandparents, Reuben and Arlene Athmann; uncles, Glen and Brian Athmann, Mike, Hank, Tom and Joe Foehrenbacher and their spouses; aunts, Kim Athmann King and Kerri Athmann and their spouses; and many cousins and great cousins.

Jake was preceded in death by his grandfather, Miles (Mike) Foehrenbacher and cousin, Troy Athmann.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Jake’s name: Jake Foehrenbacher Memorial Fund, State Bank of Richmond, P.O. Box 519, Richmond, MN 56368
Evangeline J. Noll

Evangeline J. Noll, age 93
St. Martin
January 20, 1923 – April 13, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Evangeline J Noll, age 93, who died peacefully Wednesday evening surrounded by her family. Inurnment will be privately held in the parish cemetery. 

A visitation for Evangeline will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the St Martin Parish Hall in St. Martin. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the services Tuesday morning at the St. Martin Parish Hall. 

Evangeline was born in St Martin to Alexander and Mary Magdalin (Holper) Didier. She married Florian Noll on June 10, 1947 in St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin. Evangeline was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved playing cards, working crossword puzzles and was an excellent seamstress and baker.  Evangeline was a long standing member of the St. Ann’s Christian Women and the Rosary Society.

Survivors include children, Dave (Mary) Noll, Mike (Diane) Noll, Anne (Dale) Lawrence, Jerry (Jan) Noll, Teresa (John) Gossett, Mary (JC) Canton, Barb (Jim) Kastanek, Mark Noll, and Catherine Noll; brother, Joseph; 40 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Gerald; her husband, Florian, parents; many brothers and sisters. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Marvin A. Sauer

Marvin A. Sauer, age 83
St. Augusta
August 27, 1932 – April 12, 2016

A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 18, 2016 at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Marvin Sauer, age 83, who died Tuesday at Wellstead of Rogers.  Burial will be in the Minnesota State Cemetery in Little Falls.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

Marvin was born in Cold Spring to Steve and Elizabeth (Eisenschenk) Sauer.  Marvin served in the U.S. Army for 22 years and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  He married Ingrid Daumann in Georgia and later moved to St. Augusta where they lived most of their lives.  Marvin was an instructor for the ROTC program at St. John’s University.  He had a fondness for hunting and fishing and a tremendous love for animals especially, his beloved dogs.  

Survivors include his son, Stephan Sauer; step-daughter, Lydia Andren; grandchildren, Erich Andren, Aaron,Samantha and Lyndsey Sauer; great-grandchildren, Maci, James; sisters, Irene (Bud) Reber, La Donna Baker; brothers, Leander (Deb) Sauer, Ralph (Carole) Sauer; many nieces and nephews, and dear friend, Marcia and special fishing buddy, Doug Jacques.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ingrid; brothers, Wilferd and Richard; sisters, Ursula and Isabel.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Linus Mathias Heinen

Linus Mathias Heinen, age 82
Jacobs Prairie
October 19, 1933 – April 12, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie, MN for Linus Mathias Heinen, age 82, who died Tuesday at the 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. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home. 

Linus was born in Eden Lake Township, MN to John and Theresa (Weyland) Heinen.  He married Caroline Aloysia Mehr on May 4, 1960 in the Church of St. Martin, St. Martin, MN.  Linus served in the United States Army from 1955-1957 as a truck driver.  Linus farmed his whole life on the family farm north of Cold Spring.  He served on the Collegeville Township Board for 36 years.  Linus enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, playing cards, the view from his deck, and spending time with his family.  He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and was a Trustee of St. James Parish.

 Survivors include his wife, Caroline; children, Sandra (Dale) Westlund, Thomas (Jacqueline), Theresa (Bill) Doll, Chuck, Gary (Terri), Carmen (Mike) Rodewald, Julie (John) Reitmeier, Christine (Dan) Goodale, and Jeff; siblings, Eugene (Bernice), Celestine (Laverne), John (Irma), and Ralph (Helen); in-laws, Melvin (Cathy) Mehr, Susie (Denny) Wurm, Louise Mehr; 16 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild on the way.

He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Bernelda (Benny) Gertken, Lorraine Bueckers, and Cyril Mehr.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Natalie Jean Michaelis

Natalie Jean Michaelis, age 1 month
March 5, 2016 - April 8, 2016
Paynesville

Natalie Jean Michaelis was born on March 5, 2016, in Paynesville, Minnesota the daughter of Darren and Amy (Niehaus) Michaelis.  She died peacefully on Friday morning, April 8, 2016, at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.  She is survived by her parents, Darren and Amy; sisters, Lyla and Hailey; maternal grandparents, Tom and Terry Niehaus; paternal grandparents, Richard and Linda Michaelis; aunts and uncles, Brian Niehaus, Chris Niehaus, Jason Michaelis, Brandon (Leah) Michaelis, and Amber (Fiancé Lisa)Michaelis; cousins, Madison, Graham, and Lauren.

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson, age 72
Cold Spring
July 5, 1943 – April 4, 2016

Larry Jon Anderson, age 72, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016, at The Legends at Heritage Place in Sartell, MN.  He was born on July 5, 1943 in Ladysmith, WI to Robert and Margaret Anderson.  Larry was a 1962 graduate of Ladysmith High School, Ladysmith, WI, and a 1964 graduate of Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.  He moved to Sartell, MN in 1969.  He worked in construction management at Brutger Companies for 13 years and for a variety of other companies as a construction manager until retiring in 2005.

Larry resided in Cold Spring, MN for the past 11 years and is survived by daughter, Julie (Brian) Guggenberger, Cold Spring; son, Steven Anderson, Minneapolis; three grandsons, Alex Guggenberger, Coon Rapids; Andy Guggenberger, St. Louis Park; Evan Guggenberger, St Paul; one great-grandson, Isak Guggenberger, Coon Rapids; two brothers, Robert (Nancy) Anderson, Antigo, WI; and Jeff (Roxi) Anderson, Dracula, GA.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or The Alzheimer’s Association.

George Thomas Cordt

George Thomas Cordt, age 83
Cold Spring
November 2, 1932 – April 2, 2016

A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for George Thomas Cordt, age 83, who died Saturday at his home.  Inurnment will be at the Minnesota States Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

George was born in Big Stone City, South Dakota to William and Agnes (Ludwig) Cordt.  He married Bonnie Lu Horsky and they had 4 children.  George later married June Thelen.  He spent most of his childhood in and around Fairmont, MN.  George joined the Air Force 1952 at the age of 19.  He traveled all over the world and worked in places such as England, Denmark, Germany and Bermuda. In the states he was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Ohio and Arizona.  He started his career as an airplane mechanic – a line Chief, working on C-47’s that he says were older then he was.  George was in Vietnam twice and received a medal for his tour in 1968 thru 1969.  He achieved the rank of E7- Master Sergeant.  He retired in 1972 at the age of 39, having served 20 years, 3 months, 13 days and 12 minutes.  After the Air Force he started his 2nd career at the U.S. Post Office, retiring there.

He is survived by his children, Becky (Dan) Ouimette in Pell City, AL, Debra (Lowell) Rokala-Mathiowetz in New Ulm, MN and Karen (Larry) Huhn in Darwin, MN; step-children, Jennifer Heinrich, Jim (Debbie) VanVooris, Jeff VanVooris, and Scott Thelen; siblings, William in Fairmont, MN, Albert “Bud” (Darlene) in Northrop, MN, Alice in Golden Valley, MN and Robert (Jeanie) in Shakopee; Loyal furry companion, Cordtney; Grandchildren, Dr. Danielle Monteil in OH, Dr Jenelle Hodges in AL, Lorielle Ouimette in MI, SFC Saara Loch in MN, Seth Rokala in MN, Benjamin Huhn in OH, and Joseph Huhn in MN; and great-grandchildren, Lily, Mason, Caleb, Lyndsey, Catelyn, Peyton, Kaitlyn, Kammie, Lylee, Hayden, Henley, Shyra, Skyla, Summer and Sophia.

He was preceded in death by his son, G. Thomas Cordt, Jr; wife, June (Thelen) Cordt, parents, William & Agnes; sister, Mary Ann Newmiller; brother-in-law, Carl Newmiller; and sister-in-law, Helen Cordt.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

March 2016

Donald Molitor

Donald Molitor, age 86
Rockville
July 27, 1929 – March 27, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Donald Molitor, age 86, who died surrounded by his family on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.  

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m- 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring and from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, March 31 at the Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Rockville.  Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  The Fr. Pierz Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand guard from 5:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Thursday.  Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree will pray a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Donald was born at home in Pearl Lake to Joseph and Elizabeth (Rausch) Molitor.  He married Delores Schlangen in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pearl Lake on September 7, 1954.  Donald was a member of Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Council.  He held many board positions including Grand Knight.  Donald became a member of the 4th Degree Fr. Pierz Assembly in 1990 and his family also won Knights of Columbus family of the year award in 2009. He worked as a dairy farmer his whole life.  He loved spending time with his family, old time music, playing the accordion, cards, MN twins and western movies.  Donald was a lifelong Pro-Life advocate.  He also supported seminarians and dedicated his time to that cause.  He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa who was honest, hardworking, and had a deep faith.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Delores; children, Yvonne (Richard) Ruprecht, Linda (David) Robasse, Joseph, Janice (David) DeLozier, Thomas (Mary) and Mary (Jerry) Krippner; sister-in-laws, Bernice Molitor and Alice Molitor; 23 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Shirley Molitor; brothers, Walter, Clifford, Victor and Francis Molitor; sisters, Marie Molitor and Lorrella Loesch.

Frederick Anthony Abeln

Frederick Anthony Abeln, 72
Colorado
January 8, 1944 – March 6, 2016

Frederick Anthony Abeln of Conifer, CO, died on March 6, 2016 at Swedish Medical Center after a battle with lung cancer. Fred was born to John and Veronica Abeln on Jan 8, 1944. After serving in the Army, Fred made Conifer his home. Fred made his living building cabinets in a small shop at his home and his work is the pride of many homeowners in the Evergreen/ Conifer area.

Fred was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed archery, fishing, hunting, camping, cutting and splitting wood to heat the house and always enjoyed a round of cribbage with friends. Fred also loved a ride on his beloved Harley Davidson.

Survivors include his wife Cora (Ramler) Williams, brother Jerry Abeln (wife Liz), sister Lorraine (husband Jack) Werner, and 7 nieces.

Fred was preceded in death by his father and mother John and Veronica Abeln, brother Melvin Abeln, nephew Gary Abeln, niece Sandra Abeln, and his precious dogs Linden, Coco, and Murphy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.
A celebration of Life will be held 11 AM, Saturday, April 16 at the Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park.

For more information visit www.EvergreenMemorialPark.com

Sandy Feldhege Butala

Sandy Feldhege Butala, age 52
Richmond
June 24, 1953 – March 18, 2016

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Sandra Feldhege Butala age 52, who died Friday unexpectedly at home. Inurnment will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Cemetery, Richmond, MN.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN. Prayer service to follow at 11:00 a.m. at Wenner Funeral Home.

Sandy was born in Richmond, MN to Richard and Mildred (Utecht) Feldhege.  She married Russ Butala on March 9, 1991.  Sandy was employed by Cold Spring for the past 15 years. Sandy was always happy, an upbeat person, very caring, loved life and everyone she came in contact with.  She will be missed by all.

Survivors include her loving husband Russ; mother, Millie (Feldhege) Mueller; step-father, Merl Mueller; siblings, Jim (Fran) Feldhege, Tim (Lynn) Feldhege, Don (Deb) Feldhege, Sharon (Keith) Schaefer, Sue (Chris) Schreifels; step-sister, Margaret Renner; step-brother, Tim (Gail) Mueller; and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Feldhege; mother-in-law, Eugenia Butala; father-in-law, Matt Butala, Sr.; brother-in-law, Roman Gertken; and step-brother Scott Mueller. 

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Barbara “Barbie” Silbernick

Barbara “Barbie” Silbernick, age 68
Richmond
June 3, 1947 – March 18, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Barbara ‘Barbie” Silbernick, age 68, who died peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by 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 Richmond.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Barbie was born in Richmond to Ralph L. and Viola S. (Thielman) Haffley.  She married Ron “Barney” Silbernick on April 19, 1969 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Barbie worked for Frigidaire for 28 years and was a member of Granite City Machinist local union 623.  She loved being with her family, watching her grandchildren’s sporting events, her grandson perform in theater, and Minnesota sports teams on T.V. or live.  Barbie also loved watching / feeding the birds, camping and going to the casino. 

Survivors include her husband, Ronald; children, Becky (Mark) Benner, Tina (Wayne) Bahner, Mike Silbernick, Roxann (Jeffery) Smesmo, Sherrie (Clint) Benner, and Corey (Michelle) Silbernick; grandchildren, Nicholas, Dalton, & Brooke Benner, Matthew, Nolan & Karlee Bahner, Brady, Dylan & Amber Benner, Braylen, Bentley, Bryson Silbernick  & one on the way; brothers, Sheldon (Jean) Nies, Royce (Bonnie) Nies, Nancy Nies, Nick Haffley, Fred Haffley, Robert (Nita) Haffley, Steve (Terri) Haffley, and Ralph Haffley; and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Ralph & Viola Haffley; brothers, Michael Haffley, and Joe Nies; step-mother, Betty Haffley; and sister-in-law, Jean Haffley. Andrew J. Rothstein

Andrew J. Rothstein, age 88
Cold Spring
April 8, 1927 – March 17, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 21, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Andrew J. Rothstein, age 88, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 20, 2016 at the St. Boniface Catholic Church Narthex.  Visitation will continue Monday at 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Catholic United Financial will pray a rosary at 4:00 p.m.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. 
Andrew was born in Richmond, MN to Jacob and Lucy (Weisman) Rothstein.  He married Martha (Buermann) on May 6, 1953 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Andrew served in the Army from 1950 to 1952.  He worked at the Cold Spring Granite Company in various capacities from 1949 to 1990.  Andrew enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, woodworking and playing cards.  He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins.  Andrew loved spending time with his family and volunteering for numerous parish organizations. 

Survivors include his wife, Martha; children, Michael (Janice), Marlene (Jim) Graham, Kenneth, Marvin (Lois), Kathleen (Mark) Silvers, Myron (Julie), Marcy (Dan) Schleper, Matthew (Deborah), and Keith (Joe Angaran); brothers, Sylvester, Martin, and Ansgar; sister, Clara Heinze; 16 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Roman, Bill, Marcus, Ambrose, Christ, Ben, Mathias, and Victor; sisters, Martha Torborg, Louise Gohmann, and Rosemary Fischer; and great-granddaughter, Natalie.

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

Janet K. Jacobson

Janet K. Jacobson, age 57
Richmond
June 30, 1958 – March 12, 2016

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Janet K. Jacobson, age 57, who died Saturday at the University of MN Medical Center, Fairview in Minneapolis.

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Wenner Funeral Home prior to Celebration of Life. 

Janet was born in Bemidji, MN to Ervin and Delma (Johnson) Jacobson.  She married Jim McDonald on September 15, 1990 in Detroit Lakes.  Janet was a RN for 20 years and after further education she became a Physician’s Assistant which she did for 15 years.  Her patients were like her family.  Janet had an ability to treat everyone with equality and respect.  She had an undying love for all furry and feathered friends.  Janet also enjoyed gardening, golfing, and needle point.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; son, Shea; mother, Delma; siblings, Jeffrey (Lynette), Joan Oas, and Carol (Silas) Hooker; nieces and nephews, Alaina (Bowman) Webb, Noelle Oas, Leilani Oas, Amanda Hooker, Dillon Hooker, Eli Hooker, Hillary Oas (Gareth Miller); brother-in-laws, John (Joan) McDonald, Mike (Debra) McDonald, George (Lynette) McDonald, Paul McDonald; sister-in-laws, Barbara Garramone, Kay (Howard) Lohman, Maureen McDonald, Mary Jo Lien.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ervin; brother-in-law, John Oas, and all of her grandparents. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Dennie Thomes

Dennie Thomes, age 69
Cold Spring
August 23, 1946 – March 10, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Dennie Thomes, age 69, who died Thursday at Koronis Manor in Paynesville from complications of multiple strokes.  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.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Saturday morning in the church gathering space.

Dennie was born in Richmond, MN to Gregor and Lorraine (Vornbrock) Thomes. 

Survivors include his wife, Lucy; children, Michelle (Chuck) Schmitz, Andrea (Shannon) Olmscheid, Karl Meyer, Ben Meyer (Chelsey Loveless); grandchildren, Carter, Mallory, Matthew, Isaac and Colin; siblings, MaryAnn (Don) Dingmann, Carolyn (Ron) Hoagland, Diane (Merle) Eisert, Marlyne (Leon) Molitor, Glen (Jan) Thomes and Al (Judy) Thomes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Urban and Coletta Janssen; nephew, Rick Dingmann and niece, Rochelle Hoagland.   

Dennie’s family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses at the St. Cloud Hospital for taking such great care of him while in the ICU.  They would also like to especially thank Koronis Manor, Paynesville for making the last three months, and his last days, feel like home.
 
Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond. MN.

Margaret Ann Palmer

Margaret Ann Palmer, age 91
Sartell
November 4, 1924 - March 10, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be at  1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Margaret Ann Palmer, age 91, of Sartell, formerly of Cold Spring. Marge passed away peacefully on March 10, 2016 at Country Manor in Sartell, MN.  Reverend Matthew Luft, OSB will officiate.  Private entombment will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.   Parish Prayers will be held at 4 p.m.   Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the services at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring on Tuesday.

Marge was born November 4, 1924 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Robert A. and Frances (Wisniewski) Gloggner.  On November 27th, 1947, Marge A. Gloggner and Mike Palmer were united in Holy Matrimony at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph, Missouri.  Marge and Mike had six children; Michael, Steven, Robert, Judith, Joan and Carol.  Marge was a devoted wife and mother teaching her children love, compassion, fun, an appreciation for music and the arts, and a drive to achieve excellence in everything they do.

In 1966 Marge co-founded Palmer Printing Company, supporting Mike in his dream to be an independent business person.  Marge enjoyed her time in her “little doll house” in Mesa, Arizona, playing golf and bridge, traveling and attending social activities; especially early morning water aerobics “pool side”.  Marge treasured her friends in Arizona, Cold Spring and at Country Manor in Sartell.  A special Thank You to all who loved Marge and treated her as family when she needed assistance over the years.

Marge was well known for her infectious smile, positive attitude, competitive nature and sense of style.  Her common exclamation when introducing or speaking of her children, family and friends was often precluded with “THE WONDERFUL……”.

Marge is survived by her sons: Dr. Michael Palmer (Keta), Bayside, California; Steve Palmer (Debbie), St. Cloud; Dr. Robert Palmer (Fiancee Sophia), Muncie, Indiana; Judy Feneis (Steve), Sartell; Joanie Haus (Rick), St. Cloud; Carol Galstad (Aaron), Brainerd; grandchildren: Jakob, Tessa, Eric, Allison, Sean, Jon, Nicole, Matthew Palmer; Nathan, Jennifer and Christopher Feneis; Brandon, Travis, Kirsten Haus; Fletcher Galstad and eight great grandchildren.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband Mike (2004), her parents and brothers Bill and Jack Gloggner.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

We are very grateful for the care and love given to Marge by the “Wonderful” Country Manor staff and the staff of St. Croix Hospice.

Elmer J. Worm

Elmer J. Worm age 85
Richmond
June 10, 1930 – March 10, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Elmer J. Worm, age 85, who died peacefully Thursday at the St. Cloud 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 4:00 p.m.  The Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus will pray a rosary at 8:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Elmer was born in Plummer, MN to William and Helena (Gerres) Worm.  He married Joan Plantenberg on September 27, 1958 in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Originally deferred from the service for farm work, Elmer later served his country as a member of the US Army in the infantry.  After working at the Richmond Mill and Cold Spring Brewery he ran his own business, Richmond Sand & Gravel (“the pit”) and operated it until it was sold in 1992.  He was a long-time member of the Richmond Lions. Joan passed in 1992 and Elmer married Mary Lou Benedict in 1995. Elmer enjoyed everything outdoors and rarely could be kept inside.  Elmer’s tall form was often seen walking the roads around Richmond when he wasn’t tending his lawn and gardens, or visiting his beloved “pit”.  He had a kind soul paired with an up-beat attitude and believed, and said the best of, everyone.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou (Benedict); children, Mary (Robert) Haupert, their children and grandchildren, Richard (Emily), Steven, Thomas, and Aurora, Jody (Kevin) Beneke, their children, Erich and Kelly, Barbara (David) Heinen, their children, Bryce and Luke; step-children, Don (Jeanette Doty) Christensen, David (Linda) Christensen;  step-grandchildren, Erick and Evan Christensen;  2-great-grandchildren; sister, Leona (Edward) Winczewski; sisters-in-law, Ruth Worm, Katie Worm, Irene Plantenberg; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Lily.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Plantenberg) Worm; son, William; parents; sister, Marie Herges; brothers, John “Jack” Worm, Joe Worm, Ray Worm, Math Worm, Tony Worm.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Lucille M. Ley

Lucille M. Ley, age 89
Roscoe
November 5, 1926 – March 10, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2016 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, MN for Lucille M. Ley, age 89, who died Thursday at the Koronis Manor in Paynesville.  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.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home.

Lucy was born in Avon, MN to Michael and Philomena (Kurtz) Schmitt. She married Arthur Ley on January 16, 1945 in St. Benedict Catholic Church in Avon.  Lucy was a homemaker all her life and enjoyed working, traveling and socializing with her friends and family.  Lucy was a member of St. Agnes Christian Women.

Survivors include her children, JoAnn (Richard) Stang, LeRoy (Sandy), Mickey, Joyce (Alvin) Olmscheid; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; sisters, Eleanor Fischer and Katharine Poxleitner; brothers, Mike, Carl and Herb Schmitt. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Anthony Pelzer

Anthony Pelzer, age 39
Louisville, KY formerly Cold Spring
October 7, 1976 – March 7, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Anthony Pelzer, age 39, who died in Louisville, KY.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:45p.m.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Tony was born in Minneapolis to Anthony E. and Monica E. (Schreifels) Pelzer.  He grew up in Rockville and graduated from Rocori High School in 1995.  He graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in Aviation.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve from 1995-2000.  Tony flew commercially for Republic Airlines and later was a rental property owner and manager in Louisville, KY.  He enjoyed flying, sailing with his mother, spending time with his sister Debbie and his nephews, Aiden and A.J., and his niece, Abby.

Survivors include his mother, Monica; sister, Debbie Sorenson; nephews, Aiden and A.J. Sorenson; niece, Abby Sorenson; step-mother, Elizabeth; and step-siblings, Dr. Allen (Diane) Schnaser, Catherine Martin, Susan (David) Kestner, Joseph (Mary) Mayers and Joanne (Jason) Chapman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tony Pelzer; and his grandparents.

Mary Ann Bloch

Mary Ann Bloch, age 85
Rockville
April 3, 1930 – March 6, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Mary Ann Bloch, age 85, who died Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Inurnment will be at a later date.

Relatives and friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Church.  Arrangements were entrusted with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Mary Ann was born in Freeport to Charles and Frances (Beutz) Altman.  She married Clarence Bloch on August 29, 1959 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN.  Mary Ann was a homemaker who loved to draw and was a tremendous seamstress.  She enjoyed farming, bird watching, gardening, playing piano and was very faithful to God and the Virgin Mary.  She was a member of Mary of the Immaculate Conception Christian Women.

Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, Clarence; children, Kathy (Harvey) Dorn, Joe, Tom (Lori), Joan (Ray) Leahy; grandchildren, Katy and Cheryl Dorn, and Nathan Leahy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and 8 siblings. 

Pearl Larson

Pearl Larson, age 90
Cold Spring
February 3, 1926 – March 4, 2016

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Peace Lutheran Church, Cold Spring, MN for Pearl Larson, age 90, who died Friday at the Assumption Nursing Home. Inurnment will be at the Garden of Peace Cemetery in Cold Spring.
 
Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Friday, March 11, 2016 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, and from 10:00 – 11:00 Saturday morning at Peace Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN.

Pearl Caroline Larson was born on February 3, 1926 in Eagle Bend, MN to Oscar and Huldah (Ek) Olson.  She was baptized on June 10 at Esther Lutheran Church of Parkers Prairie, MN and was confirmed on August 4, 1940.  She attended Parkers Prairie High School, graduating in 1944.  Immediately following she worked at Midland National Bank, downtown Minneapolis until August 12, 1946 when she married Duane Larson.  They lived in and around Bertha, MN, where all of their children were born.  In 1968 they moved to Cold Spring, MN, where they have resided since.  In 1973 Pearl attended the American Floral Art Design School in Chicago, Illinois and later that fall opened the first flower shop in Cold Spring.  She named it Spring Floral Shoppe.  When later she sold it, the new owners renamed it Cold Spring Floral, which it still remains.  In 1981 she acquired her insurance license and was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans, which is now Thrivent.  She retired in 1990.  She and her husband have traveled extensively since then.  Pearl was an avid seamstress, among things she has sewn is a quilt for each of her children and each of her grandchildren.  She entered two of them at the Minnesota State Fair.  She loved to play cards, especially bridge, she was a charter member of the local “Meals on Wheels” program, an excellent pie maker, and former Lioness member and volunteered at her church and community.  She was very proud of her Swedish heritage.  She reveled in the laughter of her grandchildren all of whom she knew well and kept close contact with, even into their adulthood.

Survivors include her husband, Duane; children, Randall (Jill),  David (Roberta), Dean (Deborah), Ronald (Diane), Carolyn (David Ronneberg), Pamela (Scott) Howard, Cheryl (Kenneth) Norman, Gregory (Michelle); twenty-one grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; sister, Ruby Westad; Brother, Rev. Oliver Olson and Wife Pat.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother-in-law, Lawrence Westad.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Peace Lutheran Church or Quilts for Missions in Cold Spring, MN. The family wishes to thank the staff at Assumption Home for the wonderful care of Pearl.

Feburary 2016 Carole “B” J. Ergen

Carole  “B”  J.  Ergen, 79
St. Cloud, MN
June 6, 1936  -  February 9, 2016

Carole “B” J. Ergen, age 79, St. Cloud, MN died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud, MN.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.  Burial will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Cold Spring, MN.

Carole was born June 22, 1936 in Richmond, MN to Ozita “Sid” (Blume) Ergen. 

She is survived by brothers and sister, Edward Ergen of Milwaukee, WI; Lowell Ergen of South Milwaukee, WI; Darlene Honer of Luxemburg, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, three brothers, Dickie Ergen, Howard Ergen, and Jim Ergen. Rosemary Schlangen

Rosemary Schlangen, age 61
Richmond
July 17, 1954 – February 27, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Rosemary Schlangen, age 61, who died Saturday at the St. Luke’s Home in Cold Spring.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the church gathering space.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Rosemary was born in St. Cloud, MN to Raymond and Irene (Hommerding) Schlangen.  She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, dancing, fishing and giving away candy.  Most of all she loved her family.

Survivors include her mother, Irene; sisters, Donna Zierden, Julie (Dave) Nordvik; brothers, Patrick (Marlys), Ken (Laura), Allan (Suzanne), Dale (Janelle); in-laws, Sue Schlangen, Ben Witte and Jim Opatz.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond; brothers, Eldy and Vern; sisters, Bernadine and Sharon; and brother-in-law, Don Zierden.   

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke’s Home, St. Croix Hospice and WACOSA for their loving care of Rosemary.

Priscilla M. Klassen

Priscilla M. Klassen, age 92
Richmond
August 9, 1923 – February 17, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Priscilla M. Klassen, age 92, who died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m., Sunday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Priscilla was born in St. Martin to Peter and Alma (Schoenborn) Loecken.  She married Norbert Klassen on June 12, 1945 in St. Martin Catholic Church.  Priscilla will always be remembered for her special roast beef, canned pickles, pumpkin & pecan pies, and many, many Christmas cookies!  She looked forward to Christmas all year and Christmas shopping for her family.  She also enjoyed bingo, winning at cards, fishing, sewing, and puzzles.  In her later years in life she got to enjoy the love of her grandkids and great- grandkids.  One of her greatest joys in life was spending time with her family.  Priscilla always knew she was going to win the big jackpot and she finally did… She is now in Heaven with the Lord and enjoying all the riches in the world.  “We love you Mom!”

Survivors include her children, Judith Norton, Shirley (Timothy) Thyen, Harold (Patty) Klassen, and Keith Klassen; brothers, Joe (Terri) Loecken, and Jim (Liz) Loecken; grandchildren, Sean (Abby) Norton, Brad (Nancy) Norton, Corey (Etta) Norton, Jason (Ruth) Thyen, Josh (Faith) Thyen, Chris (Jen) Thyen, Daniel (Kelly) Thyen, Ashley Thyen,  Kristine Klassen, Joseph (Jennie Stai) Klassen, Nickole (Chris) Kneip, Justin Klassen, and Jared Klassen; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norbert (1996); infant son; great-grandson, Jack Norton; siblings, Bernice Bible, and Gene Loecken.  

Kathleen M. Meyer

Kathleen M. Meyer, age 84
Richmond
October 31, 1931 – February 23, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Kathleen M. Meyer, age 84, who died Tuesday at Country Manor in Sartell.  Burial will be the MN State Veterans Cemetery Little Falls.

Relatives and friends may call from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home.

Kathy was born on October 31, 1931 to William and Mary (Bronder) Janikula in Watertown, MN.  She lived on the farm working the fields and milking cows.  Kathy attended the country school until she went to high school at Watertown Minnesota graduating in 1950.  She then boarded a bus went to Minneapolis and got a job at the IDS Tower and began working her career as a secretary. 

Kathy met Linus Meyer and they were married April 24, 1954 at Immaculate Conception Church in Watertown.  The next year they started their family.  After the first two kids Kathy and Linus purchased a house in Columbia Heights, MN.  In 1964 they moved to Princeton, MN.  There Kathy continued her life as a homemaker.  When her children were all in school she started working at Fingerhut, sewing.  Kathy then worked at Montgomery Ward’s Catalog Store in town.  In 1979 they purchased a Resort in Richmond, MN, Oak Knoll on Hwy 22.  Soon after Kathy started working at Target in St. Cloud.  She retired from Target in 1997, enjoying retirement and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Joan (Paul) Cole, Debra (Frank) Gertken, Scott Meyer, Terry (Nancy Johnson); 8 grandchildren, Jason, Nate, Vance, Ashley, Lyle, Rudy, Jeremey, Kelsey; 2 great-grandchildren, Skyla and Leah.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Linus; parents; daughter-in-law, Nancie Meyer and sister, Bernice Mattson.   

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Nathalie M. “Lee” Carlson

Nathalie M. “Lee” Carlson, 83
Cold Spring, MN
April 26, 1932 – February 22, 2016

Nathalie M. “Lee” Carlson, age 83, of Cold Spring, died peacefully Monday, February 22, 2016 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, MN. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Abounding Joy Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. Visitation will take place from 4:00-7:30 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016 at Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud and 1 hour prior to the service Saturday at church.

Lee was born on the shores of Sand Lake in Scandia, Minnesota on April 26, 1932, to Nathan & Selma (Olson) Lindgren, the great granddaughter of Johannes & Anna Christina (Mattson) Lindgren, granddaughter of Franklin & Martha Lindgren. She was baptized on June 6, 1932 at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN and confirmed her faith on June 7, 1947 at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN.

She was a humble servant of the Lord that grew up on the family farm, second of four children. She loved and had an affinity for animals and lakes, and strove to keep them in her life. She learned her domestic skills from her mother, but spent most of her time helping her father with the farm work. She was known for being able to drive/handle all of the Belgian draft horses they had on the farm and could guide them by voice. She often rode her Belgian horse, Babe, to school and activities.

She met the love of her life, Bennie "Doc" Oliver Carlson, veterinarian and friend of her older brother Harvey, and married him on June 6, 1953 at Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN.  They had almost 63 wonderful years together with Lee being homemaker, office manager, and surgical nurse for his veterinary practice in Stewart, MN where they made their home and raised their family for 26 years.  They made many lifelong friends there at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the SnoGoer's snowmobile club, and bowling before moving to Cold Spring, MN where they resided except for a 6 year hiatus in Lawrence, Kansas while Doc worked for the USDA. They loved to bowl, hunt, and vacation together, in particular to see lighthouses, along with supporting the MN Vikings and MN Twins teams.

She attended Hay Lake School, a one room school house in Scandia, MN (now a museum) through eighth grade and then attended and graduated from Forest Lake High School in Forest Lake, MN in 1950.  She worked as a mother's helper in Scandia and a nurses aide in Forest Lake Hospital while in school. She went to college/nurses training at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, MN and at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul, MN where she made many lifelong friends. She received her RN degree in 1953.  Over the years that she worked as an RN, she worked at St. Luke's Hospital, Hutchinson Community Hospital, Litchfield Community Hospital, Paynesville Community Hospital, and a hospital in Lawrence, Kansas. She worked in most areas of nursing, from surgical nurse to cardiac intensive care nurse on the tough night shift before retiring in 1996 after 43 years.

Lee was an active founding member of Abounding Joy Lutheran Church in St Cloud, MN, which she and Ben helped grow. She enjoyed, and was quite good at, sewing, knitting, crocheting, organizing, reading, bread baking, softball, bird watching (especially cardinals), snowmobiling, deer & bear hunting.  She enjoyed watching figure skating and gymnastics along with football. She was active in many churches and clubs over the years, quilting and making prayer shawls right up until her diagnosis of cancer a few months ago. She lived a full and active life, and thanked God daily.

She was a lifelong partner, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and caregiver for others.  She is survived and will be deeply missed by her husband, Bennie  “Doc” of Cold Spring, MN; children, Christine (Ray) Dosdall of Columbia Heights, MN, Lynda Lee Peterson of Princeton, MN, and Kenneth Bennie Carlson of Rockford, IL; 3 Grandchildren, Sara Peterson, Adam (Maddie) Peterson, Jocelyn "JoJo" (Will) Mager and 4 great grandchildren, Nic Peterson, Joy Peterson, Wyatte Mager, & Jazzmynn Mager who all loved her dearly; her She is also survived by her younger twin siblings Diane Chester and Dean Lindgren, and her in-laws, Marion Segelstrom, John & Linda Carlson, and Jan Lindgren. She is preceded in death by her parents; older brother, Harvey Lindgren and brother-in-law, Harvey Carlson.

Memorials are preferred to the Abounding Joy Audio/Visual fund, Pancreatic Cancer Research or Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Curtis A. Steil

Curtis A. Steil, age 58
Cold Spring
July 20, 1957 – February 19, 2016

A Celebration of Life will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at River of Life Assembly of God for Curtis A. Steil, age 58, who died Friday in Altamonte Springs, FL after a battle with cancer.
 
Visitation will be from 4 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, and after 9 a.m. Saturday at the church.
 
Curt was born in St. Cloud, MN to Ralph and Delores (Johannes) Steil.  He married Debra Willemsen on August 15, 1981.  Curt and Debby establish C&D Granite in a one stall garage in Richmond in 1994.  From there it moved to St. Nicholas and eventually to the current location in the Industrial Park in Richmond.  Curt and his daughter, Amanda were co-franchisee’s of two 7-Eleven stores in Fort Myers, FL.  He loved fishing, hunting, Florida Beaches, a good hamburger, his motorcycle, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Debby; children, Brad (Lisa), Amanda, Lacey (Fiancé, James Noel); brothers, Duane (Judy), Tom (Carol)  and Bill; grandchildren, Janessa, Merissa, Jacob and Emma.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rich and Nephew, Andrew Steil.

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

Genevieve “Gen” Holstad

Genevieve “Gen” Holstad age 92
Richmond
August 20, 1923 – February 20, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Genevieve “Gen” Holstad, age 92, who died Saturday at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends after 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Genevieve was born in Farming, MN to Peter and Bernadinah Theis.  She married Helge Holstad on August 23, 1949 in St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Farming, MN.  Gen loved fishing, baking, gardening, canning and visiting with friends and family.

Survivors include her daughters, Mary (Chuck) Spoden, Donna Tummel; son, Jerry Holstad; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Bittner and Bernie Thelen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Helge; infant daughter, Linda; son, James; great-grandson, Devon Tummel; brothers, Jerome and Joe; sisters; Rita Schmidt and Loretta Kiess.   

The family wishes to thank the staff and friends at Hilltop Care Center for their wonderful care of Gen these past four years.

Harold James Krueger, “The Jolly Woodchopper”
Winsted
June 13, 1930 - February 17, 2016

Harold James Krueger, “The Jolly Woodchopper”, age 85, of rural Winsted passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Glencoe Long Term Care.

He was born on June 13, 1930 in Marty, Minnesota, the son of Edward and Justina (Quast) Krueger. On December 1, 1951, Harold Krueger and Joanne Robling were joined in holy marriage in Victoria. God blessed their marriage with seven children. Joanne and Harold engaged in dairy farming in Winsted Township, McLeod County for many years.

Harold played the accordion for many years, being in many bands throughout the state of Minnesota. He played at Sponsels Apple Orchard in Jordan, Minnesota for 20 years; and at many nursing homes throughout Minnesota. He also played in the surrounding states and in Branson, Missouri.

He enjoyed his farm, playing the accordion, time spent at the coffee shop, and joking with people. He was handy with tools and could repair anything, and he enjoyed welding. His life motto was, “Live and let live.”

Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joanne Krueger; and foster brother, Alfred Spicer. He was there and held his father at his passing in 1960, and he held his wife as she passed away in 2012. After his father’s passing, Harold took his mother in and cared for her until her passing in 1993.

He is survived by his seven children, Richard Krueger of Winsted, Mary Krueger of Silver Lake, LuAnn (Stanford) Hanson of Silver Lake, Monica Krueger of Winsted, Roy (Jane) Krueger of Waverly, Randall Krueger of Winsted and Reginald (Debbie) Krueger of Watertown; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Harold Krueger will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Interment Holy Trinity Cemetery in Winsted.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 4 to 8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Parish Prayer service will be held at 7:30 P.M.
Further visitation will be held on Monday morning at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be Mandy Dammann, Diane Gebhardt, Jennifer Sherman, Brad Millerbernd, Dean Schermann, Swaney, Lisa Bayerl and Melvin Bayerl from the coffee shop in Winsted. Casket Bearers will be Joe Krueger, Derrick Krueger, Jonathan Krueger, Paul Krueger, Jacob Krueger and Jedidiah Seth.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to, www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.

Douglas Michael Schurman

Douglas Michael Schurman, age 40
Centerton, AR formerly Cold Spring, MN
October 25, 1975 – February 13, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Douglas Schurman, age 40, who died February 13, 2016 at Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville, Arkansas of a hereditary blood disorder which caused a cardiac arrest.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 4 – 8 p.m. and Friday beginning at 9 a.m. in the St. Boniface Catholic Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Douglas Michael Schurman was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Stearns County, to Dale and  Lynn (Loehlein) Schurman on October 25, 1975.  He married Pamela Jane Svec Punt on May 27, 2012 in Duluth, Minnesota.

Doug was a happy and joyful husband and father who lived every day to the fullest with a smile on his face.  His enthusiasm for life was contagious to all of those around him.  He loved spending time with his family enjoying the outdoors, finding new playgrounds and paths, reading books, playing Legos, and watching movies and sports – especially football.  He enjoyed cheering on his Minnesota Vikings.  And more than anything, Doug cheered on so many people in life with his encouragement and selflessness, including his children and step-children whom he loved deeply, supported and cared for their every need.

Doug worked for Best Buy Co., Inc. as an Intranet Systems Manager for nearly seven years.  He graduated from ROCORI High School in 1994 and the University of Minnesota – Duluth with a BS in Computer Science.  In April 2015, the family relocated from Shakopee, Minnesota to Centerton, Arkansas in support of his wife’s career and he continued on with Best Buy, working remotely.

Survivors include his wife Pamela; children Wyatt Knoll (age 3), Emma Claire (age 2), and Owen Doyle (age 2) of Centerton, Arkansas; step-children Kyle Hayden Punt (age 19) and Brynn Adriana Punt (age 11) of Shakopee; parents Dale and Lynn Schurman of Cold Spring; sister Andria (Steve Zaborowski) Schurman of Cold Spring, brother Mark (Maria) Schurman of Cope, South Carolina; and step-grandmother, Kathy Loehlein of Cold Spring.

Preceded in death by his grandparents, Lloyd and Ann Loehlein, and Melvin and Florence Schurman.

 Memorials are preferred to Doug Schurman Memorial, US Bank.

Judith M. Merdan Koska

Judith M. Merdan Koska
Nisswa
October 26, 1942 - Feburary. 10, 2016

Judith M. Merdan Koska peacefully passed away of a brain tumor at her home in Nisswa, Minn. Feb. 10, 2016.  Judith was born Oct. 26, 1942 on a farm two miles west of Collegeville St. Johns in Stearns County, Minn.

She Married Ed Koska July 11, 1964 and lived near Cold Spring, Minn. until May of 1992, they then moved to the Brainerd area on Lake Margaret.  She worked at the quarter deck restaurant on Gull Lake then at Schaffer's Grocery Store in the deli dept. in Nisswa until she retired. They then moved to Nisswa from 2008 to the present.

Judy loved to work in her garden, planting flowers and vegetables and she also loved fishing with her husband. 

Judy will be dearly missed by her many friends and family in Nisswa and Cold Spring. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Ed; their son Don Koska and his wife, Annette; granddaughter, Sofie;  their son-in-law, Mike Bolei and grandsons, Jake and Jesse, whose mother, Linda Bolei proceeded Judy in death on Dec. 26, 2011.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa with a prayer service at 6:30.  Visitation will continue the hour before services at the church on Wednesday.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 17, at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Nisswa with Father Mike Petullo officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Services prearranged and preformed by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home of Brainerd.

Mary Lee Kammermeier

Mary Lee Kammermeier, age 65
Cold Spring
August 8, 1950 – February 6, 2016

A memorial service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Mary Lee Kammermeier, age 65, who died Saturday at Bethany Home in Cold Spring.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Mary Lee was born in Cold Spring to Albert and Cyrilla (Wedel) Kammermeier.  She loved puzzles, board games and working for WACOSA for many years.  Mary Lee loved to go to Valley Fair and the time she went to Disneyland.

Survivors include her siblings, Lila (Dick) Bernick, Wally Kammermeier, and Cy (Mary Ann) Kammermeier; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother Charles; brothers, Lloyd, Hugh, and Roger.

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

Dolores C. Schmitz

Dolores C. Schmitz, age 88
Cold Spring
July 29, 1927 – February 5, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Dolores C. Schmitz, age 88, who died Friday at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Entombment will be in the Parish Mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. until mass in the church Narthex.  Cold Spring Catholic Order of Foresters will pray a Rosary at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday in the church.

Dolores was born in Richmond to Frank and Cecelia (Kammers) Statz.  She married Oswald M. Schmitz on September 9, 1947 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond.  Dolores was a homemaker all her life.  She loved gardening, quilting, sewing, coloring, playing cards, country music and needle work.  Above all she loved her family.  Dolores was a member of St. Boniface Christian Women and Catholic Order of Foresters #633.

Survivors include her loving husband of 68 years, Oswald; children, John (Mary), Jim (Debbie), Ken (Sharon), Janet (Dave) Jensen, Denis (Jean), and Mike; sister, Delphine Statz; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; stepmother, Margaret; brothers, Nicholas and Joseph Statz; and great-grandson, Dylan.

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

Elmer J. Eisenschenk

Elmer J. Eisenschenk, age 84
Cold Spring
August 4, 1931 – February 4, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Elmer J. Eisenschenk, age 84, who died Thursday at the St. Cloud Hospital after a long battle with Parkinson’s.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.   

Elmer was born in Collegeville Township to Peter and Frances (Weyland) Eisenschenk.  He married Donna Feneis on June 6, 1951 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Luxemburg.  Elmer was a lifelong farmer and an 18 year employee of Cold Spring Granite.  He enjoyed ball games, traveling, and going to casinos.  He was a member of St. Joseph Society, Catholic Order of Foresters and St. Boniface Parish.  He most of all enjoyed his time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; children, Mari (Cecil) Louis, Michael (Sue), Tom (Marilyn), Mark (Jan Hommerding), John (Mary), Doris, Paul (Joan), Kevin (Christine), and Julie; sisters, Carol (Mike) McGuire, and Dolores (Steve) Menge; nephew, Russell Buyse; in-laws, Joe Feneis, and Virginia Feneis; 25 grandchildren; and 11 great-granchildren with 2 on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and stepmother, Ann.

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

Bernelda Kuhl

Bernelda Kuhl, age 92
Cold Spring
February 11, 1923 – February 2, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, February 8, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Bernelda Kuhl, age 92, who died Tuesday at her home.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Visitation will begin 2 hours before mass in the Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Bernelda was born in St. Martin, MN to Peter and Tecla (Gertken) Noll.  She married Odo L. Kuhl on June 29, 1948 in St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin.  Bernelda worked in housekeeping at Assumption Nursing Home for 20 years.  She enjoyed playing cards, running the roads, socializing, gardening, singing songs with her family and good entertainment.  Bernelda was a member of Oblates of St. Benedict, Christian Women, Legion of Mary, Prayer Line, Catholic United Financial and St. Boniface Parish.

Survivors include her children, Judi Mertens, Mari Kuhl, Linda (Don) Warner, Ronald (Shannon) Kuhl; sister, Dolores (Delbert) Petermeier; sisters-in-law, Van Noll, Jeanette Toenies, Julie Noll, Sr. Rita Kuhl OSF; brother-in-law, Matthew (Sharon) Kuhl; grandchildren, Tracy, Terry, Brian and Susan; great-grandchildren, AJ, Hannah, Matthew, Emmet and Mackenzie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odo; son, Mike; granddaughter, Angela; son-in-law, John Mertens; siblings, Florian, Alcuin, Ralph, Sr. Dorothy OSB, and Donny.

Memorials are preferred.

Betty J. Danzeisen

Betty J. Danzeisen, age 87
Cold Spring
August 22, 1928 – February 2, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Betty J. Danzeisen, age 87, who died Tuesday at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Entombment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may call after 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016 in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Betty was born to Alfred and Gertrude (Grunloh) Meyer.  Being the oldest of 10, started her journey thru life being a wonderful, caring, nurturing person that we all loved.  She married Earl R. Danzeisen on October 17, 1949 in St. Boniface Catholic Church.  Betty’s life revolved around her family.  She was the heart of our family, cherishing each of us.  Her nurturing spirit never dimmed even as her memory slipped away.  Betty was a member of St. Boniface Parish and Christian Women.

Survivors include her husband, Earl; children, Lloyd (Marnie Fischer), Karen (Dave) Dingmann, Mark (Limei), Lori (Jon) Habben, Eric (Melissa); siblings, Norm (Rose), Ed (Mary Lou), Donald, Louis (Paula), Ione Thelen, Carol Ley, Susie (Gene) Kramer; sister-in-law, Roberta Meyer; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Nancy Proell; brothers, Jerome and Richard; brothers-in-law, Ron Thelen and Richard Ley.

January 2016

William V. Rausch

William V. Rausch, age 82
Cold Spring
July 19, 1933 – January 28, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 5, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for William V. Rausch, age 82, who died Thursday at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Interment will be in the MN State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be 2 hours prior to mass in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

Bill was born in Cold Spring, MN to William B. and Ermalinda T. (Meinz) Rausch.  As a young man growing up in Cold Spring, he acquired a nickname and throughout his life, he was commonly referred by friends and family as “Pont”.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 – 1955.  Bill attended St. Cloud State University, St. Johns University and the University of North Dakota, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Physics.  Most of his life, he worked as an Engineer or Systems Analyst.  Throughout the years, he enjoyed golfing, hunting with his childhood buddies, gardening, photography, and gatherings with friends and family.  Bill was an active member and for many years the Adjutant for the American Legion, Post 455.  He had a special appreciation for birds and wildlife and always displayed heartfelt compassion and contributed financial support for those in the world who were less fortunate.

Survivors include his loving companion of 15 years, Betty Larson of Cold Spring; children, Mary J. Rausch of Bloomington, MN and Julie M. Severson of San Diego, CA; 2 grandchildren, William and Halle Severson of San Diego, CA; siblings, Alvin, Joan (Hentges), Donald, Bernice (Neuer), Lewis, Phyllis (Eccles), Roger and David; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Fran.

Angeline Mae (Jost) Jahns

Angeline Mae (Jost) Jahns, age 92
Waite Park
April 10, 1923 – January 27, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud, MN for Angeline Mae Jahns, age 92, who died Wednesday at the Sterling Park Nursing Home.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud, MN.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to mass at the church.

Angie was born in St. Cloud to Peter and Anna (Watry) Jost.  She married Carl Jahns on April 10, 1943 in Orlando, FL.

She is survived by sisters, Hilda Kortman, Palo Alto, CA., and Dee Simons, Soiux Falls, SD; brother, Norbert Jost Sr., St. Cloud, MN; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl (1988); brothers, Leo Jost, Raymond Jost, and Luverne Jost.   

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

Marcella “Sally” Maile

Marcella “Sally” Maile, age 96
Cold Spring
December 10. 1919 – January 24, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Marcella “Sally” Maile, age 96, who died Sunday at the Assumption Nursing Home.  Burial will be in the Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud.  Visitation will begin 2 hours prior to the mass in the Church Narthex.

Sally was born in Luxemburg to John and Anna (Dockendorf) Theisen.  She was united in marriage to Arnold Maile on January 31, 1942 in Cold Spring, MN.  They farmed in Holdingford for 11 years and moved to St. Cloud.  While raising her children Sally was employed by Fingerhut retiring in 1982.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary #455 in Cold Spring and St. Boniface Christian Women.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Ann (Dick) Fruth, and Donna (Marlin) Langner; son, Dennis (Susan) Maile; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and brother, Alvin (Carol).

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arnold; son, Duane; daughter, Jan; siblings, Mark, Leander, Loretta, Sylvester, and Irene.

The family would like to thank Assumption Nursing Home and Heartland Hospice for the kindness and care shown to our mother, Sally.

Arrangemets were entrusted with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

John Francis Hoffmann JrJohn Francis Hoffmann Jr., age 87
Rockville
April 20, 1928 – January 14, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for John Francis Hoffmann Jr., age 87, who died Wednesday at his home.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Rockville.  Visitation will continue Thursday morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Church.

John was born on the family farm in St. Joseph Township to John Sr. and Clara (Roden) Hoffmann.  He married Martha Lintgen on June 10, 1950 in Mayhew Lake, MN.  He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Above all things family and faith were very important to John.  He enjoyed farming, playing cards, reading, bowling, hunting and fishing.  John was the accordion player for the Bobby Roberts Band for over 50 years and continued to play at local nursing homes.  He and Jack Schuh played together and became known as the “Music Men.”  John was a member of Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, former parish council member and a member of the church choir.

Survivors include his children, Dennis (Sue) of Cold Spring, Sue (Mark) Schneider of St. Cloud, Gary of St. Cloud, Karen (Rob) Mapes of Waite Park and Mark of St. Cloud; 13 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Agnes Hoffmann, Helen Hoffmann, Marian Janssen, and Donna Poganski.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Martha (2011); 3 infant grandchildren, Amelia Rose, Angela Marie, Matthew Michael Hoffmann; infant brother, Patrick; infant sister, Rose; brothers, David and George. 

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

Richard H. Dingmann Richard H. Dingmann

Richard H. Dingmann, age 88
Rockville
May 24, 1927 – January 12, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Richard H. Dingmann, age 88, who died Tuesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday and from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  The Rockville Fire Department and Knights of Columbus will pray at 8:00 p.m.  

Richard was born in Farming, MN to Norbert & Josephine (Holthaus) Dingmann. He married Marie Massmann on October 7, 1953 in Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Rockville MN.  Richard served in Korea from 1950 – 1952 where he was awarded the Purple Heart.  He worked at Nash Finch Company for 37 years, after retiring he drove for the Richmond Bus Service for 9 years.  Richard loved old time dancing, singing, fishing, hunting, men’s coffee clutches, his garden tractor and his pickup truck.  Above all he loved his family.  Richard served as an usher and as a member of the choir in the Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church.  He was a former member of the Rockville City Council and served as Mayor.  Richard was a member of the Cold Spring American Legions, Korean Last Man’s Club, Knights of Columbus and was a past Grand Knight, Rockville Fire Department for 22 years, and was a charter member of the Rockville Lions Club in which he received the Melvin Jones Award.

Survivors include his wife, Marie; children, Vera (Dennis) Ebensteiner of Rockville, Sharon (Bob) Froehling of Rockville, Brenda (Alan) Fuchs of St. Cloud, Randy (Brenda) of Rockville, Bonnie (Greg) Hopke of St. Augusta; grandchildren, Sarah (Jerad) Marsh, Rachael (Ben) VonBank, Tony, Rich (Lauren), Brianna Ebensteiner, Heather & Matthew Froehling, Mary & Jessie Dingmann, Grant & Lauren Hopke; great-grandchildren, Bo, Meg, & Mac Marsh, Jack & Reggie VonBank, Riley Ebensteiner; sister, Marie (Jerry) Erkens; sisters-in-law, Dorothy & Tina Dingmann.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Ronald; brothers, Arnold, James (Louise), Cletus (Jeanette) & Sylvester Dingmann; & infant sister, Bernadine. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Edward “Ed” Fink

Edward “Ed” Fink, age 85
Cold Spring
March 30, 1930 – January 9, 2016

Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Edward “Ed” Fink, age 85, who died Saturday at his home.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Mausoleum.

Visitation will begin after 11:00 a.m. in St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Ed was born in Cold Spring, MN to Michael & Albina (Muggli) Fink.  He married Celina Mueller on July 19, 1955 in St. James Catholic Church in Jacobs Prairie.  Ed served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He worked for Cold Spring Granite Company for 43 years.  After retirement Ed enjoyed working with his son, Ron in his cabinet shop.  Ed had a special love for dogs and was never without one.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Celina; son Ron (Diane) Fink; brother, Richard (Viola) Fink; grandchildren, Ryan and Kaitlyn Fink.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie Spoden, Margaret Cooper, Delrose Ewan, and Isabel Kelly.

Nancy Rose LaPlant

Nancy Rose LaPlant
Robbinsdale, Minnesota
April 20, 1941 - Friday, January 8, 2016

Nancy Rose LaPlant, born April 20, 1941 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the daughter of Virgil Leo and Marie Elizabeth (Bruner) Hesse; passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Nancy was a graduate of St. Boniface High School in Cold Spring, Minnesota. In high school, Nancy was crowned posture queen, and she won a blue ribbon for a dress she had made. Nancy was confirmed in her faith at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, Minnesota.

On August 11, 1969 Nancy Rose Hesse and Mark Steven LaPlant were joined in holy marriage by the Reverend Bernard E. Yetzer. The two were blessed with four children.

Nancy enjoyed art, applying makeup, and fixing hair.

Preceded in death by her father, Virgil Hesse; infant sibling, Francis Hesse; brother-in-law, Stanley LaPlant; and sisters-in-law, Marlys (Donald) Barbeau and Lois (Delano) Price.

Survived by her mother, Marie Hesse; husband, Mark LaPlant; children, Colleen (Terry) Milford, Mark Vogelsang, Virgil LaPlant, Raymond (Becky) Bauernfeind; siblings, Marion (Ronald) Rose, JoAnn (Tom) Vouk, Cathy (Tom) Plantenberg, Virgil (Deb) Hesse; siblings-in-law, Joan Raisanen, Yvonne Degrar, Kay Bastin, Basil LaPlant; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A special thank you to the Paradigm Residential Services in Monticello, especially Brooke “Iris”; St. Anthony Health Center; and Health Partners Hospice for all the love and care you offered Nancy throughout her life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the National Mental Health Alliance.

Funeral service for Nancy LaPlant will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with visitation one hour prior at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota. Interment will be at the St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Buffalo, Minnesota. www.thepetersonchapel.com

Theresa A. Spaeth

Theresa A. Spaeth, age 78
Aitkin formerly of the Wilkins Lake area
September 23, 1937 - January 1, 2016

Theresa A. Spaeth passed away peacefully Friday, January 1, 2016 at the Riverwood Health Care Center in Aitkin.

Theresa was born September 23, 1937 at Eden Valley, Minnesota the daughter of Andrew and Emma (Johnson) Schoenecker. On June 21, 1958 she married Norbert Spaeth at Assumption Catholic Church in Eden Valley. The couple moved to the Blaine/Ham Lake area where they raised their family. They retired to Wilkins Lake in the Aitkin area in 1994 where they enjoyed the outdoor life with family and friends. Theresa enjoyed being a homemaker and the great outdoors, camping, fishing, hosting family and friends and an occasional visit to the casino. In 2014 they sold their lake home and moved into Aitkin.

Theresa is survived by her husband: Norbert of Aicota Care Center in Aitkin; children: Dean of East Bethel, Mn.; Brenda (Jason) Lindquist of Andover, Mn. with grandson Cody; and Sandy Spaeth of Duluth. Also surviving is brother: Robert (Frances) Schoenecker of Eden Valley, Mn.; sisters: Betty (Erv) Frei of Burnsville, MN.; Lois (LeRoy) Polzin of Brownton, Arlene (Dick) LaHoud) of Burnsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Jerome and David and sisters: Kathleen Becker, Rose Ann Lauer and Jeanie Meyer.

A memorial mass will be held Friday, January 8, 2016 at 10:30 AM from St. James Catholic Church (299 Red Oak Drive) in Aitkin with Fr. George Zeck officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery at Camp Ripley, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. www.srtfuneral.com.