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August 2015

Richard Stephen Fleischhacker

Richard Stephen Fleischhacker, 82
St Martin, MN
March 15, 1933 – August 1, 2015

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in St. Martin for Richard Stephen Fleischhacker who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 1, after a short battle with multiple myeloma at Watkins Hilltop Healthcare Center.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm Wednesday, August 5, 2015 and from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond MN.  Parish Prayers will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Richard Stephen Fleischhacker was born on March 15, 1933 in Zion Township to Joseph and Anna (Gully) Fleischhacker on the family farm.  He lived his entire life on the same family homestead and raised his family there as well.  Richard was a member of St. Martin’s Catholic Church.  He was baptized, made his first communion, confirmation and was married at St. Martin’s Catholic Church.  He was a church usher for many years.  Richard graduated from St. Martin School District 22 in June 1947.

On May 19, 1954 he married Clotilda Kalthoff at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Farming.  From this union 6 children were born.  They were married for 11 years. Clotilda passed away in 1965.  On August 17, 1979 he married Eileen (Haggerty) Van Nurden at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in St Martin.  They were married for 35 years.  Richard was a dairy farmer until 1988 and continued to crop farm for several more years after that.  He then became employed by Walmart of St Cloud for 18 years. 

He was a member of many organizations; Paynesville Farmers Union 290 and was president for 20 years, Stearns Electric Association for 15 years and was board chair for 8 years, was a lifetime member and past president of the St. Martin Catholic Aid Association, Secretary of St. Joseph Men’s Society Chapter, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and past president of St. Martin Parish Council.  He was a member of the St. Martin Lions Club for 30 years.  He was the District 5M8 Zone Chair for the Lions Club and Past Recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award.  He was the Zion Township Fire Warden for over 30 years and was a member of the Paynesville Hospital Foundation board for 8 years.  Richard also played cards with the Paynesville Cancerama club, and volunteered as a bus driver for Benet Place in St. Cloud for 7 years.  Richard enjoyed traveling, fishing and camping, but mostly loved going up north.  He played cards in St Martin, and he could visit with any person he met.

Richard is survived by his children, Ruth (Jim) Hormann, Dennis (Charlene) Fleischhacker, Karen (Joe) Becker, Donna (John) Porter and John Fleischhacker, and step-children, Tom (Veronica) Van Nurden, Bill (Ann) Van Nurden and Joanne Hatten; grandchildern, Angela Fleischhacker, Richard Fleischhacker, Michael Fleischhacker, Victoria Braegelmann, Stephanie Hormann, Katherine Leither, Jennifer Becker, Rachael Rusch and Jessica Stocker, along with 4 step grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren (and one on the way), 2 step great-grandchildren; one sister, Sr. Emericia Fleischhacker, OSB; 4 brothers, Ralph (Anna Mae) Fleischhacker, Art Fleischhacker, Merv (Rita) Fleischhacker, and Fr. John Fleischhacker, OSC.

Richard is preceded in death by his 2 wives, Clotilda on July 19, 1965 and Eileen on July 17, 2014; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Karen Fleischhacker; his brother, Bro. Roman Fleischhacker, OSC, and his parents, Joseph and Anna Fleischhacker, his father-in-laws and mother-in-laws, John and Gertrude Kalthoff and William and Olive Haggerty.

A special thank you to the staff at Watkins Hilltop Healthcare Center and CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Richard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

July 2015

Evarista E. Ruegemer

Evarista E. Ruegemer, age 95
Richmond
January 7, 1920 – July 28, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Evarista E. Ruegemer, age 95, who died Tuesday at Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m., followed by a rosary with St. Catherine’s, Christian Women and Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.

Evarista was born in Richmond, MN to William and Anna (Gertken) Schneider.  She married Benedict Ruegemer on May 6, 1941 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Richmond, MN.  Evarista enjoyed quilting, playing cards, baking, making homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, driving school bus and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish.

Survivors include her children, Kevin (Sue) Ruegemer, Alan (Vickie) Ruegemer, Dianne (Tom) Zenner; daughter-in-law, Lainie Ruegemer; sister, Valeria Braegelmann; grandchildren, Shannon Orcutt, Heidi (Steve) Stenger, Brent (Steph) Ruegemer, Scott (Amanda) Ruegemer, Kayla Ruegemer (Jordan Bloch), Mike (Becca) Ruegemer, Paul (Becca) Ruegemer, Kendra (Chip) Evanoff, Jeremy Doll and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benedict; children, Carol Ann (John) Blasius, Dennis Ruegemer, Earl Ruegemer; grandson, Shawn Ruegemer; siblings, Velma Ehresmann, Florentine Schefers, Raymond, Norbert, Robert Schneider and Mary Ann Schmitt.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Orpha Joyce Prather

Orpha Joyce Prather
Sept. 6, 1930 — July 20, 2015
North Dakota

Orpha Joyce (Solwold) Prather (84) passed away July 20 at Trinity Health Center in Minot, N.D. Funeral services were July 24 at First Lutheran Church in Tioga, N.D. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Boniface Parish Cemetery in Cold Spring.

She was born Sept. 6, 1930, in Casper, Wyo., to Olaf Jr. and Julia (Vatsaas) Solwold and had one sibling, her sister Julia, who was born 10 months later. Orpha graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyo., in 1949. She began teaching grade school in 1951 in Midwest, Wyo., with a two-year certification and received a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in 1954.

Orpha married Edward H. Prather June 14, 1954, in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Casper, Wyo., and moved to Tioga, N.D., where he was employed in a family business, which later became R.A. Prather and Sons Oil Well Servicing. The couple raised their family of four children — Carol, Ed, Steve and Jim — in Tioga.

She started working in the Tioga School District in 1959, first teaching English at Tioga High School but soon settling in at Central Grade School, where she taught fourth grade for more than 30 years, retiring in 1995. She also instructed adult students through Williston (N.D.) State College for 35 years. She remained active in retirement with substitute teaching, prison ministry and as a lay preacher for the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Orpha is survived by her children, Carol Jessen-Klixbull of Cold Spring, Edward R. of Crystal, Minn., Stephen (Christine) of Bloomington, Minn., James (Donna) of Montgomery, Ill.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Julia Gray of Casper, Wyo., and 10 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward H., and son-in-law, Ole Jessen-Klixbull.

Arrangements have been made by Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Thomas “Tom” Obermiller

Thomas “Tom” Obermiller, age 70
Cold Spring
January 5, 1945 – July 13, 2015

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for Thomas P. Obermiller, age 70.

Tom was born in Albany, MN to John and Wyanda (Birr) Obermiller.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1964.  Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing and he loved his John Deere Tractor.

Survivors include his daughter, Corrina (Thomas Stokes) Lidberg; 3 grandchildren, Isabell, Harrison, Brayden; siblings, Dennis (Helen) Obermiller, Janice Klein, Paul Obermiller, Judy (Ed) Childers and Darlene (Kevin) Rohrbaugh.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Gerald Klein. 

Alice RothsteinAlice Rothstein, age 90
St. Martin
July 10, 1924 – July 9, 2015

Alice Rothstein, age 90, died in her home on Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Martin Catholic Church, St. Martin, MN.  Visitation will be on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the St. Martin Parish Hall, St. Martin, MN.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.

Alice was born in St. Martin Township on July 10, 1924 to Mary (Doll) and Joseph Olmschenk. She married Mark Rothstein on August 26th, 1946.
Alice enjoyed her time with family, relishing her role as a mom, a grandma and a great grandma. She was an active member of AA for 40 years, an enthusiastic card player, and maintained a loving home - welcoming all visitors. She was an avid quilter, sewer, crafter, gardener, and painter. She also enjoyed creatively decorating her home for the seasons and holidays.

Alice is survived by her children, Betty (LeRoy) Spoden of Eugene, OR; Dan (Pam) Rothstein of Waite Park; Gary (Ruth) Rothstein of St. Martin; Paul (Donna) Rothstein of St. Martin; Cindy (Gary) Grolla of Prior Lake; Tamma (Terry Fitz) Cashman of St. Paul; 20 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mark, and daughter, Beatrice; sister, Eleanor Wilhelm; 4 brothers, Herbert, Charles, Ernest and Leo Olmschenk.

Dolores C. Schiemann

Dolores C. Schiemann, age 93
Cold Spring
December 11, 1921 – July 1, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Dolores C. Schiemann, age 93, who died Wednesday at Country Manor.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:00 a.m. – 10: 45 a.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2015 in the St. Boniface Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Dolores was born in Meire Grove, MN to Ed and Anna (Woeste) Weinmann.  She married Leander Schiemann on January 7, 1942.   Dolores was a volunteer worker since she moved to Cold Spring.  She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Christian Women, Daughters of Isabella, Crosier Fathers, Home Pride Lions, Cancer Group and Red Hats.  Dolores was a coordinator for the bloodmobile for 15 years and very proud of her community as they helped her reach her goals.  Cold Spring was number one in St. Paul’s Bloodmobile since 1998 under Dolores’ leadership. 

She enjoyed making 20 quilts for her grandchildren and she always looked forward for her kids to come home for visits.

She is survived by her six children, Patricia (Jeffrey) Baird, Ronald (Jacqueline) Schiemann, Karen (Ronald) Walz, Diane (Edward) Cook, John (Judy) Schiemann, Kathleen (Harold) Kuechle; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; sisters, Regina Felling, Alice Schmit; brothers, George Weinmann and Jerry Weinmann.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leander Schiemann.

June 2015

Meinrad B. “Meinie” Torborg

Meinrad B. “Meinie” Torborg, age 90
Cold Spring
April 3, 1925 – June 17, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 22, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Meinrad “Meinie” Torborg, age 90, who died Wednesday June 17, 2015 at Assumption Nursing Home.  

Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, and from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Monday morning at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Meinie worked as a construction worker who helped build Thule Air Force Base in Greenland and he drove truck for Curtiss Candy Company as a candyman. Meinie then worked for Carley Engineering and Land Surveying for twenty years before starting his own company, Torborg Land Surveying. 

He served on the first Wakefield Township Planning Commission, was a charter member of the Chain of Lakes Lake Association which helped form the Sauk River Watershed District and served for ten years on the Board of Managers.  He was a Stearns County Commissioner for six years.

Meinie was a member of St. Boniface Parish where he volunteered as an usher and is a past member of the Parish Council.  He was also a member of Catholic United Financial, Richmond Order of Foresters, Cold Spring Knights of Columbus, Cold Spring Sportsman Club and the Cold Spring Lions.
 
He was an avid golfer who helped design several golf courses in the Cold Spring area.  Meinie shot the 1st hole in one on the original 9 hole Rich Spring Course. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing cards and cribbage.  He played or watched baseball his whole life; pitching several no-hitters as a young man.

Meinie was survived by his wife, Delrose; children, Doug (Brenda), and Debra (Chris) Stenman; sister, Rose Schleper; brother, Robert (Shirley) Torborg; and 5 grandchildren, Derek and Harlie Torborg, Aaron, Rebekka, and Emily Stenman.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ann Nolan, Aggie Geers, Ray Torborg, Margie Worm, and Edwin Torborg.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Larry Edwin Ackerson

Larry Edwin Ackerson, age 72
Cold Spring
October 14, 1942 – June 16, 2015

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring for Larry Edwin Ackerson who died peacefully at his home Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Friday morning at Peace Lutheran Church.

Larry was born October 14 1942 in Cumberland, WI to Edwin and Marge Ackerson. He graduated from Cumberland High School and attended University of Wisconsin in River Falls, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Education.

He married the love of his life, Marian Poulter, on November 27, 1965. He worked in agricultural equipment sales for a variety of companies until he started his own sales equipment business in 1990. He sold his business in 2013.

Larry loved all outdoor activities including; motorcycling, 4-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed time at the lake with his friends, family and especially his grandchildren.

Larry had a strong faith and was very active in church congregations, holding a variety of leadership positions. He co-founded Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring in 1993. He was very involved in the construction of the church building, which was completed in 2000. He also held leadership roles in the Jaycees and Lions organizations.

Larry is survived by his loving wife, Marian; mother, Marge Ackerson; children, Greg (Lori) Ackerson (Oak Grove, MN); Jeff (Gina) Ackerson (Fergus Falls, MN); and Karla (Shane) Smetana (Cold Spring, MN); six grandchildren, Sara, Morgan, Connor, Grant, Chase and Colton; sisters, Donna Frain (Steve Earl); Connie (George) Wanner; and Kay (Bob) Capra; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Milton Ackerson.

Memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Homee Cold Spring, Minnesota.

Mary Ann Dold

Mary Ann Dold, age 93
Cold Spring
August 24, 1921 – June 12, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Assumption Nursing Home Chapel at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 for Mary Ann Dold, age 93 who died Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the chapel.

Mary Ann was born in St. Nicholas to Nicholas and Susan (Kinzer) Schreifels.  She married Henry “Hank” Dold on February 4, 1941 in Glendale, CA.  Mary Ann and Hank worked at Lockheed in California during WWII and returned to Minnesota to operate Nick Schreifels Trucking which eventually became Dold Truckline.  She helped Hank with the bookkeeping while raising seven children.  Mary Ann later worked for Wonderall in Paynesville and then Fingerhut.  She loved square dancing, playing cards, snowmobiling, gardening, and reading.  She was a member of St Boniface Parish.

Survivors include her children, Dennis (Karen), Patty (Craig) Swanson, Linda, Mary, Nina, Dave (Margo), Jane (Pete) Eckhoff; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hank (1983), and three siblings, Dolores Libby, Francis Schreifels, and Delphine Carson.

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

May 2015

Beverly Ann Eggert

Beverly Ann Eggert, age 84
Cold Spring
June 24, 1930 – May 23, 2015

Beverly Ann Eggert, age 84, died May 23 at the Assumption Nursing Home in Cold Spring, MN.  Friends and relatives are welcome to gather with the family to share memories, and stories from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday May 28 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN, 56320.

Beverly was born in Mount Vernon, IA to Harold and Mariam (Davis) VanderLinden.  She married William Eggert on April 24, 1950 in Nashua, IA. Together they had five children, and lived in a variety of places settling in the Black Hills. Beverly worked in the Dietary Department at Rapid City Regional Hospital.  She was a spirited woman who could bring smiles and laughter to all with her sharp sense of humor. Several of her favorite activities were: spending time at her cabin in the Black Hills, drives through Custer State Park and Wind Cave in search of wildlife and being a tour guide to friends and visitors to the local sites of the Black Hills.  She also enjoyed planting and maintaining her flower beds. She’ll be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Sandy (Bill Glover), Loren (Mary), Mike, and Gary “Jake” (Stacey); 2 nieces; 1 nephew; grandchildren, Michael Glover, Amber, Adam, and Jason (Amanda) Eggert; and great-grandchild, Devon Eggert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Eggert; child, David; and brother, Gene VanderLinden. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Theodore Michael Duane Burg

Theodore Michael Duane Burg
St. Martin
May 13, 2015 – May 13, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Theodore Michael Duane Burg who was born and died Wednesday at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

A visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning in the parish hall.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, Minnesota.

Theodore was born to Nathan and Nichole (Utsch) Burg.

Survivors include his parents; brother, Coltan; grandparents, Michael Utsch (Deb Tessmer), Wanda (Mark) Guenther, Duane and Irene Burg; great-grandparents, Alice and Tom Gangel, Jim and Ellen Guenther; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Gladys Jeanette Rothstein

Gladys Jeanette Rothstein, age 96     
Cold Spring
November 22, 1918 – May 15, 2015

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN for Gladys Jeanette Rothstein, age 96, who died Friday at Assumption Home, Cold Spring.  Family will receive guests one hour prior to services at the church.  Inurnment will be in the Gloria Dei Cemetery.  

Gladys Jeanette (Erickson) Rothstein was born in Winfred, South Dakota on November 22, 1918 to Eddie and Louise (Ilstad) Erickson.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Adolph Anderson and Raymond Rothstein.  Gladys and Adolph were married in Canova, South Dakota on December 1, 1935.  Gladys and Ray Rothstein were married in Cold Spring, Minnesota on October 13, 1983.

Gladys was also preceded in death by her sister, Anna Anderson and two infant sisters; brothers; Melvin Erickson, Elmer Erickson, Arthur Erickson, and step-son, Gary Rothstein. 

She is survived by daughter Avis (Marvin) Halverson; sons, Eugene (Marina) Anderson, Leland (Martha) Anderson; sisters, Judy Zalk, Lucy Anderson; step-daughter, Mina (Jim) Powers; step-daughter-in-law, Lois Rothstein; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Gladys moved from South Dakota to St. Paul and then to Cold Spring for retirement.  She worked many years at Sears in St. Paul and St. Cloud.  Her strong faith and family were her mainstays.  Her early years of getting by on a farm in South Dakota provided her with a work ethic and positive personality that carried her well.  She loved to cook and wrote her own cookbook.  Her musical talents on the piano and in the choir were enjoyed by many as she praised her Savior.

Memorials preferred to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN.

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

Robert A. WeismanRobert A. Weisman, age 90
Rockville
April 5, 1925 – May 11, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Robert A. Weisman, age 90, who died Monday at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.  Inurnment will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Rockville.

Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Friday morning mat the Church.  Arrangements were entrusted with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Bob was born in Rockville, MN to Arthur and Cecelia (Dockendorf) Weisman.  He married Bernice Kammermeier on June 25, 1946 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring.  Bob worked for 47 years at the Cold Spring Granite Company as a Welding Foreman.  He was an avid golfer, an expert handyman and a hardworking family man who loved his grandchildren.  Bob was a member of Mary of Immaculate Conception Parish.

Survivors include his loving wife, Bernice; children, Don Weisman, Chuck Weisman, Jim (Greta) Weisman, Dale Weisman, Julie (Mike) Coyne, Carol Weisman, Susan (Mike) Budka; siblings, Michael (Shirley), Mildred (Arnie) Wicklund, Iris (Bob) Scoffern; 6 grandchildren, Erin, Shannon, Sean, Adrien, Alex and Steven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Richard Weisman; sister, Irene Sherman

Richard “Dick” Schloeder

Richard “Dick” Schloeder, age 87
Richmond
December 3, 1927 – May 10, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Richard “Dick” Schloeder, age 87, who died Sunday 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. Thursday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. followed by a Rosary with the Catholic Order of Foresters and Catholic United Financial.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Friday morning at the funeral home.

Dick was born in Richmond, MN to Michael and Lucetta (Wegler) Schloeder.  He married Dolores “Babe” Heying on May 13, 1950 in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Richmond, MN.  Dick was a farmer for much of his life.  He enjoyed fishing, gardening, golfing, bowling, playing cards, playing softball and in his early years he enjoyed playing baseball for the Richmond Royals.  In his later years he enjoyed playing Yahtzee with Babe.  Dick was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Catholic Order of Foresters, Catholic United Financial and a Charter member of Rich-Spring Golf Course.

Survivors include his wife, Babe; children, Barbara (Tom) Miller, Michael (Ruth) Schloeder, Diane (Roger) Thomes, Gary (Judy) Schloeder, Scott (Lisa) Schloeder; brothers, Bob, Bill & Tom Schloeder; sisters, LouAnn Sturgis, Patti Chavez, Janet Paul; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters-in-law, Laura Mae Schloeder, Barbara Schloeder and brother-in-law, Frank Chavez.   

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

April 2015

Herbert H. Koetter

Herbert H. Koetter, age 81
Roscoe
April 10, 1934 – April 29, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roscoe, MN for Herbert H. Koetter, age 81, who died Wednesday at Koronis Manor in Paynesville.  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.  Knights of Columbus will pray a rosary at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Saturday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

Herb was born in Roscoe, MN to Herman and Caroline (Meyer) Koetter.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 – 1959 and was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington.  Herb farmed all his life on the family century farm near Roscoe.  He was a member of Roscoe Sportmans Club, Knights of Columbus, and St. Agnes Parish.

Survivors include his sisters, Irene Rausch, Veronica Janssen; brother, John and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Luella Seifermann; brothers, Ervin, Roman and Othmar; brothers-in-law, Sylvester Seifermann, Michael Rausch, Valerian Janssen.

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

Leroy L. Zenner

Leroy L. Zenner, age 79
Rockville
December 27, 1935 – April 17, 2015

LeRoy Leo Zenner, age 79, passed away April 17, 2015, surrounded by his family in Cold Spring.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial mass celebrating the life of LeRoy on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN.  Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the church.  Mass will be officiated by Father Ron Weyrens.  Inurnment will be at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

LeRoy was born on a farm near Belgrade to Leo and Barbara (Hoheisel) Zenner.  He graduated from Belgrade High School and attended the U of M School of Agriculture in St. Paul, graduating in 1955.  LeRoy served in the U.S. Army in Germany as a medic for three years.  He married Yvonne Santer on May 14, 1960, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis, MN and together shared 54 years of marriage.  LeRoy and Yvonne farmed near Belgrade for many years, retired, and moved to Richmond where they lived for 22 years.  He was a member of the VFW, volunteered at the food shelf and delivered meals on wheels.  LeRoy enjoyed farming, gardening, playing cards, country music, watching the Vikings and Gophers, visiting casinos, and spending time with family and friends.  He and Yvonne traveled with their good friends to all 50 states.  He loved his family and he loved the holidays, especially Christmas.

Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; children, Deb (John) Ngo, Pam (Harley) Koepp, Allan (friend Cathy) Zenner, Theresa (Doug) Brandenburg, Donna (Keith) Lebrun, Rick Zenner, and Kelly (Tony) Hughes, and 18 grandchildren; sisters, Virginia Meierhofer, Betty (Tony) Waggoner, Florence (Gerald) Shamla, and Mary (Bill) Manns; brothers, Bob (Kathy) Zenner, Dennis (Colleen) Zenner, and Gary Zenner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughters, Angela and Jacki; sister, Shirley; and brother, Steven.
 
Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Luella K. Looman

Luella K. Looman, age 92
Watkins
June 9, 1922 - April 17, 2015

Luella K. Looman, age 92 of Watkins, passed away on Friday at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.  Watkins Senior Citizens will pray the rosary at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m.  Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Luella was born on June 9, 1922 in Eden Valley, the daughter of Mike and Susan Bauer.  On June 9, 1943, Luella was united in marriage to Norbert Looman at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Forest City.  They farmed at Watkins for 36 years and moved into the city of Watkins in 1983.  Luella was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins and was active with the Council Of Catholic Women.  She was also a member of the Watkins Senior Citizens.  Her hobbies included playing cards.

Luella is survived by her children and their spouses, Linda and Mike Gade of Darwin, Barbara and Mike Egerman of Richmond, Larry and Jodi Looman of Watkins; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother and sister and their spouses, Eileen and Vernie Hennen of Watkins, Mike, Jr. and Donna Bauer of Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Susan Bauer; husband, Norbert; brothers and sisters, Robert Bauer, Mary Ann Ashfeld, Laura Holthaus, Alice Dockendorf and Christ in infancy.

Pearl Luella Waller

Pearl Luella Waller, age 91
Cold Spring (formerly Minneapolis)
October 23, 1923 – April 17, 2015

Pearl Luella Waller, age 91, went to be with the Lord peacefully in her sleep on April 17, 2015.  Survivors include her children, Karen Hagemeister, Connie Jarvensivu, Cheryl Brady, and Marlene (Ordean) Peterson; 11 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Elvin Waller; parents, James Oliver and Ida Josephine (Evenson) Smith.

Celebration of life will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 21 at River of Life Assembly of God Church, 22881 178th Ave., Cold Spring, MN. Visitation one hour prior at the church.  Burial at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, MN.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Benedict Finazzo

Benedict Finazzo, age 88
Cold Spring
August 31, 1926 – April 12, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Benedict Finazzo, age 88, who died Sunday, April 12 while wintering in Kissimmee, Florida.  Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the church.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Mausoleum.

Ben was born in Hamel, MN to Peter and Frances (Favorite) Finazzo. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and married Phyllis Becken on December 11, 1948 in Minneapolis. Before moving to Assumption Court Apartments, Ben had a home in Cold Spring on the Sauk River where he enjoyed golfing, fishing, and working in his yard.  He loved playing cards and enjoyed baking pies for family and friends.  

Survivors include daughter Joan Leonard (Arleigh Jorgenson), Paul (Susan) Finazzo and Jim (Jan) Finazzo; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 

Ben was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Sam and John Finazzo; wife Phyllis; and great-grandson, Dominic.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Ervin M. Becker

Ervin M. Becker, age 90
Brooksville, Florida
March 21st, 1925 - March 25th, 2015

Ervin M. Becker passed away Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. He was born on a small farm in Watkins, Minnesota on March 21st, 1925 to Carl and Christine Becker. Ervin was a TV repairman, factory worker; then owner of the Granite Cafe & Liquor Store and built/owned The Blue Heron Supper Club (both located in Cold Spring, Minnesota). He also was known for his handyman workmanship, he could fix just about anything. He enjoyed fishing, his orchard, and in his “retirement years” he was a part-time school bus driver, craftsman, and operated a lawn care service. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving his country from 1949 to 1953. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, council #13209. He was a loving husband and father; and a wonderful friend and neighbor to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Christine (Dockendorf) Becker; brother Gerald Becker; sisters Myrtle (Becker) Yanish, and Viola (Becker) Stenbakken; and his first wife Evelyn (Steman) Becker.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 40 years Rita (McFadden) Becker; son Kevin Becker and wife Carol; daughter Kelly (Becker-Theis) Michelson and husband Jeff; sister Rosella (Becker) Hayenga, grandson Travis Theis and wife Trisha; granddaughter Erika Bohnenstingl-Theis, step-grandson Justin Michelson; and 12 great-grandchildren Kaitlin, Bailey, Lily, Kiara, Chelsea, Ashley, Chloe, Audrey, Layla, Zoey, Elijah, and Sean.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, Minnesota at 11:00am on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 with a luncheon immediately afterwards. Inurnment will be at the Assumption/Calvary Cemetery in Saint Cloud, Minnesota at a later date. (A funeral mass was was already held where he resided in Spring Hill, Florida on Tues, April 7th at the St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church)."

Stella M. Vogt

Stella M. Vogt, age 80
Cold Spring
July 29, 1934 – April 13, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 17, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Stella Vogt, age 80, who died peacefully Monday at Assumption Home surrounded by her family.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  The St. Boniface Christian Women will pray a rosary at 4:00 p.m.  Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue Friday morning from 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. in the Church Narthex.

Stella was born in Cold Spring to Henry and Anna (Lehnen) Theisen.  She was married to Silverius “Skit” Vogt for 22 years. Stella lived simply, but fully and devoted her entire life to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was employed at ROCORI High School and the State Bank of Cold Spring. Stella enjoyed attending all the activities and functions her grandchildren participated in, playing cards and listening to old time music.  She especially loved going out for lunch with her siblings and spending time with her family and friends.
 
Survivors include her children, Mark (Lynn), Randy (Ann), Sandy (Russ) VanBeck, Kathy Haus, and Tim; siblings, Alice Phillips, Don (Mary Jane) Theisen, Mary Jopp, Roger Theisen, Roman (Rosie) Theisen; 14 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob Theisen, and son-in-law, Ed Haus.

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

Eugene G. Mueller

Eugene G. Mueller, age 85
St. Nicholas
October 13, 1929 – April 8, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in St. Nicholas, MN for Eugene G. Mueller, age 85, who died Wednesday at Assumption Home surrounded by his 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 Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home.

Eugene G. Mueller was born in St. Cloud to Albert and Apollonia (Schmitt) Mueller.  He married Dora C. Kollmann on September 6, 1954.  Gene and Dora farmed near St. Nicholas for 50 plus years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, trips to the casino and he loved spending time with his family.  Gene was a member of the Cold Spring Legion, VFW, Korean Last Man’s Club, and the Legion and VFW Honor Guard.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Dora; children, Michael (Bonnie) Mueller, Rose Ann (Tom) Lubbesmeier, Teresa (Steve) Schmiesing, Linda (Alvin) Vossen, Melvin (Barb) Mueller, Ralph (Karen) Mueller, Carol (Doug) Stang, LeRoy (Sue) Mueller, Diane (Paul) Burg; sister, Alice (Ray) Leyendecker; brother-in-law, Joe Zimmer; sisters-in-law, Lucille Mueller, Jean Mueller, Clara Mueller; 23 grandchildren; 9 and 1 on the way great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ervin, Marcellus, Arnold, Carl, Peter, Isabelle and Lucille; granddaughter, Katie Lubbesmeier.

Memorials are preferred to St. Nicholas Parish or Assumption Nursing Home.   

Margie B. Kiess

Margie B. Kiess, age 84
Cold Spring
October 4, 1930 – April 7, 2015

A memorial service will be 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Margie B. Kiess, age 84, who died Tuesday at her home surrounded by her family. Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring, MN. 

There will be a gathering of relatives and friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm at the Wenner Funeral Home prior to the memorial service.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Margie was born in Cold Spring to John and Marjorie (Bell) Danzl.  She married Lloyd Kiess on July 3, 1954 in St. Cloud, MN.  Margie’s family and friends meant everything to her.  She treated everyone who walked through her door as a valued family member and welcomed them with homemade cakes or a four course meal.  She was an avid gardener, cross word puzzle enthusiast, reader, star gazer and bird watcher.  Her work ethic was impeccable; she would “punch out” of her retail job and return to complete any unfinished work for the day.  She modeled this behavior and instilled a strong ethic in each of her children and grandchildren.

She will be remembered by all who knew her for her generosity, selflessness, loyalty, intelligence, strong determination, and desire to mentor her children and grandchildren through example and gentle guidance.  Margie left the world a better place and had a profound impact on all that she touched.  She was a member of Christian Mothers.

Survivors include her children, Mary Jo (Paul) Morrison, John, Carol Mueller, Ann Hansen (Jason), and Jim Kiess; grandchildren, Angela Mueller, Nikki Kiess, Hayley Morrison, Brandt Hansen, Danny Kiess, Tanner Morrison, and Caelin Hansen; sister, Betty Schwindel; and her beloved dog, Komo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Robert, and Baby Kiess; ex-husband, Lloyd, and brother-in-law, Gilbert Schwindel.

Memorials are preferred to www.Bobshelpinghands.org.

Leonard E. Helmin

Leonard E. Helmin, age 88
Cold Spring
November 4, 1926 – April 5, 2015

A Prayer Service will be held at the Assumption Nursing Home Chapel at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 for Leonard E. Helmin, age 88 who died Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Assumption Home.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring.

Leonard was born November 4, 1926 to John and Mary (Roketa) Helmin in Brennyville, MN.  He married Dolores Baker on April 3, 1951 in Sauk Rapids.  Leonard farmed on the homestead in Brennyville until moving to Cold Spring in 1977.  There he was employed as a Supervisor for Gold n Plump until his retirement.  He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.  Leonard’s family and friends were a great sense of joy and pride to him.  He was known for his great discussions concerning current affairs and sharing his quick wit with others.

Survivors include his children, Ken (Mary) Helmin of Coon Rapids, Donnie (Cindy) Helmin of Brennyville, John (Lynn) Helmin of Rice, Tom Helmin of Brooklyn Park, Sharon (Kent) Booth of St. Augusta and Diane (Rick) Reller of Annandale; 15 grandchildren and 25 ½ great-grandchildren.  He also leaves behind his dear friends Todd and Janet Aaseth and Fritz Fandal of Cold Spring. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Dolly; son-in-law, Tom Seegers; his parents; brother, Clarence and sister, Regina.

A special thank you to the Assumption Community and Heartland Hospice for the excellent care Leonard received.

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

Ole Jessen-Klixbull

Ole Jessen-Klixbull, age 71
Cold Spring
August 10, 1943 – April 4, 2015

Services celebrating the life of Ole Jessen-Klixbull, age 71, of Cold Spring, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Ole died April 4 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring and from 9:00 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday, April 11.

Ole was born August 10, 1943, in Vorup, Jutland, Denmark, to Erik and Liss (Rykow) Jessen-Klixbüll. He married Carol (Prather) Jessen-Klixbull August 2, 1980, in Tioga, North Dakota.

He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1972, which included leading a combined action company in Ky Khuong, Ly Tin District, Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V for Valor and two Purple Hearts. Ole was a recruiter in the St. Cloud area for the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971. He received a direct commission to the United States Army Reserve in 1973, serving in a number of assignments including as Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 2003.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in social studies education and earned a master’s degree in educational counseling from Bemidji State University in 1980. Ole taught social studies at Rocori High School in Cold Spring from 1975 to 1977, 1980 to 1985 and 1990 to 2005. He served as assistant professor of military science at St. John’s University in Collegeville from 1985 to 1990. After retiring from Rocori, he was active with the American Red Cross, Skywarn and a number of emergency management agencies.

Ole had a passion for running, orienteering, cross-country skiing and sailing. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining. In his retirement years he raised grapes for the Minnesota wine industry. He was widely traveled, an avid reader and a life-long learner. Above all, Ole was a people-person — he truly loved being with people, talking with them and sharing stories about both his and their experiences.

He was a member of several organizations including the Twin Cities Danish American Fellowship, Rebild National Park Society, Minnesota Grape Growers Association, Reserve Officers Association, Marine Corps League Valhalla Detachment and the Cold Spring American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Last Man’s Club.

Ole is survived by wife, Carol, and brothers Per (Else) Jessen-Klixbüll, Poul (Vibeke) Jessen-Klixbüll and Jess Jessen-Klixbüll, mother-in-law, Orpha Prather, brothers-in-law, Edward R. Prather, Stephen (Christine) Prather, James (Donna) Prather and nieces and nephews in Denmark and the United States. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Edward H. Prather. 
 
Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, MN.

March 2015

Margarete Hansen

Margarete Hansen, age 89
Cold Spring
October 10, 1925 – March 30, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Margarete Hansen, age 89, who died Monday at her home.  Burial will be in the MN State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 5th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Monday morning at the funeral home.

Margarete was born in Niedernberg, Germany, to Heinrich and Elizabeth Korn.  She married Willie Hansen on February 1, 1949 in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.  Margarete enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, traveling back to Germany to visit family and friends, bargains, dancing and German Music.  She was a member of St. Boniface Parish and Catholic United Financial.

Survivors include her children, Robert of Cold Spring, Betty (Mark) Philippi of St. Cloud, Mary Lou (John) Klaers of Willmar, Rosie McClenahan (Bob Hegstrom) of Cold Spring, Alen (Patricia Sundland) of St. Cloud, Michael of Cold Spring, Lorraine (Gabe) Schmitz of Cold Spring, Bernice (Kurt) Kunkel of Luxemburg; 22 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie (2012); and 5 siblings.

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

Gervase Jungels

Gervase Jungels, age 86
Cold Spring
September 2, 1928 – March 30, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Gervase Jungels, age 86, who died Monday at 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., Monday, April 6th at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue Tuesday morning in the St. Boniface Church Narthex from 9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Gervase was born in Cold Spring to Norbert Sr. and Clara M. Jungels.  He married Della Brinker on May 14, 1957 in St. James Catholic Church, Jacobs Prairie.  Gervase worked for Peter’s and later Vogt’s Market for 50 years.  He was an avid fisherman and loved to play cards, garden, build Purple Martin Houses and gamble.  Gervase was a member of St. Boniface Parish.
 
Survivors include his loving wife, Della; children, Allen (Mary), Sandy (Jeff) Eiynck, Brian, Carrie (Pat) Etter, Lisa (Dale) Heinen; siblings, Clara Donna Mueller and Elmer Jungels; sister-in-law, Leona Jungels; grandchildren, Stephanie, Zachary, Kristina and Andrew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Juanita, Alice Mae, Juletta and Norbert Jr.

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

Esther C. Schwindel

Esther C. Schwindel, age 92
Cold Spring
February 6, 1923 – March 29, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 noon, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Esther C. Schwindel, age 92, who died peacefully Sunday surrounded by her family at Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 10:00 – 11:45 a.m., Wednesday in the Church Narthex.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Esther was born in Albany, MN to Stanley and Antonia (Hofmann) Yunik.  She married Warren Schwindel on May 20, 1950 in Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany.  Esther was a nurse and worked in many places including the Richmond Hospital, St. Cloud VAMC, St. Cloud Hospital and later at Assumption Home.  She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, gardening, fishing, golfing, and playing cards.  She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and being with her family.

Survivors include her husband, Warren; daughter, Debbie (Michael) Kaufman; grandchildren, John Kaufman, Megan (Chris) Matt; great-grandchildren, Brianna and Aubrey Matt; sister, Martha (Robert) Houck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Ray Yunik, Ervin Yunik, Stella Fleishmann and Clara Theis.

Brian John Braem

Brian John Braem, age 52
Richmond
December 11, 1962 – March 23, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Brian Braem, age 52, who died Monday.  

A gathering of friends and relatives will be from 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the church Narthex.

Brian was born to Ivan and Cecelia (Zeller) Braem.  He graduated from Gilmanton High School in 1980 then attended Winona Vocational College for farm management.  After college he farmed in rural Winona, then was a diesel mechanic and foundry supervisor and most recently worked as a marine service technician.  He married Marilyn Tegmeier on October 1, 1983 and together they had two sons, Matthew and Christopher Braem.  Brian enjoyed fishing in both summer and winter, gardening / landscaping, woodworking, motorcycle riding, four wheeling, camping and bonfires, and working with machinery.  He was an avid animal lover, especially his family’s dogs.  He was a member of the Lewiston Sportsman’s Club, Paynesville Sportsman’s Club, Tri-County Rangers Trap Club, and proud member of AA.  Brian was also a member of St. Boniface Parish where he was an usher.
 
Survived by his parents, Ivan and Cecelia; wife, Marilyn; sons, Matthew (Tracy), and Christopher (Ashley); siblings, Lynn (Joe) Tshumper, Larry (Dianna) Braem, Warren (Brenda) Braem, Carleton (Cindy) Braem, Cheryl Braem, and Lori (Mark) Klatt.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arno and Louisa Braem, and Fred and Wilma Zeller.

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

David EngelmeierDavid Engelmeier, age 80
Cold Spring
September 3, 1934 – March 21, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for David Engelmeier, age 80, who died Saturday at St. Benedicts Senior Center. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call after 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond. Parish prayers will be at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m., Wednesday morning at the funeral home.

Dave was born in St. Anthony, MN to Joseph and Veronica (Stich) Engelmeier. He married Lorraine Neidhart on April 21, 1956 in St. Anthony Church in St. Cloud. Dave served in US Navy from June 1952 to August 1955 as Botswain Mate. He worked at St. Cloud VA Medical Center as an outpatient clinic supervisor for 35 years. Dave was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, deer hunt, play softball, golf, and throw horseshoes. Dave also enjoyed bowling, where he was Association Manager for 46 years. He was past commander for American Legion post 455, and was a bus driver for the last 10 years for Richmond Bus Service. Dave was a member of St. Boniface Church. He was a lifetime member of the Cold Spring American Legion Post 455, and Cold Spring V.F.W. 6915. He was also a member of (NERA) Navy Enlisted Reserve Association, and Koran Last Man Club.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Lorraine; son, Allen (Deborah) Pelvit; granddaughters, Nicole (Michael) Wienen, and Allison (Jamie) Folie; sisters, Rosetta Troxell, Ella Hardy, and Madyln Raugland; 6 great-grandchildren, Breanna, Cody, Braylee, Drew, Brennan, and Danika; 2 nieces, and 2 nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Leo; sister, Doris Hopkins; in-laws, Bob Troxell, Foy Hopkins, Gerald Hardy, and John Raugland.

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, Minnesota.

LaVerne Marie Laubach, age 71
Belgrade
September 18, 1943 – March 19, 2015

Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring, MN for LaVerne Marie Laubach, age 71.

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

LaVerne was a longtime employee of St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Foster Grandma for St. Cloud School District. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Donald; children, Alan (Melissa) Laubach, Lisa (Mike) Bijold, Donald Laubach, Jr. (Quitton Anderson); grandchildren, Kyle Ratke, Nicole Laubach, Madison Bijold, Amanda Bijold, Lindsey Laubach; sisters, Barbara, Shirley, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Anne Colombe; sister, Delores Houle; brothers, Clifford “Pinky” Colombe and Ernie Colombe. Caroline Zumwalde

Caroline Zumwalde, age 101
Richmond
October 26, 1913 – March 18, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Caroline Zumwalde, age 101, who died Wednesday at the Assumption Home in Cold Spring.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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

Caroline was born in Rockville to Joseph and Anna (Strack) Bellmont.  She married Alfred Zumwalde on May 29, 1941.  Caroline enjoyed spending time with family, gardening, embroidery, crocheting, trying new recipes, playing casino slots, cards, and bingo.  She was a member of Christian Women and Catholic United Financial. 

Survivors include her children, John (Joanne), Ron (Alice), JoAnn, Jerry (Jan), Ken (friend Judi), and Jim (Donna); 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred, infant son, Roger, and 7 siblings.

Special thanks and appreciation to the staff at the Assumption Campus in Cold Spring.  

Memorials are preferred. Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond.

Laverne Piechocki

Laverne Piechocki, age 86
Richmond
March 21, 1928 – March 8, 2015

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, MN for Laverne Piechocki, age 86, who died Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Inurnment will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery.

Visitation with family and friends will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. 

Laverne was born in St. Cloud, MN.  She married Daniel Piechocki on September 25, 1948 in Church of Peace, St. Cloud.  Laverne worked for Bendix Corporation in South Bend, IN and Walgreens Corporate Office in Richfield, MN.  She and her husband, Dan later owned and operated Browns Lake Resort in Richmond.  Laverne was a Charter Member of Peace Lutheran Church of Cold Spring.

Survivors include her 2 sons, Ken (Diane), and Dave (Hayley); 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Donna Bahe and Jack Hennessy.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan; parents; siblings, Donald, Patrick, Lorraine, Larry, Leslie, and David.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials to Peace Lutheran Church.  Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.

Cyril Nordmann

Cyril Nordmann, age 90
St. Martin
October 8, 1924 – March 6, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at St. Martin Catholic Church in St. Martin, MN for Cyril Nordmann, age 90, who died Friday at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the St Martin Parish Hall in St. Martin.   Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at the St. Martin Parish Hall. 

Cyril was born in St. Martin, Minnesota to Bernard and Emma (Derichs) Nordmann.  He married Lorraine Hieserich on September 7, 1948 in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Elrosa, MN.  Cyril and Lorraine farmed north of St. Martin for 40 plus years.  He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, playing the accordion, St. Martin Baseball and working with family and friends on the farm.  Cyril was a member St. Martin Parish, St. Martin Lions, Catholic United Financial and St. Joseph Society.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; children, Diane (Gerald) Lang, Michael (Catherine) Nordmann, Dennis Nordmann, Gary (Linda) Nordmann, Mary Kay (Jim) Kotschevar, Linda (Jim) Varner, Nancy (Glen) Schellinger; siblings, Mildred Kulzer, Jerome Nordmann, Joe Nordmann; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Nordmann; siblings, Marcellus Nordmann and Marie Dingmann.

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

Lorraine “Rainy” Bueckers

Lorraine “Rainy” Bueckers, age 79
Cold Spring
May 14, 1935 – March 5, 2015

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 9, 2015 at Kimball Church of Christ in Kimball, MN for Lorraine “Rainy” Bueckers, age 79, who died peacefully at her daughter’s home on Thursday.  Burial will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Cemetery in Richmond.

Relatives and friends may call from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Monday at the church.  Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.

Lorraine was born in St. Martin to Frank and Clara (Heying) Mehr.  She married LeRoy Bueckers in November of 1953 in St. Martin Catholic Church.  Lorraine was a professional sewer for many businesses and eventually retired from Stearns Manufacturing.  She loved flowers, puzzling, calling BINGO, bird watching and visiting with friends at the Assumption Campus.  She was a member of Kimball Church of Christ.
 
Survivors include her daughters, Linda (Joe) Taylor, Shirley (Art) Bowles, Becky (Eric) Freeman, and Clara Bantz; siblings, Caroline (Linus) Heinen, Melvin (Cathy) Mehr, Sue (Denny) Wurm; sister-in-law, Louise Mehr; grandchildren, Amy, Jason, Lori, Jessica, Samantha, Nicole, AJ and Bert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy (1988); siblings, Bernelda Gertken and Cyril Mehr; great granddaughter, Ophelia Jahnke.

Feburary 2015

Joseph S. Sponheim

Joseph S. Sponheim, age 63
Rockville
December 20, 1951 – February 27, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Joseph S. Sponheim, age 63, who died peacefully Friday at Quiet Oaks Hospice House.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at  the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the Church.

Joe was born in Pipestone, MN to Selmer and Kathleen (Shirley) Sponheim.  He married Sharon Olson on April 22, 1983 in Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville.  Joe was a Federal Meat Inspector for 38 years.  He loved to fish, hunt, and attend different thrashing shows and Pioneer Days.  Joe enjoyed rides in the country with Billy and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon; daughter, Katie (Jeff) Boecker; and son, Andy; sister-in-law, Mary Sponheim; nephews, Chris and Paul Sponheim.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David (Jewyll) Sponheim, and Bruce Sponheim.

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

Clarence Aloise Schrame

Clarence Aloise Schramel, age 85
Cold Spring
August 17, 1929 – February 26, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 p.m., Monday, March 2, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Clarence Aloise Schramel, age 85, who died Thursday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Entombment will be in the parish mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday morning in the Church Narthex.

Clarence was born in Cold Spring, MN to Michael and Francis (Ruprecht) Schramel.  He married Cecille Thul on June 6, 1955 in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Cold Spring.  Clarence farmed his whole life and worked 43 years in road construction and was a 50 year member of the 49ers Union.  He loved to hunt, fish, take trips to the casino, play cards, and his eyes lit up in the presence of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Clarence was a member of the Polka Lovers Club of America, Eagles Aerie 622 and St. Boniface Parish.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Cecille; children, Sharon Schramel (Charlie Migliore), Patty Schramel, Steve (Carla), Dale (Mary), Donna Schramel, Gary (Jan), Mike (Linda), Jamie (Scott) Kiess, Darcy (Tom) Schmitz, Terrie Schramel; sisters, Lucille Guck, Rita Anderson, and Hildegard Benda; brother, Eldred (Nora) Schramel; 23 grandchildren; 11 soon to be 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie, Ludwina, and 2 infant sisters; brother, Richard; brother-in-laws, Edwin Guck, Harry Anderson, Jack Benda, Arnold Aune, and Edmund DeWenter; grandchild, Carley Schramel.

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

Daniel “Danny” Norbert Hinnenkamp

Daniel “Danny” Norbert Hinnenkamp, age 67
Cold Spring
August 21, 1947 – February 22, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 6, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Daniel “Danny” Hinnenkamp, age 67, who died peacefully at his home in Weslaco, TX on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

 A visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Daniel “Danny” Hinnenkamp was born on August 21, 1947 in Melrose, Minnesota to Leo and Loretta (Stienemann) Hinnenkamp.  He grew up on the family farm north of Melrose.  Danny graduated in 1965 from Melrose High School.  After graduation he joined the U.S. Army and he was stationed in Germany for 3 years.  

On September 16, 1972 he married the love of his life, Janet Beste at St. Paul’s Church in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.  They resided in Cold Spring and were married 37 years.  Danny drove semi for Parkway Auto Transport of Clearwater from August 2008 to 2014.  Daniel loved driving semi-truck, traveling all over the country, listening to country music, collecting Eagles, spending time with his family and friends, and attending Albany Pioneer Days every September.  He enjoyed going to Texas every winter and spending time with his family and friends in the Weslaco Mobile Home Park. 

He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Joe (Darlyne), Leander (Betty), Caroline Haider, Helen Brake, Elizabeth (Ben) Escher, RoseLyn (Jerry) Worrel, John (Linda), and Leon (Patti Jo); sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Pat Henry, Mary Lou (Matt) Lieser, Carol (Matt) Stalboerger, Norm (Barb) Henry, Loren (Laurie) Beste, and Alan (Tina) Beste; and all his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Janet; parents, Leo and Loretta; in-laws, Herman and Olivia Beste; brother-in-laws, John Brake, Charles Haider, and Bill Henry.

Memorials are preferred to the St. Boniface Church, Cold Spring, Minnesota.

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

Samuel Mairs Dean

Samuel Mairs Dean, age 90
Cold Spring
December 3, 1924 – February 22, 2015

Born in Duluth, MN, to Albert Briggs and Helen (Mairs) Dean, the youngest of four children.  The family moved to Minneapolis where he attended Breck School and West High School.  After his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II, he graduated from the University of Minnesota.

His summers growing up were spent on Big Island at Lake Minnetonka where the family still gathers.

He served as pilot of a B24 Liberator Bomber in combat operations in the South Pacific.  His crew recalled celebrating his twentieth birthday because they were no longer captained by a teenager!

September 15, 1951 he married Jeanne Roedell, a marriage that lasted 63 years.  They produced four children, Samuel Jr., Jennifer, David and Peter, the latter two who died in infancy.

His love of Latin America and Graphic Arts led them to live in Mexico and Venezuela.  His work took him to every country in Central and South America.  He was well respected by his colleagues on that continent including the major newspapers.

Upon returning to the United States they lived in the Chicago area and many years in Westchester and Orange counties in New York where they renovated a number of beautiful pre-revolutionary war homes.

His sports were tennis and swimming at which he excelled.

He will be remembered for his sense of humor, love of family and care, compassion and generosity towards so many people from all walks of life.

Survived by his wife, Jeanne; son, Samuel Jr. (Janice); daughter, Jennifer (Jim) Dwyer; grandchildren, Emeric James (Mandy Ressler) Dwyer, Erin Jeanne (Lane) Trisko, Lauren Rita Dwyer, John Samuel Dwyer; great-grandson, Oliver James Trisko, and many dear friends around the world.

A memorial gathering will be held at Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, on Saturday, March 7th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a remembrance service at 5:00 p.m.

Evelyn T. Molitor

Evelyn T. Molitor, age 80
Rockville
September 27, 1934 – February 14, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Rockville, MN for Evelyn Molitor, age 80, who died unexpectedly Saturday at her home.

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

Evelyn was born in Rockville to Albert and Susan (Nieters) Karls.  She married Harold Molitor on October 8, 1953 at St. James Parish in Jacobs Prairie, MN.  Evelyn was owner / CEO for Molitor Flooring, a family business she and Harold started over 50 years ago.  She was proud of her six sons that currently operate the business.  Evelyn loved spending time with family, fishing, gardening, canning, trips to the casino, cooking, and baking.  Her specialty was pecan pie.  Evelyn was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Christian Women and The Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include her husband, Harold; children, Dave (Marlene), Joyce (Jim) Chan, Marv (Sue), Jerry (Mary), Janet (Daryl) Albers, Stan (Jeanne), Steve (Bonnie), and Kevin (Sherri); siblings, Alfred Karls, Veronica (Chuck) Gulan, Doreen (Clarence) Corrigan, Margaret Alvord, JoAnn (Mel) Schroeder, Lorraine (Brian) Alvord, and Jerome (Donna) Karls; sister-in-law, Victorine Nies; 22 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren, and soon to be 3 more.

She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Paul Molitor, and Cressie Preusser.

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, Minnesota.

Sylvester John Hommerding

Sylvester John Hommerding, age 83
Prior Lake (Formerly Cold Spring)
March 8, 1931 – February 10, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 14, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Sylvester John Hommerding, age 83, who died Tuesday at his home in Prior Lake.  Inurnment will be in the St. Boniface Parish Mausoleum.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service Saturday morning in St. Boniface Church Narthex.

Sylvester was born on the family farm in Cold Spring to Michael and Maragret (Keil) Hommerding.  He married Marion Hilsgen on April 20 , 1955 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN.  Sylvester worked as a farmer, truck driver, and a realtor.  He enjoyed putzing around on his hobby farm, studying the family genealogy, telling stories about his youth, telling jokes, traveling, and spending time with friends.  He was a member of Catholic United Financial, Knights of Columbus, and Cold Spring Lions.

Survivors include his wife, Marion; son, Michael (Sarah Olson); sister, Irene Schlangen; grandchildren, Nicole (Ty) Zenk, Aaron (Bridget) Hommerding, and Jacob (Autumn) Hommerding; great-grandchildren, Joey, Eddie, Sydney, Evan, Luke, Paul, Claire, Philip, and Nicholas.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Isabelle Schlangen, Viola Hommerding, Delores Mueller, Ervin Hommerding, Louise Lind, and Evelyn Schmitz.

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

Kris Johannes, age 60
Rockville
February 5, 1955 – February 10, 2015

After a long battle with cancer, Kris Elene (Kuebelbeck) Johannes died on February 10th, 2015 at her home in Rockville, surrounded by family.  She leaves behind her loving husband, Glenn Johannes, of Cold Spring; son and daughters, Ryan (Robin) of Berkeley, CA, Jenny of Rockville, and Melissa (Tom) of Waite Park; grandchildren, Tanner, Rhiannon, Griffin, and her beloved pets, Pepper the dog, and Charlie the cat.  Sisters, Gail Koppy, JoAnne Parry, Lois (John) Coleman, Barb (Jeff) Konsor, Laurie Nixon and Greta Able; Brothers, Lou (Patti) Kuebelbeck, Steven (Pat) Kuebelbeck, Jeff (Trish) Kuebelbeck, Karl Kuebelbeck and Bill Kuebelbeck.  Her parents preceded her in death.

Kris was born on February 5, 1955 at the St. Cloud Hospital.  She was born to Louis and Delores (Reber) Kuebelbeck.  She graduated from Rocori High School in 1973.

Kris loved living on the farm.  A ‘green thumb’ who loved to be in the dirt every moment she could get.  Her love of nature and God's creatures showed through with the tender care of all of her birds and animals over the years.  Some of the most satisfying moments were good times with friends on the lake, or just relaxing in the peace and quiet of the country surroundings.  Something people may not know about her was her passion and skill for the arts.  Whether it was drawing, pottery, calligraphy, embroidery, or so many other artistic outlets with kids projects and holiday decorations. She had an eye for beauty in so many things; it will surely be a gift she will pursue in heaven.  A loving and supportive mother, who will leave a legacy with the people she's touched during her time here on earth.  She will forever be remembered as someone who embraced the simple pleasures in life.  We will love her always. 

Kris requested to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at River of Life Assembly of God Church in Cold Spring. It will take place on February 21, 2015 at 11am; all are welcome. The family would especially like to thank Kris's guardian angel and sister, Laurie Nixon, for her excellent work and loving care for Kris over the past several months. Thank you to St. Cloud Hospice Care who was integral in keeping Kris comfortable until she passed. We would also like to thank all family and friends for such loving support. Between visits, meals, laughs, flowers, birthday cake and lasting memories, she made it to her 60th birthday just in time to meet The Lord and be at peace.  

January 2015 Tim “Timmer” Brinker

Tim “Timmer” Brinker, age 54
Cold Spring
May 18, 1960 – January 31, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Timothy “Timmer” Brinker, age 54, who died Saturday at his home.  Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call after 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 2, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  Parish Prayers will be at 4:00 p.m.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Tuesday morning at the funeral home.

Timmer was born a happy healthy baby boy 4th in line of eleven children.  At 2yrs. old he suffered from an injury that left him mentally challenged and blind.  Timmer was a quiet spirit and was happiest when he was around family and friends.  He was wise and intelligent beyond his handicaps.  Timmer moved to mother Theresa Home in January 2011.  He was a long term employee of Wacosa, and loved his routine of going to work. 
 
Survivors include his parents, Gilbert and Esther; siblings, Linda (Don) Jacquemart, Lola (Dave) Vogel, Terry (Kim), Jesse (Patty), Jim (Darren Allen), Bill (Gloria), Betty (Greg) Gruenes, Mary (Joe) Dvorak, Mark (Lisa), and Amy Bertram (John Veeder); 30 nieces & nephews; and 17 great nieces & nephews; and his Mother Theresa family, Adrian, Hannah, and Mackenzie.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John & Frances Brinker, Walter & Catherine Jungels; brother-in-law, Steve Morey; and numerous aunts & uncles.

A special thank you to his caregivers at Mother Theresa home for their loving care of Timmer for the last four years.  You will be forever in our hearts.

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

Richard “Rich” Jay Powers

Richard “Rich” Jay Powers, age, 65
Cold Spring
June 24, 1949 – January 24, 2015

Richard (Rich) Jay Powers died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014 peacefully surrounded by family after successfully living with cancer for more than 15 years.  Rich was born June 24, 1949 to Jay Powers and Jeanette Ingraham in Milwaukee, Wis.  He graduated from Marquette University in 1971 with a degree in business administration and had a long career as a purchasing agent, working for more than 30 years with treasured colleagues at Nahan Printing in St. Cloud, Minn.

He married Betty Kollmann on Dec. 29, 1973 and built a family founded on laughter and love. Rich enjoyed spending sunny days golfing with his friends and listening to Motown classics.  His legacy of laughter will live on through the memories and milestones shared with family and friends.

Rich is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother Bob (Kit) Powers and Mary Powers (Jack Slattery). He will also be lovingly remembered by his wife Betty, daughter Deanna (Ian) Petersen and their children Grace and Sibu; daughter Kate (Josh) Koehn; and son Michael (Michelle) Powers and son Kaleb.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Boniface Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. with visitation 2 hours prior to the mass. Memorials are preferred to the ALS Association Minnesota Chapter or St. Boniface Catholic School.

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

Edwin F. Goebel Sr

Edwin F. Goebel Sr., age 81
Richmond
August 7, 1933 – January 17, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Edwin F. Goebel Sr., age 81, who died Saturday in Mesa, AZ.  Private burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Garden.

A visitation will be from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  A second visitation will be held at Bradshaw Funeral Home (Rice Street) in St. Paul, MN from 5:00 -8:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Edwin married Mary Lou Lynch on July 8, 1988 in Richmond, MN.  He retired from TCM Construction as a Project Manager in 1991.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Lou; children, Janice Rose, Geraldine (Bart) Westeen, Carolyn (Rickey) Nickens, Charlie (Marie) Goebel, Catherine (Tom) Kieger; daughter-in-law, Diane Goebel; step-children, Terri (Mike) Valento, Dean (Sherri) Raba; siblings, Marcella (Tom) Haeny, James (Roberta) Goebel, Lavern Schaefer, Paul Goebel; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 1-great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Edith Goebel; son, Edwin F. Goebel Jr.; siblings, Fred, Eileen, Barb, Joyce; grandchild, Jeremy and great-grandchild, Rosalee Mae.   

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

John J. Hoffke Jr

John J. Hoffke Jr., age 82
Cold Spring
April 6, 1932 – January 20, 2015

Gathering of friends and relatives will be from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring.  There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.

John was born in Clyde, ND to John J. Sr. and Dorothy (Cameron) Hoffke.  He married Lois Fraase in 1957 in Laporte MN.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1952 during the Korean War.  John worked as a long-haul truck driver for over 40 years.  He thoroughly enjoyed working for Halvorson Farm’s during his final years of driving.  In retirement he enjoyed having his grandsons over for breakfast and dinners.
 
Survivors include his children, Mark (Brenda) Hoffke, Ann (Phil) Anderson; grandchildren, Aaron Hoffke, Mathew Kramer, and Karin Jacobs; great-granddaughter, Avalon Jacobs; brother, Vern Hoffke.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Chris Hoffke, and great-granddaughter, Jayde Jacobs.

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

Blair Bauer

Blair Bauer, age 65
Richmond
July 6, 1949 – January 19, 2015

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Blair Bauer, age 65, who died Monday at his home.

Blair Brice Bauer was born July 6th, 1949 in Fargo, ND, the son of Ted and Norma (Lasher) Bauer.  Blair graduated from high school in Mott, ND.  After high school Blair attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Speech Pathology.  Blair accepted a position in Dickinson, ND with the Dickinson Public School System. 

On July 15, 1972 Blair was united in marriage to Janet Wehking in Hector, MN.  Shortly after, Blair earned his Master’s Degree in Audiology from Minot State University.  Blair earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic at Palmer College in Davenport, IA.   Blair and Jan then returned to Dickinson, ND, where he continued to practice until his retirement in 2011.  During that time he was involved with the Elks Lodge and served as Exalted Ruler and was a member of the Dickinson Rotary Club.

Blair was involved with the North Dakota Chiropractic Association, serving on the board until being elected as president from 1993-1995.  In 1996 Blair received the NDCA Chiropractor of the Year and in 2007 received the NDCA Honorary Lifetime Membership.   Blair was also an American Chiropractic Association Representative from 1995-2003 and was a member of the Board of Governors.  He earned his Diplomate of the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedics and worked as a consultant for the North Dakota Workers’ Compensation Bureau. 

In 2012 Blair and Janet moved to Richmond, MN where they found their dream retirement home on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes.  Blair was an avid hunter and birdwatcher and was a sports fanatic.  He enjoyed reading, exploring Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.

Blair and Jan were blessed with two children; Brett (Brittany), and Whitney.  In 2013, Blair and Jan became grandparents to twins, Vivian and Brice Bauer.

Blair’s generous spirit, faithful friendship, and wonderful zest for life will be greatly missed by all.  He had a genuine warmth and concern for his patients and friends.  His children were the light of his life.

Blair is survived by the love of his life, Jan; son, Brett (Brittany) Bauer, Buffalo, MN; daughter, Whitney Bauer, Minneapolis, MN; two grandchildren, Brice and Vivian Bauer; brother, Lane (Julie) Bauer, Las Cruces, NM; sister-in-law Roxanne Bauer, Bismarck, ND; nieces and nephews; and stepfather, Ernest Mueller, New Leipzig, ND.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Norma; and brother, Mark.

Arrangements are with the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN, (320) 685-7762.

Luverne C. Stang

Luverne C. Stang, age 84
Cold Spring
August 20, 1930 – January 8, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Luverne C. Stang, age 84, who died 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. Monday at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond.  Visitation will continue from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

Luverne was born in St. Cloud, MN to Andrew and Bertha (Braun) Libbesmeier.  She married Irvin A. Stang on Oct. 28, 1953 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud, MN.  Luverne and Irvin farmed near St. Nicholas for 40+ years.  She loved to sew, and read, and she enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, and being with her family.  She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Parish and Christian Women.

Survivors include her husband, Irvin; children, Sharon (Ken) Schmitz, Mike (Eileen), Debbie (Jerry) Rudolph, Lynn Stommes – Burg (Jim), Barb (Mel) Mueller, Kevin (Marci), Lisa Dingmann, and Deanna (John) Klein; brothers, Marlyn (Esther), and Roger (Tootie) Libbesmeier; sister, Marion Hommerding; 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Eileen Dockendorf; son-in-law, Vern Stommes; grandson, Brad Stang; and great-grandson, Dylan Schmitz.   

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, Minnesota.

Steven Allen Danzeisen

Steven Allen Danzeisen, age 59
Richmond
May 18, 1955 – January 7, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 12, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Steven Allen Danziesen, age 59, who died Wednesday in a trucking accident in Eau Claire, WI.  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. 

Steve was born in Willmar, MN to Boyd and Dorothy (Hicks) Danzeisen.  He married Judy Bahe and together they had two children Christian and Joshua.  They later divorced. Steve married Joanne Gertken – Miller on July 17, 1982 and had a blessed 32 years together.  Steve was a gentle giant always willing to extend a helping hand to anyone in need.  He worked for over 30 years at the Verso Paper Mill in Sartell, MN.  He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, softball, bowling, singing, and especially being with family.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne; children, Christian, Jessica, Jason, and Joshua; grandchildren, Damian, Braden, Mason, Tayler, Kailey, Layne, Mavrik, and Ethan; siblings, Gene (Carol) Rosie (Ken) Weiler, Gary (Sue), and Mike (Marsha).

He was preceded in death by his parents.   

Arrangements made with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN Irene Eva Theis

Irene Eva Theis, age 93
Richmond
October 30, 1921 – January 5, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN for Irene Eva Theis, age 93, who died Monday at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

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

Irene was born in Solana, MN to Jason and Magdeline (Porter) Ellis.  Married Bernard Brummer in 1936. She later was remarried, to Joseph Theis in 1957 in St. Cloud, MN.  Irene loved people, children, animals, music, and dancing. She possessed natural artistic skills, and had an uncanny sense of creativity.  She drew on these throughout her life and applied them within her various career endeavors, as well as in her everyday life raising seven children. She always displayed to her children resilience and a remarkable sense of responsibility, even through times of great hardship or sadness in her life. She had an unwavering interest in applying herself to learn more and to work hard at whatever she attempted. She assisted her first husband in running their leather shop in Lastrup, Minnesota.  Later owned and operated St. Cloud Motel and Cabins on Division in St. Cloud. She also graduated from St. Cloud School of Beauty and owned a beauty shop in St. Cloud, and one later in Richmond.  She assisted her second husband, Joe Theis, in their construction business and farm. She sold World Book Encyclopedia for years door to door to families, always concerned they didn't have enough access to academic information in their homes. She later opened Irene's Floral Shop in Richmond and thoroughly enjoyed arranging flowers and corsages for hundreds of weddings. Later in life, she also became a licensed realtor for a short time, winning certificates and awards for her sales skills. She was a member of The Rocky Riders Saddle Club and later enjoyed riding wagons in many parades. Following the deaths of each of their spouses, she and companion, Lawrence Callen, enjoyed 17 years together in Richmond, helping each other as they enjoyed Irene's children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She lived a full and complete life, and will be dearly missed by all her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Darlene (Frank) Drosky, Judith (Robert) Wenner, Linda Ruhland, Brenda (Wayne Bechthold) Theis, and Sandra (Greg) Theis-Walz; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; children, Joseph, and Carol Wieber.

Arrangements with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring, Minneosta. 

Marcella “Sally” Rossman

Marcella “Sally” Rossman, age 91
Cold Spring
May 21, 1923 – January 5, 2015

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 8, 2015 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring, MN for Marcella “Sally” Rossman, age 91, who died Monday at Country Manor in Sartell, MN.  Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery.

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

Sally was born in Cold Spring to John and Rose (Fleischhacker) Steil.  She married Gilbert Rossman on May 4, 1942 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Cold Spring.  Sally was a homemaker, did reupholstery with her husband Gilbert, and crocheted numerous afghans and hand towels.  She loved playing cards, cooking and watching the Minnesota Twins.  Sally was a member of St. Boniface Parish, Cold Spring VFW Auxiliary, Christian Women and Catholic United Financial.
 
Survivors include her children, Gene (Ida), Jim (Rhonda), Ron (Nancy), Karen (Mike) Behnen, Jerry (June), Connie (Brian) Ginter; siblings, Mary Grimm, Vic Steil; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert (1978); siblings, Waldemar, Alphonse, Loretta Faber, Angela Kraemer, Hildegard Menzhuber, and grandson, Nicholas Rossman.

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

Jerome F. Salzl

Jerome F. Salzl, age 82
Albany
April 27, 1932 – January 1, 2015

A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Wenner Funeral Home in Richmond, MN for Jerome F. Salzl, age 82, who died Wednesday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. 

Jerry was born in St. Martin to Henry and Cecilia (Moonen) Salzl.  He married Ardyce Lein in 1959 in Grandsburg, WI.  Jerry served in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper during the Korean War.  He enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening, and being with his children and grandchildren.  He loved his wife Ardyce and missed her deeply.

Survivors include children, Jerry (Millie), Leslie (Don) Rogers, Michelle (Tom) Hardy, and Gretchen (Eric) Tolstoy; grandchildren, Ginny, Josh, Lindsay, Melissa, and Mallory; great-grandchildren, Laila, Leanna, Kody, William, Eli, Riley, and Hailey; brothers, Vern, and Dale; sisters, Donna Ramler, Sally Thelen, Marilyn Brinkman, Rita Meyer, Carole Mehr, Joyce Wimmer, Lois Holmes, and Sharon Salzl – Lindgren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ardyce; parents; brothers, Sylvester, Harold, Ralph, and Willie. 

Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Richmond, MN.