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Obituaries -  Sauk Rapids Herald

Irene A. Wolbeck

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Irene A. (Stangler) Wolbeck passed away at 7:30 a.m., May 24, 2020. God has called her home.
Irene was born April 2, 1928, at home in St. Rosa to Frank and Christina (Arnzen) Stangler.
She married Martin H. Wolbeck May 17, 1948. They lived in St. Cloud and Sartell all their married life.
She raised six children while working as a waitress at the Commodore in Sartell and 30 years at the Ace Bar in St. Cloud.
She enjoyed life, camping, music, her trips to the Sauk Rapids VFW to see her favorite bartenders, fishing, flowers and her birds. Her favorite holiday was Thanksgiving and celebrating with family at Pedros.
She is remembered by her family making all the kids their own favorite dessert (her famous chocolate cake or rice crispy bars). Many people remember her kindness as a waitress, and she received The Waitress of the Year award in 1996.
She was a member of St. Francis Church, Sartell, lifetime member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Auxiliary 6992 and lifetime member of the Sauk Rapids Legion Auxiliary 254.
She is survived by her children, Darlene (Mark) Lauderbaugh, Burnsville; Roger (Karen) Wolbeck, Royalton; Carol (Rob) MacLean, Clearwater, Florida; Jerry (Vicky) Wolbeck, Missouri; Allen (Betty) Wolbeck, Melrose; Donna (Joe) Gertken, Foley; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren, brothers Ralph and Tom Stangler.
She was proceeded in death by the love of her life husband, Martin, who passed away Aug. 20, 2016; her brothers, Don, Norbert and Clarence; and her sisters, Margaret Paulson, Regina Bergman, Marie Heitzman and Alice Stangler.
A celebration of life will be at a later date.
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Marilyn P. Borgert

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Graveside services were 12:30 p.m. May 28 at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Sartell for Marilyn “Lynn” P. Borgert who passed away May 22, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. There was a private family visitation at the funeral home prior to the burial Thursday. The family will have a memorial Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Marilyn “Lynn” P. Borgert was born Aug. 12, 1934, in St. Cloud to Alvin and Florence (Bastien) Woods. She was united in marriage to Eugene “Gene” Borgert Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in St. Cloud. They lived all of their lives in St. Cloud and Sartell. Lynn was very artistic, owning and operating Ceramic Pines ceramic shop with her husband for 20 years. She retired as a receptionist at the north information desk at the St. Cloud Hospital after 25 years. Lynn was very active in the St. Francis Xavier Church and was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also very active in the Riverside Lions Club in Sauk Rapids for many years. Lynn enjoyed sewing, painting, decorating for Christmas, traveling, gardening, cooking, and baking. Lynn was very proud of her family. She loved getting together with them at holidays, family reunions, and at the cabin on Pelican Lake.
Lynn is survived by her husband, Gene of Sartell; children, Scott (Susan Whalen) of Memphis, Tennessee, Denise (Daniel) Stang of Sartell, Pamela (Jim) McMahon of St. Cloud, and Timothy of Sartell; siblings, Marjorie (Warren) Bystedt, Judy (Donald) Bryam, Suzanne (David) Fritz, Michael (Jean) Woods, Sharon (Robert) Bemboom, Patrick Woods, Nancy (Edward) Johnson, Laurie (Maury) Bloom, and Malia (Grant) Golberg; brother in law, Michael O’Connor; sister in law, Judy Woods; grandchildren, Kristopher, Joshua, Jason, Mathew, Amber, Sarah, Dina, James, Sean, Kelsey, Willow, Summer, Cody, and Autumn; and 21 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anita O’Connor; and brother, John Woods.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at https://www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Marilyn D. Beitz

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Marilyn D. Beitz, 79, of Rice, who passed away at her home May 19, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Burial will be at Langola Cemetery in Rice. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Marilyn was born March 21, 1941, in St. Cloud to Emmerid and Sarah (DeLong) Beack. She grew up in the St. Cloud area and married Robert Beitz May 10, 1963, in South Dakota. The couple made their home in Rice, raising three children. Marilyn was an incredible homemaker and worked various jobs throughout her life, but most notably, she worked at the Alamo Bar in Rice for many years, which brought many friendships into her life. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Marilyn also loved going to We Fest every year, trips to the ocean, going camping and heading to Mission, Texas, for the winter months. She liked to keep busy and loved being outside. Marilyn was happiest when she was at home with those she loved and was friendly, feisty and a natural caregiver. People gravitated toward her. She will be remembered for her kind and generous spirit, ability to socialize easily with others and her great hugs.
Survivors include her loving husband, Robert “Bob” of Rice; daughters, Michelle Beitz-Demery of Tennessee and Lisa (Tom) Anderson of Sauk Rapids; son-in-law, Scott Nelson of Brainerd; brothers, Charles “Charlie” (Starr) Beack of Waite Park and Leslie “Les” (Gena) Beack of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Lucille “Lucy” Beack-Palmer of Rice; grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Sarah, Cody, Tyler, Drew, Rilie, Maggie and Taylor; and great grandchildren, Landon, Brayden and Aliya. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Julie Nelson in 2011; and brother, Melvin Beack.
Obituary and guest book available online at https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Ann L. Wheeler

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Services will be private for Ann L. Wheeler, 87, of Sartell, who passed away  May 15, 2020, at Country Manor Health Care Center. Burial was at 1 p.m. May 18 at Macville Cemetery in Hill City. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Ann was born March 24, 1933, in Aitkin to Conrad and Fannie (Gorsuch) Angermo. She married Harry Wheeler June 7, 1951, in Hill City. Ann had many occupations throughout her life including working as a chef at many restaurants, the St. Cloud Times and Child Care Choices. She was most proud of her work as a security guard at Sartell Paper Mill. Ann loved gardening, being outdoors, traveling and sewing. She was a tough woman that always persevered through life’s challenges. Ann always provided for her family and was helpful and kind to everyone she knew. She was a great mom, raising six children and many more neighborhood kids as well.
Survivors include her children, Brent (Linda) of Grand Rapids, Todd (Lori) of Foreston, Tamara of St. Joseph, Connie (Jaime) Nelson on Sauk Rapids and Chad (fiancée Nikki) of Grand Rapids; 19 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Harry in 1985; son, Jesse and infant grandson, Jeremy.
Obituary and guest book available online at  https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Rita Ann (Trutwin) Kampa

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Mass of Christian Burial will be private for Rita Ann (Trutwin) Kampa, age 95, who passed away May 17, 2020, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Rita was born June 13, 1924, in Royalton to Francis and Frances (Marshik) Trutwin. She married Aloys Michael Kulzer June 11, 1946, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. They lived in Sauk Rapids and had six children. Rita married Raphael Kampa (Pat) April 23, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. They lived in Sauk Rapids and had four children. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Christian Mothers, and was a den mother.
Rita was a resilient woman who enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid sewer (wedding gowns), upholstress, and painter. She liked reading and playing Scrabble. Rita loved the outdoors including gardening, bird watching and traveling to visit her kids. She enjoyed cooking, especially desserts, and could whip up a pie in 10 minutes.
Preceded in death by parents, Francis and Frances (Marshik) Trutwin; husbands, Aloys Kulzer and Raphael Kampa; siblings, Raymund, Regina Brooks, Mary Parent, Josephine Kaeter, Claude, and Joseph Trutwin; and children, Glenn and Keith Kulzer. Survived by siblings, Theresa Silvernail, Victor and Francis Trutwin; children, Louise (Steve Wilson), Darwin (Marcia Schaefer), Miles (Becky England), and Wayne (Sue Zwick) Kulzer, Raphael (Kathy Wolter), Russ (Erin Guthrie), Robin (Phillip Bautch), and Rodney (Geri Fitzpatrick) Kampa; 30 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
A special thank you to Good Shepherd Community Moonlight Bay for all the wonderful care given to Rita.
Obituary and guest book available online at  https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Keith G. Bjorklund

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A private memorial service will be May 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Keith G. Bjorklund, 62, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away at his home May 20, 2020, surrounded by his family. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
 Keith Glen Bjorklund was born March 19, 1958, in St. Cloud to Charles and Melba (Ness) Bjorklund. He grew up in the Sauk Rapids area and spent most of his life there. Keith married Cathryn Cheshier July 29, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. He served his country in the United States Army and continued service to his fellow community and comrades at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 37 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and had a strong faith. Keith loved spending time in the great outdoors, taxidermy, hunting, fishing, camping, swimming and much more. He was a wonderful cook, making sausage, smoking turkeys, gardening and canning and loved to work with his hands. He was truly the salt of the earth, a wonderful father and grandfather, was loving, generous, and had a great sense of humor. Keith was proud of his accomplishments in life. He fought with dignity during his battle with cancer. Keith will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include his wife, Cathryn of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Chantal of St. Paul, Amanda (Corey) Krejce of Woodbury and Meghan (Brent) Johnson of Hastings; grandchildren, Lyla, Wyatt, Sylas, Mylo, Grace, Lucy, Max and Emily; dogs, Khloe and Binnie; brother, Ron (Lori) of Sartell; and sister, Lynn (Jeff) Snyder of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Steven.
Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church or CFCsyndrome.org in honor of his grandson, Wyatt.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Nancy A. Legg

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A private family graveside service will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery for Nancy A. Legg, age 69, of Sauk Rapids, who died May 14, 2020, at her home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. A celebration of life will be at a later date when it is safe for family and friends to gather. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Nancy was born in St. Cloud on March 21, 1951, to Harold and Gertrude (Lintgen) Kunkel. She married Jim Legg on July 21, 1982, at the Stearns County Court House in St. Cloud. She was a seamstress for Stearns Manufacturing in Sauk Rapids for several years. Nancy also worked at Pleasantview Elementary School in Sauk Rapids as a playground supervisor.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Nancy was a very involved member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary Aerie #622, St. Cloud where she first became a member in 1975. Nancy was the State Auxiliary President in 2006 and was also a part of the Ritual Team.  She enjoyed playing card games and Highlights books with her grandchildren and doing crossword puzzles.  Nancy made the best cookies and banana bread and was a great cook all around! She was always so caring and loved everyone, she would be sure to give everyone and anyone HUGS to prove it!
Nancy is survived by her son, Mike Plachecki of Sauk Rapids, daughter, Jessica Legg (Brady Petersen) of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Brent Legg and Ashley Pilarski of St. Cloud; brothers, Ken (Ellie) Kunkel of Rockville, Duane (Donna) Kunkel of St. Cloud; sister-in-law, Ardith Inmann of Texas; many nieces and nephews and a few people who were just plain special to Nancy, Joe Pilarski, Tammy Bennet, and Shawma Schreifels and her son, Anthony Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim, February 13, 2002; and her grandparents.
Obituary, Guest Book and Video Tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Ellen L. Barber

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Ellen L. Barber, age 60, of Rice, who passed away May 7, 2020, at her home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Ellen was born March 5, 1960, to Lester and Yvonne (Fontaine) Fischer in St. Cloud. She married Russ Barber Sr.  April 5, 1981, in Sauk Rapids. She worked for 22 years with the St. Cloud School District No. 742, at Talahi Elementary as a custodian. Ellen enjoyed being outdoors gardening, agate hunting, camping, boating, and taking road trips to Duluth. She was free spirited, strong willed, hardworking, and was happiest at the beach. Most importantly, she was proud of her children and grandchildren.
Ellen is survived by her children, Russ (Mikki Kelly) Jr. of Longville, Laurie (Tom) Fernholz of Rice; brothers and sisters, Linda Fischer of Santa Rosa, California; Joan Ransom of Santa Rosa, California; Mark (Pam) Fischer of Santa Rosa, California; Sasha Rausch of Sauk Rapids; and Bill Fischer of Hastings; grandkids; Lucas Barber, Chace Fernholz, Beau Fernholz all of Rice; and her dog, Ruby. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Russ.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Jean Peterson

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A Celebration of Life will be at a later date for Jean “Jeannie” Peterson, age 74, of Sartell, who stepped into eternity on May 9, 2020, after facing multiple sclerosis head on for over 30 years.
Jean was born July 14, 1945, to Jalmer and Vienna Lindgren in Grand Rapids. Her childhood and early married years were spent in her beloved hometown of Bovey. Like most Iron Rangers, Jeannie’s tremendous pride of her hometown of Bovey, “Home of the Picture Grace,” was obvious within minutes of meeting her. She had many stories of her Bovey life and her infectious smile made it apparent how much she adored her Finlander roots.
Jean married Daniel Peterson Oct. 23, 1965, in Bovey. They spent their early married years in Duluth where Jean graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in teaching. They enjoyed their years in Duluth socializing while making lifelong friendships.
In 1976, Dan, Jean and their three children moved to Sartell where they bought their dream home on the river. Many early morning coffee boat rides and socializing (once again) on the “Peterson Sandbar” were just a few of the things Jean enjoyed about her life in Via Riviera. Jean also enjoyed as much time as possible at their cabin on Island Lake where many memories were made with family and friends.
Jean was employed by the Sartell-St. Stephen School District as the gifted and talented teacher (a program she founded) and later as a classroom teacher. She enjoyed working with the students and watching them thrive through their schooling years. Jean was active in her church choir at Celebration Lutheran Church and loved to hum along while making her way through a day.
Somewhere in the 1980s Jean was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She made it clear her diagnosis was not going to control her life and was determined to stay independent as long as possible.  Jean kept herself active with her book club friends, her YMCA MS group, her children and grandchildren. These were her ways to battle this incurable disease.
Jeannie was described as a person whose, “positivity was infectious.” We couldn’t say it better.  We love you Mom and will miss you every day.
Jean is survived by her three children, Kris (Scott) Schlichting of Rice, Jay (Shelley) Peterson of Clear Lake, and Jill (Jason) Dekarske of Otsego. Her adored five grandchildren Jordan Schlichting, Jerad Schlichting, McKenzie Peterson, Daniel Peterson and Clara Dekarske, her beloved friend Sue Hansen, brothers Robert (Jayne) Lindgren of Estero, Florida. and Don (Judy) Lindgren of Estero, Florida., sister in-law Diane Jasper, the caring women who watched over her every day, nieces, nephews and so many dear friends.
Jean is preceded in death by her devoted husband Dan of 52 years, her parents, sister Janice, brother in-laws Bradley Eilertson and Joe Jasper.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Sean G. Vadies

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Private family services will take place for Sean Vadies who died May 7, 2020, at his home in Sauk Rapids. A memorial service will take place at a later date after restrictions have been lifted.
 Sean was born May 3, 1968, in St. Cloud. He went to Sauk Rapids-Rice High School where he played hockey and graduated in 1986. He then went to St. Cloud State University and completed a program to become a respiratory therapist. He married Deborah Christenson Aug. 3, 1991 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Raymond. Sean worked as a respiratory therapist at the St. Cloud Hospital.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He is a member of Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud.
 He is survived by his parents, George and Patty of Sauk Rapids; wife, Deb of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Megan, Kelsey (Justin) Kneiszler, and Abigail; grandchildren, Palmer, Will and Dominic; sister, Shannon and her children, Alex and Rian.
 Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Verla Mae Helmin

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Verla Helmin, age 85, of Sauk Rapids, passed away April 30, 2020, at her home. Private entombment was 11 a.m. May 5 at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. The Rev Virgil Helmin officiated. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Verla Mae Helmin was born July 22, 1934, in Mayhew Lake to Edward and Clara (Lehman) Montag. She married Richard Helmin Sept. 28, 1954, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. She later graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. The couple lived in Gilman for 10 years before moving to Sauk Rapids where they lived all their married life.  Verla worked at Fingerhut for three years and later for Frigidaire Manufacturing for over 30 years, retiring in 1996. She was a life member of Union 623. Verla was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was a greeter for many years and a member of the Christian Women’s Society. Verla enjoyed watching nature programs on channel 2 TV; watching Lawrence Welk; country music and watching birds come to her feeders. She loved all small animals, tame or wild and no kitty ever left her yard without a free meal.
She is survived by her nieces; Suzanne Emslander and Peggy Koepp who always took very good care of her, as well as many other nieces and nephews, especially Wyatt Montag who visited her often. She is also survived by her special friends, Carla Kuklock and Darlene Schwintek and Godchildren: Suzanne Emslander, James Montag and Richard Kobilka.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Richard of 65 years on Dec. 28, 2017, as well as eight brothers and three sisters: Arthur, Wilfred, Lourence, Norbert, Roman, Edwin, Walter, Clarence, Agnes, Mildred Kobilka, Lorraine Vollbrect and Godchild, Marilyn Riedman.  Memorial are preferred to the Poor Clare’s Monastery.
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Bernice M. Mendel

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Memorial services will be at a later date at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel in Sauk Rapids for Bernice M. Mendel, age 99, who went to live with the Lord May 5 at Good Shepherd Community. Burial will be at a later date at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Popple Creek. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bernice was born June 11, 1920, in Sauk Rapids Township to Henry and Anna (David) Beehler. She married Arthur Mendel July 2, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Bernice worked as an inspector for Fingerhut for 20 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Popple Creek where she was a member of the Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and taught Sunday School and Release Time Class. Bernice volunteered at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
Survivors include her sons and daughter, Kenneth Mendel of Strasburg, Virginia, Arlys (Paul) Rearick of Omaha, Nebraska., Alan (Diane Forstner) Mendel of Cushing and Frederick (Laurie Germundson) Mendel of Rice; sister, Luverne Schaefer of Sauk Rapids; special friend, Charley Stimler; five grandchildren, Bill Morris, David Mendel, Amy Christensen, Carl Mendel, Emily Mendel; and seven great grandchildren. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur on Feb. 2, 2001; daughter-in-law, Margaret “Peg” Wintheiser; brothers, Donald and Martin Beehler; sister, Leora Victor; and grandson, Matthew Morris.
Memorials are preferred to Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel, Sauk Rapids or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Popple Creek
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at https:// www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Violet R. Lutz

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There will be a private family burial at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls for Violet R. Lutz, age 87, who passed away Feb. 12, 2020, at The Glenn Memory Care in Buffalo. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Violet was born March 27, 1932, in St. Cloud to Leo and Rose (Gerads) Muellner. She married Roman Lutz Jan. 15, 1948, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Together they enjoyed 71 years of marriage. They moved to Alaska for six years in 1951 before spending the rest of their lives in the Sauk Rapids area. Violet was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, St. Augustine Christian Women, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed knick-knacks, animals, flowers, ice cream, greeting cards and celebrating Christmas. Violet never took anything for granted and would give the shirt off her back for anyone. She had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sons and daughters, Larry (Yvonne) Lutz of Minnetonka, Dennis (Kathy) Lutz of Sauk Rapids, John (Karen) Lutz of Woodstock, Georgia, Mark (Julie) Lutz of Green River, Wyoming, Kathy Lutz Kampa of Watertown and Carol (Orville) Peters of Buffalo; sisters, Joann Markfort, Evelyn (Dave) Pflipsen, and Geraldine (Kenneth) Whithworth; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren with one on the way; daughter-in-law, Linda Warner of Maplewood; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roman on Feb. 4, 2019; son, David Lutz; sisters, Lorraine Muellner and Donna Rassier; and brothers, Leo and Roger Muellner.
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Loretta M. Plafcan

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at a later date for Loretta M. Plafcan, age 95, of Sauk Rapids, who died April 25, 2020, at Country Manor Campus in Sartell. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman officiated at the graveside service April 30 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Loretta was born May 3, 1924, in Holdingford to Joseph and Frances (Hennek) Sowada. She grew up in Opole and attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic School and Holdingford High School. Loretta worked at Breezy Point after graduation and then moved to the twin cities where she worked at Munsingwear during the war. She married Andrew Plafcan, Jr. on June 4, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Loretta was a homemaker and also a Beautician at Country Manor for several years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a jubilee member of St. Monica’s Society and was also a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary. Loretta enjoyed gardening, flowers, canning, baking, crocheting and fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. She was a gentle, outgoing, humble and generous woman who will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her children, Paulette Murphy of Eagan, Dave (Mary) of Sauk Rapids, Robert (Vicki) of Willmar, Kevin of St. Joseph, Bill (Norma) of St. Cloud; sister, Mary Jane (Bob) Hennen of Sauk Rapids; daughter-in-law, Gayle of Sauk Rapids; sisters-in-law, Helen Habus of Sauk Rapids, Mary Paulson of Brooklyn Park, Pat Sowada of Waite Park, Mary Plafcan of St. Joseph; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Andrew, Jr.; son, Daniel; an infant son, Joseph; brothers, Alois, Elmer and LeRoy and an infant brother, Raymond.
Memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Church or St. Clare’s Monastery.
A special thank you to Edgewood of Sartell for giving Loretta such wonderful care over the past 7 years and also to Country Manor and St. Croix Hospice for their special care as well.
Obituary, Guest Book and Video Tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Kenneth B. Zierden

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Private services will be at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Kenneth B. Zierden, age 87, who passed away April 21, 2020, at his home. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.
Kenneth Bernard Zierden was born Aug. 20, 1932, in St. Cloud to Leo and Lucy (Hylla) Zierden. He served our country in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War Veteran. Kenneth married Lorraine Kloskowski Dec. 30, 1954 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He worked as a sheet metal worker for Great Northern-Burlington Railroad for 40 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud VFW Post  No. 428. Kenneth enjoyed fishing, hunting, reading, camping, and spending time with family and friends. He was an easy going, kind, sensitive, generous, loving, happy man who was very proud of his family, and loved his cat Annie.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Sauk Rapids; children, Patty (Dave) Rogers of Brooklyn Park, Karen (Charlie) Moen of Champlin, Sandie (Dave) Kalla of St. Cloud and Mike (Rachel) Zierden of Foley; sisters, Nellie (Roy) Humbert of Anoka and Carol (Bill) Tozer of Fridley; grandchildren, Lisa, Eric, Amber, Nick, Ryan, Harper, Zoey and Caleb; and great grandchildren, Alex, Sophia, Alyssa, Blake and Luke. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Doug Cowley; and brother, Leo.
Obituary and guest book available online at https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Delores E. Marsh

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Private family services were April 18 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Delores E. Marsh, age 92, of Sauk Rapids, who died April 15, 2020, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. John Beck and the Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.
Delores Ellen Marsh was born Dec. 22, 1927, on the family farm near Elbow Lake to Alfred and Margaret (Wohlers) Schaeffer. Following her graduation from high school, Delores worked at Star Motor Company in Elbow Lake as their bookkeeper. She married Mervin J. Marsh May 15, 1948, in Elbow Lake. They lived in Crookston and Montevideo before moving to Sauk Rapids in 1963. She was also a homemaker and worked at Veeser-Dingmann Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Delores was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved with LWML. She enjoyed gardening, embroidery, quilting, fishing, playing piano, reading, square dancing and listening to the Twins on the radio. Delores was a very sweet and supportive lady.
Survivors include her children, Marcus Marsh of Aitkin and Margaret (Myron Krupa) Marsh of Willmar; sister, Judy (Rev. Clark) Gies of Fairfax, South Dakota; grandchildren, Jason (Stephanie) Marsh of Carlton and Aaron (Amber) Marsh of Elk River; great grandchildren, Liam, Landon, Lachlan, Broderick, Audrey and Annika; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mervin; sister, Delite Haberer; and daughter-in-law, Christine Marsh.
The family would like to thank Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and St. Croix Hospice for the wonderful care given to Delores.
Memorial cards can be mailed to: Marcus Marsh, 34238 442nd Place, Aitkin, MN 56431
Obituary and guest book available online at https://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dennis J. Zaun

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A private service will take place in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud for Dennis J. Zaun, age 75, of St. Cloud, who died April 14, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Dennis was born Jan. 12, 1945, to Alfred Sr. and Delphine (Busch) Zaun in Jordan, Minnesota. He married Karen Beckman Oct. 23, 1965, at St. John Baptist Church in Jordan.
Dennis graduated from Mankato State University with a degree in accounting.  He became a CPA and joined Price Waterhouse. Still in his mid-20s, he saw an ad in the Journal of Accountancy for a small accounting practice for sale in Wadena. He was his own boss ever since.
To build his practice, he moved to St. Cloud and specialized in serving community bank clients throughout Minnesota.  He often expressed gratitude for his clients putting faith in a young accountant.
In a second-career as a banker, he served as president of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Pierz and was involved with banks in Park Rapids, and Eden Valley. 
Dennis had a strong work-ethic, an independent mind and generous spirit. In retirement, he golfed with friends in Minnesota and California. He enjoyed working on the property of his Long Lake home.  He spent countless hours working at his home desk, including preparing tax returns for relatives and friends. He also supported CentraCare and Cathedral High School.
Dennis will be greatly missed by his wife, sons, daughters-in-law and adoring grandchildren.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Karen of St. Cloud; sons, Todd of Sartell and Steve of Pacific Palisades, California; daughters-in-law Kyoko (Ogawa) Zaun of Sartell and Priscilla (Haag) Zaun of Pacific Palisades; grandchildren, Emma Zaun of Sartell; Heidi and Wyatt Zaun of Pacific Palisades; brothers, Alfred Jr., Lee, and Ronald; sisters, Mary Ann Weingartner, Diane McMahon and Susan Neutgens.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Gregg; and brother, Roger.
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Dennis O. Burski

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Private graveside services were Thursday, April 16 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids for Dennis O. Burski, age 81, of Sauk Rapids who passed away peacefully at the ACE unit of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids April 13, 2020, with his loving wife Pat at his side. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman officiated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Dennis was born June 10, 1938, in rural Sauk Rapids to John and Doris (Wittstock) Burski. He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. He attended country school and Trinity Lutheran School for seventh and eighth grade. He graduated in 1956 from Sauk Rapids High School. In 1960, he graduated from Drew’s Business College.
He married Pat Visneski Oct. 17, 1959 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Dennis worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 34 years and retired in 2000 as a member of the One Million Mile Club. During his years of postal service his dedication to delivering the mail on time to his patrons was his priority. While never complaining about the weather, he was proud of the service he provided. He was a 50+ year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.
Dennis’ pride and joy were his children and grandchildren. He was a constant supporter of all their sporting events as well as music concerts and church events. He enjoyed camping especially at Fr. Hennepin State Park. Large campfires and outdoor cooked meals were favorites. Deer hunting, birds, gardening and long walks were also favorite activities. He enjoyed picking up special rocks on his walks. His garden was a source of tasty vegetables for decades although two years ago he did declare “the rabbits won the battle of the garden.”
He volunteered tirelessly at Sacred Heart Church and Sauk Rapids High School. He served as a hockey coach, Cub Scout leader and Girl Scout leader. He was an adamant supporter of all Sauk Rapids Storm athletics especially the hockey team.
Survivors include his soulmate Pat, wife of 60 years; daughter, Cindy (Jerry) McCullough of Wadena; sons, Steve (Kathy) Burski of Mora and David (Shellie) Burski of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri.; seven special grandchildren, Matt (Brittany) McCullough of Esko, Chris (Laura) McCullough of Blacksburg, Virginia, Nick (fiancé Abbigale) Burski of Duluth, Andrew McCullough, Alison Burski, Nate Burski and Justin Burski; two great grandchildren, Liam and Kaisa; sister-in-law, Joyce Burski of Rice; and brother-in-law, Wayne (Marcia) Visneski of Royalton. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Doris Burski; brother, John and wife Joanne; brother, Ralph; and infant brothers, Ronald and Donald.
Special thanks to the ACE Unit of the Good Shepherd Community and its wonderful employees, Aegis Therapies with its amazing therapists who worked so hard to get Dennis walking again and Dr. George Schoephoerster for all your kind, compassionate care of our beloved Dennis.
“Receive his soul and present him to God, present his soul to God Most High.”
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Dennis P. Sigler

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Services will be at a later date at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Dennis Paul Sigler, age 78, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and formerly of St. Cloud who died April 12, 2020, at Care Partners in Eau Claire. Burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Dennis was born Jan. 4, 1942, in St. Cloud to Edward and Hortense (Genz) Sigler. He served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960-64. He married Jean Daiker Aug. 24, 1964, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud.  Denny was a truck driver for Fingerhut and Courtesy Auto Transport for over 35 years before retiring in 2004. He loved to share stories of his trucking days and pass on any wisdom he had with those who asked (and those who didn’t). He was a member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post No. 6992 and Marine Corps League Valhalla Detachment No. 171 and wore his Marine Corps jacket and hat with immense pride.
Denny marched to the beat of his own drum. He loved any animal that crossed his path and had been known to share a snack with a squirrel or two. Denny was proud of his children and grandchildren and would be happy to tell anyone that would listen all about them. Although his heart was always in St. Cloud, he made lots of friends in Wisconsin when he moved there in 2014. He was known as “Grandpa Denny” and loved driving his grandkids and their families around and supporting them in all their activities. He was adored by many and will be so deeply missed.
Survivors include his wife, Jean of Waite Park; sons, Todd (Joaquin Lerma) of St. Paul, Tim of Sartell; daughter, Nikki (Mike) Andrews of Eau Claire; grandchildren, Courtney, Tatum, Talon, Maggie, Katie and Ian; brothers and sisters, Bill (Mary), Pat (Nadine), Joyce, Jim (Laura) all of St. Cloud, Mike (Cathy) of Sauk Rapids, Judy (Wayne) Anderson and Dick (Kris) both of Rice, Janice Bear of Bakersfield, California,, Ken (Linda) of Waite Park and Joanie Sigler of Clearwater. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ed (Evie) and Charles Sigler.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Richard P. Kierzek

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Private family services will be at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Richard Kierzek. Richard passed away peacefully at his home April 5, 2020, in the arms of his loving wife Karen of 61 years. A celebration of life for all will be at a later date.
Rich was born Feb. 17, 1937, in St. Paul to Anna Kierzek. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He married Karen L. Breer  July 18, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Rich worked as a postal clerk for many years until his retirement. He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, Catholic Order of Foresters, Sauk Rapids VFW Auxiliary, Marine Corp League, Sacred Heart Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus.
Rich: husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, friend, coach, fisherman, hunter, golfer, card player, traveler, softball player, and family man. Family is what mattered the most to Rich. He took his family on many vacations across the states, Bahamas, and multiple trips to Mexico. He was an avid sports fan whether watching a game on TV or attending one of his children’s and grandkids’ sporting events. He was the grandkids’ No. 1 fan and supporter. Rich also spent countless hours at the golf courses. Besides sports, he had a great passion for hunting and fishing. Rich loved being surrounded by his family and friends playing a few games of pinochle or 500. He loved getting daily phone calls from family and friends and a special thanks to Mike Fromm and Dan Merchant who called every day to check in and say a prayer together. Rich loved us all unconditionally and he taught us what is important in life: family, friends, faith and love.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; daughters, Janet Dubose, June (Bob) Bohlig, Joy (Dick) McMorrow; eight special grandchildren, Tyler (Koryssa), Austin, Cole, Tommy (Tasha), Bobbie, Caitlin, Jake, and Bryant; one beautiful great granddaughter, Henley; brothers and sisters, Jerry Kroska, Bob (Karen), Colleen (John) Steffes, George (Donna) and Helen Kvarnlov; and his companion kitten Kemo.
A special thanks to CentraCare Hospice for all their support and love. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart Church, Crosier Fathers and Brothers of Onamia, or Poor Clare Sisters, in honor of Rich Kierzek.
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Stanley W. Franck

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Private family services will be for Stanley W. Franck, 91, of Waite Park who passed away March 21, 2020, at Sterling Park Health Care Center in Waite Park. The Rev. Jeff Sackett will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Stanley William Franck was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Carver to William and Freida (Bartels) Franck. He served his country in the United States Army from 1951-53 and married Glenda Ische June 6, 1954, at St. John’s Church in Bongards. The couple lived in Norwood, Pine River, Sartell and most recently made their home in Waite Park. Stanley worked at Oak Grove Dairy for 38 years. He was most recently a member of Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, hunting, playing cards and visiting with people.  Stanley was strong willed and had a great memory.
Survivors include his daughter and sons, Gail (Lynn) Keraus of Garner, Iowa, Kirk (Amy) of Belle Plaine, Kent (Sharon) of Jacksonville, Florida; eight grandchildren, Matt, Kyle, Shandi, Joey, Audrey, John, Shelby and Jimmy; 16 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren; brother, Roger (Lois) of Plymouth; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Donna both of Norwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Glenda in 2018; brothers, Wilmer, Elroy, Lloyd, Donald and William; sisters, Florence Roufs, Esther Schrupp, Ruth Zumberge, Pearl Kloempken, Shirley Graupmann and Betty Debner.
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M. William “Bill” Spaeth

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at a later date for M. William “Bill” Spaeth, 96, of Sauk Rapids who passed away at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids March 22, 2020. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
M. William Spaeth was born April 3, 1923, in Lake George Township to Albert and Anna (Ritterach) Spaeth. He served his country in the United States Navy in Saipan. On Oct. 21, 1950, he married Natalie Repulski in St. Cloud. Bill grew up in the St. Cloud area and he and Nat lived their entire married life in Sauk Rapids. He worked in maintenance at the paper mill in Sartell for over 30 years, retiring in 1984. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he participated as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post No. 254. Bill enjoyed traveling with Nat to Hawaii and out west for many years, hunting and fishing. He was compassionate, kind and a wonderful caregiver of those he loved. Bill was devout in his faith and saw great importance in attending mass regularly.
Survivors include numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nat on March 22, 2014; brothers, Clarence and Eugene; and sister, Vivian.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids.
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Ernest L. Popp

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Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the family of Ernest Popp has decided to hold services for immediate family only. There will be no visitation services at the church Friday evening. The safety of others and the community is of great importance. Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Ernest Lawrence Popp was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Little Falls to Leo and Rose (Gottwalt) Popp. He served in the Army National Guard for two years. Ernie met the love of his life, Dolores Marstein at the Falls Ballroom and they married July 6, 1959, at St. Edward’s Church in Elmdale. From this union they were blessed with nine children. The couple enjoyed dancing and frequented the ballrooms in their early years together. He served in active duty at Ft. Lewis during the Berlin Crisis. When he returned from duty he worked at Polar Tank and Trailer. They lived in Rice and took over the family farm in 1961 as third generation owners. Ernie retired from farming in 2002 but he never really retired. He was always behind the wheel of something, and never sat still. He drove bus for Royalton School District for 14 years and also drove for CarCo and Klaphapke Fertilizer. He spent many long hours helping his sons on the farm doing field work. Ernie was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice, serving on the parish council and the cemetery board. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Bishop Busch Council No. 9138 and Rice American Legion Post No. 473. Ernie enjoyed gardening, bird and squirrel watching, feeding the deer and driving tractor. He loved driving his Gator and making daily trips to the farm. Ernie will be remembered as a caring man and a great conversationalist. He was a man of strong faith, had a great sense of humor and a friend to all he met.
Survivors include his children, Julie (John) Fromelt of St. Cloud, Howard and his friend, Casey Hoheisel of Rice, Lucinda (Lee) Kloek of Sauk Rapids, Russell (Karla) of Rice, Terence (Julie) of Rice, Teresa (Robert) Pankratz of St. Cloud, Nancy (Michael) Hartung of Holdingford, Ramona (James) Roering of Bowlus and Carmen (Randall) Honken of Sartell; 30 grandchildren; and sisters and brother, Joann (Adolf) Zistl of Woodbury, Harold (Valeria) of Daytona Beach, Florida. and Johnelle (Doug) Novak of Foley. Ernie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Dolores on Sept. 25, 2019; parents; brothers, Roman, Marvin, Wilfred, Arthur “Big Art”, Sr., Elmer, Robert and Leo, Jr.; and sisters, Leona Kasella, Sr. Lerose “Florence” Popp OSF, Marion Kasella, Rita Kloss, Correen Garner and Roselyn Huver.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Quiet Oaks Hospice and St. Croix Hospice for the exceptional care that they provided.
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Mary Beth Cochran

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Mary Beth Cochran, age 68, who passed away March 6, 2020, in Reno, Nevada. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church.
Mary Beth was born Oct. 18, 1951, in St. Cloud to Albert and Donna (Tomporowski) Rasmusson. Mary Beth lived all of her life in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1970. She met Ron Cochran while they were both working at Herberger’s and attending St. Cloud State University, and they were married shortly after in 1972. From 1985-2007, she worked at SCSU in the physical education department and in the human performance lab where she taught classes and was an aerobics instructor. She also worked for the city of St. Cloud at Whitney Senior Center as an aerobics instructor for over 30 years, and worked as the banquet coordinator at Wapicada Golf Course for over 25 years where she was blessed with many, many friends. Mary Beth was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the choir and played the hand bells. Her faith was very important to her and she loved her church community. She was very active all her life and was musically talented. Mary Beth devoted her life to keeping people healthy and was focused on people’s health and wellness. She was outgoing, gregarious, social, selfless, and was always willing to help others. Mary Beth loved being with her friends and family, especially her annual trips to visit her son in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and her weekend “MBMB Getaways” every summer with her three lifelong friends, Barb Claseman, Mary Justin and Barb Larson.
Survivors include her husband, Ron of Sauk Rapids; son, Ryan Cochran (Melissa) of Lake Tahoe, Nevada.; and several nieces and nephews. Mary Beth was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janelle Hackett; and brother, Scott Rasmusson.
Mary Beth’s family would like to extend a heartfelt and special thank you to the entire staff at Wapicada Golf Course, especially Brad Deyak and Jason Rieder, for the years of friendship that were given to Mary Beth.
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Richard A. Underdahl

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 16 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Richard A. Underdahl, 86, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away March 11, 2020, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Pastor Bruce Timm will officiate and burial will be with full military honors at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Friends and relatives may visit from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, March 15 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church in St. Cloud Monday morning.
Richard Arlen Underdahl was born April 7, 1933, in Fertile to Orville and Ione (Droppo) Underdahl. At the age of 17, in 1950 he went to work for Northern Pacific Railway in St. Paul. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and in Japan from 1952-55 as a combat engineer. Dick was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant E6. He returned to work for the railroad after the war. In 1956, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for auto mechanics. Later in 1961, he bought a gas station in Thief River Falls and named it “Dick’s Corner Texaco”. In 1964, he went to work for the state of Minnesota (MnDOT) and started as a bridge worker and retired in 1992 as bridge maintenance superintendent. 1964 was also the year he married his sweetheart, Janet Bell in Baker. They moved around Minnesota with Dick’s job and settled in Detroit Lakes in 1967 and eventually to the Sauk Rapids area in 1974 after a job transfer. After his retirement he drove school bus for Larson’s (Laidlaw) Bus Company for 15 years. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, trustee, deacon, vice president and the president of the congregation. His faith, family and country were extremely important to him. He was also a member of the St. Cloud VFW Post No. 428, he served on the board of directors at Good Shepherd from 2001-2016 and served for the Middle Management Association for the State of Minnesota for 17 years. Dick volunteered his time with Meals and Wheels and made toys for Toys for Tots, or any other child who would enjoy them. He loved woodworking, fishing, hunting, cutting wood, repairing old Ford tractors and camping. Dick was very hardworking. He owned 40 acres of land and ran a saw mill from 1978-99 ... just for fun! He loved spending time with his family and everyone who knew him, loved him.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janet of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Dawn (Steve) Rudy of Sauk Rapids and Darla (Joe) Schmidt of St. Cloud; sister, Dorothy Lee of Fertile; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Walter and Gordon Sylstad; sister, Marilyn Sylstad and an infant sister.
Memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran School in St. Cloud.
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Betty M. Winczewski

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2020, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Betty M. Winczewski, age 86, who passed away Feb. 20 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Betty was born Sept. 3, 1933, in St. Cloud to Dutch and Tillie (Yilek) Kutzorik. She married August “Mike” Winczewski Nov. 15, 1957, in Iowa. Betty was a homemaker and also worked at X-Cel Optical and Coborn’s. Betty enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, crocheting, flowers, shopping, watching TV, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was very proud of her family.
Survivors include her children, Michael (Julie) Winczewski of Sauk Rapids and Jean (Greg) Wentworth of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Tyler (McKayla) and their children Blake, Blair and Briella, Jordan (Anna) and their son Drake and future great granddaughter. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, August “Mike” on January 3, 2018.
Memorials are preferred to the Tri-County Humane Society.
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Mary L. Birkeland

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Mary Birkeland, age 90, formerly of Hibbing died Feb. 22 at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. There will be no services at this time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Mary was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Duluth to Edward and Margaret (Anderson) Lindeborg. She grew up in Duluth and after graduating from Denfeld High School, graduated from University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in education. Mary married Duane Birkeland at First Lutheran Church in Hibbing, where she lived most of her life until moving to Sauk Rapids in 2011 to be close to her daughter and son-in-law. She was very proud to be a school teacher at several schools in Hibbing for 42 years, most recently at Greenhaven Elementary, retiring in early 1990s. Mary was a member of First Lutheran Church in Hibbing where she volunteered. She enjoyed baking, book club, choir and walking. Her faith, family and dogs were very important to her. She was very generous, helpful and giving and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her daughter, Angela (Michael) Varichak of Sauk Rapids; nephew, David (Sylvia) Lindeborg of Shoreview; nieces, Sandy (Tim) Evanson of Blaine, Diane (Thomas) Benstead of Sun City, Arizona.; best friend, June Hendrickson of Hibbing; many grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews; dogs, Paco, Yumi, Izzy and Milo. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Duane; brother, Robert (Loretta) Lindeborg.
Mary’s family would like to thank Dr. Leslie Lofgren of Health Partners, St. Cloud Hospital staff, CentraCare Home Care, nurse Patty, and all the staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home Ace Unit for all the special care given to Mary.
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Norman F. Volkers

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Norman Frederick Volkers, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Feb. 14, 2020. He was 82 years old. Norman was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Minden Township to Frederick and Alma (Koepp) Volkers. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1955. He proudly served in the Army National Guard for nine years. In 1957, Norman was hired by Western Electric as a cable man and was sent to Duluth to work. In 1958, Norman happened upon the love of his life, Judi Nelson, at a bus stop in Duluth. She loved him at first sight. On Dec.6, 1958, Norman and Judi married at Advent Lutheran Church and began what would become a beautiful journey of everlasting love and friendship. Norman and Judi moved to Rogers, where they raised their three children.
Norman was a man overflowing with pride for his family. With strong hands and a dedicated heart, he proudly served on the Rogers Fire Department for 43 years. He was a lifetime member of the Rogers-Nowthen Threshing Show. If he was tired or sick, he still rushed to the aide of others. For years he maintained the Word of Peace Cemetery. He was a selfless man. Norman was a founding member and devoted usher of Word of Peace Lutheran Church. He was a man of faith. In 1994, Norman retired from a 37-year career with AT&T and unlike most others, upon retirement he hastened his pace. He enjoyed camping with his family and watching all of the firsts that came along with those trips. He watched us learn to ride our bikes, taught us how to start a good fire, was patient as we baited our hooks and was quick to help repair a camper. If you needed it, he had it. Norman was a great teacher. He had a life-long love affair with his tractors. They were always cleaned, always shined and certainly always red. He felt incredible pride driving alongside his sons on the Rockin’ Rogers Day Parade.
If he made a promise, he kept it. You felt the strength and integrity in his handshake. You felt the unconditional love behind every single one of his tight hugs. He built a genuine legacy of love, loyalty, devotion and faith. Norman was the gatekeeper of his family.
Norman is preceded in death by his parents Frederick and Alma Volkers. He is survived by his wife, Judi; children Michael (Jeanne) Volkers, Lea Ann (Bruce) Tarnowski and Jason (Cheryl) Volkers; grandchildren Paul (Briana) Volkers, Bryan (Jaime) Tarnowski, Dana (TJ) Phillips, Brenda (Kevin) Kane, DaNae (Nick) Mitchell, Connor Volkers and Tia Volkers; great-grandchildren Annie, Isabella, Neiko, April, Maya, Shay, Bliss, Evalyn, Vaughn, Murphy and Mason. He is also survived by siblings Delores Volkers, Mildred Ripplinger, Raymond (Clara) Volkers, Sandra (Russell) Studenski, Darlene (Dennis) Klug and Diane (Mike) Kosloske.
Visitation was at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at Peterson Chapel in St. Michael. Service was at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Word of Peace Lutheran Church in the name of Norman Volkers
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Lynn G. Kardell

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There will be a memorial gathering at a later date for Lynn Kardell, age 88, of Foley, who passed away Feb.15, 2020, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Lynn Gilbert Kardell was born Sept. 30, 1931, in Sauk Rapids, to Axel and Marjorie (Kay) Kardell. He married Martha Nielsen and the couple lived in Foley for many years. Lynn worked for over 32 years at the Ford Plant in St. Paul. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and wood working. He was a life member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post No. 6992. Memorials are preferred. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
He is survived by his sons and daughter: Harold (Mary), Great Falls, Montana.; Greg (Jane), Sauk Rapids and Diana (Robert) Waddell of Foley as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren and a brother, Gary (Joan) of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Martha and five brothers and two sisters.
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Bernice M. Molitor

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Bernice M. Molitor, 94, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Feb. 7, 2020 at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell, surrounded by her loving family. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and also one hour prior to services at the church Wednesday morning. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m. at the church Tuesday evening. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bernice was born  April 19, 1925, in Rockville to Arthur and Elizabeth (Braun) Bidinger. She married Walter Molitor May 11, 1944, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rockville. They moved to a dairy farm near Sauk Rapids in 1948 where together, they farmed until 1993. Bernice was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, St. Monica’s Society and Catholic Aid. She enjoyed playing cards, especially 500, being with her family and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who had a very strong faith.
Survivors include her children, Marlene of Sauk Rapids, Jerry (Linda) of Foley, Walter, Jr. (Shirley) of Foley, Roy (Sandy) of Sauk Rapids, Barney (Linda) of Sauk Rapids, Kathleen (Allan) Wollak of Sauk Rapids, Ron (Tammy) of Sauk Rapids, Rick (Julie) of Holdingford, Randy (Mary Ann) of Sauk Rapids, Betty (Otto) Lamecker of Rochester and Ken (Kris) of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Eunice (Andy) Molitor of Rockville and Betty Gross of Rockville; brother in law, Glen Achman of Burnsville; 45 grandchildren and 77 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Walter, in 2015; grandson, Kyle; an infant granddaughter; and sisters, Lorraine Molitor, Rita Welle, Doreen Moran and Rose Achman.
Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare’s Monastery.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell of the wonderful and compassionate care that was given to Bernice.
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Alma Ann Popp

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Feb. 12 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Alma A. Popp, age 87, of Rice, who died Feb. 9, 2020, at Country Manor Campus in Sartell surrounded by her family. The Rev. Kenneth Popp and the Rev. Thomas Becker concelebrated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Family and friends called from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church in Rice and one hour prior to the services Wednesday. Christian Women prayed at 5 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangement have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Alma was born Jan. 5, 1933, to Edward and Theresa (Jansky) Burggraff. She married Robert Popp June 16, 1953, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. She was a homemaker and lived in the Rice area most of her life. Alma was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was involved with the Christian Women. She enjoyed babysitting, bingo, playing cards, solitaire on her tablet, fishing, crossword puzzles and cooking. Alma was loving, caring, funny, faithful and was so proud of her family.
Survivors include her children, Ronald (Lori Wostrel), Tom, Arnie (Renee), Randy (Sharon), and Linda (James) Poirier all of Rice; brother, Edward (Alice) Burggraff of Little Falls; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert on May 26, 2017; brothers, Ralph, Ernie, Arnold and Ray Burggraff; sisters, Lorraine Schlichting, Rita Mugg and Elaine Gall.
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John A. Walker

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Mass of Christian Burial will be noon Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for John “Jack” A. Walker, age 82, who passed away Feb. 4 at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Gerald Dalseth will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
John Albert Walker was born April 26, 1937, in St. Cloud to Oscar and Pauline (Kardash) Walker. He served our country in the U.S. Army. Jack worked at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 30 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sauk Rapids American Legion Post No. 254. Jack enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was quiet, humble, generous, and grateful and thankful for all that God gave him. Jack was patriotic and very proud of his service to his country. He was a simple man who always put others first.
Survivors include his brothers and sister, Harvey (Emma) Walker of Sauk Rapids, Ed (Pat) Walker of Sartell, and Elaine Walker of St. Cloud; grateful friend, Rich (Vi) Lockhart of Sauk Rapids; and nieces and nephews. Jack was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marlys (Duane) Grandy.
Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare Monastery in Sauk Rapids.
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Arlys J. Larson

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Graham United Methodist Church in Rice for Arlys J. Larson, age 87, of Sauk Rapids who died Feb. 3 at her home. The Rev. John Praetorius will officiate and entombment will be in Hilltop Mausoleum, Sauk Rapids. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services  Thursday at the church in Rice.
Arlys was born June 10, 1932, in Graham Township to John and Lillian (Foss) Scheel. She married Edward “Teener” Larson Aug. 5, 1951, in Dearborn. She was a homemaker and lived in Sauk Rapids since her marriage. Arlys and Teener owned and operated Larson Bus Service for many years as well as Best Western Silver Fox Motel and Restaurant in Monticello for nine years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and Sauk Rapids Lions Club. Arlys enjoyed spending time with her family. She was loving, kind and very generous to others as well as the Sauk Rapids community.
She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey (Dawn Martin) of Sauk Rapids; Bruce of Sauk Rapids; brother, Alvin and Donna Scheel of Rice; Nancy Hamilton of Florida; Barb Larson of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Heidi, Nicole (Gregg), Allison (Rob), Bryce, Ross and Mitchel; great grandchildren, Parker, Maralyn and Jack; personal caretaker, Makcario Johnson of Sauk Rapids;  special friend, Ted Greenwaldt of Miltona; and her loyal canine companion, Desi who was always by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Teener; brother, LaVern and Lois Scheel; sister, Gladys and Orvis Anderson and daughter-in-law, Kaleidoscope Larson.
A special thank you to St. Croix Hospice and Homestead for the wonderful care given to Arlys.
Memorials are preferred to Tri-County Humane Society.
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Randy Heisick

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Randy Heisick was born  Dec. 1 1959, and  passed away Jan. 24, 2020.
A remembrance service honoring Randy  will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday Feb. 8 at the VFW in Sauk Rapids.
Randy was preceded in death by his mother Rita (Kuefler) Heisick, father Richard and beloved dog Blondie.
Survivors include brothers Terry and wife Nancy, Kelly and wife Shannon, Dan and wife Mary, Rick, Tim and wife Jana. Also his nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation of the support that was provided by officers Nick Bogart and Jeremy Welsh during this difficult time.
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Kenneth W. Malikowski

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A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Kenneth “Ken” W. Malikowski, 80, of St. Cloud who passed away Jan. 17, 2020, at his home in St. Cloud. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Ken was born on May 4, 1939, in St. Cloud to Walter and Frieda (Leyk) Malikowski and was raised in his early years in Gilman. He was united in marriage to Julitta Meemken Sept. 16, 1961, at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Richmond. Ken started his painting career by painting churches, then worked in administration for the painting and engineering department at the St. Cloud Veterans Affairs for 30 years. Ken had a strong faith and attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was on the parish council and the Sacred Heart Catholic School Board. He was very involved in his community, volunteering and belonging to the Sauk Rapids Fire and Rescue, Sauk Rapids Sportsman’s Club and bowling leagues. Ken had a joyful attitude and loved telling stories. His joy in life was making people happy. Ken enjoyed fishing, hunting, casinos, reading cookbooks and newspapers, playing 500, cribbage, and traveling to all 50 states and many countries. Most importantly, his family was very important to him, and he was proud of his Polish heritage. Ken was an amazing husband, dad, brother, grandpa and friend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Julitta of St. Cloud; children, Jodi (John) Scanlon of Avon, Jason (Anna) Malikowski of Sartell; sister, Darlene (Tom) Tauber of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Owen, Liam, and Enya Scanlon, Abigail and Samuel Malikowski; nieces and nephews, Jeff and Terry Malikowski, Karen Petron, Mary Decker, and Chantelle Mrosla; and his dog, Muffin. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; infant sons, Brian and Bradley; brother, Jerome; sister in-law, Josephine Malikowski; nephew, Robert Kenneth Malikowski; and dogs, Tiny Jo, Taffy, and Motley.
Memorials are preferred to Poor Clares Monastery in Sauk Rapids and Cathedral High School.
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Deborah M. Ludwig

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Deborah M. Ludwig, age 65, passed away Jan. 12, 2020, at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Debbie was born Jan. 25, 1954, in Stillwater to William and Dorothy (Crivello) Burggraff. She married James Ludwig Sept. 25, 1976, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. Debbie was a postal clerk at the Waite Park Postal Distribution Center and also worked in food service at St. Cloud State University. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice where she was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Rice American Legion Post No. 273 Auxiliary. Debbie enjoyed golfing, bowling, bingo, sports, and was an avid Twins and Vikings fan. She was funny, outgoing, hardworking, and a social butterfly. Debbie loved spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her children, Micah (fiancé, Erica) Auerbach of Sherman Oaks, California, Melissa (Adam) Chase of Woodbury, Katie Ludwig (fiancé, Sean Curran) of Leesburg, Virginia, Jessica (Bobby) McMillan of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Stacy Ludwig of Sartell; sisters and brothers, Marnie (Hratch) Azadian of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bill (Chris) Burggraff of Brooklyn Park, Richard Burggraff of Randall, and Maggi (Scott) Bramhall of Winnebago; and grandchildren, Ava, Evan, Griffin, Philip, Arthur, Ashley and Alyssa. Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, James on Feb. 24, 2012.
 A celebration of life will be at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
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John R. Lund

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A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at Living Waters Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for John R. Lund, age 72, who passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer Jan. 7, 2020. The Rev. Todd Mattson will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

John was born May 3, 1947, in Gaylord to Robert “Bob” and Ruth (Schmidt) Lund. He married Kathy Tongen May 18, 1968, in Gaylord. He was a graduate of Reisch School of Auctioneering and was in the auction business with his parents. John grew up in the trucking industry. Throughout his career, he worked in sales, management, safety and driver training, and in his retirement, driving. He was a founding member of Living Waters Lutheran Church and volunteered at the church and the Paramount Theater. John loved to drive, spend winters in Florida, and putz in the garage. No matter what he was doing, he enjoyed doing it with Kathy. He was well liked, personable, outgoing, thoughtful, meticulous and a true gentleman. John was dedicated to his family and was very supportive of them.

Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Kathy of Sauk Rapids; son, Travis (Stacy) of Foley and daughter, Betsey Lund Ross (Frank Ross) of Sauk Rapids; mother, Ruth Lund of Gaylord; and grandchildren, Paige Folkerts, Bryce & Drew Lund, and Cullen Ross. John was preceded in death by his father, Bob; and sister, RaVae Hofferbert.

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Calvin J. Repulski

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Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 28, at The Good Shepherd Chapel (325 11th St. N.)  in Sauk Rapids for Calvin J. Repulski, age 93, who died Dec. 24, 2019. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at The Good Shepherd Chapel. Interment will immediately follow the funeral in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Calvin John Repulski (Cal) was born July 21, 1926, in Sauk Rapids, the son of Edward John and Marie (Grabinski) Repulski. In 1944, Cal enlisted in the United States Navy. He served two years during World War II and 20 months overseas. Cal was honorably discharged from the service June 5, 1946. He attended St. Cloud Teachers’ College and taught country school for two years. On May 29, 1948, Cal was united in marriage with Kathleen French at First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud. In 1950, Cal began working for Murphy Finance. He opened a loan office for Murphy Finance in Emporia, Kansas in 1955, and returned to the St. Cloud area in 1960 when he purchased Mid Central Loan. In 1974, Cal and Kay purchased St. Cloud Paint & Wallpaper, which they operated until their retirement in 1985.

Cal was a life member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Over the years, he served in various positions at Trinity including: deacon, trustee, and a member of the Trinity School Board. Cal sat on the board of directors for The Good Shepherd Community, not missing a meeting in his nine-year tenure. Cal was a life member of VFW Post No. 4847, and a 75-year member of the Sauk Rapids American Legion. He was also a life member of the home builders association from which he was awarded the Green Jacket Award for new memberships. Cal was a former Lions member and Sports Incorporated member. He played amateur baseball and was involved with two state tournaments with Foley and Santiago. Cal loved golfing, fishing and hunting. He and Kay spent 18 years living on Lake Mille Lacs during the summer, and Cal spent many falls deer hunting in Montana and Wyoming.

Calvin is survived by his daughters, Judith Newby (Ron) of St. Cloud, Carol J. Dahle (Tom) of Hudson, Wis., and Lynn Repulski (Paul Sprengeler) of Sauk Rapids; brother, Ed Repulski of Sarasota, Fla.; sister, Marge Ustrud of Apple Valley; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, who passed away Dec. 30, 2002; his sister, Joyce Roberts; and his parents, Ed and Marie Repulski.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Good Shepherd Foundation or Trinity Lutheran Church of Sauk Rapids.

Obituary, guest book and video tribute available at http://www.williamsdingmann.com

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Diane A. Schloeder

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Diane a. Schloeder, 81 passed Dec. 10, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be noon Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Ulitmate Sports Bar in Waite Park.

Diane was born Sept. 29, 1938, in Princeton to John and Evelyn (Boyn) Erickson. Diane grew up in St. Cloud and on the river in Sartell. After high school she moved to Minneapolis and became a beautician. Afer returning to the St. Cloud area she was united in marriage to Donald L. Schloeder for 16 years. She also worked at the St. Cloud Hospital for 18 years. Diane enjoyed sewing, fishing, vacations out west with her kids and her dog “Scratch”. She was a strong willed, feisty, honest, hardworking woman who had a great sense of humor.

Diane is survived by her son Brandon Schloeder and daughter Joli Schloeder, both of St. Cloud. She also has two younger siblings, Beverly Eich of St. Cloud and Patricia Crane of Waite Park. The family would like to thank Gary Vogtlin, St. Cloud for his compassion and generosity, as well as longtime friend Pat Wesp and Julie Orth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on Sept. 10, 1995, and infant sons, Roy Lee and Eric Stephan Schloeder; and longtime companion Bobby Sura of Holdingford.

A special thank you to Tom Frericks of the Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park for his generosity and services to help us in celebrating Diane’s life.
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Marilyn J. Schueller

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A celebration of life will be a later date for Marilyn J. Schueller, 77, of Sartell, who passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 surrounded by her loving family at Edgewood Senior Living in Sartell.

Marilyn was born  Sept. 8, 1942, in St. Cloud to Theodore and Emma (Schuster) Olson. She married Henry Oehrlein and they later divorced. She married Arnie Hodel and they later divorced. Marilyn then married Ervin Schueller and they divorced years later. She lived in Sauk Rapids for 30 years and in Sartell for the last 34 years. Marilyn was a teacher for Reach-Up/ Head Start for many years and also worked for Catholic Charities for a number of years before her retirement. Marilyn loved country music, dancing and being outside in the sunshine. She was very approachable, had a kind spirit and loved to laugh and have fun with her friends and family. Marilyn will always be remembered for loving her grandbabies and spending time with her family and her beloved dog, Bella.

Survivors include her sons and daughter, Mark (Kim) Oehrlein of Brainerd, Scott (Mary) Oehrlein of St. Cloud, Paul (Barb) Oehrlein of Anchorage, Alaska, Robin (Greg) Hadley of St. Cloud and Jamie (Jennifer) Oehrlein of St. Joseph; sisters and brother, Lois (Duane) Paulson of St. Cloud, Rosemary (Vernon) Bullock of Silver Bay, and Ken (Maxine) Olson of St. Cloud; 15 grandchildren; three great grandchildren with two on the way and her cherished best friend, Gail Beckner. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Ted, Jr., Carl, Robert and Richard Olson; and sister, Helen DeLaney.

To honor Marilyn’s life, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter at https://alz.org/mnnd or to Alzheimer’s Association 600 25th Ave S,, St. Cloud, MN 56301.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for St. Croix Hospice for the excellent and compassionate care that was given to Marilyn in her final days.
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Linda L. Neu

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Linda L. Neu, age 68, who passed away Dec. 12, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family. The Rev Ralph Zimmerman officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Linda was born May 6, 1951, in St. Cloud to Clifford and Alfrieda (Kampa) Jacquemart. She married Duane Neu June 19, 1971, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township. Linda graduated from Foley High School in 1969 and has lived in the Sauk Rapids area most of her life. She worked in customer service for PCI, Merrill May, Astound, and Capital One. Linda was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was involved with the bazaar and was a former usher. She volunteered at the Benton County Historical Society. Linda was an avid Vikings fan and enjoyed Bingo, crocheting, coffee, stovetop popcorn, Jello wiggles, the cabin in Motley, and Riverside Resort. She had a great sense of humor and was known for her one liners. Her grandkids lit up her life and were very special to her!

Linda is survived by her husband of 48 years, Duane of Sauk Rapids; daughters and son, Jen (Tim) Smith of Cambridge, Sarah Neu of Sauk Rapids, Phil Neu (Kari Hommerding) of Sartell, and Emily (Lance) Wurm of Silver Lake; sisters and brothers, Judy (Clarence) Kiffmeyer of Sauk Rapids, Jerry (Kathy) Jacquemart of Foley, Elaine Kowski of St. Cloud, Mary (Curt) Jurek of Foley, Bill (Barb) Jacquemart of St. Cloud, Donald (Linda) Jacquemart of Foley, Roger Jacquemart of St. Paul, and Carol (Jim) McNaughton of Monticello; and grandchildren, Gabby, Garrett, Kylin, Kayzley, Quinn, Corbin, and a baby on the way. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Marvin and Kathleen Neu; and brother-in-law, Syl Kowski.

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Audrey E. Philippi

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Audrey E. Philippi, age 90, who passed away Dec. 8, 2019, at her home. The Rev. Timothy Baltes will officiate and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Sartell at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Audrey was born Sept. 4, 1929, in Sauk Rapids to William and Isabel (Wipper) Wheeler. She married Florian Philippi Oct. 12, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Audrey grew up in Sartell and raised her family along the Mississippi River. She was a homemaker and also worked for St. Raphael’s Convent and retired from the Sartell School District. She volunteered at St. Scholastica Convent and Whitney Senior Center. Audrey was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting and every stitch was made with love. Her favorite past time was spent watching wrestling on TV since the 1950’s. Audrey had a great sense of humor and was compassionate, optimistic, and found the good in everything and everybody. She was dedicated to her family and her favorite saying was “I’m glad you’re mine!”.
Audrey is survived by her son and daughters, Ken Philippi of Sartell, Diane (Joe) Paggen of St. Stephen, Lynda (Marvin) Hallerman of Sartell, and Lori (Marti) Traut of Sartell; 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Florian; daughter-in-law, Gail Philippi; brothers, Howard and Harvey “Buzz” Wheeler; and one great grandchild.

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Betty Jean Butterfield

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Funeral services were Dec. 6 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel in Sauk Rapids for Betty J. Butterfield, age 90, who passed away Dec. 2, 2019, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Pastor Jerry Dirks officiated and burial was at the Onamia Veterans Cemetery in Onamia. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Friday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Betty was born May 6, 1929, in Morris to John and Blanche (Biksen) Hockert. She married Jenness Butterfield July 3, 1949, at the Presbyterian Church in Sauk Rapids. Betty lived in the St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids area most her life and lived in Onamia from 1973-95. She was a homemaker and also was a nurses aid in Onamia for 10 years. Betty was a member of the Eastern Star Lodge for 50 years and also a member of the Mayflower Society. She enjoyed quilting, reading and was a great cook. Betty was feisty and faithful.

Betty is survived by her sons and daughters, William (Nelia) of St. Cloud, Linda (Jeff) Rigstad of Roseau, Alice (Mark) Neil of St. Cloud and Jeffrey (Karen) of Hillman; brother, Ken (Lorna) Hockert of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Alex (Danielle), Michele (Bryan), Bob (Nancy), Katie (Micah), Elizabeth, Mike (Katie), John (Ashley), and Keith (Nicole); and great grandchildren, Jalen, Maddy, Emily, Alexa, Elsie, Averie, and Sam. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John, Blanche and Sally; husband, Jenness; granddaughter, Marilyn Butterfield; grandson, Matthew Neil; brother, Neil Hockert; and sister, Margaret (Howard) Long.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to CentraCare Hospice and to the Good Shepherd Community staff for the compassionate and excellent care that was given to Betty.

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Linda M. Mohs

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Linda Marie Mohs, age 76, of Sauk Rapids passed away Dec. 1, 2019, at The Gardens of Foley after a long illness. A celebration of Linda’s life will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the Sauk Rapids VFW. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Linda was born  Feb. 12, 1943, in St. Cloud to Leon and Irene (Hanson) Richter. She lived most of her life in Sauk Rapids and attended Sauk Rapids schools. Linda married Ronald “Ronnie” Mohs May 7, 1960 in Sauk Rapids. Ronnie passed away in 2016. Linda worked for a Realtor Company, as a dental assistant, for National Cash Register and Pirates Cove. She later worked as a daycare provider in her own home for 30 years. Linda enjoyed reading books and shared them with friends and family. Linda and Ronnie loved to travel with their motorhome and traveled all over the United States. They enjoyed camping at their lake home on South Long Lake in Brainerd and always brought their companion dog “Bebe”. Linda also enjoyed her plants and flowers in her garden and also her many casino visits.

Linda is survived by her sons, Mike (Michelle) of Sauk Rapids, and Mitch (Cindy) of Clear Lake; three grandchildren, Jenny (Casey) O’Malley, Jami (Chris) Nordmann, and Mitchell Mohs; four great grandchildren, Hunter, Nolan and Sophia Nordmann and Cal O’Malley; sisters-in-law Becky (Tom) Schmidt, Colleen (Doug) Millard, Gretchen (Jeff) Johnson, Bev (Ron) Brown, Karen (Leon) Thelen, Lois Mohs, and Donna Mohs; brothers-in-law, Bob (Frankie) Mohs and Tim (Karen) Mohs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald; and brothers-in-law Larry, Frank, and Joe Mohs.
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Joseph B. Poepping

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Funeral services were  Dec. 3 at Country Manor Chapel in Sartell for Joseph “Joe” B. Poepping, 87, of Sartell, who passed away Nov. 28, 2019, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Pastor John Beck officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 4. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Joseph B. Poepping was born June 18, 1932, in Sauk Rapids to Henry and Rose (Pflipsen) Poepping. He married Elaine Smolnik June 21, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Joe has lived in the Sauk Rapids and  Sartell area for all of his life. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Joe was a foundry supervisor at DeZurik for over 30 years where he was shop steward. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and volunteered his time to his church community as an usher and helped with maintenance of church properties. Joe was a member of the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post No. 254, the Sauk Rapids VFW Post No. 6992, he was on the reserves for the Sauk Rapids Police Department and also served as police commissioner. He enjoyed cooking and spending time with his family. Joe had his own unique style and sense of humor. He was loving, caring, a man of strong faith and was most proud of his loving wife of 65 years, his children and his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine of Sartell; daughter, Cindy Abraham of Sauk Rapids; son, Scott (Becky) of Lonsdale; sister, Ione Tolefson of Hoyt Lakes; grandchildren, Tiffany (Ty) Forner, Mindy (Ryan) David and Austin (Jerreise); great grandchildren, Riley, Carter, Jackob, Isabella, Brenten and Kylie; and special neighbors, Mike and Nancy Kuefler family. He was preceded in death by his parents; son in law, David Abraham; and siblings, Roselynn Bloch, Loretta Scherer, Leona Kessler, Lu Ann Priziborowski, Walter, Edmund, Dominic and Victor; and infant sister, Mary.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to St. Croix Hospice, especially Laura; and to the staff at Good Shepherd Memory Lane, especially Rose, Ben, Alisha and Beth for the compassionate and excellent care that was given to Joe.

Obituary, guest book and video tribute available at http://www.williamsdingmann.com.

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Rita B. Cairns

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Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2 at Graham United Methodist Church, Graham Township for Rita B. Cairns, age 85, who passed away Nov. 26, 2019, at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. Pastor Ric Koehn will officiate and burial will be in Langola Cemetery, Rice at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Rice American Legion Post No. 473 Auxiliary will pray at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Rita was born Oct. 30, 1934, in Bay City, Mich. to Sylvester and Theresa (Paciorkowski) Holka. She married William Cairns Jan. 13, 1955, in Estherville, Iowa. They lived in Sauk Rapids prior to moving to the Rice area in 1961. Rita worked as a lead processor for Jack Frost and also as a home health aide for Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. She was a member of Rice American Legion Post No. 473 Auxiliary. Rita enjoyed playing bingo, trips to the casino, ice fishing, playing cards, crossword puzzles and attending her grandkids sports events where she was known as “bubble gum grandma.” She was hardworking, energetic, and most proud of her family and grandkids.

Rita is survived by her children, Robin (Steve) Wollak of Rice, Connie Popp of Rice, Chris Cairns of St. Cloud, Cathy (Larry Tarnowski) Sopkowiak of Herried, South Dakota, Mike (Dorothy) Cairns of Little Falls, and Barbara (Jim Reed) Torres of Rice; son-in-law, Miguel Torres of Pine Top, Arizona.; brother, Jim (Marge) Holka of Bay City, Michigan.; 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; son, Guy; grandson, Billy Sopkowiak; granddaughter, Theresa Cairns; brother, Donald Holka; and sisters, Rose Marie Michalski and Patricia Morse.

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David H. Bemboom

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for David H. Bemboom, 74, who passed away at his daughter’s residence Nov. 19, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Thomas Becker will officiate and burial will be with full military honors at the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church in Mayhew Lake on Saturday. Parish prayers were Friday evening at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

David Henry Bemboom was born May 17, 1945, in Mayhew Lake Township to Louis G. and Marie (Grundhoefer) Bemboom. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. David married Lorraine Schultz June 10, 1967 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He worked as a truck driver for Hardrives Inc. for many years. David enjoyed traveling with family, daily trips to McDonald’s for coffee and socializing with family and friends. He loved listening to country music (making up his own lyrics), watching Walker Texas Ranger, and being an all-around practical joker. His laugh was infectious and he cared deeply for everyone involved in his life, praying for them daily and never worrying about himself. He was very honored to serve our country and wanted to make sure everyone knew it. He would wear his Vietnam hat everywhere he went in hopes of someone telling him, “Thank you for your service.”

Survivors include his son, Bradley of New York, New York.; daughter, Lisa (Chris Jones) of Wheeling, Illinois.; brothers and sisters, Louis Jr. (Mary Jane) of Lindsey, California., Kathy Gummert of Sauk Rapids, John (Barb) of Sauk Rapids, Mary Ann of Rice, Suzanne (Rory) Thompson of Rice, Patricia (Mike) Schultz of St. Stephen, Stephen (Jean) of Foley, and Randy (Kristi) of Milaca; grandchildren, Crystal and Cody Jones, and grand dogs Dexter, Otis, and Matilda. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lorraine in 2018.  

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Wanda L. Christen

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Wanda L. Christen, age 73, who passed away Nov. 17, 2019, at her daughter’s residence surrounded by her loved ones. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Wanda was born Feb. 23, 1946, in Pulaski, Virginia. to Joseph and Laura (Cox) Draper. She married Dennis Christen Aug. 14, 1965, in North Carolina. Wanda worked as a homemaker while her children were young and when her kids were in school, she worked at Anderson Trucking for a few years and also worked in clerical and data entry at Fingerhut. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Wanda enjoyed crafts, trips to the casino with friends, gardening, fishing, crocheting and sewing. She loved making baby blankets and dish cloths for her family and friends. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and watching all of their sporting events was a priority for her. She never missed a single volleyball game. Of all of her hobbies and interests, her family was by far the most important and cherished. She was affectionately known and loved as “Granny”. She would want to be remembered as a woman of great faith and a person who encompassed the word love in all forms, especially in giving. Granny was Christmas and the endless birthday bag. Wanda’s story began in Virginia, but her home was in Minnesota. She will always hold dear to her heart all of the places that life’s journey took her.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Dennis of Sauk Rapids; children, Dennis, Jr. of St. Cloud, Laura “Beth” of Sauk Rapids, Kim (Jeff) Christen-Mattson of Sauk Rapids, Joe (Laurie) of St. Cloud, and Mandy (Niles) Vandermay of St. Cloud; sister, Faye Kennedy of Christiansburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Kelly (Matt) Blonigan, Connor Hemming, Adam Struffort, Kaitlynn Christen, Ryan Stepaniak, Alexis Hemming, Gaby Mattson, Spencer Kloskin, Kaden Christen, Kalli Christen-Mattson, Jace Vandermay; one great grandchild and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harless, Daniel, June, Bill Draper; sisters, Bonnie Seaman and Virginia “Sis” Schlangen; and infant sister, Josephine.

Granny loved yellow roses. Her request for her funeral is to be surrounded by a sea of yellow.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff on the oncology floor at the St. Cloud Hospital for their care and kindness that was shown to Granny.

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Adrian H. Ackerman

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Adrian H. Ackerman, 84, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away No. 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Thomas Becker officiated and a later, private burial will be at Annunciation Parish Cemetery in Mayhew Lake. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church Monday morning. Following services, in accordance with Adrian’s wishes, his body is being donated to the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Adrian Harold Ackerman was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Foley to Bartholomew and Katherine (Ditter) Ackerman. His formal education started in a one room schoolhouse located at the end of the gravel road from the farm, graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1953, followed by to years of agriculture school at the University of Minnesota. Adrian then served his country from 1955-61 enlisting with the United States Navy. He married Katherine Panek Sept. 5, 1960, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. He then took over his parents’ farm which they started in 1944. Adrian always believed in helping others as demonstrated by being a member of Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, teaching CCD classes for over 30 years, being a 4-H leader and member of Dairy Herd Improvement Association  and  American Dairy Association. He also served on the board of the Fruitville Telephone Company in Mayhew Lake. Then, after a very prosperous life, Adrian retired in 2000, moved into Sauk Rapids with his blessed bride Katie and passed the family farm onto the next generation - his sons Peter (Mona) and Kevin (Lisa). Adrian was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. He was a devoted family man of faith who was immensely proud of his 12 children and always encouraged them to do their best. He enjoyed playing cards, walking, all sports and truly cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Adrian lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over 30 years, but he always remained positive.

Survivors include his loving wife Katherine of Sauk Rapids; children, Joe (Janet) of Sauk Rapids, Paul (Brenda) of Clear Lake, Peter (Mona) of Sauk Rapids, Margaret. of south St. Paul, Leon (Sue) of Arcadia, Wisconsin, Ann (Steve) Ackerman-Segner of Big Lake, Kevin (Lisa) of Sauk Rapids, Chuck (Linda) of Rice, Mitch (Tasha) of Sauk Rapids, Jason (Mary) of Sartell, David (Shannon) of Pequot Lakes, and Nate (Erica) of Rice; brother, Ken (Mary) of Fridley; 37 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister in law, Phyllis of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers, Marion Bauer, Gilbert, Evelyn Olson, Eleanor McCoy and Duane.

Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clares Monastery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home for the loving and exceptional care that was given to Adrian.

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Lanice Laura Jans

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Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Lanice Laura Jans, 94, of Sauk Rapids who died Nov. 3, 2019, at her son’s home in Delaware, Ohio. The Rev. Bruce Timm officiated and burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Visitation was one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Lanice L. Jans was born Dec. 23, 1924, in Sauk Rapids to John and Johanna (Czarnetzki) Rogosheske. Lanice was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. She married Harold R. Jans June 13, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Lanice graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1942, and attended Drews Business College. She was employed by International Harvester Company, St. Cloud in various positions in the office including secretarial duties and a bookkeeping machine operator for 11 years. She and her family lived in Spring Lake Park, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Columbus, Ohio, Burnsville, Minn. and Wheaton, Ill. prior to retiring in 1986. She and her husband returned to Sauk Rapids in 1987.

Lanice was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church where she was past president of the Ladies Aid and a member of the Sewing Circle and Golden Agers and was on the committee for the church 50th anniversary. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for the St. Cloud Hospital. Lanice was very proud of her flower gardens. She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing and making any and all types of crafts, especially ceramics.

Survivors include her sons, Kert H. (Vicky) of Encinitas, Calif., Mark of Delaware, Ohio; grandchildren, Kelsey, Karli and Wesley; great grandchildren, Quentin, Andre and Adrianna. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold on March 11, 2017; and sister, Inette Smith.

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Dixie Lee (Diefendorf) Morse

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Dixie was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri to Clarence Diefendorf and Martha (Parker) Diefendorf, also known as Juanita. She spent her early years in Kansas and Missouri before moving with her family to Minneapolis in 1941.

Dixie graduated from Southwest High School and attended the University of Minnesota. She married Jack Walter Morse May 9, 1952. She worked at North American Life and Casualty Company while she and Jack lived in the New Brighton area. In 1960, the couple moved to Sauk Rapids with their three children, Robert, Peggy and Thomas. While her husband devoted his time to his partnership in the newly formed Bartley Supply Plumbing and Heating company, Dixie devoted her time to volunteering in the community.

Dixie was recognized for her volunteer efforts in the Sauk Rapids (ISD. No. 47) schools where she was known as “Grandma D!” by the students. She shared her love of sewing with family and consumer science classes, where she assisted students with their projects as well as sewing for the district’s drumline. Dixie also assisted with vision and hearing screening, book fairs, Inventor’s Congress, Reading Partners and Community Youth Connection. Dixie enjoyed volunteering as a classroom grandmother at the Child Day Program in her daughter’s classroom at Clara’s House in St. Cloud. She was active for many years with Fun Singers, Red Hats and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Dixie was involved in the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts organizations throughout her children’s many years of membership. She started out as a Brownie leader, with her daughter, and eventually became the president of the Land of Lakes Girl Scout Council. In 2008, the Benton County Historical Society chose Dixie as one of their honorees for their “Women Making History” award, in recognition of her many years of volunteering within the community.

In 1994, she applied her love of volunteering to the elderly, becoming involved in many activities at the Country Manor Campus. She especially enjoyed delivering the mail and giving the birthday corsages to the residents. She comforted other residents in the last moments of their lives as part of the Angel Arms program. Her pride in planning, planting and maintaining the many gardens around the Country Manor Campus was evident, and expanded when she and Jack moved into a campus apartment in 2004. When Jack passed away in 2012, Dixie increased her volunteer activities, right up until her health began declining in 2015. She then moved from her apartment to the Garden Cottage wing of Country Manor Care Center.

Dixie is survived by sister, Beverly Ann Peterson (Richard Peterson) in Port Richey, Fla.; children, Robert (Karen) Morse of Sauk Rapids, Peggy (Greg) Beck of Nisswa, and Thomas (Tracy) Morse of Sauk Rapids; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank all the Country Manor staff and caregivers for the love and care they gave. They showed a wonderful sense of humor as they managed Dixie’s feisty behaviors, which only seemed to endear her to them all. Special thanks to volunteer coordinator Casaundra Heinen. Thanks also to St. Croix Hospice staff for their care and compassion.

A celebration of life for Dixie Lee Morse was held at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 in the chapel at Country Manor Campus, Sartell, starting with a presentation and sharing of stories, followed by a reception until 3 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Country Manor Foundation, countrymanorfoundation.org.

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James Edward Welsh

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James Edward “Jim” Welsh was a loving spouse, proud father and grandfather, protective brother, caring friend and decorated Vietnam veteran. Jim died Nov. 6, 2019, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, surrounded by his immediate family.

Jim was born in 1940, in Clearwater and was the second eldest of eight children. Jim spent his younger years living in Clearwater and Sauk Rapids before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1961. While stationed in Germany, he met his wife Inge of 55 years. Following his military service, Jim completed his education at the University of Minnesota, where he studied mechanical engineering. Jim and Inge traveled the world with their son, relocating to London and Amsterdam where Jim sold Onan generators globally. In 2005 while living in Paris, France, Jim retired from Kohler Company’s power systems division as managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

He was an outdoor sportsman at heart. He enjoyed hunting with his brothers and fishing with his granddaughter.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents William and Bertha (Lumley) Welsh and brother Joseph Welsh.

He is survived by his spouse Inge, son Christoph (Mary) Welsh, granddaughter Sophie; brothers Wayne (LuAnn Pelletier) Welsh of Monticello, Jack (Joyce) Welsh of Cushing, Ronald (Lynne) Welsh of Sauk Rapids and Daniel Welsh of Sauk Rapids; sisters Maryann Lewellyn of Sauk Rapids and Patricia (David) Johnson of Clearwater; and many nieces and nephews.

A family service with military funeral honors is being planned for spring 2020 at Fort Snelling Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has designated the American Parkinson Disease Association for memorial contributions: apdaparkinson.org or 1-800-223-2732.

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Hilary J. Stellmach

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Hilary J. Stellmach, age 74, who passed away Nov. 7, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at a later date. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Parish prayers were at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Hilary was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Sauk Rapids to Joseph and Leona (Eickholt) Stellmach. He served our country in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart. Hilary married Janet Jaeger Oct. 3, 1970, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He worked as an orderly at the St. Cloud Hospital, Murphy Ambulance Service and most of his life as a police officer for the St. Cloud Police Department for 27 years, retiring in 1997. After retirement he worked for the St. Cloud Road Department. Hilary was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and a Eucharistic Minister at the St. Cloud Hospital Chapel. He was a member of St. Cloud VFW Post No. 428 where he was a member of the rifle squad. Hilary enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, campfires, and his coffee group at McDonald’s. He was family orientated and was very proud of his family. He was present at many of his grandchildren’s events. Hilary was a proud veteran who was dependable, supportive, respectful, stood up for what he believed in, and had a strong faith and work ethic.

Survivors include his wife, Jan of Sauk Rapids; daughter and son, Shelly (Dave) Leom of Milaca and Mike (Martha) Stellmach of Foley; sister and brothers, Marcia Stellmach of Sartell, Sy (Cel) Stellmach of Sauk Rapids and Joseph (Sharon) Stellmach, Jr. of Sartell; and grandchildren, William, Wesley, Jillian, Owen, Hilary, and Thomas. Hilary was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joanne Knaus; brother-in-law, Roger Knaus; and family friend, Bonnie Waibel.
Memorials are preferred to St. Clare’s Monastery, Sauk Rapids.

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Clara Mae Hyslop

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Funeral Services were 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Cloud for Clara M. Hyslop, age 85, of Sauk Rapids who died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Faith Totushek officiated and burial was at Benton Cemetery. Visitation was two hours prior to the services on Friday at the church in St. Cloud. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Clara was born Oct. 31, 1934, in Langola Township to Harris and Mary (Miller) Ellis. She attended District 15 school in Benton County for 8 years and graduated from Royalton High School in 1952. She moved to Sauk Rapids after graduating and married Tom “Jim” Hyslop on September 25, 1954, at Graham Evangelical Church in Rice. Clara worked at Coborns, Lehman’s Red Owl Agency, Murphy Ambulance Board and Care and Sauk Rapids Schools Food Service, retiring in 1997. Clara was an Avon Representative for 25 years. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School, and was active in UMW and Dorcas Circle. She was a member of American Legion Post 254 Auxiliary and Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary where she held offices. Clara was very proud to be a wife, mother, and grandmother. She was very thoughtful and enjoyed sending cards and letters to family and friends. Clara also enjoyed baking cookies.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly (Richard) Heitke of Makinen; sister, Mary (Bob) Dubbin of Royalton; grandchildren, Ruth, Joseph and David; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom; son, James; and sister, Doris Golden.

Memorials are preferred to Diabetes Foundation and Grace United Methodist Church.

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Eleanor M. Brambrink

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Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Eleanor M. Brambrink, age 95, who passed away Oct. 22, 2019, at the Landings of Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Becker officiated and burial is in the parish cemetery. Visitation is after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Eleanor was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Glendorado Township, Benton County, to William and Matilda (Brunn) David. She married Rueben Brambrink Oct. 29, 1947, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. Eleanor was a homemaker and lived in Benton County her entire life. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she was involved in the Christian Women and St. Joseph Mission Group. Eleanor enjoyed bowling, gardening, canning, playing cards, and spending time with her family. She had a gift of remembering celebrations, birthdays and anniversaries of all of her relatives. She was a great baker and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Eleanor was patient, kind, caring, loving, and a woman of unwavering faith.

Survivors include her children, David (Debbie) Brambrink of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jeanann (Robert) Sluss of Lake Elmo, Beverly (Duane) Schmidtbauer of Sauk Rapids, Mary (David) Grundahl of Holdingford, Tereasa (Ben) Nies of Rockford, and Bonnie (John) Morey of Plymouth; brother and sister, Ervin David of Foley and Agnes Hoffmann of Pillager; 13 grandchildren and 17½ great-grandchildren.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rueben on June 1, 2006; daughters-in-law, Kathy Brambrink and Paula Brambrink; sisters, Helen David, Kathryn Denfield and Cecilia Ruhoff; and brothers, Donald David and William David, Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Moments Hospice and the Landings of Sauk Rapids for their loving care.

Memorials are preferred to the ALS Association or the American Heart Association.

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Margaret P. Gill

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Oct. 30 at Country Manor Chapel in Sartell for Margaret “Marge” P. Gill who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 26, 2019. The  Rev. LeRoy Maus officiated and a private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to services on at the church Wednesday. Prayer service was 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Margaret “Marge” P. Gill was born Sept. 7, 1938, in St. Cloud to Harris and Ann (Miller) Hetherington. She married Anthony “Tony” Gill  Sept. 3, 1966, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Marge was a homemaker for most of her life, 13 years as a cashier in the lunchrooms for the Sauk Rapids- Rice School District, and helped in the kitchen at Country Manor. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the VFW Auxiliary, East Side Post 6992. Marge was a faithful, compassionate, generous, and loving woman who enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, and spending time with her family and friends. Most importantly, she was very proud of her family.

Marge is survived by her children, Tom (Roz) of Rice, Dennis (Terri) of St. Augusta, Ken (Jackie) of Foley, and Scott (Anne) Gill of Sauk Rapids; brother, Bill Hetherington of St. Cloud; sister, Colleen Mix of Sartell; grandchildren, Noel, Courtney, Donovan, Kayla, Andrew, Gavin, and Lainey; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tony in 2013; brother, Dennis Hetherington; nephew, David Gill; and niece, Mickey Gill.

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Vernon Halverson

Vernon G. Halverson, 92, of Bemidji, passed away peacefully at home Oct. 20, 2019. A funeral service took place at the Community Church of Walker at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial followed in the Evergreen Cemetery in Walker. Arrangements were made by Dennis Funeral Home of Walker (www.dennisfuneralhome.com).
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Sr. Mary Catherine Jacoby, O.S.C.

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Mass of Christian Burial was 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at St. Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids for Sr. Mary Catherine Jacoby, O.S.C., age 96, who passed away Oct. 16, 2019 at St. Clare’s Monastery. Bishop Donald Kettler officiated and entombment was in the St. Clare’s Monastery Crypt. Visitation was from 1-6 p.m. Sunday and after 8 a.m. Monday at St. Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements were entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Sr. Mary Catherine Jacoby, O.S.C. was born  June 19, 1923, in New Ulm to Philip and Marie Josephine (Filzen) Jacoby. She entered St. Clare’s Monastery Oct. 7, 1948, made her first vows Sept. 26, 1950, and final vows  Sept. 29, 1953.

Survivors include her St. Clare’s Monastery Community of Sauk Rapids and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Elizabeth Schottenbauer and Leona Keleher; and brothers, Joseph and Engelbert Jacoby.
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LeRoy "Andy" J. Anderson

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LeRoy “Andy” John Anderson, 58, passed away Oct. 5, 2019, after a valiant battle with cancer. LeRoy was born April 8, 1961, to James and Irene Gohman Anderson in St. Cloud. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1980. He played football for Fergus Falls Community College and St. Cloud State University, where he graduated in 1985 with a degree in criminal justice.  LeRoy was an avid softball player and played for many teams in the St. Cloud and surrounding area.

After college he pursued a career in the nuclear security field and worked for many years at the Monticello Nuclear Plant. In his last year, he embraced a new career with Minnesota Medical Solutions. He was well regarded and respected by his peers throughout his working career.

In the fall of 2000, he married his wife Shelly (Stach) in a beautiful ceremony in the backyard of their home in Becker. He became father to Justin and Jesse. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their home. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to travel. He enjoyed sports of all kinds particularly the Minnesota Vikings. He had a great sense of humor and was very inspirational in his philosophy on life, especially around a campfire.

LeRoy was diagnosed with cancer in December  2018. He courageously underwent treatment but passed away at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. He is survived by his wife Shelly(Becker), sons Justin (Atlanta, Ga.), Jesse (Becker), a man’s best friend Porter, father James Anderson (Sauk Rapids), sisters Rosie (Kevin) Dyer (Sauk Rapids), Ginny (Allan) Stay (Foley), Carolyn (Jim) Sis (Bellevue, Neb.), Jennifer (Dale) McLaird (Sauk Rapids), and many loving nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Irene, his sister Susanne (Stay) and brother David Anderson.

Funeral services were  Oct. 10 at Riverside Church in Big Lake, followed by a Celebration of Life at Jack and Jim’s Event Center in Foley.
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Jane Lofgren Strating

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A Celebration of Life will be 11 a.m. Nov.  9 at First Presbyterian Church in St. Cloud for Jane Strating, 89, of St. Cloud, who passed away surrounded by her loving family at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 14, 2019. Pastor Darin Seaman will officiate and burial will be at Pease Community Cemetery in Pease. Friends and relatives may call from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church in St. Cloud on Saturday morning.

Lou Jane Lofgren Strating was born March 14, 1930, the second child of Margaret Donalda (Monson) and Axel Lofgren in Bigfork. Due to the untimely death of her mother, Margaret “Maggie” on March 24, 1930, she became the daughter of Ethel (Monson) and Herman Weidendorf. She grew up in Quamba and Mora, graduating from high school in May of 1947. Jane attended River Falls State Teachers College, and graduated from St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1951. She was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Strating Aug. 3, 1951, at the Mora Methodist Church. Jane taught school in St. Francis, West Junior High in Duluth, Sauk Rapids Junior and Senior High School, and substitute taught many years when her children were growing up. She also was the secretary treasurer of the family-owned trucking business (St. Cloud-Duluth Truck Line) for 28 years. In 1964, the family moved from Mora to Sauk Rapids, and in 2009 to St. Cloud.

Through the years, Jane was charter president of the Mora Mrs. Jaycees, regional vice president, state chaplin and volunteer for the American Cancer Society, as well as a Cub Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, choir director of Mora Presbyterian Church, Christmas pageant director at Pease Christian Reformed Church and member of the YMCA. She  completed eight years of Bible study fellowship and attended Monday night Al Anon over 30 years. The last few years, she taught an adult Sunday school class and directed the chapel choir at the Tip O’ Texas, Pharr, Texas, their winter home. She served as a deaconess and elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Jane’s greatest joys in life were the safe return of her husband, Gerald from Korea, birth of her children and adoption of daughter, Ann. She looked upon each day as a gift, and tried to live it to the fullest. Her grandchildren brought great joy to her life, as did singing and studying God’s word. Jane had many hobbies: doing family histories, crocheting, sewing, knitting, baking, golfing, playing bridge, and offering a hand of assistance to anyone who was in need. Her chosen career was teaching; she never had a day she did not want to go to work. She dearly loved her students, and they thought highly of her. Jane had an uncanny ability to sense when someone needed a hug, cheery hello, a kick in the butt or words of encouragement. Her sense of humor was contagious. One of life’s greatest pleasures was entertaining in her home.

Survivors include her sons and daughter, Jerry (Kim) of Hartford, S.D., Thomas of St. Cloud, Timothy (Victoria) of St. Cloud, James of Reno, Nev. and Ann of St. Cloud; sister, Rosemary Soli of Leawood, Kan.; grandchildren, Brianne Michelau, Garret, Kyle, Lee and Jill Strating, Molly Kuper, Heather Kohl, Brandon Kohl, and Heidi Larson; great grandchildren, Rohnan and Ryker Michelau, Liam and Bennett Kohl, Claire and William Kuper, and Wyatt, Levi and Brooks Strating. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Ethel Weidendorf and Axel and Margaret Lofgren; husband, Gerald; and brother, Jerry Weidendorf.

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Bishop John Francis Kinney

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Bishop John Francis Kinney, bishop emeritus of St. Cloud, died Sept. 27, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta. He was 82.

The bishop’s body was received at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud, followed by a private family visitation from 2-2:30 p.m. and public visitation from 2:30-8 p.m. A vigil service will take place at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 5, public visitation will continue from 8-10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. with Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis presiding. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.

Bishop Kinney headed the Diocese of St. Cloud from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. An ardent supporter of Catholic social teaching, marriage, youth and collaborative ministry, he strove to lead in the spirit of the diocese’s mission statement: to be Christ’s ‘heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.’

“Bishop Kinney was a kind and gracious pastoral leader,” said Bishop Donald Kettler, who succeeded Bishop Kinney in St. Cloud in 2013. “He was a strong defender of the dignity of every human being, and his love for the Church was evident both in his public ministry and personal life. May our Father in heaven now receive him warmly into his arms.”

Bishop Kinney was born June 11, 1937, in Oelwein, Iowa, to John and Marie (McCarty) Kinney. His only brother, Bernard, was eight years older.

He graduated from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and held a bachelor’s degree from St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul and a doctorate in canon law from Lateran University in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood Feb. 2, 1963, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul by Archbishop Leo Binz. Bishop Kinney served in several positions in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including nine years as chancellor. On Nov. 16, 1976, Pope Paul VI named him an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Archbishop John Roach of St. Paul and Minneapolis ordained him a bishop Jan. 25, 1977. Bishop Kinney served as auxiliary bishop from 1977 to 1982.

On June 28, 1982, Pope John Paul II named him the bishop of Bismarck, N.D. He was installed Aug. 23, 1982. On May 9, 1995, Pope John Paul II named him the eighth bishop of St. Cloud. He was installed July 6, 1995.

While serving as bishop in Bismarck and St. Cloud, Bishop Kinney wrote six pastoral letters on liturgy, youth, AIDS, the sacrament of penance, marriage and social justice.

In 1993, the then-National Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed him to chair an ad hoc committee on sexual abuse. During his tenure as chair, the ad hoc committee published “Restoring Trust,” a document then used by dioceses to address sexual abuse in the church. Following revelations of clergy sexual abuse around the country, Bishop Kinney set up listening and information sessions that he personally attended in parishes around the diocese. He used the sessions to understand the pain and concern of people in the diocese and to open doors for dialogue and healing.

Committed to the global church, Bishop Kinney served on Catholic Relief Services’ board of directors from 1993-98. Bishop Kinney helped the Bismarck Diocese establish a mission in Kenya. With Father Bill Vos, St. Cloud diocesan director of Catholic Relief Services, he initiated the partnership between the St. Cloud Diocese and Homa Bay Diocese in Kenya in 1999. The diocesan relationship with Maracay, Venezuela, was established in 1963 and became a Global Solidarity Partnership under Bishop Kinney’s leadership.

Bishop Kinney visited Homa Bay and Maracay. He made trips to other areas of close relationship and connection to the Diocese of St. Cloud, including to the Diocese of Agats, Indonesia, where the Crosiers ministered, and to South Sudan during and after the years of war to visit Bishop Paride Taban and other Southern Sudanese bishops. Other travels took him to Angola, Cambodia, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam and Zanzibar.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Kinney’s retirement upon Bishop Kettler’s installation.

During his retirement he lived at the Speltz House in Sauk Rapids and remained an avid reader.
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Richard G. Seal

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Richard “Dick” Seal, age 83, who died Sept. 13, 2019, at the Country Manor Campus in Sartell. The Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church in Sauk Rapids.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Dick was born Jan. 15, 1936, in Wadena to Glendon and Phyllis (Fratzke) Seal. He served his country in the United States Army from 1960-62 and was stationed at the Pentagon. Dick married Kay Olhoft Dec. 1, 1962, and they later divorced.  He then married JoAnn Haakonson July 26, 1987. Dick was a sports writer and announcer who was inducted into the Sports Writers Hall of Fame. He loved watching, coaching and mentoring athletes. Dick was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Sauk Rapids American Legion Post No. 254.

Survivors include his children, Susan Rivers of Big Lake; John (Lisa) Seal of Clearwater, Joel Seal of Fertile, Nick Seal of Elk River, stepchildren, Steve Haakonson of Ottertail, Dawn (Curt) Dingmann of Sauk Rapids, Michelle Bylander of Ottertail, Jim (Jenny) Haakonson of Texas; Jeff Haakonson (Carrie Adams) of St. Cloud, Stacy (Travis) Lund of Foley; 17 grandchildren and    nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, JoAnn; son, Terry; brother, Bill; stepsons, David and Haakon.
Obituary and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com

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Susan R. Patton

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Susan Rebecca Patton, age 44, St. Cloud, died Sept. 24, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

A funeral service celebrating Susan’s life will be take place at 11:30 a.m.  Saturday, Sept. 28 at Benson Funeral Home Chapel, St. Cloud. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home Saturday. Burial will be in Benton County Cemetery, Sauk Rapids, at a later date.

Susan was born Dec. 10, 1974, in St. Cloud, to Darrel and Virginia “Ginny” (Nodo) Patton. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School, and graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s in chemical dependency counseling. Susan worked at St. Cloud State University and also the Minnesota DFL Party. Susan was a strong advocate for human rights.

Survivors include her parents, Darrel and Virginia “Ginny” Patton of Rice; brother, Michael (Joyce) Patton of Rice; nieces, Becca and Tara Patton; nephews, Alex and Travis Patton and Michael Jones; and great nephew, Camdyn Jones.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Patton, paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Hazel Patton, maternal grandparents, Nick and Ann Nodo, and fiancé Cary Sours
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Dolores M. Popp

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Dolores M. Popp, age 82, of Rice who died Sept. 25, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House near St. Augusta surrounded by her family. The Rev. Kenneth Popp, the Rev. Thomas Becker, and the Rev. Joel Hastings will concelebrate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church in Rice. Christian Women prayed at 6:30 p.m. followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Dolores was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Swan River Township to Martin and Susan (Jendro) Marstein. She graduated from Little Falls High School in 1955 and worked at First American National Bank in Little Falls. She met the love of her life, Ernest L. Popp at the Falls Ballroom and they married July 6, 1959, at St. Edward’s Church in Elmdale. Dolores worked at Gamble Robinson after her marriage and was a homemaker. Ernest and she lived in Rice and took over the family farm in 1961 as third generation owners. Dolores worked alongside Ernie in building the family farm. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where she was active in Christian Women. Dolores enjoyed gardening, cooking, flowers and puzzles. She was the glue that held her family together. Dolores was a great listener, devoted wife and took care of everyone. She was patient, kind, selfless and had a nurturing disposition.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Ernest of Rice; children, Julie (John) Fromelt of St. Cloud, Howard and his friend, Casey Hoheisel of Rice, Lucinda (Lee) Kloek of Sauk Rapids, Russell (Karla) of Rice, Terence (Julie) of Rice, Teresa (Robert) Pankratz of St. Cloud, Nancy (Michael) Hartung of Holdingford, Ramona (James) Roering of Bowlus, Carmen (Randall) Honken of Sartell; brothers and sisters, Martin Jr. (Katherine) Marstein of Chandler, Ariz., Donald (Phyllis) Marstein of Bowlus, Rose Enghusen of Maple Grove, Eleanor Hastings of Effie, Evelyn (Richard) Barrow of Effie and 30 grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Chester and Francis Marstein.
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Earl H. Meinert

Graveside service was at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Langola Cemetery in Rice for Earl H. Meinert who passed away Sept. 15 at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Earl Henry Meinert was born July 29, 1939, in Rice to Henry and Christina (Larson) Meinert. He was a farmer throughout his life on the family farm. Earl enjoyed riding and working on his bicycle, visiting with neighbors and growing vegetables for the Morrison County Fair.

Earl is survived by his brother, Victor (Karen) Meinert; niece, Emily Meinert; and great nephew, Henry Meinert, all of Rice. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vernon; and sisters, Ethel and Alvina.

Obituary and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Robert "Bob" J. Gross

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Memorial services were noon Sept. 20 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Robert “Bob” J. Gross who passed away suddenly after a short battle with cancer Sept. 14, 2019, at his home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Olson officiated. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home prior to the service.

Robert “Bob” J. Gross was born Dec. 31, 1946, in St. Cloud to Alfred and Genevieve (Korte) Gross. He attended Cathedral High School and went to college to receive an associate’s degree in drafting. He married Mary Jane Misho Oct. 5, 1968, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Bob and his wife had three children and lived all of their lives in the St. Cloud area. He worked in sales for Multiple Concepts Interiors for several years and later started his own business in sales and flooring. Bob was also musically talented and was very artistic. He enjoyed golfing, sports, deep sea fishing in Florida, crossword puzzles, watching movies and decorating his yard with Christmas lights during the holidays. Bob was smart, talented and loving. He was very proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Jane of Sauk Rapids; children, Travis Gross of Hudson, Wis., Nadine (Ryan Christensen) Gross of Minneapolis, and Melany (Wes) Baldwin of Kansas; sisters, Janice Gross, Diana (Dave) Denny, and Sue (Dale) Lucas; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Obituary and guestbook available online at http://www.williamsdingmann.com
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Maxine M. Hampson

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Memorial services were 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Maxine M. Hampson who passed away Sept. 7, 2019, at her home in St. Cloud. Visitation was one hour prior to service Friday.

Maxine M. Hampson was born May 5, 1941, in Ishpeming, Mich. to Carl and Sarah (Downey) Carlson. She worked all of her life as a registered nurse at Sauk Rapids Medical Clinic and Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids. Maxine married her first husband, John Knutson Dec. 26, 1962. She then married John Hampson in August 1979. Maxine was a kind, fair-minded, creative and family-oriented woman who loved crafting, sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, reading, birdwatching and, most importantly, spending time with her family.

Maxine is survived by her children, Andrea (Lyle) Griner of Bloomington, Renee Erickson of Coon Rapids, and Aimee (Erik) Anderson of Sauk Rapids; sister, Linda (Vince) Mueller of Grand Haven, Mich; grandchildren, Aaron, Jaime, Sarah, Sam, and Christopher; many nieces and nephews; first husband, John Knutson of Rockville; and her dog, Dudley. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; and niece, Erin Lawson.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Darlene J. Gronau

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Funeral service was 11 a.m. Sept. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Darlene J. Gronau, age 83, of Sauk Rapids, who died Sept. 8, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by her family. The Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services at church Friday. Trinity prayers were at 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Darlene was born Dec. 8, 1935, in Minneapolis to Albert and Ruth (Oliger) Thoman. She married Richard C. Gronau  Sept. 11, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. She was a legal secretary for Rinke-Noonan and lived in Sauk Rapids most of her life. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a past member of the altar guild. Darlene was also a past member of the Sauk Rapids Legion Post No. 254 Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family, going to plays and visiting with people. Darlene was a genuine, loving, generous, faithful person who always said, “I am blessed!”

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy (Bruce) England Sauk Rapids; granddaughters, Shannan (Mike) Houghton of Sartell, Celina (Jason) Gustafson of Becker; great grandchildren, Nolan and Lilly Houghton, Brandon and Carter Gustafson. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rich June 13, 2005; stepfather, Fred Lesse; and brother, Allan Thoman.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Jerome J. Post

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Jerome ‘Jerry’ Post, age 79, of Rice passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Aug. 10, 2019, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Memorial Mass for Jerry was at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at Immaculate Conception Church in Rice. Rev. Tom Becker officiated.  Visitation was Tuesday evening from 4-8 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church with parish prayers at 4 p.m. Visitation continued after 10 a.m. Wednesday also at the church. Burial with full military honors was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Jerome James Post was born Jan. 17, 1940, in Cold Spring, the son of William and Anna (Schwartz) Post. He graduated from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud in 1958, and went on to proudly serve his country in the United States Navy where he was trained as a aviation electrician. He spent his career working for the city of St. Cloud as a firefighter for over 26 years, retiring in 1990. On July 5, 1965, Jerry was united in marriage with Phyllis Mossman at St. Augustine Catholic Church in St. Cloud. The couple raised their family in St. Cloud until moving to Little Rock Lake.

Jerry was very active in the East side VFW Post No.  4847 and a member of the Little Rock Lake Association. He was always there to help neighbors with a project. He enjoyed the outdoors, cutting wood, working on cars, playing miniature golf, and tinkering on anything and everything. He kept his mind sharp doing puzzles, cryptograms and jumble words. Jerry always enjoyed a game of cards with friends or family. He treasured spending winters in Arizona with Phyllis and their friends; always willing to help others and having fun calling bingo. Jerry especially loved spending time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and granddogs.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughters, Dana Post-Viswanathan (Steve Beck) and LeAnn (Shawn) Erickson; grandchildren: Kyle (Dana) Viswanathan, Keenan (Chelsea) Viswanathan, Otis (Melanie) Morris, Kashanie (Richmond) Swift, Bethany Erickson (fiancé: Brian Barlow), and Logan Erickson; great-granddaughters:  Elise, Jessa, and Stella Viswanathan; brother, Wally Post; sisters-in-law, Delphine Post and Janice Post; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Larry, Betty Killeen, Teresa Lansing, Katie May, Les, Carl, Al, Willie, Donald, Joe, Mary Ann, and Dennis.

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Elizabeth C. "Betty" Benoit

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Aug. 7, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Elizabeth C. “Betty” Benoit, age 90, of Sauk Rapids, who died July 31 at The Good Shepherd Community. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Betty was born May 24, 1929, in Mayhew Lake to Valentine and Mary (Lehman) Schueller. She married Willard Benoit Sept. 8, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Betty was a homemaker and lived in Sauk Rapids all her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a life member of St. Monica’s Society (Christian Mothers). She was also a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post No. 6992 Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidery, gardening, baking, playing cards and bingo. Betty was a loving and compassionate mother who had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Donna) of Aitkin, David (Donna), Donald (Diane), Linda (Dayle) Tenney, Dan (Julie) and Rose, all of Sauk Rapids, Kevin (Sue) and Lisa (Brent) Griffith, all of Sartell; brother, Robert, of Foley; sister, Barbara Block, of Lastrup; 25 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Willard; children, Thomas, Tammy and Tina; sister, Marilyn; and brother, Raymond.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Carol Jean Abfalter

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 30 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Carol Jean Abfalter, age 69, who passed away July 24 at her home. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman officiated and entombment was at Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Tuesday also at the church. Parish prayers and a time of sharing was at 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Carol was born Oct. 9, 1949, in St. Cloud to Arnold and Yvette (Pogatschnik) Koepp. She was raised in the Sauk Rapids area and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. Carol married Jim Abfalter on Sept. 18, 1971, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Carol was a homemaker and also worked as a paraprofessional with the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District for over 20 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, helped serve meals for the Journey in Faith group, sang in the choir and participated in the book club. She also was involved in the Discovery Church Bible Study and volunteered at the Paramount Theater with Jim. Carol enjoyed camping at the state parks and spending time at the lake with family. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, reading, cooking, baking, playing cards, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Carol had a strong faith and was a fun-loving, caring, gentle, trustworthy, sociable person who would always put others first. Most importantly, she was very proud of her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Jim of Foley; children, Lisa (Steve) Wahlin of Sauk Rapids, Eric (Naomi) Abfalter of St. Cloud and Troy (Jenean) Abfalter of Duluth; brothers and sister, Alan (Judy) Koepp of Sauk Rapids, Kathy Pappenfus of Sartell, Kevin (Doreen) Koepp of Rice and Denny (Marie) Koepp of Milaca; grandchildren, Madison, Megan, Kayla, Kennedy, Elli, Theodore, Neiva and Maven; many nieces, nephews; and other extended family members and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Gary; and nieces, Melissa and Allison.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Eleanor C. Botzek

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Eleanor C. Botzek, age 96, who passed away July 31 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and will be one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:30 p.m. followed by St. Monica’s Society.

Eleanor was born May 20, 1923, in Sauk Rapids to George and Sally (Sadergaski) Rozeski. She grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sacred Heart School, Sauk Rapids High School and Drews Business College. Eleanor and worked at Woolworth’s for 38 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and St. Monica’s Society. Eleanor was a Twins fan and an avid bowler. She enjoyed hummingbirds, old time music and dancing every Friday night. Eleanor was easy going, independent and always concerned about her family and friends. She was a devoted Catholic and her faith was very important to her.
Survivors include her brother, Edward Rozeski of San Pedro, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Duane and Leonard Rozeski; sister, Sophie Chapp; and an infant brother.

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Carol Ann Kittok

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Carol Ann Kittok, 65, of Sauk Rapids, joined the ranks of saints and angels July 24, 2019. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and entombment will be at Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Wednesday also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Carol was born  Dec. 26, 1953, in St. Cloud and received into the loving family of Adolph and Gertrude Omann. Carol married the love of her life, Gerry May 14, 1982. She spent most of her life in Sauk Rapids, but that did not keep her from exploring the world through her travels, experiences, and reading.

A unique and talented soul, Carol enjoyed and thrived at gardening, sewing, crafting, cooking for the masses, and anything else she found interesting. She greatly enjoyed searching for agates, collecting beautiful marbles, playing cards (especially 500 and cribbage), and exploring, and loving on all of her grandchildren every chance she got. With all of her eclectic tastes, wonderful humor, numerous talents, and vast experiences, Carol was able to positively influence the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She is dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We love you Carol.

She is survived by her husband, Gerry; her children, Jeremy, Jessica (Matt), Jordan (Jen), Michael (Cindy), and Stephen (Carly); nephew, Jonathan; grandchildren, Benton, Camryn, Greta, Logan, and Theo; and one grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Gertie; infant sister, Mary; and sister, Mary Jo.

The family would like to extend its sincerest and heartfelt gratitude to the St. Cloud Cancer Center, the oncology, medical progressive, and intensive care units of the St. Cloud Hospital, as well as the Melrose Hospital for treating Carol like family and providing the best care possible.

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Audrey A. Posch

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. July 22 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Audrey, A. Posch, age 80, who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family July 17, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Thomas Becker officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Audrey was born May 21, 1939, in Little Falls to Wallace and Anne (Biniek) Pelkey. She married Clarence Posch May 29, 1961, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. Audrey was a homemaker and a member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she was a member of the Christian Mothers, sang in the choir, and was a religious education teacher for over 25 years. She enjoyed taking road trips in the RV with her family, being in the sun, gardening, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family. Audrey was a loving, crafty, kind, and selfless person who gave compliments to everyone. She always had a smile that lit up the room, and most importantly she was very proud of her family.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Clarence of Rice; children, Debbie (Bob) Then of Rice, Brenda (Will Fallert) Regouski of Little Falls, Greg Posch of Rice, Gary (Meredith) Posch of Sauk Rapids, Anita (Rob) Lindholm of St. Cloud, and Leanne (Jason) Brown of Sauk Rapids; brothers and sisters, Gerald (Laurie) Pelkey, Marilyn Brennan, Robert (Marilyn) Pelkey, and Jeanette Ginter; grandchildren, Amanda, Brianna, Mackenzie, Brady, Cullen, Madelyn, Ethan, and Cooper; and her puppy, Snuggles. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Rosie Meyer and Diane Pelkey.

Special thanks to the staff at Riverside Assisted Living in Royalton and the Acute Response Team at the St. Cloud Hospital for their amazing care.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Martin A. Reker

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Mass of Christian Burial took place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Martin “Marty” A. Reker, age 55, who passed away July 4 at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman presided and burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud at a later date. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday both at Sacred Heart Church. Parish prayers began at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.

Marty was born  Jan. 7, 1964, in St. Cloud to Frederick “Fred” and Rita (Bechtold) Reker. On July 3, 1982, he married the love of his life, Karen (Erpelding), at the age of 18. Marty was a practical individual gifted with a natural productive drive, a willingness to take risks, and exceptional financial finesse. At the age of 23, Marty established Reker Construction Inc. with his uncle Butch Bechtold. Together they built over 1,000 homes. They also built, owned, and operated Grandview Apartments in Sartell. As accomplished in his career as he was, Marty’s true pride was his family. He was an extraordinarily supportive, encouraging, and devoted husband, father, uncle, and grandfather. As a businessman and friend to many, Marty was both humble and respectful to everyone he encountered.

Marty and Karen have lived in the city of Rice for the past 26 years in three separate homes along the Mississippi River that Marty designed and constructed himself. Marty was a devout member of Sacred Heart Church and his Catholic faith provided the foundation on which he structured his life. He was a member of the Central Minnesota Builders Association, Sauk Rapids Knights of Columbus Council 11346, and was involved in numerous charitable institutions and endeavors. He was a passionate bicyclist and took great pleasure in boating, hunting, fishing, traveling and playing card games. Marty was ambitious, eternally optimistic and wise. He was an excellent listener, yet also a leader whom many turned to for advice. Marty was quick-witted, remarkably generous, welcoming and had a great sense of humor. He was exceptionally attentive, caring and helpful to those he loved. He was an all-around people-person and simply loved life.

Marty spent a significant amount of one-on-one time with each of his children. A few fond memories include playing Monopoly with his son Chad, fishing with his daughter Katrina, and taking his daughter Caitlin on long motorcycle rides as a young child. Chad also has special memories of table tennis tournaments and flying out to Illinois together to purchase his first sports car. Katrina is particularly grateful for Marty’s spontaneous visits to spend time with her and his grandchildren. Caitlin enjoyed going out to eat with her father and playing many games of cribbage.

Survivors include his wife, Karen of Rice; children, Chad Reker of Eden Prairie, Katrina (Daniel) Bogart of Sartell, and Caitlin Reker of Rice; mother, Rita of St. Cloud; siblings, Betsy (Jim) Westerhoff of Cold Spring, Matthew Reker of St. Cloud, and Leah (Dave) Wunderlich of Owatonna; grandsons, Joseph, Jacob, and baby on the way, Samuel Bogart; and nieces, nephews, godchildren, and many other family members. Marty was preceded in death by his father, Fred; sisters, Mary and Susanne Reker; and father and mother-in-law, Paul and Janet Erpelding.
The family would like to thank the nurses on Medical 1 Unit 5th floor at the St. Cloud Hospital who cared for Marty before his passing.
Memorials are preferred to Place of Hope and Elevate Pregnancy and Family Resource Center (formerly Birthline).

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Thomas L. Rodgers

Graveside services were 9 a.m. June 18 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis for Thomas “Tom” L. Rodgers, 61, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away at his home June 10. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Thomas Leonard Rodgers was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Kokomo, Ind. to George and Beverley (Johnson) Rodgers. Tom graduated from Southwest High School in Minneapolis and shortly after, joined the Marine Corps. Tom has lived in the Sauk Rapids area for over 20 years. He played American Legion baseball after his service in the Marines and enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi River, playing guitar and singing. Tom was outgoing and it was easy for him to make small talk with anyone he met. He was always a very helpful person and had a very positive outlook on life.

Survivors include his brother and sister, Dan (Pauline) Rodgers of Anchorage, Alaska and Barb (Steve) Coleman of Minneapolis; nephew, Andrew Rodgers; and nieces, Emily (Brett) Duzenbery, Liv Coleman (Matt Lepinski), and Bliss Coleman (Joe Hutahaean). He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gary Rodgers.
Obituary and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Barry A. Burk

Barry A. Burk, 76, loving husband of Maxine “Micki” Burk of Lexington, S.C. (formally from Sauk Rapids), peacefully passed away Feb. 15, 2019, at Prisma Health Parkridge Hospital, Columbia, S.C.

Born Nov 12, 1942, in Pequot Lakes to Harry and Hildur Burk. He is survived by his loving wife, brother Bob (Carol), children Greg (Carolyn), Jason (Brenda), Stuart (Christine) Garner, and Donna (Ken) Murray; grandchildren Michael  (Courtney) Wolter, Amanda (Eric) Plude, Melissa, Sydney, Alli Burk, Kayla and Cole Teets, Taylor Garner, and great grandchildren Avery and Everly Wolter and Hudson and Milo Plude.

Barry exuded life through his calling to education where he taught at Sauk Rapids High School and the University of Minnesota until he retired after 32 years of educating professionally. He continued to educate his family through life lessons which will be valued forever. Barry walked God’s path as a member of Pine River United Methodist Church in Minnesota and Red Bank United Methodist Church in South Carolina. Cherishing his stories of camping, fishing, hunting and traveling via RV; Barry and his adventures will remain etched in our hearts forever.
Memorial service took place at Red Bank United Methodist Church, Lexington, S.C. on March 2, 2019.

Celebration of Life will be at 11 a.m. June 15 at Pine River United Methodist Church in Pine River.  Final resting place will be Blind Lake.
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Carol J. Hafner

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Carol Janice Haffner “Grabinski” Age 77 of Star Prairie, Wis. was born Oct. 27, 1941. Carol passed away after a short battle with an aggressive cancer June 5, 2019.
She is survived by children, Jeannine Haffner-Brekke, Rodney and Julie Haffner, Robin and Colleen Haffner, Todd and  Colleen Haffner, and Tammy Haffner. 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter, all who lovingly called her Grandma “GG”. Her siblings, Jean and Kenneth Wickmann, Bill and Sherry Grabinski, and Tom Grabinski; one very dear friend, Melanie Greenfield; many family and friends along with her beloved dog, Riley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delroy Haffner; her parents, Fred and Alma Grabinski; her in-laws, Richard and Ida Haffner; son, Scott Haffner; grandson, Joshua Schouten; son-in-law, Tom Brekke; sisters, JoAnn Grabinski and Barb Francis; and sister-in-law Deloris (Sis) Soderlund.

Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. June 14 at the Cullen Crea Funeral Home in New Richmond. Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday June 15 at  Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in New Richmond.

On June 6, 2019, Carol and Del celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, dancing once again together in Heaven.
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Ruth J. Nelson

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Celebration of Life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Ruth J. Nelson, age 91, who passed away June 9 at Chateau Waters in Sartell. Rev. Timothy Routh will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home Saturday.

Ruth was born April 25, 1928, in Superior, Wis. to John and Agnes (Rood) Veltikold. After her mother passed away, her father married Gladys Rennelfeldet. Ruth came from a Norwegian family and Gladys taught Ruth English while she was growing up. She married Gordon “Gordy” Nelson Sept. 6, 1945, in Munson Lake. Gordy was the love of her life and “the angel without wings” as she would say. Ruth and Gordy lived many years in Brooten before they resided most of their lives in Sauk Rapids. She was a caregiver throughout her life and worked in sales, maintaining campgrounds and RV lots. She enjoyed dancing, camping and was musically inclined. She played the squeeze box and also knew how to play piano. Ruth was a hard worker who loved people and was full of fun and energy.

Survivors include her children, Ginger (Dana) O’Brien of Rice, Sharon (Ervin) Kosloski of Merrifield, Rod (Kay) Nelson of Farmington, and Barb (Craig) Leerberg of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; and nieces, Leona and Corinne Veltikold. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gordy on May 22, 2014; great grandson, Colin Kosloski; and step-brother, Jerry Veltikold.
Obituary, guestbook and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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