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Dorothy L. Anderson

Andersono
Dorothy Louise Anderson, 79, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Helena, Montana, with family by her side.
Dorothy was born Aug. 19, 1942, in St. Cloud, to Leo and Mary Ellen Sufka and was raised on the family farm near Rice.
Dorothy married Leonard J. Anderson May 12, 1962, and together they raised four children: James, Sharon, Warren and Keith.
Dorothy will be remembered for her love of family and friends. There was always a pot of coffee brewing and good conversation to be had. She enjoyed talking with her special friends Diane and Clifford, Sandy and Dennis, Cindy, Lorraine and so many more. She was a skilled seamstress, quilter and artist. She was a great cook, baking bread and maybe a pan of caramel rolls each week. She gardened each spring out at the farm with her mother.
Many will remember Dorothy from her time working at the elementary school in Sauk Rapids and way back to working at the Sacred Heart Church Bazaar dinner (first table in the school basement).
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Leonard in 2002, parents Leo and Mary Ellen Sufka, brother Roger Sufka and great-niece Katja Sufka.
She is survived by her children James Anderson and his wife Amy of Helena, Montana; Sharon Ellefson and her husband Jeff of San Juan Capistrano, California; Warren Anderson and his wife Michelle of Helena, Montana; and Keith Anderson of Helena, Montana; eight grandchildren Charles (Amanda) Henkemeyer, Alex (Kelly) Henkemeyer, Leah Ellefson, Daniel Anderson, Julia Anderson, Jordan Garceau, Jackson Anderson and Jennika Anderson; two great-grandchildren Leo Henkemeyer and Alina Anderson; brothers and sister Leo (Nancy) Sufka, Robert (Gwen) Sufka, Daniel Sufka (Kathy), Margaret (John) Snyder; and sister-in-law Karen Sufka.
A small gathering will take place at a later date per Dorothy’s wishes.
 Our family would like to thank all of you for your kind words and prayers
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Merrill “Mel” L. Grile

Grillem
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Merrill “Mel” L. Grile, age 81, who passed away Oct. 13, 2021, at his home. The Rev. Timothy Routh will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Mel was born March 19, 1940 in Ft. Recovery, Ohio, to Charles and Ada (Philebaum) Grile. His family moved to St. Cloud in 1950, he graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, and attended Dunwoody Institute. Mel married Barbara Perry July 16, 1960 at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. He was the owner and operator of Grile Auto & Truck Repair “GATR” until retiring in 2002. Mel was a member of the St. Cloud Vocational Technical College Board of Directors for many years, former member of the Sauk Rapids Rescue Squad/Civil Defense, and a member of the Hoodlum Car Club. He enjoyed cars, dirt track racing from Canada to Iowa, building hot rods, traveling, boating on Lake Superior on “Winter Hawk”, riding motorcycle, and spending time with family. Mel was quietly independent, creative, had a great mind, and was a creative inventor.
Survivors include his son, Perry (Cindy) Grile of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Charlene Brieland of Williston, North Dakota, and Carol Cook of Brookfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Eric (Katie) Zintek of Foley and Jonathan Zintek of Sauk Rapids; and great grandchildren, Ben, Brayden, Blake and Bradley. Mel was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara on July 24, 2014; daughter, Donna on Aug. 10, 2013; infant daughter, Sara; and brother, Ronnie Grile.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online www.williamsdingmann.com
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Merrill “Mel” L. Grile

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Merrill “Mel” L. Grile, age 81, who passed away Oct. 13, 2021, at his home. The Rev. Timothy Routh will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services. A full obituary will be in the next Sauk Rapids Herald.
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Floyd Udermann

Fudermann
Floyd Udermann, 88, passed away Oct. 7, 2021, at the University of Minnesota Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16,  at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm with a luncheon to follow. The Rev. Bob Harren will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to (10 a.m.) the service Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Foley Funeral Home, Foley.
Floyd was born in St. Cloud in 1933 to Val and Clothilda (Maurer) Udermann. He grew up on the family farm in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. In 1956, he married Elizabeth “Babe” Corrigan at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. The couple moved to Minneapolis where Floyd was a professional AWA Wrestler for 15 years. Following his wrestling career, he became a truck driver until he retired in 1990.
Floyd was an amazing man and a jack of all trades. He built his family’s home himself, he was an avid hunter, enjoyed fishing, gardening, carpentry, and much more. He and Babe also enjoyed traveling, especially summer vacations with family at resorts in northern Minnesota. His faith was extremely important to him, and he was a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in New Brighton with his wife Babe for 62 years.
Floyd is survived by his wife of 65 years, Babe Udermann, and his five children, Patrick (Kim), Mike (Char), Margaret (Randy) Turner, Lucy (Mark Walbridge), John (Mary); brother, Mac Udermann; grandchildren Josh, Mary, Nikki, Tom, Sam, Emma and Jack; and 12 great-grandchildren. Floyd was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and loved and cherished his family very much.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Charles Udermann, Francis Udermann, Joan Rhode, and Kathy Wolter.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the University of Minnesota Hospital for the wonderful care Floyd received.
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Joachim “Joe” E. Janski

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Joachim “Joe” E. Janski, age 85, passed away Oct. 6, 2021 with family by his side. He was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia June 1, 2021, and diagnosed with COVID-19 Sept.18, 2021, which lead to pneumonia.
Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Joe’s life will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service Saturday. Private family burial will be held at a later date. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud. The full obituary will be in next week’s issue.
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Janette A. Hockert

Hockert
A visitation was  4-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Janette “Jan” A. Hockert, age 70, who passed away  Oct. 2, 2021, at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. The Rev. Gerald Dalseth will officiate and private burial will be Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021 at Langola Cemetery in Rice.
Jan was born July 1, 1951, in St. Cloud to Albert and Bernice (Eveslage) Michalski and was raised in the Foley/Duelm area. She married Neil Hockert Sept. 9, 1972, in St. Cloud and they were later separated. Jan was self-employed as a tax preparer/accountant for Jan Hockert Tax Service for over 40 years. She was a music fan and loved traveling the world to experience U2 concerts. Jan enjoyed solving problems, working puzzles, traveling and visiting with people. She loved her kids and grandchildren and was very proud of her family. Jan was a hard-worker, caring, a great friend and mentor, and touched a lot of lives.
Survivors include her sons, Adam (Jenny) of Golden Valley, Jayson (Kristin) of Golden Valley, Aaron (LeeAnn) of Rice, Alan of Sartell, Eric of Sauk Rapids, Christopher of Baudette, Trevor (fiancé Cassy Peabody) of St. Stephen and Travis (fiancé Kelsey Polcher) of Crystal; sister and brother, Jean (Gary) Scheil of Coon Rapids and Dennis (Lynnette) of Maricopa, AZ; and grandchildren, Jackson, Blakely, Carly, Macy, Reese and Grace. Jan was preceded in death by her parents; husband Neil on March 5, 2000; son Ryan on Oct. 26, 1996; and brothers David and Daniel Michalski.
Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com
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David J. Jacobson

Jacobsond
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Oct. 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids, for David J. Jacobson, age 81, of St. Cloud who died Oct. 2, 2021, at Lakewood Health Care Center in Staples. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and visitation was two hours prior to the services Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
David was born July 26, 1940, in Marshall to Herlof and Esther (Jorganson) Jacobson.  He married Sandy Versaevel Aug. 10, 1965, in Green Valley. The couple lived in Ortonville until moving to Sauk Rapids in 1969, and then to St. Cloud in 2000. David was an art teacher in Ortonville and Sauk Rapids-Rice High School for 31 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was active in Bible study, parish council and bazaar committees. He was also a member of N.A.M.I. where he served as president, treasurer and secretary. David enjoyed art, wood carving, playing cards, (especially 500), ushering at the Paramount Theatre and spending time at the cabin in Hackensack.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sandy of St. Cloud; children, Kevin of Morristown, Karla Hennemann of Sauk Rapids, Kelly (Shelley) of St. Cloud, Ken (Jill) of St. Joseph, Kris (Scott) Klatt of Watkins; brothers and sisters, Jim (Gladys) of Marshall, Janet Van Dorpe of Burnsville, Curtis (Carol) of Chaska; grandchildren, Keith, Sam, Tom, Tess, Bret, Alex, Alli, Kyle, Abby; four step grandchildren and great granddaughter, Evelyn Rose. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lyle, Glenn, Richard and Les; sisters, Blanche Nelsen, Lois Knoben and Shirley Londgren; granddaughter, Kari.
A special thank you to Dr. Mohamed Maray for providing wonderful care and to the staff at Lakewood Health Systems for their care this past month.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Agnes Demajos Rambeck

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Agnes Demajos Rambeck was born in Hungary, raised in France, came to Minneapolis in the 1960s. lived in Sauk Rapids for many years and died in Yakima, Washington, Sept. 19 after a long illness. Agnes is survived by daughter Ann Knight.
Memorials to the Greater TC Golden Retriever Club, 17627 Firebird Path, Farmington, MN 55024.
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Jeffrey T. Rajkowski

Rajkowski
Jeffrey Thomas Rajkowski, 68, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior Sept. 15, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and children.
Jeff was born to Tony Rajkowski and Margie (Bemboom) Rajkowski Sept. 5, 1953, and grew up on a dairy farm in Mayhew Lake. As a middle child of seven, he learned how to work hard and fend for himself against three older brothers. He often told stories alongside his brothers of the adventures and altercations that gave the Rajkowski brothers a reputation. One such memory was the time Jeff tried to Tarzan his way up a barn loft rope just as fast as his little brother, Tim, was untying it at the top, causing Jeff to fall and break his arm. Jeff graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1971, and then continued his education at St. Cloud State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in photo engineering technology in 1976. In his yearbook, he was dubbed “Mr. Irresistible.” Jeff loved photography and canoeing and took many beautiful photos of his Yukon River travels, and the animals and plant life of the wild, northwest mountains. Shortly after managing a photography shop in Cambridge, Jeff packed up his Ford Pinto and adventured out to Montana where he got a job on Big Mountain. It was 1980.
In Whitefish, Jeff met the love of his life, Debra Dodd, a beautiful artist who had been traveling through town from the East Coast. They were married Oct. 9, 1983. Jeff convinced Deb to set down roots and together they raised seven children in Coram. Jeff worked for Glacier National Park as a seasonal employee for over 40 years and loved every minute of being close to the mountains and his co-worker friends whom he worked alongside. Jeff loved to make people laugh over and over again even if it was the same joke. On any given day, you might hear him say, “If a chicken and a half laid an egg and a half, in a day and a half, how many pancakes would it take to shingle a doghouse?” In case you were wondering, the answer is 29. Jeff loved so many things — the mountains of Glacier National Park, early morning whitetail hunts, watching his kids and grandkids play sports, cooking Polish dogs for family cookouts, organizing family singing, and setting up tournament brackets for family games of basketball, badminton or cornhole. He also enjoyed creating his own special trophies for those of us who shot the biggest buck in the fall or had the best March Madness bracket in the spring.
Left behind to honor Jeff and remember his love and laughter are his wife of 38 years, Debra Rajkowski, and their seven children, Sarah (Greg) Louden, Ruben (Eliza) Rajkowski, Emil (Becca) Rajkowski, Hannah (Josh) Bowerman, Isaac (Jordan) Rajkowski, Maggie (Zach) Falk and Priscilla (Chad) Frasier. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Brinkley, Kenton, Silas, Jackson, Ember, Asher, Loveah, Everly, Maverick, Aiden, Desmond, Sebastian, Elias and Rosalie.  Jeff is also survived by his siblings, Bob (Sandy) Rajkowski, Joe (Teresa) Rajkowski, Mike (Sue) Rajkowski, Tim (Gloria) Rajkowski, JoAnn (Greg) Marshall and sister-in-law Carol (Sinotte).
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Tony and Margie Rajkowski, his brother Ed Rajkowski, his nephew Jared Rajkowski, and his sister-in-law JoAnne (Saldana) Rajkowski.
Jeff loved his Savior Jesus Christ, his wife, kids, grandkids and friends with all of his heart and will be dearly missed by many.
A memorial service was held in his honor at 4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Central Bible Church, 902 First Ave E., Kalispell, Montana, 59901.
The Rajkowski family would like to extend our gratitude to the staff at Logan Health and to all those who supported us with prayer and love during Dad’s last few weeks. Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.
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Helen Lemke

Hlemke
Helen Lemke, 95, passed peacefully Sept. 8, 2021, at Good Shepherd Cottages in Sauk Rapids, where she had been a resident for several years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her for her welcoming smile and caring and cheerful nature.
A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Oct. 14 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Albany, followed by interment in the Immanuel Cemetery adjacent to the church. The Rev. Keith Weise of Good Shepherd will officiate. Masks are required.
Helen was born to Jacob and Ida (Radtke) Christen of Albany and married Ervin Lemke in 1946. They moved to St. Joseph in 1951, and Sauk Rapids in 1963. Helen worked at St. Cloud State College for over 20 years and was an active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She was an avid fisherwoman, gardener, and friend to all.
Helen is survived by two daughters and three sons:  Joyce (Jim), Jim (Christie), Phyllis (Charles), David (Carol), Gerald (Sharon) and six grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband Ervin, her parents, brother Harold Christen and sister Eleanor Lemke.
Family requests memorial contributions to Good Shepherd Cottages Sauk Rapids and St. Croix Hospice, in lieu of flowers.
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Clarence H. Posch

Posch
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Clarence H. Posch, age 86, who passed away at his home in Rice Sept. 13, 2021. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 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 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Clarence was born May 10, 1935 in Little Falls to Henry and Olean (Boisvert) Posch. He grew up in Royalton and the cities, and has lived in Rice since 1969. Clarence was united in marriage to Audrey Pelkey May 29, 1961 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls. He was a federal food inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture for 34 years, retiring in 1988. Clarence owned and operated Ace Insulation for 25 years with his son, Greg. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and the Royalton and Rice sportsmen’s clubs. Clarence was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, deer hunting, cutting wood and gardening vegetables. He loved baseball and enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins, St. Cloud Rox, and the Willmar Stingers. Clarence was a hard worker who was known for his jokes and funny personality. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Clarence is survived by his children, Debbie (Bob) Then of Rice, Brenda Regouski (Will Fallert) of Little Falls, Greg of Rice, Gary (Meredith) Posch of Sauk Rapids, Anita (Rob) Lindholm of St. Cloud, Leanne (Jason) Brown of Sauk Rapids; siblings, Leo (Bernice) Posch, Darlene Kruzel, Jerry (Carol) Posch, and Tim Posch; grandchildren, Amanda, Brianna, Mackenzie, Brady, Cullen, Madelyn, Ethan, Cooper, and Nora; and loving dog, Snuggles. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey in 2019; and siblings, Linda Morrison, Rachael Wilkes, Mary Posch, Benny Posch, and Ralph Posch.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online www.williamsdingmann.com
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Lester C. Zika

Zika
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Peace United Church of Christ in St. Cloud for Lester C. Zika, age 85, who passed away Aug. 29, 2021, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud. The Rev. John Fiscus will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 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. St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622 will pray at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Lester was born June 12, 1936, in Sauk Rapids to Frank and Olga (Kiekow) Zika. He married Dorothy Pfefferle June 10, 1961, at Peace United Church of Christ. Lester lived in Sauk Rapids all of his life and worked as a bus driver and mechanic for Larson Bus Service for 26 years. He was a member of Peace United Church of Christ, St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, Sauk Rapids Sportsmen’s Club, St. Cloud Antique Auto Club, and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. Lester enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working, driving bus, attending auctions, watching TV, old-time music, and feeding and watching the birds and squirrels. He was strong-willed, had a great work ethic and was very proud of his children. Lester knew a lot of people and loved to visit with others.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughter, Leonard (fiancé, Marlo Wurzburger) of Sartell, Beverly (Brad) Palmquist of Rice, Richard (Joyce) of Sauk Rapids, and John (Maureen Hetue) of Madison, Wisconsin; brother and sister, Larry (Kathy) of Sauk Rapids and Esther (Bob) Ebnet of Sauk Rapids; and grandsons, Zachery, Alex and Samuel. Lester was preceded in death by his parents; and infant brother, Leonard.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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David “Whitey” J. Behrend

Behrend
Visitation was 3-6 p.m. Sept. 2 with prayers at 5:30 p.m. at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Sauk Rapids VFW for David J. Behrend, age 59, who passed away Aug. 30, 2021, at The Gardens at Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated and burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids.
David was born Nov. 2, 1961, in Sauk Rapids to Herbert and Rita (Lubbesmeier) Behrend. He married Laura Tenvoorde Sept. 8, 2000, at Munsinger Park in St. Cloud. David lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of his life and worked as a concrete foreman for Opus in Minneapolis. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. David enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, motorcycles, big camp fires, Fourth of July fireworks, and old-time country classics. He was hardworking, loyal, fun, creative,and strong. David was proud of the cabin up north and spent lots of time on the pontoon “Party Barge.”
Survivors include his daughter and sons, Samantha Behrend of St. Cloud, Jeremy Behrend (Sarah Beckrich) of Sartell, and Justin Behrend (Tanisha Miller) of Sauk Rapids; sisters and brothers, Jeanne Terrell of St. Cloud, Duane “Butch” (Gail) Behrend of Ham Lake, Janet (Rob) Schlichting of Sauk Rapids, Judy Behrend (Paul) Loidolt of Foley, and Dale “Elwood” (Leslie Fix) Behrend of Sauk Rapids; and grandchildren, Braxton, Devan, Demaryon, and Sadaviah. David was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Laura; brothers, Dick and Dean; and sisters, Joanne Behrend and Joyce Behrend.
The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff at The Gardens at Foley for all the wonderful care given to David over the years
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Barbara M. Pallansch – Binder

Pallansch
Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m.  Aug. 26 at the St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Barbara M. Pallansch-Binder, age 76, who passed away Aug. 21, 2021, at her residence in Royalton. The Rev. LeRoy Scheierl officiated and burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud at 2 p.m. Aug.  27. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Aug. 25, at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to services at church Thursday. Parish prayers were 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Barbara was born May 6, 1945, in St. Cloud to Henry and Leona (Schwinghammer) Pallansch. Barbara worked as a nursing aid  and physical therapy assistant at the St. Cloud Hospital for 46 years. She had loving faith and attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church and belonged to the Christian Mothers. Barb was married for 4.5 years to Alfred Binder.  She enjoyed many crafts, some of her favorites being wood working, knitting, crocheting and painting. Barbara loved spending time in her garden, puzzles, spending time at the lake, going out to eat, going on trips, and her pets Simba the cat and Prince Charming the dog. She will be remembered for her bubbly, positive, caring and loving personality and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Barbara is survived by her siblings, Frank Pallansch of St. Cloud and Ann (Ron) Schultz of Texas; extended family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Patrick; siblings, Francis Pallansch, George Pallansch, Rose Schmitz and husband, Alfred.
Special thank you to Jackie Fountain, Stacy Virnig, Stacie Anderson-Rau, Max Anderson, Alex Anderson, Lisa Nicodum, Triston Anderson, Kevin Stueven, LuAnn Nordvik, Carrie Seanger, Riverside Assisted Living and Centra Care Hospice.
Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Roger W. Trushenski

Trushenski
Roger W. Trushenski, age 86, of Sauk Rapids, passed away Aug. 20, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Services for Roger will be set at a later date.
Roger Wayne Trushenski was born to Jack and Elnore (Sendek) Trushenski Feb. 27, 1935, in Sauk Rapids. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and went on to work as a prison guard for many years. He spent one year working for Stillwater Prison, and then was a guard at the St. Cloud Reformatory for over 30 years. He finished his career working for Benton County in transport. He was married to Emilie Ritsche, his former wife, with whom he raised his two children, Dean and Dana. After their separation, he has enjoyed the company of his significant other, Joyce Chaika and her family. Roger was a proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather, and he enjoyed spending time with family. He had a remarkable sense of humor and was always teasing. Throughout his life, Roger also enjoyed working on and refurbishing old cars, visiting the casino, camping during the summers, and buying and selling silver and gold. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Roger is survived by his significant other, Joyce Chaika; children, Dean Trushenski of Watkins and Dana Tholl of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Melissa (Mike) Tholl-Pritchard, Nathan Trushenski, Jennifer Trushenski, Jeremy Tholl, and Mariah Tholl; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Dovie, Landon, Eli, Zayden, William, Ryker, Hendrix, Savannah, Natalya, Halen; great-great-granddaughter, Kevin; sister, Gail; and former wife and friend, Emilie Trushenski.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David; and infant daughters, Coralee Ann, Dawn Marie, and Mary Elizabeth.
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Jeanette Marie (Nodo) Schotl

Schotl
Jeanette Marie (Nodo) Schotl, 72, of East Bethel, passed away June 17, 2021.
She was born Sept. 25, 1948, in St. Cloud to Nicholas Nodo and Ann Marie (Berger) Nodo of Rice.
Jeanette attended Sauk Rapids High School.
She was employed at Product Design and Engineering and later at Minnesota Marine and Target.
She loved going to the Renaissance Festival. She attended with family every year she could.
Growing flowers and veggies in her many gardens was another passion. She fed all the birds and the animals that would come to her yard, even the ones that ate those gardens.
We remember her for her laugh and lack of complaints with the trials life offered.
She is survived by her daughter, Nicolle Schotl, son, Daniel Klaysmat and  granddaughter Autumn.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Jerome, Kenneth (Vicki), and Ervin (Rose) Nodo,
Virginia (Darrel) Patton, Norma Klemm and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Nicholas, bother-in-law Loren Klemm, nephews Nicholas Raphael Nodo and Steven Patton, and niece Susan Patton.
A celebration of life luncheon was in East Bethel earlier and a celebration of life get together will be at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sept. 4. A lunch will be served.
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Kay (Kathy) Paradeis

Paradeis
May 14, 1960 – Aug. 18, 2021
A celebration of life will be held for Kay (Kathy) Paradeis at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday evening at the church in Rice and also one hour prior to the celebration at the church  Monday morning. There will be a brief prayer service, followed by a time for sharing memories at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Kay was born in St. Cloud May 14, 1960 to DuWayne “Bud” and Betty (Doeden) Dropps. Kay was united in marriage to Bill Paradeis Oct. 8, 1977. She was a hard-working farmer who always had time for family and friends to stop by for coffee, food (cinnamon rolls), or a smoke. The hospitality she showed to those she loved was a true gift. Kay was a member of Shepherd of Pines Lutheran Church where she and Bill were very involved. She was very creative and was an avid scrapbooker, card maker/stamping and expert in many types of crafts. Kay had a big heart, was a great neighbor and will always be remembered as the kind of person that could do it all. She was kind, generous, hard-working, a great friend and listener, patient and well-loved by children, often being “Grandma” to numerous neighborhood children. She was affectionately known as “Grandma, Nana, Kaylala.” Kay was most proud of her family. She taught her children to love incredibly generously, work hard and to be accountable for their actions.
Kay is survived by her loving husband, Bill; children, Stephanie (James) Tupa, Jennifer Zakis and Jake Paradeis; grandchildren, Alyssa, Braeden, Callie, Emma, Emily, Holly and Auron; siblings, Aryliss (Tom) Moulzolf, Joy Boser-Knowles, Bev (Marvin) Winscher, Judy (Jim) Barnett and Steve (Lisa) Dropps; sister-in-law, Diane Dropps; brothers and sisters-in-law, Terry (Dottie) Paradeis, Marty Paradeis, Peg (Bob) Wimmer, Joan Paradeis, and Jacky (Greg) Drewry. She was preceded in death by her parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law; brother, Al Dropps; sisters-in-law, Jane Paradeis and Pat Furst; and brothers-in-law, Doug Paradeis, Greg Boser, and Melvin “Sonny” Knowles.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Minnesota Chapter. (afsp.org/chapter/Minnesota)
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Michael L. Hall

Mhall
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Michael L. Hall, age 62, who passed away Aug. 17, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Michael was born Sept. 18, 1958, in St. Cloud to Thomas and Clara (Pilantz) Hall. He lived in Ohio most of his life and worked as a salesperson. Michael enjoyed traveling, landscaping and carpentry. He lived a full life, was a man of adventure and spent quality time with his family. Michael was a man of faith who was a good father, brother and friend.
Survivors include his son, Mikhail Hall of Ohio; mother, Clara Czech of Sauk Rapids; sisters and brother, Peggy Hall of Avon, Penny Dunn of New Brighton, Sue Bechtold of St. Cloud, Anthony T. (Brenda) Hall of St. Cloud and Karla (Bruce) Benoit of Cold Spring; and many nieces and nephews. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Thomas; former spouse, Sue; and step father, George Czech.
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Mary Jane Kuklok

Kukok
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Aug. 19 for Mary Jane Kuklok who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Aug. 15, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Mary Jane was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Brockway Township to Thomas and Theresa (Symanietz) Wochnick. She was united in marriage to Ambrose Kuklok Jan. 8, 1949, in Opole. Mary Jane lived most of her life in the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud area. She worked at the St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud State University in Shoemaker Hall and as a rehab aide at Good Shepherd for 20 years. Mary Jane was affiliated with Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids and was a member of the Christian Mothers. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, baking (especially apple pie and Polish coffee cake), playing cards, traveling, family get togethers, and assisting as a wedding coordinator with her daughter, Renee. Mary Jane was very proud of her family. Her determination, hard work ethic, and talents were a guiding force for her family.
Mary Jane is survived by her children, Marilys (DuWayne) Simmons of Sauk Rapids, Renee Strang of Sauk Rapids, and Brenda (Walter) Heinen of St. Cloud; siblings, Angeline Eiden of Chaska, Marcella Pilarski of Osseo, Frances Eiden of Carver, George Wochnick of St. Joseph, and LaVerne Klish of St. Paul; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Kuklok of Becker. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ambrose in 2000; sons, Richard and Roger; brothers, Leo and Ralph Wochnick; and son-in-law, Mel Strang.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the loving staff at Quiet Oaks Hospice House for the compassionate care that was given to Mary Jane in her final days.
Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
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Duane “Duke” D. Knafla

Knafiad
Memorial services were 11 a.m. Aug. 10, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Duane “Duke” Knafla, age 87, who passed away AQug. 5, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
 Duane Donald Knafla was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Sauk Rapids to John and Matilda “Tillie” (Gratzek) Knafla. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-56. Duke married Meda Funk Feb. 23, 1957, at Trinity Lutheran Church and Meda passed away March 17, 2000. He then married Bev Stave and Bev passed away Feb. 19, 2018. Duke lived in the Sartell area most of his life and worked as a pipefitter and job planner for St. Regis/Champion Paper Mill until his retirement June 1, 1993. He then worked at Dingmann Family Funeral Home for several years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sartell American Legion Post 277, and Central Minnesota Carvers Club at Whitney Center. Duke enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, wood carving, feeding ducks, visiting with friends and trips to the casino. He was proud of his family and had a special relationship with his son, David.
Survivors include his son, David (Barb) of St. Cloud; special friend, Arlene Mendel of Sartell; step children, Sharon (Gregg) Taubert of Beaver Creek, Jeff Johnson of St. Cloud, Gary Johnson (Nancy Keller) of St. Cloud, and Christine (Richard) Hupe of St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives, Meda and Bev; daughter, Dawn in 1996; and brothers, Norm, Dan, and Jim.
Memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Building Fund.
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Alva M. Bigley

Bigleya
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Alva M. Bigley, 88, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Aug. 8, 2021, in Crosslake. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and interment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to Mass Tuesday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Alva was born Dec. 1, 1932, in Elk River to Alvin and Jeanette (Pratt) Parker. She married Donald Bigley May 23, 1953, at St. Augustine’s Church in St. Cloud. The couple has lived in the St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids areas since their marriage. Alva worked as a licensed practical nurse at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 17 years, retiring in 1987. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alva loved garage sales, reading, spending time with her family and was a very easy-going person. She will always be remembered for being happy and someone who truly enjoyed life. Alva was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was happiest when enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. Alva and Don traveled, as well as wintered in Mexico and Texas. She enjoyed summers on Leech Lake where she could always be found organizing and managing the activities and fundraisers for the lake community where she lived. Her welcoming disposition and eagerness to reach out to others blessed her with a large group of valued friends!
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (James) Perske of Coon Rapids; son, William (Daiva) of Stuart, Florida; grandchildren, Chris (Allison), Daniel, Jackson and Anna; and great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald on Nov. 13, 2020; and sister, Genevieve Chounard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare Monastery, 421 Fourth St. S., Sauk Rapids, MN, 56379 or charity of your choice.
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Evelyn “Evie” A. Thole

Thole
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Evelyn “Evie” A. Thole, 78, of Rice, who passed away at her home Aug. 9, 2021. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Aug. 12 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to Mass at the church Friday.
Evelyn was born at home Jan. 14, 1943, in Graham Township for Richard “Dick” and Nellie (Rosenkranz) Dubbin. She married Bernard Thole Oct. 4, 1964, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. The couple made their home in Rice and farmed together. She was a hardworking farm wife. While Bernard tended to the cows, Evie showed her kind and loving side and cared for the calves. Evie enjoyed crafting and was very creative. She loved to fill the inside and outside of her home with flowers. Evie’s faith was also very important to her. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, where she participated in the Christian Mothers and was also a Eucharistic minister. Evie will be remembered for being honest, sincere and always concerned for others.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Bernard of Rice; son, Shon (Chris) of Clearwater; daughter, Carmen (Bob) Ruhland of Arizona; grandson, Matt Vickerman; great granddaughter, Ellie Sailer; and brother, Percy (Lavina) Dubbin of the Twin Cities metro area. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Edward, Melvin, Gerald, Herbert, Floyd, Ervin and John Dubbin; and grandson, Nicholas Chock.
Memorials are preferred to the Interstitial Cystitis Association. (www.ichelp.org)
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Eugene A. Tople

Tople
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Aug. 13 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Eugene A. Tople, age 81, of St. Cloud, who passed away Aug. 7, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family after a short and feisty battle with cancer. Kevin Anundson officiated and burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dent. Visitation was one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.
Eugene Arvid Tople was born Feb. 3, 1940, in Dent, to Erwin and Irene (VanLerberghe) Tople. He married Angela Anundson April 15, 1961, in Pipestone. The couple has lived together in St. Cloud since 1965. Eugene worked for Franklin Manufacturing and retired at the age of 62. After his retirement, he drove truck for Rick Voss. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for many years. Eugene enjoyed hunting, spear fishing, old cars, and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was strong willed and at times, opinionated. He had a great memory and was an extremely hard worker. Eugene loved to visit with others and keep good company and was a wonderful listener. Above all else, he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Angie of St. Cloud; children, Kari (Jim) Laudenbach of Rice, Steve (Mollie) of Becker, Jodie (Jim Swanson) Tople of Superior, Wisconsin, Jill (Hershel Moody) Marsh of Paso Robles, California, and Ross (Jessica) of Palmer; grandchildren, Scott, Andrew, Mikale, Emily, Alex, Riley, Laeden, Spencer, Chris, Emma, Lauren, and Trent; great grandchildren, Avery, Joelle, Mason, Owen, Aliya, Roman, and Marshall; twin sister, Eunice Hall of Big Lake; and his favorite dog, Tica. He was preceded in death by his parents; son in law, Geoff Marsh; and brother, Dean.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Irene J. Perske

Perske
Funeral service was 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Irene J. Perske, age 101, of St. Cloud who died Aug. 7, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Bruce Timm officiated and burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was two hours prior to the service Thursday at the church in St. Cloud. The service was livestreamed on Redeemer Lutheran Church Facebook page. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Irene was born June 9, 1920, in Popple Creek to Fred and Anna (Leyk) Mendel. She grew up in Popple Creek where she was raised on the family farm. She married Thayer Perske Nov. 17, 1940, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Popple Creek. Irene lived in Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud most of her life and worked as a sales associate at Herberger’s for 25 years. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ladies Guild, taught vacation Bible school and was an honorary chair person for Prince of Peace Lutheran School. Faith and family were very important to Irene. Her door was always open because you never knew when Christ was coming. She loved visiting with others over a good cup of coffee and a doughnut hole. Irene was a Minnesota Twins fan who saw the best in everyone, even the Twins!
Survivors include her children, John of Corpus Christi, Jerry (Vicki) of St. Cloud, Jeanne (Ken) Winchell of Apple Valley, James (Linda) of Coon Rapids, Joseph (Janet) of Sartell, Janet (Richard) Clark of St. Cloud; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Art Betker of Rice; sisters-in-law, Rosemary and Lorraine Mendel both of Sauk Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thayer; daughter, Joanne; son-in-law, James Theis; sister, Lois Ann Johnson; brothers, Allan, Arthur, Donald and Merril.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran School.
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David C. Eisenlohr

Eosenlohr
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for David C. Eisenlohr, age 77, who passed away July 30, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at church.
David Eisenlohr was born April 22, 1944, in Staples to Herbert and Lillian (Gilmore) Eisenlohr. He proudly served our country in the United States Army and was united in marriage to Shirley Umland Nov. 3, 1973, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wadena. They lived most of their lives in the St. Cloud area where David worked as a machinist at DeZurik in Sartell for 35 years, retiring in 2010 and was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids where he was an usher for many years. David enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a great listener who could have a conversation with anyone. David was a kind, gentle, faithful and a respectful man who was a great story teller and was a father figure to many. David loved spending time with his family and friends.
David is survived by his wife, Shirley of St. Cloud; children, Heidi Jo of St. Cloud and Eric (Kerri) of Fargo, North Dakota; granddaughter, Maddisen of Fargo, North Dakota; sisters, Ruth Zulkosky of Sauk Rapids, Mary (Art) Helmerick of Cottage Grove, and Carol Jentz of Lidgerwood, North Dakota; sisters in law, Beverly Eisenlohr of New York Mills and Barb Umland of Wadena; brother-in-law, Harlan “Harley” Umland of Wadena; 10 nephews; nine nieces; and many other extended relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John; and brothers in law, Mervin Umland and David Jentz.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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James “Jim” J. Dobos

Dobos
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for James “Jim” J. Dobos, age 88, who passed away July 31, 2021, at his home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the service Monday, Aug. 9 also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Mass will be live streamed Monday and can be accessed at www.williamsdingmann.com
Jim Dobos was born Nov. 8, 1932, in Graham Township to Louis and Clara (Bursch) Dobos. He was united in marriage to Anna Mae “Anne” Girtz June 2, 1956 in Deer River. James proudly served our country in the United States Army and worked as a truck driver for Pan O Gold Bakery and Multifoods in Rice, retiring in 1997. He was an active member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was in the Men’s Club and an usher. Jim was also a member of the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254. He enjoyed taking family camping trips in his early years, working in the yard and Twins baseball. Jim was a sociable man who loved telling jokes. He was most proud of driving a million miles without an accident.
Jim is survived by his wife, Anne of Sauk Rapids; children, Crisandra (John) Thornton of St. Louis Park and Tracey (Richard) MacDonald of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Megan, Nicholas (Yisseth), Olivia, and Noah; and sisters, Lucille Skiba of Foley and Violet Lockhart of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Donald Dobos and Josephine Malikowski.
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Roger L. Kantor

Kantor
Roger Larry Kantor, age 63, passed away unexpectedly July 24, 2021. The last two days of his life were spent surrounded by his children and grandchildren enjoying life to fullest on the water at his home on the Gull River.
Roger was born Sept. 7, 1957, in St. Cloud, to Roger and Gloria (Casey) Kantor. After spending 10 years moving around with the military, his family settled in rural Foley. He graduated third in his class from Foley High School in 1976, then attended, what was then called, St. Cloud Area Vocational Technical Institute, studying electronic data processing.
On Feb. 4, 1978, he married his high school sweetheart Dorothy (Lewandowski) Kantor. Together they lived and raised their three children in Byron, Brennyville, Clear Lake, Clearwater, Sartell and St. Cloud. He served as the mayor of Clear Lake for six years. In 1994, he and Dorothy purchased land on the Gull River near Brainerd; in 2013, they moved there permanently.
Roger worked as an information technology consultant, senior project manager, with clients located throughout the United States. For 15 years of his career, he and Dorothy co-owned and operated Northwest Computer Consultants Inc. Roger was a strong leader and a man of his word. It was important to him to be a mentor and encourage his staff to develop their skills. When a job was well done, he felt it important to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments. Roger loved to learn. He continued his education over the years, participating in the Blandin Foundation Community Leadership program, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2010 from the College of St. Scholastica and earning his Project Management Professional certification with one of the highest test scores from the Project Management Institute. He retired in May 2021, grateful to never have to wear a suit again.
Roger was a loving husband, devoted to his marriage commitment. He was always initiating date night plans, preparing romantic dinners for his wife, planning picnics on the boat or dinners out. He often brought home wildflowers, sometimes stopping on the side of the road to pick them. “I love my wife” was a bumper sticker he placed on every car he owned. Roger and Dorothy shared their devotion to marriage by volunteering for 30 years as a sponsor couple for those engaged to be married in the Catholic Church and 15 years as speakers for the St. Cloud Diocese Marriage Preparation Course. 
Roger was active in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight, and was a Eucharistic minister and lector. He was a man with a caring and giving heart, willing to help a friend, neighbor or stranger in need with both actions and monetary gifts. Roger enjoyed grilling, golfing, a good game of cards, fishing, boat rides, feeding birds, gardening, traveling and happy hour with the neighbors.
Roger is survived in death by his wife Dorothy (Lewandowski); his daughters Jill (Todd) Irlbeck and Amber (Sean) Tenerelli, his son Adam (Candice) Kantor; his eight grandchildren (Austin and Opal Irlbeck, Tommy, Stella, and Anna Tenerelli, and AJ, Andrew, and Addison Kantor); his parents Roger and Gloria Kantor; siblings David (Cathy) Kantor, Terry (Barb) Kantor, Cheryl Kantor, Doug (Denise) Kantor. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law Opaline (Herrman) and Thomas Lewandowski.
A visitation was 9-11 a.m. July 29 at All Saints Catholic Church, 16898 Carlson Lake Road N.W., Brainerd, with the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial was 11 a.m. July 30, at the St. Marcus Catholic Church cemetery, Clear Lake.
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Edward Thelen

Thelen
A memorial service will be noon, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, for Edward Thelen, age 78, who died July 25, 2021, at his home peacefully. Inurnment will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
A visitation will be  11-11:45 a.m. the morning of at the Wenner Funeral Home.
Edward Thelen was born in Melrose to Edward and Francis (Stueve) Thelen. He married Margaret Heying July 10, 1965.  Ed served in the U.S. Army from 1961-64 in Germany.
Ed worked for 40 years in the insurance business covering the Midwest. In the mid 1970s he opened and operated Cold Spring’s first Pizza Pub. Ed was a fan of the Twins, Vikings, Gophers, Timberwolves, fishing, slot machines, big band music and his beloved dog, Max. He was a member of St. Boniface Parish and a past president of the Insurance Agent Association of Minnesota. Many seniors enjoyed his entertaining Bingo calling.
He is survived by ex-wife, Margaret Anderson; children, Michael (Gosia), Kerry (Frank) Volkers, Jeff (Betsy); sister, Joan (Dave) Bell; in-laws, Tom Bell and Judy Thelen; six grandchildren, Michelle, Alex, Frank, John, Abigail, and Maddie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ronald (Ione), Kenneth, Bill Spaeth; and sister, Lois Bell.
Arrangements are with Wenner Funeral Home, Cold Spring.
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Joyce A. Loidolt

Loidolt
Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. July 30 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Joyce A. Loidolt, age 74, who passed away July 27, 2021, at Edgewood Assisted Living in Sartell. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. July 29 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to services at the church Friday.
Joyce was born Feb. 3, 1947, in St. Cloud to Leo and Ann (Haus) Emslander. She was united in marriage to Jim Loidolt June 7, 1969, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Joyce lived all of her life in the Sauk Rapids area. She worked most of her life as a farmer and homemaker and also as an accountant for DeZurik and bookkeeper for Jim’s Service in Eden Valley. Joyce was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church and was a Eucharist minister. She enjoyed motorcycling, fishing, snowmobiling, gardening, feeding the birds, crossword puzzles and most importantly spending time with her family. Joyce was a loving, caring and faithful woman who was very committed, hardworking and detailed oriented.
Joyce is survived by her children, John (Stephanie) of Clear Lake, Julie Haack of Sauk Rapids, Justin (Jessica) of Foley, and Jeff of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, RaeAnn (Nick) Eischens of St. Cloud and Kayla Haack of Sauk Rapids; siblings, Leo, Jr. (Laure) of St. Cloud, Donna Mae Tomporowski of Foley, Linda (Ron) Buersken of Albany, and Roselyn (Pat) Thommes of Sauk Rapids; and sisters in law, Rosie, Mary Lou, Janice, and Suzanne Emslander. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim; siblings, Dennis, Charles, David, Donald, Jimmy, and Robert; and infant, sister, Martha.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Sharon M. Petron

Petron
A celebration of life will be 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at The Rusty Nail in St. Stephen for Sharon “Sherry” M. Petron, age 74, who passed away July 27, 2021, at her home. Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Sartell. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Sherry was born May 20, 1947, in Graceville to Bernard and Norma (Kenyon) Paulsen. She married David Petron Oct. 25, 1968, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Sherry lived in the Sauk Rapids area most of her life and worked as an emergency room technician at the St. Cloud Hospital for 47 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Sherry enjoyed hunting fishing, gardening and spending time at the cabin up north. She was outgoing, hardworking and would do anything for anyone.
Survivors include her son, Brad (Kristen) Petron of Cambridge; sister and brother, Kathleen Harvey of Elk River and Kenny (Karen) Petron of Arizona; and grandchildren, Chase and Reece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David on Nov. 11, 2004; and son, Brian on Feb. 7, 2017.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Wayne H.  Sendy

Wsendy
Wayne Sendy, age 63 of Rice, passed away Nov. 25, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, July 31 at the Foley Funeral Home.  The Rev.  Kirk Knudsen will officiate. There will be a visitation starting at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home Saturday. Military honors will be preformed by the Foley American Legion.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Wayne Herbert Sendy was born Aug. 11, 1957, in St. Cloud to Herbert and Bernetta (Vogt) Sendy. Wayne graduated from Foley High School, class of 1976. He entered the U.S. Army in 1976, and served honorably until 1985. He married Pauline Erickson Feb. 7, 2009, in Sauk Rapids.  He worked for Frigidaire/Electrolux in refrigerator repair until his retirement in 2018. Wayne enjoyed fishing and traveling to South Dakota, the north shore, collecting stamps and watching old westerns.  His favorite past time was spoiling his pet cat, Ruby. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Waite Park and the Royalton American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline of Rice and step-sons; Eric and Nathan Connolly and brothers and sisters: Kenneth Sendy, Mark (Mary) Sendy, James Sendy, Barb (Mike) Krmpotich, Gail Albright, Cathy Vrede, Connie (Travis) Scott and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Bernetta, brother, David Sendy and son, Benjamin Sendy.
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Inez Smallwood

Smallwood
Funeral services were 2 p.m. July 22  at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Inez Smallwood, age 100, who passed away July 18, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Keith Weise officiated and burial was at Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Visitation was one hour prior to the services.
Inez Smallwood was born in Herington, Kansas May 17, 1921, to Reinhart and Elizabeth Beisel. Inez’ parents moved to Chicago, Illinois, when she was 4 years old. She was No. 4 in a family of five children (Harry, Sammy, Eddy, Inez and Bernie). Inez married her husband Leonard Neal Smallwood Sept. 20, 1941. They were happily married for 62 loving years. Inez and Leonard were blessed with a son, Leonard Edward Oct. 8, 1943. Shortly after the birth of her son, Inez’ husband was sent to fight in World War II. Inez managed cafeterias for Salernos Restaurants and several other catering facilities. Inez and her husband retired in 1979, when they moved to a hobby farm in Lebanon, Missouri. She loved volunteering at the Springfield Hospital Gift Shop. She also enjoyed traveling the world on many boat cruises with her husband. She moved to Sauk Rapids to be closer to family in 2002. She loved spending time with family and friends and most recently celebrating her 100th birthday. She loved to shop, join clubs and dine out.
She is survived by her son Leonard E. Smallwood (Sue), Sauk Rapids; grandchildren Rev. Sean Smallwood (Giselle), Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Lisa Webskowski (Gary), Carver; great grandchildren Meghan, Shannon, Assumpta and Siobhan; sister Bernice Kling; and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Leonard N. Smallwood, and brothers Harry, Samuel and Edward Beisel. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Ernest “Ernie” W. Thompson

Thompson
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Ernest W. Thompson, age 92, who passed away July 21, 2021, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church.
Ernie was born Sept. 23, 1928, in Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Ernest C. and Ethel (Simon) Thompson. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952. Ernie married Barbara Helen Beam June 2, 1954, in Royalton. They lived in St. Cloud prior to moving to Sauk Rapids in 1966. Ernie drove school bus for Larson Bus Service for over 30 years. He was known as “Erndog.” He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where was involved in the Men’s Club and served as an usher. Ernie was a lifetime member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992, member of Sauk Rapids American Legion Post254, and a member of the Order of the Purple Heart. He was very proud of his military service and two purple hearts. He enjoyed golfing, dancing, camping, trips to the casino, bus trips, and John Wayne and Chuck Norris movies. Ernie was a great Dad and provider who loved his family.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Helen of Sauk Rapids; daughter and sons, Sharyn (Richard) Hoium of Stacy, Gary (Colleen) of Sauk Rapids, David (Gretchen) of Ormond Beach, Florida, Chuck (Stacy) of Sartell, and Tim (Theresa) of Mayer; sister, Shirley Whiting of Long Prairie; brother, Marvin; nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Ernie was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nicholas Hoium; granddaughter, Sydney Thompson; brothers, Lester and Earl; and sister, Viola Grimsley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Eagles Healing Nest; 310 US 71; Sauk Centre, MN 56378.
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Kenneth H. Kardell

Kardello
Kenneth H. Kardell Nov. 28, 1956, to Aug 4, 2020. Kenneth (Bruno) passed away suddenly  Aug. 4, 2020, at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. Ken was born Nov. 28, 1956, in St. Cloud to the late George and Frances Kardell. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and great uncle. Ken was also an honorary uncle and a great friend to many throughout his life. Ken and his wife “Nita” often speak of their Alaska “family of friends” and have remained close to them for the past 30 years. Ken and Nita moved to Alaska in 1991. It was there that he immediately knew he had found a place that felt like home. He loved to fish, hunt, snow machine and four-wheel. One of his greatest joys was to show his Minnesota visitors all the wonders Alaska had to offer. And as much as he loved Alaska, he would come home a couple of times a year to visit with family and friends, but mostly to hunt, fish, and do all the things he loved about being home in Minnesota.
Ken is survived by his loving wife Juanita McFeeters-Kardell, his daughter Jennifer Kent, sons Jamie and Nicholas Kardell; brother Del Kardell (late wife Margaret) of Sauk Rapids, John (wife Janet) Kardell of Sauk Rapids and sister Marjorie (husband Roger) Kardell-Smith of Royalton and honorary brother and friend, Mike Reimann (wife Marie). Ken was preceded in death by his parents, George Kardell, Frances Kardell Wesenberg, stepfather George Wesenberg, nephew, Scott Kardell and sister-in-law Margaret Kardell. The family invites you to attend a celebration of life memorial 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, at the Rice Lions Building, 101 Fourth Ave. N.W., Rice MN 56367.
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Alma C. Yamry

Yamry
Alma C. Yamry, 99, passed away peacefully at Assumption Community in Cold Spring July 13, 2021. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Parish prayers will be at 8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Stephen, followed by burial at the parish cemetery. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens will officiate.
Alma was born Nov. 15, 1921, in St. Stephen to Michael and Anne (Lampertz) Fiedler. She married Leonard Yamry June 18, 1940, at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Together, they raised chickens, turkeys and were dairy farmers for many years. After selling the family farm, Alma worked at Engas Café in downtown St. Cloud. She liked to travel, go fishing and gardening. Alma was hardworking, ambitious and always kept busy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and entertaining relatives and friends. She was a talented cook and a wonderful musician, playing the piano, violin and guitar. Alma could best be described as a strong willed yet compassionate and kind woman. She will be sorely missed by those she loved.
Survivors include her children, Dorene Yamry of Sartell, Jeanette (Gary) Mancinelli of Tacoma, Washington, Shirley Barrett of Showlow, Arizona, Carol Moore of Albertville, Marilyn Meierhofer of Vadnais Heights, Ramona (Kenny Reeves) Yamry-Reeves of California, Missouri. and Leonard (Sue) Yamry, Jr. of St. Joseph; son-in-law, Marlin Opatz of Sartell; 20 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leonard in 2001; daughter, Diane Opatz; an infant son; brothers, Valentine and Frank Fiedler; sisters, Madeline Briese, Marie Vouk and Caroline Guck; and grandsons Shane and Sherwin Barrett.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Roger A. Kuklok

Kuklok
Services will be private for Roger A. Kuklok, 72, of Becker, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Roger Ambrose Kuklok was born June 24, 1949, in St. Cloud to Ambrose and MaryJane (Wochnick) Kuklok. He married Patricia “Lou” (Stefano) Cook Jan. 3, 1981. Roger lived in Becker since 1986; prior to that he lived in Rice. He worked as a union carpenter for many years in the metropolitan area and retired in 2005. Roger loved to take on various hobbies and had many interests, especially enjoying 50 years of traveling on his motorcycle. He was interested in and captivated by learning new things.
Survivors include his wife Patricia “Lou” of Becker; son, Jared of Minneapolis; stepchildren, Kelly (Mark) Kolbinger of Becker and Christopher Cook of Becker; grandchildren, Michael, Emma, Kaitlin and Kia; great grandchildren, Nora and Austin; mother, MaryJane of Sauk Rapids and sisters, Marilys (DuWayne) Simmons of Sauk Rapids, Renee Strang of Sauk Rapids and Brenda (Walter) Heinen of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his father on May 16, 2000; brother, Richard and brother-in-law, Mel Strang.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the loving staff at Quiet Oaks Hospice House for the compassionate care that was given to Roger in his final days.
Obituary and guest book available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Maxine L. Olson

Maxine
Memorial services were 11 a.m. July 16 at Life Assembly of God in St. Cloud for Maxine L. Olson, age 83, who passed away July 8, 2021, at Country Manor Healthcare Center in Sartell. The Rev. Dave Oler officiated and burial was private at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Maxine was born Oct. 26, 1937, in Rockville to Ralph and Mildred (Schultz) Busse. She married Kenneth Olson Sept. 15, 1961, at Life Assembly of God in St. Cloud. Maxine was a nurse aide at the St. Cloud Hospital for four years and a daycare provider for 20 years. She was a member of Life Assembly of God in St. Cloud where she sang in the choir. Maxine was most proud of her family and loved spending time with her grandkids. She was quiet, kind and caring and liked to keep things neat and tidy. Maxine was always concerned about others and humble in her prayer for them. She would best be described as a true prayer warrior. In her free time, she enjoyed creating custom greeting cards for others, whether it was for a birthday, anniversary or Christmas. Whatever the special occasion, Maxine remembered and always sent a special note to those she loved.
Survivors include her husband, Ken of St. Cloud; sons and daughter, Steve (Tina) Olson of Alma, Arkansas, Larry (Lisa Kollander) Olson of Eden Prairie and Joy (Kevin) Olson of Sauk Rapids; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Ralph J. Stangler

Stanglerr
A celebration of life service will be at Jubilee Worship Center in St. Cloud Monday, July 12. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. with the memorial service following. The Rev. Mark Johnson will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids. All are invited to attend. Burial will be at Fort Snelling.
Ralph Stangler passed into the arms of his Savior Jesus Christ June 25, 2021. He courageously battled dementia for seven years. Ralph was born Nov. 8, 1934, to Frank Stangler and Christine (Arnzen) Stangler. He grew up on a farm in St. Rosa and attended a one room schoolhouse. When Ralph completed the eighth grade, he had to quit school in order to work on the family farm. He married Inez Hartmann in May 1957. Upon being drafted into the Army they moved to Colorado. A year later, he was stationed in Germany.
After being discharged, he became a carpenter and they moved to Waite Park. While working for various companies as a carpenter, he crafted his skill by building four custom homes which they lived in succession to one another with his family consisting of three children. Although he was only educated through the eighth grade, Ralph was a very knowledgeable man and self-taught to the point that he became a maintenance manager in a 93-apartment unit complex which normally required a college education. After being employed there for 10 years, he retired to a home in Sauk Rapids he never built.
Ralph was always a very hard worker and tried to help anyone he met in need. They dedicated their lived to Jesus Christ in April 1978, leading a life of example as they sought to follow in the Lord’s footsteps guiding many to salvation. He served in numerous churches and held countless meetings and bible study groups in their home and other locations; he was also an adviser for Women’s Aglow. He took one mission trip to Israel and did volunteer work on the West Bank in Bethlehem.
Ralph enjoyed reading and studying his Bible, praying, camping, fishing, playing cards and traveling. He like to kid around and had a great sense of humor. As his daughter Cindy moved around the country to North Dakota, Utah, Florida and Dallas, he always helped her move.
Ralph is survived by his daughter, Cynthia Shokeh of Sauk Rapids; granddaughter, Sarrah; his son, David (Laurie) of St. Michael; grandchildren, Jenna, Michael and Kristen; five great grandchildren; and brother, Tom (Lucille) of St. Rosa.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years; daughter, Rebecca Stangler; parents, Frank and Christine; and siblings, Norbert, Donald, Clarence, Alice, Marge Paulsen and Regina Bergmann.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Inez M. Stangler

Stangler
A celebration of life service will be at Jubilee Worship Center in St. Cloud Monday, July 12. Visitation will be 4-5 p.m. with the memorial service following. The Rev. Mark Johnson will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Due to the lockdown from COVID-19, we were unable to host a memorial service at that time and we will now commemorate both of our parents’ lives. After a difficult fight with COVID-19, Inez passed into the loving arms of her Savior Jesus Christ Nov. 5, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She resided at Country Manor Nursing Home for six years.
Inez was born Jan. 8, 1935, to Alex Hartmann and Gertrude (Stumpf) Hartmann in Pierz. Her family then moved to Melrose where she grew up being the youngest of five girls. In May 1957, she married Ralph Stangler. After he was drafted into the Army, they moved to Colorado. He was then sent to Germany and Inez moved back to Minnesota with her new baby daughter to live with family. After Ralph returned from Germany, they moved to Waite Park where they built four homes and lived in each one in succession. They then moved to a 93-apartment unit complex for 10 years when Ralph became the maintenance manager. Upon retirement they moved to Sauk Rapids into a home they never built.
Inez spent some time working at Fingerhut after which she subsequently held numerous jobs; mainly in sales, which she was extremely good at and received many awards. She enjoyed conversing with people and was a telemarketer for various companies, including Sears. She also marketed for Avon, was at one time a Welcome Wagon hostess and was on the board of Women’s Aglow. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and she created many elaborate meals for her guests.
 After Inez and Ralph invited Jesus Christ to come into their hearts and surrendered their life to Him, she spent much time praying, reading her Bible, holding countless meetings and bible study groups in their home and other locations, counseling many. Inez was a great storyteller and joke teller, loved to laugh and was very sociable. She loved to spread the love of Jesus. Inez took delight in traveling and visited many U.S. states and also went on mission trips to India, Israel, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Russia, and Scotland. She furthermore went on an extended trip with her daughter throughout Europe succeeded by Israel.
Inez was survived by her husband Ralph Stangler of 63 years, her daughter, Cynthia Shokeh of Sauk Rapids and granddaughter, Sarrah; his son, David (Laurie) of St. Michael; grandchildren, Jenna, Michael and Kristen; and five great grandchildren. Inez was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters and her daughter, Rebecca Stangler.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Merlin M. Kamps

Kamps
A celebration of life was 3-7 p.m. July 7 at Riverside Park in St. Cloud for Merlin M. Kamps, age 69, who passed away June 30, 2021, surrounded by his family at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. There was a time of sharing at 6 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Merlin was born May 24, 1952, in Arlington to Milton and Minnetta (Ziesmer) Kamps. He married Donna Schuetz Jan. 19, 1973. Merlin was a proud alum of Augustana College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education and later, his master’s in psychology. Merlin worked as a special education teacher and later, as a childrens mental health therapist. Finally, he worked with adults with special needs for Morrison County. He always felt a calling to help others. He was humble, had a subtle sense of humor, and lived every day with gratitude and an open heart. He appreciated differences in others and respected them for it. Merlin was the quintessential family man; always putting his wife, kids and grandkids first. He was a silent helper, a constant supporter, he beamed with pride when it came to his two sons, and he never departed without an “I love you.” Merlin’s pride and joy was his family. He was a wonderful man who found peace in the outdoors. He enjoyed downhill skiing, led a very active and athletic life and constantly, had music playing in the background. He especially loved duck hunting and fishing with his boys. He was vibrant, a kid at heart, and believed even the smallest things should be celebrated. All of his values will live on in those he loved.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of Sauk Rapids; sons and their wives, Andrew and Carly Burnham of St. Paul and Tyler and Kaelynn of St. Joseph; grandchildren, Carsen and Tinsley; sister and brothers, Karen Trocke of Dassel, Warren (Karen) of Cambridge and Donald (Judy) of Mason City, Iowa. Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Trocke.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Marlene Thielen

Thielen
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. July 7, at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Marlene J. Thielen, age 83, who went home to be with the Lord July 3, 2021. Visitation was an hour and a half prior to the service at the church. Christian Mothers prayed the rosary at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service Wednesday. The Rev. Scott Pagatchnik officiated and burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Minden Township. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Marlene was born Oct. 3, 1937, in St. Cloud to Bernard and Helen (Stein) Junglen. She married Brennan Thielen  Oct. 12, 1957. Marlene spent most of her life living in St. Cloud and being a homemaker. She enjoyed her time most in adoration and was a devoted Catholic who was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church. Marlene volunteered for funeral lunches, was a member of the Christian Mothers, Serrans Club, and being a Eucharistic minister. Marlene was very proud of her family and cherished spending time with all of them, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. She enjoyed family holidays, joking, roller skating and always having cookies and coffee for her guest. Marlene was full of joy and life. She will be missed for her contagious laugh, hard work ethic, loving presence, genuine heart, and most importantly, the love she shared for her family.
Survivors Include her children, Julie (Chad) Roste of Sauk Rapids, Jason (Racheal) Thielen of Sauk Rapids, Janel (Randy) Dorn of Sauk Rapids, and Jayme (Connie) Thielen of St. Cloud; siblings, Jim Junglen of Colorado, Carol Ann (Jack) Iten of Le Sueur, and Roger (Sue) Junglen of Andover; grandchildren, Ashley, John, Kimberly, Victoria, Michael, Carmody, David, Conrad, Brennan, Robert, Nicholas, and Maleah; great-grandson, Andy. Marlene is preceeded in death by her husband, Brennan; parents; and brother, Don Junglen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Augustine’s Catholic Church for their building improvement project at staugs.com.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Gloria Warnert

Warnert
Gloria Warnert, age 80, was called home to Jesus July 4, 2021. A private memorial service was held for family and close friends.
Gloria Marie (Miller) Warnert was born Aug. 10, 1940, in Palen Township of  Mille Lacs County, to Harold and Margaret (Stockard) Miller. She married Donald Warnert Dec. 4, 1961, and lived in Rice since 1966. Gloria worked in data entry at Herbergers and then as a lab tech at Custom Eyes until she retired. She was an incredibly strong woman, known as a go-getter, who loved watching her Vikings and Twins, making fishing decoys with her husband, shopping and doing her own home improvements. She is loved by everyone who knew her, and she had a heart full of love for her family, friends and fur babies.
Survivors include her children Bruce (Jackie) Warnert of Sauk Rapids, Scott (Janisha) Warnert of Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Sherry (Brian) Smith of Mayodan, North Carolina; nine  grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; and her brother, Harold Jr.
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Delores Brow

Brownd
    All are welcome to the celebration of life for our beloved mother, Delores Brown and sister Michelle Brown from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 11 from at the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. A light meal will be served. 
 

Michelle Brow

Brownm
    All are welcome to the celebration of life for our beloved mother, Delores Brown and sister Michelle Brown from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 11 from at the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. A light meal will be served. 
 

Kathaleen M. Lay

Layk
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Kathaleen M. Lay, age 88, who passed away Feb. 17, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services.
Kathaleen was born June 30, 1932, in Minden Township to Albert and Roselind (Neumann) Jackels. She married Robert Helget and they later divorced. Kathaleen then married Virgil Lay and he passed away in 2002. She lived in the Sauk Rapids area most of her life. Kathaleen was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Kathaleen enjoyed fishing and old country music. She was a great story teller, had a great memory, and was strong, witty and funny. Kathaleen was proud of being a nanny and was proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Helget of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Barbara Enger of Wadena, Shirley (Al) Robak of Sartell, Mary Spychala of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Marlis Forcier of Sartell and Julie Berge of Auburn, Washington; and seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sons, Steven, Robert, Gerald and Michael; and infant sister, Caroline Jackels.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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James J. Merchlewicz

Merchiewicz
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for James John Merchlewicz, age 81, who died June 26, 2021 at his home in Woodbury from cancer. The Rev. LeRoy Scheierl will officiate and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the church in St. Cloud. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.
Jim was born January 29, 1940, in St. Cloud to John and Loretta (Vouk) Merchlewicz. He served his country in the United States Army from 1962-64. Jim married Mary C. Logeais Sept. 18, 1965 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Annandale. Mary passed away July 9, 1989. Jim later married Mary Schwartz Oct. 2, 1993, in St. Cloud. Jim was a quality engineer at Franklin/Fridgaire/WCI/Electrolux for 35 years, retiring in 2003. He then worked at Dingmann Family Funeral Home until retiring in 2018. Jim was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and St. Cloud Antique Auto Club. Jim enjoyed spending time with his family, the lake, traveling, dancing and fixing things. One of his greatest joys was being a grandpa. He was a friendly, positive man who liked to visit with people, had a special interest in cars and a love of cookies. “There was never a bad cookie!”
Survivors include his wife, Mary Merchlewicz of Woodbury; sons, Mark (Charlotte) Merchlewicz of St. Cloud and Peter (Suzanne) Merchlewicz of Kingsland, Texas; children, Brandon (Ashlee) Schwartz of Lake Elmo and Jennifer Schwartz of Denver, Colorado; brother, Joe (Pat) Merchlewicz of Andover; sister, Patty O’Connell of Renton, Washington; grandchildren, Nicole, Rachel and Jaclyn Merchlewicz, Lillian and Landree Schwartz, Justin and Cody English. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Loretta; first wife, Mary; grandson, Thomas Merchlewicz; and brother-in-law, Jack O’Connell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Catholic Charities Food Shelf, Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund or Tri-County Humane Society.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Susan M. Colgrove

Colgrove
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Susan M. Colgrove, age 74, who passed away June 22, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Thomas Olson will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday and is one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. There was a prayer service Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Susan was born Aug. 20, 1946, in Melrose to John and Agnes (Barcklay) Claude. She married Ken Colgrove Nov. 22, 1969, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and they were later divorced. Susan lived in the Sauk Rapids-Sartell area before moving to Foley 10 years ago. She worked as a bartender and waitress at the Sauk Rapids VFW for over 25 years. She also worked at Rapids Rec for 18 years, Partner’s Pub for 25 years, and Nash Finch for 30 years. Susan was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary, Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, 4-H and Special Olympics. She enjoyed camping, bowling, gardening and was a hard worker. Susan had a love and generosity for everyone and welcomed all into her family, and had a gift for making strangers feel like family.
Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Claude of Foley and Stephanie (Jason) Walton of St. Cloud; daughters-in-law, Jessica Colgrove of St. Cloud and Tracee Colgrove of Motley; sisters and brother, Diane (Greg) Duchene of Sauk Centre, Fred (Linda) Claude of St. Cloud, and Catherine Claude of Baxter; grandchildren, Amiyah, Nyland, Shelby, Abby, Hailee, Cooper, Sawyer, Karley, Kelisha, Kashia and Kordell; and great grandchildren, Adeline, Theodore and Brody. Susan was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Travis and Brett; sisters, Patricia Anderson and Carole Inderrieden; and brother, Carl Claude.     
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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