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Jeanette F. Henkemeyer

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Jeanette F. Henkemeyer, age 85, of Sauk Rapids who died May 8, 2022, at Good Shepherd Community. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and entombment will be in Assumption Mausoleum. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Jeanette was born Sept. 9, 1936, in Sauk Rapids to Arthur and Regina (Zinda) Oelrich. She married Richard Henkemeyer July 30, 1955, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Jeanette lived in the Sauk Rapids area her entire life and worked at Coborn’s in the deli and also at Holes Webway. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Jeanette enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling, baseball, chocolate chip cookies, traveling, watching sports, and solving crossword puzzles. She was patient, quiet, loved to laugh, and always looked for the best in people.
Jeanette is survived by her children, Cindy (Tim) Vogel, Richard (Cathy), Randall, and Barbara; sisters and brothers, Barbara (Herman) Schleicher, Richard (Connie) Oelrich, and Delores Schimke; grandchildren, Angie, Joshua, Jacob, Kyle, Andy, Jill, Lisa, and Kody; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick; son, Kevin; daughter-in-law, Cindy; sister, Geraldine Ruprecht; and brother, Marvin Oelrich.
A special thank you to Good Shepherd Community and St. Croix Hospice especially Lori, Beth, Rose, and Molly for the excellent care given to Jeanette.
Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Bernice L. Goulet

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Mass of Christian Burial was May 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Bernice Louise Goulet, age 101, who passed away May 7 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids with family at her side. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation was May 12 at Sacred Heart Church and one hour prior to the service Friday, also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bernice was born in Mayhew Lake Township, Benton County, June 26, 1920, to Peter and Nellie (VanRoy) VanderWeyst.  At the age of 3, she moved to the Benson area where she graduated from Benson High School and then attended business college in St. Cloud.
Bernice married Odell Goulet June 23, 1941, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church in Clontarf.  In 1957 they moved to a farm in rural Sauk Rapids.  There, they farmed and raised their 13 children. After graduating from business college, Bernice worked for the Agricultural Society Conservation Service, then as chief clerk for the Swift County Draft Board. Later in life, she worked as an assessor for both Minden Township and Benton County.
Bernice was creative, fun-loving, and had a genuine interest in other people. This drew people to her and accounted for endless friends. Bernice was very active in her community; She was a 4-H leader for 10 years, a lifetime member of Christian Mothers, a member of St. Peters Mission Group, Senior Citizens Organizations, holding offices of treasurer, vice president, and president. She was an avid quilter, making quilts for each of her grandchildren. Bernice loved to play bingo, any card game, dice, board games, and puzzles.  Monopoly games would always last late into the evening. Christmas and other holidays were celebrated family-style until houses got too small and the gatherings had to move to community halls.
Survivors include her children and their spouses, Karen (Vern) Reinert of Sauk Rapids, Dorothy (Larry) Zenner of Osakis, Joanne (Ken) Kiffmeyer of Brooklyn Park, Nancy (James) Goedker of Sauk Rapids, Barb (Robert) Hope of Oakdale, Anthony Goulet of South Dakota, Jeanne Hassing of St. Cloud, Stephen (Rosemary) Goulet of Sauk Rapids, Douglas (Chris) Goulet of Colorado, Raymond (Connie) Goulet of Foley, Janelle Goulet of Sauk Rapids, Laurie (Gary) Delhaye of Illinois, 34 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren with three more expecting.
She was preceded in death by her husband Odell in 1983, son Timothy and five grandchildren.
Special thanks to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and CentraCare Hospice for the loving care they provided for Bernice.
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Mary H. Rumpca

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Mary Helen Rumpca was a caring wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She left this world suddenly April 14, 2022.
Mary Helen was born to Helen and Raymond Reichkitzer April 27, 1940, in Stillwater. Mary Helen graduated from Stillwater High School and later from Mankato State College with her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. After passing the Minnesota State Nursing Boards, she worked at Lakeview Hospital prior to meeting and marrying James Rumpca in 1962.
Mary Helen was very passionate about life and spending time with those she loved. Not only was she a very busy mother, she also managed various departments at Village Drug in Sauk Rapids, which she and James owned and managed. Mary Helen continued her education in interior design. For many years she provided piano lessons to several students in the Sauk Rapids/St. Cloud area.
Mary Helen was a skilled pianist and filled their home with classical, ragtime and jazz music. She loved decorating and gardening. Mary Helen enjoyed fishing excursions, waterskiing, and snowmobiling adventures along with the solitude of cross-country skiing. She was a fitness and biking enthusiast who was very passionate about “giving back” to others, having cycled the TRAM (The Ride across Minnesota) 15 times to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Both James and Mary Helen traveled the world, visiting over 40 countries.
Mary Helen is survived by husband James; children James Lee (Susan), Jill (Steve) Anseth, Joelyn (Steve) Barrett, and Janette Rumpca Burley; grandchildren Amanda (Erik) Bostrom and Ryan Rumpca; brother Jack Reichkitzer; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Kay (Pete) Curtis, brother Donald (Carol) Reichkitzer, and grandchildren Adam Rumpca and BB, Grace, Miles and Mia Helen Burley.
The Mass of Christian Burial is Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Motley, with visitation one hour prior.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
André House (Ministry to the homeless and poor populations in Phoenix, Arizona) and National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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Carl W. Dencklau

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Memorial services will be at a later date for Carl W. Dencklau, age 83, who passed away May 2, 2022 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids
Carl was born Sept. 12, 1938, in Newark Township, Webster County, Iowa, to Raymond and Stella (Minikis) Dencklau. His mother died when he was 2 years old and his father married Lydia. Carl married Karen Dorman June 18, 1960, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He was the president of the St. Stephen State Bank and also was a mortgage broker. Carl was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Sartell where he was president of the congregation and a lay minister. He was also a member of the St. Stephen Lions Club. Carl enjoyed church, fishing, hunting, horses and anything outdoors. He was devoted to his wife, family was very important to him, and he was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Sauk Rapids; son, Kirk Dencklau; daughters, Tamara Wahle of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Jacqueline (Bret) Schutt of Williams, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Mary Kay Dencklau of Norwalk, Iowa; grandchildren, Jessica, Whitney, Isaac, and Natasha; sister and brothers, Janice (Roger) Schlichting of Littleton, Colorado, Leland (Mary) Dencklau of Vincent, Iowa, and Reggie (Arvilla) Dencklau of Clarion, Iowa. Carl was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott; infant daughter, Wendy; and infant brothers, Gary and Waylon.
Memorials are preferred to Messiah Lutheran Church.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Donald F. Gapinski

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A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., May 14 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids for Donald F. Gapinski, age 88, of St. Cloud, who passed away April 22, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Timothy Gapinski will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Don was born July 28, 1933, in St. Cloud to John and Martha (Deppa) Gapinski. He married his beloved wife, Jane Fenlason, June 6, 1953, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in St. Stephen.
Don worked as a security guard for most of his life at St. Bens and the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud. Don was an avid deer hunter and loved to gamble at the casinos. He was a great storyteller and loved to complain, which was a healthy thing for him. Don loved old-time music, polka music, and going to sporting events. He always liked to enjoy a brandy with his wife Jane. Don was known for being an incredible caregiver and was always there for his wife and sons. He had a strong Catholic faith and would watch the rosary or mass two to three times a day. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Don is survived by his sons Mike (Lisa) Gapinski, Greg Gapinski and Daniel Gapinski; grandchildren Courtney, Christopher, Gretchen, Ryan, Breanna and Cameron; and great-grandchildren Nolan, Dylan, Aiden, Rayvon, Everett and Hazel Grace. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jane, in 2015; son, Patrick; and brothers and sister, Richard Gapinski, Maryann Goedert and Jerome Gapinski.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the St. Cloud Hospital and St. Ben’s nursing staff for their compassion and care of Don.
Obituary available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Steve Shellum

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Steve Shellum, age 69, of Sartell, formerly of St. James, passed away unexpectedly April 5, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital.
A memorial service was at 11 a.m. April 9 at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church, rural Odin. Visitation took place at the church one hour prior to the service.
The clergy was the Rev. Andy Hermodson-Olsen. Interment will be at the St. Olaf Church Cemetery at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in St. James. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Steve Shellum was born Sept. 24, 1952, to Leona and Marland Shellum in St. James. He was baptized in East Sveadahl and confirmed in St. Olaf. Steve attended Butterfield High School and graduated with the class of 1970. Steve and Deb were married in 1978 in St. James. The couple was blessed with their daughter, Tracy, in 1984.
Steve enjoyed his work in sales. He lived a full life, finding friends everywhere he went. He enjoyed fishing, drag racing, fixing cars, watching sunsets but most of all spending time with family and friends.
Steve is survived by his wife, Deb Shellum, and daughter, Tracy Shellum; mother, Leona Shellum; and siblings, Jeanette Sturm and Dennis Shellum.
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Paulette M. Levasseur

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A celebration of life will be 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Paulette M. Levasseur who died Jan. 11, 2022.
Paulette was born Nov. 18, 1949, in Springfield, to Edwin and Edna (Beilke) Arndt. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1967.  She attended Worthington Junior College for one year and the University of Minnesota for one year. She began working in the sales department at International Multifoods from 1969 through 1974, leaving to be a homemaker and daycare provider between 1974 and 1980. She continued her career at the John G. Kinnard Co. as a sales assistant until 1991 when she started working for PrimeVest Financial Services Inc. where she spent three years on the trading floor as a special projects trader and ran mutual fund operations, eventually leading her to create the Mutual Funds Operations Department and becoming a mutual fund marketing specialist. In 1999, she moved to a smaller brokerage firm of Nies, Schluchter & Associates, as a sales assistant, trader, and the sales and marketing manager while also serving as a financial adviser for her own clients. In 2003, Paulette furthered her career as a financial adviser for Educators Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Education Minnesota ESI (Economic Services Inc.) before retiring in 2020. She was also the owner/operator of Paulette’s Tax Service.
Paulette was a passionate volunteer throughout her life as a member of JC Women/Women of Today from 1978 to 1993, Sauk Rapids Youth Hockey/Sauk Rapids Booster Club from 1980 to 1993, Sartell Park Board and the Benton County Arena Board. Paulette also loved sharing the joy her certified therapy dog, Tyler, brought to both patients and staff when she volunteered within CentraCare Health. In addition to her hobbies of reading and cross-stitch, Paulette enjoyed crocheting so much that she started a crochet group at the Sartell Senior Center which made hats and scarves to donate to the homeless or anyone in need. She enjoyed traveling and had a talent of engaging people in conversations, always managing to make a new friend wherever she went. She made an impact on each person she knew and was skilled at finding the good in everyone and the positive in any situation. Paulette was hardworking and strong-willed, yet friendly and loved to tease and banter.
Survivors include her children, Nicole (David) Wickman of Crystal and Lance (Holly) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Colton and Josephine; sister, Sandie Mielke of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; special friends, Jeff and Barb Meyer; brother-in-law Tasissa Moti; sister-in-law Geraldine (Tom) Rainbolt; former sister-in-law Lisa Arndt; and many nieces and nephews. Paulette was preceded in death by her parents; husband Larry; father and mother in-law, Louis and June; siblings, Geraldine Moti, Douglas Arndt, and Lennis “Red” Arndt; sister-in-law, Donna Arndt, and brother-in-law, Richard Mielke.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Ralph E. Kelash

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Ralph Edward Kelash, age 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family April 7, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House after a courageous 15-year battle with kidney cancer. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. April 13, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township with the Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was April 12 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church.
Ralph was born June 17, 1957, in Minneapolis to Marcel and Genevieve (Stachowski) Kelash. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska. Ralph married Annette Dobos Dec. 15, 1979, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. He was a proud entrepreneur and business owner.
Ralph was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member and past president of the Duelm Lions Club. Ralph enjoyed hunting with his sons and in-laws, taking fishing trips with dear friends, and riding his Harley with his wife and bike group. Ralph was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren. He loved watching all his grandchildren’s activities and was sad knowing he had to leave before imparting all his wisdom. Ralph had a quick wit and a great sense of humor. His jokes and laughter will be missed by all.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Annette of Sauk Rapids; daughter and sons, Michelle (Michael) Hemmesch of Sartell, Chris (Tamara) Kelash of Mora, and Mike (Jenni) Kelash of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Will, Alex, Elena; Abby, Bella, Mikayla; Emily, Jake, and Allie; mother, Genny (Don) Henry; siblings, Deb (John), Sue (Joe), Dave, and Marc (Cheryl); and in-laws, Kathy (Luke) Cossette of Rochester and Kevin (Nancy) Dobos of Albany.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Marcel; infant siblings, Debbie Kay and Daniel; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ben and Ellen Dobos.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Sebas for being a wonderful friend and physician throughout the years and being there in Ralph’s last moments.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Richard “Dick” R. Leyk

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey for Richard “Dick” R. Leyk, age 85, who passed away April 3, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Edward Clemens will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 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 in Ramey. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
 Richard was born Nov. 23, 1936 in St. Cloud to Henry A. and Olga (Studenski) Leyk. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1954 and worked for his parents at Leyk’s Station. For a number of years, he worked for BNSF Railroad. Dick married RoseAnn Pietrzak April 27, 1962 in Sauk Rapids and in 1964 the couple bought Leyk’s Station. Dick was very hardworking and an excellent handyman. His work was very important to him. In 1976, Rosie and he installed 12 horseshoe courts for the area pitchers to enjoy. Throughout the years, the couple sponsored countless bowling, softball and horseshoe pitching teams and stock cars. When he wasn not running the family business, it was guaranteed that Dick and Rosie were out enjoying snowmobile rides in the winter and riding motorcycle in the summer. Leyk’s Station was sold in 2005, and Rosie and he moved to Morrison County. Dick loved being active in his community. He was very generous, caring and a good Christian man of integrity. Dick had a strong faith and served his church community by fixing various things around the church and mowing the church lawn. He liked feeding the birds, being around his pets, spending time with family and friends, and plowing snow.
 Dick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Rosie of Royalton; sister-in-law, Jean Leyk of Sauk Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alvin “Sam” Leyk; sister, LaVerne (Ray) Glenn; and brothers-in-law, Ronald Pietrzak and Roger Vizenor.
 The family would like to extend a special thank you to CentraCare for the loving care that was given to Dick, especially Dr. Paul and Nurse Mya.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Emma E. Walker

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Emma E. Walker, age 84, who passed away April 5, 2022, at The Gardens at Foley. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. 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.
Emma was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Clear Lake to John and Emma (Dropps) Prom. She married Harvey Walker April 20, 1968 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in St. Cloud and the couple lived in Sauk Rapids since their marriage. Emma was a homemaker and also was a library aid with the St. Cloud Regional Public Library. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a member of St. Monica’s Society and St. Catherine’s Mission Group. Emma enjoyed writing poetry, crocheting, bingo, game shows, old time music, boat rides and spending time at the cabin. She was friendly, generous, simple, enjoyed life, and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Emma is survived by her husband, Harvey of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughters, David of Sauk Rapids, Marina (Kenneth) Doubek of Albany, Gregory (Jennifer) of St. Joseph, and Gail (Dave) Nett of Sartell; grandchildren, Amanda, James, Ashley, Brooke, Marcus, Lexi and Hailey; and three great-grandchildren. Emma was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Louise Dahlquist, Alice Loesch, and Leona May.
The family would like to thank The Gardens at Foley for all the wonderful care given to Emma.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Todd J. Mastey

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Todd J. Mastey, age 46, who passed away peacefully March 30, 2022, at his home. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Todd was born Oct. 6, 1975, in St. Cloud to Ronald and Kathleen (Knuesel) Mastey. He grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. He then attended St. Cloud State University and graduated with a master’s degree in public safety. Todd married Renee Witte Sept. 26, 1998, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He worked at Benton County for 23 years. Todd was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He also was an assistant Scout Master for Troop 17 and a member of Law Enforcement Labor Services Union. Todd enjoyed woodworking, cards, games, canning, gardening, planting trees, hunting, fishing and spending time at the cabin. He was humble, witty, honest and a great leader. Family was very important to him and he was very proud of his family.
Todd is survived by his wife, Renee of Sauk Rapids; daughter and son, Sara and Ryan; parents, Ron and Kathy of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Ann (Ernie) Kruger of Rice, Julie (Mike) Bukowski of Sauk Rapids, and Becky (Tim) Taszarek of Sartell; in-laws, Lowell and Mary Witte of Sartell; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
The family wishes to thank all the caregivers at CentraCare and M Health Fairview.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Joyce A. Benoit

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Joyce Ann Benoit, age 78, who died peacefully March 24, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Joyce was born Feb. 11, 1944, in St. Cloud to Anton and Theresa (Ballman) Hoeschen. She married Arthur Benoit Oct. 27, 1962, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Joyce lived in St. Cloud since her marriage and moved to Sauk Rapids in 2005. She enjoyed traveling, watching sports, especially the TWINS, 500 card groups, coffee group, birthday club and spending time with her family. She was a kind, grace-filled, dignified, witty woman who made an impact on everyone she met.
Survivors include her children, Greg (Tracie) of Sauk Rapids, Gary (Rebecca Roepke) of Sauk Rapids, Lori (Pete) Langergren of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Jenny, Jessie, Josh, Jacob (Chelsey), Alli and Zach; great-granddaughter, Aubrey; sisters and brother, Rita Heinen of Sartell, Janet Lepinski of St. Cloud, Mary (Jerry) Mayers of Freeport, Mark (Mary Kay) Hoeschen of St. Joseph and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur on Feb. 23, 2016; brother, Melvin.
A special thank you to Mary Kay Hoeschen and CentraCare Hospice for all the wonderful care given to Joyce during her illness.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Kenneth W. Majerus

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Funeral services were April 1 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Kenneth “Ken” W. Majerus, age 69, who passed away March 27, 2022, at his home. The Rev. Doug Vagle officiated and entombment was at Assumption Mausoleum in St. Cloud. Visitation was Thursday and one hour prior to the services Friday at the funeral home. There was a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ken was born May 3, 1952, in Sauk Centre to Herbert and Ida (Steinhoff) Majerus. He married Judith Morgan May 1, 1976, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Ken honorably served our country in the U. S. Army Reserves. He worked for Steve Hoffman Concrete for many years, and also worked for Winkelman Construction, Landy Packing and as a cook for Sandy’s. Ken was a member of Waite Park American Legion Post 428. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, four wheeling, country music and playing cards. Ken was a hard worker who never missed a day of work.  He would do anything for anyone.
Ken is survived by his wife, Judy of Sauk Rapids; son and daughters, Eric (Vickie) Majerus of Sartell, Amy (Michael) Arseneau of Sauk Rapids, and Joy (Jeremy) Weber of Rice; sisters and brother, Marlys Martin of St. Cloud, Lorraine (Kenny) Faber of Watkins, and Mel (Elaine) Majerus of Sartell; grandchildren, Cameron, Zachery, Darrion, Kenzi, Allan, Andrew, Ethan and Lexi; and one great-grandchild on the way. Ken was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marlene Utecht; and nephew, Craig Faber.
The family would like to thank CentraCare Hospice, especially Julie for all the wonderful care.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Malena “Molly” Jahn

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Molly was born in Austin, MN to Neva (Thompson) and Hervey Knutzen. She lived in Montevideo, MN and later in Granite Falls, MN. Molly was confirmed at Granite Falls Lutheran Church in 1957. The family then moved to Sauk Rapids, MN, where she graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1960. She attended St. Cloud State College. It was in Sauk Rapids where she met Bernard (Bernie) Jahn, and they married in 1961. Molly and Bernie moved to Downey, California, then returned to Minnesota in 1964. They lived in White Bear Lake, MN and Corcoran, MN, where they resided until 2020, and then moved to Granite Falls.
Molly was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She and Bernie had 5 children and 9 grandchildren, with one great-grandson on the way. She was full of love, hugs, and always said “I love you.” Molly purposely developed relationships and tried to attend every game, concert, musical, recital, and dance performance.
Molly’s faith was an important part of her life. She loved the Lord and always took the opportunity to share her faith with others. She enjoyed singing in the choir and worship team, participated in church musicals, and served as a Stephen’s minister, a Sunday school teacher, and a children’s program volunteer for MOPS, and volunteered on many committees.
She was a homemaker, dietary manager, special-education paraprofessional, and also a team representative at Lutheran Youth Encounter.
Molly was also a member of the Collings School of Fine Arts, in Brooklyn Park, MN where she acted in over 30 melodramas. She was known for her broad range of singing and great comedic style. She loved singing and music and would often break into impromptu renditions of songs. Molly was also a very talented painter, and loved to paint, especially watercolors.
Molly is survived by her husband Bernie, children Peter (Leanne) Jahn, Christine (Todd) Wenck, Andrea (Jeremy) Durst, Steven (Kim) Jahn, and Morgana Hasil, as well as grandchildren Zachary and Aaron Jahn, Micah (Emily), Caleb, Josiah, and Noah Wenck, Lily Durst, and Nora and Owen Jahn. She is also survived by siblings Walter (Pat) Knutzen and Marge Burns, and brothers-in-law Mike (Mary) Jahn and David Jahn, and sister-in-law Mary Nell Jahn. She was preceded in death by father and mother, Hervey and Neva Knutzen, father-in-law and mother-in law, Beno and Nyla Jahn, brother-in-law, Phillip Burns, and sister-in-law, Gail Jahn.
Malena Jahn, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022 at CentraCare-St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN at the age of 80.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Molly’s life on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at Granite Falls Lutheran Church, located at 350 Ninth Ave, Granite Falls, MN 56241. A viewing will be at 12:00 pm, followed by her funeral at 1:00 pm.
Arrangements are with Anderson – TeBeest Funeral Home of Granite Falls. www.andersontebeest.com
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LeRoy Edward Gratke

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for LeRoy “Lee” Edward Gratke who passed away March 22, 2022. The Rev. Paul Cloeter and Rev. David Hinz will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
 Lee was born April 17, 1942, to Julius and Anne (Maty) Gratke. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1960. He served honorably in the Minnesota National Guard from 1963-69. Lee married Jan Benkendorf Aug. 18, 1968 in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated from St. Cloud Technical College in 1968 in the electrician program and retired as a union electrician after 35 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served on the cemetery board, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home board, and enjoyed mowing the church lawn for many years. He was truly a jack of all trades, ready to help anyone who needed it. Lee enjoyed taking bus trips with Jan and spending time with his kids and grandkids. And he always looked forward to time at the lake with his Chicago relatives. He will truly be missed.
 Lee is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jan of Sauk Rapids; son, Kelly (Marcela) Gratke of Mahtomedi; daughter, Julie (Jon) Roesch of Sauk Rapids; and four grandchildren: Bianca Gratke, Grace Roesch, Niko Gratke and Leah Roesch. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Delton and Gene.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Jerome L. Mehrwerth

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Mass of Christian Burial was March 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Jerome “Jerry” Mehrwerth, age 85, who passed away March 9, 2022, at his home. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach and the Rev. Eugene Doyle officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation was Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Jerry was born July 11, 1936, in St. Cloud to George and Marie (Schmit) Mehrwerth. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1954, was awarded the most outstanding football player and was a homecoming escort. Jerry honorably served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the National Guard for seven years. He married Shirley Brenny Sept. 2, 1957, and to this marriage, Keith, Cynthia, Kevin, Michelle and Susan were born. Shirley passed away in 1994. He married Glenice Holt July 12, 1996 and blended the family with, Luann, Wayne, Dan, Bev and Marcia. Jerry was a farmer and also worked as a salesman for Pure Plant Food for several years and at NSP for 12 years. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was a member of the Knight of Columbus and Men’s Club, served as an usher and money counter, and worked at the bazaar. Jerry was a lifetime member of Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 and the Marine Corps League. He loved being involved in the community. Jerry sponsored a softball team, worked at Golden Spike Speedway, was a bouncer for the local night clubs, was a constable and on the Minden Township board. He enjoyed playing cards, entertaining family and friends, traveling, dancing, and watching western movies. Jerry was mechanically inclined, an avid reader, had a gift of gab and never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Glenice “Glennie” of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughters, Keith (Linda Koll) Mehrwerth of St. Cloud, Kevin (Rebecca) Mehrwerth of Sauk Rapids, Michelle “Shelly” (Dave) LaPage of Crystal, Susan “Sue” (Greg) Wardlow of Houston, Texas, LuAnn Tangen of Bloomington, Wayne Tangen of Fortuna, North Dakota, Dan (Shelly) Tangen of Lakeville, Bev Gregory of San Diego, California, and Marcia Beier of Belgrade; sisters, Donna Andes of Thomas, Virginia, Marjo Keller of Breckenridge, and Mary Lou Schwieters of Waite Park; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one on the way. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia Mehrwerth; and siblings, Isabelle Stang, Arthur Mehrwerth, Virginia Peschl and Floyd Mehrwerth.
The family would like to thank CentraCare Hospice and Visiting Angels.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Terri L. Schnobrich

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Terri L. Schnobrich, age 59, who passed away, March 1, 2022 at her home in Sauk Rapids surrounded by her family. Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in spring. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Terri was born Aug. 26, 1962, in St. Cloud and was raised by Thomas and Marlene (Prochnow) Vogel. She was united in marriage to Thomas Schnobrich Aug. 18, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Terri was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the East Side VFW Auxiliary Post 4847. She cared for others for 30 years working as a nursing assistant at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Terri is survived by her husband, Tom of Sauk Rapids; son, Brady Haugen of Sauk Rapids; parents, Thomas and Marlene of Sartell; and siblings, Cheryl Thompson of Sauk Rapids, Lorie (Kent) Pilantz of St. Cloud, Brenda Ostendorf of Sauk Rapids, Tom Vogel, Jr. of Florida, Tim Vogel of St. Cloud, and Todd (Laura) Vogel of St. Augusta. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, David Thompson.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Bruce G. Varner

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Bruce G. Varner, age 55, who passed away Feb. 27, 2022, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Bruce was born Jan. 10, 1967 in St. Cloud to George and Carol (Olson) Varner. He was raised in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids-Rice High School in 1985. Bruce worked as a truck driver for various companies. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, and boating, and was an energetic, loving son and brother.
Survivors include his parents, George and Carol of Sauk Rapids; brother, Greg (Sandra) of Brooklyn Park; and his dog, Rusty. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Eunice Varner and Donald M. & Loretta Olson.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Sandra E. Busche

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Sandra “Sandy” E. Busche who passed away March 1, 2022, surrounded by her family. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate and burial will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Nowthen at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church Friday morning. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Sandra Evon was born at home July 8, 1939, to Riley and Gladys (Flatland) Weaver in Colfax, Wisconsin. She grew up in the country and after graduating high school she moved to Minneapolis. She married Dick Busche Oct. 10, 1964. They raised their family in rural Elk River. After Dick’s passing, she moved to Sartell to be near her family. Sandy enjoyed sewing, reading, puzzles and crossword puzzles. She liked to watch Western movies and was always gracious, loving and kind. Sandy was smart, patient and found the most joy in life when she was around those she loved.
Her family had a special place in her heart, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sandy taught them to love first and to treat others the way they would want to be treated. She relied on her faith from an early age and knew she could always lean on God. As a mother, she always knew just the right amount of comfort to give and her children knew there was nothing that had to be done to be deserving of her love. In her final days, she truly felt blessed and blessed her family with an exceptional quality of life that could never be quantified.
Survivors include her daughters and son, Stacy (Jeff) Fuglesten of Watkins, Shelly (Leon) Stockinger of Sauk Rapids, and Brent (Laurie) Busche of Watkins; grandchildren, Ashley, Tia, Nathan, Riley, Devon, Olivia, Kennedy, Daron, Brianna and Chloe; great grandchildren, Evelyn, Grayson, Kolton, Dayton, Avery, Leon, Greta, and Emersyn; sisters, Sonia Johnson of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and Sarona Zimmerman of Fair Oaks, California, and sister-in-law, Marilyn Weaver of North Carolina.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Norma J. Reberg

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Norma J. Reberg, 82 of Sauk Rapids, passed Feb. 21, 2022, from Parkinson’s disease. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Norma was born Jan. 19, 1940, in Sauk Rapids to John and Alma (Lesse) Reberg. She was the youngest of 12 children. She grew up in Sauk Rapids and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. Norma did clerical work for various companies over the years. Her favorite was working with the Scoliosis Center. She resided in her family home in Sauk Rapids until she relocated to assisted living a few years ago and took pride in her independence and liked to claim, “I can fix anything.” She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, especially gladiolas and her blue-ribbon hydrangeas. Norma loved knitting. Family and friends were often gifted with her sweaters, afghans, caps and doll clothes. Norma was active and was proud of the fact she ice-skated and participated in the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot well into her 70s. She also liked playing cards especially 500 and cribbage. She was an active member at Whitney Senior Center as well as an RSVP volunteer. Norma enjoyed being a color guard for the Sauk Rapids Legion. She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Sewing Guild.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, John and Alma; siblings, Elroy, Robert, Lawrence, Grace, Milton, Edwin, Layton, Marlene, Merl, Morrie and Joyce. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Norma’s family would like to thank CentraCare Hospice and Mother of Mercy Assisted Living in Albany for the dedicated and compassionate care provided to Norma in her final weeks of life.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the endowment fund at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norma’s name.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.
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Shirley Mae (Kosloske) Baenen

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Nov. 25, 1933 - Feb. 21, 2022
Shirley Mae (Kosloske) Baenen, 88, a native of Sauk Rapids, died Feb. 21, 2022, at St. Vincent’s nursing home in Bismarck, North Dakota, her home for the last several years, after a long struggle with dementia that robbed her memory but never took away her warm and caring personality.
Shirley was born Nov. 25, 1933, and grew up in Sauk Rapids, the second-youngest of three boys and two girls born to Theodore “Ted” and Margaret (Canfield) Kosloske.
Shirley was homecoming queen and head cheerleader at Sauk Rapids High School, Class of 1951. She met her future husband, Jerrold “Jerry” Baenen of Jamestown, North Dakota, at a dance while he was a student at St. John’s University in Collegeville.They married May 29, 1954, and moved in 1955 to Jamestown, where they raised five children. Shirley and Jerry  celebrated 62 years of marriage until his death on Dec. 9, 2016.
Shirley ran their business – Town House Liquors – while Jerry went to the University of North Dakota to earn his master’s degree in the mid-1970s. She also enjoyed working at her friend JoAnn Albrecht’s bath shop in downtown Jamestown, volunteering at Jamestown Hospital and singing in the choir at Concordia Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Jamestown.
Besides her love of bridge, Shirley also was an accomplished baker, cook and quilter who made quilts for her grandchildren when they were born. She loved going to casinos and was known for her great sense of humor and infectious laugh.
Survivors include three sons, Jeffrey (Laura), Randall (Deena) and Steven (Amy); two daughters, Kathy (Mark) Ottmar and Julie (Charlie) Jeske; 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. She also is survived by her sister, Judy (Jim) Gratke of Laporte. In addition to her husband, Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jerry, Roger and James “Buzz” Kosloske.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Concordia Lutheran Church of Jamestown, Jamestown Arts Center or Alpha Opportunities of Jamestown.
Funeral will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 28, at Concordia Lutheran Church, Jamestown, North Dakota. Visitation is 4-7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 27 at Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at Highland Home Cemetery, Jamestown, North Dakota, at a later date.
Arrangements by Eddy Funeral Home, Jamestown.
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Elva M. Amelung

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There will be no services for Elva M. Amelung, age 90, per her request. She passed away  Feb. 10, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital with her daughter, Jeannette, by her side. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Elva was born June 7, 1931, in rural Cass County to Glen and Olive (Matthews) Brant. She was united in marriage to Ivan Payne. Together they had six children and later divorced. Elva was then united in marriage to Carl Amelung. She lived in Oregon for 30 years, moved to Silver Bay, for a few years, and then has been in Sauk Rapids since 2010. Elva worked as a clerk for S&H Green Stamps for many years, cleaned medical buildings, and retired from Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte in the early 2000s. She enjoyed fishing, especially on the ocean in Oregon, baking, cooking, puzzles and reading. Elva was kind, sweet and overall, a wonderful person and always helped those in need. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved them very much.
Elva is survived by her children, Jeannette (Scott) Johnson of Sauk Rapids, Cynthia Huehn of Minneapolis, Cheryl Katka, Duane (Judy) Payne of Mississippi, Tom (Sue) Payne of St. Cloud, and Laureen (Marvin) Kottschade of Long Prairie; special daughter of the heart, Julie (Steve) Fagan of Milwaukee, Oregon; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Chico Brant of Leader; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; brothers, Kenneth, Alfred, and Marvin; two great-grandchildren.
Special thank you to the nurses on North Fifth Floor Oncology Unit at the St. Cloud Hospital for their care to Elva.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Michael V. Reinert

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Michael V. Reinert, age 60, of Sauk Rapids passed away at his home Feb. 12, 2022. A celebration of life will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will conclude with military honors and be followed with a light luncheon at Sacred Heart Church Community Center, 2875 10th Ave. NE, Sauk Rapids.
Mike was born March 18, 1961, in St. Cloud to Vernon and Karen (Goulet) Reinert. He served his country in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. Mike married Cathy Bozarth Dec. 30, 2000 in St. Robert, Missouri. He was a quarryman in the United States Army when he retired in 2004. Mike then worked as a plant manager for Martin Marietta Quarry in Waite Park for over 10 years. He is a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post  6992 and the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post  254. Mike was a hard worker who enjoyed farming and working with his hands. He was fearless, honest, strong, honorable, loving and very family oriented. He was very passionate about civic duty and individual liberties. Mike was funny, a man’s man, and enjoyed the outdoors, animals, fields, the woods and butterflies.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cathy of Sauk Rapids; children, Amanda (Keith) Bryan of Princeton, Murphy (John Klapchuk) Reinert of Tallahassee, Florida, Zachary (Ashley) Simpson of Sauk Rapids, Gregory (Kristin) Simpson of Waynesville, Missouri, and Patrick (Kaylee) Simpson of Waynesville, Missouri; grandsons, Gage, Donovan and Gabriel; parents, Vern and Karen Reinert of Sauk Rapids; grandmother, Bernice Goulet of Sauk Rapids; sisters and brother, Colleen (Ted Curtis) Reinert of Roseville, Jeffery (Kathy) Reinert of Clarksville, Tennessee, Tracey (Richard) Adams of Chesterfield, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Roman Reinert and Odell Goulet; and grandmother, Irene Reinert.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Karen M. Thelen

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Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Karen M. Thelen, age 79, who passed away Jan. 29, 2022, at Ridgeview Memory Care in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated. Visitation was Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Parish prayers were Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Karen was born May 8, 1942, in St. Cloud to Ralph and Vida (Sprague) Mohs. She then married Leon Thelen Oct. 29, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Karen graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1960, and was very involved in school. She was part of many school plays and was homecoming queen. Karen then worked at the St. Cloud Hospital as a nurse, then later in the nursing home staff at County Manor in Sartell. She also worked as a daycare provider for many years. Karen was part of the Sweet Adeline Singing Group. She loved to travel and traveled to see many friends and family. Karen and Leon enjoyed their camper on Lake Mary in Alexandria for many years. She loved spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids and would go to all of their sports games at school to watch. Karen was always volunteering, very outgoing, and a social butterfly. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children, Denise (Brad) Blanski of St. Cloud, Kohl Fiarri (aka Sue Thelen) of Surprise, Arizona, and Wade (Sue) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Siri, Courtney, Preston, Tyler, Riley and Koby; great-grandchildren, Iris, Olivia, Charlie, Cooper and Jacquelyn; and brothers and sisters, Bob (Frankie) Mohs, Timothy (Karen) Mohs, Gretchen (Jeff) Johnson, Colleen (Doug) Millard, and Becky (Tom) Schmidt. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leon; brothers, Ron, Larry, Frank, Joe; and sister, Bev.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Robert “Bob” W. Beitz

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Private services will be at a later date for Robert “Bob” W. Beitz, age 81, of Rice who passed away Jan. 27, 2022, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Robert was born July 9, 1940, in Bancroft, Iowa, to Milton and Myrtle (Sankey) Beitz. He grew up in Motley and served his country in the United States Army prior to marrying Marilyn Beack May 10, 1963, in South Dakota. The couple made their home in Rice, raising three children. Bob hauled new vehicles over the road for many years. After retirement, Bob enjoyed going to Mission, Texas, during the winter months. He was a hard worker who enjoyed yardwork, John Deere tractors and his morning coffee.  Bob was a simple man with a quick wit who enjoyed the simple things in life.
Survivors include his daughters, Michelle Beitz-Demery of Rice and Lisa (Tom) Anderson of Sauk Rapids; son-in-law, Scott Nelson of Brainerd; grandchildren, Michael, Jason, Sarah, Cody, Tyler, Drew, Rilie, Maggie and Taylor; great-grandchildren, Landon, Brayden and Aliya. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn in 2020; daughter, Julie Nelson in 2011; and brothers, Art, Sam and John Beitz.
A special thank you to Good Shepherd Community and CentraCare Hospice for the wonderful care provided to Bob this past month.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Patricia S. Jehoich

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Funeral services were Jan. 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids for Patricia “Patti” S. Jehoich, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 21, 2022, at her home.  The Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church.
Patti was born May 24, 1960, in St. Cloud to Nicholas and Donna Mae (Schultz) Lintgen. She married Tim Jehoich Aug. 22, 1992, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Patti worked in collections and lived in the St. Cloud area all her life. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, embroidery and baking. Patti was a kind, caring, outgoing, fun individual who always put others first. She was so proud of her family.
Survivors include her husband, Tim of Sauk Rapids; son, Jacob of Sauk Rapids; daughter, Katherine of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Diane (Charles) Rosha of St. Augusta, Deborah (Richard) Raveling of Rice; brother, Michael (Debbie) Lintgen of Brooklyn Park and her beloved cats. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Patricia R. Walker

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Patricia “Pat” Walker, age 75, who passed away Jan. 23, 2022, at her residence. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Pat was born July 9, 1946, in Little Falls to Andrew and Stella (Dingmann) Brinkman. She graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in 1964, and from beauty school and St. Cloud Business College. Pat married Ed Walker April 20, 1974, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. She was a homemaker and also worked as a cashier at Coborn’s and a supervisor at Aria. Pat was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was an AV Operator and published the Centennial Cookbook. She also did fundraising for the Knights of Columbus brat sales. She enjoyed collecting dolls, crafts and music. Pat was kind, generous, caring and had a big heart. She had a great laugh, was a gentle spirit and never complained about her health.  
Survivors include her husband, Ed of Sartell; sisters, Janet (John) Kremer of Thief River Falls and Renee (Tom) Omann of Rice; and many nieces and nephews. Pat was preceded in death by her parents.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Larry “Papa” Koepp

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Larry “Papa” Koepp, 71, of Rice, passed away peacefully at home and surrounded by family Jan. 20, 2022. Funeral services took place at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at New Life Church of Foley with the Rev. Nick Benson. Visitation took place one hour prior to services as well as Tuesday at New Life Church of Foley. Interment took place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Larry “Papa” was born Aug. 12, 1950, in Winner, South Dakota, to Norman and Helen Koepp. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969 and served for over 20 years. Larry retired as a master sargent. He was married to Margaret “Peggy” Montag in 1971, and together they had three children. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing deer hunting, squirrel hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family. His favorite holidays were the Fourth of July, where he hosted an annual get together, and Easter with his annual Easter Egg Hunt. Larry “Papa” will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy “Granny”; children Pam (Greg) Thell, Becky (Troy) Killinger, James (Jacqi) Koepp; grandchildren Kyle (Emily) Thell, Keith (Emily Rose) Thell, Kevin Thell, Rachel (Sam Jerome) Killinger, Taylor (Luke Lorenz) Killinger, Piper Koepp, Jamos Koepp; great-grandchild Rhys Thell; brother Norman (Beverly) Koepp; and  brother and sister in laws Eileen (Gary) Steffes, Margie Winter, Rose (Loren) Jost, Tom (Maryls) Montag, Sue Emslander, David (Betty) Montag, Steve (Lisa) Montag, Jean (Steve) Bemboom, JoAnne (Bruce) Brenny, Theresa (Chris) Goenner, Mary (Todd) Lambrecht, Jeff (Judy) Montag, Alan (Jeanne) Montag, and Randy (Laura) Montag.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Helen Koepp; in-laws Roman and Dorothy Montag; brother Charles Koepp; sister Evelyn Burton; brothers-in-law Dennis Emslander, and Jerry Winter.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter
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Suzanne M. Bacon

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Suzanne “Sue” Bacon, age 72, who passed away Jan. 21, 2022, at her home. The Rev. David Hinz will officiate and burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Moses Dane Cemetery in Burtrum. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, at Trinity Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the services also at the church. The service will be livestreamed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
 Sue was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Little Falls to Rex and Martha (Kuehne) Lambrecht. She graduated from Swanville High School in 1968, and from Alexandria Tech College with an administrative assistant degree. Sue married Dennis Bacon June 14, 1969, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville. They lived in Morris from 1971-74, Long Prairie from 1974-2015, and Sauk Rapids since November 2015. She was a homemaker and was active with the JCs and Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Prairie. Sue worked as a paraprofessional at Long Prairie Public Schools for 20 years and helped with the Trinity Parochial School in Long Prairie. After moving to Sauk Rapids, she remained active in volunteering with Prince of Peace Lutheran School in St. Cloud. Sue loved to play cards, travel, scrapbook, color, and spend time with friends and family. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids.
Survivors include her loving husband of 52 years, Dennis; son and daughters, Brad (Renee) Bacon of Cold Spring, Becky (Chris) Oliver of Blaine, and Bobbi (Joel) Trisko of Rice; grandchildren, Chandler Bacon (fiancé, Amanda), Ciera Bacon, Marcus Oliver, Brandon Trisko, Annabella Trisko, Marissa Oliver, McKenzie Trisko, and Hannah Trisko; brothers, Butch (Linda) Lambrecht of Silverdale, Washington, and Dale (Jeanette) Lambrecht of Burtrum; sister-in-law, Della Lambrecht of Barrow, Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews. Sue was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Clayton.
Special thank you to Country Manor Health Care Center for all the wonderful care provided to Sue.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran School.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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James E. Schmitz

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for James “Jim” Schmitz, beloved husband, father, and grandfather who passed away suddenly Jan. 23, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Eberhard Schefers will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Monday also at the church. Parish prayers will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted with Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
James “Jim” Edwin Schmitz was born in Richmond, to Oswald and Dolores (Statz) Schmitz, the second of six children. He married Debra Stachovich Aug. 25, 1973, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Jim began his career at DeZurik/SPX in Sartell and worked there for 28 years. His career then moved his family to LaGrange, Georgia, from 1987 to 1993. Jim and his family returned to Sartell until 2001 when he and his wife then moved to Houston for two years. In 2005, Jim and Deb returned to Minnesota and made their home near Rice while Jim worked at CMT-Airborn in Little Falls until his retirement in 2014.
Jim loved the outdoors, cooking for his family, and world travel. He was a devout member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. Jim spent much time backpacking, hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing all over the United States. He was active in the youth group ministry of his church and Boys Scouts, sharing his love of the outdoors with them. He enjoyed cooking and especially cooking for his family. He was often making something new and his family always appreciated his delicious meals. Over the years, Jim accumulated many miles of work and adventure travel around the world. He was really proud of and only two states away from meeting his goal of travel to all 50 states. More recent memorable trips included traveling with family to Yellowstone, Florida, Utah, Caribbean cruises, and an anniversary trip to Italy. Above all, Jim loved his family.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Deb; his children, Matt (Kari), Nick (Amanda), and Becky Boknevitz (Mark); siblings, John (Mary), Ken (Sharon), Janet Jensen (Dave), Denis (Jean), Mike; and cherished grandchildren Brayden, Brooklyn, Liam, Austin, Bennett, Levi and Jack. Jim was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations preferred to Poor Clare’s Monastery in Sauk Rapids.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Virginia “Jenny” E. Plemel

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A gathering of family and friends was 4-7 p.m. Jan. 20 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, celebrating the life of Virginia “Jenny” E. Plemel, 77 of Sauk Rapids who passed away Jan. 13, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family.
Virginia was born April 10, 1944, in Sauk Rapids to Fred and Mildred (Jansen) Benner. She married Bill Plemel Nov. 16, 1963. Jenny worked as a bartender at the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. She was also a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, especially solitaire and cribbage, and watching wrestling every Monday night. She was humble, strong and at times, stubborn. Jenny enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to Elvis Presley.
Survivors include her sons and daughter, John of Sauk Rapids, Joe of Sauk Rapids, Laura (Jeff) Hoihjelle of Sauk Rapids and Gary (Cathy) of Sartell; granddaughters, Nikole (Sam) Cooney, Amanda (Connor), Alexis, Mackenzie and Mariah Plemel; great-grandson, Lucas Cooney; great-granddaughter, Peyton Cooney; sister, Margaret Crosthwaite of Rice and brother, Ralph (Lisa) Benner of Long Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill in 2010; sister, Dolores Doeden and brothers, Robert, James and Edward Benner.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice for the compassionate care that was given to Jenny, and especially to her granddaughter, Amanda who also cared for Jenny her final months.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Alvin R. Stumvoll

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Alvin Stumvoll, age 100, of Sauk Rapids passed away Jan. 16, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family of natural causes. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 22, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Popple Creek.  The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Jan. 21, at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church Saturday. There was a prayer service Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Alvin Ross Stumvoll was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Becker to Louis and Mary (Cox) Stumvoll. He grew up near Gilman and graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School, class of 1939. He married Rosalene Keske July 6, 1945, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dixville and the couple celebrated 76 1/2 years of marriage together. Alvin worked for Bell Aircraft in New York building airplanes during WWII. The couple lived and dairy farmed near Popple Creek all of their life. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and gardening. Mostly, Alvin enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalene, Sauk Rapids and children: Alvin E., Sauk Rapids; Gwendolyn Berg, Royalton; Marlys (Dennis Bodine) Packert, Sauk Rapids and grandchildren: Jennell, David, Naomi and Jamie Stumvoll, Vicki (Doug) Stich, Richard Berg II, Justin (Elizabeth) Packert, Kirsten (Daniel) Lodermeier and great-grandchildren: Lainey Priglmeier, Terrace (Manjack Tong II) Karls, Tiffany (Dan Ziwicki) Karls, Magnalina (Tyler Nies) Karls, Michael and Alexander Lodermeier, James (Brooke), McKaela, and Annabella Packert, Layla Thompson, Katelynn Capko and great-great-grandchildren: Hunter Karls and Scarlett Bixby, sisters: Ernestine LeMaster, Illinois, Donna Jamieson, Bloomington and sister-in-law, Judy Stumvoll of Gilman.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Louis, Rodney and Duane and sisters: Arzella Schaapveld, Alice Wakeman and Adeline Thorsten. Pallbearers will be: Justin Packert, James Packert, Richard Berg II, Doug Stich, Daniel Lodermeier and Mark Priglmeier
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Leon C. Thelen

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Leon C. Thelen, age 79, who passed away Jan. 13, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated. Visitation was 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. Parish prayers were 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Leon was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Sauk Rapids to Albert and Louise (Fenske) Thelen. He married Karen Mohs Oct. 29, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Leon was a clerk for the USPS for 36 years, never missing a day, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Postal Workers Union. He was a great athlete and an Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. Leon enjoyed sports, watching his kids’ and grandkids’ events, traveling, camping, painting and spending time with friends and relatives. He was faithful, kind, loving, generous, humble and a hard-worker.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Sauk Rapids; children, Denise (Brad) Blanski of St. Cloud, Kohl Fiarri (aka Sue Thelen) of Surprise, Arizona, and Wade (Sue) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Siri, Courtney, Preston, Tyler, Riley and Koby; great grandchildren, Iris, Olivia, Charlie, Cooper and Jacquelyn; and brothers, Albert, Jr. and Raymond (Darlene). He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl and Melvin; and sisters, Pearl Adelman and Mabel Lucina.
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Henry D. Jurek

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Henry D. Jurek, age 77, of Foley, passed away Jan. 14, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sartell. The Rev. Nino Molina officiated and burial was with full military honors provided by the Foley American Legion and took place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Waite Park. Visitation was 9-11 a.m. at the church Thursday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Henry David Jurek was born May 16, 1944, in St. Cloud to Henry J. and Clara (Tadych) Jurek.   He married Christine Malikowski Jan. 22, 1968, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Henry farmed most of his life near Foley.  He was a member of the Foley American Legion and Immaculate Conception Church.
He is survived by his wife, Christine, Foley and his children: Pamela Broekemeier, Maple Grove; Natalie Herzog, Sartell; Jennifer (Todd) Puhalla, Sauk Rapids; Stephanie (Matthew) Herzer, Mount Juliet, Tennessee; Rebecca Jurek, St. Cloud; Matthew (Amanda) Jurek, Sauk Rapids; Mark (Sara) Jurek, Hillsdale, Wyoming; Philip (Mackenzie) Jurek, Foley as well as 29 grandchildren and sisters and brother: Doris Robak, Sartell, Janice Lachinski, Mora and Hillary Jurek of St. Cloud.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Christopher, 2001 and brothers: Valentine, Dennis, Adrian and Gordon.                           R-3-1B         
 

Dale G. Olson

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Funeral service will be 2 p.m.  Saturday, Jan. 15, via Zoom for Dale G. Olson, age 74, who passed away Dec. 27, 2021 at his home in St. Cloud. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Dale Gornel Olson was born Oct. 25, 1947 in St. Cloud to Roger and Olivia (Long) Olson. He graduated class of 1965 from Sauk Rapids High School and later studied business at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Dale married his treasured wife, Phyllis Behrend June 22, 1968 in St. Cloud and enjoyed 53 years of marriage. Together they owned Olson’s House of Oldies Antique shop in Waite Park. Dale serviced his community by helping people restore family heirlooms to be enjoyed for generations. He prided himself in his art of restoration to bring his pieces back to their full glory. He especially enjoyed repairing antique clocks. He was also a firefighter for the St. Cloud Fire Department for 24 years and retired in 1999. Dale was known for being gentle, kind, adventurous, and having a good sense of humor. Anyone who knew Dale knew he was the most loving father and husband a family could ask for. Dale had a spirit of self-sacrifice and helped friends and strangers alike. He loved camping, traveling, and vacationing to Florida and Mexico. Dale also loved his God Jehovah and was a very spiritual person, who devoted his life to his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. People always came to him for advice knowing he had a listening ear and was a voice of compassion. His hope is to enjoy life in paradise on Earth once again through the Resurrection (John 5:28,29). Until then he will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of St. Cloud, son, Jeremy (Angela) Olson of Sartell; brother Paul Olson of Sauk Rapids; and granddaughter, Ellaina Olson. Dale was preceded in death by his parents and son, Cortney “Cory” Olson on Nov. 9, 1996.
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Linda L. Molitor

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Linda L. Molitor, age 65, who passed away Jan. 1, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiate d and burial was at Annunciation Cemetery in Mayhew Lake.
Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Friday also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Linda was born Oct. 19, 1956, in St. Cloud to David and Beverly (Stelton) Monson. She married Alvin Molitor Oct. 25, 1975, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Linda was a homemaker and lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of her life. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she was a member of the Christian Women and also served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary. Linda enjoyed reading, spending time with her grandchildren, motorcycle rides and spending time outdoors. She was loving, generous, talkative, and very proud of the farm and her family.
Survivors include her son and daughters, Corey (Vicky) of Sauk Rapids, Kim Dahler of Sauk Rapids, Katie (Kevin) Lentner of Sauk Rapids and Kari (Mike) Schyma of Royalton; grandchildren, Morgan, Austin, Noah, Cole, Skylar, Kelsey, Gavin, Lexi, Levi and Layna; sisters and brother, Wanda (Allan) Broda of Sartell, Kevin (Kristy) Monson of Sartell, Marla (Greg) Williamson of Eden Prairie; and sister-in-law, Kathy Monson of St. Stephen. Linda was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; son, Kyle; and brother, Scott.
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Alvin “Barney” J. Molitor

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 7, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Alvin “Barney” Molitor, age 67, who passed away Dec. 31, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at Annunciation Cemetery in Mayhew Lake.
Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Friday also at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Alvin Joseph Molitor was born Jan. 20, 1954, in St. Cloud to Walter and Bernice (Bidinger) Molitor. He married Linda Monson Oct. 25, 1975, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Barney was a farmer and lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of his life. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. Barney enjoyed farming, welding, old tractors especially John Deere, old cars, riding his motorcycle trike and tinkering. He could fix anything. Barney was hard-working, honest, well known and respected, would help anyone, was a great role model and loved his grandchildren. 
Survivors include his son and daughters, Corey (Vicky) of Sauk Rapids, Kim Dahler of Sauk Rapids, Katie (Kevin) Lentner of Sauk Rapids and Kari (Mike) Schyma of Royalton; grandchildren, Morgan, Austin, Noah, Cole, Skylar, Kelsey, Gavin, Lexi, Levi and Layna; and sisters and brothers, Marlene of Sauk Rapids, Jerry (Linda) of Foley, Walt (Shirley) of Foley, Roy (Sandy) of Sauk Rapids, Kathleen (Allan) Wollak of Sauk Rapids, Ron (Tammy) of Sauk Rapids, Randy (Mary Ann) of Sauk Rapids, Ricky (Julie) of Holdingford, Betty (Otto) Lamecker of Rochester and Kenny (Kris) of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Linda; and son, Kyle.
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Marion T. Maciej

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2163 Mayhew Lake Road, Sauk Rapids for Marion Maciej, age 97, of Sauk Rapids who died Dec. 29, 2021, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Keith Weise will officiate and burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Friday at the church in Sauk Rapids.
Marion was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Santiago to Guy and Iva (Bresee) Keeler.  She married Glenn Fashant Dec. 2, 1943, at St. Ignatius in Annandale. He died Sept. 8, 1968. She then married Frank Maciej Aug. 18, 1972, at First Methodist Church in St. Cloud. He died March 1, 1986. Marion worked in the office at St. Cloud Medical Group for 10 years and also at Fingerhut, Al’s Electric and St. Cloud Fire and Equipment. She was a life member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992, RSVP, local chapter of AARP, and Bridge Buddies. She enjoyed volunteering with RSVP and Good Shepherd Community for over 20 years. Marion also enjoyed crocheting, puzzles and reading.
Survivors include her children, Darrell (Sharon) Fashant of St. Cloud, Steven of Phillipsburg, Missouri; stepchildren, Robert Maciej of Upsala, DeWayne (Carol) Maciej of Nevis, Darlene Maciej of Upsala, Joel Maciej of Ogilvie, Sandra (Mike) Brockway of Burtrum; 25 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; son, Gordon; twin brother, Marvin; brothers, Thomas, George, Bob; sisters, Doris Bartosiewski, Leone Batson and Evelyn Sims.
Memorials are preferred to The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
A special thank you to The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home especially The Silver Bay Wing for all the wonderful care given to Marion.
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Glenn W. Ireland

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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Glenn William Ireland Jr. devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and proud sheet metal worker of Union Local 10. We could also say he may have been the last of the old cowboys.
Glenn was born Sept. 10, 1926, in Granite Falls to Glenn and Agnes (Fundingfland) Ireland, Sr. He married Clara Jones Jan. 18, 1948, in Bird Island. Glenn was a sheet metal worker for Weidner’s, Phillips Heating, Park Sheet Metal and Fran Heating. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and Sheet Metal Workers Union 10 where he was a business agent for 13 years.
Glenn was a talented singer and songwriter. He lived with his heart full and expressed it through his music. He was a talented artist. He was a builder and generally good at anything he put his hands to. He was a reader and studied subjects most people had lost interest in. He was interesting. He was proud and strong and opinionated. He lived his life by a code that could not be understood by a modern generation.
He loved the West. He loved its history and legends. Its long dusty roads. Its museums. Its wild land and ruggedness. He lived to be a cowboy and often told stories about breaking wild horses. He was a dreamer who never lost his childhood spirit and love for life.
He was devoted to our mother and spent the last years of his life by her side as she slipped further into dementia. She was forever his girlfriend. She was the last thing he looked at before taking his final breath and he will wait for his Clara-Bell to join him. He was one of a kind. He will be forever cherished and loved and, like a ghost on the wind, he will be with us forever.
Survivors include his wife, Clara of Sauk Rapids; daughters and sons, Barb (Ted) Plantenberg of St. Cloud, Greg (Teri) of Rice, Michael (Debbie) of Stillwater, Sandy of Sauk Rapids and Brad (Cicely) of Minneapolis; brother, Verlin of St. George, Utah; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Virginia Balderston; and granddaughters, Tricia and Jennifer Plantenberg.
Funeral services were 1 p.m. Dec. 30 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Chaplain Lisa Lynott-Carroll officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
The family would like to thank Moments Hospice and the staff at Ridgeview Place.
“There goes a spotted stallion with an empty saddle, hoof beats a poundin’ on the trail, He’ll stop a while and listen then he’ll gallop on waiting for his master’s command. The Lord upstairs took his master, took him faraway, and left the spotted stallion for another day…” Glenn Ireland
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Lorraine A. Wenner

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Lorraine A. Wenner, age 83, who passed away Dec. 22, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Lorraine was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Mankato to Harry and Catherine (Schmitz) Myhill. She married Paul Wenner Dec. 29, 1962, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in North Mankato and they moved to Sauk Rapids in 1962. Lorraine worked as a secretary at Eye Surgeons and Physicians, and also at Family Life Bureau and Cathedral High School. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she served on the Sacred Heart School Board, former member of the Christian Mothers, was chair of the bazaar lunch, and involved with Reverence for Life. Lorraine was a member of a card club group for 55 years and the CHS Supporters. She loved cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, dancing, game shows and traveling. Lorraine was patient, strong, gracious, loving, generous and faithful. She was always positive and never complained. Lorraine was family orientated and was very proud of her kids and grandkids. She prayed a lot of rosaries.
Survivors include her daughters and sons, Barb (Terry) Jancik of Sauk Rapids, Sue Hengel of Bemidji, Joe of Milaca, Tom (Lisa) of Becker and Dave of Big Lake; siblings, Elly Olinger of Mankato and Jay (Karen) Myhill of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Andrew (Meghan), Abby (Jake), Alex (Janelle), Mike (Steph), Ben (Lauren), Eric (April), Theresa, Zach, Ellie, Isaiah and Maya; and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Nora, Adelynn, Henry, Remi, Penelope and one on the way. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul on July 3, 2018; sister, Helen (Don) Kremer; and brother-in-law, Bob Olinger.
Memorials are preferred to Cathedral High School Paul Wenner Fund or the MS Society.
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Judith Eichhorst

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Judith (Judy) Eichhorst, (91), was called to her Lord and Savior Dec. 23, 2021.
Judy was born Oct. 22, 1930, to John and Lily (Swanson) Larson at Ewen, Michigan. The family moved to Gurney, Wisconsin, where she attended country school for six years. They then moved to the west coast where she graduated from Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. She attended Pacific Lutheran College in Parkland, Washington and was a graduate of the Lutheran Bible Institute of Minneapolis.
Her faith in Christ was Judy’s foundation for her life. Judy was called as a parish worker to Calvary Lutheran Church of Golden Valley Minnesota, and then to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota, where she used her gifts to teach and mentor both children and adults in the faith. She made many home visits in the communities, inviting others to come to faith and become a part of the church family. Her quiet manner and ready smile provided an invitation to others to enter into her life.
Judy married Calvin (Jack) Eichhorst June 9, 1956, in Golden Valley. While Jack was finishing his education they moved a number of times, including living a year in Muenster, Germany. Packing and moving become somewhat of an art during her lifetime. She loved to travel and learn about the cultures and people wherever she went.
She was a partner in ministry with Jack and because she loved people opened their home to friends and strangers alike. She devoted her life to giving of her time and talents, to helping others and to raising their family of four children. For many years she was active as a leader in 4-H and especially enjoyed the Benton County Fair.
Judy loved her family and faithfully encouraged and prayed for them, instilling her faith and love for others into her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Jack; sons Dan (Chiyo); Nathan (Jody); Steve (Deb); daughter Martha Falk (late husband John); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Larson (Ruth); sister Ruthie Cardinal; and nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being made by Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 at Abounding Joy Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. The Rev. Thomas Wright officiating.
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Keith B. Benoit

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Celebration of life will be at a later date for Keith B. Benoit, age 47, of Sauk Rapids who died Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Keith had a cardiac arrest as a result of complications from COVID-19 at home Dec. 19. He was brought via ambulance to the emergency room where he passed away peacefully and pain free at 9:50 p.m. surrounded by his entire family including his children.   Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids
Keith was born Jan. 20, 1974, in St. Cloud to Donald and Diane (Roske) Benoit. He was a woodworker and lived in Sauk Rapids most all of his life. Keith was so proud of his daughters, who were the pride and joy of his life. He shared a special bond with both Morgan and Ava.
Survivors include his parents, Donald and Diane of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Morgan and Ava of Lake Crystal; brother, Travis (Pam) of Rice; sisters, Heather of St. Cloud, Mariette (Chuck W.) of St. Cloud and nieces, Ella and Lily. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Willard and Elizabeth “Betty” Benoit and Aloys and Emma Roske.
We are all in shock and heartbroken but yet so thankful we all got to say our goodbyes and be with him during his final moments on earth.
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Stephen H. Meemken

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Stephen “Steve” Meemken, age 71, who passed away Dec. 22, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Stephen Henry Meemken was born as John Duane Welder June 28, 1950, in St. Cloud to Eva Welder. He was adopted by Delbert and Mary (Vandenberghe) Meemken. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Steve married Judy Miller June 7, 1975, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He grew up in Sartell and lived in the St. Cloud area all of his life. Steve was a block layer until 1981, and then a nursing assistant at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, retiring in 2009. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254. Steve enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking, spoiling his grandchildren, watching westerns and spending time at the camper on Balsam Bay Resort in Remer with his family. He was kind, caring, a great story teller, and most importantly, was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Judy of Sauk Rapids; daughter and son, Michele (Shaun) O’Connor of Clear Lake and Michael Meemken of Andover; sister, Jackie (Dave) Ross of Ft. Collins, Colorado; and grandchildren, Brynn, Luke, Callie, and Aidan O’Connor. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, pkdcure.org
 A special thank you to all the nurses and primary care providers at the St. Cloud Hospital.
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Helen A. Monnier

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Helen A. Monnier, age 90,of Royalton, passed away Dec. 15, 2021, at St. Otto’s Care Center in Little Falls. A funeral service was 11 a.m. Dec. 22, at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls with David Sperstad officiating. A visitation was 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls. Caring for Helen and her family is the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Little Falls.
Helen Alice Winter was born Nov. 2, 1931 in Foley to the late Michael and Matilda (Masog) Winter. She grew up in Foley and graduated from Tech High School. Helen was united in marriage to Harry Monnier March 14, 1949 in St. Cloud. She was a nurse’s aide at St. Cloud and St. Gabriel’s Hospitals, where she retired after 25 plus years. In her spare time, Helen loved collecting antiques and going to flea markets. She was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW and the Royalton American Legion Auxiliary. A special thank you to River Assisted Living and St. Otto’s Care Center for the loving care given to Helen.
Helen is survived by sons, John (Diane) Monnier of Breezy Point, Michael (Ronda) Monnier of Royalton, and Patrick (Connie) Monnier of East Bethel; daughters, Julie Goebel of Rice, and Suzanne (Gordon) Noggle of Rice; daughter-in-law, Sue Monnier of Rice; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Matilda Winter; husband, Harry; daughter, Louise Monnier; son, Harry “Butch” Monnier; son-in-law, Jerry Goebel; brothers, Ambrose, Francis, Harold; sisters, Connie, Marie, Marjorie, Elsie, Rita and Regina.
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Joyce M. Zawatzke

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. Dec. 23 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Joyce Zawatzke, 82, of Sauk Rapids, who died Dec. 18, 2021, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Sauk Rapids. Chaplain James Neppl officiated and burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Dec. 22 and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home in St. Cloud.
Joyce was born Sept. 30, 1939, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Frank and Frances (Roeschen) Gustafson.  She married Charles Zawatzke July 25, 1964, in Racine.  She worked at Liberty Carton of Golden Valley for 17 years. She moved to St. Cloud in 1998 and began working at DBL retiring in 2002. She also worked part time as a cashier at Fleet Farm in Waite Park. Joyce was known as the pin lady, wearing and displaying all of her brooches. She enjoyed spending time working on puzzles, crossword puzzles and playing cards. Her favorite game was Kings Corner. She enjoyed spending time with family especially time spent with her grandchildren. For the past 10 years she lived at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids where she was very active helping others and enjoyed calling bingo.
She is survived by her children, Michael (Brenda) of Monticello; Marie (Alan) Schill of St. Augusta; grandchildren, Lexi, Bryce (Makyl), Brett (Tara), Justin, Erica, Crystal, Ashley and Travis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Charles, and sisters, Myrtle Mohrbacher and Dorothy Kiehlbauch.
Thank you to the Good Shepherd Nursing Home Sunny Lake Wing and the St. Croix Hospice team for their kindness and care.
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Judith A. Oltz

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. Dec. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Judith “Judy” Oltz, age 88, who passed away Dec. 16, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
 Judy was born March 31, 1933, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Horace and Ann (Johnson) Heiden. She was raised in Atlanta and moved to Sauk Rapids in 1957. Judy married Clarence Oltz May 24, 1952, in Atlanta. She was a homemaker and also worked in the lunchroom at Trinity Lutheran School. Judy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid. She delivered Meals on Wheels through Good Shepherd for over 10 years. Judy enjoyed baking and was fun-loving, kind, generous, faithful and honest. She was a positive person who always saw the good in everyone. Judy had a good sense of humor, and was always smiling and laughing.
Survivors include her daughter and sons, Doris (Victor II) Grell of St. Cloud, Edward of St. Cloud and Steve of Sauk Rapids; sister, Gail Lund of Iowa; four granddaughters and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence on Jan. 15, 1993; and daughters-in-law, Pam and Carol Oltz.
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Francis “Frank” H. Justin

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Francis “Frank” Justin, age 82, who passed away Dec. 16, 2021, at St. Benedict’s Therapy Suites in Sartell. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at a later date. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Parish prayers were at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
 Francis Harold Justin was born Sept. 15, 1939, in St. Cloud to Frank and Bernadine (Larson) Justin. He graduated from Cathedral High school and went on to honorably serve our country in the U.S. Navy. Frank married Beverly Warrick June 17, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. They moved to Seattle for a short time, but then returned home to be close to family and friends. They made a home in Sauk Rapids, then Sartell, and eventually found their forever home in Merrifield, on beautiful Upper Mission Lake. Frank worked as a machinist for Burlington Northern Railroad for 35 years. After his retirement, Frank and Bev became snowbirds and spent their winters in Mesa Arizona. Frank was a member of Brainerd VFW Post 1647, Brainerd American Legion Post 255, Brainerd Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 287, and Mesa Loyal Order of Moose 2082. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, making sausage and jerky, playing pull tabs, raising animals and hosting his annual fish fry. Frank had a great sense of humor and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family and friends. He was all about having fun and loved a good party.
 Survivors include his wife, Beverly of Merrifield; daughters and sons, Annie Justin of Brainerd, John Justin (Jenny Slivnik) of Merrifield, Sue (Michael) Koenig of Sauk Rapids, Keith Justin (Christine Roos) of Brainerd, Mary (Todd) George of Detroit Lakes, Chuck (Jodi) Justin of Little Falls, Frank (Lindsey) Justin of Park River, North Dakota; sisters and brothers, Madeline Langlie, Phil (Judy) Justin, David Justin, Nancy (Bob) Monnier, Bunny (Ken) Meier, Chuck (Teresa) Justin, Gary (Mary) Justin, and Denise (Dave Blue) Geiger; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Amanda Stewart; great-grandson, Rowan Koenig; brothers, Jim, Dan, and Leroy Justin; and sisters, RoseAnn Olson and Rita Cicharz.
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