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Douglas W. Gravelle, Sr.

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 26 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Douglas W. Gravelle, Sr., age 70, who passed away July 19, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. 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.
Doug was born Aug. 1, 1951, in Ft. Clayton, Panama Canal, to Orville E. and Verna Mae (Hoard) Gravelle. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army as a first sergeant for 20 years, retiring in 1989. He then worked as a corrections officer at the St. Cloud Corrections Facility and retired after 15 years of service. Doug married Gwenda Brown June 18, 1977, at Annunciation Catholic Church. The couple have lived in central Minnesota for the past 30 years since he retired from the Army. He was a lifetime member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 and was a DAV volunteer. Doug enjoyed going to the casino, fishing, listening to old time music, reading, watching the Minnesota Vikings, and spending time with family and friends. He was generous, was there for everyone, and loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Gwenda of Sartell; son and daughters, Doug, Jr. of Sartell, Michelle Gravelle of St. Cloud, and Melissa Holland of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Shawn, Haley, Dylan, Mishayla, Michael, Alexanna, Mariah, and Amira; great-grandchildren, Ramon and Mia; and brothers, Eugene (Linda) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Don (Barb) of Rice, and Edward. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and best friend, Bob; mother-in-law, Delores; and sister-in-law, Michele.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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Roger M. Delles

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Roger Delles who died July 20, 2022, at his home. Relatives and friends could call from 4-7 p.m. July 29 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home and also may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids at a later date.
Roger was born in St. Cloud to Alois and Josephine (Brutger) Delles. He graduated from Rocori High School and entered the Army. After serving in the Army, he graduated from St. Cloud Business College. He worked as an airplane mechanic at the Mpls/St. Paul Airport before returning to St. Cloud to work as an auto and truck mechanic for 20 years. He then went on to work in custodial for the St. Cloud School District and Good Shepherd Nursing Home. Roger loved music and was a lifelong learner, interested in Indian culture, history, and flying. His passion for flying led him to become a flight instructor for nearly 50 years. Roger married Ginger (Virginia) Knuesel July 6, 1961. They had four children and lived in Waite Park and then St. Cloud all of their married life.
Survivors include his wife, Ginger of St. Cloud; children, Tony (Theresa Harris) of Issaquah, Washington, Warren (Lori) of St. Cloud, and Nancy (Glenn) Skuta of Oakdale; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant son, Anthony Gerard.
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Estelle “Stella” Johnson

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Funeral services were July 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Estelle “Stella” Johnson, 90, of Rice, who passed away July 25, 2022, at her home surrounded by family. the Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was July 28 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church Friday.
Estelle was born April 2, 1932, in Rice to Martin and Margaret (Binsfeld) Aschenbrenner. She married Darrell Johnson July 22, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Stella lived in the Sauk Rapids and Rice area for all of her life. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, was involved in the Ladies Aide and she also saw the importance of donating blood in her community when she could. She worked as a homemaker and farmed beside Darrell. With farming, came gardening, baking and hard work, though she never complained, as she enjoyed doing those things. She was creative, generous and practical. Stella always saw the beauty in life and she loved to be in the company of family. The coffee pot was always on at her house, and everyone was always welcome. She made sure to have a sweet treat like chocolate cupcakes or oatmeal chocolate chip cookies to offer her guests and she was sure to treat you like family. Stella also loved to host for the holidays, hosting a large Thanksgiving feast, Christmas Eve gathering, and 3 p.m. coffee every Sunday, as family was the most important thing in her life.
Survivors include her children, Allen (Brenda) Johnson of Sauk Rapids, Dorothy (Steve) Janski of Rice, Wayne (Michelle) Johnson of Sauk Rapids and David Johnson of Rice; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, Benjamin, Amanda, Joshua, Scott and Sara; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister, Margie Wunderlich of St. Stephen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband on April 26, 2002; brothers and sisters, Olivia Wolters, Florence Hall, Ed Aschenbrenner, Irene Goebel and Elmer Aschenbrenner.
Memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund.
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Harvey W. Lay

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Harvey Wayne Lay passed away peacefully, July 24, 2022, surrounded by his family after suffering from non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. The family extends a special thank you to Moments Hospice, especially Heather, Liz and Marissa for their great care and support.
Born Jan. 13, 1950, in Glendale, California, to Chet and Judy (Baertsch) Lay. Harvey graduated from Minnetonka High School in 1968, and attended St. Cloud State University where he met his wife of 52 years, Ann Marie (Knudson). Harvey held a successful career in the transportation industry, volunteered his time with Veterans Hospital, Knights of Columbus, Men’s Club, St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, and usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He retired from Sauk Rapids-Rice Schools as an elementary custodian in 2018.
Survived by his wife of 52 years, Ann Marie, son Travis Lay (Bonnie), grandsons Ashton and Connor of Alexandria, daughter, Shannon Running (Chris) and granddaughters, Kennedy and Marissa of Elkhorn, Nebraska, his dog, Devaki, cat, Gus and half-sister, Kaylene Ashton of Provo, Utah.
Preceded in death by his parents, Chet and Judy Lay and in-laws Fred and Marilyn Knudson.
To honor Harvey’s love of animals, donations can be made to a humane society of your choice
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Aug. 1, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the church with rosary at 4 p.m. Visitation will also continue one hour prior to the Mass.
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Bonnie J. Popp

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Bonnie Jean (Volkl) Popp, age 70, Rice, passed away at her home July 10, 2022, after a short battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bonnie, the daughter of Lester Volkl and Dorothy (Volkl) Pappenfus, was born Dec. 17, 1951, in Brainerd. Bonnie was known for her witty humor and being a top notch second basewoman in addition to her love of sunflowers, almond M&M’s, dogs, Panama City Beach, Florida, and her family. Bonnie enjoyed working at the St. Cloud Hospital prior to retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Ted Popp; children, Melissa (Korey) Dobmeier and Jon Osendorf; stepchildren, Michelle (Aaron) Rosenberger, Derek (Sara) Popp, and Isaac (A.J.) Popp; nine grandchildren, Kris, Karson, Kenzie, Noah, Evan, Greta, Owen, Landon and Mason; and her brother, Michael (Michele) Volkl and sister-in-law, Joan Volkl. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Lester Volkl and Dorothy Pappenfus, as well as her brother, John Volkl.
Bonnie’s legacy is love. She loved well and was well loved – and for that reason, we have no regrets.
A celebration of life for Bonnie is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 13, 2022, at the Popp residence in Rice. The family has requested remembrances be made in the form of contributions to the Moments Hospice Foundation, momentsfoundation.org, who provided outstanding care and friendship in Bonnie’s last days.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Lawrence “Larry” L. Hennessy

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Lawrence “Larry” L. Hennessy, age 73, who passed away July 17, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church. Parish prayers were Wednesday at the funeral home.
Larry was born March 11, 1949, in St. Cloud to Lawrence and Philomenia “Philly” (Bielejeski) Hennessy. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Larry married Karen Loeffler Johnson Aug. 23, 2008, in Sauk Rapids. He lived in the St. Cloud area all of his life and in Sartell for the past 20 years. Larry was a Winder Operator at the Sartell Paper Mill for 30 years, retiring in 2010. He also worked for St. Cloud Roofing. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992, and St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622. Larry enjoyed fishing, watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and watching his grandkids activities. He had a great laugh, big personality and was big hearted. Larry was a people person who loved everyone, and everyone loved him. He was proud of his family and his service in the Army.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Sartell; children, Brenda (Donald “Bubba”) Lenz of Sauk Rapids, Tracy Hennessy of Sauk Rapids, and Jenny Nemeth of Foley; step children, Randi (Nick) Tapio of Sauk Rapids, Garry Johnson of South St. Paul, Amy (Bob) Guzek of Sauk Rapids, and Jennifer Stoner of Reno, Nevada; sisters, Lois Neu of Atwater, Karen Zirbes of Melrose, Patty (Marv) Evans of Coon Rapids, and Dorothy Meyer of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Kevin, Manda, Brianna, Devon, Annabelle, Payton, Ashley, Josh, Joey, Caleb, Abby, Zach, Hailey, and Jordan; great-grandchildren, Natasha, Owen, and Jace; and many nieces and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Jackie Swanson, Barb Kissner, and Kathy Johnson.
To honor Larry’s love of sports, please wear your Minnesota sport team apparel.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. John Sebas for all the wonderful care given to Larry throughout the years.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Mary K. Lentner

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 15 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Mary Lentner, 53 of Foley, who died July 9, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to services Friday at Annunciation Church in Mayhew Lake. Annunciation Parish prayers were Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Mary was born Feb. 26, 1969, in St. Cloud to Ray and Marlys (Popp) Schlichting. She married Tom Lentner April 16, 1994 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. She is a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake where she was active as a Sunday school teacher. She also volunteered at the Good Shepherd Home in Sauk Rapids. Mary had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time reading, listening to music and dancing. Most of all, Mary loved kids and really liked spending time with them especially her family members.
She is survived by her husband, Tom, of Foley; father, Ray, of Rice; brothers and sisters, Jim (Patty) of Royalton, Judy Weis of Clear Lake, Jane (Dan) Haats of New London, Dan (Corina) of Rice, John (Sara) of Loveland, Colorado, and Anne Schlichting (Nate Nordvik) of Maple Grove; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her mother, Marlys; brother, David; and brother-in-law, Neal Weis.
The family thanks everyone for your expression of sympathy and attendance to the service. No acknowledgments will be sent.
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Thomas V. Surma

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 14 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Thomas V. Surma, age 94, who passed away July 8, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was July 13 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids as well as one hour prior to the Mass Thursday at church. Parish prayers were Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thomas was born April 17, 1928, to Vince and Rose (Struzyk) Surma. Tom grew up in central Minnesota, including St. Wendell, North Prairie, Randall and Opole. As a young man, he moved to Idaho with his sisters. This is where he met the first love of his life, Geraldine (Geri) Otter. They eloped April 27, 1950. Tom and Geri moved back to Minnesota where they raised their 14 children. Tom worked in silver mines, building dams, excavating, and plumbing throughout his life. Tom was always proud of the legacy he created with sons, grandsons and great-grandsons following in his footsteps to become plumbers.
Geri passed away in 1993, after which he met and married the second love of his life, Dorothy Kloster, on March 2, 1996. Tom enjoyed tractors, guns, hunting, playing guitar and, most of all, spending time with his family. Tom will be remembered for his great sense of humor, strong faith, kindness and dedication to his family.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dorothy of St. Joseph; children, Kathleen Surma of Avon, Jayne Wruck (Jerry Connor) of Sartell, Jim (Carol) Surma of Moorhead, Peggy (Dick) Fisher of Avon, Karen (Jimm) Legg of Sartell, Theresa (Mike) Eierman of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Mary Jo (Dave) Heine of Mead, Washington, David (Julie) Surma of St. Cloud, Nancy Surma of Spokane, Washington, Jenny (Steve) Stellmach of Rice, Barb (David) Nodo of Crosby, Jeff (Susie) Surma of Rice, Mike (Alyssa Tetrault) Surma of New Brighton, Lynn (Mike) Mattern of Willmar, and Karen (Dick) Jacobson of Green Isle, 48 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Ethel; first wife, Geraldine; son, Billy; grandsons, Trever Wruck and Benjamin Rash; sisters, Emily Grimm, Josephine Hanson, Florence Schwintek/Thacker, Helen Hurdt, and Delores Sieben; brother-in-law, Sylvan Eliason; and sons-in-law, Larry Wruck, Dave Spence, and Jerome Surma.
Thank you for your life and for all you have taught us Dad, you will be forever loved and missed.
The family thanks everyone for your expression of sympathy and attendance to the service. No acknowledgments will be sent.
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James C. Fischer

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On June 30, 2022 James “Jim” Cornelius Fischer passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 20, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake, followed by lunch. Burial will be in the Annunciation parish cemetery. Visitation will 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids as well as one hour prior to Mass at the church Wednesday.
James “Jim” Cornelius Fischer was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Cyril Louis Fischer and Mary “Mae” Julie (Heim) Fischer, the fourth of seven children. He grew up in St. Cloud and attended St. Mary’s Grade School and Cathedral High School, graduating in 1949.  He attended St. John’s University in Collegeville for two years, which is how he met the love of his life, Irene Mary Ernst, sister of his university friend Louis. Jim began working for the Soo Line Railroad in 1952, served in the U.S. Army in Korea for two years and returned to the Soo Line, working in the transportation department at the Soo Line building in downtown Minneapolis for nearly 40 years.
Jim and Irene were married at St. Joseph Church, the little church on the hill, in Plymouth, Nov. 26, 1955, and began growing their family of eight children at homes in Mounds View, then North Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, where they were members of St. Alphonsus Parish for over 25 years. His family, the Catholic Church and community filled Jim’s life as he served through the Knights of Columbus; sponsoring immigrant families; helping with countless school, family and church functions, ever ready to lend a helping hand. For relaxation Jim enjoyed tennis (even playing with his grandchildren into his 80s); card games, especially SKAT and cribbage which he took very seriously; family gatherings; annual deer hunting trips with Irene’s brothers; grouse hunting trips with his sons, sons-in-law and grandsons; and fishing with his children and brothers-in-law.
Jim and Irene moved to Little Rock Lake after retirement and joined Annunciation Parish in Mayhew Lake where Jim’s father and grandfather grew up and his great grandparents are buried in the first row of the parish cemetery. Jim began his years of volunteering at the St. Cloud Hospital, following in the footsteps of his mother.  Jim and Irene later moved to Sauk Rapids and Sacred Heart Parish and then to Country Manor apartments. Jim lived his last two years with daughter Rosanne and her husband, Mark Trainor, in Duelm.
Jim’s love lives on in the lives of his children, Jean (Barry) Nelson, Michael (Kim) Fischer, Rebecca Sienko, Rosanne (Mark Trainor) Fischer, Joseph Fischer, Mary (Greg) Meier, Mark (Tammy) Fischer, daughter-in-law Kara Fischer; grandchildren Emily, Betsy and Jonathan; Katie and Paul; Ryan, Laura, Meghan and Amy; Amelia; Abram, Laura and Francis; Daniel, Heidi and Caleb; Ben and Katherine; their spouses and children (17 great-grandchildren and one on the way); as well as his siblings, Sr. Rita Mae Fischer FSPA, Margie (Bernie) Kersting, Eugene (Joanne) Fischer, Mary (Joe) Terwey, Mark (Fidelina) Fischer; siblings-in-law Chuck (Pat) Ernst, Dennis (Shirley) Ernst, Jerry (Sherelyn) Ernst, Cathy (Dave) Huberty; and many nieces and nephews.  Jim’s spirit reunites in the realm of love, light and mercy with his parents; beloved wife, Irene; son, John; son-in-law, Mike Sienko; sibling Donald and Joan Fischer; siblings-in-law Louis and Doris Ernst and George and Rosie Ernst. Jim’s family extends sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers of Quiet Oaks Hospice House who provided a restful, caring place for Jim and for them in his final days; memorials will support their caring ministry and the Catherine Ernst Memorial Trust Fund.
Obituary, guest book, and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Roy E. Robinson, Jr.

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Roy E. Robinson, Jr., age 89, who passed away June 30, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. LeRoy Scheierl will officiate and entombment will be at Assumption Mausoleum in St. Cloud. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Roy was born April 11, 1933, in Winnebago, Nebraska, to Roy and Ethol (Hillian) Robinson, Sr. He married Joanne Ruff July 3, 1954, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Roy lived in the St. Cloud area most of his life and worked as an inspector for Frigidaire/Electrolux for 46 years. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and an active member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Local 623. Roy enjoyed visits to the casino, camping, fishing, gardening, woodworking and tinkering. He was a member of the DFL Party, a strong union activist and pushed hard for workers’ rights. After retirement, he took an interest in genealogy which sought many new acquaintances of family and new relatives and friends in many areas of the country.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Joanne of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughters, Bobbi (David) Johnson of St. Cloud, Jim Robinson of St. Cloud, Nancy (Wildey) Paulson of Fort Ripley, Gerard (Sharon) Robinson of Sauk Rapids, Paul (Sue) Robinson of St. Cloud, Mary Kay Robinson of St. Cloud, and Shelly (Paul) Yee of Brooklyn Center; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Roy was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Sharon Robinson; son, Peter Jay Robinson; grandson, Troy Robinson; and half-brother and half-sisters, Charles Lantis, Helen Hagle, Bernice Widen and Betty Patrias.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Anna Mae Tiemann

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Mass of Christian Burial was July 8, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Anna Mae Tiemann, age 92, who passed away July 4, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Anna Mae was born Feb. 12, 1930, in Anamosa, Iowa, to Fred and Rose (Balk) Miller. She married John Tiemann July 21, 1951, in Anamosa, Iowa. Anna Mae was a homemaker and also was a bookkeeper in Seattle, Washington. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Christian Mothers (St. Monica’s Society). Anna Mae enjoyed visiting with people, making wine, gardening and canning. She was kind, friendly, encouraging, warm-hearted, a great teacher, and a good bookkeeper. Anna Mae was passionate about raising her sons.
Anna Mae is survived by her sons, Randy and Gary both of Sauk Rapids; and sisters, Gladys (Clifford) Payne of Monticello, Iowa, Irene (Richard) Nickels of Anamosa, Iowa, Lucille Swanson of Frankfort, Kansas, and Janet McAler of Arvada, Colorado. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John on Nov. 23, 2013; son, Michael in July 1970; and brother, Leonard.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Betty Jane E. DeLong

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Funeral services were July 7 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Betty DeLong, age 92, who passed away June 29, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Brady Finnern officiated and burial was at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was at the funeral home Thursday.
Betty was born Sept. 26, 1929, in Sauk Rapids to Lorenz and Elizabeth (Lovitz) Bauer. She married Norbert Golembeski Feb. 28, 1948, and he passed away Oct. 25, 1980. Betty married Arthur DeLong Jan. 17, 1998. She worked at X-Cel Optical, as well as Coborn’s as a cashier for many years. She held various jobs throughout her life and liked to volunteer her time when she could. Betty was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening, traveling with Art, playing 500 with the card club ladies, music and dancing. Family was very important to her and spending time with her grandchildren was always cherished time. Betty was outgoing, adventurous, caring and giving. She was the kindest soul and could always be depended on by others.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur of Sartell; daughters, Ruth Butkowski of St. Cloud, Vickie (Robert) Neils of Sauk Rapids, Debra (Norbert) Popp of Rice, Nancy (James) Steffen of Sauk Rapids, and Judy Turck of Farmington; step-children, Dana (David) Boltz of Isle, Steven DeLong of Minnesota, Sandra (Joel) Burski of Rice, and Timothy (Jill) DeLong of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Paul (Kelly) Butkowski, Eric (Nicole) Butkowski, Stacy (Nathan) Rindahl, Jessica Sirois, Corey Sirois, Ryan (Anna) Neils, Scott (Malinda) Popp, Karen (Gary) Ludwig, Katie (Wes) Miller, Thomas (Jennifer) Keehr, Dalton (Samantha) Turck, Darin Turck, Dylan Turck, Derek Turck, Alex Callum, Dax Callum, and Craig Callum; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Norbert; sons-in-law, Douglas Butkowski and Jeffrey Keehr; sisters, Olivia Bauer, Viola Maurer, Loretta Brown, Adeline Baker, and Bernice Hofstater; and brothers, Ervin, Hilbert, and Lester Bauer.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Betty Jane E. DeLong

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Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Betty DeLong, age 92, who passed away June 30, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev.Brady Finnern will officiate and burial will be at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday.
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Bonnie Ann (Loughran) Marshall

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Mass of Christian Burial was June 30 at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Bonnie Ann (Loughran) Marshall, age 74, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away peacefully June 21, 2022, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Scott Pogatchnik officiated. Burial was in Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Visitation was June 29 and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Parish prayers were Wednesday at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Bonnie was born Aug. 12, 1947, in Hampton Virginia and was the daughter of Col. Joseph Patrick Loughran and Veronica Anne Loughran.  She is survived by her four children:  Angela Marshall, Tiffany Marshall, Christopher Marshall and Aaron Marshall. Bonnie is also survived by her two granddaughters:  Ellanore Marshall and Brynn Marshall and her seven brothers and sisters:  Joseph Loughran Jr., Valerie McBeath, Noreen Mercer, Thomas Loughran, Rosanne Martin,  Dennis Loughran, and Christopher Loughran.
Bonnie worked as an administrative assistant at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 37 years until retirement. She is one of the longest employees of the VA on record to date and was an extremely valuable member of their team. Bonnie was a devoted and active member of St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Anthony of Padua Church and St. John Cantius’. Bonnie in recent years formed a special connection with the St. John Cantius’ church community and particularly Father Scott Pogatchnik. In addition, Bonnie was ordained by the St. Francis Third Order Confraternity of Penitents which was part of her continued path to living a life of holiness as close as possible to its original intent as outlined by St. Francis of Assisi to the people of his day. This secular order consists of men and women who try to emulate St. Francis spirit by performing works of teaching, charity and social services.
Bonnie will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.  Her strong Catholic faith allowed her to be a dedicated servant to God and the St. Cloud Catholic diocese by being a pillar of support to the community, her family and friends.   Bonnie was an extremely gifted writer and loved gardening, loved all God’s creatures great and small, and she enjoyed ancestral research, genealogy research and historical research of all kinds in her spare time.
A special thank you to the staff of the Quiet Oaks Hospice House and the Daniel Funeral Home for the care given to Bonnie and her family.
Memorials or donations to Quiet Oaks Hospice are preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Elaine A. Krueger

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Mass of Christian Burial was June 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Elaine Krueger, age 82, of Sauk Rapids, who died June 24, 2022, at her home after a short illness. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach and Deacon Joe Kresky officiated and entombment was at Sacred Heart Mausoleum.  Visitation was June 27  at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. St. Monica’s Society prayed the rosary followed by parish prayers at 7:30 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Elaine was born June 6, 1940, in St. Cloud to Joseph and Margaret (Mayer) Schroeder. She worked in the cafeteria at St. John’s in Collegeville prior to marring Sylvester Krueger Feb. 24, 1960, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph. Elaine was a homemaker and lived in the Sauk Rapids area most of her life. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was active in St. Monica’s Society, funeral lunch committee, bazaar, and Sacred Heart School lunch server. Elaine was also a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622, Sauk Rapids Sportsmen’s Club and Heartland Polka Swingers. Elaine had a strong Catholic faith that enabled her to be a foundation of support and role model for countless family, friends, neighbors and anyone who was blessed to know her. Her pride and joy was her role of being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Elaine was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook; and following in her mother’s footsteps, there was always extra room at the table for last minute guests and an abundance of homemade baked treats in the kitchen cabinet. She also enjoyed dancing, maintaining the house, mowing the lawn, and trips to the casino. Some of Elaine’s greatest gifts were her unwavering kindness, wonderful sense of humor, and ability to make everyone around her feel loved and appreciated.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Sy of Sauk Rapids; daughters and sons, Diane Bares of Rice, Donna (Allan) Regnier of Sartell, Ron (Cindy) of Sauk Rapids, Cathie Cairns of Brentwood, Tennessee, Connie (Raymond) Goulet of Foley, Roger (Jill) of Sauk Rapids, Kevin (Spencer) of New York, Keith (Joanie) of St. Cloud; brother, John (Ilene) of St. Joseph; sister-in-law, Marge Schroeder of St. Cloud; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Richard, Donald (Verna) and Wilfred “Sam” and sister, Lucille Schroeder.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Poor Clare Monastery, 421 Fourth St. S. Sauk Rapids, MN 56379.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to Elaine’s medical care team at CentraCare and CentraCare Hospice.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Steven M. Eisenschenk

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Steven Melvin Eisenschenk, age 68, of Foley, passed away peacefully June 15, 2022, in St. Cloud following a valiant battle with cancer. Steven was born Aug. 9, 1953, to Peter and Christina Eisenschenk. He was raised in North St. Paul, where he made lifelong friendships and connections. Steven married Roxanne Willett March 10, 1973. They initially welcomed children in Hugo but later established their roots in Lino Lakes where they raised their three children into adulthood. Later, Steven and Roxanne welcomed 10 grandchildren into their lives. Steven worked for North Star Steel in St. Paul for over 25 years. Following retirement, Steven and Roxanne spent their golden years in Foley, having shared 48 years of marriage before Roxanne’s passing in 2021.
Steven lit up the room with his boisterous laughter and charismatic personality. He worked diligently to provide for his family and consistently modeled love through his time spent with others. Steven enjoyed snowmobiling, ice fishing, cabin life on Nokay Lake, ginormous bonfires, and T.V. time spent watching a few of his favorite shows including “Cops” and “The Price is Right.” He was dedicated to being a present and playful yet gentle man in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. Steven was passionate about everything mechanical, spending innumerable hours wrenching on more vehicles than one can recall. It was beneath the hoods of countless Mopars that his passion flourished. Among the stories shared during garage talk included his recollection of his love for his 1969 Road Runner. Time spent with Steven routinely meant being included in his admiration for rebuilding motors, changing out parts, completing general maintenance and then, of course, taking a joy ride with him. It was in moments such as these that he wove in his love, as making repairs or riding alongside him in one of his projects of pride was the purest expression of his affection. Immense amounts of joy and laughter permeated every occasion spent with Steven. His commitment to his time with others spoke volumes about his devotion to family and friends, leaving imprints of his exemplary characteristics behind. Although Steven will be greatly missed, it is in those imprints stamped in love, that his legacy will carry on through his children, grandchildren, family, and friends, shining his radiance forward on generations to come.
Steven is survived by his children Jodell Eisenschenk of Lino Lakes, Ben (Sara) Eisenschenk of Kindred, North Dakota, and Joe (Jeanette) Eisenschenk of Linwood; 10 grandchildren: Natalie, Riley, Haley, Amelia, Laela, Bergan, Gray, Presley, Parker and Jaydon; siblings: Peter (Kris) Eisenschenk and Ruth (Pedo) Chalkline; and many other family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his wife Roxanne Eisenschenk; parents: Peter and Christina Eisenschenk, Clarence Gorecki; siblings: Joanne Tellin, Julius Eisenschenk and Hilda Sly.
A burial service will be held for Steven and his wife Roxanne at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2022,  with a time of remembrance occurring prior from 10:30-11 a.m.  at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Lake Henry 23189 State Highway 4, (Lake Henry) Paynesville, MN 56362.
The Eisenschenk family would like to extend sincere gratitude to Steven’s hospice nurses, doctor(s), additional staff, and volunteers at Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their outstanding and supportive care of Steven in his final days.
In lieu of memorials, the family prefers donations be directed to Quiet Oaks in memory of Steven at quietoakshospicehouse.org/donate
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Susan (Moulzolf) Cremers

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Susan (Moulzolf) Cremers, loving daughter and sister, passed away June 19, 2022, at the age of 55. Susan was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease at the age of 39 and put up a courageous fight with this diagnosis. Mass of Christian Burial was June 24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers. Visitation continued at the church Friday before the service.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Susan was born Oct. 17, 1966, to Mike and Marie (Jutz) Moulzolf. Susan graduated from Foley High School in 1985. She worked in banking until shortly after her diagnosis. Susan married Scott Cremers Dec. 3, 1994, and the couple later divorced.
Susan loved the outdoors, cooking, crafting and spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews who she liked to spoil. She enjoyed watching all the Minnesota Vikings and Twins games.
Susan is survived by her parents; Mike and Marie Moulzolf of Foley, siblings; Sandy (Duane) Thene of Sauk Rapids, Shelley (Scott) Timmerman of St. Michael, Doug Moulzolf (fiancé Carla Kuklock) of Foley. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews: Cory (Renae) Thene, Breanna (Dennis) Skroch, Tyler Thene (fiancé Angie Stevens), Jordan (Samantha) Moulzolf, Bret, Branden, Dustin and Cassydie Moulzolf as well as great-nieces and a great-nephew. The family wishes to thank the Good Shepherd Nursing Home staff for all of their care and compassion shown to Susan over the years.
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The Rev. Harvey I. Ehlers

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Funeral services were June 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for the Rev. Harvey I. Ehlers, age 91, who passed away peacefully  June 19, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck officiated and burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation was Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the service Thursday also at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
The Rev. Harvey was born June 2, 1931, in Carroll, Iowa, to Julius and Minnie (Wilfang) Ehlers. He graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul. The Rev. Harvey then went to Concordia Seminary in Springfield, Illinois. He was united in marriage to Adeline Schultz June 2, 1956, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The Rev. Harvey served as a pastor in Baryard, Nebraska, St. John and Peace Lutheran Church in Claremont, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owatonna, St. Stephan Lutheran Church in Fullerton, California, St. John’s Lutheran in Sherburn, Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids, Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids and Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. He was also a member of the Great River Rotary Club, and Lions Club in Sherburn. He loved traveling and had the opportunity to visit the Holy Land three times and Germany. The Rev. Harvey also enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. Most importantly, family was everything to him. He loved fellowship and food with family.
The Rev. Harvey is survived by his children, Corinne (Bill) Brolsma of Rochester and Mark (Paula) Ehlers of Maple Grove; grandchildren, Brady (Kelsey) Brolsma, Kara (Chris) Passmore, Morgan Ehlers, and Brad Ehlers; and sisters-in-law, Lola Ehlers of Arcadia, Iowa, Jeanette Schultz of Minneapolis, and Dottie Kimbler of Paynesville. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; siblings, Elmer, Albert, Vernon, Harold, Ruth Novak, Dorothy Bernstrauch, and Wilbert; and brother-in-law, Wallace Schultz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Lutheran Hour Ministries, and Good Shepherd Community.
Special thanks to the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, especially the Memory Care Unit for all of their care and support.
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Donald P. Jarnot

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Memorial services will be private for Donald P. Jarnot, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away June 21, 2022, surrounded by family at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Donald Paul Jarnot was born Jan. 17, 1939, in Belgrade to Stanley and Regina (Kuklok) Jarnot. He grew up and lived in the Sauk Rapids area for most of his life. He married his soulmate, Virginia “Ginger” Prudhon at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake June 1, 1960 and together, the couple built a family and life they loved. Don worked as a truck driver for Jack Frost for many years until moving out to the farm in Sauk Rapids. He was very hardworking and was happiest spending long days on his farm. Don instilled that strong work ethic in his children and was proud of their successes in life. He enjoyed dancing, traveling, motorcycles, water skiing and racing. Don was a very private man, but he was down to earth and well-liked by others. He was a great friend, adventurous, caring and compassionate. Don truly lived his life without regrets.
Survivors include his loving wife Ginger of Sauk Rapids; children, Tammy (Ronald) Molitor of Sauk Rapids, Karri (Bob) Hoefer of Sauk Rapids, Scott (Sherri) of Brooklyn Park, Ann (Rick) Olson of Becker; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Leroy (Mary) of Rice; and sister, Lollie Skaj of Sauk Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Marlene Neu and Anna Yamry.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the nurses and staff at the St. Cloud Hospital that were involved in caring for Don. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Peterson for the compassionate care and for allowing Don to remain- “The cowboy that liked to ride his own horse to the end of his days.”
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Victor J. Trutwin

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, June 27, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Victor “Vic” J. Trutwin, age 89, who passed away June 22, 2022, at his home. The Rev. Ken Popp and the Rev. Virgil Helmin will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Christian Mothers will pray at 4 p.m. and parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Victor Joseph Trutwin was born Sept. 12, 1932, in Graham Township, Benton County, to Frank and Frances (Marshik) Trutwin. He lived and worked on the family farm while going to high school. Vic married Karen Orr Oct. 4, 1958, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. He worked at the St. Cloud Hospital in respiratory therapy for 18 years and as a LPN for 12 years. Vic was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he served as an usher, server and on the cemetery board. He also served on the Rice Volunteer Fire Department for many years and the Benton County Planning and Zoning Committee. Vic enjoyed horses and crafts. He was outgoing, talkative, loving, caring, faithful and honest.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Rice; sons, Michael (LuAnn) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mathew, Mark (Elizabeth), John (Doris), and Daniel all of Rice; sister and brother, Terese Silvernail of St. Louis Park and Francis Trutwin of Anderson, South Carolina; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Vic was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Claude and Joseph; sisters, Rita Kampa, Regina Brooks, Mary Parent, and Josephine Kaeter; infant brother, Raymond; and an infant sister.
Memorials are preferred to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul.
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Melvin “Mel” M. Lovitz

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Visitation  with a prayer service was June 23 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Melvin “Mel” Lovitz, age 89, who passed away June 18, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be  Monday, June 27, at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Melvin Martin Lovitz was born May 22, 1933, in Sauk Rapids to Martin and Mary (Athen) Lovitz. He honorably served our country in the U.S. Army. Mel married Rosemary Nahan May 20, 1961, at St. John Cantius Catholic Church in St. Cloud. He lived in Sauk Rapids most of his life and worked as a pipefitter for the Sartell Paper Mill for 45 years. Mel was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254, and St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622. In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and especially enjoyed fond memories at the family cabins in Grand Rapids and Lake Osakis. Mel was gentle, talkative, had a great sense of humor and was a great family man who loved to tell stories.
Survivors include his wife, Rosemary of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughter, John (Cheryl) of Sartell, Jim of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, Julie (Rick) Holmes of Platteville, Wisconsin, and Joe of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Lucille Endersbe of Minot, North Dakota, and Shirley (Ray) Thompson of Rice; and grandchildren, Tyler, Sean, Latosha, Danielle, Megan, Devin, Jesse, Mikala, John and Anna. Mel was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Lisa Lovitz; and brother-in-law, Allen Endersbe.
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Verner “Vern” G. Haehnel

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at Graham United Methodist Church in Rice for Vern G. Haehnel, 88, of Sauk Rapids who passed away June 12, 2022, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev.  Ric Koehn will officiate and burial will be at Benton Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m Tuesday, July 5, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to the services at the church Wednesday morning.
Vern was born July 20, 1933, in Sauk Rapids to Fred and Adelaide (Doeden) Haehnel. He married Shirley Brown Oct. 8, 1960. Vern worked as a farmer for most of his life. After farming, he briefly worked in construction, building pole sheds and log houses. He enjoyed his work and his work was never done. Vern took pride in all he did, and he instilled that strong work ethic in his family. He also liked playing cards, traveling, woodworking and caring for his horses. Vern was a genuinely friendly and pleasant man, who enjoyed chatting with others, gardening and deer hunting.
Survivors include his wife Shirley, of Sauk Rapids; son and daughters, Paul (Lori) of Pequot Lakes, Laurie (Mike) Zitterhopf of Gering, Nebraska, Marcia (Mike) Kyar of Lakeshore and Nancy Kampa of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Andy, Alisha, Kasey, Chelsey, Ashley, Brady and Whitney; 12 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and brothers, Alfred (Beverly) of Sauk Rapids and Ernest (Diane) of Motley. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Laura Schroeder and brother, Erwin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to dementia research (www.dementiasociety.org/donate)
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Good Shepherd Memory Cottages and to Moments Hospice, for the loving and compassionate care that was given to Vern.
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Lewis R. Walker

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Funeral service was June 16, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Lewis R. Walker, age 90, of Rice, who died June 12, 2022, at The St. Cloud Hospital.  The Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation was Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Rice American Legion Post 473 prayed at 6 p.m.; Eagles Order 622 prayed at 6:30 p.m. followed by Rice Area Sportsmen’s Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Lewis was born March 5, 1932, in Popple Creek to Roy and Caroline (Golembeski) Walker. He married Patricia Gainor May 22, 1953, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Lewis was president of Woodcraft Industries until retiring in 2000. He served our country in the United States Army from 1952-54 and lived in the St. Cloud area most all of his life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd Foundation Board, Rice American Legion Post 473, Riverside Lions Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622 of St. Cloud, Duck’s Unlimited, Rice Area Sportsmen’s Club, National Kitchen Cabinet Association, Home Builders Association, National Rifle Association, Amateur Trap Shooting Organization and National Hardwood Dimension Manufacturers. He enjoyed his time on the river, fishing especially in Alaska, hunting, traveling, feeding animals especially deer, and snowmobiling in the Swiss Alps.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Pat of Rice; niece, Jodi (Rico) Aizcorbe of Sartell; great nieces, Isabella and Abigail; and cats, Cece and Abear. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Orville and 16 half brothers and sisters.
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Clara F. Ireland

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Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Clara F. Ireland, age 92, who passed away June 5, 2022, at Ridgeview Place in Sauk Rapids. Chaplain Lisa Lynott-Carroll will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Clara was born March 22, 1930, in Peoria, Illinois, to Henry and Frances (Schnelle) Jones. She married Glenn Ireland Jan. 18, 1948, in Bird Island. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.
Clara is free. She is free to join the love of her life, her partner, her husband Glenn, or her “Glennie” as she would have said. She is home and she is smiling and laughing, and her blue eyes are sparkling again. Our mother’s legacy was love. She was devoted to our father, and her family. She saw these things as her life’s mission. She was unselfish. She was our family’s confidant, the one who always listened. She listened with her heart and she gave advise sparingly. She appreciated simple things like her lilac bush, her crab apple tree, a clean home, crocheting and tatting, maple nut ice cream, and her walks. She never complained – not even in her battle through dementia. She was courageous. She would ask us not to grieve but to love each other more; to cherish our memories and not take these things for granted. Lastly, I would say Clara made the best chocolate chip cookies, and while she said the recipe came off the bag, I know her secret ingredient was love.
Survivors include her 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; 11 grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. Clara was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Glenn on Dec. 22, 2021; brothers, Darrell, Ivan, and Blueford Jones, and George Misner; sister, Irene Kalkbrenner; and granddaughters, Tricia Plantenberg and Jennifer Plantenberg Evans.
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Mary A. Patton

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Memorial service will be at the home of Kathleen Patton at noon Wednesday, June, 22, for Mary A. Patton, age 68, who passed away June 8,  2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Mary was born Nov. 24, 1953, in St. Cloud to Ralph and Dorothy (Haaf) Patton. She lived in the St. Cloud area for her entire life and she worked as a child support officer for Sherburne County for many years. Mary enjoyed gardening, cooking, taking care of nieces and nephews, and traveling with the J-Club. She was kind, caring, honest and had a beautiful smile.
Mary is survived by her brothers and sisters, Mike (Linda) Patton of Rice, Bruce (Lorraine) Patton of Akeley, Kathleen Patton (Brett Lamphere) of Rice, and Renee Patton (Dirk Judge) of Sartell; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Mike and Chris Rybak and J-Club friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and nephew, Chad Potratz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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Arthur “Art” D. Daniels

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Mass of Christian Burial for Arthur “Art” D. Daniels, age 85, of Sauk Rapids, will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Art died peacefully June 8, 2022, at Quiet Oak Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and entombment will be in Hilltop Mausoleum. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Sacred Heart Catholic in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the funeral services Thursday. The Knights of Columbus Council 11346 will lead a prayer at 7:30 p.m. followed by parish prayers.
Art was born March 10, 1937, in Glenwood to Carl and Nellie (Chelsvig) Daniels. He married the love of his life, Darlene Kvitek April 8, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. Art has lived in Sauk Rapids since 1965, where he served and retired from the Sauk Rapids Police Department. Art had 35 years of total police service. Art and Darlene owned and operated Art Daniels Construction since 1972.   Art was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he was involved in Men’s Club, Knights of Columbus Council 11346, finance committee and was a founding member of the fish fry. He was also a member of Sauk Rapids Lions Club and a life member of Central Minnesota Builders Association. Art served for 12 years on the Sauk Rapids City Council and was awarded Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year in 1994. He was a Minnesota DNR Fire Arms Safety Instructor for over 60 years. Art enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, hunting and fishing. He was a loving, humble, loyal and hard working man.
Survivors include his children, Carmen (Al) Molter of Le Sueur, Michael (Virginia) of Sauk Rapids, Karla (Jason) Fleming of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Cayla, Lauren, Taylor, Noelle, Thomas, Anna and Ellie; brother, Harold of Mission, Texas. Art was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Darlene on Dec. 11, 2021; brothers, Gerald, Alvie, Nat, Clifford and Ronald; sisters, Merle Jaeger and Pearl Rust.
Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
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Gerald “Jerry” H. Peckskamp

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Mass of Christian Burial was June 3 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Gerald “Jerry” H. Peckskamp, age 83, who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital May 27, 2022. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was Thursday and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Parish prayers were 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Jerry was born Aug. 31, 1938, to Henry and Clara (Terway) Peckskamp in Grey Eagle. He was united in marriage to Lorayne Deters Aug. 16, 1958, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Jerry lived most of his life in the St. Cloud area and worked at DeZurik’s for 43 years. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622 of St. Cloud, and was a former member of the St. Cloud Loyal Order of Moose 1400. Jerry enjoyed golfing, fishing, camping with his family and bowling. He was a hardworking man who was always helping others and had a great sense of humor. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Lorayne of Sartell; children, Debra (Dean) Headley of Sauk Rapids, Daniel (Darcy) of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Pamela (Randy) Steininger of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Darlene (Vern) Maselow of St Cloud, and Judy Groth of Clarissa; son-in-law, Troy Keske of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Blake (Mel) Headley, Drew (Hannah) Headley, Dane (Blair) Headley, Kayla Steininger, and Cory Steininger (Dani Jo Rae); great-grandchildren, Kensi, Liam, Levi, Layne, and Kynleigh. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jacalyn Keske; brother, David Peckskamp; brother-in-law, Dale Groth; and sister-in-law, Alice Peckskamp.
Special thank you to the all of the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital for their care and support.
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Florence M. Petrich

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Mass of Christian Burial was June 1, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Florence M. Petrich, age 96, who passed away May 26, 2022, at Quiet Oaks in St. Augusta. Burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation was Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Wednesday also at the church. Parish prayers were Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Florence was bornNov. 7, 1925, in Albany to John and Mary (Heinen) Bloch. She married Joseph Petrich April 6, 1948, at Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany. They enjoyed 52 years of married life until Joseph passed away April 11, 2000. Florence and Joseph were blessed with nine children, 30 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.
A devoted Catholic with great faith, Florence was happiest when spending time with family and friends. Besides being known for her baking, cooking, gardening and canning skills (her raised doughnuts were amazing), she was an ace at playing a wide variety of card games.
Florence and Joseph raised their large family on a farm in rural Benton County until 1979 when they retired to a home on Briggs Lake. In 1999, they moved to a home in Sartell and in her latest years, she has been a resident in the Memory Care unit of Country Manor.
Florence is survived by her children, Mary (John) Schmitz, Rockford, Tom (Lois) Petrich, Andover, Joann (Ray) Rueckert, St. Joseph, Richard Petrich, Princeton, John (Deb) Petrich, Sauk Rapids, Joe (Robin) Petrich, Eden Prairie and Loren (Jean) Petrich, Maple Grove, daughter-in-law, Jean Kempen, Elk River; son-in-law, Kevin Pietrzak, Gilman; siblings, Leo (Pat) Bloch, David Bloch, Alfred (Mary) Bloch, Bob (Carol) Bloch and Patty Colliander; sister-in-law, Theresa Bloch; brother-in-law, Richard Huberty, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; children, Jim Petrich, Elizabeth Pietrzak, and Baby Boy Petrich; her parents and seven siblings.
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Richard “Dick” J. Brand

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Mass of Christian Burial was May 23 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Richard “Dick” J. Brand, 72, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away May 16, 2022, at Edenbrook of St. Cloud. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Friends and relatives visited from 4-8 p.m. May 22 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. Parish prayers were 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home Sunday.
Richard was born Jan. 6, 1950, in St. Cloud to Raymond and Virginia (Peschl) Brand. He married Wendy Jarboe Sept. 6, 1980, in St. Cloud. Dick worked as a dairy farmer for all of his life, retiring in 2000. Following his farming career, he worked for Coborn’s in the maintenance department for 14 years. He was devoted, hardworking, and loved Oliver Tractors. Dick was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake and he participated in the Knights of Columbus Bishop Marty Council 3603 of Foley. He enjoyed playing cards, dice, and other games. Dick was strong, caring, and easygoing, but could certainly be described as a man of few words unless the topic of conversation was farming. Spending time with his family was important to him, especially when it came to his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy of Sauk Rapids; children, Theresa (Brad) Stebleton of Minot, North Dakota, Tim (Rita Vorachit) of Waite Park, and Kevin (Amy Kolden) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Camron and Kira Vorachit, Alanah, Kylee and Kaia Brand and Rayce Stebleton; great-grandson, Rayvon Vorachit and siblings, Dennis (Sandy) of Sauk Rapids, Ronald (Diane) of Sauk Rapids, Bonnie (Tom) Oothoudt of Kansas City, Missouri, and Tom (Barb) of Rice. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Thomas L. Hopke

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Thomas LeRoy. Hopke, age 81, of Sauk Rapids passed away Jan. 29, 2022, at the Melrose Nursing Home after a brief illness.
Private graveside service and burial were held at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are with Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Thomas L. Hopke was born on Nov. 5, 1940, in St. Cloud to Herman and Ione (Stavrum) Hopke. He attended Riverview School on the campus of St. Cloud State from kindergarten through ninth grade. Tom then attended St. Cloud Tech High School where he graduated in 1959.
Tom served in the Army Reserves for six months. Upon his return, he started working at the St. Cloud VA. Some years later, he transferred to the VA in Seattle, Washington. Tom later transferred to the VA in Portland Oregon, where he worked until he retired.
Tom enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad and brother in his younger years. While living out west, he enjoyed elk hunting and salmon fishing. On his return to St. Cloud, Tom enjoyed fishing at the Mississippi River below the 10th Street dam. He also liked to tie flies for bait to use when fishing.
Tom is survived by his siblings, Terry (Audrey) Hopke, Cynthia (Edwin) Meyer-Holthaus, and Jane (Michael) Spaude; one nephew, Todd Meyer; and three nieces, Lisa Tomford, Heather Stephens, and Kris Thell. He is also survived by his soul mate and best friend for 30 years, Joyce Sanders.
He is preceded in death by his parents and many beloved pets
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Shirley H. Gebhardt

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Mass of Christian Burial was May 25 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Shirley (Petron) Gebhardt, age 88, who passed away May 21, 2022, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at Annunciation Cemetery, Mayhew Lake. Visitation was before Mass at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Shirley was born May 5, 1934, in St. Cloud to Ralph and Virginia (Hess) Petron. She married John Gebhardt Oct. 26, 1957, at Annunciation Catholic Church, Mayhew Lake. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1952 and went on to Abbott Northwestern Hospital School of X-ray Technology in Minneapolis. She received her certification from the American Registry of Radiology in 1954 and worked in radiology at the St. Cloud Hospital for 10 years. She then worked at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for 24 years, retiring as the chief radiologic technologist. Shirley was a long-time member of Sacred Heart Parish where she was a member of the choir, Christian Women’s Society and various other ministries. She was a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and the Minnesota Society of Radiologic Technologists where she was a past officer. Shirley enjoyed spending time with her family and attended all of her grandchildren’s school events. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters, and especially going north to “look at the leaves.” She was an avid golfer and quilter, and enjoyed gardening, playing cards, baking and cooking.
She is survived by her four daughters, Laurie (Rick) Bolin of Lakeville, Lisa (Jim) Beckmann of Faribault, Leslie (Ivar) Tait of Faribault, and Lynda (Andy) Reeder of Chicago; 13 grandchildren Katie Shead, Megan Rieb, Dr. Michael Beckmann (Samantha), Joseph Beckmann, Maggie Beckmann, Grace (Kyle) McAvoy, Robert (Hannah) Tait, James Tait, Thomas (Zanny) Reeder, Alex Reeder, Katherine Reeder, Jessica Bolin and Mitchell Bolin; three great-grandchildren, Carter and Cameron Shead and Maeve McAvoy; sisters, Gloria Buettner and Kathy (James) Gottwalt; brothers, James (Bev), Willard (Pat) and Gerald (Kathy); sisters-in-law, Dorrain, Renee, and Joyce Petron, Marilyn Hendricks, Carole Gebhardt; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband John (2010); parents; brothers, Glenn, Donald, Gale and Dennis; brothers-in-law, Leo Buettner, Donald and Bill Gebhardt, John Gans; and sisters-in-law Louise Gebhardt and Muriel Gans-Zimmer.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Mary Kay Amundson

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A celebration of life will be at later date at Riverside Church in Sauk Rapids for Mary Kay Amundson, age 79, who passed away May 21, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. A private family burial will be at a later date at Eleanor Foster Cemetery in Wahkon. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Mary Kay was born May 18, 1943, to Lorne and Dorothy (Nilles) Zimmer in Cherokee, Iowa. She and her family moved to Moose Lake when she was 16 years old, but she lived most of her life in St. Cloud. Mary Kay was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Amundson June 22, 1963, in Moose Lake. She worked as the womens athletic equipment manager at St. Cloud State University for 25 years. Mary Kay projected the image of Christ and faith led her life. She was an active member of Riverside Church in Sauk Rapids. She also volunteered for Project Astride. Mary Kay enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, quilting, knitting, crochetin, and spending time with her family. Everyone was family to Mary Kay. She was very giving, social and loved unconditionally. Most importantly, she was so proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mary Kay is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dick of St. Cloud; daughters, Julie (Glenn) Schmitt of Shakopee and Colleen (Shane) Daniel of Charles City, Iowa; son-in-law, Kevin Coleman of Weatherford, Texas; siblings, Carl (Sue) Zimmer of Moose Lake, Don Zimmer of Hoyt Lakes, LouAnn Barrett of Sauk Rapids, and Mark (Angela) Zimmer of Hardin, Montana; grandchildren, Danielle, Jessica, Nicole, Kyle, Nate, Zach, and Amanda; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She is rejoicing in heaven with her parents; daughter, Lorna Coleman; and brothers, Paul, Bob, and Dan.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Eleanor Foster Cemetery, 4991 400st Wahkon, MN 56386.
Special thank you to Mary Kay’s sister, LouAnn for the gift of her kidney 26 years ago when Mary Kay needed a transplant.
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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.
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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

Gratke
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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