Larry “Papa” Koepp

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

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

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

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

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

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Jan. 20 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Leon C. Thelen, age 79, who passed away Jan. 13, 2022, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church. Parish prayers were 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Leon was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Sauk Rapids to Albert and Louise (Fenske) Thelen. He married Karen Mohs Oct. 29, 1960, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Leon was a clerk for the USPS for 36 years, never missing a day, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Postal Workers Union. He was a great athlete and an Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Athletic Hall of Fame inductee. Leon enjoyed sports, watching his kids’ and grandkids’ events, traveling, camping, painting and spending time with friends and relatives. He was faithful, kind, loving, generous, humble and a hard-worker.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Sauk Rapids; children, Denise (Brad) Blanski of St. Cloud, Kohl Fiarri (aka Sue Thelen) of Surprise, Arizona, and Wade (Sue) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Siri, Courtney, Preston, Tyler, Riley and Koby; great grandchildren, Iris, Olivia, Charlie, Cooper and Jacquelyn; and brothers, Albert, Jr. and Raymond (Darlene). He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Earl and Melvin; and sisters, Pearl Adelman and Mabel Lucina.
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Henry D. Jurek

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

Dale G. Olson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Lorraine A. Wenner, age 83, who passed away Dec. 22, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Dennis E. Koep

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Dennis E. Koep, age 88, passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital, Nov. 29, 2021. Funeral services for him and his wife, Verna (Bendickson) Koep, were 11 a.m., Dec. 17, at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. The Rev.  Steve Klemp will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Dennis was born July 29, 1933, in Alexandria to Evangeline Koeplin, who later married Andrew Koep. He attended his first school years at District 33, Nidaros Township, and the Vining and Clitherall Public Schools. Dennis finished high school at Battle Lake Public School and graduated in 1952. He served from 1953-55 in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After the Army, he became a certified diesel mechanic and worked for Butler Machinery Co. in Fargo, North Dakota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, for five years. Dennis was united in marriage to Verna Bendickson  Nov. 29, 1957, and they lived in Grand Forks for two and a half years. He then took a job in road construction with Tennefos Construction Company and worked in various parts of North Dakota  and South Dakota before moving to Brainerd in 1963, where he operated a gas station and Brainerd Truck Service for five years. In 1968, he was employed as general manager at Central Truck Equipment in St. Cloud. Then in 1978, he worked as a licensed real estate agent, built homes and developed Brenda Lee Addition in Sartell. He also was a school bus driver for a number of years. In his later years,Verna and he operated an out-post telephone book delivery route. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and served on boards including lay ministry, Christian education chairman and school board. Dennis then became a member of Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud where he served as an elder. He was a member of the American Legion Post 254 and served as a former chaplain and vice commander.  Dennis enjoyed tending his various vegetable and flower gardens, deer hunting, wine making, camping and family trips, traveling in the motor home with Verna, and spending time with his family and friends. He loved his Bobcat as one of his favorite toys. He had a strong faith, great sense of humor, enjoyed story-telling, loved learning new things, being frugal, and working with his hands. He had a very mechanical mind and could fix most anything.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Verna of Sauk Rapids; children, David (Sandra) Koep of Rice, Marla (Terry) Elness of Sauk Rapids, Brenda (David) Hallman of Maple Grove, and Sandra (Wayne) Rymer of Alexandria; sister Yvonne Olson of Fergus Falls; brother Allen Koep of Battle Lake; six grandchildren Kyle, Drew, Candice, Kelly, Jordan and Megan; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, step-father Andrew Koep and half-brother Lee Peterson, of Oregon.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Jerome J. Schwalboski

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Jerome “Fish” Schwalboski passed away peacefully Dec. 11, 2021, at Country Manor in Sartell. He was the first-born child of John and Eleanor (Studanski) Schwalboski Feb. 7, 1940, in Sauk Rapids.  He attended Trinity Lutheran grade school and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1958. As a long time employee of Nash Finch he earned many merit awards for his excellence in maintaining the produce shipping department.  Predeceased in death are wife, Diane (Stillman) Schwalboski, mother and father. Survivors include brothers Robert, Ralph, Ronald and nieces Ronalle Jeseritz and Ann Schwalboski.
Jerome was an avid fisherman and loved catching crappie. Living in Missouri, he spent many days fishing the banks and docks of Truman Lake.  He was also known for his passion of “driving” the corp grounds around the lake and being one of the best jig fishermen in Clinton, Missouri.
The family plans a get together, celebrating Jerry’s life this spring at Sauk Rapids Municipal Park. Notices will be posted in the Sauk Rapids Herald, announcing the date and time.
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Darlene C. Daniels

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Darlene C. Daniels, age 81, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Dec. 11, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta, surrounded by her family. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach and the Rev. Ronald Weyrens will concelebrate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to Mass at the church Wednesday. Parish prayers will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Darlene was born June 19, 1940, in Melrose to Wencil and Hattie (Spehn) Kvitek and grew up in Alexandria. She met the love of her life at the Minnewaska Dance Hall in Glenwood and married Art Daniels April 8, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria. The couple moved to Sauk Rapids in 1965. Darlene proudly worked as a secretary and the bookkeeper for Molitor Excavating for over 30 years, retiring in 2008, and partnered with Art in their construction business. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was involved in St. Monica’s Society, parish council, decorating committee and was one of the founding members of the Sacred Heart Fish Fry. Darlene volunteered at Catholic Charities, Birthline, the Treasure Chest and was a member of the homemakers group which developed into many lifelong friendships. She enjoyed gardening, red geraniums, cooking and daily walks. She will be remembered for her strong faith, hard work ethic, loyalty of Kirby vacuum cleaners and a pristinely clean home. Darlene loved her grandchildren dearly and enjoyed attending all of their activities and concerts. He favorite goodbye was  “Grandma loves you!”
Survivors include her husband of over 60 years, Art of Sauk Rapids; children Carmen (Al) Molter of Le Sueur, Michael (Virginia) of Sauk Rapids and Karla (Jason) Fleming of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren Cayla, Lauren, Taylor, Noelle, Thomas, Anna and Ellie; and sisters Arlene (Laurel) Linder of Alexandria and Marian (Gerald) Kriese of Rice. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, LaVern Spehn.
Memorials are preferred to Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
A special thank you to all the staff at Benedict Homes Memory Care, CentraCare Hospice and Quiet Oaks Hospice House for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Darlene.
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Verna M. Koep

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Verna Martha (Bendickson) Koep, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home Dec. 11, 2021. Funeral services for her and her husband, Dennis Koep, were 11 a.m. Dec. 17 at Love of Christ Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. The Rev. Steve Klemp will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Verna was born Aug. 19, 1937, in Girard Township, Henning, to Edwin and Martha Bendickson. She was baptized as an infant into the Christian faith by the Rev. J. L. Drage in Henning Nov. 9, 1937. She renewed her baptismal vow through the Rite of Confirmation by the Rev. A. E. Beck at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning.
She attended her first school years at a rural school near Henning and the remaining years at the Henning Public School, graduating in 1955. After graduation, she enrolled at the Fergus Falls School of Beauty Culture, and pursued a career in hairdressing and cosmetology. After graduating from beauty school, she was employed at the Vanity Beauty Salon in Henning until her marriage to Dennis Koep in 1957, when they moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota. They lived in various parts of North Dakota and South Dakota while on road construction before moving to Brainerd where they lived for 5 1/2 years. In 1968, she and her husband and children moved to Sauk Rapids where they have resided up to the present time.
Along with her many years as a wife, mother and homemaker, Verna was a Girl Scout leader for three years. She then became employed full-time at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Nursing Home for 12 years. Upon retirement, she then assisted her husband in operating a telephone book delivery route for several years.  She was very skilled in sewing for her family in the early years when they were growing up. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and then became a long time member of Love of Christ Lutheran Church, St. Cloud. She enjoyed singing with the Prayer and Praise Fellowship at church. She enjoyed reading Christian books and non-fiction stories about real life people. She loved all kinds of music, especially gospel and country, and music from the big bands. She enjoyed many trips with her husband in their motorhome traveling to the east, west and southern United States. Her main attractions were Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pigeon Forge Tennessee; and attending various shows in Branson, Missouri. Other favorite places were The Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, Missouri, and the music theaters in Mountain View, Arkansas. She will always be remembered with the most uplifting laughter and joy in all things.
Verna is survived by her children David (Sandra) Koep of Rice, Marla (Terry) Elness of Sauk Rapids, Brenda (David) Hallman of Maple Grove, and Sandra (Wayne) Rymer of Alexandria; six grandchildren Kyle, Drew, Candice, Kelly, Jordan and Megan; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother Merlin Bendickson, sister-in-law Joyce Bendickson, and husband, Dennis, on Nov. 29, 2021.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Eileen E. Saldana

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Mass was 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Eileen Saldana, age 88, of Rice, who died Dec. 4, 2021, at her home in Rice. The Rev. Peter Kirchner officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery.  Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church in Rice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Eileen was born Dec. 6, 1932, in Sauk Rapids to Harold and Kathryn (Schaefer) Damm. She married George Saldana in January 1953 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. Eileen worked as a product inspector at Fingerhut for many years and retired in 1998. She is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice where she was very active. She was also a foster grandparent at the Rice school for many years right up to a few weeks ago. She was a very proud lady who was very independent.  She was very active and always on the go. She enjoyed spending time gardening, canning and most of all spending time with her family, especially her grandkids.
She is survived by her children, Kathy (Chuck) Balk of Brainerd; Mark (Roxie) of Rice; Gerald (Kim) of Sauk Rapids; Larry of Rice; sister, Joyce Saldana of Rice; 13 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband George in 1971, sons, Harvey and George, grandson, Jesse, fiancée, Al Bieganek in 1977, sisters, and brother, Beatrice Haugan, Harriet Malikowski, Marion Saldana, and George Damm.
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Timothy R. Leyk

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Celebration of life will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Timothy “Tim” R. Leyk, age 64, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the St. Cloud Hospital Dec. 5, 2021. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be two hours prior to the services Monday at the funeral home.
Tim was born June 14, 1957, in St. Cloud to Delroy and Linnea (Soder) Leyk. He was united in marriage to Lonnie Bestgen April 7, 1984, at the Presbyterian Church in Sauk Rapids. Tim lived in the St. Cloud area for most of his life. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy. After the Navy, he worked at DeZuriks and as a housekeeper at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center, retiring in 2011. Tim was a member of the East Side VFW 4847. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, spending time with his family, disc golf, being outdoors, and going to the cabin. Tim was loving, caring, had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Lonnie of Sartell; sons, Mark Leyk (Krista) of Sartell and Luke Leyk of Sartell; brothers, Ricky (Laura) Leyk of St. Cloud, James (Michelle) Keehr of Dayton and Conny “Swede” Karlsson of St. Joseph; and grandchildren, Alex, Isaac and Elijah Roy.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Mary E. Bauer

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Dec. 4, 1947 – Dec. 3, 2021

Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Dec. 9, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Mary E. Bauer who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Dec. 3, 2021, after a battle with leukemia. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls at a later date. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to Mass at the church Thursday.
Mary was born Dec. 4, 1947, in Breckenridge to Howard Jerome and Helen Gertrude (Tichlofen) Dawson. She graduated from Campbell High School in 1965 and from there she entered the Fergus Falls practical nursing program. She married Gary Bauer Aug. 17, 1974.  Together they raised four boys.  Mary continued her nursing career at the St. Cloud Hospital for 15 years and then Country Manor Nursing Home in Sartell. She became an active member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary. Mary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved to volunteer and be social in her community, especially with her sorority sisters of Beta Sigma Phi. Mary and Gary loved to winter in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and spent the Fourth of July up north on Woman Lake, where it was easy to enjoy life. Mary loved reading, scrapbooking, making jewelry and was very organized. She was kind, caring, always putting others first, a great mom and grandmother.  She was most proud of her family and she would do anything for them. She loved attending her granddaughter’s sporting events.
Survivors include her husband, Gary of Sauk Rapids; sons, Eric (Melissa) of St. Cloud, Chad of Minneapolis, Adam (Jennifer) of Fridley and Luke of Sauk Rapids; granddaughter, Katelyn; and sisters, JoAnn Stein of Shawano, Wisconsin, and Kathy Schaefer of Fargo, North Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers in law, Earl Stein and Jim Schaefer; and sisters in law, Sharon Robbins and Dolores Bautch.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org, or the Poor Clares of Sauk Rapids, poorclares.stcdio.org.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
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Sandra K. Austin

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Sandra “Sandy” Austin, age 78, who passed away Nov. 30, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Sandra Kay was born Nov. 13, 1943, in North St. Paul to Donald and I. Madell (Biebighauser) Curtis. She married Richard Austin Feb. 14, 1998. Sandy worked for Fingerhut for 31 years and most recently in housekeeping at the AmericInn in Sartell. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in Christ Care Group, known as Creative Crafts and cleaned the church kitchen often. Sandy was quiet, graceful and persevered through life’s struggles. Sandy always thought of others before herself and was beautifully humble in every aspect of her life.
Sandy is survived by her husband, Richard “Rich” of Sartell; and sisters, Nancy Lee (Johnny) Maples of Tennessee and Gwen (Ken) Sigsworth of Arizona. Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Tom Curtis.
Memorials are preferred to the Trinity Lutheran Church General Fund.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Richard F. Mohr

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Private services will be held for Richard Mohr who died Nov. 15, 2021. His last days were spent at home in the caring hands of those around him.
Richard was born April 23, 1938, in St. Cloud to Frank and Kathryn (Kuebelbeck) Mohr. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957 and married Marilyn Van Hale in 1974. He leaves behind a legacy of prayer, kindness, joy, patience and humor – a true gentleman.
He was kind and thoughtful and made sure he had a “Dickie Mohr” joke handy. He celebrated other’s accomplishments, especially in-laws, nieces, nephews and all their families; as well as neighbors. He took great pride and was joyful to be part of their lives; and always looked forward to an evening cocktail with Marilyn.
Richard worked for St. Cloud Window for 35 years, and then delivered candy for Goody Snack in retirement. His favorite place was Big Birch Lake where he spent 31 summers with friends and family. His beer refrigerator was never empty, and his pocket held dog treats. Fort  Myers Beach, Florida, took second place. His favorite pastime dealt with all things Ford – particularly when it came to clean cars and his red Mustang convertible.  
He is survived by his wife Marilyn and sister Peggy Powers, of Annapolis Maryland.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Kathryn Mohr; his sister Joyce Poganski; brothers in law Roger Poganski and Thomas Powers; and sister in law Carol Van Hale Marshall.
Thank you to CentraCare, especially the medical teams and clinic personnel who cared for him over the years. His last weeks were spent with CentraCare Hospital employees, home health and hospice.
Memorial gifts are preferred to The Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota or a charity of your choice.
A celebration of life will be in summer.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Bradford A. Zimmerman

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Celebration of life will be at a later date for Bradford “Brad” Zimmerman, age 35, who passed away peacefully Nov. 22, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Brad was born March 19, 1986, in San Antonio, Texas, to Larry and Debora (Sawyer) Zimmerman. He previously worked for WACOSA in Waite Park and also announced bingo at Russell Arms Apartments in Sauk Rapids. Brad enjoyed video games, watching TV, card games, sports, fishing and was a No. 1 Viking fan. He was caring, loving, kind, funny, thoughtful, generous and had a heart of gold. Halloween was his favorite holiday.
Survivors include his mother Debbie Zimmerman (John Nelson) of St. Cloud; father Larry Zimmerman (Nancy Nolan) of Sartell; brother Garrett Zimmerman (Greta Wanner) of St. Cloud; nephew Gus and niece Grace Zimmerman; and his cats Burt and Sweets. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Brad will be missed by many individuals. He was a client at Provident Home Health Care, 24-hour nursing. We want to personally thank all the nurses for everything they have done for Brad.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Patrick E. Dyrland

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Patrick Eugene Dyrland, 82, of Casa Grande, Arizona, went to be with the Lord Nov. 13, 2021, after suffering from the effects of dementia.
Pat was born in La Veta, Colorado, Feb. 15, 1939, to Helen Linscott. Upon her death in 1946, Blaine and Dorothy (Bob) Dyrland, adopted him. Pat grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa. He graduated in 1958 from Marshalltown High School. After high school, he spent summers working at his parents resort in Bemidji and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Marshalltown Junior College. In 1962, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served until 1966.
Pat married Beverly Trygstad June 6, 1964, in Florence, South Dakota, Pat and Bev lived the majority of their married life in Sauk Rapids. He was employed at Eye Kraft Optical from 1968 to his retirement in 2001. From 2006 on, time was spent between Sauk Rapids in the summers and Casa Grande in the winters. Pat enjoyed the outdoors with fishing, hunting and any sport with a ball. He was an avid golfer with three hole-in-ones and could be found on a golf course most days of the week. Pat and Bev have one daughter, Laurissa Dyrland Stewart.
Pat is survived by his wife of 57 years, Bev, of Casa Grande, Arizona; daughter and son-in-law, Laurissa and Todd Stewart of Andover; granddaughters Britta Ahlstrand, Annika Ahlstrand and Alia Stewart, and grandson Trygg Stewart. He is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law: Barb and Tony Fox (Arizona), Beth and Jim Thoreson (South Dakota), Geeg and Dave Anderson (North Dakota), Rick and Lori Trygstad (Iowa) and Rose and Loren Fleming (South Dakota) and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 4 at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids with visitation one hour before.  Final resting will take place Dec. 9 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
Memorials of your choice in Pat’s honor.
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Marcel A. Stachovich

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Marcel A. Stachovich age 87, of Rice, passed away peacefully at his home Nov. 8, 2021. Burial will take place at Howard Lake Cemetery.
Marcel was born Sept. 4, 1934, to Stanley and Mary (Smuda) Stachovich in Foley. He was the last living member of his siblings.
Marcel worked the family farm where he grew up for many years. After leaving the home place he worked for Prairie Farms in Rice until his retirement. He loved being on the tractor and he loved his potatoes. Whether they were mashed, hash browns, potato pancakes or his homemade french fries, he loved his spuds.
He is survived by his wife Judy of 28 years and his children, Bernadine of Sauk Rapids, Cynthia (Brad) Como of Forrest Lake, Michael of Gilman, Mark (Julane) of Big Lake, Nancy (Jeff) Riedemann of Cambridge, Karen (Mike) Rekowski of St. Cloud, Jamie of Moorhead, 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, 11 siblings, 1 grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and hospice care givers that helped with Marcel’s care and for all those who had prayed for him. God bless you all.
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Noreen R. Thiel

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Noreen Rynea Thiel, 75, of Sauk Rapids, went to heaven due to stubbornness and complications from pneumonia Nov. 13, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Services will be noon Wednesday, Nov. 24, at St. Augustine Church, 441 Second St. S.E., St. Cloud, MN 56304. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. to noon with a luncheon to follow.
Noreen was born July 9, 1946 in Minneapolis, to Dorothy Scharver (Freeman, Hallberg, Franklin) and Rudy Scharver. She married John Thiel April 24, 1971, and had three sons. John Scharver, Timothy Scharver and Vincent Thiel. She lived most of her life in Minneapolis with a brief few years in Staples around 1979-80 and 1983-84 before moving to Sauk Rapids in 2007. She lived at Granite Care Home where she became very close with her housemates and staff.
Noreen took great pride in her family. She loved to make cards, jewelry and many other crafts to give away as gifts to friends, family and occasionally random strangers she just met. She had a heart of gold, always smiling with a contagious laugh that usually followed. She really enjoyed dancing and listening to music. She was what you would call a real people person. Loving everyone she knew and always complimenting them on whatever they were wearing or hairstyle of the day. When visiting her, she would make sure she offered you something to eat or drink to make sure her guests were comfortable.
Noreen’s memory will be cherished by her son and daughter-in-law Vince and Trisha Thiel; daughter-in-law Renee Graf; grandchildren Alyssa Grunwald, Andrea Scharver, Cassidy Thiel (fiancé Jacob) and Autumn Bragelman (Andrew); great-grandchildren Axel, Phoenix, Eowyn, Freya and Fiana; brother Terrence Hallberg (Cathy); sister-in-law Elaine Hallberg; and many nieces and nephews.
She is proceeded in death by her husband John Thiel; sons John Scharver and Timothy Scharver; mother Dorothy Franklin; fathers Rudy Scharver and James Franklin; sisters Ruth Brooks and Lavonne Lattie; brothers Charles Hallberg and Dale Scharver.
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Russell “Russ” H. Gronau

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Funeral services will be private for Russell H. Gronau, age 56, who passed away Nov. 8, 2021, at his home. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Russell was born Aug. 12, 1965 in St. Cloud to Harley and Pauline (Thomas) Gronau. He lived all of his life in Rice on the homestead in which he was raised. Russell absolutely loved the location and wouldn’t have wanted to live anywhere else. Russell was taken too soon. He was an avid outdoorsman, who worked hard and had fun in the process. Russell drove truck for many years and would send pictures of the sunrises to those he loved. As he worked to teach his grandkids the importance of hard work and a dollar Russell would pay them to pick up sticks, acorns or even haul wood for grandma’s woodstove. He will be missed by many. True to family and family roots, he was true to his beliefs and honorable. Russell was a devoted son, brother, uncle, father and husband.
Survivors include his life partner, Laura Sobania of Rice; daughter and son, Melanie (Brian) Daniel of Swanville and Riley (Justine) Gronau of Sauk Rapids; step-children, Billie Jo (Jacob) Fleck of St. Cloud and Jonathan Snyder of St. Cloud; sisters and brothers, Judy Gronau of Brainerd, Harley Jr. (Joanne) Gronau of Avon, Harlene (James) Eizenhoefer of Brainerd, Allen (Valerie) Gronau of Rice, David Gronau of Alabama, Debra (Perry) Moulzolf of Foley, Kevin Gronau of New Mexico, Colette Smith of Sauk Rapids, Kathy (Ray) Tate of Alabama, Rodney (Melissa) of Georgia, and Robie (Andrea) Gronau of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family prefers memorials in lieu of flowers.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dawn M. Williams

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A celebration of life will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Dawn M. Williams, age 61, who passed away Sept. 22, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids after a brief but courageous battle with a brain tumor.
Dawn was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Minneapolis to Donald Hansen and Rita Maldonado. Most recently, she worked as a personal care assistant and at the Dollar General in Akeley. Dawn loved her children and cherished her grandchildren above everything. She was the most caring person and was a mom to everyone.
Survivors include her sons, Foy Renfroe of Little Falls and David Williams, Jr. of Little Falls; sister, Celina Maldonado of Las Vegas, Nevada; and her most prized possessions, her grandkids, Tyler Renfroe and Celina Renfroe. She was preceded in death by her parents and friends.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Kenneth W. Beehler

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Kenny Beehler, age 58, of Sauk Rapids, passed away at his home from cancer Nov. 7, 2021, surrounded by his family.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt will officiate and burial will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Foley. Visitation is 4-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, both at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Foley. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Kenneth William Beehler was born Aug. 5, 1963, in St. Cloud to Donald and Sharon (Tarnowski) Beehler. He graduated from Foley High School, class of 1981, and attended Willmar Technical College where he studied agriculture business. He married Donita Templin April 16, 1988, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  He worked at Centra Sota for 35 years as an agronomist operations manager. Kenny also was very involved with Benton County 4-H for 37 years as a leader, was on the Benton County Fair Board for 25 years and served two terms on the Foley School Board. He enjoyed helping others, working out on the family farm, attending his sons sporting events and working score clock at Foley wrestling matches.  The most important thing to Kenny was his wife, children and grandchildren, and he will be greatly missed. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Donita, Sauk Rapids; sons Michael (Kassie), St. Cloud, and Kevin (Alyssa), Becker; grandchildren Vincent, Mason, Ivan, Harper and Hudson; parents Donald and Sharon Beehler of Gilman; siblings Tammy (Steve Goertz), Long Prairie, Dawn (Mark Johnson), Willmar, Randy, Foley; adopted sisters Kim, Oakdale, and Ginger, Fort Meyers; as well as father and mother-in-law David and Joan Templin, Gilman; sister-in-law Denise Roberts (Brian Rudolph), Sauk Rapids; 12 nieces and nephews;  aunts, uncles, cousins and many life-long friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts and uncles.               
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Elaine M. Dollar

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A celebration of life was 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Elaine M. Dollar, age 86, who passed away Nov. 7, 2021, at Good Shepherd Community. The Rev.  David Hinz officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Elaine was born Sept. 24, 1935, in Sauk Rapids to Carl and Lena (Athen) Lovitz. She worked for three years at Minneapolis Honeywell, then moved to southern California. Elaine married Wayne Dollar in California in 1959 and were later divorced. She moved to Sartell in 1974, then worked for 24 years for Northwest Bank as a loan controller and retired in 1998. Elaine also worked part-time for Nelson’s Hallmark shop in Minneapolis and later, Myron’s Hallmark shop in St. Cloud. Elaine was a quiet person but very pleasant and took everything that came her way. Elaine was known for her patience and independence. She loved to travel, play cards and bingo, go to the casino, and loved her grandkids very much. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and belonged to the Altar Guild and was also a member of the East Side VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her daughter Traci (David) Schuneman of Rice; son Tony (Shelly) Dollar of Albertville; grandchildren Justin (Ally), Bradley, Whitney, and Kenzie (Zach); great-grandchildren Kyra and Noah; and sister Ruth Reber of Sauk Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Irene Zwick; brothers Bill and Ray Lovitz; and brother-in-law Don Zwick.
The family would like to thank Good Shepherd Memory Cottages and St. Croix Hospice for their care of Elaine.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dorothy “Dots” A. Urbanski

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Dorothy “Dots” Urbanski, age 84, who passed away Nov. 9, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Morrill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Dorothy was born Sept. 5, 1937, in St. Cloud to John and Agnes (Tadych) Deppa. She married Donald Urbanski June 12, 1956, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill. Dorothy worked as a deli clerk at Coborn’s, and also farmed with her husband and worked at the post office. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. Dorothy enjoyed making Barbie doll clothes, molasses cookies, polka music, bingo, canning, bus trips, crafts, embroidery, needlepoint and card parties with the neighbors. She was a hard worker, loved the farm, and was proud of her family.
Survivors include her daughters and sons, Geralyn (James) Moshier of Foley, Kathryn (Edwin) Kirchner of Sauk Rapids, Michael (Leonice) of Holdingford, Janel (Stephen) Kobylinski of Sartell and Daniel of Foley; brother, John (Harriett) Deppa of Blaine; grandchildren, Nathan, Bryan, Tyler, Ranelle, Cassie, Lexie, Shawn, Stephanie, Nesha, Stephanie, Brittany and Tanner; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and sister, Evelyn Larson.
The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare clinics for the wonderful care provided to Dorothy and her family.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dorothy F. Groth

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Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27,  at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice for Dorothy F. Groth, age 88, who passed away Nov. 5, 2021, at Good Shepherd Memory Cottages in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. David Strohschein will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Nov. 27 at the church. The family asks everyone who attends to please wear a mask. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Dorothy was born Sept. 16, 1933, in Albany, to Albert and Edna (Hamann) Schlueter. She was raised on the farm where she enjoyed working with her dad outside and also was given excellent cooking and baking lessons from her mom. Dorothy was an excellent student and loved to learn new things. She was confirmed May 25, 1947, and celebrated her love for God throughout her life.
She married Lester Groth Nov. 25, 1950, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Albany. Dorothy lived most of her adult life in the St Cloud area. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St Cloud. Dorothy worked as a waitress and hostess at the Ace Bar and Café and was a cook at the St. Cloud Children’s Home for 25 years. Dorothy, together with her husband Lester, also owned a janitorial service for 24 years. They also created beautiful flower gardens together. Dorothy was also involved in the Benton County Fair where she won many blue ribbons for her baked goods, jellies and flowers. After the passing of Lester in 2004, Dorothy moved to the Good Shepherd Community located in Sauk Rapids. She enjoyed years of volunteer work including Chapel Altar Guild, serving communion and reading to patients in the nursing home, planning events for the community and sharing baked goods with staff and residents. She spent hours volunteering at the Northern Lights Café. She was a ray of sunshine wherever she went.
Dorothy’s family was her pride and joy. She was very involved in all of their lives and took pride in all of their accomplishments. She was an excellent cook and baker. Seldom did she attend any function without a wonderful homemade dish or baked goods. If a family member or friend was ill you could count on a container of chicken dumpling soup being delivered to your door. Christmas brought with it “Family Cookie Baking Day”, a tradition whereby thousands of cookies were made and then shared with family and friends.
Survivors include her children Diane Olson of St. Augusta, Joan (Jeffrey) Ramey of Rice, David (Mary) Roske-Groth of Rogers, Debra (Richard) Wyczawski of Spooner, Wisconsin, Jerome (Michelle) Groth of Portland, Oregon, Jeffrey (Carol) Groth of St Cloud, Dwayne Groth of Red Wing, and James (Kelly) Groth of Rockville; siblings, Shirley (Daniel) Imholte, Erma (Ray) Kremers, Ralph (Jeanette) Schlueter, Darlene (Walter) Looman; and sister-in-law, Linda Schlueter. Also 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. All of her nieces and nephews as well as many life time friends were all so very important in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lester on May 1, 2004; infant son Jay Allen Groth on May 3, 1972; and brothers, Norman and Eugene.  We celebrate her life!
A very special thank you to the entire staff at Good Shepherd Community Memory Care as well as St. Croix Hospice. You are all amazing, and we commend your endless patience, dedication and hard work. What a true gift you are for those who can no longer help themselves. You have blessed our family.
Memorials are preferred to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Foundation in Sauk Rapids.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Arlene M. Durant

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Arlene Margaret Durant, age 76, from Sauk Rapids, passed away Nov. 1, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital.
At Arlene’s request, there will be no visitations or funeral services. Private entombment will take place at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Arlene was born July 11, 1945, in St. Cloud,  to Alvin J. and Armella A. (Kramer) Durant. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1963. Arlene worked at the St. Cloud Poultry House, Minoco Lens Company in St. Stephen and X-Cel Optical in Sauk Rapids.
Arlene loved her two cats, Pain and Baby. She enjoyed watching TV – especially game shows, reality shows, and “Days of Our Lives.” She also enjoyed bowling league, horseshoe pitching league, fishing, bingo, cribbage, word search puzzles, casinos, horse and dog racing, Florida winter vacations and visiting her family whenever possible.
Arlene is survived by her brothers, James (Ann) of Lebanon, Missouri, Roger of St. Cloud and Mark (Susan) of St. Cloud. Nieces and nephews: Michele (David) Martin, Lisa Durant, Dustin (Samantha) Durant, Dan (Sandy) Durant, Amy Durant, Aaron (Tiffany) Durant, Amanda (Ray) Ramsey, 11 great nieces and nephews and Godchild, Troy Vetsch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, David, sister, Janice Durant Winter, niece, Kimberly Durant, brother-in-law, John Winter and sister-in-law, Terri Durant.
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Roxanne M. Eisenschenk

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Roxanne M. Eisenschenk, 68, of Foley, who passed away at the St. Cloud Hospital Oct. 12, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Burial will be at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery in Lake Henry.
Roxanne was born Jan. 12, 1953 in St. Paul to Melvin and Frieda (Belisle) Willett. She married Steven Eisenschenk March 10, 1973. Roxanne worked in accounting in the banking industry for many years. She enjoyed ice fishing, campfires, gardening, animals and hanging out at Nokay Lake.
Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Steve of Foley; daughter and sons Jody (Chad) Carson of Houlton, Wisconsin, Ben (Sara) Eisenschenk of Kindred, North Dakota, and Joe (Jeanette) of Linwood; 12 grandchildren, Natalie, Riley, Haley, Jaden, Cailan, Amelia, Laela, Bergan, Gray, Presley, Parker, Jaydon; siblings, Roy (Julie) Willett of Maplewood, Mike (Jeanette) Willett of North St. Paul, Maureen (Curt) Pickar of Brainerd, Marla (Bob Kenney) Cummings of Oakdale, Paula Johnson of Centerville, Renee Vujovich of Brainerd and many cousins, relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
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Jerome “Jerry” J. Diederich

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Mass Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Jerome J. Diederich, age 86, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Oct. 30, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Nov. 12  at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services at the church. Eagles Aerie 622 will pray at 6 p.m., followed by Knights of Columbus Bishop Marty Council 3603 at 6:30 p.m., and parish prayers at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the funeral home.
Jerry was born March 15, 1935, in St. Cloud,  to Carl and Catherine (Thelen) Diederich. He was the oldest of 13 siblings and grew up in Mayhew Lake, where he spent most of his life. He married Carol Ann Smoley Dec. 16, 1967, and spent 40 years with her until her passing in 2008. Jerry loved making memories with his family and spent many summers traveling in their Winnebago to many destinations all over the country. After retirement, he spent many summers fishing at his cabin in Pine River and many warm winters down in McAllen, Texas. He had a long successful career in sewing machine sales and repair and took pride in his business, JD Sewing Center. He was well known in central Minnesota for his exceptional skill for over 25 years. He enjoyed many interests and hobbies including hunting, fishing, traveling, playing cards and cribbage, and his many cars – especially his prized Cadillac. Jerry had a brilliant mind and a generous heart. He was a strong family man and even stronger in his Catholic faith. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Bishop Marty Council 3603, and Eagles Aerie 622 in St. Cloud.
He is survived by his children, Michele Fjelstad of Darwin, Michael of Darwin, Edward of Rice, Alisa Nelson of Grove City, Loren (Miranda) of Mounds View; brothers and sisters, Marlene Maurer of Swanville, Carol (Fred) Grant of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Leo (Marlys) of St. Cloud, Rita (Harvey) Legatt of St. Cloud, Rich (Mitzi) of Coon Rapids, Tom (Donna) of St. Cloud, Don of Sauk Rapids and Butch of Sauk Rapids; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Carol; brothers, Kenneth, Robert, and Alvin; sister, Betty Koopmeiners; son-in-law, Neil Fjelstad; and great-grandson, Mason James.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Gary A. Thorsten

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Gary A. Thorsten, age 72, of Sartell, passed away Oct. 28, 2021 at the VA Hospital in St. Cloud surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9, at First Presbyterian Church, Foley. Visitation will be 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. During these challenging times the family requests that you please wear a mask to the service. Following the service, lunch will be provided and then the burial will take place at 2 p.m. at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Service with dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
Gary A. Thorsten was born June 30, 1949, in St. Cloud, to John and Adeline (Stumvoll) Thorsten. Gary was drafted to the Army during the Vietnam Conflict and he enlisted April 15, 1969, and was honorably discharged Nov. 3, 1970. Gary married Georgianne Kasner Dec. 19, 1970, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morrill. They raised their daughters Jennifer and Gina in the Morrill area.  Gary worked a lifetime for Bauerly Brothers, currently Knife River. He also loved his hobby farm, raising beef cattle and golden lab retrievers were always found to be running around on the farm.  Gary was passionate about many hobbies and they included hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, fabrication, fixing machinery with the neighbors and wood working. He will be missed by all of his family and friends. The grandchildren will miss all the fun times, especially his water fights.
Gary is survived by his wife Georgianne of over 50 years, daughters, Jennifer (Bruce) Paulson, Gina (Jamie) Ranweiler; grandchildren, Samantha (Chris) Paulson, Morgan Paulson, Bryce Paulson, Kyle Paulson, Steven Ranweiler, Sarah Ranweiler, siblings; Marvin, Marilyn (Roger) Johnson, Danny (Debbie), Richard (Joanie), Darlene (John) Kadlac, Terry (Beth) and sister in law Diane Thorsten.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Laverne ‘Jack’ Thorsten
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Patrisha Rosemary Vadies

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Patrisha “Patty” Rosemary Vadies, age 83, went home to be with her son Oct. 24, 2021 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Sauk Rapids.
A celebration of life service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Sacred Heart Church. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church Thursday.
Patty was born May 19, 1938, to Raymond N. and Violet (Karels) Schwartz.
She grew up in the St. Cloud area with her siblings Jackie, Freddie and Ken. She graduated from Cathedral High School in 1957.
After high school, she went to beauty college in St. Cloud and decided to work for Tray Clares. She moved on to work for Continental Press until she became a homemaker.
Patty married George Vadies Dec. 26, 1959, and had celebrated 62 years of marriage. She was a caring and loving wife and mother to two wonderful children, Sean and Shannon.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She volunteered her time to do Meals on Wheels and was a prayer reader and communion volunteer for individuals who weren’t able to make it to church.
She was known to work hard and to have beautiful flower gardens. She loved all of her family and would bake anything for them upon request. She also enjoyed spending her winters in Arizona with her special friends for 24 years.
In her later years, she moved into a nursing home, Good Shepherd, in October 2018. Patty and the rest of her family are grateful for the care she received by staff during these past three years, especially during the unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic.
Survivors include her husband, George Vadies, of Sauk Rapids; brother, Ken (Trisha) Schwartz of St. Cloud; daughter, Shannon Vadies of Rockville; daughter-in-law, Deb Vadies; five grandchildren, Megan Vadies, Alex Lee, Kelsey (Justin) Kneiszler Rian Lee and Abby Vadies; four great-grandchildren, Palmer, 3, Will, 2, Dominick, 2, and Teddy, 3 months.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jackie Klosowski; brother, Freddie; and son, Sean Vadies.
Patty’s obituary was written by her family.
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Kevin W. Czech

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A celebration of life will be at a later date for Kevin W. Czech, age 62, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away peacefully at the St. Cloud Hospital, surrounded by his family, after a brief battle with cancer. Private burial will be at Annunciation Catholic Cemetery in Mayhew Lake. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
 Kevin William Czech was born March 9, 1959, in St. Cloud to William and Marie (Walcheski) Czech. He graduated from Royalton High School and began working at St. Regis Papermill at the age of 18 and he ended his career there as a millwright after 27 years. He then held various jobs before his retirement in February 2021. Kevin was a huge sports fan. He especially loved watching and attending football and baseball games. In his younger years, he traveled extensively. Kevin was a quiet person, yet very kind, genuine and was able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone. He enjoyed going for walks and being outdoors.
Survivors include his sisters and brother, Lynn (Craig) Solt of Rice, Carleen (Dave) Guck of Elk River and Lyle (Barbara) of Maple Grove; nieces and nephew, Amanda (Matt) Waldoch, Kyle Guck and Rachel Guck. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Charles E. Teigen

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Private family services were at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Charles E. Teigen, age 90, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2021, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Charles was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Bemidji to Martin and Helen (Buendiger) Teigen. He married Leatrice Tyrrell Sept. 8, 1951 at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples. In 1965, the couple settled in Sauk Rapids where they raised their six children. Charles was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud where he was involved in Bethel Bible Series and Adult Christian Education. Charles worked for Anderson Trucking Inc. as a parts manager. He designed the first logo for Anderson Trucking Inc.’s trucks. He played trombone in the St. Cloud municipal band and was the music librarian. He was also a letter press printer and sign painter. Charles enjoyed typesetting, trains and railroads, reading, history, art and playing baseball in the backyard. Charles was dedicated to playing with his children and grandchildren as he was fun spirited, patient, creative and loving. He had a strong faith and a thirst for knowledge.
Survivors include his wife, Leatrice of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Julie (Tom) Orr of Brainerd, Carol (Jeff) Wingard of Eden Prairie; sons, Clifford (Marcia) Teigen of St. Joseph, Marty (Karin Chedister) Teigen of Minneapolis, Erling (Michelle) Teigen of Big Lake; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Connie Teigen; and his sister, Delores Odden.
Thank you to the wonderful staff at Good Shepherd Nursing Home who took such kind and thoughtful care of Charles.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Eugene F. Ertel

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Eugene F. Ertel, age 84, of Sartell, formerly of Maple Lake, died Oct. 22, 2021, at The Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids.
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Oct. 26, 2021, at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake with the Rev. Kevin Magner as the Celebrant. Burial followed at St. Timothy Catholic Cemetery in Maple Lake. Visitation was 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Maple Lake.
Eugene Francis Ertel was born June 30, 1937, in St. Cloud to Harry and Agnes (Veches) Ertel. On Oct. 25, 1958, Eugene was united in marriage to Elaine Pribyl in Maple Lake. They made their home near Maple Lake, where they raised their five children. Elaine preceded Eugene in death in 1984. On June 27, 1992, he was united in marriage to Shirley McAllister at the Pioneer Park Chapel in Annandale. They made their home outside of Maple Lake. Shirley preceded Eugene in death in 2014. On Oct. 26, 2018, he was married to Janet (Kirscht) Skillingstad at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. They made their home in Sartell.
Gene grew up and lived almost his entire life in the Maple Lake area. In addition to farming near Maple Lake, Gene worked in Golden Valley for over 44 years at St. Regis Paper Company, later known as Georgia Pacific Paper Company; retiring in 1983. In retirement, he continued working for Wright County Parks and Recreation. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church in Maple Lake, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, and a former member of the Silver Creek Sportsman Club and the Green Briar Archery Club. Gene enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. In later years, he also enjoyed watching game shows and the occasional soap opera. Gene was well loved and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Janet of Sartell; children, Debbie (Greg) Helmbrecht of Annandale, Penny (Dave) Berdan of St. Cloud, Jeannie (Joe) Kramer of Maple Lake, Sheri (Pat) Goelz of Maple Lake, and Michael (Melissa) Ertel of Buffalo; sister, Mary (Tom) Kohmetscher of Albertville; 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and step-children, Sheila (John) Anderson, Julie Smith, Eugene (Tina) Hageman, Miranda (Mike) Glimsdahl, Melinda (Lee) Flanum, Rita (Brian) McKinney, Lisa (Dennis) Hahn, Ruth (Alvin) Beniek, and Paul Skillingstad. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Agnes Ertel; spouses, Elaine and Shirley; and brothers, Robert, Wayne “Tom”, and Lawrence.
The urn bearers will be Gene’s grandchildren, Bobby and Billy Helmbrecht; Ryan, Derek and Ann Berdan; Jeremy Kramer; Jamie Anderson; Melanie Hegle; Amanda Ennis; Erika Holt; Tony and Holly Goelz; Anndi and Destin Ertel; Toni Willems; Morgan and Wyatt Moeller. Krista Elsenpeter and Sarah Goelz will provide the music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Maple Lake.
Obituary, tribute wall, video tribute and funeral webcast online at www.dingmannfuneral.com
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Pauline A. Gronau

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Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Oct. 28 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Pauline A. Gronau who passed away Oct. 22, 2021, at her son’s home in Rice. The Rev. Timothy Gapinski officiated and burial will be at United Church of Christ Cemetery in Minden Township at a later date. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Pauline was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Mayhew Lake Township to Paul and Ann (Gruba) Thomas. She married Harley Gronau Feb. 24, 1951, and they spent their entire lives on their hobby farm in Rice, raising 12 children. Pauline was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, cooking and baking, especially apple pies, quilting and making wreaths for church, family picnics, and most importantly, spending time with her family. She was a very strong, outgoing lady who spoke honestly and enjoyed the company of friends and family.
“Pauline a mother to all persons who touched her soul she raised 12 kids with an Angel Heart and a butt load of grandkids way too many to count. She stretched her hand up to the Lord today to show her the way home. Where she now rests in God’s Garden holding on to Dad’s hand. Love you Mom.”
Pauline is survived by her children, Judy Gronau of Brainerd, Harley Jr. (Joanne) Gronau of Avon, Harlene (James) Eizenhoefer of Brainerd, Allen (Valerie) Gronau of Rice, David Gronau of Alabama, Debra (Perry) Moulzolf of Foley, Kevin Gronau of New Mexico, Colette Smith of Sauk Rapids, Kathy (Ray) Tate of Alabama, Russel (Laura) Gronau of Rice, Rodney (Melissa) of Georgia, and Robin (Andrea) Gronau of Missouri; buttload of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Harley (1992); two siblings; and two grandchildren.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dorothy L. Anderson

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