Roger L. Kantor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michelle Brow

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

Kathaleen M. Lay

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

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

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Susan M. Colgrove, age 74, who passed away June 22, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Thomas Olson will officiate and entombment will be at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday and is one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. There was a prayer service Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Susan was born Aug. 20, 1946, in Melrose to John and Agnes (Barcklay) Claude. She married Ken Colgrove Nov. 22, 1969, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and they were later divorced. Susan lived in the Sauk Rapids-Sartell area before moving to Foley 10 years ago. She worked as a bartender and waitress at the Sauk Rapids VFW for over 25 years. She also worked at Rapids Rec for 18 years, Partner’s Pub for 25 years, and Nash Finch for 30 years. Susan was a member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary, Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame, 4-H and Special Olympics. She enjoyed camping, bowling, gardening and was a hard worker. Susan had a love and generosity for everyone and welcomed all into her family, and had a gift for making strangers feel like family.
Survivors include her daughters, Cindy Claude of Foley and Stephanie (Jason) Walton of St. Cloud; daughters-in-law, Jessica Colgrove of St. Cloud and Tracee Colgrove of Motley; sisters and brother, Diane (Greg) Duchene of Sauk Centre, Fred (Linda) Claude of St. Cloud, and Catherine Claude of Baxter; grandchildren, Amiyah, Nyland, Shelby, Abby, Hailee, Cooper, Sawyer, Karley, Kelisha, Kashia and Kordell; and great grandchildren, Adeline, Theodore and Brody. Susan was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Travis and Brett; sisters, Patricia Anderson and Carole Inderrieden; and brother, Carl Claude.     
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Mackenzie “Mack” T. Mattson

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Mackenzie “Mack” Todd Mattson, age 29, Morris, passed away suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage June 21, 2021, at the Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Mackenzie Todd Mattson, was born Aug. 6, 1991, in Cloquet. Mack graduated in 2009 from the Morris Area High school. He worked at Casey’s General Store in Morris for the last several years in a variety of positions.
Mack loved being with friends and family and their children. He looked forward to being a father someday. He also enjoyed music, nature, camping, skateboarding, frolfing and watching movies. He was a hardcore Minnesota Vikings fan. Mack was easygoing, well-loved for his wonderful sense of humor, his fun-loving personality and enormously genuine heart. Mack’s faith was important to him.
Mackenzie is survived by his parents, Todd and Kris Mattson of St. Cloud; his sister, Seyward Ask (Justin) and nieces and nephew Brooklyn, Maggie and Remy of Willmar; his brother, Gunner Mattson of Minneapolis; his sister, Sibley Mattson of Duluth; his grandmother, Janice Hanson of Adrian; his girlfriend, Kylie Francis of Morris; several aunts, uncles and cousins, many friends he considered as family as well as Milt, his cat.
Mackenzie was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert Hanson; his paternal grandparents, Merle and Lois Mattson and his cousin, Garret Hanson.
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Donald V. Kleinschmidt, Jr.

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A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Donald V. Kleinschmidt, Jr., age 64, who passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth June 8, 2021, after a heroic 17-month battle with cancer. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home.
Donald was born Sept. 5, 1956, in St. Cloud to Donald and Deloris (Dushaw) Kleinschmidt, Sr. He married Gail Reynolds June 2, 1978 and together, they have lived on the Iron Range the last 43 years. Donald was director of public works for over 30 years. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Turkey Federation, and National Rifle Association. Don was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting everything including bargains, fishing, traveling and road trips on his Harley. He also enjoyed cooking, baking, and most importantly, spending time with his family and having happy hour with his friends at the Akeley Muni. Don was a kind-hearted, loving, hardworking man, who was a jack of all trades. He was very proud of his wife, children and grandchildren and will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Gail of Mountain Iron; daughter and son, Melissa (Josh) Spiering of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. and Donald (Kelly) Kleinschmidt III of Duluth; grandchildren, Caden, Liliana, and Boone Spiering, Donald IV, William, and Evander Kleinschmidt; father, Donald Kleinschmidt, Sr. of Sauk Rapids; sisters and brothers, Vickye, Lora, John (Barb), Ron (Diane), Tom (Shirley) and Dave (Cindy); and numerous nieces and nephews that loved their Uncle Butch. Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Deloris; and his grandparents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Dr. Vernon E. Neils

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Visitation was 10 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch and a  time of sharing followed by services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Dr. Vernon E. Neils, age 97, who passed away June 10, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. Keith Weise will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Vernon Emil Neils was born Jan. 13, 1924, in Sauk Rapids to R.G. and Pauline (Arndt) Neils. He married LuVerne Rausch Sept. 14, 1947, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. Vern honorably served our country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. Vern was a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1948 and earned his Doctor of Medicine  degree from the University of Minnesota in 1949. He was a physician in Sauk Rapids-St. Cloud area from 1949-94 as a general practitioner, including obstetrician and surgery. Vern was a St. Cloud Hospital staff member starting in 1949. He was instrumental in starting the rehabilitation unit by serving as a member of Rehab, Alcohol and Chemical Addiction Committees. He was the Burlington Northern Railroad surgeon for years during which time he and his family had the privilege of riding the train to several conventions. He also served as the Medical Director of the Central Minnesota Detoxification Center and Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Vern was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, served on the church board, and was one of the founding board members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. He was also was a member and past president of the Sauk Rapids Lions, Norwest Bank Board, Sauk Rapids School Board, Sauk Rapids Sportsman Club, Sauk Rapids Park & Rec Board, and Sauk Rapids Civic Club. Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and spending time outdoors. He loved sports and was an excellent tennis player and bowler.
Survivors include his sons and daughters, Dr. Richard (Jill) Neils of Oconomowoc, Wis., Kenneth (Char) Neils of Manhattan, Kansas, Carol (Jon) Copeland of Sauk Rapids, Mary (John) Ederer of Chanhassen and Judith Neils Quick (Thomas) of Des Moines, Iowa; sister, Dolores Rehder of Sauk Rapids; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Vern was preceded in death by his parents; wife, LuVerne on Nov. 8, 2017; brother, Reinhardt Neils; and sister, Priscella Weber.
Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church or Good Shepherd Lutheran Home.
Obituary, guest book, video tribute and livestreaming available at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Edward F. Ribich

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Edward F. Ribich, age 90, died peacefully in his home  June 11, 2021. He was born  Nov. 20, 1930, to parents Luke A. and Frances L. (Anzelc) Ribich, in Biwabik. Ed joined the U.S. Navy in 1951, and served on the USS Maurice J. Manuel. He married Carol M. (Hawkinson) Ribich of Virginia, Minnesota, in 1951. In the years following, Ed worked as a mechanic at Erie Mining Company while attending the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While teaching in the Osseo School District, Ed attended St Cloud State University and obtained a master’s degree in educational administration. Ed served the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District as an elementary principal before adventuring to Alaska where he served as a school administrator in Galena and Metlakatla Public Schools. Ed married Patricia Rae Murphy in 1988, and the two of them became an inseparable team of global adventurers. Together they nurtured their shared love of history and geography. Edward was predeceased by his wife Carol, his parents and his brother Luke J. Ribich. He is survived by his wife Pat, children Sharon (Tom) Neils, Kay (Kent) Smith, Mike (Joan) Ribich, step children Jim Pavek, Laura (Dave) Witschen,Todd (Christina) Pavek, and Patrice Pavek, 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren, his brothers Robert (Rosemary) Ribich, Richard (Janet) Ribich, sister-in-law Betty Ribich and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial gathering will be  at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert from noon to 2 p.m. June 24. An interment at Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik will follow. In lieu of flowers a memorial may be made to the Minnesota Conservation Federation.
Go forth, hunt and fish, play your accordion, and adventure on, Dear Man ~
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Jean Marie Potts (Iverson)

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A celebration of life for Jean Marie Potts (Iverson) will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Watab Town Hall, 660 75th St. N.W., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379.
Jean grew up on 64th and June in Brooklyn Center. She attended Park Center High School and then North Hennepin Community College for dental hygienist.
She worked for Osseo Bus Company as a bus driver for years, as a driver for Bachman’s Floral, and 15 years for St. Cloud Metro Bus Company as a Dial-A-Ride Driver and national certified bus driver trainer.
Jean was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer Jan. 1, 2015. After five years and 10 months, a long, very hard and courageous fight, she left.
Jean is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Allen Potts of Rice; daughters, Jessica (Brad) Veldkamp of Swanville, and Katerina Potts of Long Prairie; parents, Henry and Carole Iverson of Sun City, Arizona; sisters, Susan (Kevin) Smith of Robbinsdale, Linda Cullen and Nancy (Fred) Robinson, both from Steamboat Springs, Colorado; brother, Bruce (Laurel) Iverson of Champlin; and grandsons, Ethan and Austin.
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Kathleen E. Schwitalla

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Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 18, at St . Anthony’s Church in St. Cloud for Kathleen Schwitalla, 84, who passed away Dec. 19, 2020. The Rev. Joe Herzing will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
Kathleen was born in Rockville, to the late Norbert and Theresa (Chirhart) Neis. She was a 1954 graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and a 1957 graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a degree in medical technology. Kathleen was a medical technologist for several years in the public and private sectors and was a member of American Association of Clinical Pathologists.
She married Norman Schwitalla Oct. 11, 1958, and raised her family in Minnesota and Illinois, eventually retiring to Sauk Rapids, where she spent many wonderful years enjoying family and friends.
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Henry A. Wentzlaff

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Henry A. Wentzlaff, 82, died May 19 in Carson City, Nevada, his home for 20 years.
During his career, he was known as a banker in the Sauk Rapids bank (Sauk Rapids); owner and manager of the following: Flickertail Inn (Valley City, North Dakota), Tri-County Realty (Sauk Rapids) and the Americanna Inn (St. Cloud); and as a quality assurance consultant for Best Western. He had professional certifications in banking, real estate and hotel management.
After retirement, Henry worked part-time at Lowe’s in Carson City.
He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for six years, beginning in 1961.
Parents (deceased) were Henry and Marcella Wentzlaff. Surviving loved-ones: wife, Sharon; sons Todd (Lori, granddaughters Anna and Kyra of Texas), Tim (New York) and Brian (California); sister Elaine Fautsch (Floyd) of Minnesota; and brothers Ralph (Merlynn) of Texas and Lloyd/Toby of Minnesota.
Henry lived out his faith in the Triune God through active lay leadership in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. Claimed by Christ in his baptism, Henry now resides safely in heaven.
In the future, there will be a graveside service at the Sauk Rapids Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorials made in Henry’s name may go to a charity of your choice, Bethlehem Lutheran School or Sierra Lutheran High School, Carson City.
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Gerald “Jerry” J. Goebel

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. June 4 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Gerald “Jerry” J. Goebel, age 68, who passed away May 31, 2021, from complications from ALS at home surrounded by his family. The Rev. Virgil Helmin will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Friday at the church in Rice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Jerry was born Feb. 15, 1953, to John and Irene (Aschenbrenner) Goebel in White Bear Lake. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and St. Cloud Technical College, and honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force. Jerry married Julie, his high school sweetheart, April 19, 1974. He was a volunteer fireman and EMT for 28 years for the city of Rice and served as a Langola Township supervisor for nine years. He was a member of the American Legion and a charter member of the Rice Firefighters Association. Jerry was a refrigeration and heavy truck technician for 33 years at Performance Food Group in Rice. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, agate hunting, four wheeling through the woods, and had a passion for cutting wood and woodworking. Jerry also enjoyed trips to the North Shore and Hawaii. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and Charlee his dog.
Survivors include his wife, Julie of Rice; children, Michelle (Kevin) Peterson of Big Lake, Steven (Sara) Goebel of Rice, and Tracy (Josh) Schmidt of Big Lake; grandchildren, Samantha, Steven, Isabelle, Brandon, Everett, Cody, Addan, Ethan, Sophie, Emerie and Gabe. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Goebel; and grandparents, John and Sophie Goebel, Martin and Margaret Aschenbrenner.
Memorials are preferred to the ALS Association, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter. (webmn.alsa.org/)
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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LaRhae “Rhae Rhae” J. Galarneault

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Memorial services were June 3 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for LaRhae “Rhae Rhae” Galarneault, age 67, who passed away May 26, 2021, at her home. Jerry Knafla officiated. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
LaRhae was born Nov. 27, 1953, in Princeton to Lester and Dorothy (Warner) Jensen. She graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and lived in the Sauk Rapids-Rice area for most of her life. LaRhae married Jay Galarneault in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2005. She worked as a daycare provider for over 40 years and was awarded Daycare Provider of the Year in Benton County. LaRhae was a member of the Rice American Legion Auxiliary Post 473, the Sauk Rapids VFW Auxiliary Post 6992 and volunteered with Rice Women of Today where she held various offices. LaRhae’s family was the most important thing in her life and she was a dedicated grandma. She also enjoyed bowling, coffee, pull tabs, and Windsor waters.
Survivors include her husband, Jay of Motley; daughter, Tonya (Lance) Enneking of Motley; grandchildren, Danielle (Derrick) Lenarz, Brady Enneking and Ellie Enneking; great grandson, Maverick and one great grandson on the way; sister, Darlene Kelley of Sartell; sister-in-law, Jackie Jensen of Royalton; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Duane Jensen; and sister, Julie Griffiths.
If requested, the family will make memorial donations in LaRhae’s name to ALS Research, St. Jude’s or ASPCA; all charities very dear to her heart.
Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com
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Anna F. Skeate

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Funeral services were private for Anna F. Skeate, age 96, of St. Cloud, who passed away May 20, 2021, at the Cottages at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. Interment took place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Anna was born Oct. 3, 1924, in St. Cloud, to John and Anne (Tkaczik) Kipka.  She married Eldon E. Skeate April 2, 1943, at the Chapel of Savannah Proving Grounds in Savannah, Illinois.
Throughout her lifetime Anna had a great appreciation and love for music that she imparted to her children and expressed through her playing the piano accordion, piano and singing. She dedicated her life to raising her children and in her later years as a caregiver for her husband. With a strong sense of purpose, God blessed her with good health and long years. Anna will be remembered for her infectious smile, warm sense of humor, stylish hair, potato salad, lemon meringue pie and her favorite phrase, “if not for the Good Lord,” whom she loved and relied upon her whole life.
Anna is survived by her daughters and sons, Sharon (George) Weitgenant of Andover, Sandy (Duane) Ehresmann of Albany, Gary (Char) of St. Cloud, DeBorah Nelson of Bloomington, Brenda of Woodbury, Kevin (Pat) of Colorado, and Todd (Renee) of St. Cloud; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother Walter of St. Cloud; sisters Lucille Smolley of Santa Monica, California, and Esther (Essie) Zwack of St. Cloud.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Eldon Sept. 19, 1999; brothers John Jr. “Jack”, Ambrose, Severyn, Herbert and Abraham “Mel” and sisters Leona Fandel, Margaret Borunda and Louise Herbst
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Stephen S. Fiedler

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for Stephen “Steve” (Fudd) S. Fiedler, age 68, of Rice who died May 25, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House near St. Augusta. The Rev. Kenneth Popp will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church in Rice. Parish prayers were 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Steve was born Jan. 12, 1953, in St. Cloud to Alphonse and Mary (Lass) Fiedler. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School and lived his entire life in Rice. Steve was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church where he was an usher. He worked at Electrolux for over 30 years, retiring in 2010. He enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling and was a huge baseball fan. Steve loved spending time with family and friends and wanted to make a difference in everyone’s life. Steve was great with children and was able to relate to them on their level. He was very loyal, generous and had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his siblings, Jean Maurer of St. Michael, John Fiedler of Brooklyn Center, Rose Kruchten of Rockford, Illinois, Michael (Nancy) Fiedler of Rice and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Pamela and brothers-in-law, Joe Maurer and Michael Kruchten.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Mildred “Millie” Mary Gibbard

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Mildred Mary Gibbard was born July 21, 1927 in Fergus Falls, to Peter and Katherine Gibbard (nee Mulvaney). After attending elementary school in District 143, her family moved to rural Maine Township where she attended District 24 elementary school. Millie graduated as valedictorian from Underwood High School in Underwood in 1944. She obtained her teaching certificate in Fergus Falls in 1945. Millie taught in several rural schools in Ottertail County including one-room school houses. She then moved to Fergus Falls and taught third grade at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School for seven years. Millie went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Moorhead State University. Her next teaching assignment took her to Sauk Rapids where she taught fourth grade at Pleasantview Elementary School and Hillside Elementary School for 21 years.
Millie’s passion was teaching but she loved her two bowling leagues and her volunteer work at the Great River Regional Library and the Stearns History Museum. She also loved puzzles, traveling and reading mysteries.
Millie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Frances (Kenneth) Kugler, nephews Richard (Sheree) Kugler, Daryl Kugler, Jim Kugler and brothers-in-law David Butenhoff and Norman Cossette. She is survived by her loving sister, Jean Cossette, nieces Verona (Steve) Bell, Mary (Dennis) Frahm, Patricia Keidel, Lois (Al) Fasching, Donna (Steve) Anda, and nephews, Dale Kugler, Douglas (Terry) Kugler, Wayne (Bernie) Kugler, Gregory (Peggy) Butenhoff, LeRoy Butenhoff, Danny (Carolyn) Cossette, and Duane (Stephanie) Cossette. She is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends.
A funeral Mass was  11 a.m. May 28 at St. James Church at Maine, 32009 County Hwy 74, Underwood. The Rev. LeRoy Schik officiated. Visitation preceded the Mass from 9-11 a.m. A graveside service was held immediately following the Mass. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the St. Cloud Library Foundation, 1300 W. St. Germain St., St. Cloud, MN 56301.
A special thank you to the staff at Country Manor senior housing, assisted living and nursing home in Sartell for their loving and compassionate care of Millie.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Alice Mae Ellefson

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice for Alice Mae Ellefson, age 93, of Sauk Rapids, who died May 21, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. David Edge will officiate and burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a visitation one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church in Rice.
Alice M. Ellefson was born in Clear Lake to Victor and Anna (Moore) Anderson Dec. 19, 1927. Alice graduated valedictorian from Clear Lake High School in 1945 and after graduation attended a technical school in Minneapolis for two years. Following graduation, she worked for Pillsbury Mills, Minneapolis for four years. On Sept. 1, 1951, Alice married Steven Ellefson Jr. they moved to Keewatin where Steve worked for the mines. The mines went on strike and they moved to Anoka in 1953. Alice worked at AAA Auto as a travel agent and lived in her house in Sauk Rapids until September 2019. She moved to Good Shepherd Apartments in Sauk Rapids following the sale of her home.
Alice’s deep faith led her to becoming a charter member of the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church in Rice. She sang in the church choir and was also an usher, reader, greeter, bible study leader and participated in the Wings Program.
She is survived by her children: Bradley (Jan) Ellefson of Westport, South Dakota; Barbara Ellefson of Sauk Rapids; Jeffrey (Sharon) Ellefson of San Juan Capistrano, California; daughter-in-law, Karen Ellefson of Sauk Rapids: grandchildren, Justin and Matthew Ellefson, Phillip and Leanna Murphy, Leah Ellefson, Charlie (Amanda) Henkemeyer and Alex (Kelly) Henkemeyer, Noah Ellefson and Hannah (Andy) Eggert;  great grandchildren, Lauren Eggert, Leo Henkemeyer and one on the way; sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Hemen of Aberdeen, South Dakota; brother-in-law, Cyril (Vicki) Ellefson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven Ellefson Jr; son, Steven V. Ellefson; parents, Anna and Victor Anderson; brother, Willard (Betty Jane) Anderson; sisters, Mary (Larry) Guentzel and Dorothy (Russell) Nelson.
Special thank you to Angela, Natalie, and Heather at Arise Cares, Dr. Amanda Lovold, and Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Beulah M. Zierden

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. May 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Beulah M. Zierden, 94, of Cushing, who died May 15 at her daughter’s home in Cook. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation began at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.
Beulah Marie Engle was born May 22, 1926, in Sauk Centre to William and Elsie (Foster) Engle. On May 12, 1953, she married LeRoy M. Zierden at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple first owned a hobby farm in Albany, then lived in Sauk Rapids from 1958-2001, and finally moved to Cushing where they had a lake home near Lake Alexander.
Beulah worked at Lakeland Bakery, Northstar Monument, the St. Cloud Hospital, and Stearns Manufacturing in Sauk Rapids until she retired in 1991. After retiring, she worked at Burger King until she was 70 because she loved being around people and greeting them. Beulah enjoyed watching and listening to the birds; she knew which sound every bird made. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and crafts. She loved to yodel and was very good at it. After moving to Cushing, she joined the Ladies Aide, the Red Hatters Society and exercising programs. She also enjoyed driving her golf cart around. She enjoyed time with her grandkids, playing cards with them, making holiday meals and setting up Easter egg hunts. Beulah will be dearly missed by all of her loved ones; she had a very sweet heart, quick wit and a great sense of humor. Her smile and laugh were contagious.
Survivors include her daughters and sons; Karen (Richard) Johnson of Big Lake, Patricia (Gary) Reberg of Cook, Timothy (Paula Artmann) Zierden of St. Cloud, Leon (Tammy) Zierden of St. Stephen; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, LeRoy Zierden; parents, William and Elsie Engle; brothers Floyd, LeRoy, Clifford, Kenneth, Ervin, Lester, Julian, Louis, Theadore and Harold Engle; and sisters, Vera Kranz, Margaret Braaten and Elsie Taylor.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Deborah “Deb” Ludwig

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A Celebration of Life service for Deborah “Deb” Ludwig, who passed away last year, will be 11 a.m. June 25 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Rice followed by a burial at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. There will be a light lunch catered at the church following the burial ceremony.
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Connie K. Gustafson

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Connie Kay Gustafson, age 63, of Green Valley, Arizona, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 6, 2020, in Green Valley. She was born Feb. 12, 1957, in Milaca to William “John” and Mable Snow. Connie was able to fulfill her dream and moved to Arizona in 2018 to be closer to her sisters. She worked in sales at Walgreens. Connie loved the outdoors, especially the mountains, and was known for her avid gardening. She also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, canning and most importantly, spending time with her family.
Connie is survived by her beloved husband, Vernon Gustafson; daughter, Kristina M. Molitor (Kenneth) of Sauk Rapids;  son, Jason M. Gustafson (Celina) of Becker;  three sisters, Dona Johnson, Jan Foreman and Laina Beach all of Green Valley, Arizona;  two brothers, Albert “Mike” Snow (Deb) of Princeton, and Stanley Snow (Joyce) of Danbury, Wisconsin;  five grandchildren, Brittney, Gabriel, Victoria, Brandon and Carter;  great-grandchild, Beau.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Orrin Snow and Mable Theresa (Boehm) Snow; two sisters, Arlis Hugg and Joyce Daudt; and five brothers, Marvin, Ken, Ronald, Eldred and Raymond Snow.
A graveside service for the family will be at noon Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Forest Hill Cemetery in Milaca. Friends and family    are invited to a reception following at Northern Lights Banquet Center in Pease.
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Marion E. (Wicktor) Hommerding-Sartell

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Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Marion Elizabeth (Wicktor) Hommerding-Sartell who passed away at her home in Gold Canyon, Arizona after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The Rev. Eugene Doyle will officiate and visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.
She was born in St. Cloud to Howard and Lu (Brown) Wicktor May 3, 1940. She lived most of her life in the St. Cloud area until retiring to Arizona in 2001. She revered the beauty of Arizona and the sense of peace she shared with her husband (Ripley B. Sartell) in Gold Canyon.
Marion spent her life advocating for people with disabilities and serving her community. In 1964, Marion and Quinton W. Hommerding, established Granite Care Home, Inc. in order to provide community residential services to adults with developmental disabilities. Marion attended St. Cloud Technical College in 1966 and graduated with a degree in nursing. She went on to achieve her long-term care administrator’s license. Marion also served as a member of the Sauk Rapids City Council, Sacred Heart Parish Council and the Gold Canyon Lions Club. Marion touched the lives of many people with her kindness, compassion and sense of humor. She was a daughter, wife, mother, step-mother, sister, step-sister, “favorite” aunt and step aunt, Grandma “nana”, step-Grandma (“granny”, “nani”), friend, and caregiver. Her presence will be missed. Her words of wisdom “This too shall pass” and “One day at a time” will be remembered. Her grace, self-lessness and love of life were her most defining attributes.
Marion is survived by her loving husband of 19 years, Ripley B. Sartell; daughters, Charlotte Hommerding Dhein (Dan) of Sauk Rapids, Tina Hommerding-Renslow (Kevin) of St. Cloud, Kindel Sartell-Tyner (Terry) of Arizona; sons, Tim Hommerding (Deanna) of Foley, Tony Hommerding (Michelle) of St. Cloud; brother, James Wicktor (Carol) St. Cloud; sister, Norma (Wicktor) Miller of Cold Spring; grandchildren, Marri, Nick, Adam Khalaj, Hayley, Jordan Renslow, Kelli Hommerding-Gangestad (Chris), Neal (Brandee) Hommerding, Cheryl Hommerding (mother of) Tony, Jake, Molly Hommerding, Sara and Marcus Boram, Jennifer (Garrett) Bias; and great grandchildren, Skyler, Tyler, Tru, Morgan and Paige.
She was preceded in death by first husband, Quinton Hommerding; parents, Howard and Lu Wicktor; and sisters, Jean Bretzke and Carol Bonde.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Cynthia “Cynde” L. Hammere

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Cynthia “Cynde” L. Hammerel, age 66, who passed away April 22, 2021, at her daughter’s residence after a short but courageous battle with liver cancer. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Friday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services at the church. Parish prayers were 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Cynde was born July 11, 1954, in St. Cloud to Lloyd and Rita (Beam) Hammerel. She worked as an LPN before she became a licensed child care provider. Cynde cared for people and their children for over 26 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. She loved going to flea markets and antiquing, going on girls’ trips and being with her granddaughters. She was strong willed, yet selfless in serving others. Cynde had the biggest heart and was very kind. She liked to have a good time, and to speak her mind. Cynde was uncomplicated and her family was the most important thing in her life.
Survivors include her daughter, Tiffany (Josh) Vraa of Sauk Rapids; granddaughters, Peyton Adeline Rita and Remington Louise at home; and brother and sisters, Donald of Rice, Anita (Jim) Peitz of Sauk Rapids, Bonnie (Gordon Jr.) Ring of Rockville, and Terri Hammerel Conser of Rice. Cynde was preceded in death by her parents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com
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James R. “Jim” Worde

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James R. “Jim” Worden, age 92, formerly from Sauk Rapids, passed away April 20, 2021.  Jim was born April 14, 1929, in Regan, North Dakota, to Harry and Elsie Worden. When Jim was 9 years old, the family moved to Brainerd. There, he attended both grade school and high school, graduating in 1947. In high school Jim excelled in football, baseball and basketball. Following high school, Jim attended Westmar College in Iowa, where he met his wife Anna Marie Bolay and continued playing collegiate sports. He transferred to St. Cloud State University where he earned a B.S. degree in 1952.  He also earned a master’s degree in education there later in his teaching career. In 1952, Jim and Anna Marie moved to Sacred Heart where he served as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator. In 1955, they moved to Sauk Rapids where Jim continued as a teacher, coach, and athletic administrator until 1984 when he retired from education. He worked as a sporting goods salesperson until 1989 and then served as the transportation supervisor for the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District until his retirement in 1994. At that time Jim and Anna Marie moved to Loveland, Colorado to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
Jim was a lay leader of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and later was a member of the Methodist Church for many years. He was involved in numerous organizations in Minnesota athletics, serving as the executive secretary for the Minnesota State Athletic Directors Association, as well as secretary for the Rum River Athletic Conference for several years. Jim was also regarded as a leader in the development of Minnesota girls athletics in the 1960s. In 2014, he was inducted into the Sauk Rapids-Rice Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor he greatly cherished.
In addition to his dedication to education and athletics, Jim enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities including fishing and hunting. He often shared stories of his hunting and fishing experiences with fellow teachers and coaches. His ultimate dream was realized by living five years at a year-round home on Island Lake near Detroit Lakes, which he had built from the ground up, and where he could fish any day he wanted.
Jim is survived by his wife of 71 years, Anna Marie; son Greg (Katherine) Worden of Oro Valley, Arizona, and daughter Gwen (Kerry) Krueger of Westminster, Colorado. He also was blessed with three grandchildren: Carl (Nichole) Worden of Tucson, Arizona, Annie (Derrick) Cannon of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Erin Krueger of Westminster, Colorado. Jim is also survived by his sister Pam Clayton of St. Paul, and sister-in-law Marileen (Don) Johnson of Carlsbad, California.
Jim has been cremated according to his wishes, with a private family service celebrating his life planned for a future date.
           
 

James ‘Jim’ W. Truenow

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James ‘Jim’ Walter Truenow, age 61, of Sauk Rapids, died April 16, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Funeral services celebrating Jim’s life were at 11:30 a.m. April 21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 10-11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 prayed at 11 a.m. and provided an honor guard. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Church cemetery following the service. Those attending were encouraged to wear purple in support of Jim’s fight with pancreatic cancer. Arrangements are with the Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Jim W. Truenow was born July 8, 1959, in St. Cloud to Walter and Marian (Aagard) Truenow. He was baptized at Redeemer Lutheran Church and later confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. Jim graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1977 and joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in Quantico, Virginia, Korea and Japan and was honorably discharged in 1982. On Aug. 17, 1984, Jim was united in marriage to Carol F. Ackerman at Mayhew Lake Catholic Church. They made their home on Little Rock Lake near Rice prior to moving to Sauk Rapids in 1986. Their marriage was blessed with two daughters and countless memories from family vacations and adventures. Throughout his life, Jim had a passion for the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing or  relaxing with his family and friends.  He also loved traveling and enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas where he could always recommend the best place to grab a coffee, lunch, dinner or a drink.
Jim worked at the Sartell Paper Mill for 32 years and at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for seven years before his health forced him to stop working. Jim was active in the Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254 and served with the honor and color guards for over 16 years. He was also a member of Sons of the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Voiture 40/8 - Local 415, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.
Jim will be remembered fondly as an extraordinary human being who always had a joke to share, was ready to raise a glass or mix a cocktail, and for making sure nobody left hungry. His kindness, generosity and courage, along with his dedication to his family, friends, and country will live on, especially in those who called him husband, father, grandpa or friend.
Jim is survived by his wife, of almost 37 years, Carol of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Becky (Martin) Gjerde of Minnetrista, and Lynette (Andrew) Penly of St. Cloud, and two grandchildren; Abigail Gjerde and Joshua Penly. Also surviving are brother, Dave (Bev) Truenow of New Braunfels, Texas; sisters-in-law; Nancy Lahr of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sue Markwardt of Zimmerman, Betty Braun of Prior Lake, JoAnn Ackerman of Wells, Janie (Jim) Case of St. Joseph, Joanie (Ray) Otto of Foley, Hope (Rick) Morrison of Rice, MaryAnn Ziebarth of Sauk Rapids, Jennifer (Phil) Slinden of Atwater, Gail (Dan) Clearwater of Appleton, Wisconsin, June Ackerman of St. Cloud; brother-in-law, Douglas Ackerman of Minnesota; Godmother, Alma Petersen of Clear Lake, many nieces and nephews and his faithful and beloved cat companion, Louie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law, Dale Doering and Tim Byron; five aunts and six uncles, and niece, Lisa Case.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids
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David J. Gohman

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A celebration of life will be 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at the Sauk Rapids VFW for David J. Gohman, 61 of Sauk Rapids, who passed away April 15, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
 David John Gohman was born March 20, 1960 in St. Cloud to Herbert and Angeline (Theis) Gohman. He spent much of his childhood on the Mississippi River, hunting, fishing and simply being on the water. He continued this into his adulthood. David was the oldest son in his family and he took that important leadership role seriously. He married Katie Schotl and they later divorced. He worked at X-Cel Optical for 26 years as a customer service manager. He was well respected inside and outside X-Cel in the optical field. He married Tootsie (Schlichting) Kiffmeyer Oct. 30, 2020. David was very family oriented and loved spending time with his grandkids, nieces and nephews by the pool. He loved to visit with others, as he truly had the gift of gab. David loved playing Yahtzee, was a great cook and he enjoyed entertaining. He was a member of the St. Cloud Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 622 and volunteered much of his time with the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. David will be remembered for being full of laughter and nearly always having a smile on his face.
Survivors include his wife, Tootsie of Sauk Rapids; mother, Angeline of St. Cloud; daughters, Angiela (Brandon Morris) of Cold Spring and Nicole (Dustin) Morris of Sauk Rapids; daughter in law, Kristy of St. Cloud; stepdaughter, Nikki (Joe) Miller of Otsego; sisters and brother, Patricia (Barry) Ryan of Sandstone, Kathryn (Alec) Stier of Eagles Point, Oregon, Karen (David) Johnson of Sartell, Thomas of St. Cloud and Melissa (Craig Erickson) Gohman of Sartell; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Herbert, in 2012 and son, Joshua in 2020.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Elaine H. Weis

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Memorial services were 11 a.m. April 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale for Elaine H. Weis, age 90, of Annandale, who passed away April 7, 2021, at the Annandale Care Center. The Rev. Thomas Queck and the Rev. Tyler LaGrave officiated. Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. Arrangements were by the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater.
Elaine was born Feb. 10, 1931, in St. Cloud,  to Gustav and Helen (Robinson) Anderson. She graduated from St. Cloud Technical High School where she played piano and was first chair violinist. Elaine married Robert L. Pitzl, Sr. April 15, 1950, in St. Cloud; they later divorced. She married Walter J. Weis June 25, 1983, in Annandale; together they owned and operated Mom’s Place Restaurant in South Haven. After retirement they traveled and later moved to Maple, Wisconsin, returning to Annandale in 1995. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Elaine was a sweet lady, a hardworking, positive, caring and uplifting person. She always put others first, never complained and treated everyone equally. Elaine enjoyed the simple things in life, trees, birds, mountains, the sunrise and sunset.
Elaine is survived by her children, Lynn Pitzl of Annandale, Rob (Denise) Pitzl, Jr. of Annandale, Jeanine (John) Driste of South Haven, Debbie Garthe of Annandale, Wayne Pitzl of Litchfield, Kenny (Vicki) Pitzl of Annandale, Kathy (Dale) Erdmann of Annandale, LaVon Mauer of Fairhaven; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; four great grandchildren; stepchildren, Judy (Scott) Thompson of South Haven, Steven (Bridget) Weis of South Haven and David (Terri) Weis of South Haven.
She was preceded in death by her husband Walter on June 7, 2004; stepson, Gary Weis; brothers, Wayne and Dale; and sister, Caro l Jacobson.
Arrangements were by the Daniel Funeral Home in Clearwater.
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Wayne M. Bellmont

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A celebration of life will be 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Moose Lodge in Waite Park to honor and pay tribute to Wayne M. Bellmont, age 69, who passed away  April 8, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital after a brief, yet courageous battle with COVID-19. Anyone attending is encouraged to drive their classic car or motorcycle to the event. Burial will be with full military honors at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Wayne was born December 16, 1951, in St. Cloud to Lawrence and Rose (Maus) Bellmont of Pearl Lake. He graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School and attended Alexandria Technical College for diesel mechanics and St. Cloud Technical College for business. Wayne honorably served our country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He married Audrey Meemken Feb. 20, 1982, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Wayne was owner-operator of Power Equipment Plus in Sauk Rapids for 33 years. He was so handy and loved the challenge of fixing things. Owning his own business was always a dream that he had and his strong work ethic and dedication to helping others made that possible. Wayne had a genuine interest in his customers and their lives. He also worked the night shift at Quebecor Printing for 10 years while running his business. Wayne was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park where he liked to help with the homecooked bouja with the Men’s Group. He also was a life member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 and he was incredibly proud of his service. Wayne cared about his family and was a true and steadfast provider to them. He enjoyed riding motorcycle, camping and snowmobiling, where he was a member of the Benton County Snowmobile Club. Wayne was generous yet stubborn, admired for his shoulder bouncing chuckle, a lover of all animals and he always supported others in their work.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Audrey of Waite Park; daughters, Rachel (Mike) Laudenbach of Pleasant Lake and Vanessa Bellmont of Waite Park; sister and brother, Sharon Gnifkowski of North Palm Beach, Florida, and Allie Bellmont of Sauk Centre; step brother and stepsister, Wendelin (Kim) Schmitz and Mary Kay (Ed) Weinmann; grandchildren, Logan, Owen, and Gavin Laudenbach; and four four-legged fur grandbabies. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Dorothy; and step sisters, Bernie Garding and Alice Hansen.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the care team in intensive care unit at the St. Cloud Hospital especially Dr. Lyons for the compassionate care that was shown to Wayne and his family.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Lorraine T. Carlson

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. April  6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Lorraine T. Carlson, age 84, who passed away April 2, 2021, at her home. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 4-7 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service Tuesday all at the church. Christian Mothers prayed at 6:30 p.m., followed by parish prayers at 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids. Services were livestreamed at www.sacredheartsaukrapids.org
Lorraine was born Oct. 3, 1936, in St. Cloud to George and Florence (Binczik) Janochowski. She married Alvin “Al” Carlson Sept. 9, 1958, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Lorraine was a homemaker and lived most of her life in the Sauk Rapids area. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she was a Eucharistic Minister, and member of St. Monica’s Mission Group, Befrienders, and Catholic Aide. She was also a member of Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 Auxiliary. Lorraine will be remembered for her sense of humor, and love for family and the poor. She sewed over 500 dresses and 600 food bags for Haiti, and over 1,000 pairs of mittens, caps, and scarf sets for the poor. Her greatest joy was great grandchildren, grandchildren, and praying for others in need. 
Survivors include her husband, Al of Sauk Rapids; daughter and son, Debra Ann Carlson (James Ehlers) of Sauk Rapids and Jerome (Jacquie) Carlson of Sauk Rapids; brother, Sy (Corrine) Janochowski of St. Cloud; grandchildren, James, Gina (Nick), Brandon (Rachel) and Joey (Shoni); and great grandchildren, Keegan, Katie and one on the way. Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Harriet Schlichting, Verna Schultz and Wanda Kucala; and brothers, Al and Larry Janochowski.
The family wishes to thank CentraCare Hospice and her special caregiver, Jacquie for all the wonderful care given to Lorraine.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Donald E. Pflipsen

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A celebration of life was private for Donald E. Pflipsen, age 91, who passed away March 25, 2021, at CentraCare Health in Melrose. Burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Donald was born Feb. 9, 1930, as Joseph Raymond Schober in Melrose to John and Alma (Kukuk) Schober. He was lovingly raised by Theodore “Ted” and Grace Pflipsen. Donald honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Rosemary Ritter June 7, 1954, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Ward Springs. Donald was a mechanic all of his life and also operated a beef and dairy farm. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, old TV shows, spending time outdoors, going to flea markets and auctions, collecting clocks, and spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. Donald had a positive attitude, was supportive, smart, caring and a hard-worker. He was very proud to be a veteran.
Survivors include his sons and daughters, Chad (Connie) of Sauk Rapids, Terry (Cheryl) of Sauk Rapids, Nancy (Mike) Kuefler of Sauk Rapids, Cindy (Steve) Ritter of Albany, Gregg (Marilee) of Foley, Patty (John) Aschenbrenner of Rice, Jeannie (Darren) Meehl of Foley and Suzy (Gary) Kruger of Rice; siblings, Betty Lou Dickenson, Donna Mae Frank and Gary Pflipsen; 29 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and four on the way. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rosemary in 2015; son, Randy; grandson, Eric Pflipsen; and siblings, Roy Schober, Daniel Schober, Lorraine Solbrack, Delores Schober and Beatrice Ramacher.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Beverly C. Jacobson 

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Beverly C. Jacobson (Bev) was born May 28, 1939, in Willmar, to Theodore (Ted) Arnesen and Harriet Engen Arnesen. Bev attended New London Grade School and Willmar High School where she graduated in 1957. After high school, Bev attended Dakota Business School in Fargo, North Dakota.
On Oct. 24th, 1959, Bev was united in marriage to Darryl Jacobson. Most of her life, Bev was a gracious homemaker. She also worked as a receptionist for WACOSA and a paraprofessional for the St. Cloud School District. Bev retired in May 2001.
Bev loved to spend quality time with her family and friends. She will be remembered for her kind soul, endless love and witty sense of humor.
On March 17, 2021, Bev passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. She was 81. Bev is survived by her husband, Darryl Jacobson and their three children: Steven (Julie) Jacobson of Sauk Rapids; Lynelle (John) Torgerson of St. Cloud; and Marc (Naomi) Jacobson of Monticello her grandchildren: Beau Jacobson, Nina (Brandon) Clark, Danielle and Nichole Torgerson, Zachary Jacobson, Kaia and Elle Koecheler. She is also survived by her brother LeRoy Arnesen of Plymouth and sister Judy (John) Payne of Scandia her sister-in-law Naomi (Al) Stark of Inverness, Illinois, along with one nephew and three nieces. Bev was preceded in death by her parents and one infant sister.
All services for Bev will be at Atonement Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. Visitations will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 p.m. and one hour before the service Friday, April 9. A private funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, April 9.
Memorials are preferred. Face masks and social distancing measures are required.
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Avis E. Skaalerud

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Funeral services were  private April 2 with a celebration of life to take place at a later date for Avis E. Skaalerud, age 77, who passed away March 28, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Public visitation was 4-6 p.m. April 1 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Burial was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Avis was born Sept. 11, 1943, in Algona, Iowa to Harris and Zela (Madden) Wadsworth. She married Elroy Skaalerud Sept. 25, 1968, in Armstrong, Iowa. She grew up in Armstrong and lived in New Ulm, Sanborn and Morris before moving to St. Cloud in 1968. Avis worked at St. Cloud State University as an account clerk for 34 years, retiring March 31, 2000. She was a member of Discovery Church, Sons of Norway, card groups, Bible study and fundraising for cancer research. Avis enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, neighbor get-togethers and shopping. She loved the Lord and her church groups. Avis was a happy, classy lady who was a loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to many.
Survivors include her sons and daughter, Lanny (Luann) Lippold of Ham Lake, Dorie Skaalerud of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Jonathan (Tammy) Skaalerud of Crystal; grandchildren, Brandon and Sophie; sister, Marlene Ferguson of Texas; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Kloss, Donna Diedrich, Marilyn Skaalerud, and Cleone Skaalerud. Avis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elroy on Oct. 3, 2017; sisters-in-law, Evie Sigler and Lee Skaalerud; and brothers-in-law, Bob Kloss, Bob Diedrich, Eddie Sigler, Lawrence, Walter, Howard, and Roger Skaalerud.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Jeanette “Jeannie” C. Ebensteiner

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Jeanette C. Ebensteiner, age 75, passed away suddenly  Feb. 26, 2021, at her home in Sauk Rapids. A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m.  March 12 at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Jeannie. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Friday at the funeral home. A Livestream of her funeral services was also provided on the funeral home website.
Jeanette “Jeannie” Clara Ebensteiner was born March 8, 1945, to Paul and Margaret Ebensteiner in Waite Park. She lived in St. Cloud until age 45, then moved to Sauk Rapids. Jeannie loved her friends who lived with her at the Granite Care Home where she received wonderful care for the past 30 years. Jeannie enjoyed doing needlecraft, collecting jewelry, going to the lake with family, working at WACOSA, celebrating with ice cream cakes and watching her favorite T.V. shows. She was very sweet and kind and will be missed by many. Jeannie’s family would like to thank Linda and Char and staff at Granite Care Homes for many years of love and care.
Jeanette is survived by her sister-in-laws Judy Ebensteiner and Patricia Ebensteiner, brother-in-law George Sniezek, and her 14 nieces and nephews: Paul Ebensteiner (Renton, Washington) Rebecca Marie Ebensteiner (Ventura, California) Marjorie Hess (Camano Island, Washington) Ronald Hagen (Olympia, Washington) Donald Hagen (Orting, Washington) Susan Lenox Hagen (Olympia, Washington) Kelly Maupin (Camano Island, Washington) Shelly Morris (Mission Viejo, California) Sandra Johnson (Int’l Falls) Cheryl Mitchell (Coon Rapids) Paris Stephens (St. Cloud) Jean Ebensteiner (St. Cloud) Todd Sniezek (Daytona Beach, Florida) and Shana Ess (Minnetonka) Jeannie was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Margaret, and brother Paul Jr. (June,) sister Patricia Hagen (Roger,) brother Gerald, brother Kenneth, sister Paulette Sniezek and nephew Michael Hagen.
Interment was at Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Granite Care Home, Inc. 100 Second Ave. S. Ste 102, Sauk Rapids MN 56379. Phone: 320-261-4736
Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com
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Joyce Ione (Reberg) Horton

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Joyce Ione (Reberg) Horton, born March 21, 1937 and died Feb. 26, 2021. Born and raised in Sauk Rapids. Big move to Seattle. Secretary at Boeing. Played in the Seattle Post Office Band. Sunday School Teacher. Big fan of hockey and baseball. Volunteer. Passed away peacefully, on her terms, in Silverdale, Washington, after living about 10 years in Port Orchard, Washington.
Preceded in death by parents John and Alma (Lesse) Reberg, eight brothers, two sisters, two nephews and husband Dale Horton.
Survived by sister Norma Reberg, children Christina (Horton) Oklahoma, David and Jamie (Cochran), and John and Liz (Graffunder), eight  grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial at Bethany Lutheran Church-Port Orchard, Washington. Graveside gathering at Abbey View Cemetery-Brier, Washington, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7.
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