Marilyn “Lynn” P. Borgert and Eugene “Gene” J. Borgert

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. March 5 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Eugene “Gene” J. Borgert and Marilyn “Lynn” P. Borgert. Marilyn passed away May 22, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital and Eugene passed away March 1, 2021, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens will officiate and Gene will join his beloved wife at St. Francis Xavier Parish Cemetery in Sartell. Friends and relatives could call from 4-7 p.m.  March 4 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell and  one hour prior to services Friday morning at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Eugene Joseph Borgert was born July 6, 1931, in St. Cloud to Lawrence and Louise (Battis) Borgert. He served his country in the United States Navy from January 1951 to October 1954 on the USS Newport News. Gene worked in general labor for Borgert Concrete and he also worked at Ferche Millwork for a number of years. After his retirement, he worked at Auto Value. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the past district governor for Lions International, where he enjoyed traveling to many Lions events and participating in Leader Dog and the Eye Bank. Gene liked fishing, vacationing at the lake, going for a swim in his pool and woodworking in his shop. He made many beautiful wooden bowls and he like helping his wife, Lynn, in her ceramics shop.
Marilyn “Lynn” P. Borgert was born Aug. 12, 1934, in St. Cloud to Alvin and Florence (Bastien) Woods. Lynn was very artistic, owning and operating Ceramic Pines ceramic shop with her husband for 20 years. She retired as a receptionist at the North Information Desk at the St. Cloud Hospital after 25 years. Lynn was active in the St. Francis Xavier Church and was a member of the Christian Mothers. She was also active in the Riverside Lions Club in Sauk Rapids for many years. Lynn enjoyed sewing, painting, decorating for Christmas, traveling, gardening, cooking and baking.
The couple was united in marriage Sept. 17, 1955, at St. Mary’s Cathedral Church in St. Cloud. They lived all of their lives in St. Cloud and Sartell. Gene and Lynn were very proud of their family. They loved getting together with them at holidays, family reunions and at the cabin on Pelican Lake.
Survivors include their children, Scott (Susan Whalen) of Memphis, Tennessee, Denise (Daniel) Stang of Sartell, Pamela (Jim) McMahon of St. Cloud, and Timothy of Sartell; siblings of Lynn, Marjorie Bystedt, Judy (Donald) Byram, Suzanne (David) Fritz, Michael (Jean) Woods, Sharon (Robert) Bemboom, Patrick Woods, Nancy (Edward) Johnson, Laurie (Maury) Bloom, and Malia (Grant) Golberg; brother in law, Michael O’Connor; sister in law, Judy Woods; grandchildren, Kristopher, Joshua, Jason, Mathew, Amber, Sarah, Dina, James, Sean, Kelsey, Willow, Summer, Cody, and Autumn; and 21 great grandchildren. Lynn was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anita O’Connor; and brother, John Woods. Gene was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lynn on May 22, 2020; brothers and sisters, Kenneth, Donna Mae Raab, Richard, Kathleen Thommes, Mary Louise Clark, Loren and Renee Stang.
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Peter E. Wesenberg

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Celebration of life will be 1-5 p.m. March 20, 2021, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Peter E. Wesenberg, age 63, of Sauk Rapids who died Feb. 20, 2021, at Chateau Waters in Sartell.
Pete was born May 28, 1957, in St. Cloud to Hubert and Frances (Sobieck) Wesenberg. He married Brenda Thompson Oct. 4, 1980, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. Pete lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of his life and worked in customer service for local auto parts stores for 25 years, recently retiring. Pete loved helping his customers. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, watching TV, traveling, collecting coins and comic books and gardening. He was very proud of his sons and grandson. Pete was an extrovert with a unique sense of humor and could do anything he set his mind to.
Survivors include his sons, John (Andrea) of Dallas, Texas, Kyle (April) of St. Cloud; grandson, Paxton; brothers and sisters, Paul (Cindy) of Sauk Rapids, Cathy (Mike) Sigler of Sauk Rapids, Sam (Tammy Schmidt) of Foley and Monica (Jerry Smallwood) of Santiago. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Ralph E. Rymer, Jr.

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Private family services will be at a later date for Ralph E. Rymer, Jr., age 85, of Foley, who passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home Feb. 20, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Ralph Eugene Rymer was born to Ralph and Helen (Becker) Rymer Aug. 9, 1935, in St. Cloud. He was married to Marcella Sadergaski in 1958, she passed away in 1983 and he then married Joan Smoley Dec. 24, 1990, in Sauk Rapids. Ralph was a police sergeant for the Sauk Rapids Police Department for over 27 years, retiring in 1991. He was proud to serve his country honorably in the United States Army from 1954-56. Ralph was also a member of the Sauk Rapids Legion Post 254.
Ralph enjoyed spending his time water skiing, fishing with family in Canada, racing, watching NASCAR and dancing. He won many awards for his dance skills. Ralph also enjoyed taking care of his lawn, and boxing. Above all else, he will be remembered as a gentle, kind, and wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Morris (Sheila) Bartlett of Indiana, James (Stacey) Rymer of Rice, Richard Rymer of Kimball, Ronald (Lori) Rymer of Princeton, Karen (Terry) Shoffner of Missouri, Wayne (Sandy) Rymer of Alexandria, Todd Warrick of Sauk Rapids and Karla Morawitz of Litchfield; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Gary (Nancy Flodquist) of St. Cloud, Joyce Merten of St. Cloud, and Brenda (Peter) Albin of Plymouth.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marcella; grandchildren, Shane Erickson and Gabrielle Rymer; great-granddaughter Hailey Latimer; and sister, Elaine Ritchie.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to CentraCare Hospice Program, Home Healthcare nurses, and a special thanks to Dr. Sheng-Tanner. Very special thank you to Josh and Kristi Brenny for all their help over the years.
“Sergeant 204 is 10-7, we’ll take care of it from here.” – Gary Hahn, Sr.
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Kathaleen M. Lay

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at a later date for Kathaleen M. Lay, age 88, who passed away Feb. 17, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
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.
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Karen S. Ehlert

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A celebration of life will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at Joy Christian Center in St. Cloud for Karen S. Ehlert, age 69, who passed away Feb. 16, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev.  Brian Gobar will officiate. Visitation will be 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Karen was born Aug. 21, 1951, in St. Cloud to John and Bernice (Lommel) Hamerlik. She lived all of her life in the St. Cloud area. Karen married Daniel Ehlert Sept. 22, 2000, at Joy Christian Center in St. Cloud. She was the office Mmnager for Primerica Financial Services for 17 years, retiring in 2018. Karen was an active member of Joy Christian Center and also the Central Minnesota Police Academy. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, watching birds, golfing, lunch with friends, time at the lake and spending time with her grandchildren. Karen was happy, positive, encouraging, insightful, and spiritual.
Survivors include her husband, Dan of Sauk Rapids; children, Jessie (Shawn) Vos of Sartell, Cory Gardner of St. Cloud, Corey Ehlert (Amy Klug) of Sartell, Jason Ehlert (Adrian Mager) of St. Cloud, Kim Ehlert of St. Cloud and Kate (Andrew) Lutgen of Colorado; sisters, Mary Gruska of St. Cloud, Nancy (Tony) Beuning of Brooklyn Park and Patty (Jim) Berg of St. Cloud; and grandchildren, Taylor, Caden, Jack, Jaira, Charlie, Lucy, Jordyn, Issak, Francesca and Anthony. Ready to greet her in heaven are her parents; brother-in-law, Frank Gruska; and aunt, Adeline Conlon.
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Paul E. Naegel

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Memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 26 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Paul E. Naegeli, age 74, who passed away at the St. Cloud Veterans Medical Center Feb. 14, 2021. The Rev. Greg Tomhave will officiate and burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.
Paul was born Nov. 30, 1946, in St. Cloud to Earl and Lucille (Bernhagen) Naegeli. He graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1964. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted and proudly served our country in the United States Army during Vietnam. Paul worked all of his life for the United States Postal Service and also at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis helping fellow veterans. One of Paul’s accomplishments was being awarded a clock to commemorate his 35 years working in government services. He was a life member of the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992 and also enjoyed being part of two bowling leagues most recently. Paul enjoyed woodworking, especially carving hand crosses, hunting with his brothers and nephews, being outdoors, bowling, and spending time at the cabin on Grand Lake. He was a devoted Green Bay Packers fan, and most importantly, loved being with his family.
Paul is survived by his children, Gretchen Ping and Meredith Huikko; siblings, Nona (Jay) Peterson of Sauk Rapids, Harriet (Jerry) Lehner of St. Cloud, Joseph (Jan) of Nisswa, Wendy (Kent) Kalm of Mankato, and Russell (Brenda) of Sauk Rapids; 10 nieces and nephews; and 19 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
We thank and appreciate the health care workers at the St. Cloud Veterans Community Living Program for caring for Paul and supporting our family throughout his journey.
Memorials are preferred to the St. Cloud Veterans Volunteer Services towards the Recreation Program.
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Edwin J. “Ed” Barthel

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Due to concerns related to COVID-19, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Feb. 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Edwin J. “Ed” Barthel, 75, of Sauk Rapids, who died Jan. 29, 2021, at Country Manor Campus in Sartell after a 17-month battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. The Rev. Tom Knoblach will officiate. Interment of the urn will be in the parish cemetery at a later date. The funeral Mass will be streamed by Sacred Heart Parish and available for viewing, both during and after the Mass, on their YouTube channel and website at www.sacredheartsaukrapids.org/livestream. Those wishing to watch it live may contact the family for time specifics. An outdoor celebration of Ed’s life is being considered for a later date.
Ed was born Aug. 8, 1945, in St. Cloud to Clarence and Elfrieda (Sis) Barthel. He was a 1963 graduate of Sauk Rapids High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-65. Outside of his Navy service and final months at Country Manor, Ed lived in Sauk Rapids his entire life and was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 41 years, retiring in 2009. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids.
Cherished by those around him, Ed enjoyed spending free time with his siblings and their families, as well as his many friends. He especially loved fishing and card playing, notably cribbage, and belonged to several area card clubs. On his hobby farm, he maintained a large vegetable garden and raised cattle and egg-laying hens, generously sharing the harvests with family and many others, including those in need. Ed was a kind man who frequently put the needs of others ahead of his own. He also made people laugh with his amazingly quick wit and great sense of humor, even in his last days.
Ed is survived by sisters and brothers Anita (Harold) Rooney of Sauk Rapids, Alvin (Carol) Barthel of Little Falls, Jerry (Elizabeth) Barthel and Vernon (Elizabeth) Barthel of Sauk Rapids, Judy (Mike) Rolfzen of Albany, and Leon (Wendi) Barthel of Sauk Rapids, as well as 16 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James (1968); and niece, Joy Rooney (1987).
Ed’s family would like to thank the staff at Country Manor, Coborn Cancer Center, and St. Croix Hospice, who were truly attentive to Ed’s needs – most notably Kim, his “angel-and-a-half.”
Obituary, guest book, and video tribute will be available online at www.foleyfuneralhome.net.
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Charles (Chuck) Ganz

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Charles (Chuck) Ganz, 61, of Omaha, Arkansas, formerly of Rice, passed away Jan. 7, 2021.
A celebration of life will be planned for early summer.
Chuck was born Aug. 25, 1959, to Harlan and Rosemary Ganz.
He lived in New Mexico and Texas before settling in Arkansas. He was not a fan of Minnesota winters. Chuck was retired but worked many forms of construction throughout his life. From a young adult, he knew he wanted to live a simple life. He was a kind soul with a huge heart and even took in a few homeless to help out along his journey.
Chuck enjoyed working on old motorcycles (Triumphs) and always liked collecting old things, hunting Indian relics and exploring the Ozarks.
Chuck will be deeply missed by his brothers and sisters Keith Ganz, Val Gronau (Allen), Tom Ganz (Joann), Cyndi Dropps, Patty Peitso (Mark), Larry Ganz, Lynn Kardell (Doug), Amy Ramey (Lamonte); brother-in-law Dave Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark and sister Ande.
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Joyce E. Lanz

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Memorial services were 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Joyce E. Lanz, age 93, who passed away Jan. 31, 2021, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. The  Rev. David Hinz officiated and burial will be at a later date at the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Joyce was born Feb. 27, 1927, to Edwin and Dorothy (Zimmerman) Durant in St. Cloud. She grew up in Waite Park and lived all of her life in the St. Cloud area. Joyce married James Lanz May 4, 1946, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She was a homemaker until her husband passed away in 1968. She then went to school to obtain her GED and certification as a licensed practical nurse in 1973. Joyce worked 27 years at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids, and was also a member of the Mary Martha’s Guild in sewing quilts and assisting with church activities. Joyce enjoyed board games, traveling, cooking, baking, quilting, crafting and spending time with her family. She was an excellent seamstress and made numerous wedding dresses, mascot uniforms for Sauk Rapids High School, and dresses for Indian Days in Sauk Rapids. Joyce was generous, tenacious, caring, hardworking and very family oriented. Most importantly, she was proud of her children.
Joyce is survived by her children, Jim of Sauk Rapids, Charlotte Zirbes of Monticello, Jerry (Corrine) of Sauk Rapids, Gene (Stephanie) of Sauk Rapids, and Barb (John) Kleinschmidt of Helena, Montana; siblings, Jeanette Bischoff of St. Cloud, Everett Durant of Onamia, Jackie Giddings of Onamia, Sharon (Cy) Kroska of Avon, Gary Durant of Rogers, and Maureen (Ronnie) Meyer of Pierz; brother in law, Louie (Pat) Walker of Rice; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; siblings, Eddie, Irvin, Eugene, Beverly; and infant sister, Elizabeth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Croix Hospice and Alzheimer’s Association.
Obituary, guest book, video tribute, and service livestream available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Raymond “Ray” J. Middendorf

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Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for Raymond “Ray” J. Middendorf, age 93, who passed away Jan. 30, 2021.  The Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated and burial will be at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Visitation was 9:30-11:30 a.m. prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Ray was born Dec. 24, 1927, in Richmond to Joseph and Catherine (Mandernach) Middendorf. He was united in marriage to Armella Winter in Sept. 8, 1951, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Ray proudly served our country in the United States Army in the 11th Airborne Division from 1950-52. He has lived in the St. Cloud area all of his life and worked 27 years at the VA Hospital as a nursing assistant. Ray had a strong faith and was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church and Catholic Aid. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Sauk Rapids, American Legion Post 428 in Waite Park, St. Cloud Eagles Club 622 and St. Cloud Moose Lodge. Ray enjoyed trains, tractors, reading, watching TV, going for walks, fishing, playing cards, coffee clutch, gardening and had a love for nature. He was a generous and thoughtful man who was fun and had a great sense of humor. Ray was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.
Ray is survived by his wife of 69 years, Armella of St. Joseph; children, Pamela Petersen (Daniel Dierkhising) of Longville, Sheila (Jonathan Schuefler) Middendorf of Sartell, Cheryl Middendorf (Malcom Hollis) of Marama, Arizona, Kenneth Middendorf of Avon, and Keith Middendorf of Sauk Rapids; son in law, Tom Weaver of Grandy, North Carolina.; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deborah Weaver; infant son, Neal; sisters, Erma Willing, MaryAnn Mackedanz, Magdalene Mehr and Hildegard Niewind; brothers, Alex, Richard, Othmar, Norbert, James and Ben.
Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clares.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Stephen W. Murphy

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Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Jan. 28 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Stephen W. “Murf” Murphy, age 68, of Sartell, who died Dec. 20, 2020, at his home.
Stephen was born Nov. 19, 1952, in St. Cloud to LeRoy and Lillian (Jendersek) Murphy. He married Barbara Ellefson Sept. 17, 1988, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids and they later divorced. Stephen was a realtor and lived in the St. Cloud area most of his life.  He was a member of Unity Spiritual Center in Sartell, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous where he was very active as a sponsor and leading groups. Stephen enjoyed playing the harmonica, cribbage, cards, sewing leather and classic rock. He was quite a character and was an outgoing, people person who had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his son, Phillip Murphy of Sauk Rapids; daughter, Leanna Murphy of Sauk Rapids; former wife, Barbara Ellefson of Sauk Rapids; brothers, Robert (Diane) of St. Cloud, LeRoy “Butch” (Betty) of Rice; sisters, Deanna (Denny) Foss of Rice, Carol (John) Weiber of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Patricia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Ronald C. Berg

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Ronald Clair Berg, age 77, died Jan. 22, 2021, after a post-surgery infection. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Ronald was born Sept. 20th, 1943, to the late Donald and Kathryn (Ries) Berg in Storm Lake, Iowa. He graduated from Storm Lake High School and went to business school in Omaha, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa. There, he met and wed Grayce Van Gorp May 3, 1963. To this union came two children: Kimberly Ann and David Mark.
Ron’s career was twofold. The first 22 years was spent with the JCPenney Company. There he had 10 store assignments and seven transfers in 22 years. He held many positions coming up in the ranks including operations manager. Not wanting to continue moving, he decided to leave JCPenney and purchase Walking Billboards Inc., which he operated for 20 years.
After selling Walking Billboards, he did business developments and partnerships. He also supported Grayce in her business over the years at GB & Company. He loved people and talked to everyone. Ron always made a point of saying he could count on his two hands the number of bad days he has at work. He had a passion for his work and was always up to the challenge.
Ron was a man of many interests, not wanting to get bored doing just nothing. He enjoyed traveling by Corvette with his wife to most of the states. Ron also loved his cabin up north and home in Rio Verde, Arizona, where he and wife, Grayce entertained family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis and cribbage, especially if there was a wager involved. Ron also collected Corvettes and was very knowledgeable on the earlier years. He was a long time member of the National Corvette Restoration Society. Ron also loved 50’s music and knew most of the songs and artists of that era. He loved making CD’s and giving them to family, friends and classmates.
Ron believed in giving back to the community and was involved in several communities with the chamber of commerce, The United Way, and heading up fundraising efforts in several JCPenney stores as well as serving on the United Way Board and chairing the personnel committee and family services committee. He also served as an officer in several Corvette clubs, was a long time Boy Scout fundraiser, and Boys and Girls Club Boards of Trustee member.
Ron also felt so blessed to have been born in the United States of America in this particular time frame. He never took anything for granted, especially our freedoms, and he always felt people should never forget their humble beginnings and never rise to think that they were ever better than anyone else. These were his maxims that he tried to live up to each day, along with playing fair,  always playing to win and never giving up. He always hoped he could make a small difference in his time on earth. He believed in P.M.A. – positive mental attitude.
He is preceded in death by his son, David Mark; and parents, Donald and Kathryn Berg.
He is survived by his wife, Grayce; daughter, Kimberly (Frank Mazzacano); granddaughter, Paige Clair Hoghaug; and sister, Merridee Matson.
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Shirley L. Bergeson

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Shirley L. Bergeson, 88, of Sauk Rapids and formerly Lake Park, died Jan. 9, 2021, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids.
Shirley Lucille Johnson was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Pelican Rapids to Louis and Stella (Olson) Johnson. She graduated from Lake Park High School in 1949. Shirley was united in marriage to Rudy Bergeson Aug. 11, 1952, in Detroit Lakes and they had two children, Roger and Amy.  Shirley graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College in 1951, with an Associate in Education degree. After attending college, she taught elementary school in Hitterdal for seven years and then in Dilworth for three years. Rudy and Shirley lived in Moorhead but eventually moved to Jamestown, North Dakota, where Shirley would teach for 25 years, retiring in 1997.  Shirley moved to St. Cloud in 2005.
Shirley was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jamestown and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud. She served in various capacities while at church including education, parish care and church council. She also served as Stutsman County Retired Teachers president and member for several years.
Shirley was a lifelong learner and enjoyed many educational opportunities through Elderhostels and classes at Good Shepherd.  She loved living at Good Shepherd and was active in many activities including Remember When, writing class, choir and book club.  Throughout her life, she enjoyed circle and Bible study at church.  She loved traveling, reading, writing letters, and she especially loved to make people laugh. Even to the very end, she amazed people with her humor and quick wit.
She is survived by her son, Roger (Cristine) Bergeson, Hopkins; daughter, Amy (Reid) Stedje, Sauk Rapids; granddaughters, Nicole (Colton) Molesky, Madison, Wisconsin, and Allison Stedje, River Falls, Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rudy; her brother, Dennis Johnson, and nephew, Burton Haugen.
The family would like to express their deepest appreciation for the love and care Shirley received from the staff of Good Shepherd Assisted Living, Centra Care Home Health and Centra Care Hospice.  Also, a huge thank you to Dr. Kimberly Tjaden for spending countless hours listening and patiently guiding Shirley’s health care.
A celebration of life will be held on a later date.  Please visit www.wrightfuneral.com to view a video tribute and share your memories in the online guest book.
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Donald A. Kainz

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Mass of Christian Burial was 2 p.m. Jan. 22, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Donald A. Kainz, age 80, of Rice and formerly of Harding who passed away Jan. 15, 2021, at his home. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach and the Rev. Eberhard Schefers will con-celebrate and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was after noon Friday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Donald was born Feb. 18, 1940, in Little Falls to Clarence and Josephine (Zak) Kainz. He graduated from Pierz Memorial High School and St. Cloud State University. Donald married Rita Bieganek Aug. 18, 1962, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in their shared hometown of Harding. They eventually settled near Rice and raised their children in a home they built on   Little Rock Lake. As members of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake, they were active in choir, marriage preparation and numerous other parish roles. They spent over 40 years in leadership with Worldwide Marriage Encounter. In 1972, he co-founded Donlar Construction, that built many churches, schools and commercial spaces across Minnesota. He retired in 2016 and remained chairman of the board. Donald was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on several Diocesian committees and Catholic Charities Advisory Board. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, cutting wood, driving the pontoon, trips to the casino and extensive traveling. Donald was loving, loyal, full of wisdom, quiet but made an impact when he spoke. Don and Rita moved through life together as a couple. He deeply loved his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rita of Rice; children, Joseph (Jenny) of Hong Kong, Jon (Marlene) of Lino Lakes, Beth (John) Wegner of northeast Minneapolis and James (Kirsten) of Wilmington, North Carolina.; sister-in-law, Sue Kainz of Cottage Grove; grandchildren, Sabrina, Natalie, Jaq, Caleb, Rachel, Tyler, Ryan, Shannon, Nathan, Madeline (Davis) and Emma; and expecting their first great granddaughter soon. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; sister, JoAnne (Len) Carlson; and brother, Clarence “Buz” Kainz.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Obituary, guest book and livestreaming available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Harold A. Jesh

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Age 77, of Maple Grove (formerly of Sauk Rapids), passed away Dec. 31, 2020.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 7 at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd. Ave. N., Brooklyn Park with godchild the Rev. Eric Seitz and his father Deacon Ben Seitz presiding. Burial was at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery. Arrangements by Evans-Nordby Funeral Home, Osseo.
Harold was born Sept. 30, 1943, in Albany, to Roman and Dora (Winter) Jesh. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and geography. He married Annette Behnen July 20, 1968, in St Andrew’s Church, Greenwald.
Harold’s first job was with the St. Paul Housing Authority as a cartographer, which developed into a passion for selling and securing financing for commercial and residential housing projects throughout Minnesota. After working for several companies in St. Cloud, he started his own housing consulting business. The company focused on helping cities in greater Minnesota to build much needed affordable and market-rate apartments, often utilizing tax increment financing. He was skilled at building relationships, managing projects from start to finish and adapting as needed to get the job done. His adaptability was important later in life when he learned to cope with Parkinson’s Disease and continue to live life to the fullest.
Harold was very active in Sauk Rapids and was selected the Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year in 1998; volunteered to write the first City of Sauk Rapids Comprehensive Plan 1984-89; chairman of the Sauk Rapids Planning Commission 1986-91, served on the Sauk Rapids City Council 1998-2000; Sauk Rapids Mayor 2000-04 and on the St. Cloud Metropolitan Transit Commission 2000-04. Harold helped secure federal funding for the new Sauk Rapids bridge during his time on the city council and his term as mayor. He was recognized for contributing to a project that was a winner of one of the Seven Wonders of Engineering Awards in Minnesota.
Harold’s community involvement included 23 years as a volunteer firefighter on the Sauk Rapids Volunteer Fire Department, serving as secretary for 14 years; Firefighter of the Year in 1979 and 1992; board of trustees for the Sauk Rapids Fire Department Relief Association 1987-98; chairperson of the 1996 Minnesota State Firefighter’s Conference. After retiring, Harold started Engine Company No. 2 for the retired firefighters to continue to support each other and the community. The group’s first project was to find, purchase and restore Sauk Rapids’ first fire truck from 1920.
Harold was an active member of Sacred Heart Church where he served on the parish council and as president of the Home and School Association; served on the St. Cloud Cathedral High School Board of Trustees 1986-91, chair-1988; St. Cloud Cathedral Athletic Association President and Board Member and St. Cloud State University Alumni Board of Directors.
Harold had a tenacity to get things done and was instrumental in bringing a second sheet of ice for hockey to the St. Cloud Metro area in Sauk Rapids in 1985. As fundraising chair, he secured Glen Sonmor, Coach of the Minnesota North Stars, as the honorary fundraising chairman. Fundraising began in 1981 and ground was broken on the building in 1984 after meeting the fundraising goal of $300,000, with its first full season of operation in 1985.
Harold’s volunteer and community involvement were driven by his great love of his family. He stepped up when asked and initiated when he saw a need. He had a tireless work ethic, endless positive attitude and was an incredible role model to his children. He was always there to cheer them on and continued that with his grandchildren, attending as many of their activities as he could.
Harold enjoyed boating, fishing, biking, camping and working around the house. He was a skilled handyman and was known for his meticulously clean garage and cars. He had an amazing memory to the end and despite his struggle to communicate due to his illness, was the source of detailed memories. He enjoyed spending time with the grandkids including picnics at the park, “Fun Fridays” with his grandsons, and making them his special French toast. He had a generous heart and was always willing to help, often dropping what he was doing to be there for his children. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be dearly missed.
Harold is survived by his loving wife and dedicated caregiver Annette, children Peter (Theresa) Jesh and Heidi (Max) Jesh Baumgartner; grandchildren, Ariana, Alaina and Andrea Jesh, Grant and Maxwell Kayl, Luke and Logan Baumgartner, Rachel and John Kayl; brothers-in-law Steve and Philip Behnen; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Preceded in death by parents, Roman and Dora Jesh; sisters, Doris Jesh, Rita Seitz, and Irene Gleason; brother, Ray Jesh; brothers-in-law, Ben Seitz and Larry Gleason, Toby Behnen; sisters-in-law, Alice Behnen, Donna Jesh and Roxanne Behnen.
Special thanks to caregivers, nephew, Mike Seitz and brother-in-law Steve Behnen. Harold enjoyed the time with them immensely, especially the 7 a.m. sausage biscuits, weekly breakfasts on Saturday and concerts in the park. Their support enabled Annette to continue serving the St. Cloud community at the St. Cloud Hospital as the parish health ministries program coordinator working with Faith Community Nurses.
Those who wish to remember Harold in a special way may make gifts to things he was passionate about: Sauk Rapids Engine Co. No. 2 and the Poor Clares Monastery in Sauk Rapids.
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Alma C. Novitzki

Novotzki
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Alma C. Novitzki, age 85, who passed away Jan. 4, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church.
Alma was born Nov. 23, 1935, in St. Wendel to John and Anna (Sobania) Beam. She married Lawrence “Bud” Novitzki April 22, 1957, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. Alma was a homemaker and also a daycare provider. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Alma enjoyed gardening, feeding birds, bird watching and going for walks. She was spunky, determined and strong-willed. Family was very important to her and she was very close to her grandkids. Alma enjoyed the simple things in life, and going to Jimmy’s and Copper Lantern for a “quick bite.”
Survivors include her son and daughter, Ken (Kris) of Inver Grove Heights and Brenda Bragelman of Sartell; sister and brother, Helen (Ernie) Thompson of Sauk Rapids and Roman Beam of Royalton; and grandchildren, Aaron and Andrew Bragelman, Trenton, Madison, and Nathan Novitzki. Alma was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence “Bud” in 2010; siblings, Rita Hammerel, Rosalie Beam, and Aloys Beam; and infant siblings, Joseph, Mary Ann, and John Beam.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Jeffrey S. Melville 

Melville
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud for Jeffrey S. Melville, age 66, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Jan. 4, 2021, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta. The Rev. Todd Mattson will officiate. Burial of the urn will be in the Benton County Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be noon until the time of the service at the Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud. Please visit Jeff’s obituary at www.danielfuneralhome.com for a livestream link of the services.
Jeffrey Scott Melville was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Fergus Falls to Irvin and Mayva “Toody” (Loughlan) Melville. Jeff spent his early years in Elbow Lake, a small town in central Minnesota. Jeff loved cars, especially working on and refurbishing old ones. Jeff graduated from Elbow Lake High School in 1972 and attended  Moorhead Tech for sales and marketing. He married Liz Rehder in 1974. They  moved to Watertown, South Dakota and had two children, Kim and Corey. Jeff later married Julie Gorman in 1999 and together resided in Sauk Rapids. Jeff worked in sales for most his life, most recently for Anderson Merchandising. He will be remembered for his good sense of humor, cracking jokes and playing practical jokes.
Jeff is survived by his wife, Julie; daughter, Kim (Travis) Hemiller and their two children, Jaxon and Avienne; son, Corey (Debbie) Melville and their two children, Kaelyn and Aidyn; two stepsons, Pete Gorman and his two children, Brynn and Carter and Nic Gorman; sister, Judy (Gary) Germundson; brothers, Jim (Anne) Melville, and John (Marlee) Melville; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He will be dearly missed, but now is at peace in his heavenly home.
A special thank you to the staff of Quiet Oaks Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Jeff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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Harold Jesh

Jesh
Harold Jesh, 77, of Maple Grove (formerly of Sauk Rapids), passed away Dec. 31, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Jan. 7, 2021, at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, with godchildren the Rev. Eric Seitz and his father Deacon Ben Seitz presiding. Burial at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery followed the service.
Harold was born Sept. 30, 1943, in Albany to Roman and Dora (Winter) Jesh. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a  bachelor’s degree in economics and geography. He married Annette Behnen July 20, 1968, in St. Andrew’s Church, Greenwald. Harold was a housing development consultant and an active member of the Sauk Rapids community. He spent 45 years there before moving to Maple Grove to be close to his children. He had a tireless work ethic, endless positive attitude and was an incredible role model to his children. He was always there to cheer them on and continued that with his grandchildren. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend, and he will be dearly missed.
Harold is survived by his loving wife and dedicated caregiver Annette, children Peter Jesh (Theresa) and Heidi Jesh Baumgartner (Max); Ariana, Alaina and Andrea Jesh, Grant and Max Kayl, Luke and Logan Baumgartner, Rachel and John Kayl; brothers-in-law Steve and Philip Behnen, nieces, nephews and many friends. Preceded in death by parents, Roman and Dora Jesh, sisters, Doris Jesh, Rita Seitz, Irene Gleason; brother Ray Jesh; brothers-in-law, Ben Seitz, Larry Gleason, Toby Behnen, sisters-in-law, Alice Behnen, Donna Jesh, and Roxanne Behnen.
Special thanks to caregivers, nephew, Mike Seitz and brother-in-law Steve Behnen. Their support enabled Annette to continue serving the St. Cloud community at the St. Cloud Hospital as the parish health ministries program coordinator. Those who wish to remember Harold in a special way may make gifts to things he was passionate about: Sauk Rapids Engine Co No. 2 or the Poor Clares Monastery, Sauk Rapids.
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George M. Gazett

Gazett
Funeral services were 11 a.m.  Dec.   31 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for George M. Gazett, age 82, of Sauk Rapids, who died Dec. 26, 2020, at his home. The  Rev. David Hinz  officiated and burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the services Thursday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home of Sauk Rapids.
George was born Oct. 27, 1938 in St. Cloud to John and  Marguerite (Blaske) Gazett. He graduated from Rice Grade School and Sauk Rapids High School where he played football, basketball and track. George proudly served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps from April 24, 1957 to April 23, 1960. He married Evelyn Poganski Feb. 16, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids. George graduated from Anoka Ramsey Technical College with AAS degree and worked at Murphy Freight while attending college. He went on to work at National Bushing and after retiring from there worked at Larson Boats in Little Falls. George was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and was an active member of Rice American Legion Post 473 and Color Guard. He was an avid golfer, loved watching and playing football, and loved going to Lake Belletaine in Nevis to spend time with family and friends. George enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved it when grand kids and grand puppies came to visit. He was fun loving, had a great sense of humor and lived life to the fullest.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evelyn of Sauk Rapids; sons, Gregory (Deborah) of Rice, Geoffrey (Holly) of Rice; grandchildren, Grayson and Kailey; sister, Marilyn Flores of Venice, California. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Daniel; grandchildren, Gabrielle Jo and Hailey Ann.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Roberta “Bobbie” Huberty

Huberty
Roberta “Bobbie” Huberty, age 84, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Ridgeview Place in Sauk Rapids surrounded by family. Due to the current pandemic, a ceremony will be held privately for the family. Interment will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. A public celebration of Bobbie’s life will be held at a later date.
Bobbie was born to William and Doris (Haddenham) Gilroy on Nov. 8, 1936, in Everett, Washington. She grew up in Arlington, Washington, and this is where she met the love of her life, Earl Huberty, while he was stationed at the Jim Creek Naval Radio Station. Bobbie and Earl were later united in marriage in San Diego, California, Nov. 27, 1954. Bobbie and Earl were owners and operators of Hubie’s Triangle Resort (now Rumors) from 1988-92. Her absolute favorite job was being a foster grandparent at Rice Elementary, but the position she cherished most of all was wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Even though Bobbie was a native of Washington, she became a true Minnesotan through and through. She loved the Vikings, Twins, and road trips to the North Shore. She truly enjoyed bowling, fishing, relaxing at the lake, and especially NASCAR Sundays with family and friends. Even though we are with a very heavy heart, we are uplifted with the thought of Mom being reunited with the love of her life, our dad. Our mom was an amazing woman who had a huge heart and always cared about the welfare of others. She had such a wonderful ability to make those around her feel like they have been her friends forever, and she will always be remembered as the best grandma ever.
Left to honor her legacy are:  sons and daughter, Steve (Sandi), St. Cloud; Paul (Junko), Sartell; and Erin, Sauk Rapids. Grandchildren, Tyler, Megan, Keiko, Bethany, Naomi, Tanner, Tessa, Trenton, and Derek. Brothers and sisters:  Lester Gilroy, Elvin Gilroy, Charlotte McKenzie, Donna Groesbeck, and Kathy Nylen; brothers-in-law, Brian Groesbeck and Mel Wolters; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; mother-in-law, Malinda Middendorf; fathers-in-law, Richard Middendorf and Milford Huberty; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Doris Gilroy, Mel and June Huberty, Delores Wolters, Jo and Jim Barber, and James Huberty.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff from St. Croix Hospice and Ridgeview Place for their wonderful care and concern for our mom and grandma.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Foster Grandparents Program with St. Cloud Area Catholic Charities.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Paul E. Schmidkunz

Pschmidkunz
Memorial services will be at a later date for Paul Schmidkunz, age 75, who died Dec. 16, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in Big Lake.
Paul was born March 29, 1945, in Milaca to George and Edna (Herren) Schmidkunz. He married Joanne Pearson Sept. 2, 1972, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids.  Paul worked as a sales manager at Miller Pontiac in St. Cloud for many years. His true passion was wildlife, nature and the outdoors. At age 16, he began taxidermy correspondence courses through Northwest School of Taxidermy. He turned this lifelong passion into a career for which he won many taxidermy and woodcarving awards for excellence and artistry.
Paul enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid hunter sportsman. He had a big heart and a quick wit.  He loved to read and was well versed in American history and many other subjects. Paul was a wordsmith and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles.  He enjoyed music.
Paul will be greatly missed. He is survived by his brother and sister, Jeff (Mary) of Ramsey; Mona Rae (Leonard) Smallwood of Sauk Rapids; in laws, Jerry (Vie), Tom (Kathy), Donny (Sandy) Pearson, Patti, Kathy (Dan), David (Barb), and many nieces and nephews; other family, friends and special friends, Brad Lortz (Wanda), Gary Runkwist, Kenny Asproth, Jerry Froelich, Gary Blake.
He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved wife Joanne.
Special thank you to the St. Cloud Hospital critical care staff and Paul’s niece, Kali (Jared) for the special care given to Paul.
Condolences and remembrances can be shared at www.williamsdingmann.com or mailed to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home at P.O. Box 129, Big Lake, MN 55309.  All memorials will be donated to Paul’s favorite wildlife charities.
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Robert G. Fleck

Fleck
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Robert “Bob” Fleck, age 58, passed away Dec. 20, 2020, at his residence. Richard Johnson will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be after noon Monday at the funeral home.
Bob was born Aug. 31, 1962, in St. Cloud to Darel and Alvina (Skuza) Fleck. He graduated from Tech High School. He worked as a packaging specialist for WACOSA for 15 years, and did custodial work and shredding. Bob also participated in the Special Olympics, where he was an accomplished runner and swimmer. Bob had a great love and appreciation for music, especially country western. He loved to tease people and had a great sense of humor. Bob was a hugger. He enjoyed family functions and socializing in general. Bob enjoyed word finds, crossword puzzles and 70’s sitcoms. His independence was important to him, and he brought joy to others.
Survivors include his brother and sisters, Jerome “Jerry” (Cheryl) of Zimmerman, Vicki (Mark) Strommen of East Bethel, Sandy of Sauk Rapids, and Kay (Mark) Anderson of Sauk Rapids. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Arc, Minnesota chapter at: https://arcminnesota.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/donate
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Richard A. Spiczka

Spiczka
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Richard “Rich” A. Spiczka who passed away Dec. 19, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and private family burial will be at a later date at Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Dec. 22, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the service at church Wednesday.
 Rich was born May 4, 1949, in St. Cloud to Valerian and Helen Spiczka. He grew up on the family farm in Gilman. After high school, he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Rich was united in marriage to Patricia “Pat” Kucala May 1, 1971, at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church in Gilman. He was employed by Electric Motor Services for 48 years and later became president. Rich was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids.  He enjoyed taking road trips with his wife, going to Duluth with his family, giving to charities, watching airplanes, the stock market and Minnesota sports. Rich was hard working, caring, loving and supportive. Most importantly, he was very proud of his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Rich is survived by his wife, Pat of Sauk Rapids; children, Sarah (Troy) Taffe of Lakeville, and Adam (Amanda) of Woodbury; sister, Connie (Dale) DeZeller of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Sam, Jake, Soren, and one baby grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert, Val, and Judy; father-in-law, Alphonse Kucala; and mother-in-law, Wanda Kucala.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Sylvester “Skip” J. Adelman

Sadelman
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Sylvester “Skip” Adelman, age 60, who passed away Dec. 21, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital from complications from pneumonia. The Rev. Joseph Herzing will officiate and burial will be private on Monday at Calvary Cemetery in St. Cloud. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Saturday at the church. Social distancing and masks will be required. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Skip was born May 4, 1960, in St. Cloud to Sylvester and Nancy (Borresch) Adelman. He lived in the Sauk Rapids and St. Cloud area all of his life. Skip worked as an Apple computer technician for CMERCD in St. Cloud for many years and then went on to work for Tech Check. He most recently volunteered with the Treasure Chest where he gained many friends. Skip was a member of St. Cloud Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 622. Skip found great pleasure in repairing and collecting any electronic gadget. Skip was independent and enjoyed the simple things in life like meat raffles, watching the Vikings and spending time outdoors. He also enjoyed finding a unique treasure at a thrift shop or garage sale and spending time with friends and family. Skip was friendly, could talk to anyone and had a great sense of humor.
Survivors include his brother, Bryan (Mary) Adelman of St. Cloud; his former wife, Kim; his cat, Secret; and his close neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Delores B. Brown

Dbrown
Mass of Christian Burial was 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Delores Barbara Brown, 83, of Rice, who passed away Dec. 17. 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and burial was at the parish cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to the services at the church Monday. The Rice American Legion Auxiliary Post 473 prayed at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Delores was born July 7, 1937, in Pequot Lakes to Peter and Elizabeth Barbara (Klinker) Brown. She married Eugene Robert Brown in St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Cloud Oct. 17, 1956. They lived in St. Cloud until 1960 when they moved to Rice and have lived there since. Delores worked as a homemaker and also sold pull-tabs at the Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992. She enjoyed playing cribbage, bingo, bowling, trips to the casino and baking with her grandchildren. Delores was a great storyteller and had a great sense of humor. She loved to be around people, had a good spirit, was loving and had a contagious laugh. Attending softball games and other sporting events and activities of the grandchildren were very important to her.
Survivors include her children, Eugene “Geno” (Donna) Brown of Rice, Gwen (Doug) Gravelle of Sartell, Barb (Don) Gravelle of Rice, John (Judy) Brown of Bowlus, Tim (Dolly) Brown of St. Cloud, Scott (Tammy Eveslage) Brown of Rice, and Jackie (Matt) Fountain of Royalton; 19 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene on April 5, 1984; daughter, Michele on Oct., 27, 2020; brothers, Tom and Jim; half-sister, Betty; and half-brothers, Marvin, Bobby, Dick and Art. Our family has suffered many losses, young and old and we are confident that Delores is in the presence of all of our angel babies.
Obituary, video tribute and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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David J. Kimmes

Kimmes
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be  at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, for David Jerome Kimmes, age 77, of Sauk Rapids who passed away Dec. 12, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m. Sunday and after 9:30 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at church. Arrangements are with the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
David was born May 4, 1943 in Perham to Art and Lila (McCulley) Kimmes. He was the second oldest of five children. Duane, Darrell, Beverly and Gary. He graduated from Tech High School and later Drew’s Business College in St. Cloud.
On June 16, 1964, he married his college sweetheart, Eunice Jansen. Together they had five children: Paul (Sauk Rapids), Dean (St. Cloud), Julie (Sauk Rapids) and daughters June Marie and Carrie Lynn who entered their eternal life the day of their birth.
David was a jack-of-all-trades and master of many. He grew up a farmer, became a welder for the Great Northern Railroad, baked bread for Lakeland Bakery, drove a taxicab, and moved merchandise for Fingerhut. His hobbies included gardening, traveling the color-guard circuits to cheer-on his granddaughters, attending the sporting events of kids in the family, and taking the great-grand kids to parades.
He leaves behind his wife of 56 years and children: Paul (Cheryl), Dean (Paula), and Julie Kimmes; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Albert) and Kristine (Brian); two grandsons, Mitchell (Naomi) and Nathaniel; five great-grand-daughters: Lila, Alaina, Jennessa, Khloe, Koralyn; and one great-grandson, Kale.
David was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother Duane.
He will be remembered at the sight of a blooming garden, by the sound of old school country music, the taste of buttered popcorn, and the smell of canned garlic pickles from a family recipe.
The family would also like to thank the nurses and doctors at the St. Cloud Hospital for their compassionate care of our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.
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Braidy Christianson

Christianson
Braidy Christianson, age 47, of Sauk Rapids, passed away unexpectedly from heart conditions Dec. 14, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
A walk-through public visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, at Faaberg Lutheran Church, rural Fertile. Family and close friends are invited to attend the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 21, at Faaberg. Space will be limited due to current gathering restrictions, but an FM transmitter will be available for those wishing to listen from their vehicles in the church parking lot. All are welcome to attend the graveside at Norman Cemetery, immediately following, at approximately 2:45 p.m. The funeral will be recorded and will be viewable online at www.andersonfamilyfh.com shortly following the service.
Following all COVID-19 safety protocols, social distancing will be practiced, and all must wear a mark to attend.
Arrangements entrusted to Anderson Family Funeral Home in Twin Valley.
Online guest book at www.andersonfamilyfh.com.
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Carol J. Partch

Partch
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Carol J. Partch, age 83, of Sartell who died Dec. 13, 2020, at Cherrywood Assisted Living in St. Cloud. The Rev. Ronald Weyrens officiated and burial was in the parish cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service Friday at the church in Sartell.
Carol was born March 14, 1937, in St. Cloud to Roman and Mary (Pelzer) Krippner. She married Donald E. Partch on Sept. 6, 1958, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. She graduated from the St. Cloud School of Nursing and was a Registered Nurse at the St. Cloud Hospital for over 30 years. Carol was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell where she was active in Christian Women and Fun Singers. She enjoyed reading, baking, dancing, going to the lake and spending quality time with her family. Carol was very patient, kind and caring.
Survivors include her children, Kevin (Karla) of Ft. Ripley, Randy (Mary) of Andover, Doug (Stephanie) of Sartell, Brad (Denise) of Sartell; grandchildren, Risa, Ryan, Brittney, Becky, Brian, Cody, Dillon, Jordan, Matt, Haley and Paige; great grandchildren, Alexis, Taiya, Claire, Landon, Xavier, Riley, Savannah, Zariya, Jacob, Harrison, Eddie, Harper and Bennett; sister, Betty (Ralph) Johannes of Rockville; brother, James (Sandy) Krippner of St. Cloud. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don on Oct. 19, 1997; and brother, Marvin (Mary Jane) Krippner.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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William F. Schroeder

Schroeder
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Christ Church Newman Center in St. Cloud for William “Bill” F. Schroeder, age 73, who passed away Dec. 10, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. The Rev. Joseph Herzing officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church.
William Frederick Schroeder was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Long Prairie to Avoult and Irene (Smith) Schroeder. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. Bill married Jeanette Hoelscher Aug. 24, 1968, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Browerville. They lived in the St. Cloud area and Bill worked as a banker in the St. Cloud and Little Falls areas. He was a member of Christ Church Newman Center, Wapicada Golf Club and the VFW. Bill enjoyed golfing, playing cards, officiating basketball for over 30 years, spending time with family and watching sports. He was friendly, quick-witted, well respected, and had a great sense of humor. His family was his pride and joy.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette “Jay” of Sauk Rapids; sons and daughters, Scott (Andrea) of St. Cloud, Dawn (Lance) Knopik of Little Falls, Todd (Rebecca) of Sauk Rapids, and Erin (Chris) Voth of Sauk Rapids; brother and sister, Ron (Mary) of St. Cloud and Carol (Tom) Thompson of Blaine; grandchildren, Drew, Kerstin, Kaitlyn, Alex, Thomas, Ben, Jake, Peter, Ellie, Madelyn, Luke, Nicole, Clare, Henry, and Elise; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Eugene ‘Gene’ Leszczynski

Leckzi
Eugene Leszczynski, age 80, of Sauk Rapids,  passed away at his home Dec. 6, 2020, after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.
Gene called the Sauk Rapids-Rice area his home for the past 47 years. Born Dec. 12, 1939, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to Stanley and Bernice (Grzys) Leszczynski, he grew up in Mosinee, Wisconsin, and was a graduate of Mosinee High School.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1958 to 1961. Drawing on his experience as a cook in the Marines, he went on to follow in the food service field. He was the food service manager at Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and later the food service manager for the employee cafeteria at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Newspaper in Minneapolis. In 1973, he went into business with a partner and opened Little Johns Pub in the Crossroads Shopping Center in St. Cloud. He was there until closing the business in December 1991. Gene enjoyed his conversations with his customers and always had a story to tell.
Eugene always loved the outdoors. He enjoyed his summers at his RV camper in Longville, fishing the surrounding lakes. He also enjoyed several trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe area. He deer hunted for a number of years near Blackduck in northern Minnesota.
Eugene is survived by his loving wife, the former Lois Beyeris, whom he married Jan. 16, 1965, in Waukegan, Illinois, his daughter, Suzanne Murphy (Joe) of Becker, and his son, Michael of Sartell. Sibling survivors include his older brother, Richard Leszczynski (Rose) of Mosinee, Wisconsin, his younger brother, Ronald Leszczynski (Barbara) of Rothschild, Wisconsin, and his sister, Joanie Zastrow (John) of Weston, Wisconsin. Surviving grandchildren include Matthew Leszczynski (Rachel) Jacksonville, North Carolina, Nolan Bettermann, Plymouth, Samantha Murphy, Becker, and Chase Murphy, Becker. Surviving great-grandchildren are Lydia Leszczynski, Grace Leszczynski and baby girl Leszczynski due in April.  Great grandson, Carsen Leszczynski preceded Eugene in death in 2014.
There are to be no funeral services. A family memorial service will be at a later date in 2021 at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
Many thanks to Eugene’s hospice team for their loving care and concern.
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Janice Williams

Williams
Janice Williams, 65, of Sauk Rapids, passed away peacefully Nov. 28, 2020, with her husband and daughter by her side.  Janice was born Aug. 17, 1955, to Florian and Gertrude (Papesh) Shaw. She grew up in St. Cloud, along with five siblings. She was a graduate of Apollo High School and received her cosmetology license from the St. Cloud Model College of Hair Design.
Janice married Curly Williams Sept. 12, 1977, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had one daughter Jamie, the other love of her life. She also had two granddaughters, Isabella and Brooklyn, the abundant joys and light of her life.
Janice was a devoted wife, loving mother and a wonderful grandmother.  She had many different careers, but at heart was a homemaker, caring for her family. Janice was known to many as a great friend and one who was never afraid to speak her mind. She much enjoyed spending time with her friends, playing bingo, sipping a bulldog and making sure everybody was well taken care of.
Janice is survived by her husband Curly Williams, daughter Jamie (Joe) Seifert, granddaughters Isabella and Brooklyn – Excelsior,  sisters Mona (Don) Borresch – Sauk Rapids, and Gloria (Roger) Kuschel – Sauk Rapids, and brothers Gary Shaw – Saquamish, Washington and Dale (Ruth) Shaw – Stuart, Florida. Half brothers Dennie (Shirley) Shaw – Polk City, Iowa, Mickey (Karen) Shaw – Hutchinson, Terry (Lois) Shaw – Willmar, Pat (Nancy) Shaw – Richfield, along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Floyd and Gertrude Shaw and her sister Lanie Shaw.
A celebration of life is planned for Aug. 17, 2021, (her date of birth) at Williams Dingmann Funeral Home in St. Cloud.
Information, guest book and tributes online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Alex Rademacher

Rademacher
Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home announces the death of Alex Rademacher, age 21, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Nov. 20, 2020.
A Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m.,  Nov. 28, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosen. Visitation was 4-6 p.m. Nov. 27, at the church, and continued 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we accommodated a  gathering of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees was recommended and the necessary steps taken to  keep the facility clean. For those who preferred or required continued precautions, webcasting and livestreaming was available in most situations.
Alex Ryan Rademacher was born Sept. 8, 1999, in St. Cloud, to Gerald and Kelly (Mead) Rademacher and left his earthly life Nov. 20, 2020, in Minneapolis.
Alex grew up in Sauk Rapids, and attended Pleasantview Elementary, Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School, and Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. In recent years, Alex lived in Marshall and Minneapolis. Alex loved hunting, fishing, art, playing video games and music. He also loved a big steak, drinking coffee, gouda cheese and making people laugh. He was kind, big-hearted, and always cared for others. He loved everyone fiercely, especially his family, and was incredibly loyal to his friends. In recent years, Alex spent a lot of time reading the Bible and wanted to show his love of the Lord to those around him. Alex was happiest while spending time outdoors fishing, hunting and being at the lake.
Alex is survived by his mother, Kelly Severson (Rick Kleinsmith) of Palatka, Florida; his father and step-mother, Jerry Rademacher and Kelly Vangsness of Sauk Rapids; his siblings, Mason Rademacher of Fargo, North Dakota; Jadyn Severson of Billings, Montana; Larkin and Bennett Vangsness of Sauk Rapids;  grandparents, Larry and Loretta Mead of Marshall; Tom and Jeannie Rademacher of Rosen; Bill and Diane Vangsness of Ortonville; great-grandmother Helen Mead of Canby; great-grandpa Dwayne Koehntopp of Ortonville. He is also survived by aunts and uncles: Jen Hansen of Canby; Valerie Mead of Tracy; Adam Mead of Willmar; Robyn and Andria Rademacher of Rosen; Redgey and Kelly Rademacher of Big Stone City, South Dakota; Trent and Emelie Rademacher of Rosen; Mickey and Emily Rademacher of Ortonville; Mike and Melissa Vangsness of Graceville; and Tom and Jane Vangsness Frisch of Dumont; and many cousins.
Alex was preceded in death by his great-grandparents. Mundwiler and Larson Funeral Home of Ortonville is in charge of the arrangements for Alex Rademacher.  To send an online condolence, visit www.mundwilerfuneralhome.net.
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Robert J. Rogers

Roogers
Memorial services were at 11 a.m., Dec. 4, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Robert “Bob” J. Rogers, age 77, who passed away Tuesday at his home. The Rev. Greg Tomhave officiated. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Bob was born Dec. 7, 1942, in St. Cloud to Edward and Mildred “Milly” (Hansen) Rogers. He married Diana Held Aug. 10, 1963, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in St. Cloud. Bob worked as a yard foreman at Simonson Lumber from 1959 until retiring in 2007. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, taking care of his lawn, going to Bemidji with family every summer, and spending time at the cabin. Bob was caring, gentle, humble and proud of his family for all of their accomplishments.
Survivors include his wife, Diana of Rice; daughters, Kristine (Dick) Sigler of Rice and Kim (Gerald) Saldana of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Kayla, Karly, and Eric; and great grandchildren, Landon, Oliver, Sophie, Vivian, Evelyn, and John. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Lisa A. Novak

Novak
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Lisa A. Novak, 59, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Nov. 28, 2020. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and entombment will be at the parish cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4,  and also will be one hour prior to Mass Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Lisa was born Jan. 8, 1961, in St. Cloud to Herman and Marian (Witte) Fischer. She has lived in the Sauk Rapids area all of her life. Lisa worked in distribution at Hoya Vision for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Lisa loved to read, keep up on current affairs, go on camping trips with her family and grocery shopping. She was especially proud of her family and adored her grandchildren. Lisa was strong willed and determined. She worked hard in life and in raising her children.
Survivors include her husband Loran of Sauk Rapids, children, Briana (Harley Sawatzky) Novak of Isle, Krista of Sauk Rapids and Sam of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Rose and Magnolia Sawatzky; mother, Marian Fischer of St. Cloud; siblings, Brian Fischer of San Diego, California, Keith (Linda) Fischer, Kevin (Julie) Fischer, Beth (Tim) Koshenina and Dale Fischer all of St. Cloud. She was preceded in death by her father Herman and twin sister, Lorie Fischer.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Joanne M. Dirkes

Jdirkes
Private family graveside services will be at a later date for Joanne M. Dirkes who died Nov. 21, 2020, at her home in Minden Township (rural Sauk Rapids).  Arrangements are being made by the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Joanne was born Sept. 21, 1934, in Grand Rapids to Arthur L. and  Cordelia M. (Kimmes) Cook. Joanne attended and graduated from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph. She married Ronald J. Dirkes in 1957.  Joanne started working as a secretary to the chief of volunteer at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud in 1964. She worked her way up to be a service chief until her retirement in 1991.  Joanne liked to hunt, fish and any activity outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her family camping, motorcycle riding and traveling.  She made many trips around the world to Hawaii, New Zealand and Alaska. She also enjoyed spending time at the Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud with the painting group; Joanne was a very talented painter as well as a sewer.
She is survived by her husband Ronald of Sauk Rapids; daughter, Ann Marie (Dan) Schloesser of St. Cloud; sons, Thomas John of Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Kenneth Ronald (Mary) of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren, Sara (Robbie) Wilson, Jon Schloesser, step grandchildren, Chandra and Logan Parker.  She is also survived by her brother, Robert Cook of Caldwell, Idaho.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Louis Cook.
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Eula M. Hopkins

Ehopkins
Services will be at a later date for Eula M. Hopkins, age 98, who passed away Nov. 14, 2020, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Eula was born Feb. 26, 1922, in Nevada, Iowa, to Charles Robert and Ruby Etna (Jay) Nuttall. She married Joseph Hopkins July 8, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois. They later divorced. Eula was a homemaker and also worked as a licensed beautician. She enjoyed fishing, cross-country skiing, playing cards, especially Bridge, growing roses at her home and quilting. Eula loved to paint, especially desert scenes and flowers. She was a talented seamstress and made clothing for her boys.
Eula is survived by her sons, David (Susan) of Lancaster, Kentucky, Lawrence (Deborah “Debbie”) of Hudson, Illinois, Charles (Pauline) of Little Falls, Geffery (Gail) of Kingsport, Tennessee, George (Cindy) of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and John (Pam) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Kenneth Nuttall; and sister, Lois Moody.
 Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Shirley Ann Quinlan

Quinlan

Shirley Ann Quinlan, age 87, Sauk Rapids, formerly of Vandercook Lake, Michigan, passed away peacefully Nov. 18, 2020, with her daughter by her side, in Sauk Rapids. 
Shirley was born in Newberry, Michigan,  July 3, 1933. She was the 10th of 11 children born to Albert and Florence (Fibernitz) Bouchard of Newberry, Michigan.  She married her high school sweetheart Patrick Quinlan in April 1951, and had four children. They were married for 50 years until her husband’s passing in 2001. Shirley had a love for playing any card game and going on casino trips, and she was unbeatable to play against. She retired from Kroger’s in Jackson, Michigan in 1990 after 30 years and retired to Torch Lake Michigan area until 2001 when she started a new adventure and moved to Minnesota to be closer to her family until her passing.
She is survived by her daughters,  Becky (Russ) Merrills of Sauk Rapids, Sue (Don) Cropsey of Jackson, Michigan  and son, Pat (Kathy) Quinlan of Parma, Michigan;  nine grandchildren, Julie, Jennifer, Kerrie, Renee, Kirk, Lori, Neil, Jessica, and Jenna;  eight great-grandchildren and one great great grandson; brother, Charles Bouchard of Newberry, Michigan; son-in law, Jon Reynolds of Talkeetna, Alaska; and our special four-legged fur baby, Boomer, who enjoyed being spoiled by Granny.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Florence and Albert Bouchard; daughter, Kathy Reynolds; great-grandson, Holden; and nine brothers and sisters. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Remains will be taken to Roseland Cemetery in Jackson Michigan at a later date.
Family would like to send heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Ridegview Assisted Living who made her feel like family since her stroke in 2018 and took wonderful care of her.  Thank you to Moments Hospice for your guidance and care during this difficult time.
Arrangements are being handled by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.  Condolences may be sent to the family at 1213 4 ½ Ave. N. Sauk Rapids, MN  56379.
“I’ll see you in the movies!”
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Diane “Dede” K. Hall

Dhall
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Nov. 25 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Diane “Dede” K. Hall, age 59, who passed away Nov. 18, 2020, at her residence. Burial was at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the funeral home.
Diane was born June 25, 1961, in St. Cloud to Silverius and Bernice (Reinhofer) Schweiss. She married Mark Stewart July 19, 1980, and Mark passed away March 19, 1988. Dede married Harold Hall Feb. 14, 1991, and they later divorced. She lived most of her life in the Sauk Rapids area and worked as a lens inspector for X-Cel Optical for 39 years, retiring in 2019. Diane enjoyed trips to the casino, camping, pull tabs and spending time with her family. She was a caring, selfless, social person who was most proud of her grandchildren. Diane loved her dog, Misty.
Survivors include her son, Mark Stewart of Waite Park; sisters and brothers, Peg (Ken) Benoit of Sauk Rapids, Eugene (Alice) Schweiss of Maple Grove, LuAnn (Mark) Helgeson of Clear Lake, Joseph Schweiss of Sauk Rapids, and Jerome (Amy) Schweiss of Foley; and grandchildren, Alexis and Bryce Stewart. She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Mark Stewart and second husband, Harold Hall; and sister, Mary Kay Midas.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Patricia A. Reberg

Reberg
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Patricia A. Reberg who passed away Nov. 18, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck will officiate and burial will be at the church cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Monday. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Pat was born March 31, 1930, in Minneapolis to Harold and Irene (Gamache) Setchell. She was united in marriage to Milton Reberg on April 12, 1947, in Mason City, Iowa. Together, they have lived in the Sauk Rapids area since 1947. She raised their four boys and was proud to see them all graduate. Pat was a homemaker, and worked at Pleasantview Elementary School and the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in food service.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, and the Altar Guild for 12 years. Pat liked to make a lot of crafty things, such as, macrame, potpourri, yarn items, 3-D pictures, and many others. She also enjoyed cross-country skiing, golfing, fishing, gardening, puzzle books, and her favorite desert was ice cream. Pat was a caring and selfless woman, who had a great sense of humor and had a strong faith.
Pat is survived by her children, Tom (Linda) of Sauk Rapids, Dale (Sherry) of Brainerd, Gary (Pat) of Cook, and Dan (Kim) of Foley; sister, Diane Freund of West Lake, Ohio; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milton of 60 years; and sister, Betty Burke.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Donald J. Bigley

Bigley
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Donald J. Bigley, age 89, of Sauk Rapids who died Nov. 13, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and internment was at Hilltop Mausoleum. Visitation was one hour prior to the services at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Donald was born July 16, 1931, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Bernard and Mildred (Clayton) Bigley. He married Alva Parker May 23, 1953, at St. Augustine’s Church in St. Cloud. The couple has lived in the St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids areas since their marriage. Don was a bridge project supervisor for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for over 35 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church. He enjoyed golf, skiing, sail boating and roller skating. Don was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was happiest when he was enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. He and Alva traveled, as well as wintered in Mexico and Texas. He enjoyed summers on Leech Lake. Don had a large circle of valued friends.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Alva of Sartell; daughter, Linda (James) Perske of Coon Rapids; son, William (Daiva) of Chicago; grandchildren, Chris (Allison), Daniel, Jackson and Anna; great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Gabrielle; sisters, Joyce Ann (Gary) Ellis of Brooklyn Center and Janice Gurley of Iuka, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clem, Pat and Francis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Clare’s Monastery, 421 Fourth St. S., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379 or charity of your choice.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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John O. Duea

Duea
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice for John O. Duea, 88, of Rice, who passed away at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center Nov. 16, 2020. The Rev. Thomas Becker will officiate and burial will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and one hour prior to the services Monday at the church. Parish prayers will be at 7 p.m., followed by Rice American Legion Post 473 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
John was born Dec. 28, 1931, in Rice to Arthur and Helen (Janochoski) Duea. He married Theresa Guck June 26, 1952, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rice. He served his country in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for 18 months from 1952-54. John lived in Rice his entire life and worked as a paper machine foreman at St. Regis Paper Mill for 41 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Bishop Busch Council 9138, the Rice American Legion Post 473, where he volunteered in the color guard, and was also involved with the Benton County Snowmobile Club. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, camping, four-wheeling and snowmobiling. John also liked to play cards and to travel. He was a devoted husband, dad and grandpa. John loved his work and he was very proud of his service in the military as well.
John is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Theresa of Rice; daughters and sons, Debbie (Jim) Wolf of Rice, Susie (Scott) Beierman of Rice, Larry (Anne Halek) Duea of Richmond, Brian (Bertha) Duea of Rice, David Duea of Rice, Laurie (Mike) Czech of Rice, Cindy (Dean) Seppelt of Rice, and Brad Duea of Rice; sisters and brothers, Lillian Sowada of Seminole, Florida, Robert (Doris Ann) Duea of Rice, JoAnn (Richard) Popp of Isanti, Betty Giewedik of Sartell, and Tom Duea of Rice; 16 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Building 51-1 at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center for the excellent and compassionate care given to John.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Evelyn “Evie” F. Karboviak

Karboviak
Battling health with diabetes for 58 years and heart disease issues, Evelyn “Evie” F. Karboviak, lovingly known to many as “Mrs. K”, passed away peacefully with her family by her side Nov. 17, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital. In concern for the health of community members, Mass of Christian Burial will be private at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell and burial will be at the parish cemetery. A celebration of life will be at a future date when it is safe to gather again. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Evelyn Faye Curfman was born Aug. 14, 1956,  in Fosston to Glenn and Mary (Baustian) Curfman. She was raised on a farm by Lengby, with her three brothers and four sisters. She attended school in Fosston. After the passing of her father Glenn, her mother Mary married Everett Motl and she lived in Newfolden for a brief time. Evie returned to Fosston and graduated high school in 1974. She met the love of her life, Maurus Karboviak, as he would come in for coffee at The Little Cafe, which her mother and step father owned, and where she worked, next door to the Fosston Light Plant where he worked. After graduation, she moved to Thief River Falls where she worked as a waitress at Woolworth’s lunch counter. Evie returned to Fosston in 1975, and married Maurus June 7, 1975, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She then returned to waitressing and cooking at the Little Cafe. In 1976, they moved to Finley, North Dakota, when Maurus accepted a job as a lineman with Sheyenne Valley Electric Cooperative. In the summer of 1976, Evelyn worked for Northern Pipeline Co., gluing pipe together for Dakota rural water users in Griggs and Steele county areas. In 1977, their son Richard was born and Evelyn became a stay at home mom. In 1981, their daughter Jacquelyn was born, and she remained a stay at home mother until the children were in school. During her time at home, she occasionally took up babysitting other children and was known for decorating many wedding, anniversary, retirement, and birthday cakes. She then took a job as a teacher’s aide with Finley-Sharon School and affectionately became known as “Mrs. K”, a title she truly cherished while working with children. Although she only had two children herself, she considered each of the school children one of her own. Evie worked as an aide for 25 years, retiring in 2015 due to failing health. She also volunteered at St. Olaf’s Catholic Church teaching confirmation classes. Other volunteer activities included being a first responder for Finley Ambulance.  Upon Maurus’ retirement from Nodak Electric Co-op in 2016, they moved to Sauk Rapids to be closer to their two grandchildren. She truly enjoyed attending the many concerts, plays and hockey games that Emma and Alex participated in.  Never one to sit still, she began volunteering at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home, praying the rosary with the residents in the memory care unit until COVID-19 ceased that activity. Always a talented craft-loving person, she began colored pencil coloring pictures to share with all the residents at Good Shepherd. She had just recently completed this project. Evie never wanted to run any of Maurus’ saws, but she helped with hand sanding and varnishing hundreds of prayer crosses she and Maurus made over the years. This was one of her most cherished hobbies.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Maurus of Sauk Rapids; son, Rick and daughter, Jackie (Filip) Johnson; grandchildren, Emma and Alex Johnson, all of Sauk Rapids; sisters, Alice Wander of Detroit Lakes, Theresa (Marvin) Star of Green River, Wyoming, Sharol, (Rick) Mason of Verndale; brothers, Tim (Donna) Curfman of Alexandria and Paul (Deb Pfiefer-Curfman) Curfman of Fosston; sister in law, Jan Curfman of Prescott, Arizona; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter in law, Jenny (Rettig) Karboviak; brother Theodore “Ted” Curfman; sister, Audrey (Rick) Simmons; brother in law, Vernon “Beans” Wander and nephew, Dustin Simmons.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the workers on the Telemetry floor at CentraCare. Evie felt truly blessed to be in the care of so many wonderful, caring, and compassionate workers. She considered them the best, especially during this COVID-19 crisis.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Lorraine B Walters

Walters
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Lorraine B Walters, age 97, of St. Cloud.  Lorraine passed away Nov. 18, 2020, at the Country Manor in Sartell.  The Rev. Thomas Olson will officiate. Burial will take place in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls.
Lorraine was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Holdingford to John and Frances (Hadrich) Schmidt. She was a graduate of Holdingford High School and St. Cloud Business College. She married Raymond J. Walters Sept. 8, 1947, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud.  She worked for DeZurik’s, Universal Credit and Louie Pinault Architects. She was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church since 1956. She will be remembered for her joy of cooking and sewing.
Lorraine is survived by her son Ronald (Donna) of Sauk Rapids, grandsons Charles (Emily) of Rice and Joseph (Kelly) of Foley, her great grandchildren Ryker, Camden, Kenza, Eliza and Bailey and Riley and Aurora.
Preceding Lorraine in death were her parents, husband Ray (2005), brother Roger Schmidt and niece Mary.
Lorraine’s family wishes to thank the employees of Country Manor Pioneer Village and St. Croix Hospice.
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Norma H. Hall

Hall
Graveside services will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for Norma H. Hall, age 94, of Sauk Rapids, who died Nov. 11, 2020, at the Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids.
Norma was born May 24, 1926, in Sauk Rapids to Frederic and Minnie (Sova) Repulski.  She married Edgar Hall July 13, 1947, in Sauk Rapids. Norma was a wonderful homemaker and also worked part time at Dan Marsh Drug and was a volunteer at the election polls. She was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud where she was involved with the youth groups. Norma enjoyed crocheting, cooking, camping, spending many summers at Mille Lacs Lake and traveling to Texas in the winter months.  She was a very kind, loving hearted individual who enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her sons, Randolph (Nancy) of Willmar, Bruce (Rebecca) of Corcoran; grandchildren, Eric (Jaclyn) Hall, Ashley (Eric) Lund; great grandchildren, Aiden, Mia, Sawyer, Eli and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed on April 29, 2006; sisters, Rachel Rogosheske, Natalie Spaeth; brothers, Harold and Ed Repulski.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Good Shepherd Community.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com
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Wanda A. Warrick

Warrick
Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church for Wanda A. Warrick, age 82, who passed away at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud Nov. 7, 2020. The Rev. Tom Knoblach officiated and burial was at Hilltop Mausoleum in Sauk Rapids. Visitation was after 9 a.m. Friday at church. Masks and social distancing were required. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Wanda was born June 7, 1938, in Rockville to Oswald and Leona (Kremers) Zimmerman. She was united in marriage to James “Jim” Warrick Sept. 13, 1958, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. She lived all of her life in the St. Cloud and Sauk Rapids area and owned and operated Beaudreau’s Bar from 1979-92. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. She was also a member of a card club and the “Foodie” group. Wanda enjoyed bowling, reading, crossword puzzles and words searches, and spending time with her family and friends. She was very social, caring, compassionate, had a great sense of humor and positive attitude. Most importantly, Wanda was very proud of the friendships she had.
Wanda is survived by her children, Kelly Warrick of Sauk Rapids, Wendy (Tim) Siemers of St. Cloud, Dan (Sherry) of Inver Grove Heights, and Tracy Warrick St. Cloud; sister and brother, Linda (Eugene “Oz”) Adelman of Little Falls and Wayne (Doreen) Zimmerman of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Allie (Nate) Weis, Zach Siemers (Cia Strong), Josh (Katy Shones), Joe, and Jordan Warrick, Jack, Jamie, and Justin Warrick, Michaela Partch and Chase Alrdrich (Taelor Nelson). Preceded in death by parents; husband, Jim; son, Wayne; and infant daughter, Stacy.
Special thanks to the St. Benedict’s Senior Center and Quiet Oaks Hospice House for their care and compassion.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Janet C. Underdahl

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Funeral services were 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in St. Cloud for Janet C. Underdahl who passed away Nov. 9, 2020, at the Therapy Suites in Sartell. The Rev. Bruce Timm officiated and burial was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Janet was born June 9, 1944, in Barnesville to Stanley and Ellen (Lindholm) Bell. She grew up in rural Clay County and graduated from Barnesville High School in 1962. Janet was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Underdahl Aug. 8, 1964, in Baker. Together, they resided in several locations in northwest Minnesota and settled in Sauk Rapids in 1974. Janet and Dick were blessed with two daughters, Dawn and Darla. Janet touched the lives of many children in the 20 plus years of operating an in home daycare. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church and active in the Redeemer Guild. Janet volunteered at the Prince of Peace Lutheran School in St. Cloud and the Treasure Chest in Waite Park. She enjoyed baking, looking for collectables at garage sales, and most importantly, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Janet was kind, loving, compassionate, generous, humble, and always helping others.
Janet is survived by her children, Dawn (Steve) Rudy of Sauk Rapids and Darla (Joe) Schmidt of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dick; and siblings, Dennis Bell, Lloyd Bell, Joyce Enger, and Arlene Flaten.
Memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran School in St. Cloud.
Obituary and guest book available online at  www.williamsdingmann.com.
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James “Jim” J. Anderson

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for James “Jim” J. Anderson, age 94, who passed away Friday at his home surrounded by his family. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach officiated and entombment was at Hilltop Mausoleum, Sauk Rapids. Visitation was after 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
James John Anderson was born March 17, 1926, in Sauk Rapids to John and Mary (Eizenhoefer) Anderson. He served our country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Jim married Irene Gohman June 14, 1949, at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in St. Augusta. He worked as a mechanic for Gilleland Chevrolet for 45 years, retiring in 1991. Jim was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sauk Rapids VFW Post 6992, and Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254. He enjoyed repairing and fixing cars, gardening, bird watching, playing the lottery and card games, and building birdhouses. He enjoyed going to Little Birch Lake with family and long weekend trips to Duluth. Jim was a faith-filled, patient, knowledgeable, hard-working, strong man, who was a proud American. He was a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather who will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his daughters, Rosemary (Kevin) Dyer of Sauk Rapids, Virginia (Allan) Stay of Foley, Carolyn (Jim) Sis of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Jennifer (Dale) McLaird of Sauk Rapids; daughter in law, Shelly Anderson of Becker; sister, Jeanette Kaufman of Waite Park; 22 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, Irene on April 25, 2002; daughter, Suzanne Stay; sons, David and LeeRoy; and brothers, LeRoy, Floyd, Lloyd, John, Tom, and Ray.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Melvin “Irish” H. Leyk

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Public visitation was 4-7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids, for Melvin “Irish” H. Leyk, age 86, who passed away peacefully Nov. 8, 2020, at Wildwood Assisted Living. Prayers were at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home Thursday evening. Burial took place in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Camp Ripley.
Melvin “Irish” Harold Leyk was born Aug. 8, 1934, to John and Esther (Vogt) Leyk in Sauk Rapids. Irish served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1957-77, working as a supply sergeant for many years. He was very proud of his service and took the place of his eldest brother Elmer in being deployed to Vietnam. After being honorably discharged, Irish worked for Frigidaire for over 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 76, and was a lifelong member of the Army VFW Post 4847.
Irish enjoyed spending time with his friends and close relatives. He was very independent and liked to keep his lawn immaculate, and his house very organized. Irish also enjoyed fishing and hunting. Above all else, Irish will be remembered by his kindness and generosity he showed to anyone in need. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Irish is survived by his sisters, Shirley Iees of Sauk Rapids and Nancy Hanson of Escondido, California; sister-in-law, Carole Leyk of Roseville; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Irene (Leonard) Packert, LeRoy Leyk, and Elmer Leyk; brothers-in-law, George Iees and Ronald Hanson.
The family of Irish would like to thank Wildwood Assisted Living for their wonderful care.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Loretta S. Klug

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Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sauk Rapids for Loretta S. Klug, age 76, who passed away Nov. 11, 2020, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at Talahi Care Center in St. Cloud. The Rev. David Hinz and the Rev. John Beck will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.
Loretta was born March 25, 1944, in Minnewaukan, North Dakota, to Laurice and Signe (Swenson) Ness. She graduated from Wadena High School in 1962, and married Donald Klug Oct. 17, 1966, in Sisseton, South Dakota, Loretta worked at Fingerhut and also did daycare for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Ladies Aid, and was a Girl Scout leader. Loretta enjoyed gardening, watching birds, reading, camping, playing cards, shopping, crafts, baking and flowers. She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Don of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Sheli Oliver (Dale Hoffman) of Upsala, Brenda (Tim) Wilcox of Sauk Rapids, and Merrilee Ascheman (Scott Tostenson) of Clontarf; sisters and brother, Connie Nelson of Brainerd, Shari (Michael) Knoshaug of Williston, North Dakota, and Larry (Cheryl) Ness of Benson; grandchildren, Michael (Leisha) Wilcox, Tiffany Klug, Michelle (Derrick) Lass, Tanner Oliver, Tasha Oliver, Tabitha Oliver, and Joe Ascheman; and great grandchildren, Adrea, Riley, Adelise, Jackson, Sullivan, and Peyton. She was preceded in death by her parents; and infant daughter, Kristen Lori Klug.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Moments Hospice and Talahi Care Center staff.
Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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Romaine F. Connor

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Mass of Christian Burial will be private at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Romaine F. Connor, age 87, of Sauk Rapids, who died Nov. 4, 2020, at Good Shepherd Community in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Knoblach will officiate and burial will be in Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery near Little Falls. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church in Sauk Rapids. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.
Romaine was born Aug. 29, 1933, in Iona Township, Todd County to Floyd and Marie (Kologi) Connor. He attended country school for one year and St. Joseph’s School in Browerville through the eighth grade. Romaine graduated from Browerville High School where he participated in basketball, baseball and FFA, and his caption in the year book read, “I was there although you never heard from me.” He served his country in the Navy and was a farmer in the Browerville area most of his life, moving to Sauk Rapids in 1985. Romaine was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where he participated in the Knights of Columbus Council 11346 and Men’s Club. He volunteered at Christ The King Church in Browerville and at the Good Shepherd Community where he was once chosen as volunteer of the month. Romaine enjoyed fishing, hunting and sporting events.
Survivors include his siblings, Bob (Joanne) of Silver Bay, Joan Iten of Browerville, Tom (Connie) of Blaine, Gerald (Jayne Wruck) of Sauk Rapids, Patt Wilmot of Richfield and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eugene (Katherine), sister-in-law, Jane Connor; brothers-in-law, Harold “Butch” Iten and Jim Wilmot.
A special thank you to Moments Hospice and The Good Shepherd Community for the wonderful care given to Romaine.
Memorials are preferred to Moments Hospice.
Obituary and guest book available online at www.williamsdingmann.com.
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