Beulah M. Zierden

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

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

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

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

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

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

James ‘Jim’ W. Truenow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
Obituary, guest book, and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com

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.
Evans-Nordby 763-424-4000 www.evansnordby.com
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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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