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Obituaries  |  Benton County News

Barbara Aman

Barbara Aman, age 71, of Foley passed away Nov. 16, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara will be 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley.  The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church Wednesday. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.
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David F. Ferschweiler

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David Francis Ferschweiler, age 64, passed away at Blount Memorial Hospital Nov. 25, 2019, after his battle trying to recover from a stroke in August 2019 and other health issues. He is now at peace and pain free.

He grew up in the small town of Foley. Later moved to Powell, Tenn. He lived his life on the open road as a truck driver most of his life, and he received multiple awards for truck driving. He had a passion for computers and technology and got his college degree as a computer security specialist. He has delivered his last load, may he now forever rest in peace.

Preceded in death by his father Robert Ferschweiler and mother Joan Ferschweiler.  He is survived by his children, Brandon (Mallory) Ferschweiler, Jennifer Ferschweiler. Grandchildren Kaylee and Dalton Ferschweiler. His brother Michael (Maria) Ferschweiler and sister Denise Domm.

A celebration of life service will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at First Presbyterian Church, 306 Norway Drive, Foley, Service will be at 11 a.m. with lunch to follow at noon.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, you may do so at: Brandon Ferschweiler 314 Seventh Street S., Sauk Rapids, MN 56379.         
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Laune “June” Studenski

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Laune “June” Studenski, age 75, of Popple Creek, died Nov. 15, 2019, at St Cloud Hospital. A funeral service will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Popple Creek with the Rev. Dr. Tim Rehwaldt officiating at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Visitation will be from 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday prior to funeral service at St John’s fellowship hall in Popple Creek. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Laune June Studenski was born May 27, 1944, in St Cloud, to John and Blanche (Hubbard) Skuza. She was united in marriage to Virgil Studenski July 13, 1963. June lived her entire life on the farm her grandfather, then father lived and Virgil took over farming when they married. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She worked at DeZurik in cost accounting and then inventory control. After DeZurik, she worked for Gorecki Manufacturing as material manager, then project manager for medical/surgical division (3M). Finally, she worked for KOMO Machine Inc. as master scheduler. June was a life member of St John’s Lutheran Church having been baptized, confirmed and married in the church.

She is survived by her sons Dennis (Tammy), Popple Creek; Brad (Sarah), Sauk Rapids; Brian (Elizabeth), Richfield; grandchildren Kalina (Tyler) Spiczka, Popple Creek, Caleb (Courtney) Foley, Shayna (Dylan) Magnuson, Sartell, and Creed, Popple Creek, Emelia Studenski, Aryssa, Mesa and Stella Zacher, Sauk Rapids; great-grandchildren Alaina, Olivia, Haley Studenski, Foley, Henley Spiczka, Popple Creek; sister-in-law, Nancy Skuza and one nephew Robbie (Heidi) Skuza, Princeton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, son Douglas, brother Gene Skuza and sister Arlone Skuza.      
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Margaret (Kelash) Szafranski

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Margaret (Kelash) Szafranski, age 94, of Foley, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home  Nov. 12, 2019, surrounded by those who loved her. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Nov.16 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Foley Funeral Home. Visitation continued one hour prior to services at the church Saturday. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Margaret was born in Alberta Township, Benton County, Minn. Dec. 24, 1924, to John and Aniela (Bower) Kelash. She was the third of eight children. At a young age, Margaret moved to the Minneapolis area where she held various jobs including  a nanny, dance instructor,  am assembler at Munsingwear and several years at the Twin Cities Ordinance plant where she assembled bullets. Margaret married Frank Szafranski  July 6, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  She spent the rest of her life on the family farm, were she nurtured her large loving family. Margaret was active in Sts. Peter and Paul’s parish as a member of the Christian Women’s organization and served as the president of the St. Anne’s Mission group, she was also the parish liaison for the Foley C.R.O.S.S. Center, where she volunteered weekly for many years. Margaret also worked for a period of time as a seamstress at Fingerhut, St. Cloud.  She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, quilting, sewing, gardening, embroidering, baking and watching almost any type of sporting events especially the Vikings and Twins.       
 
Margaret is survived by her children, Sharon (Butch) Kipka of Foley, Dan (Kate) of Litchfield Park, Ariz., Bob (Darlene) Foley, Gloria (Leonard) Schram Columbia Heights, Geralyn Franklin Lino Lakes, Kevin, Michelle (Terry) Templin, and Jody, of  Foley and Randy (Sondra), Cold Spring, 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her sons Larry and Patrick, son-in-law Jim Franklin, and siblings; Olga Kelash, Annette Skajewski, Frank Kelash, Donald Kelash and Geraldine Chmielewski.

We celebrate her gift of longevity and thank her for loving us and teaching us how to love.      
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Adrian H. Ackerman

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Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Adrian H. Ackerman, 84, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Nov. 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. The Rev. Thomas Becker officiated and a later, private burial will be at Annunciation Parish Cemetery in Mayhew Lake. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church Monday morning. Following services, in accordance with Adrian’s wishes, his body is being donated to the Anatomy Bequest Program at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Arrangements are entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Adrian Harold Ackerman was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Foley to Bartholomew and Katherine (Ditter) Ackerman. His formal education started in a one room schoolhouse located at the end of the gravel road from the farm, graduated from Sauk Rapids High School in 1953, followed by two years of agriculture school at the University of Minnesota. Adrian then served his country from 1955-61 enlisting with the United States Navy. He married Katherine Panek Sept. 5, 1960, at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. He then took over his parents’ farm which they started in 1944. Adrian always believed in helping others as demonstrated by being a member of Knights of Columbus for over 50 years, teaching CCD classes for over 30 years, being a 4-H leader and member of Dairy Herd Improvement Association and American Dairy Association. He also served on the board of the Fruitville Telephone Company in Mayhew Lake. Then, after a very prosperous life, Adrian retired in 2000, moved into Sauk Rapids with his blessed bride Katie and passed the family farm onto the next generation – his sons Peter (Mona) and Kevin (Lisa). Adrian was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. He was a devoted family man of faith who was immensely proud of his 12 children and always encouraged them to do their best. He enjoyed playing cards, walking, sports and truly cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Adrian lived with Parkinson’s Disease for over 30 years, but he always remained positive.

Survivors include his loving wife Katherine of Sauk Rapids; children, Joe (Janet) of Sauk Rapids, Paul (Brenda) of Clear Lake, Peter (Mona) of Sauk Rapids, Margaret. of south St. Paul, Leon (Sue) of Arcadia, Wis., Ann (Steve) Ackerman-Segner of Big Lake, Kevin (Lisa) of Sauk Rapids, Chuck (Linda) of Rice, Mitch (Tasha) of Sauk Rapids, Jason (Mary) of Sartell, David (Shannon) of Pequot Lakes, and Nate (Erica) of Rice; brother, Ken (Mary) of Fridley; 37 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and sister in law, Phyllis of St. Cloud. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers, Marion Bauer, Gilbert, Evelyn Olson, Eleanor McCoy and Duane.

Memorials are preferred to the Poor Clares Monastery.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at Good Shepherd Community for the loving and exceptional care that was given to Adrian.
Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online at http:// www.williamsdingmann.com

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Gerald A. Jurek

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Gerald ‘Jerry’ Jurek, age 56, of St. Cloud passed away peacefully following a great fight against cancer Nov. 11, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Mass of Christian Burial for Jerry was 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Visitation was from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Burial with full military honors was in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Gerald Allen Jurek was born April 23, 1963, in Minneapolis, the son of Gordon and Darlene (Jedlicki) Jurek.  He attended St. John’s Catholic School in Foley and graduated from Foley High School. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1981-1985, spending time in Germany and El Paso, Texas, before being honorably discharged. Jerry was married to Tammy Wheeler and they later divorced. He worked at Volkmuth Printing in St. Cloud for 29 years until they closed and he went to New Flyers of America. Jerry enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, playing cards and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Jerry is survived by his son, Michael of St. Cloud; mother, Darlene of Foley; siblings:  Sandy (Gary) Eastwood of Eden Prairie, Julie (John) Svihel of Foley, Randy (Jodi) of Foley, and Greg of Sauk Rapids; nephews:  Jeremy, Eric, and Derrick; nieces:  Kennedy and Kloe; as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded by his father, Gordon.

Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.    

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Donna M. Hanten

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Donna M. (Secord) Hanten, age 83, passed away unexpectedly after a short illness Nov. 5 with her husband of 63 years and family by her side. She is survived by her husband, George; children, Mike (Judy) Hanten, Jodie (Joe) Frenz and Steve (Lori) Hanten; grandchildren, Ally (Scott) Hanten Ebert, Jess (Baylor) Radtke, Kelsey (Lee) Hanten Vandal, Lee Hanten, Jenny (Tim) Wilson and John Hanten; great grandchildren; Reid, Reece Ebert, Anzl, Aven Radtke and Caysen Vandal; siblings, Alden Secord, Judy Leyk, and Gene Secord Jr. Preceded in death by her father, Gene Secord; mother, Betty Secord and sister, Phyllis (Secord) Winter. Donna is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and as a wonderful grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed by many treasured friends. Donna was a talented seamstress and enjoyed her flower garden, cooking, traveling with friends and family, and volunteering in her community. She was an avid blackjack player and lover of cats. A visitation will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 with Mass at 11 a.m. at Church of St. Timothy, 707 89th Ave. N.E. Blaine, MN 55434. Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society.         
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Francis “Jiggs” Roehl

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Mass of Christian Burial for Francis “Jiggs” Roehl, age 95, of Oak Park,  took place Nov. 7 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. Interment with military honors followed at the parish cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home, Milaca

Francis “Jiggs” Roehl was born Sept. 24, 1924, in Medina Township, Minn. to Henry and Hildegarde Roehl. When Francis was 3, the family moved to a farm near Oak Park. He attended McKinley School through eighth grade after which he helped on the farm. As a child, Francis so enjoyed the comic “Jiggs & Maggie” his siblings started calling him Jiggs, a name that stayed with him his entire life. In 1946, after his older brothers returned from the war, Jiggs enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Busan, South Korea. After returning home, Jiggs briefly worked at Minneapolis Moline in the cities. In 1955, he married Margaret Kosel, and together they bought a farm a mile from the Roehl homestead. There, they raised their six children, and successfully farmed for many years.

Jiggs was an avid hunter.  Family lore tells the story of the year Jiggs bagged two deer with one shot. Jiggs also enjoyed woodwork, cribbage, gardening, fishing, and time spent with his children and grandchildren. His family is grateful for the gift of faith and the love of Jesus he passed on to them. He passed away Nov. 4, 2019, at The Gardens of Foley.

Jiggs was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; brothers, George, Bill, Dick, and Ray; and sisters, Mildred and Irene.

He is survived by his children, Theresa (Tom) Carlson, Karen (Jim) Goodin, Eileen (Dave) Pikus, Daniel (Denise), Bernard, and Gerald;  14 grandchildren;  15 great-grandchildren;  sister, Mary Nikolas, and brother, Henry (Edna) Roehl.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Foley nursing home for the compassionate care they gave to their father in his final days.  

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Valerie R. Scherbing

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Valerie R. Scherbing, age 78, of Foley, passed away Nov. 3, 2019, at The Gardens at Foley assisted living.  Mass of Christian Burial was 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery, Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Valerie Rose Scherbing was born July 23, 1941, in Foley to Ellen Victor. She graduated from Foley High School in 1959. She married Richard Scherbing Oct. 7, 1971, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Valerie lived and raised her family near Duelm. She worked for an insurance adjuster and later in data entry. After retirement she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and baking cookies with them. She was a lifetime member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church.  The family would like to thank the staff at The Gardens at Foley and St. Croix Hospice for all their care and compassion.

She is survived by her daughter and sons: Mary Plante (Joe Andria), St. Cloud; Jim (Stephanie), Sauk Rapids; Steve (Christine), Foley; Dave (Becky), Foley and brothers: Richard Mazacek, Minneapolis; Gary Mazacek, Little Falls; Mark (Cathy) Mazacek, Sauk Rapids and sister-in-laws, Joan Mazacek, Foley and Danielle Mazacek of Sauk Rapids.  She is also survived by her nine  grandchildren: Jake, Mike, and Chris Plante, Hunter Scherbing, Alex Wager, Tailor, Brianna, Emma, and Andrew Scherbing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen and husband, Richard, Nov 29, 1999, and brothers, Fred and Mike Mazacek.          
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Valerie Scherbing passed away Nov. 3, 2019. Service with Dignity will be provided by the Foley Funeral Home. 
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Francis “Jiggs” Roehl

Francis “Jiggs” Roehl, age 95, of Foreston, passed away Nov. 4, 2019. A complete notice will run in next week’s paper. Arrangements are proviced by  Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home-Milaca , http://www.pjfuneralhome.com 
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Eugene ‘Gene’ Brenny

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Eugene ‘Gene’ Brenny, age 81 of Foley, passed away Nov. 2, 2019, at Country Manor Senior Community, Sartell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery.  Visitation will be 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Thursday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Eugene Leo Brenny was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Morrison County to Leo and Mae (Kujawa) Brenny. He graduated high school and joined the U.S. Army where he was a member of the Military Police, stationed in France. He married Georgiann Bukowski Sept. 6, 1965, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Gene lived in Minneapolis and worked construction as a home builder. He lived and farmed most of his life in Alberta Township, Benton County.  Gene was a past member of the Benton County Planning and Zoning Commission; District No. 51 School Board; St. John’s Area Schools School Board and St Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, serving as a lector and trustee. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing cards and helped his sons in the construction business. He was a member of the Hillman American Legion. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to the Parkinson Research Foundation. 

He is survived by his wife, Georgiann, Foley and children: Chris (Monte Suckut), Becker; Michael (Beth), Foley; Barb (Jeremy ‘Buck’) Larson, Foley; Howard (Jill), Foley; Alphonse, Foley; 17 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one on the way. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters: Mark (Betty), Fridley; Leo (Judy), Mora; Severyn (Carol), Andover; Rita Novak, Foley; Ila Judd, Milaca; Gertrude Ronning, Elk River; Maggie (Charles) Novak, Foley and Laurell Brenny, Foley. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Roger, Jim and Wilfred, sisters, Mary and Madonna and brother and sister-in-laws.          
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Arnold  R. Wojciechowski

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Arnold Wojciechowski died peacefully at his home Oct. 30, 2019, at the age of 90. Mass of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Nov. 2 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. The Rev. James Remmerswaal officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Arnold Richard Wojciechowski was born June 14, 1929, in Oak Park to Tony and Helen (Strzyweski) Wojciechowski. He married Sarah Curley Aug. 19, 1950, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. Arnold was a farmer, self-employed painter and worked for Franklin Manufacturing for 42 years. Arnold and Sarah had a daughter and six sons when they moved to a farm in Foreston. They then had two more sons and two more daughters. Arnold was an amazing man who devoted his life to his wife and 11 children. He enjoyed bonfires, baseball, babies and hunting. He took great joy in his 31 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren. He was a life member of St. Louis Catholic Church where he attended Adoration for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sarah, Foley and children: Cheryl Tischbirek, Clear Lake; Tom (Joanne), Foreston; Rod, Thailand; Kevin (Chris), Wahkon; Craig (Eileen), Foley; Mark, Foley; Daniel, Hill City; Gary, Minneapolis; Susan, Minneapolis and Amy (Darl) of Foreston. He was preceded in death by his son, Tony, age 6 and son-in-law, George Tischbirek and granddaughter, Nicole Wojciechowski and three brothers and three sisters.          
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Joseph Moeller

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Joseph Moeller, age 83, of Foley, passed away Oct. 30, 2019, at The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center, Foley.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm.  The Rev. Joe Bachowski will officiate and burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church in Duelm. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Joseph Leo Moeller was born Feb. 1, 1936, in St. Cloud to Alphonse and Edna (Schmidt) Moeller. He worked at Sakry Trucking, Franklin Manufacturing, and the Benton County Highway Department. Joseph also farmed in Benton County for many years. He was a member of the National Guard. He was mechanically inclined and enjoyed building, welding and fixing things. When Joe had time he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his son, Don (Dolores) Moeller, Foley; brother, Leon, Foley and sister, Delores Latzka of Clearwater. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jill, Joshua and Chad Moeller and a great grandson, Gavin Moeller. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers; Maynard and Bert and a sister, Juanita.  

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Glenn D. Melby

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Dixville for Glenn D. Melby, age 63, who passed away Oct. 27, 2019, at his home. The Rev. David Franzmeier will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. 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 in Dixville.
Glenn was born Jan. 25, 1956, in St. Cloud to George and Hazel (Busse) Melby. He grew up in the Rice area on the family farm and moved to Foley in 1992. Glenn was a ready mix truck driver for Knife River for over 20 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.

He will be missed by his children, Ryan (Stacy) Melby, of Foreston, Ashley (Chris) Hettver, of De Graff, and Travis (Emily Christen) Melby, of Foreston; siblings, Janis Kirsch of Fargo, N.D. and Darrell (Sharen) Melby, of Royalton; and grandchildren, Ellie, Keira, Mackenzie, and Zoey. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel Melby.
Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online http://www.williamsdingmann.com.          
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Eleanor M. Brambrink

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Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Eleanor M. Brambrink, age 95, who passed away Oct. 19, 2019, at the Landings of Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Thomas Becker will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids.

Eleanor was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Glendorado Township, Benton County, to William and Matilda (Brunn) David. She married Rueben Brambrink Oct. 29, 1947, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. Eleanor was a homemaker and lived in Benton County her entire life. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church where she was involved in the Christian Women and St. Joseph Mission Group. Eleanor enjoyed bowling, gardening, canning, playing cards, and spending time with her family. She had a gift of remembering celebrations, birthdays and anniversaries of all of her relatives. She was a great baker and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Eleanor was patient, kind, caring, loving, and a woman of unwavering faith.

Survivors include her children, David (Debbie) Brambrink of Oklahoma City, Okla., Jeanann (Robert) Sluss of Lake Elmo, Beverly (Duane) Schmidtbauer of Sauk Rapids, Mary (David) Grundahl of Holdingford, Tereasa (Ben) Nies of Rockford, and Bonnie (John) Morey of Plymouth; brother and sister, Ervin David of Foley and Agnes Hoffmann of Pillager; 13 grandchildren and 17½ great grandchildren.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rueben on June 1, 2006; daughters-in-law, Kathy Brambrink and Paula Brambrink; sisters, Helen David, Kathryn Denfield and Cecilia Ruhoff; and brothers, Donald David and William David, Jr.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Moments Hospice and the Landings of Sauk Rapids for their loving care.

Memorials are preferred to the ALS Association or the American Heart Association.

Obituary, video tribute and guestbook available online http://www.williamsdingmann.com.          
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Roger Kranz

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Roger Kranz, age 80, of Hillman. passed away Oct. 14, 2019, at his home. Funeral services celebrating the life of Roger were 11 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Foley Funeral Home. The Rev. Greg Tomhave officiated.  Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home Monday. Burial took place in Lone Pine Cemetery, Morrill Township, Morrison County. There was a pot-luck at the Grub and Pub following the burial. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Roger Kranz was born Sept. 26, 1939, in Royalton to Orey and Luella (Keehr) Kranz. He married Kathleen Baldwin Jan. 30, 1965, in Wyoming, Minnesota.  Roger loved farming and owned and operated, Kranz Brothers Trucking and Excavating with his brother, Roy for 14 years. He was a good cook and especially enjoyed barbecues with the family. He created an area on his land called, “Welcome to Grandpa’s Farm” where he enjoyed entertaining. Roger liked hunting, fishing and the outdoors. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Ramey where he was an elder, usher and past president of the congregation.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kathy, Hillman and children: Scott (Cindy), Little Falls; Robin (Steven) Renee’, St. Cloud; Suzanne (Benno) Virnig, Hillman; Julie (Jerry) Struffert, Hillman; 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and brother Ronnie (Mary Anna), Royalton and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Shawn in 2001 and brothers; Roy and Bob as well as sisters; Judy Holewa, Bernell Schmolke and brother-in-law, Don Schmolke.         
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Philip J. Moeller

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Philip J. (Phil) Moeller, 83, of Foley, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family Oct. 13, 2019, at The Gardens at Foley, nursing center. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. The Rev. Virgil Helmin officiated and burial with military honors was in the parish cemetery. A visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Foley Funeral Home and continued from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church Saturday. Parish prayers were at 4 p.m. followed by the Knight’s of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Phil was born May 29, 1936, to Leo and Eulalia (Goenner) Moeller in St. Cloud. He married Kathy Emslander May 18, 1959, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park. Together they proudly raised nine beautiful children. He worked for Joe Sakry Gravel, Bert Baston Chevrolet, St. Cloud Reformatory and was a member of the Minnesota National Guard. He was the owner and operator of Moeller Trucking, Inc,  and hauled milk for the Gilman Co-op Creamery. After retiring from trucking, he worked for Willmar Poultry Company and Ray Thompson Excavating. He was a longtime part-time bus driver for the Foley School District. He loved being a farmer, finding great joy in working the land and raising cattle. Farming was his love and passion.

Phil loved going to auctions; over the years he acquired an interesting array of treasures and a wonderful collection of tractors, including his favorite, a 1926 Rumely Oil Pull. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, playing Ten and a Half, and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was extremely proud of his American Red Cross blood donor pins, representing over 16 gallons of blood donated. He was a charter member of the Duelm Knights of Columbus, Father Pierz Fourth Degree Assembly and Honor Guard.

Phil had a terrific gift of adding gusto to any story he told. He was a man of strong faith and morals. He made daily Mass a requisite for living in his retirement. He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. Dementia took his mind, but not his spirit.

Phil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Kathy; children, Jim (Roseann), Rice; Lynn (Steve) Grow, Sartell; Karen (Ivan) Weber, Albertville; Peggy (Doug) Thompson, Melrose; Nancy (Rick) Gubash, Scotts Valley, Calif.; Dean (Lori); Dale (Tara), Becker; Daryl (Lisa), North Branch; and Nick, Clear Lake. He is also survived by his sister, Lois Allen of Deer River, 24 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren (with another on the way), numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws, family and friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents, brother, David and grandson, Robert Philip O’Neil.

The family wishes to thank The Gardens at Foley Nursing Center Memory Care Unit and CentraCare Hospice for their compassionate care of our beloved husband and dad.         
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Terence Ernst

Terence Ernst, age 75, of St. Cloud, passed away peacefully Oct. 3, 2019, at his home. There will be no services and a private burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Foley.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
Terence Ernst was born May 3, 1944, in St. Paul to Clarence and Catherine (Biskop) Ernst. He married Jane Stoner Sept. 9, 1967, in Iowa.

Terry is survived by his mother, Catherine Ernst, St. Paul and son; Mark (Amy) Ernst of St. Cloud, and their children: Jackson, Logan, Justine, Noelle, Grace and Maria and daughter, Merith (Kevin) Starren of St. Cloud, and their children, Jacob and Kylie. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence and wife Jane on April 23, 2018.
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Delphine Bialke

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Our loving and beautiful mother, Delphine ‘Dell’ Bialke, age 98, of Gilman passed away peacefully with her family at her side Oct. 6, 2019, at Country Manor Senior Community, Sartell. Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating her life, will be 10:30 a.m., Oct. 18, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  Visitation is from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home. 

Delphine Bialke was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Gilmanton Township, Benton County to Joseph and Bertha (Tomporowski) Robak. She lived in California, Massachusetts and Minnesota cities Minneapolis, St. Cloud and Sartell before moving back to Gilman. She married Daniel Bialke April 28, 1945, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Dell was an active member of both, St. Francis Xavier and Sts. Peter and Paul Christian Mother’s and a past Auxiliary member of the Gilman VFW and a member of the Gilman Senior Citizens. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, she loved flowers, sunshine and gardening as well as baking, girls weekends with her daughters, and fishing. Her greatest joy was her family. She was devoted to her family, cherished them and set a great example for them. Her nurturing and loving way will always show through in the values she instilled in her entire family. She will be remembered for her warm and beautiful smile and her loving heart. 

She is survived by her children: Darlene (Donovan) McCain, St. Paul; Roger (Jan) Bialke, St. Francis; Russell (Debbie) Bialke, Sartell; Roberta (Jim) Omann, Rogers; Mary (Paul) Omann,  Sartell; Becky (Mike) Moeller, Foley; 17 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren, with one on the way, and four great-great grandchildren as well as sisters-in-law: Susie Bialke, Foley; Gen Bialke, Minneapolis; Gayle Bialke of Blaine and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Daniel, sister Marcella Bialke, and other family members. Dell’s family would like to thank all of the caregivers at Country Manor and St. Croix Hospice for their loving care and compassion.         
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Margaret M. Stellmach

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Margaret Stellmach, age 92 of Foley, passed away Oct. 6, 2019, at the Foley Nursing Center.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Brennyville. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. at the church Tuesday. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Margaret Mary Stellmach was born April 5, 1927, in St. Cloud to Paul and Rose (Roda) Gorecki. She graduated from Foley High School in 1944 and went on to graduate from St. Cloud State University with a teaching degree in 1948. She married Jerome Stellmach on May 15, 1950, in Brennyville. Margaret taught school in Foley area country schools for 13 years and later was a substitute teacher for over seven years. After retiring from teaching she worked at the Foley Nursing Center. Margaret enjoyed canning and gardening and doing embroidery work, which she shared with much of her family. She also sold Park Lane Jewelry and Fuller Brush products for many years. She was an Auxiliary member and past president of the Hillman VFW Post No. 602, St. Elizabeth’s Christian Mother’s and past member of the Minnesota Teachers Association. She was an active member of the St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church where she also taught religion for many years.

She is survived by her children: Rose Ann (John) Gotvald, Foley; Bernadine (Norman) Latterell, Foley; Geri Ann (Dennis) Scholl, Foley; Cynthia (John) Alden, Foley; Gerard (Darla), Foley and Nita Stellmach of Foley as well as 13 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerome,  brother Edmund Gorecki and sister,Florence Schmolke as well and infant brother Ernest and infant sisters Sophia and Genevieve.         
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Virgil D. Studenski

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Virgil ‘Virgie’ Studenski, age 82, Sauk Rapids, passed away peacefully at the Gardens at Foley Nursing Center with his family at his side Oct. 4, 2019. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Oct. 7 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Popple Creek. The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rehwaldt officiated. Visitation was  4-8 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Foley Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to the service at the church Monday. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Virgil Dennis Studenski was born Feb. 1, 1937, in Benton County to Henry and Ida (Leyk) Studenski. He was a member of the U.S. National Guard and married Laune ‘June’ Skuza July 13, 1963, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The couple farmed all of their married life near Popple Creek. Virgie also worked as a glazer for glass companies in St. Cloud and Minneapolis. He will be fondly remembered for his quick whit and infectious laughter. You could always hear him before you saw him. His greatest joy was seeing his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Virgie enjoyed hunting and fishing and had a genuine love for people. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, June, Sauk Rapids and sons: Dennis (Tammy), Sauk Rapids; Brad (Sarah), Sauk Rapids; Brian (Elizabeth), Richfield and grandchildren: Kalina (Tyler) Spiczka, Caleb (Courtney) Studenski, Shayna (Dylan) Magnuson, Creed Studenski, Aryssa, Mesa, Stella Zacher, and Emelia Studenski as well as great grandchildren: Haley, Alaina and Olivia Studenski and Henley Spiczka. He is also survived by his brothers and sister: Ervin (Jo), Arden Hills; Lancy, Sauk Rapids; Betty Jane Hiltel, Sauk Rapids and sisters-in-law: Gretchen Studenski, Hastings and Donna Studenski of Florida.  He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Doug, 1990 and brothers and sister: Marvin, Arnie, Roger, Iris Behrendt and sister-in-law, Joyce Studenski.       

Our country is in mourning, a soldier died today.
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James O. Weitgenant

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James O. Weitgenant, 80, Nisswa, died Sept. 28, 2019, at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd, with his loving family at his side. Mass of Christian Burial for Jim took place at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at St. Christopher’s Catholic Church in Nisswa with Fr. Mike Patullo, Celebrant.  Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 2 at Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Baxter and for one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday. Burial took place at the Graham Cemetery, Rice.

Jim was born June 11, 1939, at St. Cloud, son of Raymond and Gladys (Schumann) Weitgenant. He grew up on the family farm near Rice and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. He served in the U.S. Army from Oct. 7, 1959, to July  1961, and returned home following his discharge. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Karin Kornovich July 24, 1962, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. He began working for Honeywell and attended Northwestern Electronics, receiving a two-year degree as an electronic technician. He continued working for Honeywell until retiring after 44 years and 11 months of service to the company working in production and engineering. The family made their home in Brooklyn Park until moving to Nisswa in 2004.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping, including trips to the Boundary Waters. He and Karin were active members of the Merrifield Marathoners Snowmobile Club. Jim was a member of the Nisswa Lions Club and the Nisswa American Legion.

Jim will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Karin; two sons: Troy (Patti) Weitgenant of Coon Rapids and Travis (Andrea) Weitgenant of Minneapolis; four grandchildren: Christopher, Ryan, Brianna and Jonathon; great grandson: Henry; siblings: Ruth Nelson of Princeton, George Weitgenant of Andover, and Clifford Weitgenant of Rice.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents: Raymond and Gladys Weitgenant; an infant sister; brother: Glen Weitgenant; and twin infant granddaughters: Olivia and Julia Weitgenant.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Baxter.  http://www.brenny.com.

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Jeffrey Michael Rutsche

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Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at God’s Greater Glory Parish, Glendorado Township for Jeff M. Ritsche, 52, Foley, who passed away Oct. 2, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. Pastor Shari Routh will officiate and burial will be in Glendorado Lutheran Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Sauk Rapids and also one hour prior to services at the church in Glendorado on Saturday morning.

Jeffrey Michael Ritsche was born Oct. 9, 1966, in St. Cloud to Richard and Carol (Super) Ritsche. Jeff loved being outdoors, dirt bike racing, boxing, four wheeling and snowmobiling. He was well liked and made friends easily. He became a great teacher of life’s lessons to his friends and family and he always was loyal to those he loved. He worked as an electrician for Augusta Electric for over 30 years and demanded perfection of himself and others. You could always count on Jeff. He always spoke his mind, even if the truth was hard to hear and he was a great role model to his family and children. Jeff was super handy and could fix anything. He was a member of God’s Greater Glory Parish in Glendorado Township. Jeff was a hardworking man, with a competitive nature, but at the end of the day, he was always in your corner. He will always be remembered for his honesty and integrity.
Survivors include his children, Cassie of Mendota Heights, Adam of Foley and Andrew Klucas of La Crosse, Wis.; father, Richard of Sauk Rapids; brother, Justin of Sauk Rapids and sister, Stephanie Messelt of St. Joseph. He was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff and volunteers of Quiet Oaks Hospice House for the excellent care that was given to Jeff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.         
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Bishop John Francis Kinney

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Bishop John Francis Kinney, bishop emeritus of St. Cloud, died Sept. 27, 2019, at Quiet Oaks Hospice in St. Augusta. He was 82.

The bishop’s body will be received at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Mary in St. Cloud, followed by a private family visitation from 2-2:30 p.m. and public visitation from 2:30-8 p.m. A vigil service will take place at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 5 public visitation will continue from 8-10:45 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. with Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis presiding. Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery in St. Cloud.

Bishop Kinney headed the Diocese of St. Cloud from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. An ardent supporter of Catholic social teaching, marriage, youth and collaborative ministry, he strove to lead in the spirit of the diocese’s mission statement: to be Christ’s ‘heart of mercy, voice of hope and hands of justice.’

“Bishop Kinney was a kind and gracious pastoral leader,” said Bishop Donald Kettler, who succeeded Bishop Kinney in St. Cloud in 2013. “He was a strong defender of the dignity of every human being, and his love for the Church was evident both in his public ministry and personal life. May our Father in heaven now receive him warmly into his arms.”

Bishop Kinney was born June 11, 1937, in Oelwein, Iowa, to John and Marie (McCarty) Kinney. His only brother, Bernard, was eight years older.

He graduated from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis and held a bachelor’s degree from St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul and a doctorate in canon law from Lateran University in Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood Feb. 2, 1963, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul by Archbishop Leo Binz. Bishop Kinney served in several positions in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, including nine years as chancellor. On Nov. 16, 1976, Pope Paul VI named him an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese. Archbishop John Roach of St. Paul and Minneapolis ordained him a bishop Jan. 25, 1977. Bishop Kinney served as auxiliary bishop from 1977 to 1982.

On June 28, 1982, Pope John Paul II named him the bishop of Bismarck, N.D. He was installed Aug. 23, 1982. On May 9, 1995, Pope John Paul II named him the eighth bishop of St. Cloud. He was installed July 6, 1995.

While serving as bishop in Bismarck and St. Cloud, Bishop Kinney wrote six pastoral letters on liturgy, youth, AIDS, the sacrament of penance, marriage and social justice.

In 1993, the then-National Conference of Catholic Bishops appointed him to chair an ad hoc committee on sexual abuse. During his tenure as chair, the ad hoc committee published “Restoring Trust,” a document then used by dioceses to address sexual abuse in the church. Following revelations of clergy sexual abuse around the country, Bishop Kinney set up listening and information sessions that he personally attended in parishes around the diocese. He used the sessions to understand the pain and concern of people in the diocese and to open doors for dialogue and healing.

Committed to the global church, Bishop Kinney served on Catholic Relief Services’ board of directors from 1993-98. Bishop Kinney helped the Bismarck Diocese establish a mission in Kenya. With Father Bill Vos, St. Cloud diocesan director of Catholic Relief Services, he initiated the partnership between the St. Cloud Diocese and Homa Bay Diocese in Kenya in 1999. The diocesan relationship with Maracay, Venezuela, was established in 1963 and became a Global Solidarity Partnership under Bishop Kinney’s leadership.

Bishop Kinney visited Homa Bay and Maracay. He made trips to other areas of close relationship and connection to the Diocese of St. Cloud, including to the Diocese of Agats, Indonesia, where the Crosiers ministered, and to South Sudan during and after the years of war to visit Bishop Paride Taban and other Southern Sudanese bishops. Other travels took him to Angola, Cambodia, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam and Zanzibar.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Kinney’s retirement upon Bishop Kettler’s installation.

During his retirement he lived at the Speltz House in Sauk Rapids and remained an avid reader.
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Jean Ann Helmin

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Jean Helmin, age 76 of St. Cloud and formerly of Foley, passed away Sept. 26, 2019 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community. A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Brennyville. The Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. at the church Tuesday. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Jean Ann Helmin was born Sept. 25, 1943, in Benton County to Joseph and Rose (Pekarek) Rudnitski. She graduated from Foley High School and married Sylvester Helmin Nov. 23, 1963, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The couple lived in Minneapolis before moving to a farm near Brennyville in 1967. Jean was an avid gardener, enjoyed raising chickens and sewing clothes for her family.  Jean was also known for her couponing, rebating and hard chocolate chip cookies.  Family members could count on her to make an angel food cake for their birthdays. She was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. Memorial are preferred in lieu of flowers to: The Poor Clares or St. Benedict’s Monastery.

She is survived by her husband, Sylvester of St. Cloud and children: Joe (Tancy), Wisc.; Jim of Foley and Ann (Wayne) Britz of Sauk Rapids, as well as two grandchildren, Sydney and Ali Kremer, step grandchildren, Alex, Erin and Amie Britz. Brothers and sisters: June Moshier, St. Cloud; Rodney, Foley; Janice Shisler, Seattle, Wash.; Loree Rudnitski, Gilman; Ione (Bill) Winter, Hopkins; Gordon (Judy), Foley; Wayne (Tanja), Montana; Neil (Jill) Big Lake; Faith (Leon Johnson) Rudnitski, Barrett; Jo (Kevin Mastel) Rudnitski, New York Mills and Russ (Nancy) of Gilman.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Rose Rudnitski.       
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Cecilia E. Ruhoff

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Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Country Manor Chapel in Sartell for Cecilia E. Ruhoff, age 97, of Sartell who passed away Sept. 22, 2019 at Country Manor Health Care Center in Sartell. The Rev. Mark Stang will officiate and burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in Duelm. Visitation will be after 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the chapel. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Cecilia was born April 28, 1922, to William and Matilda (Brunn) David in Glendorado Township. She married Joseph Ruhoff  Feb. 11, 1946, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. She was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and was involved with the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the Crosier Apostolate. Cecilia was very social and enjoyed playing cards and bowling. She kept her hands busy with sewing, embroidery and gardening. Cecilia was good hearted, practical, thrifty and hard working. Amongst everything, she loved her family and was proud of her children and grandchildren.

Cecilia is survived by her children, Diane Winczewski of Sartell, Bill (Bonnie) Ruhoff of Sauk Rapids, Cathy Thornhill of Maple Grove, John “Jack” (Susan) of Champlin, Chuck (Rhonda) of St. Stephen; sisters, Eleanor Brambrink of Sauk Rapids, Agnes Hoffmann of Pillager; brother, Ervin David of Foley; eight grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joseph on July 1, 2005; brother, Donald, William, Jr; sisters, Helen David and Kathryn Denfeld; and sons-in-law, Bob Winczewski and Tim Thornhill.
Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer’s Association.  

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online at http://www.williamsdingmann.com.        
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Timothy L. Hartman

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Timothy L. Hartman, age 50, of Kimball, died unexpectedly Sept. 7, 2019.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at Grace Lutheran Church, South Haven, with the Rev. Marianne Zitzewitz officiating. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel of Annandale and one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. A remembrance service was at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in St. Joseph.

Timothy Lee Hartman was born March 30, 1969, in St. Cloud to Richard and Marlene (Valley) Hartman. Tim lived in Annandale, where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1987. Tim was a sheet metal worker for St. Cloud Refrigeration and the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Local No. 10. Tim lived in the Foley area for a number of years before moving to Kimball. In his spare time, Tim enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. He was always up for a road trip and was the first to volunteer to help someone. He had a knack for carpentry as well. Above all, Tim cherished the time he was able to spend with his three daughters Caitlin, Victoria and Callie.

Tim is survived by his significant other, Kelly Dahl of Kimball; loving daughters, Caitlin, Victoria, and Callie Hartman all of Foley; mother, Marlene (Larry) Hoffman of Annandale; siblings, Nathan (significant other, Jamie) of Annandale and Jacqueline (Jesus) Ponce of Vellejo, Calif.; step-brothers, Daniel (Susan) Hoffman of Norman, Okla., Brian (Stephanie) Hoffman of Maple Lake, and Wade (Jessica) Hoffman of Annandale; several nieces, nephews, other family members and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Hartman; brother, Jason Hartman; uncles, Ardel Gorman and Allen Hartman; and grandparents, Lawrence and Cyrilla Valley, and George and Margaret Hartman.

Kenny Gorman, Wade Hoffman, Jeff Nyren, Josh Oberg, Joe Adams, Eric Boon and Scott Nyren served as pallbearers. Barb McLeod provided music for the service. Arrangements entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

Obituary, Guestbook & Video Tribute online at www.dingmannfuneral.com
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Ann M. Czech

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Ann Marie Czech, age 57, Gilman, died Sept. 6, 2019, at her home in Gilman surrounded by her loving family.

Christian Mass was at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Gilman with burial immediately following the mass.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church of Gilman. Parish prayers were 6:30 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services Monday. Funeral arrangements were made by Benson Funeral Home, St. Cloud.
Ann Marie Czech was born May 27, 1962, in New Ulm to John and Marlys Thorson. She graduated from Becker High School. Ann worked at Foley Nursing Home, then moved onto TLC in Foley and lastly was employed at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was passionately serving others for 36 years. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She loved camping, going out for dinner with her family and being surrounded by her friends. Ann was fondly remembered for her love for diet Pepsi and ice cream and also for her bubbly personality.

She is survived by her husband, Mitch Czech, daughter and son, Kalley and Tyler of Gilman. She is also survived by her brother, Mark (Gail) Thorson of Sartell; her sister, Cindy (David) Kirchoff of Clear Lake. Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Claudette Czech of Gilman; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mark (Shelley) Czech of Gilman; Michelle (Randy) Spiczka of Gilman; Mary (Virgil) Spiczka of Gilman; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marlys Thorson of Waite Park; brother-in-law, Dale Herman of Gilman and niece Jayna Spiczka.   
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Michelle Bollig

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Michelle Bollig, 54, passed away Sept. 2, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Mass of Christian burial was  at 11 a.m. Sept. 6 at St. James Catholic Church in Randall. The Rev. Joseph Herzing officiated. Burial was in Cushing Union Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 5 at The Brenny Family Funeral Chapel in Randall and one hour prior to Mass at St. James Catholic Church Friday.

Michelle was born  Sept. 22, 1964, in Little Falls to Dave and DeEtta (Houle) Gilson. She is a 1983 graduate of Little Falls High School and continued her education at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She married Mitch Bollig April 20, 1985, in Randall. Michelle was employed by Walters Kluwer for over 30 years.

Michelle enjoyed spending time with her family. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and cross-stitching.

She is survived by her loving husband Mitch; parents Dave Gilson of Fort Ripley, and DeEtta Gilson of Little Falls; children Joel Bollig of Gilman and Kelsey Bollig of Buffalo; sisters, Tammy (Paul) Woidyla of Bowlus, Jodi (Dale) Doucette of Cushing; brothers Mark (Kathy) Gilson of Osakis, Jamey (Pam) Gilson of Cushing; soon to be grandson Bentley; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Brenny Family Funeral Chapel of Randall.      
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Clara Mary Brenny

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Clara Mary Brenny, age 100, of Sauk Rapids, died peacefully Sept. 3, 2019, with her family surrounding her.  Mass of Christian Burial for Clara was at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 2019, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. The Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 6:15 p.m. Visitation continued one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Burial was in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Clara was born April 20, 1919, in Pierz to Joseph and Frances (Hoffman) Tschida. She grew up with five other siblings. One of her first jobs was at The Style (dress) Shop in town. During WWII she worked at 3M (Minnesota Mining) in St. Paul and loved living in the city. She returned home after the death of a brother, Leo, during WWII. Clara met Jerome Brenny on a blind date and they were married May 29, 1950, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Royalton. They raised their family of five children on the Brenny Century Farm in Benton County. After 31 years of farm life, they retired to a home near Gilman. Clara loved all 50 of her descendants along with volunteering, sewing, cooking, gardening and bird watching. A hundred years of life gives one a wealth of experience and is a testament to Clara’s ability to adapt to the many changes she’s seen.

Surviving are her children, Marcia (Tom) Stevens of Emily, Karen (Dan) Lieser of Sauk Rapids, Mark (Sandy) Brenny of Sauk Rapids, Paulette Peduzzi of Upper Jay, NY, Kevin (Carolyn) Brenny of Rogers, 13 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one sister Melitta Mae (Lyle) Ducklow of Maplewood, one sister-in-law Eileen (Clarence) Tschida of Elk River.

She is preceded in death by husband Jerry, parents Joe and Frances, brothers Leo and Clarence, sisters Lorraine Grahn, Loretta Lee, brothers-in-law Vince Grahn, Pete Lee, son-in-law Mark Peduzzi.

Memorials to Clara’s favorite charities are preferred in lieu of flowers: Crosier Apostolate (Onamia), Christian Mothers, Salesian Missions and Catholic Charities.
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Ellen Martha Kornovich

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Ellen Kornovich, age 93, of Foley, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Aug. 25, 2019.  Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m., Aug. 30 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. at the church Friday. The Rev. Derek Weichmann officiated and burial took place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Ellen Martha Kornovich was born Feb 22, 1926, in Gilman to Louis and Martha (Lesnau) Robak. At the age of 18, she moved to Chicago with her sister and worked for the American Can Company. While living in Chicago, she married Joseph Cerqua and started raising her family.  The couple later divorced.  In 1956, she moved back to Minnesota and married Bill Kornovich in 1972. The couple lived in the Foley and Foreston area all their married life. Ellen enjoyed flowers and gardening and feeding the birds. She was an excellent cook and is fondly remembered for her potato salad and apple pies.She enjoyed many trips to the casino with Bill and also spent several winters in Arizona. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren. The family would like to thank St. Croix Hospice and the staff at the Foley Nursing Center for their care a compassion.

She is survived by her children: Allen Cerqua, Princeton; Darlene (Tim) Pratt, Fort Meyers, Fla.,; Carol (Jim) LaFore, Foreston; Billy (Kathy) Kornovich, Gold Canyon, Ariz.; Barbara McKenzie, Sacramento, Calif; Laura (Bob) Carrico, Meridian, Idaho,; John (Dawn) Kornovich, Mexico City, Fla.; Jack (Ginny) Kornovich, Zimmerman; Patty (Steve) Hinkemeyer, Princeton, one brother, Gary Robak, Foley and many grand and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; grandson, Larry Cerqua and brothers: Kenneth, Irie, Willard, Norbert, Dennis, Paul, Len Lesnau and sister, Doris Larry.        
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Beverly J. Popp

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Beverly J. Popp, age 75, of Eagan. Died Aug. 20, 2019. Preceded in death by parents, Alphonse and Ida (nee Kantor) Moulzolf; brother, David. Survived by children, Loren (Lori), Leonard, Lee (Teresa); grandchildren, Eric (Katie), Matthew (Jamie), Brandon (Katie), Cory (Kristi), Andy (Brittany), Lee Jr., and Alex; great-grandchildren, Julia, Evelyn, Olivia, and two on the way. Blessed to have a fourth young man, Scott Touisgnat and his two sons, Samuel and Louis, in her life. Also survived by brother, Jerry (Terri) Moulzolf, former husband, Lawrence; and other nieces, nephews and friends. Bev was a stay at home mom, worked at Republic and Northwest Airlines, and also the Valley Lounge in Eagan. Polka music was her life. She held the position of president and secretary of P.O.L.K.A. of America, and starred in Grumpier Old Men. She loved to travel and owned seasonal homes at Carefree Country Club North and South.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at St. John Neumann Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel, 1580 Century Pt., Eagan; and one hour prior to the Mass at church. Interment St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Brennyville. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Klecatsky & Sons Eagan Chapel www.klecatskys.com. 651-454-9488.          
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Merlin A. Stumvoll

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Merlin Stumvoll, age 83, of Foley, passed away Aug. 19, 2019, at Cherrywood Advanced Living in St. Cloud. Mass of Christian Burial was 10:30 a.m., Aug. 23 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley.  Rev. Michael Wolfbauer officiated. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Foley Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Merlin Ann Stumvoll was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Foley, to Stanley and Mary (Meyer) Albright. She married Rodney Stumvoll Aug. 10, 1954, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. The couple lived and farmed near Foley all of their married lives. Merlin loved her husband and was a great mother to her four children. She was a very talented seamstress and loved to crochet, knit and was an accomplished painter. She was an avid gardener and was known for her wonderful cooking and baking. Smells of cookies, bread and fresh rolls greeted her children as they got off the school bus at the end of the day. Merlin was a life long member of St. John’s Catholic Church where she belonged to the Christian Mother’s, was a member of the decorating committee and was a past parish council member. In her later years, her greatest joy was to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to St. John’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her children: Debbie (Keith) Stumvoll, St. Joseph; Sandy (Dick) Anderson, Foley; Steve Stumvoll, Foley and Mike Stumvoll of St. Joseph, 12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and sister and brother; Rosie Semrau, Tacoma, Wash.; Floyd, Renton, Wash. as well as sisters-in-law, Donna Jamieson, Alexandria; Ernestine LeMaster, Ill. and brother-in-law, Alvin Stumvoll, Sauk Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Rodney, sister, Delores Audette and daughter-in-law, Linda Stumvoll.         
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Douglas Determan

A celebration of life for Douglas Determan will take place at 11 a.m. Aug. 31, 2019, at Holdridge Park in the main shelter, Foley.
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Gordon Jurek

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Gordon Jurek, age 81, of Foley, passed away peacefully Aug. 9, 2019 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial for Gordon will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Gordon Lazarus Jurek was born Dec. 5, 1937 in Alberta Township, the son of Henry Sr. and Clara (Tadych) Jurek. As a young man, he worked at Minneapolis Electric Steel Foundry and entered the United States Army Reserves. On July 3, 1962, he was united in marriage with Darlene Jedlicki at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Morrill.  Shortly after their wedding, Gordon and Darlene bought Gordon’s family farm where they ran their own dairy farm and raised their family over the years.  Gordon liked RFD television, playing cards, Allis Chalmer tractors, and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Darlene of Foley; children:  Gerald of St. Cloud, Sandy (Gary) Eastwood of Eden Prairie, Julie (John) Svihel of Foley, Randy ( Jodi) of Foley, and Greg of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren:  Eric and Jeremy Eastwood, Michael, Kennedy, Derrick and Kloe Jurek; siblings:  Doris Robak of Sartell, Janice (Donald) Lachinski of Mora, Henry Jr. (Christine) of Foley; and Hilary (Judy) of St. Cloud; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers:  Reuben, Dennis, and Adrian; brother-in-law, Ambrose Robak; and sisters-in-law, Rita Jurek and RoseAnn Jurek.        
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Walter E. Albrecht

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Walter Albrecht, age 87, of Foley passed away peacefully Aug. 6, 2019 surrounded by his family in Minneapolis.  Private family services will take place.

Walter Emil Albrecht Jr. was born July 18, 1932 in Deerbrook, Wisc. the son of Walter E. Albrecht and Lucille (Nuemeg) Albrecht. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy.  Walt resided in San Diego, Calif. where he was a general contractor and engineer, later retiring to Corona, S.D. where he owned Hartford Beach Resort on Big Stone Lake. In Corona, he enjoyed his favorite hobbies such as fishing and hunting.  Walt later moved to Foley with his wife, Alice (Hamilton) Albrecht. Walt enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening and bird watching. His best Sundays would be spent watching his favorite football team, the Green Bay Packers.

Walt is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter, Deborah (Albrecht) Boykin; granddaughters, Ashley and Sabina Boykin; step-children:  Debbie Butorac, Jim Hagen, Kenny Fueling, and Michael Hagen; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends.         
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Rex K. Mulder

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Rex Mulder, age 65 of Foley passed away Aug. 1, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at the Foley Funeral Home.  The Rev. Tim Wittwer will officiate. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday evening and from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home Wednesday. Burial will take place in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Rex Kevin Mulder was born July 15, 1954, in Sioux City, Iowa to Wallace and June (Lundgren) Mulder. The family also lived in Colorado and Worthington, Minn., before settling in the Foley area in 1967. Rex has worked in many jobs over the years. He was a jack of all trades, doing many construction, carpentry and mechanic jobs.He could fix anything that was broken. He had worked at Pojo’s in Gilman and also for Fussy Auto Body in Rice where he was a mechanic and did auto body repair work. When he retired he became a caregiver for both of his parents. Besides caring for his parents, Rex enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was always helping out friends and neighbors. He also enjoyed working on cars and other equipment, playing cards and going to the casino.

He is survived by his sister; Sandie (Gary) Plafcan of Foley and nieces: Melissa (Jamie) Faber, Rice; Carissa (Ryan) Keating, Sartell; Kristi (Chad Kloss) Plafcan, Rice and great-nieces and nephews: Jordan Faber, Tyler Faber, Elliayna Karl, Sullivan Keating,  and Brynlee Kloss.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and June Mulder.       
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Betty Fleigle

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Betty Fleigle, age 77, of Oak Park passed away July 30, 2019 at Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Augusta.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. The Rev. Derek Wiechmann will officiate. Visitation will from 9:30 a.m.  until the time of the service at the church Tuesday. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Betty Fleigle was born July 13, 1942, in Milaca, to John and Lorraine (Tip) Peterson. She attended Milaca High School and married Richard Fleigle Oct. 31, 1959, at St. Louis Catholic Church. The couple lived in Minneapolis where the couple owned their own duplex, and Betty worked as a daycare provider for several years. In 1977, Richard and Betty moved north of Oak Park where they enjoyed life in the country. She worked for the Foley Nursing Center as a nurses aid for over 30 years. Betty enjoyed gardening and liked flowers and watching the birds. They couple traveled extensively and visited most western states and Canada. Some of her favorite memories were of camping and fishing with her family. Betty was a devoted Catholic and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Richard of Oak Park and sons; Dean (Shelly), Sauk Rapids; Darren of Sartell, grandson, Daniel and brothers and sister: Lonnie Smith, St. Paul; John Peterson Jr., Mora; Joanne (Jim) Hirsh, St. Cloud and a brother-in-law, Dennis (Bonnie) Fleigle of Big Lake. She is preceded in death by her parents, son, Duane and brother, Richard Peterson.        
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Hilary J.  Tadych

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Hilary Tadych, age 85, of Foley, passed away July 26, 2019, at his home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., July 31, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Burial with military honors will be in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Hilary John  Tadych was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Benton County to William and Cecelia (Jedlicki) Tadych. He graduated from Foley High School in 1951. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Hilary married the love of his life, Marilyn Wendt May 30, 1960, at Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud. The couple made their home in Benton County, near Gilman.  Hilary worked for First State Bank of Gilman from 1951, until his retirement in 1996. He also worked for the First National Bank of Milaca from 2001-03. He was a Charter Grand Knight for the Gilman Knight’s of Columbus where he was an active member. He served for the following organizations: special land commissioner for Benton County and the state of Minnesota; financial officer for Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church; Fransen Bank board of directors and Benton County Economic Development board of directors.  He was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he was a past parish council member, Eucharistic minister and sang in the funeral choir.  Hilary and Marilyn enjoyed over 50 years at their lake cabin together. The family would like to make a special thank you to: CentraCare Hospice; All Good Home Care; Heritage of Foley and the Raymond Goulet family for all their care and compassion. 

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of Foley and brother and sisters; Marcel (Doree) Tadych, Sartell; Geraldine (Robert) Studniski, Hillman; Julie (Marcel) Moulzolf, Sartell and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law; Dolores (Jim) Garbarini, Brainerd; Roberta Prose, St. Cloud and Butch (Diane) Wendt of St. Cloud as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  
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Gregory C. Olson

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Gregory Clifford Olson, age 69, passed on July 19 surrounded by his loved ones at his residence in Mora. Memorial service will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca with Rev. Tim Bauer officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday.

Greg was born Jan. 18, 1950, to Clifford and Dorothy Olson in Princeton. He attended Princeton High School. As a young adult, Greg held a couple of different jobs, such as Grove’s and Jesco’s. Greg also spent some time working and living in Texas. He went on to own his own brick-laying company, G.O. Block and Concrete. Greg spent a lot of time at his sister Diane’s (LeRoy) house, enjoying the company of her family. The Kitten Club was also a pasttime Greg and his sisters enjoyed.

He enjoyed hobby farming, fishing, hunting, dancing, and anything to do with animals or kids. He was known for his enthusiastic storytelling, great sense of humor, and contagious laugh. When Greg wasn’t working, it wasn’t uncommon to find him shooting the breeze with neighbors and friends, coffee pot on, and lit cigarette in hand.

Greg is survived by his children, Jason (Melinda) Akers of Cody, Wyo., Kaleb Olson of Foreston, Alesha Olson of Foreston, Alanna Olson of Mora, and Lydia Olson of Princeton; grandchildren: Janine, Taylor, Chevy, and Isabella; and siblings: Diane (LeRoy) Jacobson of Foley and Marsha of Missouri;  also by many  nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Holly, nephews, Aaron and Mathew, niece, Janine, and sister, Catherine.  
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Carol Jean Abfalter

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Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Carol Jean Abfalter, age 69, who passed away Wednesday at her home. Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate and entombment will be at Sacred Heart Mausoleum. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and one hour prior to the services Tuesday also at the church. Parish prayers and a time of sharing was at 7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Carol was born Oct. 9, 1949, in St. Cloud to Arnold and Yvette (Pogatschnik) Koepp. She was raised in the Sauk Rapids area and graduated from Sauk Rapids High School. Carol married Jim Abfalter  Sept. 18, 1971, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids. Carol was a homemaker and also worked as a paraprofessional with the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District for over 20 years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister, helped serve meals for the Journey in Faith group, sang in the choir, and participated in the book club. She also was involved in the Discovery Church Bible Study and volunteered at the Paramount Theater with Jim. Carol enjoyed camping at the state parks and spending time at the lake with family. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, reading, cooking, baking, playing cards, and attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Carol had a strong faith and was a fun-loving, caring, gentle, trustworthy, sociable person who would always put others first. Most importantly, she was very proud of her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Jim of Foley; children, Lisa (Steve) Wahlin of Sauk Rapids, Eric (Naomi) Abfalter of St. Cloud and Troy (Jenean) Abfalter of Duluth; brothers and sister, Alan (Judy) Koepp of Sauk Rapids, Kathy Pappenfus of Sartell, Kevin (Doreen) Koepp of Rice and Denny (Marie) Koepp of Milaca; grandchildren, Madison, Megan, Kayla, Kennedy, Elli, Theodore, Neiva and Maven; many nieces, nephews; and other extended family members and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Gary; and nieces, Melissa and Allison.

Obituary, video tribute, and guestbook available online: www.williamsdingmann.com.  
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Travis W. Johnson

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Travis Johnson, age 45 of Royalton passed away July 26, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital.  Memorial Service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 3, 2019, at the Foley Funeral Home.  Rev. Tim Wittwer will officiate.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Travis Wayne Johnson was born July 6, 1974, in Coon Rapids to Leonard and June (Bucholz) Johnson. He worked as a mechanic for many years and enjoyed racing anything with a motor. He was also an avid deer hunter and fisherman. He liked to cut wood, liked eagles and anything that involved the outdoors. Travis especially liked spending time with his family and friends and was always there to help other people.  Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

He is survived by his wife, Julie Lombard-Johnson and children; Hannah Lombard, Joseph Lombard-Johnson and Sammy Johnson, all of Royalton.  He is also survived by his mother, June Johnson of Coon Rapids and brother, Todd (Kathy) Johnson of Zimmerman and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard. 
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Larry R. Spiczka

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Larry Spiczka, age 57, of Gilman, passed away July 23, 2019, at his home after a long battle with cancer.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  Rev. Matthew Langager will officiate. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. July 29 with Knight’s of Columbus Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Foley Funeral Home and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, also at the funeral home in Foley.  Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Larry Ralph Spiczka was born Jan. 31, 1962, in Milaca to Ralph Sr., and Theresa (Jurek) Spiczka. He graduated from Foley High School in 1980. Larry worked as a truck driver for several years for: Amcon Concrete, Bauerly Brother’s and Viking Coke. He most recently worked for TriMark until his retirement. He was an active resident of Gilman where he started the Hillbillies, was a past city council member and member of the Gilman Park & Rec. He was a also a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church where he was a lector and past church council member. Larry also belonged to the Gilman Knight’s of Columbus. He was an avid softball player and enjoyed a game of golf and will be fondly remembered for his pickled bologna, popcorn and homemade pizza.

He is survived by his mother, Theresa, Gilman; sister, Debbie, Gilman and brother, Randy (Michelle), Gilman. He is also survived by his niece and nephew; Sarah (Ryan) Brunn, Foley and Rich (Hannah) Spiczka of Pequot Lakes. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Sr., brother, Ralph Jr., and a niece, Jayna Spiczka.  
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Gerald C. Winter

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Gerald Winter, age 75, of Foley, passed away July 21, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial  took place at 11 a.m., July 24, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. Rev. Eberhard Schefers officiated. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Foley Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday. Burial took place in the parish cemetery.  Military honors by the Foley American Legion. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Gerald Cyril Winter was born May 24, 1944, in Spring Hill to Richard and Marcella (Ostendorf) Winter. He married Marjorie Montag Feb. 14, 1970, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake. Jerry was a member of the Army National Guard from 1962-66. He farmed and raised hogs near Gilman for many years and worked as a lineman for NSP and also worked for Morton Building and retired from A&P Construction. Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing and trips to the casino with his brother-in-law, Gary. He also liked to mow his lawn and do work with his Bobcat, traveling and taking golf cart rides and spending time with his wife, Marge, which he loved very much. He was a member of the Foley American Legion, Gilman Knight’s of Columbus and SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marge of Foley; sons and daughters, Tim (Amy), Stacy (Justin) Chmielewski, Jenny (Wayne) Starry, Kelly (Eric) Baynes, Jessie (Bruce) Kaschmitter, Kristin (Josh) Luberda and Brent (Tara), all of Foley; 16 grandchildren; and brothers and sister, Richard (Kathy) of St. Cloud Judy Doubrava of Sauk Centre and Dennis (Nancy) of Sauk Centre; and brother-in-law, Bob Hoeschen of Freeport.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Donna Hoeschen; brother, Larry Winter; brother-in-law, Del Doubrava; nephew, Kenny Hoeschen; and nieces, Sandy Hoeschen and Shannon Winter.  
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Douglas D. Determa

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Douglas D. Determan, age 61, of Foley, passed away  July 12, 2019. He is preceded in death by his father, Donald Determan. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 41 years, Cheryl (Lamp); sons, Jesse (Tracy), Jason; grandchildren, Reanne, Rachael, Lilly, Raelynn, Kinsley and Hailey; mother, Laura Determan; siblings, Jerome Determan (Jennie), David Determan (Mary), Katherine Tramm (Dan), Candy Barnes; many relatives and good friends. Memorial service was at 11 a.m. July 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 301 Church Ave., Ogilvie.  Further arrangements are pending for a celebration of life in Foley at a later date. Http://www.cremationsocietyofmn.com.
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Marcella Ecklund

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Mass of Christian Burial for Marcella Ecklund age 95, of St. Cloud, formerly of Foreston, took place at 10:30 a.m. July 20 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Foreston. Visitation was one hour prior to services.  Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery near Milaca.
Marcella Ecklund was born March 8, 1924, to John and Anna (Kaufman) Scherer in Oak Park. She attended country school and graduated from Foley High School. She was united in marriage to Bill Ecklund  Oct. 1944, at St. John’s in Foley.
She grew up on a farm near Oak Park, married, and moved to Granite Ledge Township. She lived in Washington for four years, working in a cannery. In 1953, they moved to a farm near Foreston. She sang in the St. Louis church choir for 40 plus years and was active in Christian Mothers.  She was in Benton County Homemakers and a Benton County 4-H leader.
Marcella loved to dance and played organ by ear. She spent winters in Texas and Florida. She loved to fish and liked going to her son’s lake home for fishing.
Marcella passed away July 15, 2019, at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud.
Marcella is survived by her children, Kevin (Theresa) Ecklund of Foreston, Colleen (Mike) Coulon of Stillwater, and Karen (Don) Slegers of Milaca; grandchildren, Lisa (Al) Pfannenstein of St.  Joseph, Kimberly Slegers of Minneapolis, Heidi Slegers of St. Paul, Todd Kallem of Albuquerque, N.M., Crissy Kallem of Hudson, Wis., and Brent (Cas) Coulon of Oakdale; great-grandchildren, Michael Pfannenstein, Kendra  and Natasha Kallem, Jackson O’Neil, Marcella and Cora Coulon; great-great grandchildren, Jemma and Joanna; sister, Millie Butler of Sartell; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband, Bill, three brothers, three sisters, great-great grandson, Timothy, nieces, nephews, and friends.                  
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Mary Ann Grow

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Mary Ann Grow, age 82, of Foley, passed away July 11, 2019, at the Foley Nursing Center. A Memorial Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 17, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 16 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at church Wednesday.  Parish prayers will be at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home Tuesday. Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate and burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Mary Ann Grow was born July 17, 1936, in Foley to Anthony and Frieda (Beiderman) Brunn. She graduated from Foley High School in 1954, and married Willard Grow Sept. 6, 1955, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. She worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator for several years. She also worked at the Benton County Court House from 1972-82 and was presently an election judge. Mary Ann was a life long resident of Foley where she raised her family and was very active in her community. She will be fondly remembered as a Mary Kay cosmetic saleswomen. She was also an American Legion Auxiliary member; volunteered for Foley Area CARE; a member of the Morning Glories, and the 500 card club. She enjoyed her flower garden and volunteered as a education assistant for the Foley School District. Mary Ann mostly enjoyed spending time with her family and adored her grandchildren. She was a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Christian Mother’s at St. John’s Catholic Church where she was a life member.

Survivors include her sons and daughter; Michael, Foley; Mark, Phoenix, Ariz. and Lori (Brent) Helgeson of Clear Lake as well as nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren and brothers and sister: Don (Lucille) Brunn, Foley; Norman, New Brighton and Theresa Graham of Crystal. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Willard, son, Rick; step-son, Larry and daughters-in-law; Kathy and Cyndy and brothers and sister: Robert, Lawrence, Harold, Ray, Helen Wegman and George and Edward.        
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Sheila M. Zablocki

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Sheila Zablocki, age 63, of Sartell, formerly Foley, died July 10, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Funeral services celebrating the life of Sheila were 10:30 a.m   July 15 at New Life Church in Foley. Pastor Dale Baker officiated. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Sunday evening at the Foley Funeral Home and continued one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Foley.  Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Sheila Mae (Bonzelet) Zablocki was born March 3, 1956, in St. Cloud the daughter of Cyril and Elaine (Wojciechowski) Bonzelet.  She graduated from Foley High School in 1974 and went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting. On Sept. 4, 1977, Sheila was united in marriage with Dennis Zablocki in St. Cloud.  Sheila worked for Nash Finch as an accountant and later Alltran as a lead. She also worked for Fairview Gardens as a financial officer. She enjoyed spending time with her family; liked jewelry, dresses and angels. She had a strong faith in God. She was also involved in the Big Sisters program for several years.

Sheila is survived by her husband, Dennis of Sartell; children:  Sherrie DiGiovanni of Foley, Shane (Teri) Zablocki of Sauk Rapids, Kimberly (Ryan) Barrett of Sartell; grandchildren: Cody, Mariah, Dominick, Jayden, Emma, Paige, Dylan, and Amaris; siblings: Renee Bonzelet of Dassel, Peter (Patty) Bonzelet of Foley, Janel (Gary) Krick of Dassel, Kelly Bonzelet of St. Cloud and Delbert (Pearl) Rogers of Pease. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Nicholas, daughter, Desirae and brother, Paul.        
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Faith Stachovich

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A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life for Faith Stachovich, age 96, of Foley, took place at 11 a.m. July 13, 2019, at Sts. Peter & Paul church in Gilman, MN.  Rev. Matthew Langager officiated. Visitation was from 9-11 a.m. at the church Saturday.  Burial took place in the Parish Cemetery. Faith passed away peacefully at her home July 10.

Faith was born Dec. 24, 1922, in Foley to the late Louis and Anna (Pappenfus) Bass. She married Richard Stachovich, Sept. 10, 1949, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Minneapolis. They lived in Minneapolis and then moved back to the Gilman area where her and her husband, Richard,  farmed and raised their family. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She was a perpetual member of the Christian Mother’s Rosary Society. In her retirement years, she enjoyed spending time gardening, relaxing on her deck taking in the scenery of the family farm, and spending time with her children and many grandchildren. She cherished her faith and was always the go-to person to say an extra rosary if needed. Faith was truly loved. She was the center of strength and comfort to her family and will be deeply missed. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Centra Care Hospice.

She is survived by her sons and daughters, Richard (Kathy) of Oak Park, Larry (Kyle Rotter) of Minneapolis, Deb (Jim) Schmitz of Rice, Kathy (Mike) Spiczka of Foley, Joan (Guy) Drees of Chaska, Julie (Martin) Hanley of  Foley, Kerry of Minneapolis, son-in-law William Moulzolf, 22 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and brother-in-law, Marcel (Judy) Stachovich.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard on March 1, 1986, daughters, Lisa Stachovich and Kim Stachovich-Moulzolf, her brothers and sisters and her in-laws.      
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John H. Lachinski

Lachinski
John Lachinski, age 77, of Brainerd and formerly Foley, passed away June 30, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.  Memorial Mass for John will take place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July  at St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate.  Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Monday evening at the Foley Funeral Home with parish prayers at 6 p.m. followed by Knights of Columbus prayers. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday. Interment with full military honors will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at noon Wednesday, July 10. Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

John Henry Lachinski was born Oct. 22, 1941, in Lakin Township, Morrison County, the son of John and Carrie (Luberda) Lachinski. He spent most of his young life in Benton County working for farmers in the summer. He graduated from Milaca High School in 1959. In October of 1959, John joined the United States Navy to help protect and serve his country. He was honorably discharged in 1963 and went on to attend barber school from which he owned and operated his own barber shop for many years. John married Shirley Fleck and their union was blessed with two daughters, Kimberly Ann and Amy Marie. He was an active member and financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus  No. 3603 for 37 years; a member of the Hillman Legion Post No. 602 and the Foley Lions. John was a past member of St. Elizabeth’s in Brennyville and St. John’s Catholic Church in Foley. In his later years, John enjoyed spending time with his companion, Lynnette. They traveled together and especially enjoyed motorcycle trips.

John is survived by his daughters: Kimberly Foreman (Scott Erickson), of Annandale, and Amy Lachinski (Sean Anderson), of Pequot Lakes; granddaughters: Jennie (Tev) Davis and Carrie (Mark) Gehling; great-grandchildren: Jazzlyn Davis and Teverence Davis; siblings: Donald (Janice), Carolyn (Manny) Altenhofen, Phyllis Kieffer, Frank (Diane), Nick (Pat), Larry, and Gary (Vicki); sister-in-law, Darlene; as well as other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard; brother-in-law, Gene; and great-grandsons, William and Paul.            
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Evelyn R. Scheper

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Evelyn Scheper, age 91, of Foley, passed away June 29, 2019, at the Foley Nursing Center with her family at her side.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley.  Rev. Tim Wittwer will officiate. Visitation will be from 10-1 a.m. at the church Wednesday. Burial will take place in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery, Foley. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Evelyn Rose Scheper was born Nov. 9, 1927, in Oak Park to Carl and Gesine (Rodewald) Carlson.  She lived most of her life in the Foley area and married Norbert Scheper June 30, 1947, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Oak Park. Evelyn attended Benton County rural school district  No. 34 and graduated from Foley High School in 1945. She attended Little Falls Teachers Training Department and St. Cloud State University where she obtained her teachers license.  Evelyn taught in rural schools in both Morrison and Benton County and also worked for as a librarian for Foley High School and Foley Elementary School, retiring in 1993. She enjoyed sewing and crafting and was active in her church group and book club. She was a member of Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Skip) DeMarais, St. Cloud, and son, Donald (Rosie) Scheper of Bemidji and son-in-law, Tom Vaudt of St. Cloud.  She is also survived by her grandchildren: Rian and Justin DeMarais; Gretchen Vaudt; James Krawiecki and Josh Scheper and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Norbert and daughter, Suzanne Vaudt, infant daughter, Julie Scheper, sister and brother; Dorothy McNitt Wendell and Charles Carlson.        
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John Lachinski

John Lachinski, age 77 of Brainerd and formerly of Foley died, June 30, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd. Service times are pending and a full notice will be in next week’s Benton County News. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.
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Judy A. Keller

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Judy Keller, age 67 of Foley, passed away June 23, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Memorial Services were 10:30 a.m. June 28 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m . June 27 at the Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Judy Ann Keller was born May 14, 1952, in St. Cloud to Roy and Arlene (Theisen) Wegman. She graduated from Foley High School in 1970. She was united in marriage to Jerome Keller Sept. 4, 1971, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Duelm. She worked at Xcel Optical in Sauk Rapids for several years and also at Electrolux until her retirement. Judy enjoyed many activities including: bowling and playing cards, traveling, flower gardening, baking and playing bingo. She also treasured the time fishing and camping with her family. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends

She is survived by her husband, Jerome of Foley and sons: Tim (Sonja), Foley; Jeremy (Melissa), Sauk Rapids; Jamey, Foley and Todd of St. Cloud, nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren and brothers and sisters: Duane (Sue), Clear Lake; Ron (Juleen), Foley; Joan (Dave) Habiger, Crosby; Dan (Cloanne), Foley; Allan (Jill), Foley; Tammy (Bert) Mathiowetz, Becker and Sandy (Troy) Lehnen of Foley. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Linda Wegman.         
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Terry R. Yeager

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Terry Yeager, age 65 of Foley, passed away June 24, 2019, at his home. Private family service will take place at a later date.

Terry Ray Yeager was born Dec. 21, 1953, in Clark, S.D.to Clarence and Dolores (Boss) Yeager. He graduated from Foley High School in 1972. He enjoyed working in the construction business until a back injury ended his career. He married Donna Foss Nov. 30, 1973, and was blessed with three daughters who he cherished. Terry enjoyed spending  time with his nine grandchildren, enjoyed living at his country home, reading and discussing politics.

He is survived by his mother, Dolores Yeager of Foley and wife, Donna, Foley; daughters: Emily (Josh) Lentner, Foley, Elizabeth Christman (Stephanie Kolari), Foley, Erin (David) Klimesh, Foley; grandchildren: Anna, Nik, Moses, Iman, Elizabeth, Summer, Caleb, Justin and Alexis; sister, Carol (Dallas) Humphrey; brother, Jeff Yeager; as well as many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Yeager and mother and father-in-law, Donna and Alton Foss.          
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Irene Zormeier

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Irene Zormeier, age 87, of Sauk Rapids, passed away peacefully with her family by her side June 21, 2019 at Cherrywood of south St. Cloud.  Mass of Christian Burial for Irene will be 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township. Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday evening at Foley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church. Parish prayers will be 5 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be in the parish cemetery.  Service with Dignity provided by Foley Funeral Home.

Irene Helen (Pollard) Zormeier was born May 12, 1932, in St. Cloud, the daughter of George and Theresia (Meyer) Pollard.  She attended Foley Public Schools and went on to work as a waitress before meeting her future husband at Stearns Manufacturing.  On May 7, 1966 Irene was united in marriage with Sylvester ‘Sy’ Zormeier at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Minden Township.  The couple was blessed with three sons, and Irene truly enjoyed the gift of motherhood. She savored the simple things in life; watching the birds, tending to her flowers, listening to polka and waltz music and being at home with her family.  Irene was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church most of her life and was a member of the Christian Mothers.

Irene is survived by her three sons:  Gary, Dave (Lynn) and James all of Sauk Rapids; grandchildren:  Cole Zormeier, Riley Novak, and Karlina (Luke) Riordan; great-grandchildren:  Keegan and Nolan Riordan; as well as other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers and three sisters.
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Caroline Olson

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Caroline Olson, age 86 of Foley, passed away  June 17, 2019 at her home.  Funeral services were  June 21 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Foley.  Visitation was 4-8 p.m. June 20 at the Foley Funeral Home and after 10 a.m. Friday at the church.  Rev. Dee Pederson  officiated Burial will be in the Ronneby Riverside Cemetery at a later date. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Caroline Joan Olson was born May 13, 1933 in Maywood Township, Benton County to Walter and Gunhild (Swanson) Stauffenecker. She grew up with outdoor bathrooms and wood stoves in a family of six. She attended rural country grade schools and graduated from Foley High School in 1951. She married Thomas Olson June 20, 1953 at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church in Ronneby.  In her younger years, Caroline was active in 4-H and lived for a short time with her sister in Minneapolis.  She taught Sunday School at Gustavus Adolpus Lutheran Church for many years. Caroline raised six children, which she always said was the most rewarding thing in her life.  After the children were all in school, she refinished old furniture and quilted many blankets and quilts and cooked many meals.

She is survived by her husband, Tom of Foley and sons and daughters: Loren (Laura), Foley; Lyle (Ann), Foley; Raymond (Darla), Foley; Marilyn, Foley; Nancy (Ken) Denfeld, Foley and Gary (Kelli) of Sartell and nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and a sister, Doris (Norman) Nelson of Kent, Wash.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters: Walter, Wayne, Marlene Christopherson and Lois Moe and a grandson, Jeremy.
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Mary Katherine Puchalla

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Mary Katherine Puchalla joined loved ones  June 10, 2019, after a valiant cancer battle. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, June 20 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, in Gilman. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the parish cemetery.

Merry K, as she preferred, was born July 22, 1952, to Margaret (Steffen) and Donald Thielges in St. Cloud, on her father’s 27th birthday. Mary, like her father, had a great sense of humor. A 1970 graduate of Technical High School, Mary pursued cosmetology at St. Cloud Beauty College. She continued her education at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, earning a degree in occupational therapy. Caring for others at Ridgeview Assisted Living was Mary’s vocation for several years, until medical issues required Mary to care for her health. Mary married Robert Eizenhoefer in November 1973. Years later, she married Kenneth Puchalla, residing at their rural Gilman home. Creative arts were very much a part of Mary’s life. She was an excellent artist. Mary and Ken’s wrought iron/ornamental glass creations are gifts treasured by numerous recipients. Pets were always a part of Mary’s family and became a second family after her children grew up. Her beloved pets included birds, cats and dogs. Mary loved to celebrate birthdays, the Fourth of July and her patriotism. She enjoyed going to craft shows and garage sales.

Mary is survived by her husband, Kenneth Puchalla, of Foley; twin children, Tamara (Todd) Kula, Foley, and Chad (Arlene) Eizenhoefer, Sauk Rapids, son Wesley (Jovanna) Eizenhoefer, San Diego, Calif.; sister Patricia (James) Neuman, Parkers Prairie; brother James (Fu-Mei) Thielges, Centralia, Wash.; five grandchildren (Tearayne, Rhett, Emma-lea, Jace, and Alec); nephews and nieces in Minnesota, North Dakota, Washington and Japan. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret (1991) and Donald (2009).

Arrangements wer made with Brenny Family Funeral Chapel  www.brenny.com 800-824-5051          
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Lorraine (Ryberg) Solem

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Lorraine (Ryberg) Solem, age 92 of St. Cloud, formerly of Oak Park, passed away peacefully June 7 at St Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud.

Lorraine was born Sept. 18, 1926, to Henry and Agnes Ryberg in Oak Park. She attended Country Schoolhouse No. 33 South, graduated Foley High School and Minnesota School of Business. Lorraine held a number of secretarial positions in Minneapolis prior to marrying Lawrence Oct 19, 1946. Soon after, they purchased a dairy farm in Oak Park and raised eight children. She was an accomplished baker, loved to sing and play piano, and the home was always welcome to friends and family for fellowship, a hot meal and fresh baked goods. Her trademarks were rice pudding, doughnuts and an assortment of breads. She spent the last nine years living with her youngest child, Tanya, and enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, the daily crossword, watching “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.”

 Lorraine is survived by her children: Jane (Jeffrey) Boyer of Brooklyn Park, Larry of Mora, Julie (Jon) Wilson of Mora, Christine Anderson of White Bear Lake, Alec (Kieu) of Foreston, Todd (Karen) of Van Alstyne, Texas, and Tanya of St. Cloud; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and sibling: Morrie (Rose Marie) Ryberg of Foley.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence: son, William, and siblings: Hazel, Ardner, Marie, Dorothy and Joan.

A celebration of Lorraine’s life will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Estes Brook Evangelical Free Church, 16937 80th St., Oak Park, Minnesota. Interment will follow at Estes Brook Cemetery.  Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
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Elsie Kirchoff

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Elsie Kirchoff, age 89, of Sauk Rapids, and formerly of Foley, passed away June 1, 2019, at the St. Cloud Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 8 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Foley. The Rev. Michael Wolfbauer will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Friday, June 7 at the Foley Funeral Home and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will take place at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.  Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Elsie Kirchoff was born July 23, 1929, in St. George Township, Benton County to Robert and Elizabeth (Halfman) Balder. She graduated from Foley High School in 1947, and went on to attend Minneapolis Business College, graduating in 1948. Elsie worked as and executive secretary for Zinsmaster Bakery in Minneapolis. She married Robert Kirchoff Sr., Nov. 13, 1945, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Duelm. The couple lived in Fairbanks, Alaska before moving to Foley in 1956, where they owned the businesses; Robert Kirchoff Construction and the Foley Variety Store. Elsie was a wonderful mother. Her children fondly remember Friday night trips to the Dairy Queen in Milaca and how her homemade wet-wipes cleaned sticky fingers after consuming the sweet treats. Elsie’s homemade hot fudge ice cream topping, caramel corn, stuffing, and fluffy salad were renowned. She had a great sense of humor, pulling April Fool’s Day pranks on her children. Elsie was a long-time volunteer at St. John’s Catholic Church and school.  Her friendly face greeted customers at Foley Variety for many years. After retirement, Elsie enjoyed volunteering at Dewey Place. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Elsie is survived by her children: Bob Jr., Foley; Doug, Williams, Ariz.; Jim, Foley; Mary Kirchoff, Minneapolis; Cathy (Mike) Rickert, Round Rock, Texas; Tom (Gaye), Clear Lake; John (Jennifer), Foley; Cynthia Kirchoff, Denton, Texas and Annette (Tim) Smith of Woodbury.  She is also survived by her seven grandchildren:  Todd Kirchoff, Shannon Brambrink, Jack and Megan Rickert, Chris and Katie Kirchoff and Owen Smith as well as three great grandchildren: Emilie Kirchoff, Dominic and Dylan Brambrink and several nieces and nephews.    

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, June 2, 2007, daughter-in-law, Jan Kirchoff and sister and brother, Dolores Mullen ans Norbert Balder.          
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Patricia Gruba

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Patricia Gruba, age 83, of Sauk Rapids, passed away May 31, 2019, at the Good Shepherd Community under the care of St. Croix Hospice.  Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Foley Funeral Home. The Rev. Ralph Zimmerman will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Gilman. Service with Dignity provided by the Foley Funeral Home.

Patricia Frances Gruba was born March 14, 1936, in Gilman to Charles and Mary (Sodowski) Lepinski.  Some of Patricia’s fondest memories of her childhood were times spent helping her dad on the family farm and riding her horse. She married John Gruba Oct. 17, 1953, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman.  She was a traditional homemaker who gardened, canned, and took great pride in her family home. Together the couple raised three sons. In her younger years, Pat volunteered at the St. Cloud Hospital, caring for newborns in the nursery. The couple started Gruba Cabinets in Sauk Rapids and operated the business until 1975. They moved to Ely and purchased the Silver Rapids Lodge, which they owned and operated until 1992. While at the resort, they acquired many friends from around the continental United States and visited many of them throughout the years. After their retirement, they moved to the Duelm area. Pat always said her grandchildren were her greatest blessing and that they brought a smile to her face and a twinkle to her eye.

She is survived by her sons: Rod (Sheila) Gruba, Ely; David (Kathy) Gruba, Ely and Jeff Gruba of Becker. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Adam, Eric, Kimberly Egan, Andy and Ryan and seven great grandchildren: Brooke, Brant, Madelyn, Olivia, Willow, Eva, Emma and sisters and brother: Rose Dohrmann, Sauk Rapids; Annette Starr, Medford, Ore; Carl, Brooklyn Center and many other relatives and friends  She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, John and brothers and sisters: Dorothy, Marcella, Irene, Robert, Richard and Clara.          
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Fr. Adrian Piotrowski

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Fr. Adrian Piotrowski, OSC died in long-term care at Mille Lacs Health System June 1, 2019, in Onamia at the age of 85.  He was born to Frank and Mary (Kosloski) Piotrowski Dec. 7, 1933, in Foley. After attending Crosier Seminary in Onamia, he entered the Crosier novitiate in Hastings, Neb. Aug. 27, 1957, and professed his first religious vows Aug. 28, 1958.  He was ordained a Crosier priest May 23, 1964, in Ft. Wayne, Ind.  Fr. Adrian earned a bachelor’s degree in 1965, from Hastings College and a master’s degree in secondary education and history at Seton Hall University in 1971.

Fr. Adrian spent many of his years in ministry as a teacher and chaplain at Catholic schools, particularly Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., 1965-71, and Bergen High School in Oradell, N.J., 1972-92, where he was also chaplain to the Christian Brothers community. Fr. Adrian also served in parish ministry at St. Patrick Parish in Armonk, N.Y., Holy Family Parish in Bronx, N.Y., St. Stephan’s Parish in Anoka, and St. Odilia Parish in Shoreview.

Fr. Adrian is survived by his brother Gerald of Rochester, and his sisters Sr. Joyce, OSF, of St. Cloud, and Karen VonderHeide of Indiana, and by his Crosier confreres.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Crosier Priory church in Onamia  Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Committal will be in the Priory cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, Box 500, Onamia, MN, 56359.        F-23 read more

Gloria A. Gall

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Gloria A. Gall (nee Stellmach), age 80, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family May 29, 2019. Gloria was born Oct. 6, 1938, to Julius and Helen Stellmach on a farm in Foley.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Herbert; children Gail (Gordon) Johnson, Penny Peterson (Richard Miller and Shelby), Brenda (Dan) Klocker, Dennis Gall, many grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

A celebration of Gloria’s life will take place at a later date.

Arrangements by Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home 763-689-2244. Online condolences can be shared at www. Carlsonlillemoen.com.       
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