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Obituaries  |  Benton County News

Lorraine (Ryberg) Solem

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

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

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

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

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.       
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